Wild animals are no big deal in Hillsboro Village-at least not if you hang out at the Villager. Ba-dum-PAH! But the Nashville Zoo brings actual forest-dwellers downtown for a kid-friendly Zoo to You event 10 a.m. Saturday at the Belcourt. Kids 10 and under can see and perhaps even pet critters from the zoo's menagerie of wildlife, and the price is right: $5 per child, with one accompanying adult free. For more information, call 846-3150.
♦ Speaking of wildlife, living doesn't get much wilder than trying to survive an attempted overthrow when your country's military and corporate-backed media are aligned against you. That's the plight of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez in the searing documentary The Revolution Will Not Be Televised, which opens tonight at the ever-busy Belcourt.
After the 7 p.m. screening Sunday, the Nashville Peace and Justice Center hosts a panel discussion to compare conditions and situations in other Latin American countries with those in the film. Speakers include economic human-rights activist Rosemarie Mincey, La Campana publisher Ramon Cisneros, moderator Susana Williams, Colombian sociologist Camilo Rodriguez, Dominican social worker Ironelly Mora, Bolivian sociologist and organizer Juan Canedo, and La Noticia reporter Greg Welsch. For more information, call 846-3150.
♦ In a palatable display of political activism, many Middle Tennesseans will spend Saturday attempting governmental change through the time-tested weapons of flour, sugar and lard. The whimsically titled Bake Back the White House, organized by MoveOn.org, represents a nationwide bake sale aimed at getting President George W. Bush back in the private sector come November. Sale sites in Nashville include Fido, Bongo Java and Bongo Java East starting at 10 a.m. and Las Paletas at noon. Come for the insurrection, stay for the cupcakes.
♦ Finally, a nonpartisan issue everyone can get behind. Claire Watson at Sony Music has organized a blood and marrow drive on behalf of her sister, Laura Morton, who desperately needs a marrow transfusion. It's still going until 6 p.m. today (Friday) at the Sony side parking lot and conference room at 34 Music Square. There'll be desserts from friends and cookies donated by Christie Cookies, as well as the sweet satisfaction of helping out a neighbor in need. E-mail Watson at Claire_Watson@sonymusic.com for more information, or to help out in other ways.