Weekly Highlights


8 off 8th at the Mercy Lounge – 9pm
This week’s 8 off 8th isn’t themed, but it’s hosted by Ryan Zumwalt. It features Jim Stapley (London rocker), Ben Deignan (soul rocker), Sage (gypsy rocker),  Jordan Hull (Dayton folker), Tesla Rossa (Anthem-y vintage Brit throwback, may or may not be experts in alternating current), Mike Manigone (you may have heard his stuff on Road Rules, Human Giant, My Super Sweet 16, and The Hills), Brother Young & Shotgun (cow punkers), Lee Harvey (high-octane country). What an…eclectic mix.

Film Screening: The Way We Get By at Vanderbilt’s Sarratt Cinema – 7pm
Presented as part of The Southern Circuit Film Tour of Independent Filmmakers.  Beginning as a seemingly idiosyncratic story about troop greeters, a group of senior citizens who gather daily at a small airport to thank American soldiers departing to and returning from Iraq, the film quickly turns into a moving, unsettling, and compassionate story about aging, loneliness, war and mortality. Reception and Q&A with filmmakers following screening.

Garth Stein reads and signs The Art of Racing in the Rain at the Green Hills Public Library – 1pm
A heart-wrenching but deeply funny and ultimately uplifting story of family, love, loyalty, and hope, The Art of Racing in the Rain is a beautifully crafted and captivating look at the wonders and absurdities of human life…as only a dog could tell it.


International Lens Film Series: Bloodlines at Vanderbilt’s Sarratt Cinema – 7pm

Bettina Goering, grandniece of Herman Goering, has long tried to bury the dark legacy of her family history. Ruth Rich, a daughter of Holocaust survivors, cannot resolve her deep-rooted anger over the suffering of her parents. Bettina seeks out Ruth in an attempt to confront her fear that the capacity for evil is in her blood. When the women meet, their hidden guilt and rage clash in a series of intimate and extraordinary meetings. This film provides relevant and timely insight into the difficult process of reconciliation and forgiveness, and the long-term consequences of hatred. Australia (2008) Dir: Cynthia Connop. 52 minutes

Orionid Meteor Shower Viewing at the Loveless Cafe – 7pm
Meteor showers and the Loveless Cafe are two of my favorite things. Come check them out at Loveless, where you’ll be away from the light pollution of the city.

New Faces Nite at the Basement – 8pm
This week the Basement presents Heartbeater, New Derivatives, The Tips, Josiah Erickson Trio, Jim Cheney and College Grove Review and Summer. I don’t think I’ve heard of any of them, but I’m sure that they rock. Hey, you’ll never know unless you check them out.

Circus of the Dead at Dan McGuiness Pub – 8pm
Hosted by Music City Circus and Something About Zombies. It’s a costume party, and anyone of legal drinking age wearing a costume will receive FREE DOS PERROS courtesy of Yazoo Brewing Company. Performing at Circus of the Dead: Kat Smo, Justin Kalk Orchestra, Justin Weatherbee, Circle Syndicate, and Max and the Wild Things (new single “Rocketship GO” available as a free download at maxandthewildthings.bandcamp.com).


Rock’n’Roll Trivia at the Mercy Lounge – 7pm
Special Wednesday edition! Woohoo! Name that tune, rounds of questions, final wager! Beer specials! Free parking! Cash prizes! Follow @rocknrolltrivia for hints! Also, they promise to make the questions easier this time.

Blogworthy featuring Tallest Trees, Got Got, and James Fate at the Mercy Lounge – 10pm
Do you still have energy and a buzz after Rock’n’Roll Trivia? Well, there’s no need to go home right away! Trivia is only the beginning of the party. Just like last week (I think), after Rock Trivia the Mercy Lounge is hosting a free show! How Rock’n’Roll is that??? (Uncouth interjection from Lance: Not very rock & roll at all, actually. Blogworthy is a hip-hop show run by notorious local DJ/producer Quiet Entertainer featuring some veterans of The Holla. I haven’t seen all three of them, but Get Got is a kinda cool hip-hop/funk fusion trio. With The Holla currently reconsidering its existance after Cafe Coco shuttering weekend shows, Blogworthy is your best shot at catching local hip-hop that’s still under the radar.)


Charlie Mars in-store at Grimey’s – 6pm
If you watch Weeds you might recognize Charlie’s single ” Listen to the Dark Side.”  The darkness of his music is reminiscent of Kings of Leon, but his stuff is more organic. Check him out on a Thursday at Grimey’s. It should be sweet.

Cosplay Contest and Anime Trivia at the Inglewood Public Library – 4:30pm
Lots of people in the world love anime. Some people like dressing up, and some of those people have fantastic costumes. If you have a fantastic costume show up at 4:30 to register for judging. While you’re there participate in some trivia. Judging begins promptly at 5:30.

Sew Delightful Quilt Guild Show at Renaissance Center of the Jackson Foundation in Dickson – Thursday through Saturday
I really love quilts. I think that they are fantastic and one of the greatest forms of folk art. I have a quilt made from old concert tee-shirts and another really ratty one that I found in my parents’ basement that I use for naps. The Sew Delightful Quilt Guild is a group of quilters from the Middle Tennessee area who frequently work and exhibit together.  Three days only! Don’t miss this fine exhibit. It runs Thursday and Friday from 8am-9p and Saturday 9am-9pm.


10th Annual Off the Beaten Path Studio Tour – Friday through Saturday 10am-5pm

Come and enjoy the highly acclaimed 10th Annual Off the Beaten Path Studio Tour. This self-guided fall tour will be held on October 23 – 25 in Dekalb, Cannon and Putnam counties. During this free event, our member artists open their studios to the public to meet them and see their work in the diverse settings which inspire their creativity. This year’s Off The Beaten Path Studio Tour features 11 stops, including 10 studios, with more than two dozen participating artists. It’s a great excuse to get out and enjoy the breathtaking fall scenery of DeKalb, Cannon, and Putnam Counties in the Center Hill Lake region of Middle Tennessee, converse with our areas leading artists and art patrons, and purchase or commission originals in clay and ceramics, glass, wood, fiber, photography and other media.

For more information about this year’s event, visit the artists gallery or download brochures and maps.

Films at the Frist: Art 21 Season 5 (Episodes 1 and 2) – 6:30pm
NPT and The Frist Center for the Visual Arts present Art: 21 Season 5. Art: 21, Art in the Twenty-First Century, will feature four episodes of compassion, fantasy, systems, and transformations. The featured artists in the film are John Baldessari, Cao Fei, Mary Heilmann, William Kentridge, Kimsooja, Jeff Koons, Florian Maier-Aichen, Paul McCarthy, Allan McCollum, Julie Mehretu, Doris Salcedo, Cindy Sherman, Yinka Shonibare MBE, and Carrie Mae Weems. I haven’t heard about any of those artists, but they’re probably pretty cool. I mean I sort of trust NPT’s taste.

Flea Market in the TN State Fairgrounds – all weekend
It’s that time again! Bring your bartering skills and buy some cheap crap that you may or may not need! Actually, I haven’t been to a flea market in a long time, there’s probably some really cool stuff. I remember that my roommates once bought some discontinued granola bars or something. I really wouldn’t recommend doing that. Parking is $4. The hours are Friday 8am-5pm, Saturday 7am-6pm, and Sunday 7am-4pm. Rock.


Haunted Museum Annual Ghost Story Festival at the TN State Museum – 1-4pm
The State Museum’s annual ghost story festival, Haunted Museum, is back for its ninth year and promises to be more entertaining than ever!Haunted Museum, which is free to the public, will feature a “ghost trail” through the museum with prizes, crafts, and refreshments. At stops along the ghost trail there will be chilling ghost stories from Tennessee’s past, including those of the Bell Witch and the Cherokee spirit, Spearfinger. The trail concludes at the tall tales stage where professional storytellers will relate stories about Tennessee. Children who complete each ghost trail stop will receive prizes. Those attending the Haunted Museum event are invited to wear costumes and enjoy complimentary refreshments.

PS: On Saturdays, parking is free at state employee parking lots to the west of the State Capitol.

Neil Gaiman’s Graveyard Book Party at Davis-Kidd Books – 10am-2pm
Join Davis-Kidd Graveyard themed bash! There will be dancing, treats, fun and games. Participation by you, our customers, is key to help Davis-Kidd win an exclusive appearance by Neil Gaiman!

Peanuts Look-A-Like Contest!!!! at Gaylord Opryland Resort – 10am-noon
DUDE! THIS IS GONNA BE AWESOME!!! If you look like a Peanuts character or your dog looks like Snoopy (if your dog looks just like Snoopy can I have it?) then enter this contest! For the character look alike contest there’s an adult and a child’s category.  1st Place winners (1 per category) each receive 4 ICE! tickets, A Charlie Brown Christmas DVD, will represent Gaylord Opryland as the Look-A-Like winners by riding on the ICE! featuring A Charlie Brown Christmas float in the Nashville Christmas Parade December 4, 2009, plus will have their photos taken to be submitted to the Peanuts 60th Anniversary Photo Look-A-Like Contest.

Also, there will be snacks for those Snoopys and candy for the kids!

Film Screening: Galileo’s Battle for the Heavens at Green Hills Public Library – 1:45pm
Americans United will show the NOVA film, Galileo’s Battle for the Heavens at the Green Hills Public Library. The film will start at 1:45pm and runs for close to two hours. This PBS video dramatizes the great thinker’s passion, intelligence and arrogance while depicting his frustrations with fellow philosophers, scientists and Roman Catholic church leaders. It is based largely on Dava Sobel’s biography, Galileo’s Daughter, which was developed from Galileo’s illegitimate daughter’s many letters to him.


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  • Summer (high energy rock-country-pop) is also playing New Faces Tuesday (8:15ish).
    Tuesday at Dan McGuiness Pub on Demonbreun, Music City Circus and Something About Zombies host Circus of the Dead. It’s a costume party, and anyone of legal drinking age wearing a costume will receive FREE DOS PERROS courtesy of Yazoo Brewing Company. Performing at Circus of the Dead: Kat Smo, Justin Kalk Orchestra, Justin Weatherbee, Circle Syndicate, and Max and the Wild Things (new single “Rocketship GO” available as a free download at maxandthewildthings.bandcamp.com).