Weekly Highlights

Written under the influence of Guided by Voices and Drakkar Sauna.


8 off 8th at the Mercy Lounge – 9pm
While there might not be any special name for this particular 8 off 8th it’s still gonna be pretty awesome. Just look at these names: Re-Up Band, Greg Bates
Stephanie Lambring, Marie Hines, Clark Richard, Lindsey Highlander, Honey Honey, Westbound Rangers, The Hollywood Ten. Those last two are especially awesome, so don’t miss them!

The Deen Brothers sign “Take it Easy” at Davis-Kidd Books – 7pm
In case you didn’t know, the Deen brothers are the “Sons” in “Lady and Sons,” AKA, Paula’s boys. They’re coming to Davis-Kidd to sign their new book and chit chat with their fans. Note: This is a line ticketed event. Tickets are free with the purchase of Take it Easy from Davis-Kidd Booksellers. Members have the opportunity to meet the author first. My favorite Paula recipe is Gooey Butter Cake (I add butterscotch chips, it’s spectacular), What’s yours?

(Vanderbilt) FACULTY RECITAL: An Evening of Duo Sonatas at Steve and Judy Turner Recital Hall at Blair – 8pm
An Evening of Duo Sonatas for violin and piano by Mozart, Beethoven and Brahms featuring Karen Clarke, violin and Mark Wait, piano. The Program includes: Mozart – Sonata in A Major, K. 526 Beethoven – Sonata in A minor, Op. 23 Brahms – Sonata in A Major. Yes, free is cheaper than the symphony, even if you did snag those $15 tickets awhile back.


FUN. live in-store at Grimey’s – 6pm
They’re the new band from former Format frontman Nate Reuss, with Steel Train’s Jack Antonoff, Anathallo’s Andrew Dost and Jellyfish’s Robert Joseph Manning Jr. Expect “quirky, melodic hooks and vintage pop sounds.” Sounds sweet.

Rock the Block at Exit/In – 9pm
Check out some cool local artists at Exit/In for free. The sets are more substantial than 8 off 8th and they only do this once a month. This month you get to hear singer/songwriters James Farrell, Jacob Thomas, Rayland Baxter and TJ Osborne.

The Basement’s New Faces Nite – 8pm
This week features Scott Simontacchi, Jennings, Aaron Berg, John Paul, Honey Honey (who you may have seen at 8 off 8th on Monday), Gorilla Baby and more!


International Lens Film Series: The Marriage of Maria Braun at Vanderbilt’s Sarratt Cinema – 7pm
Get cultured!

Married for barely a day during World War II, the widowed Maria Braun is forced to survive on her own. She becomes strong and cruel, sad and indomitable, so loyal to her husband that she kills for him, and so pitiless to her lover of many years that she drives him to death. Fassbinder’s biggest international box-office success and the first part of his “postwar trilogy,” The Marriage of Maria Braun is a heartbreaking study of a woman picking herself up from the ruins of her own life as well as a pointed attack on a society determined to forget its past. In German with English subtitles. Rated R. 120 minutes. West Germany (1979)

Dave Peterson and 1946 at the 12 South Taproom – 9pm
Dave Peterson is awesome, and you should probably go out and see him sometime. You’ll thank me later. Anyway, his style is bluegrass/Americana. He’ll make you remember why traditional roots music was so well loved in the first place.

Local Author Robert Hicks reads and signs A Separate Country at Davis-Kidd Books – 7pm
If you buy Hicks’ new book this morning when it goes on sale you’ll score a free ticket to this event, but you have to HAVE to have a ticket or you won’t get in…and you have to buy the book to get a ticket, so it’s not a free event as much as it is an added bonus for buying the book.


Dave Barnes, Matthew Perryman Jones, Thad Cockrell (Live on the Green)
It’s apparently chill singer/songwriter night at Live on the Green. Enjoy the heartfelt sounds of these three awesome fellas. Read more about Live on the Green here.

(Vanderbilt) BLAIR NIGHTCAP SERIES: The Violin Now! featuring Guest Artist Peter Sheppard Skaerved at Steve and Judy Turner Recital Hall – 8pm
Before I forget…free valet parking!! As for the event, world-class violinist Peter Sheppard Skærved and Blair faculty member Michael Alec Rose will explore in a lecture/demonstration style what it is to be a violinist today, drawing on Skærved’s unique repertoire of rare works from the 18th and 19th centuries, and the many works written for him.

Home Renovation Workshop Series: The Healthier, More Energy Efficient Home at the Green Hills Public Library – 6:30pm
This is the bottom line: having a more energy efficient room isn’t just good for the environment, it’s good for your wallet. This is the type of free event that’s free, and then keeps on saving you money. You’ll even get some free samples to get you started!

Bestselling Author Michael Buckley reads from NERDS at Davis-Kidd Books – 4pm
No purchase necessary for this book event, all you have to do is show up!

Combining all the excitement of international espionage and all the awkwardness of elementary school, this exciting new series is the story of a secret spy society made up of fifth-grade misfits who use their unique nerdiness to fight crime. Don’t miss Michael Buckley as he reads from NERDS: National Espionage, Rescue, and Defense Society (Book One)


31st Annual TACA Fall Craft Fair at Centennial Park – Fri 10am-6pm, Sat 10am-5pm
TACA’s Fall Craft Fair offers shoppers the opportunity to meet and talk with exhibiting artists, enjoy children’s activities, visit special exhibits and demonstrations, and purchase a wide variety of uniquely handcrafted art. Check for more info here.

Surreal to Reel: Paris on Film Films at the Frist: Un Chien Andalou and L’Atalante at the Frist – 6:30
In conjunction with Twilight Visions: Surrealism, Photography, and Paris, the Frist Center is partnering with Belcourt Theatre and Vanderbilt University’s International Lens and French and film departments to offerSurreal to Reel: Paris on Film. This three-part series of Surrealist and Poetic Realist films will feature artists such as Luis Buñuel, Salvador Dalí, and Jean Vigo.

Flea Market at the Fairgrounds – all weekend, about early morning – mid-afternoon
Who doesn’t love flea markets? You can buy stuff CHEAP, and if you tell me that you don’t like cheap stuff then you’re just a liar. Liar. PS, bring $4 for parking.


12 South Concert Series with Shawn Byrne, Scott Hylbert, Art 4 Sale, Denitia Odigie at Sevier Park – 6-9pm
12 South is my ‘hood. Well, not at the moment, but a lot of my friends live down there, and I love it. All of the performing acts have strong ties to the 12 South Neighborhood either as residents or through businesses on and around 12th Avenue South. Come on down and see what this cool area has to offer. More info here.

6th Annual Homesteads Apple Festival at Cumberland Homestead Tower Museum (in Crossville) – 9am-5pm
Join the Homesteads Tower Museum for their 6th Annual Homesteads Apple Festival. Enjoy great food, live music, the jammin’ tent, crafts, quilt show, antique tractor show, and of course, fresh apples! There will be something for the whole family. Live Music All Day! Country – Bluegrass – Folk – Gospel. It sounds like something I’d personally love…but apples make my mouth itchy. I know I can’t possibly be the only one.

International Lens Film Series: Azur and Asmar at Sarratt Cinema – 2pm
Please note the early time. Here’s a description:

Inspired by medieval illuminations and Arabic art, this animated film tells the story of two boys, the white, blue-eyed prince Azur and the dark-skinned Asmar, both of whom are raised by Asmar’s mother. Separated by Azur’s father, the boys meet up again several years later in an unidentified Middle Eastern country — where Azur’s blue eyes terrify the locals, leading him to feign blindness in order to fulfill his quest. French and Arabic with English subtitles. Rated PG. 90 minutes.


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