Nashville, an Entertaining Place


I have a confession to make. (No, not one of those kinds of Confessions. Go here if you’re looking for that!) When we decided to do the Arts & Entertainment issue this month, I felt a little lost.

I mean, Arts & Entertainment. What an unwieldy, broad subject! What were we thinking? And we live in Nashville, where the phrase “Music City” refers to indie rock and country as much as to the Nashville Symphony; where galleries offer art from $10 to $10,000; where the Frist features everything from Warhol to Degas; where you can see an art film at the Belcourt or be an extra in a movie starring Gwyneth Paltrow; where you can catch a Broadway show or a songwriters’ round. If you’re looking for art or entertainment, we’ve got it.

So, since we can’t be all things to all people, we went by the old adage, “Write what you know.” Looking for ways to enjoy the arts in the community, but don’t know where to start? Elizabeth Ulrich explains how easy it is to enjoy the arts in the Nashville area. Interested in hearing about the leading ladies in our local arts scene? We interviewed Cheekwood President and CEO Jane Offenbach and Belcourt Theatre’s Managing Director Stephanie Silverman. Wondering what all of those sculptures popping up all over town are about? Carrington Fox has the answer.

In light of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Kim Green had a frank conversation with three area women, all of whom are fighting breast cancer, and we’re honored to share their honest, unfiltered opinions and experiences with you. One of our own Her contributors, Leila Grossman, was recently diagnosed, and we’ve been so impressed with her strength, grace and humor. Through her business, Grannis Photography, Leila provides the beautiful photos you find on the “Her Nashville” page in the back of the magazine each issue. She’s a working mom and she’s looking forward to getting back to work full-time. Find out how you can help her here.

Of course, we had to have a little fun with this issue. Erin Burcham Taylor — who was just recognized in the Nashville Scene’s Best of Nashville Readers’ Poll as one of the Best Local Columnists — uncovered some local women who use their bodies to express their art. We’re talking tattoos, people, and these are not your creepy-great-uncle-who-used-to-be-in-the-Navy types of tattoos. These are incredible works of art that celebrate individuality and creativity — and isn’t that what Nashville is all about?


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