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@ArtoberNash, week 2!

Nashville Storytellers: Faces behind the Stories - Art by Jeff Bertrand
East Side Story, Saturday, October 12th, 5-9pm

I think I’ll take a break for Monday this week from promoting events tonight since I’m sure I’mn not alone from standing in the rain and watching yet another game where the Titans were who we thought they would be. I’ve started to simply start my real weeks on Tuesdays, pretty much since starting East Side Storytellin’ last November on a Tuesday. That said, this Tuesday, from 6-9pm, at Turnip Green Creative Reuse (535 4th Avenue South), the Tennessean Newspaper Rack Community Art Project will be in full effect. The Tennessean, Beth Inglish, Turnip Green Creative Reuse, and the Nashville Creative Group are hosting an event to upcycle a few decommissioned newspaper racks for a community art project. It is a BYOB (bring your own brush) deal, and the finished painted racks will be unveiled at a futre event at Turnip Green Creative Reuse. It takes a village, y’all!

Speaking of villages, Honest Lewis is at it again this Tuesday night with another round of A Night of Free Speech. From 7-11pm, at Logue’s Black Raven Emporium, everyone is welcome to get up and share their ideas, prose, shorts, longs, poetry, and whatever you have written down on a piece of paper or in your head that you’d like to share with other local literary folks in the round. There are snacks and beer there for purchase and all the good writing your soul can digest in one sitting. I highly recommend that you come out and try a taste.

Wednesday, October 9th, you can get your @artobernash fill over at Fort Houston (500 Houston Street) with Les Blank Film Month: “Sun’s Gonna Shine” + “The Blues Accordin’ to Lightnin’ Hopikins.” Nashville Folk + Free Skool is partnering with Fort Houston on a 3 part series to screen a handful of Blank films on rare 16mm prints, courtesy of John Lomax III. The films, beginning at 7pm, will be followed by Q+A sessions with regional scholars, musicians, and other culture-bearers.
And yet again connecting transitional dots here, and pointing out a few more culture-bearers that I know, The Coal Men are playing an epic show on Wednesday night and want you THERE too! Dave & Dave will be hitting the stage at 7pm at the performing artist co-op (107 N. 11th St. in East Nashville’s 5 Points area) in order to officially celebrate the release of “Escalator” with a juke joint hang. For adults above 21 there will be FREE beer, live music from The Coal Men, and the availability to buy their new tour EP “Skeletons” for $10 (half of that price will go to East C.A.N.). Not a bad night if I don’t say so myself!

Thursday, October 10th, marks the beginning of the 3 day event called Creativity Moves Nashville 2013 Conference. You can get more information at, but from October 10-12, at Vanderbilt University Student Life Center (310 25th Avenue S.) the Nashville community will come together for inspiration and innovation in a gathering of Nashville’s innovative creative leaders, thinkers, and doers who believe in the power of creativity to do good and transform our community. Creativity Moves, Jacob Weiss, Sam Davidson, Matt Cheuvront, Jen Cole, and Nancy Van Reece (among others) don’t really need an introduction here, but you should get your tickets and hear all of the good things they have to say. Seriously, get your ticket and be there. Most important thing going on this week for sure.

Skip over to single out Friday, October 11th, and you only need to know one thing … The Lower Caves are playing at Exit/In at 8pm. Yeah, I said it.

Saturday, you have 3 options for awesome and you can definitely check out all 3 if you are willing and able to be awesome. First, it should go without being said here (meaning you should already know) that the 25th Annual Southern Festival of Books is going down Downtown this weekend. I actually get to introduce author Wendy Welch on CSPAN2 live at noon if you are channel surfing on CSPAN2 (aka the book channel thingy). But yeah, you will have your choices of readings, books on tables, authors from near and far, and it be going on all day long. Another highlight from the fest you should check out is the reading from Leslie LaChance, Art Smith, and Jeff Hardin as they read from their new books at the Nashville Public Library, Conference Room III, at 2pm. They are all so very talented and worth your time.

Second on the list of must sees for Saturday is Poetry in the Brew. Like clockwork, on the 2nd Saturday of every month, the finest local poets come together at Portland Brew East (1921 Eastland Avenue) from 5:30-8:30pm and do their thing. Patricia Alice Albrecht will be guest hosting this week, and Curtis Rose (aka The Purple Poet) is returning to town to feature as well. This should be AWEsome.

And finally, the place I will definitely be at and that will no doubt give you a week’s worth of AWEsome in one spot, you really need to come out to an art opening like no other in town at East Side Story (1108 Woodland Street, Unit B). I know you might think that we are only a bookstore for local authors, but we also feature local artists’ work that is inspired by literature. I can’t think of anything artistic wise so far in our short run of a year like this show. Jeff Bertrand has taken pages from more than two handfuls of local authors featured at East Side Story (from New York Times Bestselling authors to self-published and everything in between) and painted their portraits on their pages. You can see from the picture above that he is amazing and the authors will be blown away and surprised just as much as the rest of us seeing the work for the first time. The exhibition is called “Nashville Storytellers: Faces behind the Stories.” The reception is Saturday, October 12th, from 5-9pm, at East Side Story, and Jeff Bertrand will be there to show you the work and talk if you want to too. This show coincides with the rest of the 2nd Saturday at 5 Points art crawl from 6-9pm as well. THIS will be EPIC!

Sunday, maybe Sunday we can rest and pick up where we left off this past weekend with a win from the Titans. Let’s do our part, while they spend a week learning from mistakes and practicing to earn their enormous paychecks. Let’s do our part to live large with all that we have been given around us in Nashville this week art-wise. We have a lot to be thankful for right now. I hope to see you at a few or all of the above.

And be nice to each other.

much love,

ps- Heads up- Next Tuesday, October 15th, at 7pm, I am honored to say that we at East Side Storytelly are partnering up with Mad Donna’s (1313 Woodland Street) to have our first annual Halloween-ish East Side Storytellin’ event. We will have the spooky stories of Betsy Phillips (author of A City of Ghosts- and the music by Old Hazelwood. It is FREE to attend, will have merch for sale, and it will conclude by 8:30pm in case you have other tricks up your sleeve that evening. Please come dressed for the holiday fun if you want. We won’t judge, we’ll just have fun together.

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