PERFORMING ARTS

February at the Nashville Symphony

Schermerhorn Symphony Center, 1 Symphony Place. Ticket packages may be purchased from the Patron Services hotline at (615) 687-6401. Season ticket holders receive added benefits! Concerts this month: Feb. 1: Concertmaster Jun Iwasaki steps forward as soloist in Romantic Rhapsodies. Feb. 6-9: Listen to the spectacular climactic sixth episode of the Star Wars saga in Star Wars In Concert: Return Of The Jedi. Feb. 13: Boudleaux & Felice Bryant Centennial Celebration is a star-studded lineup of guest artists. Feb. 14: Treat your sweetheart to an unforgettable evening at Valentine’s with Patti Labelle. Feb. 18: Bass Showcase; bassist Matt Abramo showcases the many sides of the lowest string instrument. Feb. 19: Wine & Woodwinds, a musical wine tasting featuring Nashville Symphony members and curated pairings at City Winery. Feb. 20-23: Enjoy some of the most remarkable music ever written at Beethoven’s Birthday Bash. Feb. 28: Jazz vocalist and jazz pianist Dee Dee Bridgewater & Bill Charlap. Check the website for locations and dates. For concert tickets, call the box office at (615) 687-6400 between 10 am and 6 pm Monday through Friday or 10 am and 2 pm Saturday. nashvillesymphony.org

February at the Ryman Auditorium

116 Fifth Avenue North. This stellar venue is a six-time winner of Pollstar’s Concert Theatre of the Year award and 2012, 2010 and 2008 Academy of Country Music’s Venue of the Year. This month’s outstanding lineup: Feb. 5: Gentry Foundation’s “C’Ya on the Flipside”; Feb. 6, 7, 15, 16: Tyler Childers; Feb. 8, 9: The Beach Boys; Feb. 11: Calexico and Iron & Wine with Bela Fleck & Abigail Washburn; Feb. 14: The Wood Brothers; Feb. 19: Grace Potter; Feb. 23: Dermot Kennedy; Feb. 26: Opeth; Feb. 27-29: Tedeschi Trucks Band. Buy tickets at Ryman box office, ryman.com, ticketmaster.com, ticketmaster outlets or call (615) 458-8700.

Nightly – Live Music at Rudy’s

Rudy’s Jazz Room, 809 Gleaves Street. Nashville’s only jazz club features live music, a New Orleans inspired menu, local brews, and tipsy cocktails. rudysjazzroom.com

Sunday Afternoons – Jazz Sundays

Tennessee Brew Works, 809 Ewing Avenue. Enjoy live jazz every Sunday from 2–6 pm. tnbrew.com

Sunday Evenings – Bluegrass Jam

Station Inn, 402 12th Avenue South. Free admission on Sunday evening at Nashville’s premiere listening room for bluegrass and roots music. “Cold beer, hot pickin’ and friends you won’t meet until you get here.” Showtime 8 pm. stationinn.com

Tuesday Evenings – Ultimate Comedy Open Mic Night

The East Room, 2412 Gallatin Avenue. Come see comedians try new material. Get there before 8 pm and you can throw your name in the hat to try your own funny jokes. It’s great for a fun date, and its free! Featuring house band The Grey Grays and hosted by favorite grump Brad Edwards. Each comic gets 4 minutes. Limit 25 comics. Showtime is 8:30–10:30 pm. theeastroomnashville.com

Tuesday Evenings – Acoustic Pickin’ Party

Centennial Black Box Theater, 211 27th Avenue North. Bring an acoustic instrument and join the circle, 7–9 pm. All styles of music, including originals. Great for developing chops, and learning new tunes. Bring a couple tunes you’d like to play and an open mind. Ages 12–up. nashville.gov

Every Thursday – Jazz on the Ave

Minerva Avenue, 1002 Buchanan Street. A weekly live music soirée hosted by saxophonist Joe Johnson, featuring some of Nashville’s best musicians, bands and vocalists. minervaavenue.com

Thursday and Friday Evenings – Music at the Frist

Frist Art Museum, 919 Broadway. Enjoy a free early evening of music in the Cafe or Grand Lobby, 6 pm. fristartmuseum.org

Fridays and Saturdays – Illusions The Drag Queen Show

115 2nd Avenue North. Come see this amazing Nashville drag queen show and laugh until you cry all night long while being amazed by the stellar performances in tribute to some of your old-time favorite classics as well as the latest pop favorites. Perfect for parties, couples night out, guys night out, ladies night out or even moms night out. Age 21+ event. illusionsthedragqueenshow.com

February 1 – Notes of a Native Song: Stew and Heidi

OZ Arts Nashville, 6172 Cockrill Bend Circle. The Tony and Obie award-winning creators of the Spike Lee-filmed Broadway hit Passing Strange collaborate again on this acclaimed theatrical music event Notes of a Native Song. Named for James Baldwin’s 1955 collection of essays on being black in America, Notes of a Native Son, imagines Baldwin as a rock star hero – a flawed essential visionary who transforms how we see ourselves. Stew, Heidi, and their mighty band The Negro Problem use Baldwin’s work to examine lingering civil rights hardships through a rapturous mix of rock, jazz, and soul. ozartsnashville.org

February 1-2 – Macbeth

Williamson County Performing Arts Center at Academy Park, 112 Everbright Avenue. Shakespeare’s story of a soldier seduced by ambition, who murders his king to take the throne, only to descend into paranoia and devastating tyranny. Directed by David Wilkerson, this new production is set in the dark ruins of an imagined post-apocalyptic future. nashvilleshakes.org

February 1, 2, 5-9, 12-15 – Waiting in the Wings

112 2nd Avenue South, Franklin. Legendary playwright Noel Coward employed his 50th production to chronicle human life in its twilight years. Lotta Bainbridge, a once-acclaimed performer, moves into The Wings, a charity retirement home for aging actresses. When she rekindles an old feud with a former rival, May Davenport, the two dueling divas are forced to come face-to-face with past indiscretions and present indignities to see if they can salvage a happy ending for their final act. pull-tight.com

February 3, 22, 29 – Little Red’s Most Unusual Day

Noah Liff Opera Center, 3622 Redmon Street. With engaging plot twists and lively (and famous!) music of Offenbach and Rossini, Little Red delivers a good time and a timely lesson about caring for your family and the planet. Free public performance, times vary. Feb. 29 location: Nashville Public Library, Edmondson Pike Branch. nashvilleopera.org

February 4-9 – My Fair Lady

Andrew Jackson Hall, Tennessee Performing Arts Center, 505 Deaderick Street. From Lincoln Center Theater that brought you The King & I and South Pacific, comes the story of Eliza Doolittle, a young Cockney flower seller, and Henry Higgins, a linguistics professor who is determined to transform her into his idea of a “proper lady.” But who is really being transformed? tpac.org

February 4, 11, 21, 25 – The Doyle and Debbie Show

Station Inn, 402 12th Avenue South. This hilarious love letter to the country music community and its stars is hysterical, and the music is finely-crafted. The two stars, Bruce Arntson and Jenny Littleton, have the acting and singing chops to carry it all off beautifully. Tickets: $20, 7 pm. doyleanddebbie.com

February 4 – Divorce Diaries

Zanies Comedy Night Club, 2025 8th Avenue South. A one woman comedy show that mixes stand up and improvisation in laughing at failed perfection. Michele Traina, creator of Divorce Diaries, finds the humor in being a single mom moving back home with her parents-who give zantax anxiety, teaching kids with special needs, and dating men with special needs. zanies.com

February 5 – Tim and Eric Mandatory Attendance Tour

War Memorial Auditorium, 301 Sixth Avenue North. Tim and Eric return to the road for a tour filled with more spoofs, goofs and insanity, including some very special surprises we can’t talk about right now! wmarocks.com

Fe\bruary 6 – One Acts Festival

Darkhorse Theater, 4610 Charlotte Avenue. Join us for three nights of incredible One Acts! The Ties That Bind by Taylor James Foster, Rosa & Leo by Adam Szudrich, Oh the Lies We’ve Told by Louis Johnson, The Waiting Room by C.H., Henry Strumento by Claudia Barnett, The Interview by Jennifer Bennett, Dictator’s Daughter by Erica Jo Lloyd, Untethered by Judy Klass, Thump in the Night by Lydia Oxenham. Tickets are $15. act1nashville.com

February 6-8, 13-16, 20-22, 27-29 – Breaking Up Is Hard To Do

Chaffin’s Barn Dinner Theatre, 8204 Highway 100. Nashville’s original barn and most unique dining and entertainment experience offers a premium buffet and professional theater. Set at a Catskills resort in 1960, this is the sweetly comic story of Lois and Marge, two friends from Brooklyn in search of good times and romance over one wild Labor Day weekend. chaffinsbarntheatre.com

February 6-9 – Cirque du Soleil: AXEL

Bridgestone Arena, 501 Broadway. Cirque du Soleil is back on ice with AXEL, a new electrifying experience fusing world-class ice skating with breathtaking acrobatics. Follow AXEL and his dynamic group of friends whose passion for live music and graphic arts come to life in an exhilarating adventure that reminds us that our dreams are within reach. bridgestonearena.com

February 7 – Shawn Wayans

Zanies Comedy Night Club, 2025 8th Avenue South. Shawn starred in the box office hits, Little Man and White Chicks, both of which he also co-wrote and co-executive produced. When not on the road performing stand up, Shawn can be found hard at work in the “lab” where he and his brothers are busy concocting their next project. zanies.com

February 7-9, 13-16 – Steel Magnolias

Jamison Theater in The Factory at Franklin. Robert Harling’s beloved play about the hope, healing and humor possible in the midst of heartache. Surround yourself with this cast of Louisiana ladies in Truvey’s hair parlor as they bond through beauty shop gossip, laughter, loss and love. studiotenn.com

February 7, 8, 13-16, 20-23 – A Streetcar Named Desire

Andrew Johnson Theater, Tennessee Performing Arts Center, 505 Deaderick Street. One of the greatest works of American theater, A Streetcar Named Desire brings southern belle Blanche DuBois to New Orleans to reunite with her sister, Stella, and to escape her past. Her sophisticated exterior crumbles as she intertwines with Stella’s simple life and her fierce and unpredictable husband, Stanley. We’re celebrating 35 years of theater with the classic that won Tennessee Williams his Pulitzer Prize. nashvillerep.org

February 11-16 – Blue Man Group

Andrew Jackson Hall, Tennessee Performing Arts Center, 505 Deaderick Street. These performances are euphoric celebrations of human connection through art, music, comedy, and non-verbal communication. Blue Man Group is universally appealing to a broad range of age groups and cultural backgrounds, and continually injected with new music, fresh stories, custom instruments, and sensory stimulating graphics. tpac.org

February 13-16, 20-23, 27-29 – Joseph and the Amazing Techicolor Dreamcoat

The Larry Keeton Theatre, 108 Donelson Pike. With music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyrics by Tim Rice, this beloved musical is based on the “coat of many colors” story from the Bible’s book of Genesis. The show is mostly sung-through with only a few lines of dialogue. It’s a family-friendly story, with familiar themes and catchy music. thelarrykeetontheatre.org

February 14-16 – Attitude: Other Voices

James K. Polk Theater, Tennessee Performing Arts Center. A collection of choreographers known for pushing the envelope explore gender identity and stereotypes in a series of groundbreaking new works. These artists take ballet beyond the boundary of what is traditionally expected as they reflect on what it means to be a man or woman, how gender affects one’s existence, and more. nashvilleballet.com

February 15 – Music City Improv

Third Coast Comedy Club, Marathon Village, 1310 Clinton Avenue. This high octane show from Nashville’s longest running improv troupe features live and video sketch comedy. Shows are considered PG-13 and are a mix of short form and long form. musiccityimprov.com

February 16 – Jazz on the Move

Frist Art Museum, 919 Broadway. This month’s feature is The Life and Music of Betty Carter, a presentation for Black History Month with Dara Tucker. Betty Carter is an awarded singer who has performed with notable musicians such as Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Parker, and Lionel Hampton. Her style is focused on improvisation and scat singing. Vocalist Dara Tucker is one of the most popular and versatile artists to emerge from Nashville’s thriving jazz scene, and well-known for her previous presentations on Nancy Wilson and Nina Simone. nashvillejazz.org

February 18 – Trey McLaughlin & The Sounds of Zamar

War Memorial Auditorium, 301 6th Avenue North. Trey McLaughlin & The Sounds of Zamar have carved a unique place for themselves in the music industry through soul-stirring arrangements of contemporary gospel, musical theater, and rich original compositions. wmarocks.com

February 27 – Poet’s Corner featuring Doug Hoekstra

Scarritt Bennett Center, Vanderbilt University. Join fellow poetry enthusiasts for a monthly reading by a featured local poet. Over the years, various themes have surfaced: religious and faith based; emotions including love, hate, hurt, frustration, etc; personal reflections and observations of life; nature; resistance to the “isms” of society. Enjoy an evening hearing good poetry. Free, open to the public. scarrittbennett.org

February 28-29 – Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater

Andrew Jackson Hall, Tennessee Performing Arts Center, 505 Deaderick Street. Using African-American spirituals, song-sermons, gospel songs and holy blues, Alvin Ailey’s Revelations fervently explores the places of deepest grief and holiest joy in the soul. tpac.org

 

Art Crawls

Spend your evening at an art crawl! Area galleries offer rare opportunities to view diverse exhibitions featuring many genres of artwork. Some venues present live music, and many serve complimentary wine and light hors d’oeuvres. These monthly gatherings are an opportunity to meet the artists, buy and support their work.

February 1 – Downtown Nashville Saturday Art Crawl

Fifth Avenue of the Arts, Historic Arcade, Eighth Avenue, Broadway. The festive atmosphere and participating venues welcome you to galleries open 6–9 pm, with trolleys making a continuous loop 6–10 pm. nashvilledowntown.com/play

February 1 – WEHO Art Crawl

Minutes from downtown, Wedgewood/Houston is rich with art and music culture. Check out groundbreaking art from the artist run spaces on Chestnut Street to the commercial galleries on Hagan Street along with popups, beginning at 6 pm. am-wh.com

February 7 – Downtown Franklin Friday Art Crawl

Charming shops and galleries, live music and refreshments make Franklin a great place to be 6–9 pm. franklinartscene.com

February 8 – East Side Art Stumble

East Nashville. Galleries, businesses, and studios stretch across the neighborhoods of East Nashville and Inglewood. Saturday event from 6-9, rain or shine. eastsideartstumble.com

February 29 – Jefferson Street Art Crawl

The crawl happens up and down Jefferson, starting at the Garden Brunch Cafe near Rosa Parks and ending at One Drop Ink Tattoo at Jefferson and 28th. The monthly event engages community and highlights art along this historic art corridor as well as the North Nashville Community. facebook.com/jsactn