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May flowers are a-bloooming

Hi y’all!

Shifting the release of this post a little earlier than the Monday of the week for a change, I wanted to share a proper update of two weekends and everything in between for the next week or so. I figure more bang for one post. So, ready or not, here we go.

This Saturday, I highly rec another nod to Julia Martin Gallery’s current exhibition of “Head Case” by David Kenton Kring. It’s open from 5:30-9:30pm, at 444 Humphreys Street, Suite A, and showcasing some of the coolest ceramic work around right now … and, I remind you, you can buy a gorgeous signature “Head Case” mug with High Garden’s own unique blend of Earl Grey.


During the day of May 3rd (or 3rd of May as my friend Wilkie sang), the TACA Fair is going on from 10am-5pm at Centennial Park (2500 West End Avenue). There is a FREE kids activity station at the fair where you can make letterpress logos using rubber stamps with master artists from Platetone Printmaking, Paper and Book Arts! Also, from 11am-6pm, over at PULP (729 Porter Road) there will be a very cool “Little Things Studio by Kate Whitely” Scrap Sale. There will be slightly off, bent, and just prints Kate didn’t like that much. There will also be a FREE stack too!

Also, Saturday, during the First Saturday Downtown Art Crawl, head over to The Arcade to find a bunch of other delightful treats. One in particular, amidst all of the other fun openings you can hit up, head to Corvidae Collective (11 The Arcade) for “As the Crow Flies …” It is a show featuring the artworks of Lacey Bryant, Stephanie Pui-Mun Law, Anita Inverarity, Catherine Bursill Moore, Juan Carlos Orozco, Dion Terry, and Linsay Blondeau. The opening reception is from 6-9pm.

Also, also Saturday, there are two other places around town that will totally blow your mind with art as well. First, head over to Ground Floor Gallery + Studios, at 427 Chestnut Street, for a very cool solo show by Jake Weigel. There will be a brief artist talk at 6:30pm, and the party will ensue after that. Second, if you drive over to 516 Hagan Street, you’ll run smack dab into the David Lusk Gallery Nashville party and opening reception for Kit Reuther’s “Peripherals.” It will be a series of abstract paintings and organic sculptures from one of Nashville’s best. This will also be happening from 6-9pm, and it is a great opportunity for you to finally check out the new digs with Dane and David Lusk Gallery’s new hot spot of creative fun.

Skip over Sunday, because you can rest easy like Sunday morning for the week ahead, and get ready for a blow out East Side Storytellin’ like few before. Tuesday, May 6th, at 7pm sharp, at Mad Donna’s (1313 Woodland Street), will be the time and place for you to mark your calendars and get your butt over to the FREE party for a seat before they are all taken. It is there where I will host a show with 3 top notch featured guests to share their art for you and all who come. The featured writer will be none other than Poetry Sucks! poet Chet Weise, and then the music will be a 2 for 1 night deal with the likes of Heath Haynes and Caitlin Rose! It’s FREE to attend, like all of the others before, so get there early if you want a good seat. You can eat, drink, buy merch, or just smile and be merry … your call. Again, get there early if you want a good seat or a seat at all. You can read about and listen to the 35 shows before here – http://eastsidestorytn.com/in-our-own-words/.


You can rest again on Wednesday, but Thursday, May 8th, you might want to get over to the Frist Center for the Visual Arts. If you haven’t taken the time yet to visit and experience “Looking East: Western Artists and the Allure of Japan” or “Goya: The Disasters of War” or “Lain York: Selections from the National Gallery”, you really should. But, this coming Thursday, if you are at the Frist Center, you can also join them at 6pm for a Curator’s Perspective on “Vincent Van Gogh and Japan” presented by Simon Kelly, curator of modern and contemporary art at the Saint Louis Museum of Art. It will be a cool examination of the impact of japonisme on the artist development of Van Gogh. Basically, some pretty cool stuff.

Then, on Friday, May 9th, you’ll have a chance at another stellar 2 for 1 evening of fun. First, at Style House Salon (3202 Belmont Blvd., suite C), there will be an artist’s reception for “Quiet Stories” by Jacob Blaze. This gallery is curated by The Gray Umbrella (www.thegrayumbrella.com), and portions of sales from this show will be donated to Locks of Love! Talk about a win-win deal! Secondly, at Douglas Corner Cafe (2106 A 8th Avenue South), from 9pm-midnight, you can experience “Americana Pie South.” The featured artists for this show will be Ashleigh Flynn, Jhesi Boyer, Rae Hering, and North 40. It should be a blast.

Satuday, like the Saturday before, and pretty much every Saturday in this city, you will not have a lack of things to keep you busy. I suggest that you stick to the East Side though on this one. If you need any eclectic art, gifts, crafts, locally written books, or just a good pick-me-up smile or compliment, come on over to The Idea Hatchery at 5 Points East Nashville. I’ll be at East Side Story all day and night, and the rest of the creative gang will be there all day and night too. In fact, I’ll have author Bob Johnson (author of Child of Time) in the bookstore signing/selling copies of a great local book from 2-4pm if you wanna swing by.  The Idea Hatchery block party will hit full force from 6-9pm. Around that same time, from 5-7pm, just around the corner at Shelby Bottoms Nature Center (1900 Davidson Street), there will be a photography exhibition called “Pieces of Shelby” hosted by Barry A Noland and Brian Parker. It will be AWEsome! Another thing that will be AWEsome, again, just down the street from East Side Story, from 5:30-8:30pm, at Portland Brew East (1921 Eastland Avenue) will be this month’s Poetry in the Brew (Open Mic Poetry Readings). This month’s spotlight will feature Christian Collier and guest host Christine Hall. Readings start at 6pm, so get there early if you want a good seat or a seat at all (sound familiar?).

After you sleep and wake up again, you might not want to rest all day at home. You have the option, just like every third Sunday thru October, from 5:30-8pm, at the Cumberland Park Ampitheater, beside the Titan’s Statium on the riverfront, to catch Victor Chatman Productions and Metro Parks presenting season #3 of their Jazz On The Cumberland Concert Series 2014. There is FREE parking in Lot R, and you can bring your favorite blanket, lawn chair, cover, picnic basket, or whatever (keep it classy Nashville) and kick back to relax some great jazz in the open air. Talk about a great way to end your week and this post right here. Enough said.

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

As you were, busy but happy,
much love,




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,

Super Bowl Aftermath

The fun of football doesn’t have to end all at once. This week ahead in Nashville proves that there is hope for happiness after all the confetti has fallen on the field.

Monday, February 3rd, from 6-8pm, Scarritt-Bennett Center and Nashville Fair Food are joining together to provide Advocacy for Justice: Farmworker Exploitation, Anti-slavery & The Fair Food Project … for starters. At the Scarritt-Bennett Center, 1008 19th Avenue South, YOU can come learn directly from farmworkers about one of the most successful anti-poverty and anti-slavery programs of our generation. You can learn more about the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW) work on modern-day slavery, human rights abuses, AND their pioneering model for social responsibility of a Fair Food Program based on a partnership with farmworkers, Florida tomato growers, and buyers. RSVP online here-http://conta.cc/1lPR885, and know that it is completely FREE to attend.

Speaking of FREE fun to attend, come out Tuesday night, February 4th, at 7pm at Mad Donna’s for another wonderful chapter of East Side Storytellin’. East Side Storytellin’ 30 will feature words from the local poet Stephanie Pruitt Gaines and then music from the cool Colour of London! The show will start at 7pm sharp, and there will be plenty of literature, music, creative conversations, food, drinks, art, and fun for everyone who takes the time to liven up their night and week. You can see more information about the details and how you can get yourself a good seat here-http://www.nowplayingnashville.com/event/detail/441815895.


Then, back to Scarritt-Bennett Center on Wednesday, from 7:30am-9am, in order of celebrating the first week of February as Wold Interfaith Harmony Week (as designated by the UN) and the 4th Annual World Interfaith Harmony Breakfast. There will be such renowned panelists present- Aisha Lbhalla (The Muslim Women’s Council), Rev. Jennifer Bailey (SNAP outreach coordinator with Community Food Advocates), and Miriam Leibowitz (Reproductive Freedom Organizer with the ACLU-TN. The program is only $12, includes breakfast and program, and you can register online here- http://conta.cc/1ev3OP8.

The week’s events really ramp up on Thursday. Here is a list, outline form to preach it simple, for you to make plans accordingly (in chronological order):

1- From 6-7:30pm, at Art and Invention Gallery (1106 Woodland Street), novelist Victoria Schwab will celebrate the release of her latest novel called Unbound. Hosted by Art & Invention and East Side Story, YOU ALL (Y’ALL) are welcome to meet the author, enjoy some champagne (age willing) and hors d’oeuvres, and take home an autographed copy of Victoria’s latest book with purchase. Unbound is the follow-up story in the Archived series. It will be spectacular for sure!


2- On both February 6th at 6:30pm until February 7th at 8:30pm, Company Rose is partnering with the Frist Center for the Visual Arts and The Martha Rivers Ingram Commons at Vanderbilt University to present “Pools of Glass.” Both nights, from 6:30-8:30pm, at the Frist Center (919 Broadway), this FREE choreographed contemporary dance performance is completely FREE to attend and brings to movement the passage from Asia to the West.

3- From 7-8pm, at The Parthenon (Centennial park, 2600 West End Ave), come out and listen to the Artist Symposium: Talk by Kristin Llamas. Llamas is represented locally by Tinney Contemporary Gallery and her work can be seen at www.KLlamas.com and the collaborative work at www.AKLlamas.com. The artist will be speaking about the Socratic Dialogues at the Parthenon Museum on February 6th, 2014.

4- And then you can finish your night with East Side Storytellin’ 1 alum The Smoking Flowers playing a Palaver Records Showcase performance at Foobar at 9pm. Seriously, don’t miss it!

Jump, skip, and rest over Friday so you’ll have enough energy for Saturday’s fun in store.

Here, again in chronological order, are another round of events you need to check out, plain and simple form for your easy eyes and schedule:

1- In store, speaking of East Side Story (1108 Woodland Street, Unit B), from noon-2pm, you should drop by to see the latest from one of the most hard-working independent authors on the rise in that of Megan Duke. She is officially celebrating her book Small Circles with one and all. Snacks and free goodies will be available so you really don’t have any excuse. I know I’ll be there! I hope you will too.

2- From 1-4pm, at Turnip Green Creative Reuse (535 4th Avenue South), you can come make art and be a part of the Nashville Collage Collective. Bring a project, some materials to share, or just come and explore some cool stuff with some cool people.

3- For all of the people fearing Valentine’s day, present and/or past, leave it to The Porch Writers’ Collective to save your day. They will be presenting a special show, from 5-7pm, at The Stone Fox (712 51st Avenue N.) for their first Annual Heartbreak Happy Hour. Stories of romantic failures, songs, tears in beers, and ovational eating will take place with storytellers and singer/songwriters alike. It is FREE and fun for everyone who comes out!

4- Then, to end the night and weekend for good, besides the Second Saturday art crawl over at 5 Points East Nashville, from 6-9pm, YOU should quench your hunger for poetry and prose by heading on over to Portland Brew East (1921 Eastland Avenue) for Poetry in the Brew Open Mic Poetry Reading. The guest host is the lovely and talented Leslie LaChance, the feature will be Alita Terry, and readings begin at 6pm. Come correct and come early for a good seat.

I think the above is enough for you to get along just fine without football, despite whatever weather and/or storms come your way.

Thanks for taking time to visit and share the above. Remember to be nice to one another.

much love,


New Year … New Art

After taking a week or so off to gear up for the cold weather hitting us in the face right now and the even cooler things about to happen around the city, I don’t know if I’m alone in being super excited about the great things just over the horizon. What? You don’t know about everything about to happen? Let me fill you in below, for starters.

This coming Tuesday, January 7th, you can kick it with me and all my friends at 7pm at Mad Donna’s (1313 Woodland Street) for anotherFREE East Side Storytellin’ for one and all to enjoy. This week, East Side Storytellin’ 29, will feature the author Carson Morton (www.carsonmorton.com) and musician Allie Farris (www.alliefarris.com). I’d get there early to get a seat for sure because we start at 7 sharp, and you don’t want to miss this one. You can see more information and details at the following link to share with others if you LIKE –http://www.nowplayingnashville.com/event/detail/441813116.


Wednesday night, to really jumpstart the year off right, you should take a trip to 8109 Concord Road in Brentwood to join poet Jamie Zoe Givens for an extraordinary literary experience. She is going to run an introductory workshop which explores writing as a pathway to healing ourselves & others. Talk about an AWEsome time with AWEsome people! It will happen from 6-8pm so you might want to get to this early as well. As Jamie puts it, “Writing as Healing.” I couldn’t agree more.

Jump to Thursday, January 9th, at 9:30pm, and you’ll want to be at 115 27th Avenue North in Nashville. Why? You’ll see “a limitless show” from the likes of Two Blushing Pilgrims, Narrator, No Glykon, Plant Parenthood, and Dave Wright. That’s all you really need to know, seriously.

But also on Thursday, even before you go see mi amigo Dave, you should run by 2000 Edgehill Avenue at the University School of Nashville (USN). From 6pm-8pm, they will have a Raw Ribbon Exhibit open reception with the likes of american contemporary artist Melodie Provenzano exhibiting in the Christine Slayden Tibbott Center Gallery. The show will run through February 10th, and 30% of the sales are going to USN.

AND also also Thursday, actually January 9th to February 6th on Thursdays from 2-4pm, if you are interested in experimenting and playing with paint while exploring themes and meaning in your work, there will be sessions with Courtney Adair Johnson at Plaza Artist Material. For only $135, you can learn more and sign up today with artandrecycling@gmail.com about the 5 week class like none other. (On top of Thursday things, you can sign up for “Create your own Stamps!” taking place Sunday, January 12th from 1-4pm at Plaza Artist Material too- $35). Both of these deals are amazing and worth the opportunity to learn from people that are talented and great to be around in general. An email to ask about it won’t cost you a dime of your time. SO go ahead and email and ask at artandrecycling@gmail.com.


Friday you might need to rest for the fun to be had on Saturday and thru the weekend. Saturday morning, January 11th, at 9am, you can visit the Holiday Inn Express Nashville Airport (1111 Airport Center Drive) for this year’s Boards and Books event. From 9 unit whenever they kick everyone out, there will be a fun-filled all-day event of gaming, and/or one or both of their writing workshops, featuring AJ Scudiere and Eli Jackson, and a chance for you to work your way through editing, submissions, marketing, and much more beside professional writers. It is officially titled “Boards & Books (redux!) by Hpericon!” and you can see more athttp://booksandboards.firechildren.net.

Then, Saturday night, from 6-9pm, aside from experiencing the 2nd Saturday at 5 Points (possibly buying new books to keep you warm at East Side Story and beyond), at Boheme Collectif (919 Gallatin Avenue, Suite 8) you can join an art extravaganza celebrating all things Joss Whedon. Mind you, this is not the event date (that is going to be November 9th), but this is a proposed drop off deadline for YOUR ART to be showcased with others from the area. From television to comic books to films, Whedon put his unique stamp on every project he does. Why not join the fun this year by throwing your art out there for others to see.

And speaking of throwing your art out there for people to hear, you should drop by Portland Brew East (1921 Eastland Avenue) from 5:30pm-8:30pm. There will be an open mic signup at 5:30pm, and the readings will begin at 6pm, as usual. Poetry in the Brew welcomes everyone willing to share to get up and share, time permitting, and this month’s special guest readers being featured will be the amazing Christine Hall alongside guest host Amanda Oliver. Again, seriously, this is something not to be missed for all lovers of literature and creativity.

Also Saturday night, from 6-8pm, over at Cumberland Gallery (4107 Hillsboro Circle), you can join the opening reception for “Under the Radar.” It will feature Patrick Brien, Andrew Holmquist, Eric Oglander, Greg Sand, Jesse Shaw, and Max Shuster. The reception is FREE and open to the public and will be a lot of good people doing good things … sound familiar to these posts?

And like that, I am out of this post. I hope you enjoy the above and everything around you to the fullest today, this week, and this month. It will be a month for the ages, trust me. I hope you have a good one, and I hope to see you at one or more of the events above. Oh, and remember to be nice to one another too.


much love,





Here come the holiday parties, Yall!

Okay, so without any delay this week, get in your car and head down to the Frist Center for the Visual Arts RIGHT NOW! You can arrive early, say 10am, but at 10:30am, TODAY, there is a festive holiday sing-along of seasonal favorites with Sarah Martin McConnell- following a performance by “Changing Gears” Handbell Choir. The performance is at the Frist Center Auditorium and is FREE to attend! 

Sticking with today, December 16th, you can start the day at the Frist, maybe stick around in the galleries and possibly buy some gifts in the wonderful gift shop and lunch in the cafe (kinda like Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis did last week actually … See, People Magazine, THEY ARE JUST LIKE US 🙂 ), and then possibly drop by the Thistle Stop Cafe anytime from 6-8pm to help the Nashville Community Darkroom Benefit. This is their holiday fundraiser, located at 5128 Charlotte Avenue, the event will feature live entertainment by Tommy Womack, a pop-up gallery of NCD photographers and artists, and a brief presentation about the Nashville Community Darkroom’s purpose, goals, and progress. For more info on the NCD, please visit http://nashvillecommunitydarkroom.org/ The event is open to the public, with a suggested donation is $25. 

Then, you can end the day with a party like no other at night at Lockeland Springsteen’s Holiday Happy Hour festivity at The 5 Spot (1006 Forrest Avenue). From 5-8pm, come celebrate the holiday season with music (Boom Forest, Blank Range, Cale Tyson, and The New Lonely), Morally Good Vinyl will be on hand with a variety of vintage albums, East Side Story will be selling music themed books, and there will be plenty of mercy from Electric Western Records too! DId I mention half-price drinks and hot chicken out back?! 


Then, after you recover from that, you can explode on the holiday season with The Mary Nails! Yep, I said it and you are reading this correctly! If you have time and a real need to dance, you NEED to be at Mad Donna’s (1313 Woodland Street) at 7pm sharp to witness a Christmas show and miracle like none I’ve ever heard about EVER! This is when and where East Side Storytellin’ 28 will go down. Author/artist Mark Sloniker will be reading from original prose that will be other-worldly, and then it will be time for the reunion of reunions. The Mary Nails are playing again!!!!! It’s been 3 years since the last show that left us all wanting more. Here and now we will have a Christmas miracle for everyone to celebrate the end of this year and the beginning of a hopeful adventure in 2014. I’m not the only one showing up to this and I’m not the only one writing about it either. You can read more about it here- http://www.outandaboutnashville.com/story/east-side-storytellin-reunite-mary-nails#.Uqor2liA21s You can read more about our recent East Side Storytellin’ event and details about the above show at this link here- http://eastsidestorytn.com/east-side-storytellin-27-when-the-extraordinary-lydia-peelle-and-griffin-house-gave-us-many-reasons-for-and-advantages-of-enjoying-life-in-general/ 


Because I know you’ll have to rest the entire day and night after East Side Storytellin’ 28 with The Mary Nails, I’ll give you a Thursday that will fill your holiday season and energy back up to par. 

First, over at the Turnip Green Creative Reuse (535 4th Avenue South), from 5-9pm, you can spread cheer at the artist marketplace and green gallery. Carrie Cox’s show “Indigo” will be up, and the Platetone Printmaking, Paper and Book Arts will be buzzing with the fun reuse projects just in time for the holidays. 

Second, from 6-7:15pm, at Atmalogy (2320 West End Avenue), there will be an evening of eminent creativity. It is called “Writings on the Wall (a poetry experience)” and it will be AWEsome! Just go check it out and let their words say everything I can’t bring justice to right now. 

Third for Thursday, at 7pm, at The Basement (1604 8th Avenue South), go experience the Merry AquaVelvet Christmas Spectacular! There will be all your favorites, special guests, lots of holiday surprises, Jim Hoke’s lavish arrangements and Kristi Rose too! 

And on top of everything above and below, please PLEASE know that it’s that time of year again for The Ornaments to come out. The Ornaments (Jen Grunderman, James Haggerty, and Martin Lynds) play every night Monday, 12/16- Saturday, 12/21 at The Family Wash, twice a night, at 6:30pm and 8:30pm. They play at The Belcourt Theater (Saturday Kids Show) at 10am too. for more information, go to www.facebook.com/TheOrnaments. All shows are $7, and reservations are highly recommended at The Family Wash because it is packed every show. The Ornaments, having started 7 years ago, play what they consider to be the greatest holiday special ever produced- Charles Schultz’s “A Charlie Brown Christmas”- with its brilliant soundtrack by Vince Guaraldi. It is one of my personal favorite holiday traditions if I don’t type so myself. I’m going Friday night! 

Also, be sure to know about the fact that “UpLift”, an art show featuring the art of Aaron and Michelle Grayum, will be at Fido (1812 21st Avenue South) from December 18th-February 4th. This Saturday, December 21st, from 6-8pm, there will be an informal opening reception filled with creative conversations, collaborative visions of umbrellas, balloons, and elephants galore. The Grayums are fantastic people and artists that you really should meet in person to get a glimpse of all of the amazing things they are creating in this world. They are super cool. You can see more about them at www.thegrayumbrella.com. 

Aside from all that, happy shopping for your loved ones and those in need. Take time to count your blessings every day, especially this time of year, and be nice to one another. You owe it to each other and yourself. 

Thanks for dropping by and I hope to see you at all or a few of the things above. This is going to be an EPIC week before baby Jesus comes around again! 

much love, 




PS- On an art writing note of urgency around our region- Make sure to send in your reviews and regional updates for Number Inc’s #77 coming up, represent your region right! –  The NEW deadline is now December 20th, so you still have time to promote everything!



New month & new year come early but right on time

Honestly, and you know it, I can’t start this post any other way.  In case you didn’t already know or hear from me yet, East Side Storytellin’— a bi-monthly storytelling event hosted by East Side Story owner Chuck Beard (mE) the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of every month at Mad Donna’s (1313 Woodland Street)—will be celebrating its one year anniversary show tonight, Tuesday, November 5, at 7pm. This evening, local author, Keel Hunt, will read from his original work, Coup, followed by the music of Park Chisolm.   A casual conversation about the guests’ creative processes, artistic journeys, and special ties to the Nashville area will wrap up the program.  East Side Storytellin’ is open to the public and FREE to attend.

Time: 7 pm sharp (Central)
Location: Mad Donna’s (1313 Woodland Street)-http://maddonnas.com

Need information or details about Mad donna’s, call  615-226-1617. 

Author: Keel Hunt (http://www.vanderbiltuniversitypress.com/index.php/books/533/coup
Musician: Park Chisolm (https://myspace.com/ parkchisolm).

Here is a link that shares more details so you won’t get confused and can share and be there!


Now with that out of the way, you probably should know about the event that’s happening on Thursday, November 7th, at 8pm at TPAC (505 Deaderick Street).  It’s Alton Brown Live! Doing his Edible Inevitable Tour, Brown brings his quirky brand of humor and culinary-science to the stage with a 90 minute show of comedy, lectures, live music, and everything that makes up the art of life in a fun way.  It will be something cool to see, if anything else.

Move over to Friday and there’s only one place you should be and that’s at The 5 Spot (1006 Forrest Avenue).  It will be there at 9pm where you can find the ultimate rock stars of The Coal Men (East Side Storytellin’ alumni and awesome guys with a new album released last month).  They are great guys and great musicians playing alongside other great people.  It will be a great time.

Saturday, you have a choice for 4 amazing events.  In fact, you can make time to attend and experience all 4 if you choose wisely.  Here they are, in no order of rank:

1- Elves Faire = Starting at 9am, at Linden Waldorf School (3201 Hillsboro Pike), be a part of the 17th Annual Linden Waldorf School Elves’ Faire.  Check out more details here – www.elvesfaire.org.

2- Save The Roxy Theatre (aka the Roxy Revival) = from 10am-10pm, there is an old theater called The Roxy in East Nashville (827 Meridian Street).  It’s been closed for years and on Saturday, November 9th, there will be an all day concert celebrating the Theater and the East-Side Community trying to revive it.  There will be 2 stages (inside the theater and outdoors), beer, local venders, food trucks galore, a film viewing, and music all day.  Wait, it’s FREE to attend!  For more information, click here – www.facebook.com/events/1426143747607052/

3- State of the Word = At 7pm, at Vanderbilt University’s Sarratt Cinema, Tennessee and Alabama’s top college and high school poets, emcees, and spoken word artists will convene for the 6th year in a row to celebrate community and expression.  Tickets can be purchased at http://www.southernword.org/registration/ or at the door (if still available).  Tickets cost $10 general admission, $5 for students, and $3 if you are 17 or under.  This year, organizers anticipate representatives from Stratford, Big Picture, MLK, Hume Fogg, Lead Academy, The Academy at Old Hickory, Oakland, Station Camp, Pearl-Cohn Entertainment Magnet, Vanderbilt, Belmont, TSU, MTSU, UTK, UT Martin, Fisk, and APSU. The State of the Word is funded in part by Vanderbilt University’s Commons, Metro Nashville Arts Commission, Tennessee Arts Commission, National Endowment for the Arts, and the Vanderbilt Writing Studio.

4- Last, but certainly not least, come over to 5 Points in East Nashville from 6-9pm to visit The Idea Hatchery and other art galleries for the 2nd Saturday art crawl at 5 Points.  There will be art, live music, drinks, snacks, and great people to visit with while possibly picking up some great gifts for your friends and family!

So, there you have it.  Another week in the books with events for the record books all around.  Thanks for taking the time to read the above and share with others.  YOU rock!

As you were, busy but happy,
much love,