For the first time in 15 years, a panel from the AIDS Memorial Quilt will be on display in the city of Nashville. The quilt, which celebrates its 30th anniversary this year, will be unveiled at a community reception at Tuesday, October 24, at 5 pm at The Art Institute of Tennessee – Nashville, a branch of The Art Institute of Atlanta.
The Pilgrimage Festival was held Sept. 23 – 24 in Franklin, TN. at The Park at Harlinsdale Farm for its third year. Headlining Saturday night was Justin Timberlake and Sunday night was Eddie Vedder. Other acts included a couple of Focus’ favorites, Valerie June and Sinclair, recently featured in the Sept./Oct. issues of Focus Mid-South and Focus Middle Tennessee.
The voice on the phone is girlish and sweet with a distinct Jackson, Tennessee Southern drawl. She is fresh off a European tour, but back in New York for this interview. She is a friend of a friend of a Memphis friend but could just as well be my younger sister as we chat about her life and music. She is strikingly open and earnest and enjoying all of the great things that are happening in her career.
Identity can be simple for some but for others it can be exhausting. First, there is the internal struggle one must deal with on a daily basis. Then, there is the added scrutiny and input from all sides- family, friends, co-workers, medical community, social media- the list goes on and on. There is no handbook to help navigate this complex journey.