Weekly Highlights – Nov. 26 – Dec. 1


Cornman Music Showcase at the Basement – 6pm
Featuring Brett James, Caitlyn Smith and Erik Dylan.

46th Annual Cookeville  Christmas Parade at the Cookeville Depot Museum – 7pm
By my research, it’s the first Christmas parade of the year!


Lighting of the Green at Lipscomb – 4pm (festivities), 5:30pm (concert)
Nashville’s own Amy Grant hosts the free outdoor holiday concert. This year’s performance will also feature contemporary Christian artist Ashley Cleveland; Mandisa, of American Idol fame; The Martins, Christian music vocal trio; L’Angelus, a Cajun inspired band; Scat Springs, founder of the Scat Band and classic rhythm and blues singer; Michelle Swift, contemporary Christian singer; the Lipscomb University brass quintet; and the Lipscomb student choruses.

Author Robert Evans at Oak Hill School Enrichment Center – 6pm
Join Oak Hill School for a special presentation from award-winning Massachusetts author Robert Evans on Tuesday, Nov. 27 at 6:00pm. The presentation will cover topics in Evans’ book, Family Matters: How Schools Can Cope with the Crisis in Childrearing. This event will be held in the Enrichment Center and is free and open to the public.

Salon@615: Barbara Kingsolver at the Main Public Library – 7:15
Join author Barbara Kingsolver for a discussion and signing of her new novel, Flight Behavior.


Turnip Truck Holiday House in the Gulch – 5-7pm
Join us at The Turnip Truck for a Holiday Open house which will highlight locally and regionally made chocolates, local coffee roasters, local and regional breweries. Participants include Bang Candy Company, Bongo Java, Drew’s Brews, Just Love Coffee, Goo Goo Cluster,Nashville Toffee, Olive & Sinclair, Raw Shakti Chocolate, Terrapin Beer Company, and Yazoo Brewing Company. Terrapin will offer samples of MooHoo, a chocolate milk stout created in collaboration with Olive & Sinclair chocolate.

Billy Block Folk Night at Two Old Hippies – 6pm
Billy Block has been instrumental in helping some of country music’s biggest stars’ dreams come true. Keith Urban, Dierks Bentley, Miranda Lambert, Jason Aldean, Big & Rich, Keith Anderson, Sara Evans, Trisha Yearwood and thousands more have all been a part of Billy Block’s weekly concert series, radio shows and television shows over the past 12 years.

NewSong Christmas Concert at Trinity Music City – 7pm
In 1995, NewSong created the multi-artist Winter Jam Tour Spectacular. Throughout the years the Tour, which is hosted annually by NewSong, has featured such artists as MercyMe, Steven Curtis Chapman, tobyMac, Jeremy Camp, Newsboys and Skillet, among many others.

Film Screening: Aurora at Vanderbilt’s Sarratt Cinema – 7:30pm
A murder mystery turned on its head – where the mystery’s not the culprit, but the motive. Inside a non-descript apartment, a man and woman discuss the inconsistencies in Little Red Riding Hood, their voices hushed, mindful of waking the little girl sleeping in the next room. Behind a line of abandoned trailers on the outskirts of Bucharest, the same man then waits for something or someone to arrive. Today he will carry out a plan that will bring order to his world. Romanian with English subtitles. Unrated. 181 mins.

Full Moon Hike at Edwin Warner Park Pavilion #9 – 7:30pm
It’s a fairly easy 4.5 miles on a paved path under a starlit sky. A Team Green adventure. Bring water and a flashlight, or else you might fall on your face like I did.

Chase Yaklin at the High Watt – 8pm
Kind of country rock.


LookIn: iNashville’s Nutcracker at Martin Center for Nashville Ballet – 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.

Jazz Concert Series at Lipscomb’s Shamblin Theatre – 6:30pm
Lipscomb’s Jazz Band, directed by Steve Rhodes, and the Vocal Jazz Ensemble, directed by Gary P. Wilson, will present a concert of jazz standards and favorites. Among the vocal numbers performed at this concert are “You Make Me Feel So Young,” by Mack Gordon and Josef Myron, “Body and Soul,” by Heyman, Sour, Eyton and Green, “Snow” from “White Christmas,” by Irving Berlin, “I’m Old Fashioned,” by Johnny Mercer and Jerome Kern, and “Bring Me Sunshine” by Sylvia Dee and Arthur Kent.

Film Screening: 5 Centimeters Per Second at Vanderbilt’s Sarratt Cinema – 7:30pm
This animated drama tells the tale of two friends separated by chance and reunited by determination. Told in three interconnected segments, we follow a man through his life as cruel winters, cold technology, adult obligations and responsibility converge to test the delicate petals of love. Japanese with English subtitles. PG-13. 63 mins.


Lame Friday. If you have any tips, send them my way.


Porter Flea Market at Marathon Music Works – 11am-6pm
A local artisan fair, just in time for the holidays!

Regions Free Days: 230 Free Tickets to A Christmas Story at TPAC – 2:30pm
Regions Bank is offering 230 free tickets to the Tennessee Repertory Theatre’s renowned production of “A Christmas Story” on Dec. 1 at 2:30pm. Guests can reserve tickets online at www.tpac.org (code RegionsFreeDay), by phone at (615) 782-4040, or at Tennessee Performing Arts Center box offices at 505 Deaderick Street.

Bobby Bare In-Store at Grimey’s – 5pm
Yes, THE Bobby Bare, Sr. will be at Grimey’s. Don’t miss a country legend in the most intimate venue in Nashville.

First Saturday Art Crawl at the Arcade – 6-9pm
Art, wine, snacks and people to mingle with. Mingle away!

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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  • A Christmas Story is sold out…. wish you would have posted this in advance

  • BJ

    Friday Fisk Holiday Concert – 7 PM – Fisk Memorial Chapel