This week, this day, I will keep it short, sweet, and to the point. There are plenty of activities, probably enough activities to fill up a normal person’s calendar for an entire year, but there are only a few times and places to truly be at this week to really enjoy it to the fullest.
First, tomorrow, Tuesday, August 6th, you REALLY need to be in the crowd at Fat Bottom Brewing Co. (900 Main Street), before 7pm to get a seat and witness awesome. What is awesome, you say? Awesome this day will be another East Side Storytellin’ like nothing else going on around town. You can get a comfy seat, for FREE, enjoy some good food and cold beverages, listen to local author Martha Nelson read from her book Black Chokeberry (www.blackchokeberrythebook.com), and take in the most recent songs by the amazing Tommy Keenum (playing new songs from his latest album that he hasn’t even played yet … playing alongside the talented likes of James Haggerty and Park Chisolm- http://tommykeenum.com). The show starts at 7pm, and will be finished by 8:30pm. It will be awesome! Did I mention that yet? It will be awesome! Hope to see you there.
Before I get to the red elephant in the post and week, I’d like to give a little note to you about a cool night of art and fun over at No Egrets Art Gallery (1128 College Street, Clarksville, TN). This Thursday, August 8th, Denver Colorado’s artist Berk Visual’s new show “The Smallest King” will have its opening night. From 7-10pm, there will be art, food, and a live dj to keep the good times rolling for all who partake in this FREE event.
Then Friday, before the red madness gets going in full effect, you can beat the tomato art crowd by paying to attend the Tomato Art Fest Pre-View Party at Art & Invention Gallery. You can click here- http://tomatoartfest.com/tomato-art-pre-view-party/ and save the date NOW! It will be going on from 6:30-9pm and the cost is $25. Meg promises that the art this year is to be the best crop of tomato art to date. The walls are already filled up to the ceiling and ready for the picking. You don’t want to kick yourself on Saturday to find a piece that you absolutely want at your house and see a small tomato-like dot beside it because someone beat you to it. Don’t just ketchup … own it! Then go home and get some rest for Saturday!
Saturday, from 10am (7 if you run the 5k, I’m sure) until 10pm and beyond, here is the link to plan your 2013 Tomato Art Fest schedule accordingly. There will be music, food, art, and BOOKS galore (you will find me, all day and night long, at East Side Story selling the best books in town … please drop by and say hello). Here is the link to check out- http://tomatoartfest.com/
Also, on Saturday, August 10th, if you need a short break from 5 Points to get your mind right before coming back into the fun by nightfall, a good place to get some culture, prose, and meet some nice people is at Poetry in the Brew. From 5:30-8:30pm, Lj Ratliff will host and Dana Malone will be featured at Portland Brew East, 1921 Eastland Avenue. It will be fun and air-conditioned so you know it will be a cool place to be.
If you are still alive and awake on Sunday, you might want to check out That Time of The Month’s next show called “Growing Pains.” At 5pm, at Café Coco, 210 Louise Avenue, Melanie Vare will be on stage alongside her funny friends (Rachel Gaither, Jane Gullett, Charlotte Jean Munoz, Amanda Elend, and Mike Pentecost) making all who buy tickets laugh. Tickets are $10 at the door or $7 here- http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/436285.
That said, the above should give you a good picture of what fun can be had in our city this week. I hope to see you at least twice … tomorrow night and Saturday whenever. I hope you have a great week and enjoy your day. Oh, and be nice to one another too, don’t forget!