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:


Jul 072013


Chet Weise‘s wonderful poetry-and-music event Poetry Sucks! has moved from Dino’s to Third Man Records, and tonight’s program looks absolutely delectable. In addition to hearing great poetry and music, you can also view Tim Kerr‘s artwork on display in the Third Man gallery. Laura Hutson at the Nashville Scene wrote about the gallery show here.

Tim will appear at the event tonight. Also on the program: Sampson Starkweather, Lee Baines and the Glory Fires, Larry O. Dean, Paige Taggart, and Jim Kish.

Tim was scheduled to perform with Holly Golightly and the Brokeoffs, but Holly had to cancel due to inclement weather. Chet Weise informs us that all is not lost:

Tim will be performing instead with Jim Kish as a banjo and fiddle duo. They’ll be posting up outside on our patio from 4pm giving hot dog and beer fans a little chewin music… Excited Tim can still play and stoked to have Jim here with him.

The gorgeous poster is by Rachel Briggs, the designer of every Poetry Sucks! poster thus far and the Circuit Benders’ Ball poster.

From the press release:

Tim Kerr was a founding member of The Big Boys, Poison 13, Bad Mutha Goose, Lord High Fixers, and Monkey Wrench; all groups who have played an important role in what is known as the US indie scene today. Not only has he been inducted into the Texas Music Hall of Fame, but Tim also earned a degree in painting and photography at the University of Texas in Austin and studied the latter with Garry Winogrand. His artwork has shown in the US and abroad in galleries such as PS1 in New York, 96 Gillespie in London, Slowboy Gallery in Germany, and Hyde Park Art Center in Chicago. Tim may even join in the music making on the 7th!

Sampson Starkweather was born in Pittsboro, NC. He is the author of the First Four Books of Sampson Starkweather and 5 chapbooks from dangerous small presses. He is a founding editor of Birds, LLC and works for The Center for the Humanities at The Graduate Center, CUNY.

Paige Taggart lives in Brooklyn and is the author of 3 chapbooks. Trembling Pillow Press will publish her first full-length collection Want For Lion in late 2013/early 2014. She’s an avid jeweler ( and co-founded the tumblr Poets Touching Trees.

Larry O. Dean was born and raised in Flint, Michigan. His most recent books include Brief Nudity (Salmon Poetry, 2013), and Basic Cable Couplets (Silkworms Ink, 2012). Also a critically-acclaimed songwriter, Dean has numerous CD releases, including Fun with a Purpose (2009) with The Injured Parties. He was a 2004 recipient of the Gwendolyn Brooks Award.

Lee Bains III and the Glory Fires’ debut album There is a Bomb in Gilead was released on Alive Records. Now, LBIII and The Glory Fires re-unite with Tim Kerr to record their next album in Nashville, TN with the legendary Jeremy Ferguson at Battle Tapes Recording Studio. Could there be a bigger bang?

More info on the Facebook event page

Poetry Sucks!
Sunday, July 7th, 4pm
Free show
Third Man Records
623 7th Ave S
Nashville, Tennessee 37203

Sep 262012

Poetry Sucks! #9 Carolyn Hembree Michael Carter Richard Houston Vox Arcana Tim Daisy James Falzone Fred Lonberg-Holm
Poetry Sucks! is a Nashville poetry reading series organized by Chet Weise. Chet pairs a group of poets with musicians and filmmakers for an always-engaging evening.

Thursday, September 27th, Poetry Sucks! is temporarily relocating from east side’s Dino’s Bar & Grill to west side’s The Stone Fox, the brand spankin’ new venue run by siblings Elise and William Tyler. Yes, that William Tyler.

Theatre Intangible readers may be particularly excited about this installment’s musical guest: Vox Arcana, a new musical trio from Chicago featuring percussionist Tim Daisy, clarinet player James Falzone, and cellist/electronicist Fred Lonberg-Holm.

Tim is a seriously bad-ass improvised music percussionist who has worked with the likes of Ken Vandermark, Joe McPhee, Fred Anderson, John Tchicai, Dave Rempis, Steve Swell, and Jeb Bishop. It’s a can’t miss show!

On top of that, you get all this:

Poetry: Carolyn Hembree’s poems have appeared in Colorado Review, DIAGRAM, Gulf Coast, Indiana Review, jubilat, and Witness, among other journals and anthologies. Kore Press published her debut collection, Skinny, in 2012. Her poetry has received three Pushcart Prize nominations, a PEN Writers Grant, a Southern Arts Federation Grant, and a Louisiana Division of the Arts Fellowship Award in Literature. Before completing her MFA, she found employment as a cashier, housecleaner, cosmetics consultant, telecommunicator, actor, receptionist, paralegal, coder, and freelance writer. Carolyn grew up in Tennessee and Alabama. She teaches at the University of New Orleans.

Poetry: Richard Houston is a Na$hville author. If you missed him read at Pujol Sucks! Part II Eclectic Boogaloo, here’s your chance to make amends.

Film: Michael Carter is a Nashville based director and editor whose work includes films that have premiered at Cannes, Sundance, HotDocs, Sarasota and South by Southwest film festivals. His feature-length directorial debut, “3 Minutes From Opryland,” documented Middle Tennessee’s amateur wrestling subculture, providing an exciting meditation on this sub-cultural phenomenon. He then followed with “A Difficult Days Afternoon,” which documented cult-musician Dave Cloud during his 2006 European tour, and premiered at the 2008 Bergen Fest. In addition to directing, Carter is an accomplished editor, with credits including Nomadic Independence’s “When the Worlds On Fire,” “A Rubberband is an Unlikely Instrument” and “The Colonel’s Bride.” Currently, Michael Carter is in production with his narrative directorial debut, “Million Dollar Bash.”

More info on the Facebook event page.

The above poster (and all Poetry Sucks! posters) was designed by Rachel Briggs, the insanely-talented artist who has designed art for Caitlin Rose, Old Crow Medicine Show, and American Songwriter Magazine. She also designed the 2012 Circuit Benders’ Ball poster. Check out more of her work on her artist page.

Poetry Sucks! A night of poetry, music, and all sorts of bad language (West Side Story)
Thursday,  September 27 * 8PM, free admission
The Stone Fox
712 51st Avenue N.
Nashville, TN 37209