I'm very thankful for the new beginnings of 2013 and the opportunity to write to you again here today. I'm sorry that I had to take a week of word vacation on this site last week because 2013 kicked off with a bang. As we always do about this time, I promise not to waste time while letting you know all of the goods on what is going on around town this week and weekend in the art world of Nashville.
Wednesday, January 16th, there will be a celebration of free speech in town. In fact, This Wednesday, from 8-11pm, at Cafe Coco (210 Louise Ave.), Honest Lewis will host A Night of Free Speech absolutely FREE. With an open mic and sign-in at 7:30, you can tell your best story alongside special guests like Amanda Oliver, Cody Joe Bottoms, Pablo Scruggs, Jake Bailey, Ross Norton, and many others. Nothing like an open mic and a bunch of local storytellers getting together to kick off your creative week just right.
This Thursday, January 17th, leave it to some forward-thinking artists to start some clever new traditions. The Building, 1008C Woodland Street, will be the host site of Plowhaus presenting Third Thursdays at The Building. A new monthly event series, it will be an effort to promote the collaboration and intermingling of artistic disciplines to reach new goals creatively. This Thursday will be hosted by Ned Evett the Glass Guitarist and will feature: visual artists- Michael ClenDening and Johnny Lee Park- and musical artists- Reckless Johnny Wales and Moonshine Annie, Dave Gibson and Daisy Dern, Sergio Webb, and The Dulcimer Darlings. Tickets are $10 presage, $15 DOS, and available at The Groove (1103 Calvin Street).
Fast-forward to Saturday and you'll find a day that has more things to do than time in the day or night. This is certainly a common problem in our city and so I'll do my best to let you know what I'd go to if time and location weren't an issue.
It would go something like the following for Saturday, January 19th:
*10-3pm, I would go try my best at a workshop called Puzzle Boxes put on by Jennifer Knowles-McQuistion of Brown Dog Bindery. Located at 535 4th Avenue South, bring your own lunch and an appetite for creativity. It is a great way to learn basic box making. You will have the chance to make a box that has a false bottom with a hidden drawer and a sliding panel. All supplies are provided with a tuition of $75 and all you have to do to register is reply to firstname.lastname@example.org.
*Noon-4pm, I would get my read on by going to the Inglewood Public Library for a very special Indie Book Signing with TEN authors. The participating authors will be Julie Cassar, Amy Miles, Amy McClung, Catherine Converse, Quinn Loftis, Ella James, Jamie Loeak, Jenny Phillips, and Lisa Morgan.
*6-9pm, I would drive over to 427 Chestnut Street to witness a smorgasbord of local art at its best all around. At Threesquared, there will be an opening party for Casey Pierce's New West: An Introduction. New West is six large-scale paintings of Casey's latest works. Down the hall at Seed Space, there will be an opening of Vesna Pavlovic's Real Images. Also down the hall, at Ground Floor Gallery, you can meet the artists Amy Hutcheson, Randy Purcell, Robert Bruce Scott, and Shana Kohnstamm from 7-9pm to celebrate in Ground Floor's inaugural juried exhibition, From the Ground Up.
*8:30pm, I would high-tail it over to Mercy Lounge and The High Watt to check out the one and only Luella and the Sun with Sturgill Simpson and Josh Farrow … enough said.
At this point, you might want to go home and get some rest. You have plenty of NFL to cheer for on Sunday AND you can get back out one last time before Downton Abbey starts to catch a solo show at The Bluebird Cafe. Pretty much the only thing better than NFL and church and Downton Abbey to finish up a Sunday, it will be first come, first served and seated at 6:30pm for Carolina Story! For this week's Sunday Night Spotlights, there is NO COVER CHARGE! There will be a Writer's Night that will follow, but I can't think of a better way to enjoy your Sunday night than catching a FREE Carolina Story show!
Wait, this just in, you can catch Carolina Story for FREE at The Bluebird Cafe on Sunday at 6:30pm and then drive back across town to see the equally legendary married couple, Kim and Scott Collins, aka The Smoking Flowers, at 3rd & Lindsley at 8pm to finish your best week of 2013 yet on the radio and in person.
I hope all of the above treats you right, and know that just around the corner, speaking of radio, stay tuned and prepare yourself for next Tuesday and be where I'll be at for sure.
Here is the information:
Tuesday, January 22
East Side Storytellin':
The Saucy Sisters and Julie Lee
FREE; Reservations required at 615.262.5346
East Side Story has partnered with Rumours East and WAMB 1200 AM/ 99.3 FM radio to present East Side Storytellin'—an evening of book readings, musical performances, and author/musician interviews designed to elaborate on the stories behind these creative processes. East Side Storytellin' is held at Rumours East, located at 1112 Woodland Street in East Nashville, the first and third Tuesday* of each month at 7:00 p.m. Chuck Beard, owner of East Side Story, host the event which is recorded by WAMB to air on the radio station the following Saturday at 2:00 p.m. Recordings of the show may also be found on East Side Story’s website www.eastsidestorytn.com. This event is FREE but space is limited. Reservations may be made by calling Rumours East at 615.262.5346.
Authors The Saucy Sisters will read from their book Guide to Wine followed by a musical performance by Julie Lee.
Thanks and good day your way!