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New Year ... New Art

Tuesday, Jan. 7th, at Mad Donna's, at 7pm sharp-
made by Clay Brunton

After taking a week or so off to gear up for the cold weather hitting us in the face right now and the even cooler things about to happen around the city, I don’t know if I’m alone in being super excited about the great things just over the horizon. What? You don’t know about everything about to happen? Let me fill you in below, for starters.

This coming Tuesday, January 7th, you can kick it with me and all my friends at 7pm at Mad Donna’s (1313 Woodland Street) for another FREE East Side Storytellin’ for one and all to enjoy. This week, East Side Storytellin’ 29, will feature the author Carson Morton ( and musician Allie Farris ( I’d get there early to get a seat for sure because we start at 7 sharp, and you don’t want to miss this one. You can see more information and details at the following link to share with others if you LIKE -

Wednesday night, to really jumpstart the year off right, you should take a trip to 8109 Concord Road in Brentwood to join poet Jamie Zoe Givens for an extraordinary literary experience. She is going to run an introductory workshop which explores writing as a pathway to healing ourselves & others. Talk about an AWEsome time with AWEsome people! It will happen from 6-8pm so you might want to get to this early as well. As Jamie puts it, “Writing as Healing.” I couldn’t agree more.

Jump to Thursday, January 9th, at 9:30pm, and you’ll want to be at 115 27th Avenue North in Nashville. Why? You’ll see “a limitless show” from the likes of Two Blushing Pilgrims, Narrator, No Glykon, Plant Parenthood, and Dave Wright. That’s all you really need to know, seriously.

But also on Thursday, even before you go see mi amigo Dave, you should run by 2000 Edgehill Avenue at the University School of Nashville (USN). From 6pm-8pm, they will have a Raw Ribbon Exhibit open reception with the likes of american contemporary artist Melodie Provenzano exhibiting in the Christine Slayden Tibbott Center Gallery. The show will run through February 10th, and 30% of the sales are going to USN.

AND also also Thursday, actually January 9th to February 6th on Thursdays from 2-4pm, if you are interested in experimenting and playing with paint while exploring themes and meaning in your work, there will be sessions with Courtney Adair Johnson at Plaza Artist Material. For only $135, you can learn more and sign up today with about the 5 week class like none other. (On top of Thursday things, you can sign up for “Create your own Stamps!” taking place Sunday, January 12th from 1-4pm at Plaza Artist Material too- $35). Both of these deals are amazing and worth the opportunity to learn from people that are talented and great to be around in general. An email to ask about it won’t cost you a dime of your time. SO go ahead and email and ask at

Friday you might need to rest for the fun to be had on Saturday and thru the weekend. Saturday morning, January 11th, at 9am, you can visit the Holiday Inn Express Nashville Airport (1111 Airport Center Drive) for this year’s Boards and Books event. From 9 unit whenever they kick everyone out, there will be a fun-filled all-day event of gaming, and/or one or both of their writing workshops, featuring AJ Scudiere and Eli Jackson, and a chance for you to work your way through editing, submissions, marketing, and much more beside professional writers. It is officially titled “Boards & Books (redux!) by Hpericon!” and you can see more at

Then, Saturday night, from 6-9pm, aside from experiencing the 2nd Saturday at 5 Points (possibly buying new books to keep you warm at East Side Story and beyond), at Boheme Collectif (919 Gallatin Avenue, Suite 8) you can join an art extravaganza celebrating all things Joss Whedon. Mind you, this is not the event date (that is going to be November 9th), but this is a proposed drop off deadline for YOUR ART to be showcased with others from the area. From television to comic books to films, Whedon put his unique stamp on every project he does. Why not join the fun this year by throwing your art out there for others to see.

And speaking of throwing your art out there for people to hear, you should drop by Portland Brew East (1921 Eastland Avenue) from 5:30pm-8:30pm. There will be an open mic signup at 5:30pm, and the readings will begin at 6pm, as usual. Poetry in the Brew welcomes everyone willing to share to get up and share, time permitting, and this month’s special guest readers being featured will be the amazing Christine Hall alongside guest host Amanda Oliver. Again, seriously, this is something not to be missed for all lovers of literature and creativity.

Also Saturday night, from 6-8pm, over at Cumberland Gallery (4107 Hillsboro Circle), you can join the opening reception for “Under the Radar.” It will feature Patrick Brien, Andrew Holmquist, Eric Oglander, Greg Sand, Jesse Shaw, and Max Shuster. The reception is FREE and open to the public and will be a lot of good people doing good things … sound familiar to these posts?

And like that, I am out of this post. I hope you enjoy the above and everything around you to the fullest today, this week, and this month. It will be a month for the ages, trust me. I hope you have a good one, and I hope to see you at one or more of the events above. Oh, and remember to be nice to one another too.


much love,


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