Highlights for the Week of July 20th (Woohoo!)

Let’s hope that the temperatures stay cool and bring some cool events for us.


8 off 8th at the Mercy Lounge – 9pm, 21+
The Nashville Cream continues to treat us to great tunes by the decade for this month’s 8 off 8th. The theme this week is 80s night, so dress accordingly. Of course, since 90% of what’s hip today is straight out of 1985 that should be pretty easy.

Valentiger, Ikak, and Seth Wood at Edgehill Studio Cafe – 7pm
I have never heard of any of these bands, but I love the Edgehill Studio Cafe and I trust their taste.

Mike Freeland discusses and signs Blood River to Berlin: The World War II Journal of an Army Medic at Davis-Kidd Books – 7pm
Mike Freeland is a Tennessee native who found himself witnessing the horrors of WWII, including a Nazi death camp. Come and hear him talk about his experience and get him to sign a copy of his book.


Lunch and Learn with Martha Stamps at the Nashville Farmers’ Market – 11am
This week’s topic is titled “Feeding the Sheep.” It’s about what we put in our bodies from a spiritual perspective. Sounds like it could lead to a great discussion.

2 events at The Basement – always a 21+ venue
Carnival Music Presents:
Come and check out some Carnival Music artists for free. Performers include Natalie Hemby, Luke Laird, Skip Matheny (of Roman Candle), and Daniel Tashian. Starts at 7pm
New Faces Nite:
Come see nine (yes, nine) new acts rock the Basement’s Stage after Carnival Music’s show. Acts include Antiverse, Avery Set, Average Girl, and Loose Cougar. Starts at 8pm.

Starbuck’s – opening -10:30am
Purchase any beverage before 10:30am and present this coupon (printed out or on the screen on a mobile device) and get a free pastry! Wasn’t that easy? Well, not as easy as Arby’s freebies, but much easier than free grilled chicken from KFC via Oprah.


Free Roastburger with any soft drink purchase…I don’t know how I feel about that.

Knot Tying 101 at South Cumberland State Park – 2pm
I know, I know, it’s an hour and a half away, but who knows when you’ll need to learn how to tie a sweet knot? Meet at the visitor’s center.

Local Author Lydia Peelle reads and signs Reasons for and Advantages of Breathing: Stories at Davis-Kidd Books – 7pm
8 stories that “explore lives derailed by a loss of the vital connection to the land.” You support local restaurants, local food, and local music, so why not support local authors?

Yoga in Centennial Park, presented by Team Green – 5:30-6:30pm
This is the first day of the to-be-weekly yoga classes presented by Team Green. What better way to relax from mid-week stress than yoga? Meet at the west corner of Parthenon Field, closest to West End. A spot will be chosen there, probably in the shade.
*Note: this is free, but donations are welcome and encouraged.


Home Renovation Series: The House of Ill Repair at the Green Hills branch of the public library – 6:30-7:45 pm
Any house can easily fall into disrepair if you don’t know maintenance. Learn some basic tips about keeping your own house in top shape as well as some info about what to look at when buying a house.

Skate of the Union at the Sommet Center – 5-9pm
If you’re a hockey fan this is something you can’t miss. A used equipment sale goes from 5-7, then Skate of the Union town hall discussion picks up. Expect to see some bright new faces there, as well as Steve Sullivan, who will be there with his Masterton trophy.


Poolapalooza featuring Brother Trouble at Cascades Pool in Gaylord Opryland – 6pm
Cool drinks, hot party, good tunes, and it’s free. Seriously, what’s not to love? Parking is even free in selected lots.

Love (as it turns out) is a Battlefield at Downtown Presbyterian Church – 7pm (show at 9:30)
An evening of performances and conversations with musicians and authors including Donald Miller (Blue Like Jazz, a popular book, so I’ve been told), Matthew Perryman Jones, Sandra McCracken, Sarah Masen, Justin Caldwell, and film shorts by Tom Willis. It’s hosted by David Dark for Blood:Water, which is a grassroots organization that works to help the HIV/AIDS and water crisis in Africa. Donations are accepted, so please consider giving.

Flea Market at the Tennessee State Fairgrounds – starts Friday at 8am
Come and check out the wonderful world of the flea market! It starts Friday at 8am and goes until 5pm, goes Saturday 7am-6pm, and Sunday 7am-4pm. I wonder if I could buy a chase-lounge there…


Kingbilly is Your Friend Night at 12th& Porter – 8pm
Kingbilly seems like a really fun band (though I’ve never seen them I’ve heard great things), and they want to be your friend, so leave your wallet at home and check them out at 12th & Porter. You can’t beat free friendship, some people have to buy love.

Cold War Film Festival: Dr. Strangelove at Customs House Museum and Cultural Center in Clarksville – 2pm
There’s a catch to this, and that is that you have to buy admission to the exhibit. The tickets are cheap, though, $5 for adults, $4 for seniors 55+, $2 for college with picture ID, and $1 for anyone 1-18 years of age. That’s pretty cheap.

Ice Day at the Nashville Zoo – 9am-4pm
It’ll cost you regular admission to get into the zoo, but once you do there’s a lot of fun to be had. Today all the animals get an icy treat, and you’ll get some as well! Bluebell will be giving out free ice cream throughout the park. One of my roommates works at the zoo, and she says it’s going to be a lot of fun. Too bad they couldn’t hack off some of the price of getting in…


Mayor’s Nashville Housing Fair at the Sommet Center – 1-5pm
At this free and open event you can learn learn about new homes, how to obtain a mortgage, and how to increase your credit score and available tax credits. There will also be some freebies, but I imagine that only means ink pens and pads of paper, but hey, it’s all about learning something.


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