Dove Awards to return to Lipscomb stage next Tuesday

Dove Awards to return to Lipscomb stage next Tuesday

 If you are a returning student this year, you’ll probably remember that it’s almost time for Allen Arena to roll out the red carpet and welcome 2018’s biggest Christian artists for the 49th Annual Dove awards on October 16th. The GMA Dove Awards will be hosting its 6th annual show on Lipscomb’s campus starting with the red carpet walk. The Gospel Music Association just announced the all-star presenters for this year’s show with familiar names such as Bill Gaither, Chris Tomlin, Matthew West and several other previous winners. The performance lineup for this year’s awards features some of the biggest names in Christian music such as Lauren Daigle, Newsboys, Rascal Flatts and, a Lipscomb favorite, For King and Country. Among the top artists are this year’s rising stars Cory Asbury, Tori Kelly and several other performers. This year’s nominees have been released with a big spotlight on the Song of the Year and Artist of the Year awards. The songs “Reckless Love” by Cory Asbury and “So Will I” by Hillsong Music are the favorites this year for the Song of the Year Award. Both have also been nominated for Worship song of the year. Notable artists NEEDTOBREATHE, Hillsong UNITED and MercyMe are the favorites for this year’s Artist of the Year Award. With Cory Asbury and Mosaic MSC pulling ahead for New Artist of the Year. Several Lipscomb students are volunteering in a variety of roles, such a “seat fillers” for the Dove Awards. Make sure to watch for parking updates as spaces are reserved and campus is flooded with award attendees. Keep up with Lumination for continued...
Wind Ensemble wows in first concert of the year

Wind Ensemble wows in first concert of the year

Lipscomb’s school of music hosted its first student concert of the year Monday night, where the University Wind Ensemble performed at Collins Auditorium. Dr. Benjamen Blasko who was both host and conductor of the event displayed a contagious passion for the music being performed. Blasko, who recently moved to Nashville from the University of Dubuque in Iowa, is now Lipscomb’s newest director of bands, and instrumental studies. “This is the first concert directed by Dr. Benjamen Blasko,” junior choral music education major Payton Dishman said. “He’s new, so this is something that none of us know what to expect. It’s all new and exciting, we all can’t wait to hear it.” The concert began with Awaken Fanfare, which was a dramatic entry that set the tone for the rest of the night. A Little Three Penny Music I and II would be a Jazz inspired piece that was heartfelt, jubilant and playful. The Wind Ensemble would then go on to spice up the event with Strange Humors. “(It) has as a Middle Eastern flare and is quite aggressive,” said Benjamen Blasko after the  engaging performance that utilized drums. Music students Ben Van Maarth on the guitar and Piper Smith on the electric bass were featured in the concerts final piece “Chaos Theory,” which was be a epic marriage of heavy metal and classical music that left the crowd in a standing ovation. The band then closed out the night by playing “Amazing Grace,” where the crowd joined in song. Blasko emphasized his want for communion, and unity through music at the beginning. The night finished with food being provided...
TPAC’s ‘The Play That Goes Wrong’ set to hit the Nashville stage tonight

TPAC’s ‘The Play That Goes Wrong’ set to hit the Nashville stage tonight

Today Broadway’s award-winning comedy, “The Play That Goes Wrong”, will take center stage at The Tennessee Performing Arts Center (TPAC). Created by England’s Mischief Theatre, “The Play That Goes Wrong,”  follows the classic murder mystery “Murder at Haversham Manor” and its disastrous opening night. Throughout the night, actors forget lines, cues are missed and chaos ensues. “Hearing an audience roar with laughter for two hours at every performance is such a rush.  Knowing we’re bringing that kind of unadulterated joy to so many people every day feels quite special,” said Ned Noyes. Ned Noyes began his acting career as far back as elementary school and began his professional career while enrolled at Northwestern University. Currently Noyes plays the role of Max in “The Play That Goes Wrong.” “I was fortunate enough to see the original Mischief Theatre company perform this play many times, and I was so taken by everyone’s performances.  Max was an easy favorite, as he’s afforded many opportunities to “misbehave” in ways you’re never permitted to as a professional actor.  It’s a once-in-a-lifetime kind of role, and a total joy to perform his journey every night.” Earlier this year Noyes had the opportunity to perform his role in the Broadway production of “The Play That Goes Wrong.” To him the experience was: “A dream come true!  Everyone working on this show has such a huge heart and being part of the first American cast of this show was thrilling.” Lipscomb students are invited to see what the talk is all about starting this Tuesday, Oct. 9th. TPAC is offering students a ticket code that can be...
Tau Phi celebrates 39th annual Cowboy Show

Tau Phi celebrates 39th annual Cowboy Show

Months of hard work finally paid off for Tau Phi, as the men in the social club showcased their skills in the 39th annual Cowboy Show. Directed by Tau Phi member Jonathan Flatt and assistant director Wyatt Eaton, the show featured both new and classical country hits. “This has been two months of work,” Eaton said. “I know personally. I was at rehearsal five nights a week for five hours. I think everybody together just putting in time outside of it, and inside of it took a lot of time . . . days and days and days of preparation.” Eaton said he would describe himself as “the man-power behind the show.” Act 1 started off with a bang when members of Tau Phi sang, “John Deere (Tau Phi) Green.” The show featured a lot of variety, with solo, group and medley acts. The covers ranged from George Strait to Maddie & Tae. Collins Alumni Auditorium was a packed house, with students, alumni and parents here for Lipscomb parents weekend filling the audience. “The show was funny, but it also had some great vocalists,” student Kenan Sakic said. “I enjoyed it all the way through.” The show also incorporates female vocalists on Lipscomb’s campus. “I think we are all really proud of what we were able to put out there,” Pi Delta member Cassie Beth said. The show always closes with “Cowboys Like Us” by George Strait. The current Tau Phi members invite alumni up on stage to join in the final song of the show. “When they all sang the alumni song, and they brought up a bunch...
GLUTEN-FREE FRIDAY: Where to find the best gluten-free doughnuts in Nashville

GLUTEN-FREE FRIDAY: Where to find the best gluten-free doughnuts in Nashville

12 South’s Five Daughters Bakery gets my vote for the best gluten-free doughnut in Nashville. I would be remiss if I didn’t mention their glorious Paleo Crusher doughnuts in a Gluten-Free Friday post. These are the things of legend, basically, and I love them very deeply. There are many wonderful things about Five Daughters: The convenience of their 12 South location, the quality of local non-GMO (genetically-modified) ingredients used in all of their products, and the fact that it’s family-oriented. For us gluten-free folks, arguably the best part is that they craft DELICIOUS paleo doughnuts. Yes, craft. These are no ordinary doughnuts. They’re not even ordinary gluten-free doughnuts. They are also grain-free, dairy-free, and refined sugar-free, making them significantly lower in carbohydrates than most doughnuts, and, as a result, much less guilt-inducing. And, perhaps most importantly, they taste great. Let’s be real: gluten-free baked goods have come a long way. Sadly, there are still the occasional “flops” like sweetener-less, grain-free blueberry muffins or gluten-free cupcakes that don’t quite taste like anything. Praise God for Five Daughters Bakery, a company that gets gluten, grain-free and paleo baked goods right! Five Daughter’s Paleo Crusher doughnuts are moist, flavorful and perfectly sweet. The Paleo diet, inspired by the supposed diet of cavemen, doesn’t allow any gluten or grains. As a result, people on paleo diets often bake with nut flours, like almond flour, starch flours or tapioca flour, in place of typical gluten-free grain blends. Five Daughters’ Paleo Crushers use a blend of almond, tapioca and coconut flour in the base of their paleo vanilla doughnuts. For sweeteners, Five Daughters uses honey and maple syrup...
Kevin Hart shoots for an ‘A’ with ‘Night School’ but only makes a ‘C’

Kevin Hart shoots for an ‘A’ with ‘Night School’ but only makes a ‘C’

Kevin Hart is the gift that keeps on giving. Night School marks over 40 movies the actor/comedian has been in. In this film, Hart goes back to his original form of situational humor. Playing alongside Hart is breakout actress Tiffany Haddish. After first getting her start in TV shows such as “The Carmichael Show” and “If Loving You Is Wrong,” the 38 year-old actress has now been in two leading roles, with her first, Girls Trip, last year. Directed by Malcom D. Lee (Girls Trip), Hart plays Teddy, a street-smart salesman who doesn’t get his high school diploma due to his ego. However, he soon finds out the importance of education once he hits rock bottom and is forced to get his GED. That’s where he meets the night school teacher Carrie, who turns out to be Teddy’s match. The goal for him was to get his GED, but along the way, he learns the true purpose of education. Hart and Haddish are surrounded by a veteran cast of comedians, such as Taran Killam (“Saturday Night Live”), Rob Riggle (The Hangover), and Ben Schwartz (“Parks and Recreation”). The ensemble is full of seasoned veterans that do a good job of supporting the two stars. However, the film constrains their comedic performance. There are parts where the laugh is drug out, to a point where it isn’t funny anymore. It doesn’t help that the screenplay is scattered with no real investment of characters. The chemistry between the two comedy specialists, Hart and Haddish, seems like a great pairing on paper, but the two don’t seem to bounce off one another...