‘Best of Enemies’ at Belcourt, Trump & Santorum in Progressive Nashville

Written by on August 28, 2015

ANTITRUMPIt looks like we have a busy weekend and Monday on tap in Music City. From a great film premiere at the Belcourt Theater, an opportunity to tell right-wing presidential candidates exactly how you feel, and another chance to Feel the Bern locally, there is plenty on the calendar to keep area libs busy, having fun, learning, and working to make a difference. And Early Voting is still underway ! Get out there and let your voice be heard as Nashville chooses a new mayor and Metro Council.

FRIDAY, AUG. 28

  • We previously noted that the Green Party of Middle Tennessee is holding a dinner meetup Friday evening, but we just got word that a film I have been dying to see is opening tonight at the nonprofit Belcourt Theater. The documentary Best of Enemies recounts the volatile relationship between legendary pundits Gore Vidal, for the Left, and William F. Buckley, for the Right. Here’s the trailer:

From the Belcourt website:

In the summer of 1968, television news changed forever when a struggling ABC hired two towering public intellectuals to debate each other during the Democratic and Republican national conventions. William F. Buckley Jr. was a leading light of the new conservative movement. A Democrat and cousin to Jackie Onassis, Gore Vidal was a leftist novelist and polemicist. Armed with deep-seated distrust and enmity, Vidal and Buckley believed each other’s political ideologies were dangerous for America. Like rounds in a heavyweight battle, they pummeled out policy and personal insult—and their explosive exchanges devolved into vitriolic name-calling. It was unlike anything TV had ever broadcast, and all the more shocking because it was live and unscripted. Viewers were riveted. ABC News’ ratings skyrocketed. And a new era in public discourse was born—a highbrow blood sport that marked the dawn of pundit television as we know it today. Co-directed by Morgan Neville (20 FEET FROM STARDOM) and Memphis-based filmmaker Robert Gordon (SHAKESPEARE WAS A BIG GEORGE JONES FAN).

The first showing, at 7 pm, features a post-screening discussion with co-director Robert Gordon to be moderated by James Cathcart. Gordon will provide an introduction for the 9:30 pm Friday showing. Get your tickets online or at the door.

SATURDAY, AUG. 29

Get up early to take action to support those of us without health insurance. From 10 am-3 pm, get training on how to promote Insure Tennessee, the Medicaid expansion effort so often getting kicked about by Republican lawmakers. The Tennessee Justice Center, the nonprofit law firm behind the activism training effort, says the Insure Tennessee Boot Camp is an opportunity to gather in Nashville for a day of strengthening the knowledge and skills of community activists to describe and defend Insure Tennessee in public and private venues. By the end of the day, organizers say you will feel confident about your ability to talk about Insure Tennessee to anybody — whether it’s in front of a town hall meeting, or in a living room with friends and neighbors. Everyone is welcome and admission is free, but you’ll need to sign up for tickets. If you need more info,  contact Katie Alexander at kalexander@tnjustice.org. The boot camp takes place at the Tennessee Conference Center of the UMC, 304 S. Perimeter Park Drive #1, 37211.

Republican presidential hopefuls Donald Trump and Rick “The Froth” Santorum are darkening Nashville’s door Saturday morning. They will be making political speeches at Rocketown Skatepark, 601 4th Ave S, 37203, and progressives should drop by to let them know exactly what we think of their regressive and hate-filled ideas. Join with the Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition and Workers’ Dignity to show the right-wing candidates that we don’t support their racist and xenophobic anti-immigrant policies, their anti-woman and anti-LGBT positions, or their agendas. The, um, welcoming committee will meet at 10:30 am at the Music City Walk of Fame Park, and march to Rocketown.

At 11:30 am, the United Nations Association presents a lunch and lecture by Vanderbilt University professor Steve Goodbred called “Dynamic Bangladesh: Water, Sediment, and Superlatives.” The event will be held at Belle Meade United Methodist Church, 121 Davidson Road. Registration officially ended several days ago, but by all means check to see if there is still room: Send email to UNAevent-registration@yahoo.com or call 615-627-7352. Admission is $15 for adults, $10 for students.

How can revolution happen in the US? That’s the topic for discussion at this week’s Nashville Socialist Meetup. The event kicks off at 2 pm at the Bellevue Branch Library, 720 Baugh Road. It’s free, sure to be fascinating, and you can make connections with likeminded souls. If you plan on going, it’s suggested that you read the titular article by Nick Brown in advance.

SUNDAY, AUG. 30

If you haven’t already, hie thee to Centennial Park Sunday to enjoy Shakespeare in the Park.   This year, the company performs Henry V, with music by the Princely Players, and it is wonderful! Performances are held Thursdays through Sundays and on Labor Day at the park’s band shell. Food vendors start serving at 6 pm and the play begins at 7:30 pm. Admission is free, but a $10 donation is suggested. Get more details about Shakespeare in the Park and watch for updates and cancellations on Facebook.

MONDAY, AUG. 31

bsandersReady to feel the Bern, Music City? Tennessee for Bernie Sanders is hosting a meetup and planning session Monday evening. If you are passionate about the upstart Democratic Socialist who is giving presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton a run for her money or if you just want more info, you should be here. The event takes place Monday from 7-8 pm at Roger’s Warehouse, 1200 49th Ave. N, 37209. For more info, contact Trevor Adamson at 615-484-7784.


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