Weekly Highlights – Oct. 22-27


Two Sides of the Same Face: A Literary and Psychological Look at Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde at Vanderbilt’s Wilson Hall – 6pm
Tennessee Repertory Theatre is pleased to partner with Vanderbilt University’s Master of Liberal Arts and Science Program and Centerstone for a special event focused on Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. The event will feature scenes from Tennessee Rep’s production of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and panel discussion featuring Jay Clayton and Diana Bellonby (Vanderbilt University Victorian literature scholars), David Zald (Vanderbilt University professor in psychology), and Bob Vero (CEO, Centerstone). You might want to RSVP, as seating is limited.

Play Reading: The Conversation at the Looby Library Branch – 6:45pm
Official description: The Metro Parks Theatre Department’s New Play Reading Series and F.L.A.G. (The Foreign Language Acting Group) invite you to join them on Monday, October 22, when Queen Elizabeth I (Linda Spier) comes face to face with her worse nightmare, the Pirate Queen of Ireland, Gráinne Ni Mháille (Jan Parrish Hendon) (Grace O’Malley for those of you who don’t speak Gaelic) in the first Nashville reading of THE CONVERSATION by St. Louis playwright Dennis Corcoran.

Pizza and Politics Debate Watching Party at Lipscomb’s Shamblin Theatre – 7:15
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 22 debate on foreign 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.

8 off 8th at the Mercy Lounge – 9pm, 21+
Short sets featuring Gabe Dixon, Jason Eskridge, Fuzz Muzz, David Jennings, The Lonely H, Escondido, YUMZAH, Phantom Farmer & Luella and The Sun.


A Conversation with Pearl Cleage at the Nashville Public Library – 11:30am
Bring your lunch and enjoy a discussion with renowned author, poet, playwright and activist Pearl Cleage.Part of an ongoing series “The Conversations at NPL, sponsored by the Special Collections Division. Parking is provided downstairs.

Hospitality in-store at Grimey’s – noon
I’m personally incredibly excited for this in-store. Hospitality is a great new rock band out of  Brooklyn, and I dare you to listen to their music and not like it, so don’t miss this.

Salon@615 with Dennis Lehane at the Main Public Library – 6:15pm
Join author Dennis Lehane as he discusses and signs his new novel, Live By Night.

Nashville Symphony in Celebration Concert at Belmont’s McAfee Theatre (BHBP) – 7:30pm
The Belmont University McAfee Concert Hall was unveiled on Friday, October 5, 2012, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. Continuing the celebration of the inaugural season, the School of Music welcomes the GRAMMY® Award-winning Nashville Symphony to perform on the new stage for the Nashville and Belmont communities. Request your free ticket here.

New Faces Nite at the Basement – 8pm
This week the Basement’s New Faces Nite features Ames Arlowe and Ruffian Circus, New Culture, Suzie Brown & more.


Film Screening: Fresh at Lipscomb’s Swang Business Center – 2pm & 7pm
A panel discussion will be held at the 7:00pm showing featuring Justin Ard, Stacy Downey, and Lipscomb’s Rob Touchstone, Andrea Wilson, and Sodexo’s Catering Chef Darry Huntsman. Fresh celebrates the farmers, thinkers and businesspeople across America who are re-inventing our food system. Each has witnessed the rapid transformation of our agriculture into an industrial model, and confronted the consequences: food contamination, environmental pollution, depletion of natural resources, and morbid obesity. Forging healthier, sustainable alternatives, they offer a practical vision for a future of our food and our planet.

The Handmaid’s Tale Discussion with Mayor Karl Dean at Hume Fogg High School – 4:30pm
Margaret Atwood, the 2012 recipient of the Nashville Public Library Literary Award, has been honored with numerous awards and is the author of more than 50 volumes of poetry, children’s literature, fiction and nonfiction. One of her best known novels, The Handmaid’s Tale, was selected by Mayor Karl Dean to be the first feature of Nashville READS, a citywide initiative to encourage reading.

Science Cafe: The Truth About Ghost Hunting at Adventure Science Center – 7pm
Just in time for Halloween! We have all seen ghosts in film and on television, from Poltergeist to Medium to Ghost Hunters. But how much of that is real and how much is fiction? What does science tell us about ghosts? What kinds of evidence are offered for the existence of ghosts, and how valid is that evidence? Scientific paranormal investigator Benjamin Radford will discuss several case studies of his ghost investigations included in his new book Scientific Paranormal Investigation: How to Solve Unexplained Mysteries.

Film Screening: Curling at Vanderbilt’s Sarratt Cinema – 7:30pm
The complex relationship between a reclusive Quebec father and his socially isolated,12-year-old daughter reaches a breaking point when the girl makes a grim discovery that compels her to break their suffocating cycle of dysfunction. Canada (2010) Dir: Denis Cote. French with English subtitles. Not rated. 92 mins.

Film Screening: The Revisionaries at Lipscomb’s Shamblin Theatre – 8:30pm
The Revisionaries, the winner of the Special Jury Award at the Tribeca Film Festival, is the story of Don McLeroy, a dentist, Sunday school teacher, avowed young-earth creationist and recent chair of the Texas State Board of Education. During his time on the board, McLeroy oversaw the adoption of new science and history curriculum standards, that drew national attention. McLeroy’s insistence on changing the state’s approach to teaching human origins put Texas at the center of the culture wars, raising important questions about who determines what children learn in a pluralistic society.


Fall Festival at Magaret Maddox YMCA – 5-7pm
Celebrate Halloween a few days early at the Margaret Maddox Family YMCA Fall Festival. Come dressed in your favorite costume and experience the Haunted Hallway, food and candy, music by a DJ, arts and crafts and more!

Team Green Halloween Adventure Social at Swanky’s Taco Shop – 6pm
Halloween is just around the corner, and we just can’t help it. It’s time for another party! Join Team Green Adventures and Swankys Taco Shop in Franklin to celebrate the coming fall season! Bring your membership card to pick up your member t-shirt and receive exclusive drink specials during the party.

Poet’s Corner with Brad Bisio at Scarritt-Bennett Center – 7pm
Brad Bisio grew up in Cleveland, Ohio. He attended Syracuse University for three years as an engineering major and graduated with a BA in English Literature from Humboldt State University in Northern California. He was a performing musician while living in San Francisco and Colorado and has published poetry and fiction in the Innisfree Poetry Journal, Harpur Palate, Boston Literary Magazine, Spot Literary Magazine, Penumbra and Word Riot among others. He won the Advisor’s Award for the first chapter of his novel “Still No One, but Returning Different” published in Toyon and was nominated for a 2012 Pushcart Prize.

Film Screening: The Candidate at Vanderbilt’s Sarratt Cinema – 7:30pm
Robert Redford stars as an idealistic crusader who challenges a stodgy incumbent for a Senate seat, figuring out that idealism and winning are two very different things. Still a relevant take on the modern political campaign. The first of two political campaign feature films scheduled for the 2012 pre-election season. USA (1972) Dir: Michael Ritchie. English. Rated PG. 110 mins.


The Opry Shop in-store with Ralph Stanley – 5:30pm
Ralph Stanley will sign copies of his latest CD, A Mother’s Prayer, along with his book Man of Constant Sorrow: My Life and Times.

Author Event with Elizabeth Flock at Parnassus Books – 6:30pm
Join Elizabeth Flock for a reading from her novel, What Happened to my Sister.

Jammin’ at Hippie Jack’s: Tim Easton and Jon Byrd at the Tennessee State Museum – 7pm
Jammin’ at Hippie Jack’s Live at the Tennessee State Museum is back! The public is invited to join the Tennessee State Museum Foundation for a free, musical showcase and TV taping on Friday evening, October 26. The showcase will feature acclaimed songwriters and performers Tim Easton and Jon Byrd. Doors at the museum will open at 7:00pm with performances beginning at 7:30pm.


Public Lecture: Margaret Atwood at the Main Public Library – 10am
2012 Nashville Public Library Literary Award honoree Margaret Atwood will speak about her novel “A Handmaid’s Tale,” recognized as the inaugural book selection by Mayor Karl Dean for his citywide campaign “Nashville Reads.” Sponsored by the Nashville Public Library Foundation.

29th Annual Pumpkinfest in Historic Downtown Franklin – 10am-6pm
Pumpkinfest, the Heritage Foundation’s annual fall festival, attracts a crowd of 50,000 local and out-of-town visitors for a full day of autumn-inspired food, children’s activities, music, storytelling, hayrides, a chili cook-off, a costume contest, All Things Pumpkin and outstanding arts and crafts from 50 vendors.

Village Artisan Fair at Edgehill Village – 10am-5pm
Village Artisan Fair is an annual fall street festival featuring local artisans, musicians, food trucks and neighborhood merchants in Edgehill Village. Offering a variety of handmade goods and special events, the Village Artisan Fair is a great way to spend a Nashville Saturday with the kids, friends or family.

Fall Eggstravaganza at Green Wagon – 11am-2pm
Urban Chicken Advocates of Nashville (UCAN) will be hosting Eggstravaganza at the Green Wagon to raise funds to support our mission, to providing education, services and advocacy that supports the responsible keeping of hens in Davidson County. Our Eggstravaganza will consist of multiple seminars related to the keeping of hens, children’s activities, door prizes, costume contests, music, food trucks and much more.

Family Program: How-dee! Minnie Pearl’s 100th Birthday Party at the Country Music Hall of Fame – noon
Pin a price tag on your hat, share a funny joke, enjoy a slice of cake, and hear some classic Minnie Pearl routines that originated on the stage of the Grand Ole Opry. This birthday party celebrates the queen of country comedy, including a live performance by Cindy Moore, an actress trained by Minnie herself to portray the late comedian. Wear a hat and come ready to laugh.

Musicians Corner in Centennial Park – 3-6pm
Featuring Ashley Cleveland, April Rucker, The Vespers, Vitek, Anderson East and more! And, of course, fun stuff for kids, a beer garden and food trucks.

Film Screening: Winged Migration at Vanderbilt’s Sarratt Cinema – 10pm
A visually dazzling documentary on the migratory patterns of birds, shot over the course of three years on all seven continents. France (2001) Dir: Jacques Perrin. English. Rated G. 98 mins.


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