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With it already being Tuesday and all, I'm sorry for my delay by the way (been outta town and kinda in another world of sun and fun), I figured I'd give you a quick link to listen to in case you missed it, and then a ton of great causes and events going on this week to remember.

First, here is the listener- A little live recording from Dave Eastman's final live broadcasting week over at WAMB Radio recently. Enjoy.

Jumping to Thursday, I have like 3 things to warm your heart and the weather in your world.

1- At 5pm, at Marathon Music Works (1402 Clinton Street), there will be a concert and benefit like none in town called "For the Philippines with Love Disaster Relief Concert and Benefit." 100% of the funds raised thru the concert and silent auction as well as 15% of sales from the holiday market, will go directly to the International Relief Teams organization to give aid to the Philippines with the over 4 million Filipinos displaced and the 3,976 lives lost after Typhoon Haiyan. Music will be played by the likes of Trent Dabbs, Sam Palladio, Mayday Malone, and more. For more information on the event or to find out how you can become a part of the night please email:

2- At 5:30-7:30pm, at The Green Room (521 Gallatin Avenue), live jazz and improvisational music will come to East Nashville with the inauguration of the Bright Frontier Happy Hour. Bright Frontier is the new quartet of Craig Havighurst on guitar, Matt Endahl on keys, Charlie Chadwick on bass, and Jason Smart on drums. The Green Room is behind Barista Parlor and sponsored by Artist Growth. It and this band will be something not to be missed by anyone who appreciates good music. Oh, and Craig is also co-host of Music City Roots (if you live in a cave) and also has a great book that will make for a great holiday gift sold at East Side Story (if you live under a rock).

3- Last but not least on Thursday, at 7pm, at The Filming Station (501 8th Avenue South), Carolina Story will host a special night of music with an intimate performance from their newly released EP. This unique space only holds 40 people, so there are only a limited number of tickets available. Get yours and see us there too here: Side note- A $15 ticket gains you entry into this special event + a signed copy of our new EP, Chapter One. They also have other holiday gift basket stuff on site and their website- OH, and they also ask that if you come that you bring a canned food of something to help support Second Harvest! Talented hearts and music of GOLD too!

Oh wait, not last but not least new update just in … YOU are invited to a Holiday Open House with wine, appetizers, and a wonderful selection of handmade gifts by Kaaren Engel, Nancie Roark, Beads by Yaara, and Audry Deal-McEver this Thursday, December 12th, from 10am-2pm and then 7pm-10pm, at 3901 Woodlawn Drive! More good art made by good people. Take that for what it's worth (priceless in my book).

Then, on Friday, December 13th, Friday the 13th!, author Betsy Phillips will be at East Side Story (1108 Woodland Street, Unit B) at 6pm for a very special book club session for her book "A City of Ghosts." You can read more about the book here- and come get one of the best Nashville ghost stories collection for kids of all ages just in time for your holiday gift giving (post-Halloween and all that other stuff too).

This Saturday, December 14th, is going to be really hopping at The Row (1108 Woodland Street). Speaking of some things hopping close to home, like right in MY East Side Story, check these two things back-to-back for your reading and weekend pleasure:

1- Poet Amy E. Hall has a brand new poetry chapbook called "Bathroom Poems" dropping in time for the holidays. From 2-3pm, Amy will be on site to read from and sign copies of her collection of her "crappy poems about bathroom business offering a humorous plunge® into the world of anal-rententive behavior and plenty of wisecracks while you wipe." It will be a fun time by all. You can read more about Amy's poetry at

2- After Amy cleans the house and her creative mess of fun, author Juliana Ericson will be at the bookstore from 6-8pm to read from her new release called "The Other F Word." Juliana is a forgiveness coach and is a wonderful person hear about the various ways mental, physical, and emotional ways forgiveness can help us all. Wine and cheese will be there, so tell everyone to forgive each other and come along together! (Here is the link for the event at 6pm this coming Saturday, December 14th, with author Juliana Ericson that is also FREE to attend!

Also on Saturday, December 14th, besides everything going on at East Side Story, here is a list of 3 other things you should know about too:

1- The Grand Opening of Julia Martin Gallery at 5pm at Julia Martin Gallery (444 Humphreys Street.

2- Poetry in the Brew Open Mic Poetry Reading at Portland Brew East at 5:30pm.

3- Ms. Camilla's Neighborhood Coloring Party at Pied Piper Creamery at 6pm.

I mean, seriously, can it get more packed with fun and good-hearted people in one city than Nashville here and now?! Yeah, I didn't think so. I hope to see you and all or most of the things below. Either way, enjoy your week, stay warm, and be nice to one another.

Oh, and another head's up, next Tuesday, December 17th, will be a holiday extravaganza like no other! I'm not the only one writing about it too. Check this out-

Hide your kids, hide your wife, The Mary Nails gon' find you ... they gon' find you ... so run and tell that, homeboy!

See EVERYONE at Mad Donna's on December 17th at 7pm!!

much love,

PS- On an art writing note of urgency around our region- Make sure to send in your reviews and regional updates for Number Inc's #77 coming up, represent your region right! - The NEW deadline is now December 20th, so you still have time to promote everything!

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