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Enterprise CarShare is available with vehicles located in four convenient downtown locations. Become a member between now and February 28, 2014 to waive the first-year membership fee and application fee, totaling $70 in savings. Click here for additional information and join today!
New restaurant: Pinewood Social!
33 Peabody Street. 615-751-8111. This innovative concept allows patrons to transition from morning to noon to night in the same space. Unique features include six bowling lanes, karaoke and private dining. The restaurant offers breakfast, brunch, lunch, dinner and an extensive bar. Hours of operation are Monday - Friday, 7 am - 1 am and Saturday - Sunday, 9 am - 1 am.
Events This Week
A long-running Christmas tradition, the Waffle Shop will serve homemade waffles, turkey hash, southern grits, linked sausages, spiced tea and coffee. Plus, live music, a silent auction, baked goods sale and gift shop. All proceeds benefit the homeless ministries of the Downtown Presbyterian Church.
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 5, 6:30 PM
LOCATION: FLYING SAUCER DRAUGHT EMPORIUM $35 GENERAL PUBLIC; $30 UFO MEMBERS
The Flying Saucer Draught Emporium will host a dinner crafted to pair with a range of beers from Rivertown Brewing Company of Cincinnati, Ohio. Guests will have the opportunity to meet Rivertown owner and brewmaster, Jason Roeper, who will discuss his small batch craft brews and the art of beer pairing.
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 6, 5:30 PM - 8 PM
LOCATION: 5TH AVENUE OF THE ARTS FREE
Art talks on the 5th Avenue of the Arts hosted by Paul Polycarpou, editor of Nashville Arts Magazine. Cocktails will be served at 5:30 pm. At 6 pm, The Rymer Gallery will start the evening with a conversation with sculptors Charles Clary and Jamey Grimes. At 6:45 pm, photographer Dorothy O'Connor will discuss her current exhibit "Scenes" at Tinney Contemporary. The Arts Company will complete the evening with a conversation featuring photographer Jerry Park at 7:15 pm. This event is free, but registration is required. Click here to RSVP. With registration, the event includes free valet parking, complimentary appetizers and coffee by Frothy Monkey, and desserts by the Cupcake Collection, with wine provided by the galleries.
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 6, 6 PM - 8 PM
LOCATION: NASHVILLE CITY CLUB $55 UNCORKED MEMBERS; $65 NCC MEMBERS; $75 GENERAL PUBLIC
This annual event features multiple champagne and sparkling wine stations for guests to enjoy, along with a spread of hors d'oeuvres and an impressive view of the city.
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 6, 6 PM
LOCATION: LP FIELD $35
Be part of one of Nashville's favorite holiday traditions. Approximately 2,000 runners and walkers light the way for the Nashville Christmas Parade and the Jolly Old Elf himself. Start and finish line near the south end zone of LP Field. Note: road closures associated with this event. Closures begin at 4 pm and end at 9 pm on Friday, December 6. Closures include Victory (Titans Way to South 2nd Street), South 2nd Street (Victory to Russell), Russell (South 2nd Street to Titans Way), South 1st Street (Russell to Woodland), Woodland (South 1st Street to Union), Union (Woodland to 2nd Avenue North), 2nd Avenue North (Union to Broadway) and Broadway (2nd Avenue to 7th Avenue). Click here for a route map.
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 6, 6:30 PM
LOCATION: PUBLIC SQUARE FREE
Mayor Karl Dean will launch Nashville's holiday season by lighting the city's Christmas tree, a 30-foot Norway Spruce. The mayor will flip the switch to the tree and the wreaths decorating the Historic Courthouse and Founders' Tower. The tree lighting ceremony will be emceed by Anne Holt, anchor at WKRN-News 2, and include performances by Lennon and Maisy Stella, sisters Maddie and Daphne Conrad on ABC's "Nashville"; the Nashville Symphony Chorus; and Lunch Break, a quartet from the Barbershop Harmony Society. The tree lighting kicks off the 61st Annual Nashville Christmas Parade.
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 6, 7 PM
LOCATION: PUBLIC SQUARE FREE
The 61st Annual Nashville Christmas Parade celebrates "Sharing the Joy of Giving." The parade boasts more than 80 participants including 23 floats, eight large balloons like the Macy's Parade in NYC and 16 marching bands from across the Southeast filling the streets with magical sounds of the holiday season. Eric Close, Mayor Teddy Conrad on ABC's "Nashville," is the parade's grand marshal. This year's route begins on the Woodland Street Bridge, goes south down 2nd Avenue and marches down Broadway just past 12th Avenue. The parade, hosted by Piedmont Natural Gas, will benefit Piedmont's Share the Warmth Round Up program. Note: road closures associated with this event. Closures include the Woodland Street Bridge, Union (from 1st to 3rd Avenue), 2nd Avenue (from Union to Broadway) and Broadway (from 2nd to 10th Avenue). Closures begin at 4 pm and are rolling road closures (all streets will re-open by 9:30 pm).
Gardens of Babylon, a locally owned and operated landscaping company specializing in ecologically sound planting techniques, is hosting a holiday open house. Enjoy product specials, snacks and beverages, a bad santa/good santa photo booth and more.
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 7, 6 PM - 9 PM
LOCATION: 5TH AVENUE OF THE ARTS FREE
Art galleries throughout downtown host receptions and art openings every month. Most galleries serve free wine and other refreshments. The performance platform along 5th Avenue will feature live music by Greg Bryant. See this month's gallery map. Three free shuttles will circulate the route from 6 pm to 10 pm. Participating galleries in this month's crawl include:
69 Arcade. 615-266-4028. 6 pm - 9 pm. Free. Click here for exhibit information.
The Arts Company
215 5th Avenue North. 615-254-2040. 6 pm - 9 pm. Free. Click here for exhibit information.
Andy Anh Ha Gallery
83 Arcade. 615-668-7598. 6 pm - 9 pm. Free.
56 Arcade. 615-397-2347. 6 pm - 9 pm. Free.
79 Arcade. 615-554-1340. 6 pm - 9 pm. Free. Click here for exhibit information.
75 Arcade. 6 pm - 9 pm. Free. Click here for exhibit information.
Craig Brabson Fine Art Photography
64A Arcade. 615-308-7751. 6 pm - 9 pm. Free. Click here for exhibit information.
213 3rd Avenue N. 615-352-3006. 6 pm - 9 pm. Free. Click here for exhibit information.
Hatch Show Print's Haley Gallery
224 5th Avenue S. 615-256-2805. 6 pm - 9 pm. Click here for exhibit information.
Joe Fizer Photography
64 Arcade. 615-300-4239. 6 pm - 9 pm. Free. Click here for exhibit information.
73 Arcade. 615-567-3702. Free. Click here for exhibit information.
42 Arcade. 615-416-2537. 6 pm - 9 pm. Free. Click here for exhibit information.
57 Arcade. 615-966-6282. 6 pm - 9 pm. Free.
58 Arcade. 615-495-1120. 6 pm - 9 pm. Free. Click here for exhibit information.
Picture This Creative Framing
44 Arcade. 615-889-5640. 6 pm - 9 pm. Free. Click here for exhibit information.
The Rymer Gallery
233 5th Avenue North. 615-752-6030. 6 pm - 9 pm. Free. Click here for exhibit information.
61 Arcade. 615-582-2098. 6 pm - 9 pm. Free.
66 Arcade. 615-498-3320. 6 pm - 9 pm. Free.
Tennessee Art League
219 5th Avenue North. 615-736-5000. 6 pm - 9 pm. Free. Click here for exhibit information.
237 5th Avenue North. 615-255-7816. 6 pm - 9 pm. Free. Click here for exhibit information.
59 Arcade. 615-521-2632. 6 pm - 9 pm. Free. Click here for exhibit information.
77 Arcade. 615-383-4848. 6 pm - 9 pm. Free. Click here for exhibit information.
Several downtown locations will be open especially for the crawl. Cute & Comfy Shoes (5 Arcade) will be open from 5 pm to 9 pm and will offer complimentary wine. Karma (302 Church Street) will be open until 10 pm with 20% off clothing and free refreshments. Art on display by Ashley Mintz. Plus, the Downtown Presbyterian Church will host a cappella Christmas caroling on its steps beginning at 7 pm. Music sheets and hot beverages will be provided, and the church's sanctuary will be open for public viewing. Carolers will proceed down 5th Avenue during the Art Crawl festivities.
Every holiday season, bassist/producer Dave Pomeroy organizes a dazzling array of the finest singers and players in Music City for his annual Christmas concert benefiting Nashville’s Room In The Inn homeless program. Members of Nashville's musical community will join forces for this year's event, hosted by Pomeroy and singer/songwriter Don Henry. Admission is free, but a minimum $20 donation to the cause is encouraged.