First on our list of “to-do”s are two uniquely Nashville musical productions:

ALIEN: The musical

ALIEN: The Musical at TPAC this weekend. PHOTO COURTESY ALIEN THE MUSICAL

ALIEN: The Musical at TPAC this weekend. PHOTO COURTESY ALIEN THE MUSICAL

ALIEN, an original three-act production by Nashville songwriter and playwright Gregg D. Garner, features more than a dozen original songs in four different musical styles (Irish, Folk, Latino, Pop)—through a story line covering 100 years of immigration spanning from New York to California and reminding us all of what it means to be human. Shows continue at TPAC through Sunday afternoon.

MYTH: A new musical

Myth—the latest production by Blackbird Theater—is the culmination of 20 years of work for writers Wes Driver and Greg Greene, who have collaborated with composer Michael Slayton to serve and destroy the gods of Olympus. It’s a lesson in the classics with memorable acting, humor, and vocal ability. Performances continue through Sunday in the Hillsboro High School auditorium.

If you’d like to enjoy a standard favorite musical, consider The Music Man at Roxy Regional Theatre at 8:00 p.m. after a pre-show cookout under the marquee with hamburgers, hot dogs and all the fixins. (The play itself continues on weekends through August 8). On Saturday, see an all-female cast perform Richard II in the Shakespeare Upright series at the main branch of the Nashville Public Library, brought to you by the Nashville Shakespeare Festival.  On Sunday, Matthew and Gunnar Nelson star in Ricky Nelson Remembered at City Winery. (Come early and enjoy Fats Kaplin and Kristi Rose, who will bring their Pulp Country style to the City Winery for a lounge show at 5:00 p.m.)

MUSIC CITY BREWERS FEST logoFor great stories on screen, catch a midnight screening of Kill Bill 2 at the Belcourt. Sunday brings the latest installment of Grassy Knoll Movie Nights in East Nashville. Admission to the event, held every third Sunday through October, is $5.00 or $4.00 with a can donation to Second Harvest Food Bank. The young and young at heart can catch The Incredibles at Green Hills branch of the library on Saturday at 10:30 a.m.

If you favor all things food and beverage, Nashville has several activities of interest this weekend. On Saturday, in the heart of the city, Mafiaozas hosts its 14th annual Music City Brewer’s Fest, benefitting Second Harvest Food Bank. The festival is an opportunity to sample some of the most respected brews from more than 50 local, regional, national, and imported breweries. You can try beer here that is not normally available in Nashville. The event at Walk of Fame Park also features live music all day—and of course food from Mafiaoza’s and other local foodie favorites. There are two sessions (noon-4:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m.-10:00 pm.), so make sure you buy tickets to at least make one!

Early risers who want to enjoy a leisurely drive along the Natchez Trace Parkway may consider the Lightning 100 Team Green adventure: the Blueberry Picking and Farm Tour at Trace View Farm in Sante Fe, Tenn., only an hour drive from Nashville. Registration for this free event is required. If you missed National Ice Cream Day last weekend or want to extend your indulgence, we suggest taking some of those blueberries and making your own ice cream—cranking it out the traditional way or with recipes from Lomelino’s Ice Cream: 79 Ice Creams, Sorbets and Frozen Treats to Make Any Day Sweet by Linda Lomelino.

No matter what your choices, enjoy and be safe. Let’s have a great weekend, Nashville!