That’s right, everything I just said in this here title above me and more is what you’ll find around Nashville for the week ahead. I won’t beat around the burning bush, not for one more second. Here is what is on fire! Tonight, at 8:30pm, at Bongo Java After Hours Theater, you can find the amazing creative talent that is Craig Havighurst in his “String Theory (Surround Sound Edition): A One-Man Show About Music.” The first showing was last Tuesday and was highly praised and received by many. The show, tonight, will also be on Tuesday, November 13th at the same time and bat channel if you can’t make it tonight. Tickets are $10 to witness a truly remarkable show that covers 12+ years of covering music in and around this music city by Craig. It is a series of monologues, readings, videos, guitar picking’, songs, beats, and vinyl mashed up together to help music fans, players, and lovers be entertained and enlightened. I trust Craig and the people I know that went last week and I say it is a must see. I plan on seeing it the 13th! Who’s coming with me?
Then tomorrow lends itself to be the freaking most awesome day of art talks around town that I believe this city has ever had. Don’t believe me? Consider the following. Tomorrow, from 9am-4pm, introduce yourself to “Nash-Up: Remixing Nashville’s Arts, Culture, and Creative Future” at the Frist Center for the Visual Arts. The keynote speaker is the legendary Wayne White (if you don’t know his work by name, shame on you and talk to Google NOW). Panel 1 will be Nashville’s Visual Identity- moderated by Mark Scala with the panelists of Libby Callaway, Brent Stewart, Sam Dunson, and Bryce McCloud. Panel 2 will be Nashville’s Narrative Imagination- moderated by Stephanie Pruitt with the panelists Kevin Gordon, Janet Lee, Christopher Mohnani, and Amelia Winger-Bearskin. Panel 3 will be The Future of Creativity in Nashville- moderated by Jim Ridley with the panelists Stephanie Silverman, Dr. Steven Tepper, Lain York, and Renata Soto. You need more info? Here ya go- http://www.nowplayingnashville.com/event/detail/441674415. I know … I know. Amazing stuff, right!!!
Fast-forward to next month, this Friday, November 2nd, from 3-6pm, at 3101 Wingate Avenue, and join artist LA Bachman in the art studio. Guests are invited to bring friends to enjoy the work, the environment, and refreshments. With the holiday season approaching, there will be works available for purchase and commissioned paintings can be booked. It doesn’t get much more organic in the art process as this y’all! Also Friday, at 7:30pm, you can visit Vanderbilt at their Fall Salon fiesta of sorts. It is there, in the Reading Room at Vanderbilt Divinity School, where poet Kate Daniels will read from her latest work “A Walk in Victoria’s Secret,” music and song will come from songwriter Aimee Wilson and North Carolina’s Songs of Water, and the event it FREE! Can you beat that? Keep reading and try 🙂
Saturday isn’t too shabby either. If you are not running or volunteering in the Nashville Ultra Marathon (I’m volunteering and you can too at www.nashvilleultra.com- so inspiring), you should do 1 or 3 of 3 things. First, you should sign up and participate in the unique “Accordion Book & Creative Writing Workshop” from 1-3pm in front of East Side Story bookstore in the 5 points area of East Nashville. It is there where you will find book artist Jennifer Knowles-McQuistion and author Susannah Felts coming together like super heroes of literature to teach a 2 hour workshop to teach people how to make their own 6-page accordion hardcover book! You can even add to the spirit of the day by bringing your own bottle of wine or hot cup o’ joe too! No book arts experience necessary (Adults only). Cost is $20 and $5 materials fee, and all you have to do is register by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org … NOW! It is filling up quickly and you don’t want to miss out on this fun.
Then, who on Earth doesn’t like blue skies and jelly beans? Welp, “Blue Skies and Jelly Beans” will be what you see this Saturday from 6-8pm if you visit Crema (located a short walk from downtown in Historic Rutledge hill at 15 Hermitage Ave.). Local husband and wife artists, Aaron and Michelle Grayum, will bring their whimsical collaborations to CREMA with an artist’ reception like no other. The artists will be donating 50% of their sales to Jacaranda Kids, a non-profit organization providing education to children living in the slums in Nairobi, Kenya. Seriously … if you have the time and the heart, you need to be there.
Also Saturday, coinciding with the First Saturday of the month Downtown art crawl with plenty of slender and wonderment, you should definitely stop by Blend Studio from 6-9pm to see Josh Worman, a local artist who recently graduated from Vermont College of Fine Arts, and his latest works of art that questions the use of materials and materiality and what can he use to make art in general. He transforms random materials into art objects and also amuses himself with wordplay, stretching language, and the linguistic phenomena. Plus there is some humor scattered around as well. A can’t miss show.
And finally, as the look ahead to next week highlight, and keeping with the humor, wordplay, what to make of physical materials, and a whole lot of fun, I leave you with the final call for reservations for Tuesday, November 6th, and the first ever East Side Storytellin’ program (selfless plug because I’m a proud puppy of this idea turned reality). The first 30 to rsvp for FREE at Rumours East (615-262-5346) will be able to witness the live event turned radio show for WAMB radio and a podcast at a later date. The first show will be a reading by local author Ann Shayne from her Bowling Avenue sensational book, and then a musical performance like no other by the oober-talented Kim and Scott Collins (who also form together like super heroes of music and call themselves The Smoking Flowers). There will be art, wine, food, interviews, music, readings, wine, food, wine, and a heck of a time had by all. Don’t get left out in the cold on this or the upcoming shows that you can read about at www.eastsidestorytn.com.
Have a great week … the best! Because you can!