The title pretty much always says it all for what is to come and this week it is no different. Before I get to informing about the fun events and people around town this week and weekend, I’d love to do a very important service announcement of sorts. The Metro Arts needs YOUR help … NOW!
Take this post as a friendly reminder about something huge going down tomorrow that needs your attention and support. Tomorrow, Tuesday, May 14th, at 4:45pm, everyone who works in or around art in Nashville should come to the 2nd floor of the Metro Courthouse on the Public Square. Parking is available in the garage under the public square (entrance on James Robertson Parkway). Metro Arts President, Jen Cole will be presenting a critical Metro Arts budget at 5pm and can use all of the public help we can muster. This affects everyone going forward. Other things you can do on top of attending the meeting tomorrow are the following: Send a handwritten note to the Mayor thanking him for supporting the arts and what it means to you (Mayor Karl Dean, 100 Metro Courthouse, Nashville, TN, 37201). Send a handwritten note to the Councilperson in your districts (http://www.nashville.gov/Metro-Council/Metro-Council-Members.aspx ). Get board members and other art enthusiasts to write as well. Attend the public hearing on the budget in June (date to come). And get involved in NashvilleNext meetings (www.nashville.gov/Government/NashvilleNext.aspx). AND, join or renew your membership in the Nashville Arts Coalition (Individual dues are as low as $10 and every penny helps. For more questions, ask Kathryn Colegrove at 615-252-4656 or firstname.lastname@example.org).
Now, with that out of the way, and knowing you already just mailed 2 letters and made plans for tomorrow evening’s meeting, here is the rest of your week planned for you for convenience sake. Wednesday, May 15th, from 8-11pm, why not attend another DNR Publishing installment of A Night of Free Speech in Café Coco’s back porch (210 Louise Avenue). A great scene of spoken word, poetry, prose, rants, raves, and rambles, everyone is welcome to participate on stage no matter what style you carve your words into. Come early to sign up for open mic slots, but it will be a packed, attentive, festive crowd.
This Thursday, May 16th, you have two choices that will equally rock your socks off (or flip flops if that’s what you prefer in the summer heat, but please don’t ever EVER do socks and flip flops- another service announcement impromptu). First, at 7pm, come early for another packed show for the one and only quintessential music man of music city, Craig Havighurst. Fresh off his appearance last week with Don Gallardo and How Far West at East Side Storytellin’ (recap to be posted soon), Craig is back at it as one of the most dedicated, hardest working men in music city for music’s sake. His show at The Basement (1604 8th Avenue South) this Thursday at 7pm is called String Theory: A One Man Show about Music. Craig distils lessons about his journey as an amateur musician, professional music documentarian, and everything else he does around town into a 90-minute, two-act multi-media event. Craig is a fan of all music and I’ve yet to find a person who hasn’t instantly become a fan of everything he does and is about. Do yourself a favor and attend this show if nothing else this week.
And speaking of another show that same night, not to be outdone across the river to the East, there will be another round of UnBound Arts at The Building. At 7pm, at 1008C Woodland Street, for a mere $10, you will be able to experience the visual art of Jacqueline Saporiti and J. Kelly Thomas, music by Jeff Jacob and Leticia Wolf, and a ton of creative patrons in the neighborhood and city at large. There’s no telling when the fun ends because the party is from 7-until.
Skipping over Friday for a fresh day of rest, Saturday will bring you a treat for the road. You might want to get in your car and head to No Egrets for Clarkesville’s Art Walk and exhibit opening this Saturday, May 18th, from 6-10pm. Located at 1128 College Street, Clarkesville, TN, No Egrets is proud to announce the opening reception for the show “Little Deaths.” The art exhibition will feature the tremendous talents of several artists featured at East Side Story as well in that of Brandt Hardin, Jeff Bertrand, and Charles Bennett! For this exhibit, each of this fine lowbrow trio of artists will bring you original portraits of figures in the profession of literature, film, music, sub-pop culture, etc. It is FREE to attend and meeting the artists of this art will be priceless indeed.
BUT, if you want to stay in town, and you’re not already at The Avett Brothers’ concert, YOU REALLY NEED TO GET DOWN WITH THE CLASSICS! What am I talking about? The Eastwood Ensemble is presenting “Chamber Music Underground: Top O’Woodland.” Saturday, May 18th, at 7pm, at Top O’Woodland Historic Bed and Breakfast/Wedding Chapel, The Eastwood Ensemble is holding a unique fundraiser and celebration concert where 100% of the ticket funds will help to convert East Nashville’s community collaborative chamber ensemble into an OFFICIAL non-profit organization! All of the skilled musicians are volunteer and work with local artists and businesses of all sorts to enhance the neighborhood. This concert will be sponsored by Lockeland Table, Kismet Candy, and Top O’Woodland B&B and Wedding Chapel. Your tickets will include the special music performance, food, light fare, kismet candies, and a special drinkn made by Lockeland Table. You can get your tickets HERE- http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/385572. Get it now while you still can!
Then, on Sunday, May 19th, you’re invited to That Time of the Month’s “Prom Stories” back at Café Coco (210 Louise Avenue). This will be a LIVE podcast recording with audience participation alongside the likes of Melanie Vare, Pam Nelson, Emily Sandberg, Christopher Pilny, and YOU! If you haven’t been a part of this show, you should. Don’t miss it at 5pm.
Also on Sunday, from 8-10pm, you need to get your behind over to Octane gallery at 1000 Main Street in East Nashville for a one of a kind art reception from a visiting artist. Shaunna Peterson, a So-Cal based artist and illustrator, is going to open her show called “Pleasure Island.” From booze-slurping sock monkeys to the House Band from Hell, she takes a look at the vices of this life and beyond. Her work is inspired by vintage advertising, humor, toys, and pretty ladies. Shaunna will be in attendance and you won’t want to miss it!
Well, that’s pretty much enough to keep you busy and those creative juices flowing. Speaking of head’s up and not missing out on something next week, you should go ahead and mark your calendars for next Tuesday, May 21st, at 7pm, at Fat Bottom Brewing Co. (900 Main Street), for the next great round of East Side Storytellin’. This next show, the 14th so far, will feature writing by Todd Dills and music by Mike Willis of the Cumberland Collective. It is FREE to attend as well so you really have no excuse. I’ll be there if that helps, obviously.
Have a superb week ahead and be nice to one another.