The week is early, and the weekend past was quite glorious when all was said and done, but it didn’t take much time at all for me to get super excited about this coming Friday and weekend ahead. And I don’t want to bypass the heart of this week or wish to throw away any time whatsoever, but if this Friday night was to happen tonight, I wouldn’t be disappointed one iota. You may be asking, “Why are you so excited about Friday, Chuck?” This is why.
Consider yourself formally invited to The Basement for the first big and can’t miss party of 2011. Kaz Video is celebrating its 1 year anniversary by throwing a shindig like no other. There will be music, wedding cakes, limos standing by, walking works of art dressed in paint, and stand up comedy to make you laugh for days after. For a mere $5 at the door, this Friday, March 4th, from 8-11:30pm, The Basement will be the home of Charles Butler & Associates at 9, Telecommunicators at 10, and Deep Fried 5 at 11. For me, personally, it won’t get any better than seeing The Jones Brothers Experience throwing the gauntlets down on stage between and around the musical acts with their witty banter, captivating stories, and better than Zanie’s zany humor. Did I forget to mention there will be FREE airbrush tattoos by Air Today Gone Tomorrow all evening?! I’m just saying … get on board and run and tell somebody. Don’t make any other plans for Friday. TGIF hasn’t expected this much fun since Balki Bartokomous.
If you by some chance cannot make it to the above fiesta at The Basement on Friday, March 4th, then you should definitely make time to see the opening reception for “Girls Night Out” at the Customs House Museum. From 5-8pm, the Museum is celebrating the “Ladies First” exhibit with the above reception that is open to the public and will be including an exhibit discussion at 6pm. Some of the ladies with work featured in this exhibit is Sher Fick, Edie Maney, Miranda Herrick, among others.
As for the rest of the weekend, you may find yourself leaning towards dancing Saturday away with the Guilty Pleasures at Mercy Lounge, or getting centered on Sunday evening with the sounds of Colin Hay at 3rd and Lindsley, but let it be known that there is plenty of fresh new art to be had, bought, and seen around town this weekend as well. In fact, 5th Avenue of the Arts is presenting its monthly First Saturday Art Crawl on March 5, from 6-9pm. With more than 20 art venues participating, including The Arts Company, The Rymer Gallery, Tinney Contemporary, Tennessee Art League, Estel Gallery, Twist Gallery and Art at the Arcade, and the Frist Center for the Visual Arts, there is never a dull moment for art lovers on the first Saturday of each month.
Two spots that I’d highly recommend this Saturday would be to check out MIR Gallery and its latest exhibition titled “Versus: A Group Art Exhibit” and The Coop Collective’s “The Fulcrum Lost its Feather: A Collaborative Work by Daniel Evans and Shu-Mei Chan.” Mir Gallery’s (44 Arcade Building) exhibit will be open from 6-9pm Saturday during the art crawl and will feature works from over 20 pop surrealists from right here in the South. Right down the alley in Space 75 in The Arcade, The Coop Collective’s latest is a fantastic collaborative ceramic experiment between a husband and wife artistry duo inspired by the genius of machines and the flight of birds. Both spots will be welcoming to all those who take the time to drop by.
That said; I need to run and get everything done now before Friday smacks me in the face at The Basement. I suggest you do the same. Be well, safe, and avoid all those nasty storms out there.