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CASTING CALL: Genealogy Roadshow, National PBS Documentary Series, Calling Nashville Genealogists

Our Dawson Kin tells the history
of one branch of my family tree.  
One thing I learned researching Dutchman’s Curve, the book I am writing, is that every family has an interesting past. For more than three years I talked to the descendants of people who were either witness to or victims of the worst train wreck in U.S. history and the descendants all shared their fascinating family histories with me.
  One  descendant I interviewed is the great grandson of a man once known as “Hickman County’s youngest Confederate veteran”, the grandson of a man whose name was once listed among Tennessee’s most politically powerful men, and the son of a U.S. Army Lieutenant Colonel who presided over the Dachau Trials, a military tribunal, held for Nazi war criminals inside the Dachau Concentration Camp. His family history is just one of dozens that I learned.
Have you wondered about your family history?  Do you think you are connected in some way to our nation’s rich history and folk lore? Do you have reason to believe that you are related to one of our founding fathers or a famous, or infamous, person? Is there a missing person on your family tree that you would like to find? If so, the casting directors for Genealogy Roadshow want to hear from you.
Genealogy Roadshow is an upcoming PBS documentary series. They will be in Nashville soon to reunite local families with their past and to answer their questions about their history and their lineage.
 Like the popular series Antiques Roadshow this series will have a team of experts traveling all over the country. Instead of helping people learn the history of their family heirlooms, these experts will help people learn their own family history.
 They are looking for people in Nashville and surrounding areas that have interesting family histories and want help in reuniting with long lost relatives.  For your chance to be on the show email GRSHOWCASTING1@gmail.comwith your family story by April 18th and someone from the casting department will get back with you.
 
 
 
           
 
 
 

Hiroshi Motomura–Southern Festival Of Books


Following his presentation inside the Sentate Chambers author Hiroshi Motomura signed copies of book,”Americans in Waiting: The Lost Story of Immigration and Citizenship in the United States” at the Southern Festival of Books, in Nashville, October 9, 2010

With the controversy surrounding the question of immigration, and the appropriate directions U.S. and state policies should follow, a hot political topic, today’s presentation by author Hiroshi Motomura was both timely and significant. Speaking inside the Tennessee State Senate Chamber, Motomoru discussed recent developments affecting immigration law as he expounded on excerpts from his book, “Americans in Waiting: The Lost Story of Immigration and Citizenship in the United States.” As a guest speaker at the 16th annual Southern Festival Of Books, Motomura shed valuable light and insight on this divisive and confusing subject.

Hiroshi Motomura is a professor at UCLA. He is an influential scholar and teacher of immigration and citizenship law. His work is known and respected by law makers across the country and in the nation’s capitol. Following the 2006 publication of “Americans in Waiting” Senator Edward Kennedy stated “Hiroshi Motormura’s portrait of immigration history in the United States is as poignant as it is precise.” Senator Kennedy went on to say that Motomura’s book “emphasizes the need to treat lawful immigrants more inclusively, and welcome them as future citizens who will help revitalize the American Dream for future generations, as they have done throughout history.

“Americans in Waiting” by Hiroshi Motomura is available here for online purchase and review.

Michael McDonald Opens New Season Pop Series With The Nashville Symphony

Resident Conductor Albert-George Schram led the Nashville Symphony Orchestra in an energetic and lively performance tonight, launching this season’s Bank of America Pops Series. The evening began with the orchestra’s lively presentation of Dvorak’s Carnival. The ten minute overture, composed in 1892, includes a stirring march, a peaceful interlude of strings and woodwinds and an overriding movement punctuated by moments of dramatic percussion. The orchestra closed the first hour with a moving rendition of Leonard Bernstein’s Westside Story overture, bringing the audience out of the nineteenth century and into the age of pop music.

Special guest artist, seventies rock icon, Michael McDonald, opened the evenings second hour with “Love Letters,” a 1960 ‘era orchestra ballad. Although McDonald is a five time Grammy winning songwriter, his performance tonight included many tunes composed by other writers. He said the songs he chose are “the ones I can remember where I was when I first heard them.” Not only were the songs meaningful to McDonald, they also showcased his wide range of vocal styles and he easily adapted his soulful baritone to suit the various genres. He romantically crooned Brenda Lee’s “Someday”, powerfully belted out Aretha Franklin’s “Aint No Way” and rocked his way through The Band’s “Rag Mama Rag.” In answer to the crowds resounding cry of encore he delighted the audience with a rocking rendition of Chuck Berry’s “You Never Can Tell.” Following tonight’s performance one fan said that “his voice is as smooth and rich as it ever was.”

The Schermerhorn Symphony Center suffered serious damage during the flood in early May. Repairs on the building are expected to continue through December and the Bank of America Pop Series concerts will be held inside the Allen Arena at David Libscomb University until the Schermerhorn reopens. Upcoming performances of this season eight-part Pop Series include Gershwin “Here to Stay” (October 14-16, 2010), an evening highlighting George Gershwin’s most popular tunes, including his song collaborations with brother Ira; Jewel (November 11-13, 2010), featuring the singer-songwriter performing her pop and country hits of the past two decades; Peter Cetera (January 13-15, 2011), presenting the legendary lead-singer of the group Chicago and successful solo artist; Broadway Rocks! (February 24-26, 2011), a collection of high-energy rock and pop songs originally featured on the Broadway stage; The Sound of Philadelphia (March 31, April 1-2, 2011), featuring the dynamic group Spectrum in a look back at the signature sound of Philadelphia soul as created during the 1970s; Michael Cavanaugh Sings the Music of Bill Joel (May 5-7, 2011), an evening with the GRAMMY-nominated star of Billy Joel’s Broadway musical Movin’ Out; and Lorrie Morgan (May 26-28.

Extreme Makeover Nashville Episode To Air November 7

Commenting on the state of the art facility provided by ABC and the Extreme Makeover crew, Headmaster Sweatt said, “It is very cool that Nashville’s premier pre-school is in Antioch. What a blessing for our community.”


Two days after the Extreme Makeover “Reveal” Lighthouse School Headmaster Bryan Sweatt sits on the steps of the new pre-school with his son Kobe and two neighborhood children.

Last week the Extreme Makeover crew worked round the clock with more than fifteen hundred local volunteers to rebuild the flooded out Lighthouse Christian Pre school. At the same time Lighthouse School headmaster Bryan Sweatt and his family enjoyed a “sta-cation” courtesy of the show. Nashville is a popular tourist destination and producers of the show sent the Sweatt family on a week long Nashville adventure to promote and showcase the city. The family was filmed enjoying some of Nashville’s finest entertainment and amenities.

Their “sta-cation” adventures included a back stage visit to the Grand Ole Opry ,personal serenades by some of country music’s biggest stars and a Sunday afternoon visit to LP Field where they witnessed the Ttitan’s win over last years Super Bowl champions, the New Orlean’s Saints.

The Nashville episode of Extreme Makeover will on November 7th and will include appearances by the TSU marching band, Tennessee Titans Cheerleaders, Congressman Cooper, and Nashville Mayor, Karl Dean.

The Golden Age Of Couture, Frist Art Center, Ends September 12

The Golden Age of Couture: Paris and London 1947–1957 is an exhibition that transports visitors to the most glamorous fashion houses of Paris and London in the years after WWII. This exhibition was organized by the Victoria & Albert Museum (V&A) in London, which possesses one of the finest costume collections in the world. Following record breaking attendance at its launch in London and its subsequent presentations in Australia, Hong Kong and Canada, The Golden Age of Couture continues its international tour at the Frist Center, the exhibition’s only venue in the United States, before traveling to Museums Sheffield in 2011.