Feb 062015
 

I’m really happy to announce Modular Art Pods happening Saturday, February 7th during Arts & Music @ Wedgewood/Houston 6-10 p.m. at abrasiveMedia inside Houston Station (438 Houston Street, Nashville, TN). MAPs is the open-source community art tunnel that I’ve been working on for over a year, and it features 30 individually-curated pods. None of this could have happened without the hard work and creativity of the participating artists, which include:

  • Adrienne Newman
  • Alison Rinner and Becky Matthews
  • Andee Rudloff
  • Andri Alexandrou
  • Arthur Kirkby
  • Ava Marie Puckett
  • Beth Reitmeyer
  • Brandon Donahue
  • Brandon Greer
  • Brian Somerville
  • Courtney Adair Johnson
  • Dig Deep Light Show
  • Dylan Ethier and Molly Lahym
  • Emily Holt
  • Evelyn Walker
  • Gordon Roqué
  • Joe Clemons
  • Kayla Saito
  • Kyle Baker
  • Kyle Numann
  • Lauren Kussro
  • Luke Rainey
  • Matt Fox and Ben Clark
  • Matthew Jernigan
  • Megan Kelley and Stephen Zerne
  • Morgan Higby-Flowers
  • Patrick Stefaniak
  • Sarah McDonald and Tyler Blankenship
  • Secret Friends
  • Tony Youngblood

Modular Art Pods will be unlike other art exhibitions you’ve attended. You could call it an “art haunted house,” and like haunted houses, you will have to wait in line to get in. So allow time for waiting. And wear comfortable clothes for crawling. If you are unable to crawl through, we also have a backlot walking tour that lets you peer in on the crawlers and see the behind-the-scenes magic.

MAPs isn’t the only show happening in the Wedgewood/Houston neighborhood Saturday night. Also check out Tom Shinness, Tony Gerber and Kirby Shelstad performing at Noteable Blends (also inside Houston Station) at 8p.m. and lots of other gallery openings, including Andrew O’Brien’s Talking Talking House at Seed Space, Fort Houston’s 3rd Birthday Bonanza, Ariel Lavery at The Packing Plant, the opening of Cumberland Gallery in Track One, and lots more. Also, MAPs participant Kayla Saito has a solo show at the WAG Gallery in the Arcade downtown. Joe Nolan has the details on these events and more at the Nashville Scene’s Crawl Guide.

Find out more about Modular Art Pods here.

Check out some pictures and videos of the pods in progress!

Sarah McDonald and Tyler Blankenship

Sarah McDonald and Tyler Blankenship

Sarah McDonald and Tyler Blankenship

Sarah McDonald and Tyler Blankenship

AlisonRinner & Becky Fox Matthews

Alison Rinner & Becky Fox Matthews

Andee Rudloff

Andee Rudloff

Kyle Numann

Kyle Numann

Courtney Adair Johnson

Courtney Adair Johnson

Courtney Adair Johnson

Courtney Adair Johnson

Joe Clemons

Joe Clemons

Lauren Kussro

Lauren Kussro

Lauren Kussro

Lauren Kussro

Matt Fox & Ben Clark

Matt Fox & Ben Clark

Brian Somerville

Brian Somerville

Brian Somerville

Gordon Roque

Gordon Roque

Jan 012015
 

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Visual artist, experimental guitarist, and Louisville Experimental Festival founder Douglas Lucas will be performing at Betty’s Grill on Friday, January 2nd. He’s in town to open a solo art show at Fort Houston for Saturday’s Arts & Music @ Wedgewood/Houston. I highly recommend both the Friday performance and the Saturday gallery show. Douglas appeared on a couple Theatre Intangible podcasts — this artist showcase and this live improv.

The Friday Betty’s show also features Lauri McNamara, Chris Davis, and David Russell for, as the Facebook event page states, “a night of ukulele songs and improvisation from at least three cracked eggs.”

Here’s footage from 2012 of Douglas performing as Mu at Noa Noa house:


Douglas Lucas, Chris Davis and David Russell, Lauri McNamara
Friday, January 2nd, 9 p.m., $5
@Betty’s Grill, 407 49th Ave N, Nashville, Tennessee 37209

Aug 022014
 
Derek Schartung, exhibiting at 444 Popup Gallery

Derek Schartung, exhibiting at 444 Popup Gallery

With the Sideshow Fringe Festival, the Downtown Art Crawl, and Arts & Music @ Wedgewood/Houston, there’s just too dang much to do this Saturday. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, as long as you plan your event-hopping well.

Update: I forgot about Akai Con! It’s the anime convention founded by Theatre Intangible participant Cody Bottoms, and it runs through Sunday.

The Sideshow Fringe Festival continues with several dance and theatre performances. Go and check the full schedule here. I’m most excited about the puppetry double-header “The Circus of Pierrot” and “The Morning After” at 7:30 p.m. at Actors Bridge Studio. Here’s how the schedule describes the shows:

“The Circus of Pierrot.” Pierrot, a broken-hearted ballerina, longs to find her place in life. When she meets a ringmaster searching for a new clown act, she gives up dancing in exchange for the spectacle and excitement of the circus. Incorporating five different styles of puppetry and elements of pantomime and dance, “The Circus of Pierrot” is sure to dazzle the senses and warm the heart.

“The Morning After,” an original short by Cassie Hamilton, featuring rod puppetry.

And here’s the first tough choice of the evening. At 6:30 at Fond Object, Chet Weise’s Poetry Sucks! returns. Find out more at NYCNash.

To make the choice even tougher, at 8 p.m. the Wedgewood/Houston gallery Seed Space presents a choreographed performance featuring Chicago artists Soheila Azadi and Hanna M. Owens. The Seed Space page says,

“The Pairing” questions skin and fabric as a shield that separate bodies and ideologies; Skin and fabric that hold desire. The Pairing tells a story that touches upon motherhood, desire, love, envy and conflict. The Pairing’s audio is inspired by Islamic call for prayer sung by a woman.

Seed Space is also featuring a video art exhibition called “F.I.V.E.”

“The Pairing" by Soheila Azadi and Hanna M. Owens.

“The Pairing” by Soheila Azadi and Hanna M. Owens.

Just across the railroad tracks from Seed Space, Fort Houston is presenting a new show by Co. H. (Btw, I wrote about Fort Houston’s expanded gallery space in this month’s Nashville Arts Magazine.)

Down the street from Fort Houston, 444 Popup Gallery is presenting a glitch art exhibition by circuit bender and Theatre Intangible participant Derek Schartung. The event page says,

“Glitch” is Derek Schartung’s debut presentation of a process he’s been tinkering with recently. We’re fans of his work and he’s also a neighbor! There will be prints available and the usual spirits.

Also at Arts & Music @ Wedgewood/Houston: A group show and Party Cannon performance at The Packing Plant, a comic-book art exhibit at abrasiveMedia, the continuing Utopia-themed show at Ground Floor, and new shows at Infinity Cat, David Lusk, Zeitgeist, and Julia Martin Gallery. Find out more at the AM@WH page and Joe Nolan’s excellent crawl guide at the Nashville Scene.

Over at the Downtown Art Crawl, Coop Gallery features a new member show with work by Shannon Clark, Thomas Sturgill, and Theatre Intangible participants Virginia Griswold and Morgan Higby-Flowers. Blend is featuring work by Jason Hargrove, an artist from Paducah, Kentucky, 30 minutes from my hometown of Mayfield. Corvidae Collective is hosting an H.R. Giger tribute. Joe Nolan has the details on the rest at the aforementioned crawl guide.

I hope to see you at one of the crawls! Here’s a helpful map of the Arts & Music @ Wedgewood/Houston galleries provided by Anna Zeitlin:

WeHoMap

Apr 122014
 

Circuit Benders' Ball

What? You didn’t know? The Circuit Benders’ Ball is in full swing! Head on over to www.circuitbendersball.com to find out more.

The panels and workshops start at 11:00 a.m. this fine morning. Check out the panel schedule here and workshop schedule here. If you haven’t purchased your workshop tickets yet, not to worry. You can buy a ticket at the door. As of now, we have extra space in all the workshops.

And then come back for another night of performances beginning at 7 p.m. See you at Fort Houston!