Here are a dozen events in the Nashville area worth investing your time in February 2018.
Thursday, February 1 – Mysterious Ruins on the Water – Stories of Tunnels and Other Curiosities
Tony Gonzalez, a reporter with Nashville Public Radio, will recount stories of Nashville’s sewer and storm water tunnels, as well as Lock One Park. He’ll share audio, images, and research that he gathered as part of the radio station’s “Curious Nashville” question-and-answer series. Presentation runs from noon to 12:50pm; doors will open at 11:30am. Bring your lunch or purchase lunch on site. Presented by and at The Cumberland River Compact on the 3rd Floor of The Bridge Building, 2 Victory Ave., Nashville. Free parking is available in Lot R of the Nissan Stadium parking lot. Registration is required – here’s the form.
Saturday, February 3 – Free Guitar-Stringing Pop-Up at Gruhn Guitars
Come by Gruhn Guitars on 8th Ave. South to get a FREE restringing and check-up done by the professional staff of Musician’s Institute Guitar Craft Academy Nashville. Electric and acoustic guitars are welcome. Plus, learn about Guitar Craft Academy Nashville and see a demonstration of what they do while listening to one of their students play! This free event is scheduled from 11am to 1pm on the campus of Gruhn Guitars, 2120 8th Ave. South, Nashville.
Saturday, February 3 – Architecture Tour at the Frist Center with ASL Interpreter
“When was the Frist Center built? Who was the architect? Can you tell me about the floors in the galleries?” These are just some of the questions answered in the Frist Center’s popular architecture tour. Stroll around the Frist Center and learn more about the landmark building. Constructed between 1933 and 1934, during the throes of the Great Depression, the former post office is a prominent Nashville architectural treasure from the art deco period. Architecture Tours are offered every Saturday at 4:30pm and are free to attend – on the first Saturday of each month, an ASL interpreter will be available for the tour. More information is available on the Frist Center website.
Tuesday, February 6 – TSU Faculty Jazz Concert
The February 6 Faculty Jazz Concert at Tennessee State University will be ‘A Tribute to Kenny Garrett, Sonny Rollins, Thelonius Monk, and Oliver Nelson.’ The free concert starts at 7pm in the E.T. Goins Recital Hall in the Strange Performing Arts Building on the TSU Campus. Find a map of the campus here.
Saturday, February 10 – Chinese New Year Celebration in Hillsboro Village
A rippling 60-foot dragon will parade through Hillsboro Village and lion dancers will cavort as part of the entertainment as we welcome a Year of the Dog in a Chinese New Year Celebration. This annual celebration brings joy and blessings to the community, and is presented by the Chinese Arts Alliance of Nashville. In addition to the lion dance and dragon dance, there will be professional jugglers, yo-yo performers, the MLK High School Chinese Language class students will participate, as will the Vanderbilt Kungfu Club. Food will be available to purchase from Lucky Belly, the Best Chinese restaurant voted by Nashville Scene readers, as well as other food trucks. The celebration starts at noon and goes until 3pm.
Monday, February 12 – Belmont Faculty Jazz Concert
So much free music at Belmont going on in February – it’s hard to decide! But, for a (nearly) head-to-head matchup of the faculty jazz bands, I am suggesting the Belmont Faculty Jazz Concert on Feb. 12 at 7:30pm in the Massey Concert Hall on the Belmont University campus.
Tuesday, February 13 – TSU Musicians on Film Series
The Musicians on Film series is an historical examination of African American performers. The Feb. 13 installment will feature ‘The Story of Sam Cooke’ with study of his gospel roots, groundbreaking career decisions, and forays into the civil rights movement – with vintage performance and interview clips. 7pm in the Recital Hall – Room 174 of the Performing Arts Center. A campus map can be found here.
Thursday, February 15 – Lunch & Learn at the Tennessee State Museum
The award-winning exhibition, ‘I Have a Voice: Tennessee’s African American Musical Heritage,’ organized by the staff at the State Museum, continues to travel to museums across the state. In this program, exhibit historians will speak and perform some of the music of black Tennesseans that transformed American music, including spirituals, blues, ragtime, jazz, gospel, rhythm and blues, rock and roll, and soul music. The State Museum’s Lunch & Learn series is just what it says – a chance for participants to eat lunch while learning something about Tennessee history. The presentation will begin at 12:15pm and lasts about 30 minutes. All of the programs are free to the public and will take place on Level B of the State Museum (505 Deaderick St., Nashville) in front of the stage.
Thursday, February 15 – ‘Swonderful! – An Evening with George and Ira Gershwin
Students from the Lipscomb University School of Music’s vocal program will perform the music of George Gershwin, the quintessential Great American Songbook composer. With his brother Ira as lyricist, they created hundreds of songs, many that are standards in the Great American Songbook catalogue. The show will be hosted by Blake Farmer of WPLN radio. The performance begins at 7:30pm at Ward Hall on the Lipscomb University campus, and is free of admission. Find a campus map here.
Monday, February 19 – Open Mic Comedy at Bobby’s Idle Hour
Show up and Go up at this stand-up comedy open mic event on Monday nights at Bobby’s Idle Hour, the only live music bar on historic Music Row (1028 16th Ave. South, Nashville). If you plan to test your jokes, sign-up begins at 6:30pm – the show starts at 7pm, with performances in random order. Each comic gets 2-4 minutes, depending on how funny they are. Entrance to Open Mic night is free; buy your own beverages!
Tuesday, February 20 – Parthenon Symposia
As part of the Parthenon Symposia series connected to the exhibit “An Archeologist’s Eye,” Dr. Mireille Lee from Vanderbilt University will discuss “Classical Coiffures and Couture: Hairstyles and Clothing in Ancient Athens.” The lecture begins at 6pm in The Parthenon; a reception will follow. (While you’re there admiring the exhibit, admire my painting handiwork in the Greek blue gallery!)
Saturday, February 24 – Bridal Brunch at Cool Springs Wines & Spirits
This event is restricted to those age 21 and over. If you are planning a wedding, or related bachelor/bachelorette activities, this is an event that welcomes all brides, grooms, and bridal parties! From 10am to noon, talk with wedding vendors as you sample food, wine, beer, and liquor – and leave with a great swag bag and a head full of wedding ideas. Although the admission is free, you must register and present your Eventbrite ticket (click here).
Whew – it’s going to be a great month! I’ll get back to you soon with some additional February events that might cost a few bucks to enjoy…