Steel Panther promises hair-raising spectacle

The idea of Steel Panther ever becoming a worldwide phenomenon sounds almost as exaggerated as the onstage personae of its four members, Michael Starr, Satchel, Lexxi Foxx and Stix Zadinia.

However, what originally began as a Monday night parody lampooning the excesses of the 1980s heavy-metal era that dominated the Sunset Strip has evolved not only in name — the group began as Metal Shop, became Metal Skool and then Danger Kitty before settling on Steel Panther — but also now has a legion of followers that affords the band opportunities to support luminaries like Judas Priest on a U.S. tour or KISS in South America. Continue reading “Steel Panther promises hair-raising spectacle”

Mt. Juliet dancer takes Marvel LIVE by storm

Even when a summerlong trip to Los Angeles resulted in Chelsea Hough being represented by one of the most respected dance agencies in the country, the Mt. Juliet native never imagined that she would be cast in Marvel Universe LIVE!

Hough, 20, will be performing as iconic character Storm this weekend at Bridgestone Arena along with a cast representing more than 25 Marvel superheroes. Continue reading “Mt. Juliet dancer takes Marvel LIVE by storm”

‘Wildflower’ is like ABC’s ‘Nashville’ for teens

Kentucky native Alecia Whitaker recently released her second novel, “Wildflower,” which is the first of a three-book series set in Nashville.

It follows 16-year-old Bird Barrett, an aspiring songwriter, as she attempts to balance her strong family values with the ambition of becoming the next female voice of country music. Continue reading “‘Wildflower’ is like ABC’s ‘Nashville’ for teens”

Franklin father turns ‘animal crackers’ for kids into feature film

Becoming a parent is a life-changing experience.

Back when Scott Christian Sava, 45, became a father of twins — Brendan and Logan — 11 years ago, the animator had no idea that fathering twin boys with his wife, Donna, would lead the family to Franklin, Tennessee, and a career as a filmmaker.

“It gave me a voice,” said Sava, who created various comic book stories — “Ed’s Terrestrials,” “Pet Robots” and “Animal Crackers,” among them — to share with his sons.

“I learned that I like telling all-age stories and I wouldn’t have known that had it not been for my kids. It gave me purpose. It gave me a direction.”  Continue reading “Franklin father turns ‘animal crackers’ for kids into feature film”