Well, well, well, this rain today has made me kinda tired. It has also made me kinda speechless too. In fact, it rained so hard this morning that I didn’t even think about texting while driving-a fact my wife would greatly appreciate any day of the week. I can’t wait to get a smart phone that texts for me while I drive. Heck, I can’t wait for the car (smarter than a smart car for that matter) that drives for me while I text. I remember back in the day reading in some magazine about such a car, and seeing pictures for it too, but I guess I’ll have to just throw those false memories of the future ahead in the same files as those cool self-adjusting/drying shoes and the hover-skateboards I saw in “Back to the Future II.”
Well, well, well, typing about movie memory lane suddenly just reminded me about a few things going on this week that might just bring a smile to your face as well. First, this Thursday, September 29th, the Hip Zipper Vintage Clothing store is hosting a party to pay homage and help support the Belcourt Theatre. Located at 1008 Forrest Avenue in Historic East Nashville, the Hip Zipper is opening its doors from 5-8pm to provide a fundraising “Silent Movie House” with an evening of shopping, recalling the stars from a Golden Era, and rolling out the red carpet for cinema refreshments and silent movies while they not only preview their vintage fall best, but tribute the Belcourt Theatre’s treasured history. One of my favorite places in town to see movies or concerts, the Belcourt Theatre opened its doors in 1925, the same year our house opened its doors too, as a ‘Silent Movie House.’ In their honor, the Hip Zipper is donating 25% of the proceeds from sales on Thursday night to the Belcourt and for every $25 you spend, you get 25% off! Everyone’s a winner winner chicken dinner!
Then, when you come back to the future on Friday, September 30th, you can whisk away your troubles aside and stop by the next Collectors Art Night on 5thAvenue of the Arts. This Friday, from 5:30-7:15pm, The Arts Company and The Rymer Gallery will yet again present intimate and insightful art talks by their featured artists and special guest collectors. The evening is FREE, valet parking in front of Puckett’s is FREE, but RSVPs are required (see details at www.5thAvenueOfTheArts.com). With cocktails beginning at 5:30pm, The Arts Company will feature painter Tony Breuer at 6pm and The Rymer Gallery will showcase Vadis Turner at 6:45pm. And may I suggest that when you stop by Puckett’s, you should take notice of “The Hogfather.”
And if you have so much on Friday night around Downtown, I don’t foresee anything wrong with leaving your car down there and coming back again Saturday night to celebrate the 1stin style. In a perfect world, without time and other plans, you could easily catch up on every art opening without missing a thing. But, in an almost perfect world, you might find it easy to stop by a few of the following below anytime between 6-9pm during the First Saturday Downtown Art Crawl:
-Drop by #44 in the Downtown Arcade to celebrate the artist reception for John Reed. He is over the moon excited to be showing a series of his new work that represents the past 2 and a half years of his studio painting. It is the first solo exhibit of the work, and it is meaningful series of paintings that were inspired by historical images of the South (“depicting common lives, emotions, and struggles of the people who forged the strength we find in today’s Southern culture”). The show will run until Halloween.
-While still passing through the Arcade, don’t you dare walk by without checking out the fun Twist is dishing out this month. Twist is featuring Leah Grimaldi with a lot of paintings that I think, from the brief shots I’ve seen so far, are twisted … in a great way. And just down the balcony, before you get to the always fun Blend Studio, take a few pictures in front and beside the Twist etc. exhibition focused on the Nashville photography group called SNAP (Society of Nashville’s Artistic Photographers).
-Just around the big balcony fans, you might find yourself smack dab in front of the COOP gallery in #75. During the month of October, COOP is pleased to present the multi-media work of Oklahoma-based artist, Peter Froslie. As a child of the 80’s, I am very excited to see how Froslie has made his recent objects (sculptures) from children’s toys that he hacks-such as Etch-A-Sketches and other stuffed animals (kinda like the Toy Story toys but real and kinder). Other work by Froslie in this exhibition relates history and investigating global relationships through a range of media and technology; fun and deep stuff all in one spot!
-Then you can get your music art fill on at Tinney Contemporary as they present “The Man Who Shot Rock: Works by internationally-recognized photographer and musician Jonathan Postal.” As seen in the Joan Jett print, the Memphis-based artist was concerned with capturing a moment that was raw, honest, and timeless combined with a unique and quirky style of beauty. In this exhibition, all of the shots are musically inspired from some of the most iconic musicians in the past 40 years. It is sure to be a similar rock time machine as the fabulous Warhol Live! was at the Frist recently. This exhibition will run until November 19thand also have its opening reception this Saturday, October 1stfrom 6-9pm like the others from Saturday above.
Before I sign off for now, be sure to register and sign-up for Untitled’s GLOW Show coming around the bend on October 7th . If you or another friend is interested in participating, you need to register before the deadline of October 2nd by midnight at the following address: http://www.untitlednashville.org/participate/glow/. GLOW is always a wonderful show for all who partake and attend. Don’t miss out if you are willing and wanting to be involved!
Well, well, well, I’m starting to get tired again so I should let you go back to your day at hand. Thanks for stopping by and sharing the news above with others you love and who love art.
As you were, busy but happy.