Weekly Highlights – May 31st-June 5th


Rock’n’Roll Trivia at the Mercy Lounge – 6:30pm
This Rock’n’Roll Trivia is just like every other week, only it’s its FIRST BIRTHDAY! There’s going to be more trivia fun than ever, awesome prizes, and more! Michelle wrote all about it here. It’s going to ROCK.

7 off 8th at the Mercy Lounge –  whenever triva ends
This week is only a 7 off 8th to allow even more time for trivia. I’m totally okay with that. This week features Whole Fantastic World, Powerbrrrd, Bad Cop, Zut Alors, How Cozy!, Kingston Springs, and our friend Evan P. Donohue.


Rick Brantley and New Faces Nite at the Basement – 7&8pm
Rick Brantley brings his “edgy, hardcore, underground southern rock” before New Faces Nite, which features Downtown Handshake, Stegosaur, Vincent’s Ruin, Yvonne Smith, Stephanie Tonnemacher, and Tim McGlone.

Tailgate Tuesday at Dan McGuinness Irish Pub – 8pm
There are sure to be some awesome singer songwriters performing on the awesome patio at Dan McGuinness.


BMI Buzz at The Basement – 6pm
BMI Buzz At The Basement is a quarterly showcase series featuring hand-picked selections of young and hungry singer-songwriters worthy of a closer listen. The free show begins promptly at 6:00pm with appetite-wetting three-song sets. Lineup includes: Penny Dale, Adam Stone, Parker Welling and The Young Guns.

Burma VJ Showing at Liscomb University Ward Hall – 7pm
As a pre-event to the Christian Scholars Conference, the 2010 Oscar-nominated documentary “Burma VJ” will be screened, and the discussion to follow will focus on social justice and peacemaking in the world. The film offers a unique insight into high-risk journalism and dissidence in a police state, while at the same time providing a thorough documentation of the historical and dramatic days of September 2007, when the Buddhist monks started marching.

Tango by Moonlight at Centennial Park’s Event Shelter – 8-10pm
This is a pretty cool event. If you come earlier you get to experience some free tango lessons, and then you can stay and get your groove on all night long. Bring comfortable shoes that don’t have rubber soles.

Movies in the Park: Where the Wild Things Are at Centennial Park – Sunset
Nashville has a lot of great summer movies, and this is one of them. Bring a blanket and some friends and enjoy the awesomeness that is Nashville in the summer while watching a great flick.


Art After Hours – 5-8pm
It’s already time for Art After Hours again! I’ll get you some more details on this one later in the week, but there will be great art, free wine, and cool people. Aaaaaaand SOLD!

Insight? Outta Site! presents Kevin McGarry at Neuhoff Building – 7pm
NCAP welcomes Brooklyn-based writer and curator, Kevin McGarry, to the Neuhoff Building in Germantown for the first of a series of participatory potluck forums designed to ignite creativity and thoughtful discussion about contemporary art and social engagement. It’s free but you have to RSVP here by June 1st. In other words, email laurahutson@gmail.com

Local Author Lee Dorman discusses and signs Nashville’s Jewish Community at Davis-Kidd Books – 7pm
Nashville’s Jewish community traces its beginning to 1795 with the birth of Sarah Myers, the first Jewish child born here. Lee Dorman, a lifelong Nashville resident and former editor of the city’s Jewish newspaper, wrote Images of America: Nashville’s Jewish Community depending in part upon sources in the collection of the Annette Levy Ratkin Jewish Community Archives. Dorman is also the author of Nashville Broadcasting.


Tales at Twilight: Roger Day at Bellevue Red Caboose Park Amphitheatre – 7pm
Roger Day presents Sing Loud, Jump HIgh, & Dream Big with music and songs. Bring your picnics and lawn chairs. No booze.

Anne Brown & Brother Mel discuss and sign A Lifetime of Making Art at Davis-Kidd Books – 7pm
The first part of the book is Brother Mel’s story–hid family and his spiritual commitment as a young man entering a religious community; his artistic education at the University of Notre Dame; his decades of travel and influences; building his studio; and his making art six days a week, 52 weeks a year. The second part of the book is a portfolio of selected images from the thousands of artworks he has produced over five decades. The images are presented in sections of special interest and productivity–from his early days of glass, chapels, frescoes, and icons to sculpture, paintings, and handmade paper, to his recent prolific body of work since 2000.


Johnny Quaid (Ravenna Colt) in-store at Grimey’s – 5pm
Check out what Grimey’s has to say:

A founding member of My Morning Jacket (and Jim James’ cousin) Johnny Quaid was also a big influence on the band’s highly influential sound as he owned the studio where the band recorded its early records and the breakthrough “It Still Moves” album.  Johnny still runs the studio and still plays guitar and has a new band called Ravenna Colt.  Their debut album Slight Spell was released back in February and Johnny wants to come play his music for you on a Saturday afternoon here at Grimey’s.  He’ll host beer:30 so come out for some great live music and free New Belgian Ales.

Shakespeare Allowed at the Main Public Library – 1-4pm
Participate in or simply check out this monthly Shakespeare reading event. This month’s play is Henry V. Read more about it here.

Big Band Dances in Centennial Park featuring The Moonlighters – 7-10pm
Come celebrate Metro Parks’ 26th annual summer of Big Band Dances! The event premiered with the opening of Riverfront Park in 1983, and over the years the popular dances have moved to Centennial Park. There will also be free ballroom dance lessons sponsored by Dance World from 7:00pm-7:30pm and 8:30pm-8:50pm.

First Saturday Art Crawl – 6-10pm
Every first Saturday of the month, multiple downtown galleries open their doors to avid art lovers as well as anyone else that is just curious to see what the Gallery Crawl is all about. Over 1,000 people attend this very popular monthly event. Most galleries serve free wine and other refreshments.

Eagleville Main Street Festival – 10am
Annual Eagleville Tennessee Main Street Festival will feature craft booths, food and amusements, lots of music, car show and motorcycle show will be set up throughout all of Main Street.

Davis-Kidd’s Star Wars Family Fun Day – 11am
The nerd in me shall now rejoice. Here’s the event description:

Meet your favorite Star Wars characters! We’ll have games, crafts, face painting, and more. Come dressed up and win a prize for best costume!


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