Weekly Highlights


Local Author Robert Blake reads and signs Little Devils at Davis-Kidd Books – 7pm
Burnie, Winnie, and Big Stanley are three Tasmanian devil pups growing up in the wild. Along with their mother, they make one happy family. With lifelike illustrations, Blake shines a light on a little-known animal in a heartwarming tale of adventure.

Belmont University Faculty Woodwind Quintet at the Belmont Mansion – 7:30pm
Say what you will about Belmont, but the bottom line is it’s a music school, and a good one. All of the professors in the Faculty Woodwind Quintet are current or former members of the Nashville Symphony, so they know what they’re doing. Come on down and check them out.


Rock’n’Roll Trivia at the Mercy Lounge – 8pm
This is the Next Big Nashville edition, and I know absolutely nothing else about it. If I were you I’d expect free parking, drink specials, and awesomeness. I’d also be sure to bring my thinking cap and knowledge of Nashville bands.

Rock The Block: Slipped Through the Cracks at Exit/In – 8pm
This edition of Rock the Block features bands that were cut from Next Big Nashville due to necessary cut-backs. Maybe you had to make a necessary cut-back by not buying a Next Big Nashville wristband. Well, then everything works out, because The Westbound Rangers, Denitia Odigie, Justin Kalk Orchestra, and DeRobert and The Half Truths want to play for you anyway! Rock on, dudes

Current Events Discussion Group at the Green Hills Public Library – 10:15-11:15am
Are you into current events, but just can’t seem to get your friends as riled up as you are? Do you want to talk about health care reform, but find that your co-workers are only interested in talking about Toy Story in 3D? Well then head on down to the bi-monthly current events discussion group at the Green Hills library.


International Lens Film Series: Ro.Go.Pa.G. (Laviamoci il cervello) at Vanderbilt’s Sarratt Cinema – 7pm

This omnibus film, whose title is an abbreviation of the directors’ last names, consists of four shorts: Rossellini’s “Illibatezza” (“Chastity”) tells the story of a flight attendant who rebuffs the unwanted attention of an American passenger by returning his overtures with aggressive ones of her own, which she records on a video camera to send to her fiance back home. Set in Paris after a nuclear holocaust, Godard’s “Il Nuovo mondo” (“New World”) examines the startling changes in behavior that take place in the survivors. In Pasolini’s “La Ricotta,” an impoverished bit player in “The Passion of Christ” struggles to feed himself and his family in the midst of an uncaring milieu. Gregoretti’s “Il Pollo ruspante” (“Free Range Chicken”) juxtaposes the odyssey of an Italian middle class family with the lecture of a marketing executive who teaches businessmen how to stimulate consumption. In Italian with English subtitles. Not Rated. 122 minutes.

Robert Hicks discusses and signs A Separate Country at the Barnes and Nobel in Cool Springs – 7pm
Set in New Orleans in the years after the Civil War, A Separate Country is based on the incredible life of John Bell Hood, arguably one of the most controversial generals of the Confederate Army and one of its most tragic figures. If you’ve read my bio then you know that there’s nothing I love more than some good historical non-fiction, although this may be partially fiction. I don’t know for sure.

Southern Girls Rock’n’Roll Camp Showcase at Grimey’s – 6pm
I’m a female musician, and I think that the Southern Girls Rock’n’Roll Camp is fantastic. They’ve been around for 6 years inspiring girls and teaching them that they can rock just as hard as the boys, perhaps even harder. If you have no faith in all-girl rock bands then you should come to Grimey’s to hear two awesome all-girl bands and have your faith restored in all that is good.


Rare Twain Book Club at the Bellevue Public Library – 6:30pm
Everyone knows ol’ Sam’s most popular works, but do you know any of the others? Mark Twain was a brilliant author (and loved to play with X-Ray guns with his BFF, Tesla), and he has many more books and short stories that are deserving of attention. This week the Rare Twain Book Club will be discussing A Murder, a Mystery, and a Marriage.

International Lens Film Series: Fear(s) of the Dark at Vanderbilt’s Sarratt Cinema – 7pm

Six graphic artists and cartoonists turn their personal terrors into reality in this nightmarish animated anthology. Stylistically connected, the stark black-and-white imagery adds a layer of the surreal to the already disturbing subject matter. As reality crosses over into the unknown, these six interlocking stories bring to life personal demons and fears of the dark, injections, pursuit and more. In French with English subtitles. Not rated. 80 minutes. France (2007)

Live on the Green presents Citizen Cope, Ricky Young, Next Big Nashville performers Playing by Air
I have it from a few pretty good sources that Live on the Green is pretty much totally sweet.  This week the wonderful folks at Live on the Green bring us Citzen Cope, Ricky Young, and Playing By Air. Don’t be afraid to check it out. You can learn more about Live on the Green HERE. Also, if you’re  a tweeter be sure to RT my good friends at @RabbitHoleRec for a chance to win free VIP tickets, which get you right up front!


2009 Southern Festival of Books at the War Memorial Plaza – all weekend
It’s the 20th anniversary of the festival that serves to unite authors of all genres and book lovers of all ages. Expect renowned authors, cooking demonstrations, an author round, live music and an interactive children’s area. The festival is Friday 12-6pm, Saturday 9am-6pm, and Sunday 12-5pm.

Lecture on Georgia O’Keeffe: Photography and an American Icon at the Frist – 12pm
Join Barbara Buhler Lynes, curator at the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum and The Emily Fisher Landau Director at the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum Research Center, as she explores the significance of the two opposing personas that these photographs constructed of O’Keeffe during her lifetime, and the degree to which the medium of photography played a key role in defining her as one of America’s leading art celebrities.

Screen Film Commemorating 20th Anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall at the Watkins Theater – 7pm
Did you know that Magdeburg, Germany is one of Nashville’s sister cities? Well, it is, and this is where this film takes place. It was filmed by student filmmakers over there and reflects on life in Germany 20 years after the fall of the Berlin. wall in 1989. The film is called “Redirected Lives” and sounds like it’s totally worth checking out.


Oktoberfest in Germantown
Now, I’m from Cincinnati, and our Oktoberfest is the bomb, but I’m sure that this one is pretty good too. Expect potato pancakes, black forest cake, polka dancing, and more.

Loveless Cafe’s 5th Annual Biscuits and Bluegrass Fall Festival 11am-5pm
there will be many children’s activities including face painting, pumpkin decorating, pony rides and even a petting zoo (charges apply for some activities). There will be arts and crafts demonstrations for adults and kids. Folks can also enjoy a live all-star bluegrass pickin’ circle and a Loveless Cafe Lunch Buffet and be sure to bring your instrument so you can join the impromptu pickin’ parties!

Big Draw 12 South: This Is Where I Live!
It’s not a secret that I love 12 South. It’s my hood. My friends live there. Also, they have a lot of really cool events. This Saturday brings the first ever neighborhood Big Draw in the United States! Meet in front of the Frothy Monkey at around 8am with your pens and pencils for some tips on drawing and to learn about the history and architecture of 12 South. Draw your favorite building in the neighborhood, then drop it off at the Frothy Monkey before 2pm. The reception is at 6pm. More info can be found HERE. Come on down and help promote community and the arts at the same time!

Regions Free Day of Music at the Schermerhorn – 10am-10pm
For the fourth straight year, the Nashville Symphony opens Schermerhorn Symphony Center to the entire community for a festive open house with a variety of musical acts performing throughout the building with the symphony headlining. There will also be an exclusive, on-site-only, buy-one, get-one-free ticket offer good for Friday-night SunTrust Classical Series concerts.

Film Screening: The Evening Sun at the auditorium of the Downtown Public Library – 1pm
That Evening Sun (2009) is an award-winning film based on the short story “I Hate to See That Evening Sun Go Down” by Tennessee-based writer William Gay, who has been hailed as a successor to William Faulkner, Thomas Wolfe and Cormac McCarthy. Hal Holbrook stars as an elderly farmer who leaves his nursing home to take back his homestead and is surprised to find that his land has been sold by his son. Join Gay and screenwriter/director Scott Teems for a Q&A after the screening. Presented by Nashville Public Library and the Southern Festival of Books.


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