The Weekendist: Sixty What? Edition

After a few weeks of snow and ice, it’s feeling balmy at 45 degrees today. The warm temps are supposed to stick around through the weekend, and if it really gets to 60 degrees on Sunday, we suggest picnics and parks for everyone (conveniently, since events this weekend are few and far between). Get outside, get some air, and enjoy a few of our top picks for this weekend:


  • Night Market. Nashville Farmer’s Market, 6-8pm, free. Come down to the Nashville Farmer’s Market for the first Night Market of 2011! Special menus, special vendors (Saturday-only favorites included!), cash bars, live music, samples, blend-your-own-olive-oils, hot chocolate cocktails (need we say more?) and even some appearances from “local stars” are on the agenda. So far we haven’t been able to make it to any of the Night Markets, so we’re extra excited to be able to attend this one. Many of the farmer’s market merchants are still recovering from the flood closure, so join us and show your support!
  • “The Strangeness of the Ordinary” Film Series: Blue Velvet. Frist Center, 7pm, free. Catch a screening of the 1986 film Blue Velvet as part of one of the Frist’s many free community film series. The film series are always free, but since the Frist is offering completely free admission for the next few weeks, take the chance to meander around and catch the Eggleston photography exhibit before the show!


  • Nashville Fishing Extravaganza. 9am-8pm Saturday, 9am-5pm Sunday, Municipal Auditorium, $5. We’ll just go ahead and admit right now that we’re not exactly into fishing (you would have never guessed, eh?), but for those who are, this weekend’s Nashville Fishing Extravaganza is the place to be. Kids under 16 get in free and adult admission is only $5, and you’ll get to see something called Slog Lake and another something called the Vicious Fishing Trophy Tank (which has never been seen before, apparently). Sign us up!


  • The Nashville Opera Presents: The Marriage of Figaro. TPAC’s James K. Polk Theater, 2pm, $5-92.50. The Nashville Opera’s newest production, Mozart’s classic The Marriage of Figaro, runs this weekend at TPAC. Friday’s show is already sold out, so hurry and snap up your tickets for Sunday now if you’re planning to go! The third and final performance is Tuesday, February 1 at 7pm.

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