October at the Nashville Symphony

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. Season ticket holders receive added benefits! Concerts this month: Oct. 3, 4, 5: Trisha Yearwood with The Nashville Symphony. Oct. 5: Halloween At Hogwarts with the Nashville Symphony. Oct. 6: The group that redefined R&B in the 1990s Boyz II Men (without orchestra). Oct. 7: The O’Jays – The Last Tour. Oct. 10: Academy Award-winning animated favorite, Disney In Concert: Coco with Michael Giacchino. Oct. 18: Ahmad Jamal. Oct. 20: Variations For Strings. Oct. 22: Musicians Hall of Fame Concert & Induction Ceremony. Oct. 25-27: Old World meets New World in this concert; Brahms’ Violin Concerto. Oct 30: Halloween Movie Night: Metropolis – Silent Film With Organ. Oct. 31: Don Williams: Music & Memories of the Gentle Giant. 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.

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: Jon Pardi; Oct. 3, 10, 17, 24, 31: Opry Country Classics; Oct. 4: Heather Land; Oct. 6: Sara Bareilles at Opry House; Oct. 7: Catfish & the Bottlemen; Oct. 8: TOTO; Oct. 9: Josh Turner; Oct. 10: Bethel Music: Victory Tour at Opry House; Oct. 11, 12: Home Free; Oct. 13: Music City Celebration Tours; Oct. 15, 16: Maggie Rogers; Oct. 18-20, 22-26: Jason Isbell; Oct. 20: Wilco at Opry House; Oct. 21: Sleater-Kinney; Oct. 27: Trey Anastasio; Oct. 28: Music of Randy Travis featuring James Dupré; Oct. 29, 30: Ray LaMontagne. Buy tickets at Ryman box office,,, 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.

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.

Sunday Afternoons – Jazz Sundays

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

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.

Mondays and Select Thursdays – Tribute To The King 1953–1977

Texas Troubadour Theatre, 2416 Music Valley Drive. On Mondays and select Thursdays, Celebrating our 20th season, over 1,100 shows! This high-energy, live musical biography starring John Beardsley features all six eras of the King’s career, including over 30 songs and five costume changes, and has thrilled audiences of all ages from New York to Russia. The legend lives on in Nashville’s first and only continuously running show paying tribute to the King in Music City, where he recorded over 300 songs. “A great show, very authentic! I look forward to seeing it again,” raved DJ Fontana, Elvis’s longtime drummer. Audiences continue to give standing ovations at every show. A must-see show while in Nashville. To order tickets, please call us directly (615) 758-0098. Seating at 6:30 pm. Showtime is 7 pm. Box office opens at 10 am, day of show. Plenty of free parking!

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.

Tuesday & Wednesday Mornings – Wishing Chair Puppet Productions Story Time

Nashville Public Library’s Children’s Theatre, 615 Church Street. Enjoy enchanting productions, free of charge. 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.

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).

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.

Thursday and Friday Evenings – Music at the Frist

Frist Art Museum, 919 Broadway. Enjoy free music in the Cafe or Grand Lobby, 6 pm.

October 1-6 – The Itsy Bitsy Spider

Nashville Children’s Theatre, 25 Middleton Street. The itsy bitsy spider climbed up the water spout… but what happened next? Follow two green thumbed gardeners as they learn patience and perseverance from a determined eight-legged hero. For children ages 0-5.

October 1, 8 – Courtyard Concerts

Nashville Public Library, 615 Church Street. Enjoy free, rain-or-shine live lunchtime concerts in the courtyard. MTSU Chinese Music Ensemble on Oct. 1; The WannaBeatles on Oct. 8. 11:45 am–1 pm.

October 1, 8, 22, 29 – 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 2, 5, 9, 12, 16, 19, 23, 26, 30 – The Music of Nashville: A Magical Journey

Texas Troubadour Theatre, 2416 Music Valley Drive; The Nashville Palace, 2611 McGavock Pike. 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) 730-8962.

October 4-6, 9-13, 16-19 – Moonlight and Magnolias

Pull-Tight Theatre, 112 Second Avenue South. This riotous, behind-the-scenes peek at the making of what many consider the greatest movie ever made. Can a producer with a lot to prove, his serene secretary, a hot director with an even hotter temper and a screenwriter set for success create movie magic

October 4-6, 10-12, 17-19 – The Wedding Singer

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. The Wedding Singer takes us back to a time when hair was big, greed was good, collars were up and a wedding singer might just be the coolest guy in the room.

October 10, 12 – Madame Butterfly

Andrew Jackson Hall, Tennessee Performing Arts Center, 505 Deaderick Street. For more than a century, audiences have been thrilled by Giacomo Puccini’s haunting, poignant music and touched by the lovely Butterfly, who sacrifices everything for love. Japanese geisha Cio-Cio-San, Butterfly, abandons her faith and family for the dashing American sailor, Lieutenant Pinkerton. But Pinkerton’s love is temporary and Butterfly’s happiness, short-lived. In the end, Cio-Cio-San pays the ultimate price for her selfless devotion. Featuring the Nashville Opera Orchestra and Ensemble, and sung in Italian with projected English titles.

October 10-13 – Peter & the Wolf

Nashville Ballet Studio A, 3630 Redmon Street. Imaginative, engaging and educational – this family-friendly production transports audiences into the pages of a life-size storybook as they embark on an unforgettable adventure with Peter and his fun-loving animal friends.

October 10-12, 18-20, 26-27 – Return to Sender

Nashville Children’s Theatre, 25 Middleton Street. Eleven-year-old Mari is the Mexican born daughter of undocumented migrant workers. When Mari’s family is hired to help save Tyler’s family’s farm from foreclosure, both of the young people are forced to confront the complexities of immigration and citizenship. Recommended for children in grades 3-8.

October 10-26 – Little Shop of Horrors

The Larry Keeton Theatre, 108 Donelson Pike. The theater presents thrilling performances for family audiences and scrumptious dining at an affordable price.

October 11-12, 17-19, 24-26 – The Toxic Avenger

Street Theatre Company, 6727 Charlotte Pike. Based on Lloyd Kaufman’s cult film and winner of the Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Off-Broadway Musical, this charming love story and laugh-out-loud musical has it all – an unlikely hero, his beautiful girlfriend, a corrupt New Jersey mayor and two guys who play everyone else – bullies, mobsters, old ladies and stiletto-wearing back-up singers.

October 11-13, 17-19 – The Nightmarium Incident

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. Set in 1988, a local TV Horror Hostess finds herself and her fellow cast and crew members scrambling to get their weekly Friday night horror program ready for air. Tensions increase as the team bickers and the newscasters interrupt to track a severe storm headed towards the small town. To make matters worse, her fellow castmate and husband unwittingly summons the spirits of the dead who are now trapped in the television station.,

October 17-19, 24-27, 31 – Pipeline

Andrew Johnson Theater, Tennessee Performing Arts Center, 505 Deaderick Street. Nya, an inner-city public high school teacher, is committed to her students but desperate to give her only son opportunities they’ll never have, in this riveting new play by Dominique Morisseau. When a controversial incident at his upstate private school threatens to get him expelled, Nya must confront his rage and her own choices as a parent. But will she be able to reach him before a world beyond her control pulls him away? With profound compassion and lyricism, Pipeline brings an urgent conversation powerfully to the fore.

October 17-19, 24-27, 31 – Greater Tuna

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. This hilarious comedy is about Texas’ third smallest town. The eclectic band of citizens are portrayed by only two performers, making this satire on life in rural America even more delightful as they depict all of the inhabitants of Tuna.

October 18, 19, 24-26, 31 – The Rocky Horror Show

Z. Alexander Looby Theater, 2301 Rosa L. Parks Boulevard. This sexy, saucy, tongue-in-cheek musical is truly iconic with its irresistible hum-along score and cast of quirky characters. It tells the story newly engaged Brad and Janet, getting caught in a storm and seeking refuge at the home of a madcap transvestite scientist, Dr. Frank-N-Furter, who unveils his latest creation – a muscle man named Rocky Horror. Midnight show on Oct. 26.

October 19 – Jazzmania

Liberty Hall, The Factory at Franklin. Gerald Clayton Quartet and the Lori Mechem Quartet will perform at The Nashville Jazz Workshop’s Annual Jazz Party and Fundraiser.

October 20 – The Nashville Moth StorySLAM: SPOOKY

The Basement East, 917 Woodland Avenue. The Moth is a non-profit group dedicated to the art and craft of storytelling. This show is aimed at all things spooky. Prepare a five-minute story about the moments that made your heart race. From butterflies to terror, reveal what makes you uneasy.

October 24 – Poet’s Corner Featuring Bill Brown

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

October 24-26 – Frankenstein

OZ Arts, 6172 Cockrill Bend Circle. Featuring a spellbinding chamber orchestra, Manual Cinema combines handmade shadow puppetry, cinematic techniques, and innovative sound and music to create immersive visual stories for stage and screen.

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.

October 4 – Downtown Franklin Friday Art Crawl

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

October 5 – 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.

October 5 – 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.

October 12 – 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.

October 26 – 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.