To My Readers

Sadly neglected for more than a month, Nashville Past And Present is now active. Contracted to write a series of articles for a large regional project I remained focused on that task throughout the month of April. Further delayed by flood related issues I failed to report on many of the interesting events that I attended during that time. In the spirit of trying to restore order to my life and to bring Nashville Past And Present up to date, I will now attempt to render a brief description of some of the notable local events that I should have covered in April and early May.

I appreciate my readers and want to thank you all for continuing to visit Nashville Past And Present.

Sincerely,
Betsy Thorpe

The futuristic “Urban Species” by Korean artist U-Ram Choe remained on display at the Frist Center through last Saturday. Feeding the imagination, Choe’s set of mechanical sculptures were displayed complete with the written history of how each of these new species evolved and adapted to our future urban world. It was the most interesting and intriguing exhibit of modern art I have ever viewed.

Opening the Nashville Film Festival the British made feature film “Nowhere Boy,” is a coming of age story. Focusing on the angst of adolescence, this excellent film introduces John Lennon as a troubled 15 year old living in the British working class city of Liverpool. Following his evolution from an aimless teenager to a locally successful Teddy Boy musician, “Nowhere Boy” concludes with Lennon and his band headed to Hamburg. With the word Beatle omitted from the movie’s dialogue, director Sam Taylor-Wood, adeptly utilized the early life of John Lennon to present an ageless and universal tale of transition and growth. With an audience largely comprised of self proclaimed Beatle’s experts and historians it was inevitable that following the film’s opening, criticism of minute points of accuracy would erupt throughout the theatre’s lobby, however the majority of the movie goers enjoyed the showing and agreed that “Nowhere Boy” is an exceptional and excellent film.

The Nashville Film Festivals screening of the controversial documentary “Southern Belles” attracted a large audience, many dressed in period costume. Offering a rare inside look into Columbia Tennessee’s 1861 Athenaeum Girls’ School , a week long summer camp where young girls are taught the customs and etiquette of the antebellum South , this documentary produced by Nashville’s Kathy Conkwright and Mary Makley drew strong reacations from the audience. Following the film’s local premier, many attendees expressed delight in the movie, while others noted a specific outrage brought on by the documentary’s opening antebellum commentary supporting the institution of slavery. Also vocal was an elite group of viewers, who by relating their superior sense of tolerant amusement, acknowledged that their presumed knowledge of Southern culture and mores had been artfully confirmed.

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