The Sporting Life: Art, Comedy & Tomato Edition

Patrons enjoy a recent Art Deco Gala at the Frist

Patrons enjoy a recent Art Deco Gala at the Frist

There’s plenty of fun things to do this weekend and next. See a world-class political comedian, take in a unique fruit fest, dress to the nines like puttin’ on the Ritz, and/or experience local visual art in a gallery on the Roundabout.

Haynes Galleries presents “ArtNashville” August 12 to October 1, 2016. Nashville’s most acclaimed artists are exhibiting together in one diverse show at Haynes Galleries on the Music Row Roundabout. “ArtNashville” features the work of many artists— many of international acclaim— that call or have called the city home. They work in a variety of styles, not just in the realism for which Haynes Galleries is known. It is an inclusive exhibition that brings together the best of Nashville’s visual artists. Come to the opening reception with food and drink Friday, August 12 from 5:30 to 7:30 pm. The exhibition and reception are free and open to the public.

Saturday, August 13, from 6:00–8:30 p.m. at the Frist Art Center, come celebrate the glamour and luxury of the Jazz Age with cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, live music, and a chance to view Bellissima! The Italian Automotive Renaissance, 1945–1975 and Women, Art, and Social Change: The Newcomb Pottery Enterprise. Tickets are $50 for Frist Center members; $75 for non-members (drinks, food and parking included). Guests are encouraged to wear black and white. All proceeds support the care of the Frist Center’s historic art deco building.

The 13th Annual Tomato Art Fest — “A uniter, not a divider …Bringing Together Fruits and Vegetables!” Nashville’s best wacky art festival will take place on Friday, August 12th and Saturday, August 13th, in East Nashville’s historic Five Points. This FREE, costume-encouraged event provides a wildly entertaining, fun-filled day for all types and all-ages. A community builder, Tomato Art Fest has steadily drawn larger crowds with each passing year. In 2015, an estimated 60,000 came to celebrate this beloved fruit/vegetable and enjoy the day’s memorable festivities. It all began by paying homage to the versatile fruit/vegetable known as the tomato through locally curated tomato art.

Bill Maher performs at the Ryman August 20

Bill Maher performs at the Ryman August 20

See and hear Bill Maher live! For the last twenty-two years, Bill Maher has set the boundaries of where funny, political talk can go on American television. First on “Politically Incorrect” (Comedy Central, ABC, 1993-2002), and for the last twelve years on HBO’s “Real Time,” Maher’s combination of unflinching honesty and big laughs have garnered him 33 Emmy nominations. In October of 2008, this same combination was on display in Maher’s uproarious and unprecedented swipe at organized religion, “Religulous,” directed by Larry Charles (“Borat”). It remains among the highest grossing documentaries of all time.

Maher started his career as a stand-up comedian in 1979 and still performs over fifty dates a year in Las Vegas, and in sold-out theaters across the country. Three of his nine stand-up specials for HBO have been nominated for Emmy awards. Maher was born in New York City, raised in River Vale, New Jersey, and attended Cornell University. He now resides in Los Angeles. Catch his 8:00 pm standup show on Saturday, August 20 at the historic Ryman Auditorium.