S&E Recommends for this weekend: Parks and Rec ‘s finest—and other interesting choices
Whether you choose to be indoors or outdoors this weekend—and whatever your interests may be—you have lots of options.
Megan Mullally and Nick Offerman take the stage of the Ryman Friday night. Blending their acclaimed wits from their Parks and Recreation and Will & Grace years with material from their marriage that is equally outrageous, Mullally and Offerman continue their stage collaboration with “Summer of 69: No Apostrophe,” a follow-up to their work together in “Annapurna.” The couple, who play ex-spouses on Parks and Rec, promise to “yank the britches right off of their [real life] marriage” in song and speech, with the kind of fire viewers have come to expect from their television characters.
While Mulally and Offerman share their “groovy kinda love” at the Ryman, some locals may prefer a “Zoovie” night at the Nashville Zoo on Friday. This month’s “Zoovie Nights” selection is Toy Story. Additionally, fans of the eternally groovy Dr. Seuss may want to catch the final weekend of performances of the Nashville Children’s Theatre’s Cat in the Hat.
To fill your days, there are plenty of outdoor events:
Meat Ya in the Park: Perhaps “Man vs. Meat” wasn’t a conflict you explored in high school trudging through the likes of Oedipus Rex or Brave New World. We think that even the most avid readers will want to get away from the pages and out to East Park for another Meat Ya in the Park, courtesy of 12th and Broad, on Sunday from 11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. For a modest general admission fee, you can try fare from the barbies and kitchens of 15 local restaurants. The festival also will feature vegetarian options, along with live music, pop-up shopping, and a Kite Garden and art projects for children.d
Nashville Wine and Food Festival: Cultivate your palette while supporting a great cause—the Nashville Symphony. The festival takes place from noon-4:00 p.m. Saturday at Riverfront Park. The event will feature winemakers from around the country, who will pour their finest products alongside local chefs. You can taste the results of the pairings and talk with the chefs and winemakers. Another option for supporting the symphony this weekend comes with the latest installment of Happy Hour at the ‘Horn, Friday night from 6:00 p.m.-7:40 p.m. on Friday. You can pair a ticket to the NSO’s performance of Berlioz’s Symphonie Fantastique with live local music, local food (Actual Food Nashville), craft beer, specialty cocktails, and art from Zeitgeist Gallery.
Other suggested events: It’s time for the 38th annual Bellevue Community Picnic in Red Caboose Park, Saturday from 10:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m. Williamson County Parks and Recreation offers two events: “Pickin’ in the Park” (Saturday from 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. in Nolensville Park) and a free concert by the Willamson County Community Band (Saturday at 6:30 p.m. in Aspen Grove Park). Musician’s Corner continues in Centennial Park in its new location (at the front of the park by West End Avenue and 25th Avenue/Elliston Place). Finally, consider this year’s Tour de Nash as a way to see the city and bike it up to pair fitness with the fare you may consume from other Uniquely Nashville happenings.
Here are some recommended indoor activities:
Act Too Players “Into the Woods” at Franklin Theatre (continuing through Sunday): You may recall that the movie hit “Into the Woods” began as a stage production, so plan to enjoy some local talent helping the baker’s family reverse a spell—as only the Grimm fairy tales can do.
“Women’s Work” Festival: You also might enjoy the second weekend (of three!) of the “Women’s Work” festival, a spring production of the Tennessee Women’s Theater Project, our upcoming feature of “Uniquely Nashville—Art.”
The Global Education Center’s Caravanserai: This “Evening of Story and Dance” event takes place at Casa Azafran, the GEC’s second home. The event will feature North African and Middle Eastern dance performances and food by chef Karla Ruiz. Freestyle dance begins after the performances. The event is one of the center’s ongoing world dance parties; this event benefits the GEC’s “Raise the Roof” campaign, which will enable the organization to repair storm damage to its Charlotte Avenue facility.
Nashville Ballet’s Emergence: This edition of “Emergence” features collaborations with Matthew Perryman Jones, the Fisk Jubliee Singers and the Nashville Opera. Tickets for the Friday and Saturday shows are selling quickly, so pick up yours while they last. You also may opt for the conclusion of the Trish Brown Dance Company’s “Retrospective,” for which OZ Arts Nashville is offering discounted tickets (about 40 percent off the usual cost).
Nashville Jazz Workshop activities: Nashville Jazz Workshop’s next edition of the NJW Jam Session takes place Sunday afternoon at 4:00. The event is free and open to the public (listeners and participants alike!). A concurrent Nashville Jazz Workshop event, “Jazz on the Triangle,” will feature veteran jazz trumpeter Rod McGaha. The performance takes place at the Church of the Holy Trinity in East Nashville. Tickets for the event are available through the church (Call 615-256-6359 or email firstname.lastname@example.org)
Other music events: On Sunday, the Jeff Beck Band, featuring Nashville’s own Jimmy Hall, wraps the weekend at the Ryman. (Heads up for next weekend: Al Green will be performing next Friday at Bradley Academy Museum and Cultural Center in Murfreesboro. For information, call 615-867-2633.)