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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,



Art, here and NOW!

Hi y’all!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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


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


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

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

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

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

much love,




Just another Manic Monday?

Hi y’all!

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

much love,

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 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, 





The Nashville heat for this week

Where did all of this cold come from again?  Everywhere I go I see people sneezing, sick, and dressed for winter.  It’s not my favorite time of year, still cold enough to irritate your core and yet days/weeks away from the annual pollen front that will storm my world like a hurricane.  All that said, there are a few things going on this week in town that are warming my heart and keeping my smiles going.

For one, tomorrow, Tuesday, March 18th, marks the beginning and end of East Side Storytellin’ 33.  Specifically, at Mad Donna’s (1313 Woodland Street), at 7pm sharp, I will be hosting a FREE show that you can come to listen to author Honest Lewis reading from original prose and musician Adam Hill perform original songs.  There will be food, drinks, and a great time had by all.  You might as well make plans to come and join the fun as well.  You can find more information about the event

here – http://www.nowplayingnashville.com/event/detail/441828758

here- https://www.facebook.com/events/639078282794875/

… and here – (at the bottom) http://eastsidestorytn.com/east-side-storytellin-32-where-ricko-and-kiernan-brought-the-luck-songs-and-words-of-the-irish-to-rock-us-all/


Once you get your art fill tomorrow night, you can rest on Wednesday in order to make it out to EVERYTHING on Thursday night, March 20th.  First, you should head over to Sarratt Art Studios (2301 Vanderbilt Place) any time from 4-7pm in order to help celebrate the reception for “Hidden Worlds: An Art Exhibition with Emily Holt and Lesley Patterson-Marx.”  It doesn’t get much better than the artistic talents and kind heart of Lesley Patterson-Marx, but this event does a good attempt at the because she is sharing the stage with another talented artist and friend.  Secondly, if you head over to OZ Nashville (6172 Cockrill Bend Circle) any time from 5:30-9:30pm, you can experience this month’s local spotlight series called “Thursday Night Things (TNT)” with a one-night art exhibition featuring new outstanding work by Herb Williams.  There will be a live musical performance by “Americtronica” and the exhibition will also feature works by Andy Warhol, Banksy, and Josh Keyes (and more).  If you miss this specific TNT show, you need to get on the radar for the monthly program curated by Nashville-based artists representing multiple disciplines of performing and visual arts.  It is a relaxed, creative setting with signature cocktails, food trucks, and great conversations with good people.  Get your tickets here, NOW – http://www.eventbrite.com/e/tnt-personal-best-by-herb-williams-march-20-tickets-9404080859?aff=efbevent. 


What more can you ask for?  Well, since you asked … I have two other events this Thursday that you can see as well.  First, at 7pm, at The Building (1008 C. Woodland Street), is the March event for UnBound Arts Program.  The Third Thursdays at The Building are not events to miss either.  Portions of the proceeds from each event benefit The Martha O’Bryan Center.  This Thursday, there will be visual art by Arthur Kirkby & Shaun Shiveley (from 7-8pm) and then musical performances by Donna Venardi and the Ladies of Jazz Variety Show (featuring the talents of a handful of Nashville Jazz Workshop veterans) at 8:30pm.  It’s a ton of great stuff for the mere price of $5 at the door.  Second, if you need a good after party on the East side after TNT or UnBound Arts, you should check out the Palaver Thursday at fooBAR.too with the likes of The Gentlemen Bastards, Borracho, and Across Tundras.  It’s $5, cheap spirits for people of age, and music until Friday hits you in the face.  Foobar, if you didn’t know, is located at 2511 Gallatin Road. 

Friday and Saturday, as usual, the art galleries and artistic shops (possibly East Side Story and the great people and things around us) will be open and ready to share the art that we are all selling that you should totally drop by and buy.  Don’t be scared to support local artists and businesses while you can.

And then, speaking on the same sentiments just mentioned above, on Sunday, March 23rd, at 12:30pm, at Plaza Artist Materials (633 Middleton Avenue), learn what it takes to be a part of the movement called “No Starving Artist.”  Sign up and drop by to learn from artist Eric Hansen here – http://ericlhansen.net/archives/2631

Continuing the artists art talk, don’t forget about this – 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.

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


Full circle’d week of Nashville culture here

Hello, hello, hello y’all!  This week will contain temp highs and lows, and it will probably contain regular highs and lows per usual too.  Leave it to this post to only provide the cultural highs for you all to enjoy though.

To go full circle on you, I’m gonna start with Honest Lewis and his wonderful , bimonthly (on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of every month) program called “A Night of Free Speech.”  If you venture down to Logue’s Black Raven Emporium (2915 Gallatin Pike) at 7pm, you will witness some of the most daring writing and reading from local scribe anywhere to be found, honest injun!  If you come earlier, you can sign up to read.  If you simply want to enjoy some cheap snacks, spirits, and amazing reading in a warm environment that helps the creative folks in town more than you know, be Honest’s guest!  Heck, invite a friend or two and join this scene already.  It is well worth your time and efforts.  Get out and experience something new!


Also this evening, March 11th, you can help support another local author in that of Craig Havighurst.  He, alongside Radley Balko, Andrew Maraniss, and Tom Wood (author of Karski), will be sharing their works and insight at “Writing a book: An SPJ discussion.”  It is from 6:30-7:30pm at WPLN (630 Mainstream Drive), and this panel of journalist authors will join reporter Blake Farmer in a frank discussion about a few dos and don’ts (lots of don’ts) of turning the daily beat into something more.  It is a happy hour event.  If you bring a small donation for SPJ you can enjoy a craft brew or glass of wine during the talks.  You can show up or take the time to RSVP today with Blake Farmer at bfarmer@wpln.org.  Get out and learn something new!

Tomorrow, Wednesday, March 12th, if you aren’t at TPAC with Sister’s Act, you might find comfort at the release party for Kendra DeColo’s “Thieves in the Afterlife.”  It is at Parnassus Books, at 6:30pm, and you will have the company of several fine local poets in the crowd that have already commented their intentions of showing up and support.  And if you are on that side of the river for a bit, you might as well head to The Stone Fox and witness the “Night of the Silvermen” too.  At 712 51st Avenue North, at 8pm, admission is FREE for you to see a solo electric violin set by Tracy Silverman that is going to be followed by a full on set by The Jack Silverman Ordeal (featuring Robert Crawford, Viktor Krauss, and Tyson Rogers).  This grand ordeal will be presented by the wonderful folks at the Nashville Fringe Festival.  Get out and visit somewhere you’ve never been before!

Skip on over to Friday, March 14th, from 6-9pm, and finally you’ll have some visual art to stimulate and blow your mind this week.  At Main Street Gallery, 625 Main Street, Michael R. Grine is presenting his “Gleam: An Illuminated Art Show” to help benefit Nashville Classical Charter School.  Also on Friday, at Cult Fiction Underground (2915 Gallatin Pike) will feature the feature “Bubba Ho-Tep”.  To let the art and movies speak for itself, get out and see something you’ve never seen before!

Over the weekend, you should visit all of the art galleries to your North, South, West, and over the river to the East to support the visual arts scene.  There are so many talented visual artists that call Nashville home right now who will be internationally known in the decades to come.  Why not visit and see them before the entire world knows about them.  Spoiler alert, they need your help to get started.  Meaning, they would greatly appreciate YOU buying their artwork to help them continue to do the amazing work they are working on now for the future ahead.  Get out and buy some new art that has never been created before!

Flip over to the other side of early next week, a week from today in fact, on Tuesday, March 18th, at 7pm sharp, with the man that started this week’s post in that of Honest Lewis.  Honest Lewis will be accompanied by the musician Adam Hill in rounding out another rockin’ East Side Storytellin’ show at Mad Donna’s.  It is FREE to attend, starts promptly at 7pm, is over by 8:30pm, and you can eat, drink, and be merry the entire time!  Get out and have fun!

You can read the recap and recording of our show from last week that includes the information about next week’s stellar show here –


Or you can just listen to the recording of last week’s show here-  https://soundcloud.com/eastsidestorytn/sets/east-side-storytellin-32

That about wraps it all up for this week’s post here, but remember to be nice to one another out there.  Despite the heat today, it can be a cold city if you let it.  So don’t let it!

Thanks and remember to come here often and share with all others that might want to read about the above.

much love,