Future Break to “paint Nashville’s future” through words, music, and art — May 12 – 27

by Dave Carew

Can the beauty and power of words and music reshape Nashville’s future?

The writers, musicians, and thinkers who are about to stage the performance series Future Break are answering with an ardent and unequivocal “yes.”

In seven unique, upcoming performances—to be presented in May at The Frist Center, the downtown Nashville Public Library, Cheekwood Gardens and The Dark Horse Theater—all Nashvillians are invited to join in this visionary artistic experience.

Each Future Break performance will present a series of staged monologues, readings, essays, songs, and spoken-word pieces from many of Nashville’s most gifted writers, musicians, and thinkers.

“The ‘big idea’ behind the event is that we can speak a world or reality into existence through words,” said one of its directors, Valerie S Hart. “Or, as founder/ executive director of Southern Word, Benjamin Smith, said in his Call for Submissions for the event, ‘writing can formulate the shapes and curves of our future realities.’”

Asked how audience members will be enriched by Future Break, Ms. Hart responded: “They’ll hear a group of creative people who are involved with Nashville—either mining its history, documenting its present, or envisioning its future.  They’ll hear from artists who straddle many creative forms and genres.  They’ll hear new creative work, with all the excitement and energy that comes from such endeavors . . . creative work that’s inspired by and created by people who are invested in a place: Nashville.”


Saturday, May 12

Frist Center for the Visual Arts Auditorium

919 Broadway


Thursday, May 17

Nashville Public Library Auditorium

6:00p Reception, 7:00p Show
615 Church St.

Saturday, May 19

Sigourney Cheek Literary Garden at Cheekwood

1:00 – 1:30p
1200 Forrest Park Drive
$12 Adult; $10 Seniors
$5 College (w/ID) & Youth (3-17)

Thursday, May 24th
, 7:30p

Friday, May 25th, 7:30p

Saturday, May 26th, 7:30p

Sunday, May 27th, 6:30p, with finale celebration at 8:30p

Dark Horse Theater

4610 Charlotte Ave.
$5 ($3 – 21 and under)


The seven unique Future Break performances will feature a total of more than 65 noted writers, musicians, and thinkers, including Jody Nardone, Jerry Navarro, Minton Sparks, John Egerton, Bill Brown, Nashville in Harmony, Sam Davidson, Barry Scott, Kent Agee, MC Squared, Christine Mather, Rashad thaPoet, Ross Falzone, Phil Madeira, Stephanie Pruitt, Jackie Welch Schlicher, Cheley Tackett, Diallo, Joe Scutella, and Jene India.

The performances are directed by Mary McCallum, Shawn Whitsell, Kelly Falzone, and Valerie S Hart.

Future Break is sponsored through the generous support of the Metro Nashville Arts Commission, Tennessee Arts Commission, Nashville Public Library, Frist Center for the Visual Arts, and Cheekwood.

David M. (Dave) Carew is writer/editor of “Underground Nashville” and the author of the novels “Everything Means Nothing to Me: A Novel of Underground Nashville” and “Voice from the Gutter.” He also is a freelance book editor, publicist, seminar and workshop leader, journalist, and advertising/marketing/public relations writer.






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