TODAY, Monday, November 18th, kicks this week off with the biggest bang we've ever known yet. After months of pouring their hearts and souls into new music, our good friends Ben & Emily Roberts (Carolina Story) are releasing their new 6-song EP titled "Chapter One!" The songs were recorded throughout late Spring & early Summer of this past year at Disgraceland Studio in town, produced by multi-Grammy award-winning producer in Blake Chancey, and also on the album (as if Ben & Emily aren't enough for you to listen) were the likes of Chad Cromwell, Michael Rhodes, Darrell Scott, Dan Dougmore, Billy Panda, and John Henry. Trust me, I've heard this new music and like everything else they have done before, Ben and Emily will blow you away with awesomeness. You can purchase the EP digitally at www.iTunes.com/CarolinaStory, get a physical copy at their web store at www.carolinastory.com/merch, and literally jump on their bandwagon on Facebook at www.facebook.com/CarolinaStory. Again, trust me, you will thank me sooner than later.
With that off my chest and mind, I also want to throw two gems that are in one location your way for starters. The Frist Center for the Visual Arts is now housing some amazing shows that you should check out if you haven't already. If you have, go see them again. Upstairs, they have "American Chronicles: The Art of Norman Rockwell." It is a retrospective exhibition that spans 56 years of the legendary American illustrator's working process and career (including oil paintings, iconic Saturday Evening covers, photographs, and a short documentary. In the Ingram Gallery space, the Frist Center is presenting the exhibition "30 Americans." It contains 75 uncontainable and often challenging pieces of artwork created by emerging and established African American artists such as Hank Willis Thomas, Carrie Mae Weems, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Nick Cave, and more. Within a a variety of mediums, the artists explore gender, race, identity, history, pop culture, and allow you to truly reflect on what it means to be an American. They are both must-see!
And speaking of must see and hear, LOOK no further than East Side Storytellin' 26. At 7pm sharp, at Mad Donna's (1313 Woodland Street), I will be on hand to host another round of great local literature and lyrics alongside the featured guests of poet Nicole Branigan and music by Kim Logan. You can see more details about the event here - http://www.nowplayingnashville.com/event/detail/441797106. You can see more about Nicole here - http://blackbirdcanwrite.com. And you can hear more about Kim Logan here - http://kimlogan.net/press. Seriously, you have no good excuse to NOT be there. It is FREE and tons of fun (and over by 8:30pm).
Move on over to Wednesday, you can be a part of the "Pop Up Art Village" at the Nashville Entrepreneur Center Fall Fest from 4-8pm. It is held at 41 Peabody Street, and will have live music, food trucks, open bar, start up village and an art village held outside with heaters at the Trolly Barns. The main objective for the special event is to let the Nashville entrepreneur community know that we are the "go to" creative talent pool in the country. If you plan on participating, last minute, RSVP here - https://www.facebook.com/events/406372032823848/?ref=25 and follow the conversation online for more updates as the event arrives.
Thursday, you should join Turnip Green Creative Reuse (535 4th Avenue South) from 6-9pm in welcoming Carrie Cox to the Green Gallery for her show, "Indigo." The Southern Festival of books will be there showcasing book sculptures, and Platetone Printmaking, Paper and Book Arts will be hosting an open studio- printmaking wrapping paper for the holidays.
Friday, and I love giving you these 1 must attend event per day of the week deal, you can drive over to Watkins College of Art, Design & Film (2298 Rosa L. Parks Blvd) from 6-9pm. It is there where Watkins is presenting a double exhibition from seniors Moses Williams and Alana Danielle Wright. It is the 3rd installment in the Fall 2013 BFA Thesis Exhibition series on view in the Brownlee O. Currey, Jr. Gallery on campus thru Dec. 3. Williams is bringing sculptural works, video, and performance in "MORLESSNESS/shaking the tree" - an investigation of the world with the human subject as primary body. Wright is gonna display "Complicated Little Machine" - investigating origins and influences of one's perception of the self via sculptures, painting, and drawings. I believe that children are our future :)
Saturday, you only need to know about ONE thing and ONE place with a TON of great people. If you didn't guess I would say it, let me just say it. YOU need to come to 1108 Woodland Street in East Nashville, from noon-7pm to experience the 1st annual Printmakers Festival. Julie Sola, the ring leader of Fat Crow Press, has worked hard, alongside the rest of the shops on The Row, to gather up Platetone: Printmaking, Paper, and Book Arts, Sawtooth Print House, Kangaroo Press, Boss Printing, Isle of Printing, Meat and 3 Printing Company, and some talented Hatch Printers to show their amazing work and spread the gospel of print. Mas Tacos and Turophilla Quesadillas will be on site, as well as live music by Lynn Taylor and the Barflies. Get this, everyone at the shops (Moss, Crescent Moon Jewelry, Hello Boys, East Side Story, John Cannon Fine Art, Goodbuy Girls, Alegria, Haulin Oats, Fat Crow Press, and Art & Invention will be silk screening their amazing artwork onto special items that you can buy "hot off the press." And as if that wasn't enough, at dusk the stores and galleries around 5 Points are going to plugin their holiday lights to light up East Nashville (unofficially officially).
Then, when the natural lights of the sun rise on Sunday, November 24th, you can sleep in a little bit if you choose. But, don't sleep in past noon because there is going to be another Research Club at Fort Houston (500 Houston Street) from noon-2pm. Free to attend, with coffee and a light brunch (everyone is encouraged to bring a dish if you can), there will be a handful of guest speakers to talk all about awesome stuff. See how I started and ended this week with AWESOME??!! Well, remember you heard it hear first when you go to listen to photographer Jonny Kingsbury and Journalist Sarah Kingsbury talking about their late grandfather in that of Kenny Roberts, Laura Birdsall talking about the heart-smashing/serious story of Ros Sereysothea, and Neale Stokes talking about an informal, alternate history of disco. It is a great way to end a great week and begin another with a fresh outlook on life in general.
Now, with all that said, I'm ready to do this. Are you? Remember to be nice to one another.