Monthly Archives: April 2013

No Rest for Nashville

Wow!  Just when you think nothing is going on around town after the storms have cleared, yet again Nashville’s creative hub strikes back with a vengeance and great fury of fun.  See below.

Today, at 6pm, at the Downtown Presbyterian Church, Nashville Food Bloggers invite you to Dinner and a Movie to Fight Hunger: A screening of “A Place at the Table” and Food Advocacy Fair hosted by Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee, The Tennessean, Delvin Farms, and Tech Works.  The documentary is a film by the people who brough you “Food, Inc.”  It follows 3 families struggling with food insecurity to show how hunger poses serious economic, social, and cultural implications.  After the show, the fair will teach everyone ways to get involved with the fight against hunger locally with Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee, Community Food Advocates, the Society of St. Andrew, The Cookery, Hands on Nashville Urban Farm, The Nashville Food Project, The Nashville Mobile Market, Martha O’Bryan Center and Nashville Grown.  Find out more about the event at  A wonderful dinner will be provided too. You can purchase your $12 ticket today to hold your spot here-

Then, on Wednesday, Co. H is excited to host a talk from Nashville-based artist Chris Roberson at Watkins College of Art, Design, & Film.  In room 804, at 9:10pm, kick off the 1st of the month with Roberson and his show “Work & Play.”  We all do both, and it will be nice to hear from the artist about how he does the same at such a high level.

Thursday, May 2nd, you can stay in town or out.  If you want to drive to Clarksville for their First Thursday Art Walk for May, there will be an opening reception from 5-8pm at the Framemaker of photographer and heck of a nice woman in Melanie Davis.  The show will be on display the entire month of May, but this will be another chance to chat it up with the artist.  It doesn’t get much better than that.  If you stay in town,  you should, without a doubt, get a glimpse at some future East Side Storytellin’ alumni in Allen Thompson and Don Gallardo respectively.  Both will be playing alongside The Craig Jackson Band at 9pm at Soulshine Pizze Factory  (1907 Division Street).  Don Gallardo will be the featured musical guest for East Side Storytellin’ at Fat Bottom Brewing Co. on May 7th at 7pm (mark it now!).

Friday begins the epic first weekend of the month art crawl and opening receptions.  This Friday, from 4-6pm, at Ensworth High School, Audry Deal-McEver, Susan Harlan, Julie Keller, and Stephen Zerne will be showcasing new work at the Ensworth Theater Gallery.  The works will include and be inspired by local landscapes and plant life.  It will be called “Indigenous: 2013 Spring Art Exhibit.”

Not to be overshadowed, Watkins’ seniors sour “Up, Up and Away” in the multi-disciplinary showcase from 5-8pm at the Tennessee Art League by the same name as quoted.  BA degree candidates Jordan Bickimer, Kellie Bornhoft, Ann Catherine Carter, Kristin Fowler, Rachel Growden, and Pam Jolly Haile, will be featured.  The show begins on Friday, but is also a part of the downtown First Saturday Art Crawl on the 4th the following night.  The Arts Company and Nashville Fashion Week Executive Committee invite YOU to a preview reception and NashvilleFashion Week 2013 Wrap Party presenting Norman Lerner and showcasing his vintage fashion photography from the 1950’s-70’s in NYC, and also Deb Burton Calagna & Laura Camien showcasing their newest LollyDee Collection based on vintage clothing and jewelry inspired by Mr. Lerner’s photographs, from 5:30-7:30, upstairs at The Arts Company.  Space is limited and FREE, but RSVP at no later than May 2nd.

As Saturday, the 4th, begins, you will have your pick of many events to attend.  Sticking close to The Arts Company, downstairs they will have “Personal Geometries: Painting & Sculptures: A Visual Journey by Brad Wreyford.”  From 6-9pm, like the rest of the crawl, you will be entertained.  OPEN Gallery will be presenting the Nashville premiere of works by Caroline Wells Chandler.  The setting for this show is The Arcade, the title is inspired by William Blake’s poem “Auguries of Innocence,” and Chandler’s work uses crafts to build a complex web of symbols, signage, and relationships in between.   Again, you will be entertained.  Basically, if you find yourself downtown at the art crawl this Saturday at all, anywhere you go, you will be entertained.

On Sunday, a day of rest with your friends and family, you may want to scoot on over to 708 Fatherland Street in East Nashville to buy something for your mama.  Marla Faith and Nila Frederiksen, from 2-4pm, are selling hundreds of works for just the occasion.  They will have tons of works in all sorts of mediums, all price ranges, all styles, and all subjects.  You can see more at, but know that if you go to any of the above … you will be entertained.

I hope you have a lovely day and week ahead.  If anything else, be nice to one another.

As you were, busy but happy,

much love,



Finally an OFF week?

Just when you wake up from a resting Spring-filled Sunday where you go to the park with your wife and dog where said wife throws the aerobie Frisbee in the tip-top of the tree beside you and your dog gets into a fight with another dog that forces you to go back home earlier than you wanted but better for your pollen count and think that there will be nothing to do around town this week because everyone is tapering down for their big run this Saturday, you are gladly mistaken.  This week is filled with things to do, yet again, all week long.  Don’t believe me?  Read on.  Better yet, READ UP!

Tomorrow, Tuesday, April 23nd, is going to be Dining Out for Life day all around town.  Since this is the beginning of this post and I believe that breakfast is the biggest part of every day (meal-wise), I think you should know about the Dining Out for Life breakfast to be had at Marche Artisan Foods (1000 Main Street, Suite 101).  Jennifer Justus, a food critic for The Tennessean and author of a stellar book you can buy at East Side Story (shout out!), will be hosting said breakfast where 50% of every tab will go to Nashville CARES’ work through education, testing, and support to those affected by HIV/AIDS.  And all you have to do to help the cause is show up and EAT!  Better yet, EAT UP!  This event will go down from 8-11am.

And speaking of cool causes that start at 8, fast forward to Wednesday night, April 24th, down the street at Dino’s (411 Gallatin Road), at 8pm, and you’ll be able to witness another POETRY SUCKS! evening with Chet Weise and others.  In honor of April being national poetry month, Chet has gotten together a stellar line-up of local poets by the names of Kendra Decolo, Whit Smith, Joshua Gillis, Harry Kagan, Spencer Connell, and Richard Houston to help you enjoy the night.  Also, Chrome Pony will be on site jamming out as well.  It is FREE to attend and they have cheap booze if that’s another reason to get you out and going too.

I’ll skip over Thursday so you can rest up for a big weekend and catch up on all those shows you have in your queue.  Friday, if you don’t like racism (which should be EVERYONE reading this right now of course!) you might want to head over to Scarritt-Bennett Center from noon-12:30pm (at the Laskey Lobby) for the Stand Against Racism movement.  It is a movement of the YWCA with the goal of bringing people together from all walks of life- across the country- to raise awareness that racism still exists.  It is a great way and brief time around lunch to come together with other like-minded organizations and people that share a vision of eliminating racism and celebrating the richness of diversity.  If anything else, it is a chance for everyone to address the roots of racism and encourage an open dialogue across diverse communities.  Then, on Friday evening, with a brand new, refreshing take on the world around us,  all I think you should know about is the fact that THE ROUGH and TUMBLE is playing their wonderful music at 8pm at 12th and Porter with some other friends too.  It will be quite epic, as always!  Be there!

Saturday, April 27th is going to be jam-packed from beginning to end.  If you aren’t spending some time over at The Idea Hatchery and/or cheering on people making dreams happen in the marathon, shame on you.  If you have given up with fighting traffic and can’t fathom crossing the river during the day, you should drop by The Stone Fox as they are celebrating spring with a second market.  There will be over 30 local and handmade vendors, including Thistle Farms and many more, from 11am-4pm at 712 51st Avenue North.  Also on the other side of the river, close to downtown, from 10:30am-4:30pm, at the Nashville Public Library (615 Church Street), HBCUstory, Inc. is proudly presenting the 2013 HBCUstory Symposium.  They are featuring a two-part focus that offers opportunities for academicians and advanced students to share their current work on HBCU’s.  You can find more info at  And yet another fun, worthy caused event is going down on Saturday at 5pm.  Atithi Devo Bhavah: An evening of Indian food, music, and dance in support of The Contributor ( is happening at 5pm at 429 Event Space (429 Chestnut Street).  You must buy tickets (see  It will be such a grand evening for all involved.

Not to forget one massive celebration on Saturday, closer to our home and happening after the road closures are a thing of the past again, the East Nasty running group will be having their annual post-marathon party at East Centric Pavilion (1006 Fatherland Street).  From 7-11pm, there will be live music from The Coal Men (, Yazoo beer, Drew Jones and his prolific comedy, light snacks (sliders served from 7-9 or until they run out), and more.  ID’s will be checked at the door (only 21 and up allowed), a $5 donation is suggested, you can bring a dessert to share and contribute, and if you are wanting to help volunteer with set-up you can contact Sarah Brown at  Again, this will be epic.

If you aren’t closing your evening on the East Side, you have another cool option for $5 admission somewhere else.  If you find yourself at Edgehill Café (1201 Villa Place, Suite 105), you can be a part of Firefly Stories- A Change Will Do You Good: Stories of New Experiences.  The show starts at 7pm.  Come early to get a seat and some coffee.  Firefly Stories is an event that features stories of everyday life and extraordinary events where a group of pre-selected storytellers will each tell a story about their own personal experience.  I’ve been to several similar events like this around town and they are always refreshing and enlightening and certainly worth $5.

I hope you find joy in everything above or whatever you get into this week.  Creative things and people are all around us right now, not to forget the pollen as well.  Enjoy your day and week ahead, and be nice to each other out there!

much love,



Being an avid runner and fan of marathons and anything where someone works so hard to better and prove themselves, it was a very sad day for me yesterday to see so much pain and suffering caused by someone or some people that obviously have never done anything worthy in their live(s) such as finishing a marathon or cheering others on that are attempting to do such a thing.  That said, I still want to let others know about things going on around town  this week in Nashville that will hopefully inspire you to love more than hate.

Tonight,  April 16th, at 6pm, The Big B will go down.  It is a new exhibition of paintings by Andee Rudloff and photos by Stacey Irvin.  It will be at Fido (1812 21st Avenue) and a little birdie event told me that they will have t-shirts too!!

Also TONIGHT, if you are on the East Side of town, you should drop by Fat Bottom Brewing Co. (900 Main Street), to witness the next round of East Side Storytellin’.  New York Times Bestselling Nashville author Robert Hicks will be reading from some of his works and then be followed by the great musicians Eric Brace (of Red Beet Records) and the wonderful Peter Cooper.  The show starts at 7pm sharp, is FREE to attend, and will be outdoors for the first time so far if the weather permits.  I suggest you get there early to even get a seat!

And speaking of FREE entertainment, look again at Honest Lewis on Wednesday night with another Night of Free Speech: Open Mic Spoken Word.  DNR Publishing presents another installment of this show on Wednesday, April 17th, from 8-11pm on Cafe Coco’s back porch.  Come early to sign up for open mic slots, and everyone is welcome to join the other local artists, writers, and philosophers on stage-no matter what style you carve your words and it’s FREE to participate and attend.

On Thursday, April 18th, you can experience 2 for 1 deals at Watkins College of Art, Design & Film.  From 5:30-8pm, at the Brownlee O. Currey Jr. Gallery (2298 Rosa L. Parks Blvd), “Nothing is Unnatural Everything is Degenrate” will have an open reception with food, drinks, and good company.  It is a bfa thesis exhibition by Kellie Bornhoft where the concept of nature merges with the actual content of nature and confuses our perception of the real.  This exhibition will be showing simultaneously with “Everyday Tactics” (a bfa thesis exhibition by Ann Catherine Carter). 

Also on Thursday night, you can venture back to THE BUILDING in East Nashville behind Drifter’s and experience another Un Bound Arts’ Third Thursday @ The Building.  An event series that is a monthly intermingling of creative collaborations, this round will feature works by the visual artist Solomon Behnke and performance/musical artists Emmy Bodner, Sam Lewis, and Jim Oblon.  Located at 1008C Woodland Street, the show is from 6pm-whatever.  It’s a great time and only $10 at the door.

On Friday night, there is only ONE place to go and be.  In fact, it is called “One.”  Located at 1319 Adams Street, Company Rose’s Artistic Director Marsha Barsky has invited everyone to be a part of an evening of solo dance performances.  I’m not saying you will be the solo artist performing, but it will be a superb sight to see.  The performance starts at 7:30pm and has a suggested donation of $10 at the door.  Like un bound the night before, ONE looks to be a wonderful experience to be a part of and that is very unique for one and all, pun intended.

Wait, did I say there is only ONE place to go on Friday?  Don’t pay attention to the man behind the curtain in the last paragraph.  I just found another spectacular event that you can follow ONE with.  From 8pm until 2 am, you can totally visit the Boheme Collectif (919 Gallatin Avenue) and pay $5 for an all you can eat pancake bar!!!! Let me repeat myself … $5 = ALL YOU CAN EAT PANCAKES!!!!  Oh, and there will also be live body painting, live music and a dj, belly dancing, and over 50 Nashville underground & emerging artists’ works.  Did I mention all you can eat pancakes for $5!?  That is happening!  You must be 21 years young to enter though.  I guess everyone under 21 can go be a sucker for the pancake pantry and their line I’ll never get in.

Saturday, after you wake up from your pancake coma, you can do one of a few things.  You can visit the Scarritt-Bennett Center for “Improv for Everyone! + Book’em Book Drive” where the Nashville Folk + Free Skool will cover the basics of short-film impovisational theatre.  You’ll build confidence, improve listening skills, and increase the fun level of your life tremendously.  Sounds like a fair deal to me.  That is from 1-3pm.  You can also visit Watkins Community Education Program as they have another open house and YART sale from 1-4pm.  They will have FREE hands-on art activities for all ages by their teaching artists.  You can do figure drawings, watercolor and book arts, printmaking and more!  You can also visit 2303 12th Avenue South at Art and Soul Studio from 6-9:30pm for an open wine bar, hors d’oeuvres and poetry readings from Stellasue Lee, Ph.D., Bob Buchanon, Sandra Rollins, and Angela M. Williams.

Once you’ve spent all day with creative activities and people, you might still have enough energy and creativity left to join the Performing Artist Co-Op at 5 Points from 4:20pm until 12:45am as they come together and celebrate 4/20 with TN NORML!.  Wrapper’s Delight food truck will be there from 4-9pm.  There will be comedy, music, and poetry.  Constance Gee will be speaking, Ben Burr & Landry Butler will be reading and performing, and the Watermelons band will be playing among others in every genre of performing as well.  Basically, it will be a hoot tribute!

I think after all of that, and possibly just after the ALL YOU CAN EAT PANCAKES deal, that will be enough for you to know about this coming week around town.  If you by chance take a road trip Saturday, April 20th, feel free to stop in Bowling Green, KY for the Southern Kentucky Bookfest. Located at the Knicely Center, you can pop in for a panel discussion with our good friend and Bestselling Nashville-based author, JT Ellison and many more from 9-10am and then the rest of the fun and authors until 3pm.  It is a nice little drive and nice little big town.

Regardless of what you do this week and end, be nice to one another out there.

much love,



Seriously, are you ready?  This week has so many things going on around town that I can’t help but throw everything I know about below and let you know where I would go if I could be everywhere all the time in a perfect world.  Here we go.

But before I dive into this week in a timely manner, you should know that Brooklyn is in the house.  Specifically, Brooklyn Brewery has taken its neighborhood on the road and has posted up in Nashville for the week.  Calling it The Brooklyn Brewery Mash, as a benefit for Slow Food USA, Brooklyn Brewery has stopped in Nashville while on a 11 city adventure while rolling out a series of parties, comedy, concerts, pop-up supper clubs and readings, all featuring humanity’s favorite beverage.  I’ll speak more about one in particular at the end of the week, but here is a snapshot of the week: (you can see more about everything here-!/event-29)

4/10- Mash Education @ Fort Houston

4/10- Brooklyn Brewery Tap Attack @ Flying Saucer

4/10- Local 2 Ways @ Burger Up

4/11- Slow Supper with Holly Williams @ Peter Nappi Studio

4/11- NY Night Train Soul Clap & Dance-Off @ Stone Fox

4/12- You Can’t Drown The Loud Sound @ Mercy Lounge

4/13- Found Footage Festival @ High Watt

4/14- Togather Books & Beer @ imogene + willie

Now, back to the week at hand.  Monday, April 8th, at 5:30pm, at the Scarritt-Bennett Center (1008 19th Avenue South), you can be a part of “Creating Livable and Healthy Communities through Retrofitting Suburbia.” Ellen Dunham-Jones, professor of architecture at Georgia Tech, will speak at  in Laskey Hall at Scarritt-Bennett Center. The program will also include a performance by local composer and impresario Kyle Baker, in cooperation with the Metro Arts Commission. More info here:  Nashville Next is a community-driven process for creating a countywide plan which will guide Metro Nashville through 2040.

Fast forward to Wednesday evening and you can make it a point to make a quick trip over to Watkins College of Art, Design & Film in Room 804 (2298 Rosa L. Parks Blvd) at 9pm to join a discussion about everything art.  Tom Holert will be leading it, inspired from March 2013’s Artforum, and it will be called “Burden of Proof-Contemporary Art and Responsibility.”

Then, on Thursday, you should take time to dine out at Pied Piper Eatery (1601 Riverside Drive).  It is there where Pied Piper Eatery has agreed to host a benefit for Gilda’s Club!  50% of the entire DAY’S proceeds will be donated to Gilda’s Club.  You can find out more about Gilda’s Club Nashville on their website,, but I know from personal involvement with the marathon fundraising group called Gilda’s Gang that this is truly on of the most precious places in Music City.  It’s a non-profit that offers FREE cancer support to anyone dealing with cancer- those who live with it, who have survived it, who have loved ones with it, who have lost loved ones to it, who are caregivers of anyone with cancer … basically, everyone and YOU too!  You won’t regret the cause or the food.  Best money spent all year so far if you decide to spend it here.

Also on Thursday, at 8pm, and just outside of town at Austin Peay State (at the Morgan University Center Room, 303), you can hear a treat.  As part of their Visiting Writers Series, author Nicole Walker will be giving a reading from her new book, “Quench Your Thirst with Salt.”  She is winner of the Zone 3 Press Creative Nonfiction Book Award in case you didn’t know already.

Speaking of not knowing already, Saturday will be pretty epic.  First, you should know about the latest 40 AU exhibit called “The Weight of Air and Water: Atmospheric Investigations by the Artists of Gallery One.”  HAUS artists will be sponsoring two plain air sessions to learn basic techniques while exploring TN environments and our psychological responses to natural spaces.  Interested parties should bring their own materials (under the “Bring Yer Own” free ticket) or buy “a surface and supplies” ticket for $15 at  50% of the “Surface and Supplies” ticket will be donated to the TN Parks and Greenways Foundation.  Second, on Saturday, from 6-8:30pm on the East Side, you can visit Poetry in the Brew.  Going down at Portland Brew East (1921 Eastland Avenue), James C. Floyd will host and many local great poets will be featured to celebrate National Poetry Month like never before.  And writing about Second Saturdays on the East Side, you don’t need to go any further than the Second Saturday at 5 Points Art Crawl and parties on The Row.  Head to 1108 Woodland Street and open your eyes and mind to the fun to be had by all around you.  One thing I know I’ll be at is my bookstore and the unique pop-up opening/closing reception for Beyond Books from 6-9pm.  For one day only, and for the second time in this now quarterly art show, I will be removing all of the traditional books in the store and restocking them with some of the most amazing local book art and sketchbooks around.  Knowing that each book is a work of art and going the extra mile with the help of artist Jennifer Knowles-McQuistion and others, Beyond Books hopes to encourage more art inspired by book lovers and artists that want to make things more than words and more than what meets your eyes on the cover.  Like I said, Saturday is going to be pretty epic.

On Sunday, you can do a variety of things all day long.  You have tons of options.  A few are the following:

From noon-4pm, Friends of Shelby will be hosting youth from the Gordon Jewish Community Center and inviting everyone in the community to head to the Shelby Park Community Center (South 20th Street), to lend a helping hand at the Shelby Park Community Center to add a fresh coat of paint to a select few rooms there.  You wanna make a positive mark, here’s your chance.

Also, at On Sunday, April 14th, Nashville will be introduced to The Brooklyn Brewery Mash (as briefly mentioned above) with a benefit bang of unseen proportions.  Brooklyn Brewery, who has had a long, successful tradition of bringing together the best of Brooklyn’s art, music, food, and other dynamic cultural expressions in one place/event for the sake of giving back to the people and community at large, is featuring some of the best and brightest in their fields that are making a huge impact on the vibrant, modern-day renaissance of Nashville today.  There are plethora of events sponsored by The Brooklyn Brewery Mash around fun Nashville spots from April 11-14th, but the one going down at Imogene & Willie’s warehouse from 2-3pm will be the coolest … literally.  Brooklyn Brewery has invited Jeni Britton Bauer, the founder and brilliant ice cream idea artist behind Jeni’s Ice Cream, to be a featured guest.  As if that treat wasn’t enough, they have also invited Carrie Eddmenson of Imogene & Willie and Miranda Whitcomb of Burger Up (and the future Josephine restaurant) to round out the featured guests for a splendid conversation about their creative journeys and personal thoughts about their place in Nashville’s bright future.  With the conversation being moderated by mE, attendees will find out everything and more that they want to know about the best of local authors, fashion, food, and ICE CREAM!  Seriously, this event will be extraordinary and one for the ages.  You will be able to listen to and talk with 3 very successful and smart leading business women and a young man on the side who are all on the cutting edge and leading forward thinking and action within their respected fields of business and community action.  If you want to be one of the fortunate few to witness and be a part of this experience, get your tickets NOW and HERE-

At 5pm and then 8pm, you can visit and buy your tickets to the back to back shows of the hilarious That Time of the Month variety storytelling show.  It is the one year anniversary and founder Melanie Vare has put together the most hilarious and unforgettable featured guests and stories to make you laugh for days to come.  It’s $9 for one show and $14 to see both.  The first show is rated PG and the second is totally R.  You won’t regret either.  Visit the website above and get you ticket while you can!

I told you this week was going to be crazy.  And it doesn’t stop just there.  We’ll be having yet another tremendous East Side Storytellin’ event at Fat Bottom Brewing Co. next Tuesday, April 16th, at 7pm sharp if you are free that night to come because it is FREE to attend!  This particular show will be the New York Times Bestselling author of Robert Hicks and the music from Red Beet Records founder Eric Brace and the award-winning writer/musician Peter Cooper.  Yeah, you won’t want to miss this one.  You can see what you might have missed in the last one on April 2nd or the shows before here-

I hope you have a great week and be nice to one another out there, ok?

much love,



PS- Also on April 14th, DON’T forget about The Eastwood Ensemble performance on at Eastwood Christian Church at 3pm sharp. Nine Nashville Symphony musicians will be performing with Jonell Mosser to benefit RealFamiliesReal Moms of East Nashville. Love that her dog is harmonizing with her! Learn more here:

It’s the best month of the year already!

Yes, even if you can’t believe it yourself, it is already APRIL!  I’m so excited about this news that I’m going to give you the best gift I know that I can and that you will most certainly enjoy to kick things off right.

TONIGHT, April 2nd, at 7pm sharp, I will be fortunate to host yet another fabulous East Side Storytellin’ at Fat Bottom Brewing Co. (900 Main Street).  You should call ahead at 615-678-5895 to reserve a table if you know you will have plenty of people with you, but otherwise it is a first come, first seated arrangement and you should get there early for this one because it will knock you off those seats once we start at 7 prompt.  The very talented comedian/author Melanie Vare will be reading excerpts from her book “stories to get you through That Time of the Month.”  Not only will Melanie be featured, but the unique musical duo on the rise, The Rough and Tumble (, Mallory Graham Ellison & Scott Tyler, will be playing some of the best original music to date and sharing the stories behind them too.  It will be a wonderful way to kick off the best month of the year indeed.

Also tonight, if you can’t make it over to Fat Bottom Brewing Co., you should make it a point to continue driving down Main Street until you hit 2915 Gallatin Pike and find yourself and some fun at Logue’s Black Raven Emporium.  It is there, from 7-10pm, where you’ll find a night of free speech hosted by Honest Lewis and DNR Publishing.  There will be a mix of written and spoken styles and subject matter and everyone is welcome to get up and share their ideas (no one will be turned away until the time runs out).  Everyone is encouraged to have a few refreshments, like Zanie’s you might say, and everyone will have a great time.

On Thursday, April 4th, you can enjoy some terrific art and music as a tribute show to the Delmore Brothers that serves as a benefit show for Ronald McDonald House.  Going down at Mad Donna’s, from 9-11pm, there will be ample amounts of local bands to help get the music and word out about the talented country music pioneers and stars of the Grand Ole Opry in the 1930’s.  There will be no lack of local talent in the house.  In fact, Sherry Bond, daughter of Johnny Bond, will be storytelling in between musical acts.  For more information on the Delmore Brothers, visit or just show up to Mad Donna’s at 9pm on Thursday!

On Friday, April 5th, while I’m busy celebrating my birthday with Elton John (I’m betting he won’t try to embarrass me by singing Happy Birthday but we’ll see … Elton is such a pranker), Nashville will be having the April Collectors Art Night.  As usual, there will be a great line-up of artists and talks for everyone to enjoy.  At 6pm, at The Rymer Gallery, Bernie Taupin will be on site to discuss the 20 year visual art retrospective of himself- an iconic lyricist in his own right.  At 6:45pm, The Arts Company will have Denise Stewart-Sanabria to talk about her new series called “Altar-nate.”  Then, at 7:15pm, Tinney Contemporary will have a conversation between local artists Anna Jaap and Carla Ciuffo about their latest works called “The Resonance of Beauty” and “Stasis.”  All 3 events are hosted by Paul Polycarpou and Nashville Arts Magazine.  They are free to attend, but you must RSVP at or contact any of the 3 galleries directly.

Saturday, April 6th, marks a day filled with so many things to do.  First, from 11am-3pm, if you meet under the pedestrian bridge, you’ll have a chance to paint with artist Andee Rudloff on a unique community art project.  You’ll have a chance to paint a bus with a  cool mural and at the same time be a part of a film … performance art at its finest!!

Then, still on Saturday, it being the first Saturday of the month, you can bet your bottom dollar that the best of times will be found downtown around the Arcade.  As always, from 6-9pm, you can take the art walk and tour and get lost with some of the most creative folks around.  At Blend Studio (79 Arcade), you can see Familiar Terrain: Selected works by Leigh Anne Chambers.  Her work considers major social ordering and how a society determines what is tasteful while engaging domestic materials to challenge traditional notions of art.  You can come out, taste it for yourself, and see what you think firsthand!  There will be other art openings all around.

If you are venturing outside of downtown and the city in general, you might find it fun to head over to 1128 College Street, Clarksville, to Gallery for Art at No Egrets Tattoo Studio.  This Saturday, from 6-10pm, “Unveiling a Muse” will be, for a lack of a better word more fitting, unveiled!  One of Nashville’s favorite models, Nina Covington, will be at the heart of all of the images pulled together for one show from a variety of photographers.  These are photos that are rarely seen in one large collection featuring various photographers so you don’t want to miss your chance to view and appreciate this art.  The event is FREE to attend, donations are always welcomed, and there will be desserts and a DJ on site.  You need more?

Other than the above, could you ask or need for more?

Enjoy your day and week ahead and be nice to one another out there.

much love,