Weekly Highlights: April 8-13


MT Fashion Week presents the1st Annual Curvy Couture Fashion Show at MTSU – 7pm
After creating a buzz last year by being featured in V.I.P Murfreesboro, MT Fashion Week is back! This year MT Fashion will go outside the norm and embrace the “curvier” side of fashion. For the first time in MT history there will be a Fashion Show that features all full figured models and fashion! Featuring looks from Feminine Funk, D. Michelle by Detriea Burr, Plush Boutique and Cicily Nelson.

Open House: A Comedy Open Mic Night at The High Watt – 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 High Watt – 9pm, 21+
Featuring Blank Range, Robert Gay, Natalie Noone and the Maybe, Layla the Wolf, Koa, Shut Up, Melon and the Mayhem & Tyler Bennett.


Free Cone Day at Ben & Jerry’s – ALL DAY

LookIn: The Columnist 161 Rains Ave. – 5:30pm
Come “look in” at what happens before the curtain goes up. Walk into the private world of rehearsal and learn about the creative process of the director, set designer, and costume designer. View an excerpt of the performance as it is being shaped in the rehearsal process. LookIns are a fun way to see what goes on behind the scenes.

MT Lambda’s 10th Annual Spring Out with Chaz Bono at MTSU’s Tucker Theatre – 7pm
Chaz Bono will be the Keynote speaker for MT Lambda’s 10th Annual Spring Out campus wide LGBTQ PRIDE week. This event is free and open to the public. There will be a book signing after the presentation.


Golden Years: A FREE Day of Fun, Food & Fitness at FiftyForward Patricia Hart Building – 10am-3pm
Golden Years, sponsored by HCA, will offer a variety of food, health screenings/information and entertainment for those living their lives to the fullest in their Golden Years. There will be a fun-filled activity every hour at the health and wellness expo. The expected 300 eventers will also receive a goody bag and special treats from Christie Cookies, Coca-Cola and Sam’s.

Jay Farrar book signing at Howlin’ Books (Grimey’s Too) – 4pm
Grimey’s says, “Jay Farrar is not only a highly-acclaimed and accomplished singer, songwriter and guitar slinger, he’s also a writer … of books! Jay has a new book out called “Falling Cars and Junkyard Dogs.” This collection of beautifully crafted, autobiographical vignettes encompasses everything from the people Farrar has met and the places he’s journeyed over 20 years as a traveling musician, to his formative childhood experiences, and his parents’ cultural identity as people of the Missouri Ozarks. Farrar also has a brand new album out with his band Son Volt, called “Honky Tonk”. Jay will be on hand to meet fans and sign copies of his new book and record.”

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.


Lecture: Justice Edwin Cameron of South Africa at Vanderbilt’s Langford Auditorium – 5:30pm
Cameron is a justice on South Africa’s Constitutional Court and serves as general secretary to the Rhodes Trust for South Africa. As the first senior South African official to publicly disclose his diagnosis of HIV, Cameron was selected as a recipient of the Nelson Mandela Award for Health and Human Rights for his courage in raising public awareness of the disease.

Author Event with Jamie Quatro and Jessica Francis Kane at Parnassus Books – 6:30pm
Please join Parnassus in welcoming Jamie Quatro and Jessica Francis Kane for a special author event. Jamie will be discussing her latest book I Want to Show You More and Jessica will be introducing This Close.

International Documentary Series: Nefarious, Merchant of Souls at MTSU’s Business & Aerospace Building – 6:30pm
Nefarious, Merchant of Souls, is a hard-hitting documentary that exposes the disturbing trends in modern sex slavery. From the very first scene, Nefarious ushers you into the nightmare of sex slavery that hundreds of thousands experience daily. You’ll see where slaves are sold (often in developed, affluent countries), where they work, and where they are confined. You’ll hear first-hand interviews with real victims and traffickers, along with expert analysis from international humanitarian leaders.


Team Green Weekend Happy Hour Kickoff Event at Soulshine Pizza – 6pm
oin Lightning 100 for our Weekend Happy Hour Kickoff, and compete for your chance to win a complimentary trip to Washington DC, including airfare and hotel lodging for two, in honor of Tennessee Repertory Theater’s production of The Columnist.

Vanderbilt University Orchestra: Concerto Competition Winners at Blair’s Turner Hall – 8pm
The Orchestra will perform Manuel de Falla’s Spanish Dance No. 1 from La Vida Breve, as well as three concerti selected by and featuring the winners of the 2012 Vanderbilt Concerto Competition.


Wildflower Day at Shelby Park – All day
They’ll have info, activities, crafts and more all day long.

Civil War Sesquicentennial Symposium at Church of the Holy Trinity – 8:30am-12pm
Join the Metropolitan Historical Commission for a Civil War Sesquicentennial Symposium featuring Dr. Bobby Lovett, Dr. Susan O’Donovan, and The 1861 Project. The program will begin at 8:30 AM with welcoming remarks and an introduction of the Mayor and the first speaker.

Cumberland River Paddlefest at Old Hickory Lake – 9am-6pm
Kayaks, canoes, stand up paddle boards (SUP), kayak fishing, activities for new and experienced paddlers, paddling & recreation outfitters, manufacturers, and clubs, and guided paddles.

WellFEST 2 at the MainPublic Library – 9:30am-3:30pm
This all day health fair is the only one of its kind, with everything fully accessible to the Deaf and hard of hearing community through sign language, interpreters and assistive technology. This year’s event will include a variety of health screenings, fitness demonstrations, speakers, and information booths. Free parking at Bridges with a shuttle to the downtown library.

Parks for Parks at Bowie Nature Center – 9:30am
Dog friendly vendors will provide giveaways and door prizes. This year they will have a Doggie Fashion Show at 11:00am after the walk and other fun dog activities throughout the day. Barks for Parks is hosted by Bowie Park, Williamson County Health Department, and National Wildlife Federation’s Great Outdoors University.

Window on the World Festival at Tennessee Tech University’s Roaden University Center -10am-5pm
Window on the World is an international festival celebrating cultural diversity and global harmony. All participants are invited to share in learning and caring about our Earth and its people. There will be musical and performances, international food and family fun.

Special Poetry Event with Will Schutt & Joshua Robbins at Parnassus Books – 2pm
Will Schutt is the author of one collection of poetry, Westerly (forthcoming from Yale University Press), which won the 2012 Yale Series of Younger Poets competition. Joshua Robbins teaches literature and creative writing at the University of Tennessee. Praise Nothing is his first collection of poems.

Ivan & Alyosha in-store at Grimey’s – 3pm
According to Grimey’s, “Ivan & Alyosha delivers songs of struggle, perseverance and spirituality with a resilient, upbeat attitude that’s reflected in their bubbly brew of stirringly strummed folk-rock guitars, surging instrumental interaction and a bright, buoyant blend of voices that reflects the band members’ family-style camaraderie, evoking a timeless pop ideal that’s as affecting emotionally as it is pleasing to the ear.”

Star Party at Adventure Science Center – 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.


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