Monthly Archives: March 2013

Snow, Rain, Spring, and Everything in Between

Hello and hi ya!

After a rainy, get together with your friends, new and old, kinda weekend, lucky for us we have more opportunities this weekend to get up, get out, and do somethings.  Lucky for us, most of it will come to you if you just let go and let it happen.

If you are anything like me, you might take a moment or two at the beginning of this week to gear up properly for those things to come.  You have ample amount of time to do so the first few days until Thursday pops itself out and smacks you in the face in a good way.  On Thursday, March 28th, this is the first day of the rest of the days this week to pick your lovely, creative poison.  Over at Watkins College of Art, Design, & Film, at 6pm, another round of artist talks and presentations will go down as part of their annual program that welcomes nationally and internationally recognized fine artists, designers, filmmakers, educators, and critics to the campus and the community.  This time, this Tuesday, social practice artist Harrell Fletcher, will have a reception for his work at 6pm, and then he will discuss his unconventional approach to art making at 6:30pm in the Watkins Theater.  The event is FREE to attend and the everyone is invited.  You can find more about the artist and the art series at

Also on Thursday, also at 6pm, over at Cotten Music (434 Houston Street, Suite 131) Zeitgeist and AIA Middle Tennessee presents another round their series called Indeterminacies.  This is the first installment of the Sprint 2013 Indeterminacies program and it will feature the Nashville-based composer and musician Todd Lombardo.  The moderator will be musician, educator, and critical thinker in that of Josh McGuire.  McGuire is a Senior Lecturer in Aural Skills at Vanderbilt University’s Blair School of Music and Lombardo is currently playing acoustic guitar for Dobro legend Jerry Douglas and bassist Viktor Krauss.  This event is also FREE and open to the public.

Then on Friday, March 29th, at 8pm, you might want to get on over for some great music to 318 Elberta Street.  Elberta Presents: Charlie Whitten, Erin Rae, Glassfields, and The Rough and Tumble.  It is a jam-packed line-up with tons of heart and wonderful sounds.  I want to give a quick plug here for The Rough & Tumble ( because they will be the featured musicians on the next East Side Storytellin’ on the following Tuesday, April 2nd, at 7pm sharp at Fat Bottom Brewing Co (900 Main Street).  I’m just saying, you should be at both events in this paragraph for sure.  For more details on the Elberta Presents, check out

Saturday, March 30th, is bringing sunshine and good times to the table (not sure about the sunshine yet but for sure on the good times).  Located at 1820 21st Avenue South, from 9am-6pm, you will find the EraBellum Spring Pop-up Market for your enjoyment.  This pop-up market in Hillsboro Village is a natural extension of Nashville’s newest artisan co-op.  It will be filled with cool, local handmade and handpicked goods.  There will be handcrafted jewelry, apothecaries, art, woodturned bowls and gifts, purses, paintings, ceramics, greeting cards, vintage clothing, home accessories, and much more!

And, once you’ve had your fill of Hillsboro Village and the market, you can venture back to the East Side for the rest of the night.  One major happening that you shouldn’t miss is “Afghanistan Through the Eyes of a Soldier”: a collection of photographs and video by Duran Bunch at Bryant Gallery.  Bunch, a former high fashion model from Nashville, shows some epic work from his recent tour as a US soldier.  Bunch has gone from Nashville, to the major runways of high fashion around the world, into the frontline of the Afghanistan turmoil, and is back in town to help spark conversation through art.  The Bryant Gallery (1113 Woodland Street) is always committed to showcasing local artists, unique viewpoints, and unexpected avenues of art and express.  One great note about this show is that proceeds from sales will be donated to the Wounded Warrior Project … great art for great causes!

Aside from said shows and events above, there is always more to visit and see around town right now.  Spring time is here and ready for everyone to get up, get out, and do everything!  Don’t let the rain, cold winds, or pollen count keep you down.  I hope to see you around.  I’ll be at East Side Story if you want to come say hello in person.

Enjoy your day and be nice to one another.

much love,



When LIFE calls, YOU answer!

When Life is knocking on any of your doors, you open them, slap Life in the face, and then shut the door laughing before Death can catch you.  Okay, so I’m not exactly sure what that means fully yet but I like the imagery of it all.  Let it sink in.

Now let this week filled with Life begin.  Today, Monday, March 18th, I’ll let you rest … you’ll need it.  If you aren’t resting, then odds are you are celebrating the entire week long event around town known as the Nashville Craft Beer Week.  From March 18th-24th, you can pretty much find a good time and good cold local beverage all around.  See here for more information if you don’t know already-

Move over Monday, and jump head first into Tuesday night’s special.  Has it been two weeks already?  Yes it has.  On Tuesday, March 19th, East Side Story is celebrating good music, writing, storytelling, food, and local beer at Fat Bottom Brewing Co. (900 Main Street) at our 2nd ever East Side Storytellin’ event at the new location.  At 7pm, the fun will begin promptly so you might want to come early to get a seat or call ahead if you know you need to reserve a table (615-678-5895) to experience a tribute night of sorts.  Local author Barry Mazor will read from his book “Meeting Jimmie Rodgers” while you will be amazed afterwards by the musical stylings of Paul Burch (  The event is finished by 8:30pm, it’s FREE to attend, and there will be merch and limited edition art prints by artist Alex Smith for sale on site.  Side note, Fat Bottom has some killer beer and burger deals to enjoy as well.  Hope to see you there.

Also Tuesday night, in case you are trapped on the other side of the river, you should drop by Zeitgeist Gallery to attend a professional practice workshop with Andrea Aieher of ZieherSmith from 6-8pm.  Sponsored by Nashville Cultural Arts Project’s (NCAP) and Zeitgeist, this workshop is $25 in advance and $30 at the door (can RSVP at  It will be 2 hours of learning the best professional practices regarding developing and maintaining the artist/dealer relationship and is targeted for students and professional artists alike.  It is a very handy thing, if you don’t already have a firm grasp on the business of art, to learn more about how to approach galleries, studio visit etiquette, artists rights, networking, consignment and more.  Just saying, these are some very smart people in the game that anyone can learn a lot from.

Wednesday, you can spring on over to the Hillsboro area to get your fill of creative word artists.  At Fido, at 8pm, another installation of Corporate Juggernaut’s storytelling show, Pictures of Fireworks, will be upon us.  Pictures of Fireworks is a FREE event to attend that showcases a combination of Nashville’s best comedians and authors telling some authentic and original stories.  Half of the tales are told by performers or locals who are curated in advance while the other half come from audience members who can drop their names in a hat at the start of the show.  This is a show dedicated to finding the funniest, most compelling, touching, and outrageous tales in Nashville.  All that’s required from each teller is honesty … the stories have to be true and have a beginning, middle, and end.  No scripts allowed and it is non-stop fun.  Each show is hosted by the talented Jane Borden.  The featured guests this week will be Emily Volman, Melanie Vare, Chad Riden, and another to be announced the night of the show.  It could be Ben Folds.  You should come to it and find out yourself!  You can learn more about Jane and the show at and

Come Thursday, March 21st, and you can return back to the East Side of town in order to witness and experience Un Bound Arts presenting Third Thursdays @ The Building beginning at 6pm sharp.  This series is a monthly event series that combines spoken word with the visual and performance arts.  There are established artists in all disciplines and new people coming on the scene as well.  This March show will feature visual artists Shaun Shively and Barbara Clark, musical artists Stephen Simmons and Ole Mossy Face, and then several spoken word artists that you may or may not know about but definitely should if not.  The amazing, multi-faceted performance, visual, and spoken word artist of Landry Butler will be on hand.  I will also have 30 minutes to host several featured local poets that have their work in East Side Story.  Those very talented poets are Ben Burr (author of “The Nashville Poems” and “feeling nuthin but stones”), Jamie Givens (author of “Never Offer A Chair To A Dancing Girl”), and Nicole Branigan (author of “Stained Glass Mirror”).   It will start at 6pm sharp and is only $10 at the door for more entertainment and local culture in one spot on one night than you can handle.  Can you handle it?!  The Building is located at 1108C Woodland Street.

Well, well, well.  Also on Thursday, this just in, from 6-9pm, if you aren’t at The Building, you should definitely visit the Open Studios at Platetone!  You can join members of Nashville’s community of printmaking, paper and book arts studio for a monthly open studio session.  Platetone members will demonstrate various printmaking techniques and encourage visitors to particpate in talks and artwork with ink and paper.  The main activity this month will be to celebrate Platetone’s new name and LOGO!  You will learn more about silkscreening the logo and other designed patterns.  You can bring your own shirts, hankerchiefs, notebooks, bags, and whatever you want to screen yourself!  How much fun is that?  A lot of fun is the answer of course!  You can learn more at

Then Friday will roll around and hopefully the weather will be just as nice as last Friday so you can park the car and walk to all the shops, galleries, and restaurants that you can all over town.  I would say put down the phone, plan ahead, and just enjoy everything nice that Nashville is offering to you at this moment in time.  There are parties, art, and fun all over town if you just get out there and look.

One event I will share with you this Saturday that might be off the radar of your typical date night is the Untitled Artist Group’s show called “Superstition.”  It features all-local, uncensored art for unlimited audiences.  These shows don’t happen every week or anything so you should check them out when you have the time.  You are more likely to find the next diamond in the rough unexpectedly and have a great time at the same time.  Superstition goes down Saturday, March 23rd, from 6-10pm (one night only) at 506 Events Gallery (506 Davidson Street).  Get out while you can to enjoy more spoken word by the likes of Honest Lewis, Christine Hall, Mitchell Savage, Jake Bailey, and Pranny Gulavane, tarot card readings, photobooth fun, live music, and food trucks all around.  It’s a one stop-shop for all your entrainment and culture for sure.

So this weekend, in honor of ending your week in style and possibly giving you two stellar opportunities to give back to some fantastic projects and people doing remarkable things locally and beyond, here are two of my favorite kickstarters at the moment.  One deals with art and the community, and the other are two of my favorite people married in music.  First, The Bicycle Bus is an art project.  The bus will become a functional art project-turned-bicycle hub underneath the pedestrian bridge in the heart of Nashville.  You can see more here-  can  Second, lastly but not forgotten on anyone who has seen them and heard their music, here is the kickstarter for the making of the next Carolina Story album.  I can’t say enough positive things about these two people.  Check this link out and share it with your friends on and off of Facebook so they can take the next step on their creative journey.  They are amazing!

Oh, another thing to let all you business owners and artists alike know about.  You should know that a very cool event and auction is taking place in April that you can totally help with if you have the time and a heart.  I’m talking about Nashville’s Blue Tie Blue Jean Ball and Late Party to be held at the Gaylord Springs on April 27, 2013.  It benefits Autism Speaks and you can read more about how awesome they are here-  But back to the donations to be made, any and all donations or sponsorships are greatly appreciated.  Items for the Silent and Live Auction are due by April 2nd (also known as World Autism Awareness Day).  You can donate by clicking HERE-

So that is pretty much it.  There are other things going on besides the craft beer week and everything else I mentioned above, but I’m not sure if you’ll have time for it if you decide to follow half the instructions above.  Regardless, I hope this reaches you well, busy and happy, and be nice to others.  See you soon.

much love,


Where past and present meet the future of this week

With every new beginning, it comes from another beginnings end.  The ending happening this week is the fabulous L. A. Bachman’s closing reception at The Rymer Gallery tomorrow, March 12th.  her series, “Give and Take,” will have a closing reception tomorrow evening.  If you are close by, you should pay a visit and celebrate a wonderful exhibition’s closing with an evening with art and music.  If you wanna see a cool video about the exhibition and L. A., click this here-

Then, on Wednesday, March 13th, from 5-7pm, Vanderbilt University Fine Arts Gallery is having an opening reception for their latest exhibition, “Four Hundred Years of British Art.”  It will run from March 13-June 15, 2013.  It will include examples of 18th-century English portraiture and so many historical works of art.  It is organized by the Vanderbilt University Fine Arts Gallery and curated by Joseph Mella, director.  For more information, please visit

Thursday brings a real treat.  Located at Belmont’s University’s Leu Gallery, artist Dane Carder will have an opening reception for his first solo exhibit of new works in quite a long time.  From 5-7pm, the party will be on.  At 5:30, Dane will give an artist talk about his work and it will truly be one for the ages.  Dane’s work, recently covered in Nashville Arts Magazine, has a very Southern nostalgic feel to it mixed with history, humanity, and a bridge from the past to the present.  Each canvas tells a person’s story and it will enlighten you on the spot.

On Friday, there are two unique events and places to visit at your own pace.  First, Metro Arts is celebrating “Retro Metro” with a celebration of the 50th anniversary as a consolidated government.  “Retro Metro” is an exhibition that captures a glimpse of the city’s art and culture scene at that time.  There are playbills, posters, photographs, and other artifacts from the vaults of Cheewkwood, Circle Players, Country Music Hall of Fame, RCA Studio B, and more.  The show opens on March15 with a gallery chat  and community discussion led by Metro Arts executive director Jennifer Cole, Anne Brown, and Paul Polycarpou about the history and future of Nashville art.  The Metro Arts Gallery, if you’ve never been there, is a treasure located on the 4th Floor of the Metro Office Building at 800 2nd Avenue. South.  Second on Friday, from 6-8pm, you can attend the opening reception of “hideout” by Scott Smallwood at Seed Space (427 Chestnut Street). “hideout” is a quiet, immersive soundscape based on environmentally-empowered sound circuits made of solar-powered sound circuits, wood, recycled materials and solar panels.

Saturday, March 16th, from noon-6pm, at Safe House Tattoo Studio (1201 Villa Place, Suite 203,, there will be a “Get Busy Givin’ Tattoo Fundraiser.”  There will be $50 flash designs, raffle prizes from donors like Ian White, Tim Sena, Life Fitness Academy, Fleet Feet Sports, King Baby Jewelry, Griffin Technologies, Just Dandy, Splinter Art, Timmy B, Climb Nashville, Friendly Arctic, Edgehill Cafe, tHERE, Platinum Salon, Coma And Live, and many more.  100% of money raised will go to the Barga Family’s adoption fund.  See more info on their story here-  Sign-ups  start at noon and tattooing starts at 1pm.  There will be free hot dogs, and lemonade will be sold by the Barga family children.  Raffle prizes will be called at 6pm ($20 for 1 or $50 for 3), and there will be some incentives for the first 20 people who buy $50 worth of Tickets.

Then, after you leave the Barga party at 6pm, you can drive on over to Scarritt-Bennett and the Bennett Hall to see “Living a Legacy: A Conversation Between Friends” from 6-8pm.  The friends talking in this case will be led by Dr. Valerie Ann Johnson and are Johnnetta Betsch Cole and Mary Catherine Bateson.  It is FREE but limited seating so RSVP is requested and donations are appreciated.  Cole is educator and current director of the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art and Bateson is the renowned writer and cultural anthropologist (and daughter of legendary anthropologists Margaret Mead and Gregory Bateson).  A book signing will occur after the talk.

Finally, when Sunday appears, you can get your first glimpse of what Nashville Folk + Skool is all about.  From 2:30-4pm,  there will be a community singing gathering exploring songs about coal, mining, miners, and their communities.  Come sing the stories made famous by Darrell Scott and John Prine, iconic Jean Ritchie, Hazel Dickens, Kathy Mattea, Daniel Martin Moore, Becky Buller, Brett Ratliff, Nathan Bell, and others.  Lyrics will be provided and the workshop will be led by Kelsey Wells.  This will also take place at the Scarritt-Bennett Center (1008 19th Avenue South).

I’m guessing this is enough above to keep you busy for a minute or two this week.  Now go out and enjoy it!  Be nice to one another while you’re at it.

much love,


From Beginning to End of this week

This week is going to be so much better than last week or any week so far this year.  I’m just saying, and typing, that starting tomorrow night and flowing through Sunday, it will be a very fun, creative ride as long as you jump on board.


art by Alex Smith

art by Alex Smith

Tomorrow night you have two really fine choices to pi ck from in regards to outstanding evenings and entertainment.  First, doors opening at 6pm over at 3rd & Lindsley, the fantabulous and totally original pianist and music-maker Brooke Waggoner will be performing alongside several good friends.  It marks a very special occasion because it will be a release show for her latest record called “Originator.”  If you haven’t seen her, you should.  If you do know about her music, take a listen here at and thank me later.  The second choice of this stellar Tuesday night will be none other than the very first show of East Side Storytellin’ at its new location of Fat Bottom Brew Co.  Located at 900 Main Street, the event is FREE but space will be limited.  It will be a first come, first seated event with the talents of rising star author, Victoria Schwab ( and a musical performance by Grace Adele and a 5 piece string band (  I didn’t plan for everything in this paragraph to be a feature for red-headed female artists, but I’m guessing that its either something in the moon or something that Tom Robbins would come up with and enjoy.  But yeah, the East Side Storytellin’ show will begin promptly at 7pm so you might want to get there a second or two early to get a seat and a deal with their $10 pint and burger special.  Mmmmm, burger special.

Then, Wednesday night will be a chance for you to get out and collaborate with some of your friends at “Our House.”  From 7-9pm, at the Sig Held Gallery, Gordon JCC (801 Percy Warner Blvd- 615-356-7170), you can witness the latest collaborative works by the Nashville Collage Collective.  It is fun, free, and a little bit of everything creative you would want to see.

Moving along to Thursday, you’ll have another two great things to visit just outside the city limits and well worth your time.  First, from 5-8pm, at Gallery for Art at No Egrets Tattoo Studios (1128 College Street, Clarksville, TN) you can see “chasing/after/life: A visual dialogue on the lingering mark of our lives and the masters before us.”  Photographers Micah Caputo and Joseph Newsome are presenting a visual dialogue to stir emotion, thought, and inquiries on life in general.   There will be music played by Christian Santiago during the Artist’s Reception as well.  Second, you can jump in the car and over to Austin Peay State University from 5-8pm to see “Connect 12 Artist Collective: Collaborative Project.”  As part of the First Thursday Art Walk, on the 2nd floor of Morgan University Center, the Connect 12 Artist Collective (comprised by Tiffany Dyer, Stephen Zeme, Andee Rudloff, Megan Kelley, Alesandra Bellos, Tyler Foster, Stacey Irvin, Ben. Vitualla, Zandrea Diggs, Halle Rudloff, and Laura Young), is a group of community-minded artists that are very diverse in style and creativity for one and all.

Also on Thursday night, you can stumble on over to the Brownlee O. Currey, Jr. Gallery and Watkins Theater (at the Watkins College of Art, Design & Film- 2298 Rosa L. Parks Blvd.) at 5:30 pm for a lecture by the award-winning creative force behind Red Nose Studio, Chris Sickels!  His 3-D illustrations built from a variety of materials, puppets, wood, wire, fabric, cardboard, and found objects among other things are simply amazing!  The lecture will have a reception with the artist afterwards to open the visiting artist’s exhibition called “Illustration the Hard Way: Process, Sets and Puppets.”

Coming back to Downtown Nashville for Friday, March 8th, don’t go any further than the Frist Center Café at the Frist Center for the Visual Arts.  It is there, at 6pm, where the region’s top youth poets, emcees, and spoken word artists will compete for top lyrical honors and a chance to appear on the statewide finals stage at TSU on April 13th and a shot to go to the Brave New Voices Festival for Chicago this summer.  Hosted by Keayana Robinson with DJVU, this is truly a don’t/can’t miss show.  These young adults are some of the most amazing artists I’ve ever seen/heard.

After you are blown away by the words of Friday night, you can relax and party on Saturday at the most happening party of the weekend … the Grand Opening Party and Reception for Fat Crow Press!  Located just two doors behind East Side Story at 1108 Woodland Street (Unit D), the legendary Julie Sola has made yet another dream a reality.  From 11am-9pm (with most of the fun being from 6-9pm), Fat Crow Press will open with a bang!  Fat Crow Press is a unique store that will feature original fabrics, children’s clothing, hand pulled prints, lamps, and much much more.  Come have a drink (age appropriate of course) and help Julia celebrate such a monumental accomplishment!  The party from 6-9pm will be during the East Side Second Saturday where the shops at The Idea Hatchery and neighboring galleries will be open late for everyone.  You can LIKE and look at Fat Crow Press here-

So that about wraps up what I’ll be doing this week ahead and I hope you will too.  As promised, we live in a city where it is impossible to be bored unless you try.  Thanks for visiting and I hope you have the best week ever … because you can.

much love,


PS- Wait, what was that?!?!  Did someone named Jeff Bertrand just let me know that Sunday, March 10th, from 7-10pm, that another amazing art show will be in town featuring none other than new works from Charles Bennett!  Titled ” … From Parts Unknown,” will be a solo show, FREE and open to the public.  Charles is always another must see in my humble opinion for whatever that’s worth to you.  You can see this show at Octane! Art Gallery (1000 Main Street).

PSS-  Speaking of last minute updates and PSS, not to be confused by another similar 3 letter acronym for “that time of the month,” Melanie Vare is back again for her own, hilarious show called “That Time of the Month.”  Sunday, March 10th, at 5pm, at Cafe Coco, Melanie will be on stage with her friends Patsy Lawson, Amy Townsend, Tammy Roth, Paulina Combow, and the token man of the month, Mike Kipp.  The theme for this month’s hilarity is mental health.  Tickets can be found and bought here-