Frist exhibit takes a new look at the human face

Thursday, June 25, 2009 at 12:00am
"Emma" by Chuck Close, on exhibit at the Frist Center

visual arts
THURSDAY, JUNE 25 through Sept. 13
Chuck Close Prints: Process and Collaboration
Frist Center
919 Broadway
museum hours and admission apply

Washington-native Chuck Close, one of America's most renowned living artists, first received critical acclaim in the late 1960s for his large-scale paintings that zeroed in on the human face. He captured, in shocking reality, the details and contours of his subject's countenance, but he preferred to call his pieces "heads" to downplay any sort of emotional connection to the faces and instead focus audiences on his attention to form. As a photorealist, he achieved this by taking a photographic portrait, plotting the image into grids and, cell-by-cell, manually transferring each gridded section onto a corresponding grid on a canvas.

In the early 1970s, Close wandered from his literal, accurate translations of the original photo to canvas and began experimenting. He took the markings found in each gridded section and altered and blurred them — taking an abstract approach to their once-realistic truths. While the images have the pixelated feel of digital photography, Close paints and manipulates each cell and grid by hand. His finished heads offer what Close calls "roadmaps of human experience," which translate time, touch and sight.

His new exhibit, Chuck Close Prints: Process and Collaboration opens at the Frist Center Thursday and runs through Sept. 13. Some of his famous subjects include Kate Moss, Cindy Sherman, Lorna Simpson and Philip Glass.
— Alexa Hinton

car show
Goodguys fourth Nashville Nationals Car Show
LP Field, One Titans Way
8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 8 a.m to 3 p.m. Sunday, $17 for adults, $6 for ages 7-12, $5 for parking

Get ready to rev your engines and relive the golden era of automobiles this weekend at the Goodguys Nationals Car Show. LP Field will trade in its Titans gear for turbo chargers at this giant outdoor event featuring hot rods, custom cars, classics, muscle cars and trucks through 1972 vintage.

Get up close and check out the hottest machines in the South with over 2,500 cars from lil’ deuce coupes, hot rod roadsters, chopped Merc customs, Hemi Cuda’s, Six Pack Challengers, Boss 429 Mustangs and hundreds of other specialty vehicles on display.

One of the top draws for the event will be a Street Challenge Autocross. Hot rods and muscle cars will be in action both Friday and Saturday making runs through the electronically timed “Street Challenge” Autocross course. The course is approximately 1,000 feet in length and features tight turns with rapid acceleration and deceleration. Speeds average 20-30 mph while testing to extreme limits the vehicle’s performance capabilities.
— Sherry Phillips

Holly Williams: In-Store Concert and CD Signing
Grimey’s New and Preloved Music
1604 Eighth Ave. S., Nashville
5 p.m., Free

The first time Holly tried to emerge from the shadow of the Williams’ family legacy, her 2004 debut was met with mixed reviews and a near-fatal 2006 car accident almost had her eerily following in her grandfather’s footsteps.

But Hank Jr.’s daughter is back with a new label and a new album, Here With Me, which she will sign after performing a few choice tracks at Grimey’s on Friday. Last week she performed on The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien and The Late, Late Show with Craig Ferguson, did a guest spot on NPR and played live at the (fittingly legendary) Fillmore in San Francisco. So catching her free at Grimey’s should be a real treat, since her own tour — along with dates opening for Sugarland later this year — surely will command a big ticket for entry.

Heck, she filmed her “Alone” video (which premiered this week) in Paris, so Holly is definitely going places.
— Vincent Troia

ELO's OUT OF THE BLUE, performed live by How I Became the Bomb & Kindercastle
Mercy Lounge
One Cannery Row
9 p.m., $7

The anxiety of influence may have derailed many a band, but not too many musical acts can say they've struggled to move out from under the shadow of Electric Light Orchestra.

Since storming the '70s like a camp-heavy, less-tasteful Beatles with a penchant for space-themes, the Jeff Lynne-fronted group went quickly out of style after their first 10 years together and since have been little more than a music history footnote or guilty pleasure. However, with the current vogue going for orchestrated snyth pop, ELO has experienced renewed interest and is an obvious influence on a new generation of musicians.

Two such local groups honor — albeit somewhat ironically — ELO this Friday as How I Became the Bomb, Kindercastle and other musicians perform ELO's Out of the Blue in its entirety at the Mercy Lounge. A big bloated double album of strange effect, studio-sweetened harmonies and the occasional robot voice, the LP sprouted well-known ELO tunes such as “Mr. Blue Sky,” “Turn to Stone,” and “Sweet Talkin' Woman.”
— Kyle Swenson

yard sale
Tennessee Rep to Host Yard Sale
NPT Studio A, 161 Rains Ave.
8 a.m. to 4 p.m., free

Looking for a way to support the local theater community while picking up some rare bargains? Then you’ll want to check out Tennessee Repertory Theatre’s yard sale this Saturday. Scheduled to coincide with the Flea Market just down the block at the Tennessee Fairgrounds, this one-day event will feature unusual treasures such as stage props, costume accessories and furniture — including the barber chair from the Rep’s haunting production of Sweeney Todd.

“It’s always so much fun when it’s time for a yard sale here at Tennessee Rep,” said Producing Artistic Director René D. Copeland. “We have such great stuff to sell — lots of interesting and unique things, plenty of wonderful items from some of our shows. You’ll find everything from very practical items to very beautiful original art pieces.”

The sale will take place at Nashville Public Television’s Studio A at 161 Rains Ave., with plenty of free parking available in NPT’s lot. Whether you’re looking for quality pieces for a school or community theater production or simply have an eye for one-of-a-kind decorative items, this is the sale is for you.
— Amy Stumpfl

Chukkers for Charity
Riverview Farm
1475 Moran Road, Franklin
12:30 p.m., tickets start at $10

The home of Lee Ann and Orrin Ingram is hosting the 13th version of Chukkers for Charity, a fund-raiser for two area charities that also bills itself as the highest-rated polo game ever held in Tennessee.

Several high-level South African players are set to mix it up with a group of American players that includes John Walsh, host of TV’s America's Most Wanted, who usually plays with a Florida-based team. They will take the field at 5 p.m.

Proceeds from the event — $150,000 last year — will go to Rochelle Center, a nonprofit that helps developmentally disabled adults, and Saddle Up!, a recreational therapeutic riding program for challenged children and teenagers.

In addition to event ticket sales, fund-raising efforts include a silent auction with tickets to the CMA Awards and Keeneland race tickets. Other features of the day will include a kids festival area, a cabana decorating contest and a car show that will precede the polo game. But the highlight of the day may well come at halftime, when a stick horse race is scheduled.
— Geert De Lombaerde

Those Darlins
Mercy Lounge
One Cannery Row, 252-3020
9 p.m., $10

Those Darlins didn’t take the conventional path to becoming a household name in Nashville’s indie rock inner circle. The band’s old-country sound and punk rock practicality gave the trio hard-earned fans. Their busy road schedule expanded their following outside Middle Tennessee, too.

Those Darlins certainly don’t look like a convention bluegrass act, either, when they hit the stage in outfits straight off the racks at Southern Thrift.

After all that time spent sharpening their sound and establishing themselves, Those Darlins are finally ready to issue a proper LP. In honor of their self-titled debut album, the young ladies will hit the stage at Mercy Lounge, acoustic bass, guitar and baritone ukulele in tow.

Whether Those Darlins catch on nationally, only time will tell. Their following locally is already well established.
— Nate Rau


Casiotone for the Painfully Alone
The End 2219 Elliston Place, 321-4457
9 p.m., $6

Casiotone for the Painfully Alone will combine the smooth noises of gliding electronic pianos and synthesizers with the softly grooving ethereal beats of a drum machine while playing at The End Sunday night. Some songs like "Oh Illinois" from the album Pocket Symphonies for Lonesome Subway Cars will have you dancing to the quick ticks of the electronic hi hat, and other more soothing jams like "New Years Kiss" are more reflective and relaxing pieces.

This musical endeavor is the solo project of the imaginative California musician and film school drop out Owen Ashworth, who has toured and collaborated with many other celebrated indie music artists like The Dead Science and Xiu Xiu. Ashworth has clearly found that music, rather than film, is a better way for him to tell his tales. His music has evolved from the humble beginnings of using battery-operated pianos and a cassette recorder to a wider recording spectrum with real pianos, organs, strings, and guitars working together with his distinctive synthesizers.

After mastering the knobs of electronic instruments and churning out numerous indie/electronica gems for more than a decade, Casiotone for the Painfully Alone should put on a cosmic and intimate performance that will generate tapping shoes and ignite musical imagination.

— Bennett Davidson