Weekly Highlights – Feb 22nd


Rock’nRoll Trivia & 8 off 8th Road to Bonnaroo at the Mercy Lounge – 6:30pm & 9pm
Okay, I think it’s officially been established that the Mercy Lounge is the place to be on a Monday night in Nashville if you are 21+ and poor/hip/both. First it’s Rock’n’Roll Trivia with prizes from the bar and The Groove record shop. Hey, you might even see some N4F’ers there, who knows? After the trivia it’s 8 off 8th Road to Bonnaroo. Of all the bands who play these special 8 off 8ths one will be selected to play at Bonnaroo. Last year it was Heypenny and though I didn’t see them at either I was told it was great. The winner will be decided through a fan and judge vote. Anyway, this week features, Born EmptyKyle AndrewsMoon TaxiMonaThe Non-Commissioned OfficersParachute MusicalPonderosa, and The Privates.

Master Classes with the West Point Academy Wind Quintet at Blair School of Music – 4-6pm
Master classes are always great. I used to go to them all the time for jazz guitar. I know, right? Call 615.322.7651 for more info. Here’s where’s what:

  • Flute Master Class with Julie Williams Ditzel, Room 2190.
  • Oboe Master Class and Reed-Making with James Mullins, Room 2192.
  • Clarinet Repair Workshop with John Parrette, Room 2109.
  • Bassoon Master Class with Christian Eberle, Room 1167.
  • Horn Master Class with Troy Messner, Instrumental Rehearsal Hall.

Belmont Camerata Musicale: Celebrating Schumann’s Bicentennial at the Belmont Mansion – 7:30pm
Belmont Camerata Musicale will feature music celebrating the bicentennial of German composer Robert Schumann. The program will include Piano Quintet in E-flat Major, Op. 44, Fairy Tales for Clarinet, Viola and Piano, Op. 132 and selected songs.


Will Kimbrough in-store at Grimey’s – 6pm
Apparently will is a good friends of the folks at Grimey’s (and Grimey himself). He’ll be playing some songs, probably focusing on his latest album “Wings” which comes out today. It’s sure to be great, check it out. Will Kimbrough myspace

SESAC Presents Rock The Block at Exit/In – 8pm
It’s been a few weeks, but Rock the Block is back. It’s 18+ and features Details Details, Boroughs, Lawndart Casualty, Static Revival, The Incredible Heat Machine, and Deep Machine. Lots of machines tonight.

Free Pancakes at IHOPs everywhere – all day
Need I say more?

Hospital Hospitality House Community Education Workshop: How to be a Smart Patient at East Park Community Center – 12:30pm
Highlighting the importance of staying informed and involved in one’s medical care, this program offers tips and information that will help patients and their families become more engaged and proactive with regards to healthcare decision-making. Discussion will focus on important questions patient’s should ask health care providers when faced with a new diagnosis or while undergoing a procedure or medical treatment; how a patient can participate in their care while hospitalized; and how to prepare for discharge from the hospital after a procedure or surgery.

Carnival Music Showcase and New Faces Nite at the Basement – 7 & 8pm
First at 7pm catch Blu Sanders and Molly Jensen who will be playing a free set. Stick around for New Faces Nite which features Twilight Hotel, Stoll Vaughn, Shortwave Society, Laura Mcghie, Daniel Lawrence Walker, Aaron Long, Gwyneth Moreland and John Ralston.


TOSSM Radio’s Texas Music Showcase at Exit/In – 8pm
So, I happen to know a few Texans, and I have to say, they are DAMN PROUD to be Texans. It’s ridiculous, but when I tell them it’s ridiculous they go all “Texas is the greatest place in the world” on me. This show is for you Texans out there and will feature  Seven Hours To Southland, Dean Seltzer, Exit 110 Band, Clint Levi Band, Jerry Elmore, Phil Wallace and more, but probably not more.

Paul Burch at the Family Wash – 8pm
Yes, he played there last week, but in case you missed him he’s playing again this week. For fans of good music.

2010 High School Battle of the Bands at Rocketown – 6pm
Could be good, could be bad. They’re in high school, be nice. There might be some talented kids out there. It’s Nashville, so it’s totally possible.

International Lens Film Series: Favela Rising at Vanderbilt’s Sarratt Cinema – 7pm
Presented by: Avery Dickins De Giron, CLAS Brazil, USA (2005) Dir: Matt Mochary & Jeff Zimbalist. Grupo Afro Reggae, a small group of idealistic young men, use music, art, and dance to unify and heal the community of Vigario Geral, one of the most violent slum neighborhoods in Rio, offering to its young people a positive alternative to the lethal world of drug lords and duplicitous police. In Portugese with English subtitles. Not rated. 80 minutes

The Art of Feeding: Nurturing the Whole Child, from the Highchair through High School at Davis-Kidd Booksellers – 6pm
Apparently the process of feeding your child is just as important as what you feed him or her. I mean, I always ate dinner with my parents and I turned out alright, so maybe there’s something to this. Learn all about it tonight.


Daniel Martin Moore and Ben Sollee in-store at Grimey’s – 6pm
I’m feeling lazy, so I’ll just copy-paste from Grimeys.com:

Kentucky-bred artists Daniel Martin Moore and Ben Sollee have collaborated on the new album Dear Companion (produced by fellow Kentuckian Jim James), which aims to draw attention to the problem of Mountaintop Removal coal mining (MTR) and its impact on the people and heritage of central Appalachia. A portion of the proceeds from Dear Companion will benefit Appalachian Voices, an organization devoted to ending MTR and finding a better way forward.

Off the Wall Lecture Series: The Places of the Gods and Heroes in Ancient Greece at the Frist – 6:30pm
The gods and heroes occupied every aspect of life and place in the world of the ancient Greeks. God and heroes were worshiped in major sanctuaries and small shrines. They appeared in the agora (civic center) and oversaw the passage of laws. Even houses were protected by gods and heroes. Barbara Tsakirgis, Ph.D., associate professor of classics and art history and chair of the Department of Classical Studies at Vanderbilt University, will present an illustrated lecture that introduces the audience to Greek city life and examines the role of gods and heroes in the daily lives of the ancient Greeks.

Preds Open Practice at Nashville Arena – 11am
Catch the Preds at Centennial Sportsplex as the team gets back on the ice together for the first time in 11 days as they prepare for their March to the Playoffs.


Rhythmaning at Edgehill Studio Cafe – 7pm
These dudes pay some serious dues to Thelonius Monk.

Market at the Mill at Lebanon – all weekend
Indoor 3 day market with up to 79 vendors featuring art work, hand made soap, candles, and food. Friday noon-6pm, Saturday 9am-6pm, Sunday 9am-4pm


Nashville Ballet Storytime at the Barnes and Noble in Cool Springs – 11am
Like normal story time, but with people from the ballet.

Nashville Opera Presents The Three Little Pigs at the Country Music Hall of Fame – 2pm
Nashville Opera presents an operatic adaptation of the classic tale of The Three Little Pigs.  Join Despina, Cherubino and Don Giovanni as they try to build their homes and avoid being eaten by Wolfgang Bigbad.  Using music from the operas of Mozart, this 45-minute opera promises to delight both young and old. Presented in partnership with Nashville Opera. No reservations required.

Jane Austen Book Club at Belle Meade – 4pm
This month the book is Pride & Prejudice. Have some afternoon tea, talk with other people about how much you love this book. Meet in the gift shop to be greeted, then you’ll be led to the mansion for some real fun.

Preds Day at the Frist
Wear your Preds gear and get into the Frist for free. Anyone want to loan me a Preds hat?


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  • Ty


    As one of the three who reads this every week and often goes to events, I can say I greatly appreciate your hard work. Keep it up.

  • Emily

    Thanks for the kind words, Ty.

  • Lauren

    I agree with Ty!
    I read every week, and I truly appreciate all of your hard work. I look forward to reading every week! 🙂

  • Chris

    I love the weekly highlights! Thank you!!