First a little East Nashvillian housekeeping. You may have noticed that our new January/February issue is on stands (and on this website) now, and that it features subjects as broad as the East Nashvillians of the Year, the unstoppable Joe McMahan, pop star-turned-fashion maven Tiffany and a lonely fancy bird wandering our environs. We like to keep you on your toes. And we're proud of the new issue and everyone who contributed to it.
Related, our friend Melissa D. Corbin shares a tastebud-tempting recipe for Korean pancakes/Haemul Pajeon in that issue, using locally made Sunday Morning Pancake Mix. To go along with it, she has a giveaway going on her website, offering a bag of that healthful, delicious mix to readers and tweeters.
And still related: In our ongoing efforts to keep our friends updated with East Side Stuff, we're creating a new mailing list, and we hope you'll join it. It'll be weekly at most, and it'll include news snippets, bonus content and fun giveaways.
On to East Nashville but not East Nashvillian news:
Mark Your Tomato Calendar
Dates are in for the East Nashvillingest event of the year. The 2014 Tomato Art Fest is set for Saturday, August 9, and participant applications will be open at TomatoArtFest.com starting on Feb. 3.
Welcome Nashville's 'Crazy Hearts' to the National Airwaves
Heard about the new Nashville-focused A&E real-life series, Crazy Hearts? CliffsNotes: focused on young musicians and music industry-ers, music/dreams/love/drama/drinks(?). It premieres Jan. 15 on the network, and we think we can safely say you should expect to see some East Nashville, since Anthony Billups -- who co-owns The Building -- is one of the cast members.
Wanna watch Episode 1? Go right ahead and do so at the A&E website.
Two Ten Jack Opens
East Side Izakaya and ramen house Two Ten Jack will finally open its doors officially on January 24 and 25, and they have a giveaway going for two eating-seatings during their grand opening celebration.
Wanna make sure you get in? They're also offering tickets via Eventbrite. The festivities will include a five-course dinner and drink pairing, and tickets run $65.
The Hop Stop Is Here!
Grab a craft beer pint, fill a growler and peruse the broad selection of brews at new East Side tap room The Hop Stop, open at 2909B Gallatin as of Wednesday, Jan. 16. More at the Hop Stop Facebook page.
New Gallery Opens in Riverside Village
Riverside Village has a new art hub, taking over the space that formerly housed Eastside Classic Tattoo. The Red Arrow Gallery comes to us from Joshua Tree, Calif., and their aim is to present "museum-caliber exhibitions by local and international artists working in all media."
The first Red Arrow exhibition -- featuring Nashvillian Kate Krebs' mixed-media work -- is set to run throughout March, with a reception March 1 at 6 p.m. inside the Red Arrow Gallery, 1311 McGavock. Check out more at the Red Arrow Gallery website.
Cumberland Transit Opens Outdoorsy Doors
Outdoor store/bike shop Cumberland Transit opens its East Side doors this week at 1900 Eastland Ave. Head by for hiking/kayaking/running/camping/cycling gear, clothing and the like. Basically, if you do stuff outside, they have stuff for that.
Holland House Gets More Happy
Lots of changes over at Holland House Bar & Refuge, from the cocktails to the food to the look and vibe. Expect a more inclusive approach, underlined by their new "every hour is happy hour" philosophy. What's that mean, specifically? Head by open to close every day to snag one (or several) of 15 classic cocktails at an easy $6, including their fine Sazeracs and Old Fashioneds.
"We are a neighborhood restaurant and bar that is proud of our neighborhood," an HH missive reads, "and want everyone in it and those from all around to feel welcome and to be able to enjoy the relaxed and fun atmosphere we now have to provide." Swing by the Holland House Facebook page for more.
Catch Will Hoge on Letterman?
East Side rock achiever Will Hoge and his talented band hit Dave Letterman's stage on Jan. 9. If you missed it, or just want a refresh, hit CBS.com and click forward to the 39:49 mark.
Hot Yoga + Cold Fat Bottom
A pretty great idea for gentleman yogis or co-ed yoga bros: Going forward on the second Thursday of the month, Hot Yoga of East Nashville hosts a Guys Night Yoga shindig, which includes a class and one (ironically named, given the context) Fat Bottom beer for $5. Ladies: Snag the same if you bring along a gentleman.
More soon. Local biz folks: Have news to share? We'd love to hear about it. Reach out.