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Anyone who says “there’s nothing to do in Nashville” is just plain lazy. There’s always something new. Last Wednesday, Steve Ford of The Trap and Bar Car unleashed Roxy’s, a new bi-level club on Broadway. Much of Music Row showed up to support their old friend. The private party offered free drinks and appetizers, but the raptorial male crowd hungered for the tender, young chicks on the dance floor. Will Roxy’s become Nashville’s wildest new club or remain a meat market? Only time will tell.

Even with super-bionic party powers, I couldn’t possibly hit every Friday event that was worthwhile. Will Hoge was playing at Exit/In, and it was Mercy Lounge’s birthday bash.... When in doubt, I often think to myself, “What would Marc Jacobs do?” My pop-culture-loving, socially conscious hero wouldn’t dare miss the “Safer Sex and the City” fundraiser or the kitschy fun of Panty Raid. So there I went.

Anyone who says “there’s nothing to do in Nashville” is just plain lazy. There’s always something new. Last Wednesday, Steve Ford of The Trap and Bar Car unleashed Roxy’s, a new bi-level club on Broadway. Much of Music Row showed up to support their old friend. The private party offered free drinks and appetizers, but the raptorial male crowd hungered for the tender, young chicks on the dance floor. Will Roxy’s become Nashville’s wildest new club or remain a meat market? Only time will tell.

Planned Parenthood of Middle and East Tennessee held a groovy little social at Le Peep in Belle Meade. PPMET president Jeff Teague was joined by an eclectic crowd of supporters, which included Charles Sumner, Chase Cole and NFocus’ very own Jen Cohen. With young DJ Isaac Marksman on the decks, the party could have gone all night. I was still savoring my “Hugs and Kisses” martini when they announced last call.

If you weren’t part of the eager crowd who waited (and waited) for the fabulous burlesque show at 12th and Porter, then you sorely missed out. The music, especially Those Legendary Shack♦Shakers, was damn good, but as the cheeky emcee so eloquently stated, “Let’s see the boobies!” I’m not only a pushover for pop-Americana, I go positively verklempt at anything that reminds me of clubs like NYC’s Slipper Room. The Panty Raid dames, Lula Licious, Ramona Rouge and Ruby Van Go Go, were pin-up parfait. The cherry on top was ex-Slow Bar bartender Niko’s brilliant turn as a sloppy security guard. For those unfamiliar with burlesque, let me quote Webster. “Burlesque: A variety show characterized by broad ribald comedy, dancing and striptease.” Now don’t get your knickers in knots! The gals were très risqué, but never naked. Panty Raid’s sublime revue is a mix of sassy vaudeville and classic Bettie Page. I’m thrilled to see Nashville support this tongue-in-cheek celebration of feminine wiles.

If you weren’t part of the eager crowd who waited (and waited) for the fabulous burlesque show at 12th and Porter, then you sorely missed out. The music, especially Those Legendary Shack♦Shakers, was damn good, but as the cheeky emcee so eloquently stated, “Let’s see the boobies!” I’m not only a pushover for pop-Americana, I go positively verklempt at anything that reminds me of clubs like NYC’s Slipper Room. The Panty Raid dames, Lula Licious, Ramona Rouge and Ruby Van Go Go, were pin-up parfait. The cherry on top was ex-Slow Bar bartender Niko’s brilliant turn as a sloppy security guard. For those unfamiliar with burlesque, let me quote Webster. “Burlesque: A variety show characterized by broad ribald comedy, dancing and striptease.” Now don’t get your knickers in knots! The gals were très risqué, but never naked. Panty Raid’s sublime revue is a mix of sassy vaudeville and classic Bettie Page. I’m thrilled to see Nashville support this tongue-in-cheek celebration of feminine wiles.

It was just as nice to attend Trevor Mikula’s opening of new work Saturday night at Cadeau on Belmont Boulevard. I love mingling with the smart, sophisticated people who frequent Nashville’s art scene. Trevor’s show was a success both as a soiree and an art exhibition. Keep your eye on this artist! He’s talented and charming. This show will run at Cadeau until March 16. You can also see his work at Rumours Gallery and Hanging Around.

Next week, I’ll surely be chatting about the Super Bowl. There’s no shortage of sports bars in Nashville, and just about every restaurant has a TV or two. Whether you raise the roof at the Belcourt or raise a glass of merlot at Eddie George’s private affair, there’s a Super Bowl party for everyone. GO PANTHERS!

—By Amy Waddell

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