It’s almost voting time, neighbors, so we have lots to talk about on that topic here in the column and in our new issue (out and around town now).
Candid candidates and more, in this week’s East Nashville News:
Up for debate: the Metro Council candidates
As we all know (or should), time to vote for many local representatives — including our new mayor and Metro Council members — is at hand: Early voting begins on July 17, and the general election itself is Thursday, August 6.
For our community specifically, we’ll be choosing between the candidates for Council Districts 5, 6 and 7. Looking to learn all you can about the folks vying for those spots? We’ve paired with HENMA to sponsor a Metro Council Candidate Forum for Districts 5 and 6, and four candidates have agreed to come and talk about why they believe they deserve your vote.
The forum, set for 6 p.m. Wednesday, July 22 at the East Nashville Magnet School Auditorium (110 Gallatin), will be moderated by State Representative Bill Beck, and District 5 candidates Sarah Martin and Scott Davis and District 6 candidates Brett Withers and Peter Westerholm are scheduled to attend.
Have burning questions for these folks? You can submit them now, via email, to ENcandidateforum@gmail.com. To hear what the candidates have to say, swing by on Wednesday — if you’re invested, interested or otherwise curious about the future of East Nashville, you’re invited.
Can’t make it but still want to get the candidates’ thoughts on important issues? Check out the special edition “Know Your Neighbor” feature from our new issue, in which Davis, Westerholm, Martin and Withers, along with District 7 candidates Anthony Davis and Stephen Clements, weigh in on some of the most important issues facing East Nashville.
The kids are way ahead of us
While we prep for Wednesday’s Metro candidate forum, students at East Nashville Hope Exchange (a local literacy program for at-risk children in our community) have been there, done that.
A crew of young East Nashville minds welcomed District 6 candidates Peter Westerholm and Brett Withers last Friday for a “mock” debate, and asked some important, hard-hitting questions.
Second graders inquired about helping the homeless and affordable housing in East Nashville. Third graders asked about diversity and sustainability. Fourth graders wanted thoughts about the importance of listening to constituents’ desires. No slouches, these young folks.
Photos from the mock debate here courtesy of East Nashville Hope Exchange.
Come to Wednesday’s not-so-mock debate to hear Withers, Westerholm, Martin and Davis talk about a range of topics — including, we imagine, some of the ones those smart students brought up.
Goo Goo goes gaga for Lockeland Table
Venerable Nashville candy company Goo Goo Cluster launched their Summer Chef Series at the top of this month, bringing out “Premium Goo Goo creations imagined by eight of Nashville’s best chefs,” including celeb chefs Dale Levitski and Maneet Chauhan and East Nashville’s very own Hal Holden-Bache of Lockeland Table.
Each chef is teaming up with Goo Goo confectionary kitchen manager Lauren Garcia to produce their special flavor, and those creations are being swapped out periodically through the end of September, when all will be showcased at the Music City Food + Wine Festival (September 19-20).
Chef Holden-Bache’s flavor is out now, and it sounds a lot like it does not suck.
The Cole Miner's Surprise, named as a tribute to Holden-Bache’s son Cole, features fig and molasses jam, smoked pecans and caramel, covered in dark chocolate and sprinkled with West Virginia salt. (That’s it, above, courtesy the Goo Goo Instagram.)
Wanna give it a try? Drop by the Goo Goo Shop at 116 3rd Avenue South.
Sync THIS! includes free Eastside show
BMI’s annual Sync THIS! event is mostly an industry affair — music supervisors and songwriters get together to talk about the wonderful world of sync licensing, and there’s some dining and hanging and other good things.
This year’s event offers something cool for those of us who aren’t invited to take part otherwise. BMI’s broken the two-day forum up into East Nashville and West Nashville nights, including free and open-to-the-public shows at venues on either side of the river.
The East Nashville show, on August 11, will be held at The Basement East, and include performances from the Muddy Magnolias (pictured), DeRobert & the Half-Truths and Tony Joe White, followed by an after party with Keith Gattis and Friends. Not too shabby a lineup for the low price of free.
Old Time Jam moonlights on Thursday in Inglewood
Neighborhood roots-music enthusiasts are likely aware of the regular Wednesday Night Old Time Jam, usually over at Charlie Bob’s on Dickerson Pike. Next week, Inglewood’s American Legion Post 82 hosts a special Thursday jam, as a prospective new host for the series.
The gist of the jam: Musicians and non-musicians alike are invited to come out and pick and/or listen, dance and hang; admission is free for everyone; the focus, as the name implies, is traditional, acoustic-based roots music.
This Thursday jam will run 7 p.m. to 3 a.m., and the Legion is located at 3204 Gallatin Pike. More at the Old Time Jam’s Facebook group.
Locals make murals
There’s no shortage of cool murals in East Nashville, and that’s only getting more true.
Wanna watch one being made? On Friday, July 17 at The Post East (1701 Fatherland), the folks from East Nashville’s WHAT.Nashville Design Co. are heading up a Mural and Music night, which includes muraling, and (you guessed it) music, as they add to the public-art East Nashville Place Making project The Tennessean profiled early in the month.
WHAT.Nashville will work on creating the art while Beatles songs are provided by Love Me Two. The event runs from from 7 to 9 p.m., and you’re invited to bring a chair and watch and listen.
Meanwhile, local mural artist Andee Rudloff (above, left) has already finished her latest public art piece over at The Basement East, and if you’ve been wondering what it means: The “Freak Soul” mural is a nod to singer-songwriter Rebecca Moreland’s recently released single of the same name, and it’ll play a role in Moreland’s soon-to-be-released video for it. More on her stuff at www.rebeccamoreland.com.
- We can expect to see hammers start flying in about two weeks at Porter and Cahal, for a 40-unit condo and townhome project called Porter Village. More from the Nashville Post.
- Nomzilla! Sushi Et Cetera’s new East Nashville space soft opened this week at 1000 Gallatin Avenue. Hours listed are 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 5 to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday, Saturday and Sunday 5 to 10 p.m.
- Furniture/housewares shop Nest 615 opens its new location at 1110 Gallatin on Saturday, July 18, and they’ll be celebrating with a 10 percent-off-everything sale.
- Gizmos Vapor Shoppe opens in its new location at 922 Main Street on Monday, July 20 at 11 a.m.
- Sunday’s Raiders of the Lost Ark Grassy Knoll Movie Nights screening will offer the following tasty treats: tacos from The Wild Cow Vegetarian Restaurant tacos, popcorn from Kernels Nashville and beer from Jackalope.
That’s all for this week. Send your East Nashville News tips our way, any time.