It is here; the time right before Halloween, just after football has kicked into gear, the temperatures have dropped, the air is crisp, and I am no longer sweatin’ life. Fall is my favorite, and a monumental weekend of fun, friends, family, and new experiences during the past few days really hit home this sentiment in my world. I hope you had a great weekend as well.
This coming week, before I get to a few events that might peak your interest and calendar around town, I’d like to give a shout out for 2 calls for artists for all creative folks that might want to do the following:
1- Metro Nashville Arts Commission just announced a request for artists qualifications for public art at the new Bellevue Branch Library on Baugh Road. 3-5 artists or teams will be selected to develop proposals and one of which will be selected for the final commission to fabricate and install permanent, site-specific public artwork. The deadline for submission is Friday, October 4th, at 1am Central, and you can find more information at www.callforentry.org and visit the Bellevue Library project website (Google it).
2- Untitled Nashville is having another call for their October show. It is open to all artists, of all levels and any media and subject matter. It is uncensored and un-juried. One piece per artist. $15 registration, and your piece must be wired to hand according to the guidelines of the show. You can check out more information here- http://www.untitlednashville.org/register/pop-up-art-shows/.
Tomorrow, Tuesday, September 24th, it is once again time for another FREE Night of Speech over at Logue's Black Raven Emporium (2915 Gallatin Pike). Hosted by Honest Lewis, from 7-11pm, it is another full spectrum mix of styles and subject matter. Everyone is welcome to get up and share their ideas, prose, and words in general. It's a good time had by all, and that's about all you can ask for, right?
Then, Wednesday, September 25th, over at the Nashville Public Library, come check out the legendary performing group of Playing By Air (www.playingbyair.com) from 5-5:45pm. Jacob Weiss and the gang will perform a FREE public show and people will have the chance to watch videos and learn more about Playing By Air's event entertainment and community outreach programs. Seriously, juggle your schedule so you can get there on time because the show will start promptly at 5pm sharp!
Special note, just after the Playing By Air show, you'll still have time to jot over to the Bluebird Cafe (4104 Hillsboro Pike) to catch a very cool "In the Round." At 6pm, not only will Bryan Edwards, Dana Romanello, and Mark Lonsway be there, but the one and only pair of Ronny & Sarah Criss will showcase their original tunes for everyone present. It will also be a wonderful time had by all there.
But with those two gems on Hump Day, don't forget about Pictures of Fireworks over at Fido (1812 21st Avenue South). With the monthly night of storytelling that showcases a combo of Nashville's best comedians and authors, it's most interesting residents and characters, and YOU, you can either sit back and relax or throw your nerves around and throw your name in the hat to share your story too. Starting at 7:30pm, hosted by Heather LeRoy, half of the stories are curated before hand while others are spontaneously presented from the brave kiddos in the crowd.
Thursday, September 26th, you can rest easy to think or go out and party in honor of the 24th annual celebration for John Austin Beard’s birth. That pretty much says it all for that day, in my opinion. Glad to have him and happy we kept him around. Good ol’ Linus. War Eagle, kiddo. War Eagle, bro!
If you do get out on Thursday for any reason besides for Austin, you might make it a point to listen to a lecture from Andrew Graciano (an art history professor and associate chair and graduate director in the department of art at the University of South Carolina. It will be the Norman L. and Roselea J. Goldberg Lecture in Art History at 203 Cohen Hall at Vandy. Andrew's lecture is titled, "Joseph Wright's Academy by Lamplight (1769) in Context." It will be something cool and probably better for your health than doing shots at the bar for Austin's and Pete's sake.
Friday, September 27th, from 5:30-8:30pm, join Bennett Galleries (2104 Crestmoor Road) for a cocktail and a snack, chance to meet the artists, and see some wonderful works of art! Bennett Galleries are having a party for the opening reception for “Inhabiting Wonder-Anton Weiss and Lisa Jennings.” Then, at 7 pm over at Zeitgeist Gallery, 516 Hagan Street, you can experience the “Joo Won Park with John Latartara.” Park strives to make everyday sound beautiful and strange so that everyday becomes beautiful and strange. I love that line and I love that Park performs live with toys, kitchenware, vegetables, umbrellas, and other non-musical objects by digitally processing their sounds. You can't sit here and tell me that this isn't the coolest thing you've heard today. It's very cool!
Also very cool on Friday at 7pm, over at Barnes & Noble at Vanderbilt University (2501 West End Avenue), you can listen to some of Nashville's finest poets during this month's installment of Lyrical Brew: an evening of local poetry. This month's brew will feature poets Tiana Clark, Bill Brown, and Stephanie Pruitt Gaines.
After Friday, go out and get together with friends and soak up this beautiful fall weather and time while we have it. You can go for a walk in the park, buy a book from East Side Story and read it on a hammock or front/back porch, go to listen to some music, try some new local food, or whatever you choose. When you choose local, everyone wins! Now get going and make the most of the day and week ahead!
Check this link out too for East Side Storytellin' sake:
The NEXT East Side Storytellin’ event will be …
Date- Tuesday, October 1st, 2013
Time- 7 pm sharp (Central)
Location- Mad Donna’s (1313 Woodland Street)- http://maddonnas.com
Need information or details about Mad donna’s, call 615-226-1617. Otherwise it is first come, first available seats.
Who will be featured- painter Jonathan Richter and poet DKM (authors of Subjects with Objects – www.rabbitroom.com/2013/070rr-interview-subjects-with-objects-co-author-...) and music by Bulb (www.reverbnation.com/bulbthemusic).