Though (ahem) some of us here at the Scene have made a career of ignoring the erstwhile Samuel Clemens' most compelling maximif you have nothing to say, say nothingwe couldn't be more excited about this nearly yearlong celebration of all things Twain, beginning with this figurative and literal launch party, where students from Bordeaux, Lockeland, Amqui and Haywood elementary schools will set their handcrafted rafts afloat in the fountains of the Public Square at the Metro Courthouse. Sure, it's no Mighty Mississippi, but at least the King and Duke won't be there to swindle you. (Now if the Mayor, who's overseeing the proceedings, tries to sell you a convention center, beware.) Other highlights of the celebration include Nashville Children's Theatre's presentation of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (Sept. 22-Oct. 9), Tennessee Repertory Theatre's mounting of Big River: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (March 20-April 10, 2010) and People's Branch Theatre's staging of Ross Brooks and Brooke Bryant's original rock musical Straight Outta Hannibal! The Life of Mark Twain, Rock Star (April 15-24, 2010), along with several other theater, music, art and literature events. For a full schedule, see twainandtwang.org.
Mon., Aug. 31, 11 a.m., 2009