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MOONBIRD Combining the Asian aesthetic of mask movement and the spoken word with sign and song, this production adapted from Joyce Dunbar’s beautifully written story about deafness will captivate you from the start. Maybe you, too, will learn to listen with your eyes... Coming to the Renaissance Center’s Performance Hall Saturday, October 5 @ 3pm.

Tickets are $4 and can be purchased online or by calling 615.740.5572.

The Renaissance Center welcomes...

The Renaissance Center is excited to welcome The Nashville Symphony Brass Ensemble on Friday, October 18, at 10:00 a.m! This FREE interactive performance is offered as an opportunity for people of all ages. Learn about the instruments in the brass family and how sound is produced. You get to hear classical and popular music selections, as well as ask questions at the end of the concert. Following the performance, The Nashville Symphony’s Instrument Petting Zoo will be set up in the rotunda to provide a hands-on introduction to the instruments of the orchestra. String, woodwind, brass and percussion instruments will be on hand for individuals to strum, bow, bang and play! Led by trained Nashville Symphony education staff and volunteers, the Petting Zoo invites us to try something new. Participants are given basic instruction on how to hold each instrument and produce a sound.

Friday, October 18 at 10:00 am FREE admission Reserve individual tickets online Groups call 615.740.5533 10:00 a.m. The Brass Ensemble, Performance Hall 10:45 a.m. Instrument Petting Zoo, Rotunda

The Banjocats are bringing the bluegrass

On October 19, the community will have the opportunity to enjoy some true bluegrass music at the Renaissance Center! The Banjocats mix bluegrass and similar music and their shows always feature banjo playing, but also include flatpicking guitar, mandolin, fiddle, upright bass and vocals. They are a quartet based in Nashville and led by Michael and Jennifer McLain, a husband and wife duo. The Banjocats have performed in 27 states, from New York to California, as well as Canada. They have appeared on The Nashville Network, Kentucky Educational Television, Iowa Public Television, and Grand Ole Opry. Michael grew up in the McLain Family Band, playing across the U.S. and overseas, including concerts at Carnegie Hall, the Metropolitan Museum and the Lincoln Center. He is featured on a Grammynominated CD with the Claire Lynch Band. Jennifer has recorded vocals for major label, independent label and demo sessions in Nashville and has shared the stage with Vince Gill, Jennifer McCarter, and Lisa Stewart.

Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for seniors and $10 for children. Show is at 7 p.m. For more information or to order tickets, visit or call 615.740.5600.

New to the Market

Joe Adams Woodwork

Scroll saw art including intarsia, puzzles, ornaments, and much more. The Cut Above Woodworking has been providing high-quality arts and crafts since opening in 2008. With every item, Adams strives to provide you with high-quality, handmade heirloom pieces of art that are unique and will provide enjoyment for many years to come. From Adams: “Each and every item is personally made by me in my wood shop in northwest Tennessee. Often I use reclaimed woods I salvaged from old homes, furniture or fallen limbs and combine them with newer cut lumber in order to best utilize all my options. No wood is safe once I set my eyes on it. From selecting the pattern, picking the best color and grain of the wood to its final finish, all steps are performed by myself. And just as every tree is unique so is every one of my finished items. I genuinely care about my customers and try to provide only the highest quality art my skills will provide, and do my best to accommodate special requests. I do these things, and more, while providing you with wooden art at a good value. In 2007 I bought my first home. Behind the house was a separate one car garage. About the same time my dad retired from his 9-5 job and took up his hobby of clock repair. Tho I had no previous woodworking experience I decided I wanted to be able to help him with case work. So I bought a very cheep scroll saw, some terrible blades, and a pattern book. Three hours later I had my first item completed. It was just a simple wolf head, but I was hooked. Now I have a top of the line saw, use the some of the best blades, and have more patterns than I can count. In the five years since then I have vastly improved my skills and quality. I do art and craft shows, demonstrations, and sell in several shops around Tennessee. I have won best in show at the county fair as well as other accolades. This year I hope to expand even more with a goal to eventually be able to quit my current job and do this full time. And I have yet to help dad with a single clock case.� Visit his website:

Troy Berggren Lacey Fiber Art Jewelry

Originally from California, Lacey has worked in fiber art since learning to knit and crochet at an early age. She attended the Waldorf School, a school created by Rudolf Steiner that places human development and art at the center of its curriculum and specializes in enabling students to choose their individual path through life. Lacey uses the process of wet felting to make her original designs and one-of-a-kind pieces. Wet felting takes advantage of the tiny fibers in wool yarns and fabrics and the lubrication usually provided by friction and soapy water to create varied textures of cloth. “I love natural fibers,” Lacey said. “When I spin wool, I think of the history of the animal. Being at one with nature puts life in perspective. I am recycling nature to create my personal story.”Not only does Lacey make felts, she uses crea tive techniques such as needle felting, spinning, dyeing her spun wool or crocheting or knitting to create her unique designs. “I always feel at peace when I create my artwork. I can enjoy the moment,” she said. “My goal is to live in balance and harmony.” Visit her website:

Ray Spiller


Mount Sharon Forge, just minutes away from Nashville, Tennessee, opened its doors for business in 1991. Owner and artist-blacksmith Ray Spiller has been hammering hot steel much longer. He built his first blacksmith shop in 1983 and began to sell his useful sculptures right away. Over the years since then, Spiller has forged a wide variety of ironwork. His art has ranged from hooks and bottle openers (still popular, especially now in the era of fine craft brews) to Damascus jewelry and commissioned works. Among his larger works are gates, balconies, gazebos, railings, and reproduction forgings, such as the historic light fixtures at Centennial Park, one of Nashville’s cultural jewels. Visit his website:


CORKS & CANVAS OCTOBER 11 6-9pm Register online or by calling 615.740.5500

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