Weekly Highlights – June 18 – 23


8 off 8th at the Mercy Lounge – 9pm, 21+
Tonight’s  8 off 8th will feature performances by Tyrone Carreker, Kristen Cothron, Kayt Jones, Willie Guy and the Lost Maples, The Kansas Bible Company, Nahnee Bori, 2/3 Goat, Max and The Wild Things & The Jane Shermans.

Senior Monday at the Frist – all day
Seniors get half-priced admission all day, $2 parking, and 15% off in the gift shop.

Cookeville Community Band perform “The Way Sousa Did It” at the Cookeville Community Center – 7:30pm
The Cookeville Community Band will make up the June 11 rained-out performance this Monday with “The Way Sousa Did It” at Dogwood Performance Pavilion.


Levi Weaver in-store at Grimey’s – 6pm
A bunch of my friends are huge fans of Levi Weaver. Imogene Heap is too. Apparently he’s one of the coolest dudes alive and he’s playing a free show at Grimey’s to celebrate the release of his awesomely nerdily titled new record, The Letters of Dr. Kurt Godel.

Final Free Symphony Concert at Centennial Park – 7:30pm
It’s the last free symphony in the park concert of the year. Don’t cry, it’s okay, just make sure you get out and enjoy it. The program is Shakespeare at the Symphony.

BNA Birthday Cake at BNA – 11am-1pm
Going to be working at or flying out of the airport? Get yourself some birthday cake!


Movies in the Park: Twilight: Breaking Dawn at Warner Park’s Cross Country Field on Hwy. 100 – dusk
This week’s movie is Twilight: Breaking Dawn pt. 1. They’ve been filled to capacity before, so get there early – there’s plenty to do while you wait for the film to start.

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.

Let’s Go Fishing at Warner Parks Nature Center – 10am-12pm
This is an event for kids aged 6-12. Kids will get to make a bamboo cane fishing pole while being introduced to fishing.

Tunesmithing Off Music Row at Belcourt Taps & Tapas – 7pm
It’s Bayou Blues and Jazz Night featuring  singer-songwriters Kevin Ball (“Mexi-Tele’ Blue”), Bryan Cumming (Grammy nominee/”Fab Fan Memories” by The WannaBeatles), Les Kerr (“Mackinac Blues”/NPR’s “All Things Considered”), and Mark Robinson (“Quit Your Job — Play Guitar”).


Beach Day in-store at Grimey’s – 6pm
According to Grimey’s, Beach Day is a “surf-y, ’60s-style girl-group garage band who’ve toured with Surfer Blood and The Black Lips among others.” Catch them for this free, all ages in-store.

Science Cafe at Adventure Science Center – 7pm
We may think of archaeology as something that happens only in far away lands, but there’s plenty of history to be unearthed right here in Tennessee! This month, Tennessee Archaeologist Dan Allen will discuss local and regional findings, specifically in the Science Center’s own back yard at Fort Negley. Come discover how archaeologists fit the pieces of the historical puzzle together.


Curator’s Perspective: “A Conservative Revolutionary: John Constable and Art History” at the Frist – 6:30pm
This lecture contrasts John Constable’s ideas on the history of landscape painting, as revealed by lectures he gave in 1833 and 1836, with critics’ shocked responses to his apparent lack of finish and disregard for formal decorum. It surveys Constable’s posthumous international celebrity as a precursor of the Impressionists, or even a prophet of photography (the daguerreotype was invented 2 years after his death). Ironically, reverence for the old masters seems to have furnished the mainspring of Constable’s own revolutionary break with the conventions of past art.

Making Music in Berry Hill at Curious Hearts Emporium – 6pm
Join the Berry Hill Merchant’s Association for Making Music in Berry Hill. Free live music is provided on the 4th Friday of every month from April – September 2012. Entertainment starts at 6:00pm on the lawn of Curious Heart Emporium located at Bransford and Heather Place.

Nashville Ballet Storytime at Belle Meade Children’s Center – 10am
HONK! The Story of a Prima Swanerina. Based on the light-hearted tale of Mimi the dancing swan by Pamela Duncan Edwards, this interactive story engages all ages with a humorous tale of a ballet smitten swan that gets an unexpected moment to shine onstage with a group of prima ballerinas, who, in Mimi’s mind, are simply pretending to be her!

Red Caboose Concerts: The Moonlighters in Bellevue – 7pm
Bring your picnics and lawn chairs.

Learn to Identify Objects in the Sky at South Cumberland State Park’s Savage Gulf picnic area – 8pm
Meet Ranger Aaron at the Savage Gulf picnic area for an informative demonstration on how to make and use a star wheel. Visitors will be able to make their own star wheel and practice using it. Materials will be provided. Bring a headlamp or flashlight.


Y2K Nashville at the High Watt stage at Mercy Lounge – 11pm
This electronic dance party will feature performances by Coach, Hands Off Sam, and more.

KDSML Review at Exit In – 9pm, 21+
This show will feature performances by Kidsmeal, Peripheral w/ Sam Shacklock, Gates, and Special Guest: Passalacqua.

Family Program: Songwriting 101 at the Country Music Hall of Fame – 1pm
Learn songwriting fundamentals, including the basics of song form, rhyme scheme, meter, and secrets behind the creative process. Veteran songwriter Tim Buppert will lead this workshop. Buppert has written and recorded for Kevin Sharp, Yankee Grey, and Trisha Yearwood. For ages 5 to 11. No reservations required.

Beachaven Winery: Jazz on the Lawn featuring Jim Gibson – 6:30pm
Bring friends, lawn chairs, and a picnic. Free parking, don’t bring pets or alcohol. They’d like you to buy their wine.

Big Band Dances in Centennial Park – 7pm
Enjoy live music by The Jerry Vinett Big Band on June 23 with salsa dancing. The Centennial Café will have food and beverages for sale. People of all ages are encouraged to bring their lawn chairs or quilts to sit on the lawn. Parking is available along Park Plaza and in the Park.

Summer Saturdays: The Great Backyard Campout  at Warner Parks Nature Center – 9:30am-3pm
Learn all about family camping and how to enjoy being outdoors this summer! Set up a tent and learn about summer hazards such as poison ivy, snakes, & chiggers, and how to stay found in the woods.

Lynnville Blackberry Festival – 11am
Will feature tons of blackberry foods (yum), music, and the world’s tallest pinball machine.


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