Wow, the weekend is upon us, and it could not come at a better time! On tap we have a cheap just for fun Friday happening, socializing with socialists, an opportunity for transgender and queer folk to express themselves, a mayoral campaign forum, and more. Let’s get to it!
FRIDAY, AUG. 14
- The annual Music City Hot Wing Festival takes place this weekend. Saturday admission is $15 or $40, which is way too much for many in the progressive activist set. If you can swing the ducats, that’s great — the festival benefits the Bootstrap Foundation, which awards scholarships to Middle Tennessee students who overcome obstacles to qualify for college. But if not, it’s cool: Friday night, you can enjoy music, hot wings, art vendors, and most of the fest fun (though not the hot wing competition) with no admission charge. The Hot Wing Festival takes place at Riverfront Park, 100 1st Ave. N, 37201, starting Friday at 4 pm and Saturday at noon.
SATURDAY, AUG. 15
- Get up early for the best bargain price of all: FREE! The Edgehill Free Store operates every first and third Saturday from 9 am until noon. Breakfast is served, and you can acquire household items such as kitchen tools, small appliances, electronics, bedding, kitchen & bath linens, toys, books, personal hygiene items, and cleaning supplies at no cost. And you can donate items to benefit others. The ethic employed thoroughly represents the reduce, reuse, recycle planet-protecting philosophy while saving you massive bucks. The sale takes place at 1502 Edgehill Ave.
- The progressive collective supper tradition continues Saturday evening at the Socialism Potluck Dinner. The event is all about sharing a meal and conversation with fellow lefties. Bring a dish to share and be ready to talk socialism. The event runs from 6-9 pm in the basement of Friends Meeting House, 530 26th Ave. N.
- Nashville’s TNTJ Project hosts an Open Mic Night to spotlight transgender and queer artists Saturday night. You’ll find spoken work recitations, singing, dancing, and more. Admission is on a sliding scale ranging from $3-$10 (or you can donate socks for the homeless youth shelter Launch Pad), and if you can’t afford anything, no worries — no one ever will be turned away for lack of money. Everyone is welcome, and I hear the talent is out of this world. As Tim Gunn would say, go go go! The event starts at 8 pm at Outcentral , 1709 Church St., 37203.
- The campaign for the Sept. 10 mayoral runoff goes into full swing Sunday. That’s when progressive candidate Megan Barry goes head to head with right-wing opponent David Fox in The People’s Platform: A Seat at the Table. Sponsored by Nashville Organized for Action and Hope, the event will offer citizens an opportunity to engage the two remaining Nashville mayoral candidates on the important issues facing Music City and Davidson County. The forum starts at 3 p.m. at Temple Baptist Church, 3810 Kings Lane. NOAH is hoping for a huge turnout: RSVP via this link.