Plan Your Week: Dec. 6 – 12

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This is the last lazy Sunday before finals commence.

There’s nothing to get your Sunday started like a the Photos with Santa event at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum at 11 a.m. Be the tallest and the oldest attendee at this event, giving yourself a laugh and cooling off amidst this stressful time. While you’re there, ask the Big Man for good final grades for Christmas.

To keep the spirit going, head to two holiday concerts today. Vanderbilt University Concert Choir Holiday Concert will be held from 4:30 – 5:30 p.m. in Sarratt Cinema, and the Dodecaphonics will follow with their Winter Concert from 8 – 9:30 p.m., also in Sarratt.

Another musical option this Sunday is the Tribute Concert Honoring the Life of Composer Alfred H. Bartles, hosted in the Turner Recital Hall in Blair at 4 p.m. Blair students, faculty, and guest artists will honor Barthes who had strong ties to Blair during his career, and his role as a distinguished crossover musician that dabbled in both jazz and classical music. The performance is also honoring his 85th birthday, and their unveiling of the Wilson Music Library’s collection of his manuscripts. There will be a reception in Turner Lobby afterwards.  

There will be a casting call for the 7th Annual Scene & Heard Fashion Show from 1-4 p.m. in Sarratt 307. The Vanderbilt Public Relations society invites undergraduate students who are interested in participating in their event. Ladies are instructed to bring 3 inch heels, and gentlemen must bring hard sole shoes

There is also the Multicultural Leadership Council Olympics, hosted from 4 – 7 p.m. in the Field House in Vanderbilt Recreation and Wellness Center. The event is to foster soliDOREity, where member organizations are invited gather and form teams of 10 to 15 people to compete in Frisbee throw, three-legged race, semi-finals and finals have soccer games.

The Tennessee Titans play the Jacksonsville Jaguars at noon in Nissan Stadium.  

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This Monday is the last one of the semester.

The Chancellor’s Town Hall Meeting: Land Use Plan will start the day, held from 9:10 – 11 a.m. in the Student Life Center. Eric Kopstain, the Vice Chancellor for Administration, will join Robert Waits, the landscape architect in the Department of Campus Planning and Construction to talk about the history of Vanderbilt’s campus and will run through the planning process for Vanderbilt’s land use. Pelli Clarke Pelli architects will then lead a brainstorming session; they will incorporate parts of their November 2 symposium conversation that kick-started this process. This is an open forum where people are invited to ask questions.

There will also be Vanderbilt University Women in Science and Engineering Cookie Exchange held from 4-6 p.m. in Reading Room 206 in Alumni Hall.

Another option is the “Cowspiracy” screening, hosted by S.P.E.A.R. from 8:15 – 10 p.m. in Buttrick 102. The film explores at how animal agriculture affects the environment, and looks at how environmental organizations respond to this issue. S.P.E.A.R. will provide vegan snacks and have a follow-up discussion after this film.  

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Tuesday is a quiet one on campus. Here are three musical options to get through the day.

The Blair Student Chamber Ensembles Concert will debut at 8 p.m. in Turner Hall. This performance is free and open to the public, and will mix chamber ensembles. String, brass, and woodwind instruments will all come together to promote familiar songs, as well as “rare and new chamber music gems.”

At 7 p.m., head to the Ryman Auditorium to see the Opry at the Ryman show, featuring performances by Carrie Underwood, Laura Story, Drake White, Kristian Bush, Mark O’Connor, and Chris Janson. Tickets go for $48 and $60, and can be purchased here: http://ryman.com/events/OatrR_120815

Another option is Women Rock for The Cure Presents “A Pink Evening,” presented at on 3rd and Lindsley at 7:30 p.m. on 3rd and Lindsley; doors open at 6 p.m. The performance will feature Heather Morgan, Lucie Silvas, Nathan Barlowe and Caitlyn Smith. Tickets can be bought here: http://www.ticketweb.com/t3/sale/SaleEventDetail?dispatch=loadSelectionData&eventId=6335085&pl

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There is a good mix of campus and city events happening today.

The Eta Beta Chapter of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority is hosting yoga and healthy snacks to de-stress in their AKAsana event held in the Basement of Towers East. Head over from 6 – 7:30 p.m.

Another option is the Playdate at Eight: Hanukkah, held from 8 – 9 p.m. in McTamaney Hall. Rabbi Shlomo will gather with students from Vanderbilt Jewish Chabad to light the Hanukkah menorah at Crawford House. Traditional games and snacks  will be provided.

Students Against Modern Slavery will host their The Scoop on Slavery event from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. in the Commons Center. The club will serve free Ben & Jerry’s ice cream, and will allow participants to ask questions about the club, and about human trafficking.

For fans of ABC’s “Nashville” TV show, go to the Belcourt Theatre at 8:30 p.m. for a special event. For a $15 general admission ticket, experience a once-in-a-lifetime pre-show Q&A session with Steve Buchanan, the show’s executive producer, Callie Khouri, the writer, creator, and director of the show, and Charles Esten, the actor who plays Deacon. Enjoy the mid-season finale of the show in the Belcourt Theatre as well.

The men’s basketball team will take on Dayton in Memorial Gym at 8 p.m.

Last but not least, don’t forget to save a meal swipe for Rand’s Holiday Celebration from 5 – 8 p.m.

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Today is the last day for undergraduate classes for the semester.

To celebrate with music and holiday cheer, enjoy the Variations Winter Concert from 8 – 9 p.m. in Sarratt Cinema. This performance is Variation’s only headlining concert for the semester, and can’t be missed.

There will be a “Shooting Beauty” movie screening from 7 – 9 p.m. in Stevenson Center 4309 today. Next Step Ambassadores will pair up with Best Buddies to present this documentary that follows a photographer that photographs people with disabilities in an attempt to redefine what “beautiful” means. The event will have a discussion following the ceremony about people with disabilities on college campuses, in the workforce, and in the community. Free food will be provided.

To let loose on this last day of classes, enjoy pancakes and lemonade in the Northern Exposure event  in North House from 8 – 9 p.m.

There are two noteworthy sporting events at 7 p.m. today. The women’s basketball team will play Troy in Memorial Gym, and the Nashville Predators versus the Chicago Blackhawks at Bridgestone.

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Today is the first full-day of finals studying.

The Angel Tree 2015 event, held 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. in the Student Life Center, will start your day on the right foot. This event, presented by VSG, will give over 450 Nashville-area students presents donated to them by members of the Vanderbilt communities. Participants will play games receive gifts to get in the holiday spirit of this gift-giving season.

There will be a Family Night at Hank House to give you a taste of home before stressful finals. This will be held from  8 – 9 p.m.

Another option is the Launching A People’s Guide to Nashville event, held from 5 – 6:30 p.m. in the Curb Center on 1801 Edgehill Avenue. This program aims to learn more about, and educate participants, about Nashville’s cultural, political, economic, and social justice moments, and will explore institutions that helped perpetuate social injustice, will hear stories about social injustice in the city.

The hilarious Amy Schumer will perform at Bridgestone Arena at 8 p.m.

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There are plenty of winter-themed options this Saturday.

The Metro Police Holiday Drive will be held at the Nashville Zoo at Grassmere at 9 a.m.

To have a transformative Christmas experience, head over to Main Street in Franklin at 10 a.m. for the Dickens of a Christmas event. Witness The Heritage Foundation recreates winter’s past with 200 characters, dancers, and entertainers that will come to the street in costume. Ebenezer Scrooge is rumored to make an appearance, as well as Tiny Tim Cratchit. Mother Christmas and a Victorian father will be handing out Christmas gifts and treats to participants.

Finally, the Vanderbilt Community Chorus Holiday Program will be held at 8 p.m. in Ingram Hall. Directed by David Binns Williams, this program will feature works old and new by Franz Biebl, J.S. Bach, John Rutter and Randall Thompson.

There will also be a Second Harvest Food Bank Volunteer Trip. Those interested in volunteering are invited to their 331 Great Circle Road location from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

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