East Nashville News: Crawfish Bash, Specs Optical closing, Hey Rooster's coloring book and more

This week, we’re cuckoo for crawdads and coloring books, sad about Specs, glad to be giving and lots more.
On to the latest East Nashville News:

East Nashville Crawfish Bash is back

For the second year, Eastside label Palaver Records is wrangling a spring afternoon of live music, beer and boiled crustaceans here in the neighborhood.
The second annual East Nashville Crawfish Bash is set for Saturday, May 21, kicking off at 11 a.m. and rolling all day. ELEL, KiND, The Gills, The JAG and others will be providing the music, and local food truck Sehrt Seafood Co. brings the bugs to the Bongo Eastside Lot, at 109 S. 11th Street.
Admission is free, but if you’re looking to fill yourself up on crawfish, you might want to explore one of the VIP ticket options: $10 gets you a pound of crawfish, a commemorative koozie and $1 off beer all day; $30 gets you all that and a T-shirt. 
You absolutely cuckoo for crawdads? In addition to the upcoming Bash, Sehrt is locking down on the Eastside at 931 Main Street every Saturday through June. They’re selling boiled crawfish by the pound, to go or to eat onsite at their picnic tables. More at the Sehrt Seafood Co. website.

Specs Optical closing

Some bummer news: Neighborhood eyewear/optical shop Specs Optical will be closing its doors.
The shop’s last open-doors day is set for April 25, and meantime, there’s a big sale: 40 percent off all in stock frames and sunglasses.
Owner Susan Kistler tells us that the hours at the shop, 224 S. 11th Street, will be “a little erratic” leading up to closing, so interested specs-buyers should keep an eye on the Specs Optical Facebook page for updates, or call the shop at 615-329-3959.

Hey Rooster turns 3, releases coloring book, like ya do

Psst: Courtney Webb of Hey Rooster General Store — you’ve got this whole thing backwards. When you turn 3, we’re supposed to give you a coloring book, maybe a T-shirt that says, like, “Toddler ‘Tude Alert!” or something else dumb.
Anyhow, so: Hey Rooster’s turning 3 on Saturday, and to commemorate the milestone, head Rooster Webb is introducing her latest project: an all-ages coloring book called Color Music City, created as “a visual love letter to Nashville.”
Parnassus Books’ bookmobile is swinging by the shop (1106 Gallatin) Saturday to help with the book launch and “shopiversary” “colorbration,” which’ll include free treats and $3 Matchless Coffee Sodas too.
The nitty gritty on the books, from their creator: “They have a cardboard back, wire bound at the top so you're not holding another page down while coloring. The sheets are perforated and tear out to 8x10 for proud mom or proud self framing!”
Suggestion: Color Music City gallery night at Hey Rooster this summer? This neighborhood can certainly produce some doozies of a crayoned page.  
Festivities are set for 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and copies of the book will be $18. Congrats, Courtney and Hey Rooster!


Dine with us during Dining Out for Life

Dining out for Life — an annual fundraiser to support HIV/AIDS service organizations — is here again on Tuesday, April 19, and that day, 70-plus Nashville restaurants will participate, donating a portion of their proceeds to Nashville CARES.
So to do a good deed for the day, all you need to do is go out for breakfast, lunch and/or dinner — multiples if you’re feeling hungry/generous.
Many Eastside establishments are taking part, including Lockeland Table, Nomzilla, Edley’s and many others. (You can peruse the participating Nashville restaurants on the Dining Out for Life website.)
Our reservations for that night are at Margot Cafe & Bar (1017 Woodland Street), which’ll be donating 50 percent of proceeds during dinner, 5 to 9 p.m. Our publisher, Lisa McCauley, is going to be cohosting the night’s Dining Out for Life festivities (which will largely consist of eating ridiculously delicious food), alongside Clayton Klutts of Dollar General.
Feel like joining us there? Reservations are recommended: 615-227-4668.
Hope to break some (really good) bread with a bunch of generous neighbors.

Historic Nashville rallies for The Station

Dining Out for Life isn’t the only upcoming organized opportunity to give. Every year, The Big Payback encourages us to open hearts/wallets to area nonprofits on one chosen day, while corporate sponsors of the endeavor boost those donations. As the capital of The Volunteer State, we’ve done pretty OK; last year, 14,000-plus donors shared more than $2.65 million in 24 hours.
This year’s is coming up soon: May 3, 2016, you can log onto The Big Payback website and choose between a wide variety of Middle Tennessee nonprofits doing important work helping animals, supporting arts and education, health and more.
That day, you can also show your Big Payback support in person here in the neighborhood, as Historic Nashville hosts a rally at The Station, the historic fire hall at 1220 Gallatin Avenue that Karen Goodlow Designs is hard at work rehabbing.
For every dollar you donate to Historic Nashville — which works to help preserve historic structures in our town — 50 percent will go directly to The Station’s rehabilitation. If you’ve been looking forward to seeing the Historic Fire Hall No. 18 almost literally rise from the ashes (there was a fire in there few years back, and it was a big’un), here’s a way to help Goodlow and Co. cross the finish line on a big job.
The event runs 6 to 8 p.m. at The Station, and it’s free (though you can register via Eventbrite). 

Stratford students are robotics rockstars

Let’s give a digital round of applause to our own Stratford STEM High School robotics team, the SpartaBots, who’ve qualified to attend the world championship FIRST Robotics Competition in St. Louis later this month. 
Better yet, let’s help them get there: The team needs to raise $2500 for registration fees, travel expenses, lodging, and food, and they’ve set up a Gofundme to make it happen.
Among other valuable experiences, the competition offers a chance for students to take part in a Scholarship Row, with reps from colleges, universities and organizations that offer FIRST Scholarships — so this could well be a help on the path to college for some of these young folks.
As of this posting, they were a mere $500 away. Have a few spare cents for some smart kids? Here’s their page

Neighbors’ work at NaFF

At the 47th, 2016 edition of the Nashville Film Festival that just kicked off, some 270-plus films will be screened, from short to long to happy to sad to true to imagineered. Among them, the work of some neighbors will be included, naturally.
On that note: Eastsider Connor Carroll tipped us off to The Polar Bear Club, a feature he made with some other locals that’ll be screening on April 16 and 23 during the fest. The film is “about some older men who do weekly polar plunges,” but just by watching the stunningly beautiful trailer above, you can see it digs deeper — into what it means to live, what it means to be alive. Also probably what it means to be very, very cold.
The Polar Bear Club screens at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 16 and 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 23, at the Regal Green Hills Cinema (3815 Green Hills Village Drive). Tickets can be snagged through the Nashville Film Festival Website.

Eastsiders snag American Advertising Award

More congrats due to some talented neighbors: Eastside-based creative digital studio Anode, Inc. just earned some big praise in their industry — specifically, a gold District 7 ADDY award from the American Advertising Awards.
The District 7 competition, as we understand it, is the Southern tier that leads into the national awards, which we’re imagining looks exactly like when Don won those Clio awards in Mad Men except for with more iPhones.
In a release, Anode owner Mark Magnuson gushed about his crew.
“I am exceptionally proud of our gifted team of programmers and designers as well as the entire Anode staff,” he said. “Not only did they receive Best of Show and 2 gold ADDYs at the local level, they brought home a gold ADDY at the regional level, which will go on to compete nationally. Earning this recognition inspires us to continue offering world-class products and services to all of our clients.”
High five, neighbors. Anode’s based down at 926 Main Street, and their award-winning work can be explored at Anode.com.


Smoothie King cometh to the Baker empire

Andy and Chad Baker — the twins who brought us The Dog Spot and Spot’s Pet Supply, among many other businesses — hollered at us this week about their latest leasee, at 2803 Gallatin Pike, near the YMCA. In the works: a Smoothie King franchise, Andy tells us. Cool. (Literally).
Aside of the new smoothness, the brothers Baker aren’t intending to slow down on their acquiring East Nashville square footage/housing new businesses, either. In addition to the spaces that are home to their own businesses, the Brothers also landlord over the homes of Pepperfire, Nomzilla, (soon) Look East and others, and Andy says they’re aiming to snag more property on East Nashville’s main artery, to the tune of about five spots a year.
So, y’know, 10 years or so and we can all drive down scenic Baker Pike past 24 Baker Hair Worlds, probably.
In non-East news, The Dog Spot’s Westside sister at 5001 Alabama Avenue celebrates its first birthday April 30, and there’ll be a party from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. with discounts, a food truck and live music. If you’re on the other side of the river, you’re invited, with or without your furry family members.


— Neighborhood hang alert: free Stratford Community Cookout, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on April 23 in East Park (600 Woodland). There’ll be food, games and other fun, and the overall intent is to get local families together, hang and learn/share about MNPS schools.
— Seriously, The Basement East is 1 already? They grow up so fast. The BEAST’s first birthday party is set for Thursday, April 21, and will include a slew of locals performing as other folk, mostly non-locals, including Bobby Bare Jr. as Guided By Voices, Hans Condor as Motörhead and more. It’s free and kicks off at 8:30 p.m. at 917 Woodland. 
— Neighbor/exceptional pianist/pop singer Gabe Dixon filmed a video for his song “Crave” here in the neighborhood, “at the oldest house we could find.” Check the vid out at Rolling Stone’s website, because FANCY.
According to the Nashville Post, local real estate company Rudy Title & Escrow is eyeing a July opening for the reimagined business/residential space at 608 Shelby, formerly Eastview Church of Christ.
Another tidbit/update from the Post: By fall, we should see construction start on the Eastwood Village development — another reimagined church site becoming a mixed-use hub, this one located at Chapel and Greenwood. 
— Have a young East Nashvillian you’d like to see keep learning through summer? There’s a new summer enrichment program at Isaac Litton Middle School called East Nashville Explorers, open to 5th-8th graders and running June 6-17. More info at the East Nashville Explorers website.
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