Monthly Archives: March 2014

April is HERE!!!

Hi y’all! Welcome to another week of Nashville’s heART! It is the start of my favorite month of the year, and it is the start of a very special week. Don’t believe me? Well, let’s just dive right into the fun below and have ourselves a session of creative conscious coupling why don’t we. 

Tonight, the last day ever of March 2014, from 6-10pm, you can find a party like no other at Zeitgeist Gallery (516 Hagan Street). Fashion Happening Nashville is the word(s), and it is a one night pop-up fashion experience that is open to the public, one and all. It will emphasize local design, and it will give Nashville fashion accessory designers the platform to share their work ina unique space in front of a broad crowd. Some of the participating designers will be Ceri Hoover Bags, CHARLES LORD, Denim & Spirits, Fanny and June, Kari Beth Jewelry, Sisters of Nature, and Studio Fjord. There will be beer, wine, and food trucks from Crepe A Diem and Crankees Pizzeria. Talk about a fun night of creativity! 


Speaking of fun nights of creativity, tomorrow, Tuesday, April 1st (no fooling around here), we will come together and celebrate the 34th edition of East Side Storytellin’! I can’t believe it’s already been 34 shows, but we are only getting started here. At Mad Donna’s (1313 Woodland Street), at 7pm sharp, you and all of your friends need to arrive early to get your FREE seat to witness the storytelling of the amazing Sam Davidson and the music by the very talented Charlie Whitten. You can read about the 33rd show that has details about this show at the bottom here- Seriously, this will be one for the books. Don’t miss out. 

To gear up for the weekend of jam-packed fun, you might need to rest on Wednesday and then get an appetizer of smiles on Thursday. To bring you those smiles on Thursday, look no further than The 5 Spot at 9pm. This Thursday, April 3rd, at 1006 Forrest Avenue, from 9-midnight, Tennessee Jet will present “Dwight Night.” Dwight Night will be a tribute to the music of Dwight Yoakam. Talk about smiles here. Check out more here- 

Friday, you have two big shows to choose from. And when I say choose from, you can go to both. But, you have to decide which one to go to first and then follow-up with the other. First on the list, from 6-8pm, at the Tennessee Art League (219 5th Avenue), you can see “Small But Mighty; The Art of Autism: Grace Walker Goad. Grace Goad ( has been creating art since she was four, and she is kicking off National Autism Awareness Month off in style. This show, up for the first 26 days of April as well, will also feature “Inaugural Artists/ Co-op Workshop Prints. This is something you’ll have to just see for yourself to get the entire idea here. 

Something that you’ll have to hear for yourself in person to fully appreciate and understand is the other thing I need to tell you about for Friday, April 4th. At BB King’s Blues Club Nashville (152 2nd Avenue North), from 7pm-midnight, you are more than welcome to experience the College Semifinals & Finals of the Mid-South Grand Slam of poetry slams. Hosted by two time national slam champ and DefPoet Roger Bonair-Agard, with DJ VU, you will witness some of the most articulate, emotional, skillful, and poignant poetry that you will ever witness anywhere else in the world (fact). General admission is $10, $5 for students 22 and under, and the winner will receive free studio time at You will see the best poets, emcees, and spoken word artists from MTSU, TSU, Vanderbilt, Belmont, APSU, Fisk, Nashville State, and UT. It is totally worth the price of admission for sure. You can read more about it at, and you can read more about Roger at


Saturday, April 5th, is a very special day. You can only be blue if you’re at The Ryman this night. If you aren’t at The Ryman with your old friends River and the gang, then you have plenty of options to choose from (story of Nashville’s social life, right?). Here is a list that I suggest picking from: – From noon-4pm, drop by Nashville Cumberland Park (592 South 1st Street) to join the Native release party of the GREEN issue. They are asking people to come out and help do a river cleanup, but then hear some sweet tunes by Buffalo Clover, Patrick Sweany Music, Kelsey Waldon, That’s My Kid, and Blackfoot Gypsies. There will be beer by Little Harpeth Brewing and food by Boutique Burger Bar. Check out more info here-

– From 5-8pm, at East Nashville Family Medicine (801 Woodland Street), you can come celebrate the grand opening, meet the staff, tour the space, and view the current exhibition “View: Local Art in Local Business show, including art by visual artists Mandy Peitz Moody, David Morel, Camilla Spadafino, Gina Anderson and Wanda Collins Johnson” organized by Unbound Arts. Music will be provided by Sheriff Scott and the Deputies with special guest (and ENFM staff member) Kayt Lynn Jones. Food and beverages will be available.

– From 5:30-9pm, at David Lusk Gallery Nashville (516 Hagan Street), you can come out and enjoy artist Greely Myatt inaugurating the David Lusk Gallery Nashville space with a solo sculpture exhibition throughout April titled “Having Said That.”

– Then you can visit The Arcade, as part of the First Saturday Downtown Art Crawl to get a stellar 3-for-1 art viewing escapade. See the following: 

1- 5:30-9pm, at Corvidae Collective (11 The Arcade), celebrate the opening of “Modern Ruin – An International Urbex Photography Exhibit.” 

2- 6-9pm, at 40AU (69 The Arcade), celebrate “Reconditioned Terrain: new work by Kellie Bornhoft.” 

3- 6-9pm, at Blend Studio (79 The Arcade), celebrate “Pull: Peter Precourt and Luc Demers.” 

Moving on to Sunday, April 6th, you might sleep in just a bit and wake up like normal having to use the bathroom. Speaking of bathrooms and creative fun, let your imagination and laughs run wild when you visit another fantastical reading by Amy E. Hall with her “Bathroom Poems” reading and book signing over at Howlin’ Books (1702 8th Avenue South). At 2pm, there will be refreshments, possibly brownies to tie into the humor, and all will have a great time if you take the time to come and see a truly talented writer do her thing in public. 

To cap off the wonderful week ahead, let’s go back to a place where we started the fun with East Side Storytellin’ 34 at Mad Donna’s shall we? It is at Mad Donna’s, The MD Loft upstairs at 1313 Woodland Street, this Sunday, April 6th, where the already fabulously mentioned Roger Bonair-Agard ( will be on site reading from his own original work. The place will be packed, the reading will start at 7pm sharp, and you should get there early to get a seat and not miss a single word. As with all of the above, just trust me on this one.

I gotta run, literally run right now, but I hope this reaches you well and I hope to see you sooner than later at one or all of the above. You’re the best! Remember to be nice to one another out there. 

much love, 



The Nashville heat for this week

Where did all of this cold come from again?  Everywhere I go I see people sneezing, sick, and dressed for winter.  It’s not my favorite time of year, still cold enough to irritate your core and yet days/weeks away from the annual pollen front that will storm my world like a hurricane.  All that said, there are a few things going on this week in town that are warming my heart and keeping my smiles going.

For one, tomorrow, Tuesday, March 18th, marks the beginning and end of East Side Storytellin’ 33.  Specifically, at Mad Donna’s (1313 Woodland Street), at 7pm sharp, I will be hosting a FREE show that you can come to listen to author Honest Lewis reading from original prose and musician Adam Hill perform original songs.  There will be food, drinks, and a great time had by all.  You might as well make plans to come and join the fun as well.  You can find more information about the event

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… and here – (at the bottom)


Once you get your art fill tomorrow night, you can rest on Wednesday in order to make it out to EVERYTHING on Thursday night, March 20th.  First, you should head over to Sarratt Art Studios (2301 Vanderbilt Place) any time from 4-7pm in order to help celebrate the reception for “Hidden Worlds: An Art Exhibition with Emily Holt and Lesley Patterson-Marx.”  It doesn’t get much better than the artistic talents and kind heart of Lesley Patterson-Marx, but this event does a good attempt at the because she is sharing the stage with another talented artist and friend.  Secondly, if you head over to OZ Nashville (6172 Cockrill Bend Circle) any time from 5:30-9:30pm, you can experience this month’s local spotlight series called “Thursday Night Things (TNT)” with a one-night art exhibition featuring new outstanding work by Herb Williams.  There will be a live musical performance by “Americtronica” and the exhibition will also feature works by Andy Warhol, Banksy, and Josh Keyes (and more).  If you miss this specific TNT show, you need to get on the radar for the monthly program curated by Nashville-based artists representing multiple disciplines of performing and visual arts.  It is a relaxed, creative setting with signature cocktails, food trucks, and great conversations with good people.  Get your tickets here, NOW – 


What more can you ask for?  Well, since you asked … I have two other events this Thursday that you can see as well.  First, at 7pm, at The Building (1008 C. Woodland Street), is the March event for UnBound Arts Program.  The Third Thursdays at The Building are not events to miss either.  Portions of the proceeds from each event benefit The Martha O’Bryan Center.  This Thursday, there will be visual art by Arthur Kirkby & Shaun Shiveley (from 7-8pm) and then musical performances by Donna Venardi and the Ladies of Jazz Variety Show (featuring the talents of a handful of Nashville Jazz Workshop veterans) at 8:30pm.  It’s a ton of great stuff for the mere price of $5 at the door.  Second, if you need a good after party on the East side after TNT or UnBound Arts, you should check out the Palaver Thursday at fooBAR.too with the likes of The Gentlemen Bastards, Borracho, and Across Tundras.  It’s $5, cheap spirits for people of age, and music until Friday hits you in the face.  Foobar, if you didn’t know, is located at 2511 Gallatin Road. 

Friday and Saturday, as usual, the art galleries and artistic shops (possibly East Side Story and the great people and things around us) will be open and ready to share the art that we are all selling that you should totally drop by and buy.  Don’t be scared to support local artists and businesses while you can.

And then, speaking on the same sentiments just mentioned above, on Sunday, March 23rd, at 12:30pm, at Plaza Artist Materials (633 Middleton Avenue), learn what it takes to be a part of the movement called “No Starving Artist.”  Sign up and drop by to learn from artist Eric Hansen here –

Continuing the artists art talk, don’t forget about this – My good friend, and very cool artist in that of Jason Brown has come up with one of the coolest ideas I’ve heard since his last one. I’ll give you the website with the invitation and descriptions and all, but he has invited YOU and every artist that wants to participate around the world really to take part in a one-of-a-kind call for art. It is a call for mail art. The Technique is free of choice, as well as the size, and there will be no jury selection or return of mail art or sales included. There will be an exhibition held in Nashville later this year, but all work will be published on the blog (and every artists will receive a postal response). The deadline for art is June 1st, so this won’t be the last time that I post about this here. Take a look at the following link and please share with every artist that you know around the world, near in Nashville or far East (& West) –

Have a great day and remember to be nice to one another out there.
Thanks and much love,

ps-  On an art writing note of urgency around our region- Make sure to send in your reviews and regional updates to Number: so that we all can help cover and represent our visual arts region right! –  YOU can help more than YOU know.  Thanks!

Full circle’d week of Nashville culture here

Hello, hello, hello y’all!  This week will contain temp highs and lows, and it will probably contain regular highs and lows per usual too.  Leave it to this post to only provide the cultural highs for you all to enjoy though.

To go full circle on you, I’m gonna start with Honest Lewis and his wonderful , bimonthly (on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of every month) program called “A Night of Free Speech.”  If you venture down to Logue’s Black Raven Emporium (2915 Gallatin Pike) at 7pm, you will witness some of the most daring writing and reading from local scribe anywhere to be found, honest injun!  If you come earlier, you can sign up to read.  If you simply want to enjoy some cheap snacks, spirits, and amazing reading in a warm environment that helps the creative folks in town more than you know, be Honest’s guest!  Heck, invite a friend or two and join this scene already.  It is well worth your time and efforts.  Get out and experience something new!


Also this evening, March 11th, you can help support another local author in that of Craig Havighurst.  He, alongside Radley Balko, Andrew Maraniss, and Tom Wood (author of Karski), will be sharing their works and insight at “Writing a book: An SPJ discussion.”  It is from 6:30-7:30pm at WPLN (630 Mainstream Drive), and this panel of journalist authors will join reporter Blake Farmer in a frank discussion about a few dos and don’ts (lots of don’ts) of turning the daily beat into something more.  It is a happy hour event.  If you bring a small donation for SPJ you can enjoy a craft brew or glass of wine during the talks.  You can show up or take the time to RSVP today with Blake Farmer at  Get out and learn something new!

Tomorrow, Wednesday, March 12th, if you aren’t at TPAC with Sister’s Act, you might find comfort at the release party for Kendra DeColo’s “Thieves in the Afterlife.”  It is at Parnassus Books, at 6:30pm, and you will have the company of several fine local poets in the crowd that have already commented their intentions of showing up and support.  And if you are on that side of the river for a bit, you might as well head to The Stone Fox and witness the “Night of the Silvermen” too.  At 712 51st Avenue North, at 8pm, admission is FREE for you to see a solo electric violin set by Tracy Silverman that is going to be followed by a full on set by The Jack Silverman Ordeal (featuring Robert Crawford, Viktor Krauss, and Tyson Rogers).  This grand ordeal will be presented by the wonderful folks at the Nashville Fringe Festival.  Get out and visit somewhere you’ve never been before!

Skip on over to Friday, March 14th, from 6-9pm, and finally you’ll have some visual art to stimulate and blow your mind this week.  At Main Street Gallery, 625 Main Street, Michael R. Grine is presenting his “Gleam: An Illuminated Art Show” to help benefit Nashville Classical Charter School.  Also on Friday, at Cult Fiction Underground (2915 Gallatin Pike) will feature the feature “Bubba Ho-Tep”.  To let the art and movies speak for itself, get out and see something you’ve never seen before!

Over the weekend, you should visit all of the art galleries to your North, South, West, and over the river to the East to support the visual arts scene.  There are so many talented visual artists that call Nashville home right now who will be internationally known in the decades to come.  Why not visit and see them before the entire world knows about them.  Spoiler alert, they need your help to get started.  Meaning, they would greatly appreciate YOU buying their artwork to help them continue to do the amazing work they are working on now for the future ahead.  Get out and buy some new art that has never been created before!

Flip over to the other side of early next week, a week from today in fact, on Tuesday, March 18th, at 7pm sharp, with the man that started this week’s post in that of Honest Lewis.  Honest Lewis will be accompanied by the musician Adam Hill in rounding out another rockin’ East Side Storytellin’ show at Mad Donna’s.  It is FREE to attend, starts promptly at 7pm, is over by 8:30pm, and you can eat, drink, and be merry the entire time!  Get out and have fun!

You can read the recap and recording of our show from last week that includes the information about next week’s stellar show here –

Or you can just listen to the recording of last week’s show here-

That about wraps it all up for this week’s post here, but remember to be nice to one another out there.  Despite the heat today, it can be a cold city if you let it.  So don’t let it!

Thanks and remember to come here often and share with all others that might want to read about the above.

much love,

A new month with new art

Hello, and good day to you all. Before I get started, I want to give a HUGE shout out to artist/curator Dane Carder for opening the Nashville version of David Lusk Gallery this past Saturday night at 516 Hagan Street. I was at a surprise birthday dinner for Grandmother Beard, but I head it was an amazing turn out. I know it won’t be long for me to get there in person, and I suggest you do the same. Dane is top notch, and this thing will be successful for years to come. You can read more about Dane, as written recently by Native Magazine here – -web (page 17 and 78) AND also here –

And before I really get rolling with this week, I want to give another quick shout to another show that opened last weekend that you need to check out. It was an exhibition opening for Megan Kimber over at Julia Martin Gallery. Julia Martin has some of the most extraordinary works of art in general so you know when she invites talented friends to showcase at her gallery that it will be a ton of fun. Also, last Saturday was the Grand Opening of The Red Arrow Gallery over in East Nashville! You can read more about it at YOU should take time to take notice of great people doing great things.

TODAY, Monday, March 3rd, Watkins College of Art, Design & Film is going to have a major fun event going on. If you hit up 2298 Rosa L. Parks Blvd, at 6pm Nick Briz and jon.satrom will share work and discuss the ethics of saving/sharing, experimentation, conscious copying, hacking, and collaboration with art. Then, at 7pm, at the same bat channel of Watkins, RipZipRARLANd will have its Grand Opening with FREE beer & pizza (for people of legal age). The RipZipRARLANd Gallery show will feature artists, artifacts, and artworks elevated by the ethics of everything I just mentioned in the 6pm show. If you don’t know, come out and know.

Speaking of great people doing great things, look no further than Tuesday night, March 4th, at East Side Storytellin’ 32. No, I’m not talking about myself. I’m talking about Nashville’s most recently published author in Ricko Donovan and music by the awesome Kiernan McMullan. It is FREE to attend, starts at 7pm sharp, and you can buy merch, food, spirits, and whatever or just sit and enjoy everything for FREE. Mad Donna’s (1313 Woodland Street) will be hopping’ with or without you, but it should would be nice to see your smiling face in the crowd as we record for the podcast per usual. You can read more about the previous show and the details of the next one I’m talking about here here – 


This was pretty cool to read and share about East Side Storytellin’ this past week too –

After that beginning to your week above, I suggest that you take two days of rest to get ready for the finale. Jump on over to Friday, March 7th, and you’ll have something cool to attend just about everywhere you turn.

Here is a quick list of what you might want to check out if you are able and have time-

(in no priority order)

1- at 5pm, at Frist Center for the Visual Arts (919 Broadway), the region’s top youth poets, emcees, and spoken word artists will comet for top lyrical honors, a chance to appear on the statewide finals stage at TSU on April 26th, and a shot to travel to the Brave New Voices Festival slated for Philadelphia this Summer. Tickets are FREE, but you should reserve a seat in advance. They had to turn people away last year. See more information about Southern Word and this event here-

2- from 5:30-7:30pm, over at Style House Salon (3202 Belmont Blvd), you can have art, drinks, and appetizers all at the same time and place. More importantly, you’ll be able to check out paintings by Cindy Wunsch too! The show is called “Find Your Beautiful” and is curated by the artistically talented creative married couple of Michelle and Aaron Grayum. Talk about a win-win for everyone.

3- Beginning this Friday, March 7th, at 6pm until March 28th at 7pm, Yoga Harmony (4920 Charlotte Avenue) will generously benefit the best non-profit in town in that of Gilda’s Club of Nashville with their Friday evening donation class EACH Friday through March. Hot yoga has never been so hot and warm-hearted. Classes are a $5 suggested minim donation each Friday from 6-7pm. You can read more about Gilda’s Club of Nashville and Gilda’s Gang here –

But above all the above, if there is only ONE event that you have time to visit on Friday, put everything down, and from 6-8pm head on over to Douglas Corner for fundraiser for local poet and East Side Storytellin’ alum battling cancer in that of Jamie Givens. Award winning songwriter Kent Blazy and the For Peace Band–as well as a special guest–will be performing to raise money for Jamie as she continues treatment for breast cancer. Having just undergone surgery, her journey to wellness continues. The cover charge is $10, and all proceeds from the show go to help Jamie.


And here is a site with some breast cancer inspired art seen above by Jamie and friends that were made as part of the auction for the event –

Donations can also be made at Jamie’s GoFundMe site: 

Here’s more information on various ways to provide assistance to Jamie: 

After that Friday like none other, Saturday (aside from you visiting me at East Side Story bookstore- 1108 Woodland Street, unit B) has one more art treat for you. If you have enough energy to drive over to 110 Franklin Street, Suite 202, in Clarksville, TN, local talents AK Llamas and Jeff Bertrand will join a bunch of others from around the world for the Grand Opening Exhibit “OPEN” at Trespass Gallery.

Then, Sunday will treat you right if you have time to drive over to Cafe Coco (210 Louise Avenue) at 5pm for That Time of the Month’s “Well Behaved Women Seldom Make History” show. It’s actually called the “Badly Behaved Women” show, and it will feature Kathleen Cosgrove, Tanya Radic, Abby White, Melanie Vare, Becky Wahlstrom, Charlotte Munoz, and hosted by Christopher Pilny. It’s $7 online and $10 at the door. You can get tickets here – 

So I think that is enough for you to think about and attend and for me to share in one week’s time. Feel free to come out and enjoy all of the above and share with others you know who might be interested in one or a few.

Have a great day and remember to be nice to one another out there.

Thanks and much love,


ps- Here is a link for the rest of the Brooklyn Brewery Mash with Nashville and the events that are going down this week in town. IT IS ALL AWESOME! 

PSS- On an art writing note of urgency around our region- Make sure to send in your reviews and regional updates to Number: so that we all can help cover and represent our visual arts region right! – YOU can help more than YOU know. Thanks!