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Could Nashville eventually have a gay club district? Rumors are raging that several new bars and clubs may open up on Church Street in and around existing gay night spots Tribe and Tabu and the gay bookstore OutLoud. It'd be like Mardi Gras on Church Street every weekend. ♦ Let's face it: The catfish sculptures missed the mark a bit. They were for a good cause, of course—promoting environmental awareness for the Cumberland River—but ask yourself: Are we a catfish town? Did the catfish metaphorically hammer home what we are about here in Nashville? Nope. But then, there are the polar bears. We should have done polar bears, as in the Edgehill polar bears. It would have been so contrary, so unusual and bizarre, yet grounded in the fact that two polar bear sculptures stood in one man's front yard in Edgehill for six decades, and everyone used to drive by them for a look.

For what it's worth, the Nashville Civic Design Center is announcing the winner of a competition to design a public space for the Polar Bears of Edgehill this Saturday, at the I.W. Gernert Homes at 1101 Edgehill Ave., at 11:30 a.m. Call 248-4280 for more info.

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