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- 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.