Weekly Highlights – April 16-21


8 off 8th at The Mercy Lounge – 9pm, 21+
This week’s 8 off 8th will feature performances by The Captain Midnight BandCourtney JayeThe Electric HeartsEscondidoFly Golden EagleOh No NoRavello, and Sol Cat.

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.

Family Zumba at the Northwest Family YMCA – 4:30pm
Yay Zumba! Get your fit on. This class is free and open to the community as part of Thrive, the YMCA’s Healthy Living Challenge.


Umbrella Tree In-Store at Grimey’s – 6pm 
Their new Kickstarter-funded LP To the Memory of a Once Great Man is out now. Apparently it’s about the life and death of Napolean Bonaparte. It’s vinyl-only with mp3 download.

LookIn: Little Shop of Horros at Studio B of WNPT, 161 Rains Avenue – 5:30pm
Check out a rehearsal for the upcoming performance of Little Shop of Horrors. It’s free, but you have to RSVP ahead of time.

New Faces Nite at the Basement – 8pm, 21+
This week’s New Faces Nite will feature performances by New Country Rehab, Mariah McManus, Gambit Wilson, The Rhinetones, Nathan Reich, Stephanie Quayle, and Ryan Tanner.


YEP Underground at the Mercy Lounge – 8pm
This event will feature performances by Daniel Ellsworth and the Great Lakes, Dinner and a Suit, Church Mice & The Kicks

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.

Salon@615: Adriana Trigiani at the Main Public Library – 6:15pm
Inspired by the love of tradition that has propelled Trigiani’s body of bestselling novels to international acclaim, THE SHOEMAKER’S WIFE is a rich portrait of the times, the places, and the people who defined the immigrant experience and claimed their portion of the American dream. This novel is a sprawling epic of love and family, war and loss, risk and destiny—and a story Trigiani says she was meant to write.

Tunesmithing Off Music Row at Belcourt Taps & Tapas – 7pm
This even highlights a dozen professional and emerging songwriters. Performers will include Deborah Bishop, Ashley Helms, David Llewellyn & Ida Kristin, and Pete & Pat Luboff (“Trust Me”/Snoop Dogg). “Open Mic” guests will be AJ Bigler, Dustin Mitchell, Mike Rodgers, Thomas Turner and Kelsey Wells. Publicist-educator-composer Chuck Whiting and comedian Paulina Combow will emcee the show.


Jack White “Blunderbuss” Listening Party at Grimey’s – 6pm
We’re still a little short on details, but expect great music via Jack White (not in person), prizes, and free beer.

D’Souza Lecture: How Christianity Shaped America at Vanderbilt’s Sarratt Cinema – 7:30pm
Conservative thinker and Christian apologist Dinesh D’Souza will be presenting a lecture titled “How Christianity Shaped America: Religious Liberty and Liberal Intolerance.” I don’t even know what that means.

Science Cafe: Synthetic Biology and the Bird Flu at Fido – 7pm
Explore current issues in science and technology with other science enthusiasts in this casual discussion group. Ask questions, share opinions and hear the latest research in these monthly gatherings. In April, Dr. James Crowe will discuss bird flu, lab-created viruses and the safety of such practices.


Film Screening: Night Hunter and Jan Cocteau’s Beauty and the Beast at the Frist – 7pm
Considered one of the finest fantasy films of all time, this 1946 adaptation of Beauty and the Beast—written by Jeanne-Marie Le Prince de Beaumont and adapted and directed by Jean Cocteau—is a retelling of the traditional fairy tale. This is a stunning film using surreal imagery and special effects to create a wistful, romantic story about never judging a book by its cover. Stars Josette Day and Jean Marais. Jean Cocteau’s adaptation, originally released in France as La Belle et la Bête. 93 minutes. 35mm, black and white. French with English subtitles.


Record Store Day at Grimey’s
We have two favorite days of the year, and both of them involve enormous outdoor sales at Grimey’s. Expect a post with the full details later this week, but right now I can tell you that performances will include JEFF The Brotherhood, PUJOL, Langhorne Slim, Lovedrug, The Grenadines, and more. AND Mas Tacos will be there! AND there will be big sales.

Record Store day at The Groove
The Groove will also have a sweet sidewalk sale, a rooftop performance by Black Diamond, giveaways and prizes, a big sale, and live performances by Tiger High, Meadownoise, Fly Golden Eagle, Ranch Ghost, The Electric Hearts, Chris Crofton, and more.

Nashville Earth Day Festival at Centennial Park – 11am
The event will feature many exhibits and activities aimed at educating Middle Tennesseans about protecting our environment. With nearly a hundred family-friendly booths, hosted by community groups, environmental organizations and government agencies, will offer fun and exciting hands-on activities for all ages.

10th Annual Rivers & Spires Festival in Downtown Historic Clarksville – 10am
Rivers and Spires Festival is a three day outdoor event in Historic Downtown Clarksville. It features a night of patriotic tribute to military heroes, seven stages of entertainment, an International Streetfest, International House of Brewers, Kidz Zone, Jazz ‘N Wine area, marketplace, car shows, parades, Quilts of the Cumberland, artz galore and more. Little Big Town plays Saturday at 9pm.

The Herb Society of Nashville’s Annual Herb Sale at Tennessee State Fairgrounds – 9am-2pm
The Herb Society of Nashville hosts its annual Plant Sale on April 21, 2012 at The Tennessee State Fairgrounds in the Sports Arena Building off Wedgewood Ave. Browse through 15,000 herbs, including hard-to-find varieties as well as the Society’s Herb of the Year for 2012 – the rose. Additional amenities at the sale will be : compost, roses, herb information,and herb garden design for small spaces.

Fannie Battle Block Party at Fannie Battle Day Home for Children – 10am-3pm
Happy 120th birthday to Fannie Battle Day Home for Children. There will be local vendors, entertainment, a dog zone, activities for children, food trucks, and more.

24th Annual Spring Mile-Long Yard Sale in Historic Downtown Watertown 
That’s a big yard sale!

Cleanup & Campfire at Shelby Bottoms Nature Center – 12pm-2pm
Pick up litter, enjoy a campfire. There will even be a few prizes to those who collect the most trash.


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