The Music City Skinny is a weekly roundup of Nashville arts and entertainment news from around the web.
Spring Tennessee Craft Fair Starts Today (Tennessee Tribune) Join us on the lawn of Nashville’s Centennial Park at 2500 West End Avenue for the 46th Annual Spring Tennessee Craft Fair. Tennessee Craft’s Spring and Fall Fairs are recognized as the premier craft festivals in Nashville and the Southeast, drawing attendees from Boston, Houston, San Francisco and further.
EXCLUSIVE: Listen to a New Song by Matthew Perryman Jones and K.S. Rhoads from Nashville Ballet’s Seven Deadly Sins (Now Playing Nashville) Hear an all-new track from Nashville Ballet’s world premiere of Seven Deadly Sins with Ten Out of Tenn before it hits the stage tonight, May 5, through Sunday at TPAC’s Jackson Hall. This is the only place where you can listen to Lust (All That I Want) written by Matthew Perryman Jones and K.S. Rhoads before the artists debut it at Seven Deadly Sins. Buy tickets
National Art and Education Highlight 42nd Annual Harding Art Show (Nashville Arts magazine) The Harding Art Show has long been Harding Academy’s most important annual fundraiser. Thanks to this year’s featured artist, Ed Nash, the event will also be an innovative arts education project. Continues through Saturday at Harding Academy, 170 Windsor Drive in Nashville. The event is free, but a $10 donation is suggested.
The Lone Bellow Headlines Annual Sevier Park Fest (Nashville Scene) Sevier Park is a lovely place to spend an afternoon, getting some exercise in the broad open fields or dozing under the enormous old trees that surround the mid-19th-century mansion Sunnyside. Today and Saturday, the annual Sevier Park Fest also brings a bike race, a slew of activities for kids, a pop-up dog park, art displays, food trucks and lots of live music. Friday night’s concert is a ticketed event (general admission is $35 at the gate) headlined by Americana outfit The Lone Bellow, recent transplants from Brooklyn who’ve been at work on a new album with esteemed producer Dave Cobb.
Support Bridges at Music City Derby Day (Nashville Pride) Presented by LifePoint Health, Music City Derby Day, Nashville’s signature celebration of the Kentucky Derby will be held this year at The Cordelle on Saturday, May 6th from 3:30-7:00 pm. The event will feature live Derby coverage, a Silent Auction, the hilarious Stick Horse Races, local fare and Mint Juleps—the official drink of the Kentucky Derby. This colorful fundraiser is open to the public, and proceeds support Bridges’ programs to empower more than 207,000 Middle Tennesseans with any level of hearing loss. Get tickets
Garrison Keillor: Prairie Home Companion Wouldn’t Exist Without The Ryman (WPLN-FM) WPLN’s Blake Farmer spoke to Garrison Keillor, who is performing at the Ryman this weekend to celebrate the venue’s 125th year and a celebration of the venue’s gospel roots. With performances by Fisk Jubilee Singers, Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder, The Whites, Jearlyn Steele and Richard Dworsky, this show gives tribute to the music that found its home at the Ryman 125 years ago. Buy tickets
Closing Ceremony of the Sand Mandala at the Frist (The Tennessean) The Tibetan monks of Drepung Loseling Monestery return to the Frist Center for the Visual Arts on Sunday to destroy the intricate sand mandala they created in February with millions of grains of colored sand. In conjunction with Free Family Festival Day and to punctuate the closing of the exhibition, “Secrets of Buddhist Art: Tibet, Japan, and Korea,” the monks will chant and sweep up the sand in a ritual closing ceremony. Guests are then invited to follow the monks in a procession down Broadway from the Frist Center to the Amphitheater in Riverside Park on the Cumberland River, where the monks will perform multiphonic chanting and pour half of the sand into the water to disperse the healing energies of the mandala throughout the world.
TWTP’s 11th Annual Women Work Festival (The Tennessean) Tennessee Women’s Theater Project opens its 11th Annual Women’s Work Festival this weekend, with an exciting mix of performing and visual arts — all created by women.Opening weekend highlights include the Music City-inspired musical “Another Round,” with music/lyrics by Julie Forester and Kirsti Manna; book by Bill Feehely; a staged reading of Kari Floren’s new play, “Revisiting Wildfire,” featuring Aleta Myles and Tamara Scott, directed by Carolyn German; and the Nashville-made (and soon-to-be cult favorite) horror/comedy film “Black Holler,” written by Heidi Ervin, Rachel Ward Heggen and Jason Berg, and starring TWTP favorite Tamiko Robinson Steele. Tonight through May 21 at Looby Theater. Buy tickets
Exploring David Lynch’s Body of Work Ahead of His Belcourt Retrospective (Nashville Scene)
All 10 of the weirdo auteur’s features will show this month at the Belcourt, starting this weekend. For more information and to buy tickets
Emmylou Harris and the Nash Ramblers Return to the Ryman (The Tennessean) When Emmylou Harris and the Nash Ramblers recorded their live album “At the Ryman,” the small audience wasn’t permitted to sit in or under the then-dilapidated venue’s balcony due to safety concerns. Tuesday night, things were a little different. Harris and the Ramblers (Sam Bush, Jon Randall, Al Perkins, Larry Atamanuik and Byron House) returned to a full and fully-restored Mother Church of Country Music to celebrate the 25th anniversary of “At the Ryman,” a project that found the top-notch acoustic band covering a collection of American music that ranged from Stephen Foster to Bruce Springsteen. Juli Thanki reviews the concert, in which the band performed the album in its entirety, was filmed and is slated to air on PBS stations beginning Aug. 5.