Remember that passage in the Old Testament where Moses hands down God's commandments while his head wobbles around on a spring? We must've been smoking behind the church that Sunday, but thank the Lord the Nashville Sounds were paying attention. The first 2,000 fans entering Greer Stadium Friday night will receive a bobblehead replica of the Lawgiver as part of the Sounds' first Faith Night of the summer.
Upcoming Faith Nights will feature other evangelical action figures. From the irresistible press release: "The religious collectibles are caricature-type representations of the biblical figures: a headband-wearing Moses carries two tablets, the muscular Samson is wearing a 'God's Gym' t-shirt, and Noah carries a closed umbrella on his arm." So far there's no Jesus with kung-fu grip, but here's hoping.
The night also features fireworks and a concert by Christian big-band group Denver & the Mile High Orchestra. To see if the Sounds have a prayer tonight against Iowa, show up by 7 p.m. The evening is sponsored by Donelson Air Conditioning, which will be happy to plug you into a higher power.
♦ You probably won't get any Melissa Etheridge or Queer Eye bobbleheads, but expect plenty of neck-craning anyway as the Nashville Pride Parade marches up Elliston Place starting noon Saturday. The parade climaxes with the opening of the Pride 2004 Festival in Centennial Park, where there'll be vendors booths, food and drink, and a Kids' Zone of games. There is no truth to the rumor that this year's grand marshal is Shotgun Red.
♦ Pride Week 2004 ends Sunday night, not with a bang but a hickey from Kenickie. The Belcourt hosts a Grease Sing-Along and costume party, where you can unleash your inner Pink Lady to the strains of "Beauty School Dropout" and "Look at Me, I'm Sandra Dee." You leather types can oil up for "Greased Lightning." Showtime is 7 p.m., but we suggest getting there early-as much for the possibility of a sellout as for the inevitable pre-film rumble. Call 846-3150 for more info.
♦ Two worthwhile movies slipped into Regal's Green Hills megaplex with little notice after the Memorial Day weekend. Writer-director Nir Bergman's Broken Wings, the rare film from Israel to get wide U.S. distribution, concerns a recently widowed midwife (played by stage actress Orli Zilberschatz-Banai) whose work schedule leaves her with little time to handle her children's traumas. The well-reviewed film is in Hebrew with English subtitles.
Also worth seeing is I'm Not Scared, a tense Italian thriller from director Gabriele Salvatores (Mediterraneo). In a rural community in 1978, an adolescent boy (Giuseppe Cristiano, in a remarkably empathetic performance) opens a cellar door and sees what looks like a body. The discovery leads to a swift and awful education in the adult world's corruption, even within his own home. Though at times awkwardly melodramatic, the movie has real moral force and a suffocating atmosphere of limited options, and Salvatores wisely chose to shoot it in an overlit haze rather than the obvious chiaroscuro: the pitiless light burns right through the townspeople's ugly self-justification. Well done.
♦ Swinish behavior of a more generous kind defines a local institution, the Swine Ball. Now in its 27th year, the hog party was originally created as a raffish beer-and-BBQ blowout: the local newshounds who made up its committee and crowd took special delight in thumbing their noses at the event's uppity cousin, Cheekwood's ritzy Swan Ball. Over the years, though, it's evolved into a full-scale charity event-albeit one that allows you to pig out on fine Neely's 'cue while tossing back a troughload of Bosco's brew. Music will be provided by the aptly named jamgrass outfit Ballhog and '80s covermeisters the Max Headroom Band. Get your snout on 7 p.m. Saturday at The Cannery off 8th Ave. S. Tickets are $35 at the door, with proceeds going to the American Cancer Society.