Belcourt Theatre To Show Controversial Sony Pictures Film ‘The Interview’

Belcourt Theatre To Show Controversial Sony Pictures Film ‘The Interview’
The Belcourt Theatre was one of many independent cinemas to sign a petition to show "The Interview" Christmas Day. Credit: Belcourt Theatre

Nashville’s independent movie theater will be showing the film that has garnered everything from terrorism threats to presidential support. “The Interview,” a comedy about a plot to assassinate North Korea’s leader, will be screening at the Belcourt starting Christmas Day.

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$1 Million Exhibit Highlights Andrew Jackson — The Warrior, Hero And Controversial President

$1 Million Exhibit Highlights Andrew Jackson — The Warrior, Hero And Controversial President
Andrew Jackson has been called the 'first modern president.' He was the first who didn't grow up privileged, and once in office he strengthened the role of the White House to be more equal to that of Congress and the Judiciary. Via Wikimedia Commons.

The Hermitage is in the midst of a repositioning that focuses more on the man who lived there than on the house and belongings he left behind.

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Nashville Symphony’s Requiem Performance Becomes Memorial For Composer

Nashville Symphony’s Requiem Performance Becomes Memorial For Composer
Composer Stephen Paulus, center (in the brown shirt) was present when the NSO recorded his Concerto for String Quartet in 2012. He suffered a stroke before the recording in 2013 of his Organ Concerto. Both recordings are included on the album released last month. Credit: Brian D. Siewer

The Nashville Symphony’s concerts this weekend will take on an unusual layer of poignancy. They’re dedicated to composer Stephen Paulus, who died last month just days after the orchestra released an album of his music.

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New Concerto, New Kind Of Bass Guitar For Nashville’s Victor Wooten

New Concerto, New Kind Of Bass Guitar For Nashville’s Victor Wooten
Victor Wooten demonstrates the new electric bass he'll play at the premiere of 'The Bass Whisperer' concerto.

Try to imagine Flea of the Red Hot Chili Peppers using a cello bow on his instrument. Picture the Beatles on the Ed Sullivan Show, with Paul McCartney bowing the bass line to “I Wanna Hold Your Hand.” The bass guitar doesn’t really work that way, so soloist Victor Wooten had something brand new made to order: an instrument he'll debut Thursday night with the Nashville Symphony.

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Loretta Lynn Accepts Americana Lifetime Achievement Award (And Then Drives 800 Miles To A Show)

Loretta Lynn Accepts Americana Lifetime Achievement Award (And Then Drives 800 Miles To A Show)
Loretta Lynn talks to the media and other artists before the 2014 Americana Music Association awards show at the Ryman Auditorium. Credit: Emily Siner / WPLN

Loretta Lynn is an icon in country music, but another group of musicians have called her their own. The Americana Music Association honored her Wednesday night for being a pioneer among female songwriters.

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How Long Can Artists Afford To Live In Nashville?

How Long Can Artists Afford To Live In Nashville?
Herb Williams sifts through a box of purple crayons. After cutting the ends off, he stores them in bins, shown to the right. Credit: Emily Siner / WPLN

Nashville’s music scene has long been on the national map, and within the past few years, the visual art scene has boomed too. But while Nashville artists are happy to see the growth, some are worried it could also push them out.

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Masterpiece Or Pretty Good Songs? Johnny Cash Estate Releases Lost Album

Masterpiece Or Pretty Good Songs? Johnny Cash Estate Releases Lost Album
Producer John Carter Cash recorded new parts on an album made by his father in the early 1980s in the Cash Cabin Studios in Hendersonville, Tenn. Credit: Stephen Jerkins

Johnny Cash is out with an album of new music more than a decade after his death. His son – John Carter Cash – has polished some forgotten tunes that were sitting around collecting dust. And he says they show the lighter side of the “man in black.”

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New Music Shines at Classical Grammy Awards

New Music Shines at Classical Grammy Awards
Composer and bandleader Maria Schneider accepts her Grammy Award. Her album Winter Morning Walks earned three awards yesterday at the pre-telecast Grammy ceremony in Los Angeles. Image: Michael Buckner/Getty Images

In this year's Grammy Awards, the classical music was as new as the pop. A jazz composer and a soprano captured multiple prizes, while the Academy recognized a performances by an adventurous American orchestra and a compelling young vocal group. See the full list of classical winners.

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Honky Tonker Turned Country Crooner Ray Price Dies At 87

Honky Tonker Turned Country Crooner Ray Price Dies At 87
Ray Price's career spanned 60 years and two big shifts in country music - the popularizing of honky tonk as well as crooning. Credit: Ray Price via Facebook

Ray Price's career spanned 60 years and two big shifts in country music - the popularizing of honky tonk as well as crooning. Credit: Ray Price via Facebook
Ray Price’s career spanned 60 years and two big shifts in country music – the popularizing of honky tonk as well as crooning. Credit: Ray Price via Facebook

Before there was Willie Nelson or Merle Haggard, there was Ray Price. The Country Music Hall of Famer who bridged Texas honkey tonk and country crooning has died after a 25-month bout with pancreatic cancer. (more…)

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