Weekly Highlights March 8th-14th

7 Mar

Monday

Rock’n’Roll Trivia and 8 off 8th at the Mercy Lounge – 7 & 9pm
Test your crazy rock knowledge with others and compete for prizes from the bar and the Groove Record Shop. If you have a Twitter follow @rocknrolltrivia for clues. After that stick around for an 8 off 8th featuring David Olney, Jonell Mosser, Tommy Womack, Peter Cooper & Eric Brace, Rachel Loy, Sweet Eastern Saint, Jacob Jones, and Derek Hoke. Both are 21+ events.

Best Selling Author Jason Wright signs and discusses The Cross Gardener at Davis-Kidd Books – 7pm
Jason Wright is a NYT Bestselling author and he’s in Nashville with his new book which is about hope or some crap like that. I don’t know, I don’t read fiction.

Clean Drips: An Urban Art Experience at Rocketown – 6pm
WorkForce is bringing in a lot of their friends in to show work for the Clean Drips show. 20 Clean Drips prints will be given out to the first 20 people who ask about them, so first come first serve. DJ KidsMeal (really? that’s really the DJ name he picked?) will be providing the musical atmosphere.

Tuesday

Rock the Block at Exit/In – 8pm
SESAC brings you this week’s Rock the Block once again. It’s hosted by Matt Bell and features Nite Nite, The Dozen Dimes, Shoot The Mountain, and The Billy Goats. It’s 18+.

Scenes from Circle Players’ To Kill a Mockingbird at the Main Public Library – 10am
Circle Players, Middle Tennessee’s oldest community theatre company, present scenes from their current stage adaptation of Harper Lee’s classic story, To Kill a Mockingbird, followed by discussion of themes from the book including racial tolerance (running time: 25 minutes). *Seating is limited and reservations are suggested by calling (615)862-5800.

LookIn: Big River at Tennessee Rep’s Rehearsal Hall – 5:30pm
Come “look in” at what happens before the curtain goes up with Tennessee Rep’s Big River: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. 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. Mark Twain’s timeless classic sweeps us down the mighty Mississippi as the irrepressible Huck Finn helps his friend Jim, a slave, escape to freedom at the mouth of the Ohio River. Please RSVP by emailing khorsley@tpac.org. This event takes place in Tennessee Rep’s Rehearsal Hall, 161 Rains Avenue.

New Faces Nite at the Basement – 8pm
Featuring Taxicab Racers, Fools For Rowan, Miss Willie Brown, Sonny Steiner, Sarah Heavrin, Rebecca Moreland, and Travis Cooper.

Wednesday

Wednesday’s Storytime: Mr. Brown Can Moo, Can You!?! by Dr. Seuss at Davis-Kidd Books – 10am
There isn’t a sound Mr. Brown can’t do, from a hippo’s gum chewing to a goldfish’s kiss. The noisemakers are graphically illustrated and the “sound effects” are printed in big lettering.

Thursday

Diplomatic Writing Workshop: How to Tell Your Family to Go to Hell (in a nice way) at Vanderbilt’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.

Friday

Essra Mohawk in-store at Grimey’s – 6pm
She’s been in Nashville for almost ten years now, but hasn’t gotten a lot of attention from the local scene. She was discovered by Frank Zappa and one of her albums was once one of Rolling Stones’ Best of All Time. Now I’ll just quote the Grimey’s website, “In addition to working with Zappa, Mohawk has had cuts by the Shangri-las, Vanilla Fudge, Tina Turner, McFadden & Whitehead, Peabo Bryson, Keb Mo and Cyndi Lauper. She’s sung with the Jerry Garcia band, provided vocals for the PBS Schoolhouse Rock series and inspired songs by Procol Harum, Joni Mitchell and David Crosby.”

Brick: A Reading Series at Portland Brew – 7pm
BRICK is a reading series launches featuring Louisville’s DecomP editor Jason Jordan, Nashville’s own Eric Durchholz, author of the novel Heartless, and Atlanta-based Lydia Ship. The evening will be hosted by THE2NDHAND editor Todd Dills, who will join the three participants in a collaborative “Pitchfork Battalion” to culminate the evening.

Films at the Frist: 300 – 7pm
If you’re like me then you never saw this movie when it was huge and really have no explanation for not seeing it. This movie is part of the Heroes series, and I think it fits nicely. This American action film based on Frank Miller’s graphic novel by the same title is a fictional retelling of the Battle of Thermopylae that took place in 480 BCE. Through larger-than-life scenes, 300depicts the heroic and borderline impetuous Spartan Army and their struggle to preserve freedom and democracy. Led by King Leonidas, the Spartan’s small army of three hundred launches a battle against the much larger Persian military. Despite knowing their fate, the Greeks, who are joined by seven hundred Thespians, stand against the Persians for as long as they can in order to give the rest of Greece more time to prepare for the invasion. Maybe I’ll finally be able to see this movie…

Organic Gardening and Housekeeping at Warner Parks Nature Center – 9-10:30am
You do not need harmful, synthetic, expensive, commercial chemicals to clean your house or grow a delicious and healthy garden. Learn how easy it can be. Call (615) 352-6299 to register.

Saturday

Nashville Opera on Tour presents The Three Little Pigs at the Main Library – 10:30am
Join Despina, Cherubino and Don Giovanni as they try to build their homes and avoid being eaten by Wolfgang Bigbad in this 40-minute all-ages opera that uses music from the operas of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.

The Biggest Loser Casting Call in Nashville at Dave and Busters – 10am
Have you ever wanted to make strangers cry when they’re watching you on TV because they’re so proud of how much weight you lost (or is that Extreme Makeover: Home Edition and new houses?). Anyway, if you have more than 100lbs to lose bring yourself and a picture of you (non-returnable) to Dave and Busters and you might be on the next season of The Biggest Loser. Applications will be provided there.

Belfast Nashville Songwriters Festival Showcase at the Belcourt – 7:45p
The Belfast Nashville Songwriters Festival Showcase celebrates the art of song writing and shared musical heritage between our Sister Cities. This free concert showcases four great Belfast writers alongside some of Nashville’s finest. BELFAST: Iain Archer, Gareth Dunlop, Ricky Warwick and Aaron Shanley with NASHVILLE: Bobby Bare Jr. Pat Alger, David Olney and Elizabeth Cookm. There ARE still tickets available, and they’re free. Just go here for tix.

Movies @ Main present The Desperate Hours at the Main Public Library – 2pm
Join your Movies @ Main hosts for the gritty thriller The Desperate Hours, directed by William Wyler. Three escaped convicts (Humphrey Bogart, Robert Middleton, and Dewey Martin) need a safe place to hide until they make contact with their money supply. They choose to take over a random home, terrorizing the family who lives there into hiding them.