Weekly Highlights – March 18-23


Parnassus Book Club: The Lifeboat – 6:30pm
Join the Parnassus Book Club and moderator Kathy Schultenover to discuss Charlotte Rogan’s The Lifeboat.

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.

Faculty Recital: Jeremy Wilson, trombone “Le Trombone Francais” at Blair School of Music – 8pm
At his first Blair recital, Jeremy Wilson presented listeners with a musical autobiography. This time, the trombone professor turns the spotlight toward France. “The Paris Conservatoire was a breeding ground of the world’s best trombonists during the mid-20th century,” Wilson explains. “Out of that came a respectable repertoire and some of the most-played trombone solos still today.”


William Tyler at Grimey’s – 6pm
From Grimey’s: “William Tyler is a Nashville-based guitarist who has played with Lambchop, the Silver Jews, Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy, Yo La Tengo, Tim Chad and Sherry, Charlie Louvin, and his own solo project the Paper Hats. Tyler is also the founder of the Sebastian Speaks record label and a damn fine guitarist in any genre. Free food and drinks courtesy of Bang Candy Co.!”

Workaholics Season Finale Exclusive Sneak Peek Viewing Party at Zanies – 6:30pm
See it completely Commercial Free and Uncensoredit before it airs on Comedy Central Wednesday, March 20 at 10PM. Win Free Stuff Playing Trivia and Other Contests.

Film Screening: Beauty is Embarrassing with special guest Wayne White at MTSU Keathley Center – 7pm
Wayne White, the visual mastermind behind “Pee-Wee’s Playhouse,” returns to his Alma Mater, for a special lecture and screening of Beauty Is Embarrassing. Part biography, part live performance, Beauty Is Embarrassing, tells the irreverent and inspiring story of this one-of-a-kind visual artist and raconteur. The film traces White’s career from an underground cartoonist in New York’s East Village to his big break as a designer, puppeteer and voice-over actor on Pee-wee’s Playhouse for which he won three Emmy’s.

East Side Storytelling at Fat Bottom Brewery with Paul Burch and Barry Mazor – 7pm
Author Barry Mazor will read from his book Meeting Jimmie Rodgers followed by a musical performance by Paul Burch.

Film Screening: Wonder Women: The Untold Story of American Superheroines at Tennessee Tech University Backdoor Playhouse – 7pm
WONDER WOMEN! THE UNTOLD STORY OF AMERICAN SUPERHEROINES traces the fascinating evolution and legacy of Wonder Woman. From the birth of the comic book superheroine in the 1940s to the blockbusters of today, WONDER WOMEN! looks at how popular representations of powerful women often reflect society’s anxieties about women’s liberation.

Author Event with Joel Harrington at Parnassus Books – 7:30pm
Join Parnassus in welcoming local author and Vanderbilt University faculty member Joel Harrington for a discussion and signing of his latest book The Faithful Executioner.

New Faces Nite at The Basement – 8pm
Featuring performances by Golden State, Jamie Kent and the Options, Buffalo Rodeo, Orion Freeman, Eric Dodd and Isaac Haskins.


When Sex is a Crime and Spit Is a Dangerous Weapon at Nashville CARES – 6pm
A Community Roundtable Discussion of HIV Criminalization and Tennessee Law presented by the Positive Justice Project with support from Tennessee AIDS Advocacy Network, Tennessee Association of People With AIDS, and The Center for HIV Law & Policy.

Spring Adventure Social & Silent Auction at Marathon Village Building – 6pm
Celebrate the first day of Spring with an Adventure Social and tour of the Lightning 100 Studio. Meet the Lightning 100 staff and fellow Team Green participants… and scope out the “Active Living & Music” themed Silent Auction items. All money raised from this event benefit The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS)!

Vanderbilt’s Studio VU Lecture Series: Mendi + Keith at Vandy’s Wilson Hall – 6pm
Vanderbilt University and Studio VU: The Department of Art Lecture Series welcomes Mendi and Keith Obadike, who will speak on their music, live art and conceptual internet artworks.


InsideOut of the Lunch Box: The Vanderbilt Commodore Steel Band at TPAC – 11:30am
The Vanderbilt Commodore Steel Band program was formed in Fall 2004 and is under the direction of Mat Britain. They bring musical styles such as Calypso and Soca from the Caribbean, with emphasis on music and history from the island of Trinidad, birthplace of the Steel Pan. From grade school through college the Steel Band is becoming a popular part of many music education curriculums. Join us as we discuss the history, diverse and expanding musical experience offered through the Blair School of Music. RSVP and you might get a free lunch.

March Urban Design Forum | Discussing the South of Broadway Strategic Master Plan at Nashville Civic Design Center – 5:30pm
The final report was released in January, after six months of public input and study. The planning team was led by Pittsburgh-based Urban Design Associates (UDA) and a team of local companies, including Smith Gee Studio and Hawkins Partners. The plan addresses flood mitigation and proposes initiatives to improve residential, green space, and transit options, as well as potential future expansion of the Music City Center Convention Center.

2013 Cuninggim Lecture on Women in Culture and Society: Issa Rae at Vandy’s SLC, Board of Trust Room – 6pm
Issa Rae will give a talk, “The NEW New Girl: Challenging Mainstream Media’s Portrayal of Women,” as the 2013 Cuninggim Lecture on Women in Culture and Society. As a producer/director/writer whose work has appeared on CNN, NBC, BET.com, Vibe, Huffington Post, Essence Magazine and more, Issa Rae will discuss how mainstream media has informed and shaped her identity and encourage the audience to challenge their own views on what’s real and authentic.

Science Cafe: Science of Addiction at Adventure Science Center – 7pm
Addiction poses an enormous health and fiscal burden on our society, not to mention the personal toll on those who struggle with it. From the well known examples of nicotine addiction and lung cancer to our increasing appreciation of the impact of addictive behaviors and obesity, addiction-related processes have the potential to negatively impact our quality of life in myriad ways. Learn about the revolutionary new tools in the field of neuroscience that are beginning to offer insights into brain circuitries and molecules involved in addiction.

Mystery Twins at the High Watt – 9pm
Mystery Twins with Clear Plastic Masks, Century Club and Fragments of God.


Lyrical Brew: An Evening of Local Poetry at Barnes & Noble at Vanderbilt – 7pm
Ciona Rouse is the host of Barnes & Noble Vanderbilt’s poetry night in a new monthly series. Their February reading was standing room only! Ciona will invite new well known poets as well as up and coming poets each month. This months theme is in honor of World Poetry day.


2013 Cherry Blossom Festival at Public Square – opens at 9am
The 2013 Nashville Cherry Blossom festival will begin with the Sakura Walk. Nashville Mayor Karl Dean and the Consul General of Japan at Nashville will be invited to lead the walk. The festival will feature a musical showcase, tea ceremony, origami, Cosplay Contest, Japanese food booths and more!

10th Annual Southeast Easter Egg Event at Metro Soccer Complex – 10am-2pm
What began as a small, community Easter egg hunt ten years ago by former Metro Nashville Public Schools board member Karen Johnson, has turned into the Southeast Easter Event (SEE) with over 7,000 in attendance last year. A group of community leaders plan this all-day event that includes egg hunts for all ages, vendor booths, a character parade, live entertainment, inflatables and special prizes.

4th Annual Kids and Kites Day at Bicentennial Mall – 10am-2pm
Yay, kites!

Hey Marseilles! In-Store at Grimey’s – 4pm
From Grimey’s: “Hey Marseilles was founded in 2006 by college buddies Nick Ward & Matt Bishop. They started as a duo but eventually fleshed out the band and released their first album in 2008. Since then they’ve wowed audiences nationwide, had NPR feature their song “Rio” as “song of the day” and NPR invited them in for a tiny desk concert.”


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