East Nashville News: openings, closing, bestselling author(?) Todd Snider and more

Todd Snider
This week, we’re hard at work dotting eyes and crossing tees to finish up the May-June issue of The East Nashvillian, on stands soon. But here's a quick pressing of pause, to share a few happenings around the neighborhood.
On to it:

Todd Sniders ‘Mostly Tall Tales’ hits stores

From East Nashvillian contributor Daryl Sanders:
Singer-songwriter Todd Snider officially became East Nashville’s newest author this week with the release of I Never Met A Story I Didn’t Like: Mostly Tall Tales (295 pages, Da Capo Press). 
Snider jokes in the book’s introduction it could have been called Smoking Dope and Dropping Names, and it is filled with hilarious accounts of his encounters with an array of celebrities, from songwriting legends such as Jerry Jeff Walker, Kris Kristofferson and John Prine, to recording stars like Garth Brooks, Jimmy Buffett and John Mellencamp, and various other well-known figures from the popular arts and world of sports including Matthew McConaughey, Hunter S. Thompson, Ed Bradley, Roger Clemens and Lance Armstrong. 
Todd took to the Internet to share a “very important message” with the likes of us, related to the apparently decent possibility that Tall Tales might be a best-seller. That idea, Todd indicates, is appealing. “I would never have to ever take any sh-t ever again, like ever,” he says. 
Watch Todd’s video shout below, and look out for more on the book in our May-June issue.



Kaleidoscope closing

Disappointing news from neighborhood non-profit/art gallery, studio and classes space Kaleidoscope: Their 3107 Gallatin Pike location will be shuttering, according to a post from Kaleidoscope’s Angel Funk.
“Our current business model is not sustainable, and we are unable to focus on what is necessary to move forward while still maintaining our own families and personal lives,” the post reads. “…This has been one of the best, and hardest, years of my life. Thank you to each and every one that supported us, we will miss you!”
Angel mentions that folks with remaining visits on passes or gift certificates should reach out so arrangements can be made.
Really sorry to see Kaleidoscope go, but here’s hoping those folks will return in another form to spark creativity in East Nashville’s young and grown folks alike. For more, visit Kaleidoscope on Facebook

The Yellow House Salon & Barbershop opens

The Yellow House
On the other side of the coin: New 'do-wranglers The Yellow House Salon & Barbershop just launched their second Nashville space, this one here in East Nashville at 1104 Forrest. (The first, on Division St., opened five years back.)
Husband-and-wife salon leaders Kris and Liz Whipple are building out a salon stocked with six stylists and two barbers, and they’ll be offering everything from cuts and styling to “mustache stuff.” 
Check out their new website for a video hello from the Whipples, and/or stop by the new space for a look and a free Bongo coffee.
Congrats, new neighbors!

New Pet Community Center opens in May

Come May, East Nashville will have a new provider of low-cost spay and neutering services: the Pet Community Center at 943b Dr. Richard G. Adams Dr., near the recycling center.
Their aim? “We want to end pet overpopulation which leads to millions of animals dying in shelters every year. And we believe it can be done.”
More at the Pet Community Center website. Appointments start in early May.

Celebrate Lockeland Design Center’s 10th

Lockeland Design Center
Lockeland Design Center gets a whopping 10 candles on the ol’ cake this year, and they’ll be celebrating in the neighborhood on Sunday, May 4, with an event that’s part party part fundraiser.
The celebration runs 3 to 7 p.m. that day, and will include food, music and a look toward the future: specifically, the installation of an original, Herb Williams-designed bike rack and accompanying patio. Attendees can contribute, beyond just attending the party, by buying a personalized brick that will become part of said patio, giving you your own space on an East Nashville walk of fame, of sorts.
Tickets are $30 for adults, $15 for children (young ones 3 and under get in free), and can be purchased online

Food Truck Fest set for May

The Nashville First Church of the Nazarene (at 510 Woodland) will host a Food Truck Fest on Sunday, May 25 during lunch-y hours, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. 
Among the offerings: Confeastador, Doughworks, Two Guys in a Lunchbox and more. Check out the event page on Facebook, and mark the calendar if you enjoy foods served via truck.

Set your calendars for Yum! East tickets

We’ve mentioned before that the East Nashville-focused food fest Yum! East is returning, locking down at Pavilion East on June 5. If you’d like to attend, the ticket on-sale date is looming.
You can snag yours (general admission is $45 and includes a big hunk of food offerings) starting May 3 at 9 a.m.
Wanna see the latest roundup of food and drink contributors? Check out the Yum! East website, and click on “Food.”

Grassy Knoll Movie Nights are back

Lovers of al-fresco film watching: You’ll again get to take in classics and cult favorites on the lawn next to Bongo East (109 S. 11th) by attending Grassy Knoll Movie Nights on Sundays through the fall.
This season starts up on May 11 with “a summertime road trip movie unlike any other.” (Spaceballs?) In past seasons, there’ve been food trucks and giveaways and other bits of fun. To keep up with what bonuses you might see this season and other Movie Nights happenings, visit GKMN on Facebook
That’s this week. If you have East Nashville news to share, please, drop a line — we’d love to hear from you. (Oh yeah, and OMGBEEEEEEEEES!)

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