A Preview of the Winter Arts Preview: Inside This Week's Issue



The Long Awaited, Patricia Piccinini
  • "The Long Awaited," Patricia Piccinini
After last month's bevy of year-end lists, a look forward is a welcome respite. We wanted our annual Winter Arts Preview to work like a planning calendar for the seasons' best offerings across the arts, from museum and gallery exhibits to free film series to dive-bar poetry readings. As such, we've got all sorts of cultural cures for seasonal affective disorder:

Visual Art: An interview with The Frist's Mark Scala about the upcoming exhibit Fairy Tales, Monsters and The Genetic Imagination. Plus our picks for this season's most noteworthy shows, with offerings from Zeitgeist, Vanderbilt, The Arts Company, Cumberland Gallery, Watkins, Twist, Seed Space, Threesquared, Belmont, Ovvio Arte and Cheekwood.

Theater: You'll be able to find at least one play to suit your taste this season, with options ranging from Shakespeare to Sondheim, plus The Who's Tommy.

Books: Just-opened bookstores like Parnassus Books and the joint Barnes and Noble/Vanderbilt bookstore are a welcome trend, plus readings by Wells Tower, Lorrie Moore, and the return of our old and new favorite series like Salon@615 and Poetry Sucks!

Film: Fifteen countries' worth of films will be presented this semester at Vanderbilt's International Lens. Plus Ridley's picks for the best screenings across town, from The Belcourt, Nashville Public Library, ITVS Community Cinema and The Frist.

Classical: Grammy-nominated Alias Chamber Ensemble and Nashville Symphony Orchestra spearhead a busy winter classical season, with help from Blair String Quartet and Music City Baroque.

Plus Critics' Picks on Museum and Menagerie: A Celebration of Circus Past and Present, Poetry Sucks!, a gallery conversation on The Frist's Divine Light: Northern Renaissance Paintings exhibit, La Bella Notte Preview Party: Taste of Venice, the grand opening of Nikki Lane's High Class Hillbilly, a Wells Tower reading at Vanderbilt, The Wages of Fear at The Belcourt, Five Women Wearing the Same Dress, Don't Bother to Knock, U.S. Rep. John Lewis' commemoration of MLK Day, and Ralphie May at Zanies.

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