As we look ahead to next month, we all need ideas that will motivate us to get out of our homes, since this Polar Vortex has kept many of us snuggled up by our fireplaces. I’m not throwing stones—I don’t want to leave my bed when the temperature is in the single digits, or has a negative in front of it either, but February is chock-full of fun things to do. Here are our top choices:
Feb 1, 2014: SB Guide
We will be launching our SB Guide on February 1, 2014. So, look for that big announcement — or maybe this is the big announcement?! This curated guide to Nashville is filled with the information we all want at a manageable level. Instead of offering thousands of business listings, we’ve narrowed our selection to hundreds that explain what to go for, the hours, contact information and location. Many listings have fun extras that we’ve written, including what we really like about the business and an SB insider tip. Our guide is heavy on photography, as we completely embrace the philosophy that a picture is worth a 1000 words (and we know you don’t want us writing a 1000 words on each business!). We’ll continue to add more categories and businesses after we launch our SB Guide, so look for it to get better and better.
Jan 31 – May 11, 2014: Frank Lloyd Wright: Building the Imperial Hotel
I have wanted to go to Madison, WI, just to see the large display of Frank Lloyd Wright homes. But, starting Jan 31, 2014, all I need to do is visit The Frist to find out more about Wright and the Imperial Hotel in Japan that he designed. I’m guessing most reading this post had no idea that in 1914 the Japanese, who were so intrigued by this American architect, commissioned him for this huge project. I didn’t either. If you go between Jan 31 – Feb 9, you can also catch the tail end of the Norman Rockwell exhibit. Sounds like a perfect day. fristcenter.org/calendar-exhibitions
Feb 1, 2014: Unleashed: Dinner with Your Dog
Whether you are 5 or 95, this event will make you smile. “Unleashed is a fabulous and fun dinner with your dog and a pet fashion show featuring local fashion designers, jewelry designers and interior decorators who have created custom ‘canine couture’ pieces for the runway. Cocker Spaniels in couture, Terriers in tiaras, and NHA pets of all shapes and sizes, up for adoption, strutting their stuff down the runway—along with celebrity pet lovers.”
And, guess who two of the “celebrity” pet lovers are this year? Elizabeth Fox and me! (I think our post on the NHA in December cemented our slot, not to mention brought my family of 3 pets to 4 with the adoption of our now 14-week old puppy, Opie!)
We’d love to have you join us. Tickets, for you and your dog (or just you) are $85 and directly support the NHA. The event is hosted by a true celebrity, Barbara Mandrell. www.nashvillehumane.org
Feb 1, 2014: Heart Gala Late Party
Last year, Heart Ball events nationwide funded more than $123 million of research and programs across the country, including Nashville. $123 million dollars — that’s some serious coin. For a gal born into a family plagued with heart issues, being acutely aware of the dangers of heart disease is like having a dark cloud that follows you everywhere. The money raised at this event saves lives, plain and simple. Look for more from SB in February as we enter heart health awareness month. And, if you’d like to don a tux, a gown, and be treated to an open bar, appetizers and dancing, attend the Heart Gala, Late Party at The Schermerhorn for just $75 per ticket: www.ahaevents.org.
Feb 7 – 9, 2014: Antiques and Garden Show
Let’s celebrate this show we adore and its NEW location: The Nashville Music City Center. Go for the antiques, the gorgeous gardens, the inspiration and (make sure you are seated, this is big news if you’ve missed it) the lecture by The Right Honorable Countess of Carnarvon. Who the heck is that? None other than the eighth and current countess of Highclere Castle, the real-life setting for the PBS blockbuster series Downton Abbey! You are freakin’ out, right? I am. Of note, while I can see in her bio that she is married to George Herbert, the eighth Earl of Carnarvon, I can not find out a name for her besides Countess of Carnarvon. So, I need someone to raise their hand after the lecture and ask what her name is, got it?! For more events, lectures and information: antiquesandgardenshow.com.
**update: her name is Fiona! (Of course it is) Fiona Aitken Herbert to be exact. You may call her Lady Fiona Herbert or Lady Carnarvon. Thank you to our sleuths in the community!
Feb 7, 2014: Southern Living’s South-Wide Happy Hour
Southern Living compiled a list of their 100 favorite bars in the South, and they are celebrating with their region-wide happy hour on Feb 7! Raise a glass in Nashville at The Music City Tippler or Pinewood Social. From Southern Living’s website:
- Music City Tippler musiccitytippler.com
2-for-1 Mule Variation cocktails from 5 to 9 p.m ) *Note: SB staff has had the Mules and they make us smile.
- Pinewood Social (Nashville), pinewoodsocial.com
Stroke of Glance cocktail with rum, lemon, orange, blackberry, cinnamon and soda water, $12 all night *Note: you may want to go ahead and reserve one of the six bowling lanes located at the back of Pinewood. There are only six, and they get booked up quick.
Feb 13, 2014: FAR at OZ Nashville
Wayne McGregor’s FAR, a production from his Random Dance organization, will be here at OZ Nashville and this is not to be missed. The reviews have captured all of our imaginations at SB: “Like no dance I’ve ever imagined or seen.”—The Guardian; “If any artist has defined the decade – It’s Wayne McGregor.”—Times (London); “He’s doing some of the most exciting work in ballet on the planet.” —The New York Times
McGregor has created over 30 dance works, besides FAR, including pieces for the Royal Ballet, choreographing both a Thom Yorke music video and a dance sequence in Harry Potter. The fact that we can see this dance here is Nashville is beyond fabulous. Buy your tickets and learn more about McGregor at OZNashville.com. $60 per ticket price, GO!!! (We apologize as we had the wrong price earlier as that is what we had seen somewhere else! This is a great price, so go!)
Feb 18, 2014: Chris Thile at Nashville Symphony
Calling all Bluegrass fans, Chris Thile is in the house (The Schermerhorn house, that is) in February! You may have first heard of him with Nickel Creek, and he has recently released Bach Sonatas and Partitas Vol. 1. Come listen to his unique blend of bluegrass, classical, rock and jazz. “From his work in Nickel Creek and Punch Brothers to his collaboration with Yo-Yo Ma on The Goat Rodeo Sessions, this MacArthur Foundation ‘genius grant’ winner truly transcends genres.”- www.nashvillesymphony.org
Feb 20, 2014: Women Against MS Luncheon
Some luncheons go on and on and on and on and on. Not this one. Hey, you are busy and they are busy, and they want to raise money for a great cause: to fight MS. Come be inspired as you hear the keynote speaker — their message always transcends the fight against MS and hits home with us all where our own personal battles are concerned. Plus, the crowd is always fun, the food tasty, and one person from every table wins a gorgeous cake, on top of the additional door prizes. Grab your friends and shake up your daily routine with this luncheon. 11-1 (Note: If you are running late, it’s okay, but everyone is pretty much eating by 11:30 a.m.) www.nationalmssociety.org
Feb 21, 2014: Leadership Breakfast with Malcolm Gladwell
One of the most powerful and riveting breakfasts of the year in Nashville may well be at The Curb Center on Belmont’s campus. Join Malcolm Gladwell at 7:30 a.m. on February 21 as he “attempt[s] to demonstrate how fundamentally we misunderstand the true meaning of advantages and disadvantages. When is a traumatic childhood a good thing? When does a disability leave someone better off? Do you really want your child to go to the best school he or she can get into? Why are the childhoods of people at the top of one profession after another marked by deprivation and struggle? Drawing upon psychology, history, science, business and politics, David and Goliath is a beautifully written book about the mighty leverage of the unconventional.” Click this link for tickets: http://bluepr.in/1esJ0qd.
Feb 21: Three Blind Vines (3BV)
Benefiting The Franklin Theatre, 3BV will feature a Classic Hollywood theme and is held at The Factory at Franklin’s Liberty Hall. Live entertainment, food from local restaurants and of course, wine! (A cash bar is available for beer lovers.) This party is super fun because of the way the attendees participate in the outcome of the evening: Teams of 1-3 people bring 3 bottles of wine (one Cabernet, one Chardonnay and one repeat of either bottle) and after 7:30, the blind taste testing begins! The team with the most votes on their wine wins the wine vault, which is the “third” repeat bottle from each team. Quite a stash to add to your wine collection. This super fun young party is $35 per ticket, $45 at the door or $100 for VIP admission. www.threeblindvines.com
Feb 22 – 23, 2014: Shen Yun at TPAC
This is one event that I bought my tickets early to attend. I am SO dang excited to bring my daughters to this show. “Through the universal language of music and dance, Shen Yun weaves a wondrous tapestry of heavenly realms, ancient legends, and modern heroic tales, taking you on a journey through 5,000 years of Chinese culture. Its stunning beauty and tremendous energy leave audiences uplifted and inspired. A Shen Yun performance features the world’s foremost classically trained dancers, a unique orchestra blending East and West, and dazzling animated backdrops—together creating one spectacular performance.” I’m giddy all over again just writing about this show. www.shenyunperformingarts.org
Feb 23, 2014: Our Kids Soup Sunday
Family fun featuring delicious soups from more than 50 local restaurants at LP Field’s Club Level West. Individual and family packages available. Family package are just $40 if purchased before Feb 21st. Join celebrity and local chef judges and be prepared to be wowed by the silent auction items including: gift certificates, autographed items, sports tickets, hotel packages, and more! ourkidscenter.com
Thursday Night Open Mic and Creole Boil at Puckett’s Grocery in Leiper’s Fork
In need of a casual, low-key way to embrace Nashville’s music scene in a honest, real way? Do yourself a favor and head to Leiper’s Fork for the Thursday night Open Mic and Creole Boil and watch our emerging stars perform. This is Music City, after all, and you never know who will show up at these fun nights! www.puckettsofleipersfork.com
Feeling motivated to brave the cold and make some plans for fun outings in February? Yes, we knew you would!