Weekly Highlights – April 1-6


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.

8 off 8th at the Mercy Lounge – 9pm, 21+
Featuring Applegate Nance, Todd Farrell Jr. & The Dirty Birds, Williams & Co., The Paranormals, Hot Mess Loves You, Michael Shepard and Omega Swan.


LookIn: The Magic Flute at the Noah Liff Opera Center – 6:30pm
Get the inside scoop on Mozart’s The Magic Flute from Artistic Director John Hoomes, and view a portion of a rehearsal. The Magic Flute blends myth, enchantment, and the fight between good and evil to deliver the life-affirming message: love conquers all. LookIns are a fun way to see what goes on behind the scenes. Please RSVP here.

Author Event with the Lee Brothers at Parnassus Books – 6:30pm
We are very excited to welcome Matt and Ted Lee to Parnassus for an introduction and signing of their latest book Lee Bros. Charleston Kitchen. 


Nashville Fashion Week Industry Panels at Emma Bistro Cafe – 10am-5pm
There is no charge for the Industry Panels, but donations of $10 are encouraged. See the full list of panels here.

Salon@615 with Anne Lamott at the Main Public Library – 6:15pm
Anne Lamott will discuss her book about the first year of her grandson Jax’s life, Some Assembly Required: A Journal of My Son’s First SonYou can reserve a ticket in advance here.

Copyright 101: The Good, The Bad, and the WTF at CoLab Nashville – 6:30pm
This will be a basic primer in how copyright law works at its core, what you can do to protect your rights, and how you can properly monetize (read: get rent and food money) from your art. While this won’t be a class on how to get someone to buy your work, questions such as “What exactly does copyright do for me as an artist?”, “How do I get a copyright registration?”, and “How do I keep someone from profiting off my work without my permission?” will be answered, with a short Q&A session at the end.


Jefferson Street History Walk with the Mayor at Hadley Park – 12pm
Join Mayor Karl Dean and history experts Dr. Reavis Mitchell, Dr. Bobby Lovett and Ed Kindall as they guide us down a historic street that has served as the center of Nashville’s black community for more than a century. The walk starts at Hadley Park Community Center.

Author Event with Charles Holt at Parnassus Books – 6:30pm
In his dynamic book debut, Intuitive Rebel: Tuning into the Voice that Matters, Charles Holt describes the Voice as one’s most precious possession—an innate gift that holds the keys to our greatest achievement and our greatest potential. For those of us who can hear and understand it, the divine truth spoken through the Voice can gracefully lead us through life’s mazes, helping us understand the powerful meanings behind our challenges, our victories, and ourselves.

Parthenon Symposium: Destruction and Desecration of Images in Classical Antiquity – 7pm
In popular culture Christianity is remembered for the art, architecture, customs, rituals, and myths that it preserved from the classical past. It is rarely acknowledged, however, that Christianity also destroyed a great deal in its conversion of the Roman Empire. The material evidence for Christian destruction has often been overlooked or gone unrecognized even by archaeologists. On Thursday, April 4, Dr. John Pollini will examine various forms of Christian destruction and desecration of images of classical antiquity during the fourth to seventh centuries, as well as some of the attendant problems in detecting and making sense of this phenomenon.

BLAIR PRESENTS: The Music of BMI Composer-in-Residence Lewis Spratlan at Blair’s Turner Hall – 8pm
Lewis Spratlan is a gifted and prodigious composer who has won Guggenheim, Rockefeller and NEA fellowships and, in 2000, won the Pulitzer Prize in music for his opera, Life is a Dream.


Fabulous Frogs at Shelby Bottoms Nature Center – 10am
An intro to frogs for children. There will be a puppet show, a short hike in search of frogs, and crafting.

Get Icky with Clorox at the corner of Belcourt & 21st – 11am-4pm
I don’t even know.

Star Party at Bowie Nature Park – 7:30pm-9:30pm
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.


15th Annual Celebration of Craft at Appalachian Center for Craft – 9am-5pm
Open studios and demonstrations, student art sale, live auction of works by Craft Center Artists at 1:00pm from the Center Stage, music by the Danberry’s and the Flea Market Hustlers, food by Redbud Cafe, free kids crafts and more.

Bells Bend Outdoor Recreation Vendor Show – 9am-3pm
Spend the day at Bells Bend Outdoor Center for the Third Annual Vendor Show. Participating retailers include Cumberland Transit, Mountain High Outfitters, REI, Academy Sports & Outdoors, Nashville Running Company, and Eastside Cycles with more being added daily. Adventure clubs and service groups will be represented, too.

Family Program: Conductor Jack’s Songs for Bakersfield Buckaroos at the Country Music Hall of Fame – 10am
A kid-friendly concert featuring the music of Buck Owens, Merle Haggard, and Woody Guthrie. Singer, songwriter, and early childhood educator Conductor Jack will bring his banjo, guitar, and ukulele for a program full of dancing and grooving to the music of these country pioneers. The Bakersfield Sound: Buck Owens, Merle Haggard, and California Country, Support provided by the Academy of Country Music, Ford Motor Company Fund, and SunTrust. Ages 2–7.

Free Irish Dance Class at Scott-Ellis School of Irish Dance-Brentwood – 10:30am
Free Irish Dance class for all ages!  All attendees will be entered into a drawing for a free month of classes at either their Brentwood or East Nashville location.

NPL Puppet Truck Presents The Stonecutters
Based on a traditional Asian folktale and featuring Bunraku puppetry, The Stonecutter teaches two life lessons: be happy with who you are and make your wishes carefully! They’ll be at the Goodlettsville library at 10:30am and at the Donelson library at 2:30pm.

Metro @ 50: Citywide Birthday Party at Public Square Park – 12pm
Music from featuring Sam Bush, Del McCoury, the Nashville Symphony Ensemble and more, exhibits on Nashville history, Nashville food and beer, exhibits from local vendors and shops, fun stuff for kids, and fun stuff for dogs.

Poetry in the Park at Shelby Bottoms Nature Center – 2pm
Join the SB staff for a second class led by our special guest and volunteer, Kiki Dombrowski. Learn how to write powerful descriptions in your poems by using imagery and figurative language.

In-store: The Lone Bellow at Grimey’s – 5pm
From Grimey’s: “Zach Williams, Kanene Pipkin and Brian Elmquist are The Lone Bellow. Although Williams, the principal songwriter and lead singer, is a native Georgian, the group found its soulful folk-rock sound in Brooklyn. The group recorded its self-titled debut album on the Lower East Side, yet the lyrical, foot-stomping songs could have easily come from the heart of Nashville. Fans of The Civil Wars, The Lumineers and the Mumfords are already taking notice as their self-titled debut has been selling briskly at Grimey’s.”

First Saturday Art Crawl at the Arcade – 6-9pm
Art, wine, snacks and people to mingle with. Mingle away!

Untitled’s PopUp Art Show at CoLab Nashville – 6-9pm
Untitled is now hosting Pop-Up Shows during the First Saturday Art Crawl in downtown Nashville. We will be taking over CoLab to assemble small shows with a first come-first hang basis for any artist, any medium and any style.


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