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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.


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/.


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,




Another day, another month, another week of Nashville fun

As always, the title says it all.  This week is going to be quite epic.  Don’t believe me?  Read on.

Tuesday night, July 2nd, you only need to venture to one spot in town.  At 7pm, at Fat Bottom Brewing Co. (900 Main Street), there will be a FREE event like no other!  I’m talking about another round of East Side Storytellin’ for you and all your friends to enjoy.  You’ll have to try to not get cultured with the talent for this show.  Author Kathryn Williams (author of The Lost Summer and Pizza, Love, and Other Stuff That Made Me Famous and other stuff too) will be reading on site and then be followed by the always awesome Allen Thompson.  It starts at 7pm prompt so you might want to get there early to get a good seat, something to eat and drink, and enjoy good company in style.  It’s over by 8:30 in case you have other plans later in the evening to attend to as well.  Hope to see ya because I’ll be there for sure.

Turning to Wednesday night, you might think it’s time, especially in this fun, sunny heat, to get some ice cream in a helmet for a good cause.  Are you confused by what I just suggested?  Ice cream in a helmet is a must whenever you Greer Stadium for a Nashville Sounds game.  Need another good reason to attend a Nashville baseball game before the 4th of July?  Two dollars of every ticket purchased (you can get tickets at the gate or http://www.sounds.streamlineticketing.com)  will go towards Notes for Notes.  Notes for Notes is a tremendous organization that provides youth with FREE access to musical instruments, instruction, and recording studio environments so that music can become a profoundly positive influence in their lives.  There will be a pre-game concert by Striking Matches at 6pm, Brinley Addington will play the National Anthem around 7pm, and there will be one heck of an Independence Day Fireworks Extravaganza following the game!!

Then, on Thursday, July 4th, before you celebrate our country however you celebrate it, why not start the day off working on your own body of art.  What am I talking about now?  You can totally volunteer or run for the party.  See more information here- http://whatdoyourunfor.com/july-4th-something/, but I can’t think of a better way to precede a 2-day concert lineup that culminates with the Nashville Symphony and fireworks on the Cumberland riverfront that partaking in I Run for the Party’s Music City July 5th 5k/10k race.  All ages and fitness levels will love running past landmarks like the Schermerhorn Symphony Center, Ryman Auditorium, and Country Music Hall of Fame.  Like I said, it’s perfect start to however you choose to finish the rest of the day.

I’ll skip Friday because I’m sure you will be resting from whatever race you do participate in on Thursday.

On Saturday, July 6th, you can go downtown to experience the First Saturday Downtown Art Crawl per usual.  It should be a wonderful crowd and artwork all around.  Two specific things for that particular art crawl that I’d like to point your attention to are the following updates:

1-  Untitled’s next Pop-Up Art Show will be in the street-facing lobby at Colab Nashville (230 4th Avenue) at 6pm to kick off the crawl and get some fine FREE coffee or wine before feasting your eyes on the variety of art on the walls!  If you are interested in submitting and registering your own art work, the registration closes on July 3rd.  See more at http://www.untitlednashville.org/register/pop-up-art-shows/

2- It’s a very special occasion fro the huge ay and grand opening of the new location for the Tennessee Art League!  It will happen from 6-9pm like all the rest, but be sure to drop by, say hi, and wish them well in their new spot at 219 5th Avenue.

Painting by Tim Kerr

Painting by Tim Kerr

On Sunday, July 7th, since you’ve already had a day of rest on Friday, you will surely have more energy backed up to experience 2 great things on the same day in different locations.  First, go ahead and write it down in your little black book to drive over to Third Man Records for the latest and greatest round of Poetry Sucks!  FREE to attend, at 5pm, the likes of Holly Golightly, Sampson Starkweather, Lee Baines and the Glory Fires, Larry O. Dean, Paige Taggart, Tim Kerr, and the ever-present poet Chet Weise too.  There will be poetry, music, and art!  Be there.  Then, after you get a good feel from Third Man Records, you can head over to Octane! Gallery (1000 Main Street) for another FREE show with refreshments provided at 8pm.  July 7th marks the 6th Annual Sk8board art show featured in tattooed magazines everywhere.  Pretty much anything goes as long as its mounted on a skateboard deck.  It’s an open show, and if you’re interested to get involved- you still can if you submit work with $10 before July 5th.  For more information, click here- http://kustomthrills.com/events/octanegallery/

So there you have it.  You can go to everything above for the high, low, and everything in between culture to become a better person in one week’s time than you are today while reading this (and I think you’re pretty darn swell as is, mind you).  I hope to see you Tuesday night and every day after, but I won’t stalk you like Sting so don’t worry.  Just enjoy your week and be nice to one another.  Thanks for coming and y’all come back, ya hear?!

much love,


I’m BACK!!!!

Ok, so I’m sorry for a taking a week off of reporting cool things to do around town with cool people last week.  I was still trying not to plug back into the grind for as long as possible after a fun road trip down south with friends and loved ones.  That said, I’ve got a fun recap of things to come this week for sure!

Yesterday, aside from meeting baby #3110 Guillet for the first time, I was so excited for another friend to finally bring back her colorful artwork back into the world where we all can appreciate it.  Not only was it perfect timing for this artist to re-introduce Nashville to her artistic talents, but I do believe, although I didn’t tally up the numbers, that she had hands down the most attended opening reception for any artist in Nashville for a solo show … EVER!  Her name is Miranda Crump.  She loves to draw.  You can go see her latest drawings, and possibly buy one of your own from the very limited that are still for sale, at The Sweet Stash (located inside The Market House at the Nashville Farmer’s Market).  Miranda’s first solo show consists of 13 new, original works.  You can drop by and enjoy amazing art AND consume artistic cupcakes and other deserts at the same time!  I can’t think of many things better actually.  Plus, Miranda has a new outfit and it totally rocks!  Plus plus, Miranda is super cool.  Go see for yourself and thank me later.

Then, tomorrow night, I’m glad you’ve saved all your rain checks up to cash in on some sunshine and good times with another round of East Side Storytellin’ over at Fat Bottom Brewing Co. (900 Main Street).  At 7pm sharp, local author Susannah Felts (author of This Will Go Down on Your Permanent Record) will be reading some fresh stories and then be followed by the immensely talented, Renaissance man in that of Joshua Payne.  You can catch a small preview of the outstanding vocals by Mr. Payne here- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fQhGqkSnAzI.  Trust me, this is not to be missed.  It’s FREE to attend, but get there early to get a good seat for this treat  Seriously, what do you have better to do?

Sticking with one highlight per day here so far, I suggest you get your dancing shoes/boots on for Wednesday night for the best Music City Roots of the year yet again.  It’s Wednesday, June 5th, at 6pm, when and where you can participate in The Music City Roots Barn dance.  The pews and the dance floor will be available for all.  There will be Swing Dancin’, Square Dancin’, Polka Dancin’, Retro Dancing’ and dancing dancin’!  On tap for the show, aside from the always great and East Side Storytellin’ alum in that of Craig Havighurst, will be Whiskey Bent Valley Boys, Jacob Jones, Spirit Family Reunion, John England and the Western Swingers, and Black Jake and the Carnies.  Spread the word!

On Thursday evening, June 6th, you can hang up those boots and come relax over at Dinos Bar (411 Gallatin Road) for the 2nd ever open mic. Night of Poetry Sucks!  Chet Weise, mastermind behind Poetry Sucks! and one heck of a scribe himself, will be on hand to direct a wonderful spoken word  night for everyone to enjoy beginning at 7:45pm.  First come, first read with poetry, essay, fiction, non-fiction, etc.  Each person is limited to 5-8 minutes for the spotlight and then Josh Hedley will be playing 2 sets of music too!  It will end around 10pm.

Friday night, again relaxing and taking in all the beautiful art around town, why not go to the Frist Center for the Visual Arts to view The Great Gatsby (1974) on a big screen in their Auditorium.  It is also first come, first seated and FREE for members (a small fee for non-members  …  again, just another reason to get that membership going).  At 7pm, the original Gatsby movie will show and show a lot of vintage vehicles with a sense of nostalgia to perfectly tie in the introduction of the Frist’s upcoming exhibition called “Sensuous Steel:  Art Deco Automobiles” that opens June 14th with all kinds of wonderful classic cars in the museum.  There will certainly be more on the cars later to come in another post.  Again, not to be missed!

And for Saturday night, other than the obvious that if you are in town you should come by The Idea Hatchery and the 2nd Saturday Art Crawl at 5 Points East Nashville all day and night (always a party with us over there if you didn’t know yet), you should save your after-hours plans for a 9pm show at 3rd and Lindsley.  Los Colognes will open the show, but The Smoking Flowers will close it and the weekend off in style.  If  you haven’t ever heard or seen Kim and Scott Collins in person, you haven’t lived yet!  Get your tickets at the door or here- http://www.ticketweb.com/t3/sale/SaleEventDetail?dispatch=loadSelectionData&eventId=3546744&pl=3rdlindsley&REFERRAL_ID=clientIf you are in town, I hope to see you there.  If you are itching to get out of town, you might want to drop by No Egrets Art Gallery at 1128 College Street in Clarksville, TN for a great night of art.  There will be music, treats, and beverages to partake in if you so choose this adventure and that will go from 6-10pm.

And like that, I’m out.  Have a great week and I hope to see you tomorrow night and many other times if you want.  Regardless, be nice to one another.

much love,




Finally an OFF week?

Just when you wake up from a resting Spring-filled Sunday where you go to the park with your wife and dog where said wife throws the aerobie Frisbee in the tip-top of the tree beside you and your dog gets into a fight with another dog that forces you to go back home earlier than you wanted but better for your pollen count and think that there will be nothing to do around town this week because everyone is tapering down for their big run this Saturday, you are gladly mistaken.  This week is filled with things to do, yet again, all week long.  Don’t believe me?  Read on.  Better yet, READ UP!

Tomorrow, Tuesday, April 23nd, is going to be Dining Out for Life day all around town.  Since this is the beginning of this post and I believe that breakfast is the biggest part of every day (meal-wise), I think you should know about the Dining Out for Life breakfast to be had at Marche Artisan Foods (1000 Main Street, Suite 101).  Jennifer Justus, a food critic for The Tennessean and author of a stellar book you can buy at East Side Story (shout out!), will be hosting said breakfast where 50% of every tab will go to Nashville CARES’ work through education, testing, and support to those affected by HIV/AIDS.  And all you have to do to help the cause is show up and EAT!  Better yet, EAT UP!  This event will go down from 8-11am.

And speaking of cool causes that start at 8, fast forward to Wednesday night, April 24th, down the street at Dino’s (411 Gallatin Road), at 8pm, and you’ll be able to witness another POETRY SUCKS! evening with Chet Weise and others.  In honor of April being national poetry month, Chet has gotten together a stellar line-up of local poets by the names of Kendra Decolo, Whit Smith, Joshua Gillis, Harry Kagan, Spencer Connell, and Richard Houston to help you enjoy the night.  Also, Chrome Pony will be on site jamming out as well.  It is FREE to attend and they have cheap booze if that’s another reason to get you out and going too.

I’ll skip over Thursday so you can rest up for a big weekend and catch up on all those shows you have in your queue.  Friday, if you don’t like racism (which should be EVERYONE reading this right now of course!) you might want to head over to Scarritt-Bennett Center from noon-12:30pm (at the Laskey Lobby) for the Stand Against Racism movement.  It is a movement of the YWCA with the goal of bringing people together from all walks of life- across the country- to raise awareness that racism still exists.  It is a great way and brief time around lunch to come together with other like-minded organizations and people that share a vision of eliminating racism and celebrating the richness of diversity.  If anything else, it is a chance for everyone to address the roots of racism and encourage an open dialogue across diverse communities.  Then, on Friday evening, with a brand new, refreshing take on the world around us,  all I think you should know about is the fact that THE ROUGH and TUMBLE is playing their wonderful music at 8pm at 12th and Porter with some other friends too.  It will be quite epic, as always!  Be there!

Saturday, April 27th is going to be jam-packed from beginning to end.  If you aren’t spending some time over at The Idea Hatchery and/or cheering on people making dreams happen in the marathon, shame on you.  If you have given up with fighting traffic and can’t fathom crossing the river during the day, you should drop by The Stone Fox as they are celebrating spring with a second market.  There will be over 30 local and handmade vendors, including Thistle Farms and many more, from 11am-4pm at 712 51st Avenue North.  Also on the other side of the river, close to downtown, from 10:30am-4:30pm, at the Nashville Public Library (615 Church Street), HBCUstory, Inc. is proudly presenting the 2013 HBCUstory Symposium.  They are featuring a two-part focus that offers opportunities for academicians and advanced students to share their current work on HBCU’s.  You can find more info at www.hbcustorysymposium.eventbrite.com.  And yet another fun, worthy caused event is going down on Saturday at 5pm.  Atithi Devo Bhavah: An evening of Indian food, music, and dance in support of The Contributor (www.thecontributor.org) is happening at 5pm at 429 Event Space (429 Chestnut Street).  You must buy tickets (see http://thecontributor.org/AtithiDevoBhavah/).  It will be such a grand evening for all involved.

Not to forget one massive celebration on Saturday, closer to our home and happening after the road closures are a thing of the past again, the East Nasty running group will be having their annual post-marathon party at East Centric Pavilion (1006 Fatherland Street).  From 7-11pm, there will be live music from The Coal Men (www.thecoalmen.com), Yazoo beer, Drew Jones and his prolific comedy, light snacks (sliders served from 7-9 or until they run out), and more.  ID’s will be checked at the door (only 21 and up allowed), a $5 donation is suggested, you can bring a dessert to share and contribute, and if you are wanting to help volunteer with set-up you can contact Sarah Brown at skbrown@gmail.com.  Again, this will be epic.

If you aren’t closing your evening on the East Side, you have another cool option for $5 admission somewhere else.  If you find yourself at Edgehill Café (1201 Villa Place, Suite 105), you can be a part of Firefly Stories- A Change Will Do You Good: Stories of New Experiences.  The show starts at 7pm.  Come early to get a seat and some coffee.  Firefly Stories is an event that features stories of everyday life and extraordinary events where a group of pre-selected storytellers will each tell a story about their own personal experience.  I’ve been to several similar events like this around town and they are always refreshing and enlightening and certainly worth $5.

I hope you find joy in everything above or whatever you get into this week.  Creative things and people are all around us right now, not to forget the pollen as well.  Enjoy your day and week ahead, and be nice to each other out there!

much love,