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Patrick Dougherty's Itty Bitty Pretty One

If a writer with less of an obsession with the occult and television mysteries were to see Patrick Dougherty’s outdoor installation “Stickwork” at Cheekwood, this pick would probably have a lot less to do with Carcosa and Matthew McConaughey constructing figures out of beer cans. But that’s not the case here, and all I can say is I hope Cheekwood’s ready for the influx of True Detective fans who will doubtless be lousing up their serene grounds as soon as they catch wind of this labyrinthine installation of tree branches and limbs. This is not to say that Dougherty’s fluid stick fort isn’t fantastically intricate and worthy of the accolades it’s sure to receive. On the contrary, this seems to be one of the most on-point installations the botanic garden has made since Mathilde Roussel’s rotting grass sculpture — and this one’s predicted to avoid decay for as long as two years. “Stickwork” was made over three weeks with as many as six volunteers at any given time, and is now open for both kids and adults to wander through and examine from every angle. Think of the Minister’s Treehouse in Crossville, Tenn., but with an aesthetic that lends itself much more easily to Cheekwood’s scenic landscape.

East Nashville Green Drinks

Third Wednesday of every month, 6-9 p.m.
@ Village Pub & Beer Garden 1308 McGavock Pike (map)
Nashville Five Points/ Shelby Bottoms

Join environmentally-minded people for a drink, each other's company and the exchange of ideas for a greener future. Free

Geeks Who Drink Pub Quiz

@ Past Perfect [Closed] 122 Third Ave. S. (map)
Nashville Downtown

This isn't your grandmother's bar trivia. Geeks Who Drink hosts quizzes in 80 other bars in America with categories like Wildly Inappropriate First Date Movies and Songs We Lost Our Virginity to in the 1990s. Check out past quizzes and answers online. Free

East Nashville Farmers Market

Wednesdays, 3:30-6:30 p.m.
@ Free Will Baptist Church 210 South 10th St. (map)
Nashville Five Points/ Shelby Bottoms
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Veg Out

Boasting an ambience somewhere between a block party, a jam-band festival and a neighborhood yard sale, East Nashville's cozy addition to the marketplace of locally grown and produced goods proves that farmers' markets take on the specifics of their location. Having outgrown the Turnip Truck grocery's parking lot, the market now gathers nearly two dozen vendors every Wednesday selling organic vegetables, grassfed meats, artisanal breads and other homegrown/homemade goods. Vendors include Delvin Farms, West Wind Farms, Hatcher Family Dairy and newcomer Foggy Hollow Farm from Joelton; goats-milk soaps and lotions from Totty's Bend Farm; organic cotton clothing from ASK Apparel; and Moose Creek Pepper Sauce. We recommend guzzling a pint of Hatcher's chocolate milk while you wander. Free

Moonshine Monday

@ The Row 110 Lyle Ave. (map)
Nashville Broadway/ The Gulch/ Music Row/ West End
Four-dollar moonshine cocktails with ABC card or social post.

Franklin Farmers Market

Saturdays, 8 a.m.-1 p.m.
@ Whole Foods Market Franklin 1735 Galleria Blvd. (map)
Franklin Franklin

Healthy flavorful fare feat. local produce and hot breakfast off the grill.

Architecture Tour

First Saturday of every month, 4:30 p.m.
@ The Frist Center for the Visual Arts 919 Broadway (map)
Nashville Broadway/ The Gulch/ Music Row/ West End
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Architecture Tour

Post (Office) Modern

In the wake of opening their highly anticipated Chuck Close show, the Frist Center's Museums in the 21st Century exhibit continues to resonate with the ongoing local conversation the art community is having about architecture. Adding more fuel to the fire, the Frist turns a spotlight on itself, offering art and architecture lovers alike the chance to find out more about the history behind our beautiful downtown art facility. This is the first of three free tours the Frist will offer over the summer months, and a cash bar and live music set the mood for the after-tour discussion. Usual cost of admission

Gentle Yoga

Thursdays, 3:30-4:30 p.m.
@ FiftyForward Knowles 174 Rains Ave. (map)
Nashville Broadway/ The Gulch/ Music Row/ West End
First-time visitors may try the class at no cost. $5 per class

Lunch and Lecture

Every third Thursday
@ Cheekwood Botanical Garden & Museum of Art 1200 Forrest Park Dr. (map)
Nashville Belle Meade/ White Bridge/ West Meade

Topics include educational gardening presentations and lectures on current exhibits. $25

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