Monthly Archives: November 2013


Hello everyone! It is that time of year again when the rest of the masses catches up with the lot of us that tend to celebrate and take time to think about all of the blessings we have in our lives every day. And it’s also time for people to come together as the one big family that we are, the born and the chosen. That said, before I get into some of the fabulous creative events and things going on this week around Nashville, I’d like to shine a big, huge, heart-warming spotlight on that of my good friend and great poet & performing artist in that of Jamie Zoe Givens.

You might have heard me boast about Jamie and her spoken word a time or two- mainly in the East Side Storytellin’ event she was featured in this past year that you can read about and listen to here on this link … But ever since that event, Jamie has been in an all out battle against Cancer and she could use your help. If you go to any middle Tennessee branch of Sun Trust Bank, you can ask to make a deposit to the account for Jamie Givens to help fund her battle. For deposit questions, contact Ms. Rhonda Rutherford at 615-279-4033, or email for other questions to Holly Waldrop In case you want to see how she is fighting Cancer with all her heart, kindness, positivity, and everything you already know or should know about Jamie Givens, see this video (she said I could post it) – and check out other stuff that makes her & YOU smile too here –

Seriously, now that you’ve met Jamie Givens, don’t you already feel better. She has that effect on everyone she meets … smiles always happen. Speaking of smiles, this week is going to give plenty of people plenty of frowns upside down.

Tonight, at 9pm, at 1 Cannery Row (Mercy Lounge), you can catch 8 bands, 3 songs each, and all fun. It’s called 8 off 8th: Glazed Edition, and the featured artists are Beat Burns, brotherun, girls and money, Blank Range, Neil O’Neil, DEDSA, Easy Tiger, and T. Rust. Oh, and they’ll also have FREE DONUTS!!!!!!

Tomorrow, Tuesday, November 26th, you can have a blast and hit up 2915 Gallatin Road (Black Raven Emporium) for another round of A Night of FREE Speech. Hosted by author Honest Lewis, this is your bi-monthly reminder of the bi-monthly author fest on every 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month where Honest opens to doors and the microphone to all willing writers brave enough to share their latest work in public to a positive crowd of peers. It is well worth the visit and your time. It starts at 7pm, but you might want to get there early to sign-up to read or get a real cozy seat.

Skip over Wednesday and you might just land yourself smack dab into Turkey day with a load of grits, turkey, casseroles, good friends, and spirits for days. Yep, I want you to take the day off from worries and work, and enjoy the time we have with one another … the ones you want to enjoy the brief times that we have with one another. Call it a football audible and make sure you earn that nap on the couch.

Friday, good ol’ Black Friday, unless you are chopping down a Christmas tree like some people I know, you might be shopping. All I can say and promote is that you need to shop local. I’m totally bias in that opinion and statement, but why not? You have plenty of options in the Nashville area that are owned and run by people that you call friends (or at least a good amount of cool people that you should get to know and call friends. I’d say that one of the first places I’d point you towards is 5 Points East Nashville with my family and friends on The Row (1108 Woodland Street). Where everybody knows your name, honest injun.


Saturday, I’ll be back in the store, alongside my friend and local author/artist Bill Schumm on site promoting his latest book called “Shelby Past & Present.” Schumm will have books, photographs, art prints, and a few jokes on the side if you want to drop by to get a signed copy of whatever he has for any gifts for the holiday season. Shelby Past & Present is a beautiful pictorial book featuring images of Shelby’s changing seasons, its incredible past and current structures, activities, wildlife,, and basically the Park’s beauty. You can read more about it here- and then show up Saturday to meet the man behind the book.

Speaking of books for the holiday season, you can drop by East Side Story (1108 Woodland Street, unit B) in the next few weeks to buy your own copy of Betsy Phillip’s “A City of Ghosts.” It is a wonderful book that has numerous ghost stories, all set in Nashville. In fact, to do you even better, if you buy the book at East Side Story, you can sign up for a book club event with Betsy on Friday the 13th of December where we will get our spooky on in store at 6pm. Betsy will be on site to talk about her writing process, real ghost story moments, and she might even include your name and personal ghost story moment into her next round of spooky short stories next year. I’m just saying, the book club is FREE with purchase of the book. You can read more about her book here – – and more about the book itself here – It will be a blast! Don’t miss out!


Back to Nashville and this week though, this Sunday, December 1st, is going to be quite the jumpstart to an awesome month ahead to close out 2013. First, if your love has any desire to learn the art of burlesque, you can give her a 3 week minimester for Burlesque 101 Classes: Blue Christmas Minimester! For $50, you can give the gift that keeps on giving with performance art so she can learn the quick and dirty basics of burlesque movement, including a fully choreographed routine to show off to friends or whomever. The first lesson is Sunday, 2-3pm at 604 Gallatin Avenue, Suite 209. You can learn more about this at

Second on Sunday, you can shop local for the holidays at this unique East Nashville event called the Holiday Art Circus. From 11am-4pm, at 1000 Main Street, aka the Chop Shop, there will be plenty of gifts made and sold by local creatives. It’s a must visit for one and all!

Third, and certainly not least, on Sunday, Platetone Printmaking, Paper and Book Arts (535 Fourth Avenue South) is having quite the party. Platetone’s “The Artist Online: MailChimp Basics” is a 3-hour one-time workshop designed to help you learn the basics about MailChimp: how to set your account from signup to send-off. This session is especially targeted to artists to help you manage different facets of your professional career. It is from 2-5pm, $30 per student (all supplies included), with instructor Megan Kelly of StudiOmnivorous, and all you have to do to register is contact ASAP! This will help any artist make the most of your visual presentation for people to discover and love your artwork.

So, that is the week ahead. If you want to know about a bright light next week to also help jumpstart a wonderful wintery December, Look no further than East Side Storytellin’ 27 at Mad Donna’s (1313 Woodland Street) at 7pm next Tuesday, December 3rd. At 7pm sharp, I will introduce the likes of award-winning author Lydia Peelle, who will read from some of her awesome prose, and then follow that up with music by the amazingly talented Griffin House! It is FREE to attend, come early to get a seat, and it is over by 8:30pm … just in time for Drag Bingo to begin 😉 You can find more information about Lydia and Griffin here – AND here –

Before I go, I’d like to say one last thing. As many of you probably know, our friend, writer John Egerton passed away this past week. The media reports that it was a heart attack. A man with a tremendous gift with words and with helping other people telling and sharing their stories, he covered more in his lifetime that many ever dare to live. I was honored to help be a part of one of his volunteering efforts at a local school to help kids get excited about reading and writing this past year. I will not forget it or him. Here are some links that might help shed a lasting light on John.

Thank you and remember to be nice to one another.

much love,

ps- Something else to begin the holiday season just right … w/ The Rough & Tumble, Scott & Mallory … enjoy and share the love!


More of YES-vember

TODAY, Monday, November 18th, kicks this week off with the biggest bang we’ve ever known yet.  After months of pouring their hearts and souls into new music, our good friends Ben & Emily Roberts (Carolina Story) are releasing their new 6-song EP titled “Chapter One!”  The songs were recorded throughout late Spring & early Summer of this past year at Disgraceland Studio in town, produced by multi-Grammy award-winning producer in Blake Chancey, and also on the album (as if Ben & Emily aren’t enough for you to listen) were the likes of Chad Cromwell, Michael Rhodes, Darrell Scott, Dan Dougmore, Billy Panda, and John Henry.  Trust me, I’ve heard this new music and like everything else they have done before, Ben and Emily will blow you away with awesomeness.  You can purchase the EP digitally at, get a physical copy at their web store at, and literally jump on their bandwagon on Facebook at  Again, trust me, you will thank me sooner than later.


With that off my chest and mind, I also want to throw two gems that are in one location your way for starters.  The Frist Center for the Visual Arts is now housing some amazing shows that you should check out if you haven’t already.  If you have, go see them again.  Upstairs, they have “American Chronicles: The Art of Norman Rockwell.”  It is a retrospective exhibition that spans 56 years of the legendary American illustrator’s working process and career (including oil paintings, iconic Saturday Evening covers, photographs, and a short documentary.  In the Ingram Gallery space, the Frist Center is presenting the exhibition “30 Americans.”  It contains 75 uncontainable and often challenging pieces of artwork created by emerging and established African American artists such as Hank Willis Thomas, Carrie Mae Weems, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Nick Cave, and more.  Within a a variety of mediums, the artists explore gender, race, identity, history, pop culture, and allow you to truly reflect on what it means to be an American.  They are both must-see!

And speaking of must see and hear, LOOK no further than East Side Storytellin’ 26.  At 7pm sharp, at Mad Donna’s (1313 Woodland Street), I will be on hand to host another round of great local literature and lyrics alongside the featured guests of poet Nicole Branigan and music by Kim Logan.  You can see more details about the event here –  You can see more about Nicole here –  And you can hear more about Kim Logan here –  Seriously, you have no good excuse to NOT be there.  It is FREE and tons of fun (and over by 8:30pm).

Move on over to Wednesday, you can be a part of the “Pop Up Art Village” at the Nashville Entrepreneur Center Fall Fest from 4-8pm.  It is held at 41 Peabody Street, and will have live music, food trucks, open bar, start up village and an art village held outside with heaters at the Trolly Barns.  The main objective for the special event is to let the Nashville entrepreneur community know that we are the “go to” creative talent pool in the country.  If you plan on participating, last minute, RSVP here – and follow the conversation online for more updates as the event arrives.

Thursday, you should join Turnip Green Creative Reuse (535 4th Avenue South) from 6-9pm in welcoming Carrie Cox to the Green Gallery for her show, “Indigo.”  The Southern Festival of books will be there showcasing book sculptures, and Platetone Printmaking, Paper and Book Arts will be hosting an open studio- printmaking wrapping paper for the holidays.

Friday, and I love giving you these 1 must attend event per day of the week deal, you can drive over to Watkins College of Art, Design & Film (2298 Rosa L. Parks Blvd) from 6-9pm.  It is there where Watkins is presenting a double exhibition from seniors Moses Williams and Alana Danielle Wright.  It is the 3rd installment in the Fall 2013 BFA Thesis Exhibition series on view in the Brownlee O. Currey, Jr. Gallery on campus thru Dec. 3.  Williams is bringing sculptural works, video, and performance in “MORLESSNESS/shaking the tree” – an investigation of the world with the human subject as primary body.  Wright is gonna display “Complicated Little Machine” – investigating origins and influences of one’s perception of the self via sculptures, painting, and drawings.  I believe that children are our future 🙂


Saturday, you only need to know about ONE thing and ONE place with a TON of great people.  If you didn’t guess I would say it, let me just say it.  YOU need to come to 1108 Woodland Street in East Nashville, from noon-7pm to experience the 1st annual Printmakers Festival.  Julie Sola, the ring leader of Fat Crow Press, has worked hard, alongside the rest of the shops on The Row, to gather up Platetone: Printmaking, Paper, and Book Arts, Sawtooth Print House, Kangaroo Press, Boss Printing, Isle of Printing, Meat and 3 Printing Company, and some talented Hatch Printers to show their amazing work and spread the gospel of print.  Mas Tacos and Turophilla Quesadillas will be on site, as well as live music by Lynn Taylor and the Barflies.  Get this, everyone at the shops (Moss, Crescent Moon Jewelry, Hello Boys, East Side Story, John Cannon Fine Art, Goodbuy Girls, Alegria, Haulin Oats, Fat Crow Press, and Art & Invention will be silk screening their amazing artwork onto special items that you can buy “hot off the press.”  And as if that wasn’t enough, at dusk the stores and galleries around 5 Points are going to plugin their holiday lights to light up East Nashville (unofficially officially).

Then, when the natural lights of the sun rise on Sunday, November 24th, you can sleep in a little bit if you choose.  But, don’t sleep in past noon because there is going to be another Research Club at Fort Houston (500 Houston Street) from noon-2pm.  Free to attend, with coffee and a light brunch (everyone is encouraged to bring a dish if you can), there will be a handful of guest speakers to talk all about awesome stuff.  See how I started and ended this week with AWESOME??!!  Well, remember you heard it hear first when you go to listen to photographer Jonny Kingsbury and Journalist Sarah Kingsbury talking about their late grandfather in that of Kenny Roberts, Laura Birdsall talking about the heart-smashing/serious story of Ros Sereysothea, and Neale Stokes talking about an informal, alternate history of disco.  It is a great way to end a great week and begin another with a fresh outlook on life in general.

Now, with all that said, I’m ready to do this.  Are you?  Remember to be nice to one another.

much love,

11/11 … more like YES-vember


Before I get going on helping give you the light of the matter for this week, I want to quickly share and reflect on the past year of East Side Storytellin’ (a bi-monthly event that I help put together with some very talented and unique Nashville artists).

Starting with The Smoking Flowers at Rumours East last November 6th, Carolina Story at Fat Bottom Brewing in the middle, and finishing this set of the 1st anniversary of East Side Storytellin’ with Old Hazelwood at Mad Donna’s this past October, enjoy every track that Tom Eizonas gave me from pretty much every show in between. We’re just getting started with East Side Storytellin’ but WOW what a start!!!!! Feel free to like, burn, and share to spread the LOVE. Thanks to everyone involved!

Our next East Side Storytellin’ is next Tuesday, November 19th, at 7pm, at Mad Donna’s (1313 Woodland Street),  with featured poet Nicole Branigan and musician Kim Logan.  Starts promptly and is finished by 8:30pm.  See this link and help spread the word-

Speaking of dates and happy memories, here’s a fantastic East Side Storytellin’ alum on the rise in The Rough & Tumble.  Last week, on November 4th, I was on a trip home with my family after celebrating a life-changing event happily together.  This week, a week later, I give you evidence from Mallory and Scott to show just how important the 4th of November was/is.  Give a listen and watch to the fun new video called “4th of November.” See this link and LIKE it and share –

Tommorow, Tuesday, November 12th, from 6-8:30pm (London Time), if you are down to spread the word or wanna get a ticket to fly over the big pond and hit up London to see Chelsea space and the very first UK exhibition dedicated to the American letterpress art of Hatch Show Print, you are in luck!  There will be a private viewing with live music from Nashville’s Ned Luberecki (banjo) and Stephen Mougin (guitar).  With the help of of curator/collector Jason Brown, Hatch Show Print is primed to make a HUGE splash on the Brit’s art world.  The exhibition itself will provide a rare opportunity to view archive material and stunning posters from this world-renowned producer of letterpress design and explore the importance of the art of the poster in the history of communication.  Whether you make it to or not, this is a big-freakin’ deal to know about and celebrate some local artists doing good.


Also tomorrow, a little closer to home, Honest Lewis is yet again hosting another FREE “A Night of Free Speech” at Logue’s Black Raven Emporium for a night of poetry, prose, rants, and manifestos from 7-10pm (2915 Gallatin Road).  Again, you better get there early if you plan on signing up to read in front of a positive prose posse.  Just saying, it is a good time had by all.

Also also tomorrow, over at Fort Houston (500 Houston Street),  The Beehive Design Collective (a non-profit arts and activism organization dedicated to ”cross-pollinating the grassroots” – is partnering with Nashville Folk + Free Skool and Fort Houston to share their recently completed work called “Mesoamerica Resiste.”  Translation services will be provided (English-Spanish) for the final installment in a trilogy of graphics that began with posters about Free Trade and the Drug War.  It is a collaboratively produced, educational illustration was created through an intensive and ongoing process of grassroots research.  This is a pretty deep, impactful, and enlightening exhibition that will help change your wold and view of it for the better- no question.  It begins at 7pm, is FREE, and open to the public.

On Wednesday, November 13th, come back over to Logue’s Black Raven Emporium for Coney Island Rock n’ Roll Roadshow returning to Nashville.  A night packed full of entertainment, Coney Island style, there will be bands, burlesque, and sideshows!  What else do you want on a Wednesday?

Jumping to Thursday, November 14th, at Lipscomb University’s John C. Hutcheson Gallery, there will be an opening reception for Brooklyn-based artist Katie Bell at 6pm.  Bell will present a gallery talk as part of the University’s Visiting Artist Program.  Bell uses salvaged building materials from homes – carports, flooring, window shades, etc. – and organizes the materials into abstract, cool compositions.

Friday, November 15th, from 5:30-8:30pm, over at Bennett Galleries (2104 Crestmoor Road), this is a special note for you to know about a fun evening of art, snacks, and cocktails.  You can meet the artists and chat with other collectors.  You can kick back and enjoy the latest art from Scott Hill, Carylon Killebrew, and Wanda Choate.  There, there … that’s your Friday in a nutshell.

That nutshell is a perfect appetizer for your double-featured Saturday in the making.  First, welcome to UNDONE- THE last Untitled Show EVER!  At 506 Davidson Street, from 6-10pm, 506 Events Gallery will provide the space for the final art show of the year (and the foreseeable future).  Undone will be a night of letting go, wrapping up, and breaking free.  It will also be a night to say thanks to the 100’s, if not 1,000’s, of artists and volunteers who have helped make over the 75 past shows possible since the group’s inception in 1991.

As a group, Untitled wishes to continue their role as quirky outsider to the Nashville art scene and in that spirit has made the decision to host only one final show in 2013 and to not plan any art shows for 2014 and beyond. Untitled’s board will continue to meet and plot how best to continue the organization’s mission–historically Untitled has had multiple periods of hiatus and rebirth in their 20 plus years in Nashville–and may re-emerge with new ways to contribute to, subvert, and transform Nashville’s evolving arts culture.  This will be a perfect chance to reflect on what Untitled has done and to think about what it will look like going forward.  Come out and support this amazing organization made up of all local artists.

Second on Saturday, over at Boheme Collectif (919 Gallatin Avenue, Suite 8), from 7-10pm, drop by and see a sultry photo exhibition called “POUT.”  There will be 10 photographers exhibiting their amazing photos in the styles of: Sexy, Sultry, High Fashion, Odd, Surreal, etc.  There will be desserts, drinks, music, photos by local Nashville artists and a very special NYC guest.  Quite a Saturday night indeed.


Then, on Sunday, I have two more special events to know about and experience.  First, at 2pm, at the Tennessee State Museum, it is FREE admission for a special presentation with renowned Cherokee storyteller Gayle Ross.  Ross, the great, great, great granddaughter of Cherokee Chief John Ross – who was chief of the Cherokee Nation during the Trail of Tears – will share stories that she heard from her grandmother.  Talk about epic stuff.  And second on Sunday, at Octane! Art Gallery (1000 Main Street), from 8-10pm, artist Jeff Bertrand is hosting Mike Maxwell’s 1st solo art show in Nashville, TN.  Inspired by both natural and human destruction, some of the work revolves around the power and aftermath of such events like hurricanes, earthquakes, tornados, and even war.  The exhibition, “We’re All In This Together,”  is sure to entertain all your senses like the other things I’ve mentioned above throughout the week all over the place.  Make it a point to drop by, won’t you?

Now, before I go for today, I thought I’d share this following link I saw the other day.  It’s a sign that we still have ways to go.  I thought this was a funny, cool link of what people in 1910 thought we’d look like by 2000 🙂

And with that, I bid you good day and week ahead.  Remember to be nice to one another in this beautiful mess we’ve all made and we’re a part of for now.

much love,



New month & new year come early but right on time

Honestly, and you know it, I can’t start this post any other way.  In case you didn’t already know or hear from me yet, East Side Storytellin’— a bi-monthly storytelling event hosted by East Side Story owner Chuck Beard (mE) the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of every month at Mad Donna’s (1313 Woodland Street)—will be celebrating its one year anniversary show tonight, Tuesday, November 5, at 7pm. This evening, local author, Keel Hunt, will read from his original work, Coup, followed by the music of Park Chisolm.   A casual conversation about the guests’ creative processes, artistic journeys, and special ties to the Nashville area will wrap up the program.  East Side Storytellin’ is open to the public and FREE to attend.

Time: 7 pm sharp (Central)
Location: Mad Donna’s (1313 Woodland Street)-

Need information or details about Mad donna’s, call  615-226-1617. 

Author: Keel Hunt (
Musician: Park Chisolm ( parkchisolm).

Here is a link that shares more details so you won’t get confused and can share and be there!


Now with that out of the way, you probably should know about the event that’s happening on Thursday, November 7th, at 8pm at TPAC (505 Deaderick Street).  It’s Alton Brown Live! Doing his Edible Inevitable Tour, Brown brings his quirky brand of humor and culinary-science to the stage with a 90 minute show of comedy, lectures, live music, and everything that makes up the art of life in a fun way.  It will be something cool to see, if anything else.

Move over to Friday and there’s only one place you should be and that’s at The 5 Spot (1006 Forrest Avenue).  It will be there at 9pm where you can find the ultimate rock stars of The Coal Men (East Side Storytellin’ alumni and awesome guys with a new album released last month).  They are great guys and great musicians playing alongside other great people.  It will be a great time.

Saturday, you have a choice for 4 amazing events.  In fact, you can make time to attend and experience all 4 if you choose wisely.  Here they are, in no order of rank:

1- Elves Faire = Starting at 9am, at Linden Waldorf School (3201 Hillsboro Pike), be a part of the 17th Annual Linden Waldorf School Elves’ Faire.  Check out more details here –

2- Save The Roxy Theatre (aka the Roxy Revival) = from 10am-10pm, there is an old theater called The Roxy in East Nashville (827 Meridian Street).  It’s been closed for years and on Saturday, November 9th, there will be an all day concert celebrating the Theater and the East-Side Community trying to revive it.  There will be 2 stages (inside the theater and outdoors), beer, local venders, food trucks galore, a film viewing, and music all day.  Wait, it’s FREE to attend!  For more information, click here –

3- State of the Word = At 7pm, at Vanderbilt University’s Sarratt Cinema, Tennessee and Alabama’s top college and high school poets, emcees, and spoken word artists will convene for the 6th year in a row to celebrate community and expression.  Tickets can be purchased at or at the door (if still available).  Tickets cost $10 general admission, $5 for students, and $3 if you are 17 or under.  This year, organizers anticipate representatives from Stratford, Big Picture, MLK, Hume Fogg, Lead Academy, The Academy at Old Hickory, Oakland, Station Camp, Pearl-Cohn Entertainment Magnet, Vanderbilt, Belmont, TSU, MTSU, UTK, UT Martin, Fisk, and APSU. The State of the Word is funded in part by Vanderbilt University’s Commons, Metro Nashville Arts Commission, Tennessee Arts Commission, National Endowment for the Arts, and the Vanderbilt Writing Studio.

4- Last, but certainly not least, come over to 5 Points in East Nashville from 6-9pm to visit The Idea Hatchery and other art galleries for the 2nd Saturday art crawl at 5 Points.  There will be art, live music, drinks, snacks, and great people to visit with while possibly picking up some great gifts for your friends and family!

So, there you have it.  Another week in the books with events for the record books all around.  Thanks for taking the time to read the above and share with others.  YOU rock!

As you were, busy but happy,
much love,