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This Week | March 16, 2016
Marathon Music Works | Thursday, March 17 at 8:00 p.m.
Celebrate St. Pabst Day at Marathon with three of Nashville’s finest rock bands, featuring The Weeks, The Black Cadillacs and That’s My Kid. The Weeks had a fantastic 2015, where in addition to playing many high profile gigs, they worked on their latest full-length, due out in 2016 on their own Crooked Letter label.
Schermerhorn Symphony Center | Thursday-Saturday, March 17-19
Join the Nashville Symphony and the Irish Tenors (Ronan Tynan, Finbar Wright and Anthony Kearns) — the world’s leading Irish vocal trio — as they perform beloved tunes from the Emerald Isle, including: Hail Glorious Saint Patrick, The Isle of Innisfree, Whiskey in the Jar, Fields of Athenry, The Foggy Dew, The Irish Rover, Danny Boy & more.
Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day
Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with Things to Do in Nashville! Sport your green and get your shamrock on at these events
Z. Alexander Looby Theater | Opens Friday, March 18 | Through April 3
Circle Players presents Children of Eden, based on the story of Genesis and the age-old conflict of parents and children in this epic, heartfelt musical by Stephen Schwartz (creator of Wicked, Godspell and Pippen) and John Caird (the genius behind the musical production of Les Miserables). Children of Eden is a joyous and inspirational stage work about parents, children and faith… not to mention centuries of unresolved family business! The show ultimately delivers a bittersweet but inspiring message: that “the hardest part of love… is letting go.”
TPAC-Andrew Johnson Theatre | Previews March 17-18 | Runs March 19-April 16
Chorus girl Roxie Hart tried to pin the murder of her lover on her unwitting husband, but the jig is up and Roxie has landed herself in Cook County Jail. Vaudeville star and accused murderer, Velma Kelly, is less than pleased to see Roxie on her cell block, since Roxie’s sensational crime and feigned innocence capture the attention of Velma’s hotshot lawyer Billy Flynn. This Tony Award-winning satire whisks you into a world where everyone is a vaudeville performer, truth is defined by what gets the most attention, and owning the spotlight is the most important thing. Life is just theatre, and All That Jazz.
The Madness of March Charity Bracket is a great way to jump in on the fun of the NCAA Basketball Tournament. All it costs is $20 (fully tax-deductible) to join in the fun AND to help nonprofits and those they serve. The bracket’s winners will earn major bragging rights AND will help their favorite charities earn a bundle!!!
You have until March 17 to fill our your bracket! For updates, follow The Sports Fund on Facebook.
Theater | Phantom of the Opera
TPAC-Andrew Jackson Hall | Through March 20
Cameron Mackintosh’s spectacular new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera comes to Nashville as part of a brand-new North American Tour. Critics are raving that this breathtaking production is “bigger and better than ever before” and features a brilliant new scenic design by Paul Brown, Tony Award®-winning original costume design by Maria Björnson, lighting design by Tony Award® winner Paule Constable, new choreography by Scott Ambler, and new staging by director, Laurence Connor. The beloved story and thrilling score includes songs “Music of the Night,” “All I Ask Of You,” and “Masquerade.”
Music | Moody Blues: Fly Me High
Ryman Auditorium | Sunday, March 20 at 7:30 p.m.
The Moody Blues – Justin Hayward (lead guitar, vocals), John Lodge (bass guitar, vocals) and Graeme Edge (drums) — have been at the forefront of the classic rock music scene for almost 50 years. Their illustrious roster of hits includes: “Nights In White Satin,” “Tuesday Afternoon,” “Ride My See Saw,” “The Story In Your Eyes,” “Isn’t Life Strange,” “Question,” “I’m Just A Singer (In A Rock And Roll Band)” and “Your Wildest Dreams,” and many more.
Literary | Salon@615 | Roy Blount, Jr. | Save Room for Pie
Nashville Public Library – Main Branch | Tuesday, March 22 at 6:15 p.m.
Roy Blount will discuss his new book, Save Room for Pie. In poems and songs, limericks and fake (or sometimes true) news stories, Blount talks about food in surprising and innovative ways, with all the wit and verve that prompted Garrison Keillor, in The Paris Review, to say: “Blount is the best. He can be literate, uncouth and soulful all in one sentence.”
Music + Fundraiser | Musicians Corner Benefit featuring Tommy Womack, Amy Speace & Tim Easton
City Winery | Wednesday, March 23 at 8:00 p.m.
Musicians Corner, a program of The Conservancy for the Parthenon and Centennial Park, supports emerging artists, and provides inclusive arts enrichment and educational programming for adults and youth. Musicians Corner currently presents 18 free music events a year in Nashville’s Centennial Park in partnership with the City of Nashville and local music industry, showcasing over 750 emerging artists since its inception in 2010, and presenting legends like Emmylou Harris, Vince Gill, The Blind Boys of Alabama, and Preservation Hall Jazz Band. This beneift Musicians features Tommy Womack, Amy Speace and Tim Easton.
Visual Arts + Museums | The Power of Pictures: Early Soviet Photography and Film
Frist Center for the Visual Arts | Through July 4
From early vanguard Constructivist works by Alexander Rodchenko and El Lissitzky to the modernist images of Arkady Shaikhet and Max Penson, Soviet photographers played a pivotal role in the history of modern photography. The Power of Pictures: Early Soviet Photography and Film examines how photography, film, and poster art were harnessed to disseminate Communist ideology, revisiting a moment in history when artists acted as engines of social change and radical political engagement. Covering the period from the 1917 Bolshevik Revolution through the 1930s, the exhibition explores how early modernist photography and film influenced a new Soviet style while energizing and expanding the nature of the media.
Mark Your Calendars: The Big Payback is May 3, 2016
The countdown is on for Middle Tennessee’s largest online giving day, The Big Payback! Last year, more than 14,435 donors came together in a big way to “pay back” nonprofits, schools and religious institutions, raising more than $2.65 million for the community in 24 hours. In 2016, let’s show everyone just how generous Middle Tennessee residents are when we support each other.
DEADLINE TO REGISTER IS MARCH 18. If you are a representative or member of a Middle Tennessee nonprofit, religious institution or school and have not yet registered to participate, do so now!
Discount Tickets + Presale Offers
- Cage the Elephant at Ascend Amphitheater
- Sam Outlaw (Sat, 03/26) at The High Watt
- Cowboy Mouth (Fri, 03/25) Exit/In
- Jeff Austin Band (Sat, 03/26) Exit/In
- The Reverend Petyon’s Big Damn Band (Thur, 03/31) Exit/In
- Bombino (Sat, 04/02) Exit/In
- The Bright Light Social Hour (Thurs, 03/31) The High Watt
- NPT’s Big Yellow Bird Bash (Fri, 04/01) Houston Station
Tickets on Sale
- Tony Bennett at Schermerhorn Symphony Center
- KALEO ft. Roots of Rebellion and Matt Walberg at Marathon Music Works
- Cage the Elephant at Ascend Amphitheater
- Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros at Ascend Amphitheater
- Jeff Beck & Buddy Guy at Ascend Amphitheater
- Carnival of Madness 2016 ft. Shinedown at Ascend Amphitheater
- Camp Nash @Fontanel at Chevy Woods Amphitheater
- Bob Dylan / Mavis Staples at Chevy Woods Amphitheater
- Monster Jam at Nissan Stadium
- Holy White Hounds at Exit/In
- John Prine at Ryman Auditorium (2 shows)
- The Wild Feathers at Ryman Auditorium
- Modern English at Mercy Lounge
- … and more
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