Weekly Highlights – Week of April 26


Rock’n’Roll Trivia at the Mercy Lounge – 6:30pm
What, you think you know more rock minutia than I do? Well, you’re probably right, but if you really want a challenge then you should hit up this event. It consists of three rounds of questions, two rounds of “name that tune,” and the rock and roll-est of final wagers where you can bet (and possibly lose) it all. The prizes are $50, $25 or $10 to be spent at Mercy Lounge. Plus, everyone gets free parking and beer specials all night. It’s about teams, so grab some friends, yo.

8 off 8th at the Mercy Lounge – 9pm
This week’s 8 off 8th is hosted by Disappointed by Candy and will feature Canon Blue, The New Whole Usuals, Danelle, Loren Francis, Brooke Waggoner (who rocks), Disappointed byCandy, and more.

The Dean Martin’s at Sambuca – 7pm
It’s gonna be a lip-smacking, hand-clapping, boogie-your-woogie party. At least, that’s according to their bio. Shake it up. Okay. I could probably act more enthusiastic about them.


Secret Unannounced Julian Casablancas Afterparty at the Mercy Lounge – 11pm, 21+
This event is in honor of Nashville’s (apparently) most eligible bachelor, Dave Paulson of the Privates. It’s his birthday, so there will be super cool DJs, fun games, special guests, and celebration all over the place.

Trigger Man and James Desilva Group at Edgehill Studio Cafe – 7pm
I saw Trigger Man once at a house show, and they were fun. I really like Edgehill Studio Cafe, though, and you should too!

Teen Writers Workshop at the Madison Public Library – 4:30pm
The youth of today might physically write more than previous generations, but that’s all texting and Twittering and blogging and other crap like that. For teen writers who want to create art and literature, this is for you guys. Come and bring your writing and get advice from other writers. Awesome.

Two Free Shows at the Basement – 7 & 8pm
First it’s Valerie June with members of Old Crow Medicine Show as her backing band. A self-taught guitar player, composer and troubadour of heartbreak ballads, folk songs, spirituals, soul-stirring blues and what she calls “Organic Moonshine Roots Music,” Valerie is poised to reach a wide audience as one of the stars of the ballyhooed new MTV web series “$5 Cover.” After her it’s New Faces Nite, featuring The Rouge, Jim Avett, Tribella, Jessica Rae, Danielle Bloom, and Jeremy Yureck.


Celtic Jam at 12 South Taproom – 6pm
Party like it’s 1499. Jam it up Celtic style at 12 South Taproom and prepare for the upcoming Ren fest. Woo.

Anime and Manga Club at the Madison Public Library – 4:30
Another afternoon teen event at the Madison Library. They know what’s up.


Let’s Wresle In-Store and FREE LUNCH at Grimey’s 1:30pm
UK pop-punch trio Let’s Wrestle has just enough time for a lunch-tastic in-store at Grimey’s today before their show at the Mercy Lounge at Quasi. To attempt to get your butts in the store, Grimey’s is offering to feed you. For free. Further proof that Grimey’s loves us as much as we love it. Plan your lunch hour around it. It’ll be worth it.

Steve Elder signs How Much More Longer? at Davis-Kidd Books – 7pm
Steve Elder is a keynote speaker, coach and author of the recently published How Much More Longer?. Using candor, hard-won humility and humor, Steve shares his inspirational story and invites others to discover their own. At the event, he will speak and sign copies of his new book.

Salon @ 615: You Say Tomato, I Say Shut Up: A Love Story at the Downtown Public Library – 6:15pm
After 13 years of being married, actress/writer Annabelle Gurwitch (Dinner and a Movie, Fired!, Wa$ted on Planet Green) and Emmy award winning actor/writer Jeff Kahn (The Ben Stiller Show, The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Tropic Thunder, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Entourage) have found “we’re just not that into us.” Instead of giving up, they’ve held their relationship together by ignoring conventional wisdom, fostering a lack of intimacy, using parenting as a competitive sport, and dropping out of couples therapy. Their raw and uproariously funny story about their marriage—and their difficult journey after their son was born with multiple rare birth defects—creates a mixture of laughter and, well, terror. RSVP is required. Call (615) 862-5755 to RSVP.


New Programs for the Blind and Sight Impaired at the Parthenon – 5:30pm
Thanks to a grant from the Ida F. Cooney Fund for the Arts through the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee, the Parthenon has recently completed two new program features that allow visitors to “see”, through touch, the wonders of the Parthenon and selected paintings from the museum’s permanent Cowan Collection. Admission is free, but reservations are required (615) 862-8431.

Stand Against Racism at YWCA Nashville – 11am-noon
YWCAs around the country are bringing together communities for Stand Against Racism 2010. Events are being held nationwide to celebrate diversity and raise awareness that racism still exists. The event will include readings promoting equality, materials for attendees and pledging your commitment to Stand Against Racism.


Best-Selling Author Lee Smith discusses and signs Mrs. Darcy and the Blue-Eyed Stranger at Davis-Kidd Books – 2pm
In almost every one of [Smith’s short stories] there is a moment of vision, or love, or unclothed wonder that transforms something plain into something transcendent.–“New York Times Book Review.”

10th Annual Warner Parks Children’s Picnic at Warner Park Nature Center – 11am-2pm
This event is free, but they suggest you donate $5 or $10. Bring your whole family for music and nature-related fun and games. Clowns, hikes, arts and crafts, face painting, and a fabulous silent auction are just a few of the highlights. Families may pack their own picnic or purchase picnic lunches during the event.

First Saturday Art Crawl – 6-10pm
Get your art viewing on. Check out all the art galleries in Nashville, which will be open late and will provide refreshments for you and there will be a shuttle bus taking you to different galleries. I recommend starting in the Arcade downtown.

Nashville Clean Water Project at Percy Priest Lake – 8am-5pm
The Nashville Clean Water Project returns to Percy Priest Lake where recreationalists, fishermen and residents of the Midstate are leaving (sometimes dumping!) their trash behind. Make a difference, make friends, and make Mother nature proud at the Largest Water Cleanup in Nashville History. Register for a well organized event and free swag at www.CleanPercyPriest.org.

Community BBQ at Benton Hall Academy in Franklin – 3-7pm
Community Barbeque will be a fun-filled community event with food, games, balloon art, face painting and live entertainment for the entire family. See you at the loop for Bands and Barbeque!

Bark in the Park in Lebanon, TN – 1-5pm
Celebrating 10 years, New Leash on Life presents Bark in the Park in Downtown Lebanon. Enjoy an afternoon of contests, vendors, food, fun for dogs and their people. The day’s activities will include contests, demonstrations, micro-chipping ID clinic, great silent auction items, pet photo booth, Pawcasso Paw Print Portraits and much more.


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