Weekly Highlights – July 8-13


Nashville Creative Group Meet-up: Know Your Fellow Artists at Green Hills Terrace Club House – 7pm
Get to know other creative types in Nashville.

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.

Mystery Comedy Show, Volume 2 at the High Watt, 18+
A free secret show from a nationally touring comedian. Money-back guarantee.

8 off 8th at The Mercy Lounge – 9pm, 21+
Featuring  Duke, The Oak Creek Band, The Highland Reunion, Earnest Ernest, Melon and The Mayhem, The Young International, Frances & The Foundation, Static Revival.


Film Screening: Food Stamped at Warner Parks Nature Center – 6:30pm
Join Warner Park Nature Center and Good Food for Good People as we present a screening of Food Stamped,” an informative and humorous documentary film following a couple as they attempt to eat a healthy, well-balanced diet on a food stamp budget. Through their adventures they consult with members of U.S. Congress, food justice organizations, nutrition experts, and people living on food stamps to take a deep look at America’s broken food system.”

Film Screening: Trash Dance at Urban Green Lab Grounds – 7:30pm
Choreographer Allison Orr finds beauty and grace in garbage trucks, and in the unseen men and women who pick up our trash. Filmmaker Andrew Garrison follows Orr as she rides along with Austin sanitation workers on their daily routes to observe and later convince them to perform a most unlikely spectacle. On an abandoned airport runway, two dozen trash collectors and their trucks deliver — for one night only — a stunningly beautiful and moving performance, in front of an audience of thousands. RSVP here.


Yelp’s So Fresh and So Green: Nashville Sustainable Lifestyle Panels at Hands On Nashville – 5:30pm
Learn insightful information on the past, present, and future of Nashville’s green movement. An array of sustainable leaders and businesses will lead the charge with this interactive panel discussion led up by Laurel Creech of The Office of Mayor Karl Dean and Anne Davis of Southern Environmental Law Center.  Come and enjoy complimentary bites by Clean Comfort TV and Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams and then stay for the engaging panels. RSVP here.

Priests In-Store at Grimey’s – 6pm
From Grimey’s: “Priests are Daniele Daniele, Taylor M, G.L. Jaguar, K.A. Greer. They are an all-girl punk band from Washington, DC. They are smart, politically charged, and furious. They’ve been working on building their own scene in DC and have begun taking it on the road. Priests have a 7? single out (available at Grimey’s) and two cassettes they sell on tour. Priests come highly recommended to us by our friends at Third Man. Come welcome them to town and let’s rock out together in the record store!”

Release party for Radley Balko’s new book “Rise of the Warrior Cop” at Mercy Lounge – 7:30pm
Featuring performances by Kate Tucker & the Sons of Sweden and The Cold Stares. The book is about the militarization of America’s police forces.


Degas and the Little Dancers at Williamson Co. Public Library – 2:30 & 4pm
This ballet follows the heart-warming tale of the friendship that grows between the temperamental old artist and dedicated young subject, as told in the book Degas and the Little Dancer by children’s author Laurence Anholt.

Nashville Dancin’ at Riverfront Park – 5pm
Featuring performances by Mishka, Pat McLaughlin, Kansas Bible Company, TAR (Trapp, Abbott & Rhodes), and Oak Creek Band.


Artist’s Perspective—Jack Spencer: Beyond the Surface at the Frist – 6:30pm
In this lecture, artist Jack Spencer discusses his interest in myth, mystery, and the ephemeral nature of existence beyond the surface. A resident of Nashville whose work has been exhibited and collected internationally, Spencer alters the surfaces of his photographs with techniques suggestive of painting to create images with rich tones and colors, softly-focused or veiled forms, and traces of the artist’s hand, as seen in imperfections, marks, and painterly textures. Museum admission required.

Film Screening: The Big Trees at Cookeville Depot Museum – 8pm
Bring your lawn chair or blanket and an appetite for popcorn and drinks. The movie is FREE, and the popcorn and drinks are only $1.

The Teye Guitars NAMM Party at the Mercy Lounge – 9pm
Featuring performances by Angel Mary & the Tennessee Werewolves, The Joe Taylor Group and The Barbarians of Sevilla.


Family Program: Carrie’s Cool Costumes at Country Music Hall of Fame – 1:30pm
Explore the intricate costumes and accessories featured in the new Carrie Underwood: The Blown Away Tour Exhibition, and learn about the designers who created stage wear for Underwood and for other artists who have clothing displayed in the Museum. Participants in this hands-on workshop will design their own paper guitar, paper microphone, or handkerchief using fabric swatches, rhinestones, glitter, sequins, ribbons, and fringe. Ages 5 to 15. Free. Presented in support of the Museum’s Carrie Underwood: The Blown Away Tour Exhibition.

Puppet Truck Presents Aesop’s Fables at the Green Hills Library – 2pm
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

Author John Thomas at Howlin’ Books – 5pm
From Grimey’s: “Howlin’ Books is excited to host John Thomas, author of the recently released Kalamazoo Gals, which tracks down the women who built Gibson’s prized “Banner” guitars and tells their story.”

Second Saturday at Five Points – 6-9pm
Several East Nashville Galleries and businesses have banded together to create a fun evening celebrating the arts, small business, and the joy of getting out of the house on a Saturday night.

Film Screening: Clash of the Titans at The Belcourt – 8:05pm
The myth of Perseus is given new life in this classic fantasy film featuring the final stop-motion animation of one of cinema’s great special effects masters, Ray Harryhausen who passed this past May. From atop his winged horse, Perseus must battle an assortment of mythical beasts, from a cranky Kraken to Medusa, the ghastly Gorgon, to rescue his beloved Princess Andromeda. A spectacular showcase for Harryhausen’s cavalcade of creatures, CLASH OF THE TITANS is a truly fantastic experience for viewers of all ages.

Star Party at Adventure Science 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!


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