Plan your week (4/23-4/27)


Claire Barnett

VPB’s VenUe and ResEd hold Mega Stress Fest in the SLC on Saturday, December 1, 2017. (Photo by Claire Barnett)

Claudia Willen

Looking to try something new this week? Peruse the events below and make a point to attend something outside of your comfort zone. For more offerings, check out Anchor Link.

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What: Former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates: “A Passion for Leadership: Reflecting on 50 Years of Public Service”
When: Tuesday, April 24 at 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m
Where: Langford Auditorium
Why: Vanderbilt Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos will host a discussion featuring former U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates and Vanderbilt Distinguished Visiting Professor and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jon Meacham. This event is not ticketed. Admission is free and on a first come, first seated basis.
Who: Chancellor’s Office


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What: Nashville Sounds vs. New Orleans Baby Cakes
When: Thursday, April 26 at 6:35 p.m.
Where: First Tennessee Park
Why: Get off campus for the exciting Sounds game against New Orleans.
Who: Nashville Sounds

What: Baseball vs. South Carolina
When: Friday, April 27 at 6:30 p.m.
Where: Hawkins Field
Why: Take a break from studying to  cheer on the baseball team as they go head-to-head with South Carolina.
Who: Vanderbilt Athletics


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What: VU Libraries Present: The Bard’s Birthday Bash
When: Monday, April 23 at 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Where: Vanderbilt Central Library
Why: It’s William Shakespeare’s birthday! Vanderbilt Libraries and the Nashville Shakespeare Festival are throwing a birthday bash for William Shakespeare’s birthday. There will be jugglers, troubadours, fight masters and scribes on hand, as well as an open mic for reciting your favorite Shakespearean soliloquies, sonnets and speeches.
Who: Vanderbilt University Libraries

What: Nashville Flea Market
When: Friday, April 27 at 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Where: Nashville Tennessee State Fairgrounds
Why: Vendors from across the country gather for a unique shopping experience. The event runs until Sunday.
Who: The Fairgrounds


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What: iLens: “Graduation” screening
When: Monday, April 23 at 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.
Where: Sarratt Cinema
Why: One of the great auteurs of contemporary Romanian cinema, Cristian Mungiu, offers a dark satire about the stresses of high school exams and the pressure that parents place on their children to succeed. This film is presented in collaboration with the Department of Political Science, English and Cinema & Media Arts.
Who: International Lens Film Series

What: Opening reception for Alex Lockwood’s “Targets”
When: Wednesday, April 25 at 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Where: OZ Arts Nashville
Why: Returning to OZ Arts after his wildly popular interactive installation “Shake” in 2015, Lockwood maintains his use of repurposed materials. Attend the opening reception for “Targets” to see more of his work and meet the artist. Reception is free and open to the public with RSVP.
Who: OZ Arts + Elephant Gallery


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Health & Wellness

What: Stress Less Spring Fest
When: Monday, April 23 at 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Where: Vanderbilt Recreation and Wellness Center
Why: Relax and unwind before finals begin. Take advantage of free food and activities like a petting zoo, yoga classes, a hammock village, facials, massages and more.
Who: Residential Education Programming

What: St. Jude Rock ‘n’ Roll Nashville Marathon & 1/2 Marathon Health and Fitness Expo
When: Thursday, April 26 at 12 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Where: Nashville Music City Center
Why: Free and open to the public, this expo features the latest in running technologies, fitness apparel, health & nutrition information and interactive displays.
Who: St. Jude Rock ‘n’ Roll Nashville


Editor’s note: Source of event information is Anchor Link and Facebook