PERFORMING ARTS

January 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: Jan. 3: Salute To Vienna New Year’s Concert will ring in the New Year with a program that evokes all the charm and romance of Vienna’s golden hour. Jan. 7: Drumline Live, a versatile cast trained in band programs across the South, mixes original compositions and top 40 songs in colorfully choreographed routines, with drum riffs and cadences that will have you out of your seat and dancing all night long. Presented without orchestra. Jan. 10-12: Prokofiev’s Romeo & Juliet, with special guest conductor JoAnn Falletta leading the orchestra in a suite that brings together the most memorable moments from the score. Jan. 14: Coral Kingdoms and Empires of Ice with photographers David Doubilet and Jennifer Haye. Presented without orchestra. Jan. 16-18: Foreigner will make their American orchestral debut with the Nashville Symphony. Jan. 19: Let Freedom Sing, a free community event concert honoring the life, legacy and triumphs of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the civil rights movement. Joined by special guests, the Nashville Symphony, Celebration Chorus and Celebration Youth Chorus. Jan. 21: Guerrero Conducts NFM Wroclaw Philharmonic. Come experience the the Nashville Symphony’s music director Giancarlo Guerrero’s European orchestra as they perform Bartók’s lyrical Third Piano Concerto with Gilmore Award-winner Piotr Anderszewski, along with Polish composer Lutosawski’s Concerto for Orchestra, a pulse-pounding tour-de-force that will leave you breathless. Jan. 24: Voctave: The Corner of Broadway and Main Street. Enjoy a night of your favorite Broadway and Disney tunes with these a cappella sensations from the 11 singers of Voctave. Jan 26: The Times They Are A-Changin’: The Words and Music of Bob Dylan featuring the 100 voices of the Nashville Symphony Chorus alongside the Nashville Symphony. Jan 28, 31: Celebrate Beethoven‘s 250th birth year with violinist Louise Morrison and friends, performing Violin and Piano Sonata No. 8 in G major and String Quartet No. 3 in D major, opus 18. Jan. 30-31: Romantic Rhapsodies will include Bartók’s Rhapsody No. 1 and No. 2, Enescu’s Romanian Rhapsody No. 1 and No. 2, and Brahms’ Symphony No. 3. 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

January 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: Jan. 3, 4, 10, 11, 17, 18, 24, 25: Opry at the Ryman; Jan. 5: School of Rock at the Ryman; Jan. 12: Tanya Tucker; Jan. 13: Bobby Bones Million Dollar Show; Jan. 14-16, 19-21: Brandi Carlile; Jan. 23: Loverboy; Jan. 27: Aaron Lewis. 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

Thursday and Saturday Mornings – Storytime at the TN State Museum

TN State Museum, 1000 Rosa L. Parks Boulevard. For children 3 to 6 years old, Storytime in the Children’s Gallery will include a book reading and craft or other activities. Free, 10:30–11 am (except for holidays). tnmuseum.org

Saturday Mornings – Kidsville Story Time

The Parthenon, 2500 West End Avenue. Kids 12 and younger will explore a different weekly theme and create a related piece of art. Free Parthenon admission and materials included, 11–11:45 am. kidsvilleonline.org

January 4 – Kevin Nealon

Zanies Comedy Night Club, 2025 8th Avenue South. Kevin Nealon sets himself apart from other comedic performers with his unique sense of humor, dry wit and likable demeanor. Nealon is best known for his nine-year stint as a cast member of NBC’s Saturday Night Live, and has received critical acclaim for his role in the Showtime series, Weeds. zanies.com

January 7, 11, 28 – 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

January 9-12, 16-19, 23-26 – Winter Shakespeare: Macbeth

Troutt Theater, Belmont University. Set in an unforgiving, post-apocalyptic world, this powerful take on one of Shakespeare’s most popular tragedies tells the tale of prophecy, murder, madness, and an unrelenting quest for power. nashvilleshakes.org

January 17 – 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

January 16-19 – Bruce Bruce

Zanies Comedy Night Club, 2025 8th Avenue South. Bruce’s steady style of comedy has been showcased across the country, and he has been entertaining audiences young and old, and of all backgrounds, for years. His wit, spontaneity and dazzling personality set him apart from other standup comedians. Although Bruce is known for his adult comedy, he prides himself on not using vulgarity to win a laugh, and is no stranger to winning over new audiences with every appearance he makes. zanies.com

January 16, 18, 24, 25, 29 – Secret Soldiers: Civil War Heroines in Disguise

Nashville Children’s Theatre, 25 Middleton Street. While the Civil War rages on outside the walls of the Marine U.S.A. General Hospital, another conflict arises inside. A nurse has discovered that injured Private Lyons Wakeman is actually Sarah Wakeman, a woman! Should the hospital registry be changed to prove that women can fight in battle? Or should it stay intact so Sarah can receive her earned pension and her family avoid shame? nashvillechildrenstheatre.org

January 18 – The Day

James K. Polk Theater, Tennessee Performing Arts Center, 505 Deaderick Street. An evening-long sensory exploration of two journeys – life and the eternal, and the post-mortal voyage of the soul. This bold, highly collaborative work explores universal themes through the shared language of music and dance. New music and dance work by cellist Maya Beiser, dancer Wendy Whelan, choreographer Lucinda Childs, with music by David Lang. tpac.org

January 19 – Happy Birthday Dolly!

Exit/In, 2208 Elliston Place. A tribute show benefitting Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, a book gifting program that mails free, high-quality books to children from birth until they begin school, no matter their family’s income. Performers include Kelsey Waldon, Little Bandit, Taylor Brashears, Paisley Fields, Justin Hiltner, Lauren Morrow, Jason Eskridge plus the house band. Tickets $15. Doors open at 6 pm, event starts at 7 pm. exitin.com

January 23 – Poet’s Corner featuring Chris Pepple

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

January 24-25 – Schooled

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. In Schooled, all high school principal Ramonda Clark wants to do is see her daughter’s volleyball game and have a romantic anniversary dinner with her husband. What starts as an easy, low-key day, ends up being one of the longest and craziest of her career. A cast of six actors bring over twenty characters to life in this contemporary comedy. chaffinsbarntheatre.com

January 24-26 – Turn Of The Screw

Noah Liff Opera Center, 3622 Redmon Street. Hired by a mysterious guardian, a young governess travels to an isolated English estate to care for two orphaned children. Once she arrives, she slowly begins to feel that things may not be what they appear. Is there something sinister afoot? Could it be the supernatural? Or is it simply the product of her overactive imagination? Based on the novella by Henry James, Benjamin Britten’s seductive, luminous score builds delicious tension to create one of opera’s greatest ghost stories. Directed by John Hoomes, conducted by Dean Williamson, and featuring the Nashville Opera Orchestra. Sung in English with projected English titles. nashvilleopera.org

January 25 – Raccoon Log Ride

Third Coast Comedy Club, 1310 Clinton Street. This improvised woodland adventure gets everyone involved, and no two shows are ever the same! Best of all, kids from the audience have opportunities to play on stage!
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January 25 – Gary Gulman: Peace of Mind Tour

James K. Polk Theater, Tennessee Performing Arts Center, 505 Deaderick Street. Gary Gulman has been a scholarship college football player, an accountant and a high school teacher. He has made countless television appearances as both a comedian and an actor. Over 25 years in comedy, Gulman has established himself as an eminent performer and peerless writer. Gulman’s latest HBO special is his most ambitious work yet — a tour de force look at mental illness, equal parts captivating and inspiring. tpac.org

January 25-26 – Into the Woods

Franklin Theatre, 419 Main Street, Franklin. The story follows a Baker and his wife, who wish to have a child; Cinderella, who wishes to attend the King’s Festival; and Jack, who wishes his cow would give milk. When the Baker and his wife learn that they cannot have a child because of a Witch’s curse, the two set off on a journey to break the curse. Everyone’s wish is granted, but the consequences of their actions return to haunt them later with disastrous results. Performed by the talented teens of Act Too Players. acttooplayers.com

January 25-26 – PAW Patrol Live! Race to the Rescue

Andrew Johnson Theater, Tennessee Performing Arts Center, 505 Deaderick Street. Come roll with the PAW Patrol as everybody’s favorite heroic pups race to the rescue on the day of the Great Adventure Bay Race. When Mayor Goodway goes missing, Chase, Marshall, Skye and the rest of the PAW Patrol will need to team up with Ryder to save Adventure Bay’s mayor and stop Foggy Bottom’s Mayor Humdinger from winning the race. tpac.org

January 26 – New Japan Pro-Wrestling

War Memorial Auditorium, 301 6th Avenue North. In the wake of the biggest Wrestle Kingdom of all time, who will head to the USA to carve their own destiny at New Beginning? Stay tuned for more information on who will be appearing, but we can confirm all our wrestlers from Japan have visas and are ready to travel! wmarocks.com

January 31 – Winter Jam

Bridgestone Arena, 501 Broadway. This is an incredible evening of live concerts by the top artists in Christian music, plus worship and ministry. Featuring acts by Crowder, Hillsong Young & Free, Andy Mineo, Building 429, RED, Austin French, NewSong, Speaker: Greg Stier, Pre-Jam Party with Riley Clemmons, Ballenger and Zauntee. This is a ticketless event and a $15 donation at doors. Pre-show party begins at 6 pm and the show begins at 7 pm. jamtour.com

January 31 – Piff The Magic Dragon

James K. Polk Theater, Tennessee Performing Arts Center, 505 Deaderick Street. Piff The Magic Dragon along with his trusty sidekick Mr Piffles, The World’s Only Magic Performing Chihuahua™, and Las Vegas showgirl, Jade Simone, are set to perform a one-of-a-kind comedy magic show fit for the whole family. Performances feature the award-winning entertainer’s signature mixture of wizardry, wit and sarcasm that ignites a mind-bending and hilarious show fans won’t want to miss! tpac.org

January 31 – 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

January 31 – Notes of a Native Song

OZ Arts Nashville, 6172 Cockrill Bend Circle. Named for James Baldwin’s 1955 collection of essays on being Black in America, Notes of a Native Son, this show 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

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.

January 3 – 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

January 4 – 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

January 4 – 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

January 11 – 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

January 25 – 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