PERFORMING ARTS

August at the Nashville Symphony

Schermerhorn Symphony Center, 1 Symphony Place. Downtown Nashville. Ticket packages may be purchased from the Patron Services hotline at (615) 687-6401. Concerts this month: August 11: Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds, with special guests Endure, presented without orchestra; August 13: Jay Leno; August 20: Donald Fagen of Steely Dan, with the The Nightflyers, presented without orchestra; August 27: Buddy Guy, with Quinn Sullivan, presented without orchestra. 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, or go to nashvillesymphony.org.

August 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: August 1: Idina Menzel (pictured); August 5: John Kay & Steppenwolf; August 6: Sam’s Place: Music for the Spirit; August 7: Gillian Welch; August 8: Sabrina Carpenter; August 12: Jim Jefferies; August 15: Van Jones; August 17: The Turtles Featuring Flo & Eddie; August 18: Aaron Lewis; August 27: Sam’s Place: Music for the Spirit; August 31: The Cadillac Three. Buy tickets at Ryman box office, ryman.com, ticketmaster.com, ticketmaster outlets or call (615) 458-8700.

Wednesday Evenings – Wooten Wednesday

Rudy’s Jazz Room, 809 Gleaves Street. Spend a mid-week evening at Nashville’s newest jazz club, located in the Gulch. Every Wednesday, Regi Wooten assembles a cast of Nashville’s best as they dig deep into the roots of funk, jazz, blues, rock, and soul. Cover: $10, Showtime: 9–11:30 pm. rudysjazzroom.com

Thursdays – Back Porch Concert Series

Fontanel Mansion, 4225 Whites Creek Pike. Bring a blanket or a chair to a free family and dog friendly Thursday night party. In addition to concerts, there will be lawn games, a fire pit, vendors and a craft brew tap wagon. 5:30–8:30 pm. fontanel.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

August 1, 8, 15, 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 are $20 and the show begins at 7 pm. doyleanddebbie.com

August 2, 9, 23 – Music City Roots

The Factory at Franklin, 230 Franklin Road. Jim Lauderdale hosts Wednesday night’s weekly, two-hour live radio show, showcasing Nashville’s rich music scene, from country to Americana. $15 reserved seats; $10 general admission; free for 5 and under. musiccityroots.com

August 4 – 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

August 4-6 – Sideshow Fringe Festival

Presented by Actor’s Bridge at various locations. Nashville’s progressive performing arts event is a celebration featuring circus, comedy, dance, theater, performance art, storytelling, puppetry, aerial arts, improv, and clowning. Some performances mix these art forms, and some are even unclassifiable. Come one, come all. There’s something for you. Get fringy with us. sideshowfringe.com

August 5 – 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 trollies making a continuous loop 6–10 pm. nashvilledowntown.com/play

August 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. am-wh.com

August 5, 12, 19, 26 – 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. Tickets: $12. 21 or over. byebyeliver.com/nashville

August 6, 13, 20, 27 – 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.” The evening entertainment begins at 8 pm. (615) 255-3307. stationinn.com

August 10-13, 24-25 – Shakespeare in the Park The Winter’s Tale

Centennial Park Bandshell, 2500 West End Avenue. 6 pm: Food and drink vendors, Talking Shakespeare with nightly special guest speakers; 6:30 pm: preshow; 7:30 pm: performance begins. $10 suggested donation. Shakespeare’s fanciful story will be set in a fairy tale world of contrasting peoples inspired by the diverse South American cultures during the Gran Colombia era and will feature original music. nashvilleshakes.org

August 11 – Snap on 2&4

The Jazz Cave, 1319 Adams Street. Jazz vocalist Sandra Dudley performs a fun-filled evening of great songs and magical moments accompanied by Lori Mechem on piano, Roger Spencer on bass and Duffy Jackson on drums. Soft drinks and bottled water available. BYOB and snacks. Tickets: $25, High school and college students: $15. ?nashvillejazz.org

August 11, 12, 17-20, 24-26 – The Fantasticks

112 2nd Avenue South, Franklin. Just as the revival closes in New York, we are pleased to present this audience favorite that ran for 53 years off-Broadway and was awarded Tony Honors for Excellence in Theatre. This romantic fable of boy meets girl takes us on a mystical journey through love, innocence lost, disenchantment, and finally wisdom, with a lot of laughs along the way. The engaging score includes the songs “Try to Remember,” “Soon It’s Gonna Rain,” and “They Were You.” pull-tight.com

August 11-13, 17-20, 24-27 – Bring It On the Musical

Z Alexander Looby Theater, 2301 Rosa Parks Blvd. The cutthroat world of competitive cheerleading meets the fierce rivalries of high school politics and romance. circleplayers.net

August 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. eastsideartstumble.com

August 17 – Lee Roy Parnell

Franklin Theatre, 419 Main Street, Franklin. 8 pm. Texas roots musician Lee Roy Parnell is an ace guitarist, distinctive singer and hit songwriter. His music runs the gamut of diversity, combining the influences of blue-eyed soul, Delta blues, roadhouse rock, Southern boogie, Texas swing, and gospel. franklintheatre.com

August 17-20, 24-27, 31 – Big River: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

The Larry Keeton Theatre, 108 Donelson Pike. Dedicated to the presentation of high-quality productions suitable for family audiences at an affordable price, The Larry Keeton Theatre presents thrilling performances and scrumptious dining. Thursday–Saturday shows start at 7 pm, Sunday matinees at 2 pm. Dinner seating is one hour prior to start of show. thelarrykeetontheatre.org

August 17-20, 26-27, 31 – Shakespeare in the Park

Centennial Park Bandshell, 2500 West End Avenue. 6 pm: Food and drink vendors, Talking Shakespeare with nightly special guest speakers; 6:30 pm: preshow; 7:30 pm: performance begins. $10 suggested donation. This taut thriller is a tale of new love in later years as well as a cautionary tale of political brinksmanship in a power struggle that brings war and ruin. nashvilleshakes.org

August 18 – Music City Improv

Third Coast Comedy Club, Marathon Village 1310 Clinton Avenue. This high octane show from Nashville’s longest running improv troupe features a variety of short and long-form scenes, as well as live and video sketch comedy. Every show is unique, so come often and have a blast with us for less than the price of a movie. Tickets: $12/advance, $15/at the door. musiccityimprov.com

August 18-26 – The Drowning Girl

Darkhorse Theater, 4610 Charlotte Avenue. Presented by Distraction. Performances Thursday-Saturday 7:30 pm, Sunday at 5 pm. Free parking. darkhorsetheater.com

August 19 – Music in the Meadow

Owl’s Hill Nature Sanctuary, 545 Beech Creek Road, Brentwood. Bring food and friends for an evening with The Whiskey Gentry. Enjoy a hike and meet Owl’s Hill’s non-releasable live owls! Gates open at 5:30 pm, music starts at 7 pm. $20/person, $75/car. owlshill.org

August 24 – Poet’s Corner

Scarritt Bennett Center. Join fellow poetry enthusiasts for a monthly reading by featured local author and poet Jeff Hardin. scarrittbennett.org

August 25 – Frist Friday with Nikki Lane

Frist Center for the Visual Arts, 919 Broadway.Presented in Partnership with Pilgrimage Music & Cultural Festival. Nikki Lane continues to refine her own irresistible brand of audacious country–rock. In the galleries, artists McLean Fahnestock (Pattern Recognition) and Massood Taj (Extrasensory) will offer interactive experiences. Using indigenous instruments from around the world, Taj will guide guests in the creation of a layered soundscape inspired by works of art on view. Fahnestock will engage visitors in explanations of memory, family legacies, and the creative process. fristcenter.org

August 25-26 – Songwriters Under the Stars

Cheekwood Botanical Garden & Museum of Art, 1200 Forrest Park Drive. Join us for two evenings of song and symphony on Cheekwood’s gorgeous Swan Lawn featuring the critically-acclaimed show Music City hitmakers. Backed by the Music City Symphony, famous songwriters will perform their chart-topping hits written for today’s biggest stars. Drinks and food from Edleys BBQ will be available for purchase. August 25: Jessi Alexander, Marcus Hummon, and Kyle Jacobs. August 26: Chris DeStefano, Hillary Lindsey, and Rivers Rutherford. Tickets $50. cheekwood.org

August 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. facebook.com/jsactn

August 26 – Bluebird on the Mountain

Vanderbilt Dyer Observatory, 1000 Oman Drive. Picnic dining, an outdoor concert, and the opportunity to stargaze through the grand telescope on one of the tallest hilltops in Nashville. Singer-songwriters The Warren Brothers and Josh Kear will perform under Dyer’s open-air canopy. A $135 “carload ticket” allows you to bring up to 8 people in your car. Gates open at 6 pm. dyer.vanderbilt.edu

September 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: Sept. 9: An Evening with John Williams and the Nashville Symphony featuring music from Star Wars, E.T., Harry Potter and more; Sept. 10: Tchaikovsky Spectacular with the Nashville Symphony performing Symphony Under the Stars at Ascend Amphitheater; Sept. 14-16: Classical Series Opening Weekend Firebird, Winger & Watts; Sept. 15: Coffee & Classics Stravinsky’s Firebird; Sept. 24: Rhiannon Giddens, (without orchestra); Sept. 27: Trey Anastasio; Sept. 28-30: Kenny Loggins. 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

September 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: Sept. 8-9: Judah and the Lion; Sept. 10: Jeanne Robertson; Sept. 14: UB40; Sept. 15-16: Little Big Town at the Mother Church; Sept. 17: Sam’s Place: Music for the Spirit; Sept. 18: Kaleo; Sept. 19: NSAI 50 Years of Songs; Sept. 21: Opry Country Classics; Sept. 22: Sylvan Esso; Sept. 23: Mary Chapin Carpenter; Sept. 24: Andrew Peterson; Sept. 25: Harry Styles; Sept. 26: Father John Misty; Sept. 27: Kesha; Sept. 28: Opry Country Classics; Sept. 29: Boz Scaggs; Sept. 30: Trevor Noah. Buy tickets at Ryman box office, ryman.com, ticketmaster.com, ticketmaster outlets or call (615) 458-8700.

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. 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

September 1-2 – Big River: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

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. thelarrykeetontheatre.org

September 1-16 – Shades of Black Festival

Darkhorse Theater, 4610 Charlotte Avenue. Presented by Destiny Theatre Experience, Sista Style & Dream 7. darkhorsetheater.com

September 1-4, 7-10, 14-17  – Shakespeare in the Park

Centennial Park, 2500 West End Avenue. Sept. 2-4, 7-8, 16-17: 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. Sept: 1, 9-10, 14-15: Antony & Cleopatra is a taut thriller of new love in later years as well as a cautionary tale of political brinksmanship in a power struggle that brings war and ruin. nashvilleshakes.org

September 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 – 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

September 3, 10, 17, 24 – Sunday Bluegrass Jam

Station Inn, 402 12th Avenue South. Free admission on Sunday evening at Nashville’s premiere listening room for bluegrass and roots music. Showtime 8 pm. stationinn.com

September 5, 12, 19, 26 – 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

September 5, 26 – 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

September 7-10, 14-17 – The Battle of Franklin

Jamison Theater in The Factory at Franklin. Back by popular demand, this story is told beautifully through the power of music and drama, chronicling the struggle between father and son, master and slave, North and South. Enlisting the expertise of leading local historians, top artistic talent and poetic license, Studio Tenn creates a stirring performance piece that is about more than mere history, but about the conflict in all of us and our hope of restoration. studiotenn.com

September 7-9, 13-16, 20-23  – Sense and Sensibility

Andrew Johnson Theater, Tennessee Performing Arts Center, 505 Deaderick Street. Mr. Dashwood died and his daughters are left without an inheritance. They better marry well or all is lost. Things are such a mess, who knows if those girls can ever get a husband! nashvillerep.org

September 7, 14, 21, 28 – Back Porch Concert Series

Fontanel Mansion, 4225 Whites Creek Pike. Bring a blanket or a chair to a free family and dog friendly Thursday night party with concerts, lawn games, a fire pit, vendors and a craft brew tap wagon. 5:30–8:30 pm. fontanel.com

September 14, 16, 23, 24, 27, 30 – The Hundred Dresses

Nashville Children’s Theatre, 25 Middleton. The new girl Wanda Petronski, speaks with an accent, has a funny last name, lives in the wrong part of town, and wears the same faded blue dress to school every day. Who would believe she has a hundred new ones at home. As Wanda’s story unfolds, her classmates learn her secret and with it, a lesson in tolerance, responsibility, and living with the consequences of one’s actions. nashvillechildrenstheatre.org

September 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. musiccityimprov.com

September 20, 27 – 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. musiccityroots.com

September 23 – Bluebird on the Mountain

Vanderbilt Dyer Observatory, 1000 Oman Drive. Picnic at an outdoor concert with singer-songwriters Tony Arata, J. Fred Knobloch, Thom Schuyler with guest Jellyroll Johnson. dyer. vanderbilt.edu

September 23 – Music in the Meadow

Owl’s Hill Nature Sanctuary, 545 Beech Creek Road, Brentwood. Bring food and friends for an evening with New Orleans Jazz Quintet. Hike and meet Owl’s Hill’s non-releasable live owls! owlshill.org

September 23-24 – Nashville Ballet presents The Sleeping Beauty

Andrew Jackson Hall, Tennessee Performing Arts Center, 505 Deaderick Street. Choreography after Marius Petipa, adapted and interpreted by artistic director Paul Vasterling, with music by Tchaikovsky performed by the Nashville Symphony. Brimming with enchantment, romance and charm, Nashville Ballet’s season opener ushers in the triumphant return of a beloved fairytale. Considered to be the most technically challenging piece of classical choreography for the ballerina since its debut in 1890, The Sleeping Beauty appeals to connoisseurs and novices alike. All ages will be swept away by the timeless tale of how the villainous Carabosse and noble Lilac Fairy cast dueling spells over Princess Aurora, which can only be broken by a dashing prince’s kiss. nashvilleballet.com

September 26 – Courtyard Concerts

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

September 28 – Poet’s Corner

Scarritt Bennett Center. Join fellow poetry enthusiasts for a monthly reading by featured local author and poet Lisa Dordal. scarrittbennett.org