Arts & Culture

Bob Pondillo

Celebrate the new year all over again with the official Murfreesboro premiere of a short film created by MTSU students, faculty and alumni.

“Happy New Year, Mr. Kates!” will be shown at 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 31, at the Murfreesboro Center for the Arts, 110 W. College St. in Murfreesboro.

The 33-minute tale features a nursing home resident who feels that his life has been a failure until fate intervenes on the eve of the new year. It was written and directed by Dr. Bob Pondillo, a professor emeritus of mass media history and American culture.

The non-profit Tennessee Performing Arts Center (TPAC) created a record-breaking economic impact of more than $64 million during its 2013-14 season. The impact, based on the nationally accepted formula from Americans for the Arts, is one of four records broken by the organization during the banner year, according to its annual report released today at a partnership event.

In all, TPAC reports the following record-breaking details from 2013-14:

Acclaimed photographer Harvey Stein is returning to MTSU's Baldwin Photographic Gallery with a new exhibit, "Harlem Street Portraits," that opens Tuesday, Jan. 20, for a monthlong run. 

Stein, who brought his photo collections from Mexico and Italy and from Coney Island to MTSU in 2007 and 2011, respectively, also plans a free Feb. 5 public lecture at 7 p.m. in Room 103 of the Bragg Mass Communication Building on campus. 

Music journalist Barry Mazor will focus on Ralph Peer’s pioneering role in bringing the recording, marketing and publishing of blues, jazz, country, gospel and Latin music to the world in a special Monday, Jan. 26, lecture at MTSU’s Center for Popular Music.

The free public discussion is set for 4:30 p.m. in Room 160 of the College of Education Building on the MTSU campus. A searchable campus map of MTSU, complete with parking details, is available at

No recipes. No script. No holds barred. It's like nothing you've ever seen on stage before. You choose the challenges. He does the impossible. Food Network Celebrity Chef Robert Irvine is bringing his all-new live show to the Tennessee Performing Arts Center’s James K. Polk Theater on Thursday, March 26, 2015 at 8:00 p.m.