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. Concerts this month: February 1-3: Classical Series – Rachmaninoff & Tchaikovsky features guest pianist Joyce Yang with the Nashville Symphony performing some of the most gorgeous piano melodies ever written. World-renowned conductor Lawrence Foster leads the orchestra in Rachmaninoff’s Second Piano Concerto and Tchaikovsky’s First Symphony. Feb. 6: Chamber Music Series – Favorites for Four! Selections from some of the greatest string quartets of all time, with music by Beethoven, Borodin, Dvorák, Mozart and Schubert. Feb. 9: Jazz Series – Stacey Kent Quintet is steeped in everything from the Great American Songbook to Brazilian bossa nova, and Stacey Kent is one of jazz music’s most distinctive singers, with a crystalline voice that brings new life to classics and original tunes alike. Feb. 10: Pied Piper Series – Music & Magic with the Nashville Symphony will perform The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, the overture to The Magic Flute, “Flight to Neverland” and more. It’s an ideal outing for families and young children! Feb. 13-14: Legends of Music Series – Diana Krall and the Nashville Symphony will showcase Krall’s gorgeous contralto vocals and virtuosic piano playing with the Nashville Symphony. Feb. 15-17: Pop Series – The Music of Journey with the Nashville Symphony will include your favorite Journey tunes, “Don’t Stop Believin’,” “Any Way You Want It,” “Who’s Crying Now,” “Lovin’, Touchin’, Squeezin’,” and more, all performed by conductor Brent Havens, a rock band and the Nashville Symphony. Feb. 18: Jim Brickman: An Evening of Romance features this best-selling pianist with a string of hit albums and singles that touch the soul as no one else can. Feb. 19: Valentine’s with KEM will be a treat with your love for an evening of soulful and inspiring music from this sensational performer and Nashville native. Presented without orchestra. Feb. 20: Chamber Music Series – Romantic Masterpieces presents Dvorák’s Romance in F minor for violin and piano and Brahms’ Piano Quartet No. 3 in C minor. Feb. 23-24: Coffee & Classics and Classical Series presents Beethoven’s Second Piano Concerto. 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. 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. 1: First Aid Kit; Feb. 2, 3: Luke Combs; Feb. 5: Chris Janson; Feb. 14: Kelsea Ballerini; Feb. 15: Blues Traveler; Feb. 16: Josh Ritter & The Royal City Band; Feb. 17: Tommy Emmanuel; Feb. 18: Jonny Lang; Feb. 19: Merle Travis’ 100th Birthday Celebration; Feb. 23, 24: Tedeschi Trucks Band; Feb. 26: Dan Auerbach & The Easy Eye Sound Revue featuring Robert Finley & Shannon Shaw; Feb. 27: Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds; Feb. 28: Why Don’t We. Buy tickets at Ryman box office, ryman.com, ticketmaster.com, 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. stationinn.com

Tuesday & Wednesday Mornings – Wishing Chair Puppet Productions Story Time

Nashville Public Library’s Children’s Theatre, 615 Church Street. Meet the Professor, Library Pete, and Mary Mary as they sing, juggle and read books. Puppet friends Tommy Dog, Cedric the Dragon, J.J. the Lamb, Spanish Fox, and Jimmy Giraffe make frequent appearances. 30 minutes, showtimes 9:30 am, 10:30, 11:30 am. For ages 0-6. Limited free parking for 1-1/2 hours in the library’s parking garage. nashvillepubliclibrary.org

Thursday Evenings – Speakeasy Swing at Rudys

Rudy’s Jazz Room, 809 Gleaves Street. Nashville’s only jazz club features 1930s-1940s live music with vintage swing dancing, a New Orleans inspired menu and tipsy cocktails. rudysjazzroom.com

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. fristcenter.org

February 1 – Nashville House Concerts

War Memorial Auditorium, 301 Sixth Avenue North. Join radio personality Storme Warren and country artist Joe Denim each month in their make-shift living room, featuring a diverse blend of talent from chart-topping artists, music legends, rising stars, and accomplished songwriters. This month’s special guests: Guest Artists: Kristian Bush, Natalie Hemby, and more! wmarocks.com

February 1-4, 8-11, 14-17 – Disney’s Freaky Friday

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. Performances Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights; Thursday and Sunday matinees, plus a special Valentine’s Day show. ?dinnertheatre.com

February 2 – Rodeo and Juliet: Michael Tait Sings Nat King Cole

Franklin Theatre, 419 Main Street, Franklin. 8 pm. Join hosts Chris and Jan Harris (aka Rodeo and Juliet) for an intimate and fun evening of American Roots music, celebrating favorite timeless classics, blended with original songs and Grammy level guest artists, songwriters and musicians, along with their Nashville A-team band. Nat King Cole comes back to life again through the amazing vocal gifting of gospel music artist Michael Tait. The Cocoa Tree will have delectable truffles and hot chocolate for purchase in the lobby. franklintheatre.com

February 2-4, 8-10 – Stick Fly

Darkhorse Theater, 4610 Charlotte Avenue. Presented by Destiny Theatre Experience. ?The affluent, African-American LeVay family is gathering at their Martha’s Vineyard home for the weekend, and brothers Kent and Flip have each brought their respective ladies home to meet the parents for the first time. Kent’s fiancée Taylor, an academic whose absent father was a prominent author, struggles to fit into the LeVay’s upper-crust lifestyle. Kimber, on the other hand, is a self-described WASP who works with inner-city school children, fits in more easily with the family. Joining these two couples are the demanding LeVay patriarch Joe and Cheryl, the daughter of the family’s longtime housekeeper. As the two newcomers butt heads over issues of race and privilege, longstanding family tensions bubble under the surface and reach a boiling point when secrets are revealed. ?Performances Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:30 pm; Sunday at 3 pm. Tickets $12. Free parking. darkhorsetheater.com

February 3, 10, 17, 24 – Kidsville Story Time

Inside The Parthenon, 2500 West End Avenue. Every Saturday from 11–11:45 am, ages 12 and younger will explore a different theme and create a related piece of art. Feb. 3: Come hear the Greek myth of Agon, the winged god of competition; design your own set of wings to wear. Feb. 10: Come hear about the Greek origins of the Olympics; make your own Olympic torch. Feb. 17: Musicians from Intersection, Nashville’s contemporary classical music ensemble, will interact with kids and explore how new music can expand our minds and ears; make a craft inspired by the music. Feb. 24: Come hear about protagonists and antagonists in myths and classic tales; create a book cover for your favorite story. kidsvilleonline.org

February 3, 10, 17, 24 – 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. byebyeliver.com/nashville

February 4, 10, 11 – The Snowy Day & Other Stories

Nashville Children’s Theatre, 25 Middleton. Oh, the magic of a snowy day! Follow Peter and his friends as they romp and play, starting snowball fights and making snow angels in this imaginative ode to childhood joys and the challenges of growing up. Packed with humor and fun, this production uses wonderfully innovative shadow puppetry and live action to celebrate author Ezra Jack Keats’ treasured characters. An adaptation of Whistle for Willie, Goggles!, A Letter to Amy, and Caldecott winner The Snowy Day, this uplifting story collection encourages us to play and live life to the fullest each day. nashvillechildrenstheatre.org

February 6, 13, 27 – 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 8-10, 14-17, 21-24 – Smart People

Andrew Johnson Theater, Tennessee Performing Arts Center, 505 Deaderick Street. In this play set just before Obama’s election, the volatile dynamics of talking about race intertwine with the romantic interactions among four racially diverse Harvard intellectuals. A physician, an actress, a psychologist, and a neurobiologist who is studying the brain’s response to race (is it genetic?), all find that discussions about race can turn unexpectedly, even among friends who are well educated and socially aware. With barbed wit, this smart play explores the inescapable nature of racism and other tricky topics. nashvillerep.org

February 8-10, 15-17 – The Threepenny Opera

Street Theatre Company, 6727 Charlotte Pike. Set in Victorian London, the bitter tale is told of the predatory outlaw known as Mack the Knife. He secretly marries the daughter of Soho’s underworld boss, but is soon betrayed by his sinister in-laws and sent to prison. After being freed by the police chief’s daughter, he is again betrayed and sentenced to death. At the final hour he manages a reprieve from Queen Victoria herself, thus providing a menacing finale of ferocious irony. A milestone of 20th century musical theater, The Threepenny Opera (Die Dreigroschenoper) transformed old-fashioned opera and operetta forms, incorporating a sharp political perspective and the sound of 1920s Berlin dance bands and cabaret. Composer Kurt Weill’s acid harmonies and playwright Bertolt Brecht’s biting texts created a revolutionary new musical theater that inspired such subsequent hits as Cabaret, Chicago, and Urinetown. The show’s opening number, ‘Mack the Knife,’ became one of the top popular songs of the century. streettheatrecompany.org

FEBRUARY 9-11 – Attitude: Light: The Holocaust & Humanity Project

James K. Polk Theater, Tennessee Performing Arts Center, 505 Deaderick Street. Nashville Ballet’s acclaimed annual series, Attitude, brings the best of Nashville’s thriving arts community together to highlight some of the most unique and inspirational collaborations in Music City, including thought-provoking works from contemporary choreographers and live music from local musicians. Pushing the boundaries of the series, Light: The Holocaust and Humanity Project offers a groundbreaking exploration of devastating loss, resiliency and, ultimately, the triumph of the human spirit. Following Holocaust survivor Naomi Warren’s story as told through music and dance, Light offers a unique opportunity that only art can – to feel, better understand and reflect upon a piece of history that defies comprehension. The ballet illuminates the past to promote compassion, understanding and hope to issues relevant in today’s society. Choreography by Ballet Austin artistic director Stephen Mills, music by Steve Reich, Evelyn Glennie, Michael Gordon, Arvo Pärt and Philip Glass. For ages middle school and up, and families bringing children are encouraged to have conversations about the Holocaust in preparation for the performance. 90 minutes with no intermission. Stay after the performance for a talkback discussion. Friday and Saturday at 7:30 pm; Sunday 2 pm matinee. nashvilleballet.com

February 9, 10, 15, 16, 17, 18, 22, 23, 24 – Death of a Salesman

112 2nd Avenue South, Franklin. This classic, which won both the Pulitzer Prize and the Tony Award for Best Play in 1949, is considered Arthur Miller’s best play and remains as stirring and relevant to audiences today. As Willy Loman’s career comes to an end, he struggles to understand why life and the American dream have not turned out as he was promised. As the play jumps backward and forward in time, we join Willy as he reviews his life – a sobering reminder to all of us that “attention must be paid.” pull-tight.com

February 10 – Winter Jam 2018 Tour Specatacular

Bridgestone Arena, 501 Broadway. Among the biggest annual tours in the world, Winter Jam will showcase a lineup of some of the best and brightest names in Christian music, with award-winning rockers Skillet as the headliners. No tickets required, $15 suggested donation at the door. bridgestonearena.com

February 15 – Chinese New Year Recital with Dr. Ming Wang

Steinway Piano Gallery, 4285 Sidco Drive. This one-of-a-kind evening features Dr. Ming Wang on Chinese violin Erhu (pronounced Are Who), Carlos Enrique on classical guitar, Deidre Emerson on cello, and Mark Schaffel on piano. Admission is free, and refreshments will be provided. Meet the artists at 6:30 pm, Recital at 7 pm. RSVP (615) 373-5901 or steinwaynashville.com

February 15-18, 22-25 – West Side Story

The Larry Keeton Theatre, 108 Donelson Pike. Inspired by Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, this landmark production by Arthur Larents, Leonard Bernstein, Stephen Sondheim and Jerome Robbins reflects gang life in 1957 and today. Rival gangs in New York City’s upper west side battle for territorial control on the streets. When a gang member from the Jets falls in love with the sister of a member of the rival Sharks, the situation becomes fatal. Expect high-quality thrilling performances and scrumptious dining. Dinner seating is one hour prior to start of show. Thursday–Saturday shows start at 7 pm, Sunday matinee at 2 pm. ?thelarrykeetontheatre.org

February 15-18, 22-25 – Doubt: A Parable

Jamison Theater in The Factory at Franklin. “What do you do when you’re unsure?” So asks John Patrick Shanley, the Pulitzer Prize winning author of the literary masterpiece Doubt: A Parable. When an unthinkable accusation is leveled against Father Flynn, Sister Aloysius realizes that the only way to get justice is to create it herself. Join Studio Tenn in this Tony Award winning and Academy Award nominated drama that not only raises questions of uncertainties, but causes audiences to explore who they are, and who they become, in the face of adversity. studiotenn.com

February 16 – 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. musiccityimprov.com

February 16, 17, 23, 24 – Tall Tale Circus

Nashville Public Library’s Children’s Theatre, 615 Church Street. Wishing Chair Productions invites you to see Pecos Bill, Calamity Jane, John Henry and Johnny Appleseed – live and in person, in this musical extravaganza for the whole family. 40 minutes, showtimes 10:30 am and 11:30 am. For ages 5-12, but all are welcome. Limited free parking for 1-1/2 hours in the library’s parking garage. nashvillepubliclibrary.org

February 16-17 – Robin Frohardt – The Pigeoning

OZ, 6172 Cockrill Bend Circle. OZ Arts, Nashville’s destination for innovative contemporary art experiences presents a Bunraku-style puppetry theater production performed by five puppeteers with an original score. Frank is an office worker living in New York in the early 1980s who is obsessed with cleanliness and order. Plagued by the pigeons in the park, Frank starts to believe they are plotting against him. A darkly comedic yet heartfelt adventure, The Pigeoning spins articulate puppetry, live music, video and lo-fi special effects into an epic tale about obsessive compulsion and the illusion of safety and control in the context of the end of the world. Awarded the 2014 Arlyn Award for “Outstanding Design in Puppet Theater” and supported by the Henson Foundation, The Pigeoning takes a look at the divide between man and nature at a time when listening to the animals may be our best bet. oznashville.com

February 18 – Disney Live! Mickey & Minnie’s Doorway to Magic

Bridgestone Arena, 501 Broadway. Join Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald and Goofy as 25 of your favorite Disney characters surprise and captivate at every turn! See the Fairy Godmother transform Cinderella’s rags into a beautiful ball gown in a split second; the Toy Story gang, Andy, and the green army men; and the spectacular stage debut of Rapunzel and Flynn Rider as they rise into the sky amidst the floating lanterns. With special appearances by Snow White, Tinker Bell and Aladdin’s Genie. Shows at 3 and 6 pm. bridgestonearena.com

February 18 – Platinum Comedy Tour

Nashville Auditorium, 417 Fouth Avenue North. Actor and comedian Mike Epps will be joined by fellow comedians DC Young Fly, Deray Davis, Tommy Davidson, Don “DC” Curry. Showtime: 7 pm. nashvilleauditorium.com

February 22 – Poet’s Corner with Deborah Bernhardt

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

February 27-28 – Cabaret

Andrew Jackson Hall, Tennessee Performing Arts Center, 505 Deaderick Street. Leave your troubles outside – life is beautiful at Cabaret! Come hear some of the most memorable songs in theater history, including “Cabaret,” “Willkommen,” and “Maybe This Time.” John Kander, Fred Ebb, and Joe Masteroff’s Tony-winning musical about following your heart while the world loses its way. Contains mature content. 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 2 – Downtown Franklin Friday Art Crawl

Charming shops and galleries, live music and refreshments make Franklin a great place to be 6–9 pm. A $5 unlimited trolley ticket runs all night to take guests from spot to spot. franklinartscene.com

February 3 – Downtown Nashville Saturday Art Crawl

Fifth Avenue of the Arts, Historic Arcade, Eighth Avenue, Broadway. The festive atmosphere and participating venues located along Fifth Avenue of the Arts to the Historic Arcade to Eighth Avenue to Broadway welcome you to experience downtown Nashville as a center for art. Galleries open 6–9 pm, with trolleys making a continuous loop 6–10 pm. nashvilledowntown.com/play

February 3 – Arts & Music at Wedgewood/Houston

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 10 – 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 24 – 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

March 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: Mar. 2: Simply Sinatra with the Nashville Symphony promises a magical evening of hits by “Ol’ Blue Eyes” featuring charismatic crooner Steve Lippia. Mar. 4: Voices of Spring is the spectacular sound of 150 voices singing together at this free Sunday afternoon concert. Mar. 8-10: Mahler’s Fifth invites concert-goers to come early and learn more about the music with Maestro Giancarlo Guerrero. Mar. 11: Vegas sensations Human Nature make their Music City debut as part of their Jukebox tour, performing the classics doo-wop, pop, Motown and soul, along with today’s breakout hits. Mar. 15-18: At Movies at the Schermerhorn, you’ll experience the thrilling tale of “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban-” in Concert, accompanied by the music of a live symphony orchestra as Harry soars across the big screen. Mar. 20: Composers of Hope will feature bassoonist Gil Perel and trumpeter Jeff Bailey. Mar. 22-24: Guerrero Conducts the Violins of Hope, featuring a collection of instruments played by Jews during the Holocaust. Mar. 25: recording artist, producer, actor and radio host Keith Sweat, a pioneer of the New Jack Swing era. Mar. 22-24: The Music of Michael Jackson with the Nashville Symphony will be performed by vocalist James Delisco. Mar. 28: Tchaikovsky v. Drake: A Symphonic Mashup with the Nashville Symphony will feature three vocalists and a rapper to meld Tchaikovsky’s Fifth Symphony with more than a dozen Drake hits, creating a musical journey that seamlessly bridges two artists separated by more than a century. Mar. 29-31: Megan Hilty: Broadway & Beyond with the Nashville Symphony will bedazzle you with blockbuster renditions of Broadway showstoppers and classics from the Great American Songbook. 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. nashvillesymphony.org

March 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: Mar. 1: Opry Country Classics; Mar. 2, 3: Tedeschi Trucks Band; Mar. 4: MercyMe and Tenth Avenue North; Mar. 8: Opry Country Classics; Mar. 9: Lewis Black; Mar. 10: Darci Lynne and Friends (2 shows); Mar. 11: MGMT; Mar. 15: Opry Country Classics; Mar. 16: Snap Judgment Live!; Mar. 17: The Wood Brothers; Mar. 20: Tony Bennett; Mar. 21: Jammin’ To Beat The Blues featuring Trace Adkins & Friends; Mar. 22: Opry Country Classics; Mar. 24: Mat Kearney; Mar. 25: Brian Regan; Mar. 29: Opry Country Classics; Mar. 30: Joe Rogan (2 shows). Buy tickets at Ryman box office, ryman.com, ticketmaster.com, 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. stationinn.com

Tuesday & Wednesday Mornings – Wishing Chair Puppet Productions Story Time

Nashville Public Library’s Children’s Theatre, 615 Church Street. Meet the Professor, Library Pete, and Mary Mary as they sing, juggle and read books. Puppet friends Tommy Dog, Cedric the Dragon, J.J. the Lamb, Spanish Fox, and Jimmy Giraffe make frequent appearances. 30 minutes, showtimes 9:30 am, 10:30, 11:30 am. For ages 6 and under. Limited free parking for 1-1/2 hours in the library’s parking garage. nashvillepubliclibrary.org

Wednesday Evenings and Saturday Afternoons – The Music of Nashville: A Magical Journey

Texas Troubadour Theatre, 2416 Music Valley Drive. Join the incredible cast and band in a historical 60 year ride through some of Nashville’s biggest hits, and the stories behind them! From Hank Williams, Patsy Cline, George & Tammy, Conway & Loretta, Kenny & Dolly, through Wynonna, Garth Brooks, George Strait, Keith Urban, Miranda Lambert and Taylor Swift, this show brings exciting entertainment unlike any other. Performed by hot up-and-coming artists who are backed by a fantastic first-call Nashville band, they will bring you to your feet! Tickets available online, day of show or call (615) 969-6349. themusicofnashville.com

Thursday Evenings – Speakeasy Swing at Rudys

Rudy’s Jazz Room, 809 Gleaves Street. Nashville’s only jazz club features 1930s-1940s live music with vintage swing dancing, a New Orleans inspired menu and tipsy cocktails. rudysjazzroom.com

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. fristcenter.org

Saturday Evenings – 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. byebyeliver.com/nashville

March 1 – Nashville House Concerts

War Memorial Auditorium, 301 Sixth Avenue North. Join radio personality Storme Warren and country artist Joe Denim each month in their make-shift living room, featuring a diverse blend of talent from chart-topping artists, music legends, rising stars, and accomplished songwriters. wmarocks.com

March 1-3 – West Side Story

The Larry Keeton Theatre, 108 Donelson Pike. Inspired by Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, this landmark production by Arthur Larents, Leonard Bernstein, Stephen Sondheim and Jerome Robbins reflects gang life in 1957 and today. Rival gangs in New York City’s upper west side battle for territorial control on the streets. When a gang member from the Jets falls in love with the sister of a member of the rival Sharks, the situation becomes fatal. Expect high-quality thrilling performances and scrumptious dining. Dinner seating is one hour prior to start of show. Thursday–Saturday shows start at 7 pm, Sunday matinee at 2 pm. ?thelarrykeetontheatre.org

March 1-4 – Cabaret

Andrew Jackson Hall, Tennessee Performing Arts Center, 505 Deaderick Street. Leave your troubles outside – life is beautiful at Cabaret! Come hear some of the most memorable songs in theater history, including “Cabaret,” “Willkommen,” and “Maybe This Time.” John Kander, Fred Ebb, and Joe Masteroff’s Tony-winning musical about following your heart while the world loses its way. Contains mature content. tpac.org

March 1, 3, 10, 11, 14, 17, 18 – Mockingbird

Nashville Children’s Theatre, 25 Middleton. In Caitlin’s world, everything is black or white. Things are good or bad. Anything in between is confusing. That’s the stuff Caitlin’s older brother, Devon, has always explained. But now Devon is gone and she’s all on her own. Caitlin wants to get over it, but as an eleven-year-old girl with Asperger’s syndrome, she doesn’t know how. When she reads the definition of “closure” in the dictionary, she realizes that is what she and her father need. In her search for it, Caitlin discovers that not everything is black and white – the world is full of colors – messy and beautiful. Caitlin’s thought processes, including her own unique brand of logic, are the star of this moving production about the differences that make us who we are. nashvillechildrenstheatre.org

March 1, 15 – Music City Roots – On the Road

This live acclaimed roots and Americana music variety radio show showcases Nashville’s rich music scene. Mar. 1: Live from 3rd and Lindsley features Daddy (Nashville songwriters Will Kimbrough and Tommy Womack), Lillie Mae, Kevin Gordon and Katie Pruitt. Mar. 15: Live from The Basement East features Elizabeth Cook, Allen Thompson, Darrin Bradbury, Little Bandit. musiccityroots.com

March 2-4, 8-11, 15-17 – The Pillowman

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. ?In their latest production, there is a murderer of children lurking in the shadows. The two suspects are trying to convince two investigators that they have nothing to do with the crimes. There’s only one problem: Katurian has been writing about hurting and killing kids for years; his brother, Michal, is his biggest fan. Seasoned investigator Tupolski and his newer partner, Ariel, both work in a totalitarian police state system and can and will use any method possible to get a confession out of the brothers. Performances on Thursday, Friday, Saturday at 7:30 pm, Sunday matinees at 2:30 pm. Tickets: $15. Free of charge for high school and younger students on Thursday evenings and Sunday matinees. darkhorsetheater.com, act1online.com

March 3 – All That Jazz

Noah Liff Opera Center, 3622 Redmon Street. This speakeasy evening celebrating the best of the ‘20s and ‘30s features Annie Sellick and the Nashville Jazz Orchestra. You’ll enjoy cocktails, dinner with wine, live music, and a beckoning dance floor – all benefitting Nashville Opera’s education and outreach. Period dress is encouraged. ?nashvilleopera.org

March 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 – Kidsville Story Time

Inside The Parthenon, 2500 West End Avenue. Every Saturday from 11–11:45 am, ages 12 and younger will explore a different theme and create a related piece of art. Mar. 3: Come hear children’s favorite story Corduroy by Don Freeman and how this classic was created 50 years ago; make a corduroy fabric bookmark. Mar. 10: Hear about the Athenian treasure stored in the Parthenon of ancient Greece; make your own treasure box. Mar. 17: Listen to stories of pots of gold in myths and folk tales from around the world; make your own pot of gold. Mar. 24: Hear the story of hope as a character in myths and fables; make your own hope puppet. Mar. 31: Listen to the story of what happened on the Greek island of Zakynthos in World War II; make your own map of the Greek islands. kidsvilleonline.org

March 6, 13, 27 – 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

March 10 – Jazz Night of Music

The Larry Keeton Theatre, 108 Donelson Pike. Enjoy an evening of live music with Jennifer Bruce and Deja Nu. Bring your own food and beverages. Tickets: $12/advance, $15/door, 7:30 pm. thelarrykeetontheatre.org

March 16 – 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. musiccityimprov.com

March 16, 17, 23, 24, 30, 31 – Gulliver’s Travels
Nashville Public Library Children’s Theatre, 615 Church Street. Enjoy enchanting productions, free of charge. Limited free parking for 1-1/2 hours in the library’s parking garage. Wishing Chair Productions invites you to the classic adventure story by Jonathan Swift involving several voyages of Lemuel Gulliver, who finds himself upon several unknown islands living with people and animals of unusual sizes, behaviors, and philosophies! 30 minutes, showtimes 10:30 am and 11:30 am. Recommended for ages 8 and older, but all are welcome. nashvillepubliclibrary.org

March 22 – Poet’s Corner with Michael Williams

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

March 22 – Rushes Ensemble & Mantra Percussion

OZ, 6172 Cockrill Bend Circle. OZ Arts, Nashville’s destination for innovative contemporary art experiences will feature two kaleidoscopic concert-length, thematically-linked works for single instrument-families: Rushes for 7 bassoons (The Rushes Ensemble) and Timber for six percussionists (Mantra Percussion). Each work was written by Michael Gordon (co-founder of New York City’s Bang On a Can), one of America’s most adventurous composers. Both works will be presented back to back in an environment that invites curious audiences to sit, walk or lie down as they take in the trance-inducing music. oznashville.com

March 22-24, 28-31 – Inherit the Wind

Johnson Theater, Tennessee Performing Arts Center, 505 Deaderick Street. Inspired by the sensational Scopes Monkey Trial of 1925 in Dayton, Tennessee, this thrilling courtroom drama centers on the prosecution of a teacher who read about Darwin’s The Origin of Species to his science class from their biology book. The attention-grabbing trial becomes a boxing match for the two greatest legal giants of the century. The great storytelling of this classic is enhanced by its ties to actual historical characters, and this riveting drama rings with relevance to our culture’s struggle with the relationship between belief and science that continues to this day. nashvillerep.org

March 23-25, 29-31 – Steel Magnolias

Z. Alexander Looby Theater, 2301 Rosa L. Parks Blvd. A story about the importance of female friendships as told by women in a small-town southern community who share a bond and how they cope with the death of one of their own. circleplayers.net

March 22-25 – Nashville Elvis Festival

Franklin Theatre, 419 Main Street, Franklin. Celebrate the music and legacy of the King of Rock & Roll at this premier Elvis event. Fans from around the world will gather in middle Tennessee for 4 days of celebrity appearances and live music events. Tom Brown, a longtime host of select Elvis Week events and one of the hosts of the Gates of Graceland web series will host on-stage interviews with Elvis’ friends and band members. franklintheatre.com

 

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.

March 2 – Downtown Franklin Friday Art Crawl

Charming shops and galleries, live music and refreshments make Franklin a great place to be 6–9 pm. A $5 unlimited trolley ticket runs all night to take guests from spot to spot. franklinartscene.com

March 3 – Downtown Nashville Saturday Art Crawl

Fifth Avenue of the Arts, Historic Arcade, Eighth Avenue, Broadway. The festive atmosphere and participating venues located along Fifth Avenue of the Arts to the Historic Arcade to Eighth Avenue to Broadway welcome you to experience downtown Nashville as a center for art. Galleries open 6–9 pm, with trolleys making a continuous loop 6–10 pm. nashvilledowntown.com/play

March 3 – Arts & Music at Wedgewood/Houston

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

March 10 – 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

March 24 – 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