This week is going to be so much better than last week or any week so far this year. I’m just saying, and typing, that starting tomorrow night and flowing through Sunday, it will be a very fun, creative ride as long as you jump on board.
Tomorrow night you have two really fine choices to pick from in regards to outstanding evenings and entertainment. First, doors opening at 6pm over at 3rd & Lindsley, the fantabulous and totally original pianist and music-maker Brooke Waggoner will be performing alongside several good friends. It marks a very special occasion because it will be a release show for her latest record called “Originator.” If you haven’t seen her, you should. If you do know about her music, take a listen here at www.brookewaggoner.com and thank me later. The second choice of this stellar Tuesday night will be none other than the very first show of East Side Storytellin’ at its new location of Fat Bottom Brew Co. Located at 900 Main Street, the event is FREE but space will be limited. It will be a first come, first seated event with the talents of rising star author, Victoria Schwab (www.victoriaschwab.com) and a musical performance by Grace Adele and a 5 piece string band (www.graceadlemusic.com). I didn’t plan for everything in this paragraph to be a feature for red-headed female artists, but I’m guessing that its either something in the moon or something that Tom Robbins would come up with and enjoy. But yeah, the East Side Storytellin’ show will begin promptly at 7pm so you might want to get there a second or two early to get a seat and a deal with their $10 pint and burger special. Mmmmm, burger special.
Then, Wednesday night will be a chance for you to get out and collaborate with some of your friends at “Our House.” From 7-9pm, at the Sig Held Gallery, Gordon JCC (801 Percy Warner Blvd- 615-356-7170), you can witness the latest collaborative works by the Nashville Collage Collective. It is fun, free, and a little bit of everything creative you would want to see.
Moving along to Thursday, you’ll have another two great things to visit just outside the city limits and well worth your time. First, from 5-8pm, at Gallery for Art at No Egrets Tattoo Studios (1128 College Street, Clarksville, TN) you can see “chasing/after/life: A visual dialogue on the lingering mark of our lives and the masters before us.” Photographers Micah Caputo and Joseph Newsome are presenting a visual dialogue to stir emotion, thought, and inquiries on life in general. There will be music played by Christian Santiago during the Artist’s Reception as well. Second, you can jump in the car and over to Austin Peay State University from 5-8pm to see “Connect 12 Artist Collective: Collaborative Project.” As part of the First Thursday Art Walk, on the 2nd floor of Morgan University Center, the Connect 12 Artist Collective (comprised by Tiffany Dyer, Stephen Zeme, Andee Rudloff, Megan Kelley, Alesandra Bellos, Tyler Foster, Stacey Irvin, Ben. Vitualla, Zandrea Diggs, Halle Rudloff, and Laura Young), is a group of community-minded artists that are very diverse in style and creativity for one and all.
Also on Thursday night, you can stumble on over to the Brownlee O. Currey, Jr. Gallery and Watkins Theater (at the Watkins College of Art, Design & Film- 2298 Rosa L. Parks Blvd.) at 5:30 pm for a lecture by the award-winning creative force behind Red Nose Studio, Chris Sickels! His 3-D illustrations built from a variety of materials, puppets, wood, wire, fabric, cardboard, and found objects among other things are simply amazing! The lecture will have a reception with the artist afterwards to open the visiting artist's exhibition called "Illustration the Hard Way: Process, Sets and Puppets."
Coming back to Downtown Nashville for Friday, March 8th, don’t go any further than the Frist Center Café at the Frist Center for the Visual Arts. It is there, at 6pm, where the region’s top youth poets, emcees, and spoken word artists will compete for top lyrical honors and a chance to appear on the statewide finals stage at TSU on April 13th and a shot to go to the Brave New Voices Festival for Chicago this summer. Hosted by Keayana Robinson with DJVU, this is truly a don’t/can’t miss show. These young adults are some of the most amazing artists I’ve ever seen/heard.
After you are blown away by the words of Friday night, you can relax and party on Saturday at the most happening party of the weekend … the Grand Opening Party and Reception for Fat Crow Press! Located just two doors behind East Side Story at 1108 Woodland Street (Unit D), the legendary Julie Sola has made yet another dream a reality. From 11am-9pm (with most of the fun being from 6-9pm), Fat Crow Press will open with a bang! Fat Crow Press is a unique store that will feature original fabrics, children’s clothing, hand pulled prints, lamps, and much much more. Come have a drink (age appropriate of course) and help Julia celebrate such a monumental accomplishment! The party from 6-9pm will be during the East Side Second Saturday where the shops at The Idea Hatchery and neighboring galleries will be open late for everyone. You can LIKE and look at Fat Crow Press here- www.facebook.com/fatcrowpressstore.
So that about wraps up what I’ll be doing this week ahead and I hope you will too. As promised, we live in a city where it is impossible to be bored unless you try. Thanks for visiting and I hope you have the best week ever … because you can.
PS- Wait, what was that?!?! Did someone named Jeff Bertrand just let me know that Sunday, March 10th, from 7-10pm, that another amazing art show will be in town featuring none other than new works from Charles Bennett! Titled " ... From Parts Unknown," will be a solo show, FREE and open to the public. Charles is always another must see in my humble opinion for whatever that's worth to you. You can see this show at Octane! Art Gallery (1000 Main Street).
PSS- Speaking of last minute updates and PSS, not to be confused by another similar 3 letter acronym for "that time of the month," Melanie Vare is back again for her own, hilarious show called "That Time of the Month." Sunday, March 10th, at 5pm, at Cafe Coco, Melanie will be on stage with her friends Patsy Lawson, Amy Townsend, Tammy Roth, Paulina Combow, and the token man of the month, Mike Kipp. The theme for this month's hilarity is mental health. Tickets can be found and bought here- www.brownpapertickets.com/event/344468