Bacon on the Bookshelf

Savory picks for the free range reader

September 1, 2017
by jenniferpuryear

September Special: One Book, Two Readings, Three Shows

August departs in a dreadful deluge. But September arrives – I hope, I believe – with hope and hustle, even in times such as these. September strides in with energy and eagerness, industry and effort. Today’s post features one book, two readings, and three performances perfect for this month – plus tremendous gratitude for a home that is safe and dry and those who help …

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February 8, 2017
by jenniferpuryear

Share the Love this Weekend: Music City Special

Why do we go to the Symphony, the Ballet, the theater or any other arts performance or institution? The National Endowment for the Arts asked. “I expected to hear that it is because someone loves a particular form of art, be it opera, theater, symphonic or choral music, painting or sculpture. That is not what the NEA study found,” writes Todd Jones, pastor at First …

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September 6, 2016
by jenniferpuryear

Nashville Happenings: Books, Bacon, Beer, Ballet (Fall 2016)

Everyone I know is working on their fall calendars right now.   Today’s post features some hot happenings for yours, Nashville readers! 1.  Salon@615 has an incredible lineup of authors speaking this fall, many of them at Nashville’s Downtown Public Library but several of them off-site at larger venues. Here are some I’m most excited about:  Jacqueline Woodson (September 7)…  Ann Patchett (September 12)… Rick Riordan (October 6).  You’ll …

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January 7, 2016
by jenniferpuryear

Bacon at USN: Evening Classes for the Free Range Adult

One idea for 2016 is to play it safe.  Keep on doing the same things you’ve always done well.  Eat at the same restaurants.  Hang out with the same people.  Maybe even re-read a few of your favorite books. Or NOT!  Mix it up in the evenings January through March with one or several intriguing classes offered at USN.  The school has been offering an …

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October 15, 2015
by jenniferpuryear

Haunt Me, October: Top 5 Thrills in Nashville From Now Till Halloween

Lately I’ve been sitting on the back porch at dusk watching the bats emerge.  First I’ll see one or two skittering high above, then six or eight will appear as if out of thin air.  After that, I lose count; there might be twenty.  For a moment they swirl about together with an odd grace, then they set out on their own separate hunts.  Bat …

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September 1, 2015
by jenniferpuryear

Hello, Gorgeous! I Love You, September!

August wore me out with her pushy back-to-school demands.  September instead is my gentleman caller, inviting me out for some lovely and inspiring fall evenings.  Why yes, September, I’m available!  I’d be so delighted to join you for one of these TOP FIVE SPECTACULAR SEPTEMBER events (in chronological order)… 1 – Nashville Symphony:  Beethoven’s Ninth, Featuring “Ode to Joy,” and John Adams’ “On the Transmigration of Souls” …

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