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Is December the best month of 2013?

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The heading in the subject is the question. i used to believe that it was April, minus allergies and plus birthdays, but this week's activities and other things going on this month besides the holiday season might just make a very strong case.

To start things off right, look no further than tomorrow night, Tuesday, December 3rd, and one of the most star-studded line-up for East Side Storytellin' to date. Reading original prose, the show will begin with the award-winning author Lydia Peelle. Following Peelle, one of the Beard family's favorite local musician in that of Griffin House. Seriously, this is going to be a show you won't want to miss. It's FREE, starts at 7pm sharp, and is at Mad Donna's (1313 Woodland Street). Here is more information on the event -

http://www.nowplayingnashville.com/event/detail/441805126

Also, if you missed the last show, and need more information on the event tomorrow at the bottom of the read, check this out -

http://eastsidestorytn.com/east-side-storytellin-26-where-east-side-story-and-palaver-records-combined-forces-for-the-future-now/

On Wednesday, December 4th, you can try a few worthwhile events that will make your heart smile. First, over at Montgomery Bell Academy (4001 Harding Road), you are invited to check out a benefit concert for the Philippines Disaster Relief Fund called "Nashville Artists Unite For One NIght." At 7:30pm, the Nashville art community has come together for an event bigger than all of us combined. You can read more bout it here - http://artsnash.com/dance/benefit-concert-philippines/. Secondly, at The Building in East Nashville, at 8pm, you can join the fun for No Shame Theater: Festivus Edition. Admission is FREE for performers, $8 minimum donation for the spectators, and bottomless cups of beer will be yours for another additional $8 donation! Happy holidays are here!

Thursday, you have another round of two for one day events that will continue to keep that heart smiling. First up, over at the Downtown Presbyterian Church (154 5th Avenue North), from 11am-2pm, for the 88th annual Waffle Shop! For tickets on sale for just $7, you'll get a freshly cooked waffle from scratch, grits, sausage or turkey hash, and a hot beverage. There will also be a gift shop with crafts and baked goods, where all proceeds benefit people in need served through the Pastor's Fund. Tickets are available at the event or you can purchase ahead of time by calling 615-254-7584. Second on the list for Thursday, from 5-8pm, at Hillsboro Village Events (1800 21st Avenue South) will host their Christmas in the Village. Santa will arrive at 6pm to sit for photos at Fido (photos are FREE in exchange for a new, unwrapped toy to donate to Toys for Tots). All merchants will be offering holiday drink specials and free food samples. There will be bell ringers, carolers, and bands performing (including a stage on the corner of Belcourt and 21st Avenue). This will go down rain or shine and it will all be a great time.

Wait, also on Thursday, for you night folks who dig good, local music, look no further than fooBAR too. At 9pm, Palaver Records will feature Nava Hotel & Coyotes in Boxes & In The Whale. $5 door charge, $3 Yazoo draft beer, and it is a wonderful chance to see local music on the rise … nothing better than that!

Friday, as mentioned before last week about the awesome, prolific poet in Jamie Givens needing help to fight Cancer, check out the benefit concert for Jamie featuring Kent Blazy and the For Peace Band from 6-8pm over at Douglas Corner Cafe (2106 A 8th Avenue South). For a mere $10, where all of the proceeds will provide support to Jamie as she continues to undergo treatment for breast cancer. There will be a special guest on stage as well … hint, hint … YOU won't want to miss it!

Saturday, to end the week ahead off right, I'll leave you with 3 things to knock your stockings off.

1- Porter Flea: Handmade Holiday Market 2013 = At 1211 4th Avenue South, at 10am-6pm, there will be a huge selection of handmade goods from the areas most talented designers and artisans. It is FREE admission, showcasing over 85 artists with home goods, furniture, jewelry, prints, posters, and paper goods. The Track One Building is located around the corner from Fort Houston, Seed Space, and Zeitgeist.

2- Six Potters and a Painter = At East Studio, 521 Gallatin Road, from Dec. 7th at 10am- December 8 at 4pm, East Nashvihlle's hidden gems- side by side clay workshops with East Studio and Timothy Weber Pottery- will open their doors to the public once a year for this holiday market. It will feature painting and pottery demonstrations, free Penny Drive penny pots to raise money for Second Harvest, and much much more.

3- Art & Invention Gallery Holiday Open House = at 1106 Woodland Street (right beside the awesome shops on The Row), from 6-9pm, Meg has opened her door to countless artists providing some of the most extraordinary holiday gifts around. Seriously, you will find the best gifts you didn't even know about here at Art & Invention. Meg also has extended holiday hours open to 6pm during the week and Sundays and open till 8pm on Friday & Saturday.

Man, I'm kinda tired from writing about all of this. Now it's time for you to go out and enjoy it! I hope to see y'all tomorrow night at Mad Donna's to kick it all off!

much love,
chUck

www.eastsidestorytn.com
www.nashvillesheart.com

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