Weekly Highlights – July 15-20

14 Jul

Monday

Author event with J. Courtney Sullivan at Parnassus Books – 6:30pm
J. Courtney Sullivan is the author of the New York Times bestselling novels Commencement and Maine. Maine was named a Best Book of the Year by Time magazine, and a Washington Post Notable Book for 2011. Courtney’s writing has also appeared in The New York Times Book Review, The Chicago Tribune, New York magazine, Elle, Glamour, Allure, Men’s Vogue, and the New York Observer, among others. She is a contributor to the essay anthology The Secret Currency of Love and co-editor of Click: When We Knew We Were Feminists. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.

#YeahYA Harlequin Teen Author Fest 2013 at Books-A-Million – 6:30pm
Harlequin Teen authors are a tour of book stores. The tour offers titles from contemporary, paranormal, fantasy, sci-fi, and romance and will feature the following writers:

  • JULIE KAGAWA (author of Iron Fey & The Blood of Eden series)
  • AIMÉE CARTER (author of The Goddess Test series)
  • KAREN ANN HOPKINS (author of the Temptation series)

Open House: A Comedy Open Mic Night at The Mercy Lounge – 8pm, 21+
Open House is a comedy open mic for people who love comedy and openness. It will be a night of joy, tears and the occasional snort-laugh. So, come on down and watch some comedians tell funnies OR hop onstage and give it a try yourself. Hosted by Gary Fletcher.

8 off 8th at The Mercy Lounge – 9pm, 21+
Featuring  Jordan Hull, Charlie, The Inscape, Kinship, Hello Walls, Bear in the Campsite, Timm and Farrah.

Tuesday

Let’s Talk books with Donna Nicely and Bill Ivey at Paranssus Books – 1:30pm
Please join moderator Donna Nicely and local author Bill Ivey for an afternoon of recommended reads

Nashville Civil War Lecture Series: Mark Brown presents The Homefront at the Belmont Mansion – 4:30pm
The Metropolitan Historical Commission and 16 state and local partners announce the Nashville Civil War Lecture Series and the release of a new Civil War history brochure. The lecture series will take place on the third Tuesday of the month, May through October, from 4:30pm to 6:00pm, at a new location each month, offering a unique opportunity to explore the stories of Civil War Nashville in some of the city’s most exquisite historic sites.

Patrick Sweany In-Store at Grimey’s – 6pm
From Grimey’s: “Our pal Patrick Sweany continues to make his mark on the music scene. His Piedmont picking style and Delta-influenced slide playing, along with his deep, smooth resonant voice grabbed the attention of Dan Auerbach, who produced 2 of Patrick’s 4 previous records. He’s toured with The Black Keys, The Gourds, The Wood Brothers, Wayne Hancock, Hot Tuna, Paul Thorn and more. His latest record, “Close To The Floor,” hits the streets July 16, 2013. It was recorded to 2″ tape in Nashville, TN and features contributions from Joe McMahan (Luella & The Sun, Allison Moorer, Webb Wilder), Ron Eoff (Cate Brothers, Levon Helm), Jon Radford (Luella, Justin Townes Earle, Lilly Hiatt), and Ryan Norris (Lambchop), among others. It’s his best yet and we’ve got Patrick Sweany performing a raucous live set in the record store on the day his new album is released!”

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Weekly Highlights – July 8-13

7 Jul

Monday

Nashville Creative Group Meet-up: Know Your Fellow Artists at Green Hills Terrace Club House – 7pm
Get to know other creative types in Nashville.

Open House: A Comedy Open Mic Night at The Mercy Lounge – 8pm, 21+
Open House is a comedy open mic for people who love comedy and openness. It will be a night of joy, tears and the occasional snort-laugh. So, come on down and watch some comedians tell funnies OR hop onstage and give it a try yourself. Hosted by Gary Fletcher.

Mystery Comedy Show, Volume 2 at the High Watt, 18+
A free secret show from a nationally touring comedian. Money-back guarantee.

8 off 8th at The Mercy Lounge – 9pm, 21+
Featuring  Duke, The Oak Creek Band, The Highland Reunion, Earnest Ernest, Melon and The Mayhem, The Young International, Frances & The Foundation, Static Revival.

Tuesday

Film Screening: Food Stamped at Warner Parks Nature Center – 6:30pm
Join Warner Park Nature Center and Good Food for Good People as we present a screening of Food Stamped,” an informative and humorous documentary film following a couple as they attempt to eat a healthy, well-balanced diet on a food stamp budget. Through their adventures they consult with members of U.S. Congress, food justice organizations, nutrition experts, and people living on food stamps to take a deep look at America’s broken food system.”

Film Screening: Trash Dance at Urban Green Lab Grounds – 7:30pm
Choreographer Allison Orr finds beauty and grace in garbage trucks, and in the unseen men and women who pick up our trash. Filmmaker Andrew Garrison follows Orr as she rides along with Austin sanitation workers on their daily routes to observe and later convince them to perform a most unlikely spectacle. On an abandoned airport runway, two dozen trash collectors and their trucks deliver — for one night only — a stunningly beautiful and moving performance, in front of an audience of thousands. RSVP here.

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Weekly Highlights – July 1-6

30 Jun

Monday

Open House: A Comedy Open Mic Night at The Mercy Lounge – 8pm, 21+
Open House is a comedy open mic for people who love comedy and openness. It will be a night of joy, tears and the occasional snort-laugh. So, come on down and watch some comedians tell funnies OR hop onstage and give it a try yourself. Hosted by Gary Fletcher.

8 off 8th at The Mercy Lounge – 9pm, 21+
Featuring Nathan Reich, Deli, Ryegrass, Xyon, Lines In The Sky, Radar Vs Wolf, Shy Guy, The Subnovas.

Tuesday

Phil Madeira at Grimey’s Too – 6pm
From Grimey’s: “Phil Madeira is an American songwriter, producer, musician and singer from Nashville, Tennessee. His songs have been recorded by The Civil Wars, Buddy Miller, Alison Krauss, Ricky Skaggs, Bruce Hornsby, Keb’ Mo’, Garth Brooks, The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, The North Mississippi Allstars and many others … As if that wasn’t enough, Phil is also a painter and author! His latest book is called “God On The Rocks” and Phil will join us at Howlin’ Books to celebrate with an in-store performance and book signing.”

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Weekly Highlights – June 24-29

23 Jun

Okay guys, this is my first Weekly Highlights in awhile, so be gentle!

Monday

Junie B. Jones Stupid Smelly Bus Tour at Barnes & Noble Cool Springs – 11am-noon
Barnes & Noble Cool Springs will host the “Junie B. Jones Stupid Smelly Bus Tour” – a national tour, sponsored by Random House Children’s Books, that brings Junie B. live and in-person, across the country to meet her fans. Celebrating the tour’s 10th anniversary, Junie B. will ride in the Stupid, Smelly Bus to 15 cities for fun-filled events. Fans will enjoy Junie B.’s hilarious antics through live, theatrical performances based on the bestselling Junie B. Jones series. Events will also include cool Junie B. giveaways, and an official “book stamping.”

Open House: A Comedy Open Mic Night at The Mercy Lounge – 8pm, 21+
Open House is a comedy open mic for people who love comedy and openness. It will be a night of joy, tears and the occasional snort-laugh. So, come on down and watch some comedians tell funnies OR hop onstage and give it a try yourself. Hosted by Gary Fletcher.

8 off 8th at The The Mercy Lounge – 9pm, 21+
Featuring NUDITY, Fancytramp, Cry Baby, Sherbert, Tipper Whore, Tess Brunet, Scale Model, Fielded.

Tuesday

In-store: Cooper at Grimey’s – 6pm
From Grimey’s: “There’s a new soul sensation in town and her name is Cooper. Originally from the coastal Oregon mountains, Cooper relocated to Nashville in 2011 where her first gig was opening for Wanda Jackson at fashion icon Manuel’s birthday bash. She’s been writing since the age of 11 and, oh my, she sure can sing! Cooper maintains 10+ piece soul bands with horns on both sides of the country. We’ve got her for an in-store the week of release and you really should come check Cooper out if soulful Motown-style ballads and funky upbeat dance tunes sprinkled with rock n’ roll guitars and rich harmonies are your kinda thing.”

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Scene Report: Alejandro Escovedo at Grimey’s

22 Jun

Guys, if you couldn’t make it out to Grimey’s this afternoon for the Alejandro Escovedo & the Sensitive Boys in-store, you missed out on some of the best country-tinged rock this blogger has heard in awhile.

We were lucky to have Live it Now Entertainment there taking some video on the fly. Here’s a taste, but check back soon for the rest of the Grimey’s set and an interview with the guys.

Alejandro is playing at the War Memorial tonight with Los Lobos and Los Lonely Boys. Tickets are still available, so I recommend getting on that!

Alejandro Escovedo at Grimey’s

20 Jun

Not a lot of musicians can say they helped kickstart two awesome genres of music, but the legendary Alejandro Escovedo can say just that. He was in a punk band before punk existed, and his later country punk would become what’s now known as alt-country.

He’s coming to town to play with Los Lonely Boys this Saturday, but FIRST Grimey’s has managed to snag him for an early 3:30pm in-store.

Be there, or miss some awesome music.

Oh, and here’s his recent album Big Station, for your listening pleasure.

Nashville Tour de Fat

20 Jun

Tour de Fat has become a summer tradition in Nashville. And hell, what’s not to like about bikes, beer and bemusement?

Presented by New Belgium Brewery, Tour de Fat takes place this Saturday in Centennial Park. It involves a parade, general weirdness and someone trading his or her car for a free bike. Hey, the bike might be worth more than the car, depending on the automobile.

There will also be live music! Here’s the schedule: 

10am: Parade Registration
11am: Danger Zone Parade Launch
12pm: Scot Nery Show
12:30pm: Honeymoon Caberet
1:15pm: Slow Ride
1:30pm: Rayland Baxter
2:15pm: Stunt Pepper Dance Contest
2:40pm: Yo-Yo People
3:30pm: Car for Bike Trade
4:00pm: Here Come the Mummies

>> RSVP on Facebook and learn more

Weekly Highlights: April 8-13

7 Apr

Monday

MT Fashion Week presents the1st Annual Curvy Couture Fashion Show at MTSU – 7pm
After creating a buzz last year by being featured in V.I.P Murfreesboro, MT Fashion Week is back! This year MT Fashion will go outside the norm and embrace the “curvier” side of fashion. For the first time in MT history there will be a Fashion Show that features all full figured models and fashion! Featuring looks from Feminine Funk, D. Michelle by Detriea Burr, Plush Boutique and Cicily Nelson.

Open House: A Comedy Open Mic Night at The High Watt – 8pm, 21+
Open House is a comedy open mic for people who love comedy and openness. It will be a night of joy, tears and the occasional snort-laugh. So, come on down and watch some comedians tell funnies OR hop onstage and give it a try yourself. Hosted by Gary Fletcher.

8 off 8th at The High Watt – 9pm, 21+
Featuring Blank Range, Robert Gay, Natalie Noone and the Maybe, Layla the Wolf, Koa, Shut Up, Melon and the Mayhem & Tyler Bennett.

Tuesday

Free Cone Day at Ben & Jerry’s – ALL DAY
FREE ICE CREAM! FREE ICE CREAM!

LookIn: The Columnist 161 Rains Ave. – 5:30pm
Come “look in” at what happens before the curtain goes up. Walk into the private world of rehearsal and learn about the creative process of the director, set designer, and costume designer. View an excerpt of the performance as it is being shaped in the rehearsal process. LookIns are a fun way to see what goes on behind the scenes.

MT Lambda’s 10th Annual Spring Out with Chaz Bono at MTSU’s Tucker Theatre – 7pm
Chaz Bono will be the Keynote speaker for MT Lambda’s 10th Annual Spring Out campus wide LGBTQ PRIDE week. This event is free and open to the public. There will be a book signing after the presentation.

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Weekly Highlights – April 1-6

31 Mar

Monday

Open House: A Comedy Open Mic Night at Mercy Lounge – 8pm, 21+
Open House is a comedy open mic for people who love comedy and openness. It will be a night of joy, tears and the occasional snort-laugh. So, come on down and watch some comedians tell funnies OR hop onstage and give it a try yourself. Hosted by Gary Fletcher.

8 off 8th at the Mercy Lounge – 9pm, 21+
Featuring Applegate Nance, Todd Farrell Jr. & The Dirty Birds, Williams & Co., The Paranormals, Hot Mess Loves You, Michael Shepard and Omega Swan.

Tuesday

LookIn: The Magic Flute at the Noah Liff Opera Center – 6:30pm
Get the inside scoop on Mozart’s The Magic Flute from Artistic Director John Hoomes, and view a portion of a rehearsal. The Magic Flute blends myth, enchantment, and the fight between good and evil to deliver the life-affirming message: love conquers all. LookIns are a fun way to see what goes on behind the scenes. Please RSVP here.

Author Event with the Lee Brothers at Parnassus Books – 6:30pm
We are very excited to welcome Matt and Ted Lee to Parnassus for an introduction and signing of their latest book Lee Bros. Charleston Kitchen. 

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Weekly Highlights – Mar. 25-30

24 Mar

Monday

Open House: A Comedy Open Mic Night at Mercy Lounge – 8pm, 21+
Open House is a comedy open mic for people who love comedy and openness. It will be a night of joy, tears and the occasional snort-laugh. So, come on down and watch some comedians tell funnies OR hop onstage and give it a try yourself. Hosted by Gary Fletcher.

8 off 8th Road to Bonnaroo at The Mercy Lounge – 9pm, 21+
One of the bands performing tonight will play at Bonnaroo this year? Who will it be? Performers include Andrew Combs, Blackfoot Gypsies, Hanzelle, Little Bandit, Ranch Ghost, Ravello, Shannon Labrie and Vinyl Thief.

Blue Monday at 12 South Taproom – 9:30pm
Jeff Clemens, Kenny Vaughan (of G. Love), & Johnny d’Artenay make up this blues trio that has changed Mondays in Nashville forever. Talent is one thing, but timing and taste take this group to a level far and away from anything else in town. Come see for yourself what everyone in 12 South has known for a while now.

Tuesday

Experience Morocco Through the Eyes of a Native Son: Film Workshop at the Main Public Library – 3:30pm
“Experience Morocco Through the Eyes of a Native Son” featuring short clips from Moroccan filmmaker Hakim Belabbes.  One hour free workshop will feature Q & A with the filmmaker visiting as part of a series: “CaravanSerai, A Place Where Cultures Meet” a grant from The Doris Duke Foundation from Arts Midwest in an effort to bridge the gap between the Mideast and the West.

Film Screening: Moroccan Filmmaker Hakim Belabbes at the Islamic Center of Nashvile – 6:30pm
Hakim Belabbes will present two of his celebrated short films: A Nest in the Heat and Whispers. Both pieces will provide a framework for thought-provoking screenings and discussions led by a respected Moroccan filmmaker.

Life of Pi Community Discussion at Parnassus Books – 6:30pm
Nashville Reads is a way of bringing the entire city together to read great literature, in an attempt to broaden the literary horizons of the city and open up a forum for discussion.

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