Weekly Highlights – March 19-21


Pond In-Store at Grimey’s – 6pm
Pond hails from West Australia and features three members of Tame. According to Grimey’s, Pond’s sound is a “woozy, distorted take” on the “heavy, psychedelic rock” of Tame. They’re just stopping by Nashville on a day off, so this is the only chance you’ll have to see them.

Bobby Keys Band Showcase at the Mercy Lounge – 9pm
It’s not every day that rock’n’roll royalty plays a free show at the Mercy Lounge. Bobby Keys’ name may not be familiar to you, but he’s played saxophone on albums by The Who, Harry Nilsson, The Rolling Stones, and more. He actually played the sax solo on “Brown Sugar” and you might remember that famous film scene of he and Keith Richards throwing a TV out of a hotel room window during their 1972 American tour.

Rick Steves: Travel as a Political Act at Vanderbilt Student Life Center Ballroom – 7pm
Before the Travel Channel and the Internet helping you plan trips overseas there was Rick Steves. The man has spends months every year abroad for 30 years, and tonight he’s coming to Vanderbilt to talk about how the other 96 percent of humanity (people not in the USA) sees our nation and explores how his social activism has grown naturally out of his travel experiences. Tickets are required and are available in the Sarratt Center Box Office.


Fanfarlo In-Store at Grimey’s – 4pm
Fanfarlo is a British band that “fuses elements of folk, indie rock and post-punk using eclectic instrumentation including trumpet, violin, mandolin, musical saw and clarinet.” The show is a little earlier than most, but if you can make it out for this set I HIGHLY suggest that you do.

Scissormen In-Store at Grimey’s – 6pm
No, I didn’t mess up the dates. There really are two in-stores today! Scissormen releasing their new CD/DVD set entitled BIG SHOES: Walking and Talking the Blues. According to Grimey’s, “the movie captures the Nashville-based contemporary juke blues band on tour in the midwest and is part road movie, part concert film and part blues history lesson.” It sounds pretty awesome. Absolutely worth sticking around after Fanfarlo for.

Pat Bergeson, Charles Treadway, and Charles Walker at 12 South Taproom – 9:30pm
One of the best B3 organists, one of the best soul singers,  and one of the best guitarists in Nashville in one room? You better believe it. It’s going to be a great set of music.

Parthenon Symposium: The Lost Eagle – 7pm
Roman political propaganda? Spin doctors of the ancient empire? Cover-ups of treachery among the high command? Yes, indeed! On Tuesday, March 20, Dr. Bridget Buxton will use an illustrated lecture to discuss historical and archaeological evidence that proves an artful written cover-up of an unhappy event during Augustus’ reign. RSVP here.

Workshop: Sugar Blues & Cravings Control at REI – 7pm
Check out this free Team Green-sponsored workshop if you’re trying to cut back on junk food.


Film Screening: 12 Monkeys at Vanderbilt’s Sarratt Cinema – 7:30pm
A stunning adaptation of Chris Marker’s La Jetée, this sci-fi mystery thriller is set in the year 2035, where a lethal virus has wiped out most of the population. A criminal volunteers to go back in time to 1995 to gather information about the origin of the virus and is mistakenly sent back six years earlier than expected. English. Rated R. 129 mins.

Nashville Ballet Presents: Borreguita and the Coyote at Mt. Juliet Community Center – 10am
A classic folk tale from Ayulta, Mexico, Borreguita and the Coyote tells the story of a clever little lamb that is able to continually outwit a hungry coyote. Students will laugh long as Borreguita tricks the coyote in this creative ballet where the dancers become live illustrations and inanimate objects like the moon and the mountain spring to life to the beat of Spanish guitar. Follow Borreguita (which means ‘Little Lamb’) as she leads the coyote through the crazy antics of narrowly escaping becoming a tasty little lamb chop!

A Few “lil” Tips About Video Content and Creation from lilDragon at CoLab Nashville – 12pm
Learn how to be better than average with your video creation, and get free lunch at the same time!

Steven J. Tepper at the Nashville Public Library – 6pm
Words Can Hurt You: Why people fight over art and culture and what it means for our communities and democracy. Join the Nashville Public Library for a night at the library, discussion and book signing with Nashville’s Steven Tepper at the Downtown Public Library. Author of Not Here, Not Now, Not That! Protest Over Art and Media in America, Tepper is a leading writer and speaker on U.S. cultural policy. His work has fostered national discussions on cultural engagement, everyday creativity, and the transformative possibilities of a 21st century creative campus.


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