Weekly Highlights – Feb. 18-23


Speaker: Melissa Harris-Perry at Vanderbilt’s Langford Auditorium – 7pm
Melissa Harris-Perry, host of her own show on MSNBC and a professor of political science at Tulane University, will discuss “Race, Health and Justice” Feb. 18 at Vanderbilt University’s Langford Auditorium.

8 off 8th at the Mercy Lounge – 8pm, 21+
Featuring Deathstar Lovebeam, Bear In The Campsite, Christian Luthi, Gavinshea, Motherhoney, Jordan Hull, The Inscape, Eight Knives.

Signature Series: Blair Woodwind Quintet at Blair’s Ingram Hall – 8pm
The BWQ will present French wind quintet masterpieces and will be joined by guest pianist Melvin Chen to perform Francis Poulenc’s Sextet and Jean Francaix’s L’Heure du Verger.

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.


Good People Brewing Company Release Party at 12 South Taproom – 6pm
GPBC is debuting their newest beer in Nashville! Taste their new brew and maybe win some SWAG.

Film Screening: The Powerbroker by Bonnie Boswell at Tennessee Tech Backdoor Playhouse – 7pm
The Powerbroker tells the story of Whitney Young, who biographer Nancy Weiss Malkiel called “the inside man of the black revolution.” By challenging America’s business and political communities directly, Young was able to make in-roads where other civil rights leader could not. His efforts to open the doors of equal opportunity were often attacked by the very people he was trying to help. The Powerbroker chronicles the public and private trials of a man navigating a divided society in an explosive time.

East Side Storytellin’ ft. Kevin Wilson and Amanda Shires at RUMOURS East – 7pm
Author Kevin Wilson will read from his sensational book The Family Fang or other original work followed by a musical performance by Amanda Shires.

Film Screening: Maestra  at Vanderbilt’s Sarratt Cinema – 7:30pm
In 1961 Cuba, 250,000 volunteers taught 700,000 people to read and write in one year. 100,000 of the teachers were under 18 years old, over half of them women. This story is explored through the personal testimonies of the young women who went out to teach literacy in rural communities across the island and found themselves deeply transformed in the process. Spanish with English subtitles. Unrated. 33 mins.

New Faces Nite at The Basement – 8pm, 21+
This week the Basement’s New Faces Nite features Stereo Dig, Daniel Romano, Keelan Donovan, Dirty Lions, Nathan Rich.


Shivering Timbers in-store at Grimey’s – 5pm
From Grimey’s: ” Shivering Timbers, led by husband and wife Jayson and Sarah Benn (backed by various drummers), hail from Akron, OH. They create a bewitching mood with sultry vocals and nuanced, howling guitar. With a combined musical background encompassing everything from punk rock to gospel, blues to classical, Shivering Timbers have crafted a sound that is at once deeply personal, yet broadly appealing.”

Nutrition Workshop (Team Green) at REI Brentwood – 6:30pm
Join Team Green Adventure for this workshop, lead by Certified Health Coach Amber Robertson, as they walk through how to incorporate healthy energizing foods into your daily routine.

Zach Wahls: Love Makes a Family at Vanderbilt’s Sarratt Cinema – 7pm
When Zach Wahls testified before the Iowa House Judiciary Committee in January, 2011, he did not expect his speech to receive over 17 million hits on YouTube. He didn’t expect to become a social media sensation. He was simply stepping up and speaking out for his family and what he knew was right. Everyone is welcome to hear Zach tell his story on Feb. 20th at 7pm in Sarratt Cinema.

Feathers & Friends at the High Watt – 8pm, 21+
The Wild Feathers with special guests Odessa Rose and Josh Farrow.


Artist’s Forum featuring Andrew Saftel, Emily Holt, and Brady Haston at the Frist – 6:30pm
This forum features three artists whose works are on view in the Martin ArtQuest Gallery— Andrew Saftel (La Frontera, 2010), Emily Holt (Mountain Mine, 2012), and Brady Haston (Viaduct Wall, 2006). Each artist offers their artistic perspectives about how their particular pieces in Martin ArtQuest encourage learning, looking at and talking about, as well as making art among visitors.

Film Screening: Last Train Home at Vanderbilt’s Sarratt Cinema – 7:30pm
Every spring in China, 130 million workers return home for the New Year – the world’s largest migration, an epic spectacle of a modern country tied to a rural past. The Zhangs have embarked on this annual trek for almost two decades, visiting parents and, like many, the children they left behind for grueling factory jobs. These yearly reunions grow strained to the breaking point, as revealed in this intimate and starkly beautiful observation of one fractured family – and the human cost of China’s economic miracle. Mandarin with English subtitles. Unrated. 85 mins.


The Ciona Rouse Poetry Night at Barnes & Noble at Vanderbilt – 7pm
Ciona Rouse is the host of Barnes & Noble Vanderbilt’s fist poetry night in a new monthly series. Ciona will invite new well known poets as well as up and coming poets each month. This month’s theme is in honor of African American History Month.

Film Sceening: American Graduate: NPT REPORTS: TRANSLATING THE DREAM at Scarritt Bennett Center’s Fondren Hall – 7pm
Take an in-depth look at the graduation rate among ELL and immigrant students in Tennessee; the challenges they face that can prevent them from graduating on time; how schools and teachers are trying to address this increasingly demanding need; and how all of us are impacted when students drop out of school. Following the screening, there will be a follow-up panel discussion led by the documentary’s producer LaTonya Turner.


Beginner Friendly Run at Pinkerton Park – 9am
Add some miles to your week with Team Green Adventures around beautiful downtown Franklin, starting at Pinkerton Park. They’ll run at a 11 minute 45 seconds per mile pace, and can speed up or slow down depending on the group dynamic. If the group is large enough, they can break into two pace times. This event is designed to give you the support and motivation to meet other runners, ask questions, and get active!

Love Birds Pickin’ Party at Shelby Bottoms Nature Center – 2pm
Love is in the air! Drop inside the nature center for one of their picking parties and some hot cocoa. You can also show the nature center how much you love it by donating a bag of bird seed that will be used for some of their educational programs and field trips.

Bobby Rush in-store/Grimey’s Too Grand Opening – 5pm
From Grimey’s: “Bobby Rush emerged from the Chicago blues scene in the early ’60s, fronting bands that included Freddie King and Luther Allison. He drifted away from that vital scene to make his mark on the “chitlin circuit”, touring the south and scoring hits like ‘Chicken Heads’ and ‘Bow-Legged Woman.'”

Sunset Hike and Soup Supper at Warner Parks Nature Center – 5pm-10pm
The smell of soup will be in the air as you hike through the Warner Park at sunset. Bring a vegetable to add to the broth and let the soup simmer as we enjoy a brisk hike. Then gather around the warmth of the campfire for a soup supper with new friends.

Film Screening: The Chorus at Vanderbilt Common’s – 10pm
Wildly successful orchestra conductor Pierre Morhange returns home when his mother dies. He recollects his childhood inspirations through the pages of a diary kept by his old music teacher Clément Mathieu. Back in the late ‘40s, little Pierre is the badly behaved son of single mother Violette. He attends a dreary boarding school presided over by strict headmaster Rachin. New teacher Mathieu brightens up the place and organizes a choir, leading to the discovery of Pierre’s musical talents. French with English subtitles. Rated PG-13. 97 mins.


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