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Benefit at Belcourt Theatre

November 30, 2012

“Good Ol’ Girls” Matraca Berg, Marshall Champan, Jill McCorkle & Lee Smith Return to the Belcourt for a Uniquely Southern Evening of Story & Song Benefiting the Center for Contemplative Justice


On Wednesday, December 12, 2012 two of Nashville’s leading singer/songwriters and Southern personalities Matraca Berg (Dixie Chicks, Faith HIll) and Marshall Chapman (Jimmy Buffett, Wynonna) take the stage with gal pals and prominent Southern authors Lee Smith (The Last Girls) and Jill McCorkle (Going Away Shoes). This spirited set of writers has “redefined the modern Southern woman in ‘Good Ol’ Girls,’ a Broadway musical about love, loss and laughter, celebrating childhood through old age with big hair and bigger hearts.”* The concert benefits the Center for Contemplative Justice, founded by leading community activist and fellow Nashville good ol’ girl Becca Stevens. Stevens is the founder of Magdalene/Thistle Farms, author of eight books and has been named “Nashvillian of the Year” and “Tennessean of the Year” by the Nashville Scene and The Tennessean respectively. Most recently, the White House named her one of 15 “Champions of Change.”

The mission of the Center for Contemplative Justice, Inc. (CCJ) is to foster acts of corporate justice arising from contemplation. The CCJ oversees and supports a program in San Eduardo, Ecuador that includes a school with 80 students and a medical clinic. Each year, a group travels to meet with the community, school faculty and holds a medical clinic that serves more than 900 people annually. The CCJ also works with Vanderbilt University to support Holy Cross Hospice in Botswana, which cares for patients suffering from AIDS and HIV infection. When asked why the “Good Ol’ Girls” creators agreed to support this specific cause, Marshall Chapman responded to Chapter 16, “How can you turn down something called The Center for Contemplative Justice? It just sounds like something the world needs right now. And when we found out Becca Stevens was involved, well, that pretty much sealed the deal.” “Good Ol’ Girls” – An Evening of Story & Song with Matraca Berg, Marshall Chapman, Jill McCorkle and Lee Smith will be held at the Belcourt Theatre at 2102 Belcourt Ave., Nashville, TN 37212. Showtime is 7:00pm and the doors will open at 6:00pm. All proceeds from the show will benefit the Center for Contemplative Justice. General Admission tickets are $35 each and Patron Tickets (preferred seating and special gift bag) are $100 each.

For more information about purchasing tickets, visit or stop by St. Augustine’s Episcopal Chapel on the Vanderbilt campus at 200 24th Avenue South, Nashville, TN 37212. 615.322.4783

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