The Tennessee Performing Arts Center (TPAC) is a private, non-profit corporation dedicated to providing and supporting the presentation of the performing arts to the citizens of Tennessee. TPAC is also home to three resident performing arts organizations: Nashville Ballet, Nashville Opera, and Tennessee Repertory Theatre. 501 5th Ave N. tpac.org

The Addams Family (Jan. 3-8)

The weird and wonderful family comes to devilishly delightful life in The Addams Family. This magnificently macabre new musical comedy is created by Jersey Boys authors Marshall Brickman & Rick Elice, Drama Desk-winning composer/lyricist Andrew Lippa (The Wild Party), choreographer Sergio Trujillo (Jersey Boys) and Olivier Award-winning director/designers Plelim McDermott & Julian Crouch (Shockheaded Peter) with creative consultation by four-time Tony Award winner Jerry Zaks.

This is definitely not the same old song and dance. It's every parent's nightmare. Your little girl has suddenly become a young woman, and what's worse, has fallen deliriously in love with a sweet, smart young man from a respectable family. Yes, Wednesday Addams, the ultimate princess of darkness, has a "normal" boyfriend, and for parents Gomez and Morticia, this shocking development will turn the Addams house downside up. It's a family portrait that's completely off the wall.

South Pacific (Feb. 7-12)

This breathtaking new production of South Pacific is based on the 2008 Tony Award winning Lincoln Center Theater production, directed by Barlett Sher. Set on a tropical island during World War II, the musical tells the sweeping romantic story of two couples and how their happiness is threatened by the realities of war and by their own prejudices. The beloved score's songs include "Some Enchanted Evening,""I'm Gonna Wash That Man Right Outa My Hair,""This Nearly Was Mine" and "There Is Nothin' Like a Dame."


The Belcourt Theatre is a lasting symbol of the tradition of the neighborhood theatre. This is no multiplex. The theatre showcases some of the best films of decades past, as well as new independent features and live music. Their concession stand consists of your typical movie fare (popcorn and soda) but also includes a fully stocked bar. How could you have a better moviegoing experience than to sit in a historical theatre, sipping your favorite liquor or beer, while enjoying a classic film? 2102 Belcourt Avenue. belcourt.org


A Christmas Carol (Dec. 8-18)

Back by popular demand! Studio Tenn will re-stage it’s critically acclaimed production of A Christmas Carol on the Franklin Theatre stage! Could there possibly be any better location for this timeless tale than Main Street in downtown Franklin, which has an entire festival dedicated to its author every year!

Christmas elicits nothing more than “Bah, humbug!” from Ebenezer Scrooge, a miser whose sole pursuit of financial success has left him a bitter and lonely old man. But a Christmas Eve visit from the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future ultimately teaches him to open his heart to the spirit of Christmas and to the joys of friends and family. studiotenn.com



The Playbill Broadway Yearbook for the 2010 – 11 Broadway season has just arrived. It’s formatted like a yearbook, but instead of classes you have Broadway shows. All the actors that appeared in each show are represented with a headshot.  The billboard page of the Playbill as well as the cover, is represented.  There are even sections for events like Broadway Bares. Broadway Bears and Broadway Barks. ($26.95, Amazon)


There are plenty of candid backstage shots and a scrapbook section for each show.  This book is chockablock with anything you could want to know about any of the plays or musicals that appeared on Broadway last season. Everyone, including the ushers, are represented here.


Opera glasses are a perfect gift for an opera or theater goer.


Magazine subscriptions for Theatre Magazine, American Theatre and The Stage will keep you up-to-date on the latest news in the industry.

This article has been republished from Out & About Nashville, and was part of a series of first-person pieces written by the late Bobbi Williams.

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Often, these resolutions are vague, like “lose weight” or “exercise more”, and way too often they begin with a gym contract and end with Netflix and a bag of takeout. Getting specific can help in holding yourself accountable for these commitments, though. So we thought it might be interesting to talk with a local gay trainer, James Mai, about his fitness journey, his work as a trainer and how he keeps himself motivated, and get some of his suggestions for carrying through on this year’s fitness resolutions!

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