Destinations & Diversions: Several events planned Monday to honor MLK

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Several events are planned Monday to commemorate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on his holiday:

• An MLK Diversity March will be held Jan. 15, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, sponsored by Shelbyville Loves. The march will begin at 10 a.m. in front of First Presbyterian Church, 600 N. Brittain St. Participants will march to the courthouse, where there will be songs and prayers by local ministers. Updates will be posted to the Shelbyville Loves Facebook page.

• The fifth annual MLK Luncheon will be 11:30 a.m. -- 1:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 15, at Shelbyville Recreation Center. It's sponsored by Gilliland Historical Resource Center. For tickets or more information, call Albert Nelson, 931-685-4200, or Hazel Gant, 931-205-1482.

• Whosoever Will Let Him Come Pentecostal Church, 219 E. Cedar St. will sponsor a Dr. Martin Luther King Birthday Convocation on Monday at 7 p.m. The Rev. Dr. Breonus Mitchell of the Mt Gilead Missionary Baptist Church of Nashville will speak. The MLK Citywide Choir will render musical selections under the direction of Michelle Rankins-Brown and Fred Crismon.

• The Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, in Murfreesboro, will offer free admission that day and will have special performances in addition to its normal science exhibits. For more information, go to the museum's website,

Other upcoming events:

Candidate event

Shane Reeves, candidate for the 14th District State Senate seat, will hold a chili supper 5-7 p.m. today at the Blue Ribbon Circle on the Celebration grounds.

Family night

Pleasant Grove United Methodist Church will hold a family night 6 p.m. Saturday, including a provided meal.

Rockvale Blue

The Unitarian Universalist Church of Tullahoma will host Rockvale Blue, a blues and rock band, from 7 to 9 p.m. on Saturday. Rockvale Blue has been rocking audiences for over three years. The band includes lead vocalist Veronica "Roni" Beavers, Gary Pageon on drums, Mark Cline on guitar, Karl McKnight on bass, and Bill Davis on keyboards. The event is free, but donations for the church are gladly accepted. The church is located at 3536 New Manchester Hwy (across from CFC Recycling) in Tullahoma.


The Center for the Arts, in Murfreesboro, continues its production of the musical "Hairspray" through Jan. 21.

Based on the 1988 film by John Waters, Hairspray is the story of Tracy Turnblad, who has never been part of the "in" crowd until winning a coveted spot on the local TV dance program, "The Corny Collins Show," where overnight she becomes a teen idol. Tracy quickly becomes a trendsetter and uses her popularity to help change the show's segregation policy.

With Belmont University's Tori Kocher as Tracy Turnblad, "Hairspray the Musical" is chock full of toe-tapping 60's-style production numbers and downtown rhythm and blues.

To make the show a full downtown experience, ticket-holders will receive a promotional code to receive 10 percent off when they dine at Puckett's Grocery in Murfreesboro before or after the show.

For more information or to purchase tickets, go to

Gun show

A gun show will be held Saturday and Sunday at the National Guard Armory in Columbia, 844 North James Campbell Blvd. Hours are 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Sunday.

Beatles tribute band

The Beatles tribute band "Forever Abbey Road" will appear 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Arts Center of Cannon County, in Woodbury. The band is one of the only such groups that performs the album "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" in its entirety, along with other beloved Beatles hits.

Forever Abbey Road is comprised of professional Nashville musicians and songwriters who were brought together by being hired to work with the same artist. They quickly realized that the Beatles had inspired all of their lives and musical careers and decided to create a group to pay tribute to the Beatles. Instead of wearing wigs or make up, the band spends all their time creating a show that demonstrates what the Beatles might sound like if they were around today with current technology and modern rock energy.

The band has been invited to perform at the biggest Beatles festival in the world.

Tickets are $15 and may be purchased by calling the box office at 615-563-2787 Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. or online at

The Arts Center is located at 1424 John Bragg Highway, just west of Woodbury.

Watch party

The official Tennessee Titans Playoff Watch Party will be held 4-11:30 p.m. Saturday at The George Jones, 128 2nd Ave. North in Nashville. The event will include beer specials as fans watch the Titans take on the New England Patriots in the AFC playoffs.