Monthly Archives: May 2014

Art, here and NOW!

Hi y’all!

With all of this current sunshine, combined with the end of the school year for most and beginning of summer school for a few, I felt like it was a good time to go ahead and share the news about the upcoming week ahead … plus the great things today and this weekend. Sound like a good deal? Follow me to creative freedom.

To kick things off, I really feel the need to go back one night and share the celebratory news of yet another 12th & Broad successful community event. My wife and I, and a few friends we saw along the walking path to the Japanese garden, joined 12th & Broad and Cheekwood Botanical Garden & Museum of Art for a private, interactive garden crawl surrounded by flowers and giant, whimsical sculptures that made us feel like we were in the “Honey, I Shrunk The Kids” movie. The “Honey, I Shrunk The Kids Interactive Garden Crawl” had everything from the movie, pretty much, except a big lawnmower chasing us and a giant Little Debbie Oatmeal Creme Pie (special note, there were cold beverages and cookies on the trail). I highly suggest checking out more special events by 12th & Broad when you get the chance. You can see more of their stuff here-http://12thandbroad.com/.

Talk about a good Friday here today. Don’t worry about the rain possibilities and get out there on the town and enjoy some extraordinary art. First, at 6pm at three squared (427 Chestnut Street, Studio 223), go see the opening of “The Secret Room!” New paintings and video by three art school admissions recruiters at Watkins College of Art, Design & Film (in that of David Hellams, Jaime Raybin, and Jenna Maurice) will be showing together for the first time in this spot. Second, also at 6pm, head over to Third Man Records (623 7th Avenue South) for the “Recidivist Neoist Cromagnon Stomp” in Haze XXL’s (Tom Hazelmyer) ongoing exploration of art intersecting music. The screening for Eric Robel’s “Color of Noise” will be at 7:30pm, located in the Blue Room, and it’s all FREE to attend!! Third, and certainly not least tonight, get your butt over to Barnes & Noble at Vanderbilt University (2501 West End Avenue) to support another great round of Ciona Rouse’s “Lyrical Brew: an evening of local poetry.” Tonight’s show will feature Deborah Bernhardt, Kendra DeColo, and Lisa Dordal. Don’t miss it!

Tomorrow, Saturday, May 31st, I say come by the bookstore and BUY me out! Seriously, drop by and pick up a copy of Kendra DeColo’s poetry books, and every other copy of every other local author I have at East Side Story. Let’s finish May off and start June off right. Don’t be skeered. Side note, don’t be skeered to venture out for some great tunes with an East Side Story twist. With the growing list of East Side Storytellin’ featured musicians growing, it’s no surprise to me that two of them will have great shows going on tomorrow for your enjoyment. First, Adam Hill will be playing at Ugly Mugs Coffee and Tea (1886 Eastland Avenue) at 7pm, and then Caitlin Rose will be at The 5 Spot (1006 Forrest Avenue) at 9pm. It will be a treat, for you at both places.

On the Sunday, I shall rest (if by resting means catching up on everything I need to in order to fully celebrate and be productive next week … then I shall rest).

Monday, June 2nd, to shake things up creatively from music and paintings, I say why not head over to Vanderbilt Dance Studios from June 2nd-June 13th. Over 100 classes will be offered from 10:30am until 6:30pm for 2 solid weeks in all major dance techniques (beginning and advanced levels). Go get your groove on.

Then, after you get your groove back, on Tuesday, June 3rd, head over to Mad Donna’s at 7pm (although you might want to get there early to get a good seat, to witness East Side Storytellin’ 38. You can have more good food, drinks, and culture in the likes of a fantastic reading by the returning home author Jenny Hickman and brand new music followed by the great Grant Terry. Seriously, this event is FREE to attend, starts promptly at 7pm, ends by 8:30pm, has art prints made by artist Clay Brunton and printed by Kevin Anthuis of 5 Points Digital Imaging. It will be epic! Don’t miss this! I repeat, don’t miss this! You can read more reviews and listen to past show recordings, in reverse order, here- http://eastsidestorytn.com/in-our-own-words/

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You’ll need another day to definitely rest easy after celebrating with the always wonderful East Side Storytellin’ crew. I’ll spare you Wednesday and throw you a good fastball to hit up on Thursday, June 5th. At The Framemaker (705 North Second Street, Suite B, Clarksville, TN), from 5-8pm, take a short road trip and check out “Placement: Collaborative artwork by Melanie Davis and Miranda Herrick.” The work was created through a playful exchange of ideas, with trading objects and images back and forth, and are ready for you to interact with at this point. Don’t leave these girls hanging!

But then wait … wait for Saturday, June 7th. This will blow your mind. Here it is in outline form, no order of priority shown below- just go!

-noon-5pm, at Chocolate F/X (1006 Fatherland Street, #306A), this is the GRAND OPENING of Chocolate F/X Nashville! See and read more about this to get excited here- www.chocolatefx.net

-at 6pm, at Julia Martin Gallery (444 Humphreys Street, Suite A), Julia is inviting you to see an extremely diverse salon style installation by artists Jono Vaughan, Angela Burks, John Bruno, Lisa Weiss and gallery owner/curator Julia Martin called “Bevy: Round One.” More shows to come throughout the summer!!

-at 6pm, at Blend Studio (79 Arcade), visiting artist Joan Branca will bring her fantastical oil paintings with her from New York. Check out her work here before coming there and then-http://joanbranca.com/

-also from 6-9pm, still at The Arcade, at WAG (suite 77) you’ll be able to see the “rather sketchy: sketchbooks, brainstorms & process work by Holly Carden! It will be as much fun as it sounds and looks here. C’mon down!

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-Then, to finish your night just right, head over to Main Street Gallery (625 Main Street), from 9pm-midnight, to experience “The Groove Presents: SCREEN PRINCE.” There will be numerous artists celebrating Prince’s birthday with screen printed interpretations of his universe. Come see what it looks like when doves cry and you have a great time with or without your computer blue. Food and drink will be provided and the show is FREE!

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And if all that wasn’t enough for the week ahead to keep you busy and productive, I have one … no, TWO for the road.

First, on Sunday, June 8th, from 1-4pm, head over to The Building (1008 C. Woodland Street), with $5 in your hand to get in to see “UnBound Arts Presents: Second Sunday Jazz at The Building featuring Donna Venardi and the Ladies and Gents of Jazz. Second, full circle here with school subjects, go to Harpeth Hall School (3801 Hobbs Road) from 3-5pm in the Marnie Sheridan Gallery to celebrate 10 years of art and camaraderie at Platetone Printmaking, Paper and Book Arts! Artists that will be there for the 10th anniversary exhibition called “Past, Present and Future” will be Kaaren Engel, Carrie Cox, Jennifer Knowles-McQuistion, Lesley Patterson-Marx, Megan Kelley, and many others! Seriously, that is one heck of a way to conclude this post with so much going on right NOW!

Now, go forth and have fun. And remember to be nice to one another too. Thanks for dropping by and helping spread the good word around.

Thanks for taking the time to share the good word above and beyond. Hope to see ya tonight or tomorrow!

much love,

chUck

www.eastsidestorytn.com

www.nashvillesheart.com


Just another Manic Monday?

Hi y’all!

I’ve already heard a handful of people walking around today singing the 80’s classic Manic Monday. I didn’t sing along, but I could sure feel their words. With the sunshine shining, and houses being torn down and built back up bigger than ever all around East Nashville and Nashville in general, it’s easy to see so many people doing so many things. Some call it progress, but I say it’s better than the opposite. Either way you look at the building, the creative scene remains the same … meaning it is even bigger and busier than everything else going on, per usual.

To kick things off this week, why not head over to the best place to eat warm food, drink cold drinks, and enjoy some good local music now open on Mondays. Yep, I said it. I’m talking about The Family Wash (2038 Greenwood Avenue)! If you are in our neck of the woods, say around 7-9pm, why not drop by to see Jack Silverman alongside James Haggerty and Adam Abrashoff. You have anything better planned? I doubt it. Have a pie and pint and enjoy this day through the night.

Then, tomorrow, Tuesday, May 20th, head over to Mad Donna’s at 7pm (although you might want to get there early to get a good seat, to witness East Side Storytellin’ 37. You can have more good food, drinks, and culture in the likes of a fantastic reading by local food critic and author Chris Chamberlain and music followed by the great Zach Broocke. Seriously, this event is FREE to attend, starts promptly at 7pm, ends by 8:30pm, has art prints made by artist Clay Brunton and printed by Kevin Anthuis of 5 Points Digital Imaging (see below). Basically, it will be an amazing event that you shouldn’t miss. Get on this train, yo!

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One thing that you should check out while you have time in the middle of the week, and whenever you are near and they are open, is the latest exhibition ongoing at Vanderbilt University Fine Arts Gallery called “Farandole- An Elegy in Art and Poetry.” It is organized by the gallery and curated by its director, Joseph S. Mella. It brings together 2 European cultural figures of the latter part of the 20th century in that of artist Hans Hartung and novelist and poet Jean Proal. It sets abstract images against poems that will strike you to your core. For more information on this exhibition, go to vanderbilt.edu/gallery.

Another ongoing exhibition that is a must see and easy to get to at a moments notice is the Frist Center for the Visual Arts’ “American Ballads: The Photographs of Marty Stuart.” Organized by Frist Center Curator Katie Delmez, this show demonstrates Stuart as a master storyteller through his revealing photographs. The show is on display through November 2, but don’t waste this opportunity to see it while you can.

Another another ongoing exhibition in town by a local art-star is the one over at the lobby of the Veridian- which is connected to the H.G. Hills Urban Market on Church Street between 4th and 5th Street downtown.  The work, the sculptures and 9 mixed media pieces, is by Solomon Behnke (www.solomonbehnke.com).  It has been up since March, and there might not be much more time to get by and see it in person.  Go by, see it for yourself, and buy it if you like (as always)!  Support local artists (as always)!!

On Friday, May 23rd, from 8pm-2am, you can head over to The East Room (2412 Gallatin Avenue) for the 1st Annual Seraphine Music & Arts Jubilee! There will be a $5 cover, doors open at 8pm, music starts at 9pm. The art exhibit will featured the latest from Tyler Bates, Jeff Bertrand, Kathy DeFeo, Ryan Frizzel, Mai Harris, Alicia Maynard, Travis Maynard, Chelsea King, and Chad Spann. There will be handmade jewelry by Rae Smith (The Wire Witchy), music by Good Sex, Thunderfrog, Richard Koozie, and The Grayces. So yeah, come out and enjoy yourself.

Also Friday, May 23rd, at The Basement (1604 8th Avenue South) at 9pm, there will be a party presented by Lockeland Springsteen that will feature Steelism with JP5 and special guests, Andrew Combs & Takaya. $5 cover. Marissa Moss is one of the best people to plan a great show around town, just saying.

Back full circle to The Family Wash (2038 Greenwood Avenue) on Friday and Saturday, May 23rd and May 24th, you can experience Sons of Zevon 1979 for a mere $10 at the door. When the clock strikes 9pm, the ROCK show will begin. There will be an acoustic set beforehand for those who want to eat and enjoy the show in a quiet manner. Reservations are recommended because you will be rocked by the likes of James Rubin, Audley Freed, Kevin Hornback, Jen Gunderman, Ryan Wariner, Marc Pisapia, and many other guest singers and surprises!!! Seriously, plan accordingly and get your but to The Family Wash. Tis the week of AWEsome on the East Side for sure.

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If you are free this Saturday, May 24th, you might also consider going out to Nashville’s largest crawfish boil and music festival of the summer. You can hear the likes of Kyle Andrews, AJ & The Jiggawatts, Kansas Bible Company, el el, The Get Togethers, and many more over at Cannery Ballroom (1 Cannery Row) from 4pm-2am. This shindig is hosted by Native Magazine so you know its gonna be for real. Did I mention Kyle Andrews?!?! Yeah, I just did.

To round off this week with a good laugh, head back over to The East Room (2412 Gallatin Avenue) on Sunday, May 25th, at 7:30pm to hear Joe Pettis. Joe is a level 14 Comedian Wizard from Atlanta that has been touring the country since 2008 with his jokes and jokes and jokes. Tickets are only $5, doors open at 6:30, show begins at 7:30 (not 7:31!), and you can find more information about it and other fun funny shows here – http://NashvilleStandUp.com/spiffysquirrel/.

Now, go forth and have fun. And remember to be nice to one another too. Thanks for dropping by and helping spread the good word around.

Thanks for taking the time to share the good word above and beyond. Hope to see ya tonight or tomorrow!

much love,
chUck
www.eastsidestorytn.com
www.nashvillesheart.com


May flowers are a-bloooming

Hi y’all!

Shifting the release of this post a little earlier than the Monday of the week for a change, I wanted to share a proper update of two weekends and everything in between for the next week or so. I figure more bang for one post. So, ready or not, here we go.

This Saturday, I highly rec another nod to Julia Martin Gallery’s current exhibition of “Head Case” by David Kenton Kring. It’s open from 5:30-9:30pm, at 444 Humphreys Street, Suite A, and showcasing some of the coolest ceramic work around right now … and, I remind you, you can buy a gorgeous signature “Head Case” mug with High Garden’s own unique blend of Earl Grey.

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During the day of May 3rd (or 3rd of May as my friend Wilkie sang), the TACA Fair is going on from 10am-5pm at Centennial Park (2500 West End Avenue). There is a FREE kids activity station at the fair where you can make letterpress logos using rubber stamps with master artists from Platetone Printmaking, Paper and Book Arts! Also, from 11am-6pm, over at PULP (729 Porter Road) there will be a very cool “Little Things Studio by Kate Whitely” Scrap Sale. There will be slightly off, bent, and just prints Kate didn’t like that much. There will also be a FREE stack too!

Also, Saturday, during the First Saturday Downtown Art Crawl, head over to The Arcade to find a bunch of other delightful treats. One in particular, amidst all of the other fun openings you can hit up, head to Corvidae Collective (11 The Arcade) for “As the Crow Flies …” It is a show featuring the artworks of Lacey Bryant, Stephanie Pui-Mun Law, Anita Inverarity, Catherine Bursill Moore, Juan Carlos Orozco, Dion Terry, and Linsay Blondeau. The opening reception is from 6-9pm.

Also, also Saturday, there are two other places around town that will totally blow your mind with art as well. First, head over to Ground Floor Gallery + Studios, at 427 Chestnut Street, for a very cool solo show by Jake Weigel. There will be a brief artist talk at 6:30pm, and the party will ensue after that. Second, if you drive over to 516 Hagan Street, you’ll run smack dab into the David Lusk Gallery Nashville party and opening reception for Kit Reuther’s “Peripherals.” It will be a series of abstract paintings and organic sculptures from one of Nashville’s best. This will also be happening from 6-9pm, and it is a great opportunity for you to finally check out the new digs with Dane and David Lusk Gallery’s new hot spot of creative fun.

Skip over Sunday, because you can rest easy like Sunday morning for the week ahead, and get ready for a blow out East Side Storytellin’ like few before. Tuesday, May 6th, at 7pm sharp, at Mad Donna’s (1313 Woodland Street), will be the time and place for you to mark your calendars and get your butt over to the FREE party for a seat before they are all taken. It is there where I will host a show with 3 top notch featured guests to share their art for you and all who come. The featured writer will be none other than Poetry Sucks! poet Chet Weise, and then the music will be a 2 for 1 night deal with the likes of Heath Haynes and Caitlin Rose! It’s FREE to attend, like all of the others before, so get there early if you want a good seat. You can eat, drink, buy merch, or just smile and be merry … your call. Again, get there early if you want a good seat or a seat at all. You can read about and listen to the 35 shows before here – http://eastsidestorytn.com/in-our-own-words/.

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You can rest again on Wednesday, but Thursday, May 8th, you might want to get over to the Frist Center for the Visual Arts. If you haven’t taken the time yet to visit and experience “Looking East: Western Artists and the Allure of Japan” or “Goya: The Disasters of War” or “Lain York: Selections from the National Gallery”, you really should. But, this coming Thursday, if you are at the Frist Center, you can also join them at 6pm for a Curator’s Perspective on “Vincent Van Gogh and Japan” presented by Simon Kelly, curator of modern and contemporary art at the Saint Louis Museum of Art. It will be a cool examination of the impact of japonisme on the artist development of Van Gogh. Basically, some pretty cool stuff.

Then, on Friday, May 9th, you’ll have a chance at another stellar 2 for 1 evening of fun. First, at Style House Salon (3202 Belmont Blvd., suite C), there will be an artist’s reception for “Quiet Stories” by Jacob Blaze. This gallery is curated by The Gray Umbrella (www.thegrayumbrella.com), and portions of sales from this show will be donated to Locks of Love! Talk about a win-win deal! Secondly, at Douglas Corner Cafe (2106 A 8th Avenue South), from 9pm-midnight, you can experience “Americana Pie South.” The featured artists for this show will be Ashleigh Flynn, Jhesi Boyer, Rae Hering, and North 40. It should be a blast.

Satuday, like the Saturday before, and pretty much every Saturday in this city, you will not have a lack of things to keep you busy. I suggest that you stick to the East Side though on this one. If you need any eclectic art, gifts, crafts, locally written books, or just a good pick-me-up smile or compliment, come on over to The Idea Hatchery at 5 Points East Nashville. I’ll be at East Side Story all day and night, and the rest of the creative gang will be there all day and night too. In fact, I’ll have author Bob Johnson (author of Child of Time) in the bookstore signing/selling copies of a great local book from 2-4pm if you wanna swing by.  The Idea Hatchery block party will hit full force from 6-9pm. Around that same time, from 5-7pm, just around the corner at Shelby Bottoms Nature Center (1900 Davidson Street), there will be a photography exhibition called “Pieces of Shelby” hosted by Barry A Noland and Brian Parker. It will be AWEsome! Another thing that will be AWEsome, again, just down the street from East Side Story, from 5:30-8:30pm, at Portland Brew East (1921 Eastland Avenue) will be this month’s Poetry in the Brew (Open Mic Poetry Readings). This month’s spotlight will feature Christian Collier and guest host Christine Hall. Readings start at 6pm, so get there early if you want a good seat or a seat at all (sound familiar?).

After you sleep and wake up again, you might not want to rest all day at home. You have the option, just like every third Sunday thru October, from 5:30-8pm, at the Cumberland Park Ampitheater, beside the Titan’s Statium on the riverfront, to catch Victor Chatman Productions and Metro Parks presenting season #3 of their Jazz On The Cumberland Concert Series 2014. There is FREE parking in Lot R, and you can bring your favorite blanket, lawn chair, cover, picnic basket, or whatever (keep it classy Nashville) and kick back to relax some great jazz in the open air. Talk about a great way to end your week and this post right here. Enough said.

Go forth and have fun. And remember to be nice to one another too. Thanks for dropping by and helping spread the good word around.

As you were, busy but happy,
much love,

chUck

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