October at the Nashville Symphony

Schermerhorn Symphony Center, 1 Symphony Place. Ticket packages may be purchased from the Patron Services hotline at (615) 687-6401. Concerts this month: Oct. 3: Celebrate Nashville’s World Music Night; Oct. 5-8: Beethoven’s Fifth; Oct. 12: Igudesman & Joo: BIG Nightmare Music; Oct. 13: The Joey Alexander Trio; Oct. 21: Free Day of Music Community Event; Oct. 27-28: Bronfman Plays Beethoven; Oct. 29: Patti LaBelle, (without orchestra); Oct. 31: Halloween Movie Night: Nosferatu, silent film with organ. For 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.

October 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: Oct. 1-2: Alison Krauss and David Gray; Oct. 3: Mutemath; Oct. 4: Aaron Watson; Oct. 5, 12, 19, 26: Opry Country Classics; Oct. 6: Anderson Cooper and Andy Cohen; Oct. 7: TajMo: The Taj Mahal and Keb’Mo’ Band; Oct. 8: Kevin Smith; ?Oct. 9 -11, 13-15: Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit; Oct. 16: NEEDTOBREATHE; Oct. 17: Paramore; Oct. 18: Concert for Cumberland Heights; Oct. 20-21: Cody Jinks; Oct. 22: PJ Masks; Oct. 25: Evanescence; Oct. 27-28: Moon Taxi; Oct. 29, 31: Bon Iver; Oct. 30: Michael McDonald. Buy tickets at Ryman box office,,, ticketmaster outlets or call (615) 458-8700.

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.

Tuesdays at NoonTime – Courtyard Concerts

Nashville Public Library, 615 Church Street. Bring lunch and enjoy a free, live outdoor concert. 11:45 am–1 pm,

Wednesday Evenings – Wooten Wednesday

Rudy’s Jazz Room, 809 Gleaves Street. Regi Wooten and Nashville’s best dig deep into funk, jazz, blues, rock, and soul.

Thursdays and Fridays – Music at the Frist

Frist Center for the Visual Arts, 919 Broadway. Enjoy free music in the Cafe or Grand Lobby, Thursdays and Fridays at 6 pm.

October 1 – Shakespeare in the Park

Centennial Park, 2500 West End Avenue. The Winter’s Tale is Shakespeare’s fanciful story set in a fairy tale world of contrasting peoples inspired by the diverse South American cultures during the Gran Colombia era. 6 pm: Food and drink vendors, Talking Shakespeare; 6:30 pm: preshow; 7:30 pm: performance begins. $10 suggested donation.

October 3, 10, 24 – 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.

October 4, 11, 25 – Music City Roots

The Factory at Franklin, 230 Franklin Road. Jim Lauderdale hosts Wednesday’s weekly live radio show, showcasing Nashville’s rich music scene, from country to Americana.

October 5, 7 – Tosca

Andrew Jackson Hall, Tennessee Performing Arts Center, 505 Deaderick Street. Tosca is one of Puccini’s most popular Italian operatic masterpieces. Floria Tosca, a beautiful opera singer, suddenly finds herself thrust into a dizzying world of political intrigue, murder, and desire. To save her lover from the clutches of the evil Baron Scarpia, Tosca is forced to sacrifice herself, body and soul, to Scarpia’s dark desires. But, as the lecherous Baron Scarpia discovers, Tosca’s kisses can be quite deadly. Featuring the Nashville Opera Orchestra.

October 6-8, 12-15,19-21 – Love, Loss and What I Wore

Darkhorse Theater, 4610 Charlotte Avenue. Presented by ACT 1 (Artists’ Cooperative Theatre), a non-profit organization dedicated to bringing theatrical gems, both classic and modern, to Nashville audiences.

October 7 – Bluebird on the Mountain

Vanderbilt Dyer Observatory, 1000 Oman Drive. Bring blankets, lawn chairs, food, and drink and enjoy a fabulous evening of sunset, music, and stars with singer-songwriter Victoria Shaw and friends. The telescope will be opened after the performance. Gates open at 5 pm; concert begins at 7 pm. Tickets:

October 7, 14, 21, 28 – Bye Bye Liver: The Nashville Drinking Play

Blue Bar and Rack Room, 1911 Broadway. This fast-paced sketch comedy takes a satirical look at the drinking culture every Saturday night. Audience members participate in Would You Rather, Name That Tune, and more.

October 12-14, 18-21, 25-28 – Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson

Andrew Johnson Theater, Tennessee Performing Arts Center, 505 Deaderick Street. This rollicking, thought-provoking, hilarious, profane, irreverent, loopy rock musical stars Andrew Jackson, THE rock star of his day, in this shrewd and dopey political satire. It follows the story of Jackson through his campaigns to his taking office (where he finds that governing is hard).

October 12-15, 19-22, 26-28 – South Pacific

The Larry Keeton Theatre, 108 Donelson Pike. Expect high-quality thrilling performances and scrumptious dining. Dinner seating is one hour prior to start of show.

October 13 – 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.

October 13, 14, 19-22, 26-28 – Rumors

112 2nd Avenue South, Franklin. Friends arrive in evening dress to celebrate the anniversary of Deputy Mayor Charley and his wife, Myra, only to find Charley wounded and unconscious and Myra missing. Theories and coverups abound with the situation becoming more and more ridiculous in this Neil Simon classic comedy.

October 26 – Poet’s Corner

Scarritt Bennett Center. Join fellow poetry enthusiasts for a monthly reading by a featured local poet. Free and open to the public.

October 26-28 – Lizzie Borden with The Raven

Polk Theater, Tennessee Performing Arts Center, 505 Deaderick Street. Based on the true infamous murder trial from the 1890s, Lizzie Borden’s notorious courtroom trial remains one of the most controversial and sensationalized in American history. Nashville Ballet’s gripping interpretation takes audiences into the mind of the woman embroiled in the scandal to show that there may be more to the story than previously thought. The world premiere of The Raven explores Edgar Allan Poe’s dark poem by blending movement with a classical score and elements of spoken word. Contains nudity and adult themes.

October 26, 28 – Mr. Popper’s Penguins

Nashville Children’s Theatre, 25 Middleton. With money tight and no houses to paint till next spring, Mr. Popper is stuck at home daydreaming of Arctic adventures, while Mrs. Popper must scrimp and save just to put beans on the table. But with the unexpected arrival of a spirited penguin named Captain Cook, the Poppers have a snowdrift in the living room and a dozen delightful penguins living in the house. It’s a flipper-flapping musical tale that will make you believe in the power of ingenuity and determination.

October 27-29 – The Hunchback of Notre Dame

Z. Alexander Looby Theater, 2301 Rosa L. Parks Blvd. Victor Hugo’s epic story of love, acceptance and what it means to be a hero is brought to life with a lush score from Academy Award-winning team Stephen Schwartz and Alan Menken.