Lots of events-based fun in this week’s column, plus some TV time for a historic mansion and a brand new restaurant, and lots more.
On to this week’s East Nashville News:
Shelby Park Picture Show wants your film feedback
We dropped news in late July about new neighborhood outdoor movie series Shelby Park Picture Show, and this week, we have a little more to share.
The series’ first film is scheduled to screen on Wednesday, August 26 in Shelby Park, and as we near the kickoff, series organizers are seeking our feedback as the movies are chosen.
A poll to help narrow down choices is up online now for community commentary. Like to make your preferences known? Throw in a vote here.
Another new tidbit: The film screenings are now set to be donation-only events, with donations going toward keeping the series going and toward nonprofit beneficiaries SANDLOTT Sports and Friends of Shelby Park and Bottoms.
Showgoers can choose their donation amount; if you’d like to reserve your space ahead of time with a suggested donation of $5, reservations are available online.
Movies will start at 7:30 p.m. at the Old Timers ball field in Shelby Park (Shelby Ave & S 20th St.), and after August 26’s kickoff, films follow on September 9, September 23 and October 7.
Folks interested in series sponsorships should reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more info, visit the official Shelby Park Picture Show website.
East Side Social make-up date announced
The initial East Side Social festival date, as you likely heard, was postponed due to weather back in June.
This week, the new date went on the books: Mark down October 3, 2015, and plan to be at East Park with The Features and others to be announced. Expect food trucks, craft beer, family activities and a visit from the Nashville Sounds’ Booster the Rooster, along with lots of live music.
Tickets are on sale now, and run $10 in advance ($15 at the gate) for general admission, $35 for VIP (which includes drinks, food, tent seating and more). Children under 12 get in free.
Relive the 2015 Tomato Art Fest
This year’s Tomato Art Fest was… let’s call it well-attended. Word on the street is a crowd of about 50,000 tomato lovers descended upon East Nashville this past weekend to eat, drink, play, compete and all-around celebrate the vegetabliest fruit around.
Among the 12 shut-ins who missed it? Feeling pangs of loss now that it’s over? Relive the 2015 fest with a full video recap, above.
Reese Witherspoon comes to Riverwood
Nashville-reared actress Reese Witherspoon was back home recently to talk a little about her new lifestyle brand, Draper James, with the TODAY show’s Jenna Bush Hager. And to bring a fittingly Southern backdrop, they dropped by Inglewood’s Riverwood Mansion for that chat.
Watch the TODAY spot above; learn more about Draper James at www.draperjames.com. Learn more about Riverwood Mansion in our recent feature story.
Cornelia Fort Pickin’ Party tickets on sale
The second Cornelia Fort Pickin’ Party is coming up on August 22, and again, we’ll have the opportunity to head by the Cornelia Fort Airpark to enjoy neighborly togetherness and the sounds of fiddles, banjos, mandolins, guitars and the like, in neighbors’ hands or our own.
Along with as many attendee jams as attendees want to create, this installment includes a featured performance from the Vickie Vaughn Band. Like July 25’s well-attended inaugural event, funds raised will go toward helping to preserve the historic Airpark.
Tickets just went on sale, and for the $10 tag, you get admission and (if you’re 21 and up), one Yazoo brew. If you’re there to pick, too, you get two brews. (Admission for children 11 and under is free, 12 to 20 runs $5.)
The Cornelia Fort Airpark is at 2641 Air Park Dr., and the party starts at 6 p.m., with the featured performance kicking off at 8. More info at the Friends of Shelby Park & Bottoms website.
Try Little Octopus’ potatoes at home
POP’s new “vibrant, clean, and fresh food”-focused concept Little Octopus has been earning a ton of love since opening in June, and if you’re among the many locals enamored with chef Daniel Herget’s culinary creations, you’ll definitely enjoy the above.
On NewsChannel 5’s Talk of the Town this week, Herget shared the secret to his fingerling potatoes with chimichurri. Get the audio/visual run-through up there, and check out the recipe on the NewsChannel 5 website.
The restaurant is located at 604 Gallatin, Suite 202.
Pepperfire moves on up
The new Pepperfire location opened at long last on Wednesday, at 1000 Gallatin Avenue.
Among the upgrades from their former, more rustic hut: fancy stuff like AC and restrooms. Tender Royale indeed!
Drop by to check out their new digs Monday through Saturday 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Local businesses unveil new names
Two familiar neighborhood names ditched their familiar neighborhood names recently.
East Side art stop KT Wolf Gallery, at 604 Gallatin Avenue, has a brand new moniker: Gallery Luperca, which “marks the six-month anniversary of the partnership of KT Wolf and Sara Lederach in curating exhibitions at our storefront … and coordinating the community-wide East Side Art Stumble.”
The new name, says a post from the gallery, “pays homage to our beginnings.
“Luperca is an Etruscan goddess, the wolf that nursed Remus and his twin brother Romulus, the founder of Rome. If you’ve seen the Capitoline Wolf, you’ve seen Luperca. We draw inspiration from this fierce, driven figure. Women and wolves have long had kinship in our connections with the moon and in the wild woman archetype: women who run with the wolves. We’re setting the bar high for ourselves with this new name and we’re excited to see what the coming years will bring to Gallery Luperca.”
Meanwhile, the folks at Paro South — responsible parties behind Center 615, Main Street Gallery and other neighborhood businesses — have rebranded as C615.
Think of C615, essentially, as the umbrella under which their various businesses live. And those various businesses have undergone some name changes, too. What was known as Center 615 is now Center 615 Main; Paro South Creative Suites is now called Center 615 Bricks.
When in doubt, consult www.C615.co.
Also meanwhile, I Dream of Weenie is still called I Dream of Weenie, so everything’s OK.
- Apparel and lifestyle goods shop Wheat & Co, currently located at 719 Porter Road, will be moving out, and teaming up with the Scout’s Barbershop. Look for the new Wheat/Scout’s home base at 904 Main Street, starting September 1.
- Take a peek at Pennington Cottages, a residential project on Pennington Avenue in South Inglewood.
- Sparkworks Union, a sort of shared office/coworking space, is eyeing a September opening at Trinity Lane and Gallatin Pike.
- A bunch of neighborhood business birthdays this week:
3 Crow Bar celebrated a big fat 11 years of slingin’ drinks
Porter Road Butcher turned four years of slingin’ meats
Lockeland Table celebrated three years of slingin’ all manner of deliciousness
Big congratulations, all!
- A website called Tripping.com — not focused on what you other gutter-minded folk think — rounded up the best bagels in all 50 states. Take a guess who won for Tennessee.
That’s all for this week. East Nashville News to share? Email Nicole.