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Music museums keeping Michael Jackson exhibits on display (13 WTHR)
The National Museum of African American Music says some Michael Jackson artifacts will be on display in a planned exhibit called “One Nation Under A Groove,” when the museum opens in downtown Nashville in early 2020. The museum has previously released renderings of the building’s design, featuring an image of Jackson on the exterior.
Kelsea Ballerini Surprised With Grand Ole Opry Invitation (U.S. News Report & World News)
Country singer Kelsea Ballerini got a big surprise when vocal group Little Big Town invited her to become the Grand Ole Opry’s newest and youngest current member.
People Issue 2019: Poet and Author Caroline Randall Williams (Nashville Scene)
Williams’ heritage could be considered Nashville African-American royalty. Her great-grandfather was the Harlem Renaissance novelist and poet Arna Bontemps. Her grandfather was the prominent civil rights attorney Avon Williams. Her mother, Alice Randall, is an acclaimed novelist and country music songwriter whose work has spent time on both The New York Times’ bestseller list and Billboard’s Hot Country Songs.
‘Nashville’ to Be Adapted as a Broadway Musical (Midland Daily News)
Break out your square-dancing shoes, urban cowboys: TV series “Nashville” is being adapted into a Broadway musical with Scott Delman set to produce.
Mangia Offers Half-Price Tuesdays in March (Nashville Scene)
When most people think about Nick Pellegrino’s Melrose Italian eatery Mangia, they are probably imagining the festive feasts that he throws on Friday and Saturday nights. While those evenings of great Italian food and music, dancing and frivolity are certainly entertaining, don’t forget that Mangia is also open Monday through Thursday, with casual à la carte dining featuring a full menu of classic Italian fare, from pizzas to pastas to parms to panini.
Rocker Jerry Lee Lewis suffers stroke, expected to recover (WTHR)
A statement from his publicist says the 83-year-old Rock & Roll Hall of Famer had a stroke Thursday night and is recuperating in Memphis. His publicist, Zach Farnum, said no scheduled shows have been affected.
Hilarity Ensues: NOISES OFF Opens at Cumberland County Playhouse on Friday Night (Broadway World Nashville)
Nashville artist summons your inner ‘Moppet’ with exhibit at Elephant Gallery (Tennessean)
Amelia Briggs’ work eludes comparison. The Nashville-based artist is best known for sculptural abstract paintings she calls “inflatables” — bulgy, candy-colored fusions of panel, pillow stuffing, fabric and paint that look like they might possess the unusual physical properties of Silly Putty.
City could relocate Nashville School of the Arts to downtown area (News Channel 4)
Nashville School of the Arts could be moving to a new building if Metro Council votes to buy land on Rolling Mill Hill. The property is at 88 Hermitage Ave. where the state’s vocational rehabilitation program used to be.
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