Weekly Highlights – Oct. 8-13


12 @ 12th Writer’s Night at 12th and Porter – 7pm
12 writers will perform in groups of four for three different rounds. Is this 12th and Porter’s response to 8 off 8th?

Film Screening: Breaking the Silence: Music in Afghanistan at Vanderbilt’s Sarratt Cinema – 7:30pm
The story of the return of music to Afghanistan after the fall of the Taliban. Their banning of music is unprecedented in musical history, but during the former regimes of the Mujaheddin and the Soviets, music was caught in the political crossfire and could be a matter of life and death. English subtitles. Not rated. 60 mins.

University Wind Ensemble at Lipscomb’s Collins Auditorium – 7:30pm
The University Wind Ensemble, directed by Dr. Steve Rhodes, performs standards from the wind band literature.

8 off 8th at the Mercy Lounge – 8pm
Featuring performances by Charlie Abbott Band, Faye Webster, War Jacket, Kiernan McMullan, Ponychase, Waterfall Wash, Dirt Heavy, Grass Root Kids and Frances & the Foundation.

Blue Monday w/Kenny Vaughn and Jeffrey Clemens of G. Love – 9:30pm
Their description: “Jeff Clemens, Kenny Vaughan, & Johnny d’Artenay make up this blues trio that has changed Mondays in Nashville forever. Talent is one thing but timing and taste take this group to a level far and away from anything else in town. Come see for yourself what everyone in 12 South has known for a while now.”


Salon @ 615 with Caroline Kennedy at the Main Public Library – 1pm
Join Caroline Kennedy as she signs her book, Listening In: The Secret White House Recordings of John F. Kennedy.

Introduction to Fermentation at the Turnip Truck (Gulch) – 6pm
Attendees will learn about the healing qualities and nutritional importance of live-culture ferments, as well as their illustrious history and integral role in human cultural evolution. Katz will offer tips for making kimchi, kefir and other fermented delicacies.  The class, which is free and open to the public, is limited in space and requires advance registration via email to Kathryn@theturniptruck.com.

Salon @ 615 with Louise Erdrich at the Main Public Library – 6:15pm (doors at 5:45)
Join novelist Louise Erdrich to discuss her new novel, The Round House.


Musical Petting Zoo at the Hadley Park Library Branch – 10:30am
Pick a banjo, play a dulcimer, and strum a mandolin. The Musical Petting Zoo offers budding musicians a chance to try new and familiar instruments. Instructors will be on site to offer guidance. At the beginning of the program a professional musician will demonstrate how to play the instruments.

Film Screening: Les Hommes Libres (Free Men) at Vanderbilt’s Sarratt Cinema – 7:3opm
In Nazi-occupied Paris during WWII, an Algerian immigrant is inspired to join the resistance by his unexpected friendship with a Jewish man. Recruited by the police to keep an eye on suspicious activities at a mosque, he finds himself fighting the good fight in spite of himself. France (2011) Dir: Ismaël Ferroukhi. French with English subtitles. Not rated. 99 mins.

The Handmaid’s Tale Discussion with Lynne Bachleda at Parnassus Books – 6:30pm
The Handmaid’s Tale, was selected by Mayor Karl Dean to be the first feature of Nashville READS, a citywide initiative to encourage reading. Numerous public book discussions are scheduled to take place in the weeks leading up to Margaret Atwood’s public lecture at the downtown Nashville Public Library on October 27.

Vanderbilt String Orchestra and Vanderbilt Wind Symphony at Blair’s Ingram Hall – 8pm
The Vanderbilt String Orchestra presents a program of classics, featuring Handel’s Concerto Grosso, Op. 6, No. 12, and Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 3. The Vanderbilt Wind Symphony’s program is titled “Viva Italia!” It will include Rossini’s Intro, Theme, and Variations for clarinet and wind band, featuring Bil Jackson on clarinet, as well as Giovanni Gabrieli’s Canzon Septimi Toni No. 2, Respighi’s Huntingtower Ballad, and Persichetti’s Symphony.


Brown Bag Lunch Special: All Star Jam Band at Centennial Park Event Shelter – 11:30am-1:30pm
Live musical performance by All Star Jam Band, food, and prizes.

Author Talk with Mark Shriver at the Main Public Library – 12:30pm
Mark Shriver will discuss his new book A Good Man: Rediscovering My Father, Sargent Shriver, sharing about his father’s Alzheimer’s and the true meaning of his father’s legacy. Sargent “Sarge” Shriver was the founder of the Peace Corps, Head Start and served as President of the Special Olympics.

Nashville Symphony Musical Petting Zoo at the Main Public Library – 2:30pm
The Nashville Symphony’s Instrument Petting Zoo is a traveling educational exhibit that provides a hands-on introduction to the instruments of the orchestra. String, woodwind, brass and percussion instruments will be on hand for you to strum, bow, bang and play! Led by trained Nashville Symphony education staff and volunteers, our Petting Zoo invites people of all ages to try something new. Participants are given basic instruction on how to hold each instrument and produce a sound. Join us this month as we take the Instrument Petting Zoo to libraries across the city.

Country Music Musical Petting Zoo at the Madison Library Branch – 4pm
Pick a banjo, play a dulcimer, and strum a mandolin. The Musical Petting Zoo offers budding musicians a chance to try new and familiar instruments. Instructors will be on site to offer guidance. At the beginning of the program a professional musician will demonstrate how to play the instruments.

LookIn: The Sleeping Beauty (Nashville Ballet) – 5:30pm
Learn how dancers tell a story without words, but with beautiful body movement. This accessible story is the perfect introduction to ballet for those who aren’t familiar with the classic art form. And a LookIn provides an insider’s experience as we will be in the rehearsal studio with the dancers while they rehearse.  It’s free, but you need to RSVP here.

Live on the Green at Public Square Park – 6:30pm
Live music from Here Come the Mummies, Yacht Rock Revue and Delta Saints. It’s always packed, so get there early.

National Coming Out Day Speaker Rob Smith at Vandy’s Student Life Center – 7pm
Rob’s speech is entitled Closets, Combat, and Coming Out: A gay Iraq War veteran opens up about homophobia, suicide, serving in the U.S. Army, marriage equality, and the ongoing fight for LGBTQI rights.

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 vice presidential debate on foreign and 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.


Jim Lauderdale at the Opry Shop in Opryland – 5:30pm
Jim Lauderdale is an excellent songwriter with fantastic hair and a weird/awesome sense of humor. It’s nice to see him in the mix at the Opry In-Stores!

Fall Festival at the Brentwood YMCA – 5-7pm
Celebrate the change of season with the Brentwood Family YMCA’s annual Fall Festival. Sponsored by Snodgrass-King Pediatric Dental Associates, enjoy inflatables, a train ride, family photo booth, music by a DJ, hay ride, giveaways and more.


Oktoberfest/Germantown Street Festival in Germantown – 9am-6pm
The city’s original and longest running cultural festival will again entertain, regale, and delight thousands from around the region with its unique brand of traditional German revelry. This colorful, family friendly, autumn festival attracts over 30,000 guests.

“Reflection” Public Art Dedication at Shelby Park 100th Anniversary – 10am
Argent’s concept explores Shelby’s past, present and future through playful metaphors of reflection. Referencing the park’s former amusement park and the expansive wildlife, specifically the Mockingbird, it is within the sculpture’s materials and form where these whimsical reflections come together.

CAAN’s Site-Specific Dance Work, “Qi,” at Shelby Park – 10:30am
“The choreography is inspired by the beautiful woods in the Shelby Park. The focus for the choreography is “Qi” and nature. “Qi” is pronounced as “chee,” and it means energy flows.  The performers include 15 local Tai-Ji practitioners and 8 dancers from Chinese Arts Alliance and local modern dancers (from Vanderbilt Dance Program and from Epiphany Dance Company).  CAAN is glad to have this opportunity to collaborate with Eastern and Western artists in this project. Together we will explore how inner Qi is connected with people and nature.

Healthy Family Fest at Adventure Science Center – 10am-3pm
Adventure Science Center’s will host its first Healthy Family Fest this October. The Fest, presented by TriStar Women’s and Children’s Hospital at Centennial, is a free community event showcasing opportunities for families to be active together, eat right and live a healthy lifestyle. The day will feature a variety of live demonstrations and activities for the whole family, including an opportunity to try zip lining with Adventure Works!

4th Annual Mars Petcare US Adoption Fair at Mars Petcare US Corporate HQ – 10am-3pm
More than 25 animal rescues and shelters from surrounding counties will participate in the fourth annual Mars Petcare US Adoption Fair. There will also be prizes, fun stuff for kids, giveaways and more.

Artober Flash Paint Out: The Chestnut Group – 1pm
The Chestnut Group will host a “Flash Paint Out” in the Downtown Area of Nashville! Artists will “appear” and begin to paint in “plein air” promptly at 1:00pm! They will paint for ONE hour and STOP!

D. Watusi In-Store at Grimey’s – 5pm
Straight from Grimey’s: “Comprised of Third Man Records employees and the co-founder of local label Nashville’s Dead (Useless Eaters, The Paperhead), D. Watusi is yet another garage-rock outfit to spring from Nashville’s seemingly never-ending fountain of youthful rock and roll. The quartet has released 2 singles in almost as many years, slamming ’60s psych-rock hard with riffs that won’t quit. Now they’re ready to unleash their full-length album debut. The new record is called Dark Party and you can snag it when D. Watusi rocks the house here at Grimey’s during beer:30.”

5 Points Second Saturday in East Nashville – 6-9:30pm
This great event takes place on the 2nd Saturday of Every Month in East Nashville’s Historic 5 Points. Several East Nashville Galleries and businesses have banded together to create a fun evening celebrating the arts, small business, and the joy of getting out of the house on a Saturday night.

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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