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Oliver Herring: Sculpture and Video Through Jan. 31 Frist Center for the Visual Arts New York-based artist Oliver Herring collaborates with friends and strangers in the creation of his sculptures, performances, and video art. This exhibition includes figurative works in which the artist first makes photographic close-ups of his subjects’ entire bodies, sculpts the form of their bodies out of polystyrene, and cuts photographs into jigsaw puzzle-like shapes and adhere them to the sculpted figures, lending the uncanny quality of a photograph seen in the round.
Thomas Hart Benton in Story and Song Through Jan. 31 Frist Center for the Visual Arts As part of the Nashville Public Library’s call for a city-wide celebration of beloved author Mark Twain, the Frist Center brings a selection of works narrating Life on the Mississippi, The Adventure of Huckleberry Finn, and The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by another promoter of American narratives and everyday life, Thomas Hart Benton
Local Art Exhibit: L.A. Bachman, Lynn Driver, and Byron Jorjorian Through Mar. 5 Metro Arts Gallery Metro Arts Gallery and Metropolitan Nashville Arts Commission present an exhibition of works by three local artists: L.A. Bachman, Lynn Driver, and Byron Jorjorian.
Nashville Predators Sommet Center Jan. 2010 Right in the heart of downtown Nashville, Tennessee is a place as friendly as it is ferocious. It is a place so full of raw energy and gut-wrenching excitement that the unexpected is a nightly occurrence. It is the place that the Nashville Predators proudly call home. Welcome to Smashville. To experience the all-in attitude, energy and intensity of a Predators game, visit NashvillePredators.com or call 615-770-PUCK. January games include: Jan. 2 vs. Anaheim Ducks, Jan. 5 vs. Calgary Flames, Jan. 7 vs. Carolina Hurricanes, Jan. 9 vs. Anaheim Ducks, Jan. 18 vs. Toronto Maple Leafs, and Jan. 30 vs. Atlanta Thrashers.
Trans-Siberian Orchestra: Winter Tour 2009-10 Jan. 3 Sommet Center The Trans-Siberian Orchestra (TSO) returns to Nashville’s Sommet Center for another remarkable show this winter! Established in 1996 by producer/composer/lyricist Paul O’Neill, TSO has been a true rock mega-success, both on record and the concert stage.
Films at the Frist: Superman Jan. 6 Frist Center for the Visual Arts Heroes are coming to Nashville! On Friday, January 29, the Frist Center opens Heroes: Mortals and Myths in Ancient Greece. A four-part film series designed in conjunction with the exhibition will examine what it means to be a hero. This series begins before the exhibition opens, continues through April 2010 and presents a diverse group of heroes. It will start with the iconic hero in the red cape in Superman, delve into the eternal beauty of the woman who was the impetus for the Trojan War in Helen of Troy, examine the strength and bravery of Ancient Greek warriors with the movie 300 and will finish with the everyday hero, Atticus Finch, in To Kill a Mockingbird.
Nashville Boat and Sportshow Jan. 6 – 10 Nashville Convention Center The 24th Annual Nashville Boat and Sportshow features more than 300 boats from fishing boats to large yachts and houseboats, giving outdoor enthusiasts the Mid-South’s largest selection of watercraft in the state. This five-day event will feature the latest in marine gear, motors, electronics, tackle and accessories.
Sprint Sound & Speed Presented by SunTrust Jan. 8 – 9 Ryman Auditorium For the fifth consecutive year, the stars of country music and NASCAR will converge on Music City for Sprint Sound & Speed presented by SunTrust. The two-day festival will once again give fans of racing and country music the opportunity to get up-close and personal with drivers, team owners and top-name musicians for autographs, story-telling and question-and-answer sessions. The blockbuster event will also feature show car and sponsor displays, as well as a charitable auction with memorabilia from the racing and entertainment industries.
Kids Club: Picasso Inspired Self-Portraits Jan. 9 Frist Center for the Visual Arts Designed for 5-10 year olds, the Frist Center Kids Club offers exciting opportunities for children to discover, explore, and create art. In January, Kids Club members will explore the many faces of Pablo Picasso! Kids Club members will use Picasso’s unique style and watercolor resist techniques to create their own self-portraits.
Hogaku: New Sounds of Japan Jan. 13 Schermerhorn Symphony Center The Nashville Symphony presents Hogaku: New Sounds of Japan. This very special evening will give audiences a rare opportunity to hear some of Japan’s most gifted instrumentalists performing a mix of traditional and contemporary styles from their native country. The duo TsuguKaji-KOTO are masters of the stringed koto, earning acclaim for their enchanting musicianship. The duo Oyama & Nitta perform on the lute-like shamisen and have deep roots in the country’s rich folkloric traditions, while drum soloists Hide & Miho explore the myriad possibilities of Japanese percussion.
Gallery Talk with Musical Accompaniment: Thomas Hart Benton and the Sounds of Americana Jan. 14 Frist Center for the Visual Arts Join Robert Webb Fry II, Sr., lecturer of music history and literature at the Blair School of Music at Vanderbilt University, as he addresses Thomas Hart Benton’s use of American folk music as a thematic element in much of his work. Accompanied by Ben Sanders on fiddle, Fry will discuss the sights and sounds of Thomas Hart Benton’s America through a selection of images and songs.
Preservation Hall Jazz Band Jan. 14 – 16 Schermerhorn Symphony Center The Preservation Hall Jazz Band has been devoted to keeping New Orleans jazz alive and kicking. The group has traveled the world celebrating the music of Buddy Bolden, Jelly Roll Morton, Louis Armstrong and other pioneers whose innovations gave birth to this distinctly American art form.
Nashville Shakespeare Festival: The Tempest Jan. 14 – 31 Belmont University – Troutt Theater Join The Nashville Shakespeare Festival for its third annual Winter Shakespeare production at Troutt Theater. The Tempest is Shakespeare’s magical tale of old enemies and young lovers, timeless folly and enduring wisdom. This sumptuous and touching play will be a delight for all ages.
25th Annual Stellar Gospel Music Awards Jan. 16 Grand Ole Opry House This annual event recognizes and honors the best African American Gospel artists.
19th Annual Nashville Auto Fest Jan. 16 – 17 Tennessee State Fairgrounds The 19th Annual Nashville Auto Fest features collector and hot rod cars, contents and live entertainment. The Top 50 vehicles will be named and awards will be given in special categories including Best of Show, People’s Choice and more. Sponsored by O’Reilly Auto Parts.
ARTini: Georgia O’Keeffe and Her Times Jan. 19 Frist Center for the Visual Arts Take a break from your day and join Anne Taylor, curator of interpretation at the Frist Center, as she leads an informal conversation about one or two works of art in this exhibition. Complete your visit with stop in the cafe or gift shop.
101 Dalmatians The Musical Jan. 19 – 24 Andrew Jackson Hall 101 Dalmatians The Musical is an experience for the entire family about what it means to be family, canine and courageous. The musical will transport audiences to a slightly topsy-turvy, exciting, and altogether fantastic reality that gives grand license for song, dance and spectacle in a one-of-a-kind show.
The Diary of Anne Frank Jan. 19 – Feb. 7 Nashville Children’s Theatre Anne Frank’s The Diary of a Young Girl has moved and inspired the world, and this powerful play dramatizing Anne’s years in hiding is a classic of the American stage.
Better Than Ezra Jan. 20 Wildhorse Saloon Don’t miss Better Than Ezra live at the Wildhorse Saloon featuring vocalist, chief songwriter and guitarist Kevin Griffin from Monroe, Louisiana as well as bassist and background vocalist Tom Drummond and drummer Michael Jerome. In addition, James Arthur Payne accompanies the band on tour, singing background vocals and playing supplemental guitar and keyboard accompaniment.
Donna Ulisse & The Poor Mountain Boys Jan. 22 Station Inn Country music fans remember Donna Ulisse from her time as a traditional country artist on Atlantic Records in the 1990s with national television appearances on Hee Haw, NBC’s Hot Country Nights, Nashville Now and Crook and Chase. Ulisse’s show with her band The Poor Mountain Boys offers the audience a unique insight into the stories behind many of the songs she has written as well as some great picking.
Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus: Zing, Zang Zoom Jan. 22 – 24 Sommet Center It’s the Greatest Show on Earth! Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey presents Zing, Zang Zoom, a thrill-filled, mind-blowing circus spectacular where family fun is no illusion. You and your family won’t want to miss the most exhilarating celebration of the year!
Zoo Run Run Jan. 23 Nashville Zoo at Grassmere Unleash the beast, and stick to those New Year’s resolutions by signing up for the Nashville Zoo’s annual Zoo Run Run, a 5K route that twists and turns throughout the Zoo with surprising views around every corner.
Justin Townes Earle with Dawn Landes and the Hounds and Caitlin Rose Jan. 27 The Mercy Lounge and Cannery Ballroom Justin Townes Earle’s age belies his experience. Growing up in Nashville he misspent his youth playing in bluegrass/ragtime combo The Swindlers and the louder, more rocking The Distributors. With inspirations as diverse as Townes Van Zandt (he was named in honor of the elder Earle’s hero), Jimmy Reed, Kurt Cobain, The Replacements, Ray Charles and The Pogues, Justin eventually forged his own brand of American roots music.
Kris Kristofferson Jan. 27 Ryman Auditorium Kris Kristofferson returns to the essentials of his finely honed craft on his New West album Closer to the Bone. Like the master singer-songwriter’s 2006 New West release This Old Road, the new album is produced by Grammy Award winner Don Was. Don’t miss Kristofferson live at Ryman Auditorium!
Gov’t Mule: By A Thread Winter Tour ’10 Jan. 28 Ryman Auditorium With 2 million paid song downloads through their site MuleTracks, seven critically acclaimed studio records already released, a handful of DVDs and live albums, plus an ever-expanding fanbase and sold-out coast-to-coast tours, Gov’t Mule could easily rest on its laurels. Yet when you’re in one of the hardest working bands in rock history, pushing yourself to greater heights always supersedes cashing in on past successes. Don’t miss Gov’t Mule live at Ryman Auditorium!
Great Performances at Vanderbilt: Guido’s Ear featuring Aaron Brown Jan. 28 Blair School of Music Indulge in a perfect introduction to the violin music of the early baroque – from the dazzling virtuosity of Bach, to the full-blooded passion of Corelli.
Sundance Film Festival U.S.A. Across America presents The Extra Man Jan. 28 On January 28, eight filmmakers and their films will be dispatched from Park City to cities across America, for the first time providing audiences the opportunity to experience screenings direct from the Festival in their home town art houses and to engage in live conversation with Festival artists. In The Extra Man, a down-and-out playwright who escorts wealthy widows in Manhattan’s Upper East Side takes a young aspiring writer under his wing.
Branford Marsalis Jan. 29 Schermerhorn Symphony Center Having appeared as a guest artist with the Nashville Symphony three years ago, saxophonist Branford Marsalis returns to deliver a concert of straight-ahead jazz inspired by the classic tradition of such heroes as Art Blakey and Sonny Rollins.
Heroes: Mortals and Myths in Ancient Greece Jan. 29 – Apr. 25 Frist Center for the Visual Arts Organized by the Walters Art Museum, Baltimore, with loans from museums in the United States and Europe, this exhibition of approximately 100 objects defines various types of ancient Greek heroes between the sixth and first centuries BCE. This exhibition explores aspects of both mythological heroes, among them Herakles, Achilles, and Odysseus, and mortal heroes, including warriors, athletes, and rulers.
Yonder Mountain String Band Jan. 30 TPAC – War Memorial Auditorium Presented by the Tennessee Performing Arts Center, Yonder Mountain String Band returns to Nashville! Bands aren’t immune to the old adage that “necessity is the mother of invention.” Yonder Mountain String Band is a perfect example. They officially dubbed themselves a band in December 1998 in order to nab an opening gig at the Fox Theatre in Boulder, Colorado. Since then, their loose, feel-good sound has forged a bond between newgrass and jam rock, making them a staple at festivals across the country.