The second annual Fest de Ville, a month-long celebration of the performing and visual arts in the Nashville area, kicks off tonight with the Tennessee Repertory Theatre and Nashville Symphony co-production of Leonard Bernstein's West Side Story.
This production, as massive as it is in both scope and scale, is just the tip of the iceberg for the cultural event that is sure to draw tens of thousands to the Tennessee Performing Arts Center. During this opening weekend, West Side Story will run next to the Circle Player's production of Assassins, a tale tracing the history of American presidential assassination attempts and successes.
Musical theater is not the only art form available to patrons. Live entertainment surrounding Andrew Jackson Hall will be performed by local singer/songwriters and ensembles. Look also for Saturday's debut of Canvas Unplugged, a collection of over 50 canvases brought to life by local artists whose assignment was to create a work of art on, in and around the medium. Many pieces stretch the imagination and are available for purchase at the Polk Lobby. Any piece not sold during the first three weekends will be available at the festival art auction at 5 p.m. Sept. 23. As this is a juried exhibition, awards for top submissions will be awarded as well.
Weekend two continues the run of all of weekend one's activities, and adds The Zip Project on Friday, Sept. 14, and Sing-a-Long Sound of Music on Saturday, Sept. 15. The Zip Project is a collection of 10-minute plays about specific and completely distinct zip codes in Nashville. For those unsure of where they want to live in the fair metropolis, this set of "short-attention-span theater" is a humorous look at Nashville