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As always, one of the hottest nights of the week for fun this week will be tomorrow, Tuesday, September 17th, at Mad Donna's (1313 Woodland Street), at 7pm. It is there and then (starting promptly at 7pm so you might want to get there early) where and when I'll be hosting East Side Storytellin' 22. The latest installment and episode will feature fresh poems from the legion Ben Burr and then original music from the epic Tim Easton. You can see more information at this link-, but just make sure you get to Mad Donna's before 7pm if you want a seat.

On Wednesday, September 18th, from 5:30-6pm, over at the East Nashville Farmers Market (210 S. 10th Street), Nashville keeps things hot with more storytelling at the Hot Pepper Festival. Magda Underdown-Dubios will be the leader to get these spicy stories poppin'.

Thursday, September 19th, there are a number of excellent places to choose from if out on town and getting your local music fix. First, from 5-9pm, at The 5 Spot (1006 Forrest Avenue), you can experience The Alternate Root Presents: The East Nashville Detour. It will be packed with people and great music with the likes of Eric Brace & Peter Cooper, Jon Byrd, Kevin Gordon, Tim Carroll, Amelia White, Dave Coleman (of The Coal Men), and Mark Robinson- all for just $5! There will also be another show at The 5 Spot right after that too so you'll get more for your night if you stay put once there. Second, two more East Side Storytellin' alum in that of Allen Thompson and Don Gallardo will be playing a very special writer's round alongside Joe Whyte at Puckett's 5th & Church (500 Church Street) at 5pm. Third, you can go to the Exit/In (2208 Elliston Place) at 8pm to catch a few other stellar local bands and the amazing The Lower Caves for only $3! Lastly for Thursday, and back to the visual art side of things, drive on over to 427 Chestnut Avenue to get another Round Table of art talks. Titled "Precarious and Art & Class," Hal Foster and Ben Davis will be on site to converse about the state of art from 6:30-8pm. All of the above will be a blast if you get to any or all of them.

To kick off a Friday as jam-packed as Thursday, here are some of the highlights I think you should take notice of in town. First, run by Ensworth High School (7401 Highway 100) to see Ellie Caudill's solo show. She has filled the top and bottom floor of the arts building with paintings that she has worked on for the the last 4-5 months. It is from 4--7pm. Second, at The Green Room (521 Gallatin Avenue, Suite 4), the one and only The Smoking Flowers will be playing with the likes of Derek Hoke and Sam Lewis. Hosted by Artist Growth, there will great tunes and FREE beer from 7-11pm. Third, back to The 5 Spot, at 10pm, you can join the cheering and spirit by dropping by the Pioneers Season Opener Pep Rally.

This weekend, you can do the regular music shows around town or stop by the good ol' bookstore to say hello and maybe buy a local author's book to read at East Side Story (1108 Woodland Street, unit B), and after a long, fun day of doing just that, you can head on over to Dose Coffee and Tea (3431A Murphy Road) to have Rishi Tea and Chocolate paired together! Who doesn't like good tea and good chocolate? It's $10 in advance or $12 at the door. If you don't like this, stop reading. In fact, I'll just stop writing to make this decision easy for you.

Thanks for taking note of all of the above, and I hope you have a lovely and productive week ahead.

much love,


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