Drummer falls out window

In what appears to be a competition of showmanship between the bassist and the drummer, the drummer definitely won by falling out the window of Robert’s Western World.

Though the videographer reports that the drummer, Stan Saxon, wasn’t hurt, WKRN reports that he actually suffered a broken rib.  A woman on the sidewalk behind him got a few cuts from the broken glass.

Ty Anderson, visiting from Indianapolis, shared a video of the incident:

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Hey now, you’re all stars

Get your game on.

It’s the NHL’s All Star Weekend here in Nashville, because nothing screams hockey more than short-sleeve weather.

Marc Hill shared this video of the inside of Bridgestone Arena right before the game, which began around 4 o’clock today:

Country music star Dierks Bentley snapped a photo from the stage he was performing on as part of the festivities:

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Nashville Annual Homeless Count

Teresa reports that tonight is the annual homeless count in Nashville.  Starting sometime around now, they’ll be out canvassing the streets until 3 o’clock in the morning.

The numbers from the streets (typically 200-350 this time of year) are combined with the counts from local shelters.  In the past several years, the Metro Housing and Development Agency reports, the total number of Nashville homeless in late January is around 2,300 people.

Open Table Nashville, one of the organizations helping with the census, shared a picture of a group getting ready to canvas a slice of town:

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Centennial Park to Host Art Show for Black History Month

Starting with a reception on February 5, the Centennial Art Center’s gallery will host a show of 14 local black artists.  The site is the location of the Centennial Park pool that closed among the strife of the 1960s:

In 1961, a group of approximately 20 black teens decided to take a swim in the city’s ‘big pool with the concession stand’ at Centennial Park.  According to The Tennessean, by late July the pool closed.  Historian Leland R. Johnson wrote in his book, The Parks of Nashville, “The lack of funding was the official explanation for the closing… However, civil rights demonstrations were in progress at the time, and it is the opinion of some that Mayor Ben West and the Park Board ordered the pools closed to avoid the sort of disturbances that had occurred in other cities when swimming pools were integrated.”

The gallery, which is located in the northeast corner of Centennial Park, is only open during normal work hours 4 days a week.

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Youth Violence Summit

Today is the first Youth Violence Summit hosted by Mayor Barry.  Today’s gathering, partially open to the press, is at Rocketown with

…nearly 400 students from Nashville area high schools who will meet in breakout groups with facilitators to discuss their life experiences and make any suggestions as to how we can improve their quality of life.

The venue posted a photo of the event:

Some participants and journalists shared some snippets as well:

There will be three more events over the course of the month focusing on youth from different age groups.

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Local Grub

A lunchtime sampling of some of the delicacies offered by local restaurants.

First up, Pepperfire in East Nashville was just recognized by Food Network for its hot chicken:

Local burger featuring lamb from a local butcher:

Finally, the Franklin/Nashville Fun Times Guide reviewed food truck-turned-brick and mortar restaurant Smokin’ Thighs:

They’ve definitely given me (someone who always chooses the white meat / breast meat when eating from a whole chicken or turkey) a reason to love the dark meat / thigh meat from a bird.

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