Highlights for the week of July 5th

I thought I’d create a post that highlighted some of this weeks cool events. This isn’t meant to include everything, but if you feel like I missed something major then let me know.

8 off 8th at the Mercy Lounge at 9PM
This is a weekly event, and though I’ve never gone it seems really great. The Mercy Lounge is a great venue, and I always have a good time hearing new bands, even if they sort of suck. You should definitely consider going at least once

Cotton Jones performs at Grimey’s at 6PM
I LOVE going to in-stores at Grimey’s, even if I don’t know the artist. It gets a little cramped sometimes, but the tunes are great, and sometimes Grimey’s will have some surprises like free beer or prizes. If you’re a fan of the artist this is probably the most intimate setting you’ll ever see them in, and you can almost always get the to take a picture and sign after their set.

Lunch and Learn with Martha Stamps at Nashville Farmers’ Market – 11am
Eat some lunch and learn a little about the food you’re eating. I don’t think that we give enough thought to what we put into our bodies, and this sounds like a great way to learn more about it. This week’s topic is “Local is Everything”.

Dime Cookie Day at Whole Foods – while supplies last.
I don’t think it’s a secret that I LOVE cookies, especially good ones that only cost 10 cents each. The first Tuesday of the month means 10 cookies for $1 at Whole Foods in Green Hills, and let me tell you, they’re delicious! The cookies are left sitting out in little bags of 10 each on the bakery counter, and you just grab one and take it to a register. One greenback later and they’re all yours to eat or to share. I eat mine.

NANA Day (Anime) at Sonobana Restaurant and Grocery
It’s July 7th, which apparently means it’s NANA day in celebration of the anime comic of the same name. For more info click here

New Faces Night at The Basement – 8pm
A free show with some up-and-coming acts. This week features Theodore, Douglas Lucas, Wendy Duffy, Tennessee Hollow, Mariesa Frank and Andrew Bryant. This, like all Basement shows, is 21+

Local Author Elizabeth Pace signs and discusses her book The X and Y of Buy at Davis Kidd – 7pm
This book discusses the differences between the purchasing habits of men and women. It sounds pretty interesting.

On the other side of the spectrum is Arby’s, where all summer they’re giving away something for free every Wednesday. This week it’s a free orange cream shake with any sandwich purchase.

Movies in the Park – Mean Girls (rain date) – Sundown
Last time we tried to watch Mean Girls at Centennial Park we got rained out, badly. It’s time to try it again, and hopefully we’ll have better luck. The fun starts at 7 with vendors, prizes, and activities, but the movie doesn’t start until it gets dark. Hopefully Mas Tacos will be there like they were last time…

Cage the Elephant at Grimey’s – 6pm
Cage the Elephant is a band from Louisville that’s been getting some pretty awesome press lately, and after playing stages in various clubs and places like BONNAROO they’ve decided to stop in Nashville to play at everyone favorite record store. If you’re a fan I recommend getting there early to secure a good spot.



The WANNABEATLES at Bellvue Red Caboose Park Amphitheater – 7-9pm
Everyone likes the Beatles. Okay, I take that back, ALMOST everyone likes the Beatles. You’re never going to see them live, so you might as well check out one of the greatest Beatles cover bands. It’s fun, there’s nothing wrong with fun. Bellvue Red Caboose Park Amphitheater is located at 656 Colic Jeanne Road, Nashville, TN 37201

Tango in the Park at Centennial Park – 8pm
This is both a dance lesson AND a social. The lesson is at 8, the party is at 8:30. Wear comfortable clothes with shoes that slide easily (no rubber soles) and have a closed-in back.

POOLAPALOOZA feat music by Sam and Ruby at Cascades Pool at Gaylord Opryland- 6pm
Ah yes, Poolapalooza, the wonderful pool party. Bring your swim suit, some friends, and an appetite for music. The party starts at 6pm, the music at 7pm.

Even though last week was technically the first Saturday of the month, some of the events that usually fall on the first Saturday got pushed back to this Saturday

Shakespeare Allowed at Nashville Main Public Library – 1-4pm
This month’s work is Richard II. This is another event I’ve never had the chance to go to, but from what I’ve read about it you can show up and participate in the reading. You can just hang out and listen if you want, but participation is encouraged. This sounds like a lot of fun!

First Saturday Art Crawl at Various Art Galleries – 6-10pm
Bring some friends, look at some great art, drink some free wine. Sounds like a winner. For a map of participating galleries, click here

Big Band Dances in Centennial Park – 7-10pm
Listen to some great music and get your dance on. If you don’t know how to get your dance on that’s okay, because lessons are given. For more info, click here

Belcourt’s Second Saturday Drive-in – 8:06pm
Every month the Belcourt has an outdoor showing of a movie on an old 35mm reel. This month’s movie is Wrestling Women vs. The Aztec Mummy. If that doesn’t sound awesome to you then I don’t know what will. It’s free, but it’s still a nice way to support Nashville’s favorite indie theater. Bring a chair and a cuddle-buddy or something like that.