Wednesday, September 5, 2012

What's Going On This Weekend?

Hey everyone.  This is John.  Today I have the pleasure of kicking off one of our weekly posts, a summary of events going on at Vanderbilt and in Nashville.

1.  Brazil Week -  Those of you who aren't Spanish or Latin American Studies majors may not be aware that Vanderbilt is currently celebrating "Brazil Week."  If you get out of classes early, at 9:30 a.m. this Friday there will be a presentation on education in Brazil at the Wyatt Center, 050-3.  Then at 12:30 p.m. there will be a demonstration of traditional Brazilian martial arts dance on the Commons Center Lawn.

2.  Live Music -  Given that this is Music City, I thought I'd list some of the live music events going on this weekend.

This Friday at 3rd and Lindsley, Jonell Mosser will be performing.  You can get tickets here.  I highly recommend checking out this site every now and then or signing up for their mailing list.  They get the word out about concerts a lot sooner than most other sites I've seen, and their service fees are a lot more reasonable than Ticketmaster.  Anyway, here's what Jonell Mosser sounds like:

Also, this Friday at Exit/In (my favorite local venue) the band Turbo Fruits are holding a record release show with Ranch Ghost, King Carl, and Fox Fun.  If you're into garage rock, this is going to be a cool concert.  I've seen Ranch Ghost before, and they put on a good show.  You can get more info here.

You can also check out Grammy award winner Don Schlitz this Friday at the famous Bluebird Cafe.  Schlitz is an extremely talented songwriter whose songs have been recorded by artists like Kenny Rogers, Randy Travis, and Alison Krauss.  Keep in mind that in addition to the $10 cover charge, patrons of the Bluebird Cafe are also expected to purchase at least $7 of food/beverages.

This Saturday at 12th and Porter, bluegrass band the Travelin McCourys are playing.  You can buy tickets here. Here's what the band sounds like:

If electronic dance music is more your thing, Archnemesis is playing at Exit/In on Saturday.

If budget and transportation are an issue, you might want to swing by Centennial Park this Saturday for Musicians Corner, which features a variety of local artists.  Acoustic performances start at 2:30 p.m., with the main acts beginning at 3:00.

Finally, if you own a car and really want to get out of Nashville this weekend, Clarksville is holding their annual Riverfest on Friday and Saturday.  In addition to two days of free live music, there's also good food, vendors, and various contests throughout the day to keep you busy.  I mainly mention this because my band's playing in it, but the rest of the event's really cool too.  You can get more info at their official website.

3.  This Friday and Saturday, Bridgestone Arena is hosting PBR, which is the unfortunate acronym for the Professional Bull Riders competition.  Tickets range from $10.50 to $102.50 (for all you hardcore bull riding fans out there).

This would be a pretty good slogan for Pabst Blue Ribbon too.

4.  There will be a screening of the movie Carmen (1915) this Sunday at the Steve and Judy Turner Recital Hall in Blair.  This event is free to the public and will last from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.  If you're interested in seeing a movie this weekend, the Belcourt theater is also a great place to go.  This weekend, Belcourt will be hosting several outdoor film screenings as part of their Flicx program.  From 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, they'll be showing It's Always Fair Weather.  Later, from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., they'll be showing Abbot and Costello Meet Frankenstein.  On Sunday from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. they're showing Beasts of the Southern Wild.  A word of caution (not related to this weekend's movies): as an independent movie theater, sometimes the Belcourt shows movies that are more disturbing, violent, sexual, etc. than what you'll see in your average cinema.  If that's something you're uncomfortable with, you might want to check out IMDB's content advisory before spending money on a ticket.

5.  This Saturday you can go to Centennial Park to see a performance of Much Ado About Nothing.  The play starts at 6:30 and is free to the public.

6.  This Friday, from 11:30 p.m. to 1:00 p.m., LGBTQI life is hosting a barbecue.  They have vegan and vegetarian options available, and they'll also be providing Ben and Jerry's ice cream.  If you're interested in joining the organization or want to know what other resources are available for LGBTQI students, this is a good event to go to.

7.  Finally, this Sunday from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., the Juggling and Physical Arts Club is hosting an open house at the Commons Multipurpose Room.  One of our project members, Jacob, is part of this club, so you should drop by to say hello!

Well, I think that about wraps it up for this week.  If you know of anything that should be on here, please let us know and we'll update it.  Have a good weekend!

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