Since it's the time of year when most of us are focused on holiday plans, this latest crop of East Nashville News has something of a holiday bent. Perhaps, more than anything, because we hope to save you from Black Friday.
Below, some local opportunities to wrap up your gift-hunting, and some live music that'll get you in the mood for roasting chestnuts/Jack Frost/whatnot. On to it:
Shop Without Dropping
We're very much a shop-local neighborhood, which might have a lot to do with the quality of our local shopping options. And, lucky for us, we'll have enough options over the holidays to keep even the most ardent bargain hunter from the sweaty tacklepile that is Black Friday.
A few neighborhood shopping excursions to keep in mind:
East Nashville Harvest Heyday
From our friends at East Nashville Events/The Shoppes on Fatherland, a day of family-friendly fun and shopping (no stampedes!), featuring a cast of local artists and crafters and discounts at participating Shoppes in exchange for a donation toward East Nashville Cooperative Ministries' efforts to feed needy neighbors.
Saturday, Nov. 23, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The Shoppes on Fatherland (1006 Fatherland St.)
The Printmakers Festival
Local printmakers -- including Sawtooth Printhouse, Isle of Printing, BOSS Construction and many others -- will have work up for grabs, while shops at The Idea Hatchery join in the printmaking celebration by silkscreening special items on site. If you have friends or family members who like to look at things or wear things (y'know, unique types), good chance you'll find a solid gift here. And beyond the shopping, there'll be food trucks and other snacks and treats on hand, and at dusk, the Idea Hatchery holiday lights will blink on for the first time of the season. It's a wonderful life.
Saturday, Nov. 23, noon to 7 p.m.
The Idea Hatchery, 1108 Woodland
Kernels Nashville Open House
Stocking stuffers, y'all: Eastside artisan popcorn mavens Kernels Nashville host an open house, at which new flavors and holiday gift collections will be unveiled, and various prizes will be offered.
Saturday, Nov. 23, 6 to 8 p.m.
Kernels Nashville, 2501B Gallatin Ave.
5 Points Friday
The "skip the mall, shop local" tagline of 5 Points Friday kinda represents the intent pretty clearly, but for specifics: Shops and stops all around the 5 Points area participate with deals and unique gifts and holiday-themed foods and drinks, and all the while live music and other merriment fills the streets. We're still waiting to see specific details/participants for this year's Black Friday event, but if past 5 Points Friday celebrations are an indication (which, well, they kinda are), you'll be able to knock out a big hunk of your shopping list without shedding a single oily angry tear.
Friday, Nov. 29
More info at the 5 Points Friday website or on Facebook
Nashville’s Musician’s Swap Meet
The Musician's Swap Meet isn't a seasonal event, but a monthly one. That said, if you have music nerds to lavish with gifts this holiday season (and, well, you live here, so…), this'll deliver. Guitars, drums, vinyl, clothing, memorabilia, probably the odd flugelhorn -- if it's music-related, you'll probably find it here.
Sunday, Dec. 1, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
The Building, 1008-C Woodland St.
The Return Of Diamond Star Halo Vintage
The fashion lovers and vintage hunters among us likely remember and mourn the now-shuttered Diamond Star Halo Vintage, stylish Eastsider Libby Callaway's impeccably cool nook inside Fanny's House of Music. Good news for 2013: Callaway is bringing her finds back with the help of Old Made Good.
Now through the holidays, you'll be able to snag some of Callaway's favorite finds from shopping excursions around the world inside OMG. For more, check out her write-up at Style.com.
All holiday season
Old Made Good, 3701-B Gallatin Pike
Open House at Rustique Nashville
During the Celebration of Home Tour (Dec. 7-8), new Eastside face Rustique Nashville (next to Sky Blue) hosts a special open house event, where they'll be sharing and selling their furniture and home decor, as well as clothing and jewelry from People Like Art.
Rustique Nashville, 700 Fatherland St.
Black Friday to Cyber Monday Deals from Paige Barbee Jewelry
Eastside jewelry artist Paige Barbee -- who'll be at the Harvest Heyday sharing her wares -- will also knock 10 percent off items in her Etsy shop from Black Friday to Cyber Monday (Nov. 29 to Dec. 2) with the coupon code THANKSFB13. She crafts some beautiful laser-cut wood pieces, from necklaces to classy cufflinks. Peruse the wares on Etsy.
m.florita jewelry expanding Skyline Collection
Kinda related to all that holiday-shopping biz: You may be familiar with local jewelry artist Marrah Florita, who designs and crafts necklaces, earrings and other pretty things by hand in her studio under the m.florita jewelry name.
The m.florita Skyline Collection -- which began with an etched image of our beloved Nashville skyline -- is one of Florita's best-loved designs, so she's looking to branch out to other cities.
Dig the pieces and wanna help Florita grow? She's launched a Kickstarter campaign to get a broadened Skyline Collection going (to include NYC, LA, ATL and many other burgs), and the pledge rewards across the board make some pretty awesome gifts.
Check out the details on her Kickstarter page.
And Some Mood Music
Few things set the right mood for the holidays like giving, food and A Charlie Brown Christmas. So allow us to share news related to all of those things.
Tom Waits - Get Behind The Mule
The 8th Annual Tom Waits - Get Behind The Mule: A Benefit For Second Harvest Food Bank music and art event is set for The 5 Spot on Dec. 7. A slew of talented local/regional musicians -- including Joshua Black Wilkins, Wess Floyd and a whole mess of others -- will share interpretations of Waits songs, while visual artist Jeff Bertrand paints a Waits portrait live on site. Attendees can enjoy music, ogle and purchase art, take part in a silent auction and, all the while, throw those hands together for revered songwriter Waits. Best part: Proceeds go to benefit Second Harvest's laudable efforts. Last year's Mule event raised thousands; let's ramp it up this year.
Saturday, Dec. 7, 8 p.m.
The 5 Spot, 1006 Forrest Ave.
Suggested donation of $10
And then, we can't forget The Ornaments. Incredible Nashville musicians (including Jen Gunderman, James Haggerty and Martin Lynds) have been recreating the timeless sounds from Vince Guaraldi's A Charlie Brown Christmas soundtrack at The Family Wash for several years, and it's truly become an East Nashville holiday tradition.
This year, their sets at the Wash are set for:
Monday, Dec. 16: 6:30 and 8:30 p.m.
Tuesday, Dec. 17: 6:30 and 8:30 p.m.
Wednesday, Dec. 18: 6:30 and 8:30 p.m.
Thursday, Dec. 19: 6:30 and 8:30 p.m.
Friday, Dec. 20: 6:30 and 8:30 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 21: 6:30 and 8:30 p.m.
Plus a Saturday, Dec. 21 show for kids at the Belcourt Theatre at 10 a.m.
Don't miss 'em, and fair warning: Make a reservation (615-226-6070).
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