May 022014
 

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There’s way too much stuff to do in Nashville on Saturday, May 3rd. Here are the highlights as I see them:

In Franklin, TN, you have the second annual Make-A-Thon from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Think of a smaller, spunkier Nashville Mini Maker Faire.

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After making, go crafting. At Centennial Park, there’s spring edition of the Tennessee Craft Fair, the biggest crafting event to hit Nashville each year. Runs through Sunday.

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When 6 p.m. hits, head over to the Downtown Art Crawl at the Arcade to see openings at dozens of galleries. Highlights include Ann Catherine Carter’s solo show Nothing Never Happens at 40AU and the group exhibit Draw Three at Coup that Laura Hutson wrote about in the Nashville scene.

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Try to leave downtown by 7:30 so you have enough time to catch everything at Arts & Music @ Wedgewood/Houston. Theatre Intangible participants Kelli Shay Hix and Josh Gumiela have a paper-cut art and new media show at 444 Pop Up Gallery. Veronica Kavass is hosting a “collaboratively curated and executed installation by Indiana University Sculpture BFA students and their professor, Mike Calway-Fagen” at The Packing Plant. There’s also a cool sound art show at Track One featuring Southern Illinois University alums, a new media noise show at Seed Space, an outsider art show at Infinity Cat, and new shows at David Lusk, ZeitgeistJulia Martin GalleryMerritt MansionGround Floor Gallery, and Fort Houston. This is sure to be one of the best crawls of the year!

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If you want to catch all WeHo has to offer, be sure to download and print this handy crawl map.

Finish your night right with the electronic dance party Beyond Pleasuredome at The East Room, featuring genres like Italo disco, synthpop, coldwave, electro-hop and more. Starts at 9 p.m. No cover before 10 p.m.

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Feb 182014
 

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I’m torn. Thursday, February 20th features at least two must-see events in Nashville, and they overlap.

At 5:30 p.m., the swanky new art space Oz will host the very first “Thursday Night Things,” a series of art collaborations. This one features the immensely-talented musician Chancellor Warhol performing his new album in its entirety and collaborating with Theatre Intangible and Circuit Benders’ Ball participant Benton C. Bainbridge and filmmaker and Fort Houston founding member Jonathan Kingsbury. What will it be like? Since Jonathan runs a photo-booth company and Benton has been prototyping a video portraits system, I expect it may involve portraits of the audience. But who knows? What I do know is it’s your only chance to see Benton Bainbridge in the foreseeable future. Now that he’s moved back in New York City, he’s busy making art, directing music videos and vj-ing at One Step Beyond at the American Museum of Natural History.

“Thursday Night Things” is scheduled to run until 7:45 p.m., which means you’ll have to choose between it and the 7 p.m. screening of Bruce Baillie: Cinema of the Senses at Third Man Records’ The Light & Sound Machine. This is heartbreaking because series director James Cathcart called the retrospective “perhaps the program I’ve been most proud to present.” More from the press release: “Despite having been a cornerstone of the emerging cinematic avant-garde of the 1960’s—as well as a co-founder of Canyon Cinema and the San Francisco Cinematheque—Bruce Baillie has escaped recognition from all but the most committed film enthusiasts and scholars. His oft-imitated, rarely paralleled style of sensuous, nature-tethered cinema has inspired generations of filmmakers, most recently 2010 Palme d’Or winner Apichatpong Weerasethakul. This program presents seven of Baillie’s rarely screened masterpieces from his most fruitful period.” Film Comment columnist Chuck Stephens will introduce the show.

As if the choice isn’t hard enough, you also have Greg Bryant, Paul Horton and Justin Cromer performing at F Scotts and Body of Light, French Lips, Dr. Jungle Cat and Commitment Bells performing at The East Room.

Oh Nashville, sometimes I hate you. But I love you. But I hate you. But I love you…

Jan 302014
 

Pyramid Gallery Moving Forweird The East Room

I just found out about this experimental music show at the East Room on Friday, January 31st. It features Age (also performing the following Friday at Centennial Park), Morgan Higby-Flowers, Subtext, and two Chattanooga artists: Secret Guilt and Segamented Worms (sic).

The show is being billed as Pyramid Gallery, “an experimental electronic music night presented by the Moving Forweird collective.” Moving Forweird also hosts electronic music nights at The East Room. The next one is Friday, February 21st.

Age (Josh Gumiela and Luke Rainey), Morgan Higby-Flowers, and Subtext (Oliver Dodd) are three of the most interesting acts in Nashville, and I’m looking forward to hearing the Chattanooga artists for the first time. And I’m REALLY excited about the prospect of a new reoccurring experimental showcase!

Doors at 9 p.m. Music at 10 p.m. Free entry. Donations accepted for touring bands. More info on the Facebook event page.

Friday, January 31st, 10 p.m., free
Pyramid Gallery experimental showcase feat.
Age, Morgan Higby-Flowers, Subtext, Secret Guilt, Segamented Worms

@ The East Room
2412 Gallatin Ave.
Nashville, Tennessee 37206

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Subtext – Fitting Room from Konstructure Recordings on Vimeo.