Monthly Archives: January 2014

Start the Car and Get Moving!

Now that you have your 2014 moving in the right direction (and you are HERE reading this post), don’t stop there! In fact, keep moving in this direction. I’ll post information below about some amazing things to see and experience in the coming week that you don’t want to miss out on.

First, as opposed to doing what I normally do by writing about things in chronological order, I’m going to begin this post by letting you know about the most important thing you can do this week. Yeah, I’m saying it. YOU (and all your friends too) need to come to the Boheme Collectif (919 Gallatin Avenue) on Saturday, January 18th, before 7pm. Tickets are only $8 and the stories begin at 7pm sharp. What stories? Well, Start the Car is a rotating lineup of local storytellers that offer non-fiction and fictionalized stories based around a loose theme. The Brooklyn NY-based multimedia series, started by cousins Eric & Asa Gauen, is bringing their talents together with others special guests for their first official show in Nashville. The theme is Treasure, and you are just plain missing out all around if you miss out on this gem of a show. These guys are on the rise and totally original and AWEsome! So learn more about them and the show at www.startthecar.org, and come out to the show on Saturday already!

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Back to the daily grind of creativity, back to TODAY … Why not go to Sarratt Gallery any time from 9am today – Valentine’s Day at 9pm. If you do go, you’ll see new ceramic art by Claudia M. Overstreet and Roy Overcast. You might have already seen some of Overcast’s stellar work in the past because he is known for making clay works for Cracker Barrel and Opryland, and he has been a regular every spring at the TACA fair since 1972. Go see the work early and then you can come out prepared for the reception on Saturday, February 1st, from 4:30-7pm (all are invited).

Tuesday, giving you a few for Tuesday instead of just two, you have several options for great people and things to see. First, there will be another round of Free Night of Speech over at Logue’s Black Raven Emporium for a night of poetry, prose, rants, manifestos, and everything. As always, it will be hosted by the ever pervasive Honest Lewis, and there will be plenty of snacks to enjoy (including the verbal snacks for your creative brain). It will go down at 2915 Gallatin Road from 7-11pm, but come early if you want a good seat or to lock up a slot to speak. Second, at 7:30pm, over at TPAC, you can enjoy “I Love Lucy” Live on Stage (or not … just saying, it will be another cool show on stage in town). And last, but not least, for Tuesday, you can join me over at 3rd & Lindsley to watch, listen, and dance to a performance by Colour of London! It is at 9pm, and it will be a unique celebration as the local group showcases a full band for the first time in town this year. Don’t miss out on this one either.

Skip on over to Thursday, January 16th, and you can be a part of Unbound Arts Presents: Third Thursdays at The Building’s January Event. At 7pm, this will kick off the intro of this event’s Season 2! These events are always at The Building (1008 C. Woodland Street), and help promote the collaboration and intermingling of artistic disciplines to reach new goals creatively. From 7-8pm, there will be new work by the visual artist Johnny Lee Park. From 8-8:30, there will be slides and musical presentation by Kathleen Tirpak. And from 8:30-11pm, there will be live music by Stephen Simmons, Lynn Taylor & Graham Gray, Linnae Reeves Cappellino & Friends, and Zelda & Pal Sheldon. It’s only $5 at the door!!!!

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Friday, you can either stroll on over to St. George’s Episcopal Church (4715 Harding Pike) at 11:55am for the 12th Annual Benefit Concert (aka Mozart’s Birthday Concert)- where $5 at the door is split between the church and The Contributor, or you can double down on the Friday fun and head on over to Rocketown (601 4th Avenue South) at 7pm for a mere $10 to experience This Is A Lifetime, Buried Within, and Hour Hands. You can’t go wrong with either or both … your call.

But this brings me back to Saturday, January 18th. Before I come full circle on YOU, I need to let you know of a special grand opening for the East Nashville community. Specifically, the East Nashville Community Acupuncture will celebrate their grand opening of their new space and 4 years growing and thriving in the neighborhood. They all have a Dedication Ceremony from 5-5:30pm, and an Open House/Artist Reception for “Scrapings: art by Angel Rabus” from 5:30-7:30pm. All are welcome to join the fun. The art will show through March, and the new clinic home for the East Nashville Community Acupuncture clinic will be down the street from East Side Story at 805 Woodland Street, Suite 340. Don’t be a stranger to any and all of this.

But yeah, let me come back full circle to Saturday and the first MUST-SEE experience of 2014! Let me simply repeat myself here. YOU (and all your friends too) need to come to the Boheme Collectif (919 Gallatin Avenue) on Saturday, January 18th, before 7pm. Tickets are only $8 and the stories begin at 7pm sharp. What stories? Well, Start the Car is a rotating lineup of local storytellers that offer non-fiction and fictionalized stories based around a loose theme. The Brooklyn NY-based multimedia series, started by cousins Eric & Asa Gauen, is bringing their talents together with others special guests for their first official show in Nashville. The theme is Treasure, and you are just plain missing out all around if you miss out on this gem of a show. These guys are on the rise and totally original and AWEsome! So learn more about them and the show at www.startthecar.org, and come out to the show on Saturday already!

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There you have it. Enjoy your day, week, and life. See you on the other side of Machu Picchu, amigos.

much love,
chUck

www.eastsidestorytn.com
www.nashvillesheart.com
www.ironmanchuck.wordpress.com

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New Year … New Art

After taking a week or so off to gear up for the cold weather hitting us in the face right now and the even cooler things about to happen around the city, I don’t know if I’m alone in being super excited about the great things just over the horizon. What? You don’t know about everything about to happen? Let me fill you in below, for starters.

This coming Tuesday, January 7th, you can kick it with me and all my friends at 7pm at Mad Donna’s (1313 Woodland Street) for anotherFREE East Side Storytellin’ for one and all to enjoy. This week, East Side Storytellin’ 29, will feature the author Carson Morton (www.carsonmorton.com) and musician Allie Farris (www.alliefarris.com). I’d get there early to get a seat for sure because we start at 7 sharp, and you don’t want to miss this one. You can see more information and details at the following link to share with others if you LIKE –http://www.nowplayingnashville.com/event/detail/441813116.

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Wednesday night, to really jumpstart the year off right, you should take a trip to 8109 Concord Road in Brentwood to join poet Jamie Zoe Givens for an extraordinary literary experience. She is going to run an introductory workshop which explores writing as a pathway to healing ourselves & others. Talk about an AWEsome time with AWEsome people! It will happen from 6-8pm so you might want to get to this early as well. As Jamie puts it, “Writing as Healing.” I couldn’t agree more.

Jump to Thursday, January 9th, at 9:30pm, and you’ll want to be at 115 27th Avenue North in Nashville. Why? You’ll see “a limitless show” from the likes of Two Blushing Pilgrims, Narrator, No Glykon, Plant Parenthood, and Dave Wright. That’s all you really need to know, seriously.

But also on Thursday, even before you go see mi amigo Dave, you should run by 2000 Edgehill Avenue at the University School of Nashville (USN). From 6pm-8pm, they will have a Raw Ribbon Exhibit open reception with the likes of american contemporary artist Melodie Provenzano exhibiting in the Christine Slayden Tibbott Center Gallery. The show will run through February 10th, and 30% of the sales are going to USN.

AND also also Thursday, actually January 9th to February 6th on Thursdays from 2-4pm, if you are interested in experimenting and playing with paint while exploring themes and meaning in your work, there will be sessions with Courtney Adair Johnson at Plaza Artist Material. For only $135, you can learn more and sign up today with artandrecycling@gmail.com about the 5 week class like none other. (On top of Thursday things, you can sign up for “Create your own Stamps!” taking place Sunday, January 12th from 1-4pm at Plaza Artist Material too- $35). Both of these deals are amazing and worth the opportunity to learn from people that are talented and great to be around in general. An email to ask about it won’t cost you a dime of your time. SO go ahead and email and ask at artandrecycling@gmail.com.

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Friday you might need to rest for the fun to be had on Saturday and thru the weekend. Saturday morning, January 11th, at 9am, you can visit the Holiday Inn Express Nashville Airport (1111 Airport Center Drive) for this year’s Boards and Books event. From 9 unit whenever they kick everyone out, there will be a fun-filled all-day event of gaming, and/or one or both of their writing workshops, featuring AJ Scudiere and Eli Jackson, and a chance for you to work your way through editing, submissions, marketing, and much more beside professional writers. It is officially titled “Boards & Books (redux!) by Hpericon!” and you can see more athttp://booksandboards.firechildren.net.

Then, Saturday night, from 6-9pm, aside from experiencing the 2nd Saturday at 5 Points (possibly buying new books to keep you warm at East Side Story and beyond), at Boheme Collectif (919 Gallatin Avenue, Suite 8) you can join an art extravaganza celebrating all things Joss Whedon. Mind you, this is not the event date (that is going to be November 9th), but this is a proposed drop off deadline for YOUR ART to be showcased with others from the area. From television to comic books to films, Whedon put his unique stamp on every project he does. Why not join the fun this year by throwing your art out there for others to see.

And speaking of throwing your art out there for people to hear, you should drop by Portland Brew East (1921 Eastland Avenue) from 5:30pm-8:30pm. There will be an open mic signup at 5:30pm, and the readings will begin at 6pm, as usual. Poetry in the Brew welcomes everyone willing to share to get up and share, time permitting, and this month’s special guest readers being featured will be the amazing Christine Hall alongside guest host Amanda Oliver. Again, seriously, this is something not to be missed for all lovers of literature and creativity.

Also Saturday night, from 6-8pm, over at Cumberland Gallery (4107 Hillsboro Circle), you can join the opening reception for “Under the Radar.” It will feature Patrick Brien, Andrew Holmquist, Eric Oglander, Greg Sand, Jesse Shaw, and Max Shuster. The reception is FREE and open to the public and will be a lot of good people doing good things … sound familiar to these posts?

And like that, I am out of this post. I hope you enjoy the above and everything around you to the fullest today, this week, and this month. It will be a month for the ages, trust me. I hope you have a good one, and I hope to see you at one or more of the events above. Oh, and remember to be nice to one another too.

Thanks!

much love,

chUck

www.eastsidestorytn.com

www.nashvillesheart.com

www.ironmanchuck.wordpress.com