Thu., Jan. 6, 2-10 p.m., Fri., Jan. 7, 12-10 p.m., Sat., Jan. 8, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. and Sun., Jan. 9, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. 2011
$3-$8; children and military free
Sure, a boat show may have niche appeal, but this year’s Nashville Boat & Sportshow has something to lure even the most landlocked couch potato to the Nashville Convention Center: Russell Newberry, star deckboss from Discovery Channel’s Deadliest Catch. You can have your Survivors, your Amazing Racers, your Ultimate Fighters, your Dawg the Bounty Hunter — the crabbers who brave the subzero temperatures, brutal Arctic winds and turbulent seas of the Bering Straight in the cruelest depths of winter are the supreme badasses of extreme television. Sorry Dawg, but the commercial fishing industry as a whole is by far the most dangerous occupation in America, and these guys are toiling away at the most treacherous end of that terrifying spectrum. If you’ve seen these guys hauling in crab pots in the dark of night as 50 mph winds hurl sleet in their faces while the boat lurches 45 degrees on 40-foot waves, you know what I mean. Newberry will be on hand for all four days, five hours each day, greeting fans and regaling them with behind-the-season tales. Visit nashvilleboatshow.com for details.