Nashville offers a vast selection of entertainment opportunities, and if you head down Deaderick Street, you will find a building that occupies an entire city block and holds the enriching activities you crave. The Tennessee Performing Arts Center, or TPAC, is nestled among the office buildings of downtown, and when you step out onto the walkway with your glass of wine during the intermission a glorious view greets your eyes.
All manner of events, from Broadway shows to ballet grace this stage, and sweeping stairways allow you access to beauty, humor, or graceful pirouettes. “Wicked,” an extremely original and beautifully performed musical serving as a prelude to Dorothy’s entrance to the Emerald City is currently showing. With an eclectic audience, ranging from adults to toddlers carrying their Wicked Witch dolls, the Center has been a lauded family outing for the past three weeks.
The Tennessee State Museum can be found on the ground level of TPAC, providing an insight into the history of our great state, housing artifacts and exhibits covering the pilgrimage and frontier life in great depth. Examples of daily life abound, and there is even a life-size stockade for those daring enough to brace your necks in the heavy wooden beams. If you aren’t, your hands slide right in (and out) for the perfect photo opportunity.
So next time you are looking for an enlightening evening, remember the quiet elegance of the Tennessee Performing Arts Center, overlooking the city and outlining an icon’s name in simple Art Deco neon lights.
Posted by: Jennifer McClarney