Arts & Culture

The children of MTSU's Ann Campbell Early Learning Center never slow down, so "Saddle Up," the annual fundraiser that helps keep them learning, is adding more fun options to this summer's event set for Thursday, July 30.

The 2015 "Saddle Up" event will move off-campus for the first time this year to 1546 Georgetown Lane in Murfreesboro. Hosts Gabriel and Christy Fancher, longtime supporters of the ACE Learning Center — formerly known as Project Help — have opened their home for the fundraiser.

Photos provided by Ray Wiley

Imagine a class full of college students having to forego being tied to their cell phones for 10 days.

In the 2015 study-abroad class taught in the Pacific Ocean nation of Fiji, MTSU students took advantage of the mostly unwired, nondigital atmosphere to explore a dramatically different culture.

“You don’t have service on your cellphone, and the Wi-Fi was here and there,” said Adam Thompson, a graduate student from Copperas Cove, Texas, majoring in leisure and sport management.

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  Mid-state resident Alana Raybon grew up in a Christian home, but converted to Islam as a young woman.

As you can imagine, the conversion put a strain on her relationship with family, her mother in particular. Raybon says she argued with her mother frequently.

Eventually, the two stopped talking about faith altogether and the silence continued for nearly a decade. Even so, Raybon says her new faith was always the “elephant in the room” when visiting with family.

The centerpiece of Daniel Hope’s summer is Vivaldi Recomposed, Max Richter’s vivid 21st-century reimagining of The Four Seasons. It was the British violinist for whom Richter composed the work, and the subsequent Deutsche Grammophon recording was named iTunes’ Best U.S. Contemporary Classical Album of 2012 and scored Hope a sixth ECHO Klassik Award.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — One of the most sacred live music rooms in the country has just become a little sleeker.

The Tennessean reports ( ) Nashville's Ryman Auditorium is ready for its grand reopening after a yearlong, $14 million expansion.

Beginning Tuesday, visitors can tour the historic theater, where upgrades include a renovated lobby, more concessions, more bathrooms and more space.

The venue's new restaurant, Cafe Lula, sits outside the theater next to an expanded outdoor box office.