Weekly Highlights – Dec. 5-10


8 off 8th Jingle Ball at Mercy Lounge – 8pm, 21+
This holiday themed 8 off 8th will feature performances by Devious Angels, Yellowfire, Uncle Skeleton, Chancellor Warhol, Colorfeels, the Kicks, Brandon Jazz and His Armed Forces, Toy, and The Go.

Satellites & Sirens at Exit/In – 7pm, 18+
This show will also feature performances by Charmaine and Hello Kitty. AND the first 50 people in the door get a free copy of the new Satellites & Sirens record.

A Celebration of Christmas: The A Cappella Singers and More at Lipscomb’s Collins Auditorium – 7:30pm
he A Cappella Singers, conducted by Dr. Gary Wilson, and the University Singers, conducted by Jean Miller, will perform “Little Drummer Boy,” “Holy Radiant Light,”  the “Hallelujah Chorus” along with the Lipscomb Chamber Orchestra, and “What Can I Give to the Holy Child?” along with singers from David Lipscomb Elementary School, conducted by Melissa Collins.


The Black Keys El Camino Listening Party at Grimey’s – 6pm
People are already giving this album great reviews, and it isn’t even out yet! I’ve even seen it on a Best of 2011 list. I’m surprised it wasn’t nominated for a Grammy. Come on down to listen to the new record on the day it comes out, get free beer, and maybe even win some Black Keys swag, including an autographed poster, CDs, and DVDs.

Free Hot Fudge Cake Day at Shoney’s – all day
All you have to do dine-in at Shoney’s and you’ll get at free Hot Fudge Cake!

Vanderbilt Steel Drum Band at Blair’s Ingram Hall – 8pm
C’mon guys! It’s steel drums! That’s pretty fun.


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.

Film Screening: The Pervert’s Guide to Cinema at Vanderbilt’s Sarratt Cinema – 7pm
Acclaimed philosopher and psychoanalyst Slavoj Zizek delves into the hidden language of cinema. Whether he is untangling the baffling films of David Lynch, or overturning everything you thought you knew about Hitchcock, Zizek illuminates the screen with his passion, intellect, and unfailing sense of humor. Not Rated. 150 mins.


Rachael Yamagata In-Store at Grimey’s – 6pm
Rachael might be best known for having a song on the Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants soundtrack (or a variety of other things). Don’t dismiss her for the Travelling Pants, because she has some really great music and has collaborated with Jason Mraz, Rhett Miller, Ryan Adams, Ray Lamontagne, and more. She’ll be in town later tonight for a show at 12th and Porter but she’ll be stopping by Grimey’s earlier in the evening for a nice little in-store.

Coyote Ugly’s Epic 80s Anniversary Party – 9pm
Coyote Ugly is turning 7 and they’re going to celebrate by having an Epic 80s: Best Movies of the Decade themed party. There will be over $2000 in giveaways including an iPad, Flatscreen TV, BBQ Grill, Golf Bag, and more. Drink specials include $2 Yuenglings all night and $5 Jagerbombs until 10pm. Want a chance to attend the VIP party with free food and drinks? Call 615.254.8459.

Lecture: Really, Really Early Music: Songs of Ancient Greece at the Parthenon – 7pm
This lecture/concert, a somewhat unusual format for the Parthenon’s Symposia, will include reproductions of ancient instruments researched and built by the NEMP’s director, Duff Harris, and will feature performances of surviving ancient music from the Golden Age to the early Christian Era. The presentation will also discuss issues and difficulties in reconstructing and resurrecting the music of ancient cultures.


The Big Rock Show with Brion Gamboa at 12th and Porter – 9pm
Want to hear some metal hits performed live? This is where you’ll want to spend your Friday night.

Blair Children’s Chorus Program at Ingram Hall – 7:30pm
Featuring the Blair Children’s Concert Choir, Young Men’s Chorus, Choristers, Nashville Boychoir at Blair, and Young Singers of Blair.


Dickens of a Christmas in Historic Downtown Franklin – 10am-5pm
Downtown Franklin sure knows how to do it up for holiday celebrations. For their Christmas celebration there will be actors portraying characters from Dickens stories, $2 horse-drawn carriage rides, a holiday bazaar arts & crafts area, dancers and street musicians, Victorian food goods, and more.

Frazey Ford & Trish Klein In-Store at Grimey’s – 3pm
In case the names aren’t familiar, Frazey and Trish are 2/3rds of the Be Good Tanyas. According to Grimey’s, their albums is a “mix of soft jazz, smoky soul, and austere country.” Oh, and there will be free beer.

Team Green Full Moon Hike at Edwin Warner Park – 7:30pm
Get your hike on under the full moon. I’ve always meant to go on one of these. It’s about a 4.5 mile hike so bring good shoes, a flashlight, and some water. Meet at 7:30 Edwin Warner Park Pavilion #9 Off Vaughn Road. Drive past the nature center to the very back pavilion.

Free Day at the Customs House Museum in Clarksville – 10am-5pm
Yay, free museum days!

Art & Lunch Lecture: An American Tradition at the Customs House Museum – noon
David Robert Farmerie will discuss An American Tradition from the conceptualization of the documentary, through shooting, editing, printing and preparing it for the exhibition. Two years in the making, this extraordinary look into the lives, and work, of the Dark Fired tobacco farmer of Middle Tennessee. Acclaimed the world over, for this unique tobacco, David shines a brilliant light aon the traditions of this vanishing farming practice. Bring your own bagged lunch.

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.

For the Love of Running Book Launch Party at Symmetry – 4-6pm
Symmetry hosts a book launch party for local author, Rüdrani Devi. She will be signing her second book, For the Love of Running: A Marathoner’s Journey from Victim to Victory, and will be doing a brief reading from her book on Saturday, December 10th from 4-6pm. This event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. This event takes place at Vanderbilt-area retail and book store, Symmetry, located at 212 Louise Avenue in Nashville (37203).

Christmas with the Acklens: A Winter Wonderland Experience at the Belmont Mansion – 10am-4pm
Belmont Mansion invites local families to experience winter wonderland at its 6th annual free day, Christmas with the Acklens, on Saturday, December 10, from 10:00am to 4:00pm. Live harp music and warm refreshments will accompany the day’s events and activities. Children can also participate in scavenger hunts and make a variety of holiday crafts, from snow globes and holiday cards to terrariums and bread dough ornaments.



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  • How could the Black Keys not make a Best of 2011 list…?

  • Anonymous

    Well, the album just came out last week, and hadn’t even come out by the time Paste Magazine made their top 50 of 2011 list.