As always, the title says it all. This week is going to be quite epic. Don’t believe me? Read on.
Tuesday night, July 2nd, you only need to venture to one spot in town. At 7pm, at Fat Bottom Brewing Co. (900 Main Street), there will be a FREE event like no other! I’m talking about another round of East Side Storytellin’ for you and all your friends to enjoy. You’ll have to try to not get cultured with the talent for this show. Author Kathryn Williams (author of The Lost Summer and Pizza, Love, and Other Stuff That Made Me Famous and other stuff too) will be reading on site and then be followed by the always awesome Allen Thompson. It starts at 7pm prompt so you might want to get there early to get a good seat, something to eat and drink, and enjoy good company in style. It’s over by 8:30 in case you have other plans later in the evening to attend to as well. Hope to see ya because I’ll be there for sure.
Turning to Wednesday night, you might think it’s time, especially in this fun, sunny heat, to get some ice cream in a helmet for a good cause. Are you confused by what I just suggested? Ice cream in a helmet is a must whenever you Greer Stadium for a Nashville Sounds game. Need another good reason to attend a Nashville baseball game before the 4th of July? Two dollars of every ticket purchased (you can get tickets at the gate or www.sounds.streamlineticketing.com) will go towards Notes for Notes. Notes for Notes is a tremendous organization that provides youth with FREE access to musical instruments, instruction, and recording studio environments so that music can become a profoundly positive influence in their lives. There will be a pre-game concert by Striking Matches at 6pm, Brinley Addington will play the National Anthem around 7pm, and there will be one heck of an Independence Day Fireworks Extravaganza following the game!!
Then, on Thursday, July 4th, before you celebrate our country however you celebrate it, why not start the day off working on your own body of art. What am I talking about now? You can totally volunteer or run for the party. See more information here- http://whatdoyourunfor.com/july-4th-something/, but I can’t think of a better way to precede a 2-day concert lineup that culminates with the Nashville Symphony and fireworks on the Cumberland riverfront that partaking in I Run for the Party’s Music City July 5th 5k/10k race. All ages and fitness levels will love running past landmarks like the Schermerhorn Symphony Center, Ryman Auditorium, and Country Music Hall of Fame. Like I said, it’s perfect start to however you choose to finish the rest of the day.
I’ll skip Friday because I’m sure you will be resting from whatever race you do participate in on Thursday.
On Saturday, July 6th, you can go downtown to experience the First Saturday Downtown Art Crawl per usual. It should be a wonderful crowd and artwork all around. Two specific things for that particular art crawl that I’d like to point your attention to are the following updates:
1- Untitled’s next Pop-Up Art Show will be in the street-facing lobby at Colab Nashville (230 4th Avenue) at 6pm to kick off the crawl and get some fine FREE coffee or wine before feasting your eyes on the variety of art on the walls! If you are interested in submitting and registering your own art work, the registration closes on July 3rd. See more at http://www.untitlednashville.org/register/pop-up-art-shows/
2- It’s a very special occasion fro the huge ay and grand opening of the new location for the Tennessee Art League! It will happen from 6-9pm like all the rest, but be sure to drop by, say hi, and wish them well in their new spot at 219 5th Avenue.
On Sunday, July 7th, since you’ve already had a day of rest on Friday, you will surely have more energy backed up to experience 2 great things on the same day in different locations. First, go ahead and write it down in your little black book to drive over to Third Man Records for the latest and greatest round of Poetry Sucks! FREE to attend, at 5pm, the likes of Holly Golightly, Sampson Starkweather, Lee Baines and the Glory Fires, Larry O. Dean, Paige Taggart, Tim Kerr, and the ever-present poet Chet Weise too. There will be poetry, music, and art! Be there. Then, after you get a good feel from Third Man Records, you can head over to Octane! Gallery (1000 Main Street) for another FREE show with refreshments provided at 8pm. July 7th marks the 6th Annual Sk8board art show featured in tattooed magazines everywhere. Pretty much anything goes as long as its mounted on a skateboard deck. It’s an open show, and if you’re interested to get involved- you still can if you submit work with $10 before July 5th. For more information, click here- http://kustomthrills.com/events/octanegallery/
So there you have it. You can go to everything above for the high, low, and everything in between culture to become a better person in one week’s time than you are today while reading this (and I think you’re pretty darn swell as is, mind you). I hope to see you Tuesday night and every day after, but I won’t stalk you like Sting so don’t worry. Just enjoy your week and be nice to one another. Thanks for coming and y’all come back, ya hear?!