Millennials and the metaphysical: Why young people are turning to a more holistic way of living

By Allison Borrell, Studio M staff // On May 19-20, Nashville will welcome hundreds of attendees to the Galactic Expo, a spiritual exhibition featuring over 130 readers, healers, vendors and teachers of the metaphysical. Events like the Galactic Expo have fueled young people’s interest in exploring alternative, metaphysical practices that involve astrology, meditation, tarot card…

Garage Barre: Barres, babes and body positivity

By Allison Moore, Studio M staff // Pink from the inside out, Garage Barre is a Pinterest-worthy, chic studio filled with smiles, compliments and empowering workouts. Kirby Dudley and Lacey Garrett started Garage Barre almost three years ago in Garrett’s garage (hence the name) that could only fit five people. Within a year after opening,…

Timeline: Evolution of Nashville Predators jerseys

By JR Smith, Studio M staff // From blue, gold, silver and everything in between, the Nashville Predators have always been on the leading edge of jersey changes in the NHL. Some of their color schemes have missed the net, while others have scored a hat trick. This timeline explains how the Predators jersey schemes…

Local comics shops prepare for Free Comic Book Day

By Ryan Miller, Studio M On May 5 local comic book shops and bookstores will open their doors for Free Comic Book Day, an annual event open to comic readers, both old and new. Popular publishers like Marvel, DC and Dark Horse and independent publishers including IDW, Titan, Dynamite, ONI, Image and BOOM will offer…

Escape rooms expand in Murfreesboro

By Christian Brooks, Studio M staff //  The objective is simple: Escape within the hour. The solutions vary across the Murfreesboro area, depending on the farmhouse or laboratory the visitors are locked inside. In the last few years, escape rooms have risen in popularity, with four located in Murfreesboro alone. “I love playing puzzle game…

Timeline: The history of Dungeons & Dragons

By Christian Brooks, Studio M staff How much do you really know about the popular role-playing game Dungeons & Dragons? Click through the timeline below for a history lesson: Christian Brooks studies Visual Communication and Psychology at Middle Tennessee State University. Studio M, a project of the College of Media and Entertainment at MTSU, allows student journalists…

Interactive map: Renter-occupied housing units skyrocket in Nashville

By Connor Burnard, Studio M staff // As indicated in this Tennessean article, the story of modern Nashville is one of renting, not owning. Real estate website Zillow reported that the median home list price in Nashville went from $129K in December 2011 to $345K in February 2018 — an explosion in cost that would clearly suggest that…

Interactive timeline: The history of Record Store Day

By Allison Borrell, Studio M staff // Record Store Day was founded as both an organization and an annual event celebrating the culture of independently owned record stores in Baltimore, Maryland, in 2007. The previous year, one of the largest international music retail chains, Tower Records, had shut down, and record store owners and employees were looking for…

Nashville VegFest returns with more speakers, fun and veggie eats

By Zamaria Thompson, Studio M staff // Nashville’s Vegfest, a nonprofit event that promotes a plant-based, healthy lifestyle, returns April 7 at The Fairgrounds Nashville. The family-friendly festival will be filled with food samples, cooking demonstrations, giveaways and more from some of Nashville’s best plant-based restaurants. How did a vegan festival make its way to Music…

21-year-old nail technician attracts clients from miles around

By Kyla Tillis, Studio M staff // The LED light shines down, and the gentle humming of an electric machine fills the room. The smell of acetone lingers while she works. This is just another day for Eldreana Louis. Louis, 21, of Clarksville, Tennessee, owns the nail business Polish Me Pretty and is a rising…