Weekly Highlights – 11/18/2009

Hey, my computer is well, so the Weekly Highlights are BACK!

Monday

7th Anniversary 8 off 8th at the Mercy Lounge – 9pm, 21+
This is the second free show that the Mercy Lounge is bringing us this week. It’s a special Fleetwood Mac edition of 8 off 8th with The Bridges, Pico vs. Island Trees, Caitlin Rose & Jordan Caress, Tyler James & Kate York, Keegan Dewitt, Judd & Maggie, Weekend Jimmy & The Easy Party. It’s brought to you by the fine folks at Dean Shortland and is sponsored by New Belgium and State Farm Insurance.

12th & Porter Free Show – 8pm
12th & Porter is a great little venue that has a lot of free shows. This one has Kelsey Noffsinger with Brinley Addington, Russ Dickerson and John Flanagan. This one is for those who don’t like Fleetwood Mac.

MLK Morning Storytime at Barnes & Nobel in Murfreesboro – 11am
The Story of the Day is Martin’s Big Words. Get your kids into positive historical figures at a young age, it’ll do them well. Also, as part of MLK Day of Service, children will be able to decorate cards that will then be given to residents at a local nursing home

MLK Day Celebration at Discovery Center at Murfree Spring – 10am-4pm
Activities at the Discovery Center will include a chance to hear the famous “I Have Dream” speech, Martin Luther King, Jr scavenger hunt, hot cornbread in Cissie’s Kitchen (mmmmm), quilting craft in Creation Station.

Tuesday

Mercy Lounge 7th Anniversary Celebration – 9pm, 21+
Once again, the Mercy Lounge secures its place in the hearts of N4F bloggers with another free show. This time the bands include The Hollywood 10, Mike Younger, Majestico, Gabrham Vitek, Rayland Baxter, Fly Golden Eagle. It’s presented by Happy Salmon.

Rock the Block at Exit/In – 8pm
This week’s Rock the Block was put together by Dirty Eye and features Simon Kerr, Heidi Feek, Andrew Combs, Seth Reeves, The Colorfeels, and Holmes & Presley.

Two free shows at The Basement – 7 & 8pm, 21+
Tonight at The Basement you get two free shows. The first one, at 7pm, is a Carnival Music Showcase featuring Rick Brantley. The second one is New Faces Nite with Hannah Miller, Church of Cleanliness (???), Only Living Boy, Tyler Stenson, Jamie Teachenor, David Newbould, and more, but probably not more.

Wednesday

Mercy Lounge 7th Anniversary Celebration – 9pm, 21+
Yep, it’s another free show. This time you get BRENN, The Wailin’ Canes, Modoc, Cassino, The Effects, The Jane Shermans. It’s presented by Naked Without Us.

International Lens presents Yacoubian Building at Vanderbilt’s Sarratt Cinema – 7pm
For some reason I haven’t written about my favorite non-music event series in awhile. It’s the International Lens series, which brings, as the name implies, international movies to Nashville.  Belmont did a similar thing for awhile, and I went to almost every single one. It’s a great cheap date that widens your horizons. Tonight you’ll get to watch a movie called Yacoubian Building. Here’s some info:

Egypt (2006) Dir: Marwan Hamed.
This epic tale of the troubled lives and secret loves of the Egyptian upperclass portrays this luxury apartment building and its inhabitants as having seen better days. Yet they still desperately attempt to hold on to their elegant reputations. Arabic, French, English with English subtitles. Not rated. 161 minutes. Funding provided in part by the Department of Communication Studies.

Thursday

Mercy Lounge 7th Anniversary Celebration – 9pm, 21+
Tonight’s a good one! The Protomen, AutoVaughn, Kyle Andrews, the debut of The Dozen Dimes, Pico vs. Island Trees, Jeremy Lister

Diplomatic Writing Workshop: How to Write a Break-Up Letter at Vanderbilt University’s Writing Studio – 4:10pm
Writing for an audience is never more critical than when we have to write our way out of a sticky situation. But rarely are we trained to finesse writing with tact and grace. Laura Miller, chief speechwriter for former Chancellor Gee, and Jennifer Holt, Director of the Writing Studio, facilitate this series of writing workshops on various “Would you read this and tell me how it sounds to you?” situations.

Blair Nightcap Series: The Charmed Circle of Brahms at Vanderbilt’s Blair School of Music – 8pm
Kathryn Plummer and pianist Karen Ann Krieger will present some undeservedly obscure gems of the Romantic viola repertoire, all by composers who were deeply influenced by Brahms’s gorgeous and magisterial sound. At last, dear Johannes himself will arrive to cap the Nightcap with his sweeping Sonatensatz. Composer and Blair faculty member Michael Alec Rose leads the pre-concert discussion (8pm). Sponsored by Nissan North America, Inc. This event will be recorded live for later broadcast on WNPT-2 public television. The concert is at 8:30.

Vaccines: Myths, Mists…and Musts? at Fido Cafe – 7pm
Between fears regarding H1N1 vaccines, the HPV vaccine for girls and groups claiming links between childhood vaccines and autism, much controversy has arisen surrounding when and whether to be vaccinated. In January, sit down with Dr. William Schaffner, epidemiologist, to discuss the science behind vaccines, how they are created and what scientific studies actually show. This discussion is part of an ongoing  series presented by Adventure Science Center.

Friday

Mercy Lounge 7th Anniversary Celebration – 9pm, 21+
This time you get The Non-Commissioned Officers, De Novo Dahl, The Ettes, Apollo Up, TWO VERY SPECIAL GUEST ARTISTS, and more! If anyone can tell me who the two very special guest artists are, that would be fantastic.

Flea Market at the Fairgrounds – Friday through Sunday
Yeah, I’m probably going to need to hit this up. Parking is $4. My roommates over the summer went a few times and got some sweet goods, so maybe I’ll be lucky.

Saturday

Mercy Lounge 7th Anniversary Celebration – 9pm, 21+
It’s the last one, so you better live it up! Enjoy the wonders that are Space Capone, Heypenny, How I Became the Bomb, Madi Diaz, Tallest Trees, Armed Forces, and more!

Star Party at Adventure Science Center – 7:30-9:30pm
Readers of N4F might have noticed that I really dig outer space. I don’t know what it is, but I really like staring at the stars even though I honestly have no idea what I’m looking at. This is a great events for expert and beginner stargazers. If you have binoculars, bring ’em! It’ll be fun!

Musical Petting Zoo with Instrument Demonstration at the Country Music Hall of Fame – 1pm
Bang a drum, strum an autoharp, and pick a steel guitar! The Musical Petting Zoo offers budding musicians a chance to try new and familiar instruments. Instructors will be on site to offer guidance. At the beginning of the program a professional musician will demonstrate how to play some of the instruments. All ages. No reservations required. Free. Families are encouraged to tour the museum at a discounted rate following the program. Visit the information desk or ticket window for more information. Seriously, the best way to get kids into music is to teach them the fun of it at a young age.

Chase-Away-The-Blahs Party Artistically at Gail McDaniel’s Studio – 10:30am-4pm
Artist/instructor Gail McDaniel will host the 10th annual “Chase-Away-The-Blahs Party Artistically” on Saturday, January 23 in her studio at 529 Bancroft Way in Franklin. The free event, which helps support arts education in Williamson and Davidson County public schools, will feature an “artistic” potluck lunch and live and silent auctions. Attendees can bid on products and services such as two week-long time share vacations at premier international resorts, a visual arts workshop taught by McDaniel, and private performances by acclaimed songwriters and musicians. It’s free to attend, but donations are appreciated.

Nashville’s Favorite Firefighter Flash discusses Fire Safety at Davis-Kidd Books – 10am
What better way to learn Fire Safety than listening to real firemen and watching as Flash assists them with their message. Learn how to escape from a fire safely, what to do if your clothes catch fire, how to avoid smoke, and much more.

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