Coming off of a wonderful, super moon-worthy, evening of poetry and stories at The Post East last night (which included new material from local poets Nicole Branigan, Chance Chambers, and Jamie Zoe Givens alongside touring, award-winning author of “Looking for Jack Kerouac”, Barbara Shoup), today has already hit the ground running with tons of fun all around town for the next week to come. Let me explain further.
Tonight, like clockwork at 7-11pm, at Logue’s Black Raven Emporium (2915 Gallatin Pike), Honest Lewis will be on hand to host another “A Night of Free Speech.” It is a traditional untraditional night of poetry, prose, rants, and manifestos by all who wish to attend and participate. It is quite rad.
Tomorrow, at 12:05pm, at Vanderbilt Divinity School (411 21st Avenue South), painter Jonathan Richter and writer DKM (both East Side Storytellin’ alumni- http://eastsidestorytn.com/east-side-storytellin-23-where-nashvilles-art-bulb-turned-on-paint-poetry-for-artobernashs-sake/) will talk creativity, imagination, methodology, and their “Subjects With Objects” exhibition currently on display. You can buy the book of the same name at East Side Story. This will be very cool. These guys are very cool.
Also tomorrow, September 10th, at 7-9pm, at Gordon Jewish Community Center of Nashville (801 Percy Warner Blvd), you are invited for the opening of Vince Herrera’s latest art exhibit called “Saturday Morning.” It will take you back in time when you could wake up, sit on the couch in your favorite pj’s, and watch cartoons on a Saturday morning. You will love this, trust me.
Thursday, 9/11, from high noon-1pm, at the Nashville Main Library, why not join me and some other fun people that were wrangled together by Corvidae Collective as we read excerpts from several well-known banned books. This event and exhibition titled “LIT” will display artworks from national and local artists influenced by the Banned & Challenged Classics titles. You can see more about the event and exhibition here- http://www.tennessean.com/story/life/arts/2014/09/07/banned-books-week-hopes-chapter-closes-literature-bans/15096473/
Also starting Thursday, 9/11, Beth Inglish is inviting everyone, from 9/11-9/21 to activate the arts community to join this movement and do what you’re already doing anyways- being compassionate! Post your photos, videos, and stories of compassion taking place around the city during that 2-week period. You can learn more about the cause here- http://www.compassionatenashville.org/
Thursday night, at 6pm, at The Listening Room Cafe (217 2nd Avenue South), you can catch East Side Storytellin’ alumnus Ronny Criss and his friends in a writer’s show like few other that night. You can see and hear more about Ronny here- http://eastsidestorytn.com/east-side-storytellin-42-where-the-river-life-ran-through-all-of-us/
Friday, September 12th, from 5-7pm, at University School of Nashville (USN0 2000 Edgehill Avenue), you can see NEW work by Andee Rudloff called “Hubcaps and Helmets!” You can read more about the open reception and exhibition at http://www.chicnhair.com. Don’t miss NEW Andee work!
Then, Saturday will blow your mind! I’ll just make a small list of some stuff going on:
1- East Side Story artist Stellasue Lee will be over at Art And Soul Studio (2305 12 Avenue South) from 10-2pm, for “Saying the Unsayable: a writer’s workshop.” Tickets are available http://www.eartandsoul.com/current_classes.php#say
2- At 10am, at Tennessee Art League (219 5th Avenue North), go see “Hidden Worlds.” It is a mixed media miniature book workshop with Lesley Patterson-Marx. The price is $110, all supplies included. You will be a better person if you attend this … trust me.
3- At 5-7pm, at Shimai Pottery and Gifts (8400 Highway 100), come out and celebrate and support the emerging talents of artist Grace Goad, Preston Vienneau, & Donald Werther. The exhibition is called “Emerging: Three Young Artists with disAbilities.” It’s right beside Loveless Cafe, in case you want to make it a dinner and a show.
4- at 5:30-8:30pm, at Portland Brew East, join this month’s featured poet Walker Bass and guest host Christine Hall for Poetry in the Brew Open Mic Poetry Reading. Open mic signup is at 5:30pm, and the reading begins at 6pm. Prepare to be blown away with AWEsome!
5- Speaking of AWEsome, come down to our East Side Story neighborhood (1108 Woodland Street) and all around us will be the Proto Pulp Book Show- presented by Julie Sola and Fat Crow Press, from 11am-9pm. All day long, you will be surrounded by good people, good stories, classic books of the future, food trucks, music, a stellar storytelling show by the artists of Start the Car Storytelling when it gets dark, and the fun will be going on as long as you can stand or sit it. Don’t be scared to have fun.
6- During the Proto Pulp Book Show, at East Side Story, author Julie Festa is going to be signing and selling her latest book titled “Nashville Food Trucks: stories & recipes from the road.” This is something you don’t want to miss! Julie is ready. I am ready. Are you ready?
7- When 9pm strikes, you can head over to Douglas Corner Cafe (2106 8th Avenue South, #A) from 9-11:45pm for Nashville Flipside- A Musical Alternative to the Norm presenting Dixie Still, The Pfeiffer Twins, and Amber’s Drive. It’s only $10 to end your party day/night in style.
After you rest on Sunday with some football and family time, why not go ahead and plan ahead for next Tuesday, September 16th, and join me for our next round of East Side Storytellin’. It will be the 45 show, featuring poet Leslie LaChance and musician Taylor Corum. It is at Mad Donna’s (1313 Woodland Street), at 7pm sharp, and is FREE to attend. You really have no excuses. I’ll be there! Here, to let you know what you’re getting into, check out this link with recap and recording of our most recent show last week. It has information about next week’s show at the bottom. Enjoy!
Now, go forth and conquer the world. It’s waiting on you. It’s always waiting on you. And remember to be nice to each other.