'Clear and Sweet' at OZ Arts plus 5 more culture events you shouldn't miss

'Clear and Sweet' at OZ Arts plus 5 more culture events you shouldn't miss
  1. 'Clear and Sweet' at OZ Arts plus 5 more culture events you shouldn't miss
    OZ Arts Nashville welcomes acclaimed Seattle-based dance and visual arts collective, and that's not all that is going on in Nashville culture…

From OZ for "Clear and Sweet."(Photo: Juniper Shuey)


'Clear and Sweet' at OZ Arts Nashville

OZ Arts Nashville welcomes acclaimed Seattle-based dance and visual arts collective zoe | juniper this week – with its beautifully immersive “Clear and Sweet.”

From OZ for "Clear and Sweet." (Photo: Juniper Shuey)

This multi-disciplinary performance brings the uniquely American tradition of Sacred Harp singing together with Zoe Scofield’s intense choreography and Juniper Shuey’s cutting-edge visual design. Performed in the “hollow square” — with audience members surrounding the dance space on four sides — the piece highlights shifting points of perspective.

Originating in the American South from the early to mid-1800s, Sacred Harp utilizes a form of music notation called Shape Notes and is performed a cappella. This rich tradition in choral music is highly participatory, and audience members are encouraged to join in. A post-performance question and answer session is planned for Sept. 14.

Sept. 14-15 at OZ Arts Nashville, 6172 Cockrill Bend Circle. Performances at 8 p.m., Thursday and Friday. Tickets $50, available at ozartsnashville.org.

Artist Lecture Series begins at Vanderbilt with Aki Sasamoto

Vanderbilt’s Department of Art and the Studio VU Lecture Series opens the 2017-2018 season with, “Today’s Special,” a lecture by New York-based Japanese performance and installation artist, Aki Sasamoto.  

Sasamoto constructs sculptures and environments that double as props and settings for experimental performances, lectures, and monologues that reflect on complex emotions and realities with stream of consciousness logic and deadpan humor. She often collaborates with visual artists, musicians, choreographers, dancers, mathematicians, and scholars.  

She has exhibited in numerous international and domestic venues, including the Whitney Biennial 2010, SculptureCenter, Chocolate Factory Theater, and Shanghai Biennale 2016, China.  She is also the co-founder of the non-profit interdisciplinary arts organization, Culture Push.

The free lecture takes place at 6 p.m. Sept. 20 at the E. Bronson Ingram Studio Arts Center, Room 220, at 1204 25th Ave. S.  

'Monuments and Structures,' at Belmont’s Leu Art Gallery

In a new exhibition at Belmont’s Leu Art Gallery, three local artists contribute to the ongoing conversation about Nashville’s cultural landscape and the monuments and landmarks that illustrate it. Opening on Friday, “Monuments and Structures,” on view through Oct. 13, features abstract paintings by Brady Haston and abstract photographs by Robin Paris and Tom Williams.  

Robin Paris and Tom Williams, "Confederate Private Monument by George Julian Zolnay, Centennial Park, Nashville, TN (installed in 1909)," 2014, archival pigment print, 32x24". (Photo: Photo courtesy of the gallery)

Brady Haston is a Tennessee native whose work is inspired by obscure landmarks and urban reference points.  Robin Paris and Tom Williams are professors at Watkins College of Art, Design & Film and their collaborative work explores the generalized rhetoric within the political or commemorative monumentality of figurative monuments.  

A reception and gallery talk with the artists will be held on Thursday, Sept. 21, 4-6 p.m.  

Leu Art Gallery is in the Lila D. Bunch Library at 1900 Belmont Blvd.  Hours are  9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 1-7 p.m., Sunday. Admission is free.  

Carolyn German (Photo: Bralyn Stokes Photography)

Carolyn German at The Nashville Jazz Workshop

The Nashville Jazz Workshop continues its popular series, “Cabaret at the Workshop,” this weekend with Carolyn German’s latest cabaret creation — “So Many Layers: Songs About Complicated Humans…and Cake.” 

Known for her boundless wit and charm, German has been a performing-arts professional for more than 35 years, having worked as a vocalist, actor, director, lyricist, producer, playwright, composer and guest speaker. “So Many Layers” includes everything from bold parodies to tender ballads — all accompanied by pianist Jeff Lisenby.

Sept. 16 at The Jazz Cave at the Nashville Jazz Workshop, 1319 Adams St., in Nashville. Performance at 8 p.m., Saturday. Tickets are $25 ($15 for high school/college students), available at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3072639 or 800-838-3006 or 615-242-5299. (Advance purchase strongly recommended.) Visit nashvillejazz.org for details.

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