Whether your “hot fun in the summer time” consists of music and movies or trees and stars, we’ve developed a short playlist of options for you this weekend.
“Time for a cool change”: For a cooler alternative to some of the Nashville summer’s activities, consider the public skates at Ford Ice Center in Antioch or at Centennial Sportsplex on Friday and Saturday or at A Game on Saturday and Sunday. (If you choose A Game, you can grab a bite after your skate at the venue’s Overlook Grill Bar & Grill.)
“It’s a family affair”: While the “Rock My Soul” concert by the McCrary Sisters and Fairfield Four scheduled for Friday night at the Schermerhorn has been cancelled, Nashvillians can catch Regina McCrary in the cast for the play, Where Did I Go Wrong? by Kerry Dewayne James, which examines the twists and turns of family relationships. The performance also features Bern Nadette Stanis (Thelma from Good Times) and Nashville’s Gary “Lil G” Jenkins, lead singer of Silk. Showtime is 7:00 p.m. in the James K. Polk Theater at TPAC. On Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m., you can catch the final performances of “The Trials and Tribulations of a Trailer Trash Housewife.” The play—part of another impressive list of shows at Darkhorse Theater this summer—explores relationships of chance and choice in the true grit and hilarity of a trailer park.
“Hit the road, Jack”/“’Scuse me while I scope the sky”: If you want to explore the outdoors and meet new friends, hiking groups throughout the area offer a few treks. Options for Saturday include Beaman Park (in Ashland City) and in Marcella Vivrette Smith Park (Brentwood’s newest and largest park), and for Sunday, consider a hike at Montgomery Bell State Park, followed by brunch in the lodge. Friday night from 8:00-11:00, comb the night sky during Dyer Observatory’s Telescope Night. This month’s event features a talk by David Weintraub, author of Is Pluto a Planet? (Note: Reservations are required.)
“Music and fashion [are] always the passion . . . at the Frist!”: Spending Friday night at the Frist Center seems the fashionable thing to do! The Frist offers its latest screening in the “Italian Style on Celluloid” series: Roman Holiday, starring the fashion-iconic Audrey Hepburn as Princess Ann and featuring costumes designed in collaboration with Italian couturiers Sorelle Fontana (the Fontana sisters). The film screening begins at 7:00 p.m. Watch love blossom between Hepburn and Gregory Peck in Oscar-winning style! The film is included with a general admission to the museum, now featuring Italian Style: Fashion since 1945 among its exhibits. In the Frist Café, you can catch Ronny Criss and Friends in the round at a free show starting at 6:00 p.m.
You also can catch Gregory Peck in late-morning screenings of To Kill a Mockingbird at the Belcourt Friday through Sunday, in anticipation of the July 14 release of Lee’s Go Set a Watchman, the sequel to To Kill a Mockingbird. Another option for a movie at the Belcourt is Amy, the Amy Winehouse documentary, which opens Friday. At the main branch of the Nashville Public Library, it’s Hellboy II for this edition of Movies @ Main, at 2:00 p.m. If you prefer, Richard III (the hellish royal) to Hellboy II, you can participate in this month’s Shakespeare Allowed! a group reading of the play.
“Wanted: Dead or Ah! Live”: On Friday and Saturday at 8:00 p.m., the Bacon Brothers cut loose on the stage of City Winery. Show tickets are still available; if you want to attend the meet-and-greets prior to the shows, you’ll be placed on a waiting list. On Sunday at 2:00 p.m., you can catch two short films featuring Trisha Yearwood (A Portrait of Trisha Yearwood and Full Access: On Tour with Trisha Yearwood) and tour the exhibit, Trisha Yearwood: The Song Remembers When. The Iris Dement show nearby at City Winery provides another opportunity to celebrate a memorable female voice in singer-songwriter Iris Dement. On Sunday at 4:00 p.m. at Greenwood Cemetery (4th Avenue, Nashville), Walter Skoid (the Dead Poets Project) stops in Nashville and joins Tennessee poet laureate Maggi Vaughan for the Great Dead Poets Bash of Nashville. Come prepared to read a poem by your favorite dead poet or sit back and listen as literary and history fans bring the dead to life!
“I want my MTV”/Hot Chicken Reprise: For casual dining options this weekend, make it a meat-and-three veggies at some of the area’s best: Swett’s on 28th Avenue in North Nashville, Wendell Smith’s in West Nashville or Nana’s Kitchen on Nolensville Road in Nolensville—a trip down south worth the effort, in our opinion. If you missed the Hot Chicken Festival July 4 in East Nashville, why not repent with some Slap Yo Mama heat via Bolton’s, Prince’s Hattie B’s, Pepperfire or 400 Degrees?
Hot or cold, indoors or outdoors, be safe and have a great weekend, Nashville!