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April Events in Nashville

Listing of April 2014 Events in Nashville

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4/5 Cheekwood Native Plant Sale

The early bird definitely catches the worm at the sixth annual Native Plant Sale. Hosted by the Garden Club of Nashville, the annual sale is taking place on Saturday, April 5 at Cheekwood. The Native Plant Sale offers an extraordinary variety of wildflower treasures perfect for local gardens. The sale benefits the Howe Garden at Cheekwood. The Native Plant Sale is a one day only sale inside Cheekwood's Botanic Hall and features more than 50 varieties of plants, including wild ginger, Virginia bluebells and celandine poppies. There will also be an exquisite assortment of select native shrubs and flowering trees, which offer gorgeous springtime blooms and brilliant fall color. Cheekwood's gardens are showing signs of spring color with purple violas, yellow daffodils already in bloom. 100,000 tulips were planted last fall and should begin to bloom in early April. The sale begins at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday and lasts until all plants are sold! Gates open at 9:00 a.m. and Cheekwood's regular gate admission applies.

4/5 Kris Allen

On his new album Thank You Camellia, Kris Allen delivers on everything his fans love him for and more. The album is a showcase for the easy, lived-in richness of Kris’ voice as well as his knack for crafting hook-filled pop melodies and writing heartfelt lyrics that explore the ups and downs of love. These talents were very much on display on Kris’ 2009 self-titled debut album, which featured the 1.7 million-selling hit single “Live Like We’re Dying” and was released a few months after the Arkansas native won the eighth season of American Idol. For Thank You Camellia, Kris has cranked everything up a notch by co-writing every song and being heavily involved throughout each stage of the writing, recording, and production process.

4/5 The Firebird

Using puppets, masks and magic, Enchantment Theatre Company presents the classic Russian folk tale of The Firebird. Featuring Stravinsky’s dazzling music, this performance will captivate young and old alike!

4/5 Off The Hook Nashville-Dueling Songwriters

Mark your calendar! Saturday, April 5th, 6:00-8:00pm, Off The Hook-Dueling Songwriters makes it's debut at the legendary Douglas Corner Cafe! Off the Hook is a fast and fun competition where four Nashville pro songwriters, armed only with their guitars and wit, must write songs instantly and on the spot from host and audience suggested topics. There is no other show like it. Instant songwriting. You have to experience it! Admission: $10 at the door Ample street parking Douglas Corner Cafe is located at 2106 8th Av So, Nashville, TN

4/6-4/8 NCAA Division I Women's Final Four

From April 6 - 8, 2014, in partnership with the Ohio Valley Conference, the Nashville Sports Council and the city of Nashville will be hosting the NCAA Division I Women's Final Four. Nashville was awarded this tournament as a result of our bid in 2008. The tournament will be held at Bridgestone Arena in downtown Nashville. The NCAA Women's Final Four is the conclusion of the NCAA Division I Women's Basketball Championship which runs for three weeks in March and April.

4/7 B.B. King

B.B. King is back for an encore performance at the Schermerhorn! Don't miss this chance to hear the King of the Blues as he performs for one night only after a sold-out performance in April 2013. Since B.B. started recording in the late 1940s, he has released more than 60 albums and won 15 GRAMMY® Awards. A member of the Rock and Roll and Blues Hall of Fame, B.B. has one of the most identifiable guitar styles in music. Blues singer/guitarist and recent Blues Hall of Fame inductee Robert Cray will open the show with his band. Concert presented without orchestra.

4/9 Assembly Required

Assembly Required, the Nashville Scene's public forum series on issues affecting the city, will hold its second event of the year at the Nashville Public Library Auditorium on April 9. The topic: What should the role of charter schools be in Nashville? The Nashville Scene will moderate a panel of three education experts: Will Pinkston - An elected member of the Metropolitan Board of Public Education and an education consultant, Pinkston served in the Bredesen administration and was instrumental in drafting Tennessee's successful Race to the Top application for federal education funds. Candice McQueen - Senior vice president and dean of the College of Education at Lipscomb University. McQueen is also the founding director of the Ayers Institute for Teacher Learning. Natasha Kamrani - State director of Democrats for Education Reform. Kamrani is a charter advocate, former director of Teach for America and a former member of the Houston Independent School Board. This event is free and open to the public. Seating is limited based on capacity.

4/10 Distant Worlds

Distant Worlds: music from FINAL FANTASY with the Nashville Symphony 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 10, 2014 The Nashville Symphony presents Distant Worlds: music from FINAL FANTASY, the international concert phenomenon featuring Nobuo Uematsu's stirring music from one of the most popular video games of all time! Conducted by GRAMMY® Award-winner Arnie Roth with the Nashville Symphony, Distant Worlds celebrates more than 25 years of FINAL FANTASY music, accompanied by stunning video projected above the stage. Highlights include new arrangements created for the 25th Anniversary plus classic hits, including FINAL FANTASY IV: Battle with The Four Fiends, FINAL FANTASY VIII: Eyes on Me, FINAL FANTASY XII: Kiss Me Goodbye, FINAL FANTASY IX: Vamo' alla Flamenco, FINAL FANTASY X: Zanarkand and FINAL FANTASY VII: Aerith's Theme.

4/11 Best Buddies Gala & Casino Night

Mark your calendars for the annual Best Buddies Gala & Casino Night on April 11, 2014 at Music City Center! More than 400 esteemed guests are slated to attend the biggest annual fundraising event benefiting Best Buddies Tennessee. Nashville royalty shows up for this evening … artists, athletes, coaches and legends! Festivities include Vegas-style gaming for players of all levels and, of course, high rollers are welcome! Our silent auction is a high-stakes experience for coveted memorabilia and autographed merchandise. Best Buddies is a non-profit organization that matches people with intellectual disabilities into one-to-one friendships with their peers without disabilities.

4/11 Linden Waldorf School Gala

Annual Linden Waldorf School Gala featuring award winning artists, gourmet food, Nashville’s most unique silent and live auctions and an after gala dance party. Highlights of the evening will include an exciting live auction and intimate performances by Josh Kear and Chris Tompkins – singers, songwriters and master storytellers – and friends of Linden Waldorf School. This adults-only evening benefits Linden Waldorf School. (This is a 21 and up event).

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