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