Ellen here. In for Nicole, who is off baby-girl-having. Big shoes to fill no doubt, but here's my best stab at an East Nashvillian news roundup while the queen herself is away...
Valentine's Day is a whole bunch of commercialized malarkey. You know it, and we know it. But glancing around East Nashville and seeing all the fun and worthwhile Valentine's-themed things going on has helped us come to more of an appreciation for it and our community. With beloveds in mind, I'm including a shameless plug in this post for my husband's Vinyl Club, to celebrate its first anniversary this month.
Nicoletto's Pasta Co. opens with Farmer's Market tasting this weekend
Founded by Ryan and Danny Nicoletto, Chicago transplants to Nashville, the brand new Nicoletto’s Pasta Co. handcrafts small batch pasta in their shop in East Nashville. Using traditional techniques and equipment, the two brothers create pasta from carefully sourced, organic heritage grains, sustainably grown and harvested. All Nicoletto’s pastas are vegan and vegetarian friendly, with gluten-free pastas also available.
Nicoletto's Pasta Co. will debut this weekend, Feb. 7-8, from 11-4 at the Grow Local Kitchen at the Nashville’s Farmer’s Market. The event will feature $5 bowls of Nicoletto’s traditionally crafted pasta, as well as dried and fresh pasta for sale. Customers can choose rigatoni, macaroni, fusilli and linguini in three different lines—Heritage, Organic and Traditional. Company owners Ryan and Danny Nicoletto will be on hand, preparing meals and discussing the art and history of traditional pasta making.
East Nashvillian's voice steals show in Super Bowl ad
One of our own, 28-year-old East Nashvillian Marc Scibilia, learned his voice would take center stage in a 90-second Jeep Renegade TV commercial during the Super Bowl just days before it aired, and he only learned that Jeep was accepting versions of the song for consideration a month ago. The gorgeous rendition of Woody Guthrie's "This Land Is Your Land" featured little more than Scibilia's voice throughout, as some of the most breathtaking views of our country—and then our world—unfolded on-screen.
According to The Tennessean, Scibilia had only a day to record his take of the 1940 folk classic and wasn't allowed to see the ad until it aired during the game. Scibilia says, "I kept thinking, 'Should I just do the straight-ahead campfire sort of thing?' But I just felt like my voice and the lyrics really wanted it to have an edge."
The national reaction to Sciblilia's version: overwhelmingly positive, even as the commercial itself has stirred controversy. While having the distinction of being the "most Shazamed" of all the Super Bowl ads, the commercial has drawn criticism for featuring so many non-American landmarks in spite of its use of a song about America. That's a bunch of phooey if you ask us. Scibilia's song, though? Pure gold.
Scibilia recorded a second version of the song to release digitally and filmed a music video in Nashville last week. A new album produced by Butch Walker is forthcoming in 2015.
Vinyl Club celebrates first anniversary at Wilburn Street Tavern
Vinyl Club, held once a month at Wilburn Street Tavern in McFerrin Park, will celebrate its first anniversary on Thursday, Feb. 12, from 8 p.m. - 2 a.m. "The idea is simple," says event founder Nekos Barnes. "People can bring their records and sign up to play a 15-minute set. No music is too weird, and no song is too wrong, as long as it is in a vinyl format."
Each month you'll find a new record vendor and $3 beers—cash only. This all goes down at Wilburn Street Tavern, a dimly lit little dive bar owned by a good-hearted woman named Paulette Owens, who, to many, is simply called "Mama." For more info, see the event's Facebook page.
Photo credit: Eric England
Valentine's festivities around East Nashville
There are many East Nashville events in the next week worthy of heart-eye emojis. Here are but a few:
Calling all pre-schoolers and their moms and dads! The 6th Annual Parent & Child Valentine's Dance will take place at the Cleveland Park Community Center on Friday, Feb. 13, from 3:30-5:30 p.m. (see, these people understand children and their bedtimes!). Admission is $2 per person with all proceeds going towards the East Nashville Hope Exchange and Eastwood Christian Children's Center.
Art & Invention is hosting its annual Valentine's-making-extravaganza, which is so popular—$12 will buy you a wooden heart and gobs of materials with which to decorate it—that it's been stretched out over 10 days: Thursday, Feb. 5: 2-5 p.m.; Friday, Feb. 6: 11 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sat., Feb. 7: 11 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sunday, Feb. 8: noon-5 p.m.; Monday, Feb. 9: 2-6 p.m.; Tuesday, Feb. 10: 2-6 p.m.; Wednesday, Feb. 11: 11 a.m.-6 p.m.; Thursday, Feb. 12: 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Friday, Feb. 13: 11 a.m.-6 p.m.; and Saturday, Feb. 14: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Reservations are recommended for parties of five or more.
Nashville Center for Alternative Therapy (across the street from the Margaret Maddox YMCA) is hosting a Valentine's Day Massage Workshop for Couples, champagne and chocolate included for $125/per couple, from 2-4 p.m. on Feb. 14.
Exercise Physiologist Corley Roberts and Integrative Nutrition Health Coach Katie Fell will be at East Nashville Family Medicine on Saturday, Feb. 14, from 10-11 a.m. to give a 60-minute How to Love Your Heart presentation. Ten bucks will get you an exercise readiness assesment, a laminated walking program, refreshments, and other info to get your heart started on the right foot in 2015.
Please let us know what we missed, as it won't be too late to promote additional events on our Facebook and Twitter.
Speaking of Valentine's Day in the 'hood...
Win a Hatch Show Print poster for your Valentine
Give your Valentine a hand-inked reminder of your love with a Hatch Show Print "Love You More" poster through The East Nashvillian's exclusive contest. Enter to win here. Nab additional entries if you follow The East Nashvillian on Twitter and/or Instagram. The winner will be announced Friday, Feb. 13. Happy entering!
Electric Western's 5 Spot dance parties to hit the road with Sturgill Simpson
Sturgill Simpson's pick to open dates for him this spring? East Nashville DJ duo Electric Western, which will take its dance parties (ordinarily unfolding on the dancefloor Monday nights at The 5 Spot) on the road.
“I know Sturgill’s been to our party here in Nashville," Reno Bo told SavingCountryMusic.com. "We’ve been doing this party in Nashville for like six years now ... I just think he wanted something that wasn’t a band opening up for him to open the night and kind of set the mood. So that’s what our job is. And we’ll just create a cool atmosphere before he hits the stage.”