THE CLUB SCENE A selective listing of nightclubs and music venues. Some listings contain descriptions by the editorial staff.
ROCK, POP & MOREThe Anchor 629 3rd Ave. S. 733-0522 A youth-oriented church that hosts occasional rock shows featuring local bands like Imagine Asians and touring outfits like Unwed Sailor.
The Basement 1604 8th Ave. S. 254-1604 Located behind Grimey’s record shop, The Basement has been booking an interesting mix of shows, thanks to the participation of Grimey’s partners Mike Grimes and Doyle Davis. Featuring touring acts, local rock/pop bands and cool DJ nights.
Beyond the Edge 112 S. 11th St. 226-3343
Boardwalk Café 4114 Nolensville Pk. 832-5104 Listen to nightly entertainment, writers’ nights, blues and rock bands.
The Boro Bar & Grill 1211 Greenland Dr., Murfreesboro 895-4800 Long-running bar booking Murfreesboro rock bands.
Bunganut Pig 1143 Columbia Ave., Franklin 794-4777 1602 W. Northfield Blvd., Murfreesboro 893-7860 Cozy bar reminiscent of an English pub.
Caffeine 1516 Demonbreun St. 259-4993 Cannery ballroom 1 Cannery Row. 251-3020 Large downstairs room in the Cannery/Mercy Lounge complex books some noteworthy touring acts, everything from Sleater-Kinney to Yngwie Malmsteen.
City Hall 405 12th Ave S. 255-9600 Large-capacity venue booking a wide range of touring acts, from Ray LaMontagne to G Love to My Morning Jacket.
The Cut 408 George L. Davis Blvd. Booking hip-hop & R&B shows—and located below Anthony’s Showbar.
Dan McGuinness’ Irish Pub 1538 Demonbreun St. 252-1991
The End 2219 Elliston Pl. 321-4457 A 200-capacity venue specializing in the best local, regional and national indie rock and other genres.
Exit/In 2208 Elliston Pl. 321-3340 This renowned venue’s quarter-century history includes everyone from Steve Martin to The Police.
Family Wash 2038 Greenwood Ave. 226-6070 This East Nashville bar/restaurant has the friendly, low-key vibe of a neighborhood hangout and a live music schedule that features local singer-songwriters and offbeat bands.
The 5 Spot 1006 Forrest Ave. 650-9333 East Nashville venue booking mostly rock, but making room for more singer-songwriters and a variety of musical styles.
Gibson Showcase Opry Mills, 433 Opry Mills Dr. 514-2200 Features a weekly bluegrass night and a weekly blues night.
Hair of the Dog 1831 12th Ave. S. 386-3311 A restaurant and listening room in the 12 South neighborhood that serves up burgers in one room and bands in the other.
The Mercy Lounge 1 Cannery Row. 251-3020 Currently booking some of the best touring bands passing through town, from Stereolab to Yo La Tengo to Marah to The Thrills. Local bands get their voices heard here too.
The Muse 835 4th Ave. S. 251-0190 One of the hubs of Nashville’s underground rap/punk/political scene. The same space also houses indie-retailer Spat! Records and Kung Fu coffee house.
Radio Café 1313 Woodland St. 228-6045
Rcktwn 401 6th Ave. S. 843-4000 Home to skate punks, emo kidz and local rock bands, often of the Christian variety.
Springwater 115 27th Ave. N. 320-0345 Don’t let Springwater’s hardscrabble atmosphere intimidate you; the dive bar is known for its adventurous bookings and its tolerant, attentive crowd of folkies, hippies and punks.
3 Crow Bar 1027 Woodland St. 37209 262-3345
3rd & Lindsley Bar & Grill 818 3rd Ave. S. 259-9891 Hosts local, regional and national acts as well as the Sunday night WRLT-100.1 FM broadcast, a first-rate live radio show from the club featuring national touring acts.
Windows on the Cumberland 112 2nd Ave. N. 251-0097 This peaceful, intimate listening room offers respite from the bustle of Second Avenue.
COUNTRY & BLUEGRASSThe Double E Bar & Grill 4957 Lebanon Rd. 885-3400
Dumas Walker’s 1410 Arctic Ave. 37217 266-4954
The Fiddle & Steel Guitar Bar 210 Printers Alley 251-9002 Live country in the heart of Nashville’s legendary Sin City.
Hall of Fame Lounge Best Western, 1407 Division St. 256-4255
Layla’s Bluegrass Inn 418 Broadway. 726-2799 A country dive bar on Lower Broad where hardcore honky-tonkers, hipsters and scruffy downtown denizens are all likely to feel right at home.
Legends Corner 428 Broadway 248-6334 Country music on Lower Broadway.
Nashville Nightlife Theater 2620 Music Valley Dr. 885-5201 Country music variety show and weekend karaoke.
Rippy’s Smokin’ Bar & Grill 429 Broadway 244-7477
Robert’s Western World 416 Broadway 244-9552 Favorite dive bar by night, boot store by day.
The Stage on Broadway 412 Broadway. 726-0504
The Station Inn 402 12th Ave. S. 255-3307 The place in Nashville to hear bluegrass, in a homey, family-friendly environment; it’s easily one of the city’s best—and longest-running—venues.
Texas Troubadour Theatre 2416 Music Valley Dr. 889-2474 Featuring the live World Famous Ernest Tubb Midnite Jamboree for over 56 years.
Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge 422 Broadway 726-0463 Hank Williams and Patsy Cline hung out here; so did U2 and The Clash. This legendary honky-tonk has survived both feast and famine as a constant reminder of Nashville’s roots.
Wildhorse Saloon 120 2nd Ave. N. 902-8200 Gaylord’s multimillion-dollar country-dance club boasts a gigantic dance floor, wall-sized video screens and frequent live sets by new country stars.
SINGER-SONGWRITERBluebird Café 4104 Hillsboro Rd. 383-1461 Nashville’s world-famous songwriter hangout, where the tunes you hear on country radio almost always get their dry run.
Bongo After Hours Theatre 2007 Belmont Blvd. 385-1188 An intimate space above Bongo Java coffeehouse booking singer-songwriter, local theater events and other offbeat offerings.
Cafe Coco 210 Louise Ave. 321- 2626
Commodore Sports Bar and Grill Holiday Inn, 2613 West End Ave. 327-4707
Douglas Corner Café 2106-A 8th Ave. S. 298-1688 One of the city’s friendliest neighborhood listening rooms, located across the street from Zanies comedy club.
23rd Psalm Cafe and Restaurant 2203 Buena Vista Pk. 259-2323 Offering lots of gospel, contemporary Christian and singer-songwriter material.
JAZZ/BLUESB.B. King’s Blues Club 152 2nd Ave. N. 256-2727
Bluesboro Rhythm & Blues Co. 114 N. Church St., Murfreesboro. 907-1115
Bourbon St. Blues & Boogie Bar 220 Printers Alley 24-BLUES (242-5837)
F. Scott’s Restaurant & Jazz Bar 2210 Crestmoor Dr. 269-5861 Cool jazz every night.
French Quarter Café 823 Woodland St. 227-3100
Kijiji Coffee House 1207 Jefferson St. 321-0403 Features weekend jazz, poetry, R&B and Jazzy Mondays.
Lobbies Bar Renaissance Hotel, 611 Commerce St. 255-8400
Nashville Jazz Workshop 1312 Adams St. 242-5299 Hosting live jazz events in a cool refurbished space in the Neuhoff building.
The Wild Boar Piano Bar 2014 Broadway 329-1313
DANCE/DJ CLUBSThe Barcar 209 10th Ave. S. 259-4875
Caribbean Hut 1316 Antioch Pk. 832-3547 Featuring reggae DJ nights and West Indian cuisine.
The Chute Complex 2535 Franklin Rd. 297-4571 One of Nashville’s oldest and most popular gay nightspots.
The Connection 901 Cowan St. 742-1166 Nashville’s largest gay-entertainment complex.
Decades 207 Broadway 254-7420
NV Bar and Niteclub 131 2nd Ave. N. 242-7007 One of Nashville’s most exclusive nightspots with DJs spinning top 40, dance, house and techno.
Play Dance Bar 1519 Church St. 322-9627
The Foxhole Club 101st Airborne Restaurant, 1362 Murfreesboro Pk. 361-4212
ENTERTAINMENT VENUESBelcourt Theatre 2102 Belcourt Ave. 383-9140 Featuring foreign, indie and classic films, as well as great live shows from time to time.
Gaylord Entertainment Center 501 Broadway. 770-2000 The city’s largest entertainment venue, and the place to see big spectacles.
Grand Ole Opry 2840 Opryland Dr. 889-3060 One of the city’s defining cultural institutions, still going strong after more than 75 years.
Municipal Auditorium 417 4th Ave. N. 862-6390 Beloved old downtown domed concert hall, home to the circus, Bullnanza and a curious assortment of concerts.
Ryman Auditorium 116 5th Ave. N. 889-3060 The “Mother Church of Country Music” has hosted some of the city’s best concerts in the last decade.
Starwood Amphitheatre 3839 Murfreesboro Rd., Antioch 641-5800
War Memorial Auditorium 301 6th Ave. N. 782-4000
GALLERIES The Metropolitan Nashville Arts Commission serves as an umbrella organization for the arts in Nashville, providing information about nonprofit and commercial art galleries. A list of selected nonprofit and private galleries follows below. Call the MNAC at 862-6720 or visit www.artsnashville.org for more info.
American Artisan 4231 Harding Rd. 298-4691 A commercial store, as opposed to a gallery, showing unique, fine crafts. It’s also the host of the crafts festival in Centennial Park each spring.
The Artful Dog 1201 Villa Place, Suite 101. 269-6920 Edgehill-area gallery focusing on “four-legged art” and folk art.
The Art House 2306 12th Ave. S. 238-5309 A gallery and wine bar in the up-and-coming 12 South neighborhood.
Art & Invention Gallery @ The Garage Mahal 1106 Woodland St. 226-2070 East Nashville space that has earned attention and a hungry following with its summer “Tomato Art” show.
The Arts Company 215 5th Ave. N. 254-2040 www.theartscompany.com Large downtown gallery stuffed with art of all kinds; its recent partnership with TAG Art Gallery, housed on the second floor, has added a measure of taste and cool.
Batey Gallery The Yellow House, 5109 Alabama Ave. 298-2332
Bennett Galleries 2104 Crestmoor Dr. 297-3201
Cannery Row Gallery 521 8th Avenue S., Ste 308-B. 904-8386
Caldwell Collection 2205 Bandywood Dr. 298-5800
Centennial Art Center Centennial Park, 25th Ave. N. & Park Plaza. 862-8442
Cheekwood Botanical Garden and Museum of Art 1200 Forrest Park Dr. 356-8000 One of the city’s largest art institutions, with expansive gardens, an outdoor sculpture trail, and several galleries showing a range of art, from fine craft to photography to contemporary video, painting and mixed-media works.
Ed Clark Gallery Nashville State Tech, 120 White Bridge Rd. 353-3224
Cumberland Gallery 4107 Hillsboro Cir. 297-0296 Long-running gallery focusing on paintings, prints and drawings; its stable of artists includes Vanderbilt faculty members Marilyn Murphy and Mark Hosford, along with popular Nashville painters John Baeder and Kit Reuther.
Customs House Museum & Cultural Center Commerce & S. 2nd St., Clarksville. (931) 648-5780 Clarksville institution showing a range of local and regional art.
Different Strokes Art Gallery Belle Meade Plaza, 4540 Harding Rd. 279-0025
Aaron Douglas Gallery Fisk University, 1000 17th Ave. N. 329-8720 Fisk University gallery housing permanent collection of African and African American art.
Eye Galleries 521 Gallatin Rd., Ste. 5. 228-1711
EZ Gallery 265 White Bridge Rd. 353-9595
Family Peace Gallery Metro Police Domestic Violence Division, 60 Peabody St. 880-3005 Housing a permanent collection of works by local artists Carlton Wilkinson, Barbara Yontz, Jairo Prado, Greg Ridley and others, all conveying themes of healing, hope and comfort.
Finer Things 1898 Nolensville Rd. 244-3003 Noted for its sculpture garden and mix of fine art and crafts.
Frist Center for the Visual Arts 919 Broadway. 244-3340 Housed in a refurbished downtown post office, the Frist Center is the closest thing Nashville has to an art museum—though it has no permanent collection. Instead, visitors can see a broad range of traveling exhibits that have included everything from Rembrandt to Richter. The Gordon CAP Gallery shows work by contemporary artists.
Fugitive Art Gallery www.fugitiveart.com One of the city’s artist groups dedicated to showing contemporary art. Currently without a gallery space, but planning to reemerge in a different location from the rough warehouse space it formerly occupied.
Gallery at the Belcourt 2102 Belcourt Ave. 846-3150 The lobby of the Belcourt movie theater hosts work by local artists.
Gallery One 6133 Harding Road, Belle Meade Galleria. 352-3006 Hanging Around Eclectic Arts & Framing 113 17th Ave. S. 254-4850
International Art Gallery 800 Broadway 254-0235 Showing, and selling, a broad range of African art.
In the Gallery 624-A Jefferson St. 255-0705 Owned by local photographer Carlton Wilkinson, this North Nashville gallery focuses on work by African American artists.
LeQuire Gallery 4304 Charlotte Ave. 298-4611 Sculptor Alan LeQuire, known for his “Musica” sculpture in the Music Row Roundabout, shows more of his work (albeit smaller pieces), along with work by colleagues with similar aesthetic sensibilities.
Leu Gallery Belmont University, 1900 Belmont Blvd. 460-6770 Showing Belmont students, faculty and local artists.
Local Color Gallery 1912 Broadway 321-3141
Madison Art Center 403 Gallatin Rd. S. 868-8000 Midtown Gallery & Frames 1912 Broadway 322-9966
The Parthenon Centennial Park 862-8431 Housing Alan LeQuire’s massive Athena sculpture and a couple of galleries showing paintings and more.
Plate Tone Printshop 2227 10th Ave. S. Cooperative for Nashville-area artists with experience in fine-art printmaking.
Plowhaus Artists’ Coop 213 South 17th St. 262-2224 Cooperatively owned and operated East Nashville gallery showing a broad variety of work, with a prevailing sense of fun and can-do spirit.
Prestige Fine Art Gallery 740 Thompson Ln. 783-2597
Ruby Green Contemporary Art Center 514 5th Ave. S. 244-7179 www.rubygreen.org Committed exclusively to showing contemporary art.
Sarratt Gallery Sarratt Student Center, Vanderbilt University 322-2471 This campus student center gallery has long been known for showing thoughtful, adventurous work by national, regional and local artists.
Secret Show Series 310 Chestnut St. www.secretshowseries.com One of Nashville’s newest contemporary art groups. Its warehouse space has a rough charm that lends itself perfectly to one-night exhibits.
Marnie Sheridan Gallery Harpeth Hall School, 3801 Hobbs Rd. 297-9543
Stanford Fine Art 6608A Hwy. 100 352-5050
TAG Art Gallery 215 5th Ave. N. 254-2040 or 292-4975 Housed on the second floor of The Arts Company, TAG focuses on affordable folk and outsider art by local and national artists.
Tennessee Arts Commission 401 Charlotte Ave. 741-1701 Showing work—much of it quite strong—by recipients of Tennessee Arts Commission grants.
Tennessee Art League & Premiere Gallery 808 Broadway 920-4188
Tennessee State Museum 505 Deaderick St. 741-2692 Permanent collection includes paintings, quilts and displays on the history of Tennessee from the prehistoric era through the early 20th century.
Tribal Arts Inc. 427 Main St., Franklin. 790-3095 Exhibiting statues, masks and ceremonial regalia from Ivory Coast, Liberia, Mali, Gabon, and other African nations. Open by appointment.
Untitled Artists’ Group www.untitlednashville.org Maverick local artist group known for putting on one-night-only exhibits packed with art.
Vanderbilt Kennedy Center for Research on Human Development Room 241, MRL Bldg., Vanderbilt Univ. 322-8240 Showing works by artists with disabilities.
Vanderbilt University Fine Arts Gallery 23rd & West End aves. 322-0605 Vandy campus gallery shows work by fine artists both contemporary and long-gone.
Carl Van Vechten Gallery Fisk University, D.B. Todd Blvd. & Jackson St. 329-8720 Currently under renovation, Fisk University’s art gallery has moved its permanent exhibition—which includes the Alfred Stieglitz Collection of modern art, featuring works by Picasso, Renoir, Toulouse-Lautrec, O’Keeffe and others—to the Frist Center for storage.
Watkins College of Art and Design 2298 MetroCenter Blvd. 383-4848 Art school gallery showing work by faculty and students, who represent the city’s next generation of artists.
Zeitgeist Gallery 1819 21st Ave. S. 256-4805 Long-running Hillsboro Village gallery showing contemporary work.
DANCEBlue Moves Dance Co. www.bluemoves.org A modern dance company featuring progressive choreography.
Momentum Dance Group 207 Sarratt Student Center. 322-2471 Vanderbilt student dance group.
Nashville Ballet 3630 Redmond St. 297-2966 www.nashvilleballet.com As Middle Tennessee’s professional ballet company, Nashville Ballet reaches more than 50,000 adults and children annually with its performances, outreach programs and the affiliated School of Nashville Ballet.
The Village Cultural Arts Center 340 West Trinity Ln. 228-9553 villageculturalartscenter.com Village members study, teach and perform drum, dance and story presentations with emphasis on African and Caribbean culture.
CLASSICAL MUSICAlias http://aliasmusic.org Local chamber music ensemble performing adventurous works by modern composers.
Belmont University School of Music 1900 Belmont Blvd. 460-6408 www.belmont.edu Belmont’s season features faculty, student and guest performances covering all musical styles.
Blair School of Music Vanderbilt University, 2400 Blakemore Ave. 322-7651 www.vanderbilt.edu/blair Host of some of the city’s biggest classical music performances in its sparkling Ingram Center for the Performing Arts, and home to the Blair String Quartet, long a respected performing group in the city and at large.
Christ Church Cathedral 900 Broadway. 255-7729 www.christcathedral.org Downtown Episcopal church hosting organ concerts.
Fisk University Jubilee Singers 1000 17th Ave. N. 329-8744 www.fisk.edu This legendary African American spiritual ensemble, which gave Music City its name, appears on special occasions in Nashville, when not involved in its worldwide performance schedule.
Great Performances at Vanderbilt 322-2471 www.vanderbilt.edu/sarratt/great Brings world-renowned music, dance and stage performances to Vanderbilt’s Langford Auditorium and Ingram Center for the Performing Arts at the Blair School of Music.
Middle Tennessee Choral Society Middle Tennessee State University Music Dept., Murfreesboro 898-2849 www.mtsu.edu/~music Performs major choral works including solos and orchestra. Performances are three times a year.
Nashville Chamber Orchestra 2002 Blair Blvd. 256-6546 www.nco.org One of the city’s finest classical ensembles, known for original, inventive programming that matches accomplished composers and instrumentalists with Music City singer-songwriters and pickers.
Nashville Symphony Orchestra 2000 Glen Echo Rd. 783-1200 Presents classical and pop performances, accompaniment for the Nashville Ballet and the Nashville Opera, hosts Pied Piper concerts for children and performs a series of outdoor summer concerts.
Stones River Chamber Players Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro www.mtsu.edu/~music/stonesriver.html Campus performing ensemble.
OPERANashville Opera Association 3628 Trousdale Dr. 832-5242, Tennessee Performing Arts Center 505 Deaderick St. www.nashvilleopera.org A first-rate organization whose growing popularity with younger concertgoers bears witness to artistic director John Hoomes’ accomplished, smart-minded programming and deft outreach skills.
THEATER GROUPSACT I (Artists’ Cooperative Theater) 1411 Eastland Ave. 726-2281 www.act1online.cm Specializing in the classics of the theater.
Actors Bridge Ensemble 1312 Adams St. 341-0300 email@example.com Presents classics of the theater as well as edgy contemporary pieces and other new works. The ensemble offers acting classes and The New Works Lab, a project offering opportunities for writers to develop new plays.
American Negro Playwright Theatre Tennessee State University Performing Arts Center 963-7491 Performs professional African American works under the artistic direction of Barry Scott.
Amun Ra Theatre 506-5988 www.theamunratheatre.org Local actor jeff obafemi carr’s company gives voice to African American playwrights, actors, poets and musicians.
Belmont University Little Theater 1900 Belmont Blvd. 460-6199 Offers a slate of comedies, classics and musicals.
Big Bawl Baby 340-7148 and 373-9085 firstname.lastname@example.org One of several recently formed homegrown theater groups.
Boiler Room Theater The Factory at Franklin, 230 Franklin Rd., Bldg. 6, Franklin. 794-7744 www.boilerroomtheater.com Performs an eclectic selection of plays, primarily musicals, but also a combination of new shows and classic works.
Bongo After Hours Theatre 2007 Belmont Blvd. 385-1188 Offers performances of dramatic works, music, poetry readings and dance.
Chaffin’s Barn Dinner Theatre 8204 Hwy. 100 646-9977 www.dinnertheatre.com Tuesday through Saturday evenings, Chaffin’s offers dinner theater favorites and original works on two stages.
Circle Players 332-PLAY www.circleplayers.net Nashville’s oldest nonprofit volunteer arts organization, the Circle Players perform musicals, comedies and contemporary drama. Performances at Father Ryan High School.
Cumberland County Playhouse 221 Tennessee Ave., Crossville (931) 484-5000 www.ccplayhouse.com Lavish productions of musicals and classics.
Darkhorse Theater 4610 Charlotte Ave. 297-7113 www.darkhorsetheater.com An alternative theater with new works, classical theater, live music, dance, multimedia shows and film.
Green Room Projects www.greenroomprojects.com Theater group led by local actor Mark Cabus, one of several maverick theater companies to spring up in recent years.
GroundWorks Theatre 262-5485 Local actors Sean and Robert O’Connell’s newly formed theater group, performing at the Darkhorse Theater.
Ideaprov 347-2001 email@example.com www.ideaprov.com Paul Bellos’ group hosts improv performances around town and holds classes and training sessions.
Lakewood Theatre Company 2211 Old Hickory Blvd. 847-0934 Now in its 24th year, Lakewood Theatre produces well-known musicals, comedies and dramas with occasional works by local playwrights. Five productions annually.
Laughing Corpse Productions P.O. Box 140935, 37214 361-8836 Presents cleverly titled interactive murder-mystery dinner theater at The White Trash Cafe and also at private parties.
Lipscomb University Theatre 3901 Granny White Pk. 279-5715 www.theater.lipscomb.edu Produces a wide variety of student-produced drama.
Middle Tennessee State University Theater 1500 Greenland Dr. 494-8810 Productions feature MTSU students and faculty.
Murfreesboro/Rutherford County Center for the Arts 110 W. College St., Murfreesboro. 904-ARTS www.boroarts.org Hosting a variety of performing arts groups and events.
Mystery.COMedy Dinner Playhouse 391-2345 www.mysterycomedy.com Presenting shows at Ellendale’s Restaurant.
Nashville Children’s Theatre 724 2nd Ave. S. 254-9103 www.nashvillechildrenstheatre.org A nonprofit, professional, Actors’ Equity theater founded in 1931 by the Junior League of Nashville, and the oldest children’s theater in the country. Strives to make theater a vital part of the childhood experience.
Nashville Shakespeare Festival 1604 8th Ave. S., Ste. 310 255-2273 www.nashvilleshakes.org Stages high-quality Shakespeare productions for thousands of theatergoers every summer in Centennial Park. Also produces original works and conducts a significant outreach program that takes Shakespeare to schools throughout the state.
People’s Branch Theatre 800 4th Ave. S. 254-0008 www.peoplesbranch.org Established in 2000, PBT has become Nashville’s most progressive professional theater company, with unexpected, mind-stretching theater.
Pull-Tight Theatre 112 2nd Ave. S., Franklin. 790-6782 www.pull-tight.com Community playhouse presenting family fare.
The Renaissance Center 855 Hwy. 46 S., Dickson 740-5600 or (888) 700-2300 www.rcenter.org Dickson’s multifaceted arts/science center offers original theatrical productions through its drama and theater department.
Rhubarb Theatre Company 386-3551 One of several new homegrown theater groups to spring up in recent years.
Roxy Regional Theatre 100 Franklin St., Clarksville (931) 645-7699 www.roxyregionaltheater.org Known for original musicals and regional premieres.
Steeple Players Community Theatre City Square Shopping Center, 260 W. Main St., Hendersonville. 826-6037 www.steepleplayers.org Community theater group staging family fare.
Tennessee Performing Arts Center 505 Deaderick St. 782-4000 www.tpac.org The place to see touring Broadway and off-Broadway shows as well as local companies.
Tennessee Repertory Theatre 244-4878 www.tnrep.org The Rep is the state’s largest producer of professional theatre. A nonprofit organization, the Rep produces and constructs its productions in Nashville in collaboration with world-class actors, designers and theater-craft people.
Tennessee State University 963-7491 www.tnstate.edu TSU presents plays in its state-of-the-art Performing Arts Center through its communications department, under the resident professional theater training program.
Vanderbilt University Theatre 322-2404 www.vanderbilt.edu/theatre An invigorating mix including works by some of today’s most celebrated playwrights.
MUSEUMS AND SITES The Convention and Visitors Bureau is the overriding agency for area historic sites, museums and visitor/tourist information. The following is a list of key museums and sites to seek out while in Nashville, but for more info, contact the Bureau at 259-4700.
Adventure Science Center 800 Fort Negley Blvd. 862-5160 www.adventuresci.com Formerly the Cumberland Science Museum, the Adventure Science Center and Sudekum Planetarium offer interactive science exhibits (some permanent, some changing) and programs for the whole family. $9 for adults, $7 ages 3-12 and over 65; free for children 2 and under. Planetarium shows are an extra $2 with Center admission ($3.50 without).
Belle Meade Plantation 5025 Harding Rd. 356-0501 www.bellemeadeplantation.com The 1853-built Greek Revival mansion was once part of a 5,400-acre thoroughbred horse farm. Hosts historical-themed exhibits at various times of the year. $11 adults, $10 sr. citizens, $5 ages 6-12, ages 6 & under free.
Belmont Mansion 1900 Belmont Blvd. 460-5459 www.belmontmansion.com It’s hard to imagine the area near Music Row as an ideal spot to build a vacation home. Back in 1850, however, the area was decidedly different when the very wealthy Adelicia Acklen and her husband Joseph began building their summer home. Today the home, which was built in the style of an Italian villa, is part of Belmont University and features original and period Victorian furniture and artwork. $8 adults, $7 sr. citizens, $3 ages 6-12, ages 5 & under admitted free.
Carnton Plantation 1345 Carnton Ln., Franklin 794-0903 www.carnton.org A national historic landmark featuring Randal McGavock’s mansion, used as a field hospital during the Battle of Franklin; a Confederate cemetery; and an 1847-styled garden. $10 adults, $9 sr. citizens, $3 ages 6-12, ages 6 and under free. Self-guided tours $3.
Cheekwood Botanical Garden and Museum of Art 1200 Forrest Park Dr. 356-8000 www.cheekwood.org The 55-acre estate built by the family of the Maxwell House Coffee Fortune. The Museum of Art, in a 30,000 square foot Georgian-style mansion, includes permanent and traveling exhibitions. Gourmet restaurant. Gift shops. $10 adults, $8 sr. citizens & students w/college IDs, $5 ages 6-17, Cheekwood members free. Gate fee is half-price after 3 p.m. Family cap $25.
Country Musice Hall of Fame® and Museum 222 5th Avenue S. 416-2096 www.countrymusichalloffame.com Even if you couldn’t care less about country music, this museum is still a fascinating place. The museum features manuscripts, instruments, personal items of stars and more. $16.95 adults, $8.95 ages 6-17, ages 5 & under free.
Customs House Museum & Cultural Center Commerce & S. 2nd St., Clarksville (931) 648-5780 www.customshousemuseum.org Located in historic downtown Clarksville, the Customs House is the state’s second largest general museum. Explore an entire city block featuring large gallery spaces filled with fine art, science & history. The Explorer’s Floor features various hands-on activities & learning opportunities for children. Model trains run 1-4 pm Sun. $4 adults; $3 sr. citizens 55 & up; $2 college students w/ID; $1 ages 6-18; children under 6 free.
Sam Davis Home 1399 Sam Davis Rd., Smyrna (615) 459-2341 www.samdavishome.org A visit to the Greek Revival home on its 169-acre site will reveal the details of how young Sam Davis died refusing to betray the Confederacy. Museum, Historic House & Grounds Tour: $8.50 adults, $6.50 sr. citizens, $3 ages 6-12, Museum Only: $5 adults, $4 sr. citizens, $1.50 ages 6-12.
The Hermitage 4580 Rachel’s Ln. 889-2941 www.thehermitage.com Guided tours of the 1836 mansion, home of our nation’s 7th president, Andrew Jackson. Explore several other buildings, including slave cabins and Jackson’s tomb. $12 adults, $11 seniors (62+) and students (ages 13-18), $5 children 6-12, and free under 5 yrs.
Lane Motor Museum 702 Murfreesboro Pk. 742-7445 www.lanemotormuseum.org A unique collection of mostly European automobiles. Approximately 100 cars & motorcycles not typically seen in the U.S. are on display, including the largest Tatra collection outside Europe, a substantial micro car collection, amphibious vehicles, alternative fuel vehicles, miltary vehicles & motorcycles. $5 adults, $3 seniors (55 & over), under 18 free.
Manskers Station 705 Caldwell Drive, Goodlettsville 859-3678 A living-history museum depicting life as it was for settlers in 1779 Middle Tennessee. The site features the 1896 reconstructed log station originally built by Kasper Mansker in 1779 and the restored Bowen Plantation house built in 1787. Together, the historic sites illustrate the transition from forted life to estate living. Manskers Station hosts living-history festivals throughout the year. $5 adults, $3 students ages 6-12. Group rates and senior discounts.
The Parthenon Centennial Park, 2500 West End Ave. 862-8431 www.parthenon.org Built as part of Tennessee’s 1897 Centennial Exposition, the full-scale replica of the ancient Greek temple contains a 42-foot replica of the Athena statue and changing art exhibits. $4 adults, $2.50 sr. citizens & ages 5-17, children 4 & younger free.
Tennessee Agricultural Museum Ellington Agricultural Center 837-5197 www.picktnproducts.org/agmuseum Features exhibits exploring the state’s rural history, including kitchen and dairy items, wagons, machinery, heirloom vegetables and more. The site also includes log cabins, a turn-of-the-century farmhouse, a one-room school and a nature trail.
Tennessee Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park 600 James Robertson Pkwy 741-5280 A 19-acre park and outdoor history museum featuring an amphitheater, a 200-ft. granite map depicting every city in the state, 31 fountains representing each of Tennessee’s rivers, a botanical garden, a 1,400-ft. wall engraved with Tennessee’s historic events and a World War II Memorial. Free.
Tennessee Central Railway Museum 220 Willow St. 244-9001 www.tcry.org Volunteer organization restores, operates and exhibits railroad equipment and excursion trains.
Tennessee State Museum 505 Deaderick St. 741-2692 www.tnmuseum.org Permanent collection includes paintings, quilts and displays on the history of Tennessee from the prehistoric era through the early 20th century. The museum also hosts temporary and traveling exhibitions. Free.
Travellers Rest Museum 636 Farrell Pkwy. 832-8197 www.travellersrestplantation.org The home of Judge John Overton is one of Nashville’s oldest historic homes open to the public. The museum features a large collection of Tennessee made furniture. $8 adults, $7 sr. citizens, $5 ages 13-18, $3 ages 6-12.
The Upper Room Chapel and Museum 1908 Grand Ave. 340-7200 www.upperroom.org A wood carving based on Leonardo da Vinci’s “The Last Supper,” religious paintings from the 1300s to 1900s, illuminated manuscripts, a 9,000-piece stained-glass window and other religious-themed objects. A presentation on the carving is given on the hour and half-hour, last presentation 4 p.m. Free, $4 donation appreciated.