Weekly Highlights – Nov 29th-Dec 4th


8 off 8th at the Mercy Lounge – 9pm
This week’s 8 off 8th will feature performances by Eon Burkett, Justin Conn, Kristin Cothron, Blackfoot Gypsies, Cary Ann Hearst, Young Hines, The Grayces, and Hans Condor.

Jimador Tequila presents Battle on 3rd at 3rd and Lindsley – 7pm
A new battle of the bands. The winner is chosen based on audience votes.

The Podunk Sessions at 3rd and Lindsley – 10pm
Free music from Dave Pahanish, Emily West, Marcel, Eric Paslay, Jessica Andrews, Kristen Lee, Bonnie Biship, Rachel Loy, Brad Tursi, and more.


Marshall Chapman in-store at Grimey’s – 6pm
A new album and a new book. Wow, Marshall Chapman has been busy. The album is called Big Lonesome, and was originally meant to be a duets album. Sadly Tim Krekel, her intended duets partner and musical soulmate died in 2009, and in turn the album turned into a concept album about grief. The book, They Came to Nashville, features stories and interviews with scores of musicians who have made a name for themselves in Nashville, including Emmylou Harris, Kris Kristofferson, Willie Nelson, and more. Don’t miss this storytellers-type performance.

Perri and Carry Showcase at the Mercy Lounge – 5:30pm
Pop country. Yeeeeahhh. It’s a showcase, and we all know how those can be. You could be checking out the next big thing, but who knows. It’s a free show, so there’s not really a lot you can complain about if you don’t like the band.

Lighting of the Green at Lipscomb University – 1-8pm
Susan Ashton and Dave Barnes and, of course, Amy Grant will be the featured performers at this year’s Lighting of the Green, the 6th annual Christmas tree lighting at Lipscomb. There will also be the “Merry Marketplace” all day, photos with Santa from 3:30pm-7pm, free hot chocolate starting at 4:30, and the big concert, starting at 5:30pm. Bring lawn chairs and blankets.


World AIDS Day Nashville 2010 at the Belcourt – 6pm-8:30pm
This “multimedia presentation” will involve live theater, dance, and film to raise awareness of the impact of AIDS in Middle Tennessee and the world. There will also be free on-site HIV testing, HIV prevention materials and door prizes.

International Lens Presents: Romero at Vanderbilt’s Sarratt Cinema – 7pm
Romero is the true story of the catholic priest Archbishop Romero who lived in El Salvador during the political unrest in the 1980s. Despite persecution, Romero continues to speak out against the atrocities the government is committing against the people of El Salvador, until his public assassination in 1980. English. PG-13. 102 mins

Menorah Lighting Ceremony with Mayor Karl Dean at Riverfront Park – 4:30pm
Celebrate the beginning of Chanuakh with Karl Dean. This is the only menorah on metro owned property, which makes this a pretty big deal. Also, Chanukah Gelt, Dreidels and doughnuts will be distributed to all participants.


NAAD Presents Art After Hours 5-8pm
Art and wine all over the city. It’s a party, for real. Check out the Arcade downtown and Hillsboro Village.

Lecture: Cézanne, Zola, and the Outcast Impressionists at the Frist – 6:30pm
I’ve written about Zola’s writings before. This guy wrote impressionism and its artists like it was his job. This lecture will contextualize Zola’s insightful observations of the birth of Impressionism and discuss the portrayals of the artists fictionalized in his novel, The Masterpiece.

Electrified: The Guitar Revolution at the Tennessee State Museum – 6-7:30pm
Smithsonian Channel and Smithsonian Magazine present a special screening of the critically acclaimed documentary, Electrified: The Guitar Revolution. The electric guitar was invented to be heard among the brass instruments of the big band era, but it soon took on a sound and life of its own. How did this assemblage of wood, wire and metal go on to ignite a new era of music, transform background musicians into guitar heroes and become a symbol of freedom and rebellion? Also, Grammy winner Brad Davis will lead a guitar workshop after the film.


58th Nashville Christmas Parade and Tree Lighting at Nashville Public Square – 6pm
Who doesn’t love a good Christmas parade? It’s now acceptable to blast Christmas music, as long as it isn’t the 98 Degrees Christmas album. Actually, that’s fine too.

Brittany Smith Senior Thesis Exhibition Opening Reception at Watkins College – 5:30pm
Smith’s exhibit, A Sober Moment, will feature a collection of color photographs documenting people in places that are significant to them in their addiction or recovery process or people whose lives have been affected by an addict. Each photograph will be accompanied by a statement written by the subject about why the place they have chosen is important to them. Smith’s work aims to capture each person in a place where they had a moment of clarity that allowed them to think more acutely about how their addiction was affecting their life, thus obtaining the will to get better or continue to stay clean.

Light Up a Life Kick off Event at Caterpillar Finance – 6pm
Light up a Life is an annual fundraiser that benefits charities that provide assistive technology and advocacy services to people with disabilities. They’ll be taking donations and there will be refreshments and music.


Tristen and We Were the States in-store at Grimey’s – 5pm
Are you familiar with the Black Cab Session? Well, they’re based out of London and the idea is they film a band (Flaming Lips, Spoon, Ryan Adams) in the back of a taxi cab and post it online. It’s pretty popular. We’ll they’re taking their thing to Nashville, and part of their journey here includes filming two great Nashville bands, Tristen and We Were the States, while they play an in-store at Grimey’s. Pretty cool.

Shakespeare Allowed: King Lear at the Main Public Library – 12:45pm
The Nashville Shakespeare Festival invites you to read Shakespeare’s play, King Lear 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.

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

Second Annual Jo Dee Messina Harvest Hands Christmas Matinee Concert at Brentwood United Methodist Church – 7pm
As of writing this there are still some free tickets available to this concert, which is benefiting a non-profit, faith-based organization in South Nashville. You can get those free tickets (or make a donation for some tickets) here.

Feliz Navidad! The Music and Dance of the Romance of the Season at the Scarritt-Bennett Center – 7pm
Gallery F. at Scarritt-Bennett and the Foreign Language Acting Group (F.L.A.G.) will host an evening of holiday music and dance celebrating Nashville’s Spanish speaking community, Saturday, December 4. Seating is limited and reservations are required. Call (615) 320-4651 or email sschlunk@scarrittbennett.org for reservations.


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