Arts & Culture


UNIONVILLE, Tenn. (WMOT)  -- Early American pioneers like Daniel Boone and Davey Crockett weren’t the only adventurers to brave the wilds of North America. Protestant Christianity spread westward across the American frontier thanks in large measure to the tireless efforts of so-called circuit riding preachers.

COLUMBIA, Tenn. (Dokkestul)  --  You might be surprised to learn that Wednesday is National Puppy Day.

If you’ve been thinking about getting a dog a mid-state organization has a suggestion about where you might start.

The group Russell Rescue is encouraging dog lovers to consider the option of adoption. The rescue comes to the Spring Hill PetSmart every Saturday where you can meet and interact with the dogs. Former Maury County Animal Shelter president Mary Ruth Rogers started Russell Rescue in 2002 after she noticed a pattern in the shelter.

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  Are you familiar with Conjunto Music? An expert in the genre will make a mid-state appearance this week to explain why you should be.

Dr. Dan Margolies of Virginia Wesleyan College has been studying Conjunto for years and says it really should get more respect.

“Conjunto music is the major social dance music of the Mexican American community of South Texas. The principal instrumentation is the accordion and a 12 string bass called the bajo sexto.”

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MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  World-class artists are performing music from the renowned Chinese Opera The Monkey King Thursday in Murfreesboro as Middle Tennessee State University opens its new Center for Chinese Music and Culture.

The performance is part of a larger celebration this week as MTSU’s opens new classroom and office space in the renovated former Rutherford County Hospital building downtown.

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  Millennials, now pushing into their 30s, are making the once taboo art of tattooing fashionable, but rather than a departure a mid-state archeologist says the trend is actually a return to a common human practice.

Aaron Deter-Wolf is a pre-historic archeologist for the State of Tennessee. Deter-Wolf has made himself something of a world authority on tattooing. He recently helped identify marks on a 5300-year-old mummy found frozen in the Austrian Alps as the oldest known example of tattooed human skin.