Monthly Archives: September 2013

Fallin’ for Fall

It is here; the time right before Halloween, just after football has kicked into gear, the temperatures have dropped, the air is crisp, and I am no longer sweatin’ life.  Fall is my favorite, and a monumental weekend of fun, friends, family, and new experiences during the past few days really hit home this sentiment in my world.  I hope you had a great weekend as well.

This coming week, before I get to a few events that might peak your interest and calendar around town, I’d like to give a shout out for 2 calls for artists for all creative folks that might want to do the following:

1-      Metro Nashville Arts Commission just announced a request for artists qualifications for public art at the new Bellevue Branch Library on Baugh Road.  3-5 artists or teams will be selected to develop proposals and one of which will be selected for the final commission to fabricate and install permanent, site-specific public artwork.  The deadline for submission is Friday, October 4th, at 1am Central, and you can find more information at and visit the Bellevue Library project website (Google it).

2-      Untitled Nashville is having another call for their October show.  It is open to all artists, of all levels and any media and subject matter.  It is uncensored and un-juried.  One piece per artist.  $15 registration, and your piece must be wired to hand according to the guidelines of the show.  You can check out more information here-

Tomorrow, Tuesday, September 24th, it is once again time for another FREE Night of Speech over at Logue’s Black Raven Emporium (2915 Gallatin Pike).  Hosted by Honest Lewis, from 7-11pm, it is another full spectrum mix of styles and subject matter.  Everyone is welcome to get up and share their ideas, prose, and words in general.  It’s a good time had by all, and that’s about all you can ask for, right?


Then, Wednesday, September 25th, over at the Nashville Public Library, come check out the legendary performing group of Playing By Air ( from 5-5:45pm.  Jacob Weiss and the gang will perform a FREE public show and people will have the chance to watch videos and learn more about Playing By Air’s event entertainment and community outreach programs.  Seriously, juggle your schedule so you can get there on time because the show will start promptly at 5pm sharp!

Special note, just after the Playing By Air show, you’ll still have time to jot over to the Bluebird Cafe (4104 Hillsboro Pike) to catch a very cool “In the Round.”  At 6pm, not only will Bryan Edwards, Dana Romanello, and Mark Lonsway be there, but the one and only pair of Ronny & Sarah Criss will showcase their original tunes for everyone present.  It will also be a wonderful time had by all there.

But with those two gems on Hump Day, don’t forget about Pictures of Fireworks over at Fido (1812 21st Avenue South).  With the monthly night of storytelling that showcases a combo of Nashville’s best comedians and authors, it’s most interesting residents and characters, and YOU, you can either sit back and relax or throw your nerves around and throw your name in the hat to share your story too.  Starting at 7:30pm, hosted by Heather LeRoy, half of the stories are curated before hand while others are spontaneously presented from the brave kiddos in the crowd.

Thursday, September 26th, you can rest easy to think or go out and party in honor of the 24th annual celebration for John Austin Beard’s birth.  That pretty much says it all for that day, in my opinion.  Glad to have him and happy we kept him around.  Good ol’ Linus.  War Eagle, kiddo.  War Eagle, bro!

Happy Birthday Austin!  Some things never change.

Happy Birthday Austin! Some things never change.

If you do get out on Thursday for any reason besides for Austin, you might make it a point to listen to a lecture from Andrew Graciano (an art history professor and associate chair and graduate director in the department of art at the University of South Carolina.  It will be the Norman L. and Roselea J. Goldberg Lecture in Art History at 203 Cohen Hall at Vandy.  Andrew’s lecture is titled, “Joseph Wright’s Academy by Lamplight (1769) in Context.”  It will be something cool and probably better for your health than doing shots at the bar for Austin’s and Pete’s sake.


Friday, September 27th, from 5:30-8:30pm,  join Bennett Galleries (2104 Crestmoor Road) for a cocktail and a snack, chance to meet the artists, and see some wonderful works of art!  Bennett Galleries are having a party for the opening reception for “Inhabiting Wonder-Anton Weiss and Lisa Jennings.”  Then, at 7 pm over at Zeitgeist Gallery, 516 Hagan Street, you can experience the “Joo Won Park with John Latartara.”  Park strives to make everyday sound beautiful and strange so that everyday becomes beautiful and strange.  I love that line and I love that Park performs live with toys, kitchenware, vegetables, umbrellas, and other non-musical objects by digitally processing their sounds.  You can’t sit here and tell me that this isn’t the coolest thing you’ve heard today.  It’s very cool!

Also very cool on Friday at 7pm, over at Barnes & Noble at Vanderbilt University (2501 West End Avenue), you can listen to some of Nashville’s finest poets during this month’s installment of Lyrical Brew: an evening of local poetry.  This month’s brew will feature poets Tiana Clark, Bill Brown, and Stephanie Pruitt Gaines.

After Friday, go out and get together with friends and soak up this beautiful fall weather and time while we have it.  You can go for a walk in the park, buy a book from East Side Story and read it on a hammock or front/back porch, go to listen to some music, try some new local food, or whatever you choose.  When you choose local, everyone wins!  Now get going and make the most of the day and week ahead!

much love,



Check this link out too for East Side Storytellin’ sake:

The NEXT East Side Storytellin’ event will be …

Date- Tuesday, October 1st, 2013

Time- 7 pm sharp (Central)

Location- Mad Donna’s (1313 Woodland Street)-

Need information or details about Mad donna’s, call 615-226-1617.  Otherwise it is first come, first available seats.

Who will be featured- painter Jonathan Richter and poet DKM (authors of Subjects with and music by Bulb (




September Smiles

As always, one of the hottest nights of the week for fun this week will be tomorrow, Tuesday, September 17th, at Mad Donna’s (1313 Woodland Street), at 7pm.  It is there and then (starting promptly at 7pm so you might want to get there early) where and when I’ll be hosting East Side Storytellin’ 22.  The latest installment and episode will feature fresh poems from the legion Ben Burr and then original music from the epic Tim Easton.  You can see more information at this link-, but just make sure you get to Mad Donna’s before 7pm if you want a seat.

On Wednesday, September 18th, from 5:30-6pm, over at the East Nashville Farmers Market (210 S. 10th Street), Nashville keeps things hot with more storytelling at the Hot Pepper Festival.  Magda Underdown-Dubios will be the leader to get these spicy stories poppin’.  


Thursday, September 19th, there are a number of excellent places to choose from if out on town and getting your local music fix.  First, from 5-9pm, at The 5 Spot (1006 Forrest Avenue), you can experience The Alternate Root Presents: The East Nashville Detour.  It will be packed with people and great music with the likes of Eric Brace & Peter Cooper, Jon Byrd, Kevin Gordon, Tim Carroll, Amelia White, Dave Coleman (of The Coal Men), and Mark Robinson- all for just $5!  There will also be another show at The 5 Spot right after that too so you’ll get more for your night if you stay put once there. Second, two more East Side Storytellin’ alum in that of Allen Thompson and Don Gallardo will be playing a very special writer’s round alongside Joe Whyte at Puckett’s 5th & Church (500 Church Street) at 5pm.  Third, you can go to the Exit/In (2208 Elliston Place) at 8pm to catch a few other stellar local bands and the amazing The Lower Caves for only $3!  Lastly for Thursday, and back to the visual art side of things, drive on over to 427 Chestnut Avenue to get another Round Table of art talks.  Titled “Precarious and Art & Class,”  Hal Foster and Ben Davis will be on site to converse about the state of art from 6:30-8pm.  All of the above will be a blast if you get to any or all of them.


To kick off a Friday as jam-packed as Thursday, here are some of the highlights I think you should take notice of in town.  First, run by Ensworth High School (7401 Highway 100) to see Ellie Caudill’s solo show.  She has filled the top and bottom floor of the arts building with paintings that she has worked on for the the last 4-5 months.  It is from 4–7pm.  Second, at The Green Room (521 Gallatin Avenue, Suite 4), the one and only The Smoking Flowers will be playing with the likes of Derek Hoke and Sam Lewis.  Hosted by Artist Growth, there will great tunes and FREE beer from 7-11pm.  Third, back to The 5 Spot, at 10pm, you can join the cheering and spirit by dropping by the Pioneers Season Opener Pep Rally.

This weekend, you can do the regular music shows around town or stop by the good ol’ bookstore to say hello and maybe buy a local author’s book to read at East Side Story (1108 Woodland Street, unit B), and after a long, fun day of doing just that, you can head on over to Dose Coffee and Tea (3431A Murphy Road) to have Rishi Tea and Chocolate paired together!  Who doesn’t like good tea and good chocolate?  It’s $10 in advance or $12 at the door.  If you don’t like this, stop reading.  In fact, I’ll just stop writing to make this decision easy for you.  

Thanks for taking note of all of the above, and I hope you have a lovely and productive week ahead.

much love,


September in Full Bloom


Hi y’all, and howdy do!  I’ll just jump right to the heart of the matter.  You came here for events and things to do and see this week so that is exactly what I’ll do right here.


Tonight, in a few hours and ticking, you can make it a habit to drop by Logue’s Black Raven Emporium for another round of poetry, prose, rants, and manifestos from some of the most creative folks around.  Hosted by the head scribe of Honest Lewis, the night is a spectrum mix of styles, subject matter, and realities.  It’s from 7-11pm, on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of every month (in case you want to plan every Tuesday of the month around literature with East Side Storytellin’ being the 1st and 3rd over at Mad donna’s) and it goes down at 2915 Gallatin Pike.  If you want to sign up to read your own stuff, I suggest you get there early.  If you want a good seat, because it is always packed, then I suggest you get there early.  Basically, I suggest you get there early.


Tomorrow, Wednesday, September 11th, I suggest you hit up either one of two places with very cool people leading the creative charge.  First, at the Gordon Jewish Community Center of Nashville (801 Percy Warner Blvd.), from 7-9pm, go out and support East Side Story artist Lisa Haddad with her opening reception of her paintings in mixed media called “One Thing Leads To Another.”  Accompanying that art show will be never before heard music by the always awesome Jim Hoke and Austin Jitterbug Hoke.  There will be wine & food, of course.  Second option or just after you leave the art opening, you can head over to the Loveless Cafe for a round of Music City Roots that will feature the talented East Side Storytellin’ alum of Mr. Music City himself, Peter Cooper (for the East Side Storytellin’ show that Peter played at with Eric Brace and the author Robert Hicks see here-  Tickets ar $10, you get a slew of other great guests, and it starts after 7pm.  Either way, you can’t go wrong as long as you just get out of the house and go!


On Thursday evening, from 5-7pm, over at Belmont’s Leu Art Gallery (1900 Belmont Boulevard), you can check out another spectacular art opening in that of an opening reception and talk with Mary Addison Hackett.  In the show titled “Le Rayon Vert,”  Hackett’s paintings explore art in the ever-shifting constructions of meaning, memory, and representation in day-to-day life.  It, and the other creative people I know that are going to be there, will be quite fascinating.  


And speaking of fascinating, a short note about Thursday on the side, local Palaver Records is presenting a special night at footer (2511 Gallatin Road).  At 9pm, close to home, you can come out and hear the likes of Mark Fredson, Nick Woods & The Turkey Feathers, and then close your evening just right with the brilliant Allen Thompson (also an East Side Storytellin’ alum … this group keeps on growing y’all!).  But yeah, go check it out before you check out for the night.


I won’t event touch Friday the 13th for reasons I prefer to leave in my childhood of the 80’s memories, if you don’t mind.


Skipping to Saturday, you really only need to go one place, but I’ll share another on the side per usual.  First, on the side, you should make it a point to drop by Sawtooth Printhouse at 5pm (2200 McGavock Pike) to help celebrate their 1 year anniversary.  They are doing inspiring work with design and print and you should get to know them if you don’t know them already.  And talking about getting to know “them,” you should plug your GPS into heading over to The Idea Hatchery and all of our amazing stores for the entire day of Saturday at 1108 Woodland Street.  All day long, from 11am-9pm, it will be the central location for the 4th Annual Proto Pulp Book Show!  Headed up by Julie Sola and Fat Crow Press, alongside the rest of the stores on that spot, Proto Pulp will give you some insight and readings and musical performances that will exhibit the local classic books of the future and more!  There will be tons of art to see, books to read, clothes to buy, music to hear, food to eat, drinks to consume, and everything else you need for a fun, healthy, cultured Saturday evening.  One specific reading I am excited about, other than Mark Sloniker’s latest book coming out, is to hear the reading at East Side Story at 6:30pm by the epic poet of VeerajaR from her book titled “Joy of Being.” Get excited because it all coincides with the 2nd Saturday Art Crawl in the area with Art & Invention Gallery, Bryant Gallery, and more.  So make plans and come out already!


One last thing, for the week/weekend/Saturday before going to bed and resting on the 7th day for football’s sake (or the river trip), you can make it a point to drop by Poetry in the Brew Open Mic Poetry Reading at Portland Brew East (1921 Eastland Avenue).  It starts at 6pm, and will most likely have one of my favorite poets there in Jamie Zoe Givens.  She was just recently featured as the 1st poet to be on East Side Storytellin’ with Swan Dive beside her.  You can read about it and listen to the show here-  But yeah, check out more information about this monthly event here-


That is all for now.  I am tired, and I hear the rain coming soon.

Thanks for reading and sharing with others as always!


much love,


September already?

Happy September!

Yeah, I said it.  Happy September already.  I figure in between the time it takes WKU to beat UK and then UT this coming weekend, why not have fun in town any chance you can get.  To kick things off, relax today for the holiday and then hit the ground running tomorrow after work.  Sound like a plan?  Here’s the plan.

Tomorrow, Tuesday, September 3rd, you can make your appearance and appreciation felt by joining us at East Side Storytellin’.  With the same start time, 7pm sharp, we are taking it down the street to a new location at 1313 Woodland Street at Mad donna’s.  If it’s sunny, we’ll be on the porch.  If it’s raining, we’ll be upstairs.  This will be our first show here and it will be the first time we’ll feature a local poet.  Jamie Givens, author of Never Give A Dancing Girl A Chair, will perform right before the amazing songbirds of Swan Dive (Bill DeMain & Molly Felder- see  Seriously, it will be a blast and you will enjoy yourself.  Take my word for it.

Skip the hump day on to the anniversary day of Thursday, September 5th, at The Family Wash (2038 Greenwood Avenue), at 8:30pm.  Here’s your chance to come out with me to welcome back one of the best and brightest musicians around in that of Mr. Hazelwood.  The Return of Old Hazelwood will be a fresh reunion show of sorts, matching his wife on stage with the perfect blend of spirits and shepherd’s pie in the crowd.  Come out and enjoy the evening on the East side in style!

Also on Thursday, from 6:30-8pm, over at 427 Chestnut Street, you can get your art dialogue fill with a few experts.  Hal Foster and Ben Davis will be in town!  Hal, an art critic and historian, will explore the relationship that art took with ideas of uncertainty that came along with social and political uncertainty of the 2000s.  Ben Davis, a young New York art critic, will discuss how a clear understanding of class can make evident what is important in many current art debates.  You can keep it classy by showing up and partaking in the open discussions.

Then you can rest easy for a minute and tackle the weekend with full force.  Friday, September 6th, from 7-10pm, at LeQuire Gallery (4304 Charlotte Avenue), you can witness the first First Time Story Night with the Actors Bridge Ensemble.  Whether it’s a first kiss, first heartbreak, first bike ride, first time you broke the rules, or the first time you did anything fun, the Actors Bridge will host an open mic night of first times.  It’s almost like storytelling karaoke.  The only rules are that the story must be told from memory, not read, be true, and must not be longer than 5 minutes.  Are you up to the challenge?

That said, Saturday is truly where it’s at.  Being that it is the first Saturday of the month, September 7th, every art gallery downtown will be rocking.  You can park near 5th avenue and stroll through it all.  That will be an obvious move.  What might not be so obvious are a few of these below:

If you drive near the Sounds’ ballgame, hit up 427 Chestnut Street again and drop into Ground Floor Gallery + Studios.  It’s there, from 6-9pm where you will find E(labor)ated Surfaces (the juncture of painting and fabric, a curatorial statement by Herb Rieth).  The work crosses boundaries from Carri Jobe’s painterly moves to Nick DeFord’s crafted barbs.  Other work noted and seen will be made by Jim Arendt, Briena Harmening, Jessie Van der Laan, and Herb Rieth himself.  It’s a great appetizer for the art around the city.

The Ground Floor Gallery show is a great appetizer for the rest of the Arts & Music @ Wedgewood/Houston area.  From 5:30-11pm, the Wedegwood/Houston neighborhood will have art, music, food, and good people all around.  There is stellar photography found at Cleft Studios, illustrations at Fort Houston, vintage records at Infinity Cat, paintings at The Merrit Mansion, and there is an event like no other at Track One.  It’s a Bring Your Own Beamer (projected light art) event!  You can read more about this event here- and also

Also, a gem back downtown, at CoLab Nashville, at 230 4th Avenue, Suite 105, Untitled is having their next Pop-Up Art Show, coinciding with the First Saturday Art Crawl.  For one night only, the street-facing lobby at CoLab will have free coffee and wine and a feast of art for you to take in.  Bring a friend … or two.

But yeah, you know you can’t go wrong if you just stay the Saturday course and head downtown for the regular art crawl.  Tennessee Art League, The Rymer Gallery, Blend Studios, Tinney Contemporary, and all the others will have great, new art rocking the streets and making downtown Nashville truly extraordinary. One particular event that you shouldn’t miss, because it is nothing but the TRUTH is at Blend Studio.  It is there where Tiffany Dyer is exhibiting her latest work in “Don’t Look at Truckers and Always Wear Clean Underwear: An exhibition of selected work by Tiffany Dyer.”  The title pretty much says it all, but you gotta get out and see it to get the rest of the picture.  Best title of the year, so far?  Absolutely!

Then Sunday you can rest again and enjoy another round of Breaking Bad.  Doesn’t this all sound nice?  See you at one or a few of the above.  Have a great week and weekend ahead.

much love,