Two things to note before we begin: Tomato Art Fest is about a week away. Hope you’re well prepped. (And that you’ve read our 2016 Tomato Art Fest story.)
Second: Best of Nashville voting is once again under way. We know what you’ll vote for for “Best Neighborhood,” but if your “Best Local Blog” pick isn’t set in stone yet, we hope you’ll consider our candidacy. #MakeEastNashvilleGreatAgain
Now, on to this week’s East Nashville News:
Defy Film Festival celebrates boundary-busting cinema
The success of the impressively large annual Nashville Film Festival — and the outpouring of love as the Belcourt reopened post-renovation — underlined Nashville’s hunger for unique and creative films. The new Defy Film Festival — launching this month in East Nashville — is banking on the fact that we’re ready to explore even further.
The two-day fest, which’ll feature a mix of 57 full-length and short films, goes down August 19 and 20 at Studio 615 (272 Broadmoor Drive). And over the course of those two days, attendees will be able to enjoy a wide variety of storytelling, from “modern road movie” Casablanca Mon Amour to UFO-chasing The Phoenix Incident. The filmmakers represented span the globe, too, from the U.S. and U.K. to Taiwan, Italy, Finland and beyond (17 countries in total).
The event’s key objectives, according to the folks behind it: “Bring great films to Nashville, pair them with engaged audiences in an experience that fosters conversations about pushing boundaries in filmmaking.”
Interested in checking out some films? The fest offers all-access passes ($45, including access to after-parties) and tickets for shorter blocks of showings ($7) — more info/purchasing options here. Tickets and passes will also be available on site.
(As it happens, we’re also giving away a pair of Defy Film Festival passes — enter here.)
To read more about the inaugural event (and/or to watch some movie previews), drop by DefyFilmFestival.com.
East Nashville Beer Works opens Saturday
After a soft-opening run that’s earned them heaps of praise, East Nashville’s newest craft brewery, East Nashville Beer Works, officially opens its doors with a (they refuse to use the word “grand” so “shpadoinkle”) opening party this Saturday, August 6, at their new home, 320 E. Trinity Lane.
A team-up between District 7 Metro Councilman Anthony Davis and brewmaster Sean Jewett (whose resume includes stints at Cool Springs Brewery in Franklin and Nashville’s HonkyTonk Brewing Co.), ENBW is keeping a focus on its Eastside taproom, although kegs (and down the road, cans) will be traveling too.
On Saturday, you’ll be able to try four of their new brews on tap: honey blonde ale Miro Miel, American wheat beer Cumberland Punch, smoked porter Young Hickory and their Woodland Street Session IPA.
In addition to the beer, East Nashville Beer Works also serves artisan pizza and salad, which you can enjoy inside the taproom or outside in the family-friendly beer garden.
Saturday’s opening party runs 11 to 11, and there’ll be giveaways, swag, brew house tours (1, 3, and 5 p.m.) and 25 glassware prizes for the first 25 folks who show up.
For even more about East Nashville Beer Works and the other new craft brewers in our neighborhood, check out the East Nashville beer feature we ran not too long ago.
Todd Snider’s new album out in October
You can take Todd Snider out of East Nashville, but you can’t take East Nashville out of Todd Snider. Case in point: the singer-songwriter’s forthcoming album, Eastside Bulldog, inspired by the Elmo Buzz alter ego we’ve all seen haunting stages around the neighborhood for years (alongside a revolving cast of Eastside Bulldogs bandmates).
The new Bulldog set, due out on October 7, is full of “songs about East Nashville, chicks, cars, fighting, partying and Bocephus and that’s it,” Snider says in the liner notes.
Leadoff single "Hey Pretty Boy" is now available on iTunes (you may remember the tune from Elmo Buzz EP Shit Sandwich).
He’ll be celebrating its release and his 50th birthday with a big throwdown at The Ryman on release day (and as it happens, we’re giving away tickets — you can enter by clicking here).
Snider’s been a busy guy lately (slash-always) — the latest LP from his band Hard Working Americans, Rest in Chaos, just came out in May, and they’ve been on the road busily in support. (They were just on our cover, too.)
For more from Snider about the new album, check out an interview with Rolling Stone that ran this week.
Lockeland Table celebrates 4 years with new Packaged Goods, specials
As of this month, it’s been four years since Lockeland Table opened its doors, and the Woodland Street fine-dining spot will be celebrating the milestone all month long with a bunch of new specials from the kitchen.
(We reached out for a heads up on specifics re: those specials, and will update, but they’re always good about sharing bits and pieces via Facebook and Instagram.)
Speaking of new specials from the kitchen: Chef Hal Holden-Bache and GM Cara Graham have been working on a Lockeland Table product line for a while now, and the opportunity to take home some of their fine flavors is finally here, too.
Jarred and ready for your pantry: LT’s Smoked Peach Jam, Red Pepper Jam and Chef’s much-loved Chimichurri (a recipe he’s been perfecting since he was 18), with more to come.
At the moment, you can grab them in the restaurant ($11 after taxes); you’ll soon be able to buy/have the products shipped via LockelandTable.com, too.
“For people to be able to purchase these items, for guests to be able to take their evening experience home with them is an extremely proud moment for me and something I am very excited about,” Holden-Bache wrote in a blog post.
These aren’t the first non-plated offerings from the Lockeland Table team — they released the Lockeland Table Community Kitchen and Bar book, with recipes, tips and stories, late last year. (You can buy it through the Lockeland Table website.)
A round of applause to the LT family for the new venture, and for four years of feeding us well.
Rad residencies worth (w)riting down
We know you have no shortage of worthwhile shows to go to, in East Nashville and over the river. But wanted to point you toward a couple of local treasures locking down in the neighborhood this month and next, since their residencies will give you ample opportunity to enjoy (repeatedly, if you like).
In August, songwriting statesman David Olney is doing four out of five Wednesdays at The 5 Spot (1006 Forrest), from 6 to 8 p.m., for a scant $5 cover.
He and his band initially intended to do the whole month of Wednesdays, since Olney’s tied to Nashville in August, performing (and lending music to) The Nashville Shakespeare Festival’s summer production of “The Comedy Of Errors.” A must-attend rehearsal on August 17 takes him across town, though, so skilled songsmith Scott Miller is holding down the fort that night, same time, same cover.
In September, the Wednesday residency slot at the 5 Spot is taken over by East Nashville’s own Amelia White, who’ll be strolling down some of her less-traveled roads over four shows. Expect her to test new songs, with her band the Blue Souvenirs and a cast of rotating guests, and to dig back into some older material that she doesn’t play out so much these days.
She’ll be fresh off a run of U.K. festival dates and a west coast jaunt, so music muscles’ll probably be nice and limber. Her shows are Sept. 7, 14, 21 and 28, 6 to 8 p.m.
Check out some of Amelia White’s music on Soundcloud, and get more details on the shows at The 5 Spot’s site.
— Sunday, August 7, the Shops at Porter East host their next Sundays at Porter East party (first Sunday of each month). The cluster of shops at 700 Porter — including Apple & Oak, DCXV, Pony Show and many others — will have drinks, treats and specials, and Retro Sno and Amelia's Flower truck are joining in too. Pony Show, specifically, has a major vintage sale going (all men's vintage is at least 50 percent off and lots of housewares, furniture and ladies items are on sale too).
— As part of their 30th anniversary celebration, the Center for Nonprofit Management teamed with The Tennessean to organize a list of "30 in their 30s” honorees, to recognize “30 outstanding non-profit professionals in their 30s.” In the mix of deserving folks: Melanie A. Shinbaum, executive director of East Nashville’s Fannie Battle Day Home. “Her efforts and leadership are extraordinary and we are so lucky to have her,” Fannie Battle board member David Braam wrote in response. Congrats, Melanie.
— Last week, People magazine was in singer-songwriter Maren Morris’ backyard. This week, Teen Vogue is premiering the Eastside country singer’s new "80s Mercedes" video. She is very well-liked by the press (and by country fans too).
— Looks like that East Nashville boutique hotel we were talking about a while ago is still on the books, though plans are now to be down the street, and a bunch bigger. An update on Holiday Jones, from the Nashville Post.
— If you love donuts and beer, here are your plans for this Sunday: Southern Grist and Porter House Bistro are teaming up for brunch, pairing SG’s new coffee and maple stout, The Most Important Beer of the Day, with PHB’s maple bacon glazed donuts. Beer brunch is noon to 8 p.m., 1201 Porter Road, and stout’s $5, donuts $2.50.
— Feeling in need of a fancy staycation? The Urban Cowboy B&B (the totally reimagined former home of Top O’ Woodland) is offering 50 percent off their rates for Tennessee residents, Sundays through Thursdays, throughout August.
— Check out this Curbed.com house tour of an award-winning modern home in Little Hollywood. She’s real pretty.
That’s all for this week. Something you’d like to see appear next go-’round? Please email Nicole.