Cheekwood Nights in the Garden

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Experience Steve Tobin's dramatic "Southern Roots" sculptures illuminated at night on the first Thursday of the month, April - September, at Cheekwood.

Cheekwood has a brand-new offering perfect for families looking for a festive outing before the weekend begins — First Thursday Nights in the Garden. On the first Thursday of the month — beginning April 4 and ending Sept. 1 — bring the kids to see Steve Tobin’s amazing sculptures in his Southern Roots exhibit outside in different areas of the gardens as they are illuminated at night until 10 p.m.

In addition to the magnificent sculptures, each week includes youth artists with Southern Wind presenting live poetry written specifically for the outdoor exhibition. Each First Thursday at Cheekwood also features other special attractions:

APRIL 7: GUIDED IMPROVISATION WORKSHOP WITH NEW DIALECT
A drop-in contemporary dance movement outdoor workshop.

MAY 5: THE RADIAL CONSERVATORY
Neoclassical visual artists and musicians create an immersive light and sound installation in the Color Garden.

JUNE 2: SOUTHERN ROOTS FAMILY CONCERT
Live music featuring Savannah Keyes from Big Machine Records.

JULY 7: SOUTHERN ROOTS FAMILY CONCERT & ROOTS YARNBOMBING WITH BILLS YARNS
Live music, plus a fun activity kids will love: Yarnbombing, a type of street art that uses colorful displays of knitted yarn. Join Bill Yarns as they yarnbomb one of Tobin’s sculptures, then make your own yarnbombing craft.

AUGUST 4: INTERSECTION
Musical performances inspired by Tobin’s works performed by Nashville’s newest contemporary music ensemble.

SEPTEMBER 1: NEW DIALECT & INTERSECTION
Contemporary dance and music ensembles intersect to present a site-specific performance inspired by Tobin’s sculptures.

Cheekwood is located at 1200 Forrest Park Drive, Nashville. Admission is $16 adults, $9 ages 3 – 17. Call 615-356-8000 or visit cheekwood.org.

Chad Young is the managing editor and arts/entertainment editor for this publication.

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