Weekly Highlights – Nov. 5-10


8 off 8th at the Mercy Lounge – 9pm, 21+
This 8 off 8th is particularly close to my heart, as a few of my friends are hosting it and performing in it. The lineup includes The Stateside Menace, Patrick Baker, Bohemian Hype Cult, Drugstore Cowgirl, Justin Halpin, Blown Stag, Layla the Wolf and black bear.

Nutrition Workshop: Gluten Free Holidays at REI – 6pm
Presented by Team Green Adventures. Heard all the talk about going gluten-free? Can’t decide whether it’s a Hollywood fad or something that you actually need to consider? Or have you decided to go gluten-free but don’t know where to start? Join Certified Health Coach, Laurel Staples, as she decodes the hype around food sensitivities and gluten-free diets, and helps you come up with creative and delicious gluten free recipes for the upcoming Holidays.

Salon@615 with Mem Fox at the Main Public Library – 7:15pm
Join beloved children’s author Mem Fox for a discussion and signing of her work. Doors open at 5:45pm.

Film Screening: Half The Sky (Episode 1) at Vanderbilt’s Sarratt Cinema – 7:30pm
A documentary inspired by Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide, the acclaimed book by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn. Sex trafficking, forced prostitution, gender-based violence, and maternal mortality claim one woman every 90 seconds and present the single most vital opportunity of our time. Kristof and celebrity activists travel across the globe to find meaningful solutions to empower women and girls and lay the groundwork for the next generation. English, Central Khmer, Urdu, and Vietnamese with English subtitles. Unrated. 120 minutes.

The Spaghetti Westerneers at Station Inn – 9pm
If you love the sound of traditional cowboy music, the kind of sounds you’d hear around the campfire on the prairie, you’ll love The Spaghetti Westerneers. The band features Jesse Lee Jones on vocals and rhythm guitar; three world-class fiddle players (Eamon McLoughlin, Alley Cat and Aaron Till); David Tanner on guitar and vocals and Brad Albin on doghouse bass. The sound is true cowboy western music, with gorgeous harmonies sung around a single microphone.


New Faces Nite at the Basement – 8pm, 21+
This week the Basement’s New Faces Nite features Lola, Derek Luttrell, Kelly Steward, Michael Freeman, Heaven’s Jail Band and more.

Belmont U. Lecture Series at Bongo Java – 6pm
See Marcia McDonald, English Department, present her lecture entitled From Partisan Politics to Civil Conversation:  Some Ideas from the Great Writers.  

East Side Storytellin’ ft. Anne Shayne and The Smoking Flowers at Rumors East – 7pm
East Side Story has partnered with Rumours East and WAMB 1200 AM/ 99.3 FM radio to present East Side Storytellin’—an evening of book readings, musical performances, and author/musician interviews designed to elaborate on the stories behind these creative processes. Tuesday, November 6, East Side Storytellin’ featuring Ann Shayne and The Smoking Flowers. Author, Anne Shayne, will read from her book Bowling Avenue followed by a musical performance by Kim and Scott Collins of The Smoking Flowers. It’s free, but you need to RSVP to (615) 262-5346.


The Women’s Fund Forum: Human Sex Trafficking in Tennessee at Vanderbilt’s First Amendment Center – 9am-11am
The Women’s Fund Forum is an educational event focused on human sex trafficking in the state of Tennessee. To date, sex trafficking among minors is the No. 2 crime in the U.S. and is projected to be No. 1 by 2013. Six knowledgeable individuals have been invited by The Women’s Fund of The Community Foundation to lead the forum and its conversations, to help create greater awareness among Middle Tennesseans, and to foster conversation about proactively tackling this problem. Call (615) 321-4939 to RSVP.

Focus on the future topic of post-election (Lunch) Box talk at the Main Public Library – 11:30am
One day after the 2012 presidential election, three highly respected Nashvillians with diverse areas of expertise will stand back from the election frenzy to discuss what the future might hold for us at this month’s Thinking Out of the (Lunch) Box: Conversations with a Philosophical Flavor with David Wood. Michael Bess and Mike Vandenbergh, two Vanderbilt University professors, and Samar Ali, a Vanderbilt alumna who works in the Haslam administration, will address “Visions of the Future.” Bess, the Chancellor’s Professor of History, has a strong research-based interest in how technology may dramatically change our lives.

The Wailers at Marathon Music Works – 7pm
To celebrate MMW’s 1st birthday, they’re pairing with Lightning 100 for a free show with the Wailers! However, you’ll still need a ticket, so RSVP here.

Film Screening: Half The Sky (Episode 2) at Vanderbilt’s Sarratt Cinema – 7:30pm
A continuation of the journey from Episode 1. English, Central Khmer, Urdu, and Vietnamese with English subtitles. Unrated. 120 minutes.


Curator’s Tour: German Expressionism from the Detroit Institute of Arts at the First – noon
Join Trinita Kennedy, curator at the Frist Center, for a conversation that interweaves the dramatic history of modern art in Germany with the history of one of the first major collections of German Expressionism in America, established at the Detroit Institute of Arts.

Community Forum Featuring Sue Halford, Gregory Taylor, Kenna Eaton, James Floyd at the Frist – 6:30pm
Adapted from the Frist Center for the Visual Arts’ Artist’s Forum, this Community Forum will focus on several community members turned photographers that helped to create the Cameras and Community in Action exhibition, on view in the Frist’s Education Corridor from September 21, 2012–January 13, 2013. The Nashville community was invited to capture particular aspects of their community that they have noticed, been moved by, and would like to see changed. Over 500 photographs will be featured in this exhibition.

Trevecca’s 24th annual “Serenade in Time” Concert at Cathedral of the Incarnation -7:30pm
The Department of Music of Trevecca Nazarene University presents the Madrigalians and Trevecca Symphony Orchestra in the 24th annual “Serenade in Time” Concert at the Cathedral of the Incarnation. The program, entitled “Silver Illuminations”, will feature works by Mendelssohn and Respighi performed by the TSO, celebrating their 25th Anniversary, and the debut of the 2012-2013 Trevecca Madrigalians, celebrating their 30th Anniversary, performing a wide variety of a cappella choral works.

Film Screening: The Way at Vanderbilt’s Sarratt Cinema – 7:30pm
Dir: Emilio Estevez. An inspirational story of an irascible father who travels overseas to recover the body of his estranged son who died while traveling the El camino de Santiago. Deciding to take the pilgrimage himself, he learns to be a citizen of the world again. Spanish with English subtitles. PG-13. 123 mins.


Defamation — The Play at Vanderbilt’s First Amendment Center – 6pm
Defamation, a riveting courtroom drama that explores what happens in America when race, class, religion and the law collide, is coming to Nashville for two performances at the John Seigenthaler Center at Vanderbilt University. By asking the audience to serve as the jury in the case, Defamation directly challenges them to analyze truth versus presumption. The play has shown to enthusiastic audiences throughout Chicago and now, in its third season, comes to Nashville for the first time. You can RSVP by calling (615) 727-1333.


Kids Club: POW: Cartoon City! at the First – 10:30am, 1pm and 3pm
Designed for 5–10 year olds, the Frist Center Kids Club offers exciting opportunities for children to discover, explore, and create art. Free membership includes a Kids Club card, rewards for participation, hands-on activities in the Martin ArtQuest Gallery, and monthly projects in the art studios. Featured activity: Inspired by the exhibition Brian Alfred: It’s Already the End of the World, be your own architect and create a colorful cartoon city collage using construction paper, magazine images, and other fun materials.

Ponychase In-Store at Grimey’s – 5pm
Free beer and a free performance from Ponychase, who are celebrating the release of their debut 10″, EP.

The Voices of Eden Gospel Choir Concert (UNCC) at The Village Church – 5pm
Come join the Voices of Eden Gospel Choir at UNC Charlotte during our Fall 2012 tour to Nashville, TN. The Village Church is hosting this concert during their first-ever visit to Nashville. Admission and parking are free and open to the public, and a free-will offering will be taken up to support the choir on their travels.

5 Points Saturday – 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. Art galleries, DJs, food trucks and more!

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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