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Nashville Pride 2011 

When: Sat., June 18, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. 2011
This week, the city’s GLBT celebration will make a historic and somewhat surprising introduction: Mike Curb, meet Lisa Howe. Yes, although the Curb Records mogul and Belmont benefactor rose publicly — and heroically — to the defense of the school’s former soccer coach after her same-sex relationship evidently got her the boot from BU, they’ve reportedly never had an actual face-to-face. That changes Thursday, June 16, at the Hard Rock’s “Pride Rocks!” show, where Curb will accept the Pride Ally Award for bringing GLBT workplace discrimination to national light. Afterwards, there’ll be music from headliner Jennifer Knapp, the former contemporary Christian artist who a couple of years ago packed The Belcourt, with guest Reverse Halo Effect. An even bigger party comes Saturday, as the 2011 Nashville Pride Festival sets up at Riverfront Park. Performers include second-season American Idol scene-stealer Kimberly Caldwell, actress/singer/model Kat Graham (a familiar face from Hannah Montana and The Vampire Diaries), “Love Machine” duo God-Des & She, “The Gay Pimp” Jonny McGovern, The Worsties and ABBA tribute sensation Knowing Me, Knowing You. There’ll also be three stages, food and drink available, and a marketplace with more than 100 vendors. Tickets are $5 general admission, $50 VIP (including two drinks, private bartender and more). See for more information.
— Jim Ridley

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