The Music City Skinny is a weekly roundup of Nashville arts and entertainment news from around the web.
2017 CMA Awards Preach Unity, Crown Garth Brooks Entertainer of the Year (Rolling Stone)
Nashville pays tribute to fallen stars and fans alike at 51st annual show
At Belmont, Rick Byrd plays by the rules, graduates players, wins games (USA Today)
Every player under Byrd in the Division I era has earned his degree; his teams have held a GPA of 3.0 or higher for 17 consecutive seasons; Belmont leads the nation in Academic All-Americans since 2001 with 15; Belmont has sported a perfect APR for eight consecutive years; and the Bruins have lost only one scholarship player via transfer since 2003.
How Nick Discovered His Purpose as an Artist (Artsy)
“I think I’m an artist with a civic responsibility; that’s really the foundation of my platform,” Cave says in an animated video on Artsy about his piece, HEARD•NY. “It really made me understand my purpose in life and how I wanted to use art as this vehicle for change.” Nick Cave: Feat. opens at The Frist Center for the Visual Arts this weekend.
How CMA Awards nominee Jason Isbell broke the Nashville rules (Entertainment Weekly)
Singer-songwriter and former Drive-By Truckers member Jason Isbell is up for Album of the Year at the CMA Awards, and he got there without the support of country radio or a major label.
Nashville Metro Council approves financing for $275M MLS stadium project (The Tennessean)
Nashville is pushing to bring a MLS team to Nashville and building a stadium helps their chances.
Splices: Top-Notch Belcourt Holdovers and So-So Wide Releases (Nashville Scene)
Here’s what’s happening this week at the movies
BWW Review: Circle Players’ Sweeping and Epic HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME (Broadway World)
With a sense of the sweeping epic about it – and a darkly romantic story to tell – The Hunchback of Notre Dame (“a new musical based on the Victor Hugo novel and songs from the Disney film”) offers an intriguing retelling of the story of Quasimodo, the hideously deformed and often reviled bellringer at Paris’ Notre Dame cathedral, and Esmeralda, the fiery, passionate gypsy temptress with whom he becomes infatuated.
O’More Designer Show House (Nashville Arts Magazine)
O’More College of Design’s highly anticipated and renowned annual event, the 2017 O’More Designer Show House, closes this weekend on November 12.
Nashville Shakespeare Festival celebrates 30 years; Kicks off season with Hamlet, starring Sam Ashdown (Nashville Pride)
The Nashville Shakespeare Festival is heading into its 3rd decade of producing Shakespeare for the Mid-South community.
How Jack White’s Third Man Records Made a Mark on Nashville (Vulture)
In March of 2009, when Jack White, Ben Swank, and Ben Blackwell opened Third Man Records’ headquarters in Nashville, they didn’t have grand ambitions to invade the city’s already-bustling music scene. Their plan was to absorb Tennessee’s rich music history while they began to press and distribute White’s and his colleagues’ records.