Another Extra! Extra! fun weekend is taking shape in the Nashville area. As usual, we have a few suggestions for you to consider, beginning with the concluding performances of Newsies at TPAC’s Andrew Jackson Hall. Shows take place Friday at 8:00 p.m., Saturday at 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. and Sunday at 1:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.
Winner of the 2012 Tony awards for best score and best choreography, Newsies features a highly energetic experience of the boys who delivered the papers until they made the headlines. The hit musical is based on Disney’s 1992 live-action film Newsies, and both are inspired by the real-life Newsboys Strike of 1899 in New York City, in which the newsboy Kid Blink led a successful two-week strike against publishing giants William Randolph Hearst and Joseph Pulitzer. If you attend the show, plan to arrive early enough to view the affiliated exhibit, “NEWSIES: A Tennessee Special Edition,” on view in the G-Level Gallery of the James K. Polk Cultural Center. (The exhibit runs through June.)
If you’re more than ready for a groovy Friday, plan to see Rubiks Groove at 3rd & Lindsley at 9:30 p.m. You can release your frustration of never having solved the Rubik’s Cube at an out-of-the-box live ‘80s dance party—brought to you by the characters who made the 1980s memorable: Pee Widdy (envision Pee Wee Herman on keytar), Johnny Lawrence (putting Karate Kid moves on some cowbell) Star Brite (Rainbow Brite as a front woman), along with Edward Van Scissorhands, Scott “Team Wolf” Howard, Robo Chops, Super Stario (Mario Brother revisited) and “Bill” the Transformer. We still marvel at how Mr. Scissorhands plays the keys! (He’s not as adept a hairstylist, though; trust us.) We think a Rubiks Groove experience is about the best time traveling you’ll find in the city; Mr. Miyagi would concur.
After the Rubiks Groove show, you may be interested in another 1980s experience: The Belcourt is showing original Poltergeist as the midnight movie, so you can run to the light with Carol Anne again. (The Belcourt will show the film on Saturday at midnight, too.) Yes, yes, yes: Poltergeist 2015 was released this month, and the Belcourt is pretending it didn’t happen. Good for them.
For a family-friendly and more leisurely music experience on Friday, try the Full Moon Pickin’ Party at Warner Park Equestrian Center. It’s the event’s 15th annual season (May-October). This week’s lineup features Someday Soon, Back 80 Bluegrass, and Lonnie Jones & Hard Drive. The Full Moon Pickin’ Party, which highlights bluegrass and roots music, invites pickers to play together in circles under the trees and around the grounds. (If you bring an approved bluegrass instrument, you can take advantage of a reduced admission fee in this fundraiser for Friends of Warner Park.) The event lasts from 7:00 p.m.-11:00 p.m. Gates open at 6:30 p.m. Come out—rain or shine! For an “ages 21+” option on Friday night, there are “Lions and tigers and bears” (i.e., lots of wonderful creatures) and “Oh my”: 100 craft beers, live music, great food and more at the annual Brew at the Zoo, at the Nashville Zoo from 6:30 p.m.-11:00 p.m.
Other musical options for Friday night include Shawn Colvin at City Winery at 8:00 p.m., and the Nashville Symphony’s performance of Britten’s War Requiem at the Schermerhorn at 8:00 p.m. (continuing Saturday). If you’d like to try an alternative type of in-the-round performance, you may opt for the monthly Lyrical Brew, hosted by Ciona Rouse (the local literary circuit’s Oprah), from 7:00p.m.-8:15 p.m. at Barnes and Noble Vanderbilt. This month’s lineup includes Donika Ross, Christina Stoddard and Elizabeth Townsend. On Sunday at 7:00 p.m., the Nashville Symphony features classical music’s most famous four notes in a performance of Beethoven’s Fifth. (We suggest pairing that performance with some readings from The First Four Notes: Beethoven’s Fifth and the Human Imagination, by Matthew Guerrieri, where you can explore the brilliance of the “da-da-da-dum.” Parnassus Books plans to have a copy or two on the shelves, if you’re interested.)
For a perfect mix of sports and entertainment, Nashville FC will hold its next home match (against the New Orleans Jesters) at Richard Siegel Park in Murfreesboro, rather than its usual location of Vanderbilt Football Stadium. If you haven’t learned the rituals of the diehard fans, it’s high time. Come out Saturday at 7:00 p.m. Speaking of New Orleans—and events in Murfreesboro—if you missed the Mardi Gras celebrations in February, you have a chance to attend Mardi Gras in May at the Oaklands Historic House Museum on Saturday from 7:00 p.m.-midnight. Mardi Gras in May benefits the Mindful Care Adult Day Services program in Rutherford County. The evening will include food and beverage, silent auction and live music. Attendees will even receive masks and beads.
For other perfect pairings of sports and entertainment, catch a baseball game this weekend! The Nashville Sounds will have “Friday Night Fireworks.” On Sunday, the Sounds complete a triple-header against Las Vegas in the former Sulphur Dell (First Tennessee Park) and vintage baseball teams take the field at Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park for the annual Statehood Day and Vintage Baseball Games. Celebrate Tennessee’s 219th birthday at the home of the Nashville Maroons and East Nashville Phoenix with free cake and lemonade (while it lasts!) during the games held from noon-3:00p.m. Bring a lawn chair or blanket and enjoy the games!
Have a great weekend. Make it Extra! Extra! special.