Everything this week starts with tomorrow, Friday, July 26th. First, the Frist Center for the Visual Arts is going to be a major place to be. At noon, there will be a very special curator's tour of "Jack Spencer: Beyond the Surface." Meet at the exhibition entrance, gallery admission required unless you are already a member (I suggest you become a member). Chief Curator Mark Scala will lead a tour of the exhibition while discussing Spencer's photography in the context of its relation to painting and literature. It will be an insightful tour for an extraordinary artist. But don't leave the Frist after that is over. Friday is also a Frist Friday! The Long Players will be performing The Cars' debut album from beginning to end in honor of the current exhibition "Sensuous Steel: Art Deco Automobile." This will go down from 6-9pm. Tickets are $10 unless you are a member (members get in FREE - see, it already paid for itself again). The event is rain or shine and The Long Players are always a great time!
Second, from 5-7pm, you and all of your friends are invited to the 2013 Pre-College Exhibition and Screening at Watkins. It is a special, one-night exhibition of work completed by the 2013 Pre-College Program students in the drawing & painting, film, and graphic design tracks. A gallery show will be held in the Brownlee O. Currey, Jr. Gallery. The film will premiere in Watkins Theater at 5:30pm with an encore screening at 6:30pm. Refreshments will be provided.
Third, from 8-11pm, The Nashville Fringe Festival Presents: Music From Around The World at the Belmont Mansion of Belmont University (1700 Acklen Avenue). The event is FREE to attend, to park, and is open to the public. This concert will feature instrumental music played by several groups and individual musicians. There will be folkdance music of Eastern Europe, an accordion player playing music from Bosnia and Bulgaria, a strong representation of Paraguay's harp tradition, a duo of classical guitarists playing from Brazil and Argentina, an Egyptian musician playing Middle Eastern music on keyboard, and the Serenatta Romantic Latin Ensemble will perform music from Colombia. Basically, this will be a lot more than just your typical country/hipster Saturday night show!
If none of that is your cup of tea, why not go on over to "You're a Winner (Interactive Performance Art)" at Noa Noa (620 Hamilton Avenue). Doors open at 8:30pm (Friday and Saturday), but the show won't start until 9 sharp. There is a suggested donation of $5 and it is BYOB. Park in the front yard and surrounding business lots. Noa Noa is a safe and comfortable environment for everyone. Just come and ask for either Tony Youngblood or Tommy Stangroom if you don't know anyone yet. All you have to bring is yourself, a positive (winning) attitude, something to drink, a blanket or chair, bug spray, and your A game so that you might win a prize during the interactive fun. I've heard that there will be sequins, prizes, Nirvana music, sitting, unicorns, and so much more. Check out this video for a preview: https://vimeo.com/70004161, and for more information about the performance on Saturday, July 27th, click the FB event is located here: https://www.facebook.com/events/637156796297083/.
Come join me and others in welcoming author/musician Michael Snow from 3-5pm, with a reading at 4pm from Michael's book "Mersey Me!" From the the frontroom boy on the stages of Europe to the backroom boy in the studios of London and Nashville, Michael has been around the music game for over fifty years as a touring and studio musician, songwriter, recording artist, producer, arranger, and publishing executive. Don't miss your chance, one and all artists, to meet Michael in person and listen firsthand to some of his amazing stories. Books and refreshments will be on site. It will be at East Side Story, 1108 Woodland Street, Unit B!
Then, at 7pm (until 12:30am), Joe Melanson (of No Egrets in Clarksville) will be at Boheme Collectif (919 Gallatin Avenue, Suite 8) to bring you one heck of a pop-art extravaganza benefiting Room at the Inn and E.N.C.M. The show will feature some of the best artists that Middle TN has to offer with all kinds of mediums, as well as music, performance, and a bake sale. Come out and help support E.N.C.M.'s ongoing mission of being a much needed resource to help serve the homeless and impoverished in Nashville. You'll feel better if you do, trust me.
And speaking of feeling better on Sunday, after a long weekend of fun, you should drop by the Research Club at Fort Houston (500 Houston Street) for the Eleventh Edition of Research Club. From noon-2pm, guest speakers will talk for about 15 minutes apiece. It's FREE to attend, and it's a wonderful experience for some great community artists and leaders to talk with you and for you to hang out and discuss whatever right back at them. This Sunday will feature the likes of Abby Whisenant (a valued asset at Oasis Center who is going to speak about the Metro Arts Commission funded photo-voice project that will have local teenagers promote the concept of youth transportation via photographs and narratives), Ryan Turbeville (a marketing strategist for a Nashville startup called Populr.me- a micro-publishing platform that lets people make one-page "pop" sites), and Kyle McCollom (a social entrepreneur whose current project, Every, is a powder packet drink that donates rehydration salts to communities in developing countries). Feel free to bring a dish of whatever for a potluck-style brunch to be enjoyed by one and all. This happens the last Sunday of every month. Catch it when you can. Always great people involved with this thing.
Thank YOU for being such great people for reading and sharing this above to help share the love of the awesomeness that is going on in Nashville for the next 3 days (and every day for that matter).
Enjoy your day, week, and weekend, and be nice to one another.