Weekly Highlights – Sept 27th-October 2nd


Rock’n’Roll Trivia at the Mercy Lounge – 6:30pm, 21+
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 – 8pm
This week’s 8 off 8th is going to be hosted by Tex Rambunctions (I think he’s calling it Tex Big Nashville) and will feature performances by Jeremy Lister, Del Barber, Chris Pickering, Jacob Thomas, Shotgun Lover, The Weeks, and Powerbrrrd.

Belmont Camerata Musicale: The Baroque Imagination at the Belmont Mansion – 7:30pm
If local bands and rock trivia aren’t exactly your thing then you might prefer this event. Enjoy some music from some of the greatest composers ever, including works by Bach, Corelli, Handle and Purcell.


Rock the Block at Exit/In – 8pm
Another free Tex show, this one will have Tex Big Nashville Music Conference Presents: Codaphonic, The Black Shades, My Tyger, Reno Bo, and Bravo Max playing free sets for you.

Ty Segall in-store at Grimey’s – 6pm
Since describing bands isn’t really my strength, I’ll just let Grimey’s do it for me:

San Francisco psych wunderkind Ty Segall just released his 3rd album, Melted, on the always reliable Goner Records label, recorded with Mike Donovan of Sic Alps.  It’s a carefree yet precise balance of acoustic and electric elements. Distorted echo and thunder mix together with enough clean guitar lines and addictive choruses to deliver an album that recalls the ’60s without sounding like anything created during that decade.  Segall says it sounds like “cherry cola, Sno-Cones and taffy.”

International Lens Presents: The Horse Boy at Vanderbilt’s Sarratt Cinema – 7pm
A deeply moving story of a family willing to go to the ends of the earth to help their son’s autism, and of a boy learning to connect with the world for the first time. 93 mins. Presented in conjunction with ITVS Community Cinema.

Concerts in the Courtyard at the Downtown Public Library – 11:45
Make your lunch break a little less boring with a performance by the Chris Casello Trio. Expect to hear some rockabilly and roots rock.

Local Author J.T. Ellison discusses and signsThe Immortals at Davis-Kidd Books – 7pm
If this description doesn’t get you then nothing will: “It is Samhain – the Blood Harvest. Nonbelievers call it Hallowe’en. The night when eight Nashville teenagers are found dead, with occult symbols carved into their naked bodies. It’s a ritual the killers believe was blessed by Death himself.” Well alright then.


Geeks who Drink at Past Perfect – 8-10pm
This is not trivia. It’s a pub quiz. You get some friends together (you don’t actually have to be super nerds) and you compete in 8 rounds of questions and potentially win some really cool stuff. I love me some trivia, I mean quizzes.

The Dirt on Composting at the Green Hills Public Library – 10:30am
My dad was always big on composting, so I’m a huge proponent of it. If you want to learn a little bit more about the basics of composting and what it’s all about then this event is for you.


Live on the Green: the Next Big Nashville edition – 7pm
I get the feeling that this is going to be a pretty big deal as far as free shows goes. This week’s featured performers are Garrison Starr, Sixpence None the Richer and Jars of Clay. Sixpence None the Richer? Yes, please!

The History of Hip Hop at the East Nashville Library – 3:30pm
Explore the origins of Hip Hop and how this powerful, influential music genre has developed over its 30-plus year history; group discussion, trivia & music video afterwards.

A Celebration of 50 Years of To Kill a Mockingbird at Lipscomb University – 6pm
Arguably one of the greatest American novels of all time, To Kill a Mockingbird is a classic. Well, now it’s 50 years old and they’re doing something to celebrate it at Lipscomb. I’m not really sure what though or exactly where, because that wasn’t in the event description. Oh well.


Cheap Time in-store at Grimey’s – 6pm
Last.fm describes Cheap Time as a “combustive mix of glam rock riffs, power pop melodies, and lots of punk energy.” The original lineup of the band actually included members of local kids dun good Be Your Own Pet, so expect to hear some similarities. Also, for fans of Ty Segall.

Walk Nashville Kick-Off at the Farmers’ Market – 10:45am
Let’s face it, a lot of us could use a little more exercise. Mayor Karl Dean will be there to help with a short introduction. Then, we walk! Yeah, get fit.


Celebration of Cultures Festival at Centennial Park – 10am-6pm
This event sounds fantastic. I’ve never been, but that will have to change this year. Learn about and experience the different cultures in Nashville. Food, song, dance, oh my god yes please.

First Saturday Art Crawl – 6-9pm
Look at some art, drink some wine, mingle, and repeat.

Musicians Corner at Centennial Park – 3-6pm
This week’s Musicians Corner is another NBN event and will feature performances by YaZa, Trent Dabbs, Jane Shermans, New Whole Usuals, Kopecky Family Band, and a surprise/special guest. Combined with the Celebration of Cultures Festival it’s looking to be a great day at Centennial.

International Lens Presents: A Town Called Panic at Vanderbilt’s Sarratt Cinema – 2pm
This is what one might call a “family friendly event.” In fact, it’s geared towards families. Get to the lobby early with your kids in tow to participate in some sort of craft activity. As for the film, here’s the description:

Expanding upon a cult TV series, this 75-minute joy ride combines deadpan slapstick and surrealist Belgian stop-motion animation. The main characters are plastic toys Cowboy, Indian, and Horse, who improbably live together in a town called Panic. Various bizarre and surrealistic adventures await them, as the utterly silly but meticulously constructed plot gets under way. French with English subtitles.

Basically, your kids have to either be old enough to read subtitles, or speak French. Still sounds fun though.

Movies @ Main Presents: The Man They Could Not Hang at the Downtown Public Library – 2pm
The King of Horror…in his biggest role! A scientist’s greatest invention proves to be his darkest curse in this thriller that was part of Columbia Pictures and star Boris Karloff’s “mad doctor” series. For the people who want to see a free movie on a Saturday afternoon but do NOT want to be surrounded by children.

Shakespeare Allowed Presents Othello at the Main Public Library – 12:45pm
The Nashville Shakespeare Festival invites you to read Shakespeare’s play, Othello out loud in a reading circle at Nashville’s Downtown Library.  There will be 16 chairs in a circle, and whoever wants to read out loud can choose one of the 16. There will be additional seating available for anyone who wants to read along silently. Bring your own copy, please.


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