Weekly Highlights – Dec. 12-17


Rock’n’Roll Trivia Xmas Party at the Mercy Lounge – 6:30pm, 21+
It’s the very first Rock’n’Roll Trivia/Mercy Lounge Xmas party. There will be more prizes, more questions, and more fun. Meet at the Mercy Lounge’s back bar.

8 off 8th at the Mercy Lounge – 9pm, 21+
This week’s 8 off 8th will feature performances by Sonar Fleece, Remsteele w/ DJ Suspicion, Last of the Horsemen, Dub Poets Society ft. Duro One Tiger & DJ Wilsdorf, Blockstompaz, Bobby Exodus, Jo’shua, and Blaze 314.

Dogs of Oz In-Store at Grimey’s – 6pm
Local punk reggae soul rockers Dogs of Oz are looking to make their mark on the local scene. They just released their debut 7″ EP (which comes with a CD) and Grimey’s is showcasing this new band today. All ages are welcome.
Music City Bronze Handbell Ensemble Holiday Concert at Saint Ignatius Catholic Church – 7pm
Some might call it silly, I call it really really impressive looking. Today Music City Bronze is performing holiday music using only handbells.


To Live Forever: Egyptian Treasure at the Frist – 10:30am
It is estimated that 5.1 million Americans have Alzheimer’s. Because 70 percent of those with the disease live at home, the impact of the illness extends to millions of family members, friends, and caregivers. The Frist Center for the Visual Arts is partnering with the Middle Tennessee Alzheimer’s Association to provide exhibition tours to early stage Alzheimer’s patients and their care givers. Featured program: This program focuses on the exhibition To Live Forever: Egyptian Treasures from the Brooklyn Museum and offers participants an outlet for expression and forum for dialogue through guided exhibition tours and gallery discussions. Free with required registration.  Call (615) 744-3357 to reserve a space.

Miss Willie Brown and New Faces Nite at the Basement – 7pm and 8pm
First Miss Willie Brown will play a set. Next Dylan Taylor, Krysta Youngs, Natural Force, D13, Kansas Bible Company, Jenni Alpert, Nick Young, and Shane Tutmarc will play New Faces Nite.

Benefit for Salvation Army with Amanda Williams at Two Old Hippies – 6pm
Have you been looking for an excuse to check out Two Old Hippies, that new store in the Gulch? This might be a good opportunity for you then. Amanda Williams, a songwriter who has had songs recorded by Garth Brooks, George Jones, Tyler Dickerson, Alecia Nugent, and more, is playing a free show that’s supposed to benefit the Salvation Army.


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.

Smile Meditation at the Hermitage Library – 6:15pm
The Mind-Body Wellness Program is a free community service initiative by The Art of Living Foundation that aims at creating more awareness about a healthy and stress-free way of life. Today you’re going to learn a “simple yet powerful” breathing-technique, experience a guided meditation, and learn about the ancient science of your mind.


Science Cafe at Adventure Science Canter – 7pm
Today Science Cafe is kicking off a three-month series on Forces of Nature. They’ll begin in December by welcoming Tennessee State Geologist Ron Zurawski to discuss earthquakes. While we may not think of Tennessee as a hot zone for earthquakes, they do occur (as many on the East Coast recently learned) in our part of the world. Join what is sure to be a fascinating cafe as we talk about fault lines, probability of “the big one” and how we might prepare for a whole lot of shakin’ going on.

Staying Well Through the Winter Using Essential Oils at Symmetry – 6:30pm
Symmetry is hosting a “Staying Well Through the Winter Using Essential Oils” class on Thursday, December 15th. Co-facilitated by aromatherapy expert, Rhonda Ford, these classes teach participants how to empower themselves to take control of their healthcare and their families’ well-being. Also presenting are nurses from Vanderbilt’s Adult Emergency Department. RSVP to doterrateam@gmail.com or 615.975.3863. These events are free to attend and open to the public. Free calendars and free sample of essential oils will be given to attendees.

Art Making in the Lobby: Mummy Mask Making at the Frist – 6pm
Mummy Mask Making has been developed in conjunction with the newest Egyptian exhibition at the Frist Center, an exhibition of 119 objects that demonstrate the ancient Egyptian belief system regarding preparation for the life after death. Through mask making, guests can imitate the opulence sought by ancient Egyptians of all economic classes to ensure a better place in the afterlife. This art-making activity in the Grand Lobby is free and open to all visitors.


Film Screening: The Last Seduction at the Frist – 7pm
This screening is in conjunction with Tracey Snelling’s “Woman on the Run,” which is on view in the Frist’s upper-level gallery. The film is about a “devious sexpot” who steals her husband’s drug money and hides out in a small town where she meets the perfect dupe for her next scheme. It came out in 1994 and has a 7.1 rating on IMDB.

Jammin’ at Hippie Jack’s at the Tennessee State Museum – 7pm
The public is invited to join the Tennessee State Museum Foundation for a free, musical showcase and TV taping on Friday evening December 16, featuring acclaimed songwriters and performers Phil Lee and Verlon Thompson. Doors at the museum open at 7:00pm with the performance beginning at 7:30pm.

Flea Market at the Fairgrounds – 12pm-5pm
The Tennessee State Fairgrounds Flea Market is considered among the top ten flea markets in the country. Dealers and vendors from 30 states offer their wares to the buying public. Eager shoppers travel hundreds of miles, often by the bus load, to peruse the bargains and hard-to-find items offered for sale. You’ll find a huge variety of gifts, antiques, collectibles, jewelry, arts and crafts, tools, house wares, handmade clothing, and hundreds of thousands of other items each month.


Grimey’s & The Basement Present Christmas Music – 4-7pm
It’s a free, all-ages Christmas party with live music from great performers including Paul Burch and the WPA Ballclub and Tom Littlefield & Jonathan Bright.

Flea Market at the Fairgrounds – 7am-something pm
Now this is how you do your Christmas shopping. Finally gonna get to put some stuff under my $20 Christmas tree!

Visit with Santa Claus at the Country Music Hall of Fame – 11am
Some of you were asking me about free pictures with Santa. Here’s one with a good ‘ol country Christmas theme (presumably). You need to get a timed voucher, which you can get starting at 9am, but then you to send your kids to meet Santa and pose for a picture.

Fighting Cancer with Comedy at the Listening Room Cafe – 9pm
This one’s free, but they’re collecting donations at the door for one of the performers, JR Smallwood, who has cancer. Other performers will include Peter Depp, Monty Mitchell, Ron Ron Moseley, Keymo Coleman, Bob Marchmann, and Kenn Webb.


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  • Rachel Bodine

    My boyfriend and I did the mummy masks at the Frist! It was super fun 🙂