Some civic-duty stuff to think about for starters this week: The State and Federal General Election is coming up Tuesday, Nov. 4, and we’re voting for a mix of jobs and issues, among them the much-talked-about Amendment 1, regarding abortion rights. You can view a sample ballot online, and dig through info from both “No on 1” and “Yes on 1” camps at their respective websites.
Early voting is already going (through Thursday, Oct. 30, and the satellite location at the Madison Library, 610 Gallatin, is pretty close). More info on that at Nashville.gov.
On another topic: This week’s news roundup is a little different. Since we’re right up on Halloween, figured we’d share — along with some neighborhood snippets — a few of the many options we have for celebrating in the neighborhood on Halloween night.
On to it:
Changes at beloved dive Dino’s
The folks at the Scene shared rumblings this week about the building in which beloved neighborhood dive Dino’s lives, re: changes in ownership/potential changes in other stuff there.
Rick at Dino’s shared an update via Facebook Thursday:
“To All Friends of Dino's, It's Official. Dino's will be changing hands November 25th. We will be open for business thru November 23rd. All Shows and events will take place as schedule. I want to take this time to Thank all of our Dino's family, both staff and patrons for our amazing 7 plus years run. Myself and Linda appreciate and love you all! We hope to see all you over the next month so we can Thank you personally.”
According to another update from Scene-ster Adam Gold, however, new owner/restaurateur Miranda Whitcomb Pontes intends on “keeping it as is.” Aaaand another update: a few upgrades, mostly carrying on. High-fives to the Scene for being all over this topic.
Russell Street church building now in bank’s hands
The Tennessean reported this week that a Texas bank had taken ownership of the Crystal Fountain Church on Russell St. What’s that mean for that much-valued location near 5 Points? Dunno yet, but definitely seems like something to keep open ears on.
Two extra-special ways to get in on Day of the Dead fest
Last week, we talked to organizer Jack Davis about the upcoming Day of the Dead Tequila Festival, set for the Pavilion East on November 1. On the schedule: tequila (clearly), dancing, food, art demos, face-painting, pinata-bashing and lots more.
If you haven’t snagged your tickets yet, we have two special tidbits to share with East Nashvillian readers. 1) You can save $5 off your ticket by buying online and using our promo code, EASTNASH5. 2) We’re giving away passes to two lucky readers. Just enter through this form; we’ll pick random winners on Halloween morning. Happy entering, and happy Dia de los Muertos celebrating!
Halloween night in East Nashville
Still settling on plans for Halloween night? Determined to stay in the neighborhood? You have options. Lots of ‘em. Here are a few to choose from:
If 308’s your go-to, they’ll have a Halloween-y affair going: drink specials, scary movie screenings, costumes and other fun. There’s also a “Hallway of Horrors,” which you may assume is just the walk to the parking lot, but is probably more of a thing.
Once again, we’re welcome to (figuratively, for safety’s sake) crawl around Five Points Halloween night enjoying drink specials, prizes and giveaways at participating bars: Drifters, Tenn Sixteen, 3 Crow Bar, Red Door Saloon and Beyond the Edge. The crawl runs 7 to midnight, and if you’re making the most of that time, imbibedly speaking, we hope you’re crawling with a DD/uberlyft app/cab number memorized.
Not a party, so much, but a good option for those of you who want to keep your Halloween pretty low-key (or wanna pre-game with dinner). Head by the new Porter House Bistro (1115 Porter) in costume to eat, and you’ll snag a free dessert with your entrée, and get a chance to throw your name in for a $30 dinner coupon giveaway.
The GQ-dubbed “most stylish party in America” returns to The 5 Spot for another Halloween installment with its trademark throwback sounds, plus a costume contest with prizes. Stuff kicks off at 7 p.m. and goes… late.
If you’re big on going big, costume-wise, might wanna head Lipstick Lounge’s way, as the winners of their Halloween costume contest take home $weet Ca$h. (Specifically, $300 for first place, $150 for second, $50 for third). Champs are crowned at midnight.
East Side label Palaver Records and others are throwing a stocked show at Silver Point studios (10 Quality Way, 37207) with two stages, 15 artists (including Kyle Andrews, Tesla Rossa and a host of others), a costume contest, tarot and astrology readings and more. Bash starts at 7 p.m., and tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door.
The folks behind the Save the Roxy Theater endeavor host a Halloween gathering at 827 Meridian, with a screening of local Super 8 short horror film Maskerade, a costume party, food and drink and a “terrifying live reenactment of the film through behind-the-scenes spaces in the theater” (think haunted house…ish). The Night of Fright kicks off at 7:30, and tickets are $20.
The fun folks from QDP will take over Foobar and Foobar Too (2511 Gallatin) on Halloween night, with costumes, dancing and “Queeraoke” on the schedule. Party is 21 and up, starts at 9 p.m., and admission is $5.
Spend your Halloween night with a classic: The Mad Donna’s patio will host a Rocky Horror screening starting at 8 p.m. They haven’t indicated whether props are welcome, so bring TP/rubber gloves/rice at your own risk (unless that’s just the kinda thing you carry around normally).
Logue's Black Raven Emporium hosts another “very wicked masquerade ball,” hosted by Shannon Million and Burlesque Off Broadway and featuring dancing, contortionists, tarot reading and more. The party runs 9 p.m. to 1 a.m., and tickets are $10 at the door, or can be snagged at Logue’s (2915 Gallatin) beforehand.
That’s it for this week. Have East Nashville news to share? Love to hear about it.