Weekly Highlights – July 9-14


8 off 8th: Synth-Pop Fever at Mercy Lounge – 9pm, 21+
Featuring Hanzelle, Telecommunicators, Quiet Entertainer, Yer Heart!, Bohemian Hype Cult, The Greater Good, NUDITY & Deathstar Lovebeam. Plenty of synth-pop and hip-hop for your dancing pleasure.

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.

Cookeville Community Band Summer Series Concert at Dogwood Pavilion – 7:30pm
Free music from the community band. Bring a picnic, a blanket, and enjoy.


Sapphire Signing at Parnassus Books – 6:30pm
You’re all aware of the movie Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire. It was a huge success and a heartbreaking film (based on a heartbreaking book). Sapphire’s new book, The Kid, is also based on Push, and she’ll be signing copies tonight at Parnassus.

New Faces Nite at The Basement – 8pm, 21+
Featuring The Cards, Alyssa Jacey, Wild Child, Elijah Ocean, Double Intenders, Kallan Holder, Chi Mclean, and Mika Combs.

Kid Kraft at the Main Public Library – 10am-12:30pm
Have a little crafty fun before, during, or after storytime.


Incredible Insects at Warner Parks Nature Center – 10am-noon
Kids ages 6-12 will get to explore that diverse group of animal life (insects) with games, crafts, and a hike. To register call  (615) 352-6299.

For NAMM attendees: A Celebration of Muisc at Events on Third (209 3rd Ave N) – 6:30pm
Food and drinks will be available throughout the evening and the event will feature a performance in the round by John Oates, Gary Morris, Drake White and more of Nashville’s finest. The Little Kids Rock student band will give a special performance as well. The Nashville’s Alternators will jam the night away to music of the 60’s and 70’s. Admission is free and will include a free buffet with cash bar.

Kid Kraft at the Main Public Library – 10am-12:30pm
Have a little crafty fun before, during, or after storytime.


Brown Bag Lunch Special: The Michael Fair Band at Centennial Park Event Shelter – 11:30am-1:30pm
Live performance by The Michael Fair Band, food, and prizes.

Rebel Hill Florist Blood Drive at Rebel Hill Florist – 1pm-6pm
Donate blood and get a dozen roses! I did this last year and was unsuccessful in my blood giving, but I still got the roses. A for effort, I suppose. To schedule an appointment to donate blood on July 12, call Rebel Hill Florist at 833-8555 or visit www.rebelhillflorist.com to complete the schedule sheet online.

A Bigger Picture feat. Hans Schmitt-Matzen at Zeitgeist Gallery – 6pm
Hans Schmitt-Matzen presents Aerial Maneuvers on July 12 consisting of thickly applied oil paint on black and white aerial photographs. Hans continues his exploration of the intersection of abstract elements of photography and painting at Cheekwood Museum of Art’s Temporary Contemporary currently on view through September 3rd.


RR Party with D. Striker, Leroy Powell and Dirt Heavy at The Basement –  9pm
Every Friday the 13th since 1998, D.Striker has published RR, a zine which tackles Nashville’s past and present while throwing up a salute revelry and crazy people. On stage, the shows can get wild. An audience member’s face was once bloodied up during an overzealous attack on a Glen Campbell effigy. Such is Friday the 13th with RR and D.Striker.

Red Caboose Concerts: Boomerangs at the Bellevue Red Caboose Park Amphitheatre – 7pm
60s and 70s music. Bring blankets or chairs and some grub.  Hey, it’s not like you have to work the next day (I hope).

Insects of the Night XIX at Warner Parks Nature Center – 7pm
It’s Friday the 13th, a good night to come decked out as your favorite scary insect! Perhaps a fire ant, paper wasp or doodle bug with giant jaws? Of course, cute little ladybugs and fireflies are welcome to the insect parade too! Join us for games, crafts, puppet shows, night hikes and more! All ages are welcome. Call (615) 352-6299 to register.


Film Screening: Creature from the Black Lagoon at The Belcourt – 8:05pm
It’s the Belcourt’s Second Saturday Outdoor Cinema! This month’s featured film is that monster classic  featuring the terrifying “Gill Man.” Bring a lawn chair or a blanket (and pillow, since you’ll be sitting on pavement).

Hillsboro Village Art Crawl: Bastille Day – 5-8pm
Art, prizes, surprise guests, and all the wonderful things that Hillsboro Village has to offer! Celebrate the French version of July 4th before heading over to The Belcourt.

Big Band Dances in Centennial Park – 7pm
Enjoy live music by The Jazz Alliance on June 30 with free swing dancing lessons. Get there early for the lessons and bring your dancing shoes.

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.

Summer Saturdays: Insect Investigations at Warner Parks Nature Center – 9:30am-3pm
Insects can be found everywhere and they range from scary to delightful. Stop by the nature center to see insects on display and learn more about their habits, life cycles and classification. All ages, not registration required.

Collectors EXPO: Sports Cards & Pop Culture Show at Courtyard Marriott by the airport – 8am-3pm
Collectibles. Hobby stuff. Free admission and door prizes.


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