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The week ahead and then some

Hi y’all!

With summer school starting at Sewanee, give me a slight break and a lot of empathy to allow me to simply give you a quick synopsis of the next two weeks so I can post and be happy to help you get happy.

Before I get started though, I have to say that I just experienced the most amazing art exhibition I’ve ever experienced in the world in my life.  The Frist Center for the Visual Arts has now opened, from June 6-September 1, 2014 an exhibition called “Watch Me Move.”  The Ingram Gallery has been transformed like never before into a complete cinematic adventure.  You can immerse yourself, like I did, into 120 years of animation from pioneers and independent filmmakers to Pixar and Disney and Tim Burton!  It is truly one of the most amazing things I’ve ever seen.  I fully plan on visiting this show more than any other and totally spend up to the entire 12 hours of filming time to catch it all before it leaves in September.  I might have to buy some food in the cafe as a break at that time, but I’m gonna do it!  Check it out! (heads up, on Friday, June 3rd, at 6:30pm, there will be a lecture called “Unlimited Visions, Indelible Dreams: Exploring the Animated Worlds of Watch Me Move” presented by Elliot Wilhelm, curator of film, from the Detroit Institute of Arts.)

Visit www.fristcenter.org/watchmemove to learn more! … NOW!
Also, check this out for more-  http://t.e2ma.net/message/3sjee/jtmd5c

THIS week-

Monday, June 9th (my brother Drew’s birthday) at 6:15pm, Lightning 100 is hosting the 100.1 episode of The 615!  To mark such an epic occasion, they are hosting a huge FREE party at Marathon Music Works featuring The Weeks, Leagues, and Buffalo Clover!  You can join Wells and Hammel in William Collier’s for the live broadcast with live music starting at 7:30pm.

Tuesday, June 10th, from 7-11pm, join Honest Lewis and is bi-monthly series called “A Night of Free Speech” at Logue’s Black Raven Emporium.  It will be a night filled with poetry, prose, rants, and manifestos galore.  Did I mention it’s FREE!?

Wednesday, June 11th, marks the annual Music City Roots BARN DANCE!  From 7-10pm, at Music City Roots (8400 Highway 100) this event will feature the likes of Greensky Bluegrass, Rachael Hester, Music City Doughboys, and Appalachee Relay.  If you can’t make it in person and dance the night away (I highly recommend it, from experience), you can live stream it at www.musiccityroots.com/live-stream and dance in your living room.


Thursday, June 12th, a 2-for-1 deal, has treats for you in person and online too.  First, in person, at The Red Arrow Gallery (1311 McGavock Pike) from 5-8pm marks the closing reception for the Casey Promise Exhibition “Something Within.”  Second, online, you can watch traveling musician and ultra-Nashville fan Chris Trapper live streaming the upcoming concerts at Club Passim, June 12 and June 13, beginning at 8PM EDT.  You can purchase online tickets on a pay-what-you-want basis starting now at http://www.concertwindow.com/shows/6540-chris-trapper-cariad-harmon-opens. The webshow will not be recorded – it’s offered in real time. Please join us at the show!

Friday, June 13th (through 15th), Go to the Holiday Inn Express Nashville Airport (1111 Airport Center Drive) at 3pm if you want to experience “Hypericon.”  There will be fiction, gaming, and art in one convention.  You can see Jack Ketchum, Sam Flegal, Stephen Zimmer, Sara M. Harvey, and Glen Cook (and more!).

Then, sleep well the night before Saturday for a full day of fun-

Saturday, June 14th, see below:

1- Visit The Idea Hatchery for 2nd Saturday at 5 Points!  On top of having the most unique gifts and people in town, total bias, we will also have the most unique YARD SALE ever in 5 Points history!  Fact!  Come out to 1108 and see what we all have in store, all day and night!

2- at 2pm, at Fannie Mae Dees Park (2400 Blakemore Avenue), there will be FREE juggling lessons and demonstration for the city of Nashville in honor of Wold Juggling Day 2014, from 2-3pm.  Enough said.  Be there!

3- from 5:30-8:30pm, at Portland Brew East (1921 Eastland Avenue), join this month’s Poetry in the Brew, featuring Rob Lyric Beats!

4- Then, at 8pm, at the Purple Building of the Performing Artist Co-Op at 5 Points (107 North 11th Street), it is Panama Red’s “Birthday Bizarre!”  “a night of transgressive art” is the one year celebration of Panama Reds Arts, ranging from irreverent poetry, caged humans, dreamy rock & roll, Fluxus performance and whatever Janelle does.  There will be 5 performance based artists in one spot.  Dare to be awesome.

You can sleep here.

Back on Sunday, June 15th, to the park (Nashville Cumberland Park- 592 South 1st Street), from 5:30-8pm for FREE parking, FREE admission, and EXCELLENT live music, featuring some of the areas best local, regional, and national jazz artists, with a beautiful sunset as the backdrop.

That’s one heck of a week, right?

Well, I’ll just give you one thing you really NEED to experience and put on your radar for next week.  Yeah, I’m saying it, it’s East Side Storytellin’ time again!  On Tuesday, June 17th, at 7pm sharp, come hang out with me and author Megan Duke and musician Lauren Lyle to see what everyone and their mom is talking about as one of the best storytelling series in the history of mankind (total bias).  This will be the 39th edition of East Side Storytellin’.  It’s the only show in town that starts on time and never disappoints … NEVER!  Come out early, get a seat up close, and eat, drink, and be merry with stories that you’ll love.  Don’t believe me, check out some of our past shows to catch you up on this awesome deal.  See past shows here- http://eastsidestorytn.com/in-our-own-words/

view from East Side Storytellin' 38

view from East Side Storytellin’ 38

Now, go forth and conquer the world.  It’s waiting on you.  It’s always waiting on you.

As you were, busy but happy,



Art, here and NOW!

Hi y’all!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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


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


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

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

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

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

much love,




May flowers are a-bloooming

Hi y’all!

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

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


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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

As you were, busy but happy,
much love,



April and pollen count … still off the charts

Hi y’all!

Welcome to another week of Nashville’s heART! Whether you are itching to get out and see some creativity this week or your eyes and throat are simply itching because of the pollen count, you are in luck this week in Nashville. I can’t help you alleviate your pollen problems, but I’ll do my best below to let you know about how you can get your fix of fun around town.

Tonight, Monday, April 14th, from 6-8pm, at Necat Network (120 White Bridge Pike, #46, Building 110), YOU are invited to join the Nashville Creative Group April Meeting: Get Exposure on Arts Television. Hosted by the CEO of The Necat Network, Trish Puryear Crist, there will be a private tour of the studio space and discussion of how people can amplify their voice of the arts community. These monthly group meetings are great chances to network and brainstorm creatively with some of the best artists today. If interested at all, just spread the word and show up.

Also today, at 6pm, the ladies of Lockeland Springsteen are happy to present their second Monday musical mix & mingle. Ruination Day Happy Hour will include some of their favorite local musicians covering Gillian Welch’s album Time (The Revelator). It is FREE and from 6-8pm at The 5 Spot (1006 Forrest Avenue).

Speaking of FREE fun times this week, look no further than tomorrow, Tuesday, April 15th, with the celebration of another round of East Side Storytellin’. The 35 of its kind, this one will be unique because we are pulling together two of my favorite things in April … Bluegrass and Baseball. At 7pm sharp, at 1313 Woodland Street, at Mad Donna’s, I will host as author Skip Nipper (Baseball in Nashville) and musicians Rebecca Frazier & John E Frazier III rock the stage and rock your world in the most fun way possible with Baseball and Bluegrass. Can it get much better than that? … I think not. Hope to see you there.


Two other events going on tomorrow, a side of two for Tuesday if you will, is the following:

– at 5:30pm, at the Belcourt Theatre (2102 Belcourt Avenue), you can drop by and see a very cool art reception for Steven Knudson. It’s always a great time and place to see new things at the Belcourt.

– at 7pm, at Darkhorse Theater (4610 Charlotte Pike), you can listen to a staged reading of FLIT- a new play written by John Wesley Lasiter.

Skip on over hump day and get your groove on Thursday. At 6pm, at 2411 Brasher Avenue, you can join the Nashville Folk + Free Skool interest meeting to talk about ideas, classes, workshops, and participation projects you can help start. At 6:30pm, at The Bluebird Cafe, you can fly in for a set of stellar storytelling music by Chris Trapper. Then at 7pm, you can get your art explosion on at The Building (1008 C. Woodland Street), at UnBound’s Arts Presents: Third Thursdays at The Building April Event. The amazing artists Julie Sola and Melita Osheowitz will have some of their latest work on site for sight and you might want to buy it before it gets got. There will be a cool art reception from 7-8pm, and then a musical performance following that from the likes of 3 great bands- Don Gallardo & How Far West, Sergio Webb & Rob Matson, and also Amelia White & The Sidecars. It’s only $5 at the door for admission. A small price to pay for AWEsome.

Oh, and also on Thursday, April 17th, you can go to the Turnip Green Creative Reuse (535 4th Avenue South) for something really cool. From 5-8pm, join in the Green Gallery for incredible reuse works by the lovely Kaaren Hirschowitz Engel and friends: Kem Kem Alexander, Daniel Lai, Carrie Cox, Michelle Hall, Robert Bruce Scott, and Laura Young to be exact. Re-Discovered: a retrospective of sorts featuring Kaaren Engel and friends will probably blow your socks off, whether you have socks on or not. Trust me, be there.

To round off and end your week in style, we’ll keep it simple for ya. First, on Friday, you should hit up the Nashville Convention Center for the Full Moon Tattoo & Horror Festival. It’s the lucky number 13th one of its kind here and there will be over 130 tattoo artists, celebrity guests, contests, entertainment, movies, comics, and more.

Saturday, all you have to do is go to any music store in town and celebrate Record Store Day 2014. There will be ample amounts of great live performances and record deals for one and all. Check all listings for their own line-ups and details, but the main thing is that you just get off the couch and get out there.

And if Record Store Day didn’t blow your mind, leave it to “Head Case” by David Kenton Kring to finish you off for the weekend. Saturday, April 19th, from 6-9pm, at Julia Martin Gallery (444 Humpreys St, suite A), there will be quite the opening reception for the figurative and functional ceramic work by David Kenton Kring. There will be a special tea blend designed by Julia, David, and the fine folks at High Garden, and it will be presented and served with a one of a kind tea mug thrown by David. Talk about cool!

Yep, that pretty much serves up this week on a silver platter for you to enjoy. Don’t bother with this pesky weather this morning. Dry off, brighten up, and walk outside confident and knowing that that the week will only keep getting better and better if you want it to do so. Enjoy and be nice to one another.

much love,



April is HERE!!!

Hi y’all! Welcome to another week of Nashville’s heART! It is the start of my favorite month of the year, and it is the start of a very special week. Don’t believe me? Well, let’s just dive right into the fun below and have ourselves a session of creative conscious coupling why don’t we. 

Tonight, the last day ever of March 2014, from 6-10pm, you can find a party like no other at Zeitgeist Gallery (516 Hagan Street). Fashion Happening Nashville is the word(s), and it is a one night pop-up fashion experience that is open to the public, one and all. It will emphasize local design, and it will give Nashville fashion accessory designers the platform to share their work ina unique space in front of a broad crowd. Some of the participating designers will be Ceri Hoover Bags, CHARLES LORD, Denim & Spirits, Fanny and June, Kari Beth Jewelry, Sisters of Nature, and Studio Fjord. There will be beer, wine, and food trucks from Crepe A Diem and Crankees Pizzeria. Talk about a fun night of creativity! 


Speaking of fun nights of creativity, tomorrow, Tuesday, April 1st (no fooling around here), we will come together and celebrate the 34th edition of East Side Storytellin’! I can’t believe it’s already been 34 shows, but we are only getting started here. At Mad Donna’s (1313 Woodland Street), at 7pm sharp, you and all of your friends need to arrive early to get your FREE seat to witness the storytelling of the amazing Sam Davidson and the music by the very talented Charlie Whitten. You can read about the 33rd show that has details about this show at the bottom here- http://eastsidestorytn.com/east-side-storytellin-33-where-honest-lewis-and-adam-hill-turned-the-red-lights-green-and-took-us-places/. Seriously, this will be one for the books. Don’t miss out. 

To gear up for the weekend of jam-packed fun, you might need to rest on Wednesday and then get an appetizer of smiles on Thursday. To bring you those smiles on Thursday, look no further than The 5 Spot at 9pm. This Thursday, April 3rd, at 1006 Forrest Avenue, from 9-midnight, Tennessee Jet will present “Dwight Night.” Dwight Night will be a tribute to the music of Dwight Yoakam. Talk about smiles here. Check out more here- http://www.tennesseejet.com. 

Friday, you have two big shows to choose from. And when I say choose from, you can go to both. But, you have to decide which one to go to first and then follow-up with the other. First on the list, from 6-8pm, at the Tennessee Art League (219 5th Avenue), you can see “Small But Mighty; The Art of Autism: Grace Walker Goad. Grace Goad (www.gracegoad.com.) has been creating art since she was four, and she is kicking off National Autism Awareness Month off in style. This show, up for the first 26 days of April as well, will also feature “Inaugural Artists/ Co-op Workshop Prints. This is something you’ll have to just see for yourself to get the entire idea here. 

Something that you’ll have to hear for yourself in person to fully appreciate and understand is the other thing I need to tell you about for Friday, April 4th. At BB King’s Blues Club Nashville (152 2nd Avenue North), from 7pm-midnight, you are more than welcome to experience the College Semifinals & Finals of the Mid-South Grand Slam of poetry slams. Hosted by two time national slam champ and DefPoet Roger Bonair-Agard, with DJ VU, you will witness some of the most articulate, emotional, skillful, and poignant poetry that you will ever witness anywhere else in the world (fact). General admission is $10, $5 for students 22 and under, and the winner will receive free studio time at thetoyboxstudio.com. You will see the best poets, emcees, and spoken word artists from MTSU, TSU, Vanderbilt, Belmont, APSU, Fisk, Nashville State, and UT. It is totally worth the price of admission for sure. You can read more about it at www.southernword.org, and you can read more about Roger at www.blueflowerarts.com/booking/roger-bonair-agard


Saturday, April 5th, is a very special day. You can only be blue if you’re at The Ryman this night. If you aren’t at The Ryman with your old friends River and the gang, then you have plenty of options to choose from (story of Nashville’s social life, right?). Here is a list that I suggest picking from: – From noon-4pm, drop by Nashville Cumberland Park (592 South 1st Street) to join the Native release party of the GREEN issue. They are asking people to come out and help do a river cleanup, but then hear some sweet tunes by Buffalo Clover, Patrick Sweany Music, Kelsey Waldon, That’s My Kid, and Blackfoot Gypsies. There will be beer by Little Harpeth Brewing and food by Boutique Burger Bar. Check out more info here- https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-compacts-spring-cleaning-day-tickets-10773197925.

– From 5-8pm, at East Nashville Family Medicine (801 Woodland Street), you can come celebrate the grand opening, meet the staff, tour the space, and view the current exhibition “View: Local Art in Local Business show, including art by visual artists Mandy Peitz Moody, David Morel, Camilla Spadafino, Gina Anderson and Wanda Collins Johnson” organized by Unbound Arts. Music will be provided by Sheriff Scott and the Deputies with special guest (and ENFM staff member) Kayt Lynn Jones. Food and beverages will be available.

– From 5:30-9pm, at David Lusk Gallery Nashville (516 Hagan Street), you can come out and enjoy artist Greely Myatt inaugurating the David Lusk Gallery Nashville space with a solo sculpture exhibition throughout April titled “Having Said That.”

– Then you can visit The Arcade, as part of the First Saturday Downtown Art Crawl to get a stellar 3-for-1 art viewing escapade. See the following: 

1- 5:30-9pm, at Corvidae Collective (11 The Arcade), celebrate the opening of “Modern Ruin – An International Urbex Photography Exhibit.” 

2- 6-9pm, at 40AU (69 The Arcade), celebrate “Reconditioned Terrain: new work by Kellie Bornhoft.” 

3- 6-9pm, at Blend Studio (79 The Arcade), celebrate “Pull: Peter Precourt and Luc Demers.” 

Moving on to Sunday, April 6th, you might sleep in just a bit and wake up like normal having to use the bathroom. Speaking of bathrooms and creative fun, let your imagination and laughs run wild when you visit another fantastical reading by Amy E. Hall with her “Bathroom Poems” reading and book signing over at Howlin’ Books (1702 8th Avenue South). At 2pm, there will be refreshments, possibly brownies to tie into the humor, and all will have a great time if you take the time to come and see a truly talented writer do her thing in public. 

To cap off the wonderful week ahead, let’s go back to a place where we started the fun with East Side Storytellin’ 34 at Mad Donna’s shall we? It is at Mad Donna’s, The MD Loft upstairs at 1313 Woodland Street, this Sunday, April 6th, where the already fabulously mentioned Roger Bonair-Agard (http://www.blueflowerarts.com/booking/roger-bonair-agard) will be on site reading from his own original work. The place will be packed, the reading will start at 7pm sharp, and you should get there early to get a seat and not miss a single word. As with all of the above, just trust me on this one.

I gotta run, literally run right now, but I hope this reaches you well and I hope to see you sooner than later at one or all of the above. You’re the best! Remember to be nice to one another out there. 

much love, 





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,

A new month with new art

Hello, and good day to you all. Before I get started, I want to give a HUGE shout out to artist/curator Dane Carder for opening the Nashville version of David Lusk Gallery this past Saturday night at 516 Hagan Street. I was at a surprise birthday dinner for Grandmother Beard, but I head it was an amazing turn out. I know it won’t be long for me to get there in person, and I suggest you do the same. Dane is top notch, and this thing will be successful for years to come. You can read more about Dane, as written recently by Native Magazine here – http://issuu.com/nashvilleartsmagazine/docs/feb2014 -web (page 17 and 78) AND also here –http://qr.nashvillemusiccitycenter.com/art/flag-thousand-yard-stare-light-hop

And before I really get rolling with this week, I want to give another quick shout to another show that opened last weekend that you need to check out. It was an exhibition opening for Megan Kimber over at Julia Martin Gallery. Julia Martin has some of the most extraordinary works of art in general so you know when she invites talented friends to showcase at her gallery that it will be a ton of fun. Also, last Saturday was the Grand Opening of The Red Arrow Gallery over in East Nashville! You can read more about it at www.theredarrowgallery.com. YOU should take time to take notice of great people doing great things.

TODAY, Monday, March 3rd, Watkins College of Art, Design & Film is going to have a major fun event going on. If you hit up 2298 Rosa L. Parks Blvd, at 6pm Nick Briz and jon.satrom will share work and discuss the ethics of saving/sharing, experimentation, conscious copying, hacking, and collaboration with art. Then, at 7pm, at the same bat channel of Watkins, RipZipRARLANd will have its Grand Opening with FREE beer & pizza (for people of legal age). The RipZipRARLANd Gallery show will feature artists, artifacts, and artworks elevated by the ethics of everything I just mentioned in the 6pm show. If you don’t know, come out and know.

Speaking of great people doing great things, look no further than Tuesday night, March 4th, at East Side Storytellin’ 32. No, I’m not talking about myself. I’m talking about Nashville’s most recently published author in Ricko Donovan and music by the awesome Kiernan McMullan. It is FREE to attend, starts at 7pm sharp, and you can buy merch, food, spirits, and whatever or just sit and enjoy everything for FREE. Mad Donna’s (1313 Woodland Street) will be hopping’ with or without you, but it should would be nice to see your smiling face in the crowd as we record for the podcast per usual. You can read more about the previous show and the details of the next one I’m talking about here here – http://eastsidestorytn.com/east-side-storytellin-31-when-the-wind-merchant-met-the-golden-sounds-and-the-neighbors-came-a-callin/ 


This was pretty cool to read and share about East Side Storytellin’ this past week too – http://www.tnvacation.com/triptales/meet-nashvilles-authors-at-east-side-storytelling/

After that beginning to your week above, I suggest that you take two days of rest to get ready for the finale. Jump on over to Friday, March 7th, and you’ll have something cool to attend just about everywhere you turn.

Here is a quick list of what you might want to check out if you are able and have time-

(in no priority order)

1- at 5pm, at Frist Center for the Visual Arts (919 Broadway), the region’s top youth poets, emcees, and spoken word artists will comet for top lyrical honors, a chance to appear on the statewide finals stage at TSU on April 26th, and a shot to travel to the Brave New Voices Festival slated for Philadelphia this Summer. Tickets are FREE, but you should reserve a seat in advance. They had to turn people away last year. See more information about Southern Word and this event here- http://www.southernword.org/registration

2- from 5:30-7:30pm, over at Style House Salon (3202 Belmont Blvd), you can have art, drinks, and appetizers all at the same time and place. More importantly, you’ll be able to check out paintings by Cindy Wunsch too! The show is called “Find Your Beautiful” and is curated by the artistically talented creative married couple of Michelle and Aaron Grayum. Talk about a win-win for everyone.

3- Beginning this Friday, March 7th, at 6pm until March 28th at 7pm, Yoga Harmony (4920 Charlotte Avenue) will generously benefit the best non-profit in town in that of Gilda’s Club of Nashville with their Friday evening donation class EACH Friday through March. Hot yoga has never been so hot and warm-hearted. Classes are a $5 suggested minim donation each Friday from 6-7pm. You can read more about Gilda’s Club of Nashville and Gilda’s Gang here – http://www.gildasclubnashville.org

But above all the above, if there is only ONE event that you have time to visit on Friday, put everything down, and from 6-8pm head on over to Douglas Corner for fundraiser for local poet and East Side Storytellin’ alum battling cancer in that of Jamie Givens. Award winning songwriter Kent Blazy and the For Peace Band–as well as a special guest–will be performing to raise money for Jamie as she continues treatment for breast cancer. Having just undergone surgery, her journey to wellness continues. The cover charge is $10, and all proceeds from the show go to help Jamie.


And here is a site with some breast cancer inspired art seen above by Jamie and friends that were made as part of the auction for the event – http://20viewsofbreastcancer.org

Donations can also be made at Jamie’s GoFundMe site: http://www.gofundme.com/jamiegivens 

Here’s more information on various ways to provide assistance to Jamie: http://chancechambers.wordpress.com/2013/11/04/support-for-jamie-givens/ 

After that Friday like none other, Saturday (aside from you visiting me at East Side Story bookstore- 1108 Woodland Street, unit B) has one more art treat for you. If you have enough energy to drive over to 110 Franklin Street, Suite 202, in Clarksville, TN, local talents AK Llamas and Jeff Bertrand will join a bunch of others from around the world for the Grand Opening Exhibit “OPEN” at Trespass Gallery.

Then, Sunday will treat you right if you have time to drive over to Cafe Coco (210 Louise Avenue) at 5pm for That Time of the Month’s “Well Behaved Women Seldom Make History” show. It’s actually called the “Badly Behaved Women” show, and it will feature Kathleen Cosgrove, Tanya Radic, Abby White, Melanie Vare, Becky Wahlstrom, Charlotte Munoz, and hosted by Christopher Pilny. It’s $7 online and $10 at the door. You can get tickets here – http://ttotmmarch2014.bpt.me 

So I think that is enough for you to think about and attend and for me to share in one week’s time. Feel free to come out and enjoy all of the above and share with others you know who might be interested in one or a few.

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

Thanks and much love,





ps- Here is a link for the rest of the Brooklyn Brewery Mash with Nashville and the events that are going down this week in town. IT IS ALL AWESOME! http://brooklynbrewerymash.com/nashville 

PSS- 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! https://numberinc.submittable.com/submit