Off Limits 

After All, He Invented the Film Festival. Along with Peter Falk, Paul Reiser and Yes keyboardist Rick Wakeman, add former Vice President Al Gore to the list of luminaries at next month's Nashville Film Festival. Reportedly a documentary buff, Gore will award a special prize to the doc that best examines a global issue. (Some guys will do anything to meet Rick Wakeman.) This year's winner is The Real Dirt on Farmer John, a profile of Illinois organic farmer John Peterson, whose unorthodox methods have brought suspicion and threats. Interestingly, the NaFF's press release says the award is being sponsored by "a new independent cable network, whose name will be announced in early April." Could this be INdTV, Gore's San Francisco-based public-affairs channel for the MTV2 generation, which has a countdown running on its website?

Kiss Our Grits, East Coast Snobs. The Hungover Gourmet, Maryland's "journal of food, drink, travel & fun," has a report in its current issue about dining in Nashville. Would you like to guess which three restaurants were reviewed? #1: DaVinci's Gourmet Pizza (loved the tarragon vinaigrette, missed the soy cheese). #2: Midtown Café (overly perky waitress, way-stout rum drinks). And #3? You guessed it—O'Charley's. And not just any O'Charley's, but the one way the hell out I-24 by the freakin' Smyrna Expo Center, where the waiter resembles "a young Woody Harrelson from Kingpin" and helpfully advises a vegan that "some people think mushrooms are like meat." Attention Kay West: next time you're in Maryland, make sure you review the crabcakes at Captain D's.

Want Fries With That? A couple weeks ago, it was Paris Hilton at the Burger King. This week, it's Wife Swap at Athens Family Restaurant. Camera crews from the ABC reality show—which switches out women from two vastly different households, then films the result—filed into the diner Saturday morning, followed shortly thereafter by a tackily dressed woman who was most definitely not from around here. Meanwhile, Dina, the wife of Athens owner/chef Yanni Panagiotakis, is living in the lap of luxury in Orange County, Calif. From the looks of it on Saturday morning, her counterpart has a thing or two to learn about waiting tables and working a cash register. She's got her work cut out for her, too: customers eager for their 15 seconds of fame were putting in needless requests for ketchup and hot sauce.

Idle No Longer. So much for that last call for the Idle Hour, the tattered old tavern that was shuttered last year. On Thursday, the old Music Row haunt is scheduled to reopen for drinks at its new location at 1028 16th Ave. S. In arguably his greatest achievement since entering public life, Metro Council member at-large Adam Dread helped find a new spot for the tavern, which should serve as a welcome respite from the cast of uber-trendy bar hoppers who have laid claim to the Roundabout area. Dread says the new Idle Hour will be just about the same as the old one, including the original owners, staff, bar and, soon enough, tobacco stains on the wall.


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