Weekly Highlights – Dec. 3-8


Author Event with J.T. Ellison at Parnassus Books – 6:30pm
J.T. Ellison will discuss and sign her new book Edge of Black.

Open House: A Comedy Open Mic Night at Mercy Lounge – 7:30pm
Open House is a comedy open mic for people who love comedy and openness. It will be a night of joy, tears and the occasional snort-laugh. So, come on down and watch some comedians tell funnies OR hop onstage and give it a try yourself. Hosted by Gary Fletcher.

Blue Monday with Kenny Vaughan and Jeffrey Clemens of G. Love at 12 South Taproom – 9:30pm, 21+
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.


Christmas Concert Series at Scarritt-Bennett Center – 1pm
A free midday Christmas concert during the month of December in the historic Wightman Chapel, featuring Organist Polly Brecht.

Let’s Talk Books at Parnassus Books – 1:30pm
Join host Donna Nicely, former director of the Nashville Public Library, and local songwriter Marshall Chapman as they discuss beloved books and the joy of reading.

East Side Storytellin’ ft. Bill Friskics-Warren and David Mead 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. Bill Friskics-Warren will read from his book I’ll Take You There followed by a musical performance by David Mead.

New Faces Nite at The Basement – 8pm, 21+
Featuring performances by Hugh Bob and the Hustle, Kernal, Ryan Brown and more.


Thinking Out of the (Lunch) Box: Conversations with a philosophical flavor with David Wood at the Main Public Library – 11:30am
Local food initiatives that view urban farming as a path toward a healthier community will be the focus of the discussion. The first 200 people will get lunch boxes, and you’re asked to donate $5 to help with expenses.

Golden Radio Project at the Parthenon – 6:30pm
A performance in music, dance, poetry and the visual arts by young people with disabilities who will be using the arts to explain the mathematical concept of the Golden Ratio. The event is part of an international information exchange with Greece.

Old Time Jam at the 5 Spot – 7:30pm
East Nashville’s Wednesday Night Old Time Jam provides enthusiasts of traditional, acoustic-based roots music the opportunity to regularly meet, share tunes, dance, swap stories, and bond together in general camaraderie.


Christmas Concert Series w/Jazz Trio at Scarritt-Bennett Center – 1pm
Christmas concert presented by Jazz Trio featuring Kevin Madill, Matt Davich and Ike Harris

‘Step Right Up’ to Watkins’ Graphic Design Senior Portfolio Showcase at Houston Station – 5pm
Watkins College of Art, Design & Film presents the Graphic Design senior exhibition “Step Right Up,” featuring work by Bachelor of Arts in Graphic Design degree candidates Sarah Abell, Mark Fentriss, Aaron Johnson, Janey Nachampsak, Rex Runyeon, Sara Strese and Kelsey Ullrich.

Christmas in Hillsboro Village – 5-8pm
Photos with Santa and his Elves (6:00pm-8:00pm at FIDO) in exchange for a new unwrapped toy donations for Toys for Tots, free food and samples, artists, carolers, musicians, a raffle and more!


Franklin Art Scene in Downtown Franklin – 6pm
Held the first Friday of every month, the Franklin Art Scene is a free tour in downtown Franklin, Tenn., featuring artists and working studios, with work ranging from handcrafted jewelry to antique prints and original art to mixed media and live music. Wine, refreshments, and live music are often available at the locations.

60th Nashville Christmas Parade and Tree Lighting: A Christmas Salute at Public Square Park – 6:30pm
This year’s night of festivities will begin with the lighting of the city’s Christmas tree in Public Square Plaza in Downtown Nashville. Mayor Karl Dean will be joined by executives from Piedmont Natural Gas for the ceremony, which will be immediately followed with fireworks. The parade begins at 7:00pm on Woodland Street Bridge at Public Square and travels down 2nd Avenue and up Broadway to 9th Avenue.


Photos with Santa at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum – 11am-2pm
Children are invited to visit with Santa and receive one complimentary photo, courtesy of Generation Domination. Timed passes are available in 15-minute increments to help you plan your day at the Hall! Pass pick-up begins at 9:00am that morning. Museum members may reserve their passes in advance.

2012 Santa Rampage at Riverfront Tavern – 6pm until late
Santa Rampage is when a bunch of people dress up like Santa and drink. It’s excellent.

5 Points Second 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.

Community Messiah and Holiday Open Jam at Christ Presbyterian Church – 6:30pm
Love to sing? Join local musicians for a Community Messiah sing-along followed by a Holiday Open Jam Session at Christ Presbyterian Church. No rehearsal is required to participate in this unforgettable vocal and orchestral rendition of Handel’s classic. Download the sheet music at christpres.org, bring your own or borrow a copy at the door. Not a singer? Come and listen!

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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