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Although she sat perched in a plush armchair inside the Student Union Building on a sprawling university campus, she was not a student, at least, not anymore. Dissatisfied with her classes and scheduling, she ceased her academic studies to pursue an education in something a little less orthodox. She decided to swap her textbooks for …

Bob Pondillo is a generous, warm-hearted man, nestling into the laid-back cool of his retirement in a hoodie and jeans, a salt-and-pepper beard framing an eternally youthful face and a worn ball cap with the Human Rights Campaign logo stitched in. So, when he talks about directing short films, it isn’t all that surprising that he doesn’t …

The house lights ease down, the stage lights slowly creep up and a cloud of smoke invades the stage, creating a barrier between the audience and the evening’s headlining act. Finally, a crisp, familiar voice escapes the speakers and drowns out the uproar of applause coming from the packed arena. Although it may appear to be a …

Dylan Skye Aycock and John Connor Coulston contributed to this report A mile away from campus, tucked behind local businesses and busy intersections, is Murfreesboro Little Theatre, a non-profit “playhouse” that dates back more than 100 years. The cabin, adorned with a cherry red door and outlined with orange trim, once occupied a 1960s theatre, …

It’s all a secret, or, at least, that’s what the coordinators of Sofar Sounds hope for each month. On a warm night last fall, I pulled up to the home of an address I received in an email for a secret live show. My guest and I entered with zero precedents, our names on a list …

Two canvases ─ both bare and tightly bound by cellophane ─ lay in John Smith’s home office, the first of the pack used by his daughter who recently painted a portrait of the family dog, Savannah. Today, no one’s home and Smith, whose artistic background solely includes helping with his children’s art projects, sits down at …