Weekly Freaking Highlights!!!

Monday

8 off 8th at the Mercy Lounge – 9pm

This week’s 8 off 8th is brought to you by 91.1 FMWRVU’s “The Surface Underground” and will feature The Coolin’ System, Fly Golden Eagle,
Biscuits and Gravy, Thunderbear, Cosmic America, The Fireman’s Daughter, Grace Askew (Memphis), and The Calamity Cubes (Kansas). Also there will be drink specials. Yay for consistency!

On Writing: Featuring Robert Scherrer at 117 Alumni Hall at Vanderbilt – 4:10pm (I don’t make the times, I just tell them)

Are you a writer? Have you always wanted to write a story about baseball in space? Well, Robert Scherrer beat you to that one. This guy has actually researched the dynamics of dark energy and the moderately early universe. I may or may not know what dark energy is. Come and listen to him talk about the “joys and challenges” of writing in different genres. Space baseball, eh?

Slide Show with Quang Ho at Montgomery Bell Academy, Paschall Theater – 7pm

Quang Ho, acclaimed Master Artist, teacher and author will be speaking about his life and the art process. Born in 1963, in Vietnam, he emigrated with his mother and 5 younger siblings to the United States in 1975 and is now a U.S. citizen. He presented his first solo show at age 16 at the prestigious Saks Gallery in Denver, Colorado. At 19, he became the guardian for his siblings when his mother was tragically killed in an automobile accident. Currently, he teaches at the Denver Art League. An avid scholar of philosophy and religion, he will present his thoughts on art and creativity in a fascinating discussion not to be missed. The lecture is open to the public and free of charge.

Bullfrog at 12 South Taproom – 9pm

How does 12 South Taproom find bands with these names? Zydeco Jazz is their genre, if you were wondering. I really don’t think that Bullfrog is a good band name. I the people from  Bullfrog ever want me to rename their band I’d be glad to tell them how to pick an awesome band name. Totally.

Tuesday

Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros in-store at Grimey’s – 6pm

I’ll just let Doyle tell it like it is:

In-store performance and communal be-in with barbecue and libations. Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros are an 11-piece collective founded by former Ima Robot vocalist Alex Ebert. They draw their inspiration from the communal musical communities that peppered Southern California (specifically Laurel Canyon) and their positive vibrations during the ’60s and early ’70s. The band’s debut album Up From Below is a compelling mix of folk, funk, rock and psych that has people making comparisons from Polyphonic Spree and Incredible String Band to Bob Marley and Funkadelic. Check out the band’s performance recently on NPR and make plans to join us.

Rock’n’Roll Trivia at the Mercy Lounge – 7pm

I think you guys know the drill by now. You get yourself a team, think up a funny name, there are rounds of name that tune, trivia questions, and final wager. The guys from the Cream will probably win, but the N4F team will reign victorious in the end! Just you see! Also, free parking and DRINK SPECIALS.

Rachel Williams Anniversary Show at the Listening Room Café – 8-10pm

Rachel Williams will be joined by a celebrated cast of Nashville talent for her Five Year Anniversary Show at The Listening Room. The confirmed list of singer/songwriters, recording artists and other key industry figures include: Lisa Carver (Sugarland, Jewel), Bonnie Baker (SHeDAISY, Reba McEntire), Wood Newton (David Ball, Oak Ridge Boys), Angela Kaset (Lorrie Morgan, Wynonna Judd), Tim Buppert (Kevin Sharp), Marcia Ramirez (Jo Dee Messina), Vickie Carrico, producer Kim Copeland, Ronnie Kimball and Joe Spivey with the possibility of more! Also, the Listening Room doesn’t have a food/drink minimum, which is awesome!

Good Morning America Live From Downtown Nashville with Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood – 6am-8pm

Wake up with CMA Awards hosts Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood when they perform on ABC’s “Good Morning America.” The “Good Morning America” concert is free and open to the public. The event takes place on the Sommet Center’s outside plaza at the corner of Broadway and Fifth Avenue in Nashville and is presented by Chevrolet. ABC’s “Good Morning America” will ramp up the excitement leading to “The 43rd Annual CMA Awards,” airing Wednesday, Nov. 11 live from the Sommet Center.

Wednesday

ASCAP Rocks the Basement – 8pm

ASCAP Rocks The Basement with Jill Andrews (The Everybodyfields), Keegan Dewitt, Michael Ford Jr and The Apache Relay,
The Kopecky Family Band and Alyssa Bonagura. A great night of FREE music, and I’m not just saying that. I really wish I could go. I LOVED the Everybodyfields so so so so much, and Kopecky ain’t half bad, dudes.

Mike Huckabee Signs A Simple Christmas at Davis-Kidd Books – 8pm

Okay, this is a line-ticketed event, which means that you buy the book and you get a ticket to meet Mike. Gives Back members get to meet the man first. Anyway, the book is 12 heart-warming stories from his past that remind him of the true meaning of Christmas or something like that.

“A Pure Country Gift” Film and Concert Casting Call at Nashville Municipal Auditorium – 10am

The newest feature film from the Director of “Young Guns”, “The Next Karate Kid” and “Pure Country” is holding a FREE film/concert event and is inviting Nashville country music fans to come out and participate as volunteer audience members. The film stars local Nashville country music artist Katrina Elam and also features country music superstar George Strait.

Each person in attendance will receive a free BBQ lunch provided by the World Famous Loveless Café and free snack/beverages throughout the day. All volunteers will be entered into raffle drawings to win prizes such as gift certificates, gift baskets, autographed celebrity memorabilia and our Grand Prizes – a Vespa Scooter and a Walk-on Extra role in a movie scene with George Strait. Must be present to win. All you have to do is show up in your country western finest to be filmed as audience for our concert scenes.

Free parking and shuttles are available at LP (Titans) Field in Lot R (enter off of Shelby Street). This event is sponsored by Angry Monkey Entertainment and Nashville Country 95.5 the Wolf. For further information please email onlocationcasting@yahoo.com.

Thursday

Best Selling Author Jeff Shaara Reads from No Less Than Victory at Davis-Kidd Books – 7pm

Readings are way better than signings, but I’m sure he’ll do that to. Best Selling Author Jeff Shaara will read from No Less Than Victory, the magisterial conclusion to Shaara’s World War II trilogy vividly that portrays the European war’s last acts, from the Battle of the Bulge to Germany’s unconditional surrender.

Queer Parenting Network at OutCentral – 6:30pm

Social and Support Meeting for GLBTQ parents, wannabe parents, and those considering parenthood, because parenting is always easier when you have other people to talk to who share your experience. Am I right, people? (Oh my God, I’ve watched too much Letterman in my life).

Friday

Dyer Open House Telescope Night at Vanderbilt – 7-9pm

Do you, like me, often wish your computer screen was larger so that you could fully appreciate the larger images on Astronomy Picture of the Day? Well, this is the event for you! Check out the Dyer Telescopes. They do this once a month. If it’s cloudy it’ll become “ask the astronomer.” I have so many questions, like “what’s it like to be awesome???”.

Art Prowl 2009 in the city of Cookeville – Friday and Saturday

It’s a bit of a drive, but worth it. ART Prowl 2009 See the art, meet the artists, and wander from studios and galleries to restaurants, shops and museums during this year’s free ART Prowl weekend in historic downtown Cookeville, Tenn. Watch demonstrations and talk with more than 20 established and emerging local artists during Cookeville’s premier celebration of all things art — from paintings to pottery, jewelry to sculpture, glass, fibers, wood and mixed media. Http://artprowl.com for more information.

Vanderbilt Opera Presents the Marriage of Figaro at Ingram Hall – 8pm

This event will also occur 2pm on Sunday. It’s free, but you do need a ticket. You can get one at the Blair Main Office Front Desk or at the box office beginning one hour before the show. It will be sung in English. Free valet parking!

Saturday

Nashville City Cemetery Tour – 10am

Because who doesn’t like touring cemeteries? Some of those tombstones date back to 1820. It’s like “walking through history,” you know.

Shakespeare Allowed! Presents the Merchant of Venice at the Downtown Library – 1pm

What news on the Rialto? Come and participate in a reading of The Merchant of Venice, which is often not performed today due to its sort of anti-Semitic tone. Well, there isn’t really anything “sort of” about it. Everyone gives Shylock a hard time because he’s Jewish, straight-up. Anyway, if you’re a little shy you don’t have to read, but you do have to enjoy it. That’s a must.

Nashville Ballet’s Nutcracker Story Times at Donelson, Inglewood, and Bordeaux Libraries – 10:30am

A holiday classic comes “to life” for the audience members as one of our ballerinas, dressed in full Sugar Plum Fairy attire, reads a Nashville version of the timeless Nutcracker story, and engages audience members to learn a variety of jumps, turns, and poses for popular characters from the ballet, such as Clara, the mice and Swiss Lambs. Yay, ballet! But also, don’t quote me on this event. Seriously.

Sam & Ruby In-Store and CD Signing at Barnes & Nobel Cool Springs – 6pm

We all love Sam & Ruby. We should show them love by showing up to this. It will benefit us because we’ll get to hear their blend of R&B, folk, and pop. Their album is called The Here and the Now.

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