East Nashville News: Burger Up opens, Theater Bug takes a 'Selfie,' Gallery Luperca plays the Trump card and more

This week we welcome Burger Up to the hood, send the kids off to college, and take a good hard, artistic look at just what that is on top of Donald Trump's head. Plus oodles more. 


We got word a few weeks ago that Burger Up would be open for business July 14 for dinner, but that news just got juicier. Want a peak at the new place? You can attend the burger-purveyor’s preview night on July 13. They will be hosting a ticketed event that evening benefitting their new neighbors, YCAP (YMCA Community Action Project). You can expect a full food menu and a selection of beer, wine, and signature cocktails on the house, all for the wallet-friendly price of $20. All proceeds from the event will go toward YCAP, an organization committed to helping at-risk youth through their after-school and summer programs by providing a safe, adult-supervised place for kids to spend those empty hours.  Tickets are available here.




If you’re a regular at Mickey’s, then you know the witty Irishman behind the bar, Dermot Orr. However, you might have missed seeing him these last few months. Dermot underwent emergency triple bypass surgery, and that doesn’t come with a cheap price tag. Mickey’s is hosting a fundraiser July 10 to help Dermot and his family cover some of those bills. The first 50 folks to offer up the suggested donation of $20 will get access to a secret show from a local act later that evening at The Bowery Vault. Family member and event organizer Dana Birnbaum promises that the surprise hometown band “will definitely not disappoint.” There will also be a raffle held at the event for five bucks a pop, prizes ranging from hockey and concert tickets, to gift certificates donated by local bars and restaurants. If there was an ever an excuse to go to the bar, this is one. 


The Martha O’ Bryan Center is getting ready to send the kids off to college. They will be hosting their College Bound Bash Saturday, July 10, at the Center with a “tailgate” party. This soiree is for students in their Post-Secondary Success program, prepping them for the collegiate days ahead. According to Development Assistant Kristi Newton the program creates “A network of support for first generation and low-income college students. We connect them to campus resources, pair them with adult mentors, tutor them through classes, and provide case management. We also assist with finding financial aid and financial literacy. Our main goal is to help our students persist and graduate with a degree!” Martha O’ Bryan asked for donations from their Amazon wish list, which included school supplies and dorm room essentials for every new student. A freshman can never have too much laundry detergent, after all. If you didn’t get a chance to check something off the Amazon list, Jackalope Brewing Company will be donating 20% of their sales from their seasonal beer during the month of July to College Bound Bash. So drop by their taproom to support a good cause. Of course, if you wish to make an alcohol-free contribution, the Center is accepting cash donations for College Bound Bash items through the end of July; anybody can donate and designate the gift for College Bound Bash.




Theater Bug (4809 Gallatin Pike), East Nashville’s own youth theater company, is hosting its eighth fully produced original production, “Selfie the Musical.” This social-media inspired show will feature two casts of over 50 youngsters ages 5 to 17, a full band, and 17 original songs. Selfie’s book and lyrics were written by the Bug’s own Cori Anne Laemmel, with music by Eric Fristch. The musical chronicles the ups and downs teens face growing up in the digital world, from online bullying to body image issues — but the Bug promises plenty of laughs, and an ultimate message of friendship by the end of the show. Snappers, Tweeters, bloggers should disconnect and attend this night of theater. Buy your tickets online for $10 or $12 at the door. Bring your best duck lips face to this show.


So four visual artists, three bands, and a poet walk into a bar. … The idea behind “Everything Is For Sale, a Music and Art show” is to facilitate a discussion about those green bills that rule our lives. The show, set for July 28 at The East Room, will showcase the talents of several Nashville artists. The evening kicks off with artwork from John Partipilo, Aaron Martin, Lindsy Davis, and Jon Buko, followed by the reading of an original poem written for the event by Joshua Moore. Post poem, Kneel Jung, The Jordan Hull Band, and Uncle Son will perform. “This event is intended to produce a different kind of conversation about money than those encountered online or in traditional media. Many of us are concerned about gentrification and income inequality and how it affects the lives of Nashville artists,” says Mikah Stuible of Everything is For Sale Promotions. Contrary to the event’s moniker, tickets are free and most certainly not for sale.


The pop-up photography contest, Deadline Today, has decided to make that deadline a monthly one. Hosted on the second Saturday of each month in coordination with the East Side’s monthly art stumble, this photography scramble is a great way for those folks always staring through a lens to spend their Saturday. What is a photography scramble, you might ask? Here’s the shot (get it?): photographers are tasked with shooting, processing, printing, and displaying their photographic interpretations of a theme revealed to them the morning of the competition. Picture makers meet at Nashville Community Darkroom (1143 Gallatin Ave.) at 9 a.m. on July 9 to be tasked with the theme of their assignment. They’ll truck it around East Nashville for the afternoon, taking photos that fit the theme, then dash back to the darkroom for processing and printing. Photos will be judged by stumblers that evening during the art stumble from 6 to 9 p.m., and the rightful winner of the scramble crowned. Participation is open to the public with advance registration required, email ncddeadlinetoday@gmail.com


Gallery Luperca (604 Gallatin Ave.) sent out an open call for artwork about the infamous Donald a month or so ago; now we’re seeing that plan come to fruition with the opening of “Trumped Up” this weekend. In light of the businessman’s impending GOP nomination, Gallery Luperca says, “contemporary images of The Donald serve as powerful commentary on the danger of ego and wealth run amuck and the horrifying discourse on race and religion Trump spews.” Local artists were asked to submit their best Trump masterpieces; the opening reception will be held in coordination with this month’s art stumble on Saturday, July 9 from 6-9 p.m. The show will be up through August 10, which means it will conveniently be on display through the Republican National Convention. We think it’s pretty clear how they feel about the Republican frontrunner and his #hairgoals, but regardless of your choice in November, we think this could make for a pretty, errr … captivating show.


— The lineup for this season’s Shelby Park Picture Show has been released, so look forward to a day off with Ferris Bueller come July 27 and check showings for the rest of dates here.  

— You might have seen Gift Horse’s pop-up shop around East Nashville. Good news, they’re getting a permanent spot at the Shoppes on Fatherland Suite 301, former home to High Garden Tea. Their grand opening will take place during the Tomato Art Fest on August 13. Speaking of those tea gurus, they are opening in their new, larger location on July 11 at 935 Woodland St. Hooray for the addition of restrooms, free parking, and “intricate tea service.” 

— Hungry AND lazy? You’re in luck. Online delivery service OrderUp has expanded to this side of the Cumberland, serving folks in Historic Edgefield, Lockeland Springs, and Inglewood. Now you can have that Rosepepper queso delivered to your doorstep. Around 40 restaurants are now available at your fingertips through the on-demand delivery service. Check out the options here. 

— The Amish vegetable stand (located at Greenwood Avenue and Porter Road) is now accepting credit and debit cards, according to the vegetable man himself, Charles Smith.

— Searching for a summer job? The Big Bungalow B&B is looking for part-time cleaning help two days a week.

— Graze celebrated its grand opening last Saturday in the former Silly Goose location. We send them well wishes for this new business venture.

— Ready to beat the heat? We learned that you can grab a free day pass to the YMCA for download here. Go take a dip in the indoor or outdoor pool at Margaret Maddox. Check out that new walking/fitness trail while you’re at it. 

— East Nashville saw its first case (Davidson County’s second) of the Zika virus last week after a man returned home from Honduras.

— Just a reminder, grocery stores started selling wine last week, and we all survived.



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