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Oct 312014


Joe Nolan at the Nashville Scene has the scoop on this Saturday’s Wedgewood/Houston and downtown art crawls. Check his full report here.

Highlights include Sheila B. at Julia Martin Gallery, Emily Sue Laird at 444 Humphries Pop Up, Greg Pond at Seed Space, and Circuit Benders’ Ball participant Morgan Higby-Flowers at the Packing Plant. See Higby-Flowers’ video installation KVIKA throughout the evening and be there at 8:30 p.m. for a special no-input video mixer live performance.

Also, congratulations go to Emily Sue Laird for being named gallery director at Julia Martin Gallery. She’s one of the best and brightest in Nashville, and I look forward to her future curations.



Oct 022014



Way too much. First, we have the inaugural SoNa (South Nashville) Festival happening Saturday, October 4th from 2:30 to 9 p.m. at Dudley Park. The Facebook event page says there will be “community art, live music, local food and drinks, and urban gardening.”

The fourth annual Handmade & Bound celebration takes place at Watkins College on Friday and Saturday. Watkins says the free event “features a gallery exhibition, film screening, zine collection, marketplace with dozens of vendors and distributors, and demos and hands-on activities.”

Then there’s the Tatsuya Nakatani Gong Orchestra happening Saturday night at Track One. I wrote about it here.

And don’t forget the First Saturday Downtown Art Crawl and Arts & Music @ Wedgewood/Houston, both happening Saturday night. The Nashville Scene’s Joe Nolan has the details here. A couple additions: Abstract artist John Perry will be showing at SNAP Center. NYCNash has the details. Also, there’s  a 9 p.m. performance at the Packing Plant, featuring Skoolgirl, Gunther DougNeon Black , and Tinted Bladder.

I’m exhausted just thinking about it!

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 042014
How to Smile in 34 Steps by Liz Clayton Scofield

How to Smile in 34 Steps by Liz Clayton Scofield

This Saturday’s Arts & Music @ Wedgewood Houston and Art Crawl at the Arcade are packed with great events. At 215 5th Avenue North, the Greg Bryant Expansion will be performing from 6 to 9 p.m. Check out the interview I did with Greg in this month’s Nashville Arts Magazine. The Tinney Contemporary will host a show curated by Susan Sherrick, a New York and San Francisco art dealer who will soon open a gallery in the Wedgewood/Houston neighborhood. Nashville writer, curator, and artist Veronica Kavass is moving to Minneapolis. She writes about the Tinney Contemporary show in her last article for the Nashville Scene.

Over in WeHo, friend of Theatre Intangible Liz Clayton Scofield will be performing “How to Smile in 34 Steps” at SeedSpace. Ann Catherine Carter will be curating her first show in a new residency at the Packing Plant. Joe Nolan has the details about those two events here and here.

Ground Floor Gallery recently moved from Chestnut Street to 942 Fourth Avenue South, and they’re having a grand opening celebration during the crawl. The opening exhibition is called Utopia: Can It Stay a Dream. Erica Ciccarone interviewed Ground Floor curator Janet Decker Yanez about the new gallery and exhibition at the Scene’s Country Life blog. (Also check out Erica’s excellent New Yorker’s guide to Nashville NYCNash.)

And that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Joe Nolan has the details on the rest here.

Find out more about AM@WH on the Facebook event page.