Another week of Nashville fun for all!

Hi y’all!

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.

art by Clay Brunton, printed by Kevin Anthuis of 5 Points Digital Imaging

art by Clay Brunton, printed by Kevin Anthuis of 5 Points Digital Imaging

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- 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-

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-

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-

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 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

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.

Start the Car Storytelling

Start the Car Storytelling

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.

much love,


Another week and a day of creative paradise

Well, I’ve taken a minute or two off of this blog, besides posting the occasional East Side Storytellin’ recap and review, because I just wanted to do so. Now that we have another amazing, jam-packed week of fun to be had around Music City, I’m back to let you know what your options are besides praying for the Titans to win anything this year.

It all starts today! At 8pm, at Bongo After Hours Theatre (2007 Belmont Blvd.) writer and broadcaster Craig Havighurst (an East Side Storytellin’ alumnus actually … Google it) will revive his one-man show called String Theory for a two-Monday run at Bongo After Hours Theatre (as mentioned). Part spoken word, part public lecture, this is an experience designed to reframe music and offer people new avenues into new genres and new discoveries. Admission is $10 and it is a 90 minute show. Plan to show up. Plan accordingly.

Tomorrow, August 26th, Honest Lewis will yet again open the doors and the spirits for all to experience another epic “Night of Free Speech”. At Logue’s Black Raven Emporium (2915 Gallatin Pike), from 7-11pm, NOFS is a full spectrum of styles and subject matter where everyone can share their words. Time slots are 5-7 minutes, sign-up starts at 6:30pm, entrance and parking in the rear of the building, and beer is available at the bar. Honest says to spread the word, bring a friend, bring your words, and help create more literary local ideas! Well said.

Wednesday, at Nashville’s Farmers’ Market (900 Rosa L Parks Blvd), at 5pm, poet Stephanie Pruitt Gaines will be on site to kick off the 4-day Culture Fest Nashville. At lunchtime (11:30-1:30), there will be cooking demonstrations, samples, music, and dancers. The after work happy hour (5-7pm) will get you over the hump day with a live DJ, 2-for-1 drink specials, food trucks, and more. There will be prize giveaways so be sure to get your name in the box. Happy hour is FREE, but you need to get concert tickets now to stay for the Third World concert at 7pm (More info here:

Thursday, from 5-7pm, at Belmont University Department of Art (1900 Belmont Blvd.), Project Interfaith is organizing the opening reception for “Unraveled: A Visual Response to RavelUnravel” which includes a curated selection of artwork by several artists in response to the short video interviews on that deal with issues of religious and spiritual identity. There will be a gallery talk at 5:30pm and it is FREE to attend! Be there!


After you leave Belmont, you have time, from 6:30-8:30pm, to hit up David Lusk Gallery Nashville (516 Hagan Street) to experience an evening of poetry and music by R. Stevie Moore and Joseph Whitt. Performance will begin at 7pm, and it is FREE and open to the public. Again … Be there!

Friday, at The Black Abbey Brewing Company (2952 Sidco Drive), be prepared to witness AWEsome music that you won’t find anywhere else in town that night. The Lower Caves are playing new songs live and louder than ever for a mere $5 cover! The show starts at 9pm and will last for 2 hours!! I don’t need to say anything more!

the lower caves
Also on Friday, on the Flipside of things, you can experience Nashville Flipside at Douglas Corner Café (2106 8th Avenue South, #A). From 9-11:45pm, Nashville Flipside will present “Americana Pie South III” with Jerry Castle’s official CD release party of “South Holston” with special guests Shawna James and Joseph LeMay. It’s a mere $10 cover to enter.

Saturday, August 30th, you have another two amazing shows that you should check out. First, East Side Storytellin’ alumnus Erin Rae will be at Fat Bottom Brewery (900 Main Street) with Austin Manuel for a night of Dream Country to share music on the verge of their new album releases. Juliana Daily will also be singing her wonderful songs too.

Then, over at Scout’s Barbershop (904 Main Street), just a few steps down the street from Fat Bottom, The Idea Hatchery family member, in that of Tanya Montana Coe, will be having a listening party for her debut album. From 8-10pm-ish, NO COVER, but feel free to BYOB and enjoy the fresh tunes of Tanya. It will be pretty fun to say the least because it’s also a birthday celebration too!

Rest on Sunday, get your things together for Monday, and then make it a point to schedule nothing for Tuesday besides making time to come out to Mad Donna’s at 7pm sharp (get there early for a seat) for East Side Storytellin’ 44! It’s FREE to attend, and this round will feature musician Amita Fukui and the poet extraordinaire Ciona Rouse. You will not want to miss this one bit. If you haven’t been to an East Side Storytellin’ yet, you are right to feel ashamed. Here’s the recap and review of the last show with Erin Rae and Cory Basil. Be wow’d, be moved, and get ready for Tuesday already!

And that’s all I have to say about that. Be nice to one another and have a great day and week of fun!
much love,

The week ahead and then some

Hi y’all!

With summer school starting at Sewanee, give me a slight break and a lot of empathy to allow me to simply give you a quick synopsis of the next two weeks so I can post and be happy to help you get happy.

Before I get started though, I have to say that I just experienced the most amazing art exhibition I’ve ever experienced in the world in my life.  The Frist Center for the Visual Arts has now opened, from June 6-September 1, 2014 an exhibition called “Watch Me Move.”  The Ingram Gallery has been transformed like never before into a complete cinematic adventure.  You can immerse yourself, like I did, into 120 years of animation from pioneers and independent filmmakers to Pixar and Disney and Tim Burton!  It is truly one of the most amazing things I’ve ever seen.  I fully plan on visiting this show more than any other and totally spend up to the entire 12 hours of filming time to catch it all before it leaves in September.  I might have to buy some food in the cafe as a break at that time, but I’m gonna do it!  Check it out! (heads up, on Friday, June 3rd, at 6:30pm, there will be a lecture called “Unlimited Visions, Indelible Dreams: Exploring the Animated Worlds of Watch Me Move” presented by Elliot Wilhelm, curator of film, from the Detroit Institute of Arts.)

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THIS week-

Monday, June 9th (my brother Drew’s birthday) at 6:15pm, Lightning 100 is hosting the 100.1 episode of The 615!  To mark such an epic occasion, they are hosting a huge FREE party at Marathon Music Works featuring The Weeks, Leagues, and Buffalo Clover!  You can join Wells and Hammel in William Collier’s for the live broadcast with live music starting at 7:30pm.

Tuesday, June 10th, from 7-11pm, join Honest Lewis and is bi-monthly series called “A Night of Free Speech” at Logue’s Black Raven Emporium.  It will be a night filled with poetry, prose, rants, and manifestos galore.  Did I mention it’s FREE!?

Wednesday, June 11th, marks the annual Music City Roots BARN DANCE!  From 7-10pm, at Music City Roots (8400 Highway 100) this event will feature the likes of Greensky Bluegrass, Rachael Hester, Music City Doughboys, and Appalachee Relay.  If you can’t make it in person and dance the night away (I highly recommend it, from experience), you can live stream it at and dance in your living room.


Thursday, June 12th, a 2-for-1 deal, has treats for you in person and online too.  First, in person, at The Red Arrow Gallery (1311 McGavock Pike) from 5-8pm marks the closing reception for the Casey Promise Exhibition “Something Within.”  Second, online, you can watch traveling musician and ultra-Nashville fan Chris Trapper live streaming the upcoming concerts at Club Passim, June 12 and June 13, beginning at 8PM EDT.  You can purchase online tickets on a pay-what-you-want basis starting now at The webshow will not be recorded – it’s offered in real time. Please join us at the show!

Friday, June 13th (through 15th), Go to the Holiday Inn Express Nashville Airport (1111 Airport Center Drive) at 3pm if you want to experience “Hypericon.”  There will be fiction, gaming, and art in one convention.  You can see Jack Ketchum, Sam Flegal, Stephen Zimmer, Sara M. Harvey, and Glen Cook (and more!).

Then, sleep well the night before Saturday for a full day of fun-

Saturday, June 14th, see below:

1- Visit The Idea Hatchery for 2nd Saturday at 5 Points!  On top of having the most unique gifts and people in town, total bias, we will also have the most unique YARD SALE ever in 5 Points history!  Fact!  Come out to 1108 and see what we all have in store, all day and night!

2- at 2pm, at Fannie Mae Dees Park (2400 Blakemore Avenue), there will be FREE juggling lessons and demonstration for the city of Nashville in honor of Wold Juggling Day 2014, from 2-3pm.  Enough said.  Be there!

3- from 5:30-8:30pm, at Portland Brew East (1921 Eastland Avenue), join this month’s Poetry in the Brew, featuring Rob Lyric Beats!

4- Then, at 8pm, at the Purple Building of the Performing Artist Co-Op at 5 Points (107 North 11th Street), it is Panama Red’s “Birthday Bizarre!”  “a night of transgressive art” is the one year celebration of Panama Reds Arts, ranging from irreverent poetry, caged humans, dreamy rock & roll, Fluxus performance and whatever Janelle does.  There will be 5 performance based artists in one spot.  Dare to be awesome.

You can sleep here.

Back on Sunday, June 15th, to the park (Nashville Cumberland Park- 592 South 1st Street), from 5:30-8pm for FREE parking, FREE admission, and EXCELLENT live music, featuring some of the areas best local, regional, and national jazz artists, with a beautiful sunset as the backdrop.

That’s one heck of a week, right?

Well, I’ll just give you one thing you really NEED to experience and put on your radar for next week.  Yeah, I’m saying it, it’s East Side Storytellin’ time again!  On Tuesday, June 17th, at 7pm sharp, come hang out with me and author Megan Duke and musician Lauren Lyle to see what everyone and their mom is talking about as one of the best storytelling series in the history of mankind (total bias).  This will be the 39th edition of East Side Storytellin’.  It’s the only show in town that starts on time and never disappoints … NEVER!  Come out early, get a seat up close, and eat, drink, and be merry with stories that you’ll love.  Don’t believe me, check out some of our past shows to catch you up on this awesome deal.  See past shows here-

view from East Side Storytellin' 38

view from East Side Storytellin’ 38

Now, go forth and conquer the world.  It’s waiting on you.  It’s always waiting on you.

As you were, busy but happy,

Art, here and NOW!

Hi y’all!

With all of this current sunshine, combined with the end of the school year for most and beginning of summer school for a few, I felt like it was a good time to go ahead and share the news about the upcoming week ahead … plus the great things today and this weekend. Sound like a good deal? Follow me to creative freedom.

To kick things off, I really feel the need to go back one night and share the celebratory news of yet another 12th & Broad successful community event. My wife and I, and a few friends we saw along the walking path to the Japanese garden, joined 12th & Broad and Cheekwood Botanical Garden & Museum of Art for a private, interactive garden crawl surrounded by flowers and giant, whimsical sculptures that made us feel like we were in the “Honey, I Shrunk The Kids” movie. The “Honey, I Shrunk The Kids Interactive Garden Crawl” had everything from the movie, pretty much, except a big lawnmower chasing us and a giant Little Debbie Oatmeal Creme Pie (special note, there were cold beverages and cookies on the trail). I highly suggest checking out more special events by 12th & Broad when you get the chance. You can see more of their stuff here-

Talk about a good Friday here today. Don’t worry about the rain possibilities and get out there on the town and enjoy some extraordinary art. First, at 6pm at three squared (427 Chestnut Street, Studio 223), go see the opening of “The Secret Room!” New paintings and video by three art school admissions recruiters at Watkins College of Art, Design & Film (in that of David Hellams, Jaime Raybin, and Jenna Maurice) will be showing together for the first time in this spot. Second, also at 6pm, head over to Third Man Records (623 7th Avenue South) for the “Recidivist Neoist Cromagnon Stomp” in Haze XXL’s (Tom Hazelmyer) ongoing exploration of art intersecting music. The screening for Eric Robel’s “Color of Noise” will be at 7:30pm, located in the Blue Room, and it’s all FREE to attend!! Third, and certainly not least tonight, get your butt over to Barnes & Noble at Vanderbilt University (2501 West End Avenue) to support another great round of Ciona Rouse’s “Lyrical Brew: an evening of local poetry.” Tonight’s show will feature Deborah Bernhardt, Kendra DeColo, and Lisa Dordal. Don’t miss it!

Tomorrow, Saturday, May 31st, I say come by the bookstore and BUY me out! Seriously, drop by and pick up a copy of Kendra DeColo’s poetry books, and every other copy of every other local author I have at East Side Story. Let’s finish May off and start June off right. Don’t be skeered. Side note, don’t be skeered to venture out for some great tunes with an East Side Story twist. With the growing list of East Side Storytellin’ featured musicians growing, it’s no surprise to me that two of them will have great shows going on tomorrow for your enjoyment. First, Adam Hill will be playing at Ugly Mugs Coffee and Tea (1886 Eastland Avenue) at 7pm, and then Caitlin Rose will be at The 5 Spot (1006 Forrest Avenue) at 9pm. It will be a treat, for you at both places.

On the Sunday, I shall rest (if by resting means catching up on everything I need to in order to fully celebrate and be productive next week … then I shall rest).

Monday, June 2nd, to shake things up creatively from music and paintings, I say why not head over to Vanderbilt Dance Studios from June 2nd-June 13th. Over 100 classes will be offered from 10:30am until 6:30pm for 2 solid weeks in all major dance techniques (beginning and advanced levels). Go get your groove on.

Then, after you get your groove back, on Tuesday, June 3rd, head over to Mad Donna’s at 7pm (although you might want to get there early to get a good seat, to witness East Side Storytellin’ 38. You can have more good food, drinks, and culture in the likes of a fantastic reading by the returning home author Jenny Hickman and brand new music followed by the great Grant Terry. Seriously, this event is FREE to attend, starts promptly at 7pm, ends by 8:30pm, has art prints made by artist Clay Brunton and printed by Kevin Anthuis of 5 Points Digital Imaging. It will be epic! Don’t miss this! I repeat, don’t miss this! You can read more reviews and listen to past show recordings, in reverse order, here-


You’ll need another day to definitely rest easy after celebrating with the always wonderful East Side Storytellin’ crew. I’ll spare you Wednesday and throw you a good fastball to hit up on Thursday, June 5th. At The Framemaker (705 North Second Street, Suite B, Clarksville, TN), from 5-8pm, take a short road trip and check out “Placement: Collaborative artwork by Melanie Davis and Miranda Herrick.” The work was created through a playful exchange of ideas, with trading objects and images back and forth, and are ready for you to interact with at this point. Don’t leave these girls hanging!

But then wait … wait for Saturday, June 7th. This will blow your mind. Here it is in outline form, no order of priority shown below- just go!

-noon-5pm, at Chocolate F/X (1006 Fatherland Street, #306A), this is the GRAND OPENING of Chocolate F/X Nashville! See and read more about this to get excited here-

-at 6pm, at Julia Martin Gallery (444 Humphreys Street, Suite A), Julia is inviting you to see an extremely diverse salon style installation by artists Jono Vaughan, Angela Burks, John Bruno, Lisa Weiss and gallery owner/curator Julia Martin called “Bevy: Round One.” More shows to come throughout the summer!!

-at 6pm, at Blend Studio (79 Arcade), visiting artist Joan Branca will bring her fantastical oil paintings with her from New York. Check out her work here before coming there and then-

-also from 6-9pm, still at The Arcade, at WAG (suite 77) you’ll be able to see the “rather sketchy: sketchbooks, brainstorms & process work by Holly Carden! It will be as much fun as it sounds and looks here. C’mon down!


-Then, to finish your night just right, head over to Main Street Gallery (625 Main Street), from 9pm-midnight, to experience “The Groove Presents: SCREEN PRINCE.” There will be numerous artists celebrating Prince’s birthday with screen printed interpretations of his universe. Come see what it looks like when doves cry and you have a great time with or without your computer blue. Food and drink will be provided and the show is FREE!


And if all that wasn’t enough for the week ahead to keep you busy and productive, I have one … no, TWO for the road.

First, on Sunday, June 8th, from 1-4pm, head over to The Building (1008 C. Woodland Street), with $5 in your hand to get in to see “UnBound Arts Presents: Second Sunday Jazz at The Building featuring Donna Venardi and the Ladies and Gents of Jazz. Second, full circle here with school subjects, go to Harpeth Hall School (3801 Hobbs Road) from 3-5pm in the Marnie Sheridan Gallery to celebrate 10 years of art and camaraderie at Platetone Printmaking, Paper and Book Arts! Artists that will be there for the 10th anniversary exhibition called “Past, Present and Future” will be Kaaren Engel, Carrie Cox, Jennifer Knowles-McQuistion, Lesley Patterson-Marx, Megan Kelley, and many others! Seriously, that is one heck of a way to conclude this post with so much going on right NOW!

Now, go forth and have fun. And remember to be nice to one another too. Thanks for dropping by and helping spread the good word around.

Thanks for taking the time to share the good word above and beyond. Hope to see ya tonight or tomorrow!

much love,


Just another Manic Monday?

Hi y’all!

I’ve already heard a handful of people walking around today singing the 80’s classic Manic Monday. I didn’t sing along, but I could sure feel their words. With the sunshine shining, and houses being torn down and built back up bigger than ever all around East Nashville and Nashville in general, it’s easy to see so many people doing so many things. Some call it progress, but I say it’s better than the opposite. Either way you look at the building, the creative scene remains the same … meaning it is even bigger and busier than everything else going on, per usual.

To kick things off this week, why not head over to the best place to eat warm food, drink cold drinks, and enjoy some good local music now open on Mondays. Yep, I said it. I’m talking about The Family Wash (2038 Greenwood Avenue)! If you are in our neck of the woods, say around 7-9pm, why not drop by to see Jack Silverman alongside James Haggerty and Adam Abrashoff. You have anything better planned? I doubt it. Have a pie and pint and enjoy this day through the night.

Then, tomorrow, Tuesday, May 20th, head over to Mad Donna’s at 7pm (although you might want to get there early to get a good seat, to witness East Side Storytellin’ 37. You can have more good food, drinks, and culture in the likes of a fantastic reading by local food critic and author Chris Chamberlain and music followed by the great Zach Broocke. Seriously, this event is FREE to attend, starts promptly at 7pm, ends by 8:30pm, has art prints made by artist Clay Brunton and printed by Kevin Anthuis of 5 Points Digital Imaging (see below). Basically, it will be an amazing event that you shouldn’t miss. Get on this train, yo!


One thing that you should check out while you have time in the middle of the week, and whenever you are near and they are open, is the latest exhibition ongoing at Vanderbilt University Fine Arts Gallery called “Farandole- An Elegy in Art and Poetry.” It is organized by the gallery and curated by its director, Joseph S. Mella. It brings together 2 European cultural figures of the latter part of the 20th century in that of artist Hans Hartung and novelist and poet Jean Proal. It sets abstract images against poems that will strike you to your core. For more information on this exhibition, go to

Another ongoing exhibition that is a must see and easy to get to at a moments notice is the Frist Center for the Visual Arts’ “American Ballads: The Photographs of Marty Stuart.” Organized by Frist Center Curator Katie Delmez, this show demonstrates Stuart as a master storyteller through his revealing photographs. The show is on display through November 2, but don’t waste this opportunity to see it while you can.

Another another ongoing exhibition in town by a local art-star is the one over at the lobby of the Veridian- which is connected to the H.G. Hills Urban Market on Church Street between 4th and 5th Street downtown.  The work, the sculptures and 9 mixed media pieces, is by Solomon Behnke (  It has been up since March, and there might not be much more time to get by and see it in person.  Go by, see it for yourself, and buy it if you like (as always)!  Support local artists (as always)!!

On Friday, May 23rd, from 8pm-2am, you can head over to The East Room (2412 Gallatin Avenue) for the 1st Annual Seraphine Music & Arts Jubilee! There will be a $5 cover, doors open at 8pm, music starts at 9pm. The art exhibit will featured the latest from Tyler Bates, Jeff Bertrand, Kathy DeFeo, Ryan Frizzel, Mai Harris, Alicia Maynard, Travis Maynard, Chelsea King, and Chad Spann. There will be handmade jewelry by Rae Smith (The Wire Witchy), music by Good Sex, Thunderfrog, Richard Koozie, and The Grayces. So yeah, come out and enjoy yourself.

Also Friday, May 23rd, at The Basement (1604 8th Avenue South) at 9pm, there will be a party presented by Lockeland Springsteen that will feature Steelism with JP5 and special guests, Andrew Combs & Takaya. $5 cover. Marissa Moss is one of the best people to plan a great show around town, just saying.

Back full circle to The Family Wash (2038 Greenwood Avenue) on Friday and Saturday, May 23rd and May 24th, you can experience Sons of Zevon 1979 for a mere $10 at the door. When the clock strikes 9pm, the ROCK show will begin. There will be an acoustic set beforehand for those who want to eat and enjoy the show in a quiet manner. Reservations are recommended because you will be rocked by the likes of James Rubin, Audley Freed, Kevin Hornback, Jen Gunderman, Ryan Wariner, Marc Pisapia, and many other guest singers and surprises!!! Seriously, plan accordingly and get your but to The Family Wash. Tis the week of AWEsome on the East Side for sure.


If you are free this Saturday, May 24th, you might also consider going out to Nashville’s largest crawfish boil and music festival of the summer. You can hear the likes of Kyle Andrews, AJ & The Jiggawatts, Kansas Bible Company, el el, The Get Togethers, and many more over at Cannery Ballroom (1 Cannery Row) from 4pm-2am. This shindig is hosted by Native Magazine so you know its gonna be for real. Did I mention Kyle Andrews?!?! Yeah, I just did.

To round off this week with a good laugh, head back over to The East Room (2412 Gallatin Avenue) on Sunday, May 25th, at 7:30pm to hear Joe Pettis. Joe is a level 14 Comedian Wizard from Atlanta that has been touring the country since 2008 with his jokes and jokes and jokes. Tickets are only $5, doors open at 6:30, show begins at 7:30 (not 7:31!), and you can find more information about it and other fun funny shows here –

Now, go forth and have fun. And remember to be nice to one another too. Thanks for dropping by and helping spread the good word around.

Thanks for taking the time to share the good word above and beyond. Hope to see ya tonight or tomorrow!

much love,

May flowers are a-bloooming

Hi y’all!

Shifting the release of this post a little earlier than the Monday of the week for a change, I wanted to share a proper update of two weekends and everything in between for the next week or so. I figure more bang for one post. So, ready or not, here we go.

This Saturday, I highly rec another nod to Julia Martin Gallery’s current exhibition of “Head Case” by David Kenton Kring. It’s open from 5:30-9:30pm, at 444 Humphreys Street, Suite A, and showcasing some of the coolest ceramic work around right now … and, I remind you, you can buy a gorgeous signature “Head Case” mug with High Garden’s own unique blend of Earl Grey.


During the day of May 3rd (or 3rd of May as my friend Wilkie sang), the TACA Fair is going on from 10am-5pm at Centennial Park (2500 West End Avenue). There is a FREE kids activity station at the fair where you can make letterpress logos using rubber stamps with master artists from Platetone Printmaking, Paper and Book Arts! Also, from 11am-6pm, over at PULP (729 Porter Road) there will be a very cool “Little Things Studio by Kate Whitely” Scrap Sale. There will be slightly off, bent, and just prints Kate didn’t like that much. There will also be a FREE stack too!

Also, Saturday, during the First Saturday Downtown Art Crawl, head over to The Arcade to find a bunch of other delightful treats. One in particular, amidst all of the other fun openings you can hit up, head to Corvidae Collective (11 The Arcade) for “As the Crow Flies …” It is a show featuring the artworks of Lacey Bryant, Stephanie Pui-Mun Law, Anita Inverarity, Catherine Bursill Moore, Juan Carlos Orozco, Dion Terry, and Linsay Blondeau. The opening reception is from 6-9pm.

Also, also Saturday, there are two other places around town that will totally blow your mind with art as well. First, head over to Ground Floor Gallery + Studios, at 427 Chestnut Street, for a very cool solo show by Jake Weigel. There will be a brief artist talk at 6:30pm, and the party will ensue after that. Second, if you drive over to 516 Hagan Street, you’ll run smack dab into the David Lusk Gallery Nashville party and opening reception for Kit Reuther’s “Peripherals.” It will be a series of abstract paintings and organic sculptures from one of Nashville’s best. This will also be happening from 6-9pm, and it is a great opportunity for you to finally check out the new digs with Dane and David Lusk Gallery’s new hot spot of creative fun.

Skip over Sunday, because you can rest easy like Sunday morning for the week ahead, and get ready for a blow out East Side Storytellin’ like few before. Tuesday, May 6th, at 7pm sharp, at Mad Donna’s (1313 Woodland Street), will be the time and place for you to mark your calendars and get your butt over to the FREE party for a seat before they are all taken. It is there where I will host a show with 3 top notch featured guests to share their art for you and all who come. The featured writer will be none other than Poetry Sucks! poet Chet Weise, and then the music will be a 2 for 1 night deal with the likes of Heath Haynes and Caitlin Rose! It’s FREE to attend, like all of the others before, so get there early if you want a good seat. You can eat, drink, buy merch, or just smile and be merry … your call. Again, get there early if you want a good seat or a seat at all. You can read about and listen to the 35 shows before here –


You can rest again on Wednesday, but Thursday, May 8th, you might want to get over to the Frist Center for the Visual Arts. If you haven’t taken the time yet to visit and experience “Looking East: Western Artists and the Allure of Japan” or “Goya: The Disasters of War” or “Lain York: Selections from the National Gallery”, you really should. But, this coming Thursday, if you are at the Frist Center, you can also join them at 6pm for a Curator’s Perspective on “Vincent Van Gogh and Japan” presented by Simon Kelly, curator of modern and contemporary art at the Saint Louis Museum of Art. It will be a cool examination of the impact of japonisme on the artist development of Van Gogh. Basically, some pretty cool stuff.

Then, on Friday, May 9th, you’ll have a chance at another stellar 2 for 1 evening of fun. First, at Style House Salon (3202 Belmont Blvd., suite C), there will be an artist’s reception for “Quiet Stories” by Jacob Blaze. This gallery is curated by The Gray Umbrella (, and portions of sales from this show will be donated to Locks of Love! Talk about a win-win deal! Secondly, at Douglas Corner Cafe (2106 A 8th Avenue South), from 9pm-midnight, you can experience “Americana Pie South.” The featured artists for this show will be Ashleigh Flynn, Jhesi Boyer, Rae Hering, and North 40. It should be a blast.

Satuday, like the Saturday before, and pretty much every Saturday in this city, you will not have a lack of things to keep you busy. I suggest that you stick to the East Side though on this one. If you need any eclectic art, gifts, crafts, locally written books, or just a good pick-me-up smile or compliment, come on over to The Idea Hatchery at 5 Points East Nashville. I’ll be at East Side Story all day and night, and the rest of the creative gang will be there all day and night too. In fact, I’ll have author Bob Johnson (author of Child of Time) in the bookstore signing/selling copies of a great local book from 2-4pm if you wanna swing by.  The Idea Hatchery block party will hit full force from 6-9pm. Around that same time, from 5-7pm, just around the corner at Shelby Bottoms Nature Center (1900 Davidson Street), there will be a photography exhibition called “Pieces of Shelby” hosted by Barry A Noland and Brian Parker. It will be AWEsome! Another thing that will be AWEsome, again, just down the street from East Side Story, from 5:30-8:30pm, at Portland Brew East (1921 Eastland Avenue) will be this month’s Poetry in the Brew (Open Mic Poetry Readings). This month’s spotlight will feature Christian Collier and guest host Christine Hall. Readings start at 6pm, so get there early if you want a good seat or a seat at all (sound familiar?).

After you sleep and wake up again, you might not want to rest all day at home. You have the option, just like every third Sunday thru October, from 5:30-8pm, at the Cumberland Park Ampitheater, beside the Titan’s Statium on the riverfront, to catch Victor Chatman Productions and Metro Parks presenting season #3 of their Jazz On The Cumberland Concert Series 2014. There is FREE parking in Lot R, and you can bring your favorite blanket, lawn chair, cover, picnic basket, or whatever (keep it classy Nashville) and kick back to relax some great jazz in the open air. Talk about a great way to end your week and this post right here. Enough said.

Go forth and have fun. And remember to be nice to one another too. Thanks for dropping by and helping spread the good word around.

As you were, busy but happy,
much love,


April and pollen count … still off the charts

Hi y’all!

Welcome to another week of Nashville’s heART! Whether you are itching to get out and see some creativity this week or your eyes and throat are simply itching because of the pollen count, you are in luck this week in Nashville. I can’t help you alleviate your pollen problems, but I’ll do my best below to let you know about how you can get your fix of fun around town.

Tonight, Monday, April 14th, from 6-8pm, at Necat Network (120 White Bridge Pike, #46, Building 110), YOU are invited to join the Nashville Creative Group April Meeting: Get Exposure on Arts Television. Hosted by the CEO of The Necat Network, Trish Puryear Crist, there will be a private tour of the studio space and discussion of how people can amplify their voice of the arts community. These monthly group meetings are great chances to network and brainstorm creatively with some of the best artists today. If interested at all, just spread the word and show up.

Also today, at 6pm, the ladies of Lockeland Springsteen are happy to present their second Monday musical mix & mingle. Ruination Day Happy Hour will include some of their favorite local musicians covering Gillian Welch’s album Time (The Revelator). It is FREE and from 6-8pm at The 5 Spot (1006 Forrest Avenue).

Speaking of FREE fun times this week, look no further than tomorrow, Tuesday, April 15th, with the celebration of another round of East Side Storytellin’. The 35 of its kind, this one will be unique because we are pulling together two of my favorite things in April … Bluegrass and Baseball. At 7pm sharp, at 1313 Woodland Street, at Mad Donna’s, I will host as author Skip Nipper (Baseball in Nashville) and musicians Rebecca Frazier & John E Frazier III rock the stage and rock your world in the most fun way possible with Baseball and Bluegrass. Can it get much better than that? … I think not. Hope to see you there.


Two other events going on tomorrow, a side of two for Tuesday if you will, is the following:

– at 5:30pm, at the Belcourt Theatre (2102 Belcourt Avenue), you can drop by and see a very cool art reception for Steven Knudson. It’s always a great time and place to see new things at the Belcourt.

– at 7pm, at Darkhorse Theater (4610 Charlotte Pike), you can listen to a staged reading of FLIT- a new play written by John Wesley Lasiter.

Skip on over hump day and get your groove on Thursday. At 6pm, at 2411 Brasher Avenue, you can join the Nashville Folk + Free Skool interest meeting to talk about ideas, classes, workshops, and participation projects you can help start. At 6:30pm, at The Bluebird Cafe, you can fly in for a set of stellar storytelling music by Chris Trapper. Then at 7pm, you can get your art explosion on at The Building (1008 C. Woodland Street), at UnBound’s Arts Presents: Third Thursdays at The Building April Event. The amazing artists Julie Sola and Melita Osheowitz will have some of their latest work on site for sight and you might want to buy it before it gets got. There will be a cool art reception from 7-8pm, and then a musical performance following that from the likes of 3 great bands- Don Gallardo & How Far West, Sergio Webb & Rob Matson, and also Amelia White & The Sidecars. It’s only $5 at the door for admission. A small price to pay for AWEsome.

Oh, and also on Thursday, April 17th, you can go to the Turnip Green Creative Reuse (535 4th Avenue South) for something really cool. From 5-8pm, join in the Green Gallery for incredible reuse works by the lovely Kaaren Hirschowitz Engel and friends: Kem Kem Alexander, Daniel Lai, Carrie Cox, Michelle Hall, Robert Bruce Scott, and Laura Young to be exact. Re-Discovered: a retrospective of sorts featuring Kaaren Engel and friends will probably blow your socks off, whether you have socks on or not. Trust me, be there.

To round off and end your week in style, we’ll keep it simple for ya. First, on Friday, you should hit up the Nashville Convention Center for the Full Moon Tattoo & Horror Festival. It’s the lucky number 13th one of its kind here and there will be over 130 tattoo artists, celebrity guests, contests, entertainment, movies, comics, and more.

Saturday, all you have to do is go to any music store in town and celebrate Record Store Day 2014. There will be ample amounts of great live performances and record deals for one and all. Check all listings for their own line-ups and details, but the main thing is that you just get off the couch and get out there.

And if Record Store Day didn’t blow your mind, leave it to “Head Case” by David Kenton Kring to finish you off for the weekend. Saturday, April 19th, from 6-9pm, at Julia Martin Gallery (444 Humpreys St, suite A), there will be quite the opening reception for the figurative and functional ceramic work by David Kenton Kring. There will be a special tea blend designed by Julia, David, and the fine folks at High Garden, and it will be presented and served with a one of a kind tea mug thrown by David. Talk about cool!

Yep, that pretty much serves up this week on a silver platter for you to enjoy. Don’t bother with this pesky weather this morning. Dry off, brighten up, and walk outside confident and knowing that that the week will only keep getting better and better if you want it to do so. Enjoy and be nice to one another.

much love,