Weekly Highlights – Feb. 11-16

Monday

Metro Parks Theatre Department’s Reading Series presents Salt & Pepper at the Z. Alexander Looby Theater – 7pm
Salt & Pepper is seven short plays about aging with courage, grace and humor. Family-friendly and you can meet the author.

Lipscomb University’s Presidential Lectures on Art and Art History featuring Michael Bierut at Ward Hall – 7pm
Born in Cleveland, Ohio in 1957, he built a career combining his love for music and the arts into the design of album covers and went on to study graphic design at the University of Cincinnati. Bierut makes entertaining and accessible work for giants like Walt Disney, Motorola, the New York Jets and many others. The winner of the AIGA Medal of 2006, Bierut continues to inspire with his bold, witty works.

8 off 8th Tribute to The Magnetic Fields 69 Love Songs at Mercy Lounge – 9pm
This awesome tribute will feature performances by Kate Tucker & The Sons of Sweden, Korby Lenker, Chrome Pony, Evan P Donohue, Kurt Wagner (of Lambchop) with William Tyler, Skip Matheny (of Roman Candle), Mark Watrous (of The Shins), Marc Lacuesta & more! Hosted by Josh Habinger.

8 off 8th at the High Watt – 9pm
East Nashville Underground featuring Kat Smo, Grass Root Kids, The Future, Ravello, Roots of a Rebellion, Billy Swayze, Blackfoot Gypsies & Bear Cub.

Open House: A Comedy Open Mic Night at Mercy Lounge – 8pm, 21+
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.

Tuesday

USA Network Characters Unite Pop Up Experience at the Bridgestone – 11am-8pm
USA Network is hosting a themed interactive pop-up experience free to the public as part of its Characters Unite Month. The experience will provide Nashville residents and passersby the opportunity to spread the message that each of us, whoever we are, wherever we’re from, can do something to ignite change. It is aimed at shining an even brighter spotlight on the importance of combating intolerance, hate and discrimination.

Pancake Supper on Shrove Tuesday at Concordia Lutheran Church – 5-7pm
All you can eat pancakes and sausage, all donations benefit Trinity/HOPE “Feed the Haitian Children”.

Torres In-Store at Grimey’s – 6pm
From Grimey’s: Torres is the nom de rock of Nashville native Mackenzie Scott. Her debut album, also called “Torres”, is officially out this week and Pitchfork immediately jumped on it with praise and a rare 8.1 rating, “Torres… in the league of artists like PJ Harvey or EMA. Like them, she paints in whole-hand smears when the moment calls for it. Her ability to capture and sustain a single spellbinding mood conjures the hypnotic hurt of the earliest, best Songs:Ohia or Cat Power. Her record is an overwhelming rush of feeling, and it connects with throat-seizing immediacy.”

Fat Bottom Beer Tasting at Kay Bob’s – 7pm
Self-explanatory. Please RSVP with Kay Bob’s so they can plan appropriately: 615-321-4567.

Film Screening: Amreeka at Vanderbilt Sarratt Cinema – 7:30pm
The immigrant experience gets a fresh, post-9/11 spin with a chronicling of Muna, a single mother who leaves the West Bank with her teenage son and dreams of an exciting future in small town Illinois. Although she has two degrees and 15 years of experience in banking, she settles for work at White Castle, which sustains the family until tensions arise due to the American invasion of Iraq in 2003. Defiantly upbeat in spite of unfathomable cultural barriers and anti-Arab xenophobia. English and Arabic with English subtitles. Rated PG-13. 96 mins.

New Faces Nite at the Basement – 8pm, 21+
This week the Basement’s New Faces Nite features Alex Vans and the Hideaway, Blank State, Megan Palmer, The O’s, Travis Caudle, and Scott Revey.

Wednesday

Free Workshop: Decoding the Gluten-Free Hype at Unity of Nashville – 6pm
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? Gluten can cause multiple health issues including weight gain, fatigue, digestion problems, headaches and other symptoms. Join Certified Health Coach, Laurel Staples, as she decodes the hype around food sensitivities and gluten-free diets.

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.

Feathers & Friends at the High Watt – 9pm
The Wild Feathers featuring special guests Sadler Vaden and Chris Hennessee.

Thursday

Sam Hunter and The Two Tones at Two Old Hippies – 6pm
Sam Hunter was born and raised in Nashville, TN where he grew up in and around many facets of the music business. At age 9 he played his first live show and at age 11 he was hired for his first recording session. He’s been busy doing both ever since.

The Nature of L-O-V-E at Warner Parks Nature Center – 7pm
Celebrate Valentine’s Day on a night hike focusing on the “nature of love.” You’ll listen for frog serenades, look for pairing owls, discover the secrets of animal courtship, and more!

Friday

Tracking Animals at Warner Parks Nature Center – all day
Every animal leaves behind evidence as it hunts for food and moves about, and winter is the best time to search for footprints, scats, pellets, caches, digs, scrapes, and many other clues to discover who has been wandering in these woods, meadows, and streams.

iShine LIVE! Music Tour at Christ Church – 7pm
iShine LIVE!, a unique faith-based concert tour designed specifically for kids under the age of 14 and their families, presents its high energy iShine LIVE! music tour. Featuring a talented line up of teen artists, the tour includes in:ciite media recording artist/guest speaker Rachel Chan, as well as The Rubyz and Mission Six from Radio Disney, plus new artist Spencer Kane.

Saturday

Almost Free: Love the Dress! A Prom Dress Swap and Shop at Columbia State Community College-Franklin Campus – 8am-4pm
The annual Love the Dress! event will be held at Columbia State Community College – Franklin Campus from 8am – 4 pm. Girls who donate a gown can “swap” for another  and if they do not have a gown to swap they can shop for one for $20.00. It is a great way to re-cycle gowns and accessories. Proceeds go to Mercy Ministries – Nashville home.

Emancipation and the Meaning of Freedom at the Hermitage – 1pm
Join us for an informative discussion on emancipation and the meaning of freedom. An esteemed panel of scholars will explore President Abraham Lincoln’s issuing of the Emancipation Proclamation on January 1, 1863, the impact it had on the enslaved community in the South including their varied experiences with freedom, and the how the slave population living at The Hermitage experienced emancipation.

Star Party at Shelby Bottoms – 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.

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