Well, with the crisp air and the fun sun still looming all around us, this is an excellent week to prepare yourself for events and people that will surely give you the goosies. I’m sure I’m not the only person that was confused by the new characters that exited as quickly as they first appeared on AMC’s The Walking Dead last night, but don’t let that scare you. As always with October and Artober and everything that goes on in Nashville in general, the best is always yet to come!
Tomorrow, Tuesday, October 15th, does just that. With the 24th edition of East Side Storytellin’, it will be one for the books. It will be the 1st annual Halloween-ish themed East Side Storytellin’, since it’s the last one of this month, and it will definitely not disappoint all who make it out for the occasion, dressed up or not. Tomorrow, at 7pm sharp, at Mad Donna’s (1313 Woodland Street), music will be provided by the classic married couple that call themselves Old Hazelwood when they perform around town (www.misterhazelwood.com/old-hazelwood). And to set the ghoulish mood of the month perfectly, author Betsy Phillips (author of A City of Ghosts, tiny cat pants wordpress blog, and countless other scary good stories to come – http://betsyphillips.net) will be on site to read some of the most fun, spooky, and local Nashville tales you have ever heard … fact. It is FREE to attend, over by 8:30pm, and will be an unforgettable time. Seriously, you shouldn’t miss out on these shows while they last.
Wednesday night, October 16th, over at Fort Houston (500 Houston Street), from 7pm onward, you can honor the passing of the late documentarian Les Blank by visiting the Nashville Folk + Free Skool for their second part of their 3-part series to screen a handful of Blank films on rare 16mm prints, couresy of John Lomax III. The featured movies this week are “Dry Wood” and “Hot Pepper.” The night will have a Q + A session with archivist John Fabke of MTSU and journalist Ron Wynn. It will be a hoot indeed, and all of this for a mere $5 donation for expenses to put it together. Did I mention there will be home-brewed beer by Tim Davis available?
Thursday, you have 2 very cool literary choices to choose from. First, if you find yourself in Clarksville (96 Clarksville, TN to be exact) at the Downtown Artists Cooperative, at 5:15pm, writer Amy Wright will read from her recent poems at DAC’s second Salon. She is the Nonfiction Editor of Zone 3 Press at APSU, author of 3 poetry chapbooks, and has appeared in a handful of quality journals around the country. Basically, her work is quality and you should totally take advantage of meeting and hearing her live in person if you have the chance. The reading starts at 5:30pm, with light refreshments, discussions, and visiting with the writer afterwards. Not to forget about one other hands-on event this Thursday, October 17th, never forget about Platetone Printmaking, Paper, and Book Arts (535 Fourth Avenue South). This Thursday, from 6-9pm, they are celebrating the spirit of creativity and artmaking during @ArtoberNash by inviting YOU to join them for their FREE hands-on Third Thursday Open Studio! This month, they are helping people make their own journals and sketchbooks: they provide the materials, and you’ll choose the interior signature pages, design and collage your unique cover, and everyone will have a blast! Learn more about this event and others this month at @artobernash and www.artobernashville.com.
Skip over Friday and jump into Saturday and the weekend full force by going to the Tennessee State Museum (5th Avenue and Deaderick Street), all day long from noon-4pm. For it is there where “Explorastory” is back with more riveting Scary Stories, all taking place in Tennessee. This year’s tellers will include Magda the StorySpider, Barry Jones, Debbie Caldwell, & Betty O. The museum’s annual ghost story festival, known as “Haunted Musuem” is back for its lucky number 13th and scariest year yet! This event is FREE to the public, and you can find more information at www.tnmuseum.org. Haunted Museum features a “ghost trail” through the museum with prizes, crafts, and refreshments for kids of all ages. Seriously, if you show up you’ll get prizes! Dress up and wild and come on down.
Then, if you dare to get out after the Haunted Museum, come over and visit one of the many excellent open art galleries on the East, West, North, South, and Downtown areas of Nashville. There are some amazing artists doing some very amazing things all over that could use your amazing support. Don’t just take advantage of the FREE admission prices to see the art, buy some and take it home with you for years to come. Just saying, artists shouldn’t have to be starving artists or dead (or undead to come full circle with The Walking Dead here) for you to remember or take notice.
That said, enjoy your week ahead and be nice to one another, please.