Weekly Highlights – Feb. 28-Mar. 5th


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, hopefully ones that are as nerdy as you.

8 off 8th at the Mercy Lounge – 9pm
This week’s 8 off 8th is the first in the Road to Bonnaroo series. Some of Nashville’s best act will play for the masses and a series of judges, and the winner will continue on in the goal of playing at Bonnaroo this year. This week it’s a battle between Evan P. Donohue, Courtney Jaye, Chancellor Warhol, Majestico, Heartbeater, Kink Ador, The Kicks, and Tyler Byant. Yeah, that’s a really hard decision.

Film Screening: Hiding at Rocketown – 5pm and 6:30pm
While the world focuses on North Korea’s security issue, hundreds of thousands of North Koreans continue to be enslaved in prison camps today. Up to 300,000 have also escaped to China – seeking food, medicine, work, or freedom from political and religious oppression. Among the 300,000, 70 to 90 percent of North Korean women are trafficked and sold into the sex trade, and more and more refugees are fleeing to Southeast Asia to es…cape imprisonment upon repatriation by China. Hiding is a film about a group of North Korean refugees hiding in China today, and their attempt to escape.


Belmont Wind Ensemble at Belmont’s MPAC – 7:30pm
Wind Ensemble is comprised of the finest woodwind, brass, and percussion musicians on the Belmont campus and directed by Dr. Barry Kraus. Concert repertoire consists of the highest quality literature composed or transcribed for wind band.

New Face Nite at the Basement – 8pm
This week’s New Faces Nite will feature performances by Michael Harrell and Punk Messengers, Ernie Hendrickson, Nathan K, Courtlynn Carr, Brett Ryan Stewart & Lauren Lucas.

The 39 Steps: From Page to Screen to Stage at Vanderbilt’s Wilson Hall, Room 103
This event will feature film clips from the classic 1935 Hitchcock film and scenes from Tennessee Rep’s stage production as well as discussion from featured panelists. The panelists include Rene D. Copeland (Tennessee Rep Producing Artistic Director), Brian Owens (Nashville Film Festival Artistic Director), and Paul Young (Vanderbilt Associate Professor of English and Director of Film Studies). It’s free and open to the public, but since seating is limited you have to RSVP to represervations@gmail.com.


Film Screening: Osama at Vanderbilt’s Sarratt Cinema – 7pm
A riveting portrait of an Afghani family without male support, causing the mother to send her daughter to seek work disguised as a boy. Swept up by the Taliban who conscript young men as soldiers, her true identity becomes a life threatening secret. The first Afghani film made after the fall of the Taliban. Pashtu, Dari, English with English subtitles. Rated PG-13. 83 mins.

Old Time Jam at the 5 Spot – 7:30pm
East Nashville’s Wednesday Night Old Time Jam provides enthusiasts of traditional, acoustic-based roots music the opportunity to regularly meet, share tunes, dance, swap stories, and bond together in general camaraderie.


David Mayfield Parade In-Store at Grimey’s – 6pm
Do you remember Cadillac Sky? Well, they recently split, but luckily for us their lead guitarist and contributing songwriter David Mayfield is pretty talented himself, enough so that he has fans in the Avett Brothers. His solo career is a pretty new thing, so you have the opportunity to get in on the ground floor of a great new act. Oh, and later on tonight he’s playing at Exit/In with Light Pilot.

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.

“Black History Month Celebration of Culture: Dance” at the Hermitage – 7pm
“A Celebration of Culture: Dance”  will be held in the Andrew Jackson Visitors Center. Sista Style Productions will present a retrospective of African-American dance.  SistaStyle Productions’ mission is to expand and nurture the talents of African-Americans and other performing artists by creating entertainment opportunities in the areas of theater, film and television.

Film Screening: Opera Jaw at Vanderbilt’s Sarratt Cinema – 7pm
A traditional Indonesian tragedy inspired by the “The Abduction of Sita” from the Ramayana is reworked into a visually stunning musical. Featuring classical Javanese music and dance, it is a feast for the eyes. Indonesian with English subtitles. Not Rated. 125 mins.


Artist’s Perspective: Simen Johan at the Frist Center – 6:30pm
Join New York-based artist Simen Johan as he discusses some of his work presented in Simen Johan: Until the Kingdom Comes, an exhibition on view in the Gordon Contemporary Artists Project Gallery through May 29. Johan’s works reflect uneasy connections between humans and other species. His digital photographs, which show live or taxidermied animals Photoshopped onto various natural and human made landscape environments, blur boundaries between the real and unreal, animal and human, and beauty and brutality. His sculptures of taxidermied birds are interwoven with insects and foliage, serving in his words as “miniature parasitical ecosystems.”


Tristin & the Ringers In-Store at Grimey’s – 5pm
After years of building a fans in Nashville the rest of the world is finally starting to discover Tristin’s music. She’s gotten great reviews from American Songwriter and the Wall-Street Journal. Her debut album Charlatans at the Golden Gate is out now, and this Saturday she’ll be hosting Beer:30 at Grimey’s.

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

SUESSCELEBRATION at Discovery Center at Murfree Spring – 10:00am-4:00pm
This one and only celebration in Murfreesboro commemorates one of the world’s greatest children’s book storytellers. Enjoy special art projects, free admission, special guest readers, and activities throughout the museum that encourage reading. Featuring Snowbird from 11:00am-1:00pm,  Linebaugh Library Puppet Shows at 1:00pm and 2:00pm, and other guest Cat in the Hats throughout the day. Enjoy some Dr. Seuss birthday cake and other special activities inspired by Dr. Seuss books.


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