East Nashville News: Film Festival, Otaku South at POP, Holland House and more

East Nashville Film Festival
 
If you’ve so much as tripped onto the Internet over the past day or two, guesses are you’ve seen the story proclaiming our neighborhood’s indie music scene as the finest in the land. So we won’t talk about it. Do wish national publications would take a broader look at us, though, maybe note the fact that we also have the very handsomest dogs in all of America, too.
 
Anyhow, look out for news on our May-June issue very soon — meantime, here’s a little bit of neighborhood news:
 

East Nashville Film Festival set for June

 
Neighborhood cinephiles might wanna keep their eyes peeled for updates from the East Nashville Film Festival, set to make its debut June 20 and 21 at five venues in the neighborhood, including Cult Fiction Underground.
 
What we know so far: The fest will include full-length films, documentaries and shorts of various genres, and filmmakers are encouraged to submit their work for inclusion now.
 
Since we're in the middle of the submissions process, a schedule, naturally, isn’t up yet, but you can already snag tickets online.
 
Proceeds from the fest will go toward organizations that help local children, including The Martha O'Bryan Center. More info can be found at the East Nashville Film Festival website.
 

POP starts serving

 
POP
 
We talked a little last month about POP, the new pop-up event/dining hub from the founders of Otaku South that’s taking over the East Side space formerly occupied by Steve’s. If you were excited about it, more good news: It’s just about doors-open time.
 
Starting on Tuesday, May 6, POP will be opening Tuesday through Friday evenings, 5:30 to 10:30, serving Otaku South ramen and adult beverages and such. The space is at 604 Gallatin Ave., and you can expect lots more food and many more events as POP gets its footing. Keep up at POP’s website.
 

Holland House's al fresco space expands

 
More good East Side restaurant news: If you’ve been by Holland House of late, you’ve surely noticed the outdoor construction going on. Work’s just about finished on the eatery’s new patio/courtyard, and it’s set to open up officially on Monday, May 5.
 
The HH folks were stoked enough about the new addition to dub it “stunning.” Holland House = 935 W. Eastland.
 

Party with YEAH this weekend

 
 
If you don’t know YEAH — Youth Empowerment through Arts & Humanities — they do some great things for the young folks in our area, including heading up music camps that foster a love of music (and aid in the ability to create it).
 
To shine a light on those camps, YEAH’s teaming with a host of East Nashville businesses for Saturday’s Rock Camp Block Party, an afternoon celebration stocked with stuff to see, hear and do. Namely: bands, DJ sets, a photo booth, face painting, thrift shopping, movie watching, volunteer signup-ing and more.  
 
Neighborhood spaces taking part: B-Side Salon, Mickey's Tavern, The Hop Stop, Logue's Black Raven Emporium and Cult Fiction Underground. Festivities run noon to 5 behind B Side, 2909A Gallatin. Watch the video above and/or check out the Block Party’s Facebook event page for details.
 

Speaking of Logue’s...

 
Cult Fiction Underground May 2014
 
Throughout the month, Cult Fiction Underground (under Logue’s Black Raven Emporium, 2915 Gallatin) hosts screenings of all kinds of cult-beloved films. You’ve probably noticed this.
 
The lineups are invariably solid, and we tend to like to doff a hat when CFU has a particularly fun one in the mix. Like, say, the May 24th screening of This Is Spinal Tap, which even today cuts so hilariously close to the bone for so many of us.
 
Friday/Saturday showtimes at Cult Fiction are 8 and 10 p.m., and attendance runs $5. 
 
Check out May’s movie lineup in the graphic above, and visit Cult Fiction Underground’s home on Facebook for more.
 

Swap seeds and plants in Inglewood

 
Crazy thing: The Nashville Public Library isn’t just focused on the growth of local mind-grapes, but also, like, actual grapes. Or at least fruits and vegetables in the general sense.
 
Hence the Library’s Seed Exchange, which you can learn about on Facebook. But a more locally and time-sensitive note: Saturday from 1 to 3 p.m., the Inglewood Branch Library (4312 Gallatin) will host a seed and plant swap for the gardening-inclined among us.
 
Bring seeds or seedlings; trade seeds or seedlings; chat with neighbors about all things green and growing. 
 

Celebrate Midwives in Riverside Village 

 
Another weekend event: Neighborhood health care practitioners Cole Family Practice (whom we talked about recently) will co-host a Midwife Appreciation Celebration in Riverside Village Saturday.
 
Along with meeting up with and chatting about midwives and midwifery, the event includes mural making and free ice cream and coffee from Sip Cafe and Mike's Ice Cream (which, we noted this week, will be moving to a larger space soon).
 
The party’s set for 10 a.m. to noon at 1406 McGavock. More details on Facebook.
 

More for Moms and Dads

 
To follow up that celebration of Midwifery, here’s a learning opportunity for you new/expecting Moms and Dads: East Nashville’s Smile, Mommy! Diaper Service hosts a free Cloth Diapering 101 Workshop at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, May 6 at the East Branch of Nashville Public Library (206 Gallatin).
 
Register by emailing info@smilemommy.com, and swing by to learn about cloth diapering and Smile, Mommy’s service.
 

Peep the next East Side Storytellin'

 
East Side Story’s bi-monthly East Side Storytellin’ events — combination book readings/artist Q&As/live music performances — are a steady good time, and Tuesday, May 6’s looks like a particularly good one.
 
Poet Chet Weise will be joined by local music-makers Heath Haynes and Caitlin Rose for the free, 7 p.m. event. It’s at Mad Donna’s (1313 Woodland), and seats are first-come.
 
 

Chicken Chasers flock on

 
Flocking
 
We mentioned the upcoming East Nashville Chicken Chase and Hot Hen Hoedown recently; set for May 10 at Pavilion East, it’s something of a cheeky alternative to our area’s beloved Steeplechase, with events and music and food, even a Mom’s Day spa.
 
As we get closer to go time, organizers are adding details and contributors and making their presence known by partaking in a much cuter version of TP-ing houses — i.e. “flocking” neighbors with a bunch of wooden hens. See evidence above, from Realtor Brian Copeland of Nashville And Beyond
 
The Chicken Chase folks also stopped by with a video camera to check in with Nashville fashion icon Manuel and with Tiffany, who adds Chicken Chase Hot Hen Fashion Show host to a resume that already includes East Nashville boutique owner and teen-pop megastar. Watch the video below, and stop by the Chicken Chase website for more info.
 
 
That’s all for this week. If you’re doing stuff around the neighborhood and would like to let us know about it, by all means, reach out — we’d love to hear from you.
 

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