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Events This Week
A Tuna Christmas is the sequel to the hit comedy, Greater Tuna, starring Tony Award-nominated Joe Sears and Jaston Williams. Master comedians Sears and Williams, with their deft comedic timing, trademark characterizations and split-second costume changes, portray all 24 citizens of Tuna, the third-smallest town in Texas. With one day left before Christmas arrives, the delightfully eccentric characters attempt to cope with seasonal traumas.
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 1, 4:30 PM
LOCATION: RIVERFRONT PARK FREE
Gather at the Nashville Riverfront Menorah, with members of the Metro Council, dignitaries and others as the Jewish community honors Mayor Karl Dean, who will light the first candle of the Menorah. The mayor will share his Chanukah Message with the citizens of Nashville.
A long-running Christmas tradition, the Waffle Shop will serve homemade waffles, turkey hash, southern grits, linked sausages, spiced tea and coffee. All proceeds benefit the homeless ministries of the Downtown Presbyterian Church.
A lecture that contextualizes Zola's insight into the birth of Impressionism, and a discussion of the portrayals of the artists fictionalized in his novel, L'Oeuvre (The Masterpiece). Robert Barsky, Ph.D., Vanderbilt professor of French and comparative literature, will present the lecture.
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 3, 6 PM
LOCATION: THROUGHOUT DOWNTOWN
This 5K run/walk is the kick-off for the Nashville Christmas Parade through downtown. 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. Runner registration is open through December 3 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.
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 3, 6:30 PM
LOCATION: PUBLIC SQUARE PARK FREE
Mayor Karl Dean and country radio legend Gerry House 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 Metro Courthouse and Founders Tower. $3 parking available in the Courthouse Garage for this event.
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 3, 7 PM
The 58th Annual Nashville Christmas Parade celebrates the city's rich history of musical entertainment. The parade boasts 81 total elements including 27 floats, seven balloons like the Macy's Parade in NYC, and twelve marching bands filling the streets with magical sounds of the holiday season. This year's new route begins at LP Field, crosses the Woodland Street Bridge, goes south down 2nd Avenue, and marches down Broadway. The parade hosted by Piedmont Natural Gas, will benefit Piedmont's Share the Warmth Round Up program and will feature country radio legend Gerry House as the Grand Marshal. For more info click here, and for the route map click here.
Celebrate the holiday spirit by enjoying complimentary champagne while viewing plenty of great artwork.
A holiday tradition at the Frist Center, the Blair School of Music Suzuki Strings will share their talents of approximately 50 violin and cello students, ranging from ages five to thirteen. Students will perform classical works by Bach, Handel and Vivaldi, as well as traditional holiday carols.
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 4, 6 PM - 9 PM
Art galleries throughout downtown host receptions and art openings every month. Most galleries serve free wine and other refreshments. Three free shuttles provide transportation among the galleries from 6 pm to 10 pm. See this month's shuttle map and gallery listing. Participating galleries on Saturday, December 4 include:
Animal Art Photography
59 Arcade. 815-4346. 6 - 9 pm. Free. Click here for exhibit information.
57 Arcade. 931-446-2337. 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.
115 Rosa L. Parks Blvd. 251-8997. 6 - 9 pm. Free. Click here for exhibit information.
The Ha Factory
238 5th Avenue North. 718-930-3905. 6 - 9 pm. Free.
LeQuire Gallery Annex
64A Arcade. 298-4611. 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.
44 Arcade. 522-8908. 6 - 9 pm. Free. Click here for exhibit information.
42 Arcade. 416-2537. 6 - 9 pm. Free. Click here for exhibit information.
Ronell & Co.
83 Arcade. 776-7868. 6 - 9 pm. Free. Click here for exhibit information.
The Rymer Gallery
233 5th Avenue North. 752-6030. 6 - 9 pm. Free. Click here for exhibit information.
301 Union Street, 2nd Floor. 594-0208. 6 - 10 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. Click here for exhibit information.
Twist Art Gallery
73 Arcade. 888-535-5286. 6 - 9 pm. Free. Click here for exhibit information.
Dunn Bros Coffee
401 Church Street, #100. 252-2567. 6 - 9 pm. Free. New pieces on display through February 4, 2011, by artists Michael Manly and Phillip Willis, and new photography by Kevin Rogers. The Superficials will perform live on Saturday from 7 - 9 pm.
In addition, restaurants and retailers along 5th Avenue and in the Arcade will be open for the Art Crawl including The Peanut Shop from 6 - 9 pm (also open noon - 3 pm), House of Pizza from 11 am - 9:30 pm, The Painted Cupcake from 10 am - 10 pm, The Shoe Boutique & Accessories from 6 - 9 pm, and Sherlock's Bookstore from 11 am - 9 pm with live blues music.
Also, one of downtown's newest restaurants, Puckett's Gro. & Restaurant is conveniently located next door to galleries on 5th Avenue.
Mobile food vehicles, The Grilled Cheeserie and Coca Van, will both be parked on 5th Avenue from 6 - 9 pm, in front of The Arts Company, Tinney Contemporary, and The Rymer Gallery.
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 5, 11 AM - 3 PM
LOCATION: THE HERMITAGE HOTEL $25 CHILDREN; $35 ADULTS
Santa is the guest of honor at afternoon tea, bringing holiday cheer. Visit with Santa, and enjoy full afternoon tea service and holiday treats. A complimentary gift is also part of the afternoon. Reservations are required; please call 615-345-7116. Tea with Santa is also scheduled on December 12 and December 19.
MONDAY, DECEMBER 6, 7:30 PM
LOCATION: CHRIST CHURCH CATHEDRAL $5 STUDENTS; $10 GENERAL
This concert will feature the Fisk Jubilee Singers ensemble's signature spirituals as well as some Christmas classics. Songs will include Rise Up Shepherds and Follow, Mary's Little Boy Child, Glory, Glory, Glory to the Newborn King, Mary Had a Baby, and many more. Advance tickets are required, and can be purchased by clicking here, or by calling 615-255-7729. Doors open at 6:30 pm.
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 7
LOCATION: THE MELTING POT $31
Wear an ugly holiday sweater to receive the special price of $31 per person for a four-course party menu. Your ugly sweater will also enter you into the drawings for door prizes including free dinners at The Melting Pot!
One of the events in The Art Of series, an educational wine, spirits and beer tasting series. This tasting experience will be led by Tim Laird, CEO of Brown-Forman Corporation, and author of That's Entertaining! He is an authority on wines and spirits, and a gourmet chef. Proceeds will benefit TPAC Education.