Arts & Letters

Thursday, April 10, 2003 at 1:00am


Phyllis Conley Salter's "Color Series #1," hangs at the Centennial Art Center through April 30. Photo courtesy of Centennial Art Center.

Book signings

Barnes and Noble Booksellers (1701 Mallory Ln.; 377-9979) , 6 p.m., Friday. Award-winning novelist A.G. Harmon will read and sign his new novel, A House All Stilled, which recently received the coveted Peter Taylor Prize for the Novel, awarded by The University of Tennessee and the Knoxville Writer's Guild.

Borders Bookstore (2501 West End Ave.; 327-9656) , 6 p.m., Friday. Local Author and Expert, Dr. Marilyn Tucker, exposes how to shed those extra pounds and get ready for summer in a discussion of her book The Nashville Diet.

Noon Saturday. Rhonda Levitch signs Cooking for Blondes: Gourmet Recipes for the Culinarily Challenged and will host a brief demonstration.

6 p.m. Monday, April 14. Best-Selling Author John Connolly Signs The White Road. Connolly thrilled readers with his best-selling novels, Every Dead Thing, Dark Hollow, and The Killing Kind. Now he delivers spellbinding suspense as Charlie Parker races to unravel a brutal crime committed in the deep south.

Phyllis Conley Salter's "Bonfire," hangs at the Centennial Art Center through April 30. Photo courtesy of Centennial Art Center.

Country Music Hall of Fame (222 Fifth Ave. S.; 416-2001). 1 p.m. Saturday. Dennis Schuler, Sr. and Larry J. Delp, authors of the new book Mel Street: A Country Legend Gone But Not Forgotten, will sign copies of their book.

Phyllis Conley Salter's "Equilibrium," quilt hangs at the Centennial Art Center through April 30. Photo courtesy of Centennial Art Center.

Davis-Kidd Booksellers (4007 Hillsboro Rd.; 783-0218). 6 p.m. Friday. Joe L. Rosson will discuss and sign Price It Yourself!. Price It Yourself! is one of the most comprehensive antiques appraisal and research guides available. It covers furniture, glass, pottery and porcelain, silver and other metals, household collectibles, and much more.

6 p.m. Monday, April 14. Author Nan Mooney will discuss and sign My Racing Heart, part memoir, part journey into the compelling world of thoroughbred horse racing.

6 p.m. Tuesday, April 15. Author Vince Staten will read from and sign Why is the Foul Pole Fair?, filled with fascinating trivia, tantalizing lore and field of dreams Americana about that most treasured of all national institutions: the old ball game.

Special events

The Belcourt Theatre (2102 Belcourt Ave.; 846-3150), 7 p.m. today and Friday. In conjunction with the Frist Center's Reflections in Black: Smithsonian African American Photography, the Frist Center and The Belcourt Theatre hosts The Independent Black Voice film series. The series will feature screenings of SLAM on Thursday and 4 Little Girls on Friday, films which explore the ways independent contemporary filmmakers have recorded the challenges and successes of African Americans from 1842 to the present day. Following the screenings, Ron Wynn, The City Paper's film critic, will moderate panel discussions featuring authorities on the eras addressed in each film.

Borders Bookstore (2501 West End Ave.; 327-9656), 3 p.m. Sunday. Join Borders staff as they meet to discuss Harry Potter as a book club for the first time. There will also be a pre-sign up for the new book.

The Frist Center for the Visual Arts (919 Broadway; 244-3340), 7 p.m. Saturday. In conjunction with the Frist Center's Reflections in Black: Smithsonian African American Photography, the Frist Center and The Belcourt Theatre hosts The Independent Black Voice film series. The series will feature screenings of Daughters of the Dust a film which explore the ways independent contemporary filmmakers have recorded the challenges and successes of African Americans from 1842 to the present day. Following the screenings, Ron Wynn, Nashville City Paper's film critic, will moderate panel discussions featuring authorities on the eras addressed in each film.

Gordon Jewish Community Center (2298 MetroCenter Blvd.; 383-4848). Monday, April 14 at 6 p.m.

Scholar Karen Armstrong's discussion of the history of Islam will be broadcast live via satellite from New York's 92nd Street Y to the Gordon Jewish Community Center. Armstrong is one of the most provocative, original and inclusive thinkers on the role of religion in the modern world. She is the author or the international best-seller A History of God, as well as Islam: A Short History, Muhammad: A Biography of the Prophet, among others.

Watkins College of Art&Design (801 Percy Warner Blvd.; 356-7170). Monday, April 14 at 6 p.m. A lecture by international graphic designer and typographer Doyald Young.

Visual Arts

Opening

Plowhaus (213 S. 17th St.; 260-4042). Artist reception Saturday at 7 p.m. ART:POSITIVE group show will showcase art by Ashlea Agbunag, Jami Anderson, Sheila B., Patrica Earnhardt, Beth Gilmore, Joe Hardwick, Keith Harmon, Doyle Hunter, William Justice, Franne Lee, My Nguyen, Coral Smith, Julie Sola, Dickie Soloperto, Matthew Walden, Iwonka Waskowski, John Watts.

Continuing

Belle Meade Plantation (5025 Harding Rd.; 356-0501). Through June 22. Learn about the plantation's role in the exhibit: Stable to Stirrup: The People, the Horses and the Industry at Belle Meade Plantation.

Centennial Art Center (25th Ave. North and Park Plaza Corner of Centennial Park; 862-8442). Through April 30. Art Quilts by multi award winning artist Phyllis Conley Salter. Salter is among a growing group of visual artists who have elevated the craft of quilting to a fine art form.

Cheekwood Botanical Garden and Museum of Art (1200 Forrest Park Drive; 356-8000). Through May 11. The world's finest collection of avant-garde glass comes from the Torsten Br

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