Monthly Archives: October 2013

@artobernash 2013 comes to an end with a bang!

It always happens, at one time or another. There have been countless songs and careers made from the very thought. All good things must come to an end. I recently had a friend, who just so happens to be one of my favorite authors around, come to the bookstore and tell me the story about her dog having to be put down this past week. It was sad that she no longer gets to hang out with the friend any longer, but she didn’t have to hang on. It was just time. Age catches up with all of us. That said, October, whether we hate to admit it or not, is ending this week. There, now that I have that out of the way and in front of us, we can move on forward to and through this situation together.

This week, like every single @artobernash week this year, will be amazing and one for the record books. For, among other reasons, it is fitting that the last week of @artobernash of this year coincides with the first weekend of the next best month of the year in November! I think there’s a Semisonic song in there somewhere, but I won’t sing it for you right now. With Thanksgiving just around the corner, what better way to appreciate what you have than to go without for a bit. Starting today, October 28th – Friday, November 1st, a bunch of Nashvillians will be taking the SNAP challenge. This challenge is open to all individuals and involves living on what would be the weekly SNAP (food stamps) allowance in Tennessee for 5 days, so you can get a sense of what it would be like to subsist on SNAP. This means spending only $4.20 per day, per person, on everything that you eat, including breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, seasonings and drinks. Tonight, at 2905 12th Avenue South, at 6pm, you can join a ton of great people for a simple potluck, hear from a panel about the effects of SNAP on our community, and meet other SNAP challenge participants. Or just SIGN UP HERE:

This just in … author Jenny Moshak, former associate athletic director for Lady Vols basketball, will be at East Side Story (1108 Woodland Street, Unit B) tomorrow night from 5:15-6:30pm to read from and discuss her new work, Ice ‘n’ Go.  Ice ‘n’ Go is a culmination of the breadth of knowledge and unique insight from Moshak’s more than twenty-five years of work in major college sports.  Moshak will be on site to talk about the book, read, sign, sell, and enjoy conversations about everything she wants as long as you show up.

This Wednesday, October 30th, from 9:30am-5pm, at the Downtown Public Library, you can experience the 2013 Nash-Up: Remixing Nashville’s Arts, Culture and Creative Future with some of the bestest people in town. FREE with registration, and presented by Metro Arts and The Nashville Scene, Nash-Up is an excellent way to properly close out the amazing Artober month of arts activation in Nashville. It is a day-long summit featuring panels and sessions that will explore Nashville creative industry through discussion and dialogue. You can visit for more details and registration information, join the conversation with @NashUp, or REGISTER HERE: 

Then, this Thursday, HALLOWEEN night, October 31st, from 7-11pm, Porter Flea is gonna get weird. There will be a spooky night of costumes, drinks, and a strange art sale to go with. Some of our favorites will be selling limited editions of their most chilling works, including Boss Construction, Kangaroo Press, Monkey Ink Design, Arcade Death, Dangworthy, Sawtooth Printhouse, Luke Howard, and more. There will be drinks, outdoor B movies galore, a guest DJ, and costume prizes. It is a 21+ event, and this is the ultimate way to finish @artobernash 2013 with the ultimate bang. The show is called Full Bleed. Skip over Friday for resting for Saturday and the FIRST SATURDAY ART CRAWLS and various other art to be had. I have four things in four different places to suggest so I don’t smother you with one spot or a list of everything to do … no spoiler alerts here (for the most part).

Here is my list (in no order of favorites):

1- From 6-9pm, at Blend Studio (79 Arcade), coinciding with the rest of the 5th Avenue Downtown Art Crawl all around, you can experience “New Southern Vernacular: work by Greely Myatt, Ted Lauritzen Wright, and Dwayne Butcher.” All of the artists will be present on opening night, and you can see more information here-

2- From 6-9pm, at CoLab Nashville (230 N. 4th Avenue, Suite 105), you can join the fun with Untitled’s Pop-Up Art Show. You can find more information about to get involved and/or visit here- 

3- At 8pm, at 808 Fatherland Street, you can commemorate a splendid Saturday by seeing “Commemoration Of All Faithful Departed” with the likes of the fabulous Janelle Bonfour-Mikes and Ben Burr. Post-Halloween, on All Souls’ Day, this is a FREE event that will have experimental dance, poetry, and performances all around. All I can promise is that it will be AWEsome.

4- Zeitgeist (516 Hagan Street, Suite 100, behind Greer Stadium in historic Wedgewood/Houston) is pleased to present two new ensembles that comment on impermanence and passing moments from Nashville-based multimedia artist Patrick DeGuira and NYC-based photographer Gieves Anderson. From 5:30-9pm, this event is in conjunction with the ARTSMUSIC @ WEDGEWOODHOUSTON weekend and the Cheekwood Museum of Art Pop-up for the “More Love” exhibition. All venues participating are FREE and OPEN to the public to attend.

Then, to finish off Sunday right, November 3rd, The Eastwood Ensemble Presents: Chamber Music Underground at The Cappellino Home at 5pm (714 Setliff Place). This is your chance to experience classical chamber music the way it was intended-inside a home with East Nashville style! Wine and snacks will be provided, along with a performance of music from Dvorak, Schumann, and more. This series by The Eastwood Ensemble has been featured TWICE as a Critic’s Pick in the Nashville Scene. Basically, it is a relaxing fall evening of music with a casual, friendly atmosphere with some of the best musicians around. No dressing up is needed. The event is a fundraiser for Eastwood Ensemble’s future community projects as they move closer to becoming a 501c3 non-profit organization. The event is 21 and UP. You must get tickets before and they are limited. Get them HERE (and share the link, please) –

art by Clay Brunton

art by Clay Brunton

Before I go, I’d like to give you a head’s up for the 1 year anniversary East Side Storytellin’ show coming up at Mad Donna’s on Tuesday, November 5th, at 7pm, with the likes of Keel Hunt, Park Chisolm, and Vanderbilt University Press. Check us out at for more info. East Side Storytellin’ is also FREE to attend. Check this out –

Until I see you or your read this again, be nice to each other and have a great finish to the best @artobernash yet!

much love,



@artobernash updates, week 4 of 2013

Hello again, my friends. This week is going to be somewhat of a cool down (metaphorically and literally) so you can finish off the month with a bang. That said, things get going really quickly, starting tonight.
Tonight, you really shouldn’t have any other plans besides catching Patty Griffin at The Ryman. That is all for today and today’s goals.

Tomorrow, Tuesday, October 22nd, not only gets you 9 (number 9) days away from Halloween, it is also a good chance for you to yet again let yourself be heard at Logue’s Black Raven Emporium. Like clockwork without orange, Honest Lewis is scheduled to host another “A Night of Free Speech.” At 2915 Gallatin Pike, from 7-11pm, you might want to get there early to sign up for FREE to share your ideas, prose, and everything you wish to share with other positive scribes and literary folks alike. There are cheap snacks and drinks but priceless feedback on tap for all those brave enough to get up and say their piece. It is a fun time had by all, and it’s a very cool tool any and every writer should try at least once.


Also on Tuesday, I have a side 2-for-Tuesday you may enjoy too. First, at 7:15pm, at the Belcourt Theater, you will have the unique chance to experience Terminator the Second on the big screen. “William Shakespeare Presents: Terminator the Second,” an instant classic, you can see the preview here- and learn more about getting tickets before it’s sold out here- You’re welcome. Second, at 9pm, at The 5 Spot, you can end your night with class by seeing the likes of Adam Hill performing with a fun favorite duo called Twain Blue. I’ll let you check it out and add descriptions later. Good stuff all around!

Skip to Wednesday, and on over to Fort Houston (500 Houston Street), and you will find another excellent edition of culture at 7pm with the 3rd part of the LES Blank series provided by Nashville
Folk + Free Skool. “Dry Wood” is showing this round, and then there will be a post-film Q + A with blues scholar and guitarist Jake Fussell of Oxford, MS. Oh, and there will be home-brewed beer by Tim Davis for a minimal cost of entrance. Help Fort Houston close this series right.

Now, skip on over Thursday, because I know you already have good plans on visiting local bookstores to buy books and support local authors and such (among other things), and land right on Friday to help support a very cool, future East Side Storytellin’ featured musician in that of Kim Logan and her vinyl release party. Kim and everyone at Palaver Records is excited to celebrate the release of her debut album on vinyl at the East-Centric Pavilion at 8pm. There will be blood-red beer from Little Harpeth Brewing, couture pieces created for Kim by German fashion designer Rachel Hesse, a short film by ATO Records videographer Joshua Shoemaker, a photo series by Don VanCleave, and the debut record being spun at the turntable. Basically, this is an all out art explosion of awesomeness. You should go … just saying.

I’ve checked on the rest of the weekend and there are plenty of concerts and good people doing great things, but as mentioned in the beginning with the cool down, at some point you might have to just sit down and chill (aside from watching AMC’s FearFest, of course) and smell the dead roses for whatever that means to you. Take a break from the plans, updates, and everything everyone is throwing your way (mE included) and just get out and enjoy this special city, time, and people surrounding you.

I hope the above helps make your day and week better. Now get out there and live it. And be nice to one another too.

much love,

@artobernash 2013, week3!

Well, with the crisp air and the fun sun still looming all around us, this is an excellent week to prepare yourself for events and people that will surely give you the goosies.  I’m sure I’m not the only person that was confused by the new characters that exited as quickly as they first appeared on AMC’s The Walking Dead last night, but don’t let that scare you.  As always with October and Artober and everything that goes on in Nashville in general, the best is always yet to come!

ImageTomorrow, Tuesday, October 15th, does just that.  With the 24th edition of East Side Storytellin’, it will be one for the books.  It will be the 1st annual Halloween-ish themed East Side Storytellin’, since it’s the last one of this month, and it will definitely not disappoint all who make it out for the occasion, dressed up or not.  Tomorrow, at 7pm sharp, at Mad Donna’s (1313 Woodland Street), music will be provided by the classic married couple that call themselves Old Hazelwood when they perform around town (  And to set the ghoulish mood of the month perfectly, author Betsy Phillips (author of A City of Ghosts, tiny cat pants wordpress blog, and countless other scary good stories to come – will be on site to read some of the most fun, spooky, and local Nashville tales you have ever heard … fact.  It is FREE to attend, over by 8:30pm, and will be an unforgettable time.  Seriously, you shouldn’t miss out on these shows while they last.

Wednesday night, October 16th, over at Fort Houston (500 Houston Street), from 7pm onward, you can honor the passing of the late documentarian Les Blank by visiting the Nashville Folk + Free Skool for their second part of their 3-part series to screen a handful of Blank films on rare 16mm prints, couresy of John Lomax III.  The featured movies this week are “Dry Wood” and “Hot Pepper.”  The night will have a Q + A session with archivist John Fabke of MTSU and journalist Ron Wynn.  It will be a hoot indeed, and all of this for a mere $5 donation for expenses to put it together.  Did I mention there will be home-brewed beer by Tim Davis available?

Thursday, you have 2 very cool literary choices to choose from.  First, if you find yourself in Clarksville (96 Clarksville, TN to be exact) at the Downtown Artists Cooperative, at 5:15pm, writer Amy Wright will read from her recent poems at DAC’s second Salon.  She is the Nonfiction Editor of Zone 3 Press at APSU, author of 3 poetry chapbooks, and has appeared in a handful of quality journals around the country.  Basically, her work is quality and you should totally take advantage of meeting and hearing her live in person if you have the chance.  The reading starts at 5:30pm, with light refreshments, discussions, and visiting with the writer afterwards.  Not to forget about one other hands-on event this Thursday, October 17th, never forget about Platetone Printmaking, Paper, and Book Arts (535 Fourth Avenue South).  This Thursday, from 6-9pm, they are celebrating the spirit of creativity and artmaking during @ArtoberNash by inviting YOU to join them for their FREE hands-on Third Thursday Open Studio!  This month, they are helping people make their own journals and sketchbooks: they provide the materials, and you’ll choose the interior signature pages, design and collage your unique cover, and everyone will have a blast!  Learn more about this event and others this month at @artobernash and

Skip over Friday and jump into Saturday and the weekend full force by going to the Tennessee State Museum (5th Avenue and Deaderick Street), all day long from noon-4pm.  For it is there where “Explorastory” is back with more riveting Scary Stories, all taking place in Tennessee.  This year’s tellers will include Magda the StorySpider, Barry Jones, Debbie Caldwell, & Betty O.  The museum’s annual ghost story festival, known as “Haunted Musuem” is back for its lucky number 13th and scariest year yet!  This event is FREE to the public, and you can find more information at  Haunted Museum features a “ghost trail” through the museum with prizes, crafts, and refreshments for kids of all ages.  Seriously, if you show up you’ll get prizes!  Dress up and wild and come on down.

Then, if you dare to get out after the Haunted Museum, come over and visit one of the many excellent open art galleries on the East, West, North, South, and Downtown areas of Nashville.  There are some amazing artists doing some very amazing things all over that could use your amazing support.  Don’t just take advantage of the FREE admission prices to see the art, buy some and take it home with you for years to come.  Just saying, artists shouldn’t have to be starving artists or dead (or undead to come full circle with The Walking Dead here) for you to remember or take notice.

That said, enjoy your week ahead and be nice to one another, please.

much love,

@ArtoberNash, week 2!

I think I’ll take a break for Monday this week from promoting events tonight since I’m sure I’mn not alone from standing in the rain and watching yet another game where the Titans were who we thought they would be.  I’ve started to simply start my real weeks on Tuesdays, pretty much since starting East Side Storytellin’ last November on a Tuesday.  That said, this Tuesday, from 6-9pm, at Turnip Green Creative Reuse (535 4th Avenue South), the Tennessean Newspaper Rack Community Art Project will be in full effect.  The Tennessean, Beth Inglish, Turnip Green Creative Reuse, and the Nashville Creative Group are hosting an event to upcycle a few decommissioned newspaper racks for a community art project.  It is a BYOB (bring your own brush) deal, and the finished painted racks will be unveiled at a futre event at Turnip Green Creative Reuse.  It takes a village, y’all!

Speaking of villages, Honest Lewis is at it again this Tuesday night with another round of A Night of Free Speech.  From 7-11pm, at Logue’s Black Raven Emporium, everyone is welcome to get up and share their ideas, prose, shorts, longs, poetry, and whatever you have written down on a piece of paper or in your head that you’d like to share with other local literary folks in the round.  There are snacks and beer there for purchase and all the good writing your soul can digest in one sitting.  I highly recommend that you come out and try a taste.

Wednesday, October 9th, you can get your @artobernash fill over at Fort  Houston (500 Houston Street) with Les Blank Film Month: “Sun’s Gonna Shine” + “The Blues Accordin’ to Lightnin’ Hopikins.”  Nashville Folk + Free Skool is partnering with Fort Houston on a 3 part series to screen a handful of Blank films on rare 16mm prints, courtesy of John Lomax III.  The films, beginning at 7pm, will be followed by Q+A sessions with regional scholars, musicians, and other culture-bearers.
And yet again connecting transitional dots here, and pointing out a few more culture-bearers that I know, The Coal Men are playing an epic show on Wednesday night and want you THERE too!  Dave & Dave will be hitting the stage at 7pm at the performing artist co-op (107 N. 11th St. in East Nashville’s 5 Points area) in order to officially celebrate the release of “Escalator” with a juke joint hang.  For adults above 21 there will be FREE beer, live music from The Coal Men, and the availability to buy their new tour EP “Skeletons” for $10 (half of that price will go to East C.A.N.).  Not a bad night if I don’t say so myself!

Thursday, October 10th, marks the beginning of the 3 day event called Creativity Moves Nashville 2013 Conference.  You can get more information at, but from October 10-12, at Vanderbilt University Student Life Center (310 25th Avenue S.) the Nashville community will come together for inspiration and innovation in a gathering of Nashville’s innovative creative leaders, thinkers, and doers who believe in the power of creativity to do good and transform our community.  Creativity Moves, Jacob Weiss, Sam Davidson, Matt Cheuvront, Jen Cole, and Nancy Van Reece (among others) don’t really need an introduction here, but you should get your tickets and hear all of the good things they have to say.  Seriously, get your ticket and be there.  Most important thing going on this week for sure.

Skip over to single out Friday, October 11th, and you only need to know one thing … The Lower Caves are playing at Exit/In at 8pm.  Yeah, I said it.

Saturday, you have 3 options for awesome and you can definitely check out all 3 if you are willing and able to be awesome.  First, it should go without being said here (meaning you should already know) that the 25th Annual Southern Festival of Books is going down Downtown this weekend.  I actually get to introduce author Wendy Welch on CSPAN2 live at noon if you are channel surfing on CSPAN2 (aka the book channel thingy).  But yeah, you will have your choices of readings, books on tables, authors from near and far, and it be going on all day long.  Another highlight from the fest you should check out is the reading from Leslie LaChance, Art Smith, and Jeff Hardin as they read from their new books at the Nashville Public Library, Conference Room III, at 2pm.  They are all so very talented and worth your time.

Second on the list of must sees for Saturday is Poetry in the Brew.  Like clockwork, on the 2nd Saturday of every month, the finest local poets come together at Portland Brew East (1921 Eastland Avenue) from 5:30-8:30pm and do their thing.  Patricia Alice Albrecht will be guest hosting this week, and Curtis Rose (aka The Purple Poet) is returning to town to feature as well.  This should be AWEsome.

And finally, the place I will definitely be at and that will no doubt give you a week’s worth of AWEsome in one spot, you really need to come out to an art opening like no other in town at East Side Story (1108 Woodland Street, Unit B).  I know you might think that we are only a bookstore for local authors, but we also feature local artists’ work that is inspired by literature.  I can’t think of anything artistic wise so far in our short run of a year like this show.  Jeff Bertrand has taken pages from more than two handfuls of local authors featured at East Side Story (from New York Times Bestselling authors to self-published and everything in between) and painted their portraits on their pages.  You can see from the picture above that he is amazing and the authors will be blown away and surprised just as much as the rest of us seeing the work for the first time.  The exhibition is called “Nashville Storytellers: Faces behind the Stories.”  The reception is Saturday, October 12th, from 5-9pm, at East Side Story, and Jeff Bertrand will be there to show you the work and talk if you want to too.  This show coincides with the rest of the 2nd Saturday at 5 Points art crawl from 6-9pm as well.  THIS will be EPIC!

Sunday, maybe Sunday we can rest and pick up where we left off this past weekend with a win from the Titans.  Let’s do our part, while they spend a week learning from mistakes and practicing to earn their enormous paychecks.  Let’s do our part to live large with all that we have been given around us in Nashville this week art-wise.  We have a lot to be thankful for right now.  I hope to see you at a few or all of the above.

And be nice to each other.

much love,

ps- Heads up- Next Tuesday, October 15th, at 7pm, I am honored to say that we at East Side Storytelly are partnering up with Mad Donna’s (1313 Woodland Street) to have our first annual Halloween-ish East Side Storytellin’ event.  We will have the spooky stories of Betsy Phillips (author of A City of Ghosts- and the music by Old Hazelwood.  It is FREE to attend, will have merch for sale, and it will conclude by 8:30pm in case you have other tricks up your sleeve that evening.  Please come dressed for the holiday fun if you want.  We won’t judge, we’ll just have fun together.

We don’t call it ARTober for nuthin’!

The air is crisp, the smiles are plenty, and ARTober is finally here again! Aside from reading about everything below and coming back for more on a  weekly basis as usual, do yourself a big favor and check out and share the following link all month long-


Side note, in celebration of the 3rd anniversary of Artober Nashville, Main Street Gallery is offering half off art gallery rentals for the month of October!  $150 includes a one week gallery rental, 3 hour opening reception, on-site parking, wireless internet, 100″ drop-down screen and projector, PA system and on-site manager.  Email to book your Main Street Gallery Artober show!

Now, back on the event track,  let’s agree with the people of Artober with promoting and kicking off the month in style with East Side Story.  More than the only all local bookstore, East Side Storytellin’ has become quite the bi-monthly event over the past year.  Free to attend, combining the best of local authors and musicians performing amazing shows, there’s simply nothing like East Side Storytellin’ anywhere around town.  Tonight, October 1st, at 7pm sharp, over at Mad Donna’s (1313 Woodland Street), painter Jonathan Richter and poet DKM will be reading and speaking about their book Subjects with Objects.  They will be followed by an original music set by the band Bulb, and then the event will have a casual conversation that I will moderate with all of the above about their creative processes and ties to Nashville.  You can buy good eats and spirits during the show and merch on the side.  It’s over by 8:30pm so don’t worry about bedtime if that’s what you’re thinking about.  It will be an absolute blast by all!

Also tonight, at 6pm, at Events on 3rd (209 Third Avenue North), you can participate in an old school contest of spelling.  Specifically, it is a fast-paced, grown-up, group spelling bee complete with an open bar and free food.  6 spellers per team, $50 donation per person, the games are from 6:30-9pm.  Every dollar donated supports NALC, Nashville’s Literacy organization.  If you can’t attend, or if you are attending another party or East Side Storytellin’ (to keep it real and real honest here), you can donate online at http:// donate-now/.
Skip on over to Thursday, October 3rd, and you can skip on over to The Hermitage (4589 Rachel’s Lane) from 8am-5pm to help with a one-of-a-kind community art exhibition.  Myles Maillie is in need of some AWEsome volunteers to help install over 3,000 boxes everyone has been painting.  If you aren’t already in the volunteer system, please fill out the form on the link below before coming to help- 1MBfuyHXnK4UvvgfRE864_lQVYe xC4EW5L61c4JdPlms/viewform.  The exhibition will be this weekend and fun for everyone to witness and talk about in person … truly a village coming together for a common, extraordinary cause/show.  If you have questions, please email:


Also Thursday, from 6-9pm, you can join some of Nashville’s coolest print shops in a night of wild printmaking!  8 local print shops are banding together to host Nashville’s first Print Crawl.  Participants will begin at one location, pick up their paper and print for the first section of a custom poster, then head on to the next destination to continue making art!  By the end of the night, each participant will have a completed poster of their own.  Over the course of the night, you will visit Isle of Printing, Platetone Printshop, Grand Palace Silkscreen, Sawtooth Printhouse, Kanagroo Press Limited, k2forma, The Goldsmith Press, and finish the night with a celebration at Fort Houston in the Houston/Wedgewood Arts District!  Talk about a hell of a night for art’s sake!

After that kind of bash, you might want to prepare yourself.  That was just the appetizer.  Both Friday, October 4th and Saturday, October 5th, mark the 3rd annual Handmade and Bound Festival over at Watkins College of Art, Design & Film (2298 Rosa L. Parks Blvd)!  There will be workshops, sketchbook shows and collections on display, and pretty much all of the best bookbinders, paper-makers, and book artist that walk this city … and Earth!  See these links and get in on the action-

Also on Saturday, the first Saturday of the biggest art month of the year (ARTober = fact), you will have more than a handful of options to take on the town for your creative appetite.  Check out the following, in no particular order:

– at 5:30pm, head over to Fort Houston for their Arts and Music (500 Houston Street)

(the rest are from 6-9pm like regular art crawl hours)

-at Blend Studio, go see Public/Private: work by Suta Lee

– at Viridian Condominium (415 Church Street), there will be an AK Llamas party, in honor of a special exhibition of almost the same name, filled with creative surprises that you won’t want to miss. 

– at 40AU, drop by for Not Modern: new work by Jonathan Rattner & Jonathan Johnson.

– at SPACE Gallery in The Arcade as well, go see Brandt Hardin’s new solo exhibit.  It will be the first exhibit where he’ll be displaying paintings only (no markers allowed!).

– rounding out the Wedgewood-Houston neighborhood shows, there will be a Pop-Up Gallery during Artober Nashville featuring a selection of contemporary art from Cheekwood’s ground-breaking fall exhibition entitled More Love: Art, Politics and Sharing since the 1990’s. 

There are plenty of other galleries celebrating the beginning of the best month of art all year round.  Don’t limit yourself to what I write about.  Go out, explore, get lost, and find out for yourself all that is out there to be found.  We live in a very cool time and place at the moment for art’s sake. 

And with that said, I think I’ll rest on Sunday, and right now.  I hope to see you at all of the above … well, at least tonight at Mad Donna’s 🙂

Thanks for taking the time to visit this post and sharing with others.  Enjoy your day and each other via kindness.  We need more art and kindness, in my humble opinion.

much love,