This go-'round, we're talking (not "hot") chicken, a new dance/arts space, schools, books, movies and more.
On to the latest bit of East Nashville News:
The Birdhouse brings Korean eats East
A great reason to look forward to March: Next month should bring the opening of The Birdhouse, a new “(Korean) Fried Chicken Joint” in East Nashville.
The restaurant comes to us from chefs Chris Futrell and Casey Carstens, who’ll bring Southern roots and a love of Korean street food together at 726 McFerrin Avenue.
Along with Korean fried chicken, the Birdhouse menu will also include bibimbap, lettuce wraps, Korean BBQ brisket and more, with a focus on all-natural ingredients.
Another fine point worth noting: Futrell and Carstens are designing The Birdhouse to be a take-out joint, but there will be patio seating... and DELIVERY.
Construct opens doors to local dancers and other artists
Way off in the western reaches of 37207, Construct — “an open space for all art forms, hosting community practices, classes, individual artists, and events” opened up in late January.
The in-the-works creative hub, at 2121 Gains Street, was launched by a dancer, DJ and former musician, and has 2300 square feet of space for all manner of arty endeavors — the aim is to offer a place to hold classes, workshops, practices and the like.
For starters, 615 House of Dance — which offers classes in breakdancing and ballet for kids — has a crowdfunding effort going in partnership with Construct, with hopes of raising cash to “transform (the space) a little from storage warehouse to beautiful.” Check out House of Dance’s GoFundMe page for more.
For more about Construct, visit them on Facebook or call 615-516-6604.
Director Secours scouts for dollars for ‘Scouting for Diamonds'
East Nashville-based filmmaker Molly Secours is in the middle of a major (league) project: making full-length documentary Scouting for Diamonds, focused on scouts, the folks panning for gold in the rivers of young ball players across the country.
What she has so far: contributions from some serious bold names (Baseball Hall of Fame Members Wade Boggs, Willie Mays and George Brett) and a trailer that’s already earning lots of love and attention from ballpark pros, including Pittsburgh Pirates manager Clint Hurdle and veteran Red Sox Scout Gary Hughes. (Watch it above.)
"Since we unleashed the trailer … I'm getting calls and emails from scouts and former players all across the country, telling me their stories of the scout that signed them and what a pivotal role scouts played in their lives and careers,” director Secours said in a release. “Everyone seems to have a love story about scouts.”
What Secours doesn’t have yet: the full budget to complete the film. Thus, a crowdfunding campaign is in the works.
Right now, the aim is to raise $85,000 of the $150,000 needed to film through Spring Training; as of this posting, with about two weeks left, Secours was 21 percent of the way to that goal.
If you’d like to learn more about the project and/or support it, check out the Scouting for Diamonds Indiegogo page, or ScoutingforDiamonds.com.
Don’t care much for baseball? Doesn't mean you won't find some sparkle in Diamonds — the filmmaker sees its draw as being far broader: “While the film is certainly for those whose first love is baseball, it is for anyone who enjoys a good love story.”
Books and brews: open and opening soon
Fresh business faces to put on your to-visit list:
We mentioned last week that new East Nashville brewery Southern Grist Brewing was getting set to open. And they done did it!
The Taproom is now open at 1201 Porter Road Tuesday through Thursday 4 to 9 p.m., Friday 4 to 11, Saturday 11 to 11 and Sunday 11 to 7. Among the stuff on tap: a “Nashville Mule” sour ale inspired by the Moscow Mule cocktail, a coffee milk stout called “Wishing Well” and lots more. You can sip there, or take your brews to go in a Crowler (that’s like a growler, but in can form). More at SouthernGristBrewing.com.
To look forward to: The new Inglewood bookstore we tipped to back in October, Atomic Nashville, is getting ready to soft open — plan is to get going at 1603 Riverside Drive starting on February 13.
Expect bunches of books (see above), plus local art, local music and more.
Screening of schools-focused ‘Choice or Chance’
Parents of school-aged (or soon-to-be-school-aged) kids, this one’s for you: Alongside Nashville Public Television, the Stratford cluster Parent Advisory Council is co-hosting a screening of documentary American Graduate: Choice or Chance at the East Park Community Center at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 9.
Choice or Chance is part of a series focused on the school dropout crisis; this particular episode focuses on “the ability of parents to send their children to schools of their choice,” certainly a passionate topic around these corners.
“This screening will be an opportunity for parents to begin a conversation about how (Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools) should proceed into the future with school options,” PAC chair Carrie Fanning tells us.
That’s meant literally, too — the film will be followed by a community discussion. (You can watch the program above, but then your discussion will probably be with your laptop.)
The East Park Community Center is located at 600 Woodland Street, admission is free, and all are welcome. More at the WNPT website.
- Wanna take your love out for a fancy lunch on Valentine’s Day? The fine folks at Tower Market and Deli are offering a buy one/get one deal on sandwiches. Double the pastrami melt, y’all! That’s love. 1305 Gallatin.
- More Valentine’s goodness: East Side art stop Gallery Luperca is celebrating February 14 with a show: Sneak PeAk: An evening of Pleasures for the Senses, including a live jazz theatre piece and a first look at Sebastian Smith's exhibit "The Old Testament of Kink." Tickets are $25 (available online), but you can also enter to win a pair of tickets through the Gallery’s Facebook page.
- Even more Valentine’s fun: If you have little loves in your life, make plans to get creative at Art & Invention Gallery and make your own Valentines. There are a bunch of days/times to choose from; admission is $12, and includes materials. 1106 Woodland.
- As part of their efforts to help curb stray animals/overpopulation, East Nashville’s Pet Community Center is offering free spay/neuter for outdoor cats in the 37216 area. (Thanks for said program are due to Petsmart Charities and Best Friends Lifesaving Grants, for providing funding.) More information about the program and how you can take advantage of it at the Pet Community Center website.
That’s all for this week. News tips to share? Email Nicole.