East Nashville News: Tom Hanks, Yum!East contest and more

As this muggy, rainy week wraps up, baby tomatoes are starting to pop up at East Nashvillian blog HQ, and our next issue — the big Tomato Art Fest issue — is fittingly in the works.
Meanwhile, some stuff happened/is happening elsewhere in East Nashville. Our latest crop of news:

Be cool, guys - it’s just Tom Hanks 

It’s not every day that a massive multi-national superstar grabs coffee and/or a bite to eat in East Nashville. Well, OK, it is every day. But that doesn’t make it any less fun that Tom Hanks Captain Filled-up a mug at Barista Parlor this week (you can’t hate me for that pun any more than I hate myself), stopping to take a selfie with some folks from PR/marketing/social media firm the Bradford Group.
Hanks’ wife, actress and singer Rita Wilson, had a sold-out show at the Bluebird on Thursday, May 29, and we’ll guess he managed to get on the list. 
Doin’ pretty good on the visiting American entertainment treasures these days. So, um, what’s up, Tina Fey?

Win tickets to Yum!East

Yum East
We’re about a week away from this year’s sequel installment of Yum!East, a massive celebration of all that’s delicious in East Nashville. We’ll sure be there, and we want you to be there, too. Thus, we’re giving away two tickets to the June 5 event, via the generous folks behind the fest.
Enter to win through this form — we’ll announce the winner Wednesday. 
But maybe an even better way to get in the door: Tickets are on sale now via the Yum!East website. Since proceeds go to help the laudable work Fannie Battle does for young folks in our community, your eating/drinking/hanging will be good fun and a good deed at the same time. Win/win.
For more on the festival, including a rundown of the huge array of East Nashville eateries serving food and drinks there, check out www.yumeast.com. (If you didn’t see our Yum!East Q&A, check it out.)

Eat ice cream, do a good deed

Between Yum!East and the Purity Miss Martha's Ice Cream Crankin' & Summer Social, we sure are lousy with opportunities to indulge while contributing to the livelihood of fantastic East Nashville organizations.
The Crankin’, specifically, is an annual celebration of summer that includes the tasting of hundreds of gallons of homemade ice cream and a home-cook competition, the winner of which gets their creation on the Purity ice cream flavors roster. Proceeds from the event go toward the Martha O’Bryan Center’s work to help children and adults transcend poverty and transform their lives.
This year’s event (marking the 29th year of Crankin') is set for 3 to 5 p.m. on June 8 at the First Presbyterian Church (4815 Franklin Pike). Tickets are $10 for adults ($13 after June 6) and $8 for children ($10 after June 6); young folks under 2 get in free. Tickets include lots of ice cream, plus music and tons for kids to do, from bouncy houses to a magic show.
Buy tickets online through Martha O’Bryan; if you’d like to show off your cool creations in the contest, check out the Purity Ice Cream Contest entry form

Todd Snider talks politics with Bob & Tom

Todd Snider
East Side troubadour/author/entertaining human being Todd Snider stopped by syndicated radio program The Bob & Tom Show this week, and his Facebook page indicates that a) things are getting political, which, since it’s Todd, is probably far more funny than “getting political” tends to be and b) you’ll get another chance to catch him live on air Friday.
The show airs 5 to 9 a.m., and you can catch it live online
Related, regular East Nashvillian contributor Daryl Sanders just contributed a review of the debut LP from Hard Working Americans, Snider's side project with Widespread Panic bassist Dave Schools. Read/share/enjoy.

Huge congrats to East Nashville Magnet 

A fantastic bit of East Nashville education news shared by Metro Schools this week: With this graduating class, East Nashville Magnet School boasts a 100 percent graduation rate once again.
A round of digital applause for those graduates and the educators that helped them along the way. 

Amqui Station Farmers Market launches this weekend

Amqui Station
The relocated East Nashville Farmers Market is already off to a great start for the season, and the area’s market scene gets that much better this weekend, As Madison’s Amqui Station Farmers Market opens up. 
Markets will run noon to 3 p.m. Sundays through October at the Station (301 B Madison St.), and opening day is this Sunday, June 1. 
You’ll be able to snag a broad bounty there, from Green Door Gourmet produce and Peach Truck peaches to Noble Springs Dairy cheeses. Swing by the Amqui Station website for more info.

The Roxy Theatre screen lights up again

We haven’t heard a ton from the Save the Roxy Theater folks since November’s Roxy Revival, but they’re still working on revitalizing that historic Meridian St. space and the district around it.
Coming up: a film viewing in the theater at 8 p.m. on June 6 to bring eyes back to that screen and to the cause. Bonus: We get to help pick the movie.
Up for votes: How to Train Your Dragon, The Sandlot, Turbo and School of Rock. Vote for your favorite on the Save the Roxy Theater Facebook page.

Changes at Meridian Cafe

A heads up from regular East Nashvillian contributor Ellen Mallernee Barnes (whose fantastic capture of Rebuilding Together’s work in Cleveland and McFerrin Park can be found in our most recent issue):
Changes are afoot at Meridian St. soul food stop Meridian Cafe — rehab is already under way for a recast that’ll turn the place into a cafe/bar/laundromat. And, says Barnes, “It’s looking awesome.”

9-night painting series around the neighborhood

Color of Progress
The latest from Riverside Village art gallery The Red Arrow Gallery: June brings a cool series from Nashville-based plein air painter Cathleen Windham, who’ll be creating new pieces meant to capture scenes and memories that are uniquely Nashville and uniquely now over a stretch of nine days. 
She’ll be set up at nine different locations on those nine days, both in the neighborhood and beyond, with stops at The Family Wash, The Village Pub and Five Points, wrapping up with a reception at The Red Arrow. (A map of the nine locations is up online.)
Windham starts the project off on June 12, and the Red Arrow Gallery reception is set for June 21 at 6 p.m. Her piece “Color of Progress” is pictured above. Check out more of Windham’s work on her website
The Red Arrow is located at 1311 McGavock Pike — read a little more about the gallery on our blog.
That’s it for this week. Wanna see your East Nashville news in here? Drop a line.

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