A little East Nashvillian housekeeping to kick off this week’s column: Our annual holiday gift guide is once again in the works, and if you’re a neighborhood business friend who’d like to see something of yours in there, drop Lisa a line at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Beyond that, we have a new photography gallery to celebrate, a new home for Sunday Morning Pancake Mix and more. On to the latest East Nashville News:
Photography takes the fore at Modern East Gallery
The East Side’s growing art scene welcomed a new gallery in September, and like the now few-years-old Nashville Community Darkroom, photography is the key focus.
Located at 1006 Fatherland St. #203, at the Shoppes on Fatherland, Modern East Gallery is the brainchild of photographers Jennifer Stalvey and Brandon Felts, who’ll serve as the gallery’s resident photogs and wrangle the solo shows and group thematic events that’ll fill up the Modern East calendar throughout the year.
The two are celebrating their new place on Saturday, October 10 with a grand opening party that coincides with the monthly East Side Art Stumble.
Monthly Gallery Parties will follow on the second Saturday of each month (also tied to the Art Stumble), and monthly exhibitions will pop up on the gallery walls.
While the gallery focuses tightly on work captured via camera, that can (and will) include everything from modern techniques to time-tested analog processes, and exhibiting artists will represent Nashville and well beyond.
Exhibitions during Saturday’s opening party (and through October 18): Felts’ (a.k.a. Wanderlust Imagery’s) Lookup Club, Stalvey’s West Coast East and Kelsey Swanson’s Oneironaut. (A piece of Stalvey’s work, up at the very top.)
The party runs 6 to 9 p.m., and along with the art, the to-do list includes wine, snacks and music.
Week to week, Modern East is open Thursday to Sunday, noon to 6 p.m., and by appointment.
For more on the space and the photographers involved, drop by the Modern East Gallery website, or follow Modern East on Facebook.
Sunday Morning Pancake Mix makes moves, with a mission
Early last year, our pages (and our friend/contributor Melissa D. Corbin, specifically) sung the praises of Sunday Morning Pancake Mix, a tasty, hearty sack of pancakes-to-be, stuffed with nine freshly milled, organic grains, and made right here in East Nashville.
Samantha Williams, the Friend Who Loves to Cook behind that mix, has long been milling and mixing out of her home kitchen on McCarn Street, but to correspond with growing sales and to complement a personal and professional mission, Sunday Morning Pancake Mix production has moved out, but stayed in the neighborhood, setting up in Woodland Presbyterian Church.
“As the weather cools and gift sales ramp up, I'll add seasonal, part-time staff, particularly women struggling with homelessness, so it makes a lot of sense to partner with a mission-oriented church like Woodland,” Williams says.
Williams’ desire to support struggling neighbors grew out of a now five-year stint volunteering with homeless advocacy group The Living Room.
“I’ve seen so many great people who just can't catch a break,” she says. “Even if they can find work with something on their record or a long gap in employment, it is at such a low wage they can't possibly get ahead. If I can hire a couple of these folks for the height of my busy holiday season, they can then use me as a reference to find even better, steadier work.”
Williams, who has a masters of theological studies from Vanderbilt Divinity School, launched her business while juggling life as a stay-at-home mom. As it’s grown, she’s made a point of maintaining a focus on the bigger — as in “bigger” bigger — picture.
“I always pictured myself in some kind of non-profit, justice work, so this is a pretty natural move for me,” she says. “I wouldn't have dreamed of expanding the company if there wasn't a meaningful purpose to it, and hiring my folks from the Living Room seems to be just the thing.”
For more on Samantha Williams and Sunday Morning Pancake Mix (or to order some), visit My Friend Who Loves to Cook.
Pickin’ Party and Picture Show season closers nearly here
This year brought the launch of a few fantastic new East Side hangs, including the Shelby Park Picture Show outdoor movie series, and the Cornelia Fort Pickin' Party, um, pickin’ party series. Both have had fine kickoffs; both are about to wrap for the season.
The final 2015 Cornelia Fort Pickin' Party is set for Saturday, October 17, and once again, you’re invited to head down to the Cornelia Fort Airpark with or without stringed instruments, to play, listen or both.
Bradford Lee Folk & the Bluegrass Playboys are the featured players for the night, though everyone who comes with fiddle/guitar/banjo/Dobro/etc. in hand plays a part in the evening’s musical entertainment.
This installment puts an exclamation point on a well-attended first season — nearly 3,000 folks have come out to enjoy, and to help raise funds to support the Airpark.
"It’s a one-of-a-kind place, and our collaboration with Friends of Shelby Park and Bottoms will help provide the resources to properly steward and preserve both the Airpark’s best historic features and the natural area that surrounds it," Metro Parks assistant director Tim Netsch says. "People love Shelby Bottoms for all the life-enriching experiences it has to offer, and the Pickin’ Parties offer a new experience that is uniquely Cornelia Fort, uniquely Nashville."
As with the other Pickin’ Parties, admission is $10, and includes one Yazoo brew (pickers get two of ‘em). For more, visit the Friends of Shelby Park & Bottoms website.
Shortly thereafter, we’ll wrap the first season of the Shelby Park Picture Show, with the rescheduled screening of Toy Story, on Wednesday, October 21.
Start time’s been moved up to 7 p.m., on the big screen at the Old Timers Ball Park at Shelby Park, and a suggested $5 donation is all that’s asked for admission and access to the many food trucks/concessions slingers on site.
For more on the Picture Show, visit ShelbyParkPictureShow.com.
Fanny’s June Millington signing at Fanny’s
When we say “Fanny,” you maybe think about Fanny’s House of Music, East Nashville’s friendly provider of vintage instruments and other musical necessaries. Or you maybe think of Fanny, a ’70s rock outfit that paved the way for many an all-female rock act to come.
On Sunday, October 11, go ahead and think of both. Fanny cofounder and guitarist June Millington is headed to Nashville to talk about and sign copies of her new autobiography, Land of a Thousand Bridges: Island Girl in a Rock N Roll World, at the East Nashville rock shop that bears her band’s name.
At the event, set for 5 to 7 p.m. at 1101 Holly, attendees not only get to hear Millington share some of her story, but some of her music, too (plus a scribble on copies of the book, which will be for sale).
More about Land of a Thousand Bridges at the Institute for the Musical Arts’ website (Millington cofounded that organization, focused on nurturing the artistic development of women and girls, as well).
- A heads up for parents exploring the educational options in the neighborhood: Montessori East hosts its fall Open House on Wednesday, November 18 from 5:30 to 7 p.m., at 801 Porter.
- The next Grassy Knoll Movie Nights movie: The Addams Family, Sunday, October 18.
- “Advice King” Chris Crofton is hilarious, and though he’s skipped Nashville for other pastures, he comes back time to time to be hilarious. Like Sunday, October 11. He’ll be at The East Room, being hilarious. 9 p.m., 2412 Gallatin In case you wanna go. It directly follows the week’s Spiffy Squirrel comedy show (also hilarious).
- Speaking of hilarious: Rosepepper’s super silly sign fun has now dragged them into the glamorous pages of Glamour. Nice. Let this be a lesson to us all: Being funny is a great idea, whether you’re a comedian or a restaurant that slings award-winning margaritas.
- A nice read on East Nashville’s new(ish) Divine Art Cafe — another East Side food biz with a mission — in the Scene.
- Food Network nerds get so much to be stoked about in East Nashville these days. Check out celeb chefs Marcus Samuelsson and Jonathan Waxman just kickin’ it at Treehouse.
- Third Eye Blind nerds get so much to be stoked about in East Nashville these days. Check out those guys “getting right rogered on afternoon coffee” at Barista Parlor.
- Yoga lovers: Might wanna swing by Hot Yoga of East Nashville on Saturday — they’ll be hosting a fall celebration/trunk show/hot whiskey cider party in their courtyard (5 S 9th Street), with gear from Brazilian Brand and La La Land Comfy Wear, loungewear from Without Walls, jewelry by Union Made, and vintage stuff from Venus In Spurs.
That’s all for this week. Something to share? Email Nicole.