Weekly Highlights – Sept. 17-22


Band of Horses Mirage Rock Listening Party at Grimey’s – 6pm
You know the drill — drink free beer while you listen to a record before it’s released. There will also be posters and lithos to give away, as well as an awesome test pressing of the record.

8 off 8th at the Mercy Lounge – 9pm, 21+
Hosted by Happy Salmon Productions. Will feature performances by The Wans, Nahnee Bori, The Gills, Oklahoma Outfit, JAG, Buffalo Rodeo, Charlie Abbott Band & more.

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. He’s pretty fantastic.


Courtyard Concerts: Sara Sant’Ambrogio at the Main Public Library – 11:45am-1pm
Sara Sant’Ambrogio is an American cellist best known as a member of the Eroica Trio. This award-winning cellist has appeared at Carnegie Hall, and been the featured soloist at Atlanta, Boston Pops, Chicago, Dallas, Moscow State Philharmonic, Century Orchestra Osaka, St. Louis, San Francisco, and Seattle orchestras and has been featured in a Lincoln Center concert airing nationally on CBS.

Grizzly Bear Meet & Greet + Signing at Grimey’s – 2-3pm
How awesome is this? Come down to Grimey’s on the day the new Grizzly Bear record is released and you can meet the band and get them to sign your copy! Serious kudos to our friends at Grimey’s for organizing this one.

Salon @615 with Molly Ringwald at the Main Public Library – 6:15pm
Join the iconic Molly Ringwald for a reading from and signing of her new novel, When It Happens to You. Ringwald mines the complexities of modern relationships in this gripping and nuanced collection of interlinked stories. Writing with a deep compassion for human imperfection, Ringwald follows a Los Angeles family while they negotiate the hazardous terrain of everyday life.

Film Screening: One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest at Vanderbilt’s Sarratt Cinema – 7:3opm
A small-time criminal fakes insanity in hopes of doing easy time in a mental hospital. The brash rebel played by Jack Nicholson rallies the patients together to take on the oppressive Nurse Ratched, a woman more dictator than nurse. Based on Ken Kesey’s 1962 novel, it is a stunning 1970s social critique. English. Rated R. 133 mins.

Men’s Choral Festival featuring Cantus at Lipscomb’s Collins Auditorium – 7:30pm
Acclaimed as “the premier men’s vocal ensemble in the United States” (Fanfare), Cantus is committed to inspiring audiences with music performed at the highest level. Rehearsing and performing without a conductor or music director, the members of Cantus are renowned for adventurous programming spanning many periods and genres, including work commissioned specifically for the group


Studio Vu presents Hung Liu at Vanderbilt’s Wilson Hall – 7pm
The Vanderbilt University Department of Art is proud to open the 2012-13 season of Studio VU: The Department of Art Lecture Series with acclaimed painter and printmaker Hung Liu. Liu, whose artistic talent has twice garnered her National Endowment for the Arts fellowships and whose work has been exhibited in major museums throughout the world, will lecture on her workin Wilson Hall Room 103 on the Vanderbilt University campus.

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.


Live on the Green: North Mississippi Allstars at Public Square Park – 5pm
Featuring performances by North Mississippi Allstars, Missin Cats ft. John “JoJo” Hermann & Sherman Ewing, and Roots Of A Rebellion.

Bright Little Field In-Store at Grimey’s – 6pm
Three words: ukulele Replacements covers. If you’re a fan of The Replacements then you won’t want to miss this one.

Salon@615 with Jennie Fields and Irene Goodman-Price at Main Public Library – 6:15pm
Join us for a special Salon@615 with Jennie Fields (The Age of Desire) and Irene Goldman-Price (My Dear Governness: The Letters of Edith Wharton to Anna Bahlmann). A must-see for Nashville’s Edith Wharton fans!


Bluegrass at the Sparta Amphitheatre – 7pm
Join fellow Spartans and all lovers of music at Liberty Square.  Live Bluegrass from a variety of artists starting at 7:00pm every 3rd Friday May – October. Free to the public and fun for all ages.  Come for the music and enjoy Liberty Square in Downtown Sparta!

Star Party at Bells Bend Park – 8pm
he Barnard-Seyfert Astronomical Society is a group of astronomy enthusiasts who bring telescopes to local Nashville locations so that you can enjoy telescopic views of the planets and stars. These events are FREE, but are also weather permitting.


Keynote Address: “Carrie Mae Weems: An Artist Relfects” at the Frist – 11am
Join internationally noted photographer Carrie Mae Weems as she reflects on some of the major themes in her thought-provoking work, including an overarching commitment to promote justice as it relates to racism, sexism, and classism.

Panel Discussion: Carrie Mae Weems: Beyond Black and White at the Frist – 1pm
The distinguished contributors to the publication accompanying the exhibition, Carrie Mae Weems: Three Decades of Photography and Video, will discuss further some of the ideas presented in their essays including the incorporation of folklore in her work; the performative aspect of her constructed tableaux; expressions of black beauty; and Weems’s place within a broader tradition of pictures of African Americans by African Americans. RSVP to (615) 744-3999.

Potluck and Pickin’ at Shelby Bottoms Nature Center – 2-4pm
As the name implies, bring a dish to share and possibly an instrument to play. Or just listen to others play. Do we live in Nashville, or what?

Musicians Corner at Centennial Park – 3-6pm
This is a special Music City Roots Square Dancing special, featuring performances by Kenny Vaughn, John England & the Western Swingers, JP Harris & the Tough Choices and The Stray Birds.

The Great Food Truck Festival in Lenox Village – 5pm
A portion of the proceeds will benefit Second Harvest Food Bank.

Celtic Evensong at Holy Cross Anglican Church  in Franklin – 6:45
This will be a contemplative service including music, prayer, readings from Scripture, reflection, and periods of silence throughout. There will be a candlelit twilight procession to the highland pipes, a celtic harpist and violinist. Could be a really cool way to experience a Celtic service.

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.


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