Monthly Archives: August 2010

If only this weekend was short and sweet

Well, on paper and right here for now, it certainly can be both.  Here I go.

This weekend is set up to be one for the ages. Whether you are prepared to meet your maker, jumping in a river for fun, biking out in the sun, or going for a long run, there are plenty of opportunities to make the most of your time. And typing of runs, this weekend will mark the start of quite a run for a local artist in Jeff Bertrand.

To be specific, Bertrand is kicking off his Saturday, August 28th, with a dynamic show alongside some of his favorite creative people around town. Located at the always hip Billups Art, sixteen local artists from all walks of artistic life are coming together to showcase their latest works combined in the format of the diorama. The exhibition, Diorama-o-rama 2010, consists of unique themes, ideas and construction within the concept of diorama (a term that is understood as a 3-dimensional miniature or life-sized scene in which figures, stuffed wildlife, or other objects are arranged in a naturalistic setting against a painted background). Other artists contributing are the following: Charles V. Bennett, Dustin Dirt, Brooke E., Dave Fritts, Brandt & Aurora Hardin, Mai Harris, Julian Herrera, Jessica Hill, Jonny Lashley, Kevin Presley, David Pound, Amanda Sekulow, Brittany Danielle Smith and Greg Veach. Diorama-orama 2010 will take place from 6-9pm, Saturday, August 28th, at Billups Art, and for only $5 at the door you are promised to witness the most fantastical combination of Barbie Dolls, G.I. Joes and other 3-Dimensional retellings of your childhood classics. Not to forget, that the scene will be serenaded by the musical stylings of Ronnie Lee Twist and the Future Cats providing a stellar soundtrack for your night.

I’d like to take a short break from the epic run that I referenced for Jeff Bertrand’s near future and come back to that next week for next week’s event on my radART for aWesome things happenings around the Nashville area, and shed a little light of attention upon another cool happening this Sunday, August 29th. The Mad Platter Restaurant is opening its doors from 1-3pm for an art opening reception created by Lisa Stevens of the Paper Finch Studio to show the latest and greatest of her spectacular paintings. Free to the public, food and drinks provided shall provide anyone that drops by to see the art and Lisa with a perfect transition to carry over the easy from your Sunday morning. Trust me, the food and the paintings will be a sufficient recipe for a pleasant day had by all willing to make the time.

Okay, now I have to run … literally (among other things). Take it easy out there and feel free to share this story, news about these events, and basically the love behind the heART of Nashville.

rise and ride,
much love,


You say the weather outside is frightful

But the East Nashville Tomato Art Fest is so delightful; and since you know exactly where to go, tomato tomato TOMATO! Ohtay; so I’ve been away from the keys for a few weeks. I must apologize if you’ve even noticed the slight absence of consistent weekly word jumbles to support the local art scene how I seem fit. I need to come clean and admit that this particular gig ain’t for the hungriest of starving writers if mula is what you’re in it for, mixed with the fact that I’m T-minus 3 weeks from an attempt to transform into an official Ironman (the type this is much cooler and respected than an Robert Downey Jr. mind you), but I also wanted to share with you and everyone you share this site with that I don’t just blow hot air about the local art scene and artists every time I have written or choose to write to fill space in a timely manner. Honestly; I haven’t had too much time the past 3 weeks to write up to par, but I also haven’t been inspired out of the ordinary either. That being written and read, let me announce that my inspiration has come back in full force by the very fruit/vegetable that I used to despise unless it came from a bottle with 57 varieties made in a factory.

That’s right, my taste buds and creative love for the arts have changed since way back when and I am proud to say that I am a full-fledged tomato lover at this point in my budding life. In fact, I can pinpoint a monster transformation to this point dating back to a mere 3 years ago when a good friend told me to visit Art & Invention Gallery one particular Tomato Art Fest day to peek into the wonderful world of East Nashville. Never did I imagine in a million and one years at the time that I would participate in the alley artwork the following 3 years (counting this year side by side with the lovely ef harper), marry an artist that had artwork at that very Tomato Art Fest (the same lovely ef harper now Beard), and live within walking distance of the magical world that Meg and Bret continue to amaze and astound people of all walks and veggie/fruit tastes.

This Saturday, August 14th, 2010 marks the 7th annual Tomato Art Fest at Five Points, 1106 Woodland Street in East Nashville. It has grown from a small neighborhood event into a ripe festival with over 20,000 in attendance that proudly (and all the while smiling) brave the heat of August to come out and play in an array of ways. The Tomato Art Fest is a stellar showing of community and participation. It is a family event where everyone is encouraged to enjoy the shared fun and imagination brought to you by the spectacle of the tomato. There are non-stop activities in the general vicinity to Art & Invention pretty much constantly from the Tomato Art Preview Party 6:30 pm on Friday, August 13th, to the 5th Annual Tomato 5k on Saturday morning at 7:30am, to a Second Line Parade at Fanny’s House of Music at 10am, to live music in the streets until after the sun goes down (I am particularly inspired and partial to tell you about The Mary Nails show at 7:05 pm due to the aWesomeness that is sure to make all the tomatoes explode at once after the first song hits the streets), to anything and everything you can imagine tomato-related in between (see their website HERE for details about events and times. I’m kind of hoping for a “salsa” dance/tomato themed activity for 2011. I’ll keep you posted.).

Whether it is live music you seek, the bloody Mary contest to quench your thirst, the local businesses that have booths promoting their specialties with a side of tomato twist to check out, the local art and artists that fill the streets, Art & Invention and the galleries and fences all around the area with a plethora of eclectic tomato styles and collective goodness for your hungry soul, the Tomato Art Fest 2010 is guaranteed to truly amaze you all yet again and stay true to its motto, “The Tomato … A Uniter, Not A Divider-Bringing Together Fruits and Vegetables.”

Soooooo; basically all you need to know is tomato this Saturday, August 14th, Art & Invention, the best Tomato art you’ll ever see … ever, tomato, Five Points, East Nashville, inspiration is back in full effect, let’s go, let everyone know, tomato, tomato, TOMATO!





Thursday, AUGUST 12, 2010

Wine Tasting at Rumours East: (Sponsored by Rumors East / Woodland Wine Merchants / Best Brand Distributing)

What a treat! Rumours East is hosting a wine tasting that will pair 5 different delicious wines with 5 of their own tomato inspired dishes. After attending this evening, you will know what wines to drink to make those tomatoes taste even better!

WHERE: Rumours East / 1112 Woodland Street
WHEN: Thursday, August 12, 2010
TIME: 5:30pm – 8:00pm

COST: $20.00 / person (reservations not required, but are highly encouraged)
CONTACT: 615.262.5346 /

On Saturday, August 14, 2010, Rumours East will open at 10:00am and serve tomato themed food throughout the day and into the night!

Here’s a sampling of the tomato goodness you will find on their menu: Bloody Mary’s, caprese salad, BLT’s, gazpacho, & fried green tomatoes


Tomato Wine Dinner at Marche: (Hosted by Marche / Woodland Wine Merchant)

Help kick off the Tomato Art Festival at Marche Artisan Foods. Co-hosted with Woodland Wine Merchant, the evening’s menu features a four course tribute to the tomato with accompanying wines. How does it get any better than that?

WHERE: Marche Artisan Foods / 1000 Main Street
WHEN: Thursday, August 12, 2010
TIME: Dinner begins at 6:30pm
COST: $40.00 / person (reservations required)
CONTACT: 615.262.1111 /

Friday, AUGUST 13, 2010

 Tomato Art Preview Party:  (Sponsored by Art & Invention, Nashville Farmers’ Market, and Tilted Palm Beverages)

Always a popular event, the Tomato Art Preview Party offers the art lover a wonderful night of sights, sounds and flavors! Party-goers get to be the first to view this year’s tomato art while enjoying delectable food, live music, and Bloody Mary’s compliments of Tilted Palm.

This year, we have a special treat for you.  In the spirit of our motto, “the tomato…a uniter, not a divider- bringing together fruits and vegetables”, we will unite culinary talents from both East & West Nashville by featuring tomato inspired dishes from collaborating chefs. Our two chefs are (insert drum roll here):

  • 2010 Iron Fork Winner Chef Andrew Hunter
  • Holland House Executive Chef Christian Dye

Our chefs will be honoring the tomato in deliciously delightful ways featuring produce & more from Nashville Farmers’ Market farmers & merchants.   Join us for this first-ever unification of tomatoes & culinary talents!   

You can also expect a few surprise treats that night, and as always- there are PriZeS to be won!
This promises to be the best crop of tomato art to date, so register now to reserve a place for you and your friends!

And remember, space is limited, so hurry to secure your spot in tomato history!

WHERE: Art & Invention Gallery / 1106 Woodland Street
WHEN: Friday, August 13, 2010 (Friday the 13th was never so lucky!)
TIME:6:30pm – 9:00pm
COST:$25.00 (reservations required)
CONTACT:615.226.2070 /  

Haphazard Happenings With Purdie And Friends-Modern Silent Pictures


There will be three Modern Silent Pictures shown Friday night before the Tomato Art Fest. They will have a live piano accompaniment by Marc Ridgeway of Jackson, MS. The shows are free but donations are greatly appreciated.

WHERE: ArtHouse Gardens /1108 Woodland Street
WHEN: Friday, August 13, 2010
TIME: Starting at 7:30pm

NEW! Tomato Bicycle Art Show Opening Party: (Sponsored by Eastside Cycles)

Join us for the opening reception of the first ever tomato art bicycle art show.  Artists have made art on (or with) bicycles and bicycle helmets.  Come see the amazing things they have created! (The show will be up all day on Saturday, August 14th, beginning at 10:00 am)

WHERE: Eastside Cycles
WHEN: Friday, August 13, 2010
TIME: 7:00pm – 10:00pm

Bloody Mary Competition: (The Preliminaries!): (Sponsored by Three Crow Bar)

Think you have the best Bloody Mary recipe in all the land? Well, this is your chance to let the world know about it!  Once again, Three Crow Bar is hosting this very popular event to see who has this year’s best Bloody Mary, and will be accepting entries from July 14, 2010 – August 12, 2010  Entry forms can be picked up any time after July 14th at 3 CROW BAR, Due to the overwhelming popularity of this event, only 10 entries will be accepted in a lottery-style selection process. Winners of the lottery will be notified on Friday the 13th, and return to 3 CROW BAR Saturday, August 14th, at 3:00 PM so that the judges can crown (well, it’s not really a crown) the best Bloody Mary of 2010.

Saturday, AUGUST 14, 2010:

Tomato 5K: (Sponsored by Margaret Maddox YMCA)

Jog, walk, or run this exciting race that will take runners through the heart of Historic East Nashville’s neighborhoods and unique local businesses! Make a day of it and stay for the Tomato Art Fest!

START TIMES:                

Children’s Fun Run: 7:00 AM

Tomato 5K: 7:30 AM

PLACE: Five Points at the corner of Woodland and 11th Street

Sign Up!: www.  


 Tomato Fairy/Elf Costume Contest: (Sponsored By Fairy Tales Bookstore)

Join us for a Tomato Fairy contest! Get out your glitter, your wings, hats, twinkle toe shoes, and your elf ears! Fairytales Bookstore is hosting a Tomato Fairy/Elf costume contest ½ hour before the parade at the tomato fest in East Nashville. 

The contest is open to all ages and genders, with prizes for all contestants. We look forward to seeing you there!

WHERE: the lot behind Fanny’s House of Music/ 1101 Holly Street
WHEN: Saturday, August 14, 2010
TIME: 8:30am
CONTACT: 615.915.1960 /


PARADE! A New Orleans Style Second Line:

COME JOIN US to strut your tomato stuff at this hilariously fun event!  Feel free to get silly and costumed, or just join us as we march down the street! Musical instruments welcome!

The Second Line Parade for this year’s Tomato Art Festival will be led by Halfbrass.

Born under the influence of classic New Orleans tradition, Halfbrass creates festive atmospheres out on the street and all the way back to the stage by mixing second-line brass band music with funk, jazz and rock. Audiences love Halfbrass for their unique sound and party-like shows.

The parade steps-off at 9:00am in front of Bongo Java. It follows part of the 5k run course and then ends at the Main Stage on the corner of Woodland & 11th Street.

Dress up in your favorite tomato (art) costume, bring an instrument to play, and let’s hit the streets!

WHERE: Right in front of Bongo Java Roasting Company / 107 South 11th Street
WHEN: Saturday, August 14, 2010
TIME: 9:00am
CONTACT: 615.915.1960 /


Bongo Java Kids Event: (Hosted by Bongo Java East)

Start your Tomato Art Fest experience early at Bongo Java Roasting Co. and East Cafe with a fresh-brewed cup ‘o Joe and an Egg Bomb. Wake up while the children create their own tomato fun with sidewalk chalk, balloons and other crafty stuff!

The folks from Grins Vegetarian Cafe will be there dishing up samples of their tomato taste sensations. The Las Paletas frozen pop cart will be there too!!

Bongo East Café hours: 7:00am – 6:00pm (Paletas & Grins treats in front of the store until they are gone!)

WHERE: Bongo Java / 107 South 11th Street
WHEN: Saturday, August 14, 2010
TIME:9:00 am – noon


Tomato-tinis at Magnolia Spa: (Sponsored by some Hip Chicks)

Complimentary Tomato-tinis at Magnolia Spa! Stop by for a cocktail, a tomato facial, a chair massage, or just have your to-mat-toes painted red!  Let Magnolia Spa find the Hot Tomato within you with our fab spa services. Walk-ins only…but remember, first come is first served!

WHERE: Magnolia Day Spa / 1000 Main Street / Walnut Exchange
WHEN: Saturday, August 14, 2010
TIME:9:00am – 5:00pm
COST: Chair massage-$1.00/minute; tomato facials-$10.00; painted to-ma-toes $1.00/toe; Tomatotinis? ON THE HOUSE!


Tomato Art Show: (Hosted by Art & Invention Gallery)

We think there is no finer collection of tomato art to be found east of the Mississippi, and maybe even in the entire tomato-eating world!  Now, we realize this is a bold statement, so you will just have to come out and see for yourself if you think we are correct in our assessment!

WHERE: Art & Invention Gallery / 1106 Woodland Street
WHEN: Saturday, August 14, 2010
TIME: 10:00am-8:00pm
CONTACT:615.226.2070 /  


Tomato Bazaar:

Over 100 vendors will arrive early to tempt and delight you with their wares…from artists to small businesses to fabulous food, our vendors aim to please!

WHERE: Five Points, East Nashville
WHEN: Saturday, August 14, 2010
TIME: 10:00am – 6:00pm
CONTACT: for a list of vendors and vendor map


3rd Annual Bobbing For Tomatoes/Tomato Toss:(Sponsored by Wags & Whiskers) 

Bobbing for (real) tomatoes, tossing (faux) tomatoes at a target, prizes, treats for the pooches, wading pools to cool hot paws…fun for pets and those who love them!

WHERE: Wags & Whiskers (At East Nashville’s 5 Points, between Red Door & 5 Spot, under the Hip Zipper)
WHEN: Saturday, August 14, 2010
TIME: 10:00 am – 1:30pm

Stand for Children Tomato Jewelry-Making: (Sponsored by Stand for Children)

Stand for Children, a national organization that seeks to make kids’ needs a higher political priority,  
will be welcoming children and their families/caregivers to make simple, tomato-inspired jewelry with us outside our new East Nashville office.  Come learn about our grassroots organization and find out how you can become a successful advocate for your (and all of Tennessee’s) children.  We will have a “mister” by our table as well, so stop by and cool off under the water!

WHERE: 123 South 11th Street
WHEN: Saturday, August 14, 2010
TIME: 10:00am – 2:00pm

KidFest: (Sponsored by East End Methodist Church)

Inflatables! Face Painting! Tomato Head Painting! Free fun for children of all ages!

Fairytales bookstore will be on hand with a Mr. (or Mrs.) ToMaTo HeAd craft project.

And as if that were not enough, there will be boy scouts serving refreshments, and homemade jams, jellies and kraut available for purchase. Yum.

WHERE: The park at the corner of 12th & Holly Street
WHEN: Saturday, August 14, 2010
TIME:10:00am – 2:00pm

 Fun For Kids at artEMBRACE: (Sponsored by YCAP / artEMBRACE)

Join us at the Y-CAP Building for some GREAT AIR-CONDITIONED FUN! Try your hand at West African drumming and printmaking, or make a mixed tile piece!  Fun for kids of all ages!

WHERE: 1021 Russell Street
WHEN: Saturday, August 14, 2010
TIME: 10:00am – 2:00pm
CONTACT: 615.259.3418
Find Your Thrills At Kustom Thrills Tattoo: (Sponsored by Kutom Thrills & Octane Gallery)

The head tomato at Kustom Thrills Tattoo Studio has many new and exciting things planned for this year’s Tomato Art Fest!

Kustom Thrills will be giving out Tatmatoes (temporary tattoos) and if that isn’t enough, they will also be showing “Attack of the Killer Tomatoes” on the big screen inside their studio. And if THAT isn’t enough, Octane! Art Gallery (located inside Kustom Thrills) will be displaying the Killer Tomato Art Show, featuring art from Kustom Thrills’ artists along with several local artists.

WHERE: Kustom Thrills / 1000 Main Street
WHEN: Saturday, August 14, 2010
TIME: 10:00 am – evening

  Bicycle Tomato Art Show: (Sponsored by Eastside Cycles)

In celebration of all things tomato, Eastside Cycles is sponsoring a Bicycle Tomato Art Show. This is your chance to revel in the wonders of the bicycle and tomato-inspired art. Eastside Cycles will be open in our new location in Five Points and will exhibit your art inside and outside our building.

We will have two categories for Bicycle Tomato Art:
Helmets. Helmet art will be hung or placed either inside or outside our bike shop during the show.
Bicycles. All bike art will be displayed outdoors. Bike frames must be able to stand upright on their own and withstand weather.
Space is limited and we will accept art request submissions on a first-come, first-served basis. If you make the cut-off, bicycle artists may submit 2 pieces of art, one of which must be tomato-themed.

A jury will select the Best of Show, which will win a brand new bicycle and bragging rights. Several cash merit prizes will be awarded.

WHERE: Behind Eastside Cycles
WHEN: Saturday, August 14, 2010
TIME:10:00am – 6:00pm

Tomat -O-Lympics: (Hosted by Billups Art)

Billups Art will host their Second Annual TomatOlympics in the alley behind Beyond the Edge.
Come and show off your ‘Mater Cannon and see just how hard you can throw a tomato! Prizes will be awarded to the person with the fastest throw of the day and to the person who gives the most accurate guess as to how hard they might throw a tomato. (For example, if you throw your first tomato at 66mph, the second at 68mph and you guess that the 3rd will be 67mph and you are correct, then you win!)   We will have a Jugs gun on hand to clock each throw…last year’s fastest tomato was an impressive 89mph!!! (Now that’s a hummin’ tomato)

WHERE: Billups Art (In the building behind Drifters BBQ, next to Beyond the Edge)
WHEN: Saturday, August 14, 2010
TIME: 10:00am – 6:00pm


Billups Art Fair: (Hosted by Billups Art)

Billups Art will be hosting their 2nd Art Fair during the Tomato Art Fest.
Just make a turn at the Beyond the Edge parking lot and head to alley to see the work of many talented local artisans. We will have everything from jewelry to oil paintings.

Throughout the day, you can step into Billups Art and catch a breather in the A/C, get a cold drink from the bar, check out more artwork, and listen while some amazing singer-songwriters perform for you.

Come back in the evening after the sun goes down and hear one of the best Singer/Songwriters in town, Isaac Hayden. Hayden, originally from Jackson Hole, Wyoming, will be releasing his Live Album, “Disarm Me”. With his mellow grooves and incredibly diverse voice, he is sure to melt all of your tomato hearts! Isaac will begin his performance at 9p. Cover will be $5/byob.

WHERE: Billups Art (In the building behind Drifters BBQ, next to Beyond the Edge)
WHEN: Saturday, August 14, 2010
TIME: 10:00am – 6:00pm


Tomatoes and Wine: (Sponsored by Rumours Wine Bar)

Saunter over to Rumours East for some cool wine cocktails and a refreshing tomato-inspired menu. Caprese Salad, BLT’s, gazpacho, and fried green tomatoes are just a few of the taste sensations that await you! Enjoy drink specials all day long including Bloody Mary’s (naturally).

WHERE: Rumours East Wine Bar / 1112 Woodland Street
WHEN: Saturday, August 14, 2010
TIME: beginning at 10:00am
CONTACT: 615.262.5346


Heirloom Tomato Tasting/Organic Farmers:(Sponsored by Turnip Truck)

With the heirloom tomatoes already overflowing in their produce department, The Turnip Truck is ready to celebrate the TOMATO!

During the Tomato Art Fest they will have an Heirloom Tomato tasting along with plenty of their homemade Tomato Basil Hummus and Gazpacho available for sample and purchase.  Please stop in while you are exploring the festivities!

WHERE: Turnip Truck / 970 Woodland Street
WHEN: Saturday, August 14, 2010
TIME: 8:00am – 8:00pm (Turnip Truck Saturday hours)


Giant Ice Cream Sundae Extravaganza:(Sponsored by Pied Piper)

For kids ages 2 – 10! Calling all kids to help build the largest ice cream sundae in East Nashville!  The reward for all this work?  You get to EAT the ice cream!

WHERE: Pied Piper Creamery
WHEN: Saturday, August 14, 2010
TIME: High Noon

How Many Tomatoes in this Jar: (Sponsored by Wonders on Woodland & Back East)

Guess how many tomatoes are in our vintage candy jar and win a PRIZE!!!

Come on, Better Boy, count the Big Beefs and maybe you can beat Mr. Stripey for the Moneymaker title and catch a little Sun Gold.  So taxi on over to the contest Easy Girl for an entry blank, guess the number of them little Gold Nuggets in the Pineapple jar.  If you’re the closest GUESS-TOMATER, you’ll win the Mortgage Lifter prize basket.

Your guess is as good as vine!

WHERE: Wonders on Woodland & Back East / 1110 Woodland Steet
WHEN: Saturday, August 14, 2010
TIME: Collecting entries during business hours beginning Thursday, August 12 – Saturday, August 14 at 2:00pm


Red Head Competition:(Sponsored by Tomato Art Fest)

No registration needed, just show up with your tomato red locks! This contest is open to all red heads- men, women, boys, girls, and those whose red hair is just NOT REAL!
Emceed by the fabulous Earl Brewster.

WHERE: The stage behind Fanny’s House of Music/ 1101 Holly Street
WHEN: Saturday, August 14, 2010
TIME: 2:00pm -3:00pm

Biggest/ Littlest/Ugliest Tomato Contest: (Sponsored by The Nashville Farmer’s Market)

We love UGLY tomatoes! That’s right, the uglier the better. We also love those big tomatoes and the teeny weeny ones, too! And this year, we also want to see your prettiest, most artistic and TASTIEST tomatoes as well!
Enter your tomato to win those coveted Ugliest Tomato/Biggest Tomato/Littlest Tomato PRIZES by 1:00pm on Saturday, August 14, at the Farmer’s Market Booth!

WHERE: Nashville Farmer’s Market Booth
WHEN: Saturday, August 14, 2010
TIME: drop off entries from 10:00am – 1:00pm. Winners announced after 2:00pm

Tomato Haiku Competition: (Sponsored by The Book Fool)

Ladies and Gentlemen. Step right up for this year’s Hot Tomato Haiku Contest! For the third year in a row, Nashville’s Tomato Art Fest plays host to the hottest, rowdiest haiku contest in the South. If you’ve got the poetic urge, why not vent it with us?

Prizes for this year’s winning haiku include an iPad® for Best of Show, gift certificates to local shops for each Category winner, and the people’s ovation and fame forever!
WHERE: Main Stage at the corner of Woodland Street & 11th
WHEN: Saturday, August 14, 2010
TIME: Winners announced at 2:00pm

Recipe Contest: (Sponsored by The Nashville Scene)

Soup and sandwich, soup and sandwich… who doesn’t want to eat the perfect soup and sandwich? It is the perfect combination for a meal. And since it is such a perfect combination, we chose it as our theme for
this year’s recipe contest!

Your task is to create the most magnificent tomato inspired soup or BLT recipe you can, and enter it in the 2010 Tomato
Art Fest recipe contest. We can’t wait to taste the magic you create.  And you can’t wait to win all our fabulous PRIZES. Go get some tomatoes. Be crafty in the kitchen. Experiment with family tasters. Have fun, and send get your entries in!

WHERE: Margot Café / 122 South 12th Street
WHEN: Saturday, August 14, 2010
TIME: Drop off entries between 2:00pm – 3:00pm
CONTACT: to enter-www.

Bloody Mary Competition (THE FINALS): (Sponsored by 3 Crow Bar)

The top 10 Bloody Mary finalists will return to 3 CROW BAR on Saturday, August 14, so that our 3 expert judges can crown the best Bloody Mary of 2010.

WHERE: 3 Crow Bar / 1024 Woodland Street
WHEN: Saturday, August 14, 2010
TIME: 3:00pm

Beautiful Tomato Contest: (Hosted by Alegria)

Here is how it works: Take an ordinary tomato, and dress, adorn or decorate it as if it
were an entrant in a beauty contest or headed to a costume party. (It helps to think of
your tomato as a small, round person who is just ripe to get dressed up and go out
on the town!) Call today to enter yourself in this great contest!

WHERE: Fannys House of Music Stage / 1101 Holly Street
WHEN: Saturday, August 14, 2010
TIME: 4:00pm – 4:30pm (Entries must be at Fannys by 4:00pm to enter)
CONTACT: Alegria / 615.227.8566

Wet Burrito Contest: (Sponsored by Nuvo Burrito)

It’s time for the 2nd Annual Wet Burrito Contest!
That’s right, 24 hungry contestants will race to eat their burrito the fastest…while being hosed down with water.

Four winners will receive one-year memberships to the Burrito of the Month Club, with awards going to “Fastest Face-Filler” and “Best in Show”.

The event begins with the selection of the contestants. Judges will be looking for contestants that will best represent Tomato Art Fest and Nuvo Burrito in the year ahead, so they will be looking for outlandish outfits, sexy swimwear, tomato-themed ensembles, Spongebob Squarepants and/or superhero costumes… body paint encouraged, but not required.

The burritos will be vegetartian and there will be separate heats for guys and girls. To pre-register as a potential contestant, send an email with your plans to

We will be accepting last-minute registration at Nuvo Burrito up until 30 minutes prior to the event.

WHERE: Nuvo Burrito / 1000 Main Street
WHEN: Saturday, August 14, 2010
TIME: 5:00pm
CONTACT: / 615.517.2923