Wednesday, October 10, 2007

What's Going On Downtown This Week: October 10 - 16, 2007‏

Smoke Free Nashville
In addition to the downtown establishments that were listed in last week's newsletter, these bars and restaurants have also gone smoke-free:

Morton's The Steakhouse, Old Spaghetti Factory, Merchants Restaurant, Nick's Italian Deli, 3rd & Lindsley, Mercy Lounge and the Cannery Ballroom, Omikoshi Asian Cuisine, The Palm, Past Perfect, Pita Pit, San Antonio Taco Company, Santorini Greek Restaurant, Sbarro Italian Restaurant, 12th & Porter, Sam's Sushi, The Sportsgrille, The Stock-Yard, and Watermark.

Special Event Menus at Two Restaurants
Flyte World Dining & Wine
718 Division Street
Before or after any downtown event, bring your ticket, stub or receipt and enjoy a 3 Course Pre-Fix Menu for only $35. Click here for the menu offerings and more details.

Morton's The Steakhouse
618 Church Street
"Top Billing, Prime Dining" special pre-event menu. Before attending an event at TPAC, the Schermerhorn, the Ryman or the Sommet Center, enjoy a three-course meal at Morton's between 5:30 - 6:30 pm for $45. The menu includes choice of salad, one entrée selection, and choice of dessert. Plus, complimentary valet parking. Both restaurants will have you done with dinner in plenty of time to catch the curtain!

Events this Week
Nashville Chamber Orchestra presents TANGO!
Saturday, October 13.
Schermerhorn Symphony Center
One Symphony Place
8:00 pm
$19 - $69
NCO explores the world of Tango featuring the Concerto for Bandoneon by Astor Piazzolla and Osvaldo Golijov's Last Round. On Friday, Oct 12 attend a special "Opening Act Luncheon" from 11:30 am - 1:00 pm with special guest Paul Gambill. Call 322-1226 for more info.

Southern Festival of Books: A Celebration of the Written Word
Friday, October 12 - Sunday, October 13
War Memorial Plaza
Three-day celebration drawing thousands of book and music lovers from across the U.S. Including tons of activities for children and families. In addition to panels with authors, there will be live music and a cooking stage. Over 200 authors will be in attendance including Elizabeth Edwards, Kinky Friedman, Roy Blount, Avi, William Bass, Jack Gantos, Robert Kurson and many more! View the latest stage and session schedules at

The DISTRICT's Progressive Party
Saturday, October 13
Schermerhorn Symphony Center Courtyard The Big Bang, Paradise Park, Cadillac Ranch, and Take 121 Arts.
5:30 - 11 pm
$50 in advance, $60 at the door.
The District's annual progressive party features five destinations where guests can meet, mingle, bid on silent auction items and support The District. The party starts at the Schermerhorn at 5:30 and progresses throughout the evening to The Big Bang, Paradise Park, and Cadillac Ranch, then to Take 121 Arts at 9 pm, the last stop of the party. Funds from this event support holiday decorations for street poles along 2nd Avenue, Broadway and Printer's Alley. Advance tickets can be purchased at Legend's Corner (428 Broadway) or by calling 400-0178. Complimentary parking provided.

Opening Celebration
Saturday, October 13
Ruby Green
514 5th Avenue South
Opening reception for "Contemporary Ceramics." The exhibit is curated by Dona and Robert and features works by fifteen artists. Exhibit runs through November 24.

Artist Reception
Sat, Oct 13
Estel Gallery
115 Rosa L. Parks Blvd (8th Avenue N)
6 - 9 pm
"Illuminaria" features paintings by Robert Wood. Show runs through November 3.

Senior Monday
Monday, October 15
Frist Center for the Visual Arts
919 Broadway
Admission is $4.25 (1/2 price) for seniors, plus a special parking fee of $2.00 in the Frist Center lots. 10 am - 5:30 pm. Seniors receive a 15% discount on Gift Shop and Frist Center Café purchases on Senior Mondays.

Enjoy WAMB's Harry Stephenson live radio broadcast in the Grand Lobby. Special activities will be presented throughout the day, including croquet on the courtyard lawn, a docent-guided tour and brief gallery talks.

Poet Mark Jarman at Christ Church

Tuesday, October 16
Christ Church Cathedral
900 Broadway
255-7729. 7:30 pm
Mark Jarman will introduce his new book of prose poetry, Epistles, with a reading. Reception immediately following.

Twangin' Tuesdays at the Tennessee State Museum
Tuesday, October 16
Tennessee State Museum
5th & Deaderick, Level B
6 - 8 pm
$5 suggested donation
Performances by hit songwriters, complimentary beverages, nibbles and a chance to view Sparkle & Twang. Exhibition continues through November 11.

Walking with Dinosaurs - The Live Experience
Wednesday, October 17 - Sunday, October 21
Sommet Center
501 Broadway
$32.50 - $75
Performance times vary
A journey through the 170 million year history of the largest animals to ever roam the planet. Fifteen life-like and life-size dinosaurs are brought to life by a team of engineers, including creatures up to 43 feet tall and 75 feet long. Special discount to select performances available. Call 770-2046 or visit and use the password FIRST. See the dinosaurs in action, here.

Discount at OSHi
206 Capitol Blvd
880-2310 or 972-5425
10% off and free delivery for all office and holiday event orders. Offer good through November 30.

This comes from DownTown Nashville Partnership.

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