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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,



A week for Music City’s sake

Hello again, my friends. I’m here today to let you know about some momentous events and people in our dear village of Nashville. I’ll just get right to it and save you some time.

Without a doubt, the place you need to be tomorrow night is Fat Bottom Brewing Co. (900 Main Street). You need to be there just before 7pm so you can get a seat for the best show in town. At 7pm, another round of East Side Storytellin’ will go down and you want to be there. The local author Mike Pentecost will be on site reading from his cool book called Bus People, and there will be a music set like none other from Dave & Dave of The Coal Men (http://thecoalmen.com). There will be food, drinks, merch, readings, music, art prints, BEER, and good people all around. It is FREE to attend. So like I said, get there early and prepare yourself for awesomeness.

Side note, also tomorrow, Tuesday, August 20th, if you go to www.youtube.com/thesmokingflowers, you can check out the video release/premiere of The Smoking Flowers’ latest hit “Something I Said” from their recent album called 2 Guns. It’s a must listen and have … trust me.


And keeping with the theme of good people and good music, The Smoking Flowers will be the main headliner at Music City Roots at The Loveless Barn and will probably tear down the roof of the place. At 7pm, Scott and Kim will be the featured artist and celebrate their official world wide release of their tremendous album called 2 Guns. If you can’t make it in person, listen to the airwaves and/or broadcast at http://musiccityroots.com/live-stream. Seriously, you can see from the above paragraph with their new video and this here epic performance, The Smoking Flowers are a band you really should and want to know. So get with them starting today! Also if you can’t make it to Music City Roots and have to stay closer to the East side of town, by all means check out Jacob Thomas Jr., Kim Logan, and The Lonely H performing from 6-10:10pm at the Native: Sunset Sessions at the East-Centric Pavilion. There is NO Cover, free bits from The Pavillion and cheap drinks from Fat Bottom (if legal of course). It’s a great way to be close to cool on a hot afternoon.

Fast forward to Saturday, and aside from visiting all of the amazing art galleries around town, you might want to see an amazing art show out of town if you find yourself close to Memphis. With 5 artists selected by Nashville’s very own & guest curator Wallace Joiner, the closing reception for Street Art at Gallery 363 will be an event filled with tons of fun. It is from 2-4pm, and gives you just enough time to hit the interstate and come back home to hear some good poetry before going to bed. What poetry do I speak of? Well, I’m glad you asked. It be the poetry at 8pm at Dino’s Bar at 411 Gallatin Road. With the likes of Dale Ray Phillips, TJ Jarrett, Will Miller, and the hands down best poet in the land Ben Burr (in my humbled opinion), it will be quite the party. For real, get your butt over to Dino’s and listen to some people drop some proper knowledge and language all over the place. It sounds dirty, but it’s not. It’s a good, old-fashioned time for one and all of legal age to get in.


Sunday, it’s kinda more of the same in the literary scene. Over at Fannie Mae Dees, Blakemore Avenue at 24th Avenue South, there will be a Poetry Pot-luck and Cook-out with Honest Lewis and DNR. Any time from 3-11pm, Dragon Park will be the place to bring a snack and some words to contribute (an instrument or two if you have that too), and everyone can have a great family friendly time. I’ll let you dive on into the discussion and RSVP for yourself at the following: https://www.facebook.com/events/147110028824182/?ref=2.

But saying all that has made me tired. I need to prepare myself to take full advantage of the week ahead. I hope you do the same. Have fun and remember to be nice to one another … and listen to The Smoking Flowers, why don’t ya!?

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,




HERE and NOW and HERE yet again

I give you the question and some things to talk about from time to time, but I’ll be honest that I don’t have any of the answers. I’m just going to things that make me feel good. Maybe you can do the same with a few of the below.

First, if you haven’t already RSVP’d for tomorrow night’s last East Side Storytellin’ event at Rumours East featuring a reading from the bestselling author Kevin Wilson and the very talented musician Amanda Shires (starts at 7pm and you might be able to hear it from the bar where happy hour will be going on beforehand), then you might want to go ahead and mark your calendars for our move over to Fat Bottom Brewery beginning March 5th. I’ll give you more details later. Point being, we were already booked to capacity about a week ago. This thing is getting really fun and you should be a part of it.

If you can’t make it to our show tomorrow night, you should definitely head over to
the other side of town and experience another extraordinary show about music and local things. String Theory: a one-man show about music, is the talented author/musician/music man behind Music City Roots and everything good they are about, Craig Havighurst will once again take the stage at Bongo Java After Hours Theater at 7pm for another performance/monologue like no other. Friends who saw the first run of the show have called it insightful, warm, personal, and inspiring. I say it is a must-see!

Then, skipping over hump day right into Thursday, February 21st, you should come back to the East Side over to The Building (1008 C Woodland Street) at 6pm to see what Plowhaus is doing with their Third Thursdays at The Building extravaganza. It costs $10 at the door and is a new monthly event series that promotes the collaboration and intermingling of artistic disciplines with established artists as well new people in the city (or new kids on the block if you will and I just did). Some visual artists featured this week will be Mandy Peitz Mood and Keith Carter, and some of the musical artists will be Warren Pash, The Blackfoot Gypsies, Matt Moody, and MurderVet. It will be worth your time for sure!

Meanwhile, another spectacular event of local greatness will be Friday, at 9pm, at The Stone Fox (712 51st Avenue North). And they will call it “Hags-A-Nova!” It is your time and opportunity to come out and celebrate the Bossa Nova! Enjoy the sounds of Jobim, Getz, Gilberto, Sinatra, Elis REgina, Jorge Ben and more. Plus it is a very dynamic, hip spot to be at too.

After you rock out on Friday, you can spend some quality time with the visual arts scene over at another unique building … 427 Chestnut Street. For it is there where threesquared will be having fun with “Still Lifes, Landscapes, and Posers.” From 6-9pm, artist and guest curator, Mary Addison Hackett, is bringing together 6 painters from across the country who have simple subjects with deep and complex meaning to it all. If in doubt, let wine and light refreshments be the reason to get you there and then let the art keep you there and have you talking about it long after you leave. Parking is FREE and 427 is rad. Enough said.

Sunday, you might relax with your favorite television shows. Then again, you might head over to The Belcourt Theater for Oscar Experience: Nashville. For the 12th year, the Belcourt is hosting the Academy Awards on a big screen with a red carpet party, a glamorous VIP lounge, and an amazon silent auction to be bought (I know a few things there already that will totally rock).

And speaking of something that will totally blow your mind. A little birdie at the Metro Arts just told me that Nashville Metro Transit Authority (MTA) and Nashville Scene, have teamed up to bring the Poetry Society of America’s Poetry in Motion program to Nashville for the 2nd year. Basically, they are going to pick several contemporary, local poets’ work to be displayed on our public transit around town and beyond! Emerging and established poets in Nashville are invited to submit entries to be considered for the 2013 program. 10 finalists will be selected to be printed and displayed in MTA buses to be read by over 800,000 riders during the month of April (the best month of them all and Nashville Poetry Month). The Nashville Scene will feature the winning poems too. Also, the winners will be given the chance to read their poems at a public event on April 4th, the day before the best day of the year 🙂 The deadline is March 8th, and you can read more if interested about how to submit here-

That is all for now. Have a great day and week ahead. Be well and nice to one another.

much love,


Here, there, and everywhere around Nashville

Hello again to you fine person of interest within the virtual walls of the Nashville’s heART scene! There has been a somewhat reoccurring undertone in these blog entries the past few weeks if you’ve been catching my creative drift, and that is one of personal initiative. Before I hit your eyes with some fantastic opportunities to catch some of the best art around, I first would like to hit your heart with a fantastic opportunity to be a HUGE part of something great and a totally unique experience. Yep, I’d like to let you in on what some people may think is a big secret although it isn’t at all. It doesn’t cost you a dime to play a major role in the festivities of the 2012 Tomato Art Festival just around the corner onAugust 11th, 2012. That’s right, folks … just click HERE to fill out a form and someone will gladly get back to you promptly with a task that will fit your liking like a glove. Whether you areFREE to help load in, give out information, sell t-shirts, load out, or will do whatever is needed, you should understand that the Tomato Art Fest can not happen at all without the help and support from the local community. So please feel FREE to fill out the application and/or tell everyone else you know that would like to do more for the local community and have lots of fun while doing it! Thank YOU!

Now then, as for this week and fun festivities, you can kick off the week by shuffling your feet or car down the street on the west side of town to Shimai Pottery and Gifts at the Loveless Café in Bellevue. Tuesday, June 12th, marks the final day for their latest exhibit that has showcased the local talents of Troy Duff, John Hillman Brown, and Jennifer Utterback. If you’ve ever been to Music City Roots at the Loveless Barn (which I highly HIGHLY recommend. It’s always great music and better than the Opry … FACT. Actually, it feels like what I imagine the original Opry must have felt like before pop country wrecked it … OPINION), then you have passed right by Shimai Pottery by doing so. Located at 8400 Highway 100 in Bellevue, at the Loveless Café, it is quite the treat to drop in any time during the hours of 10am-5pm, 7 days a week, to see this exhibition or other works of art in a wide range of disciplines involving pottery, paintings, sculpture, glass, turned wood, photography, jewelry, and textiles galore. So don’t be skeered to roll out to Shimai today or tomorrow to catch the latest exhibition or any other day of the week to experience all the goods they’ll have out there next.

Then on Wednesday, June 13th, from 6-9pm, it is time for the Creative Summer Soiree and Arts Immersion by the Arts & Business Council of Greater Nashville. The summer soiree will showcase music, aerial dance, film, spoken word, visual and performance art from some of the finest local talents to be heard and seen. There will also be a silent auction with items such as co-writing sessions with top songwriters to great offers from local businesses. This event celebrates the combination of Nashville’s creative and business communities and gives them all a big THANK YOU for those that create and those who support because it takes everyone to make it happen at the level Nashville is doing it. It will all go down at The Cannery Ballroom and tickets are$40 at www.abcnashville.org. There will be plenty of food and an open bar for all those of age who attend. It will be a superb event and tribute and the proceeds from the event will benefit the Volunteer Lawyers & Professionals for the Arts-which words cannot truly express how important their role is in the emerging creative community.

And after you party like a superstar at the above locations, aside from the regular art galleries you decide to crawl or run towards, there is a great time to be had involving the Frist Center for the Visual Arts and Watkins College of Art, Design & Film this weekend. On Friday and Saturday, June 15 &16, from 10am-4pm, YOU can join San Francisco-based artist Ben Venom, for a 2-day workshop exploring quilt design and construction and challenging the concept that quilting is only folk art or for old ladies with nothing better to do. The workshop will begin at the Frist Center with a tour of the exhibition, Creation Story: Gee’s Bend Quilts and the Art of Thorton Dial, followed by an exquisite lunch. Then, in the afternoon and the following day, the program will jump over to Watkins College where willing participants will create and design their own quilting squares from their own worn out t-shirts or found fabric. No prior quilting experience needs to be had to enjoy this party at all. The cost to join this shindig is $120 per participant, but that cost will cover gallery admission, parking, 2 lunches, and some other vital materials to make the quilts. So don’t be square. You might just like and love the adult studio quilt workshop. To find more information, click HERE, and you can always go see Ben Venom giving a lecture entitled “Heavy Quilting” on Thursday, June 14th, at 6:30pm at the Frist Center beforehand as well.

And a little something extra that you should make time to see in person this week or very soon is Material Glance: A Portfolio of Lithographs by Antoni Tapies and Poems by Shuzo Takiguchi at the Vanderbilt University Fine Arts Gallery and curated by Joseph S. Mella, director. First published in 1975, Material Glance (Llambrec Material)brings two of the most important creative figures of the 20th and 21st centuries together in Antoni Tapies and Shuzo Takiguchi. Tapies (who passed away this year) was one of the most recognized Spanish artist to come on the scene after World War II (best remembered for his paintings but was also a highly accomplished printmaker during his time as well). And Takiguchi (say that 3 times fast and not smile) was a famous Japanese writer, critic, and proponent of avant-garde art during his time. The collaborations of these two greats between the lithographs and poems are often regarded as the most innovative collaborative work in the print medium. This show will run through July 26th, but it is never too late for you to witness greatness before it leaves your back yard. The exhibition will also include other works by Tapies from the gallery’s collection, and some of this stuff will actually be on view for the very first time ever. Try that on for seeing something special. For further information about this exhibit and other quality shows at Vanderbilt in general, you are always one click away from www.vanderbilt.edu/gallery.

Thanks again for taking the time to read this and help support the local art scene. I can never say it enough … it takes a village to keep this whole thing going strong.

See you soon.

much love,


Timing is perfect

Two weeks in a row and the lead has something to do with timing … yes it is.  It is perfect timing to say a BIG thanks to everyone who made the efforts to come out and be a part of a wonderful night all around at 427 Chestnut Streetlast Saturday night to support Threesquared, Seed Space, VineaNumber, and more!  Despite the rain and other randomness (like the train that goes about 2 mph every time I wanted to get to or go home from the party), it was a fun-filled, successful night for everyone that came out which is always nice for a change.  Nothing was forced by anyone and everybody seemed to really enjoy themselves. OH, and the latest issue, Number: 71, is HERE!  It’s really nice when people inNashville get together for creativity’s sake and simply enjoy the moments as they come.  I know that it can be difficult at times for many to live in a city that is so full of creative music and art (the best always seems to be the people not in the charts, on the television or radio, or in the public eye all the time) to disregard any opening or concert because you may think that their is going to be another one the next night (sometimes the case), but that just makes it that much better for those organizing events and showing their creative work when people do take the time to come out … and simply enjoy.  Everyone wins!

And speaking of coming out to something that a local artist is putting together to not only let you into their fantastical world behind the curtains, and actually teach you how to do a little bit of the majestic things he does, world-renowned, best in Nashville (fact) photographer Jack Spencer has organized TWO photographic workshops this month.  They are taking place at his studio and on location in Nashville and although there is a tuition fee, I’m fairly sure that you’ll agree that it is beyond worth it to learn from such a talent.  Did I mention that each workshop has a limited class of 10 students?!  So whether you want to attend and learn from Jack (assisted by Jon Morgan … yes, the same AMERICAN DREAMING Jon Morgan you may recall) on May 18-20 or May 25-27 this month, you better go HERE and sign up like NOW!

I’m sorry to be on such short notice with that photography workshop information but I just heard about it.  You know what, I’m not sorry.  In fact, another thing in town that is short notice, someone who plays the most amazing original music that is not yet on the billboards, and will never make you bored … Bill (that was some minor wordplay there so try to stay with me here).  The point is that The One and Only Bill Davis is going to be playing the legendary Music City RootsTHIS WEDNESDAY, May 16th, at the Loveless Barn!  The One and Only Bill Davis is superb by himself, but when he heard that Music City Roots was going to move the seating this week and have an ol’ fashioned hoedown, he decided to invite over 12 others to join him onstage to really tear the barn down with goodness all around.  I hope to see you on the dance floor with me and my wife, but please don’t ask to cut in … I’d hate to throwdown at the hoedown and mess up my business socks.

Then, on Thursday, May 17th, you should be happy to know that the next RAW Artists Nashville event (The Blend) is going down from 8-11pm at Mercy Lounge.  It is a 21+ event, $10 presale or $15 at the door.  The aparent dress is cocktail attire or Havana Nights themed.  So you can go straight from a barn hoedown to little Havana on the next … only in Nashville.  Well, probably not only in Nashville, but it sounded good at the time to type.  Either way, RAW will be on site with a new blend (pun intended) of artists, singers, fashion designers, etc.

But, in case you don’t want to get in the mix of HavanaonThursday night, there is another great option for you to get out and make the most of as well across town at Zeitgeist Gallery.  As part of NCAP’s spring 2012 Insight? Outta Site! participatory potluck forum, Zeitgeist Gallery is very happy to welcome artist Rehema Barber.  A curator, arts administrator, adjunct/part-time faculty member at the University of Memphis and Memphis College of Art, and friend of a lot of my friends (on and off Facebook), Barber will be there to ignite creative discussion about contemporary art and social engagement.  The food/drinks will be from 6-6:30pm and Barber’s talk will be from 6:30-7:30pm.  You can join in the fun for either or both, but please bring a dish/drink/question to share with everyone.

After you get enough art and food to ease your hunger, Friday is going to be a fresh day for you to get your imagination and collaboraton going again.  In fact, Lindsey Bailey, Rebecca Kinslow Berrios, and Camilla Spadafino are going to put together Imagination and Collaboration: A Boys and Girls Club!  Located at the Metro Arts Commision’s Gallery and Roof Top Terrace (800 2nd Avenue South), from 3:30-5pm,  these three amigas are having an “After School Art Filled Playdate” for Lockeland Design Center children and parents.  You should totally come hang out with them and enjoy Lindsey Bailey’s art collaboration combining her imagination with those of Ms. Kessler’s second gade students and the handy work of the entire school’s art happening scheduled for field day.

Also Friday, May 18th, besides it being my Mom’s birthday,Vanderbilt University‘s Space 204 is presenting a new installation by Quintin Owens titled “Aesthetic Predicament.”  With an opening reception from 5:30-7:30pm, Owens’ work is a gathering of past memories and experiences in which he utilizes a wide range of materials, from clay to balloons and taxidermy and construction materials.  If it’s a matter timing that you might not come to the opening reception, don’t fret because they’ll let you come in and visit and see it until it is gone on June 29.

And speaking of timing, The Art of Time is happening this Friday, May 18, at Whiskey Bent Saloon’s Frontier Room (306 Broadway) from 6-9pm.  The Art of Time will be an evening filled with cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, entertainment and exciting live and silent auction items featuring local artists where the proceeds will assist the Tennessee Respite Coalition (TRC) and the many programs serving family caregivers of Tennessee.  Tickets are $30 and can be purchased HERE or by calling the TRC office at (615) 269-8687 or emailing info@tnrespite.org.

Maybe after doing any and/or all of the above, you might be ready to go home for the weekend.  It’s fitting that StudioHome Sweet Home is having Art Show: An Evening with the Arts this Saturday, May 19th, from 6-8pm at 120 Highway 76 in White House, TN.  Home Sweet Homeoffers a wide range of unique gifts and collectibles on the regular, but this particular evening will have its doors open to invite you to refreshments, meeting the artists, and an evening of music, art and good company.  Home has hardly sounded as fun (for most people).

And if you can’t make it okay to the day when most people rest and you don’t want to simply stay at your actual home on Sunday, here is one last show (literally) that will pull at your heart strings to the core. On Sunday, May 20th, from 2-4:30pm, at the Green Hills Library, the largest GraceArt solo show yet will be on display.  The Final GraceArt 2012 Spring Show: Grace Walker Goad-The Art of Autism is a comprehensive and diverse exhibition all made by Grace, the daughter of local art patron and writer Leisa HammettAll of the art will be for sale on site, all going to a wonderful story and young artist, and there will be lite refreshments and special musical entertainment to enjoy as everyone gets a good lesson about the art and cause of autism in general.

I’ll let you go wherever you want to go from this point this week, but know that any and all of the above will be great fun.  In the end, timing is always perfect to enjoy it.  Enjoy your day and your week ahead they way you want.

much love,