Monthly Archives: August 2012

This week, this town

YELP … I need somebody!  YELP … not just anybody!  YELP!  That’s right;  YELP is hosting YELP HELPS tomorrow, Tuesday, September 28th, at the Cannery Ballroom starting at 6pm.  YELP has picked 20 local non-profit organizations to celebrate and raise money for during a FREE event where you can get FREE food and drink if you RSVP online (RSVP Online at and you’ll get free drink tickets and complimentary food by Nashville Originals).  YELP is basically pooling donations during the night for anyone who wants to donate, every person will be given one voting ticket at the door that they can cast at a non-profit’s booth, and then there will be one lucky non-profit chosen at the end of the night with the most votes who takes home the cash.  AND if you’d like to try your best at several Minute-to-Win-it challenges, you may win a chance for ten additional voting tickets.  Did I mention that this is FREE to attend?  It is.  You also have to be at least 21 years of age too.

If I then skip ahead to the weekend, things always ramp up around the 1st of the month.  This Saturday is no different.  First, I highly suggest you hit up the Downtown area and the First Saturday Downtown Art Crawl to the fullest.  You can drop by The Arts Company to experience the opening reception from 6-9pm of “From Nashville to Paris and Back:  1945-46 … Classic Photographs by Ed Clark, legendary LIFE Magazine photographer and Nashville native” or drop on over to Tinney Contemporary for their opening reception at the same time of “Blueprints: Cyanotypes by Susan Weil & Betancourt.”  I will write more about both in the upcoming weeks after seeing it for myself, but I thought you’d like to know about the first chance for you to see it too.

But sticking Downtown, here are two other events that you definitely don’t need to miss out on.  First, the always fun Blend Studio is presenting an exhibition of posters, prints, and artist books produced at the Goldsmith Press & Rare Type Collection.    Goldsmith Press & Rare Type Collection is a unique letterpress facility that includes thousands of hand-carved wood letters and antique printing presses.  It is a fabulous working timepiece of a program that started smack dab on the campus of Austin Peay State University.  Pretty fab stuff if I say so myself.  Second, also from 6-9pm, you won’t want to miss the monumental opening of Open Gallery presenting “The Rehearsal: Selected Work from Joel Parsons’ Ballet Projects.”  Located inside The Arcade, 244 5th Avenue North, Open Gallery is pleased to present this solo exhibition of new work by Parsons that features a performance in the first hour of the opening by the artist himself and then figurative sculpture and a small selection of photos.  You can read more about the beginning of Open Gallery at

Then, for the grand finale, finish off your Saturday night and week by visiting Brick Factory Nashville for the After Crawl sponsored by Native magazine from 8-midnight! Sponsored by Native, there will be beer by Jackalope Brewing Company, food by Pizza Buds, music by Marc Scibilia, Vitek, The Future, Eric Phillippi, The Maloneys, and The Dandy Lions, art by Greg Pond, Angela Burks, Mandy Rogers Horton, Nina Mayer, and Emily Clayton, treats by The Trycicle Sweets Co. and Honeybean Mobile Boutique, AND the SEPTEMBER ISSUE of Native.  It will be a pretty amazing celebration for an issue you might recognize a few names inside of for writer’s sake.  Take my word for it and do what you will with that word as always.  It will be a grand finale for the week for sure.

As always, good things and better things to come.  Thanks for your time now and always and I look forward to writing to you and your friends soon.

Have a great week and if you get bored … come visit me at East Side Story every afternoon for the rest of the week.  I have books, artwork, t-shirts, and ideas to sell.  Actually, everything at East Side Story is for sale except one gift on the wall and mE.

As you were, busy but happy,




Before Tuesday’s Gone

To start things off right this week, I should begin things where I left off last week.  I believe the last thing I mentioned was a quick spotlight on two very interesting events this coming Thursday.  I will repeat them both again because they are both well worth it.

First, this Thursday, August 23rd, at 6pm, marks the studio workshop: Drawing Connections at the Frist Center Studios with guest artist, Erin Anfinson.  For $45 for members and $60 for non-members, advanced registration is required (615-744-3355) for anyone who wants to partake in a wonderful way for local artists to better their charcoal drawing techniques.  Also Thursday, Watkins College of Art, Design & Film AND Hatch Show Print’s exhibit “Paint It Black” will have a reception to commemorate their original letterpress posters by Watkins Graphic Design students celebrating the Rolling Stones’ 50th anniversary.  This event will go down from 5-7pm in the Brownlee O. Currey Jr., Gallery.  The exhibition runs through August 26th.

Also also this Thursday, there is a great opportunity or two for you to help support East Nashville’s Margaret Maddox YMCA in a fun way.  By having lunch and/or dinner at any of the following places (No. 308, Battered and Fried, Eastland Cafe, Las Maracas, Mad Donna’s, Pomodoro East, and Watanabe), you will in turn be supporting the Maddox YMCA with their great youth, senior, and other programs that they do such a wonderful job with every day.   Some funds will be forwarded to the Y during this “Feast for the East” YMCA!

Then, return to the Frist Center this Friday night, August 24th, from 6-8pm to witness Southern Word for FREE!  Featuring Julia Nance, Rashad “thaPoet,” & Nashville Youth Slam Team in the Cafe, these top Nashville poets will showcase their talents that have already allowed them to place in the top 20 in the National Poetry Slam and sell over 19,000 albums independently.  The team is freshly back from the national slam festival in California, and they will feature some of the powerful pieces they developed for the event.  There will be music by DJ VU too!

The rest of the weekend is totally up to you and whatever you have in mind.  You can drop by any and all of the art galleries around town.  Basically, you can’t go wrong as long as you get out and support local talent.  If you are close to the Chestnut Street area of town, you should drop in at Threesquared any time Saturday between 6-9pm to check out the exhibition Emily Clayton: Studio Warmups.  The exhibition features a series of photographs created during Clayton’s recent artist residency at the School of Visual Arts in New York.  It will be an opening party that will be fun with good art and good people and good wine and light refreshments served … and FREE parking too!


And speaking of getting out to support others, I want to preview a very special event that is going down this coming Monday, August 27th.  From 7-8:30pm, at the Center for Spiritual Living Nashville (6705 Charlotte Pike), Stephnie and David Farmerie will present an amazing night to help others outside of Nashville around the world.  Specifically, they are putting together a Benefit Concert for Unveiling the Sun featuring The Prentice Family, The Boy Wonder Blues Band, and other great guests.  Suggested ticket price is $25, but no one will be turned away.  Unveiling the Sun-Hope in Congo is a group formed to teach women of the African Great Lakes region who have suffered the brutality and displacement of genocide and war an entrepreneurial enterprise through the art of quilting.  By helping with their mission to help said women, you will in turn be helping secure a strong financial foundation, create a community for emotional and spiritual healing, and provide an arena for generational support and encouragement.  Seriously, do you have anything better to do to help our world next Monday?

I’ll leave you with that thought for the week ahead.  It looks like good weather so enjoy your week and everything around you.  Thanks for your time today and for helping spread the good word around about our lovely town.

much love,


After the flood

I think that I’ve finally awoken from the flood of tomatoes that occurred this past Saturday (on top of the mad dash marathon of life the past two months prior) with a renewed sense of purpose, inspiration, and creative zest for life. I don’t know if it’s East Side Story’s baptism and rite of passage into the wonderful world of the Idea Hatchery or if it might have something to do with a certain birthday party road trip to Rutledge Falls with some amazing friends. I think it might be both and more … #hashtag.

Either way above, I’m pretty fired up about everything going on around town this week for Nashville’s art sake. This Thursday, August 16th, is providing the platform for Nashville Raw Artists’ 5th showcase of 2012. “Radiate” will be another superb night of all-local art, music, performing art, film, photography, fashion, makeup, hairstyling and more!! Starting at 8pm at Mercy Lounge, spend $10 before the event or $15 at the door to get your ticket to see the latest up-and-coming artists of all creative realms. It’s a pretty fun time every time to say the least.

The very next night, Friday, August 17th, from 6-9pm, there is a party at MOONBASE for one and all to experience. The Watkins artist collective Co. H and Native magazine will be presenting the one-night group exhibition called “Strange Material,” a multiple media group show curated by Jessica Clay and Robert Grand. The show, with reception, will be filled with fascinating sculptures, photography, and video for your enjoyment at a price of nothing at all … it is FREE and all public is invited. The participating artists are current Watkins students, alumni, and professors. MOONBASE is a collaborative workspace for creative professionals (1310 Clinton Street in Marathon Village), Native magazine is an amazing new monthly culture magazine dedicated to Nashville’s creative food, drink, film, art, design, and music, and this show is all about collaborations. It is a night and match made in heaven … or Nashville.

Possibly sleep in Saturday night after you make a trek over to East Side Story (1108 Woodland Street, Unit B, at the Idea Hatchery) to get your latest great book to jump into, and then wake up Sunday, August 19th, from 3-5pm for the opening reception for Murat Kaboulov: Celebrating Life at The Marnie Sheridan Gallery (Harpeth Hall School). The Marnie Sheridan Gallery is proud to be exhibiting over 30 oil paintings by the late, great artist from Russia. The exhibition will run through October 12th, but the reception will be a great way to begin this run and end your weekend off just right. Kaboulov’s art is a beautiful, colorful mix of vibrant impressionism and expressionism at the same time. It is something to see and to talk about.

And before I leave you this week, I’d kick myself if I didn’t share with you that you can REGISTER NOW for the studio workshop: Drawing Connecions with guest artist Erin Anfinson for Thursday, August 23rd at 6pm at Frist Center Studios. The cost is $45 for members and $60 for non-members (cost includes all supplies). The workshop is great for beginners who want to be introduced to basic techniques of observational drawing in charcoal. If interested, please call 615-744-3355 because advance registration is required.

And with that I am out and back to hitting the books. Stop by and see me if you’d like or are bored. I hope all is well and you have a great week ahead.

Thanks for sharing the above and below.

much love,

ps- Check out this video from the spectacular exhibition that is over at Blackbird Tattoo and Gallery right now. Pretty rad stuff here-

Please excuse me, Mr. Tomato

Please excuse my lost whereabouts, for I am trying to figure out what I’m doing.  In the completely crazy schedule and Extreme Makeover: Life Edition that my wife is calling my life the past few months (in a great way), I seem to have forgotten to write a post last week about the great things happening at the Collector’s Art Night at 5th Avenue last Saturday and the always fun Hillsboro Village Art Walk last Thursday too.  Please forgive me for I was busy moving in, painting, designing, and meeting with authors all weekend to start East Side Story on time for this next week’s Tomato Art Fest, Saturday, August 11th.

In forgetting to write anything last week, I also missed out on a chance to meet up with Geoffrey Aldridge, an artist and part of Nashville’s COOP Gallery, and seeing Nikki Painter’s latest work.  Painter, who is from Richmond, VA and currently shows with Civilian Projects in DC, uses architectural imagery to pose several psychological issues within her artwork.  All in all, I look forward to seeing it this month and you should as well.

Not trying to miss out on everything this week, you should drop by the Zieher Smith Pop Up Storefront in the bottom of ICON in the Gulch (600 12th Avenue South) this Tuesday, August 7th, at 5:15 pm.  It’s there you will discover, collect, and learn about art online and in unconventional spaces.  You’ll need to RSVP at to join in the fun with drinks and a special panel conversation beside the week long exhibition featuring 20 international artists working in a variety of two-dimensional media.

Noteworthy of mentioning a week ahead of schedule, I present to you the Watkins College of Art, Design & Film and Hatch Show Print presenting “Paint It Black” exhibit for the Rolling Stones’ 50th Anniversary.  The gallery show begins August 10th, and the reception will be August 23rd, but there will be original letterpress posters by Watkins Graphic Design students celebrating the Rolling Stones’ 50 year career being shown in the Brownlee O. Currey Jr., Gallery on campus.  How cool is that?!

But something just as cool (maybe not temperature wise) is the weekend event happening this coming weekend on Saturday, August 11th, in East Nashville’s 5 Points area.  That’s right, it’s time for the best festival around, the annual Tomato Arts Festival!  All day long you will find a plethora of art, vendors, contests of all sorts, food, live music, and basically everything fun and cool you could ever imagine all in one walking distance location.  The Tomato 5k starts at 7am and I believe that Todd Snider and friends will take the stage into the night around 9pm with the most fun you can have in August and in public happening in between.  Oh, did I mention that we are opening our bookstore, East Side Story, that day at our first location ever at 1108 Woodland Street, Unit B?  Well, I just did.

Now spread the word around and see you soon!  I have to get back to my Extreme Makeover: Life Edition before I forget to do some other things I need to do.  Please excuse me for my haste and I hope you enjoy and share the above with others.  If anything, like us on Facebook!

much love,



ps- if you can’t make it over to the Tomato Fest and have to stay on the other side of town, don’t miss out on Blackbird Tattoo and Gallery uniting with curators Jeff Bertrand and Brooke E to bring you their spectacular fall art party with a throwback twist! Also this Saturday, August 11th, The Blackbird crew has been hard at work planning this year’s big art show, and 2012 is bringing the pain! Special guest curators Jeff Bertrand and Brooke E. have gathered their best and brightest, names you know by heart in the Nashville art scene! This year’s show, Remasters of the Universe, is all about the past as reinterpreted by this stellar collection of 30+ artists, musicians, burlesque dancers, and, yes, even chefs. Get your Saturday night party clothes out, y’all, this one’s gonna be a banger! Doors open August 11th at 9pm, drinkers at $15, non-drinkers at $10, but you can pick ’em up in advance at Blackbird – $12 for the drinkers, and $7 for those abstaining. VIP available for $50, getting you access to the fancier food and upscale cocktails. Bring your pocketbook, because all art will be for sale and in the obtainable range of $125 and up.