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For the first time, the Tennessee Performing Arts Center is investing money in a major show that will feature local talent. The venue's Broadway Series normally consists of national tours making brief stops in Music City, and the local companies that utilize its smaller theaters are essentially renters.

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Tennessee Performing Arts Center’s upcoming Broadway season is largely made up of the touring productions that have been its mainstay for years. But the 2016-17 schedule begins and ends with shows that have Middle Tennessee connections: one is a locally produced rendition of a favorite musical, the other a show co-written by a veteran of Music Row.

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The Nashville Film Festival has attracted buyers for the first time this year. Industry representatives will be mixing in with the crowd, watching movies and potentially making deals.


I asked Ted Crockett, executive director of the film festival, to read me the list of buyers. I recognized most of the names, like Amazon and Starz, until we got near the bottom. 


Karyn Kipley / Nashville Ballet

The Nashville Ballet has announced its 2016-17 season, including a greater presence than ever for one longtime member of the company.

Christopher Stuart joined Nashville Ballet as a dancer in 2003, and has a number of featured solo roles on his resume. A few years ago, audiences were introduced to his choreography in the company's experimental, black box performances, Emergence. This season, his 2014 dance Under the Lights makes up half of the annual contemporary show, Attitude. Stuart is also the choreographer of the final mainstage show of the season.

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There may have been a little history made today at the groundbreaking of the new Tennessee State Museum. Chattanooga-born author and historian Jon Meacham shared some remarks that left an impression on those who attended.

Scouting For Diamonds
Scouting For Diamonds

A baseball documentary by a Nashville filmmaker has landed an all-star narrator.

Actor and avid Chicago Cubs fan Bill Murray has signed on to voice and co-produce the film “Scouting For Diamonds.” It tells the stories of baseball’s greatest talent scouts. View the trailer below:

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Country music superstar Dolly Parton has her sights set on Broadway and the silver screen — but first, she's hitting the road again.

Parton announced Monday morning that she's taking her biggest North American tour in more than 20 years this summer, following the release of a new album. She'll perform hits like "9 to 5" and "I Will Always Love You," in addition to new songs, but on a pared-down stage with mostly acoustic instruments.

The tour, Pure & Simple, is named after her upcoming album. "I don't know how pure I am, but I know I'm pretty simple," she said.

Nashville Children's Theatre

The man who led the Nashville Children’s Theater for the last three decades has died. Scot Copeland passed away suddenly overnight.

As a teen, Copeland co-founded a children’s theater in a small Alabama town. He went on to devote his entire career to producing plays for young audiences, saying he enjoyed how willing children were to follow along with all kinds of stories. At the Nashville Children’s Theater, he built a reputation for staging immersive shows that introduced kids to fanciful worlds, historical events, and great works of youth literature.

Carl Van Vechten Gallery
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Fisk University’s famed Alfred Stieglitz Collection has returned to Nashville. After two years hanging in the Crystal Bridges museum in Arkansas, the artwork will get an unveiling here on April 7.

Alanna Styer

For over a year, a Nashville artist went on an unusual pilgrimage: She travelled around the country, to sites in 15 cities and towns where people of color were killed in encounters with police.

Alanna Styer. a recent graduate of Watkins College of Art, Design and Film, undertook the journey for her senior thesis. She photographed street corners, business storefronts, and other outdoor spaces that have this one grievous commonality. She called the project “Where It Happened.”