It always happens, at one time or another. There have been countless songs and careers made from the very thought. All good things must come to an end. I recently had a friend, who just so happens to be one of my favorite authors around, come to the bookstore and tell me the story about her dog having to be put down this past week. It was sad that she no longer gets to hang out with the friend any longer, but she didn't have to hang on. It was just time. Age catches up with all of us. That said, October, whether we hate to admit it or not, is ending this week. There, now that I have that out of the way and in front of us, we can move on forward to and through this situation together.
This week, like every single @artobernash week this year, will be amazing and one for the record books. For, among other reasons, it is fitting that the last week of @artobernash of this year coincides with the first weekend of the next best month of the year in November! I think there's a Semisonic song in there somewhere, but I won't sing it for you right now. With Thanksgiving just around the corner, what better way to appreciate what you have than to go without for a bit. Starting today, October 28th - Friday, November 1st, a bunch of Nashvillians will be taking the SNAP challenge. This challenge is open to all individuals and involves living on what would be the weekly SNAP (food stamps) allowance in Tennessee for 5 days, so you can get a sense of what it would be like to subsist on SNAP. This means spending only $4.20 per day, per person, on everything that you eat, including breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, seasonings and drinks. Tonight, at 2905 12th Avenue South, at 6pm, you can join a ton of great people for a simple potluck, hear from a panel about the effects of SNAP on our community, and meet other SNAP challenge participants. Or just SIGN UP HERE: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1FeN1DinGdlw4lqlw090_fp7k5PUgi5su7tKudMCR-uI/viewform
This just in … author Jenny Moshak, former associate athletic director for Lady Vols basketball, will be at East Side Story (1108 Woodland Street, Unit B) tomorrow night from 5:15-6:30pm to read from and discuss her new work, Ice ‘n’ Go. Ice ‘n’ Go is a culmination of the breadth of knowledge and unique insight from Moshak's more than twenty-five years of work in major college sports. Moshak will be on site to talk about the book, read, sign, sell, and enjoy conversations about everything she wants as long as you show up.
This Wednesday, October 30th, from 9:30am-5pm, at the Downtown Public Library, you can experience the 2013 Nash-Up: Remixing Nashville's Arts, Culture and Creative Future with some of the bestest people in town. FREE with registration, and presented by Metro Arts and The Nashville Scene, Nash-Up is an excellent way to properly close out the amazing Artober month of arts activation in Nashville. It is a day-long summit featuring panels and sessions that will explore Nashville creative industry through discussion and dialogue. You can visit www.artobernashville.com for more details and registration information, join the conversation with @NashUp, or REGISTER HERE: http://exclusives.nowplayingnashville.com/websales/pages/TicketSearchCriteria.aspx?evtinfo=64460%7E2e3b07db-943b-498e-bdad-828333a81424&epguid=8345fc8d-a380-4bbc-844b-9d80231b15c2
Then, this Thursday, HALLOWEEN night, October 31st, from 7-11pm, Porter Flea is gonna get weird. There will be a spooky night of costumes, drinks, and a strange art sale to go with. Some of our favorites will be selling limited editions of their most chilling works, including Boss Construction, Kangaroo Press, Monkey Ink Design, Arcade Death, Dangworthy, Sawtooth Printhouse, Luke Howard, and more. There will be drinks, outdoor B movies galore, a guest DJ, and costume prizes. It is a 21+ event, and this is the ultimate way to finish @artobernash 2013 with the ultimate bang. The show is called Full Bleed. Skip over Friday for resting for Saturday and the FIRST SATURDAY ART CRAWLS and various other art to be had. I have four things in four different places to suggest so I don't smother you with one spot or a list of everything to do … no spoiler alerts here (for the most part).
Here is my list (in no order of favorites):
1- From 6-9pm, at Blend Studio (79 Arcade), coinciding with the rest of the 5th Avenue Downtown Art Crawl all around, you can experience "New Southern Vernacular: work by Greely Myatt, Ted Lauritzen Wright, and Dwayne Butcher." All of the artists will be present on opening night, and you can see more information here- http://www.bigredandshiny.com/cgi-bin/BRS.cgi?section=article&issue=137&article=2012-09-03-
2- From 6-9pm, at CoLab Nashville (230 N. 4th Avenue, Suite 105), you can join the fun with Untitled's Pop-Up Art Show. You can find more information about to get involved and/or visit here- http://www.untitlednashville.org/register/pop-up-art-shows/
3- At 8pm, at 808 Fatherland Street, you can commemorate a splendid Saturday by seeing "Commemoration Of All Faithful Departed" with the likes of the fabulous Janelle Bonfour-Mikes and Ben Burr. Post-Halloween, on All Souls' Day, this is a FREE event that will have experimental dance, poetry, and performances all around. All I can promise is that it will be AWEsome.
4- Zeitgeist (516 Hagan Street, Suite 100, behind Greer Stadium in historic Wedgewood/Houston) is pleased to present two new ensembles that comment on impermanence and passing moments from Nashville-based multimedia artist Patrick DeGuira and NYC-based photographer Gieves Anderson. From 5:30-9pm, this event is in conjunction with the ARTSMUSIC @ WEDGEWOODHOUSTON weekend and the Cheekwood Museum of Art Pop-up for the "More Love" exhibition. All venues participating are FREE and OPEN to the public to attend.
Then, to finish off Sunday right, November 3rd, The Eastwood Ensemble Presents: Chamber Music Underground at The Cappellino Home at 5pm (714 Setliff Place). This is your chance to experience classical chamber music the way it was intended-inside a home with East Nashville style! Wine and snacks will be provided, along with a performance of music from Dvorak, Schumann, and more. This series by The Eastwood Ensemble has been featured TWICE as a Critic's Pick in the Nashville Scene. Basically, it is a relaxing fall evening of music with a casual, friendly atmosphere with some of the best musicians around. No dressing up is needed. The event is a fundraiser for Eastwood Ensemble's future community projects as they move closer to becoming a 501c3 non-profit organization. The event is 21 and UP. You must get tickets before and they are limited. Get them HERE (and share the link, please) - http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/493539
Before I go, I'd like to give you a head's up for the 1 year anniversary East Side Storytellin' show coming up at Mad Donna's on Tuesday, November 5th, at 7pm, with the likes of Keel Hunt, Park Chisolm, and Vanderbilt University Press. Check us out at www.facebook.com/eastsidestorytn for more info. East Side Storytellin' is also FREE to attend. Check this out - http://eastsidestorytn.com/east-side-storytellin-24-where-old-hazelwood-met-new-nashville-ghost-stories/
Until I see you or your read this again, be nice to each other and have a great finish to the best @artobernash yet!