Weekly Highlights – Jan 23-28


8 off 8th at the Mercy Lounge – 9pm, 21+
This week’s 8 off 8th will feature performances by The Cadillac Black, Leroy Powell and the Messengers, The Tendoor, Fly Golden Eagle, Kyle Andrews, Wilder Embry, Cashatt, and Heypenny.

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.

Motown Monday at Two Old Hippies –  5pm
This week Paris Delane and his seven octave vocal range will be performing for Motown Monday at Two Old Hippies.


Madi Diaz in-store at Grimey’s – 6pm
Madi Diaz is easily one of my favorite local musicians. Her songs are great and she’s a pretty damn good performer. It’s genuinely fantastic to see all of her success, from touring with the Civil Wars to being featured in Paste and on NPR to licensing her music to TV shows. Her first full-length album comes out today and she’s celebrating by playing an in-store at Grimey’s!

Rock’n’Roll Trivia at the Mercy Lounge back bar– 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. Oh, and there’s free parking and drink specials.

Parthenon Symposium: Music, Healing, and Sacred Space in Classical Greece – 7pm
Dr. Peter Schultz is the Olin J. Storvick Chair of Classical Studies at Concordia College in Moorhead, MN. He received his MA in Art History from Vanderbilt University and his PhD in Classical Art and Archaeology from the University of Athens. He has published numerous books and articles, and among his various research interests are the social history of art; the topography of early Greece; the archaeology of death, ritual and cult; and the study of early, medieval and contemporary Greek dance, music, poetry and landscape. Admission is free, but reservations are required (862-8431).

New Faces Nite at the Basement (featuring The Sheepdogs) – 8pm
This week’s New Faces Nite will feature The Sheepdogs, The Electric Hearts, Paranormals, Megan Jean and KFB, Julian Jones, John Fullbright, Rebecca Roubion, and Julian Jones.


Film Screening: City of Borders at Vanderbilt’s Sarratt Cinema – 7:30pm

In the heart of Jerusalem stands an unusual symbol of unity that defies generations of segregation, violence, and prejudice: a gay bar called Shushan. This documentary follows the lives of five Israeli and Palestinian patrons as they navigate the minefield of politics, religion, and discrimination in order to live and love openly in a world of conflict. English, Hebrew, and Arabic. Not rated. 66 mins.

Contentment Meditation at Hermitage Library – 6:15pm
Every week this event has a different name but the event description doesn’t tell me what the difference is between Smiling Meditation and Space Meditation and Contentment Meditation. Despite the name the event description is ALWAYS the same.

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.

Kellys Collins Showcase at 12th & Porter – 6pm
From the official artist bio: After making the move to Nashville, Kellys began to accompany some of country music’s finest singers and writers doing background vocals and demos. In the summer of 2010 she was contacted by world published playwright, Noah Haidle, to co-compose a new musical entitled “Western Country.” It was this unique experience that helped her develop her own style and song. The lonesome heartache heard in her voice, coupled with original melodies and poetic verse, puts Kellys’ kind of country in a category all its own.


Poet’s Corner: Diana Morningstar Ault at Scarritt-Bennett Center – 7pm
Ault is a longtime community organizer, activist and artist who has served on the boards and staff of many church and community non-profit organizations, locally, regionally and nationally. She has a passion for community-building across lines of race, class and culture. Ault spent many years working with national and international grassroots women’s groups filled with high-spirited sages, and she has been mentored by many wise women.

Erin Morgenstern at the Main Public Library – 6:15pm
Erin Morgenstern, author of The Night Circus, will discuss her work. Book signing will follow talk. Books will be available for sale through Parnassus books. One of the most highly anticipated novels of the fall season, The Night Circus follows the story of a mysterious circus which appears unexpectedly in different parts of the world, open only at night. The circus proves to be truly magical, as it is in fact an elaborate competition between two magicians, Celia and Marco, whose fates were decided for them as children.

Thomas Hampson at the Blair School of Music’s Ingram Hall – 8pm
American baritone Thomas Hampson enjoys a singular international career as a recitalist, opera singer and recording artist, and maintains an active interest in teaching, research and technology. He has performed in all of the world’s most important concert halls and opera houses with many of today’s most renowned singers, pianists, conductors and orchestras. He is one of the most important interpreters of German romantic song, and with his celebrated “Song of America” project, which he brings to Blair, has become the “ambassador” of American song.

Film Screening: El Velador at Watkin’s College Theater – 6pm
Director Natalia Almada, whose award-winning documentary films address the history and politics of Mexico from the perspective of ordinary people and everyday life, will speak at Watkins College of Art, Design & Film on Thursday, January 26, as part of the school’s Visiting Artists Series. A reception will begin at 5:30 p.m., with a screening of her latest film, “El Velador” (“The Night Watchman”), at 6 p.m. in the Watkins Theater; a discussion and Q&A will immediately follow. The evening is free and the public is invited.


Marcus Finnie Jazz Band at Two Old Hippies – 5pm
End your work week with some jazz at Two Old Hippies.

DJ Ghosttown Video Dance Party – 10pm
Music videos AND a dance party.


Mark Lanegan Blues Funeral Listening Part at Grimey’s – 5pm
Free beer and new music from The Mark Lanegan Band (over a week early!). Also, one lucky attendee will win a very limited vinyl test pressing and everyone who pre-orders the record will receive a free autographed 7″ single of “The Gravedigger’s Song.”

Film Screening: 100 Days at Vanderbilt’s Commons Center MPR – 10pm
Shot at the site of the Rwandan genocide, this drama explores the tragedy of the conflict between Hutu and Tutsi. It follows the story of a young Tutsi girl as she struggles to survive the killing by taking refuge in a local church, where a Hutu Catholic priest betrays her and her family. English. Not rated. 100 mins.

All About Women: Free Health Resources at Kipp Academy – 10am-2pm
This event will bring together more than a dozen organizations to help women better their health including pap smears, bone density, blood pressure, and blood sugar screenings, stress reduction techniques, low or no cost ways to reduce electric bills, zumba classes, and more.

Family Program: Hank & Jimmie Loved Trains by Conductor Jack at the Country Music Hall of Fame – 10am
Families will enjoy this simple introduction to the music of Hank Williams and Jimmie Rodgers (the Singing Brakeman) by Conductor Jack, a singer, songwriter, and early childhood educator. Conductor Jack will bring his banjo, guitar, and ukulele for a program full of train songs, dancing, and grooving to the music of these country pioneers. Ages 2-7. No reservations required. Free. Families are encouraged to tour the museum at a discounted rate following the program.

Star Party at Edwin Warner Park — 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. This event is weather-permitting, so please call AstroLine to confrim at 401-5092.

Chinese New Year Celebration: Dragon & Lion Dance Party at Centennial Park – 10am
The Chinese New Year Day will be on January 23, 2012. Traditional Chinese New Year season lasts for fifteen days. Chinese Arts Alliance of Nashville will perform a traditional Chinese Dragon Dance using the newly restored 60-foot long dragon prop. There are over 20 performers involved with this performance. In addition to the this magnificent dragon dance, CAAN’s Lion Dance and Group Drumming Group will also perform at this special occasion.

CANN’s Lion Dance and Drumming Group Performance at the Edgehill Public Library – 11:30am
See the description above. Same event, different time and location.



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