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The week ahead and then some

Hi y’all!

With summer school starting at Sewanee, give me a slight break and a lot of empathy to allow me to simply give you a quick synopsis of the next two weeks so I can post and be happy to help you get happy.

Before I get started though, I have to say that I just experienced the most amazing art exhibition I’ve ever experienced in the world in my life.  The Frist Center for the Visual Arts has now opened, from June 6-September 1, 2014 an exhibition called “Watch Me Move.”  The Ingram Gallery has been transformed like never before into a complete cinematic adventure.  You can immerse yourself, like I did, into 120 years of animation from pioneers and independent filmmakers to Pixar and Disney and Tim Burton!  It is truly one of the most amazing things I’ve ever seen.  I fully plan on visiting this show more than any other and totally spend up to the entire 12 hours of filming time to catch it all before it leaves in September.  I might have to buy some food in the cafe as a break at that time, but I’m gonna do it!  Check it out! (heads up, on Friday, June 3rd, at 6:30pm, there will be a lecture called “Unlimited Visions, Indelible Dreams: Exploring the Animated Worlds of Watch Me Move” presented by Elliot Wilhelm, curator of film, from the Detroit Institute of Arts.)

Visit www.fristcenter.org/watchmemove to learn more! … NOW!
Also, check this out for more-  http://t.e2ma.net/message/3sjee/jtmd5c

THIS week-

Monday, June 9th (my brother Drew’s birthday) at 6:15pm, Lightning 100 is hosting the 100.1 episode of The 615!  To mark such an epic occasion, they are hosting a huge FREE party at Marathon Music Works featuring The Weeks, Leagues, and Buffalo Clover!  You can join Wells and Hammel in William Collier’s for the live broadcast with live music starting at 7:30pm.

Tuesday, June 10th, from 7-11pm, join Honest Lewis and is bi-monthly series called “A Night of Free Speech” at Logue’s Black Raven Emporium.  It will be a night filled with poetry, prose, rants, and manifestos galore.  Did I mention it’s FREE!?

Wednesday, June 11th, marks the annual Music City Roots BARN DANCE!  From 7-10pm, at Music City Roots (8400 Highway 100) this event will feature the likes of Greensky Bluegrass, Rachael Hester, Music City Doughboys, and Appalachee Relay.  If you can’t make it in person and dance the night away (I highly recommend it, from experience), you can live stream it at www.musiccityroots.com/live-stream and dance in your living room.


Thursday, June 12th, a 2-for-1 deal, has treats for you in person and online too.  First, in person, at The Red Arrow Gallery (1311 McGavock Pike) from 5-8pm marks the closing reception for the Casey Promise Exhibition “Something Within.”  Second, online, you can watch traveling musician and ultra-Nashville fan Chris Trapper live streaming the upcoming concerts at Club Passim, June 12 and June 13, beginning at 8PM EDT.  You can purchase online tickets on a pay-what-you-want basis starting now at http://www.concertwindow.com/shows/6540-chris-trapper-cariad-harmon-opens. The webshow will not be recorded – it’s offered in real time. Please join us at the show!

Friday, June 13th (through 15th), Go to the Holiday Inn Express Nashville Airport (1111 Airport Center Drive) at 3pm if you want to experience “Hypericon.”  There will be fiction, gaming, and art in one convention.  You can see Jack Ketchum, Sam Flegal, Stephen Zimmer, Sara M. Harvey, and Glen Cook (and more!).

Then, sleep well the night before Saturday for a full day of fun-

Saturday, June 14th, see below:

1- Visit The Idea Hatchery for 2nd Saturday at 5 Points!  On top of having the most unique gifts and people in town, total bias, we will also have the most unique YARD SALE ever in 5 Points history!  Fact!  Come out to 1108 and see what we all have in store, all day and night!

2- at 2pm, at Fannie Mae Dees Park (2400 Blakemore Avenue), there will be FREE juggling lessons and demonstration for the city of Nashville in honor of Wold Juggling Day 2014, from 2-3pm.  Enough said.  Be there!

3- from 5:30-8:30pm, at Portland Brew East (1921 Eastland Avenue), join this month’s Poetry in the Brew, featuring Rob Lyric Beats!

4- Then, at 8pm, at the Purple Building of the Performing Artist Co-Op at 5 Points (107 North 11th Street), it is Panama Red’s “Birthday Bizarre!”  “a night of transgressive art” is the one year celebration of Panama Reds Arts, ranging from irreverent poetry, caged humans, dreamy rock & roll, Fluxus performance and whatever Janelle does.  There will be 5 performance based artists in one spot.  Dare to be awesome.

You can sleep here.

Back on Sunday, June 15th, to the park (Nashville Cumberland Park- 592 South 1st Street), from 5:30-8pm for FREE parking, FREE admission, and EXCELLENT live music, featuring some of the areas best local, regional, and national jazz artists, with a beautiful sunset as the backdrop.

That’s one heck of a week, right?

Well, I’ll just give you one thing you really NEED to experience and put on your radar for next week.  Yeah, I’m saying it, it’s East Side Storytellin’ time again!  On Tuesday, June 17th, at 7pm sharp, come hang out with me and author Megan Duke and musician Lauren Lyle to see what everyone and their mom is talking about as one of the best storytelling series in the history of mankind (total bias).  This will be the 39th edition of East Side Storytellin’.  It’s the only show in town that starts on time and never disappoints … NEVER!  Come out early, get a seat up close, and eat, drink, and be merry with stories that you’ll love.  Don’t believe me, check out some of our past shows to catch you up on this awesome deal.  See past shows here- http://eastsidestorytn.com/in-our-own-words/

view from East Side Storytellin' 38

view from East Side Storytellin’ 38

Now, go forth and conquer the world.  It’s waiting on you.  It’s always waiting on you.

As you were, busy but happy,



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,



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.


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,



April is HERE!!!

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

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


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


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, 





A new month with new art

Hello, and good day to you all. Before I get started, I want to give a HUGE shout out to artist/curator Dane Carder for opening the Nashville version of David Lusk Gallery this past Saturday night at 516 Hagan Street. I was at a surprise birthday dinner for Grandmother Beard, but I head it was an amazing turn out. I know it won’t be long for me to get there in person, and I suggest you do the same. Dane is top notch, and this thing will be successful for years to come. You can read more about Dane, as written recently by Native Magazine here – http://issuu.com/nashvilleartsmagazine/docs/feb2014 -web (page 17 and 78) AND also here –http://qr.nashvillemusiccitycenter.com/art/flag-thousand-yard-stare-light-hop

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

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

Speaking of great people doing great things, look no further than Tuesday night, March 4th, at East Side Storytellin’ 32. No, I’m not talking about myself. I’m talking about Nashville’s most recently published author in Ricko Donovan and music by the awesome Kiernan McMullan. It is FREE to attend, starts at 7pm sharp, and you can buy merch, food, spirits, and whatever or just sit and enjoy everything for FREE. Mad Donna’s (1313 Woodland Street) will be hopping’ with or without you, but it should would be nice to see your smiling face in the crowd as we record for the podcast per usual. You can read more about the previous show and the details of the next one I’m talking about here here – http://eastsidestorytn.com/east-side-storytellin-31-when-the-wind-merchant-met-the-golden-sounds-and-the-neighbors-came-a-callin/ 


This was pretty cool to read and share about East Side Storytellin’ this past week too – http://www.tnvacation.com/triptales/meet-nashvilles-authors-at-east-side-storytelling/

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

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

(in no priority order)

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

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

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

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


And here is a site with some breast cancer inspired art seen above by Jamie and friends that were made as part of the auction for the event – http://20viewsofbreastcancer.org

Donations can also be made at Jamie’s GoFundMe site: http://www.gofundme.com/jamiegivens 

Here’s more information on various ways to provide assistance to Jamie: http://chancechambers.wordpress.com/2013/11/04/support-for-jamie-givens/ 

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

Then, Sunday will treat you right if you have time to drive over to Cafe Coco (210 Louise Avenue) at 5pm for That Time of the Month’s “Well Behaved Women Seldom Make History” show. It’s actually called the “Badly Behaved Women” show, and it will feature Kathleen Cosgrove, Tanya Radic, Abby White, Melanie Vare, Becky Wahlstrom, Charlotte Munoz, and hosted by Christopher Pilny. It’s $7 online and $10 at the door. You can get tickets here – http://ttotmmarch2014.bpt.me 

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

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

Thanks and much love,





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

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

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.


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.


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,


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!


Good moon rising

As you may or may not remember from last week’s post, I know sometimes time can get kinda hazy for many during a holiday weekend, I briefly threw out the notion that the city and artists within our city need to find better ways to collaborate and progress together.  Well, I’m not going to just say something and not show you a way or two where YOU, the artist, can jumpstart the interaction and prove your worth to the city and people within it.  That said, is it ever too early to talk tomatoes?  The answer is NO!

Talking about TOMATOES, I am so happy that it is that time of year again for Meg and Bret to roll out the festivities to all who would like to help and join in on the fun.  They have just announced recently the most recent call to artists, patrons, vendors, and the like for all to see and share to everyone you know who wants to be a part of the party.  August 11th will mark the 9th annual Tomato Art Show in East Nashville!  It is a wonderful experience by all and a perfect chance for any artist or vendor to make a positive impact on the thousands of people that visit 5 Points that lucky day.  If this is something that you are interested in getting involved with, by all means do the following NOW:  1-Submit 3 examples of your CURRENT tomato-themed work to Art & Invention for jurying (via website or in person).  It doesn’t have to be about tomatoes, but I think it won’t hurt your chances for more fun making it.  Each artist can submit up to 3 pieces of artwork for the show (at least one of them MUST be ‘tomato inspired’).  The art that isn’t tomato inspired should be inspired by other fruit and veggies.  The deadline for entries is just around the corner on July 1st.  All work must be ready to hang when turned in by July 22nd if accepted for the big show.  There is an entry fee per person of $10.  There will be a $250 cash award for Best of Show and $200 cash award for Emerging Fruit or Vegetable and several other cash merit awards too.  Visit www.tomatoartfest.com andwww.artandinvention.com or call Meg at 615-226-2070directly to get this ball rolling.  This is something that every artist and local business should be a part of in some fashion or another.  If you don’t, I’ll just say it … don’t be stupid!  There!

And if you are itching for something not as veggie or fruity, feel free to join the call for artists for Untitled’s Summer Show 2012 called HOT MESS.  It will go down June 15th, from 6-10pm at Welcome to 1979.  To register to be in aHOT MESS, go to www.untitlednashville.org/participate!  Either show, you won’t lose.

Speaking of Fresh Art, leave it to The Arts Company to showcase signature work by a variety of artists this Summer.  Beginning in June, selected series of artists that represent a range of mediums and styles will be on hand in the gallery with a surprising range of talent from Nashville-based artists.  Featured at their stop of the First Saturday Art Crawl will beWayne Brezinka and David Robert Farmerie.  June 2nd, from 6-9pmBrezinka’s paintings and other works will be right beside Farmerie’s splendid photography.  Farmerie’smost recent series, Seven Deadly Sins, was commissioned by a museum seeking a 21st century idea of the seven deadly sins that are both very exciting and contemporary to see in person.

Also around the First Saturday Art Crawl Downtown, you can stick to 5th Avenue to see two other fine galleries atTinney Contemporary and The Rymer Gallery (if you miss out on seeing all three in one night the night before on June 1st for the Collectors Art Night-5:30-8pm).  At Tinney Contemporary, they are please to present Anodyne Frontiers by John Folsom.  It is comprised of mixed media painted photography presented on wood panels.  I find the theme close to my hometown heart because it features landscape images from KY (albeit mostly at Shaker Village near Pleasant Hill, KY, but I did take a field trip there once as a kid last century).  The Rymer Gallery is showing Director’s Choice: Next Generation- featuring new work from Savannah College of Art and Design and the Maryland Institute College of Art graduates.  This show will run though June 30th.

Just across the street from this art good/madness on the same night, you should definitely, while in the neighborhood, check out The Arcade and all it has to offer. Specifically, I give you three good spots to check off the list for the night.  First, the coop gallery in Space 75, from 6-9pm, will be showing Keeping Time by Alicia Eggert.  In keeping with the theme of time, she is including drawings, photography, and kinetic sculptures that create and reveal the hidden mathematics of life (like the book Tinkers of sorts).  That said, there will be a Pulse Machine, an electromechanical sculpture with a human lifespan that was made in collaboration with Boston-based artist and engineer, Alexander Reben on location for the opening reception that should be a blast to see.  Second, over at Blend Studio, artist Denny Adcock will be presenting his lastest Carved Utilitarian Wooden Bowls.  Speaking of time, these said carved bowls have in one way or another existed since the beginnings of civilization.  It is a functional, historical, art lesson literally in your face to enjoy.  Third, as seen in the picture below, you won’t want to miss out on Emily Sue Laird’s TOTEM work at twist etc. gallery at the same time.  I’ll let you see it and talk for yourself.  Fascinating stuff all around really, don’t you agree?

That is all for me coming out of a holiday weekend.  I don’t want to keep you here all day, but I very much appreciate you taking the time as always to read this and share it with all of your friends.  I know the artists appreciate it very much too.

Thanks and much love,




PS- a major PS that is- the best local band that guarantees your socks to be knocked off even when you’re only sporting flippy floppies to the bar, EASTERN BLOCK, is playing aFREE show this Friday, June 1st, at Mercy Lounge at 9pm.  Alongside Josh Foster, The Gills, and The Future, Eastern Block will knock your socks off (twice written because it’s the truth)!  Tell your mama, your dog, and let your dad and the cats follow you there!  You’re welcome.