With summer school starting at Sewanee, give me a slight break and a lot of empathy to allow me to simply give you a quick synopsis of the next two weeks so I can post and be happy to help you get happy.
Before I get started though, I have to say that I just experienced the most amazing art exhibition I’ve ever experienced in the world in my life. The Frist Center for the Visual Arts has now opened, from June 6-September 1, 2014 an exhibition called “Watch Me Move.” The Ingram Gallery has been transformed like never before into a complete cinematic adventure. You can immerse yourself, like I did, into 120 years of animation from pioneers and independent filmmakers to Pixar and Disney and Tim Burton! It is truly one of the most amazing things I’ve ever seen. I fully plan on visiting this show more than any other and totally spend up to the entire 12 hours of filming time to catch it all before it leaves in September. I might have to buy some food in the cafe as a break at that time, but I’m gonna do it! Check it out! (heads up, on Friday, June 3rd, at 6:30pm, there will be a lecture called “Unlimited Visions, Indelible Dreams: Exploring the Animated Worlds of Watch Me Move” presented by Elliot Wilhelm, curator of film, from the Detroit Institute of Arts.)
Monday, June 9th (my brother Drew’s birthday) at 6:15pm, Lightning 100 is hosting the 100.1 episode of The 615! To mark such an epic occasion, they are hosting a huge FREE party at Marathon Music Works featuring The Weeks, Leagues, and Buffalo Clover! You can join Wells and Hammel in William Collier’s for the live broadcast with live music starting at 7:30pm.
Tuesday, June 10th, from 7-11pm, join Honest Lewis and is bi-monthly series called “A Night of Free Speech” at Logue’s Black Raven Emporium. It will be a night filled with poetry, prose, rants, and manifestos galore. Did I mention it’s FREE!?
Wednesday, June 11th, marks the annual Music City Roots BARN DANCE! From 7-10pm, at Music City Roots (8400 Highway 100) this event will feature the likes of Greensky Bluegrass, Rachael Hester, Music City Doughboys, and Appalachee Relay. If you can’t make it in person and dance the night away (I highly recommend it, from experience), you can live stream it at www.musiccityroots.com/live-stream and dance in your living room.
Thursday, June 12th, a 2-for-1 deal, has treats for you in person and online too. First, in person, at The Red Arrow Gallery (1311 McGavock Pike) from 5-8pm marks the closing reception for the Casey Promise Exhibition “Something Within.” Second, online, you can watch traveling musician and ultra-Nashville fan Chris Trapper live streaming the upcoming concerts at Club Passim, June 12 and June 13, beginning at 8PM EDT. You can purchase online tickets on a pay-what-you-want basis starting now at http://www.concertwindow.com/shows/6540-chris-trapper-cariad-harmon-opens. The webshow will not be recorded – it's offered in real time. Please join us at the show!
Friday, June 13th (through 15th), Go to the Holiday Inn Express Nashville Airport (1111 Airport Center Drive) at 3pm if you want to experience “Hypericon.” There will be fiction, gaming, and art in one convention. You can see Jack Ketchum, Sam Flegal, Stephen Zimmer, Sara M. Harvey, and Glen Cook (and more!).
Then, sleep well the night before Saturday for a full day of fun-
Saturday, June 14th, see below:
1- Visit The Idea Hatchery for 2nd Saturday at 5 Points! On top of having the most unique gifts and people in town, total bias, we will also have the most unique YARD SALE ever in 5 Points history! Fact! Come out to 1108 and see what we all have in store, all day and night!
2- at 2pm, at Fannie Mae Dees Park (2400 Blakemore Avenue), there will be FREE juggling lessons and demonstration for the city of Nashville in honor of Wold Juggling Day 2014, from 2-3pm. Enough said. Be there!
3- from 5:30-8:30pm, at Portland Brew East (1921 Eastland Avenue), join this month’s Poetry in the Brew, featuring Rob Lyric Beats!
4- Then, at 8pm, at the Purple Building of the Performing Artist Co-Op at 5 Points (107 North 11th Street), it is Panama Red’s “Birthday Bizarre!” “a night of transgressive art” is the one year celebration of Panama Reds Arts, ranging from irreverent poetry, caged humans, dreamy rock & roll, Fluxus performance and whatever Janelle does. There will be 5 performance based artists in one spot. Dare to be awesome.
You can sleep here.
Back on Sunday, June 15th, to the park (Nashville Cumberland Park- 592 South 1st Street), from 5:30-8pm for FREE parking, FREE admission, and EXCELLENT live music, featuring some of the areas best local, regional, and national jazz artists, with a beautiful sunset as the backdrop.
That’s one heck of a week, right?
Well, I’ll just give you one thing you really NEED to experience and put on your radar for next week. Yeah, I’m saying it, it’s East Side Storytellin’ time again! On Tuesday, June 17th, at 7pm sharp, come hang out with me and author Megan Duke and musician Lauren Lyle to see what everyone and their mom is talking about as one of the best storytelling series in the history of mankind (total bias). This will be the 39th edition of East Side Storytellin’. It’s the only show in town that starts on time and never disappoints … NEVER! Come out early, get a seat up close, and eat, drink, and be merry with stories that you’ll love. Don’t believe me, check out some of our past shows to catch you up on this awesome deal. See past shows here- http://eastsidestorytn.com/in-our-own-words/
Now, go forth and conquer the world. It’s waiting on you. It’s always waiting on you.
As you were, busy but happy,