Concerts, festivals, artists tuning up for post-COVID return

Concerts, festivals, artists tuning up for post-COVID return

COVID  left most Tennessee residents and tourists and performers saying goodbye to the 2020 entertainment scene in Nashville. Now, it’s 2021. Forty-five percent of the population in the United States is fully vaccinated and 53% of the population has received one dose of the vaccine. As the world continues to slowly go back to normal, so does Music City. With venues being reopened, artists getting out of the studios and their homes and fans ready to cheer, big name concerts and festivals are making a grand comeback to Tennessee. Here’s a sampling: Let Freedom Sing! Music City July 4th @ Downtown Nashville – July 4 The free concert is the city’s first major post-pandemic event and will be headlined by country music star Brad Paisley. Lily Hiatt, Regi Wooten and Friends, Priscilla Block, and more will also take the stage. The event will also feature the Nashville Symphony in a synchronized performance with what officials are heralding as the largest fireworks display in Nashville’s history. Lifest Music City @ Hideaway Farm – July 29-31 Originating in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, Lifest extends Music City for the very first time with Lifest Music City. The Christian music festivals are presented by nonprofit organization Life Promotions, focused on supporting mental health and wellness in today’s youth. With three days filled with music and fun, Lifest gives the option to its concert goers to camp on the festival grounds. The festival will include performances from Newsboys, Skillet, Lecrae, Sidewalk Prophets, Mandisa, Matthew West, Michael W. Smith, and more. Luke Bryan @ Bridgestone Arena – July 30 Fresh off his third ACM Entertainer of the...
Disney redefines heroine in new princess film “Raya and the Last Dragon”

Disney redefines heroine in new princess film “Raya and the Last Dragon”

Like the more recent Disney Princess films, Raya and the Last Dragon follows the story of a daring and adventurous heroine who embarks on a journey to save her world. Raya’s tale is one of empowerment as an independent young woman embraces change and modernity. The storyline is familiar in some ways, but what is unique to the film is the Southeast Asian representation. Kumandra, the film’s fantasy world, is heavily influenced by Southeast Asian culture, and in fact, Raya is Disney’s first princess from that region. Raya and the Last Dragon was directed by Disney veteran Don Hall and Carlos López Estrada and written by Qui Nguyen and Adele Lim. The film featured the talented voices of Kelly Marie Tran and Awkwafina as Raya and Sisu, respectively. In Kumandra, humans and dragons lived united in peace until shapeless monsters referred to as Druun began to ravage the land and turn everyone to stone. To save their world, the dragons sacrificed themselves and left only a remnant of their magic behind inside the Dragon Gem. 500 years later, a young girl named Raya (Tran) is tasked with protecting the gem, but a dramatic betrayal leaves the gem shattered and lost, allowing the Drunn to escape. A few years after the monsters have returned to her world, Raya with her hybrid pet Tuk Tuk, seek out the last dragon, Sisu (Awkwafina), to help her destroy the monsters yet again. She must travel to the other kingdoms to find the stolen pieces of the Dragon Gem. Along the way, the duo will assemble their own ragtag crew. After all, what better team is there...
5 heartwarming Netflix films to warm up your snow day

5 heartwarming Netflix films to warm up your snow day

Five Netflix Films to Stream during your Snow Days Coming off Valentine’s Day, this list should continue your Valentine’s Day mood. With COVID-19 many people’s options for how they spent Valentine’s Day were limited. And now that the Nashville area is locked inside because of the snow it’s the perfect time to catch up on Valentines Day themes movie you might have missed. Whether you’re spending your snow days with your partner, your friends, or all by your lonesome, here are five Netflix films that will help you enjoy the snow days. So, grab your favorite snack, some hot chocolate and curl up with a blanket somewhere because these films are sweetly heartwarming and sure to warm you up in this chilly weather.   Always Be My Maybe  This rom-com is all about reunions and rekindling an old flame. When two childhood friends, Sasha and Marcus (Ali Wong and Randall Park), reunite 15 years after a serious fall out they realize that while their lives have seriously changed, their feelings for each other haven’t. As they get swept up in the romance, the lovers realize that adjusting to each other’s lifestyles is harder than they initially thought. Always Be My Maybe is flawless with its characters, pleasing with its story, and positively witty with its jokes. The film will leave you with a smile on your face long after the credits roll. Oh, and did I mention Keanu Reeves makes an appearance?   My rating: 3 ½ out of 5 hearts   To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before Based on the YA fiction series, To All the Boys...
“Enola Holmes”: A tale filled with action, feminism and a hint of mystery

“Enola Holmes”: A tale filled with action, feminism and a hint of mystery

From jumping off trains to using jujitsu against a hired killer, Enola Holmes is a nonstop period film filled with comedy, action and fourth-wall-breaking. Based on the Young Adult series The Enola Holmes Mysteries by Nancy Springer, the film adapts the plot of the first book, The Case of the Missing Marquess. The Netflix film was directed by Harry Bradbeer, written by Jack Thorne and stars Millie Bobby Brown as the positively witty Enola Holmes. Enola wakes on her 16th birthday to find her mother (Helen Bonham Carter) missing, which causes her to reunite with her estranged older brothers, Sherlock (Henry Cavill) and Mycroft (Sam Claflin). Once Mycroft observes the environment of Enola’s upbringing and her behavior, he becomes determined to send Enola to boarding school. While she attempts to evade her brothers, Enola sets off to find her mother. During her journey to London, she crosses paths with Viscount Tewkesbury and finds herself involved in a second mystery. Who is trying to kill the young Viscount and why? Enola Holmes is a young teen that defies the 19th-century societal norms of women. Instead of teaching embroidery, her mother taught her about literature and science. Enola was raised to be independent. After all, Enola spelled backward is “alone.” She is a clever, yet humorous protagonist with a mind smart enough to rival Sherlock. With Brown’s charming performance and Enola’s constant 4th wall-breaking asides, Enola Holmes is quite enjoyable for family movie night. The story centers on themes of feminism and social activism. A big yet underlying part of the plot is the women’s suffrage movement and their attempt to...