This week, we’re starting off our East Nashville news roundup with a bit of our own news: a contest with a top-notch prize, celebrating the upcoming Tomato Art Fest. (Related, our new Tomato Art Fest issue is on the streets and online — give it a look!)
Elsewhere, new businesses, established businesses doing fun stuff and more. On to it:
Share a tomato tale and win
To celebrate this year’s Tomato Art Fest, we’re hosting a contest with a creative bent, alongside friends from The Porch Writers’ Collective. We’d like to see you showcase your creative writing skills, within a few simple guidelines; the winner, chosen by The Porch’s Susannah Felts, snags dinner for two at Lockeland Table.
Write a tomato story. Your main character can be a tomato, or eating a tomato. Your story can be set at the Tomato Art Fest. Whatever fires up your inspiration. The catch: It has to be 10 words long. (Brevity/soul of wit, etc.)
To enter, follow The East Nashvillian (@eastnashvillian) and The Porch (@PorchTN) on Twitter, and tweet your story with the hashtag #tomatotale. Yes, you’ll also be limited to 140 characters (minus the 11 for the hashtag) — prize this good, we had to make it a challenge.
We’ll stop accepting submissions Friday, August 1, and we’ll announce Susannah’s chosen winner on Monday, August 4 — the week of the Tomato Art Fest. If you’d like a fresh perusal of your potential winnings, visit the Lockeland Table site.
Hard Working Americans + Nashville Dancin’
The special guest headliner for July 31’s season-ending installment of Nashville Dancin’, it turns out, is Hard Working Americans, the lauded side project from Todd Snider, Widespread Panic bassist Dave Schools, guitarist Neal Casal (Chris Robinson Brotherhood), drummer Duane Trucks (Col. Bruce Hampton’s School of Music) and keyboardist Chad Staehly (Great American Taxi).
Also on stage that night: Turbo Fruits, modoc and The London Souls.
Dancin’ shows are free at Riverfront Park; doors are at 5, music at 6, and all ages are welcome.
It’s just one of two local HWA shows that week, too — they’re also playing a benefit for the Shalom Foundation at the newly revamped Acme Feed & Seed downtown. Limited tickets for that more intimate show are still available, and include a pre-show cocktail reception. More info via etix.
Another yoga studio coming to East Nashville
Yoga devotees in East Nashville have some great options to choose from, and looks like we’re getting yet another this fall: Curvy Yoga Nashville is aiming to open in September.
A message from founder Anna Guest-Jelley indicates that the name isn’t meant to indicate that they’re looking to limit their clientele.
“We call our studio Curvy Yoga because that’s what started it all, but we offer a variety of classes. You don’t have to be curvy to practice here, though if you are, you’re very welcome! In fact, you don’t have to be anything at all to practice here — except yourself, of course. Our mission is the same as our vision: To bring yoga to anyone who wants to invite it into their life as a tool to connect with their body. We couldn’t care less about fancy poses, but we care deeply about helping you feel good in and about your body.”
Address noted on Curvy Yoga’s Facebook page: 521 Gallatin Ave, Suite 3.
New local biz for the bespectacled
In the sea of records and potato salads that is Kickstarter, we managed to miss an East Nashville project that earned a healthy amount of love (nearly a potato salad level of love!):
Nerdwax is a pretty simple, pretty smart product: “a beeswax-based blend of All Natural and Certified Organic ingredients specially formulated to keep your glasses in place.” Basic gist: You clean off the bridge of your glasses, apply some Nerdwax, then place those glasses comfortably on your face and enjoy the fact that they stay there.
Creator Don Hejny set a goal of five grand, and saw the project funded in May to the tune of $61,184. Thus Nerdwax is now getting out and about.
For interested neighbors who missed the Kickstarter but might like to get in on some wax: They’re accepting preorders.
Huge parking lot party from Hail
Come Sunday, July 27, the parking lot around antiques and oddities shop Hail, Dark Aesthetics will fill up with friends for a party they’re calling Bizarre Bazaar.
On hand: food from neighbors Khan’s Desserts and food truck Confeastador; wares on sale from clothier Luna Pyra, vintage apparel seller Poe Vintage and lots of other vendors; plus live music, belly dancing performances, an escape artist and more.
The party runs 11 to 5 at at 737 Porter Rd. More at Hail’s Facebook.
Learn homebrewing with Urban Green Lab
East Nashville-bred Urban Green Lab has been hard at work these past few years spreading eco-knowledge around town. One of the latest classes they’re teaming up on might appeal even to folks who aren’t particularly green-minded.
On August 6, UGL — alongside Team Green Adventures and All Seasons Gardening & Brewing — brings a free homebrewing 101 class. You’ll learn all about craft beer, from the basics of brewing to what the ingredients do and where they come from (plus the environmental and economic benefits of staying local with your beer choices).
The event is at All Seasons’ place, 924 8th Ave. S., and you can RSVP online at TeamGreenAdventures.com or Facebook.com/UrbanGreenLab.
Another class from Smile, Mommy
More on the learning tip: East Nashville’s Smile, Mommy! Diaper Service is hosting another free Cloth Diapering 101 class in the neighborhood.
This one’s set for 6 p.m. on August 19 at the East Branch of the Nashville Public Library (206 Gallatin). To save your space, just email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Bronte Pups still need forever love
You might’ve noticed some words in our new issue about Princess and China, the Bronte Pups — these gals spent their lives chained up prior to rescue, and are now among the many neighborhood pups getting love and help from the folks at East C.A.N.
Both are looking for people to love 'em forever. If you’re interested in meeting Princess or China, reach out to email@example.com. To read more, visit the Bronte Pups’ Facebook page.
That’s it for this week. As always, we’re all eyes when it comes to East Nashville news. Drop a line.