Weekly Highlights – May 1-7, 2017


Student Show: Art Imitates Life at Fisk University’s Aaron Douglas Gallery – 10am-4pm
Today is the last day to check out Art Imitates Life: an exhibition curated by Fisk University students featuring works by Fisk University students.

8 off 8th at Mercy Lounge – 8pm
This week’s edition of 8 off 8th will feature performances from Alex Williams, Ben Danaher, Dave Pahanish, Faren Rachels, George Shingleton, Jason Nix, and Ross Cooper.


Award-Winning ASCAP Writer Jesse Daniel Edwards Live Taping at The Crying Wolf – 7pm
Nashville songwriter Jesse Daniel Edwards showcases his latest work during the Songnest Live Series at the Crying Wolf in East Nashville- live taping.


Books and Bubbles (The Big Payback) at Turnip Green Creative Reuse (TGCR) – 2-7pm
Turnip Green Creative Reuse invites you to join it at its space for a special Big Payback Event. It will raising money for its educational programming, making reuse art journals, having food, bubbly drinks and live music. Lightning 100 will be joining the fun at 6:00 p.m.


Star Wars Night at McKay’s – 5:30pm
For the first time ever, McKay’s is proud to be hosting Star Wars Night! You will be able to make your own mini-lightsaber, play hunt for the droid, and participate in a costume contest! There will be prizes, giveaways, and cool Star Wars swag. What better way to spend May the Fourth?

On the Farm, Necessity Is the Mother of Invention at Cumberland River Compact – 12pm
Karen Overton, owner of Wedge Oak Farm, will share her story of transitioning from alternate careers in Archaeology, Museum Studies, and Art fabrication to farming and how the re-organization of a 114 year old family farm required her to learn sustainable agricultural methods, humane animal husbandry, butchery, and event planning that helped create a balance between farm production and land management. These have allowed her to adapt and recreate an active farm for today’s local food movement and the enjoyment of those that value it’s existence.

The Harding Art Show at the Harding Academy – 6-9pm
From their website: Celebrating its 42nd year, The Harding Art Show hosts approximately 70 talented artists from across the country. The show is held at Harding Academy, located in the dynamic city of Nashville; this event is open to the public and typically attracts 3,000 visitors each year. One of the aspects of the show that makes the experience unique and gratifying for all involved is that exhibiting artists are present during this event, showcasing their fine art for purchase and interacting and engaging with attendees. Proceeds from the show benefit Harding Academy student programs, facilities and arts education.


Film Screening: Blow-Up (1966) at The Frist – 7pm
Lauded as one of the world’s greatest films, Antonioni’s narrative follows Thomas, a trendy photographer in Swinging London during the 1960s. After unwittingly capturing a murder on film, Thomas embarks on a drug-drenched journey that features mysterious women, fashion groupies and, of course, gorgeous photography. Inspired by the life of photographer David Bailey and starring David Hemmings and Vanessa Redgrave, this mod masterpiece is not to be missed. Directed by Michelangelo Antonioni.

46th Annual Spring Tennessee Craft Fair at Centennial Park – 10am-6pm
Join the Nashville tradition of celebrating and supporting American handmade craft at the 46th Annual Spring Tennessee Craft Fair premier event on the lawn in Centennial Park. Shop one-of-a-kind, finely crafted artwork directly from the juried, award-winning artists. A unique feature of Tennessee Craft Fairs requires artists to be on-site. While shopping, you’ll meet the artists, learn what inspires them and how they take raw materials like clay, wood, metal and glass and transform them into fine craft.

The Harding Art Show at the Harding Academy – 1-5pm and 6-9pm
See Thursday for details.

Main Street JazzFest at Downtown Square in Murfreesboro – 6-11pm
See a lot of jazz bands. Friday is kind of dedicated to high school bands, and as someone who was in high school jazz bands, the quality varies. I’m sure it’ll be fun, but expect a lot of proud parents.

Franklin Art Crawl in Downtown Franklin – 6-9pm
Yay art crawls!


Derby Bed Race in Downtown Nashville – 9am
Nashville’s Downtown Derby Bed Race is a competition where teams build and decorate their own “beds” to race up 5th Avenue to Bridgestone Plaza all in support of cancer research. Teams that raise the most money can earn “head starts” on race day. The winning team will be presented with a Trophy at a post-race ceremony at Bridgestone Plaza. Teams that demonstrate “Technical Ingenuity,” “Best Decorated” and the “Best in Spirit” will also be crowned.

46th Annual Spring Tennessee Craft Fair at Centennial Park – 10am-6pm
See Friday for details.

Strawberry Jubilee 2017 at Nashville Farmers’ Market – 10am-2pm
NFM is kicking-off their 2017 peak growing season with Strawberry Jubilee at the Nashville Farmers’ Market on Saturday, May 6, 2017, from 10am to 2pm. This is the Nashville-area’s premiere opportunity to taste the sweetest, locally-grown Tennessee strawberries of the season, and to take home every quantity from pints to full flats for freezing, canning, ice cream-making, and, of course, plenty of snacking. Strawberry Jubilee at the Nashville Farmers’ Market will feature a free strawberry tasting table, live music, food trucks, local farmers, and lots of fun for the entire family.

First Saturday Art Crawl in Downtown Nashville – 6-9pm
Presenting local and world-renowned artists and artwork, the galleries offer rare opportunities to view diverse exhibitions featuring every genre of art. The First Saturday Art Crawl is a festive atmosphere with participating venues located along Fifth Avenue of the Arts and in the Historic Arcade – all welcoming the community to experience downtown Nashville as a center for art.

The 70th Anniversary of The Ernest Tubb Midnite Jamboree at the Texas Troubadour Theatre – 10pm
Be a part of country music history as Glenn Douglas Tubb presents Robin Right, Melanie Walker, and Presley & Taylor with special appearances by Dottie Swan Tubb and Pam Tillis. Real talk — this is one of my favorite recurring free events in Nashville and this writer has some epic memories from it. Don’t miss out!

Vanderbilt Community Chorus at Vanderbilt University – Blair School of Music – Steve and Judy Turner Recital Hall –  8pm
The VCC presents music of hope, featuring Dan Forrest’s Requiem for the Living and Morten Lauridsen’s O Nata Lux and other works by American composers as we embark on our first European tour this month.

Kidsville at the Parthenon: Athena at The Parthenon – 11am
Listen to Greek mythology story of how Athena is the goddess of crafts; Children will create their own yarn-wrapped piece of pottery.

The Harding Art Show at the Harding Academy – 10am-4pm
See Thursday for details.

Main Street JazzFest at Downtown Square in Murfreesboro – 1-9pm
Today is a mix of school bands and some real-deal jazz performers. Check out the schedule here.

Arts & Music at Wedgewood/Houston – 6-9pm
It’s an art crawl! I remember when this used to be considered one of the most dangerous neighborhoods in Nashville. Is it cool now? I mean, Grimey’s has always made it cool but is it COOL?


46th Annual Spring Tennessee Craft Fair at Centennial Park – 10am-5pm
See Friday for details.

Family Festival Day at The Frist Center – 1pm
This Family Festival Day will celebrate the cultural and historical aspects of their exhibition Secrets of Buddhist Art: Tibet, Japan, and Korea. Join The Frist Center for unique gallery experiences, fun art-making activities, exciting performances, and a special procession and parade to the Cumberland River. All programs are free, appropriate for all ages, and offered on a first-come, first-served basis while supplies last.


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