Monthly Archives: December 2012

The Beginning of the World as I know it

I’m tired of people talking about the end of the world. Surely I’m not alone in this line of thinking and feeling. In fact, I’m tired of people only doing things for others and being nice at certain times of the day or year. I won’t go on too much of a rant right now because I want to stay positive here as always, but let’s just imagine that the world doesn’t end tomorrow. What’s the harm in living a good life every day and spending your time as though it could be the last day you live … after all, we’re all going to die in the end and you can’t decide when and where you go for the last breathe. That said, as always with the below, you can decide where and when you go to meet good people.

I want to share two links that might make you very happy in terms of helping others with art or the creativity of life. You can click them and see what each is about before reading more below.

Now that you feel better about your own life and what you’ve done this year or day so far, get back to shopping and stuff. I know just about every store and gallery will be open for extended holiday hours as I type so you won’t find a lack of things to see and buy to make others you love happy. Sticking with the art theme here, you can certainly buy things at a good rate at the Frist Center right now in the gift shop. They have ornaments, jewelry, holiday cards, and other fun things to find … not to forget while there you can give yourself a gift and lesson on humanity by walking around and taking in the extraordinary Carrie Mae Weems exhibition (I’ve already been a handful of times and it gets better and more powerful each time).

You can also jump across the river to the East Side of town and visit the Shoppes on Fatherland as well as The Idea Hatchery at 5 Points next to Art & Invention. We have just about any and everything you could ask for and it is all local! Speaking of in that area and doing something locally to change something for the better globally, you really should get your running shoes over to the 26-4-26 event taking shape this Saturday, December 22nd at 8am. See the link below to sponsor.

Basically, a ton of great-hearted people are meeting up at Nashville Running Company on Saturday at 8am to help make a positive difference for all those affected by the horrible tragedy that happened in CT last Friday where 20 children and 6 adults lost their lives. They are offering 4 loops of 6.5 miles that you can choose to run (distances of 6.5/13/19.5/26 miles). Relay teams are offered but they ask that whether you run or walk, each person bring a $1 minimum donation for each mile they will travel. All proceeds raised will be donated to the families of the lost in Newtown. Come out for a great cause and spread the word!

And speaking of staying local and doing whatever I’m doing (not that you asked), you can swing by at 2:30pm to the bookstore, East Side Story for the book release/signing of local Bill Schumm’s book titled “Shelby Past & Present: A Centennial Commemorative.” Bill will be on hand to sign and talk about his wonderful pictorial book that features images of Shelby’s changing seasons, its incredible past and current structures, activities, sports, wildlife, and the Park’s beauty. There will also be some commemorative paintings of Shelby Park for sale as well by John Cannon (East Side Story’s neighbor and painter extraordinaire). It will be going on from 2:30pm until around 4 so feel free to drop by with your friends and get a limited edition signed copy of this wonderful treasure before the holidays!

While you I have you thinking about the greatness of everything local, I should also let you know that I’ve just caught wind of Ryman Lofts and want to share it with you too. Ryman Lofts will be Nashville’s first affordable apartment building with a preference for people pursuing a career in the creative arts. Located near downtown on historic Rolling Mill Hill, Ryman Lofts is part of a “creative campus” bringing together entrepreneurs, musicians, writers, visual artists, performers and designers of every creative enterprise. This might just sound like and be a Christmas miracle for many that read this post actually. You can find more information on the cheap rates and the amazing plans for it all at You’re welcome.

And with all that above, I bid you good day and good night. May you enjoy your day today to the fullest and your manana be even better!

I hope this reaches you well.

As you were, busy but happy,
much love,


Nashville’s Got Talent

This week, boy and girl with talent are you in luck. I’ll go ahead and let you know that whether you watch reality television or not, whether you have any talent whatsoever or not, whether you want to just have a great story to tell after auditioning after standing in a long line of people that really REALLY care about being on television, you should go to the Nashville Convention Center tomorrow for the open auditions for “America’s Got Talent,” NBC’s top-rated summer series. To preregister for an audition, visit You won’t see me in line, but good luck and don’t forget about us!

Now with a little more realistic fun to be had by all. First, this Friday, December 14th, why not drop by Fat Bottom Brewery for a good cause. Located inside the facilities that houses an amazing zen like local beer garden, YOU are officially invited to join their “Show Love” Happy Hour from 5:30-8pm. Here’s the deal … the good people at Room In the Inn work very hard all year round but especially so during the harsh winter months to provide shelter and meet basic needs for all of those who call the streets of Nashville home. In addition to the Winter Shelter, there are around 100 folks who live at Room In the Inn campus too. Because it’s Christmas and this is the most overt time of year to Show Love for your neighbors in need, here is what you need to do if you want to come to the party. Come to Fat Bottom Brewery between 5:30-8pm, and bring a donation for Room In the Inn (list of needs are: cough drops, warm socks, Tylenol, toothbrushes and toothpaste tubes, and/or CASH so that the staff at Room In the Inn can buy sweatshirts and warm PJ’s for those in need). If you bring a donation, you get $1 off your pints for the night and you get to celebrate the season with other good-hearted people!

Then, Saturday December 15th, you should take time to visit all of the local art galleries showing art all around town, but if close to the Tennessee Art League you should definitely give them a little love too. Right now, at Premiere Gallery, Arlene Wilson has astonishing works of art depicting nature with mixed media on various canvas. At the Ethel Smith Gallery, Jan Batts & Pam Tyson are showing their collaborative abstract and realistic artworks “In Our Hearts and On Our Minds.” And at the Poston Gallery, Room In the Inn (see the full circle tie-in I did there?), has “Walls, Fingers & Floors: Paintings for your walls, rings for your fingers & floor cloths for your floor.” Works will be featured by homeless artists from the art program at Room In the Inn.

So after you’ve done all of the above, you’ll be primed for the 3rd Annual “Miracle On Music Row” concert hosted by Emmylou Harris. From 10am-4pm on Saturday, the 3rd Annual Miracle on Music Row, a pet adoption extravaganza, will feature a holiday dog parade led by Emmylou Harris and Santa Claus, live performances by several favorite Nashville musicians and performers, photos with Santa, a silent auction, and more. It will benefit Bonaparte’s Retreat, an organization in Nashville dedicated to providing nurturing foster car and homes for shelter animals. It is all FREE with a suggested donation of $20.

I hope that all of the festivities and more above and all around hit you with a ton of holiday cheer. Two things that I’m really looking forward to this season actually start next Tuesday.

First, at Rumours East, Tuesday, December 18th, at 7pm, the bestselling author JT Ellison will be reading from her latest book and musicians Melissa Mathes and Bill DeMain will be playing extraordinary music together for the next round of East Side Storytellin’ hosted by mE! It is FREE and all you have to do is call Rumours East to save your spot at 615-262-5346.

Secondly, and lastly for this week’s post, next Tuesday marks the first day of several (December 18-23rd to be specific) dates where The Ornaments are playing LIVE at The Family Wash. Every night, two shows a night (one at 7pm and the other at 9:30pm, local greats Jen Grunderman, James Haggerty, and Martin Lynds will hit the stage to play A Vince Guaraldi Christmas (aka A Charlie Brown Christmas). You better call and reserve you spot before they all sell out (they do every year). Nothing means Merry Christmas more than a pint, pie, and this show at The Family Wash … seriously. What are you still reading for? Call 615-226-6070 now!

That is all … for now.
Be MERRY and kind to one another.

much love,

A Holiday Kiss

In honor of staying true to KISS, Keep It Simple Stupid, here is the week of fun you may or may not choose to experience in Nashville. For your own sake, I hope you keep it real with this KISS plan too.

compass logoTonight, you shouldn’t really be going anywhere but Rumours East in my humble opinion. What is going on you ask? Well, if you pick up your cell phone right now and call615-262-5346, you might just be a winner and win FREE tickets to see David Mead play music at Rumours East. Not only that, you’ll also get to hear local author Bill Friskics-Warren read and talk about his book “I’ll Take You There.” It’s part of the live-recorded radio show event called East Side Storytellin’ that I host every other Tuesday night. There are still a few seats available for tonight and this is definitely a show you won’t want to miss. So if you want to be a winner, pick up the phone NOW! Here is a preview of what you might experience if you do …

Then, tomorrow, December 5th, you can get an excellent 2-for-1 great experience over in the Hillsboro Village area. First, all day long through December 6th, you can check out “Surface Treat” at Nashville’s Smallest Art Gallery, across the street from Fido on the wall. Artist Shana Kohnstamm has put together some amazing wool pieces mixed with aluminum mesh to glass marbles in a sculptural and pictorial medium. Well worth the visit. Then, after you view that, walk across the street to Fido at 8pm for another dose of FREE storytelling at 8pm. Pictures of Fireworks is going down and it is a monthly night of storytelling that showcases a combination of Nashville’s best comedians, authors, interesting local characters and residents, and YOU. Half of the tales are told by performers who are curated in advance and the other half come from the audience members who may or may not be chosen randomly after you drop your name in a hat at the start of the show. The curated storytellers have 7 minutes to share their story and audience members have 5 … no scripts allowed! So much fun. See you there?

And typing of seeing you there, I might as well throw in the news about Thursday’s 85th Annual Waffle Shop at the Downtown Presbyterian Church from 11am-2pm. DPC will offer up a Christmas-themed lunch of homemade waffles, turkey has, southern grits, linked sausages, coffee, and spiced tea for a mere $7! This event funds the homeless ministries at the DPC. Then, later Thursday night, you should come back over to Hillsboro Village for Christmas In The Village if you want to stick with the holiday theme here. It is FREE, and from 5-8pm there will be a big Village Art Walk with tons of receptions, shows, and events hosted in most Hillsboro Village shops and restaurants. Don’t believe that it will be fun? Well, I do know that Santa and his Elves will be arriving at 6pm sharp at Fido. Free photos with everyone in exchange for a new, unwrapped toy for Toys For Tots from 6-8pm.

untitledFriday will be a fun day because Untitled Nashville is pulling together another art show sure to beat out your cold weather, wintery blues away. The show, Seasonal Art Disorder, will take place at Myridia, 507 Main Street in the 5th and Main Building from 6-10pm. There will be tons of local art, local musicians, spoken word and poetry, a DJ spinning in between, a craft table, a photo booth, and did I mention tons of exciting local art around. It is a great way to spend your Friday date night before or after you visit The Idea Hatchery any time, day or night, everyday at 1108 Woodland Street just around the corner of sorts.

Saturday night should be a night of positivity this week. I’ll help you in this department. On November 28th, local author Kathleen Cosgrove was injured in a terrible car accident. Her prognosis is good that she will walk again with 5-6 months of grueling rehab ahead, but she needs more help than just rehab at this point. That is where you and I come in. This Saturday, at 6pm, several local authors (D. Alan Lewis, Angela Trumbo, A. Jay Lee, and Nikki Nelson-Hicks) are coming out to East Side Story at 6pm to do a reading and sell their books. All proceeds are going to Kathleen Cosgrove to help with her medical expenses from these authors’ book sales and donations on the side. We are also pleased to announce that Joe Khoury and Mark Harriman of the hot Celtic band, Molly Ramone, and good friends of Kathleen have graciously volunteered to play at East Side Story as well. Please find it in your heart to come by and support Kathleen in this time of need. It will be an awesome time with great people.

WatkinsAnd to finish your weekend in style and casually, Watkins Community Education program is hosting an afternoon of art-making, food, and fun at the winter Open House on Sunday from 1-4pm. You’re more than welcome to work with talented art teachers with printmaking, book arts, and stop-motion animation while learning about their spring course offerings. Side note, if you register for a class during the Open House, you are automatically entered into a $50 gift certificate drawing towards a future course or workshop. I say that and everything above this paragraph is a wonderful deal!

Pretty much everything I’ve written above is FREE and open to all ages. What are you waiting for. Remember, pick up the phone and call Rumours East NOW … before someone else beats you to it 😉

much love,