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Here come the holiday parties, Y'ALL!

Tuesday, Dec. 17th, Mad Donna's, 7pm!!!
Tuesday, Dec. 17th, Mad Donna's, 7pm!!!The Mary Nails and Jesus!

Okay, so without any delay this week, get in your car and head down to the Frist Center for the Visual Arts RIGHT NOW! You can arrive early, say 10am, but at 10:30am, TODAY, there is a festive holiday sing-along of seasonal favorites with Sarah Martin McConnell- following a performance by "Changing Gears" Handbell Choir. The performance is at the Frist Center Auditorium and is FREE to attend!

Sticking with today, December 16th, you can start the day at the Frist, maybe stick around in the galleries and possibly buy some gifts in the wonderful gift shop and lunch in the cafe (kinda like Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis did last week actually … See, People Magazine, THEY ARE JUST LIKE US :) ), and then possibly drop by the Thistle Stop Cafe anytime from 6-8pm to help the Nashville Community Darkroom Benefit. This is their holiday fundraiser, located at 5128 Charlotte Avenue, the event will feature live entertainment by Tommy Womack, a pop-up gallery of NCD photographers and artists, and a brief presentation about the Nashville Community Darkroom's purpose, goals, and progress. For more info on the NCD, please visit http://nashvillecommunitydarkroom.org/ The event is open to the public, with a suggested donation is $25.

Then, you can end the day with a party like no other at night at Lockeland Springsteen's Holiday Happy Hour festivity at The 5 Spot (1006 Forrest Avenue). From 5-8pm, come celebrate the holiday season with music (Boom Forest, Blank Range, Cale Tyson, and The New Lonely), Morally Good Vinyl will be on hand with a variety of vintage albums, East Side Story will be selling music themed books, and there will be plenty of mercy from Electric Western Records too! DId I mention half-price drinks and hot chicken out back?!

Then, after you recover from that, you can explode on the holiday season with The Mary Nails! Yep, I said it and you are reading this correctly! If you have time and a real need to dance, you NEED to be at Mad Donna's (1313 Woodland Street) at 7pm sharp to witness a Christmas show and miracle like none I've ever heard about EVER! This is when and where East Side Storytellin' 28 will go down. Author/artist Mark Sloniker will be reading from original prose that will be other-worldly, and then it will be time for the reunion of reunions. The Mary Nails are playing again!!!!! It's been 3 years since the last show that left us all wanting more. Here and now we will have a Christmas miracle for everyone to celebrate the end of this year and the beginning of a hopeful adventure in 2014. I'm not the only one showing up to this and I'm not the only one writing about it either. You can read more about it here- http://www.outandaboutnashville.com/story/east-side-storytellin-reunite-mary-nails#.Uqor2liA21s You can read more about our recent East Side Storytellin' event and details about the above show at this link here- http://eastsidestorytn.com/east-side-storytellin-27-when-the-extraordinary-lydia-peelle-and-griffin-house-gave-us-many-reasons-for-and-advantages-of-enjoying-life-in-general/

Because I know you'll have to rest the entire day and night after East Side Storytellin' 28 with The Mary Nails, I'll give you a Thursday that will fill your holiday season and energy back up to par.

First, over at the Turnip Green Creative Reuse (535 4th Avenue South), from 5-9pm, you can spread cheer at the artist marketplace and green gallery. Carrie Cox's show "Indigo" will be up, and the Platetone Printmaking, Paper and Book Arts will be buzzing with the fun reuse projects just in time for the holidays.

Second, from 6-7:15pm, at Atmalogy (2320 West End Avenue), there will be an evening of eminent creativity. It is called "Writings on the Wall (a poetry experience)" and it will be AWEsome! Just go check it out and let their words say everything I can't bring justice to right now.

Third for Thursday, at 7pm, at The Basement (1604 8th Avenue South), go experience the Merry AquaVelvet Christmas Spectacular! There will be all your favorites, special guests, lots of holiday surprises, Jim Hoke's lavish arrangements and Kristi Rose too!

And on top of everything above and below, please PLEASE know that it's that time of year again for The Ornaments to come out. The Ornaments (Jen Grunderman, James Haggerty, and Martin Lynds) play every night Monday, 12/16- Saturday, 12/21 at The Family Wash, twice a night, at 6:30pm and 8:30pm. They play at The Belcourt Theater (Saturday Kids Show) at 10am too. for more information, go to www.facebook.com/TheOrnaments. All shows are $7, and reservations are highly recommended at The Family Wash because it is packed every show. The Ornaments, having started 7 years ago, play what they consider to be the greatest holiday special ever produced- Charles Schultz's "A Charlie Brown Christmas"- with its brilliant soundtrack by Vince Guaraldi. It is one of my personal favorite holiday traditions if I don't type so myself. I'm going Friday night!

Also, be sure to know about the fact that "UpLift", an art show featuring the art of Aaron and Michelle Grayum, will be at Fido (1812 21st Avenue South) from December 18th-February 4th. This Saturday, December 21st, from 6-8pm, there will be an informal opening reception filled with creative conversations, collaborative visions of umbrellas, balloons, and elephants galore. The Grayums are fantastic people and artists that you really should meet in person to get a glimpse of all of the amazing things they are creating in this world. They are super cool. You can see more about them at www.thegrayumbrella.com.

Aside from all that, happy shopping for your loved ones and those in need. Take time to count your blessings every day, especially this time of year, and be nice to one another. You owe it to each other and yourself.

Thanks for dropping by and I hope to see you at all or a few of the things above. This is going to be an EPIC week before baby Jesus comes around again!

much love,

chUck

www.eastsidestorytn.com

www.nashvillesheart.com

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!

https://numberinc.submittable.com/submit