Weekly Highlights – May 17-22


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. And to celebrate the release of the new Black Keys album on May 18, they’ll have a couple copies of “Brothers” on Cd & LP to give away as special prizes!

Road to Bonnaroo 8 off 8th at the Mercy Lounge – 9pm
Which awesome Nashville band will make it to Bonnaroo? You and a couple of local judges will decide. This week’s performers are Heartbeater, My Tyger, Pico vs. Island Trees, Cheer Up Charlie Daniels, Delta Saints, Space Capone, And the Relatives, and Deep Fried Five. Bonnarooooo!

American Idol Star Melinda Doolittle discusses and signs Beyond Me: Finding Your Way to Life’s Next Level at Davis-Kidd Books – 7pm
Remember her? Me too! She has a book now, and from what I’ve gathered it’s pretty much about how being a good person can make you happy. Yep, that sounds about right.

Groove on the Coal Train Railroad at the Green Hills Public Library – 10:30am
Coal Train Railroad is a collection of jazz songs created just for kids.  Written from a child’s perspective and covering important topics such as bellybuttons, juice, sharing and snuggling, the songs are inspiring kids all over the world to dance, play and use their voices to riff along with the musicians.


Kevin Dunn in-store at Grimey’s – 6pm
If you haven’t heard  Kevin’s solo stuff you’ve most certainly heard the songs he’s produced. He is an “an incredibly influential post-punk/new wave pioneer from the American South” who produced the early B52s stuff. “Rock Lobster” anyone? Yeah, he did that. He has also recorded a lot of great solo stuff that you might not have ever heard. Well, here’s your chance to redeem your soul! Do it! It’s free!

Rain Barrel Workshop at (n)habit – 6pm
I’m sad I’m missing this one. Now is a great time to install a rain barrel. You can harvest spring rain to use during summer droughts and keep your gardens well irrigated all season. Edward and Rachel Martin will provide instruction on selecting a rain barrel, proper placement, installation and maintenance. Other topics include installing timers for automatic watering, installing barrels in tandem for large volume harvesting, and elevating your rain barrel to deliver water to remote areas of your yard. The workshop is free, and attendees will receive a 20% discount on any rain barrel purchased during the workshop. (n)habit is located at 2309 12th Avenue South

New Faces Nite at the Basement – 8pm
This week features Voodoo Stingray, Hannah Miller, Deep Dark Woods, Adam Hill, Emily Lynch and Adam Foster.

Movie Night at Lipscomb University – 6:30pm
The Clean Air Partnership (CAP) of Middle Tennessee will host the Tennessee premiere of “AIR – The Search for One Clean Breath.” The showing will take place Tuesday, May 18 on the Lipscomb University campus in Swang, Room 102. AIR is a riveting feature documentary with spectacular scenery, dynamic animated sequences and historical re-creations. The film presents the story of the air we breathe from its ancient past to its threatened future taking viewers on a global journey to examine the state of our air, our dependence on it and our need to protect it.


Former star of ABC’s The Bachelor, Travis Stork discusses and signs The Doctor Is in: A 7-Step Prescription for Optimal Wellness at Davis-Kidd Books
Is “don’t be on a reality TV show” in there somewhere? It freaking should be. Is Davis-Kidd running a special on books written by almost celebrities?

The Girl Scouts of Middle Tennessee at Davis-Kidd Books – 10am
Learn more about the Girl Scouts. I was one for a few years, so it obviously doesn’t mess kids up too much.


Movies Save Mountains at the Belcourt – 6pm
Mountain regions, especially in Appalachia, aren’t doing so well. People keep blowing up mountains to get to the coal underneath. Well, a lot of people think it’s time to fight back, so the National Resources Defense Council have put together an evening of film, music, and discussion aimed to bring awareness and a sense of community to this issue. Films Deep Down and Coal Country will be featured, and Big Kenny Alphin and Kathy Mattea will be there too. Reserve tickets here.

Science Cafe: The search for a second Earth at Fido Coffee – 7pm
With all the galaxies in the universe, how likely is it that we will find another another planet like Earth? Are there other planets capable of sustaining life similar to what we know? How would we find it if it does exist? What would it mean to us here on Earth if we did find it? Astrobiologist Dr. Todd Gary of Tennessee State University will discuss the decades long search by astronomers to find other Earth-like planets in the universe.


Music at the Mill featuring the Nick Carver Band at Gregory Hill Park – 6:30pm
A brand new summer concert series, woo. Nick Carver Band kicks this one off. They’re a popular cover band that plays classic rock, southern rock and country music favorites and does some original songs that you’re probably not going to care too much about. No drinking allowed.

Vanderbilt Community Chorus at the Blair School of Music – 8pm
The program includes J.S.Bach’s Magnificat with chamber orchestra. David Binns Williams is the director.

A Terrible Lie Staged Reading at Writer’s Stage – 7:30pm
Here’s the little synopsis of this new play, “Walker Maxwell is a pseudonym.  Walker allows John Bridges to steal, lie and discover the truth; things that may be uncomfortable for an actual human being.” Ooooooo. Writer’s Stage is located at 1008 Charlotte Ave.


Dexateens in-store/Exile on Main Street Listening Party at Grimey’s – 4pm
Note the early time on this one. It’s early because there’s SO MUCH STUFF GOING ON! First you have rootsy rockers The Dexateens blowing the roof off the joint (if you like DBT you’ll like them) followed by a listening party of one of the greatest rock albums ever. There will also  be free beer and pizza and copies of the deluxe Stones Exile reissue to give away to lucky winners. Sounds like something you might not want to miss.

Maggi Vaughn-Tennessee Poet Laureate Talks to Mark Twain at the Main Public Library – 1pm
Tennessee poet laureate Maggi Vaughn reads from her book Foretasting Heaven: Talking to Twain at Quarry Farm. Vaughn is the only poet to receive the Mark Twain Fellowship from Elmira College. During her time there, Vaughn wrote Foretasting Heaven which is a series of poem-letters addressed to Twain. Vaughn will answer questions and sign books. Books will be for sale.

Local Author Whitney Ferre discusses and signs 33 Things to Know about Raising Creative Kids at Davis-Kidd Books – 2pm
Creative thinking is the skill that will determine your child’s success in the twenty-first century. How can you best prepare your child for this new world? In 33 Things To Know About Raising Creative Kids, Creativity Expert Whitney Ferre will give you the answers. Creativity is a skill. And like any other skill, with the right focus, it can be developed.


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