Weekly Highlights – 1/25/10


8 off 8th at The Mercy Lounge – 9pm, 21+
Well, the Mercy Lounge’s 7th Anniversary Celebration may be over, but fret not! 8 off 8th is still on, and this week features Details Details, Veldarose, Boroughs, The Compromise, Static Revival, Moon Taxi, Kink Ador, Incredible Heat Machine

Kentucky Knife Fight in-store at Grimey’s – 6pm
When was the last time Grimey’s had an in-store? Well, however long it’s been, it’s been too long. They’re from St. Louis and the Riverfront Times describes them like this: “Imagine the Replacements suffering through sweltering Midwestern summer nights instead of cold Minnesota winters, and infused with a little less punk and a little more dirty twang, and you have Kentucky Knife Fight.” Chance of free beer – 58%. I made that number up, don’t get mad at Grimey’s if there is no free beer.

Familiar Faces Night with Chad Randall and Shawn Carnes at 12th & Porter – 8pm
This event is hosted by Chad Randall and Shawn Carnes.  This week’s artists include Jeffrey James, Marcha Hancock, Steven Wrabel, Jamie Floyd, Kip Moore, Anne-Marie, Mindy McCready, Christina Taddonio, and Air for Astronauts.

Local Authors Adam Shaw and Chad Kinkle discuss and sign Harpe: America’s First Serial Killers at Davis-Kidd Books – 7pm
Support your local authors and chat them up for free. Sure, this is one of those events that are only really free if you already own the book, but it should be fun to talk to the authors. Also, the book is about MUURRRRDERRRR, so that’s interesting, right?


Rock the Block at Exit/In – 8pm, 18+
Didn’t Rock the Block used to be monthly, if that? Well kudos to Exit/In, because as of late it’s been weekly! This week’s show is presented by Happy Salmon and features Biscuits and Gravy, Colourmusic, Heypenny, Mean Tamborines, The Hollywood Ten, and Potamus.

Flip Out at Your Library: Making Movies with Your Flip Camera at the Madison branch of the library – 4:30, TEENS ONLY
So, you have a cool flip camera….now what? Use the Teen Room’s Flip video camera to make a short film, and get lessons in editing on Windows Movie Maker. Then enter your film in the Teen Tech Week Video Contest. The best films will be screened at our Teen Tech Week program on March 11 and you could even win a book on filmmaking. Permission slips are required, and you have to register by calling the library at 862-5868.

New Faces Nite at The Basement – 8pm, 21+
This week you get to become early fans of Wooly Mamas, ANderson Layne, Two Timers, Tyler Cox, and Carley Tanchon.

LookIn: Proof at Tennessee Rep’s Rehearsal Hall, 161 Rains Ave – 5:30-6:30pm
Here’s the official event description:

Come “look in” at what happens before the curtain goes up with Tennessee Rep’s Proof. Walk right into the private world of rehearsal and grab a snack. Meet the performers, get to know the creative staff, and view an excerpt of a rehearsal in progress. On the eve of her 25th birthday, Catherine, a troubled young woman, has spent years caring for her brilliant but unstable father, a famous mathematician. Now, following his death, she must deal with her own volatile emotions, the arrival of her estranged sister Claire, and the attentions of Hal – one of her father’s former students.

This is another event that you have to register for. Email khorsley@tpac.org to RSVP


International Lens presents Harvest Time at Vanderbilt’s Sarratt Cinema – 7pm
Well, if it isn’t another film from International Lens. Word.

Set in 1950s Russia, this meditation on family unity uses nostalgia to explore a dark period in Soviet history. The film’s intimate portrait of the daily life of a hardship-wracked collective farming family depicts the destruction of rural life and beliefs by an implacable state system. In Russian with English subtitles. Not rated. 67 minutes. Directed by Marina Razbezhkina.

Anime and Manga Club at the Madison Public Library Branch – 4:30pm
Here’s another event for you teens who get bored in the afternoon after school. Talk to other Anime/Manga fans, watch movies, play games, discuss stuff. Yeah, have fun. For free. Don’t be ashamed of what you love.


Harvest Sound’s Meal of Hope at The Foundry – 5pm
You don’t have to spend money to be charitable, sometimes you just need to lend a helping hand. Every Thursday at The Foundry you can help feed people who need help.

Cobb’s Mob at 12 South Taproom – 9pm
Are you tired of all these rock and country shows? Come on down and check out some sweet jazz. It’s led by Evan Cobb, who plays the sax. That’s pretty rad, right?

Author Mary Buckner discussion at the Cool Springs Barnes & Noble – 7pm
Come to the Barnes & Noble Writers Group to hear sci-fi author Mary Buckner talk about writing and publishing.


For Love of Liberty: The Story of America’s Black Patriots at Vanderbilt’s Sarratt Cinema – 7pm

For Love of Liberty: The Story of America’s Black Patriots, is a multi-faceted initiative with Louis Gossett Jr. as Executive Producer, introduced by Colin Powell and hosted on-camera by Halle Berry. Ten years in the making, the film uses letters, diaries, speeches, journalistic accounts, historical text and military records to document and acknowledge the sacrifices and accomplishments of African-American service men and women since the earliest days of the republic. The story spans the Revolution to the Inauguration of Barack Obama and examines why, despite enormous injustice, these heroic men and women fought so valiantly for freedoms they themselves did not enjoy. The project’s goal is to raise public consciousness and shed light on an extraordinary and relatively unexplored aspect of our nation’s history. The central theme of the initiative, the price of liberty, is relevant to all Americans. Q&A with film director, Frank Martin, following the screening

Warriors Don’t Cry presented by Tennessee Women’s Theater Project at The Palace Theater – 7pm

Warriors Don’t Cry, adapted from the best-selling memoir of Melba Pattillo Beals, is a searing account of her junior year at Little Rock’s Central High. As one of nine African American students chosen in 1957 to integrate the 2,000-student Central, Melba endured a year punctuated by telephone threats, shouting mobs, military escorts, rogue police, firebomb and acid-throwing attacks, economic blackmail, and finally, a price on her own head. With the help of her English-teacher mother, her fellow warriors of the Little Rock Nine, and her gun-toting, Shakespeare-quoting grandmother, Melba survived.

The Frog Prince at the Downtown Public Library – 10:30 & 11:30am
The famous tale of the Princess and the Frog is set to music by Wishing Chair Productions in this show featuring the fabulous Tichenor Marionettes


Junk Mail to Journals at Warner Parks Nature Center – 10am
Bring your junk mail to the Nature Center and we will create paper journal covers. Jennifer Casale from the Green Wagon will be here to talk about “green living.” Led by Jennifer Casale and Melissa Donahue. Appropriate for all ages. Call (615) 352-6299 to register.

JAMFEST’s Music Jam Cheerleading Competition at Nashville Municipal Auditorium – 7am
JAMfest promotes cheerleading and dance competitions for children and young adults. We are the Face of Spirit! JAMfest Events are known for FUN, organization and dedication to the kids. Yeah…lots of kids events this week.

Bowling Green Invasion II at the Mercy Lounge – 9pm
This event is free if you fit into one of these two categories: you are over the age of 21 or your are a lady over the age of 18. Anyone else has to pay $5, which isn’t so bad. I’ve never heard of any of the bands playing, but I’m sure they’re good…for Bowling Green, hahahaha. I’m totally kidding. Lee Harvey, The Foretold, Sleeper Agent, Downtown Handshake, The Budget Band, Mona, Canago, The Black Shades, and The Karmadons will be playing.


Film Screening: The Winning Hand at the Country Music Hall of Fame – 2pm
Country Music Hall of Fame members Kris Kristofferson, Brenda Lee, Willie Nelson, and Dolly Parton performed together in the 1983 television special The Winning Hand. Hosted by Johnny Cash, the program followed the release of a double album of the same name, which featured unreleased recordings from the performers’ careers on the Monument label during the 1960s. The television special captures special performances, including a slew of unforgettable duets. Presented in support of the featured exhibit Brenda Lee: Dynamite, Presented by Great American Country Television Network. From the museum’s Frist Library and Archive. Ninety minutes.


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