Weekly Highlights – May 15-21, 2017


Roast The Host Comedy Open Mic Night at Third Coast Comedy Club – 10pm
Sign up starts at 9:30pm. Hosted by Sean Parrott. It’s a short, one-hour show that happens every week.

TV Taping: Songs and Stories with John Berry at Douglas Corner Cafe – 5pm
Join the audience for these TV Tapings of the new show, “Songs and Stories with John Berry.” Berry has a new outlook, a new address and a new beginning. The singer-songwriter rose to stardom on the country charts of the 1990s with such mega hits as Your Love Amazes Me, Standing on the Edge of Goodbye and She’s Taken a Shine. Tonight’s taping will feature Neal McCoy, Mo Pitney, and Billy Dean.


TV Taping: Songs and Stories with John Berry at Douglas Corner Cafe – 5pm
Tonight’s taping will feature Suzy Bogguss, Collin Raye, and Craig Morgan.

Ultimate Comedy at The East Room – 8:30pm
Sign-up is at 8pm. Ultimate Comedy is hosted by Brad Edwards. There is also a band. Each comic gets 4-5 minutes.

Thee Rock N’ Roll Residency at Mercy Lounge – 8pm
Started in April of ’13 by guitarists Jeremy Asbrock and Phil Shouse, Thee Rock N’ Roll Residency has become the longest-running, star-studdedest, Rock N’ Roll extravaganza in Nashville, TN. TRnRR’s weekly Tuesday night shows at Harp & Fiddle have become the stuff of legend, with guests such as Alice Cooper & band, Roger Glover & Don Airey (Deep Purple), Robin Zander (Cheap Trick), Sylvain Sylvain (New York Dolls), Derek St. Holmes (Ted Nugent, Whitford/St. Holmes), among others.


TV Taping: Songs and Stories with John Berry at Douglas Corner Cafe – 5pm
Tonight’s taping will feature Mark Wills, Delbert McClinton, and Billy Ray Cyrus.


Lunch & Learn: Tennessee’s Epic Epidemics w/ Ashley Layhew at Tennessee State Museum – 12:15pm
The history of epidemic disease is the history of the world. Museum staff member Ashley Layhew explores this phenomenon in her talk. Tennessee itself has been shaped by diseases, including malaria, yellow fever, polio, and tuberculosis. This lecture will discuss Tennessee’s reaction to ravaging disease, including settlement, treatment, prevention, and panic, while providing attendees with a healthy outlook about how far modern medicine has evolved.

Free Art Workshop at the Frist – 1-4pm
Join teaching artist Dee Kimbrell to create a community artwork inspired by artist Nick Cave and the five senses. It will be featured in the Frist Center’s Conte Community Arts Gallery this fall as part of Extrasensory, an exhibition of interactive installation art. Visit fristcenter.org/studio for the full schedule of FREE workshops and to register groups of 10 or more. Individuals and small groups (2–9 participants) are welcome to drop in. Space is limited.

TV Taping: Songs and Stories with John Berry at Douglas Corner Cafe – 5pm
Tonight’s taping will feature Clay Walker, Jason Crabb, and Lee Roy Parnell.


Musicians Corner Acoustic Friday Night in Centennial Park – 5pm
This week’s acoustic show will feature performances by Bullfrog Revue, Prateek Kuhad, Maybe April, Nora Jane Struthers, and Leyla McCalla.

Night Market at Nashville Farmers’ Market – 5pm
Join NFM for one of the most unique Friday night experiences in Nashville — the Nashville Farmers’ Market Night Market series. Night Market takes place on the third Friday of each month, 5pm-8pm. Enjoy a shopping and dining experience with lots of local food artisans, locally owned restaurants and shops, locally raised meats, freshly baked desserts, seasonal cocktails, craft beer, local wine, and more!

Vox Grata Women’s Choir Musical Protest Against Human Trafficking at Westminster Presbyterian Church – 7pm
This concert will include choral works addressing the issue of slavery, featuring an extended work entitled “Reasons for the Perpetuation of Slavery” by American composer, Elizabeth Alexander. This compelling piece is a powerful musical protest against slavery in all its forms – in the past, present and foreseeable future. The program will also include works by Stephen Paulus, Joan Szymko, Daniel J. Hall, Rosephanye Powell, Kim Andre Arnesen and Michael Torke.

Philharmonia Orchestra at Blair School of Music’s Ingram Hall – 7:30pm
Directed by Carol Nies.


Urban Gardening Festival 2017 at UT Extension Demonstration Garden’s Ellington Agricultural Center – 9am-4pm
The Urban Gardening Festival is a Community Event designed to educate and engage visitors with local artisans, exhibitors, gardeners, organizations and vendors throughout the Greater Nashville area. Certified Master Gardeners will be teaching how-to workshops on a wide variety of gardening methods and techniques for the varied urban landscape of Nashville including keyhole, lasagna, raised bed, square foot and vertical gardening methods The day’s events will include a Plant Sale, Educational Presentations, Children’s Activities, Entertainment and Food Trucks.

Capitol District Street Fair at Morgan Park – 9am-5pm
The Capitol District Street Fair brings together the Germantown, Salemtown, Hope Gardens, and Buena Vista neighborhoods for a day of music, food, and celebration. This event benefits Crossroads Pets.

The Children’s Hospital Third Annual Children’s Day at The Children’s Hospital at TriStar Centennial – 10am-2pm
The third annual Children’s Day celebration will include children’s games, inflatable activities, face painting, balloon animals, animal encounters hosted by the Nashville Zoo, wellness education and much more.

All Booked Up at the Nashville Fairgrounds – 10am-2pm
All Booked Up will engage young readers through literacy workshops, imagination stations, character meet-and-greets, and Feature Readers. Attendees will also have access to literacy support program information, literacy program registrations and more. The best part of the event – kids will leave with a bag full of books to start their very own home library.

Kidsville at the Parthenon – 11am
Musicians from Intersection, Nashville’s contemporary classical music ensemble, will interact with kids and explore how new music can expand their minds and ears. They will also make a craft inspired by music.

Edible Kitchen Cooking Demo at Nashville Farmers’ Market – 11am
Join NFM and their media partner, Edible Nashville, in the Edible Kitchen every first and third Saturday of the month at 11am and noon during winter, to learn how to make simple, delicious meals with seasonal market ingredients from Nashville’s most talented chefs. Stick around after each demonstration to sample the recipe, and snag a handwritten recipe card to add to your culinary arsenal.

Musicians Corner in Centennial Park – 12-6pm
Featuring performances by Viva Mexico, Cameron Bedell, Emily West, Del Amina, Humming House, Joseph Bradshaw, and Margaret Glaspy.

Dana Fraedrich at McKay’s Used Books – 1pm
Come meet Dana Fraedrich, an independent fantasy novelist! Dana Fraedrich is an independent author, dog lover, and self-professed geek. Even from a young age, she enjoyed writing down the stories that she imagined in her mind. Born and raised in Virginia, she earned her BFA from Roanoke College and is now carving out her own happily ever after in Nashville, TN with her husband and two dogs.

Girls Read Tour with Stephanie Faris, Gail Nall & Debbie Dadey at Parnassus Books – 2pm
Children’s authors Debbie Dadey, Gail Nall, and Stephanie Faris will be on hand to sign books. The school with the most students in attendance this weekend will get a free school visit from Debbie Dadey.


Vintage Base Ball at The Hermitage – 12-4pm
Players will bring to life 1860s baseball traditions by wearing period costumes, playing with vintage-style equipment and following rules of the original games. Game attendees are encouraged to bring chairs and blankets to the event. Vendors will be on-site to sell various ballpark fare.

NJW Jam Session at Nashville Jazz Workshop – 4pm
The NJW Jam Session is a monthly community event hosted by Evan Cobb or Matt Endahl. Taking place every third Sunday of the month (typically), the popular session is a fertile ground for the large contingent of great jazz players and enthusiasts in Middle Tennessee. Geared for professionals, serious students of jazz, and those who love to listen, this jam session is a chance for players to hear each other, meet, and collaborate. The NJW Jam Session is an open forum, so we encourage listeners to ask questions. Each month a different featured guest leads the band and calls tunes.


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