Weekly Highlights – Feb. 27-March 3


8 off 8th at the Mercy Lounge – 9pm, 21+
This week’s 8 off 8th will feature performances by Brandon Jazz and His Armed ForcesBy Lightning!ColorfeelsThe Hollywood KillsLaura Reed ft. Shannon SandersQuichenightSam & Tre, and Toy.

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.

Author Event with Taylor Polites at Parnassus Books – 6pm
Taylor Polites will be at Parnassus Books reading from his debut novel, THE REBEL WIFEO Magazine in their February 2012 issue picks The Rebel Wife as one of “Ten Titles to Pick Up Now.” They say, “This engrossing novel about a resilient heroine in the post-Civil War South has all the drama of the era and none of the clichés.”


Free Pancakes at iHop 
Free small stack of pancakes! Oh, happy day.

Film Screening: Pray the Devil Back to Hell at Vanderbilt’s Sarratt Cinema – 7:30pm
The extraordinary story of a small band of Liberian women who came together in the midst of a bloody civil war, took on the violent warlords and corrupt Charles Taylor regime, and won a long-awaited peace for their shattered country in 2003. English. Not rated. 72 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’s New Faces Nite will feature performances by Daniel and the Lion, Harmed Brothers, Koriander, Caleb Handy, Henry Wagons, All Them Whiches and Narum Hyatt.

Woman 2 Woman: Do Tell at Crystal Fountain – 6:15pm
Dr. Lorelle Rich and guests will be giving relationship advice to women at this event.


Film Screening: The Chaser at Vanderbilt’s Sarratt Cinema – 7:30pm
A crooked ex-detective turned pimp is in financial trouble when several of his girls dis- appear without clearing their debts. While trying to track them down, he discovers that the same client called all the girls. He ends up on a pursuit that can only end in violence. Korean with English subtitles. Not rated. 125 mins.

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.

Westbound Rangers at 3rd and Lindsley – 7pm
Westbound Rangers are one of our favorite local bands at N4F. They’re four talented bluegrass musicians who play in front of one microphone, and they’re playing a free show tonight! Go to it!


Film Screening: Retallack and Grand Bizarre double feature – 8pm 
Red Bull Media House present two of the snow industries top films of the year for a special Nashville viewing. Both are about snowboarding. I think.

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.

2012 Tour de Cure Kick-Off at the Flying Saucer – 6pm
This is a kick-off event for the 2012 Middle Tennessee Tour de Cure aimed at raising awareness and getting more people involved.  Come out and enjoy complimentary appetizers, beer, wine, door prizes, and learn more about the 2012 Tour de Cure at The Flying Saucer. There will be free Tour registration at the Kick-off to anyone who donates $20 to themselves for the Tour and 2012 Tour de Cure socks will be given to anyone who starts a team at the Kick-off!


Meet ‘ 3 at the Farmer’s Market – 6pm
Meet n’ 3 is the delicious blend of 4 of Nashville’s favorites— Local Artists, Local Food Trucks, Local Music, & Nashville Farmers’ Market. All 4 will converge on Friday, Feb. 3rd from 6-9pm at Nashville Farmers’ Market. This free to attend event will feature 10 of Nashville’s favorite Food Trucks, over 30 local artists, local band Striking Matches, and beer + wine sales. Sponsored by Metro Arts Commission, Nashville Food Trucks, & Lightning 100.

Opera Outtakes: Sid the Serpent who Wanted to Sing at The Palace Theatre in Gallatin – 7pm
Mary Ragland Young Artist Program members will offer Opera Outtakes, a special 45-minute introductory program of scenes and arias which capture all the facets of opera.  Sid the Serpent Who Wanted to Sing blends classical favorites such as Beethoven’s Moonlight Serenade with popular opera melodies to help introduce this timeless art form to school-age children. The delightful 45-minute production follows Sid, a performing snake in a circus, who wants to learn to sing. Theater admission required.


Heartless Bastards in-store at Grimey’s – 3pm
Heartless Bastards have a new record out! It’s called Arrows and according to Grimey’s “showcases the expanded 4-piece line-up and a batch of singer/guitarist/songwriter Erika Wennerstrom’s finest tunes yet, mining such influences as spaghetti western film scores, Seventies soul, psychedelia, funk, blues, glam, and mudhole-stomping hard rock.” Don’t miss it!

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.

Connecting Cultures Celebrates Kurdistan at the Edmondson Pike Library – 10am
The Frist Center for the Visual Arts will facilitate an art-making activity at the Edmondson Pike Area Library highlighting the artwork and story of the Kurdish community at the Kurdish American Youth Organization in conjunction with the Frist Center’s Connecting Cultures: Children’s Stories from Across the World exhibition. In the Kurdish tradition, “Kawa the Blacksmith” is a story handed down from generation to generation, through oral retellings and craft forms. The art-making activity will focus on bracelet weaving based on Kurdish craft tradition. This activity is appropriate for ages eight through adult.



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