Businesses are making moves, festivals are back and our favorite outdoor movie extravaganza is itching for your input. Plus lots more.
On to this week’s East Nashville News:
The new Shelby Park Picture Show season cometh
The launch of the Shelby Park Picture Show
was one of our favorite 2015 things
— the outdoor movie series brought hundreds of neighbors out to Shelby's Old Timers Baseball Complex for family-friendly favorites like Toy Story
on the park’s massive, high-res LED screen.
We expect the second season to be one of our favorite 2016 things, since it’s gonna be bigger, longer, better and more community-driven.
Things to know about this year’s Shelby Park Picture Show return:
- It’ll be double last year’s run, with eight show dates (and two make-up dates on the schedule in case of weather).
- Improvements are being made to just about everything, from the beer garden and concessions to the sound.
- Some of the proceeds from every show will go toward hand-picked charity beneficiaries (names to come).
- You’re gonna pick the movies.
So you can mark your calendars, The 2016 SPPS season looks like this:
Wed, July 27 – (Kick-Off)
Wed, Aug 3
Wed, Aug 24
Sunday, Sep 4 – (Labor Day)
Wed, Sep 14
Wed, Sep 28
Wed, Oct 5 – (Fall break)
Wed, Oct 12
Wed, Oct 19 – RAIN DATE
Wed, Oct 26 – RAIN DATE
More info on the 2016 season guidelines is forthcoming; looking forward to seeing lots of you at the park.
Doxahlogy coming to Shops at Porter East
The folks behind Nashville’s Doxahlogy are working on opening up a new brick-and-mortar shop in the Shops at Porter East
(on Porter at Eastland), sharing their stylish and affordable brand of “one of a kind men's and women's jewelry.”
They have a well-stocked online marketplace
already, with pieces that range from rugged men’s cuffs to cute ’n’ dangly earrings, crafted from metals, leather, gemstones, beads, wood, rocks and vintage/antique finds.
The origins of the unique name, owner/designer Danica Van Horn tells us, has a spiritual bent.
“Doxah is Greek for glory and Doxology is an expression or a praise of something,” she says. “I wanted the jewelry I made to express individuality as well as bring glory to God; hence, Doxahlogy.”
Doxahlogy has always been an East Nashville-based biz — Van Horn has been running the company out of her East Side home since its launch in 2012. But she’s super excited to make the move into a non-home space and invite in shoppers, come the official Doxahlogy opening date at 700 Porter of May 24.
$500K grant lets Martha O’Bryan Center invest in local high schoolers
For almost 70 years, East Nashville nonprofit Martha O'Bryan Center’s worked toward a core goal — to “positively shape future generations” — with education and empowerment of at-risk youth at its center.
As steward of the new First Tennessee Foundation Success Generation program — and with a $500,000 grant from First Tennessee Bank’s non-profit foundation — Martha O’Bryan Center is going to have a chance to push more firmly toward that goal, right here in the neighborhood.
Building on an in-school college prep program at Stratford and Maplewood high schools, the Success Generation program will add a college campus mentoring component, so college-bound students will not only get guidance toward applying and getting into college, but staying the course through their studies to get to their degree. The grant funds will help bring in new hires and more student support.
“First Tennessee Foundation Success Generation is the perfect name for this program, because it is about making available a new level of success to an entire generation of the Nashvillians we serve,” Martha O’Bryan Center CEO Marsha Edwards said in a release. “It’s hard to overstate what kind of breakthrough this is. Having a college degree opens up a whole new world of possibilities to the young people we serve. They move from a future of few choices, to one entirely of their choosing.”
Looks like former Logue’s space is getting a new face
Since eclectic vintage-and-more stop Logue’s Black Raven Emporium closed in December 2014, its former home at 2915 Gallatin has been without fresh signage atop the doorway. No longer: See above.
If you can’t read it so well (stoplight photography skills on lock), that’s Eastside Music Supply’s logo. Those folks have been supplying Nashville musicians with instruments, boutique effects pedals and more out of a cozy Shoppes on Fatherland space since late 2014
. That space is set to become the home of “nook for people who love books” Her Bookshop
this summer, so it looks like EMS is movin’ on up toward Inglewood.
We reached out to the Eastside Music Supply folks to get more detail on the apparent new digs; will update.
Porter House Bistro moving
The folks behind French-inspired dining space Porter House Bistro shared news of an impending move this week
— they’ll be in their current location, at 1115 Porter Road, until July 3, and are in the process of looking for a new home for the restaurant beyond that date.
“The landlord has decided our space is worth much more than we are currently paying,” a social media update from chef/owner Drew Bryant said. “We have tried to negotiate, in good faith a more balanced rate, but it does not at this point look like we were successful.”
Bryant said that the PHB team is “very interested in staying in East Nashville,” and has been touring properties in the neighborhood. He’ll be sharing progress/news at the Porter House Bistro Facebook page
If you’d like to visit the current space before the doors close, Porter House Bistro is open 5 p.m to 9 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, 5 to 10 p.m. on Friday, 10 to 10 on Saturday and 10 to 9 on Sunday.
Restored Morris Jacobs Building welcomes first tenant
Fun news from the Save the Roxy Theater
folks: The restored Morris Jacobs Building — a squat and sweet, circa-1941 brick space in 37207, across from the Wilburn Street Tavern — is so fresh and so clean again, and thus it’s welcoming a new inhabitant.
A second leasee should be announced soon, too.
It’s been a long road back for the building, which recently won a preservation award from the Metro Historical Commission, so congrats are most certainly due.
Porter Flea and East Side Fiber Festival are back
Heads up, maker types and lovers of their craft(s): This summer/fall, two local fests that offer lots to love in that arena are back again.
First up: juried handmade market Porter Flea
, whose Summer Market is set for Friday and Saturday, July 29-30, at Skyway Studios on Dickerson.
Porter Flea — which features local and visiting artists, artisans and makers selling everything from furniture to clothing — launched here on Porter Road back in 2011, and grew into one of the region’s best-respected makers markets. After quite a few rounds downtown, organizers were aiming to be back on the East Side with their 2015 holiday market, but a last-minute problem with the planned location (Silver Point Studios on Quality Way) prompted a swift relocation to OZ Arts Nashville.
For July’s Summer Market, they’re aiming back home again with a venue that “features large, air conditioned indoor vendor space, as well as a large dedicated parking lot.”
Come September 17, we’ll also see the return of Nutmeg owner Meg Anderson’s East Side Fiber Festival
, a celebration of sewing/knitting/crocheting/all things fiber.
At last year’s inaugural event at Pavilion East, attendees were able to check out the work of artists and artisans who work in fiber, and buy yarn/other related goods. We should see a similar mix at this year’s fest (vendor applications are also open now
), which is growing into a larger space at the Shelby Community Center (401 S. 20th Street).
Local artists share ‘Visions and Energy’
Live music’s around any/every day. Live creation of visual art with an audience? Less omnipresent.
Both’ll be present, omni/otherwise, at Saturday, May 21’s Convergence of Visions and Energy, an art show/celebration that’ll include collaborative live painting, the exhibition of new pieces from local artists and a bunch more (food, drink, prizes, merriment).
The artists showing work at the 6 p.m. event, held at the Main House here in the neighborhood at 709B Main Street: Vana Morgan, Bill Schumm, Regina Werner, Durk Brown, Josh Mena, Emily Evans, Michelle Pie, Heather Snyder and Noel Lena Marie. (A piece of one of Schumm’s pieces, "Fiddlin Around,” above.)
— As of this week, Art and Invention Gallery has been at 1106 Woodland for 16 years. The gallery’s old enough to drive! East Nashville wouldn’t be anywhere near as great without Bret and Meg MacFadyen’s creative labor of love, so thanks are due, along with BIG CONGRATS.
— A cool thing at East Nashville’s Explore! Community School: As part of their studies, the young scholars who make up Explore’s inaugural-year class worked with different local nonprofits to complete a service project. On Thursday, May 19 at Blair School of Music’s Turner Hall, they’re sharing what they’ve learned and showing art inspired by the organizations they worked with (which’ll also be up for bids). If you’d like to attend, here’s more info