Weekly Highlights – March 26-31


8 off 8th Road to Bonnaroo at the Mercy Lounge – 9pm, 21+
This week’s 8 off 8th will feature performances by Evan P. Donohue, Five Knives, Marquee Mayfield, Nikki Lane, The Running, Static Revival, Tesla Rossa, and Wild Cub.

Classical Performers at Belmont’s MPAC – 7:30pm
Featuring a composition by Cory Winters and soloist Daniel Bolick, Travis Patton, Alan Puglisi, Ryan Traub and Amanda Walden with the University Orchestra.


Film Screening: The Hedgehog at Vanderbilt’s Sarratt Cinema – 7:30pm
Inspired by The New York Times best seller, The Elegance of the Hedgehog, by Muriel Barbery. The timely story of Paloma, a young girl bent on ending it all on her upcoming twelfth birthday. Using her father’s old camcorder to chronicle the hypocrisy she sees in adults, her unlikely friendship with a grumpy concierge helps her to come of age in a different light. French with English subtitles. Not rated. 100 mins.

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.

New Faces Nite at the Basement – 8pm, 21+
This week’s New Faces Nite features performances by Golden State, Ranger, Strange Cousin, Onward Soldiers, Josh Farrow, Meet the Seavers, and J Irvin Dailey.


Film Screening: 6 Easy Pieces at Vanderbilt’s Sarratt Cinema – 7:30pm
Six short sketches investigate the boundaries of filmmaking. Jost looks with his digital painter’s eye at: the Bernini columns on St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome, two swimming Roman girls who dream of California, the light on two children in school uniforms in Lisbon, the arrival of a mediocre archi- tect in Venice during some incredible mist, the Santa Maria del Fiore in Florence, among other subjects. English, Portuguese with English subtitles. Not rated. 68 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.

Sharon Butler “Insight? Outta Site” Lecture at Zeitgeist Gallery – 6pm
“Insight? Outta Site!” is a series of participatory potluck forums designed to ignite creativity and discussion about contemporary art and social engagement. Visiting artist and writer Sharon Butler maintains the award-winning art blog Two Coats of Paint and is a contributing writer at The Brooklyn Rail. She has received numerous grants, awards and residencies, including a Pollock Krasner Foundation grant.

HumanDocs Film Series: Five Broken Cameras at Lipscomb’s Ward Hall – 8:30pm
In this feature documentary, five cameras belonging to Palestinian farmer and cameraman Emad Burnat document a village’s non-violent resistance to encroachment by settlers as well as construction of the separation barrier between Israel and Palestine.


Opry Mills Mall Grand Reopening 
The mall is back! The mall is back!

Film Screening: Tahrir 2011: The Good, the Bad and the Politician at Vanderbilt’s Sarratt Cinema – 7:30pm 
Months after Hosni Mubarak stepped down, Egyptians country-wide seem determined to maintain the insurgency until their demands are met. Tahrir 2011 is a laudable attempt to steer away from media reports and reflect on what historians will index as the first chapter of the uprising. Structured in three chapters, the film playfully debunks misconceptions and stereotypes. Arabic with English subtitles. Not rated. 90 minutes.

Landis Lecture: Mark Richard at Lipscomb’s Ezell Center – 7:30pm
Richard is the author of two award-winning short story collections, including “The Ice at the Bottom of the World” and “Charity,” and a bestselling novel Fishboy. He is the recipient of many awards including the New York Foundation of the Arts fellowship award, National Magazine Award for Fiction and the PEN/Ernest Hemingway Award.

Lookin: Girl of the Golden West at The Noah Liff Opera Center – 6:30pm
Experience the art of the opera in the casual environment of a rehearsal. Learn about Puccini’s Western opera, complete with a handsome outlaw in disguise, the sheriff in hot pursuit, and a garter-snapping, pistol-packing, poker-playing heroine who knows when to hold ’em and when to fold ’em to save the man she loves. You’ll enjoy a lite dinner and view an excerpt of a rehearsal. RSVP here.

Vanderbilt Central Library “Green Renovation” Celebration at Heard Library – 11:30-1:30pm
Vanderbilt University’s Central Library has been awarded gold certification for its environmentally friendly 2010 renovation from the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System. The library’s Green Team is working with its renovation partners to host a celebration with building tours and “green” refreshments in the Central Library’s fourth floor lobby.


Miller Made Music Showcase at The Mercy Lounge – 8 off 8th
Featuring performances by Allan Thompson, The Electric Hearts, Bear Cub, and The Lonely Biscuits.

Southern Literary Festival at Lipscomb University
Some poetry readings, master classes, and Q&A classes are open to the public. Check out the schedule here.

Flashlight Egg Hunts – 8pm
One will be at Longview Recreation Center and one will be at Fairview Recreation Complex.


Film Screening: Nashville at Vanderbilt’s Sarratt Cinema – 7:30pm
Spins together plot strands involving two-dozen musicians and hangers-on over the course of one particularly busy weekend in Music City, USA. Over the course of a few hectic days, numerous interrelated individuals prepare for a political rally as secrets surface and lies are revealed. English. Rated R. 159 mins.

Community Easter Egg Hunt in Williamson County
There will be four Easter Egg Hunts in Williamson County. Three will be at 10:00am at the Franklin Recreation Complex soccer fields, 1120 Hillsboro Road, Franklin, near the corner of Mack Hatcher Blvd. and Hillsboro Road and at the Fairview Recreation Complex football field, 2714 Fairview Blvd., and one at 1:00pm at the Longview Elementary School P.E. field.

14th Annual Celebration of Craft at Appalachian Center for Craft – 10am-5pm
Experience narrated craft demonstrations in the Craft Center’s studios including blacksmithing, ceramics, fibers, glass blowing, fine metals, and woodworking. Or get hands-on yourself by taking a mini-workshop and take your own creation home. There will also be live music at certain points throughout the day.

Nashville GLBT Chamber of Commerce Open House at OutCentral Cultural Center – 9am-5pm
The NGLBTCC has just hired its first ever full time executive director. There has never been a better time to be part of the chamber. Stop by OutCentral at your convenience to learn about the added benefits of becoming a member of the Nashville GLBT Chamber of Commerce. Join for 6 months and you will be entered into a drawing for great prizes. The current member who has the most referrals that day will also win a prize.


Marisa Anderson In-Store at Grimey’s – 4pm
She’s playing with William Tyler at The Basement later that night, but you can catch her earlier at The Basement. Her new record The Golden Hour was “inspired by Delta Blues, West African guitar, Country/Western radio from the ’60s & ’70s, Gospel, noise, rhythms, cycles, mortality, and praise.”


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