The Music City Skinny is a weekly roundup of Nashville arts and entertainment news from around the web.
Local indie-popsters ELEL headline Frist Fridays (StyleBlueprint)
Bring your lawn chairs and blankets for Frist Center for Visual Arts’ second Frist Fridays of the summer today, July 28, with food specials and a cash bar. On stage: seven-piece indie-pop ensemble ELEL, locally based but becoming more known nationally. Artist Beth Reitmeyer, a frequent ELEL collaborator—and also a recent teaching artist for the Frist Center’s Extrasensory project—will install her luminous geodes around the stage.
Filmmaker puts focus on Nashville in short ‘Honky Tonky’ at Frist (Nashville Arts magazine)
Local filmmaker John Warren has made Broadway the subject of his latest short film, “Honky Tonky.” The piece, completed using a 16-millimeter Bolex camera, is a woozy compilation of the street lights and neon signs, offering a sensational, overwhelming, and sometimes tense take on a night spent exploring the strip. Warren’s 2011 film Notturno is on display in the Pattern Recognition: Art and Music Videos in Middle Tennessee exhibit at the Frist Center for the Visual Arts, which runs until October 8. During Frist Friday, Warren will screen some of his 16 mm films and answer questions.
Nashville Zoo set for Red, White and Zoo (The Tennessean)
The Nashville Zoo is set for its annual Red, White and Zoo wine-tasting event at 7 Friday night, July 28. The adults-only, age 21-and-over event, which benefits the zoo’s annual operating fund, will feature unlimited wine tastings from around the world coupled with strolls around the zoo. The Masai giraffe, Caribbean flamingo and meerkat exhibits and more will be open until sundown, with keepers available for questions.
Sideshow Fringe Festival runs the entertainment gamut (Nashville Scene)
Produced by Actors Bridge Ensemble, the Sideshow Fringe Festival features two full weekends of activity encompassing a wide array of performance styles — circus, sketch comedy, dance, storytelling, puppetry and so on.
Destiny Theatre Experience’s provocative production burns bright. (Broadway World Nashville)
Jeffrey Ellis reviews: “Despite its title and abundant profanity (or maybe even because of it), ‘The Motherf**ker With the Hat’ is actually filled with a lot of humanity and heart …” Performances of the Tony Award-nominated play continue through Saturday, July 29 at Darkhorse Theater.
The long wait is over: The Titans open training camp this weekend (The Tennessean)
In a change from previous years, the Titans will not release a schedule for player autographs in advance of their 13 training camp practices open to the public this summer. But as a tradeoff, far more players will sign autographs each day, as compared to previous seasons. Players report for the start of training camp on Friday, July 28 at Saint Thomas Sports Park. The first practice is Saturday and is open to the public. Ms. Cheap offers a fan’s guide of what you need to know.
Two of the world’s best soccer clubs converge on Nissan Stadium Saturday (The Tennessean)
Two of the best soccer clubs in the world, Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur, will play in Music City this summer for the International Champions Cup presented by Heineken. Both teams are in the top of the renowned English Premier League. The two powerhouse clubs feature some of the top international talent from around the world. Some 60,000 fans are expected at Nissan Stadium for the match, set for 5 p.m. Saturday, with tickets starting at $25 at Ticketmaster. A fan’s guide of what you need to know.
Welcome to the Jungle, Again: Guns N’ Roses Heading Back to Nashville (Nashville Scene)
Axl Rose, Slash and the boys bring their Not in This Lifetime Tour to Music City for a second time this fall. Tickets for the Nov. 13 show at Bridgestone Arena go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday, July 28, at Ticketmaster.
Earls of Leicester, Balsam Range lead IBMA Award nominations (The Tennessean)
The Earls of Leicester and Balsam Range led the pack with eight nominations each, including for Entertainer of the Year, which the Earls — a supergroup that pays homage to the music of Flatt and Scruggs — won in 2015 and 2016, as the nominees for the 2017 International Bluegrass Music Awards were announced this week in Nashville.
The Privates explode onto the scene in ‘The Privates’ (Nashville Scene)
Stream the sci-fi/comedy short inspired by the local rockers and featuring their tunes.