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MusicTHE BLACK HOLLIES The last 20 years of modern music might as well never have happened as far as The Black Hollies are concerned. What could be missing from a song that can’t already be found on a Beatles record? There isn’t anything new in The Black Hollies’ faintly psychedelic garage rock, but the execution is flawless. From The Kinks to the Stones then over to The Who, the British Invasion has been cryogenically frozen, preserved and is still totally far-out. 9 p.m. at Springwater —MATT SULLIVAN


Springtime for BrezhnevSEVEN DAYS TO REMEMBER If not for the footage in this 1968 film, the world might’ve bought—or at least had a hard time disproving—the Soviet Union’s claim that the Soviet Army had been invited into Czechoslovakia to restore order during the Prague Spring. Instead, a worldwide television audience of more than 600 million people saw filmmaker Jan Nemec’s images of tanks and bloody streets. Hard to think of a film that better illustrates the stakes of emancipation—the theme of this year’s Lenten Film Series. An interesting note: The film’s running time is usually listed as 26 minutes, but series organizer Tom Wills says his 16mm print runs 51 minutes. Eat that, Commies! The screening is free, as is the meal that precedes it at 6 p.m. 7 p.m. at Downtown Presbyterian Church —JIM RIDLEY


House OrganCHICKEN LIVER DAY Get a new plate, Nate. Grab a big pan, Stan. Order meat-and-three, Lee—just listen to me. Yes, there must be 50 ways to love your liver, and one is surely fried over rice at Arnold’s, smothered in brown gravy and accompanied by sides ranging from fried green tomatoes to the diner’s ubiquitous beans and greens. Every Thursday is Chicken Liver Day; go early or late if you want to avoid long lines for the delectable little cholesterol bombs. Best of all, a plate costs less than 7 bucks. 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m. at Arnold’s Country Kitchen —JIM RIDLEY



Zine and HeardNASHVILLE FEMME BENEFIT Much like musicians who return to outmoded mediums such as cassette tapes to release their tunes, social activists Katie Zenger and Erin Fagot are revisiting the cut-and-paste glory of zines to promote their feminist ideals. With two issues of Nashville Femme in the can, these Northeastern transplants have already covered issues ranging from body image to the availability of Plan B, with a shout-out to Leonard Nimoy for his photographic work with full-figured ladies. The zine’s appeal lies in its inclusive, dispassionate tone—the goal of which is to deconstruct the notion of feminism as a dirty word. This benefit celebrates the third issue and profits go to The Magdalene House (which works with former prostitutes and drug addicts), and features performances from belly dancer Nazanin, burlesque troupe Miss Lolly Pop and Music City Burlesque and—most promising—the Ms. Fits, an all-female Misfits cover band. They got somethin’ to say, alright. 8 p.m. at The End —TRACY MOORE


MusicSONY HOLLAND CD RELEASE The title of Sony Holland’s new album Swing, Bossas, Ballads & Blues pretty much says it all. A collection of delightfully rendered standards and originals, the disc highlights the sultry jazz singer’s strengths: a pure, supple voice and a gift for re-imagining familiar tunes. (Case in point: her take on Paul Simon’s “50 Ways to Leave Your Lover,” which morphs back and forth between a greasy New Orleans groove and straight-up swing.) The former Nashvillian took off for the more jazz-friendly environs of the Bay Area a few years back, so this is as much a homecoming as a CD release. Holland’s husband Jerry, who wrote eight of the album’s 16 tracks, accompanies on guitar. 7:30 p.m. at Bongo After Hours Theater —JACK SILVERMAN


MusicLADYSPEAK For all the talk about misogyny in hip-hop—and there is plenty—there are also plenty of female artists doing creative, empowering things within the genre. This event, which the organizers hope will become a semi-annual occurrence, seeks to showcase that diversity of female voices. On the bill are Minneapolis MC Dessa, DJ Eticut, local rapper and poet Oriana Lee and up-and-comer Lynnguistix. For information, visit myspace.com/tennesseehiphop. 9 p.m. at The Rutledge —LEE STABERT


Capitol ComedyBORN YESTERDAY Garson Kanin’s 1946 play was made into a well-known 1950 film, directed by George Cukor and starring Judy Holliday, who went on to win the Oscar for her singular performance as the lovable tart Billie Dawn. The story was re-filmed as recently as 1993 (with Melanie Griffith), but, like many older stage comedies, it remains to be seen how well the script holds up all these years later. ACT 1 takes the plunge with this tale of a brutish, corrupt tycoon who strong-arms Capitol Hill legislators while his neglected mistress learns some interesting civics lessons from a hired—and quite charming—male mentor. March 7-15 at Darkhorse Theater —MARTIN BRADY


Talking ArtWATKINS ARTIST LECTURE SERIES The kids at Watkins begin this knock-out program with a one-two punch. Memphis artist Terri Jones will speak at a reception for her exhibit at the college’s Brownlee O. Currey Jr. Gallery, where she will be showing her latest series of drawings. Jones is known for her delicate aesthetic sensibilities, and her art is as much about space and light as it is about draftsmanship. Stick around for a screening of Silver Jew, a documentary chronicling the Israeli leg of local musician David Berman and his band’s latest tour. Producer Matthew Robison will answer questions after the film. Berman himself will be reading his poetry at the Series’ next event on Wednesday, March 12. Artist reception at 6 p.m.; lecture at 7 p.m.; Silver Jew screening at 8 p.m. at Watkins College of Art & Design —JOE NOLAN


Bandana-rama!BRET MICHAELS’ ROCK OF LOVE TOUR This week, Nashville boasts a myriad of events celebrating the female spirit—the release of a feminist zine, a women-in-hip-hop celebration—so it’s only fitting that the city also play host to someone responsible for setting womankind back 50 years. Oh Bret Michaels! Man of so many bandanas! So much love for breast implants! So much skill at making out with multiple scantily clad connection-feeling young ladies at the same time! Oh, and he used to be in Poison, too. 6 p.m. at Wildhorse Saloon —LEE STABERT


MusicSISTER W/MUGGABEARS & WIZARDS Vintage threads store Local Honey dropped off the booking circuit when the temperature dropped, but they’re back with an Infinity Cat party featuring three noisy pop acts, two hailing from Brooklyn. Sisters are a two-piece who rush to the noise-pop slaughter, while Muggabears slow it down for the exquisite mangle. Also on the bill are local newbies Wizardz, boasting members from jam-metalers JEFF and gleeful pop slop maestros Meemaw. 6 p.m. at Local Honey —TRACY MOORE


Never a BrideFIVE WOMEN WEARING THE SAME DRESS Playwright Alan Ball has some notable credits, including creator/producer of the hit cable show Six Feet Under and author of the critically acclaimed and multi-award-winning screenplay for the film American Beauty. Here he offers an irreverent take on an ostentatious wedding reception at a large estate in Tennessee, where five reluctant, identically clad bridesmaids sequester themselves in an upstairs bedroom, pondering the proceedings going on below and also the nature of their friendships. Corbin Green directs. March 7-April 5 at The Factory at Franklin —MARTIN BRADY


Pot o‘ GoldEL RICK HAUN When Travis Nicholson first started writing songs about leprechauns, it was just to annoy his best friend. El Rick Haun—the mouthpiece for those green-themed tunes—was formed as a St. Patrick’s Day stunt, but audiences soon discovered that the music was more than a novelty. After releasing an EP last year, the band began work on a self-titled full length. The record is a pot of gold filled to the brim with songs about dragon-seeking squires, overly self-important scrolls and bearded little ladies, and it features a guest appearance by Lisa Loeb on the track “Little Buckled Shoes,” a duet proving that even leprechauns get nostalgic about failed relationships. The show will celebrate the CD release, but unfortunately the discs didn’t make it back from the press in time, so instead the group will have 25 limited-edition copies on hand with the rest due to arrive—when else?—on St. Patrick’s Day. 9 p.m. at The Basement —ERIC WILLIAMS

MusicMARK NEWTON BAND “Nobody works harder than Mark Newton,” says Carl Jackson, who produced the former’s stellar Hillbilly Hemingway—an artistic breakthrough for the veteran bluegrasser that, in a better world, would have made everyone’s Top 10 list when it came out in 2006. That perseverance—along with an expressive voice and an increasingly refined ear for the right song—has served Newton well, carrying him through another round of seemingly inevitable band changes. Tonight’s lineup is anchored by reliable, sweet-voiced Beth Lawrence (bass), and showcases new singer/guitarist Dave Denman, a onetime member of Alison Krauss’s Union Station, along with melodic banjo whiz Tony Wray, late of the John Cowan Band. New faces, same good stuff. 9 p.m. at Station Inn —JON WEISBERGER


MusicSARAH BORGES & THE BROKEN SINGLES The retro-coiffed black-and-white performance segments of Borges’ new “Stop and Think It Over” video suggest some affinities between the Boston-based singer and another twenty-something who revives girl group sass. But as the rest of last year’s Diamonds in the Dark—Borges’ second album and first for Sugar Hill—shows, a thorough Winehouse-Borges comparison doesn’t really fly. Borges—and the playfully aggressive trio partially recruited from her boyfriend Jake Brennan’s, band—skew less toward R&B and more towards vintage country and X-inspired punk. (Incidentally, Diamonds features a cover of X’s “Come Back to Me,” and John Doe occasionally joins Borges onstage, as he did during her showcase at the Basement last year.) Call it what you will—the band jokingly coined it “Cambridge no-wave hard-honk”—it’s a lot of fun live. 7 p.m. at 3rd & Lindsley —JEWLY HIGHT

MusicJESSE MALIN W/DE NOVO DAHL Jesse Malin is so good at synthesizing his influences that it’s sometimes a detriment. Borrowing elements from buddy Ryan Adams’ boozy alt-country, Bruce Springsteen’s grandiose, anthemic everyman rock and any number of other New York City trends of the past 20 years, Malin’s songs oscillate from helplessly catchy to hopelessly forgettable. But the good ones are worth the weeding—“Brooklyn”’s subtext that a move across the river to another borough might as well be a move across the sea is a pitch-perfect portrait of emotional devastation masquerading as rationality. Opening up are local indie poppers De Novo Dahl, who are gearing up for the release of their Roadrunner Records debut. 9 p.m. at Mercy Lounge —LEE STABERT


MusicBRYAN SCARY & THE SHREDDING TEARS W/THE GLIB There’s an exuberance to the psychedelic pop of Brooklyn singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Bryan Scary that invites comparisons to Electric Light Orchestra and Sgt. Pepper-era Beatles. Scary honors his influences from across the pop galaxy, but there is a certain lost-at-the-circus paranoia that cuts through the lush, intricate arrangements and sends them off on wild, surprising tangents right when you think you’ve managed to pin them down. Nashville’s own The Glib share the headline, serving up nervy, idiosyncratic and elaborately percussive rock ’n’ roll. They’ll chase Scary’s precocious weirdness nicely, and offer the audience a chance to tap their toes and nod their heads without fear of suddenly losing the beat during a bravura rhythm shift. Philly electro-rockers Innerpartysystem open. 8 p.m. at The Rutledge —CODY DE VOS

ArtPAINTERS OF AMERICAN LIFE: THE EIGHT Rebelling against academic standards, The Eight turned away from the romanticized landscapes and scenes of leisure that were staple subjects of early 20th century American art to depict the grit and grime of urban life. Arthur B. Davies, William Glackens, Robert Henri, Ernest Lawson, George Luks, Maurice Prendergast, Everett Shinn and John Sloan—later dubbed the Ashcan School for their muddy palate and raw depictions—helped changed the direction of American art, challenging the stiff and labored painting techniques of the academy in favor of a fast, informal style. Dissatisfied with stuffy exhibition venues, the group also showed independently. Cheekwood hosts a retrospective of their work on the 100th anniversary of their landmark 1908 exhibition in New York. March 7-June 15 at Cheekwood Botanical Gardens & Museum of Art —MATT CHRISTY


MusicFEDORA BROTHERS Like many of the vintage rural acts whose legacy they draw on, the Fedora Brothers aren’t, despite the name, actually related. Instead, Gene “Geno” Bush and Bruce “Zeno” Nemerov are longtime favorites of rural music cognoscenti, playing mostly fingerpicked country blues-style guitar. The Brothers also serve to remind listeners that the legacies of black and white rural musicians of the ’20s and ’30s are inextricably intertwined—and without any glossing over of the harsh social realities, as Nemerov’s Grammy-winning notes to Recording Black Culture make clear. Add in the inevitable impromptu guest appearance—insider money is on Nashville Bluegrass Band’s Pat Enright this time out—and it all makes for a delightful evening. 8 p.m. at Norm’s River Road House —JON WEISBERGER

MusicTHE EXPLORERS CLUB It’s winter, you’re landlocked, and your plans for a Heroes-filled hibernation were totally ruined by the writers’ strike. You’re cold, bored and desperate for the warm glow of the sun on a sandy beach. You want to frolic with the beautiful people, down beers and play beach blanket bingo—but you are shit out of luck. Your best chance is to catch Charleston, S.C., band Explorers Club, valedictorians from the Brian Wilson/Phil Spector school of hook-laden, harmony-drenched pop. 9 p.m. at Mercy Lounge —SEAN L. MALONEY


Egg-citing DiversionsVICTORIAN EASTER EGG HUNT Hippity hop, hippity hop. That’s not the sound of the Easter Bunny on his way, it’s the dashing of moms to buy lacy dresses and bonnets for the egg hunt at Belle Meade Plantation. The free morning will include crafts, croquet and other genteel activities on the lawn of the Greek Revival mansion. Bring a basket to gather up the goods and a camera to snap your kids with the bunny. Bonnets optional. 10 a.m. to noon at Belle Meade Plantation —CARRINGTON FOX



MusicMATT COSTA W/JONATHAN RICE A pair of recent arrivals on the singer-songwriter scene, Costa and Rice both released their second albums last year, staking out territory in different stylistic neighborhoods of midtown. Matt Costa inhabits a sunny, slightly fussy place painted in bright, winsome melodies that melt away like a sunset into the horizon. The former skateboarder and Jack Johnson protégé is an oft-distressed patron of love’s corridors—so much that you wonder how he has time for anything else. That Costa grew up in California and Rice on the opposite coast helps explain Rice’s grittier, somewhat shambling style. His music has a folky, airy bent that favors shuffling arrangements, rootsy sounds, a hint of warm, ’70s soft rock production and a penchant for ambling prose reminiscent of a less overwrought Bright Eyes. 8 p.m. at 3rd & Lindsley —CHRIS PARKER


Hitchcock: The People’s ChoiceBELCOURT STAFF PICKS: ROPE For the next two months, the Belcourt’s staff seizes control of the projectors and screens whatever the hell they want, whether it’s goofy cult movies, ultra-rare oddities, childhood favorites or certified screen classics—such as Alfred Hitchcock’s 1948 experiment in simulating one continuous feature-length take, chosen by front-lobby fixture Ben Smythe. See the whole schedule at belcourt.org—it’s awesome. Noon March 8-9 at the Belcourt Theatre —JIM RIDLEY


Femme Film FestLUNAFEST: SHORT FILMS BY, FOR, ABOUT WOMEN Gathering live-action and animated shorts from as far afield as France, South Korea, Iceland and South Africa, this film series packaged by the makers of Luna nutrition bars tours the country raising money for local charities and national breast-cancer research. Nashville’s recipient will be The Kaylen Foundation (kaylenfoundation.org), which helps families whose children face long stays at the Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt. Get a goodie bag and a chair massage, watch some cool movies and make somebody’s life a little better. Tickets are $15 or $20 for VIP seats, available from Pickles and Ice Cream (539 Cool Springs Blvd., Franklin) or at the door. For information, visit lunafest.org. 4:30 p.m. reception and silent auction; 6 p.m. screening at Children’s Theatre in Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt —JIM RIDLEY



MusicBLACK HORSE W/LOZEN Nashville tends to attract a hefty number of up-and-coming touring bands throughout the month of March as vans crisscross the state on their way to and from Austin, Texas, for SXSW. Springwater seems to have benefited most from the increased traffic, hosting a couple of heavy, fuzzed out duos from opposite corners of the country. On one end is New Jersey’s Black Horse, with their dense wall of guitars and drum machines—imagine Big Black after a long night of boozin’. Washington-based female two-piece Lozen don’t dabble in Black Horse’s short blasts, instead favoring long excursions into slithering near-metal. 9 p.m. at Springwater —MATT SULLIVAN


He Reports, You DecideCONTROL ROOM One hero of Jehane Noujaim’s first-rate 2004 documentary, a behind-the-scenes look inside the Al-Jazeera newsroom in the early days of Operation Iraqi Freedom, is then U.S. Marine Lt. Josh Rushing—the press officer at U.S. Central Command in Qatar, who comes across as a voice of truth and moderation in the thick of the spin zone. See the film tonight, then return to Sarratt at 7 p.m. on Tuesday for Rushing’s lecture on “The Art of Selling War.” Both the film and lecture are free and open to the public; a Q&A and book signing will follow Rushing’s talk. 7 p.m. at Vanderbilt’s Sarratt Cinema —JIM RIDLEY


There Will Be BloodDerrick Brown If anyone can make poetry cool again, it’s Derrick Brown. This week, his Nashville-based publishing company Write Bloody is celebrating the release of its latest poetry anthology The Last Valentine. A former paratrooper, gondolier, magician and—the ultimate apprenticeship for a budding poet—weatherman, he’s appeared on Leno, and was an opening act for most of Cold War Kids’ 2007 tour. (Write Bloody recently released What It Is: What It Is, a book of art and prose by photographer/CWK bassist Maust and writer Paul Maziar.) The release party features readings by Brown (who’s also a member of local band Spring Hill Spider Party) and Anis Mojgani, as well as music from Talking With Hands. 8 p.m. at (fov) studio in the Arcade —JACK SILVERMAN



TheaterCAMELOT More than 20 years after achieving stardom in the film La Bamba, Lou Diamond Phillips has branched out in his showbiz pursuits. He continues to find occasional roles in film and TV, he’s directed some, he teaches, and he’s found success on the stage, including a Tony nomination for The King and I in 1996. Now he’s heading up this road-show cast of 25 as King Arthur in Lerner & Loewe’s popular 1960 musical based on T. H. White’s novel The Once and Future King. As the older crowd will remember, this version of the Knights of the Round Table is quite different than Monty Python’s Spamalot. It’s certainly not as funny, but the songs—“If Ever I Would Leave You,” “How to Handle a Woman,” the noted title number—are inspirational classics, and the elegant love-triangle story has both intellectual and romantic appeal. March 11-16 at TPAC’s Jackson Hall —MARTIN BRADY


MusicTHE DONNAS Equal parts Kiss and The Ramones, hairspray and dick jokes, The Donnas play dude rock for bad girls—you know, the kind who sneak out at slumber parties, chase boys, tie one on most nights and fuck and run, unapologetically. It’s a thrill ride that references everything from Joan Jett to Def Leppard along the way. 2002’s Spend the Night worked it, flaunted it and spit it right back in your face: gems such as “Take It Off” were the perfect anthems to turn the male gaze on it’s tight dirty-denim ass. 2004’s Gold Medal stayed young and reckless. Alas, subsequent records (i.e., 2007’s Bitchin’) have merely rehashed that glory without the gusto, and exposed the pitfalls in trying to grow up while staying raw. Too bad. 8 p.m. at Exit/In —TRACY MOORE



MusicHORRORPOPS W/THE PINK SPIDERS Like blue jeans, tattoos and leather jackets, some styles never die. Rockabilly and punk are the rural and urban expressions of the same musical defiance, finding their first union in The Cramps, who added kitschy B-movie horror imagery, cementing the psychobilly genre. Dutch trio Horrorpops work both ends of the psychobilly spectrum, from bustling pop-punk to hot-footed twang. Their latest, Kiss Kiss Kill Kill, has a pulpy swagger epitomized by tracks like “Hitchcock Starlet” and “Thelma & Louise.” Opening are color-coded local power punkers The Pink Spiders, who are prepping for the release of their third album, Sweat It Out. 7 p.m. at Rocketown —CHRIS PARKER


Culture ClashROGER SHIMOMURA Inspired by the diaries of his immigrant grandmother, and by his own experiences as a boy in World War II Japanese internment camps in Washington state and Idaho, Roger Shimomura has amassed a formidable body of work over more than four decades—paintings, prints, mixed-media sculptures and experimental theater pieces that address stereotypes, discrimination and other aspects of the Asian American experience. (He’s also an avid collector of Walt Disney comics, salt and pepper shakers with clichéd depictions of “Orientals,” envelopes with misspellings of his last name and photographs of Asian men for whom he’s been mistaken.) Shimomura will present a multimedia program/lecture, including an overview of his oeuvre and a discussion of the sociopolitical context that gave rise to its creation. 7 p.m. in Vanderbilt’s Wilson Hall, Room 103 —JACK SILVERMAN


The Armies of the NightHIJOS DE LA GUERRA The spawn of El Salvador’s civil war, the Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13) may be the world’s biggest and deadliest street gang, boasting 100,000 members throughout the U.S. and Central America. In this award-winning documentary debut, still photographer Alexandre Fuchs and co-directors Samantha Belmont and Jeremy Fourteau assemble inside interviews and shocking footage to trace the gang’s violent rise to power. The film screens as part of Vanderbilt’s International Lens series, free and open to the public, with discussion to follow. 7 p.m. at Vanderbilt’s Sarratt Cinema —JIM RIDLEY

MusicTOUBAB KREWE Cooking up granola-ready grooves with a world beat bent, this instrumental Asheville, N.C., quintet fashions richly imagined arrangements that transcend the typical self-indulgent, they’re-stoned-and-will-dance-to-anything jam band vibe. Formed in 2005, Toubab Krewe aren’t just dilettantes—they’ve made several trips to West Africa, where they played with native Mali musicians. Their bubbling Afro-pop style is gilded to insistent dub-inflected rhythms. It’s an inviting blend of familiar and exotic, with a surprisingly deft melodic sensibility that prevents the tracks from sinking into wheel-spinning demonstrations of instrumental prowess. 9 p.m. at Mercy Lounge —CHRIS PARKER


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