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So, with a nice weekend behind us and rain up ahead, I figure now would be a better time than any to remind everyone of a few very cool things going on in our neck of the woods that might be off the normal radar. Without further ado, here it goes.
This Thursday, February 28th (the day after one of my favorite birthday dates ever), marks a couple of very cool events and things. First, at the Main Branch Nashville Public Library (615 Church St.), from noon-1:30pm, you can witness the Civil Rights Public Art Project. Back in 2012, the Metro Nashville Arts Commission issued a national call to artists for the creation of a public artwork honoring the role Nashville played within the Civil Rights Movement. Thursday, there will be a public workshop for the upcoming project where participants will have the opportunity to share personal thoughts and experiences on the matter. There will be another similar workshop on March 12th as well. Then, also Thursday at the same spot, FREE and OPEN to the PUBLIC, you can come listen to this month’s featured poet David M. Harris read original prose. A native New Yorker, and now Nashville area author found at East Side Story, he will wow you like no other from 7-8pm. He has been published many times over and is also the host of a Radio Free Nashville show called Difficult Listening on Sundays from 10am-noon. The Third thing about Thursday, February 28th, is that it marks the deadline for the call for local artists by Two Moon Gallery and their “Ten and Two” competition. Basically, ten artists will be chosen to exhibit their work on April 4th. Also, two winning artists will be awarded a two-person show on September 5th (also one of my favorite dates of the year ever).
Fast forward to Friday, March 1st, and realize that Friday is the last day that Seed Space will have “Real Images” by Vesna Pavolovic on display. Pavlovic has created a photographic installation that transformed the gallery space into a site of the camera body itself. It is a very unique show that you should check out before it is gone.
This Saturday is the first of the month. You know that means that everyone will be packed around the Downtown art crawl and all of the great art galleries and artists that we have to offer. One in particular you should check out is OPEN Gallery and their opening reception of “beneath hearth and campfire.” It is work by ADDS DONNA and will be on display through the month of March. As with the rest of the crawl from 6-9pm, everything is FREE and OPEN to the Public. But remember, just because it is free to attend, that doesn’t mean that you can’t spend a few dollars and support the local artists and galleries that make all of this wonderfulness happen for you and all of us. Don’t take that for granted, please.
Another thing going on Saturday, during the day, is a film screening at Scarritt-Bennett to celebrate Women’s History Month and International Women’s Day. The film is set in Southern India and is about family disputes being settled by Jamaats and Islamic Sharia law without equal rights for women and how a special group of women were able to attain the rights to defend themselves. It is very powerful and worth the watch. The film has English subtitles and there will be an audience discussion following. It is FREE to attend but RSVP is requested at the Harambee Auditorium, Fondren Hall. The event is from 5-7:15pm and you can RSVP by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 615-340-7557.
Then, for the kicker of the weekend, you should mark your calendars for “The Main In Black” night that will be all about Johnny Cash. Live music and paintings to be announced, but all of the art is about Johnny Cash and a dress code is obviously all black. Starting at 7pm, it will only cost you $10 to get in at That’s Cool (2309 B Franklin Pike) to experience a night for Johnny Cash like none other in town any night of the year. If you have more questions, email - email@example.com.
That’s cool indeed and that pretty much wraps things up perfectly for your week and rainy days ahead. I hope this reaches you well and I hope to see you next Tuesday, March 5th, at Fat Bottom Brew Co. (900 Main Street) for a local beer and burger deal for $10 and to witness our first East Side Storytellin’ event at the new location. We will begin as always at 7pm sharp and will feature author Victoria Schwab and musician Grace Adele (with Keenan Wade and more)! If you need reservations for a table or two, call Fat Bottom Brew at (615) 678-589. Otherwise, I’ll see you there! It’s FREE, LOCAL, and AWESOME!!
Enjoy your week and be nice to one another.