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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,



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,



For the next 3 days in Nashville …

Everything this week starts with tomorrow, Friday, July 26th. First, the Frist Center for the Visual Arts is going to be a major place to be. At noon, there will be a very special curator’s tour of “Jack Spencer: Beyond the Surface.” Meet at the exhibition entrance, gallery admission required unless you are already a member (I suggest you become a member). Chief Curator Mark Scala will lead a tour of the exhibition while discussing Spencer’s photography in the context of its relation to painting and literature. It will be an insightful tour for an extraordinary artist. But don’t leave the Frist after that is over. Friday is also a Frist Friday! The Long Players will be performing The Cars’ debut album from beginning to end in honor of the current exhibition “Sensuous Steel: Art Deco Automobile.” This will go down from 6-9pm. Tickets are $10 unless you are a member (members get in FREE – see, it already paid for itself again). The event is rain or shine and The Long Players are always a great time!

Second, from 5-7pm, you and all of your friends are invited to the 2013 Pre-College Exhibition and Screening at Watkins. It is a special, one-night exhibition of work completed by the 2013 Pre-College Program students in the drawing & painting, film, and graphic design tracks. A gallery show will be held in the Brownlee O. Currey, Jr. Gallery. The film will premiere in Watkins Theater at 5:30pm with an encore screening at 6:30pm. Refreshments will be provided.

Third, from 8-11pm, The Nashville Fringe Festival Presents: Music From Around The World at the Belmont Mansion of Belmont University (1700 Acklen Avenue). The event is FREE to attend, to park, and is open to the public. This concert will feature instrumental music played by several groups and individual musicians. There will be folkdance music of Eastern Europe, an accordion player playing music from Bosnia and Bulgaria, a strong representation of Paraguay’s harp tradition, a duo of classical guitarists playing from Brazil and Argentina, an Egyptian musician playing Middle Eastern music on keyboard, and the Serenatta Romantic Latin Ensemble will perform music from Colombia. Basically, this will be a lot more than just your typical country/hipster Saturday night show!


If none of that is your cup of tea, why not go on over to “You’re a Winner (Interactive Performance Art)” at Noa Noa (620 Hamilton Avenue). Doors open at 8:30pm (Friday and Saturday), but the show won’t start until 9 sharp. There is a suggested donation of $5 and it is BYOB. Park in the front yard and surrounding business lots. Noa Noa is a safe and comfortable environment for everyone. Just come and ask for either Tony Youngblood or Tommy Stangroom if you don’t know anyone yet. All you have to bring is yourself, a positive (winning) attitude, something to drink, a blanket or chair, bug spray, and your A game so that you might win a prize during the interactive fun. I’ve heard that there will be sequins, prizes, Nirvana music, sitting, unicorns, and so much more. Check out this video for a preview: https://vimeo.com/70004161, and for more information about the performance on Saturday, July 27th, click the FB event is located here:https://www.facebook.com/events/637156796297083/.


Come join me and others in welcoming author/musician Michael Snow from 3-5pm, with a reading at 4pm from Michael’s book “Mersey Me!” From the the frontroom boy on the stages of Europe to the backroom boy in the studios of London and Nashville, Michael has been around the music game for over fifty years as a touring and studio musician, songwriter, recording artist, producer, arranger, and publishing executive. Don’t miss your chance, one and all artists, to meet Michael in person and listen firsthand to some of his amazing stories. Books and refreshments will be on site. It will be at East Side Story, 1108 Woodland Street, Unit B!


Then, at 7pm (until 12:30am), Joe Melanson (of No Egrets in Clarksville) will be at Boheme Collectif (919 Gallatin Avenue, Suite 8) to bring you one heck of a pop-art extravaganza benefiting Room at the Inn and E.N.C.M. The show will feature some of the best artists that Middle TN has to offer with all kinds of mediums, as well as music, performance, and a bake sale. Come out and help support E.N.C.M.’s ongoing mission of being a much needed resource to help serve the homeless and impoverished in Nashville. You’ll feel better if you do, trust me.


And speaking of feeling better on Sunday, after a long weekend of fun, you should drop by the Research Club at Fort Houston (500 Houston Street) for the Eleventh Edition of Research Club. From noon-2pm, guest speakers will talk for about 15 minutes apiece. It’s FREE to attend, and it’s a wonderful experience for some great community artists and leaders to talk with you and for you to hang out and discuss whatever right back at them. This Sunday will feature the likes of Abby Whisenant (a valued asset at Oasis Center who is going to speak about the Metro Arts Commission funded photo-voice project that will have local teenagers promote the concept of youth transportation via photographs and narratives), Ryan Turbeville (a marketing strategist for a Nashville startup called Populr.me- a micro-publishing platform that lets people make one-page “pop” sites), and Kyle McCollom (a social entrepreneur whose current project, Every, is a powder packet drink that donates rehydration salts to communities in developing countries). Feel free to bring a dish of whatever for a potluck-style brunch to be enjoyed by one and all. This happens the last Sunday of every month. Catch it when you can. Always great people involved with this thing.

Thank YOU for being such great people for reading and sharing this above to help share the love of the awesomeness that is going on in Nashville for the next 3 days (and every day for that matter).

Enjoy your day, week, and weekend, and be nice to one another.

much love,




After the rain


I’m writing this in a brief window from a mountain not too far away, but it doesn’t make it any less worthy than normal. Before I get started on a few things to attend this week around Nashville, here are two things that you really must take advantage of sooner than later. First, and foremost, you need to get your butt over to the Frist Center for the Visual Arts to experience “Sensuous Steel: Art Deco Automobiles.” It’s an exhibition of Art Deco automobiles (obvious from the title, right?), but it is the collection of all car collections in the world right now. Inspired by the Art Deco building of the Frist Center, it features some of the most spectacular and inspirational automobiles and motorcycles from the 1930’s and 1940’s that relay classic elegance, luxurious materials, and iconography of motion that characterizes vehicles from an epic time period and style. Second, Cheekwood is already smack dab into its hosting of the second-ever North American exhibition of “Light” (a stunning outdoor art installation by acclaimed British artist Bruce Munro. Using hundreds of miles of glowing optic fiber, Munro has transformed Cheekwood’s beautiful gardens into an enchanting, dream-like landscape. Cheekwood is offering extended hours on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday evenings until 11pm under the night sky. Don’t miss it!


And speaking of not missing it, you should clear your plans for tomorrow night to be amazed. It’s already time for another round of East Side Storytellin’, but this round will be like no other! Tomorrow, at 7pm sharp (so get there early to get a seat), the featured guests will be Hall of Fame worthy. In fact, I do believe that the featured author, Ralph Murphy, is already in a music hall of fame or two. And, the musicians of the evening will be none other than Ben and Emily Roberts. Together they are married and make up the wonderful sounds of Carolina Story. If you don’t know about them yet, you most certainly will before long. This all goes down at 7pm sharp at Fat Bottom Brewing Co. (900 Main Street), and is FREE to attend! We’ll have merch, music, creative conversations, and much more in store and all you have to do is show up.

Then, Wednesday will give you two great chances to enjoy yourself on the town. First, from 6-8pm, you can get tickets at www.abcnashville.org ahead of time for the Art Immersion 2013 event happening at W.O. Smith School of Music. This summer showcase will include music, acting, dance, film, visual and performance art from some of our finest local talents. There will even be a silent auction at the end featuring everything from co-writing sessions with top songwriters to enticing offers from local businesses. Proceeds from the night benefit Volunteer Lawyers & Professionals for the Arts, a program of the Arts & Business Council. Also on Wednesday night, at Café Coco (210 Louise Avenue), from 8-11pm, you can witness another DNR Publishing round of their monthly event called “A Night of Free Speech.” It’s FREE to participate. FREE to attend. All you have to do, theme of this post today, is show up and show a little love. Come early to sign up for open mic slots, special note.


On Thursday night, you can mark it down on the calendar for months ahead. It’s that time again for UnBound Arts to present: Third Thursdays at The Building (1008 Woodland Street). This month’s is a Solstice Eve Celebration. There will be visual artists on hand (Olivia Hill and Catie Sampson), live music (Tom Mason, Pru Clearwater, Anne McCue, and Zelda and Pal Sheldon), and it only costs you $5 at the door for a great time had by all involved!


I’ll let you search and plan the rest of your weekend according to however LIFE presents itself to you. I just wanted to throw the above your way in case you wanted to throw some love right back to all of these amazing and talented people we live with and around in Nashville that are doing so many wonderful things right in your FRONT yard. Take advantage of it while you can.

Other than that, enjoy your day and week ahead while being nice to one another.

Thanks for reading and sharing.

much love,




Life is good, Nashville is good

Before I get started here, I’d like to let you read a great write-up by Peter Cooper last week that stressed the current state of the Nashville Symphony that needs all of our help because it deserves it.


Sooooo, on a positive note … watch this-


After you’ve read about the situation with the Nashville Symphony and how you can think of positive ways to help AND watched Ellen Pryor do her thing to introduce something she holds near and dear to her heart and passions, now you can turn your full attention to the traffic that is about to hit the Frist Center starting this Friday.  It is there where you will find Sensuous Steel: Art Deco Automobiles opening like no other art show they’ve had there before.  Just to install the exhibit they had to unhinge the doors!  Seriously, I’m not even much of a car man but I’m super excited about seeing these vintage treasures in a very cool spot.  If you are a fan of cars at all beyond getting from point A to point B, this will be THE show for YOU and all of your friends.  I can’t stress how BIG and COOL this show will be.  Just do yourself a favor and make it a point to drive by, park, and see it with your own eyes.

I won’t keep you long here because I need to get back to homework, reading and writing, for yet another fun semester at Sewanee for the amazing School of Letters program I am honored to be a part of in a small way.  That said, Saturday will be a fun day for everyone who gets out on the town besides visiting me at East Side Story.

Metro Arts Nashville would like to invite you to the dedication of Betty and Lee Benson’s “Anchor in the Storm” at 11am at West Park (6105 Morrow Road).  After you pay your respects to the dedication, you can roll over to Barista Parlor on the East Side to join Barista and Joint at 516 Hagan Street from noon to 5pm.  There will be all the bikes and cars that can gather at this public rally that they can muster.  If you are around, show everyone else what you got.  It’s free to attend.

Then, at 7pm, still on the East Side of town at THE Building (1008 Woodland Street), the general public is invited to attend the launch party called “Eye Decay.”  Produced by Panama Red Arts, admission is again FREE to attend another epic social gathering.  Panama Red Arts is an artist collective founded with the goal of bringing avant-garde performance and visual arts to the Nashville forefront.  Dark, dirty, and sometimes offensive poet, Ben Burr, will be reading from his collections as well as presenting a few short experimental films.  Janelle Bonfour-Mikes will be creating a living sculpture composed during the evening.  There will be other art and artists and you don’t need to make any other plans than coming to The Building … seriously.

I think that should take you right into relaxation this Sunday with your dad for Father’s Day.  He might not ask you to come and visit, but you and I both know your presence is the best gift he could ask for on the fly and surprise.


But WAIT!  This just in!  I was just made aware that tomorrow night, Thursday, there will be another epic event available for you for FREE in town.  It will be called “Poetry and Music” from 7-9pm at Centennial Park.  Sponsored by Poet Spot, people are encouraged (this means YOU too) to bring your poetry, instruments, cameras, and creativity (food would be cool too).  It should be a great time.

And speaking of a great time next week (it will be here before you know it), why not make plans for making it out next Tuesday, the 18th, to Fat Bottom Brewing Co. at 7pm to enjoy another East Side Storytellin’ show with me and some very special guests.  On hand will be the author and musician Ralph Murphy alongside the music by the almost famous and certainly will be soon enough because they are that great in that of Carolina Story!  It’s free to attend, starts at 7pm, will be outdoors with good weather, food and spirits and merch available, and art prints to enjoy  as well as paying the price of nothing but your time to get more cultured.  For more information, see-


Now, please go forth and have a great week while being nice to one another.

Enjoy your day.


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,