Monthly Archives: September 2012

Back to Fall

I’m sorry for not being around on here last week, but don’t think that things were idle here, there, or everywhere in the area. Believe you me, good things are on the horizon, are in the works, and will be told your way as soon as they come to fruition.

But in the nice time, I must let you know about one of the must see events around town to kick things off here. YOU REALLY NEED TO GO TO THE FRIST CENTER FOR THE VISUAL ARTS LIKE NOW! You know when the Frist Center does something big, they go all out. Well, last Friday they opened 3 new exhibitions at the same time. I was fortunate enough to check it out the first night and they are all tremendous. First, you can see various real images taken around town in Cameras & Community in Action. Then, you can check out the splendid, cutting edge cartoons of Brian Alfred: It’s Already the End of the World. But you will be forever changed and wowed by Carrie Mae Weems: Three Decades of Photography and Video. Weems, a socially motivated artist whose works invite contemplation on issues surrounding race, gender, and class. This is another extraordinary exhibition that has been organized by the Frist Center, curated by the Frist Center, and is primed to shock the world after first pleasantly shocking the locals.

Speaking of shock and glow, the glow from leaves and trees colors are changing over at Cheekwood. It’s that time of the year to wander through the gardens and find scarecrows hidden among the trails. With weekly special events beginning this week and going through all of October, Cheekwood is a great place to experience one of the best times of the year festively to the fullest. You can see the chrysanthemums, the scarecrows, the TRAINS! encore across from the Frist Learning Center, and you can carve, paint, or just decorate your very own pumpkin from the new pumpkin patch.

And now that we are talking about what’s new, you might be interested to learn about Funky Catsterz; a new retail space that is beyond unique, it’s cat-tastic. The Grand Opening for Funky Catsterz and Erabellum is on Thursday, September 27th, from 6-9pm at 1800 8th Avenue South. Funky Catsterz will have a small space that is packed with lithograph and digital prints, framed prints, 3D prints, hand-painted tote bags, t-shirts, and sweatshirts. Everything will be 10% off for the Grand Opening as well.

Then, on Saturday September 29th, you NEED to come out to Main Street Gallery to witness one of the best collaborations around town. From 5-8pm, there will be a tremendous opening reception for Stacey Irvin and Andee Rudloff. If you’ve never seen either one of their works or collaborative efforts, you are in for quite the treat!

One more thing, before I go back to the idea board, go ahead and mark down this preview into your calendar books … Saturday, October 6th, the 2012 Handmade & Bound Nashville will go down at Watkins College of Art and Design for the now annual arts festival featuring handcrafted zines, artist’s books, and all things book arts. It will be a grand ol’ time had by all! BOOK it!

much love,


What better place than HERE, what better time than NOW!

Well, well, well, it appears as though things are starting to come together quite nicely and look a little brighter for everyone I know after a few wild months of storms, changes, and stormy changes. Before I get to the major highlight I want to selfishly share with you at the end of this blog, I do want to shed a little spotlight on some keynotes that deserve said spotlight.

First, there was/is the Parthenon. Recently, the Parthenon announced another set of new docent training classes. With classes taught by museum staff and local scholars, and Docent Training Class beginning on Saturday, September 22, you don’t have much more time to sign up and ask for additional information of how YOU can become one of those official persons interested in learning more about ancient Greece, Nashville history and American art, and sharing that knowledge with others. If you are between the ages of 17 and 70 and would like to give tours to school groups and individuals, answer questions, give directions, and act as ambassadors for Nashville and the Parthenon, call 615-862-8431 or email

Secondly, if you are more of an artist and want to get your art on, know that Seed Space is inviting YOU to apply for a 2013 exhibition! They are interested, and not limited to, sound, video, installation or performance-based art that addresses themes of science and technology. The submission deadline is September 10th and they will notify applicants by October 1st about their choices.

Now for some love for some good people and friends …

First, a good man named Nate Woodall, who plays all sorts of instruments for all sorts of great musicians, is playing tomorrow, Tuesday night, at 3rd & Lindsley at 8:30pm with the group Colour of London. It is their first show in Nashville in awhile (they opened for Alicia Keys and Macy Gray last week) and they will be playing so great new songs. They will be sharing the stage with their friends Ferrier for the mere price of $7.

Secondly, you may already know that this week/end is going to have the Americana Music Festival all around town. There will be ample amounts of legendary and soon to be legendary musicians rocking out in every nook and corner within the city limits. I plan to get out to several, including the always fun Live on the Green (The Wallflowers headline this week while the amazing Dr. John funked us all out last week). If you can only make it out to one event of the Festival, I highly recommend you make the time to drop by Musician’s Corner as always at Centennial Park. The mobile food court opens at 11am, beer & wine garden happy hour is from 2-3pm, and the main & acoustic stage music, Kidsville activities, and Dog of the Day is from 3-6pm. Oh, did I mention that Charlie Faye, Hoots & Hellmouth, and Sam Bush will be on the main stage. No, wait … don’t let me forget about Ella Mae Bowen AND Carolina Story on the Lightning 100 acoustic stage.

And speaking of Ben and Emily Roberts of Carolina Story, they just released another single that you should have already and you just don’t know it yet. It’s no coincidence that their latest release is called “Gold” because that’s exactly what they are. You can get it HERE. They are playing at Musician’s Corner at 4:30pm and then high-tailing it over to the biggest party in town this Saturday.

The most fun you’ll have all weekend, and that’s a FACT, will be when you visit the GRAND OPENING Launch Party and public reception for East Side Story and Hello Boys any time between 5-11pm. The reception will feature a variety of books written by Nashville area authors, vintage clothing and accessories for men, live music, juggling acts, henna artwork, food and desserts, photo booths, caricature art, and local author signings throughout the night. Located in the 5 Points Collaborative in East Nashville, at 1108 Woodland Street, East Side Story and Hello Boys are creative additions to an already thriving artistic community. With Playing By Air with Jacob Weiss at 6:30, music by Carolina Story at 7pm, food by Las Paletas and Wrapper’s Delight, and a variety of local authors doing book signings throughout the night, there will be everything but a dull moment to help make this Saturday one for the ages … or just the beginning of some great and wonderful things to come. See HERE for the Facebook invite page and share it with all your friends.

I hope you have a superb night and week ahead as always. Thanks for taking the time to read and share the above.

much love,



PS- Issues of NUMBER: 72 will make their first appearance in Nashville at the party at East Side Story this Saturday night in case you need another reason why to drop by all the fun.  Number is the best!  Check it out at

Happy Labor Week

You may have missed out on your chance to visit the Frist Center today on the last day of a few exhibitions before the new ones come in. You may even have missed out on visiting Cheekwood’s Tree House exhibition since today was the final day for that too. Heck, you might even have missed a few other things today, but I hope you’ve had a great day and plan to have a good week ahead. Here are a few things that might help make that possible.

For starters, tomorrow night will allow you to pretend like it’s the weekend by going to 12th & Porter to hear the amazing local band Eastern Block at 8pm playing some old and very very new songs about to be recorded for their latest record. They will be playing alongside The Rouge and Makeshift Prodigy starting at 8pm. I highly recommend you taking time to listen to Eastern Bock before they hit it really big … yes, it is going to happen … trust me.

Then, I skip a few hours and days to introduce you to the wonderment that is Thursday, September 6th. It is literally a “Trio” of fun. First, there is a FREE reception for Watkins College of Art, Design & Film’s annual faculty show called “Trio”-with work by Cody Arnall, Adan De La Garza, and Alethea Norene from 5:30-8pm in the Brownlee O. Currey Jr., Gallery on Campus (2298 Rosa L. Parks Blvd) Second, you should know about the 10th Avenue Toast Community Mixer going down at Brick Factory Nashville (209 10th Avenue South, Suite 126). From 4:30-7:30 pm, local authors Cary Graham (Remnant) and Jenny Hickman (The Mirrors at Barnard Hall) will be selling autographed copies of their tremendous debut novels- I should plug that I am happy to say both of them have their books for sale on the shelves at East Side Story as well. This event is FREE and open to the public as well. Lastly on Thursday, you are more than welcome to join and participate with local muralist Andee Rudloff over at the Hillsboro Village Community Mural at Kay Bob’s (1602 21st Avenue South) from 5-8pm. By coming down to help at that time, you’ll be taking having fun at the Hillsboro Art Crawl to another level altogether. On top of painting and the crawl all around, there will be live music by Frank Rische & The Family Band too! Did I mention this is the LAST Hillsboro Village Art Walk? Well, due to some construction changes on the horizon, there won’t be any more big events in that area after Thursday until Christmas in the Village on December 6th … stay tuned.

Then, another beginning comes from some other beginning’s end-or so I’ve heard. Friday, September 7th, from 6-9pm should solely be dedicated to the GRAND return of The Plowhaus Gallery GRAND OPENING (729 Porter Road, East Nashville). Eight O’ Five Jive will be playing music and food will be provided by Pomodoro’s East while some of the best local art will be showcased at the same location. Don’t believe me? Well, let me name drop a few of them here: Andee Rudloff, AyJey Illustration, Ben Vitualla, Beth Seiters, Bethany Taylor, Buddy Jackson, Carrie Mills, Connie McGhee, David Wariner, Denny Adcock, Diane Stockard, Erika Wollam-Nichols, Franne Lee, Gina Anderson, HARRY, Jay Trimble, Jeff Frazier, Julie Sola, Keith Harmon, Landry Butler, Laurie Poole, Lesley Patterson-Marx, Marlynda Augelli, Martin Cadieux, Mary Sue Kern, Michael ClenDening, Nancy VanReece, Ned Evett, Paul Schneider, Raeanne Rubinstein, Rob Lindsay, Ron Coons, Sarah McTeer Ogburn, Susan Striepe, Susie Monick and more!

Which leads me to Saturday, September 8th and the return of 2nd Saturday @ 5 Points. You can come visit East Side Story and the rest of the creative family over at The Row (aka The Idea Hatchery beside Art & Invention) at 1108 Woodland Street if you want to have tons of fun and see the best of boutiques and books. You can then go across the street to Bryant Gallery to see the one and only Bill Brimm’s Tide Pools at Halibut Point from 6-9:30pm. The exhibit features color photography from Brimm shot while vacationing this past summer on the Northeast shore. The prints are on canvas and were not photoshopped at all.

I’m guessing the above has given you enough to plan out a spectacular week so I won’t give you any more to digest at the moment. I hope you have a wonderful day and week ahead. Thanks for taking the time to read the above and spread the good word around.

As you were, busy but happy,