Weekly Highlights – Jan 31st – Feb 5th


8 off 8th at the Mercy Lounge – 9pm
This week’s 8 off 8th will feature performances from Silver Seas, Mindy Smith, Tyler James, Kate York, Judson Spence, Madi Diaz, The Nobility and one other band, probably. You know, to make it 8.

When I Was Your Age Business Seminar at Crievewood Baptist Church – 6pm
Right now there are either 3 or 4 generations currently in the workplace, and the lack of understanding between them is causing some tension. This is a life/work seminar that aims to teach all of the different generations about each other, their strengths and values. All generations are invited.

The Collusions ft. Jeff C of G Love at 12 South Taproom – 10pm
The Collusions play every Monday night at 12 South Taproom, I just don’t usually write about it. They are a blues trio, and one of their members, Jeff C, spent a good deal of time in New Orleans, soaking up the music there.


Film Screening: The 904 at Vanderbilt’s Sarratt Cinema – 7pm
An exposé of the escalating violence in Jacksonville, Florida (which has become one of the murder capitals of the South). Centered on Beverly McClain’s attempts to open a Center for Families of Slain Children in one of the most dangerous neighborhoods in the city, this documentary shows us how ordinary people in Jacksonville are trying to turn the tide. English. Not Rated. 66 mins.

New Faces Nite at the Basement – 8pm
This week New Faces Nite will bring Zach Vinson, Emily Lynch, Gilded Youth, Lioneyes into our lives.


Sanders Bohlke, Duquette Johnston, and The Great Book of John in-stores at Grimey’s – 2pm
Bohlke, Johnston, and the Great Book of John are all artists on Jeffery Cain’s new record label: Communicating Vesssels. The label is all about showcasing the “amazing range of music emanating from the South.” So come on out and support these up-and-coming artists on this up-and-coming label.

Film Screening: Kandahar at Vanderbilt’s Sarratt Cinema – 7pm
An Afghani refugee’s journey back to her native Kandahar reveals the grueling oppression that women face under Taliban rule and the struggle of Afghanis to survive against the physical and ideological landmines that surround them. Persian, English, Polish, Pashtu with English subtitles. Not Rated. 85 mins. Funding provided in part by the History Department. Presented by The Public Archive: http://www.publicarhive.com.


NAAD Presents Art After Hours – 5-8pm
Hey, it’s everyone favorite week night art crawl. Hang around the Arcade downtown, Hillsboro Village, or a variety of other art-centric areas.

Women of Will at Vanderbilt’s Blair School of Music’s Ingram Hall – 7:30pm
This two-person show examines the evolution of the heroine in Shakespeare’s writing. The show combines the performance of scenes with the discussion of themes to create a dazzling and amazing piece of work. Tina Paker, one of the country’s foremost experts on Shakespeare believes that as Shakespeare developed as a playwright, his women increasingly became his artistic alter egos, marginalized figures who stood to the side of the power makers, observing and interpreting.


Films at the Frist: Drugstore Cowboy – 7pm
Gus Van Sant has received critical acclaim for his ability to capture the stark and frequently bizarre realities of individuals who are often stereotyped or overlooked. With a vivid eye for the complexity of seemingly simple people and situations, Van Sant is one of the most conspicuous in a line of filmmakers who have been influenced by Eggleston’s aesthetic. In Drugstore Cowboy, his first commercial success, Van Sant provides a nuanced look at the harsh, cyclical, and strangely evocative world of prescription drug addicts. This film is being shown as part of the “Strangeness of the Ordinary” film series that celebrates directors who were influenced by the photography of William Eggleston.

Chinese New Year at Discovery Center at Murfree Spring – 5-7:30pm
It’s the year of the Rabbit! Make yourself a rabbit mask, create Asian crafts, and sample traditional Asian recipes in the kitchen. Remember to wear red for good luck. Woo culture!


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

Musical Petting Zoo with Instrument Demonstration at the Country Music Hall of Fame – 1pm
Bang a drum, strum an autoharp, and pick a steel guitar! The Musical Petting Zoo offers budding musicians a chance to try new and familiar instruments. Instructors will be on site to offer guidance. At the beginning of the program a professional musician will demonstrate how to play some of the instruments. All ages. No reservations required. Free. Families are encouraged to tour the museum at a discounted rate following the program. Visit the information desk or ticket window for more information. Seriously, the best way to get kids into music is to teach them the fun of it at a young age.


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