Weekly Highlights – Jan. 14-19


8 off 8th at the Mercy Lounge – 8pm, 21+
This week’s 8 off 8th will feature performances by Hot Mess, Hotel War, Blankrage, The Aquaducks, Charles Frank Trio, Lee Anna Culp and Scarlett Seven.

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.


Unlikely Ascent of Hallelujah Vanderbilt lecture at Vanderbilt’s Divinity School – 10am
Noted music journalist Alan Light will discuss the improbable journey of “Hallelujah” from rejected to one of the most performed songs in rock history. Light is the author of The Holy or the Broken: Leonard Cohen, Jeff Buckley, and the Unlikely Ascent of “Hallelujah” (Atria/Simon & Schuster). His talk will be at 10:00am in the Divinity School’s Art Room (G-20).

Vanderbilt Wellness Series at One Hundred Oaks First Floor Conference Room (Entrance D) – 5:30pm
Vanderbilt Cosmetic Dermatology will be hosting a free seminar, “Erasing the Signs of Aging: What Works and What Doesn’t” at One Hundred Oaks. Dr. Michel McDonald will be speaking about the latest cosmetic treatments and procedures. Attendees will be eligible for door prizes and giveaways.

Delta Saints In-Store at Grimey’s – 6pm
From Grimeys.com: As the searing harmonica and bayou rock of their live shows gained notoriety around town, they went into the studio. After 2 well-received EPs and over 150 live dates on the road Delta Saints are ready to deliver their first full-length album. “Death Letter Jubilee” drops on January 15th and Delta Saints will be performing songs from it live here at Grimey’s at 6PM on release day!

Film Screening: Soul Food Junkies at Tennessee Tech Backdoor Playhouse – 7pm
Filmmaker Byron Hurt explores the upsides and downsides of soul food, a quintessential American cuisineSoul Food Junkies explores the history and social significance of soul food to black cultural identity and its effect on African American health, good and bad. Soul food will also be used as the lens to investigate the dark side of the food industry and the growing food justice movement that has been born in its wake.


An Evening with Ingram New Works Fellow Theresa Rebeck at Nashville Children’s Theatre – 7pm
Tennessee Repertory Theatre presents an event featuring renowned playwright Theresa Rebeck. Rebeck is visiting Nashville to mentor members of Tennessee Rep’s Ingram New Works Lab. This free event will feature a discussion with Rebeck facilitated by Tennessee Rep Producing Artistic Director René D. Copeland.

Film Screening: José and Pilar at Vanderbilt Sarratt Cinema – 7:30pm
Dir: Miguel Goncalves Mendes. The film follows José Saramago, the Nobel-laureate Portuguese novelist, and his wife, Pilar del Rio. It shows their whirlwind life of international travel, his passion for completing his masterpiece, The Elephant’s Journey, and how their love quietly sustains them. It unravels any preconceived notions about him, and proves that genius and simplicity are indeed compatible. A glimpse into the life of one of the greatest creators of the 20th century. Spanish and Portuguese with English subtitles. Unrated. 117 min.

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.


Texaco Country Showdown hosted by Jewel at the Ryman – 7pm
Texaco Country Showdown, America’s largest country music talent search and country radio promotion, returns to Nashville’s historic Ryman Auditorium on Thursday, January 17. Acclaimed singer, songwriter, actress, poet, painter and philanthropist, Jewel, will host and perform on the one-hour television special. Visit or call Ryman Auditorium box office for tickets.

Science Cafe: The Space Program from an Insider’s POV at Adventure Science Center – 7pm
The special speaker for this discussion (not lecture) is Ed Buckbee. Buckbee, an author, lecturer, space advocate and director emeritus, has been associated with the U.S. space program for four decades.

Vinyl Gumbo: DJ & Record Collectors’ Night at Myridia Bar – 8:30pm
It doesn’t matter if you’re a casual record collector or an experienced turntablist, “Vinyl Gumbo” is for vinyl record enthusiasts of all kinds. Every Thursday at Myridia Restaurant & Lounge: 8:30 – 10:30 is DJ “open tables” – just like open mic, but with records – sign up for a 15 minute turn on the turntables and play whatever you’d like, but keep mind that the object is to entertain, not alienate, the crowd. From 10:30 until 1:00, DJ Morally Good (along with different guests each week) will be spinning records from every genre imaginable, from Afrobeat to Zydeco and everything in between. There will also be different record vendors on hand each week selling records.


Film Screening: The Blue Angel at The Frist – 7pm
Considered to be the first major German sound film, The Blue Angel captures the sinister undercurrents of German Expressionism. Professor Immanuel Rath, a teacher at a boy’s prep school begins to admire a nightclub songstress, Lola-Lola, at the local cabaret, “The Blue Angel.” As he becomes fully involved with Lola, his life becomes a rollercoaster of degrading events. Professor Rath soon learns that the many lessons he thought he understood were never fully revealed to him. Stars Emil Jennings and Marlene Dietrich. Directed by Josef Von Sternburg, 1930. 106 minutes. 35mm. Unrated. German with English subtitles.

Star Party at Bells Bend Park – 7-9pm
Star parties are a great way to become acquainted with the real night sky. Astronomy enthusiasts from all around the area gather under a clear night sky to view the astronomical sights above. It doesn’t matter whether you have a degree in astrophysics or you don’t know which end of a telescope to look in, everyone is welcome. Even if you’re just a beginner, a star party can be a great introduction to the night sky.


Family Program: Classic Country Songs with Professor Smartypants at the Country Music Hall of Fame – 10am
Professor Smartypants stops by the museum to sing his favorite songs by Johnny Cash, Tom T. Hall, Johnny Horton, Roger Miller, Hank Williams, and more. Listen, clap, dance, and sing along. Professor Smartypants is a fine banjo player, singer, and songwriter, but he is also known for telling stories that will make you laugh for days. Come ready for fun. Ages 2 to 8. No reservations required. Free. Families are encouraged to tour the museum at a discounted rate following the program. Visit the information desk or ticket window for more information.

Casa Azafrán Migration Mural Unveiling at Casa Azafran Community Center – 10am
The Casa Azafrán Community Center will unveil it’s mural, “Migration”, which undoubtedly will soon be a landmark at the gateway to Nashville’s international district.

Degas and the Little Dancer at Williamson County Public Library – 10am
When young Marie gave up her dream of becoming a famous ballet dancer because of her family’s financial hardships, she earned money by posing for the artist Edgar Degas when he created his famous bronze sculpture of a young ballet dancer, “La Petite Danseuse.” This ballet follows the heart-warming tale of the friendship that grows between the temperamental old artist and dedicated young subject, as told in the book Degas and the Little Dancer by children’s author Laurence Anholt.

Film Screening: Poachers at Vanderbilt’s Sarratt Cinema – 7:30pm
Dir: Jose Luis Borau. In this complex drama, a drifter brings his new girlfriend home for a visit. The girl’s real flame is an escaped convict, who looks her up, but before she can leave with her lover, the drifter’s mother kills her. Even though the mother had an incestuous relationship with her son, the son is determined to kill his mother, believing that she killed his one true love. Grim and haunting, it is one of the best representations of the Spanish golden age of cinema. Spanish with English subtitles. Unrated. 82 mins.


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