Where did all of this cold come from again? Everywhere I go I see people sneezing, sick, and dressed for winter. It’s not my favorite time of year, still cold enough to irritate your core and yet days/weeks away from the annual pollen front that will storm my world like a hurricane. All that said, there are a few things going on this week in town that are warming my heart and keeping my smiles going.
For one, tomorrow, Tuesday, March 18th, marks the beginning and end of East Side Storytellin’ 33. Specifically, at Mad Donna’s (1313 Woodland Street), at 7pm sharp, I will be hosting a FREE show that you can come to listen to author Honest Lewis reading from original prose and musician Adam Hill perform original songs. There will be food, drinks, and a great time had by all. You might as well make plans to come and join the fun as well. You can find more information about the event
Once you get your art fill tomorrow night, you can rest on Wednesday in order to make it out to EVERYTHING on Thursday night, March 20th. First, you should head over to Sarratt Art Studios (2301 Vanderbilt Place) any time from 4-7pm in order to help celebrate the reception for “Hidden Worlds: An Art Exhibition with Emily Holt and Lesley Patterson-Marx.” It doesn’t get much better than the artistic talents and kind heart of Lesley Patterson-Marx, but this event does a good attempt at the because she is sharing the stage with another talented artist and friend. Secondly, if you head over to OZ Nashville (6172 Cockrill Bend Circle) any time from 5:30-9:30pm, you can experience this month’s local spotlight series called “Thursday Night Things (TNT)” with a one-night art exhibition featuring new outstanding work by Herb Williams. There will be a live musical performance by “Americtronica” and the exhibition will also feature works by Andy Warhol, Banksy, and Josh Keyes (and more). If you miss this specific TNT show, you need to get on the radar for the monthly program curated by Nashville-based artists representing multiple disciplines of performing and visual arts. It is a relaxed, creative setting with signature cocktails, food trucks, and great conversations with good people. Get your tickets here, NOW - http://www.eventbrite.com/e/tnt-personal-best-by-herb-williams-march-20-tickets-9404080859?aff=efbevent.
What more can you ask for? Well, since you asked … I have two other events this Thursday that you can see as well. First, at 7pm, at The Building (1008 C. Woodland Street), is the March event for UnBound Arts Program. The Third Thursdays at The Building are not events to miss either. Portions of the proceeds from each event benefit The Martha O’Bryan Center. This Thursday, there will be visual art by Arthur Kirkby & Shaun Shiveley (from 7-8pm) and then musical performances by Donna Venardi and the Ladies of Jazz Variety Show (featuring the talents of a handful of Nashville Jazz Workshop veterans) at 8:30pm. It’s a ton of great stuff for the mere price of $5 at the door. Second, if you need a good after party on the East side after TNT or UnBound Arts, you should check out the Palaver Thursday at fooBAR.too with the likes of The Gentlemen Bastards, Borracho, and Across Tundras. It’s $5, cheap spirits for people of age, and music until Friday hits you in the face. Foobar, if you didn’t know, is located at 2511 Gallatin Road.
Friday and Saturday, as usual, the art galleries and artistic shops (possibly East Side Story and the great people and things around us) will be open and ready to share the art that we are all selling that you should totally drop by and buy. Don’t be scared to support local artists and businesses while you can.
And then, speaking on the same sentiments just mentioned above, on Sunday, March 23rd, at 12:30pm, at Plaza Artist Materials (633 Middleton Avenue), learn what it takes to be a part of the movement called “No Starving Artist.” Sign up and drop by to learn from artist Eric Hansen here - http://ericlhansen.net/archives/2631
Continuing the artists art talk, don’t forget about this - 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) - nashmailart.blogspot.com.
Have a great day and remember to be nice to one another out there.
Thanks and much love,
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!