Destinations & Diversions: Honored Christian artists perform at Baptist churches

Thursday, May 17, 2018

If you've got someone graduating this weekend, you're no doubt already aware of the schedule: All three of Bedford County's public high schools will hold their graduation ceremonies in Calsonic Arena. Community High School's ceremony will be at 7 p.m. Friday, with Shelbyville Central at 10 a.m. Saturday and Cascade at 4 p.m. Saturday.

Congratulations to all of the graduates; the ceremonies, however, are probably the reason for a relatively-small number of local events this weekend:

Free concert

Grammy-nominated Christian singer-songwriter Tim Menzies will perform 4:30 p.m. Sunday, May 20, at a free picnic at Winnette Ayers Park in Wartrace, to mark the 150th anniversary of Wartrace Baptist Church.

Grammy-nominated Christian singer-songwriter Tim Menzies will perform 4:30 p.m. Sunday at a free picnic at Winnette Ayers Park in Wartrace, to mark the 150th anniversary of Wartrace Baptist Church. For more information, contact pastor Billy Joe Calvert at 931-639-1185 or by email at

Free concert

First Baptist Church on Depot Street will host a performance by southern gospel singer and pianist Gordon Mote at 6 p.m. Sunday. Mote has been awarded "Top Piano/Keyboard Player of the Year" by The Academy of Country Music twice recently, and nominated by The Country Music Association as "Musician of the Year."

First Baptist Church on Depot Street will host a performance by southern gospel singer and pianist Gordon Mote at 6 p.m. Sunday. Mote has been awarded "Top Piano/Keyboard Player of the Year" by The Academy of Country Music twice recently, and nominated by The Country Music Association as "Musician of the Year." He has received multiple Dove Award nominations and his latest project "Gordon Mote Sings Hymns and Songs of Inspiration" was nominated for a Grammy at The 59th Annual Grammy Awards, as "Best Roots Gospel Album of the Year."

VFW music

VFW Post 5019 will have its monthly third-Saturday music night this weekend from 6-9:30 p.m. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. James Smotherman and Friends will be featured, and all acoustic musicians are welcome. Admission is $3. There will be a potluck supper, and no outside beverages or alcohol are allowed.

90 years of country

"90 Years of Country Music". A one-man dinner show with trivia, comedy, and impersonations by guitarist-songwriter Jerry Fox, will be presented 7 p.m. Friday at the Pickin' Chicken restaurant in Wartrace. There's no cover charge, but reservations are recommended. Call 931-813-5050 to make them.


The Ole Tennessee Opry, on the square in Normandy, will hold a ribbon-cutting 6 p.m. Friday.

Turkey shoot

The Moose Lodge will host a turkey shoot 9 a.m. Saturday at the county tire disposal facility on State Route 82 (Lynchburg Highway) south of Shelbyville.

Beach Boys tribute

The Arts Center of Cannon County, in Woodburyk, will present "Sail On: A Tribute to The Beach Boys," 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday.

The production includes iconic hits like "Surfin'," "Surfin' Safari," "Catch a Wave," "Surfer Girl," "Shut Down," "Little Deuce Coupe," "Little Honda," "In My Room," "I Get Around," "Don't Worry Baby," "Wendy, Do You Wanna Dance?", "Dance Dance Dance," "California Girls," "Wouldn't It Be Nice," "Sloop John B.," "God Only Knows," "Heroes and Villains," "Wild Honey," "Do it Again," "I Can Hear Music," "Forever," "Sail On Sailor," "Good Vibrations," "Help Me Rhonda," "Barbara Ann," "Surfin' USA," and "Fun, Fun, Fun!"

Tickets are $20 and may be purchased by calling the box office at 615-563-2787 or online at

The Arts Center is located at 1424 John Bragg Highway, just west of Woodbury.

Vintage Harleys

Lane Motor Museum, in Nashville, began displaying The Black Keys' Dan Auerbach's Vintage Harley-Davidson collection May 10.

While known as a talented musician with a passionate work ethic, Auerbach's passion for vintage motorcycle's is less well known. His collection consists of Harley-Davidsons that have not been fully restored, yet retain much of the character of the prior owners, including the modifications that reflect their personalities. Ten of these motorcycles will be on display in the exhibit "The Dan Auerbach Collection: Vintage Harley-Davidsons from 1937-1950."

"We are honored and thrilled to host Dan's vintage Harley collection" said Jeff Lane, Lane Motor Museum Director. "This is the first time that Dan's collection is being shown to the public and he has such unique pieces so full of character that casual observers and collectors alike will enjoy it."

From the revolutionary 1937 EL "Knucklehead", Dan's first Harley, to his favorite, a 1940 EL nicknamed "Red Devil", these bikes fuse his appreciation for folk art with the sound and ride that only a vintage Harley can deliver. As the son of an antique dealer, Auerbach caught the bug early for a vintage aesthetic that has carried into his adult life. Filled with patina and personality, each of the bikes in this collection reflect his love and appreciation for a time long past. All of the bikes are in working order and are ridden often by Auerbach.

To learn more about the museum, including hours and other current exhibits, go to For more information about Dan Auerbach, his music, and his current tour, go to

Children's area reopening

The Martin ArtQuest Gallery, the hands-on children's area at the Frist Art Museum in downtown Nashville, will re-open Thursday, May 24, after a complete renovation which started at the end of January. The updated gallery will feature enhanced activities focused on creative collaboration, critical thinking, and communication.

Museum officials say the redesign will bring fresh energy to the beloved resource, which to date has served nearly 1.5 million visitors of all abilities.

Upon opening in 2001, MAQ was at the forefront of museum education and became widely regarded as a leading interactive gallery.

"MAQ's success is truly gratifying, but constant use and love over the past 16 years have taken a significant toll on equipment and furnishings," says Frist Art Museum director of education and outreach Anne Henderson. "The existing infrastructure is at the end of its life expectancy. Materials used to build the original stations have been discontinued, and software that was cutting-edge when installed in 2001--before the advent of smartphones--is no longer able to keep pace with current technology."

The design responds to the prevalent cultural interest in hands-on learning as well as the increased popularity of shared learning and social media across generations. The changes also incorporate research findings from the four-year Family Learning in Interactive Galleries (FLING) research study funded by the Institute for Museum and Library Services, co-led by the Frist Art Museum, the Speed Museum (Louisville), and the High Museum of Art (Atlanta).

"Conversations with Frist Art Museum families revealed the value they placed on interactive galleries as safe places to relax and unwind while engaging in rich sensory activities that foster a love and understanding of art," says Henderson. "We have based our approach on visitor feedback. MAQ's fundamental concepts will remain consistent. Art-making stations will continue to emphasize fundamental principles of art, and activities will be based on original works of art that correspond with current exhibitions on view in our galleries."

A members-only ribbon-cutting and preview will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 24 with Ellen H. Martin, who has championed MAQ as a special place for children and families. MAQ will open to the pubic at 3 p.m., with free admission to all galleries through the rest of the day.

The Frist is located at 919 Broadway in downtown Nashville. More information is available at

The Little Foxes

The ACT 1 production of Lillian Hellman's "The Little Foxes" runs through Saturday at Darkhorse Theatre in Nashville.

Set in a small Alabama town in 1900, some 35 years after the end of the Civil War, The Little Foxes weaves a tale of avarice and greed among a decaying Southern family, battling society and one another for their continued control of the town's economy and a place of prominence among the town's better families amid changing times and the oncoming rush of the 20th century.

Show times are 7:30 p.m. tonight through Saturday. High school students and younger are admitted free of charge for Thursday performances.

For reservations, go to

It Happened Here!

From its earliest days, Tennessee has had a rich history of crime and justice, with stories known across the country. From local stories of moonshiners and vigilantes, to the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. that rocked the nation, those interested in learning more about the state's notorious crime history can do so at the new temporary exhibit, "It Happened Here," opening today at the Alcatraz East Crime Museum in Pigeon Forge.

"Alcatraz East is already known for highlighting the work of local leaders in forensic science, and as the home of the state's electric chair Old Smokey, but we wanted to delve deeper into other Tennessee stories that related to our collection. These Tennessee crime stories many visitors will recognize as being of national importance, while we've also included some lesser known local stories" states Rachael Penman, director of artifacts and exhibits at Alcatraz East Crime Museum.

"It Happened Here" will remain open through April 2019. The exhibit takes place during the 50th anniversary year of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., in Memphis, and the exhibit will include items related to the assassin, James Earl Ray. These items include a courtroom sketch by his future wife, who he met while she was covering his escape from Brushy Mountain State Penitentiary. The famous former penitentiary is also featured in the exhibit, including a cell key. The most significant piece related to Ray is a hotel registration card signed under the alias Eric Galt, a name he used while on the run after his escape from Missouri State Prison in 1967.

The Tennessee crime-focused exhibit will also feature legendary lawman Sheriff Buford Pusser. He was the youngest sheriff in the state's history, and became famous for his crusade against moonshiners and the local mafias. His wife was killed in an assassination attempt and he was killed in a car crash in 1974. The Walking Tall movies are based on his life.

For more information and to purchase tickets, go to