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Wednesday, December 1, 2010

   

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Events This Week

A Tuna Christmas

THROUGH SUNDAY, DECEMBER 5
LOCATION: TPAC - TENNESSEE PERFORMING ARTS CENTER $25 - $55

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.


Menorah Lighting Ceremony with Mayor Karl Dean

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.


83rd Annual Waffle Shop

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 2, 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. All proceeds benefit the homeless ministries of the Downtown Presbyterian Church.


The Janet and Jim Ayers and Marlene and Spencer Hays Lecture Series: "Cézanne, Zola, and The Outcast Impressionists"

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 2, 6:30 PM
LOCATION: FRIST CENTER FOR THE VISUAL ARTS FREE

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.


Rudolph's Red Nose Run

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.


Metro Christmas Tree Lighting

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.


"Home for the Holidays" Nashville Christmas Parade

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.


Champagne Saturdays

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 4, 11 AM - 5 PM
LOCATIONS: THE RYMER GALLERY, THE ARTS COMPANY, TINNEY CONTEMPORARY

Celebrate the holiday spirit by enjoying complimentary champagne while viewing plenty of great artwork.


Blair School of Music Suzuki Strings Holiday Concert

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

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.


First Saturday Art Crawl

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.

Arcade 57
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.

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.

Estel Gallery
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.

Mir Gallery
44 Arcade. 522-8908. 6 - 9 pm. Free. Click here for exhibit information.

O Gallery
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.

Seven Art
301 Union Street, 2nd Floor. 594-0208. 6 - 10 pm. Free. Click here for exhibit information.

Suite 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. 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.
 

Afternoon Tea With Santa

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.


Christmas with the Fisk Jubilee Singers

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.


Ugly Holiday Sweater Party

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!


The Art of Cordials

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 7, 6 PM
LOCATION: TPAC - TENNESSEE PERFORMING ARTS CENTER $25

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.

 

 

Upcoming Events in Downtown Nashville

St. Jude Children's Research Hospital Thanks and Giving Campaign at The Melting Pot Sunday, October 31 - Sunday, December 12

A Tuna Christmas at TPAC - Tennessee Performing Arts Center Tuesday, November 30 - Sunday, December 5

Menorah Lighting Ceremony with Mayor Karl Dean at Riverfront Park Wednesday, December 1

Geeks Who Drink Pub Quiz at Past Perfect Wednesday, December 1

Burning Las Vegas at B.B. King's Blues Club & Restaurant Wednesday, December 1

Cider Carols at Rocketown Thursday, December 2

83rd Annual Waffle Shop at Downtown Presbyterian Church Thursday, December 2

The Janet and Jim Ayers and Marlene and Spencer Hays Lecture Series: "Cézanne, Zola, and The Outcast Impressionists" at Frist Center for the Visual Arts Thursday, December 2

Class of '98 with Blackpool Lights, Fires and Shotgun Lovers at 12th & Porter Thursday, December 2

Art Making in the Lobby: Crafting a Winter Wonderland at Frist Center for the Visual Arts Thursday, December 2

British Invasion! With Karen Keeley, Edwina Hayes, Graham Rodgers, and Lorna Flowers at Listening Room Cafe Thursday, December 2

Electrified: The Guitar Revolution film screening at Tennessee State Museum Thursday, December 2

Rudolph's Red Nose Run Friday, December 3

"Home for the Holidays" Nashville Christmas Parade at LP Field Friday, December 3

Winter Wonder Slam at Bridgestone Arena Friday, December 3

Metro Christmas Tree Lighting at Public Square Park Friday, December 3

Coffee, Country, Cody and Christmas at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum Friday, December 3

Tim and Eric Awesome Tour Great Job! at Cannery Ballroom Friday, December 3

Opry at the Ryman featuring Joe Diffie, Love & Theft and more at Ryman Auditorium Friday, December 3

The Consoulers at 3rd and Lindsley Friday, December 3

Cinderella at Nashville Public Library Friday, December 3

The WannaBeatles at Puckett's Gro. & Restaurant Friday, December 3

Nashville Predators vs. Carolina Hurricanes at Bridgestone Arena Saturday, December 4

Interview and Performace by Curly Seckler at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum Saturday, December 4

Old 97's with Hayes Carll at Mercy Lounge Saturday, December 4

Opry at the Ryman featuring Marty Stuart, Duane Eddy and more at Ryman Auditorium Saturday, December 4

Heath Haynes and the High Dollar Band at Sambuca Saturday, December 4

Bill Monroe Appreciation Night at Station Inn Saturday, December 4

14th Annual Holiday Arts Market at The Arts Company Saturday, December 4

Blair School of Music Suzuki Strings Holiday Concert at Frist Center for the Visual Arts Saturday, December 4

First Saturday Art Crawl Saturday, December 4

Make A Wish Foundation Benefit at Listening Room Cafe Saturday, December 4

Sanctuary Opening Reception and Silent Auction at Tinney Contemporary Saturday, December 4

Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Tennessee Titans at LP Field Sunday, December 5

Afternoon Tea With Santa at The Hermitage Hotel Sunday, December 5

Michael Buble at Bridgestone Arena Sunday, December 5

The Bart Walker Band at B.B. King's Blues Club & Restaurant Sunday, December 5

Maestro Presents at The Rutledge Sunday, December 5

Benefit Concert for The Literacy Council of Williamson County at 12th & Porter Sunday, December 5

Les Richardson at Wildhorse Saloon Sunday, December 5

Christmas with the Fisk Jubilee Singers at Christ Church Cathedral Monday, December 6

John England & the Western Swingers at Robert's Western World Monday, December 6

Morton's Bar 12-21 Monday Bar Nights at Morton's The Steakhouse Monday, December 6

Monday Night Football at Bentley House of Soul Monday, December 6

Ugly Holiday Sweater Party at The Melting Pot Tuesday, December 7

Downtown Employee 20% Off Discount at Bath Junkie Tuesday, December 7

The Art of Cordials at TPAC - Tennessee Performing Arts Center Tuesday, December 7

Opry at the Ryman featuring Julianne Hough, The Quebe Sisters Band and more at Ryman Auditorium Tuesday, December 7

L'Angelus at Puckett's Gro. & Restaurant Tuesday, December 7

Geeks Who Drink Pub Quiz at Past Perfect Wednesday, December 8

Al Green and The Hard Times at Bourbon Street Blues & Boogie Bar Wednesday, December 8

Indianapolis Colts vs. Tennessee Titans at LP Field Thursday, December 9

Justin Caldwell at Sambuca Thursday, December 9

Football at the Hall: Titans Tailgate and Game Screening with Shawn Camp at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum Thursday, December 9

Opry at the Ryman featuring Mel Tillis and more at Ryman Auditorium Friday, December 10

Christmas Party at 12th & Porter Friday, December 10

The Frog Bride at TPAC - Tennessee Performing Arts Center Saturday, December 11

Cheerleaders of America Rocky Top Championship at Nashville Municipal Auditorium Saturday, December 11

Nashville Predators vs. Florida Panthers at Bridgestone Arena Saturday, December 11

Family Program: Make Letterpress Art with Hatch Show Print at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum Saturday, December 11

Opry at the Ryman featuring Emmylou Harris and more at Ryman Auditorium Saturday, December 11

Jack FM Poker Tournament at Wildhorse Saloon Saturday, December 11

Brother Trouble at Wildhorse Saloon Saturday, December 11

A Visit with Santa Claus at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum Saturday, December 11

Ukedelics Holiday Concert at Nashville Public Library Saturday, December 11

Sugar Social Chocolat Affaire de Coeur at The Standard Saturday, December 11

Afternoon Tea With Santa at The Hermitage Hotel Sunday, December 12

Trans-Siberian Orchestra at Bridgestone Arena Sunday, December 12

Benefit Concert for Breast Cancer at Wildhorse Saloon Sunday, December 12

3rd Annual Crema Christmas at Crema, Fine Coffee & Espresso Sunday, December 12

Nashville WordPress Meet-Up at Wells Fargo Monday, December 13

John England & the Western Swingers at Robert's Western World Monday, December 13

Nashville Predators vs. New York Islanders at Bridgestone Arena Monday, December 13

A Celtic Christmas at Ryman Auditorium Monday, December 13

Monday Night Football at Bentley House of Soul Monday, December 13

An Acoustic Christmas with Stephen Salyers and Friends at 12th & Porter Monday, December 13

Toys For Tots Benefit at Mercy Lounge Tuesday, December 14

Opry at the Ryman featuring Diamond Rio, Danny Gokey, Rascal Flatts and more at Ryman Auditorium Tuesday, December 14

Merry Tuba Christmas Nashville at First Baptist Nashville Tuesday, December 14

The First Noel Christmas Concert at LifeWay Plaza Tuesday, December 14

Brasher Bogue Event Series at Hard Rock Cafe Wednesday, December 15

Nashville Predators vs. San Jose Sharks at Bridgestone Arena Wednesday, December 15

The First Noel Christmas Concert at LifeWay Plaza Wednesday, December 15

Nashville Unlimited Christmas Concert at Christ Church Cathedral Wednesday, December 15

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 are the perfect location for your upcoming event. Also, many of the downtown art galleries are great venue rental options.
 

Nightlife & Live Music Options

Downtown Music City boasts over 35 live music venues, plus additional nightlife options including bars and nightclubs. Plan your next night out by using our online guide. Click here to see a full list of the downtown clubs, bars and live music venues.

Convention Update

Large groups and events that are downtown December 1 - 15 include Sunday School Publishing Board (2,000, December 5 - 8) and Research Centers in Minority Institutions (450, December 5 - 10). For information concerning conventions, call 615-259-4782. Click here for a complete listing of Nashville conventions: visitmusiccity.com/conventions/.

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