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April and pollen count … still off the charts

Hi y’all!

Welcome to another week of Nashville’s heART! Whether you are itching to get out and see some creativity this week or your eyes and throat are simply itching because of the pollen count, you are in luck this week in Nashville. I can’t help you alleviate your pollen problems, but I’ll do my best below to let you know about how you can get your fix of fun around town.

Tonight, Monday, April 14th, from 6-8pm, at Necat Network (120 White Bridge Pike, #46, Building 110), YOU are invited to join the Nashville Creative Group April Meeting: Get Exposure on Arts Television. Hosted by the CEO of The Necat Network, Trish Puryear Crist, there will be a private tour of the studio space and discussion of how people can amplify their voice of the arts community. These monthly group meetings are great chances to network and brainstorm creatively with some of the best artists today. If interested at all, just spread the word and show up.

Also today, at 6pm, the ladies of Lockeland Springsteen are happy to present their second Monday musical mix & mingle. Ruination Day Happy Hour will include some of their favorite local musicians covering Gillian Welch’s album Time (The Revelator). It is FREE and from 6-8pm at The 5 Spot (1006 Forrest Avenue).

Speaking of FREE fun times this week, look no further than tomorrow, Tuesday, April 15th, with the celebration of another round of East Side Storytellin’. The 35 of its kind, this one will be unique because we are pulling together two of my favorite things in April … Bluegrass and Baseball. At 7pm sharp, at 1313 Woodland Street, at Mad Donna’s, I will host as author Skip Nipper (Baseball in Nashville) and musicians Rebecca Frazier & John E Frazier III rock the stage and rock your world in the most fun way possible with Baseball and Bluegrass. Can it get much better than that? … I think not. Hope to see you there.

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Two other events going on tomorrow, a side of two for Tuesday if you will, is the following:

– at 5:30pm, at the Belcourt Theatre (2102 Belcourt Avenue), you can drop by and see a very cool art reception for Steven Knudson. It’s always a great time and place to see new things at the Belcourt.

– at 7pm, at Darkhorse Theater (4610 Charlotte Pike), you can listen to a staged reading of FLIT- a new play written by John Wesley Lasiter.

Skip on over hump day and get your groove on Thursday. At 6pm, at 2411 Brasher Avenue, you can join the Nashville Folk + Free Skool interest meeting to talk about ideas, classes, workshops, and participation projects you can help start. At 6:30pm, at The Bluebird Cafe, you can fly in for a set of stellar storytelling music by Chris Trapper. Then at 7pm, you can get your art explosion on at The Building (1008 C. Woodland Street), at UnBound’s Arts Presents: Third Thursdays at The Building April Event. The amazing artists Julie Sola and Melita Osheowitz will have some of their latest work on site for sight and you might want to buy it before it gets got. There will be a cool art reception from 7-8pm, and then a musical performance following that from the likes of 3 great bands- Don Gallardo & How Far West, Sergio Webb & Rob Matson, and also Amelia White & The Sidecars. It’s only $5 at the door for admission. A small price to pay for AWEsome.

Oh, and also on Thursday, April 17th, you can go to the Turnip Green Creative Reuse (535 4th Avenue South) for something really cool. From 5-8pm, join in the Green Gallery for incredible reuse works by the lovely Kaaren Hirschowitz Engel and friends: Kem Kem Alexander, Daniel Lai, Carrie Cox, Michelle Hall, Robert Bruce Scott, and Laura Young to be exact. Re-Discovered: a retrospective of sorts featuring Kaaren Engel and friends will probably blow your socks off, whether you have socks on or not. Trust me, be there.

To round off and end your week in style, we’ll keep it simple for ya. First, on Friday, you should hit up the Nashville Convention Center for the Full Moon Tattoo & Horror Festival. It’s the lucky number 13th one of its kind here and there will be over 130 tattoo artists, celebrity guests, contests, entertainment, movies, comics, and more.

Saturday, all you have to do is go to any music store in town and celebrate Record Store Day 2014. There will be ample amounts of great live performances and record deals for one and all. Check all listings for their own line-ups and details, but the main thing is that you just get off the couch and get out there.

And if Record Store Day didn’t blow your mind, leave it to “Head Case” by David Kenton Kring to finish you off for the weekend. Saturday, April 19th, from 6-9pm, at Julia Martin Gallery (444 Humpreys St, suite A), there will be quite the opening reception for the figurative and functional ceramic work by David Kenton Kring. There will be a special tea blend designed by Julia, David, and the fine folks at High Garden, and it will be presented and served with a one of a kind tea mug thrown by David. Talk about cool!

Yep, that pretty much serves up this week on a silver platter for you to enjoy. Don’t bother with this pesky weather this morning. Dry off, brighten up, and walk outside confident and knowing that that the week will only keep getting better and better if you want it to do so. Enjoy and be nice to one another.

much love,

chUck

www.eastsidestorytn.com
www.nashvillesheart.com
www.up2themountain.wordpress.com


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! 

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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- http://eastsidestorytn.com/east-side-storytellin-33-where-honest-lewis-and-adam-hill-turned-the-red-lights-green-and-took-us-places/. 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- http://www.tennesseejet.com. 

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 (www.gracegoad.com.) 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 thetoyboxstudio.com. 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 www.southernword.org, and you can read more about Roger at www.blueflowerarts.com/booking/roger-bonair-agard

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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- https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-compacts-spring-cleaning-day-tickets-10773197925.

– 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 (http://www.blueflowerarts.com/booking/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, 

chUck

www.eastsidestorytn.com

www.nashvillesheart.com

www.up2themountain.wordpress.com


Nashville love after Valentine’s

Just because it’s the week after Valentine’s Day doesn’t mean that you have to stop sharing love, for your family and friends and/or chocolate.  I say buy and eat up even more chocolate than before.  Treat yo’ self, if you must and should.  With that in mind, I have several treats for you to buy into this week that will be better for your diet, dentist, and life in general.

Also, with keeping the theme of having and giving hearts to others in mind as well, this Tuesday, February 18th, will be one for the ages (kids of all ages).  First, you can make a real positive difference by doing something you are going to be doing at least once this day regardless.  Any time from 9am-9pm, if you like good eats for good causes, plan to join some great people at the Pied Piper Eatery (1601 Riverside Drive) for the 2nd Annual Gilda’s Club Benefit!  No matter what you order, 20% of the day’s sales will benefit Gilda’s Club of Nashville, a cancer support community FREE for everyone and it is by far the best non-profit in the world (in my opinion).  Bring your family, friends, and neighbors!  You can read more about Gilda’s Club of Nashville here – www.gildasclubnashville.org.

Then, in between eating at Pied Piper Eatery for Gilda’s Club, pop on over to Mad Donna’s (1313 Woodland Street) at 7pm sharp for the next great round of East Side Storytellin’.  In our 31st edition, leave it to renaissance man/artist/author Ryan Dunlap and the golden sounds of the local band called The Golden Sounds to enlighten your day, week, and month just right.  It is FREE to attend, starts at 7pm promptly, and you can eat, drink, and buy merch if you want to do so.  See more information about it here – http://www.nowplayingnashville.com/event/detail/441815901.

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Skip over Wednesday night and head heart first into 2-for-Thursday.  At 6pm, until 7:15pm, you can hit up Atmalogy (2320 West End Avenue) for an interactive night of poetry.  Featuring some of Nashville’s wonderful bards, Writings on the Wall (a poetry experience) is a perfect way to end the work day before you head home.

But you don’t have to head home just yet on Thursday. If you head to The Building (1008 C. Woodland Street), at 7pm ’til, you can see Unbound Arts Presents: Third Thursdays at The Building.  These legendary Unbound Art Presents events are unique nights of collaboration and intermingling of artistic disciplines to reach new goals creatively.  This month you’ll be able to see a documentary film project by Ron Coons called East Side of the River.  From 7-8, there will be photography by Ron Coons and John Partipilo.  Then East Side of the River will show at 8:30. It’s only $5 at the door.

On Friday, February 21st, this one is for all you hard working americans.  The band, Hard Working Americans, will be playing at Marathon Music Works (1402 Clinton Street).  It starts at 8pm, and you can learn more about the band and stuff at www.thehardworkingamericans.com.

On Saturday, February 22nd, there are 2 events that will be more fun than a house party in high school.  First, from noon until whenever they shut it down, over at Watkins College of Art, Design, & Film (2298 Rosa L. Parks Blvd.), it is the college preview day.  This is your chance to take a tour of the campus, meet current students, talk with Admissions, learn more about the program of your choice, see where students live, and learn all you need to know about Financial Aid.  It only happens if you make it happen!  Then, secondly and certainly not the least, drop by East Side Story (1108 Woodland Street, unit B), from 2-4pm to listen to the authors Tom Wood and Robert Bailey read and sign from their respected works.  You can read more about both, independently, at http://tomwoodauthor.com & http://robertbaileybooks.com.

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That pretty much wraps this week up in a lovely bag for you to grab from if you choose to do so.  Oh, I almost forgot … this just in.  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) – http://nashmailart.blogspot.com.

Now, I must go and do a few other things.  I bid you good evening, morning, and afternoon, and remember to be nice to one another out there.

Thanks for coming here, reading, attending the events, and sharing with others.
much love,
chUck

www.eastsidestorytn.com
www.nashvillesheart.com

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!

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Here come the holiday parties, Yall!

Okay, so without any delay this week, get in your car and head down to the Frist Center for the Visual Arts RIGHT NOW! You can arrive early, say 10am, but at 10:30am, TODAY, there is a festive holiday sing-along of seasonal favorites with Sarah Martin McConnell- following a performance by “Changing Gears” Handbell Choir. The performance is at the Frist Center Auditorium and is FREE to attend! 

Sticking with today, December 16th, you can start the day at the Frist, maybe stick around in the galleries and possibly buy some gifts in the wonderful gift shop and lunch in the cafe (kinda like Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis did last week actually … See, People Magazine, THEY ARE JUST LIKE US 🙂 ), and then possibly drop by the Thistle Stop Cafe anytime from 6-8pm to help the Nashville Community Darkroom Benefit. This is their holiday fundraiser, located at 5128 Charlotte Avenue, the event will feature live entertainment by Tommy Womack, a pop-up gallery of NCD photographers and artists, and a brief presentation about the Nashville Community Darkroom’s purpose, goals, and progress. For more info on the NCD, please visit http://nashvillecommunitydarkroom.org/ The event is open to the public, with a suggested donation is $25. 

Then, you can end the day with a party like no other at night at Lockeland Springsteen’s Holiday Happy Hour festivity at The 5 Spot (1006 Forrest Avenue). From 5-8pm, come celebrate the holiday season with music (Boom Forest, Blank Range, Cale Tyson, and The New Lonely), Morally Good Vinyl will be on hand with a variety of vintage albums, East Side Story will be selling music themed books, and there will be plenty of mercy from Electric Western Records too! DId I mention half-price drinks and hot chicken out back?! 

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Then, after you recover from that, you can explode on the holiday season with The Mary Nails! Yep, I said it and you are reading this correctly! If you have time and a real need to dance, you NEED to be at Mad Donna’s (1313 Woodland Street) at 7pm sharp to witness a Christmas show and miracle like none I’ve ever heard about EVER! This is when and where East Side Storytellin’ 28 will go down. Author/artist Mark Sloniker will be reading from original prose that will be other-worldly, and then it will be time for the reunion of reunions. The Mary Nails are playing again!!!!! It’s been 3 years since the last show that left us all wanting more. Here and now we will have a Christmas miracle for everyone to celebrate the end of this year and the beginning of a hopeful adventure in 2014. I’m not the only one showing up to this and I’m not the only one writing about it either. You can read more about it here- http://www.outandaboutnashville.com/story/east-side-storytellin-reunite-mary-nails#.Uqor2liA21s You can read more about our recent East Side Storytellin’ event and details about the above show at this link here- http://eastsidestorytn.com/east-side-storytellin-27-when-the-extraordinary-lydia-peelle-and-griffin-house-gave-us-many-reasons-for-and-advantages-of-enjoying-life-in-general/ 

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Because I know you’ll have to rest the entire day and night after East Side Storytellin’ 28 with The Mary Nails, I’ll give you a Thursday that will fill your holiday season and energy back up to par. 

First, over at the Turnip Green Creative Reuse (535 4th Avenue South), from 5-9pm, you can spread cheer at the artist marketplace and green gallery. Carrie Cox’s show “Indigo” will be up, and the Platetone Printmaking, Paper and Book Arts will be buzzing with the fun reuse projects just in time for the holidays. 

Second, from 6-7:15pm, at Atmalogy (2320 West End Avenue), there will be an evening of eminent creativity. It is called “Writings on the Wall (a poetry experience)” and it will be AWEsome! Just go check it out and let their words say everything I can’t bring justice to right now. 

Third for Thursday, at 7pm, at The Basement (1604 8th Avenue South), go experience the Merry AquaVelvet Christmas Spectacular! There will be all your favorites, special guests, lots of holiday surprises, Jim Hoke’s lavish arrangements and Kristi Rose too! 

And on top of everything above and below, please PLEASE know that it’s that time of year again for The Ornaments to come out. The Ornaments (Jen Grunderman, James Haggerty, and Martin Lynds) play every night Monday, 12/16- Saturday, 12/21 at The Family Wash, twice a night, at 6:30pm and 8:30pm. They play at The Belcourt Theater (Saturday Kids Show) at 10am too. for more information, go to www.facebook.com/TheOrnaments. All shows are $7, and reservations are highly recommended at The Family Wash because it is packed every show. The Ornaments, having started 7 years ago, play what they consider to be the greatest holiday special ever produced- Charles Schultz’s “A Charlie Brown Christmas”- with its brilliant soundtrack by Vince Guaraldi. It is one of my personal favorite holiday traditions if I don’t type so myself. I’m going Friday night! 

Also, be sure to know about the fact that “UpLift”, an art show featuring the art of Aaron and Michelle Grayum, will be at Fido (1812 21st Avenue South) from December 18th-February 4th. This Saturday, December 21st, from 6-8pm, there will be an informal opening reception filled with creative conversations, collaborative visions of umbrellas, balloons, and elephants galore. The Grayums are fantastic people and artists that you really should meet in person to get a glimpse of all of the amazing things they are creating in this world. They are super cool. You can see more about them at www.thegrayumbrella.com. 

Aside from all that, happy shopping for your loved ones and those in need. Take time to count your blessings every day, especially this time of year, and be nice to one another. You owe it to each other and yourself. 

Thanks for dropping by and I hope to see you at all or a few of the things above. This is going to be an EPIC week before baby Jesus comes around again! 

much love, 

chUck 

www.eastsidestorytn.com 

www.nashvillesheart.com

PS- On an art writing note of urgency around our region- Make sure to send in your reviews and regional updates for Number Inc’s #77 coming up, represent your region right! –  The NEW deadline is now December 20th, so you still have time to promote everything!

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Good people, art, and events to warm your heart and world around Nashville

With it already being Tuesday and all, I’m sorry for my delay by the way (been outta town and kinda in another world of sun and fun), I figured I’d give you a quick link to listen to in case you missed it, and then a ton of great causes and events going on this week to remember.

First, here is the listener- A little live recording from Dave Eastman’s final live broadcasting week over at WAMB Radio recently. Enjoy.
https://soundcloud.com/eastsidestorytn/wamb-last-live-broadcast-11-25

Jumping to Thursday, I have like 3 things to warm your heart and the weather in your world.

1- At 5pm, at Marathon Music Works (1402 Clinton Street), there will be a concert and benefit like none in town called “For the Philippines with Love Disaster Relief Concert and Benefit.” 100% of the funds raised thru the concert and silent auction as well as 15% of sales from the holiday market, will go directly to the International Relief Teams organization to give aid to the Philippines with the over 4 million Filipinos displaced and the 3,976 lives lost after Typhoon Haiyan. Music will be played by the likes of Trent Dabbs, Sam Palladio, Mayday Malone, and more. For more information on the event or to find out how you can become a part of the night please email: telishacobb@gmail.com

2- At 5:30-7:30pm, at The Green Room (521 Gallatin Avenue), live jazz and improvisational music will come to East Nashville with the inauguration of the Bright Frontier Happy Hour. Bright Frontier is the new quartet of Craig Havighurst on guitar, Matt Endahl on keys, Charlie Chadwick on bass, and Jason Smart on drums. The Green Room is behind Barista Parlor and sponsored by Artist Growth. It and this band will be something not to be missed by anyone who appreciates good music. Oh, and Craig is also co-host of Music City Roots (if you live in a cave) and also has a great book that will make for a great holiday gift sold at East Side Story (if you live under a rock).

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3- Last but not least on Thursday, at 7pm, at The Filming Station (501 8th Avenue South), Carolina Story will host a special night of music with an intimate performance from their newly released EP. This unique space only holds 40 people, so there are only a limited number of tickets available. Get yours and see us there too here: http://bit.ly/1cX9Bw4. Side note- A $15 ticket gains you entry into this special event + a signed copy of our new EP, Chapter One. They also have other holiday gift basket stuff on site and their website- www.carolinastory.com. OH, and they also ask that if you come that you bring a canned food of something to help support Second Harvest! Talented hearts and music of GOLD too!

Oh wait, not last but not least new update just in … YOU are invited to a Holiday Open House with wine, appetizers, and a wonderful selection of handmade gifts by Kaaren Engel, Nancie Roark, Beads by Yaara, and Audry Deal-McEver this Thursday, December 12th, from 10am-2pm and then 7pm-10pm, at 3901 Woodlawn Drive! More good art made by good people. Take that for what it’s worth (priceless in my book).

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Then, on Friday, December 13th, Friday the 13th!, author Betsy Phillips will be at East Side Story (1108 Woodland Street, Unit B) at 6pm for a very special book club session for her book “A City of Ghosts.” You can read more about the book here-http://www.acityofghosts.com/– and come get one of the best Nashville ghost stories collection for kids of all ages just in time for your holiday gift giving (post-Halloween and all that other stuff too).

This Saturday, December 14th, is going to be really hopping at The Row (1108 Woodland Street). Speaking of some things hopping close to home, like right in MY East Side Story, check these two things back-to-back for your reading and weekend pleasure:

1- Poet Amy E. Hall has a brand new poetry chapbook called “Bathroom Poems” dropping in time for the holidays. From 2-3pm, Amy will be on site to read from and sign copies of her collection of her “crappy poems about bathroom business offering a humorous plunge® into the world of anal-rententive behavior and plenty of wisecracks while you wipe.” It will be a fun time by all. You can read more about Amy’s poetry at lineuponlinepoetry.blogspot.com.

2- After Amy cleans the house and her creative mess of fun, author Juliana Ericson will be at the bookstore from 6-8pm to read from her new release called “The Other F Word.” Juliana is a forgiveness coach and is a wonderful person hear about the various ways mental, physical, and emotional ways forgiveness can help us all. Wine and cheese will be there, so tell everyone to forgive each other and come along together! (Here is the link for the event at 6pm this coming Saturday, December 14th, with author Juliana Ericson that is also FREE to attend!
http://www.nowplayingnashville.com/event/detail/441810023)

Also on Saturday, December 14th, besides everything going on at East Side Story, here is a list of 3 other things you should know about too:

1- The Grand Opening of Julia Martin Gallery at 5pm at Julia Martin Gallery (444 Humphreys Street.

2- Poetry in the Brew Open Mic Poetry Reading at Portland Brew East at 5:30pm.

3- Ms. Camilla’s Neighborhood Coloring Party at Pied Piper Creamery at 6pm.

I mean, seriously, can it get more packed with fun and good-hearted people in one city than Nashville here and now?! Yeah, I didn’t think so. I hope to see you and all or most of the things below. Either way, enjoy your week, stay warm, and be nice to one another.

Oh, and another head’s up, next Tuesday, December 17th, will be a holiday extravaganza like no other! I’m not the only one writing about it too. Check this out-http://www.outandaboutnashville.com/story/east-side-storytellin-reunite-mary-nails

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Hide your kids, hide your wife, The Mary Nails gon’ find you … they gon’ find you … so run and tell that, homeboy!

See EVERYONE at Mad Donna’s on December 17th at 7pm!!

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

PS- On an art writing note of urgency around our region- Make sure to send in your reviews and regional updates for Number Inc’s #77 coming up, represent your region right! – The NEW deadline is now December 20th, so you still have time to promote everything!

https://numberinc.submittable.com/submit


Is December the best month of 2013?

The heading in the subject is the question.  i used to believe that it was April, minus allergies and plus birthdays, but this week’s activities and other things going on this month besides the holiday season might just make a very strong case. 

To start things off right, look no further than tomorrow night, Tuesday, December 3rd, and one of the most star-studded line-up for East Side Storytellin’ to date.  Reading original prose, the show will begin with the award-winning author Lydia Peelle.  Following Peelle, one of the Beard family’s favorite local musician in that of Griffin House.  Seriously, this is going to be a show you won’t want to miss.  It’s FREE, starts at 7pm sharp, and is at Mad Donna’s (1313 Woodland Street).  Here is more information on the event –

http://www.nowplayingnashville.com/event/detail/441805126

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Also, if you missed the last show, and need more information on the event tomorrow at the bottom of the read, check this out –

http://eastsidestorytn.com/east-side-storytellin-26-where-east-side-story-and-palaver-records-combined-forces-for-the-future-now/

On Wednesday, December 4th, you can try a few worthwhile events that will make your heart smile.  First, over at Montgomery Bell Academy (4001 Harding Road), you are invited to check out a benefit concert for the Philippines Disaster Relief Fund called “Nashville Artists Unite For One NIght.”  At 7:30pm, the Nashville art community has come together for an event bigger than all of us combined.  You can read more bout it here – http://artsnash.com/dance/benefit-concert-philippines/.  Secondly, at The Building in East Nashville, at 8pm, you can join the fun for No Shame Theater: Festivus Edition.  Admission is FREE for performers, $8 minimum donation for the spectators, and bottomless cups of beer will be yours for another additional $8 donation!  Happy holidays are here!

Thursday, you have another round of two for one day events that will continue to keep that heart smiling.  First up, over at the Downtown Presbyterian Church (154 5th Avenue North), from 11am-2pm, for the 88th annual Waffle Shop!  For tickets on sale for just $7, you’ll get a freshly cooked waffle from scratch, grits, sausage or turkey hash, and a hot beverage.  There will also be a gift shop with crafts and baked goods, where all proceeds benefit people in need served through the Pastor’s Fund.  Tickets are available at the event or you can purchase ahead of time by calling 615-254-7584.  Second on the list for Thursday, from 5-8pm, at Hillsboro Village Events (1800 21st Avenue South) will host their Christmas in the Village. Santa will arrive at 6pm to sit for photos at Fido (photos are FREE in exchange for a new, unwrapped toy to donate to Toys for Tots).  All merchants will be offering holiday drink specials and free food samples.  There will be bell ringers, carolers, and bands performing (including a stage on the corner of Belcourt and 21st Avenue).  This will go down rain or shine and it will all be a great time.

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Wait, also on Thursday, for you night folks who dig good, local music, look no further than fooBAR too.  At 9pm, Palaver Records will feature Nava Hotel & Coyotes in Boxes & In The Whale.  $5 door charge, $3 Yazoo draft beer, and it is a wonderful chance to see local music on the rise … nothing better than that!

Friday, as mentioned before last week about the awesome, prolific poet in Jamie Givens needing help to fight Cancer, check out the benefit concert for Jamie featuring Kent Blazy and the For Peace Band from 6-8pm over at Douglas Corner Cafe (2106 A 8th Avenue South).  For a mere $10, where all of the proceeds will provide support to Jamie as she continues to undergo treatment for breast cancer.  There will be a special guest on stage as well … hint, hint … YOU won’t want to miss it!

Saturday, to end the week ahead off right, I’ll leave you with 3 things to knock your stockings off.

1- Porter Flea: Handmade Holiday Market 2013 = At 1211 4th Avenue South, at 10am-6pm, there will be a huge selection of handmade goods from the areas most talented designers and artisans.  It is FREE admission, showcasing over 85 artists with home goods, furniture, jewelry, prints, posters, and paper goods.  The Track One Building is located around the corner from Fort Houston, Seed Space, and Zeitgeist.

2- Six Potters and a Painter = At East Studio, 521 Gallatin Road, from Dec. 7th at 10am- December 8 at 4pm, East Nashvihlle’s hidden gems- side by side clay workshops with East Studio and Timothy Weber Pottery- will open their doors to the public once a year for this holiday market.  It will feature painting and pottery demonstrations, free Penny Drive penny pots to raise money for Second Harvest, and much much more.

3- Art & Invention Gallery Holiday Open House = at 1106 Woodland Street (right beside the awesome shops on The Row), from 6-9pm, Meg has opened her door to countless artists providing some of the most extraordinary holiday gifts around.  Seriously, you will find the best gifts you didn’t even know about here at Art & Invention. Meg also has extended holiday hours open to 6pm during the week and Sundays and open till 8pm on Friday & Saturday.

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Man, I’m kinda tired from writing about all of this.  Now it’s time for you to go out and enjoy it!  I hope to see y’all tomorrow night at Mad Donna’s to kick it all off!

much love,
chUck

www.eastsidestorytn.com
www.nashvillesheart.com


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  www.iTunes.com/CarolinaStory, get a physical copy at their web store at www.carolinastory.com/merch, and literally jump on their bandwagon on Facebook at www.facebook.com/CarolinaStory.  Again, trust me, you will thank me sooner than later.

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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 – http://www.nowplayingnashville.com/event/detail/441797106.  You can see more about Nicole here – http://blackbirdcanwrite.com.  And you can hear more about Kim Logan here – http://kimlogan.net/press.  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 – https://www.facebook.com/events/406372032823848/?ref=25 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 🙂

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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,
chUck
www.eastsidestorytn.com
www.nashvillesheart.com