We are experiencing interesting times … interesting times indeed. Random January heat waves are instantly turning into snow storms, people are continuously losing jobs and making their own opportunities by the minute, Saints are finally winning on and off the television, and love is constantly all around us. Although most of the above is/was quite obvious to notice, even if you didn’t believe what your eyes were seeing as New Orleans was born again for the second time in the past few years, this thing called love is possibly the most tricky to put a finger on. Quite simply, some people hear about it … some people feel it.
With the international holiday of Saint Valentine coming up this weekend, it is hard for many to wrap their emotions around facing the brightest of hopes to the lowest of fears about love and its infinitely diverse and personal definitions. I don’t want to go into the overall history of the forthcoming day and/or retell the various rollercoaster ride accounts I’ve been privy to or witness myself. Instead, I’d like to uncomplicate your Valentine weekend so that regardless of your current life o’ love or Facebook relationship status you will find something worthy of putting a smile on your heart.
First, for those that have a special someone of interest that you’d like to give an actual gift to this week and haven’t found the time or funds to find that baby bear soup something to make things just right, look no further than Art & Invention Gallery. I kind of feel like I repeat myself over and over again with Art & Invention, but they are truly an inspiration to the Nashville art community and East Nashville in general. On Friday, Feb. 12th (from noon-8pm), Saturday, Feb. 13th (from noon-6pm), and Sunday, Feb. 14th (from noon-5pm), Art & Invention will be open and help you to create your own personal Valentine masterpiece for the one(s) you love or want to love, lol. Whether you decorate a card or wooden heart or invent a one-of-a-kind sentiment from the gallery’s table of goodies, Meg has vowed that if you supply the time … Art & Invention will supply the materials.
An interesting side note: for those that are still searching for the love you so desire and have questions about fate and the likes thereabout, Art & Invention Gallery is once again proud to have local Psychic Carole Kennedy on hand at the gallery this weekend at various times to give intuitive psychic readings and be ready as ever to answer most of your questions if you so decide to come out and ask (lottery numbers out of the question I presume).
And typing in the general ballpark of psychic activities and other vaudeville acts, I have already booked my plans for this Friday night for the most interesting thing I’ve ever heard of happening in Nashville since … well, since as long as I’ve known Nashville. To skip an introduction that would inevitably be unworthy of such an event, I’d like to tell you about The Blind Tiger Dames’ inaugural production called “Du Val De Vire: un cirque de l’amour” at the Belcourt Theatre. What will finally culminate on stage at the Belcourt this Friday, Feb. 12th, 8:15 pm, is something truly extraordinary that Nashville has never witnessed before.
The dream child of talent initiated from the ideas and inspiration of local favorites and superstars (quite frankly) Sunny “Hoops” Becks Crumpton and Laura Matula, The Blind Tiger Dames is a powerhouse art conglomerate. It is a vaudevillian music and performance troupe that brings forth some of the most talented Nashville musicians, artists, creators and acrobatic dancers into one elaborate, theatrical production promoting artistry and ingenuity. Although every single person involved within The Blind Tiger Dames is participating in order to express their distinctive creative self, everyone is more than words excited to showcase this combination of local goodness as a gift for Nashville-something so totally unique and fresh as a whole.
In its first production, “Du Val De Vire: un cirque de l’amour,” The Blind Tiger Dames are psyched to tell a continuous story of love: from friendship, to passion, to thrill, to death. After buying tickets for myself and my wife, Sunny mentioned, “Our goal is to create a show that you can not bear to blink or to budge from your seat for fear of missing even one ounce of it!” Packed with special surprises for all who attend, The Blind Tiger Dames are ready to give their own sort of Valentine’s gift to Nashville and are set to build upon this first story and night of love to make Nashville a better place to come for years ahead.
Another interesting side note: Portions of the Dames’ proceeds are used towards theater and art scholarships for local Nashville children-as they believe encouraging the arts at a young age helps a child develop into a more well-rounded and aware adult. If that ain’t love, then I don’t know what is!
Happy heart day to all, and to all good nights!Image: Sunny “Hoops” Becks Crumpton in one of a couple promos for The Blind Tiger Dames’ “Du Val De Vire”