Weekly Highlights – Oct. 1-6


#SMCNash Art-tober: Nashville Symphony and Artcrawl Tweetup at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center – 6pm
Enjoy a meet & greet with Nashville Symphony musician, James Zimmerman. Nashville Symphony Social Media Strategist and Website Manager, Nancy VanReece will share the Symphony’s social media success, including Nashville Symphony’s performance at Carnegie Hall and Tweet Seats launch. Seating is limited to the first 45 to RSVP.

Salon@615 with Colin Meloy and Under Wildwood at Nashville Children’s Theatre – 6:15
Join author (and frontman of the band The Decemberists) Colin Meloy as he reads from and discusses his new children’s novel, Under Wildwood. Nashville Children’s Theatre. Doors open at 5:45pm. Under Wildwood, the second book in adventure fantasy series The Wildwood Chronicles, continues the exciting adventures of Prue McKeel after her return from rescuing her baby brother from the Dowager Governess in the Impassable Wilderness.

Ballet in the Park at Centennial Park’s Bandshell – 6:30pm
There’s a suggested donation of $10, but no one will be turned away. The performance will be Carmen, based on the opera of the same name.


LookIn: Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde at 161 Raines Ave. – 5:30pm
Come “look in” at what happens before the curtain goes up. Walk into the private world of rehearsal and learn about the creative process of the director, set designer, and costume designer. View an excerpt of the performance as it is being shaped in the rehearsal process. It’s free, but you need to RSVP.

Lindi Ortega In-Store at Grimey’s – 6pm
According to Grimey’s, “She’s been compared to Emmylou Harris & Dolly Parton with accolades to match but she’s also toured as a backup singer with Brandon Flowers (The Killers) and she sang with Diplo on a Major Lazer track. So she’s a versatile artist.”

Salon@615 with Michael Chabon at the Main Public Library – 6:15pm
Join critically acclaimed author Michael Chabon for a discussion of his new novel, Telegraph Avenue. Doors open at 5:45pm.

Film Screening: Moi, Petite Fille de 13 Ans (As a Young Girl of 13) at Vanderbilt’s Sarratt Cinema – 7pm
Simone Lagrange, a survivor of Auschwitz-Birkenau, recalls with astonishing detail, the horrors of the Holocaust and her role in bringing Nazi war criminal Klaus Barbie to justice. Composed of a lengthy interview interspersed with archival footage, she recalls unspeakable acts of barbarity with clear-eyed acuity. French with English Subtitles. Not rated. 88 mins.

CEO Cafe: Building a Business at E|SPACES – 7:30pm
Curt Thorne will share his thoughts about the tenacity, strategy, culture and adaptive skills necessary to Build a Business. They’d like you to RSVP for this on.


Thinking Out of the (Lunch) Box: Conversations with a philosophical flavor with David Wood at the Main Public Library – 11:30am
Activists and academics involved in the Occupy Wall Street movement discuss it, the democratic process, and politics in the U.S. and the world. Presented by Dana D. Nelson, Gertrude Conway Vanderbilt Professor of English and American Studies. It’s free, but they ask you to think about chipping in a few bucks for lunch.

Singles Only Presents Oktoberfest at 3rd and Lindsley – 6pm
Singles Only is a group of independent publishers representing some of the top song catalogs in Nashville. The group’s roster of writers features multiple GRAMMY and CMA award winners who have collectively amassed over 70 #1 hits.  I don’t know what a show featuring their hitmakers has to do with my favorite German celebration, but whatever.

Pizza and Politics Debate Watching Party at Lipsomb’s Shamblin Theater – 7:15pm
Pizza will be served at 7:15pm and at 7:30pm attendees will be polled on relevant issues using wireless “clickers” and coordinators will brief the audience on what to watch for during the debate. The October 3 debate on domestic policy will begin at 8:00pm, and about 9:30pm attendees will complete the poll on relevant issues and a hear panel of experts discuss the candidate’s performance during the debate.

Wild Cub and Sol Cat at the High Watt Stage – 10pm
Wild Cub is Keegan DeWitt and Jeremy Bullock. Come out for a late show to see them with Sol Cat.


‘Handmade & Bound’ Community Book Sculpture Build at Watkins College – 9am-4pm
A celebration of artists’ books, zines, mini-comics and other independent publications. The free, family-friendly festival, which is presented by the Watkins Library and Community Education department, will feature hands-on activities in the book arts, demonstrations of techniques and crafts, and dozens of vendors and distributors, in addition to a juried gallery exhibition.

Live on the Green: Trampled by Turtles – 5pm
This week’s Live on the Green will feature Trampled by Turtles, HoneyHoney and more!

Chestnut and Sage: Stories of Love and Revival at Vanderbilt’s Student Life Center – 6pm
“Chesnut and Sage” will be an inspirational introduction to Magdalene/Thistle Farms, a nonprofit for women who have survived prostitution, trafficking and addiction. The theme will be about the American Chestnut tree and about growing sage. Email to RSVP.


Langhorne Slim & The Law at the Mercy Lounge – 7pm
Not only is it REALLY cool that Langhorne Slim is playing a free show at the Mercy Lounge, it’s also pretty awesome that River City Extension, Sol Cat, Ponychase & Chelsea Lankes. According to the Mercy Lounge website, it’s a Soundland event, presented by BMI.

Mt. Juliet Movie in the Park at Charlie Daniels Park – 7pm
An unnamed, Halloween-themed children’s movie will be shown. There will be free hot dogs.


2012 Nashville Heart Walk at Vanderbilt Sports Field – 8am-noon
Join the American Heart Association and ten thousand friends as we walk to fight the No. 1 killer of men and women, heart disease. Family-friendly, heart-healthy festivities start at 8 a.m. The walk starts at 10 a.m. and ends by noon.

Fall Fun Scavenger Hunt at Shelby Bottoms Nature Center – 9am-2pm
The season of fall can be a really fun time of year. Explore all of the fantastic fall features through out Shelby Bottoms by coming by the nature center to pick up a copy of the Fun Fall Scavenger Hunt. Then bring it back to the nature center to redeem a prize.

Celebrate Nashville Cultural Festival at Centennial Park – 10am
There will be a World Market, performances, a global village, great food, children’s area and more.

Madison Music & Folklife Festival at Amqui Station and Visitors Center – 10am-7pm
The Madison Music & Folklife Festival is a celebration of music, dance, artisan/crafts, storytelling, food, and children’s games and activities.

‘Handmade & Bound, Vol. 2’ Book Arts Festival at Watkins College – 11am-4pm
The second annual edition of Handmade & Bound Nashville, a celebration of artists’ books, zines, mini-comics and other independent publications. The free, family-friendly festival, which is presented by the Watkins Library and Community Education department, will feature hands-on activities in the book arts, demonstrations of techniques and crafts, and dozens of vendors and distributors, in addition to a juried gallery exhibition. Last year’s success has also spawned additional programming including a community art project.

Yazoo’s 9th Birthday Party at Yazoo Brewery – 2pm
There will be music, food trucks, games, and even a Dunk-A-Brewer dunk tank! The taproom will still be open for pints and merchandise, and they will be pouring beer at the party outside as well. There will be no paid, organized tours that day, instead the brewery will be an open-house with brewers hanging out to answer any questions you might have about our beer or the brewing process.

Musicians Corner at Centennial Park – 3-6pm
This is a special Music City Roots Square Dancing special, featuring performances by Phil Keaggy, Regi Wooten, Shannon Sanders, The Future and more!

Wanda Jackson Meet & Greet and Signing at Grimey’s – 5pm
Meet a rockabilly legend in person! Justin Townes Earle produced her new record, Unfinished Business, and you can get a signed copy this Saturday before it’s released next week!

Art Crawl in the Arcade – 6-10pm
It’s the first Saturday of the month, which means that art galleries downtown will be open late and serving free wine. It’s pretty awesome.

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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