Theater should inspire wonderment. That's the view at Tennessee Shakespeare Company, an artistic organization dedicated to bringing new life to William Shakespeare's words. Each of its productions aims to burrow beneath the play's familiar surface, finding deeper explorations into psychology, government, and philosophy. This approach brings new life to the timeless works—TSC's Macbeth, for instance, highlighted the civilian cost of civil war, while an all-female Julius Caesar embodied "a bold new way to look at honor, womanhood, and power," according to The Commercial Appeal. That same sense of exploration is extended to contemporary pieces. Once a year, the company members hang up their iambic pentameters to produce the Southern Exposure festival featuring new works from the region.
A lengthy lineup of traditional game-day fare and a sports atmosphere captivate fans at Fox and Hound - Bailey's, where the kitchen remains open as late as its neighboring fully stocked bar. Chefs cook until the wee hours of the morning and always until the bar closes, baking Bavarian pretzel starters, crafting towers of onion rings, and preparing hand-battered chicken tenders that are cooked until they are golden brown. They blend their own seasonings to sprinkle over grilled-to-order burgers, and draw from a diverse roster of cheeses and toppings to crown their wood-oven-inspired flatbreads.
While manning the bars, bartenders tap into a stash of libations, such as UV Whipped vodka and Patron Silver tequila, to mix their specialty cocktails. To further foster a sporting ambiance, high-definition TVs glow with sports games and custom music-video playlists, and guests partake in pastimes of ump bashing, billiards, or competitive people watching.
Packard's Games and Movies caters to entertainment-seekers looking to nab movies, games, and accessories for both current gaming systems and the nostalgic platforms of yore. After successfully dodging fireballs hurled by the store's assistant manager dragon, customers browse used consoles that include PlayStation 3 ($229.99) and Xbox 360 ($129.99) systems, both of which can be accessorized with regular or wireless controllers ($35.99–$39.99). The friendly staff helps navigate the selection of current games, such as Madden NFL 12 and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 ($58.77 each), or can open a trapdoor to the store's hidden level that houses a cache of retro games ($2.99+). Previously viewed DVDs of popular Hollywood movies ($4.99) also line the shelves of all 10 stores, though each location carries a slightly different selection. This Groupon may also be used toward the cost of electronics repairs for PC computers, game consoles, iPods, and cell phones.
Trailhead Steakhouse hints at its hearty American menu before diners even enter the door, with steep gable roofs cupping the rural wooden planking of a vintage log cabin. Up the wood steps, noses catch whiffs of USDA-choice, certified Angus T-bone and filet mignon grilling over an open fire. Diners may spot steaming shrimp lounging on plates beside piles of green-bean, spinach, and baked-potato sides, or salmon or trout fillets with grill marks as crisp as the lines on loose leaf, yet more fun to complete homework on. Patrons can celebrate cleaning their plates with a cheers over a bottled beer.
When Nashville Lifestyles puts a restaurant, concert venue, or stylist on its Best of Music City list, it's no small honor. The magazine's exhaustive knowledge of Nashville's cultural scene is revealed each month through features such as music reviews, which chronicle Nashville's local recording spaces, as well as the latest releases from both local artists and celebrities such as Miranda Lambert. Food critics try out restaurants to point hungry readers toward the city's best sports bars, cafés, food trucks, and food boats. Robust entertainment coverage helps social butterflies plan for parties, gallery exhibits, and festivals. Beyond the glossy pages of its print edition, Nashville Lifestyles' robust online presence shares extra features and photo slideshows, giving locals up-to-the-minute coverage of notable fetes and other goings-on about town.