News & Information
New retailer: Blush Boutique!
606 12th Avenue South. 615-401-9599. This new store in The Gulch sells women's clothing and accessories. Hours of operation are Monday - Sunday, 10 am - 8 pm.
New restaurant: Music City Pizza!
114 12th Avenue North. 615-320-3754. This new restaurant is located inside 12th & Porter. Hours of operation are Monday - Saturday, 6 pm - 3 am.
Events This Week
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 10, 11 AM - 1 PM
LOCATION: CHURCH STREET PARK FREE
Head to Church Street Park on your lunch break and enjoy a picnic in the park! As part of Artober, the Metro Arts Commission presents a performance by The Mables. Plus, food available for purchase from Deg Thai. Or, bring your own lunch and enjoy eating outdoors while listening to great live music. Shaded tables and chairs will be set up for this event.
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 10 - SUNDAY, OCTOBER 13, SHOW TIMES VARY BY DATE
LOCATION: NASHVILLE MUNICIPAL AUDITORIUM $18 - $28
The Shrine Circus is back at the Municipal Auditorium - a fun family adventure for all ages.Join the pre-party one hour before show times. For a small additional fee, ride an elephant or pony, get your face painted and meet circus stars up close and in person.
The exhibition "30 Americans" is a wide-ranging survey of work by some of the most important African American artists of the last three decades. The works were selected from the Rubell Family Collection, which brings together seminal figures such as Jean-Michel Basquiat and David Hammons with emerging artists such as Kehinde Wiley and Shinique Smith. Be part of the community preview, as Don and Mera Rubell, along with their collection director, Juan Valadez, discuss the formation and growth of their collection.
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 10, 5 PM - 7 PM
LOCATION: MUSIC CITY CENTER FREE
Metro Public Works will host an informational open house for the Multimodal Mobility Study. They will introduce the project, present initial data collection results and accept public comments. The Multimodal Mobility Study will address parking, non-auto modes and facilities, pedestrian-friendly street design and vehicular traffic circulation. The study focuses on the downtown area and will be integrated with other plans for the region to ensure a cohesive and reliable strategy. Take the survey to share your opinions about downtown transit, traffic and parking.
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 10, 7 PM & SATURDAY, OCTOBER 12, 8 PM
LOCATION: TPAC - TENNESSEE PERFORMING ARTS CENTER $51.50 - $97.50
From Bizet, composer of Carmen, comes another tale of heated desire, exotic locales, and ravishing music. In a fishing village in ancient Ceylon, two men reaffirm their friendship after their rivalry for the same woman has almost destroyed them both. The Pearl Fishers is one of the most sensual operas ever written. Featuring the Nashville Symphony and sung in French with projected English translations.
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 11 - SUNDAY, OCTOBER 13, FRIDAY, NOON - 6 PM; SATURDAY, 9 AM - 6 PM; AND SUNDAY, NOON - 5 PM
LOCATION: WAR MEMORIAL PLAZA FREE
Now in its 25th year, the Southern Festival of Books is a free, three-day celebration of the written word that provides book-loving guests the opportunity to get up close and personal with their favorite authors. Plus, food vendors, a children’s stage, live music, a café stage, author readings, book signings and much more! Award-winning authors headlining the festival include Roy Blount, Rick Bragg, Bill Bryson, Bobbie Ann Mason, Meg Wolitzer, Jon Meacham and Keel Hunt. Click here for the full schedule of authors and activities. Hours are Friday, noon - 6 pm; Saturday, 9 am - 6 pm; and Sunday, noon - 5 pm.
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 11, ALL DAY
In recognition of Walk Nashville Month, Walk/Bike Nashville encourages the Nashville community to walk to work on Friday, October 11. Whether you live and walk from nearby, walk to and from the bus stop, or just park a little further than normal, walking all or part of your commute is a great way to add activity to your day.
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 11, 5:30 PM
LOCATION: LP FIELD LOTS G & M FREE
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's annual fundraising event to pay tribute and bring hope to people battling leukemia, lymphoma, and myeloma. Participants raise funds for lifesaving research and patient services and carry illuminated balloons during the walk to show support. This is a casual fundraising walk with no fitness requirements and no registration fees. Walkers who raise at least $100 are honored as "Champions for Cures" and will receive a walk t-shirt, food and beverages, and an illuminated balloon. Plus, live music, kids' activities, a bone marrow drive and a remembrance ceremony. The night of the Walk, Wildhorse Saloon is offering two $5 drink specials and 1/2 off door admission to walkers wearing their Light The Night t-shirts. Registration begins at 5:30 pm, opening ceremony at 7 pm and the walk starts at 7:30 pm. The two-mile walk begins and ends near the north entrance of LP Field. A fireworks show will "light the night" to end the event.
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 12, 11 AM - 5 PM
LOCATION: CUMBERLAND PARK FREE
Soy Vay will launch their A Pollo '13 Mission. Celebrate the return of the first-ever "space-cooked" chicken, feast on samples and enjoy live music by Matt Dame and Gage.
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 12, NOON
LOCATION: ROLLING MILL HILL FREE
Join Team Green and Nashville B-cycle for a beginner-friendly urban bike ride. Bring your own bike or check out a B-cycle from the Rolling Mill Hill B-station. The ride starts and ends at this station. A B-cycle rental is only $5 for 24 hours of unlimited 60-minute trips. Team Green will lead attendees on an easy ride through downtown. This event is open to the public and attendees are encouraged to register in advance. A social at The Listening Room Cafe will follow the ride. One annual Nashville B-cycle membership will be given away at the social.
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 12, 9 AM - 2 PM
LOCATION: THE BRIDGE BUILDING FREE
Participants in this workshop will determine where they would like to see 100,000 new homes, 200,000 new residents and 300,000 new jobs go in Davidson County over the next 25 years. Factors including geography, conservation areas and current growth will impact how and where participants consider placing different types of housing and jobs throughout the city. NashvilleNext so far has incorporated more than 11,000 ideas from more than 8,000 Nashville-area residents since its launch in February. Those ideas, combined with the maps created through Plan Nashville, will help Metro Planning officials determine growth scenarios to present to the public for consideration next year. This event is open to the public, but RSVPs are requested. Pop in at anytime between 9 am and 2 pm and take part in the 90-minute exercise. Free food and parking will be provided.
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 12, 7 PM - 10 PM
LOCATION: THE RYMER GALLERY $75
5th Avenue art galleries and local chefs have joined forces to create an artfully curated evening of culinary, visual and performing arts. This artsy food exhibition will be a progressive dinner among the 5th Avenue galleries. The night's progressive schedule: 7 pm at The Rymer Gallery: Chef Jospeh Rozario with cocktails and appetizers and a performance by the Nashville Ballet. 8 pm at The Arts Company: Chef John Kang with entrees and a theatrical presentation in association with the Tennessee Performing Arts Center. 9 pm at Tinney Contemporary: desserts by Frothy Monkey and an innovative video opera in association with the Nashville Film Festival.
Explore the intricate costumes and accessories featured in "Carrie Underwood: The Blown Away Tour Exhibition," and learn about the designers who created stage wear for Underwood and other artists who have clothing displayed in the museum. Participants in this hands-on workshop will examine Underwood's exhibit and create their own paper guitar, paper microphone or handkerchief using fabric swatches, rhinestones, glitter, sequins, ribbons, and fringe. Ages 5 to 15.
Dr. John Stansell, retired from a life-long career as a church musician and concert organist, returns to First Lutheran Church for the 50th anniversary of the dedication of the church’s Schantz pipe organ. The program will include works by J.S. Bach, Samuel Scheidt, Johann Pachelbel, Neils Gade, Daniel Pinkham, Ralph Vaughan Williams and Felix Mendelssohn. Free parking is available and a reception will follow the concert.
MONDAY, OCTOBER 14 - FRIDAY, OCTOBER 18, 11 AM - 2:30 PM
LOCATION: FLEET STREET PUB
Everything on the menu is half-price during lunch on Monday, October 14 through Friday, October 18. Enjoy English bangers and mash, Hatton Cross Hot Hen, hand-cut French fries, desserts and more.
Upcoming Events in Downtown Nashville
America's Got Talent at Schermerhorn Symphony Center Wednesday, October 9
Potted Potter at TPAC - Tennessee Performing Arts Center Wednesday, October 9 - Friday, October 11
The District's Progressive Party at Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery Wednesday, October 9
India.Arie at Ryman Auditorium Wednesday, October 9
Cards & Chords at Hard Rock Cafe Thursday, October 10
Nashville Predators vs. Toronto Maple Leafs at Bridgestone Arena Thursday, October 10
Opry Country Classics at Ryman Auditorium Thursday, October 10
Brandon Calhoon and Friends at The Listening Room Cafe Friday, October 11
Artist's Perspective: "Ana Maria Tavares: Deviating Utopias" at Frist Center for the Visual Arts Friday, October 11
Bill O'Reilly & Dennis Miller at Ryman Auditorium Friday, October 11
Zig Zag Mojo at Puckett's Gro. & Restaurant Saturday, October 12
The Lumineers at Ryman Auditorium Saturday, October 12 - Monday, October 14
Community Shred It Day at LP Field Saturday, October 12
FAB Beatles Revue at 3rd and Lindsley Saturday, October 12
Educator Workshop: "Exploring the Work of Ana Maria Tavares" at Frist Center for the Visual Arts Saturday, October 12
Interview and Performance: Terri Clark at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum Saturday, October 12
Nashville Predators vs. New York Islanders at Bridgestone Arena Saturday, October 12
Painting Class: Paint Your Pet at Sips 'n Strokes Saturday, October 12
Nashville Battle of the Bands at The Rutledge Sunday, October 13
Kid Cudi at Bridgestone Arena Sunday, October 13
Carl Stewart at B.B. King's Blues Club & Restaurant Monday, October 14
Hockey & Heels at Bridgestone Arena Monday, October 14
Walk Nashville Month: Walk Your Neighborhood Monday, October 14
San Rafael at Sambuca Tuesday, October 15
"Wig" Wiggins at Bourbon Street Blues & Boogie Bar Tuesday, October 15
Jacquelyn Conoly at The Listening Room Cafe Tuesday, October 15
Welcome to the Circle at Ryman Auditorium Tuesday, October 15
Wine Class: La Dolce Vino at Flyte World Dining and Wine Tuesday, October 15
Back to Dixie at Nashville Center Stage Tuesday, October 15
Nashville Predators vs. Florida Panthers at Bridgestone Arena Tuesday, October 15
Etta Britt at Bourbon Street Blues & Boogie Bar Wednesday, October 16
The Eagles at Bridgestone Arena Wednesday, October 16
The Beagles: Album Release at 3rd and Lindsley Thursday, October 17
Nashville Predators vs. Los Angeles Kings at Bridgestone Arena Thursday, October 17
Opry Country Classics at Ryman Auditorium Thursday, October 17
Tennessee History Festival at Bicentennial Mall Friday, October 18 - Saturday, October 19
Peter Pan at TPAC - Tennessee Performing Arts Center Friday, October 18 - Sunday, October 20
Chris Botti at Schermerhorn Symphony Center Friday, October 18
XFC 26: Night of Champions III at Nashville Municipal Auditorium Friday, October 18
Luke Bryan at Bridgestone Arena Friday, October 18 - Saturday, October 19
Vanessa Carlton at 3rd and Lindsley Saturday, October 19
Charlie Wilson at Nashville Municipal Auditorium Saturday, October 19
Theresa Caputo at Schermerhorn Symphony Center Saturday, October 19
Walk Nashville Month: Titans Walk at Shelby Street Pedestrian Bridge Sunday, October 20
Audio Adrenaline at Rocketown Sunday, October 20
Jazz on the Cumberland at Cumberland Park Sunday, October 20
San Francisco 49ers vs. Tennessee Titans at LP Field Sunday, October 20
Patty Griffin at Ryman Auditorium Monday, October 21
Raven Cliff at Puckett's Gro. & Restaurant Tuesday, October 22
Nine Inch Nails at Bridgestone Arena Tuesday, October 22
Emeli Sandé at Ryman Auditorium Wednesday, October 23
Michael Bublé at Bridgestone Arena Wednesday, October 23
Nate Feuerstein Industry Showcase at The Rutledge Wednesday, October 23
Is your downtown bar or restaurant hosting a Halloween party this year? If so, please share the info with us to include in our calendar and newsletter by filling out this online form.
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Large groups and events (250+ attendees) that are downtown October 9 - 23, 2013 include Information Systems Security Association International (900, October 8 - 11), Academic Drug Discovery Conference (1,000, October 9 - 11), Vanderbilt University (800, October 10 - 11), American Express (800, October 11 - 16), HealthStream (600, October 13 - 18), Network Events, Inc (4,000, October 16 - 21), Wizard World: Nashville Comic Con (5,000, October 17 - 19), International Entertainment Buyers Association (500, October 19 - 22), and American Institute of Airport Executives (300, October 19 - 22). For information concerning conventions, call 615-259-4782. Click here for a complete listing of Nashville conventions: visitmusiccity.com/conventions.