Artsplosion in Artober

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This month has been dubbed ‘Artober,’ and it brings many great choices to explore the arts—visual arts as well as performing arts. Here are several events coming up this month to consider:

Fresh faces, fresh work and fresh perspectives highlight ‘New Works: New Directions,’ an exciting collection of paintings from some of the most talented names in contemporary American Realism. It runs from October 11 to November 16 at Haynes Galleries on the historic Music Row Roundabout, with an opening reception 6-8 pm, October 11. It is free and open to the public.

The Rymer Gallery hosts a reception for Congressman John Lewis and co-authors Andrew Aydin and Nate Powell on Sunday, October 13 from 1-3 pm. March (Book One) is the vibrant first-hand account of Congressman John Lewis’s “lifelong struggle for civil and human rights,” Lewis’s testament to the civil rights movement and the attempt to combat violence with nonviolence, including the birth of the Nashville Student Movement and the historic Nashville sit-ins that took place on 5th Avenue, which is now The Rymer Gallery and the 5th Avenue of the Arts.

At the Rymer, see Whitney Wood Baileys’ exhibition, ‘Synesthetic Harmonies,’ an extension of the artist’s fascination with ‘crossroads’ and the delicate balance between nature and constructed experience. Also on the Avenue of the Arts, see Brett weaver’s ‘Artistic Transformations’—contemporary abstract paintings inspired by landscapes at The Arts Company, and Jeannie Gooden’s With Wings at Tinney Contemporary.

Hugh Laurie visits Schermerhorn Symphony Center Sunday, October 13, at 7:30 pm. You know him as one of television’s most famous doctors—House star Hugh Laurie will perform songs from his acclaimed debut Let Them Talk and his recently released Didn’t It Rain. While Laurie’s first album focused on the sounds of New Orleans, his new album follows the blues upstream and into the American heartland with songs by W.C. Handy, Jelly Roll Morton, Dr. John and The Animals.

Chris Botti plays the Schermerhorn Symphony Center Friday, October 18 at 8 pm. The world’s best-selling jazz instrumentalist whose magnetic stage presence and an incomparable musicianship brings his signature blend of jazz improvisation and classic tunes from the Great American Songbook and beyond.

The Nashville Ballet presents Peter Pan, October 18–20 at TPAC’s Jackson Hall, complete with a villainous Captain Hook, man-eating crocodile and meddling Tinker Bell. A youth cast of mermaids, fairies and sprites make this full-length ballet entertaining for all ages.

Nashville Opera presents Georges Bizet’s The Pearl Fishers, one of the most sensual operas ever written with music as steaming as the hot sands of India, as perfumed and opulent as the fleeting memory of a forbidden dream, October 10 and 12 at TPAC’s Jackson Hall.

Jersey Boys will be Working Its Way Back to TPAC October 29-November 3 with the Tony, Grammy and Olivier Award-winning Best Musical about Rock and Roll Hall of Famers The Four Seasons: Frankie Valli, Bob Gaudio, Tommy DeVito, and Nick Massi.