For this week’s East Nashville News, we’re looking at lots of things to do, from funny to fancy to food-related, plus some neighbors in the media and more.
On to it:
Cracking jokes, breaking records
You might’ve stumbled on a piece in our November/December issue outlining how awesome East Nashville’s comedy scene has gotten in recent years. Said scene is about to get World Record-breakingly awesome.
Dreamed up by talented local comic DJ Buckley, Eight Is Enough: A World Record Breaking Stand Up Comedy Show is an eight-day long, multi-comic (obviously) show at The East Room that, if/when completed, will break the Guinness World Record for longest stand-up show with multiple comedians (standing record is 80 hours). The comedy megathon will run throughout the second installment of the Wild West Comedy Festival, which returns to Nashville April 14-19, and features a broad mix of well-loved funny folks like Doug Benson, Hannibal Buress, Lewis Black and Tig Notaro.
The hope — beyond producing the show/breaking the record/inspiring laughs — is to make this a fully decked-out affair, with a live stream and a documentary filming. To make that happen (and to take a bite out of the $8,000 Guinness charges to send a rep to confirm record breakage), organizers have a crowdfunding campaign going, and are already making headway toward an $8,000 goal. If you’d like to contribute/support, visit their Indiegogo page.
The show kicks off at 6:30 p.m. on April 12 and runs for a non-stop 192 hours. For more, visit the show’s Facebook event page.
Former church to become event space
The former Riverside Drive Church of Christ, at the corner of Porter and Riverside, is about to get a new life: The Nashville Post reports that Brenda and Dan Cook, owners of Hillsboro Village-area event space Ruby, will be adding to their event-space collection, turning the church into a new home for business functions, music, weddings and more, called Haesel.
And the change, the Post notes, won’t include any tearing down, but “adaptive reuse” and playing up/improving of the existing industrial vibe.
East Nashville Chicken Chase, Tomato Art Fest news
Remember last year’s fun and irreverent East Nashville Chicken Chase and Hot Hen Hoedown? Organizers have set a date for its return: Saturday, May 9, once again on the same day as the fancier, much less poultry-focused but similarly large hat-friendly Iroquois Steeplechase.
We don’t have further specifics just yet, but last year’s event included live music, lots of food and lots of chicken-y activities, from Chicken Poo Bingo to the titular Chicken Chase race.
Keep up with further happenings at the East Nashville Chicken Chase Facebook page, and check out some photos from last year’s event elsewhere on our blog.
And while we’re talking local fests, a little tidbit from the big’un: This year’s Tomato Art Fest is set for August 7 and 8, and vendor applications are now set to open on Monday, Feb. 2. So plan accordingly if you’d like to get in on the most wonderful time of the East Nashville year, biz-wise. More on the Tomato Art Fest website.
Celebrate Two Ten Jack’s anniversary by winning
First, some congrats to East Nashville Izakaya/ramen stop Two Ten Jack on their first birthday. Second, a heads up to neighbors on a little contest the restaurant has going, effectively celebrating their birthday by giving instead of receiving.
The prize: $100 gift card. The process: Ponder your favorite Two Ten Jack memory, then hit the restaurant’s Facebook page or Twitter to share it (for your tweets, include #TTJTurnsOne). On Monday, TTJ will choose a favorite and bestow the prize. Happy entering.
Local/national press for locals
Back in September, we talked with Dave Puncochar of East Nashville’s Good Wood about the handsome things his company does with reclaimed wood. This week, NewsChannel 5 talked with Puncochar about a different twist on loving reclaimed wood — apparently, thieves are all about it these days.
The growing appreciation of weathered barn wood, the piece above notes, is leading ne'er-do-wells to steal the stuff — off folks’ barns, off Good Wood’s property, etc. (Perhaps those bumper stickers need to be updated to “we’ll steal your heart and your reclaimed barn wood flooring.”) Watch above to learn more from Puncochar and Channel 5.
On a less bummer note, congrats to East Sider Ruthie Lindsey, whose cute and creative home just earned a bunch of design love in Lonny magazine. (We talked with Lindsey about her home a while back in our piece on East Side Airbnb-ers, too.)
Fishy weekend fun at Porter Road Butcher
We mentioned recently that the folks at Porter Road Butcher were adding seafood to their repertoire, and if you haven’t been by to check out that addition yet, this weekend brings a good excuse.
The PRB folks invited Mike Stoltz, the fisherman who supplies their seafood, to come out and grill fish for sampling. He’ll be at the East Side location (501 Gallatin) on Saturday, Jan. 24 from 1 to 3 p.m.
Got a little leaguer in the family?
A quick heads up for those of you who have baseball-loving young folks who’d like to get in on this year’s spring season with the East Nashville Little League: Registration is open now and can be quickly/easily done online. (Which helps things run smoother closer to season-start.)
Register and get more info at the ENLL website. (You have until March 1.)
Weekend learning and celebrating at Riverwood Mansion
The folks at Riverwood Mansion weren’t kidding when they said they’d be regularly opening the historic home up to the community. A few fun things on the schedule there this weekend:
On Saturday, the mansion hosts another event led by UnBound Arts: Speakeasy Swing with The Willies. If you’d like to hark back to the Roaring 20s, head by in your finest Gatsby-era clothing and take part in swing dancing lessons, prohibition-era cocktails and music from local jazz/New Orleans blues outfit The Willies. The party runs 7 to 10 p.m., and admission is $25 at the door.
Sunday, less partying, more learning: Lightning 100's Team Green Adventures hosts a free Resolution Health & Recreation Fair, with workshops and info from a mix of businesses/non-profits focused on health, fitness, sustainability and the like. The event runs from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; more info at their Facebook Event page.
Riverwood Mansion, by the by: located at 1833 Welcome Lane in Inglewood.
See stars at Shelby
We say this often, because it’s true: If you’re hunting for ways to romance someone on a budget, Shelby Bottoms Nature Center (1900 Davidson St.) delivers consistently.
To wit: This Saturday, Jan. 24, they’ll host a Winter Star Party from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. — you’ll do some naked-eye astronomy and peer through various telescopes and binoculars courtesy of the Barnard-Seyfert Astronomical Society. You’ll get help eyeing Jupiter, Venus and lots of pretty stars. Plus, there’s hot cocoa. And it’s free. And it’ll probably be a little chilly, so there’ll be good excuses for snuggling under the stars. Romance, y’all.
Want some more ideas? Check out the Shelby Bottoms winter program schedule.
Lockeland Table: What happened in Vegas happens again
We recently shared a heads up about Lockeland Table’s Vegas Dinner — a hometown sharing of the menu items that earned chefs Hal Holden-Bache and Danny Bua big praise at the recent World Food Championships in Las Vegas.
If you missed the January 21 dinner, good news: It apparently went so well, they’re doing it again this coming Wednesday, Jan. 28.
The menu is up on the Lockeland Table website. Seats run $75 per person; snag your spot by calling 615-228-4864.
Looking to knit, crochet, macrame, more?
East Nashville sewing/crafting shop Nutmeg is bulking up its workshop offerings in the coming weeks, and if you’ve been long wanting to learn to knit, crochet, macrame or otherwise turn yarny/thready things into awesome stuff, you have lots of options.
Among said options: Sunday at 1, there’s a Beginning Crochet Workshop for $20. Next Saturday at 1, a Beginners Knitting Workshop for $25. And lots more to follow.
To peruse the offerings, visit Nutmeg’s website.
iDesign joins Phase 3 Marketing & Communications
Congrats to East Nashville web development company iDesign (the folks who crafted our website) on their recent marriage to multi-city communications company Phase 3 Marketing & Communications.
“We are still the same team and awesome interactive marketing group, but we will now have access to greater resources,” iDesign shared in an update about the pairing. “Phase 3 will enable us to offer full marketing and strategy to clients, PR resources, and even printing capabilities.”
For more on iDesign, hit up their Facebook page.
That’s all for this week. Have East Nashville news to share? E-mail Nicole.