Okay guys, this is my first Weekly Highlights in awhile, so be gentle!
Junie B. Jones Stupid Smelly Bus Tour at Barnes & Noble Cool Springs – 11am-noon
Barnes & Noble Cool Springs will host the “Junie B. Jones Stupid Smelly Bus Tour” – a national tour, sponsored by Random House Children’s Books, that brings Junie B. live and in-person, across the country to meet her fans. Celebrating the tour’s 10th anniversary, Junie B. will ride in the Stupid, Smelly Bus to 15 cities for fun-filled events. Fans will enjoy Junie B.’s hilarious antics through live, theatrical performances based on the bestselling Junie B. Jones series. Events will also include cool Junie B. giveaways, and an official “book stamping.”
Open House: A Comedy Open Mic Night at The 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 The Mercy Lounge – 9pm, 21+
Featuring NUDITY, Fancytramp, Cry Baby, Sherbert, Tipper Whore, Tess Brunet, Scale Model, Fielded.
In-store: Cooper at Grimey’s – 6pm
From Grimey’s: “There’s a new soul sensation in town and her name is Cooper. Originally from the coastal Oregon mountains, Cooper relocated to Nashville in 2011 where her first gig was opening for Wanda Jackson at fashion icon Manuel’s birthday bash. She’s been writing since the age of 11 and, oh my, she sure can sing! Cooper maintains 10+ piece soul bands with horns on both sides of the country. We’ve got her for an in-store the week of release and you really should come check Cooper out if soulful Motown-style ballads and funky upbeat dance tunes sprinkled with rock n’ roll guitars and rich harmonies are your kinda thing.”
Billy Block Folk Night at Two Old Hippies – 6pm
Billy Block has been presenting his weekly music variety show featuring the stars of Americana, Country, Rock, Blues, Folk and Bluegrass. A popular gathering for musicians of all genres and music industry leaders looking for new talent. The Billy Block Show has been called “The Ellis Island of Nashville.”
TOTO (Tail of Two Opposites) Book Release at Parnassus Books: 6:30pm
For the release of “Cats n’ Dogs: A Tail of Two Opposites (TOTO),” author Jim Harwell & the TOTO Committee will host a fun, informative, and interactive cat-dog event at Parnassus Books in Green Hills. The event features Harwell, illustrator Dean Tomasek, veterinarian Dr. Marc Smith and most importantly, service dogs and their trainers! Additional celebudogs will be in attendance. Several cats were invited but declined to attend. TOTO is a book of humor and pet education for kids ages 12 to 112. Harwell and Tomasek are both Nashvillians.
Fantastic Forum at McKay’s – 7pm
This is their first (of hopefully many) events where people just come and talk about books and interests! This one’s focused on sci-fi and fantasy, so c’mon down! Costumes are optional.
In-store: Della Mae at Grimey’s – noon
From Grimey’s: “This World Oft Can Be, Della Mae’s Rounder debut, shows that like The Avett Brothers, The Lumineers, and Punch Brothers, the five multi-talented young women of Della Mae are respectful of American musical tradition, but not restricted by it, combining centuries’ worth of musical influences with an emotionally tough, undeniably modern songwriting sensibility.”
Film Screening: Pitch Perfect at Elmington Park – 4pm, film starts at dusk
Hilarious movie, great park that isn’t far out of town, food trucks, entertainment. Get updates on their Facebook event.
Nashville Dancin’ at Riverfront Park – 5pm
Free parking at LP field (the pedestrian bridge is highly recommended), and free performances from Delta Rae, The Vespers, Johnny Sketch and the Dirty Notes, and Gabe Dixon.
In-store: Devon Allman at Grimey’s – 6pm
From Grimey’s: “Devon Allman is a vocalist, guitarist, keyboardist and songwriter. He is also the son of Gregg Allman and he makes good use of those genes. He’s not necessarily influenced by the Allman Brothers and didn’t even meet his famous father until his teens but he’s got the voice and the talent.”
Poet’s Corner Featuring Christina Stoddard at Scarritt-Bennett Center – 7pm
Christina Stoddard’s poems have appeared in Asheville Poetry Review, Cave Wall, Tar River Poetry, Slipstream, and The Texas Review, among others. In 2010 she was a participant at the Sewanee Writers’ Conference. A former assistant poetry editor of The Greensboro Review and the International Poetry Review, she is currently Managing Editor of the Journal of Risk and Uncertainty, an economics journal. It’ll take place on the second floor of the Fondren Building.
Star Party at Bells Bend Outdoor Center – 8:30pm
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. If you have a telescope or binoculars, bring them along – the more, the merrier!
Puppet Truck presents Aesop’s Fables at East Library (10:30am) & Edmondson Pike Branch (2:30pm)
A bright new adaptation of Aesop’s classic tales comes to you complete with puppets, humor and wisdom. Stay tuned for a classic race, a new friendship, some not so tasty grapes, and many more stories. Laugh until you cry or until you’ve learned your lesson. Running time: 30 minutes
Musicians Corner in Centennial Park – 3-6pm
Food trucks, beer garden, kids stuff, and live performances from Brooke Waggoner, Ruby Amanfu, St. Paul and the Broken Bones, Webb Wilder and more. And it’s the spring season closer, so it’s now or a-few-months-from-now.
In-store: Fats Kaplin & Friends at Grimey’s Too – 6pm
From Grimey’s: “Born and raised in New York City, influenced by jazz, gypsy, and traditional string band music, Fats Kaplin had already been featured on legendary recordings and extensive tours by the time he was 18 years old. In Nashville since 1992, Fats has become an all-around studio pro, master of stringed instruments and Jack White’s go-to fiddle player. He’s that rare master instrumentalist who doesn’t need to show off his ability, preferring instead to add spice so that it blends into the musical mix. And he’s got some talented friends. Expect special guests and free beer(!) at this special in-store performance at Grimey’s Too.”