Weekly Highlights – Feb 20-25


8 off 8th at the Mercy Lounge, -8pm, 21+
Tonight’s 8 off 8th will feature performances by Andrea Davidson, Skyler, Ashley Lee, Ryan Kinder, Holly Winter, The Co, Schools, and Tesla Rossa.

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.

Elio and the Hank Sinatras at Two Old Hippies – 5pm
Kind of a jazzy Texas swing sound.


Tommy Womack In-Store at Grimey’s – 6pm
Tommy Womack is one of Grimey’s favorite artists in Nashville. His songs are described as witty and literate, which are two of my personal favorite things in lyrics. His songs have been recorded by Jimmy Buffett, Todd Snider, Jason Ringenberg, Dan Baird, Scott Kempner and others. He’s celebrating the release of his new album Now What! with an in-store performance at Grimey’s.

Film Screening: Where Are You Going Moshe? at Vanderbilt’s Sarratt Cinema – 7:30pm
Set in the hamlet of Bejjad, the town’s only bar has a problem. Faced with a law prohibiting Muslims from drinking al- cohol and the imminent departure of Jewish residents (who are secretly leaving for Israel in the wake of Mo- rocco’s independence from France), he’ll soon be out of business. But if he can keep just one Jew in town, he will be able to keep his bar. Arabic and French with English subtitles. Not rated. 90 mins.

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. The prizes are $50, $25 or $10 to be spent at Mercy Lounge. Plus, everyone gets free parking and beer specials all night.

New Faces Nite at the Basement – 8pm, 21+
This week the Basement’s New Faces Nite features Tower Defense, Michaela Anne, Alllison Vetz, Adam Hill, David Steele, Henry Wagons, Larissa Murphy and Ashley Lee.


Townes Van Zandt Book Release & Signing w/ author Brian T. Atkinson feat. performances by Steve Young, Will Kimbrough & David Olney – 6pm
Here’s the Grimey’s event description, “Townes Van Zandt is probably the most respected songwriter in these parts and writer Brian T. Atkinson has put together a tightly-woven, intelligent tome exploring the depths of Van Zandt’s gifts, called I’ll Be Here In The Morning: The Songwriting Legacy of Townes Van Zandt.” And if that’s not cool enough Steve Young, Will Kimbrough, and David Olney will be performing some of his songs.

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.

Studio VU: Trenton Doyal Hancock at Vanderbilt’s Student Life Center – 7pm
Wildly imaginative multi-faceted artist Trenton Doyle Hancock will lecture on his past and future work at in Stephenson Center, Room 4327. Perhaps best known for his cast of fantastical characters who play out an epic saga of good versus evil in a mythical underworld, Hancock gives voice to his imagination and ideas through his prints, paintings, collages, installations and performances.

Religion & Politics: Strange and Ugly Bedfellows at the Islamic Center of Tennessee – 7pm
Lecture and discussion with Rev. Barry Lynn, national president of Americans United for Separation of Church and State.


Film Screening: The Mighty Uke at Vanderbilt’s Sarratt Cinema – 7:30pm
A documentary about the global resurgence of the ukulele in the 21st century. Discover why so many people of different nations, cultures, ages and musical tastes are turning to the ukulele to express themselves. English. Not rated. 76 mins. DVD. The Ukedelics, Nashville’s own ukulele band, will perform a thirty-minute set following the documentary.

Poet’s Corner at Scarritt-Bennett Center – 7pm
Jarrett is a writer and software developer in Nashville, Tenn. Her recent work has been published or is forthcoming in African American Review, Boston Review, Beloit Poetry Journal, Callaloo, DIAGRAM, Ninth Letter, Linebreak, Rattle, Third Coast and others. Her work has been nominated for Best New Poets 2011, and her collection “The Moon Looks Down and Laughs,” was selected as a finalist for the 2010 Tampa Review Prize for poetry.

Jazz Concert Series at Lipscomb’s Shamblin Theatre – 6:30pm
Lipscomb University’s Jazz Band, directed by Stephen Rhodes, brings “America’s classical music” to audiences on the Lipscomb campus. Styles range from big band to funk and beyond, with an emphasis on variety in styles and eras. Lipscomb’s Vocal Jazz Ensemble, directed by Dr. Gary Wilson, is a small ensemble that specializes in vocal jazz originals, jazz standards and jazz-influenced arrangements of popular music.


Artist’s Lecture: Empathetic Plant Alchemy at the Frist – 12:30pm
Saya Woolfalk’s recent work explores cultural transformation and hybridity by imagining the effects of crossing species. The artist uses a hybridized group of fictional Empathics to investigate systems of human classification and the reasons why we might choose to embody monstrous forms outside of known categorization. In her performance Artist’s Lecture: “Empathetic Plant Alchemy,” Woolfalk will present a pseudo-scientific lecture about these Empathics who are slowly mutating to become like plants.

Pig and Dusty’s Annual Party with The ConSoulers at 3rd and Lindsley – 8pm
The Consoulers are a sweet soul and R&B band. But I don’t know who Pig and Dusty are.

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


Regions Free Days at the Frist Center
Yay, free art!!!!

Film Screening: Salo at Vanderbilt’s Commons Center – 10pm
Pasolini’s final and perhaps most controversial masterpiece. His transposition of the Marquis de Sade’s 18th-century opus of torture and degra- dation to 1944 Fascist Italy remains one of the most passion- ately debated films of all time. Italian, French, and German with English subtitles. Not rated. 116 mins.

Artist’s Panel: Fables for our Times at the Frist – 10am
This event is a conversation among four artists who are represented in the current exhibition Fairy Tales, Monsters, and the Genetic Imagination. The artists will offer their insights and perspectives on this exciting exhibition as Mark Scala, chief curator at the Frist Center for the Visual Arts, moderates what is sure to be a lively discourse of views and opinions. Come, be part of the story by listening and participating in the conversation; a question-and-answer session will form part of the overall discussion.

Black History Month at the Hermitage – noon
Today’s Black History Month presentation will feature the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center (Cincinnati!). It’ll tie-in with the NURFC as The Hermitage is named as Freedom Station, and a discussion of the Underground Railroad in Nashville.

Star Party at Shelby Bottoms Nature Center – 7:30pm
You don’t need a telescope to enjoy the beauty and wonder that is the night sky.

Nashville Jazz Workshop at Parnassus Books – 4pm
This is part of a new monthly concert series. It’ll feature NJW’s own Harry Warren vocal repertoire class, featuring vocalists Byron Hill, Margaret Smith, Scott Crowe, Lisa Taylor, Debra Agnoletti, and Joe Freel. They will be joined by Directors Lori Mechem on piano and Roger Spencer on bass, with Ralph Henry on drums.


6th Annual Vanderbilt Student Film Festival
This competitive festival, sponsored by the Film Studies Program and the Office of the Dean of Students, showcas- es the best student media works in all genres (experimen- tal, nonfiction, fiction) by Vanderbilt students. For information on submission deadlines and the schedule of film screenings, visit Film Studies at http://www.vanderbilt.edu/filmstudies.


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