Monthly Archives: November 2012

Art, Mustaches, and MORE!

Now that I’ve got your attention, let’s kick things off with the mustache part of the subject above. This Wednesday, at 6pm, if you find yourself at Rumours East, you’ll find yourself at Rumours East’s 2nd Annual Mo Party with a lot of stuff for everyone. Their second annual Movember Party to raise funds & awareness for men’s health will have mustaches (can’t say that enough, right?), drink specials, Early Times Fire Eater Whiskey Tasting Station, raffled prizes, and a photobooth to capture classic moments all night long. Also, they have 2 tickets to give away for Bassnectar’s 360 New Year’s Eve Show!

And speaking of parties, rest up Thursday morning so you can hit up both of the shindigs that night. First, from 4:30-6:30pm, Sarratt Art Studios are having their 22nd Holiday Art Festival. They are having an opening reception for 22 artists. You can purchase handmade Christmas gifts, and their will be an ample amount of printmakers, pottery, jewelry, photography, and more to be seen and purchased. You can see more about what the night has in store at Sarratt at Secondly, also on Thursday, from 6-9pm, at Erabellum (Artisan Co-op- 1800 8th Avenue South), there will be another great holiday preview party. It will be a golden opportunity to get the first shot at the original creations and finds of 30 local artists, craftspeople and vintage dealers. There will be beer, wine, soda, and a hot chocolate bar!

Then, on Friday, November 30th (my sister and my dog’s birthday by the way in case you need more of a a reason to celebrate something on Friday), you can have a killer time at Zeitgeist Gallery listening to Maria Finn from 6-7:30pm. Finn, a Copenhagen-based artist that has published 5 issues of her magazine “Plum Velvet,” will present her latest issue on the theme of “Hidden Narratives.”

Also Friday night, you can find even more talks with the monthly Collectors Art Night on 5th Avenue. If you RSVP at, then you are more than welcome to join in on the fun to be had at 3 locations side by side by side. At 5:30pm, The Rymer Gallery will start the evening art talks with a conversation with artist Herb Williams about his new crayon sculptures and oil paintings. At 6:45pm, Tinney Contemporary will feature artist Hyunmee Lee to talk about her new exhibit “Silent Guestures.” And at 7:15pm, The Arts Company completes the collaborative conversations with photographer Jerry Park and his “WorkSpaces: Artist’ Studios” (with co-curators Anne Brown and Lain York). The event is FREE if you RSVP!

You may want to go home early and rest on Friday because the rest of the weekend is a fun marathon of art and gifts. Saturday, if you stay around downtown from the night before, you can enjoy all of the 1st Saturday Downtown Art Crawl at all of the galleries. One in particular that will be more festive than ever (and that’s saying a lot since it is always festive) is twist art gallery. They will be celebrating a mini craft fair from 6-9pm in order to celebrate a very Merry Twistmas! Yes, I said it. Side note, the COOP gallery will also be poppin’ with some spectacular glass art from Virginia Griswold (no relation to the Christmas Vacation Griswold family though). Side side note, Lipscomb’s Open Gallery will be hosting the work of graduating BFA students Mariel Bolton, Nick Doty, and Jessica Richardson that varies in video, performance, and sculpture art.

But if you want to know where I and several hundred of my good friends will be on Saturday, December 1st (pretty much all day long until 9:30pm), Art & Invention Gallery will host their 11th annual Holiday Art Show. It includes work from over 100 artists (I’m married to one), featuring smaller works of art and handmade artisan wares. Whether you are looking for paintings, prints, jewelry, pottery, glass work, furniture, fiber art, Christmas ornaments, boots, vintage clothes, books, book art, and pretty much anything you are looking for, then you’ll find it at Art & Invention or at The Idea Hatchery stores just beside it (don’t forget about Bryant Gallery across the street too)! Seriously, if you can’t find it at any of the stores and galleries at 5 Points and Fatherland, then you probably don’t need it. Until 9:30pm, you really don’t have any excuse not to stop by for holiday shopping. Need food? You have several quick spots in I Dream of Weenie and Wrappers Delight food truck close together–and don’t forget Lockeland Table right up the street that can’t be beat! We’ll also have plenty of holiday music every where you turn. Side note, DJ’s HIS & HERS will be on hand spinning festive holiday songs on vinyl.

Point being, you really have to be an enormous humbug not to have a fun, festive weekend this week. Take a few notes from above and help spread the love to everyone you think needs a little pick-me-up this week. Good people + good art = good times.

much love,


Here I go again not alone

Soooooo, before I get into this week, let’s take a trip down memory lane for one second about what I posted on other social media and East Side Story‘s website last week after I last wrote on here. See this link and enjoy the recap of the first East Side Storytellin’ event that I hosted on election night. It was a big success and the first of many to come.

Side note, last minute change of line-up due to the flu … tomorrow’s featured musical act will be wonderful Levi Weaver instead of Jenny and Tyler (blame it on the flu and know they’ll be at East Side Storytellin’ on January 8th). Hope to see y’all there at both!

East Side Storytellin’ Schedule:

Tuesday, November 20 East Side Storytellin’: 7:00 p.m. River Jordan and Levi Weaver Rumours East FREE; Reservations required at 615.262.5346

Author, River Jordan, will read from her book Praying for Strangers followed by a musical performance by Levi Weaver.

So yeah, that is the key event around and before your bed time in case you want to RSVP as one of the last few spots we have remaining. Did I mention attending is FREE but limited?

Speaking of the holiday season this week and shopping local, leave it to Metro Arts to help everyone and their mother find great deals and great events. I’ll just give you their link and a blurb they just posted everywhere:

• The art of reading is a gift. East Side Story, our newest independent bookseller features a variety of books, handmade paper items and printed cards all by local authors and makers.
• LeQuire Gallery is featuring local handmade books Thanksgiving Weekend, November 23-24 from 10am-3pm daily.
• Cumberland Gallery has its annual “Small Packages” show through December 23
• PictureThis! Creative Framing & Gallery has limited edition Phil Ponder Prints and Holiday Ornaments that make great Chanukah gifts and stocking stuffers.

After you trot out your turkey or quail or whatever the heck you stuff yourself with on Thursday in good company day and night, you are more than welcome to bring everyone over to Black Friday at 5 Points. From 10am-10pm, there will be festivities gone wild at 1017 Fatherland Street in East Nashville. With a forecast of low 60’s, clear skies, lots of local food, local beverages, local music, local art, local shops around the corner that will be open like no other in each direction you turn, I can’t think of any other place I’d rather be come Friday … can you?

I know this is quick and not as informed about the weekend ahead, but I’m taking this time to let you just breathe instead of planning out every minute of the holiday season.

Relax, go where you want to be, spend your time the way you want to spend it and with who you want to be beside, and just enjoy the weekend all around. Be thankful for all you have and give to those who are in need. That is all. Be well.

much love,

ps- Quick fun fact- Meg has extended her hours at Art & Invention to her holiday hours and has the entire gallery jammed packed with more local folk art, holiday gifts, and cool things you’ve never even thought of yet in her store.  You should…NEED to come visit!

Just writing, no time to talk

Believe me, there is never enough time to think when all you do is do. Before you try to make too much sense of it, let us proceed with a recap of what is amazing this week around town.

First, two for Tuesday is taking an interesting, most compelling trip. Tomorrow I know of two things that are happening that will totally change your world for the better. If you are into music (as in when you are presented with the group music on Facebook, you instantly click ‘Like’) you can’t go wrong with Craig Havighurst’s String Theory (Surround Sound Edition): A One-Man Show About Music. As mentioned in a previous post, this 2-act, one-man show is a heartfelt, funny, entertaining walk through some new ways to experience music by an expert listener, appreciator, and all-around great guy. It will go down at 8:30pm at Bongo Java After Hours Theater.

Second on Tuesday’s menu, it might not get any better than this … seriously. It is time yet again for another Night of Remembrance at Gilda’s Club Nashville. Whether your loved one has died recently or long ago, this is a very special evening with a remembrance service, candle-lighting, and music by Jill Colucci. People are encouraged to bring a photo, poem, or other items for display if you want to openly show love for those not with us any longer that were affected by Cancer. I have been before, and it is always a very special time with very special people at Gilda’s Club no matter what reason you are dropping by there. If you want to be a part of this evening at 6pm, sign up at 615-329-1124 or email now. There will be refreshments on hand too.

Fast forward to the weekend and here is what you might get into:

Bennett Galleries (2104 Crestmoor Road) is having music, drinks, hors d’oeuvres, and great art from 6-9pm. You’ll be able to meet with the featured artists of Scott Hill and Craig Allen. They are also having a Frist Family Giveaway if you RSVP before the event date to get in the drawing. To RSVP, call 615-297-3201.

First you need to put Libby on your calendar! Yep, that’s right! Libby Rowe will be back in town and celebrating her latest art at Ground Floor Gallery + Studios at 427 Chestnut Street. Her work, titled “Living in Two Worlds,” is a combination of her “Inside/Out” (a series of digitally-manipulated domicile constructions, and “(sub)Division” (a large-scale photographic sculpture). Rowe lives in San Antonio now, but we won’t hold that against her. She is amazing!

Also Saturday, speaking of amazing, Funky Catsterz will be selling work at the Holiday Market in Hillsboro Village throughout the day and on Sunday to boot. Funky Catsterz will have a pop-up store with Erabellum Artist Co-op that will have some of the most fun, original Christmas present ideas around.

But if it’s storytelling that you want, storytelling you shall get at the Eastside Tellabration from 3-5pm. Sponsored by East Side Story (I know some people there I do believe), Fairy Tales Bookstore, Fanny’s House of Music, I Dream of Weenie & Pied Piper Creamery, there will be live storytelling from Magda the StorySpider and Dee Kimbrell, local music from Kell Coulter & K. Connor Davidson, and a ton of great people all around of all ages smiling and having fun. Saturday, November 17th, 2012 has been proclaimed to be TELLABRATION! It is the Worldwide Event of Storytelling and at that moment, across 6 continents, in 40 states, 9 countries, over 300 audiences are gathering in joy and anticipation for the stories to begin. For Tennessee, this is the only time and place TELLABRATION! will go down. Don’t miss out!

Then, later in the night, at 9pm at The 5 Spot, you can help give thanks to some of the best musical storytellers ever … The Band. There will be five bands there playing songs from The Last Waltz, as well as other tunes from other catalogues from The Band, Levon Helm, and Rick Danko. Music by Winterland, Grass Monkey, Allen Thompson Band, Derek Hoke, and Don Gallardo & How Far West. Again, don’t miss it! It only costs $5.


Why not finish your weekend of art, books, and music with some of the best around on Sunday. At 3pm, at the Eastwood Christian Church, the Eastwood Ensemble will be performing an epic show called “Parking Meters.” East Side Story is partnering with the Ensemble ( to help put together a unique day of music and poetry for the sake of benefitting Friends of Shelby Park. I believe I will be there speaking very briefly before enjoying the always epic poetry of local great Ben Burr (author of “The Nashville Poems” and more) and then some amazing music afterwards too 🙂 It is FREE admission although donations are encouraged for such a big-time happening. I hope to see you there!

With that said, here is what you can do for me now. Please share the following to every artist that you know. They don’t want to miss out on this tidbit.

The Frist Center for the Visual Arts is seeking works of art inspired by the holiday season to use as the Frist Center’s cover image on their Facebook Fan page. I do hope that you will consider submitting: You’ve done the art … now get busy sharing it!

As you were, busy but happy,

The Week that is THIS Week

Hello friends, Facebook and not. This week has been an epic week and we are not even finished with it yet! The election night was anything but yelling about politics where I was because it was a wonderful, dare I say beautiful night with some amazing creative, good-hearted people at the first ever East Side Storytellin’ at Rumours East. I’ll write more about the night when we get the recording out this weekend, but you should know that you need to go ahead and RSVP for the next one on November 20th right now because it was a big hit for everyone there.

That said, I’ll let you know what several other of my friends are doing and getting into this week/end. First, I was told by my good friend, talented musician, and one heck of a piano tuner, Jonah Kraut that he is a part of big event called The Caretaker White Orchard Theater today, all day and night, at the O Gallery (1305 Clinton Street, suite 120).

Fast forward to Friday, after I’ve gone to see Citizen Cope and possibly Joshua Radin in concert (music fix is on again), you should treat yourself to an opening art exhibition and reception called “Texts” by Barry Jones. Tomorrow night, from 6-9pm at Threesquared gallery at its Chestnut location, “Texts” will bring you joy with new works by multimedia artist and Austin Peay State University professor Barry Jones. From wall-mounted iPhones displaying the Ten Rules of Conduct used by civil rights activists to outdoor projected tweets from Tahrir Square, Jones’ work brings to light the possibility of political changes and upheavals in our future. There will be videos and other fun stuff to check out as well.

Also this Friday, from 6-9, across town on the east side of things, you can have an art explosion of sorts if you visit The Plowhaus Gallery (729 Porter Road). There will be food by Pomodora East and Cafe Fundamental, music by Stoned Soul Revival, and more importantly there will be new work by Myles Maillie! Enough said, right?! What are you waiting for?


Something you shouldn’t wait for is Saturday. First, you can get your storytelling fix on at Linden Waldorf School from 9am-4pm as part of their 16th Annual Elves Faire. General admission is $5 (kids under 3 are FREE). Crafts and games are ticketed, but there will be storytelling in the Tea Garden in two sessions of 11-11:30am and 1-1:30pm. There will tons of other things going on at the same place.

Talk about tons of other things going on on the east side of things again. First, one of East Side Story’s featured East Side poets, Ben Burr, is the featured poet in Saturday evening’s Poetry in the Brew at Portland Brew East (1921 Eastland Avenue) at 6:30pm. It is the perfect appetizer for your next stop … at East Side Story. I say that because I will be there, obviously, but so should you. From 6-9pm, we are having an opening/closing reception (we like to do things a wee bit differently, right?) for our one-weekend exhibition called “Beyond Books” at the bookstore. East Side Story is taking out all of the book books in the bookstore and replacing it temporarily with local book-themed art that challenged local artists to go beyond traditional book structures and the printed word in order to tell their story. Sculptures, 4-D, audio, and any other media (including the printed word) will be on site by some of the most creative people in town and the items are all for sale! Call me crazy, but this sounds like a great idea for a fun event. Come on out!

Finally, to finish your musical, creative journey through the weekend, you might as well throw it all in the history books with a grand finale like no other fireworks you’ve ever seen. Sunday night, 8pm, at The Basement, you will be in the best of company to witness Star & Micey alongside Nashville’s own Carolina Story. I don’t need to say anything else. I won’t.

Except … Thanks for reading and sharing.

and …

much love,