Weekly Highlights – March 28-April 2nd


Cold War Kids In-Store at Grimey’s – 6:30pm
I’m sure you remember Cold War Kids. A mere four years ago my friends were playing their music constantly and I have to say, I’ve always enjoyed it. Well, they’re still around, making people dance and whatnot, and before their show at the Cannery later this evening Grimey’s will have them for a special in-store performance. Get there early so you get a good spot!

8 off 8th at the Mercy Lounge – 9pm, 21+
This week’s 8 off 8th will feature performances by Neil O’Neil (of Cheer Up Charlie Daniels),  Jacob Jones, Buffalo Clover, Shane Tutmarc, The Lonely H, The Grayces, and Little Bandit. Also, Old Time Photobooth will be there, along with free giveaways from Parlour and Juke, Custom Stores and several more.

The Podunk Sessions at 3rd and Lindsley – 8pm
Free music from Dave Pahanish, Emily West, Marcel, Eric Paslay, Jessica Andrews, Kristen Lee, Bonnie Biship, Rachel Loy, Brad Tursi, and more.


JPII Distinguished Lecture Series Presents: A Night with Governor Bill Haslam at Pope John Paul II High School – 7pm
Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam will make a public address as the distinguished lecturer at Pope John Paul II High School in Hendersonville. In addition to his address, Governor Haslam will participate in a question-and-answer-session with attendees. Following the formal event, the school will provide refreshments for those interested in continuing the conversation.

New Faces Nite at the Basement – 8pm
This week’s New Faces Nite will bring you performances by Blue Heart Hour, Lost Brothers, Jeremiah and the Redeyes, Meghan Murray, Lacey Brown, Devin Balram and Blushin Roulettes.

Living Sounds Spring Concert at Blair School of Music’s Turner Recital Hall – 8pm
Living Sounds is a series of concerts featuring the original works of student composers at the Blair School of Music. These brand new works are performed by students and represent a cross-section of composition at Blair, stemming from all genres, including chamber, jazz, electronic, popular and theatre.


Langhorne Slim In-Store at Grimey’s – 5pm
Langhorne Slim is a folksy dude, and a pretty talented one at that. He’s on tour with the Avett Brothers right now, but he had a night off so he decided to hang out and play some shows in Nashville, one of them at Grimey’s. The folks at Grimey’s a pretty damn excited about it, saying nice things about Langhorne Slim like, “one of the most endearing and standout qualities of Langhorne’s live shows is the sureness that one is always entering a genuine gospel-like musical experience full of little miracles.”

Film Screening: Red Desert at Vanderbilt’s Sarratt Cinema – 7pm
A provocative look at the spiritual desolation of the technological age. Antonioni’s first color film transforms the screen into a rich canvas with a sound collage of electronic music and industrial noise that complements the visual landscape of alienation. Italian with English subtitles. Not Rated. 120 mins.

HumanDocs Film Series Presents Speaking in Tongues at Lipscomb’s Shamblin Theater – 8:3opm
At a time when 31 states have passed “English Only” laws, four pioneering families in San Francisco put their children in public schools where, from the first day of kindergarten, their teachers speak mostly Chinese or Spanish. Speaking in Tongues follows four diverse kids on a journey to become bilingual. This charming story challenges beliefs about what skills Americans need in the 21st century.


Film Screening: Mountains of Hope at Vanderbilt’s Sarratt Cinema – 7pm
A portrayal of the difficulties faced by those working Lesotho’s under-resourced health care system. A group of Boston University medical students documents the migration of medical professionals from Lesotho to neighboring South Africa, where they earn more and have better career prospects. For the courageous few that choose to stay, treating patients becomes a constant struggle. Sasotho, English with English subtitles. Not Rated. 30 mins. DVD.

Leadership and Civility in the Digital Age: FCC Comm. Robert McDowell at Lipscomb’s Shamblin Theater – 7pm
The kick-off of the new series Leadership and Civility in the Digital Age will feature a one-on-one discussion between series moderator Tate and current FCC Commissioner Robert McDowell.  McDowell has served on the FCC since 2006 when he was appointed by President George W. Bush and was reappointed by President Barack Obama in 2009. McDowell’s discussion will explore various issues such as cybersecurity, online safety for children, net neutrality and broadband expansion.


Film Screening: Sita Sings the Blues at the Frist’s Auditorium- 7pm
Nina Paley’s 2009 film Sita Sings the Blues is a quirky and accessible retelling of the Hindu epic the Ramayana, which tells the story of Vishnu’s seventh avatar, Rama. The film focuses on the experiences of Rama’s wife Sita, whose story parallels that of Paley’s own experiences. Paley calls Sita Sings the Blues “a tale of truth, justice, and a woman’s cry for equal treatment.” Since its release, the film has received almost universal critical acclaim for its ability to present a uniquely modern yet timeless version of a traditional Hindu story.

ArtisTree Art Show at St. Cloud Corner – 6-9pm
This two-night event includes a silent auction of paintings, prints and jewelry by local artists and a cash wine bar. Proceeds benefit the Tomorrow Fund.

Pancakes and Booze Art Show at Open Lot – 8pm-2am
Okay, this one’s not actually free, but it’s sort of too hilarious to not include in the Weekly Highlights. It’s $5 to get in to this collaborative art show that will have FREE pancakes! There will also be cheap booze, live music, and live nude body painting. Open lot is located at 1307 Jewell St.


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

Fisk Jubilee Singers at Macon County High School – 7pm
The original Jubilee Singers introduced “slave songs” to the world in 1871 and were instrumental in preserving the unique American musical tradition known today as Negro spirituals. Under the direction of Professor Paul T. Kwami, this renowned choral ensemble brings the Fisk University legacy to Macon County High School.

Scottish Heritage Festival at the Main Public Library – 10am-4pm
The art and history of Scotland comes alive at an all-day festival. Musical performances by the Tennessee Scots Pipe Band as well as performances of Scottish highland dancing by the Glengarry Highland Dancers. Demonstrations of Scottish country dancing by the Nashville Hamilton Scottish Country Dancers.

13th Annual Celebration of Craft at the Appalachian Center for Craft – 10am-5pm
Watch as artists teach you about blacksmithing, metal jewelry making, wheel throwing and handbuilding in clay, fabric weaving and dyeing, glass blowing, metalsmithing, woodturning, and furniture making. There will also be stuff to buy and activities for kids.

Walk 100 Miles with the Mayor: Bicentennial Mall-Kickoff Walk – 11am
Walk 100 Miles with the Mayor” is a community-wide effort, initiated by Mayor Karl Dean, encouraging all Nashvillians to improve their overall health by joining their friends and community in walking 100 miles in Nashville’s parks and greenways this spring and summer. Join Mayor Dean on any of 28 scheduled walks, ranging from two to 10 miles in length, or walk on your own.



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