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!
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.
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.
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