"All the World's a Stage"
This is the phrase that begins a monologue from William Shakespeare's As You Like It. Nowhere in America is that phrase more true than in Music City, our home—here in Nashville, Tennessee. The obvious reasons need no explanation: music, of course. But many of us know another meaning-many of Nashville’s stages are full of hard working actors who show up at curtain time year after year, decade after decade. These include people like our Theatre issue’s In Depth interviewee, Denice Hicks, the artistic director of the Nashville Shakespeare Festival (NSF). Denice has been a driving theatrical force in “Music” city for over TWO DECADES. We are thrilled and honored to present her on the cover of 2nd & Church. Of course, she does not do it alone. MANY people in many ways come together to make the NSF work. Pictured here is a page from Denice's issue, featuring Singer/Songwriter David Olney. David appeared on stage and provided the music behind As You Like It, the summer's production for NSF's Shakespeare in the Park. (Photo of David by Gregg Roth.) Click here to read more about our Theatre issue, out later this year.
An Evening with Poe…and the Fountain Square Players…in Kentucky
AN EVENING WITH POE will be performed at 7 p.m. on Oct. 24 & 25 at the HOUCHENS CENTER located on Adams Street in Bowling Green, Kentucky. The price for those performances are $13, which includes light refreshments for the attendees. Click here to order tickets online. Tickets may also be purchased at the door if seating is available. They are limited to 25-30 participants per performance because of the size of the venue---currently there are available tickets for both performances. The staged reading will also be presented in Russellville, Kentucky at the HISTORIC LOGAN COUNTY COURTHOUSE on Oct. 30 at 7 pm and the admission price for that performance is $5.
This Halloween, Psycho Thrill Series Will Keep Readers Up All Night!
Bastei Entertainment presents on October 3, Psycho Thrill: Chilling Tales of Horror – a collection of spine-tingling digital short stories produced by acclaimed horror writer Uwe Voehl and written by award-winning authors including the German Fantasy Prize-winning horror writer and comic editor Christian Endres; US-born Timothy Stahl, author of the award-winning horror series WÖLFE; and writer, crime historian, and magician Robert C. Marley. The series of affordable self-contained novellas – sold at $1.99 each – includes horror favorites from classic ghost stories, to terrifying psychological thrillers and dark sci-fi fantasy. Originally published in German, the Psycho Thrill series will be available for the first time in English on iBooks and Amazon to scare American readers this Halloween. Click here to read the full press release.
October 28: Chef Sean Brock Book Signing of Heritage in Nashville!
Join The Hermitage Hotel as they toast the debut book by Chef Sean Brock - Heritage. It is fitting that Brock is launching the book in Nashville at The Hermitage Hotel, where it all began. Brock opened The Hermitage Hotel in 2003 as Executive Chef of the Capitol Grille. Later that same year he brought in Chef Tyler Brown as his Sous Chef and the two have been best friends ever since. Click here for additional information.
Theatre Issue Sneak Peek!
We are delighted to offer our readers this free sneak peek into a selection from our Theatre issue. Did you know that not all stories are focused on the Theatre? We have plenty of book reviews, Q&As with community arts leaders, and something special from The Porch Writers’ Collective. Entitled, “Retreating at Rivendell,” The Porch Writers’ Collective’s Co-Founder Katie McDougall recounts The Porch’s inaugural “Sense of Place” weekend writing retreat. Click here to read the full article. And if you like what you read, great news: their next retreat is in November!
How Sean Brock Makes Cracklin’ Cornbread
"My favorite ball cap, made by Billy Reid, has a patch on the front that reads “Make Cornbread, Not War.” I’m drawn to it because cornbread is a sacred thing in the South, almost a way of life. But cornbread, like barbeque, can be the subject of great debate among Southerners. Flour or no flour? Sugar or no sugar? Is there an egg involved? All are legitimate questions." Click here to read more from Chef Brock, including his recipe for Cracklin’ Cornbread!
A Few Words with Nashville’s Jon Royal
As part of our coverage of the Nashville Shakespeare Festival (NSF) in our Theatre issue (out later this year), we sat down with director, actor, teaching artist, and technician Jon Royal. While he has directed numerous productions throughout his career, the 2014 Winter Shakespeare’s performance of Othello was Jon’s first time directing for the NSF.
Please click here to enjoy this excerpt of our interview and catch our Theatre issue for the full conversation.