Weekly Highlights – Nov. 28-Dec 3


8 off 8th at the Mercy Lounge – 9pm, 21+
This week’s 8 off 8th is the Red Eyed Rooster Square Dance Extravaganza! It will be fun! Performers will include Jake Cox, Todd Grebe, Woody Pines,  and Westbound Rangers with square dancing acts in between, with Fly Golden Eagle finishing off the night. It’ll be hosted by Matt Lindahl.

Kenny Vaughan and Friends at 12 South Taproom – 9:30pm
Kenny has played with such artists as Lucinda Williams, Rodney Crowell and others and is currently a full-time member of Marty Stuart’s band. He was also named instrumentalist of the year by the Americana Music Association in 2006.

Lipscomb U’s Landiss Series: Lee Smith & Hal Crowther at Lipscomb’s Ezell Center – 7:30pm
Smith is author of 12 novels and four collections of short stories. She is the recipient of the Academy Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the North Carolina Award for Literature and a Southern Book Critics Circle Award. Crowther is a noted journalist, film and drama critic, and winner of the Lillian Smith Book Award and the Fellowship Prize for Non-Fiction from the Fellowship of Southern Writers.


Coupler In-Store at Grimey’s – 6pm
Coupler is releasing a cassette-only album called America In the Coming Age of Electronics. It’s the solo project of Ryan Norris, who you may know as an awesome Grimey’s employee and ands Off Cuba, Lambchop, Kort, Doberman and Forrest Bride.

New Faces Nite at the Basement – 8pm
This week’s New Faces Nite will feature performances by Ben Danaher, Adrian Krygowski, Weaekenders, Jason Childs Band, Hello Walls.

Lipscomb’s annual Lighting of the Green – 4pm
Festivities, including free photos with Santa, food, and a marketplace begin at 4pm. A concert feature Jenny Gill, Melinda Doolittle, Point of Grace, Amanda McCaslin, and more begins at 5:30pm.


Film Screening: Untold Story at Vanderbilt’s Sarratt Cinema – 7pm
Based on the novel Les Liaisons Dangereuses, this film is set in aristocratic 18th-century Seoul where cruelty knows no borders. In this world of pomp and propriety, costumes and misty landscapes, there are affairs and vengeances unseen that can save your soul or condemn you to death. Korean with English subtitles. Not Rated. 124 mins.

Film Screening: Hot Coffee at Lipscomb’s Ward Hall – 8:30pm
Many Americans scoffed at the famous hot coffee lawsuit against McDonald’s, laughing it off as another example of a litigation-obsessed society. Now, 15 years later, the film Hot Coffee asks why the case — if so frivolous — garnered so much attention and what the impacts of the case really were.

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.

Three Secrets at Vanderbilt’s Neely Auditorium – 12:15pm and 8pm
This collection of three short plays investigates the nuance and dynamic of relationships; friendly, romantic, and familial. Three Secrets features the short plays 5:15 Greyhound by Le Wilhelm, Sad Song by Anna Ziegler, and Cover by Jeffrey Sweet. FREE to students and the public, full of sentiment, hilarity, compassion, and betrayal.


NAAD Presents Art After Hours – 5-8pm
Be you downtown, in Hillsboro Village, in Clarksville, or elsewhere, there is probably an art crawl happening near you. There will be music, wine, finger foods (maybe), cool art, and awesome people. Don’t miss this, it only happens once a month.

Three Secrets at Vanderbilt’s Neely Auditorium – 12:15pm
Just in case you missed yesterday’s showings but are free in the middle of the afternoon on Thursday to catch them instead.

World AIDS Day at Vanderbilt’s Blair School of Music – 6:30pm
World AIDS Day Nashville is a locally-produced multimedia production featuring film and performances centered around the voices of those affected by HIV and AIDS in Middle Tennessee and around the world. This is a FREE community event which will be held at 6:30pm at Ingram Hall at Blair School of Music. There will also be free and confidential on-site HIV testing, HIV prevention materials, and door prizes.

Alternative Gift Fair at St. Augustine’s Chapel at Vanderbilt – 3-7pm
The Vanderbilt University Alternative Gift Fair (VUAGF) is a local and global change agent that seeks to promote and facilitate alternative gift giving by bringing together benevolent campus and community organizations. Alternative gift giving enables individuals to make charitable donations, often toward specific items or services, or to purchase tangible fundraising gifts in honor of their loved ones. Organizations participating this year include: Big Brothers Big Sisters of Middle Tennessee, Nations Ministry Center, Conexión Americas, Preston Taylor Ministries, and more.


59th Christmas Parade and Tree Lighting: Christmas Around the World at Public Square – 7pm
Vince Gill will be the Grand Marshal for the parade this year. The tree will be lighted in Public Square where Gill will be joined by Mayor Dean. Then there will be a parade down 2nd Ave through Broadway.


Grimey’s Annual Chirstmas Sale & Party 
The details haven’t been worked out with, but there will be a party and records will be on sale. It will be epic.

Film Screening: It’s a Wonderful Life at TPAC’s War Memorial Auditorium – 6pm
The evening will begin with a special viewing of “It’s a Wonderful Life” in the balcony seating of the War Memorial Auditorium. After the movie, folks from the Wonderful Life Foundation will proceed to the ballroom for an evening of Christmas cheer complete with festive music, holiday fare, drinks, and a silent auction. This event is funded entirely by their sponsors. There is no charge for tickets, but they ask you to reserve with care and return the tickets if you cannot attend. There is a capacity of 600 guests for this event.

Shakespeare Allowed: Two Nobel Kinsmen at the Main Public Library – 12:45pm
The Nashville Shakespeare Festival invites you to read Shakespeare’s play, Two Noble Kinsmen 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 in the Arcade – 6-9pm
Look at some art, drink some wine, mingle, and repeat. Oh, and there will also be an architectural tour of the Frist at 4:30pm.

Holiday Cookie Decorating at the Country Music Hall of Fame – 10:30am
Children and adults of all ages are invited to decorate holiday cookies with guidance from talented Two Twenty • Two Grill & Catering staff.

Family Program: Make Letterpress Art with Hatch Show Print at the Country Music Hall of Fame – 1pm
Learn about letterpress printing from designers from Hatch Show Print, one of the oldest working letterpress print shops in the U.S. Use block images to make your own holiday card or T-shirt. Paper provided. Participants should bring their own T-shirts. For ages 6 to 18. Takes place at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum’s SunTrust Community Room.

Star Party at Shelby Bottoms Nature Center — 7:30pm
No telescope required, star parties are a great way to become acquainted with the real night sky. Still, if you have your own little telescope you might want to bring it.

Local Table Holiday Market at Nashville Farmers’ Market – 5:30pm
Have a Local Holiday this year with local products and hand crafts. Free admission. Wine & Beer. Activities for the kids. Music and of course food. Pick up your Local Table Holiday Guide & Grow Local This Holiday Season & Beyond!



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  • Seriously?

    Sorry but what’s free about a sale at Grimeys?

  • Anonymous

    Well, last time I went to their Christmas sale I walked out with a big bag of free CDs and vinyl and all I had to do was sit on drunk Santa’s lap!