Just because it’s the week after Valentine’s Day doesn’t mean that you have to stop sharing love, for your family and friends and/or chocolate. I say buy and eat up even more chocolate than before. Treat yo’ self, if you must and should. With that in mind, I have several treats for you to buy into this week that will be better for your diet, dentist, and life in general.
Also, with keeping the theme of having and giving hearts to others in mind as well, this Tuesday, February 18th, will be one for the ages (kids of all ages). First, you can make a real positive difference by doing something you are going to be doing at least once this day regardless. Any time from 9am-9pm, if you like good eats for good causes, plan to join some great people at the Pied Piper Eatery (1601 Riverside Drive) for the 2nd Annual Gilda’s Club Benefit! No matter what you order, 20% of the day’s sales will benefit Gilda’s Club of Nashville, a cancer support community FREE for everyone and it is by far the best non-profit in the world (in my opinion). Bring your family, friends, and neighbors! You can read more about Gilda’s Club of Nashville here - www.gildasclubnashville.org.
Then, in between eating at Pied Piper Eatery for Gilda’s Club, pop on over to Mad Donna’s (1313 Woodland Street) at 7pm sharp for the next great round of East Side Storytellin’. In our 31st edition, leave it to renaissance man/artist/author Ryan Dunlap and the golden sounds of the local band called The Golden Sounds to enlighten your day, week, and month just right. It is FREE to attend, starts at 7pm promptly, and you can eat, drink, and buy merch if you want to do so. See more information about it here - http://www.nowplayingnashville.com/event/detail/441815901.
Skip over Wednesday night and head heart first into 2-for-Thursday. At 6pm, until 7:15pm, you can hit up Atmalogy (2320 West End Avenue) for an interactive night of poetry. Featuring some of Nashville’s wonderful bards, Writings on the Wall (a poetry experience) is a perfect way to end the work day before you head home.
But you don’t have to head home just yet on Thursday. If you head to The Building (1008 C. Woodland Street), at 7pm ’til, you can see Unbound Arts Presents: Third Thursdays at The Building. These legendary Unbound Art Presents events are unique nights of collaboration and intermingling of artistic disciplines to reach new goals creatively. This month you’ll be able to see a documentary film project by Ron Coons called East Side of the River. From 7-8, there will be photography by Ron Coons and John Partipilo. Then East Side of the River will show at 8:30. It’s only $5 at the door.
On Friday, February 21st, this one is for all you hard working americans. The band, Hard Working Americans, will be playing at Marathon Music Works (1402 Clinton Street). It starts at 8pm, and you can learn more about the band and stuff at www.thehardworkingamericans.com.
On Saturday, February 22nd, there are 2 events that will be more fun than a house party in high school. First, from noon until whenever they shut it down, over at Watkins College of Art, Design, & Film (2298 Rosa L. Parks Blvd.), it is the college preview day. This is your chance to take a tour of the campus, meet current students, talk with Admissions, learn more about the program of your choice, see where students live, and learn all you need to know about Financial Aid. It only happens if you make it happen! Then, secondly and certainly not the least, drop by East Side Story (1108 Woodland Street, unit B), from 2-4pm to listen to the authors Tom Wood and Robert Bailey read and sign from their respected works. You can read more about both, independently, at http://tomwoodauthor.com & http://robertbaileybooks.com.
That pretty much wraps this week up in a lovely bag for you to grab from if you choose to do so. Oh, I almost forgot … this just in. My good friend, and very cool artist in that of Jason Brown has come up with one of the coolest ideas I’ve heard since his last one. I’ll give you the website with the invitation and descriptions and all, but he has invited YOU and every artist that wants to participate around the world really to take part in a one-of-a-kind call for art. It is a call for mail art. The Technique is free of choice, as well as the size, and there will be no jury selection or return of mail art or sales included. There will be an exhibition held in Nashville later this year, but all work will be published on the blog (and every artists will receive a postal response). The deadline for art is June 1st, so this won’t be the last time that I post about this here. Take a look at the following link and please share with every artist that you know around the world, near in Nashville or far East (& West) - http://nashmailart.blogspot.com.
Now, I must go and do a few other things. I bid you good evening, morning, and afternoon, and remember to be nice to one another out there.
Thanks for coming here, reading, attending the events, and sharing with others.
PS- On an art writing note of urgency around our region- Make sure to send in your reviews and regional updates to Number: so that we all can help cover and represent our visual arts region right! - YOU can help more than YOU know. Thanks!