Well, I might as well write about the elephant in the room before I get rolling on the rest of the fun around town this week. After passing around the “Call for Authors” to several friends in the literary loops around town, a nice reporter for The Tennessean broke the silence of my surprise for August with a bang within moments after talking on the phone together. The story, the beginning of East Side Story is right HERE (again, click HERE). Luckily, we plan on being open for the Tomato Art Fest beside Art & Invention at 1108 Woodland Street, Unit B, on Saturday, August 11th. But enough about me and my crazy ideas for a bit, and sticking with the mater theme, check with Meg at www.tomatoartfest.com in order to see how you can still get involved with helping the most fun festival in Nashville all year long (FACT).
Without further ado, this leads me to write about this week at hand. Friday is going to be a doozy…a fun doozie at that. To kick things off on Friday, July 27th, at noon, you should (if you are free to leave work for a solid lunch break) drop by the Frist Center Auditorium (FREE admission, first come, first seated) to hear Leigh Ann Baird, Gina Hancock, Simon Amstutz, Simon Peachey, Dave Piper, and Jim Schorr come together and speak about “Managing Landscapes.” The panel discussion will be very enlightening and add a lot of depth to the experience of viewing the current exhibition at the Frist.
Then, still on Friday, from 5-7pm, over at the Currey Gallery at Watkins, you’ll be treated to a one-night-only exhibition like no other. The exhibition and reception is for Watkins College’s pre-college program that features paintings, drawings, graphic designs, and films by some fabulous artists (go to 2298 Rosa L. Parks Blvd.). Admission is FREE and the art will be priceless. Wait, that was a joke, it probably does have a price if you ask, but you need to be there to ask. The after party for the Watkins shindig will be at Mercy Lounge. Take it from me, the party will be at the concert by the local band MONA, this Friday, July 27th, at 8pm will be a blast. They are playing with Empires and Kink Ador. You can plan ahead or get your tickets at the door.
Saturday night, July 28th, will be the last chance that you can see the “Unessential Night.” From the artists of Grizzly Grizzly, Saturday will be the last chance you can see the show of the Philadelphia collective at COOP in The Arcade gallery. The exhibition, featuring the work of Jacque Liu, Matthew Alden Price, Ruth Scott, Mary Smull, Cindy Stockton Moore, and Josh Weiss includes painting, book arts, mixed media, and sculpture galore. Ironically, seeing this exhibition on its final night would make your night everything but unessential in the grand scheme of things.
Well, now that I got all of the above out of the bag, now I can get back to working on the house and East Side Story ideas with my wonderful bride. If you want to know more, as we are busy developing the logo and website with the wonderful people at Proof Branding in town, you can follow us on Twitter @eastsidestorytn. With that written, thanks for taking the time to read this and share with others as usual. It takes a village and I love my village.
Have a wonderful week ahead … because you can.