Weekly Highlights – Sept. 18-24


A Conversation with Tisha Campbell-Martin at Lipscomb University’s Collins Auditorium – 6:30pm
Campbell-Martin had her breakout role in Spike Lee’s School Daze and followed that with a series of other films including House Party before landing the co-starring television role of “Gina” in Martin. Her other work includes starring roles in Everybody Hates Chris, My Wife & Kids, and Dr. Ken. She has worked along the way with Martin Lawrence, Damon Wayans, Chris Rock, and many other leaders in film and television.

8 off 8th Hosted by Housequake at The High Watt – 8pm
Featuring Josie Dunne, Kellie Besch, Natalie Madigan, Reign, Robyn Harris.


Sept. Lecture Series | “Making a Display” Adelicia Acklen’s TN Family Portraits w/ Rachel Stephens at the Belmont Mansion – 5pm
The presentation addresses the painted portraits of Adelicia Acklen and her family members that the Nashville matriarch commissioned throughout her life. Looking at the range of Acklen’s portrait collection as well as the appearances of the individual works reveals Acklen’s specific motivations for the collection as a whole.

Educational Seminar: Charles Smith Wines at Cool Springs Wines and Spirits – 6:30pm
A self-taught winemaker, Charles is a true artisan and a pioneer in the wine world. In 2008, his winery was recognized by Wine & Spirits magazine as one of the “Best New Wineries of the Last Ten Years,” and as “Winery of the Year” in their annual buying guide. In 2009, Food & Wine magazine awarded Charles “Winemaker of the Year”, in 2010 Seattle Magazine recognized Charles as their “Winemaker of the Year”, and in 2014, Wine Enthusiast also named him “Winemaker of the Year”.In 2006, Charles Smith created Charles Smith Wines: The Modernist Project, which centers around the trend that most people generally consume wine without delay. The intent is to create wines to be enjoyed now, but with typicity of variety (Merlot that tastes like Merlot) and true to the place of origin. The wines are full of flavor, balanced, and approachable.

New Faces Nite at The Basement – 8pm
Featuring Claire Wright, Traveling Ones, Ryan Fine, Phillip Gibbs, WILSN, LUCAS, Still Satellite.


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Lunch & Learn | Egypt to Tennessee: The Story Behind the State Museum’s Mummy – Tennessee State Museum – 12:15pm
The museum’s Egyptian mummy has fascinated visitors for generations, yet there are many myths and misperceptions attached to him. Sellers has done extensive research on the subject and will explain how sometimes truth is stranger than fiction, when he recounts the story of how the mummy came to Tennessee.

Deaf Poets In-Store at Grimey’s – 6pm
From the Grimey’s website: “One cool thing (of many) about the indie record store community is we all try to help out each other’s local scenes however we can. We recommend Nashville acts to stores in other cities when our bands go on tour and vice versa. So when our good friends at Radioactive Records in Fort Lauderdale reached out about a badass band coming through Nashville looking for an in-store opportunity, we said “hell yeah!” Miami’s Deaf Poets recently released ‘Lost In Magic City’, their new album mixed and mastered by Jim Diamond (The White Stripes, The Sonics, The Dirtbombs). The band consists of Sean Wouters (Lead Vocals/Guitar) and Nico Espinosa (Vocals/Percussion). Their music is the embodiment of hard-hitting drums with distortion-soaked guitars. Deaf Poets are hitting Nashville to play a show at the Cobra and will stop in at Grimey’s for a set earlier in the evening.”


The Lonely Biscuits In-Store at Grimey’s – 6pm
From the Grimey’s website: “After forming in a Belmont University dorm in 2011, it wasn’t long until the Lonely Biscuits’ unique blend of Indie, Funk, Soul, Hip Hop, and Pop propelled them to become a local Nashville favorite. Just two years later, this band went on to win the MTVu Woodie Award for College Artist of the Year. We are excited to have them perform here in the shop, celebrating their sixth release, “The San Francisco EP.” Swing by for an intimate set and good vibes.”


Red Bull Flugtag at Riverfront Park – 10am-4pm
Today Red Bull Flugtag, the world’s wildest homemade, human-powered flying craft competition, has announced the return to Nashville’s Riverfront Park on Saturday, September 23 in what will be the first Flugtag flights to take off in Nashville since the event made its debut in the city a decade ago. The highly competitive application phase is now open and closes on June 2, when 40 teams will be selected to participate to see who can fly their homemade craft the farthest powered by nothing but their ingenuity and spirit.

Kidsville at the Parthenon – 11am
Come hear about a Greek myth of the Sphinx’s Riddle, then make a picture of the answer to the riddle.

Babies in the Gallery (BIG) at Fisk’s Carl Van Vechten Gallery – 11:15am
For babies 0-12 months old–The tour is designed for babies to view artworks at eye-level, so please bring a carrier or feel free to hold your baby in your arms!

Son Little In-Store at Grimey’s – 5pm
From the Grimey’s Website: “Son Little, the singer and songwriter born Aaron Livingston, is the easygoing musical alchemist of our time. He is a conjurer, and much like those of his heroes Stevie Wonder and Jimi Hendrix, his songs are deconstructions of the diaspora of American R&B. Deftly he weaves different eras of the sound—blues, soul, gospel, rock and roll—through his own unique vision, never forced, always smooth, each note a tributary on the flowing river of rhythm and blues. And now, with his second full-length album, New Magic, he has delivered a profound statement, a cohesive creation that captures the diverse spirit of American music in a fresh and modern way. On the heels of his 2015 self-titled debut and the 5-song EP, Songs I Forgot, that came before it, Son Little found his reach steadily growing. His song “Lay Down” had been streamed over seven million times, he had toured the world with artists as diverse as Leon Bridges, Kelis, Mumford & Sons, Portual. The Man and Shakey Graves in addition to his own headlining runs, and also became a Grammy Award winning producer, earning a 2016 Best Roots Performance award for his work on Mavis Staples’ ‘Your Good Fortune.'”

Hamiltunes, a Hamilton Sing-along at South Jackson Civic Center – 6:30pm
Crash Course Theater presents HAMILTUNES, AN AMERICAN SING-ALONG. This karaoke-style event is free. The 2:30 Sing-Along is recommended for audiences 12 and up; the 6:00 p.m. Sing-Along is recommended for audiences 18 and up. Come join the fun by rapping and singing to your heart’s content.

Jazz on the Lawn at Beachaven Winery – 6:30pm
Jazz on the Lawn is Beachaven Winery and Vinyards FREE concert series each year. Music always starts at 6:3 pm and goes until 9:30pm. Because seating is “general admission,” it pays to get arrive early to get both a good parking spot and a good viewing spot on the lawn.


Bluegrass Jam at Station Inn – 8pm
Bring your musical instrument of choice and be ready to jammmmmm.


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