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You’re a poet and we know it
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Think you’ve got what it takes to turn this newsletter into a poem? | Photo by Karolina Grabowska via Pexels
Calling all readers: In honor of National Poetry Month, you’re officially invited to enter NASHtoday’s first poetry contest.

This contest is open to all, and the rules couldn’t be more simple: Turn today’s newsletter into a poem.

We’ll clarify. Using only the words that appear in this newsletter, craft an original poem of up to 75 words. Unlike an erasure poem, the words do not have to appear in the order they’re found — mix and match how you please. Any word appearing anywhere in today’s newsletter is fair game, including the ones you’re reading right now (we’ll throw some fun ones at you: Pink. Gusto. Enchilada.). If a word appears once, you can only use it once.

The rules:
  • Submit your poem here by 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, April 16.
  • Include a title + author’s name in your submission. Titles are an exception to the rule, and do not need to pull words from the newsletter.
  • Poems, excluding title and author’s name, must be 75 words or less.
The fun stuff:
  • While we’ve placed a pretty big limitation on your poem’s words, the form + direction is up to you — and we can’t wait to see what you all come up with.
  • The Editorial team behind NASHtoday will narrow submissions down to a group of finalists based on style, originality, artistic quality, and creativity. Finalists will be announced in our Friday, April 21 newsletter and we’ll ask our readers to vote for their favorite poem. The winner’s poem will be featured in our Wednesday, April 26 newsletter.
  • Pro tip: To make the process easier on yourself, we recommend printing out today’s issue, highlighting the words you find most interesting, and crossing them out as you include them in your poem.
  • Don’t forget to keep track of your articles (words like “the” or “and”).
Happy writing, Nashville!

Today, April 5
  • Grand Ole Opry | Wednesday, April 5 | 7 p.m. | Grand Ole Opry House, 2804 Opryland Dr. | $45+ | See performances by Rhett Akins, Madeline Edwards, Elle King, and more.
Thursday, April 6
  • Nashville Home Show | Thursday, April 6-Saturday, April 8 | Times vary | Music City Center, 201 Rep. John Lewis Way S. | $10 | Enjoy 100+ exhibitors and special appearances at this spring home show.
  • RP Movie Club | Thursday, April 6 | 3-5 p.m. | Nashville Public Library, Richland Park Branch, 4711 Charlotte Pk. | Free | Join the library for popcorn and a showing of “Mulan.”
  • The Mountain Goats | Thursday, April 6 | 7:30 p.m. | Ryman Auditorium, 116 5th Ave. N. | $39.50+ | The group performs with special guest J Mascis.
Friday, April 7
  • Broadway Rave | Friday, April 7 | 9 p.m. | Brooklyn Bowl Nashville, 925 3rd Ave. N. | $18 | Cut loose at this musical theater dance party.
  • Fridays by the River | Friday, April 7 | 3-8 p.m. | Shelby Park Riverview Pavilion, 1801 Davidson St. | Cost of purchase | This pop-up beer garden with food trucks and live music benefits Shelby Park and Bottoms.
Saturday, April 8
  • Tiny Dancer — Parent + Child Creative Movement Dance Class | Saturday, April 8 | 8:45-9:15 a.m. | MOVE Inclusive Dance, 7657 Hwy. 70 S., #101 | $25 | This class offers opportunities to socialize and use imagination of real-life concepts (numbers, letters, colors, storytelling, etc.) all while dancing.
  • TN Writers/TN Stories presents Yasmine Ali | Saturday, April 8 | 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | Tennessee State Museum, 1000 Rosa L. Parks Blvd. | Free | Join this author discussion led by Yasmine S. Ali, MD about her book “Walk Through Fire: The Train Disaster That Changed America.”
Sunday, April 9
  • Creative Zone: Velvet Elvis | Sunday, April 9 | 11 a.m.-2 p.m. | Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, 222 Rep. John Lewis Way S. | Cost of admission | Create a painting inspired by the velvet Elvis craze of the 1970s using black velvet, pastels, and black light paint.
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News Notes

  • Metro Nashville Sports Authority approved the proposal to build a $2.1 billion stadium downtown. The decision now moves on to Metro Council, with a final vote scheduled for Tuesday, April 18. (The Tennessean)
  • Sweet Sofia’s, a mother/daughter-owned, Mexican-inspired ice cream shop, is set to open in Bellevue on Sunday, April 9 — 7087 Old Harding Pk. Ste. A.
  • Nashville Sounds. Nashville Hot Chickens. In honor of the promotional Hot Chicken Passport giveaway, the team will sport a new name and spicy uniform while playing the Columbus Clippers Friday, July 7-Sunday, July 9. Purchase single game tickets + shop matching merch now.
  • West Hollywood-based fine dining restaurant Craig’s is looking at a Nashville expansion. A filed permit indicates interest in The Gulch space last home to The Chef & I — 611 9th Ave. S. Menu offerings include pizzas, salads, pastas, and meat dishes. (Nashville Business Journal)
  • The Golden Slipper has plans to open The Golden Slipper Studio, a space above the Germantown shop to get creative at workshops and the candle bar. Stay tuned for more information.
  • Otaku Ramen launches noodle company Super Happy Noodle this month. The locally-made, fresh ramen will be available to buy at the Nashville Cherry Blossom Festival on Saturday, April 15 + foodies can pre-order on the website with pick-up locations throughout the city. (Nashville Scene)
  • So, ya like jazz? It’s Jazz Appreciation Month and the National Museum of African American Music is celebrating with six special performances in the lobby this month — free to watch with museum admission. See the full lineup, dates, and times.
  • Someone grab the popcorn. The Franklin Theatre is relaunching its movie offerings with themed experiences — Sci Fi Sundays, Rock & Roll Mondays, Throwback Thursday Comedy Nights, and Family Forever Matinee Saturdays. Tickets are on sale for tomorrow’s “Happy Gilmore” screening.
  • Guitarist Brent Mason will be the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum’s next “Nashville Cats” honoree on Saturday, May 20 beginning at 2:30 p.m. in Ford Theater. The in-depth interview series highlights musicians who have played a supporting role for artists. Reserve tickets.
  • Passover (or Pesach) begins at sundown today, starting with Passover Seder. The feast usually includes matzah, brisket or chicken, and potato kugel. Shop kosher using this guide from the Jewish Federation of Greater Nashville + via The Nashville Kosher Commission’s Vaad-certified locations.
  • Attention parents of tiny Titans fans: Perfect for Nashvillians 5-12 years old, a $30 Rac-Pack annual membership gives each child a welcome package, invites to exclusive family-fun events, surprise deliveries of limited edition Rac-Pack gear, and more. Sign your kiddo up for the season, and be sure to hustle — spots are limited.*
Try This
  • Calling all Offline members. Join the local restaurant club on Thursday, April 13 for an exclusive VIP experience at Game Terminal featuring 200+ games, delicious bites + brews, karaoke, and a free tote bag. Not a member yet? Skip the waitlist when you use code “NASHTODAY.” Psst — check out the other perks you’ll receive with your membership.
  • Celebrate NASHtoday’s birthday with 20% off items in our online store, Six & Main. Use code NASHBIRTHDAY at checkout. There’s no minimum purchase + all products on the site are eligible to receive the discount.
Hey, festie bestie
A patron of the East Nashville Beer Fest pours a draft at a vendor at a previous year's festival.
Will you be attending the East Nashville Beer Fest this year? | Photo by @eastnashvillebeerfest
Spring has arrived and so have the festivals that accompany the change in seasons. From flowers, tattoos, beer, and beyond — here are six events to attend.

Full Moon Tattoo and Horror Festival | Friday, April 7-Sunday, April 9 | Times vary | Sonesta Nashville Airport, 600 Marriott Dr. | $30+ | Get tattooed by tattoo artists, meet horror film celebrities, and watch horror films at the Full Moon Cineplex.

Nashville Cherry Blossom Festival | Saturday, April 15 | 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. | Public Square Park | Free | Expect a jam-packed day of Japanese music, dance, martial arts, food, anime merchandise, sumo suit wrestling, and a cosplay contest.

East Nashville Beer Fest | Saturday, April 15 | 12-5 p.m. | East Park, 700 Woodland St. | $25 designated drivers and $65 GA | Tickets gain you access to the festival, a tasting glass, and unlimited samples from a variety of 50 beer vendors — food vendors will also be on-site.
The Wrap
Skylar Today’s edition by:
Skylar Webb
From the editor
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