A selective listing of nightclubs and music venues. Some listings contain descriptions by the editorial staff.
All American Sports Grill
941 N.W. Broad St., Murfreesboro 896-9661
Alleygators Underground Lounge
207 3rd Ave. N. 255-8840
B.B. King's Blues Club
152 2nd Ave. N. 256-2727
The Bar Car
209 10th Ave. S. 259-4875
503 12th Ave. S. 963-9998
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.
2102 Belcourt Ave. 383-9140
Featuring great foreign, indie and classic films as well as great live shows from time to time.
Beyond the Edge
112 S. 11th St. 226-3343
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.
Blue Sky Court
410 4th Ave. S. 242-6033
Bluesboro Rhythm & Blues Co.
114 N. Church St., Murfreesboro. 907-1115
4114 Nolensville Pk. 832-5104
Listen to nightly entertainment, writers' nights, blues and rock bands.
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.
209 Printers Alley. 256-3495
The Boro Bar & Grill
1211 Greenland Dr., Murfreesboro 895-4800
Bourbon St. Blues & Boogie Bar
220 Printers Alley 24-BLUES (242-5837)
An intimate music venue featuring live blues.
1143 Columbia Ave., Franklin 794-4777
1602 W. Northfield Blvd., Murfreesboro 893-7860
Cozy bar reminiscent of an English pub.
210 Louise Ave. 321- 2626
1516 Demonbreun St. 259-4993
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.
515 2nd Ave. S. 242-3399
Coco Loco Nightclub Restaurant & Lounge
4600 Nolensville Rd. 781-9050
Commodore Sports Bar and Grill
Holiday Inn, 2613 West End Ave. 327-4707
901 Cowan St. 742-1166
Nashville's largest gay-entertainment complex.
Dan McGuinness' Irish Pub
1538 Demonbreun St. 252-1991
333 Swinging Bridge Rd. 847-5400
The Double E Bar & Grill
4957 Lebanon Rd. 885-3400
Douglas Corner Cafe
2106-A 8th Ave. S. 298-1688
One of the city's friendliest neighborhood listening rooms, located across the street from Zanies comedy club.
2219 Elliston Pl. 321-4457
A 200-capacity venue specializing in the best local, regional and national indie rock and other genres.
2208 Elliston Pl. 321-3340
This renowned venue's quarter-century history includes everyone from Steve Martin to The Police.
F. Scott's Restaurant & Jazz Bar
2210 Crestmoor Dr. 269-5861
Cool jazz every night.
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 Fiddle & Steel Guitar Bar
210 Printers Alley 251-9002
Live country in the heart of Nashville's legendary Sin City.
The 5 Spot
1006 Forrest Ave. 650-9333
East Nashville venue booking rock, jazz and some avant-garde performers.
Flying Saucer Draught Emporium
111 10th Ave. S. #310 259-7468
Largest draught beer selection in Nashville.
The Foxhole Club
101st Airborne Restaurant, 1362 Murfreesboro Pk. 361-4212
This dance club in a military-themed restaurant complex near the Nashville International Airport routinely rattles with the roar of planes overhead.
French Quarter Cafe
823 Woodland St. 227-3100
Gateway Entertainment Complex
300 2nd Ave. S. 259-1166
Gaylord Entertainment Center
501 Broadway. 770-2000
The city's largest entertainment venue, and the place to see big spectacles.
Gentleman Jim's Bar & Grill
2115 E. Main St., Murfreesboro. 896-9716
Opry Mills, 433 Opry Mills Dr. 514-2200
Graham Central Station
128 2nd Ave. N. 251-9593
Massive multilevel entertainment facility catering to singles and 2nd Avenue partiers.
Grand Ole Opry
2840 Opryland Dr. 889-3060
One of the city's defining cultural institutions, still going strong after more than 75 years.
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 another.
Hall of Fame Lounge
Best Western, 1407 Division St. 256-4255
43 1st Ave. S.
918 Main St. 262-0096
Jackson's Bar & Bistro
4117 Hillsboro Rd. 385-9894
One of Hillsboro Village's favored hangouts, especially in the summertime, when there's live music on the patio overlooking 21st Avenue South.
Kijiji Coffee House
1207 Jefferson St. 321-0403
Features weekend jazz, poetry, R&B and Jazzy Mondays.
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.
428 Broadway 248-6334
Country music on Lower Broadway.
609 9th Ave. S. 254-4399
Classy, attractive new bar/restaurant with a striking room and a focus on smooth jazz.
1400 Woodland St. 226-6343
Renaissance Hotel, 611 Commerce St. 255-8400
Live jazz for weary travelers.
Marquiz Bar & Grill
99 Wallace Rd., Antioch. 331-7173
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. Locals get their voices heard here too.
1114 Charlotte Ave. 254-9323
Mulligan's Pub & Restaurant
117 2nd Ave. N. 242-8010
Erin go bragh! Hoist a Guinness and sing along lustily with Irish drinking songs at this downtown slice of the Auld Sod.
417 4th Ave. N. 862-6390
Beloved old downtown domed concert hall, home to the circus, Bullnanza and a curious assortment of concerts.
835 4th Ave. S. 251-0190
One of the hubs of Nashville's underground rap/punk/political scene. Also housing Spat! Records and Kung Fu Coffeehouse.
Nashville Jazz Workshop
1312 Adams St. 242-5299
Live jazz in a cool refurbished space in the Neuhoff building.
Nashville Nightlife Theater
2620 Music Valley Dr. 885-5201
Country music variety show and weekend karaoke.
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.
One of the city's newer nighclubs, plenty flashy but just as welcoming.
1313 Woodland St. 228-6045
401 6th Ave. S. 843-4000
Home to skate punks, emo kidz and touring and local rock bands.
174 3rd Ave. N. 329-8757
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.
1907 Eastland Ave. 227-4777
Roxy's Danceclub & Bar
207 Broadway. 255-3969
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.
The Sherlock Holmes Pub
2206 Elliston Pl. 327-1047
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.
The Stage on Broadway
412 Broadway. 726-0504
3839 Murfreesboro Rd., Antioch. 641-5800
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 bestand longest-runningvenues.
2608 Franklin Rd. 292-5254
Located a few doors down from Melrose Bowling Lanes, this is one of Nashville's coolest and most intimate clubs. Shows have ranged from indie rockers to jazz and gospel to country acts and a lot more.
Texas Troubadour Theatre
2416 Music Valley Dr. 889-2474
Featuring the live World Famous Ernest Tubb Midnite Jamboree for over 56 years.
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.
1516 Demonbreun St. 313-7103
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.
201 Woodland St. 248-3100
23rd Psalm Cafe and Restaurant
2203 Buena Vista Pk. 259-2323
This de facto civic center, where city leaders and law officials periodically gather for informal public meetings, also offers lots of gospel, contemporary Christian and singer-songwriter material.
Two Doors Down
1524 Demonbreun St. 780-0020
121 N. Maple St. Murfreesboro 867-9090
West Rock and Blues Emporium
100 West Webster St., Madison 860-7404
The Wild Boar Piano Bar
2014 Broadway 329-1313
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.
Windows on the Cumberland
112 2nd Ave. N. 251-0097
This peaceful, intimate listening room offers respite from the bustle of Second Avenue.
425 Broadway 251-1621
The Metropolitan Nashville Arts Commission serves as an umbrella organization for the arts in Nashville, providing information about nonprofit and commercial art galleries. Below follows a list of selected nonprofit and private galleries. Call the MNAC at 862-6720 or visit www.artsnashville.org for more info.
Cumberland University, 1 Cumberland Square 444-2562, ext. 1181
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 activity center 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.
Baldwin Photographic Gallery
Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro 898-2085
The Barn Gallery
MTSU, Murfreesboro. 898-5653
Campus gallery showing the work of art students at MTSU.
The Yellow House, 5109 Alabama Ave. 298-2332
2104 Crestmoor Dr. 297-3201
Cannery Row Gallery
521 8th Avenue S., Ste 308-B. 904-8386
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
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.
Margaret Cuninggim Women's Center
Franklin Bldg., 316 West Side Row, Vanderbilt Univ. 322-4843
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.
521 Gallatin Rd., Ste. 5. 228-1711
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.
1898 Nolensville Rd. 244-3003
Noted for its outdoor sculpture garden and mix of crafts and fine art by local and national artists.
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 museumthough 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.
Full Circle Art
225 2nd Ave. S., Franklin. 595-9872
Fugitive Art Gallery
440 Houston St. www.fugitiveart.com
One of the city's two galleries devoted entirely to showing contemporary art, often by artists just emerging from MFA programs. The rough, unfinished warehouse space lends a sense of gritty excitement to the experience of viewing art.
Gallery at the Belcourt
2102 Belcourt Ave. 846-3150
The lobby of the Belcourt movie theater hosts work by local artists.
Hanging Around Eclectic Arts & Framing
113 17th Ave. S. 254-4850
Hiram Van Gordon Gallery
Elliot Hall, Tennessee State University 963-7509
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.
Austin Peay State University, Clarksville (931) 221-7334
4304 Charlotte Ave. 298-4611
Sculptor Alan LeQuire is known for his "Musica" sculpture in the Music Row Roundable; here, he shows more of his work (albeit smaller pieces), along with work by colleagues with similar aesthetic sensibilities.
Belmont University, 1900 Belmont Blvd. 460-6770
Showing work by 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
Murfreesboro/Rutherford County Center for the Arts
110 W. College St., Murfreesboro 904-ARTS (2787)
Centennial Park 862-8431
Housing Alan LeQuire's massive Athena sculpture and a couple of galleries showing paintings and more.
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
The Renaissance Center
855 Hwy. 46 S., Dickson 740-5600
Ruby Green Contemporary Art Center
514 5th Ave. S. 244-7179 www.rubygreen.org
One of the city's two galleries committed exclusively to showing contemporary art, Ruby Green also hosts an interesting mix of musical and spoken-word performances in its cleanly appointed space just south of downtown.
2304 12th Ave. S. 292-9400
Cozy gallery and wine bar in the 12 South neighborhood.
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, and offers Sarratt Cinema patrons plenty to ponder as they file in to see a movie.
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 Gallery
401 Charlotte Ave. 741-1701
Showing workmuch of it quite strongby the diverse recipients of Tennessee Arts Commission grants.
Tennessee Art League Galleries
3011 Poston Ave. 298-4072
Tennessee State Museum
505 Deaderick St. 741-2692
Showing work of local interest; permanent collection includes paintings, quilts and displays on the history of Tennessee from the prehistoric era through the early 20th century.
Austin Peay State University, Clarksville (931) 221-7334
Tribal Arts Inc.
427 Main St., Franklin. 790-3095
Exhibiting statues, masks and ceremonial regalia from Ivory Coast, Liberia, Mali, Burkina Faso, Nigeria, Cameroon, Gabon, Congo, Angola, Mozambique and other African nations. Open by appointment only.
Untitled Artists' Group
Maverick local artist group known for putting on one-night-only exhibits packed with art that ranges from consummately professional to astoundingly amateur. Always fun.
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, encompassing paintings, sculpture, prints and photography.
Carl Van Vechten Gallery
Fisk University, D.B. Todd Blvd. & Jackson St. 329-8720
The permanent exhibition includes the Alfred Stieglitz Collection of Modern Art, feat. works by Picasso, Renoir, Toulouse-Lautrec, O'Keeffe and othersin other words, some of the most important art you're likely to see in a Nashville gallery.
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 forward-thinking artists.
1819 21st Ave. S. 256-4805
Long-running Hillsboro Village gallery showing contemporary work in bright, welcoming space.
Blue Moves Dance Co.
A modern dance company featuring progressive choreography.
Momentum Dance Group
207 Sarratt Student Center. 322-2471
Vanderbilt student dance group.
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, affiliated School of Nashville Ballet and outreach programs.
The Village Cultural Arts Center
340 West Trinity Ln. 228-9553 villageculturalartscenter.com
The Village members study, teach and perform drum, dance and story presentations with emphasis on African and Caribbean culture as they seek to enhance the community's knowledge of African American culture.
Local chamber music ensemble performing adventurous works by modern composers.
Austin Peay State University Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts
Clarksville (931) 221-7876 www.apsu.edu/creativearts/
The season includes performances by artists, university groups and national performers.
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. www.vanderbilt.edu/blair 322-7651
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
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
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.
Lipscomb University Music
3901 Granny White Pk. 269-1000, ext. 5929, 279-5932 or 279-5929 www.lipscomb.edu
Middle Tennessee Choral Society
Middle Tennessee State University Music Dept., Murfreesboro 898-2849
Three times a year performs major choral works including solos and orchestra.
Nashville Chamber Orchestra
2002 Blair Blvd. 256-6546 www.nco.org
One of the city's finest classical ensembles, known for its original, inventive programming, which 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. The orchestra also performs for local schools.
Stones River Chamber Players
Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro www.mtsu.edu/~music/stonesriver.html
MTSU performing ensemble.
Nashville Opera Association
3628 Trousdale Dr. 832-5242 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.
ACT I (Artists' Cooperative Theater)
Specializing in theater classics.
Actors Bridge Ensemble
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 firstname.lastname@example.org www.theamunratheatre.org
Local actor jeff obafemi carr's company gives voice to African American playwrights, actors, poets and musicians.
Arts Center of Cannon County
1424 John Bragg Hwy., Woodbury (615) 563-ARTS or (800) 235-9073 www.artscenterofcc.com
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 email@example.com
One of several new homegrown theater groups to spring up in recent years.
Boiler Room Theatre
The Factory at Franklin, 230 Franklin Rd., Bldg. 6, Franklin. 794-7744
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.
One of several new homegrown theater groups to spring up in recent years, known for its commitment to edgy, politically outspoken work.
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.
332-PLAY firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
4610 Charlotte Ave.
An alternative theater with new works, classical theater, live music, dance, multimedia shows and film. Check Web site for schedule info.
Green Room Projects
Theater group led by local actor Mark Cabus, one of several maverick theater companies to spring up in recent years.
Local actors Sean and Robert O'Connell's newly formed theater group, performing at Darkhorse Theatre.
Paul Bellos' group hosts improv performances around town and also 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. Free to the public.
Middle Tennessee State University Theater
1500 Greenland Dr. 898-2640
Productions feature MTSU students and faculty.
Montgomery Bell Academy Theater
4001 Harding Rd. 298-5514
Student group; performs in the 350-capacity Paschall Theater on the campus.
Murfreesboro/Rutherford County Center for the Arts
110 W. College St., Murfreesboro. 904-ARTS
Hosting a variety of performing arts groups and events.
Mystery.COMedy Dinner Playhouse
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 for young people in Nashville and Middle Tennessee.
Nashville Shakespeare Festival
800 4th Ave. S. 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.
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
One of several new homegrown theater groups to spring up in recent years.
Roxy Regional Theatre
100 Franklin St., Clarksville (931) 645-7699
Known for original musicals and regional premieres.
Steeple Players Community Theatre
City Square Shopping Center, 260 W. Main St., Hendersonville. 826-6037
Community theater group staging famiy 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
The Rep is the state's largest producer of professional theater. 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
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
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 Nashville-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 information, contact the Bureau at (615) 259-4700 or visit www.musiccityusa.com.
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. $8.75 for adults, $6.75 ages 3-12 and over 65; free for children 2 and under. Planetarium shows are an extra $2 with Center admission ($3 without).
BELLE MEADE PLANTATION
5025 Harding Rd. 356-0501
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. $10 adults, $8.50 sr. citizens, $4 ages 6-12, ages 5 & under free.
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.
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. $8 adults, $7 sr. citizens, $3 ages 6-12, ages 6 and under free. Self-guided tours $2.50.
THE CARTER HOUSE
1140 Columbia Ave., Franklin 791-1861 www.carter-house.org
An interpretive center for the 1864 Battle of Franklin feat. the 1830s home of Capt. Tod Carter, who was mortally wounded during the battle; the battlefield; and a museum, film and tour. $7 adults, $6 sr. citizens, $3 ages 6-12.
CHEEKWOOD BOTANICAL GARDEN & 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 MUSIC 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. $15.95 adults, $7.95 ages 6-17, ages 5 & under free.
CUSTOMS HOUSE MUSEUM & CULTURAL CENTER
Commerce & S. 2nd St., Clarksville
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. Admission: $7 adults, $5 sr. citizens, $3 ages 6-12.
FRIST CENTER FOR THE VISUAL ARTS
919 Broadway. 244-3340
In addition to hosting a wide range of traveling and rotating exhibits, Nashville's flagship art institution also offers film screenings, lectures, a hands-on activity center for children, a cafe, a gift shop and a schedule of educational programs for children and adults.
GRAND OLE OPRY MUSEUM
Opryland 889-3060 www.grandoleopry.com
Exhibits dedicated to Opry stars of the past and present, including Patsy Cline, Little Jimmy Dickens, George Jones, Jim Reeves and Tex Ritter. The museum is located in the Opry Plaza. Free.
HARTZLER-TOWNER MULTICULTURAL MUSEUM
Scarritt-Bennett Center, 1104 19th Ave. S. 340-7481 www.scarrittbennett.org
Human culture is explored through different exhibits and programs. The museum features three galleries of permanent, artifact-based exhibits. The museum is free, but available by appointment only. It offers both outreach and in-house education programs to community groups. Call 340-7500 to schedule a time to visit the galleries. To find out more about the museum's educational programming, call 340-7453.
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
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, competition cars, alternative fuel vehicles, miltary vehicles & motorcycles. $5 adults, $3 seniors (55 & over), under 18 free.
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.
109 Monthaven Blvd., Hendersonville 822-0789
A circa-1860 Greek Revival house, now home to the Hendersonville Arts Council Center and featuring original art exhibits and handmade crafts.
NASHVILLE PUBLIC LIBRARY
615 Church St. 862-5800 www.library.nashville.org
NASHVILLE ZOO AT GRASSMERE
3777 Nolensville Rd. 833-1534 www.nashvillezoo.org
The Nashville Zoo exhibits a great variety of wildlife that can be seen from a trail through the zoo. Get up close and personal at Critter Encounters and see what life was like in the 19th century at the Historic Home and Working Farm. You can also catch educational shows and play on the 66,000-square-foot, community-built playground. $8 adults, $7 sr. citizens, $6 children ages 3-12, children 2 & younger admitted free. $2 parking.
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. $3.50 adults, $2 sr. citizens & ages 4-17, children 3 & younger admitted free.
THE RENAISSANCE CENTER
855 Hwy. 46 S., Dickson 740-5600
An arts and technology education center as well as a performing arts center. The center also includes the CyberSphere Digital Theatre, Visual Arts Gallery, Gaslight Dinner Theatre, Faraday Science Theatre, Renaissance Players community theater, the Virtually Unlimited Bookstore and Faraday Cafe. Planetarium shows are $5 adults, $3 seniors and children 12 and younger. All laser show tickets are $6.
116 5th Ave. N. 889-3060 www.ryman.com
Built as a church in 1892, the Ryman Auditorium housed the Grand Ole Opry from 1943-1974. Experience entertainment with a daytime tour of the Ryman including a short film hosted by Trisha Yearwood featuring the people and events that shaped the Rymans' past and present. Step onto the historic stage, have your picture taken and then stroll through the halls filled with memorabilia. $8 adults; $4 children ages 4-11.
STONES RIVER NATIONAL BATTLEFIELD
3501 Old Nashville Hwy., Murfreesboro 893-9501
The 600-acre site includes a Civil War battlefield along the Stones River, a museum, the Stones River National Cemetery, the Hazen Brigade Monument, Fortress Rosecrans, an earthen Civil War fort and offers numerous lectures and living-history programs throughout the year.
TENNESSEE AGRICULTURAL MUSEUM
Ellington Agricultural Center 837-5197
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
James Robertson Pkwy. & Jefferson St. 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
The all-volunteer organization restores, operates & exhibits railroad equipment & excursion trains.
TENNESSEE SPORTS HALL OF FAME & MUSEUM
Gaylord Entertainment Center, 501 Broadway. 242-4750
A state-of-the-art interactive facility feat. exhibits on amateur & professional sports teams & individuals in Tennessee history. The museum's interactive virtual-reality room feat. a one-on-one basketball game, kayaking on the Ocoee River & more. $3 adults, $2 sr. citizens & ages 4-17; ages 4 & under admitted free.
TENNESSEE STATE LIBRARY & ARCHIVES
403 7th Ave. N. 741-2764
Contains manuscript collections dating from 1780, photographic collections, genealogical & census data, microfilm of county records, archival collections, literary works, equipment for the blind & physically handicapped & more.
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 admission.
TRAVELLERS REST MUSEUM
636 Farrell Pkwy. 832-8197
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. 340-7207 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.
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