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It's Friday, which means we have junk food on the brain as the weekend approaches. And with the cold weather in full effect, we need something to warm us up from the inside out. Enter Nashville's beloved regional specialty, "Hot Chicken." Let's take a look at how it's made and where it came from.
Generally speaking, the chicken is marinated in buttermilk, fried, smothered in a Nashville-style spice paste made of lard and cayenne pepper, and then served on a piece of bread that soaks up the sauce. Specific recipes, spice additions, and heat levels vary from restaurant to restaurant, and some even add the spice paste before breading and frying. As you would expect, recipes are very closely guarded, but this is the starting point for almost all vendors.
Music fans have always been drawn to Tennessee, but now TV fans have a reason to visit, too.
As the second season of ABC's series Nashville hits the halfway mark, fans continue to tune in for the drama, and a look at the city's most famous landmarks.
Gray Line is taking advantage of the fandom surrounding the show with a newly launched Nashville Bus Tour.
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Wizard World, which produces annual comic cons in Portland, Philadelphia, Chicago, Ohio, Austin and New Orleans, has added cons in Nashville and St Louis for 2013.
The St. Louis event is set for March 22-24 and the Nashville con will take place October 18-20. Stan Lee, Dean Cain, Billy Dee Williams, and James Marsters are among the confirmed guests for both.
Advance tickets are now on sale and range from $30 for one day passes to $499 for Platinum VIP passes. Visit www.wizardworld.com to purchase tickets.
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This weekend country music's biggest stars, including Lady Antebellum, Blake Shelton, The Band Perry, Carrie Underwood, Zac Brown Band, and Faith Hill, will return to Nashville for the city's annual signature event, the CMA Music Festival.
Taking place between June 7th and June 10th, the fest will feature around the clock live performances at various venues including Riverfront Park, the Nashville Convention Center, and LP Field.
Even though there have been plenty of movies about country music, most of them never shot one scene in Nashville. But Country Strong, in theaters today, was not only filmed in Nashville, it also features local musicians who recorded most of the soundtrack on Nashville's famous Music Row.
The movie, which stars Gwyneth Paltrow, Tim McGraw, Gossip Girl's Leighton Meester, and Garrett Hedlund, is about an aging country singer (Paltrow) trying to rebound in her career and marriage. But it was McGraw who pushed for the movie to be shot in Nashville, while producers originally planned on filming in Austin. “I think Nashville played an important part. Nashville is a character unto itself," McGraw said. "There’s such a vibe in this city, and I think the soul of the city is country music, and if we didn’t have that sort of intangible thing there that sort of lingers on film … it would have been just one more obstacle.”
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Nashville's Airport Reading Room
Yesterday, Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport officially opened the door to their brand spanking-new library, the first of its kind at an airport, or so they said. It's located on "Holland Boulevard," the passageway connecting Piers E and F after security, and it's open every day during regular airport hours. In terms of modern libraries, it does really sound like an excellent amenity for travelers:
The library, which offers literature, music and films, is a joint and unique initiative by Amsterdam Airport Schiphol and the Dutch Public Libraries. The Airport Library is the world's first library opened at an airport, and Amsterdam Airport Schiphol the first airport where passengers can read books in 29 different languages, listen to music, watch films and download these free of charge.
That said, it's not the first like it claims.
Yesterday, Kenny Chesney tweeted a photo of himself submerged knee-deep in water, proof that even celebrities aren't immune to natural disasters.
Kenny's house was among those flooded in Nashville after record rain caused the Cumberland River to rise more than ten feet above flood stage. Kenny was scheduled to appear on Anderson Cooper 360 last night to discuss the flooding and let people know what they can do to help.
Along with the photo, he also tweeted, "Sending Anderson Cooper footage of my house under water for tonight. TN is a mess."
If you've ever wanted to appear in a movie but can't be bothered with getting an agent or a headshot, tomorrow you'll have your chance. On Feb. 2, 2500 extras will be needed in Nashville, TN for a pivotal concert scene. The footage will be included in the movie, Love Don’t Let Me Down, in which Gwyneth Paltrow plays a struggling country singer managed by Tim McGraw.
Anyone who wants to participate in the shoot will be admitted to Municipal Auditorium, 417 Fourth Ave N, on a first-come, first-served basis and must be at least 18 years old. A free shuttle will take extras from Lot R at LP Field to Municipal Auditorium, where doors open at 4 p.m. Extras should be able to stay until 11 p.m.