Temple Arts Festival to feature 50 handpicked artists

Wednesday, April 22, 2009 at 8:54pm

This painting, titled "Wandering Thoughts," is by Vietnam-born artist Duy Huynh, one of the exhibiting artists at this weekend's Temple Arts Festival.

The Non-Commissioned Officers perform soundtrack to ‘Makeout with Violence’
Mercy Lounge, One Cannery Row
251-3020, mercylounge.com
$5 or free with Nashville Film Festival badge or ‘Makeout’ movie stub, 9 p.m.

There’s a moment in the Deagol Brothers’ award-winning film Makeout with Violence, where the main characters, a set of twin brothers recently graduated from high school, decide to feed their un-dead zombie friend a live rat. The scene is equally hilarious and grotesque — a true triumph. Transitioning from such a momentous scene is difficult, but the Deagol Brothers do so by way of another killer track from local band, The Non-Commissioned Officers, who penned almost the entire soundtrack. The film won the Best Use of Music award at the Nashville Film Festival, not a bad feat when one of the other movies was about Johnny Cash’s famous Folsom Prison performance. The soundtrack, which also includes songs by How I Became the Bomb and others, is an unforgettable accomplishment sure to be one of the best local indie releases this year. The band will be giving a live performance at Mercy Lounge to coincide with the close of the film fest.
— Nate Rau

Jeffrey Ross
Zanies Comedy Night Club
2025 Eighth Ave. S.
269-0221, zanies.com
$20, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, 7:30 and 9:45 p.m. Friday, 7 and 9 p.m. Saturday, 7:30 p.m. Sunday

Comedian/roast master Jeffrey Ross, dubbed by New York Magazine as “the meanest man in comedy,” has roasted celebrities including Hugh Hefner, Pamela Anderson, Donald Trump and Shaquille O'Neal. He’s appeared on dozens of TV shows with David Letterman, Jay Leno, Jimmy Kimmel, Conan O'Brien, Carson Daly and HBO's Real Time with Bill Maher. In film, he has appeared in the Farrelly Brothers' Stuck on You, Paul Weitz's upcoming American Dreamz and critically acclaimed comedy, <i>The Aristocrats</i>. Among his numerous writing credits, Ross helped write the first season of The Man Show on Comedy Central.
— Drew Ruble

Intercollegiate Horse Show championships
Tennessee Miller Coliseum
304 W. Thompson Lane, Murfreesboro
494-8961, ihsainc.com
free, 9 a.m. first event

Nasty horses need not apply here. A roster of approximately 170 mounts — some local, others from as far as Virgina and Illinois — will converge on Middle Tennessee State University for the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association National Championships. Personality will be as important as performance for the horses, whose riders will be chosen by a random draw.

“We look for highly trained horses, because riders are asked to demonstrate complex maneuvers, but the horses must also be forgiving," said Anne Brzezicki, MTSU coach and horse selection chair for this year's event. "A competition horse must have a good attitude and can tolerate being ridden by several people in one day.”

The event will determine the nation's best college equestrian team based on competition in Western and hunter seat riding styles. Ohio State University (Western category) and the University of Kentucky (Hunter Seat) are the defending champions.
— David Boclair

Top Chef: The Tour 2
Belcourt Theatre’s parking lot, 2102 Belcourt Ave.
Free, 10:30 a.m., 12 p.m., 1:30 p.m.

Hey foodies, listen up: The ultimate culinary experience awaits you. On Friday, Season Four chef’testants Antonia Lofaso and Ryan Scott from the hit show Top Chef will roll into town — literally. As part of the “Top Chef: The Tour 2,” the former reality show chefs will make a stop in The Belcourt Theatre’s parking lot to give gourmet cooking demonstrations and foot tastings to fans. The duo will be aboard a new, customized 18-wheeler semi-truck that is equipped with a state-of-the-art kitchen, power and water. It can expand outwards into a kitchen, stage, demonstration area and 60 seats, all under an enclosed canopy. Additional guests will be able to view demonstrations from outside of the seating area or from a 50-inch plasma television in the activity area. There will be three demonstrations, but it’s first-come, first-serve.
— Alexa Hinton

12th annual President’s Gala
Belle Meade Country Club
815 Belle Meade Blvd, Ste. 2
889-2941, thehermitage.com
$250, 6:30 p.m. cocktails and silent auction, 7:30 p.m. dinner and program

Don your finest evening wear for a gala of presidential proportions — the 12th annual President's Gala — to benefit The Hermitage. The event helps fund the ongoing preservation of Andrew Jackson's home, educational programs, restoration of buildings and grounds, and conservation of extensive collections. Leaders who have supported The Hermitage's preservation efforts and education programs are recognized each year. Gov. Phil Bredesen will receive the inaugural President's Award and Pulitzer-prize winning author, Newsweek editor and Tennessee native Jon Meacham the prestigious Lewis R. Donelson Award. Meacham won the Pulitzer for his biography American Lion: Andrew Jackson in the White House.
— Sherry Phillips

Draft Day Party with Steve McNair
The Crow's Nest
2221 Bandywood Drive, 783-0720
free, all day

Celebrating Draft Day can be about more than beer and chicken wings. At the family-friendly Draft Day Party hosted by the Steve McNair Foundation, you can not only meet the former Tennessee Titan quarterback and friends, but help support children's literacy organizations Book'Em and Books from Birth of Middle Tennesssee. Fans of all ages are invited for a day of food and drink specials, a silent auction of sports items and signed memorabilia, and maybe even appearances by local athletes. Come help put books into the hands of local children.
— Alexa Hinton

Temple Arts Festival
The Temple, Congregation Ohabai Sholom
5015 Harding Road, 352-7620
4 to 10 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Sunday; various admission prices Saturday, free Sunday

Vietnam-born artist Duy Huynh (pronounced "yee-wun") creates dream-like paintings with ethereal characters that take the viewer on a journey of color, emotion and symbolism. Each has a witty yet familiar feeling. For example, in the piece "Wandering Thoughts," a man's profile is set against a vivid lime green and corn gold-colored backdrop, and atop his hat is a spinning carousel with one of its horses come to life and leaping away. Huynh is one of nearly 50 handpicked artists, craftsmen and jewelers from across the country to be exhibited at this weekend's Temple Arts Festival. Now in its fifth year, the festival will feature more than 500 pieces of jewelry, sculpture, painting, glass art, tapestry, drawing, photography, "outsider art" and more. Artwork will range in price from under $150 to thousands of dollars. Visit templeartsfestival.com for admission information.
— Alexa Hinton

26th Franklin Main Street Festival
Downtown Franklin
historicfranklin.com, 591-8500
free, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, noon to 6 p.m. Sunday

Foods of all sorts, an old-school carnival and continuous entertainment on three stages are expected to bring more than 130,000 visitors to downtown Franklin this weekend. Entering its second quarter-century, the city’s Main Street Festival will feature some 220 artisans showcasing paintings, pottery, furniture and other wares. Kids will be able to get their fill of frivolity at a special fun zone on Third Avenue South. Among the musical highlights this year are The Exotics, a band of locals who first got together in 1964 and have been churning out ’60s rock ‘n’ roll, Motown and oldies ever since. They will perform at a special fund-raiser for the Save The Franklin Theatre campaign Saturday night. Off to the side of the main festival will be a traditional carnival, which opens Thursday. It will have the same weekend hours as the rest of the festival and be open 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Thursday and Friday. Don’t feel like fighting the crowds to find a park spot downtown? The Franklin Transit Authority will provide $1 rides from Liberty Elementary and Franklin High schools.
— Geert De Lombaerde

36th annual Music City Tennis Invitational
Currey Tennis Center, Vanderbilt University, 1405 25th Ave. S.
322-6068, musiccitytennis.com/mcti.htm
$236 registration fee, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday

The public is invited to join recording artists, songwriters, music publishers, record company executives and industry professionals along with tennis players from all over the country in the 36th annual Music City Tennis Invitational (MCTI), a charitable event, founded by the Nashville music community to help raise funds for the Center for Child Development (CCD) at Monroe Carell Jr. Vanderbilt’s Children’s Hospital. The CCD provides screening, evaluation and referral services for children who are developmentally delayed or suffer from such learning difficulties as autism, mental retardation and attention deficit hyperactivity disorders. Teams are assigned by level of play. A portion of the entry fee is tax deductible.
— Drew Ruble