This week, we’re looking at broken records, an open Basement and neighbors making music, along with lots of other stuff.
On to the latest crop of East Nashville News:
East Siders breaking records with laughs, diapers
Earlier this year, we mentioned the fact that local comics were aiming to break the Guinness World Record for the longest comedy show, throwing an eight-day extravaganza at The East Room April 12 through 19, during the Wild West Comedy Festival’s repeat lap.
Tickets are now available for that record-breaking effort — fittingly dubbed the Broken Record Comedy Show — via NashvilleStandup.com.
Along with a cast of love-worthy local comics, attendees can catch national names like Ralphie May and Jon Reep, among many others. A day pass will run you $10; three-day passes are $25; all-access passes are $60; and a VIP Pass will set you back $100.
As it happens, though, our comedic neighbors aren’t the only ones aiming to be part of the busting of a World Record.
On Saturday, April 18 — as the Broken Record show is inching toward completion — an international event called The Great Cloth Diaper Change will also be going down, and East Nashville’s Smile, Mommy! Diaper Service and Franklin’s Green Pixie Baby will head up the Nashville component.
The gist of this one: Families and their cloth-diapered little ones will head to the East Park Community Center (600 Woodland St.) at 10 a.m. and synchronize changings. Meantime, families around the globe will be swapping out their dirty nappies, too. The aim is to smash last year’s record of 8,459 babies being changed at once around the world; the larger aim is to bring attention to the benefits of cloth diapering.
For more info/to get involved, check out the Great Cloth Diaper Change Nashville on Facebook.
Supportive thoughts to all our record-breaking neighbors.
Basement East shooting for April opening
We mentioned last week that permits had come through at the soon-to-be home of new venue The Basement East. This week, we have an idea of when doors will open: According to a shout from co-kingpin Mike Grimes, they’re shooting for a late April opening over at 917 Woodland.
Meantime, Grimey and Dave Brown are looking for East Sidery decor contributions from the neighborhood.
“We would love to incorporate some East Nash centric gig posters, photos, artifacts, history etc. into the club aesthetic,” Grimes wrote over in the East Nashville Facebook group. “If anybody has anything at all [East Nashville-related, especially] early neighborhood photos and Slow Bar and Radio Cafe related they would consider donating we would love it. We have cool stuff but want more!”
If you have items you’d like to contribute, give Grimey a shout at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Government Cheese live at Grimey’s
While we’re on the Grimey subject: Saturday at 6 p.m., Grimey’s New & Preloved Music (1604 8th Ave. S.) hosts a live in-store performance from Government Cheese, a band that fans of musician, writer and East Nashvillian columnist Tommy Womack know well.
If you’re not up on The Cheese, it’s highly recommended that you read Tommy’s Cheese Chronicles, which cleverly and hilariously outlines the Bowling Green-bred band’s road to a particular brand of glory.
On April 1, the band releases its first album in 23 years, The Late Show, but you can snag it early (and hear some live songs) at the Grimey’s stop. It’s free (and if you show up early, there’ll likely be beer for the snagging.)
Amy Speace shares East Side struggles with 'New York Times'
In a new piece in The New York Times, East Nashville singer-songwriter Amy Speace shares the viewpoint of a working-class musician in a rapidly gentrifying neighborhood in a rapidly growing city.
“In the last five years, we’ve seen an explosion here in development downtown, and that has crept across the river to East Nashville as well, with the smaller homes being bulldozed as quickly built condos and larger homes take their place,” she writes. “The artist class is yielding to the nouveau riche hipster.”
That struggle is also captured in a song she penned with fellow East Sider Neilson Hubbard, “about how hard it is to save for the future when you are barely making payments on today’s bills.” Watch/listen above; read more via The New York Times.
Rebuilding Together comes to Inglewood
Last May, the local chapter of national nonprofit Rebuilding Together rehabbed 15 homes in Cleveland and McFerrin Park (if you missed it, read our piece on that effort). On Saturday, April 18, as part of National Rebuilding Day, they’ll head over to Inglewood to continue their great work in East Nashville.
For more info or to volunteer, click here.
Share your public school thoughts at community meetings
The East Nashville Advisory Committee — organized in response to the heated discussion about revamping underperforming schools in our community — is getting ready to present recommendations, and wants the community to weigh in.
Among those suggestions, tipped in a NewsChannel 5 piece: “The biggest changes include moving middle school students at East Nashville Magnet to the building that currently houses Bailey Middle School. Students from Bailey would move into the extra space at the newly renovated Stratford High School.”
To hear more about and weigh in on recommendations, you’re invited to attend these upcoming community meetings:
March 30 at 6 p.m., Stratford STEM Magnet High School (1800 Stratford Ave.)
April 1 at 6 p.m., East Nashville Magnet School (110 Gallatin)
April 7 at 6 p.m., Bailey STEM Magnet Middle Prep (2000 Greenwood Ave.)
Recommendations will go to the school board May 12. Read more from NewsChannel 5.
8 Lavender Lane chef heads to James Beard House
Deserved well-wishes and congrats have gone out to Mason’s chef Brandon Frohne for his repeat invites to cook at the prestigious James Beard House in New York. We’d also like to heap some love on a neighbor who’s heading out there to cook with him on Saturday: Debbie Sutton, head chef at 8 Lavender Lane Catering, who heads up the fantastic food offerings at Inglewood’s Riverwood Mansion.
It’s no small honor — The James Beard Foundation, responsible for said House and its events/meals, is one of the most respected organizations in the food world.
We spoke with Sutton recently about taking the reins at Riverwood — read about her and Riverwood Mansion’s new beginnings.
Lockeland Table Community Hour does good in the neighborhood
A quick shout out to East Nashville restaurant Lockeland Table, which has revamped the happy hour into something even happier: Proceeds from their regular Community Hour are going toward helping students here in the neighborhood, at Lockeland Design Center.
The school’s PTO gets two donations a year from the LT’s Community Hour piggy bank; the restaurant recently handed over a $660 check.
“Education is very important to (chef/owner Hal Holden-Bache) and myself,” said owner Cara Graham, who’s also a Lockeland Design Center parent. “Not only is it this time known as Community Hour, but the kid’s menu is open during this time. We designed the menu to offer healthy options and it is available for everyone.”
For more on Community Hour, visit the Lockeland Table website.
Vegan ice cream in the neighborhood?
We have multiple options for snagging fantastic ice cream in the neighborhood, from Pied Piper to Mike’s to Jeni’s. Vegans (or non-dairy folks) haven’t been quite as spoiled, though, and local friends-to-vegans Khan’s Desserts are hoping to change that.
The vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free restaurant is hoping to add on a soft-serve ice cream machine, and with it, vegan ice cream, and they’ve set up a crowdfunding campaign to make it happen.
From the campaign:
“Khan’s Desserts, having been your faithful provider of high quality vegan confections since 2011, has an opportunity to purchase an soft serve icecream machine and start serving Nashville frozen treats. We have been wanting to do this since opening our restaurant in 2013, but have been waiting for the right machine at the right price. An opportunity has presented itself — great machine, great price, but we need your help to make it happen!”
Rewards for donations run from ice cream sundaes to invites to a grand opening ice cream social and a private party at Khan’s. Visit GoFundMe for more on the campaign and/or to donate.
East C.A.N. hosts info meeting
If you live in East Nashville, you’re likely aware of how much local organization East C.A.N. does to help homeless animals in our community. If you’d like to learn more or get involved (by volunteering or fostering), there’s an East C.A.N. info meeting on Saturday, March 28 at East Park Community Center.
The meeting runs 2 to 3 p.m., and the Community Center is located at 600 Woodland St.
Learn needle felting with Paper Moon Crafts
Airstream-ed arts and crafts hub Paper Moon Crafts launched in East Nashville in late 2014 — if you haven’t yet taken a class or taken part in a party in the ’Stream, there’s a good excuse this weekend.
On Saturday, Chris Armstrong leads a needle felting class from 10 a.m. to noon; $35 tickets include instruction, wool, needles, foam and extra wool for practicing at home. See that bunny up there? That's some fine Easter basket stuffing. Buy tickets at the Paper Moon website.
That’s all for this week. If you have East Nashville news to share, drop Nicole a line.