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Wednesday, November 30, 2011

   

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Events This Week


Brahm's First

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 1 - SATURDAY, DECEMBER 3, THURSDAY: 7 PM; FRIDAY & SATURDAY: 8 PM
LOCATION: SCHERMERHORN SYMPHONY CENTER $39 - $109

There will be a blaze of sparks when the evening opens with Canadian composer John Estacio's Frenergy. Guest pianist Natasha Paremski possesses an artistic maturity well beyond her years, which she will apply to DvoÅ™ák’s colorful, melodic Piano Concerto. All culminating with the Symphony that helped establish Brahms as Beethoven's successor.

 

86th Annual Waffle Shop

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 1, 11 AM - 2 PM
LOCATION: DOWNTOWN PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH $6

A long-running Christmas tradition, the Waffle Shop will serve homemade waffles, turkey hash, southern grits, linked sausages, spiced tea and coffee. Plus, a silent auction, baked goods sale, and gift shop. All proceeds benefit the homeless ministries of the Downtown Presbyterian Church.

 

Rudolph's Red Nose Run

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 2, 6 PM

This annual 5K run/walk is the precursor to the Nashville Christmas Parade. It begins and ends at the Juvenile Justice Center at the corner of 1st and Woodland Street. Since its inception in 1980 the run has raised over $500,000 for Big Brothers of Nashville. Rudolph's celebrity judges will hold their first-ever costume contest, so wear your merry best! Runner registration is open through December 2 and race-day registration is available from 4:30 pm - 5:45 pm. Runners may also register online. All money raised benefits Big Brothers of Nashville. Runners should park in LP Field Lot C. Celebrate at the race's official after party at Benchmark and watch the Christmas Parade. The party begins at 8 pm. Bring $5 or a new blanket to help keep a family in need warm this winter.

 

Metro Christmas Tree Lighting

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 2, 6:30 PM
LOCATION: PUBLIC SQUARE

Mayor Karl Dean and Vince Gill will launch Nashville's holiday season by lighting the city's Christmas tree. The mayor will flip the switch to the tree and the wreaths decorating the Historic Courthouse and Founders Tower. The tree lighting ceremony will include performances by Vince’s daughter Jenny Gill, country singer Sarah Darling, and a quartet from the Barbershop Harmony Society. In addition, Tennessee Titans quarterback Matt Hasselbeck and his wife, Sarah, will be special guests at the ceremony. Hot chocolate and holiday treats will be provided by The DISTRICT. $3 parking available in the Courthouse Garage for this event.


59th Annual Nashville Christmas Parade

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 2, 7 PM
LOCATION: PUBLIC SQUARE FREE

The 59th Annual Nashville Christmas Parade celebrates "Christmas Around the World." This year's Grand Marshal is Vince Gill. The parade boasts over 80 participants including twenty three floats, eight large balloons like the Macy's Parade in NYC, and sixteen marching bands from across the Southeast filling the streets with magical sounds of the holiday season. This year's route begins on the Woodland Street Bridge, goes south down 2nd Avenue, and marches down Broadway to 7th Avenue. The parade hosted by Piedmont Natural Gas, will benefit Piedmont's Share the Warmth Round Up program. For more info click here, and for the route map click here. Ride the Music City Star to the parade! Click here for the schedule and pricing. NOTE: road closures associated with this event include the Woodland Street Bridge, Union (from 1st to 3rd Avenue), 2nd Avenue (from Union to Broadway), and Broadway (from 2nd to 9th Avenue). Closures begin at 4:30 pm and are rolling road closures (all streets will re-open by 9 pm).

 

First Saturday Art Crawl

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 3, 6 PM - 9 PM

Art galleries throughout downtown host receptions and art openings every month. Most galleries serve free wine and other refreshments. Free shuttles provide transportation among the galleries from 6 pm to 10 pm (galleries close at 9 pm). See this month's shuttle map and gallery listing. Participating galleries include:

 

Andy Anh Ha
63 Arcade.
668-7598. 6 - 9 pm. Free.
Animal Art Photography
59 Arcade. 815-4346. 6 - 9 pm. Free. Click here for exhibit information.

The Arts Company
215 5th Avenue North. 254-2040. 6 - 9 pm. Free. Click here for exhibit information.

BelArt Gallery
56 Arcade. 397-2347. 6 - 9 pm. Free.

Blend Studio
79 Arcade. 554-1340. 6 - 9 pm. Free. Click here for exhibit information. Their final show!

COOP
75 Arcade.
6 - 9 pm. Free. Click here for exhibit information.

Froelich Gallery
83 Arcade.
244-8899. 6 - 9 pm. Free. Click here for exhibit information.

The Ha Factory
238 5th Avenue North. 718-930-3905. 6 - 9 pm. Free.

Lisa Mergen Wearable Art
58 Arcade. 254-9209. 6 - 9 pm. Free.

The Lost Boys Center & Gallery
535 4th Avenue South. 256-8302. 6 - 9 pm. Free. Click here for exhibit information. Free parking and on the shuttle route.

O Gallery
42 Arcade. 416-2537. 6 - 9 pm. Free. Click here for exhibit information.

Picture This Creative Framing
44 Arcade. 889-5640. 6 - 9 pm. Free.

The Rymer Gallery
233 5th Avenue North. 752-6030. 6 - 9 pm. Free. Click here for exhibit information.

Studio 69
69 Arcade. 479-5133. 6 - 9 pm. Free. Click here for exhibit information.

Tennessee Art League
808 Broadway. 736-5000. 6 - 9 pm. Free. Click here for exhibit information.

Tinney Contemporary
237 5th Avenue North. 255-7816. 6 - 9 pm. Free. Click here for exhibit information.

Twist Art Gallery
73 Arcade. 888-535-5286. 6 - 9 pm. Free. Click here for exhibit information.

 

The Overgrads will perform holiday music on 5th Avenue near The Arts Company. Plus, Morton's The Steakhouse (618 Church Street) will offer their discounted "Bar Bites" menu all night during the crawl, with special menu items priced between $5 - $6. Also, Rachel's Gifts at the Hermitage Hotel will host a trunk show featuring handcrafted jewelry by Liorah from 6 pm - 9 pm.


Holiday Artisan Bazaar and Gallery Talk

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 3, 10 AM - 5 PM
LOCATION: TENNESSEE STATE MUSEUM FREE

The museum will host a Holiday Artisan Bazaar in conjunction with the exhibition Stranger in Paradise: The Works of Reverend Howard Finster. Shop from an extraordinary selection of unique gifts, jewelry, crafts, and books from some of the region's best artisans, designers and publishers. Visitors are invited to attend a gallery talk at 2 pm with guest curator for the Finster exhibition, Glen C. Davies. He will conduct a walking tour through the traveling exhibition which will be on view in the museum's Changing Galleries through January 15, 2012.


Make Letterpress Art with Hatch Show Print

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 3, 1 PM
LOCATION: COUNTRY MUSIC HALL OF FAME AND MUSEUM FREE

Learn about letterpress printing from designers at Hatch Show Print, one of the oldest working letterpress print shops in the U.S. Use block images to make your own holiday card or t-shirt. Paper provided. Participants should bring their own t-shirts. For ages 6 to 18. This free workshop will also be offered on Saturday, December 10 at 1 pm.


Trunk Show: Meet the Ladies of Thistle Farms

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 3, 1:30 PM - 4 PM
LOCATION: FRIST CENTER FOR THE VISUAL ARTS GIFT SHOP FREE

Thistle Farms is the social enterprise that is run by the women of Magdalene—a residential program for women who have survived lives of violence, prostitution, and addiction. These women create natural bath and body products that are as good for the earth as they are for the body. Purchases of Thistle Farms products directly benefit the women who made them. The Frist Center Gift Shop will host the ladies of Thistle Farms. Patrons will have the opportunity to meet these inspirational women and hear more about their individual journeys and their unique skin care products. Thistle Farms holiday candles, winter survival kits and travel kits will be on sale in the gift shop as supplies last.


Photos with Santa

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 3, 3 PM - 5 PM
LOCATION: TWO OLD HIPPIES FREE

Santa will visit Two Old Hippies during the first three Saturdays in December (December 3, 10, and 17) from 3 pm to 5 pm. Santa will give a stocking with toys to every child. There will be music, cookies and hot chocolate for the visitors. Bring your own camera if you want your child's picture with Santa.


Holiday Concert: Nashville in Harmony

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 4, 2 PM
LOCATION: FRIST CENTER FOR THE VISUAL ARTS FREE

Nashville in Harmony, a city chorus for GLBT people and their supporters, is proud to bring a unique style and voice to the Nashville scene. Their repertoire includes songs that align with the mission, those that are purely fun, and everything in between. They will perform favorite holiday songs at this concert.


Messiah Sing-In

MONDAY, DECEMBER 5, 7:30 PM
LOCATION: CHRIST CHURCH CATHEDRAL $15

Dust off your vocal cords and join the chorus at the Messiah Sing-in ... and More. Music City Baroque will lead the audience and soloists in the Christmas section of Handel's Messiah and the Hallelujah chorus. Experience Messiah the way Handel intended -- with lower Baroque tuning and authentic instruments. The first half of the concert will feature Sammartini's Christmas Concerto with violin soloists Karen Clarke and Laura Ross.


Repeal of Prohibition Party

MONDAY, DECEMBER 5, 8 PM - 3 AM
LOCATION: BOOTLEGGER'S INN FREE

Join Bootleggers for the 78th Anniversary of the end of Prohibition with a speakeasy-style celebration. Bathtub gin and plenty of moonshine, plus flapper girls serving the drinks! Strap on your boa and chaps and come and join in on the fun as the bar parties like it's 1933!


Lunch & Learn: Essential Oils

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 7, 11 AM - NOON
LOCATION: DOLCE VITA HAIR SALON

Bring your own lunch to the salon for a class about the benefits of essential oils. Complimentary dessert. Call 615-252-8885 to reserve a spot.

 

 

Upcoming Events in Downtown Nashville

David Sedaris' The Santaland Diaries at TPAC - Tennessee Performing Arts Center through Saturday, December 3

Ben Graves at Sambuca Wednesday, November 30

Cherrry Case, Luke Preston, and Katie Basden at The Rutledge Wednesday, November 30

Brahm's First at Schermerhorn Symphony Center Thursday, December 1 - Saturday, December 3

86th Annual Waffle Shop at Downtown Presbyterian Church Thursday, December 1

Gillian Welch at Ryman Auditorium Thursday, December 1

Jenn Bostic and Tiffany Thompson at Casablanca Coffee Thursday, December 1

South Jordan at Listening Room Cafe Thursday, December 1

Eclipse at 12th & Porter Thursday, December 1

Pagliacci at TPAC - Tennessee Performing Arts Center Friday, December 2 - Sunday, December 4

59th Annual Nashville Christmas Parade at Public Square Park Friday, December 2

Opry at the Ryman featuring Dierks Bentley, Gillian Welch, David Rawlings, and more at Ryman Auditorium Friday, December 2

Coffee, Country, Cody, and Christmas at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum Friday, December 2

An Evening with Mindy Smith and The Wisemen with Kate York at 3rd and Lindsley Friday, December 2

University of Alabama Huntsville vs. University of Nebraska Omaha at Bridgestone Arena Friday, December 2 - Saturday, December 3

Buzz Bash for the Kids 5 at The Rutledge Friday, December 2

Rudolph's Red Nose Run Friday, December 2

Metro Christmas Tree Lighting at Public Square Park Friday, December 2

First Saturday Art Crawl Saturday, December 3

Nashville Predators vs. Buffalo Sabres at Bridgestone Arena Saturday, December 3

Holiday Artisan Bazaar and Gallery Talk at Tennessee State Museum Saturday, December 3

Opry at the Ryman featuring Terri Clark, Mel Tillis, and more at Ryman Auditorium Saturday, December 3

It's a Wonderful Life at War Memorial Auditorium Saturday, December 3

Autograph Signing: Deborah Allen and Phil Vassar at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum Saturday, December 3

Make Letterpress Art with Hatch Show Print at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum Saturday, December 3

12 Against Nature Annual Holiday Event at 3rd and Lindsley Saturday, December 3

Trunk Show: Meet the Ladies of Thistle Farms at Frist Center for the Visual Arts Gift Shop Saturday, December 3

Holiday Concert: The Blair School of Music's Suzuki Strings at Frist Center for the Visual Arts Saturday, December 3

Photos with Santa at Two Old Hippies Saturday, December 3

Guns N' Roses at Bridgestone Arena Sunday, December 4

Miller / Myers at Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville Nashville Sunday, December 4

Judy Collins and Arlo Guthrie at Ryman Auditorium Sunday, December 4

Maestro's 3rd Annual Benefit at The Rutledge Sunday, December 4

Holiday Concert: Nashville in Harmony at Frist Center for the Visual Arts Sunday, December 4

As I Lay Dying at Rocketown Monday, December 5

Nick & Amanda Duo at Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville Nashville Monday, December 5

Glen Campbell at Ryman Auditorium Monday, December 5

Messiah Sing-In at Christ Church Cathedral Monday, December 5

The Broken Rubberband comes to Nashville! at Listening Room Cafe Monday, December 5

Kicking Leukemia's Butt with Arbor and Friends at Listening Room Cafe Monday, December 5

Repeal of Prohibition Party at Bootlegger's Inn Monday, December 5

Nashville Predators vs. Phoenix Coyotes at Bridgestone Arena Tuesday, December 6

Opry at the Ryman featuring The Bellamy Brothers, Edens Edge and more at Ryman Auditorium Tuesday, December 6

Tunes for Tots Fundraiser at Listening Room Cafe Tuesday, December 6

Kyle Andrews with Madi Diaz and Parachute Musical at 12th & Porter Tuesday, December 6

Lunch & Learn: Essential Oils at Dolce Vita Hair Salon Wednesday, December 7

Home for the Holidays with LeAnn Rimes at Schermerhorn Symphony Center Thursday, December 8

The Farewell Drifters at 3rd and Lindsley Thursday, December 8

Adult Studio Workshop: Exploring Encaustic Painting with Stefanie Gerber Darr at Frist Center for the Visual Arts Thursday, December 8

Nashville @ Noon: Great Performances at DPC at Downtown Presbyterian Church Friday, December 9

Opry at the Ryman featuring Joey & Rory, Diamond Rio, Del McCoury Band, and more at Ryman Auditorium Friday, December 9

Nashville Predators vs. Anaheim Ducks at Bridgestone Arena Saturday, December 10

Cheerleaders of America: Music City Challenge at Nashville Municipal Auditorium Saturday, December 10

Autograph Signing: Karlen Evins at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum Store Saturday, December 10

Opry at the Ryman featuring Sarah Darling, Rhonda Vincent, and more at Ryman Auditorium Saturday, December 10

Concert and Autograph Signing: Suzy Bogguss at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum Saturday, December 10

Tennessee Titans vs. New Orleans Saints at LP Field Sunday, December 11

Miller / Myers at Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville Nashville Sunday, December 11

Gene Ford's Rock Show at The Rutledge Sunday, December 11

Holiday Concert: The Nashville Flute Choir at Frist Center for the Visual Arts Sunday, December 11

Nashville Predators vs. Calgary Flames at Bridgestone Arena Tuesday, December 13

Jimmy Charles at Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville Nashville Tuesday, December 13

Opry at the Ryman featuring Phil Vassar, Matthew West, Diamond Rio, and more at Ryman Auditorium Tuesday, December 13

The Billy Block Show at The Rutledge Tuesday, December 13

Making Memories: To Live Forever: Egyptian Treasures at Frist Center for the Visual Arts Tuesday, December 13

Sixwire with Danielle Lauderdale at 12th & Porter Wednesday, December 14

Click here to see a complete calendar of all events happening in downtown Nashville!

Special Event Venues

Planning a corporate or social event for the holidays? Look no further than downtown! These special event venues and additional downtown venues are the perfect location for your upcoming event. And, don't forget that a restaurant is always a great place for a party!.

Explore The Gulch!

One of downtown's sub-neighborhoods, The Gulch is a great place for a night on the town, a day of shopping, and a fantastic place to live. Check out all that The Gulch has to offer on this website!

Convention Update

Large groups and events that are downtown November 30 - December 14 include the American College of Veterinary Pathologists (775, December 2 - 7) and the National Baptist Convention of the USA/Sunday School Publishing Board (1,700, December 12 - 15). For information concerning conventions, call 615-259-4782. Click here for a complete listing of Nashville conventions: visitmusiccity.com/conventions.

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