• The Hilton Nashville resumes operations today. The outdoor sheds at the Nashville Farmers Market will reopen tomorrow, Saturday, May 8.
• Rising-star comic Keith Alberstadt headlines a benefit 10 p.m. tonight at the Exit/In. Others appearing include comics Christy Eidson (who hosts) and Rick Wey, with music from Nathan Thomas, The Jones', The Snakehips, Holy Crap, and Vintage Radio Gods. Expect also appearances by some Tennessee Titans and SWA wrestlers. The $10 cover goes to Hands On Nashville, the Red Cross, the Nashville Humane Association, and Metro animal shelter.
• Jack Silverman passes along what may be the best photo slideshow we've seen of the Nashville devastation — from the Boston Globe.
• Bernie Ellis, who's been a newsmaker on multiple fronts ranging from medical marijuana to vote reform, had a really good NPR piece yesterday on the flooding he saw at his place out in rural Maury County. It's worth reading the whole thing, but his conclusion is especially stirring:
Not far away, homes and cars are still underwater and city folk are still coming to realize just what they've lost and how alone they are. Here in my deep hollow home, I am thankful for everything I still have. Not just a roof over my head and drinking water within walking distance. I am thankful for neighbors who reach out, by instinct, to help when help is needed. To be part of a community that is not just a small place on the map, but an island of caring, concerned and competent people here to help each other. Country men and women who will survive.
Here in middle Tennessee, we may have less than we had last week. But the important things — the essential things — still remain. No flood can wash away friendship and the connectedness of life in this close-knit community — it can only polish it to a bright and lasting luster.