Weekly Highlights – 3/15/10


Rock’n’Roll Trivia at the Mercy Lounge – 7pm
Usually I just group this in with 8 off 8th because it’s pretty standard fare, but this week the Mercy Lounge is shaking it up a little bit! In addition to the bar/The Groove prizes on random team (not necessarily a winning team) will win a pair of tickets to the following shows: Yacht Rock Revue & Space Capone 3/19, Hockey 3/23, Who’s Bad – The Ultimate Michael Jackson Tribute 4/9, Roman Candle 3/27, and Naked Without Us 3-day pass 4/22-24. Other than that follow @rocknrolltrivia on Twitter for final round clues.

8 off 8th at the Mercy Lounge – 9pm
This week’s 8 off 8th has been dubbed “The Party Edition” and is hosted by Coach. You’ll get to boogie to Coach, Hands off Sam, Potamus, Brandon Eaves, Ducko McFli, DJ Chris Step, Jane Dupree, and D.A.D.

SXSW Bands Heading to Bonnaroo at the Basement – 8pm
Just incase playing SXSW wasn’t validation enough, the Basement offers you a night of SXSW bands who are also heading to Bonnaroo this June.  Be sure to check out Justin Jones, Inlets, Pearl and the Beard, Emily Long, Peter Matteson, and Hot Rails.

Jennie Bentley signs and discusses Plaster & Poison at Davis-Kidd Books – 7pm
I picked this as a highlight because of the event description: “While renovating an old carriage house on behalf of a soon-to-wed friend, former New York designer Avery Baker stumbles across a lifeless body–a person known all too well by the blushing bride. Includes home renovation and design tips.” Because I’m always disappointed when my murder mysteries don’t give me ideas for redecorating my house.


Red Bull Thre3Style at the Cannery Ballroom – 9pm, 18+
This free-style DJ off (is that what’s it’s called? Battle of the DJs maybe?) is hosted by and will feature a performance from DJ Rob Swift. I don’t know who that is. Anyway, 8 of Nashville’s best and most requested DJs will have to prove they have the spinning skills and musical knowledge to be crowned the city’s best. The competitors are Dorian, Wick-It, Mike Allison, Coach, DJ Crumbz, Cliffy D, ROBOT EARS, and Fan Fiction.

New Faces Nite at the Basement – 8pm
Featuring Business Casual, Matthew Paige, Color Fire, Great Collide, Royal Bangs, Ryan Conroy, and Rebecca Williams.

International Lens Presents: Goya in Bordeaux at Vandy’s Sarratt Cinema – 7pm
This eye-poppingly imaginative film forcefully conjures up the spirit of 18th-century Spanish painter Francisco Goya, who died in exile in Bordeaux, by portraying him as an unstoppable bull of a man and an artistic visionary whose greatest work fearlessly locked horns with the darkest human truths. In Spanish and French with English subtitles. Rated R. 107 minutes.


International Lens Presents: Vincent Who? at Vandy’s Sarratt Cinema – 7pm
In 1982, at the height of anti-Japanese sentiments, two Detroit autoworkers murdered Vincent Chin, and Asian Americans mobilized for the first time to create a distinct community and movement. Inspired by the Asian Pacific Americans for Progress town halls commemorating the 25th anniversary of the case, this documentary examines how far Asian Americans have come and how far they have yet to go. Not rated. 40 minutes.

The Fifth Annual “Get Lucky East” Pub Crawl at 5-Points – 7pm-12am
Get your green on and join Yazoo Brew, Lightning 100 and Team Green at 3 Crow Bar, Drifters BBQ, Batter’d and Fried Boston Seafood House, The Red Door Saloon, and Beyond the Edge. Crawl to each location in any oder at your own pace. Each location participant will enjoy fantastic drink specials and be awarded prizes throughout the evening. Visit all five location on the crawl and qualify to win concert tickets and a guitar autographed by Warren Haynes! So it’s not exactly free, but whatever, it’s close enough.

As for drink specials at the bars, I have a pretty good feeling Nashvillest will have the info you want.


Science Cafe: The Sleep-Memory Connection at Fido Cafe – 7pm
Does a good night’s sleep equal a good memory? Or can you actually learn new skills while you sleep? Join our Science Cafe in March as we sit down with Dr. J. Michael Bolds of St. Thomas Health Services Center for Sleep. We’ll explore what our brains are doing all night while we’re counting sheep! This is not a lecture, it’s a discussion.

Heroes Ancient and Modern: Toward a History of an Idea (Lecture) at the Frist – 6:30pm
The word hero has a different meaning in our contemporary world than it did during the time of the ancient Greeks. Dr. Timothy F. Winters, professor of classics at Austin Peay State University, will focus on the way ancient writers thought about heroes, while offering examples of them. He will also explore the evolution of the word “hero” into its current usage, which connotes something very different than it did in ancient Greece.

SAF Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers: God’s Architects at Vandy’s Sarratt Cinema – 7pm
God’s Architects is a documentary that tells the stories of five divinely inspired artist-architects and their enigmatic creations.The film details how and why these oft-marginalized creators, with neither funding nor blueprints, construct their self-made environments.


New Moon DVD Release Party at pretty much every Borders in the area – Midnight
Activities will vary by store, but you can expect New Moon Movie Awards and other Twilight-y stuff. When I say midnight I mean Thursday going into Friday, not Friday going into Saturday.

Blair Signature Series: Piano Faculty Concert – 8pm
The Blair piano faculty teams up to present a larger-than-life program of solo, duo-piano, and four-hand works by Barber, Debussy and Schumann. Performers include Roland Schneller, Karen Krieger, Jama Reagan, Melissa Rose, Valerie Middleton, Agnes Wan-Patterson, Elizabeth Eckert, Chihee Hwang, Patsy Wade, Maureen May and Mark Wait.


Wayne “The Train” Hancock in-store at Grimey’s – 5:30pm
According to Grimeys.com he’s, “the king of Juke Joint Swing — that alchemist’s dream of honky-tonk, western swing, blues, Texas rockabilly and big band. He’s a true traditionalist that’s never content to just follow tradition. His live shows are raucous affairs where women swoon and men stomp the floor relentlessly.” Sounds really awesome. Oh yeah, and it’s Beer:30, so I don’t see the point of missing this.

ITVS Community Cinema: Dirt at the Downtown Public Library – 2:30pm
ITVS Community Cinema is a series of monthly preview screenings of documentaries from PBS’ Independent Lens program, presented in partnership with Nashville Public Television (NPT) and Hands On Nashville. Dirt: The Movie takes viewers inside the wonders of the soil and tells the story of Earth’s most valuable and underappreciated source of fertility—from its miraculous beginning to its crippling degradation.

Country Star Showcase at Nashville Palace – 12pm
See 10 apparently awesome country bands are going to play. I don’t know which ten.

Belmont University Country Music Showcase at the Curb Event Center – 7pm
Come and see the best country acts Belmont has to offer, and Belmont has a pretty good track record with country acts.


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