Where should I begin this week? I’ll begin with some fun to be had on Thursday, August 1st. If you want to have fun in Hillsboro Circle, way more fun than the traffic any time of day over in that neck of the woods, you’ll find your fill at Cumberland Gallery from 5-8pm this Thursday. Cumberland Gallery and Art After Hours will be presenting “Where Water Meets Land: An Evening With Andrew Saftel.” Saftel will speak about his recent pilgrimage to Bangladesh, his month hosting printmaking workshops for adults, working with children, and leading a “floating studio” on the Meghna River with thirty established artists. There will be plenty of exotic collages, paintings, and prints all around. The event is FREE and open to the public. The artist talk will begin promptly at 6:30pm. This specific exhibit will only run for one week only! Get on it!
Friday will bring us all fun times at the always fun The Family Wash (2038 Greenwood Avenue). Friday is Jerry Garcia’s birthday (even though he’s long dead and gone). Come out to The Family Wash for a night of Grateful Dead music at 9pm alongside that of Adam Abrashoff, Braden Stuart Land, Tyson Rogers, Jack Silverman, and James Haggerty. It will be a blast, and the food & spirits are always on tap. Speaking of having a blast, you can also have a blast with James Haggerty next Tuesday night (August 6th- at Fat Bottom Brewing Co- for the next East Side Storytellin’ show- at 7pm sharp- for FREE- alongside musician Tommy Keenum, painter Jonathan Richter, and poet DKM). The Family Wash gig has no cover but tips are always appreciated … so is the Shepherd’s Pie too!
Saturday, as with every single first Saturday of each month, will have plenty of things going on to make the most of Nashville and creativity. First on this write-up and list is to make aware about the Griffin Technology sponsored Nashville Outlines 2013 over at The Stone Fox (712 51st Avenue North). Basically this is going to be an all day block party (Indiana Avenue closed at 51st Avenue) with music outside and inside, plus the Summer Market craft fair. There will be Bike Tune-Ups from the Oasis Center mobile Bike Workshop, a dunk tank (thanks to Third Man Records), foot with Smokin Thighs, The Grilled Cheeserie, and Retro Sno, a petting zoo with Fond Object, and tons of music hosted by Tom Scharpling of The Best Show on WFMU. Some of the plentiful music will be made by JEFF the Brotherhood, Natalie Prass, Tristen, and many more. It will go down from 11am until 2am.
Other things, on the first Saturday, August 3rd, that I’d like to talk about is the Sideshow Fringe Festival presenting Magda the StorySpider at noon, at Theater Bug (2618 Gallatin Pike). You can find out more information about performers and more information at www.sideshowfringe.com. It is a 4-day celebration at several venues with a ton of Nashville’s progressive performing arts.
Third on the list, in no ranking order, is the Downtown Art Crawl. Part one that fascinates my attention is Untitled’s next Pop-Up Art Show. As with everything else going down from 6-9pm, this event will happen in the street-facing lobby at Colab Nashville (230 4th Avenue). This event will help kick off the Crawl with the most original local art and some fine FREE coffee or wine before feasting your eyes on the variety of art on the walls. Part two that makes me smile is that of “Retrogression” at The Arcade at Gallery 40AU. This will feature the art of Kelly Kessler and Audry Deal-McEver. Part three will be “Reclamation: a green benefit fundraiser featuring reuse art.” Located at 535 4th Avenue South, Untitled Artist Group and Turnip Green Creative Reuse (Turnip Green) are joining forces to host a sustainable and creative one-night art show from 6-10pm. I’d rather tell you about times and places this week instead of giving you too much information about what you’ll actually see. Getting there is half the battle. So get your plans together and make it a point to head downtown to everything creative from 6-9pm. You won’t regret it.
Speaking of things you won’t regret, Sunday has two spectacular events you should know about. First, Hey Rooster General Store is having their 1st annual Peach Party: Peach Potluck & Cocktails. Because peach season will be over in a short few weeks, and the grand tomato will reign again (see Tomato Art Fest at 5 Points August 10th for starters), Hey Rooster General Store is ready to have a party to give the peach one last hoorah if you bring a peach dish and beverage of your own. Hey Rooster General Store is about as original as original can get. Check it out online and in person when you get a chance (1106 Gallatin Avenue). Second, at 8pm, at Octane Gallery (1000 Main Street), you will find the best combination of art and prose since East Side Story. It is there and when when you’ll find the acclaimed cartoonist Eric Powell will be showcasing his latest and greatest work in an exhibition called “People I Know in Nashville When I’m Drunk.” It will be a brilliant showing of portraits of interesting friends and acquaintances warped through Powell’s late night beer goggled lens. It will be anything and everything but boring.
Seriously, yet again, this week and creativity in Nashville will be anything and everything but boring. Again, make your plans and get out to see everyone doing amazing things around town. This is a very unique time and place to be. Make the most of it and be nice to one another when you get out there. And speaking of getting out there, I hope to see you around East Side Story for the Tomato Art Fest next weekend on August 10th!