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Events This Week
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
56 Arcade. 397-2347. 6 - 9 pm. Free.
79 Arcade. 554-1340. 6 - 9 pm. Free. Click here for exhibit information. Their final show!
75 Arcade. 6 - 9 pm. Free. Click here for exhibit information.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.