Whether the balmy fall weather continues this weekend or not, it’s always cool at Grimey’s on 8th Avenue S. Especially when it’s time for the annual Fall Festival & Big Ass Sale, kicking off Saturday at 11 a.m. Hourly specials, deep discounts, hot dogs and hamburgers on the grill—just try getting that at Media Play. Best of all, it gives the store another excuse to provide free live music all day long, starting at 1 p.m. with Elizabeth Cook and Tim Carroll. They’ll be followed by Gary Bennett (formerly of BR549) with Kenny Vaughn, Jimmy Lester, & Mark Winchester at 1:45; The Jack Silverman Ordeal at 2:30; Imagine Asians at 3:15; Ik Ben at 4; The Clutters at 4:45; and closer De Novo Dahl starting at 5:30 and going until dark. In addition, there’ll be representatives from the new boutique Local Honey (located above the store) and from local heroes Radio Free Nashville. Call 254-4801 for more info.
• Biscuits and bluegrass—why, they go together like banjos and Smuckers. Or at least they will at the Loveless Café’s Biscuits and Bluegrass Day Saturday, a coming-out party for the new Loveless Motel Shops complex of crafts shops and specialty foods. For the kids, there’ll be pumpkin painting, balloons and face painting (and biscuits); for adults, there’ll be spiced-tea samples, arts and crafts demonstrations, Martha White recipes and a silent auction (and biscuits). If you’re lucky, you might get to taste some new-crop sorghum or the new Purity Ice Cream flavor (hint: it’s not basil). Watch also for a book signing with “Biscuit Lady” Carol Fay. The event runs 2-8 p.m. at the Loveless, 8400 Hwy. 100; call 646-9700 for directions, or see www.lovelesscafe.com
• Steal away from your weekend routine, why don't you? The Tennessee Prison for Women, 3881 Stewarts Lane, is hosting a bake sale and car wash Saturday to benefit Hurricane Katrina relief efforts. Starting at 9 a.m., you can get your car washed for 5 bucks, and pies, cookies, popcorn and lemonade all will go for a modest amount of jingle. No word whether the cakes come with saw blades and files. —Liz Murray Garrigan
• This Wednesday, Oct. 5, Cipher, a Nashville hip-hop act featuring Paradox and Dakoda, will be rockin’ the mic at The End. According to the press kit, they hope to “resurrect da game back to its roots—struggle, pain, mental elevation and self-worth. Cipher intends to disregard the bling era with its materially driven fads.” The accompanying CD backs up their talk—they favor funky jazz and uplifting lyrics over gun-shot percussion and gangster posturing. In fact, one of the bonus tracks features a pointed send-up of the thug-and-bling crowd, with some jive-ass rapper razzing them about their music: “I don’t hear nothin’ bout no twenties.... I didn’t hear nothing about y’all shooting a nigga in the face or nothing...ya better talk about some ’gators or something.” But to their credit, Paradox and Dakoda talk about more substantial things, while still giving listeners plenty of thumpin’ beats to keep the party going. The show starts at 9 p.m., and also features Joey Richie, Jonathan Bodie and Brown’s Gift Shop Revival. —Jack Silverman
• A Boulder-based graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, Robert Garner McBrearty has published one volume of well-received short stories, A Night at the Y (John Daniel and Company, 1999). His stories run the gamut from the literal to the surreal, capturing along the way much that McBrearty has assimilated in his various careers as a newspaper columnist, teacher, hot-dog salesman and dishwasher. Every one of the stories appeared originally in such respected journals as The New England Review and The North American Review, and McBrearty also received fellowship support from the prestigious Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Mass. He will read Wednesday at 8 p.m., in the Gentry Auditorium on the campus of Austin Peay State University. A book signing and reception will follow. —Wayne Christeson