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Alice Gebura

OZ Arts Nashville has announced its new season lineup. It features more artists and performances — and lower ticket prices.

New artistic director Mark Murphy, who stepped into the role this spring, says that’s one of a few ways the contemporary performing arts center is looking to build bigger audiences.

In the past, most shows at OZ Arts have played a maximum of two nights. Starting this fall, Murphy says "there are three or four performances by most of the visiting artists, including the international artists from Japan, and Chile and Brazil." 

Centennial Park Nashville
Metro Arts Commission

Most visitors to Nashville’s Centennial Park can guess what the main attraction is: The Parthenon. Towering over the landscape, it catches the eye of the tourist and casts a shadow over the park’s less noticeable features.

But the veteran parkgoer knows that there are other, smaller treasures scattered across Centennial’s grassy lawns.

Union Station Nashville
Library of Congress / Wikimedia Commons

There was a time when one of the most acclaimed authors in American literature set a story in Nashville. In the early 1900’s, O. Henry wrote “A Municipal Report,” a gritty mystery that plays out in a city grappling with its identity.

A recent Curious Nashville listener asks if O. Henry had ever actually visited, and why a famous author would choose to set a story here.

Watkins College silos
Tony Gonzalez / WPLN

While all kinds of buildings are rising across Nashville, one of the city’s largest business parks — MetroCenter — is now home to one of the more unusual structures.

National Endowment for the Arts

In terms of federal funding for the arts, Nashville organizations have received far more than other Tennessee cities — including twice as much as Memphis — in the past three years.

That’s one of the insights from data provided by the Tennessee Arts Commission and the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), which is celebrating its 50th year.

Choral Arts Link Nashville
Tony Gonzalez / WPLN

After several years of unsuccessful lobbying, Nashville’s arts organizations are celebrating a boost in Metro government funding. Every group that was approved for a grant will get more this year — with some increases of 50 percent, 100 percent, or even 300 percent.

Nashville Criminal Justice Center

There’s beginning to be some agreement between Nashville’s mayor and sheriff over a controversial jail project.

TPAC Exterior
Rick McBride / TPAC

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.