On the heels of Eat, Pray Love author Elizabeth Gilbert’s Big Magic tour stop at Hume-Fogg High (6:15 p.m. October 21) and the grand opening of Asheville-to-Nashville restaurant Tupelo Café in Cool Springs (October 19), Sports & Entertainment Nashville offers suggestions for some fun, interesting things to do.
For starters, you might like to hear Bobby Braddock discuss and sign his new book, Bobby Braddock: A Life on Nashville’s Music Row, Saturday at 2:00 p.m. at Parnassus Books, or you might want to catch veteran musicians Mark and Maggie O’Connor at the Franklin Theatre, performing in the American Classics show with Barbara Lamb. You also might want to see a film featuring performances by the 2015 inductees into the Country Music Hall of Fame on Sunday at 2:00 p.m.
Be sure to see a documentary or two at the Belcourt, as Doctober continues there through October. This weekend’s documentary films include Call Me Lucky (Bobcat Goldthwait’s portrait of Barry Crimmins); Jaco (about electric bassist Jaco Pastorius); Bjork: Biophilia Live (concert film); No No (about Dock Ellis, who pitched a no-hitter for the Pirates while on LSD); Alive Inside (with post-screening discussion); Peggy Guggenheim: Art Addict; Sleeping with Other People; Good Night, Mommy; and more. Take advantage of the five-pack ticket deal to view any of these films—and your choice of upcoming docs.
For live theater, this weekend’s calendar features a variety of new and continuing plays: Music Man at the Larry Keeton Theatre (Friday and Saturday at 7:00 p.m., Sunday at 2:00 p.m.); Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde at Roxy Regional Theatre (Friday and Saturday at 8:00 p.m., Sunday at 2:00 p.m.); the Screwtape Letters in TPAC’s Polk Theater (Friday at 7:30 p.m.); The Foreigner at Pull-Tight Theater (Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m., Sunday at 2:30 p.m.); and Deathtrap at the Darkhorse Theater (Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m., Sunday at 2:30 p.m.).
Among the music playing in Nashville this weekend, SoundHarvest Music Festival in Centennial Park should be a sure hit. The lineup for the Saturday event (noon-11:00 p.m.) includes Them Vibes, Cardboard Kids, Vinyl Thief, Easy Roscoe, and Derik Hultquist. You’ll find another lineup of note for the annual Music with a Mission concert at the Schermerhorn Sunday evening at 7:00.
Larry Gatlin and the Gatlin Brothers are hosting the benefit for the Nashville Rescue Mission. Broadway music lovers will want to catch the Best of Broadway show, featuring Stars of the Great White Way with the Nashville Symphony, Friday and Saturday at 8:00 p.m. at the Schermerhorn.
Valet your car at Merchant’s, enjoy a meal, and walk over to the Ryman to catch Walk the Moon on Saturday (Friday’s show is a sellout) or Don Henley on Sunday. Saturday’s concerts also include Cause a Scene Music’s Secret Show; The Band of Heathens and Cory Branan are this edition’s featured performers. At War Memorial Auditorium, All that Remains and We Came as Romans take the stage on Saturday at 8:15 p.m. In the Gulch, the free Bluegrass jam at Station Inn (2:00 p.m.). Take advantage of several options for eats—including the Turnip Truck, Biscuit Love, Party Fowl, Sambuca, Pour House, Burger Republic, Peg Leg Porker, and the Pub—while you’re in the area.
We recommend several other special events and shows among our “likes.” Sunday from 1:00 p.m.-5:30 p.m. is Frist Free Family Day, a full afternoon featuring several hands-on activities and creative ways to view the new exhibit, Ink, Silk and Gold: Islamic Art from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Remember to check out the other new exhibit, Shinique Smith: Wonder and Rainbows, while you’re there. Additionally, the Frist Center Café remains a great option for a Sunday eats.
Nearby in downtown, the “Masters of Illusion” brings you live magic in TPAC’s Andrew Jackson Hall (Sunday at 7:00 p.m.), and the annual Tennessee History Festival takes place in Bicentennial Capitol Mall Park Friday and Saturday from 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. (Be sure to stop in at the Nashville Farmer’s Market, too). On Friday night at 9:00, the Cabaret Noir Collective returns to Exit/In. Member Christine Hall assures us that the Cabaret’s latest show, “Myth,” includes “a sexy circus, aerial acrobatics, sultry dancing, music and poetry of epic proportions.”
Catch the latest City Farmhouse Pop-Up Fair in Franklin Friday and Saturday. (The fair has been named one of the top five events to attend in October’s Southern Living magazine.) On Sunday, consider a Kombucha workshop at Atmalogy (3:00 p.m.)—and save time to savor some of the best original and vegan coffee house food in town while you’re visiting, or consider the latest installment of Cheekwood’s Literary Garden, which features Tracy Barrett discussing The Stepsister’s Tale for an interesting (and perhaps a more wicked) retelling of Cinderella. The event is one of many in the Cheekwood Harvest series.
When making your weekend plans, remember your local library: Nashville Public Library’s Main Branch and other branches throughout the city offer several activities for children, youth and adults—free of charge. Among the activities worth mentioning are Flashback Friday Flicks (for grades 7-12, Main Branch, Fridays at 3:30 pm.); LEGO Mania (Southeast Branch, Friday at 4:00 p.m., Bellevue Branch, Sunday at 3:00 p.m.); “Playing with Napkins” (art event, Main Branch, Saturday at 2:00 p.m.); Frist Center Art Trunk (Hermitage Branch, Saturday at 2:00 p.m.); Nashville Ballet (Southeast Branch, Saturday at 10:30 a.m., and Edgehill Branch, Saturday at 2:00 p.m.); Nashville Philharmonic Flute Ensemble (Main Branch, Saturday at 11:00 a.m.); and portraits from Bryce McCloud and company’s Our Town citywide collaborative project (Main Branch).
Reap a harvest of good times this weekend, Nashville. Enjoy every minute!