This week’s East Nashville News roundup is particularly stocked with things to do in the coming weeks. Seems fitting enough, what with it being summer, when people tend to do stuff.
Also, news on some business comings and goings and a detailed expose on our rockness.
On to it:
East Nashville Rocks, says Ann Powers on NPR
If you haven’t seen/read revered rock journo Ann Powers’ thoughts on East Nashville music via NPR.org, you’re decidedly among the minority — this (well-researched and well-written) thing’s been kudzu-ing around our digital corners all week.
And if its thrust is accurate, we may at last be cresting!
From the piece: “East Nashville now is at the peak of the classic creative-class arc: A new generation of music- and other makers has built a lifestyle vibrant enough to be irresistible to outsiders, including wealthy locals and newcomers from other cities, whose presence makes it both more profitable to some, and unsustainable for others.”
Nothin’ but down from here, y’all. Truly a fun read from a great writer, and another lovely reflection of our piece of the planet. Give it a read.
Antica’s out; Field House is in
Eater Nashville shared news this week that unfortunately short-lived small-plates space Antica has shuttered, the space moving into the hands of Tin Dog Tavern owner Sean Clem, who plans to open a sports bar called Field House there.
The specific sports focus will be on our home teams. They’re shooting for late August to open. More from Eater Nashville.
New chefs series from POP
After introducing some huge culinary names to East Nashville — including Michelin-star double-downer Dominique Crenn and celeb chef Maneet Chauhan — neighborhood pop-up hub POP is launching a new series with an up-and-comer focus.
Emerging Chef’s Night at POP starts this Sunday, Aug. 3, with a dinner led by chef Matt Clement. Clement is the head pastry chef at Flyte, but he’ll be showing off his savory skills Sunday. Eye the menu over at POP’s Facebook page.
Start time is 6 p.m., and the cost is $35, reservations needed (email@example.com).
Learn 10 Tomato Art Fest facts
Tomato Art Fest time is nigh — Friday and Saturday August 8 and 9, our neighborhood will once again be overrun with tomato revelers (as portrayed in the image up top, from the Fest folks), and if the fact that our most recent issue is devoted to the fest didn’t get the hint across: We’re really looking forward to it.
As we get ready for the fest, here’s a really fun way to learn about East Nashville’s biggest bit o’ togetherness: a video with Art & Invention Gallery owner and fest co-founder Meg MacFadyen outlining 10 Tomato Art Fest facts.
Some of these you may know; some might surprise you. All told, give it a watch — you’ll know a whole lot more about a consistently awesome event.
Beyond, as you organize your plan of Tomato Fest-attack, hit www.tomatoartfest.com for all the latest.
East Nashville Beer Festival returns
While we’re on the subject of neighborhood festivals, here’s something for you craft beer lovers who like to set your schedules way, way early: The much-loved East Nashville Beer Festival has already set its 2015 date.
Expect to head back to East Park on April 11 of next year, and keep an eye on the East Nashville Beer Festival’s Facebook page for updates during the long, long stretch until the next event. Above, a little video capture of past beer festivities.
Poetry Sucks! is back
You might remember long-running prose, poetry and music celebration Poetry Sucks! from more than a few eventful nights over at Dino’s. You also might’ve noticed that we hadn’t seen a new one in a minute.
Good news: Poetry Sucks! is back with some new faces, in conjunction with some new places.
The Return of Poetry Sucks! - A Night of Poetry, Music and All Sorts of Bad Language is set for this Saturday, Aug. 2, at Fond Object (1313 McGavock), and it’s presented in partnership with neighbors the Red Arrow Gallery, too.
On the schedule Saturday: poetry and prose from Sommer Browning, Noah Eli Gordon, Coco Hames, William Tyler, Andre Perry, Joe Tiefenthaler and Tim Denevi; music from Dex Green’s Jazz Sucks and Jem Cohen. Confeastador will be on hand serving food; folks from the Stone Fox will be slinging drinks.
Attendance is free, and stuff starts up at 6:30 p.m. More: Poetry Sucks! on Facebook.
Outdoor movies coming up this month
With this mild summer we’ve been having, the outdoor movies to be enjoyed around the neighborhood are that much more wonderfully enjoyable. A few coming up soon:
This Sunday, Aug. 3, Eastwood Christian Church (1601 Eastland) hosts another free Movie on the Lawn, this time showing family favorite Frozen. As befitting such a film, the evening will begin with a singalong at 7:30, the movie starting up right after.
Then Sunday, Aug. 10, Grassy Knoll Movie Nights skews a little more growed-up with skin-crawly classic ALIEN. GKMN movies start up at sundown on the lawn next to Bongo Java East (109 S. 11th), and attendance is $5, $4 if you bring a can of food to donate to Second Harvest (or $1 for young folks 12 and under, though this particular one might be a little much for those adolescent nerves). More: Grassy Knoll Movie Nights on Facebook.
Head out for a Night Out Against Crime
Another bit of family-friendly fun: The Inglewood Neighborhood Association and MOMS Club of Inglewood are hosting an annual Night Out Against Crime next Tuesday, Aug. 5 at Isaac Litton Park (4500 Gallatin), with pizza and drinks, door prizes, kid-friendly music from Silly Grandpa (a.k.a. Michael Supe Granda) and the family-fun must-have: a bouncy house.
Double bonus: If your young progeny are obsessed with fire trucks and police cars, as we hear many a small person is, there’ll be some of those to ogle. The Margaret Maddox YMCA will be on hand collecting school supply donations, too.
The event runs from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.; Silly Grandpa starts at 6:30.
Jazz and picnicking at Shelby Park
If you’ve been looking for a super low-key night out in the neighborhood, this, we think, will pique your interest.
On Friday, Aug. 14, Shelby Bottoms hosts a Jazzy Bottoms Sunset Soiree, which includes live jazz from locals Gilded J, along with crafts, a photo booth an an encouragement to pack a picnic dinner and kick it on a blanket with friends and/or dogs. Sounds pretty perfect, particularly if this temperate weather holds on.
Ugly Mugs owner does Office Hours
Our friends over at the East Nashville-bred but now Germantown-based The Skillery are about to launch a free weekly event called Office Hours, inviting folks to drop by, enjoy some free Steadfast Coffee and learn from/talk with a local business pro.
The first Office Hours event, set for 11 to noon on Friday, Aug. 15, brings out an East Side neighbor whose creations many of us know, love and sip quite regularly: Ugly Mugs Coffee and Tea owner Jarod DeLozier.
DeLozier’s going to share his experience launching a business and keeping it busy, and answer all the questions you see fit to toss at him. To take part, you’ll just need to register.
New space taking the place of Edgefield Restaurant?
This week we spied an update from Historic Nashville, Inc. — a longtime go-to for those of us who like to keep up with the happenings of historic buildings in town — regarding the dormant Edgefield Restaurant space and a demolition permit.
So, true? We did stumble across an approved permit for that property (“Demolish existing structure; Construct infill,” it says), so it does look like we will be seeing something happening at 105 S 11th soon enough. Only further specifics we’ve dug up: The architect at work on the new space is an East Nashvillian.
Word around the campfire, HN said, is that a restaurant called Rhythm and Spice is set to take over the building after reconstruction. (A helpful commenter noted that it could be local Caribbean-inspired food truck Riddim N' Spice; we reached out to those folks to see.)
At any rate, something’s brewing; we’ll scribble more when we know more.
That’s it for this week. We live for your East Nashville news updates, so if you have stuff to share, by all means, drop us a line.