This week, we’re walking (and biking, and busing) with the Mayor, welcoming a new beauty face and a new/different Madeline, plus FREE PIZZA and lots more.
On to the latest East Nashville News:
Party with Mayor Barry during Transit Triathlon
There’s been a lot of (very necessary) talk in recent years about updating and upgrading our city’s transit options as the #NewNashville bloom continues to pack us all in ever the more tightly.
Mayor Megan Barry wants our input as those discussions move forward, and Saturday’s Nashville Transit Triathlon is an in-person opportunity to offer said input, while making active use of some of Nashville’s mobility pathways.
The gist: Mayor Barry is making her way East from downtown via a trio of commuting approaches — taking the Gallatin Road BRT Lite bus from Music City Central, traversing the sidewalks to the 5 Points B-cycle kiosk, then rolling down Russell to East Park — and you’re invited to join in for all/part of the trek.
Things kick off at 11:15 a.m. at MCC’s Bay 16, and once she/everyone reaches East Park, there’ll be free food, family-friendly activities, giveaways and a chance to learn more/share more about the various Nashville mobility plans in the works.
Lots more Nashville Transit Triathlon info — including how to snag Transit passes and B-cycle discounts — at Nashville.gov.
Free Slice Night, The Return
Once again, East Nashville slice-slingers Five Points Pizza are celebrating their birthday by giving us the gift of free pizza.
The restaurant’s now-annual Free Slice Night is back on Tuesday, September 13. From 5 to 7 p.m., you’ll be able to stop by the walk-up slice window at 1012 Woodland and, while supplies last, walk away with free dinner. (Assuming you’re not a big eater, anyhow — there is a one-free-slice-per-person limit.)
Options are cheese and pepperoni, and one bit of pro-tippery: You might want to line up early, since the gift of free pizza tends to be pretty popular.
Big congrats to Five Points on another year of success.
If you’d like a little more insight into the Five Points Pizza mindset, check out the secrets to making great pizza co-owner David Tieman shared with us a little while back.
Madeline returning, with pizza
Speaking of pizza, here’s another fun East Nashville scoop from Noble chief/East Nashvillian contributor Collin Czarnecki.
Cleveland Park laundrocafe Madeline — which shuttered last summer after a brief but praised run — is set to reopen with the same first name, but a new approach.
New owner Muhammed Ismoilov told Noble that he’s aiming for a late-September launch for Madeline Pizza and Pasta, which’ll be serving… pizza and pasta, in that same stylish space at 1224 Meridian.
Good Sister Bad Sister opens on Woodland
The former home of Hocus Pocus Beauty Boutique at 914A Woodland has a new (split) personality: Good Sister Bad Sister Studio and Boutique opened in that space, kind of smack in-between Five Points and East Park, in mid-August. (HP moved to 5424 Clarksville Pike, 37189.)
Led by makeup artist/image consultant/self-styled “Makeup Ninja” Jaiya Rose, the new Good Sister Bad Sister studio offers all kinds of makeup services — from bridal/prom to photo and video shoots, plus more creative stuff, like Halloween and character makeup — along with hair styling, faux lashes and other beauty accoutrements.
GS/BS is also stocking local art, jewelry, clothing and gifts. More at the Good Sister Bad Sister website.
Distraction Theatre Company pops up at Red Arrow
A heads up for lovers of local theater: Nashville’s Distraction Theatre Company is bringing its latest production, Neil LaBute’s The Shape of Things, to the Eastside, popping up inside neighborhood art stop Red Arrow Gallery for a two-week run.
The play — young crew Distraction’s second show — is going to be paired with an art exhibition, too: Artist Dana Oldfather’s “Sugar” opens at the gallery on September 10, and will be up for the entirety of The Shape of Things’ September 16-October 1 run.
Since this particular play focuses on a graduate art student’s morally questionable thesis project, a gallery seemed like a particularly fitting place to stage it.
“The Shape of Things presents really striking opportunities when coupled with visual art,” director Amber Buker says. “It’ll give you something to talk about and, more importantly, something to think about.”
Performances are set to run at the gallery on September 16, 17, 18, 22, 23, 24, 25, 29 and 30, with the final show on Saturday, October 1. Tickets are $15, but members of the arts industry are invited to pay what you can for the Thursday shows.
Red Arrow Gallery is located at 919 Gallatin Avenue. More at TheRedArrowGallery.com.
Say happy birthday and buh-bye to Fat Bottom
As you likely already know, craft brewery Fat Bottom Brewing isn’t long for East Nashville — they’ll soon unpack over in their new, bigger home in The Nations.
Beforehand, though, they’re marking four years in East Nashville with a big buh-bye blowout. And that blowout’s gonna do some good for Fat Bottom’s (soon-to-be) old neighborhood, too.
The brewery’s fourth anniversary party is set for 2 to 6 p.m., Sunday, August 28 at 900 Main Street, and a $10 admission fee gets you a bottomless cup of their brews, with proceeds going to help East Nashville’s Fannie Battle Day Home for Children.
RSVP for the party via Eventbrite, and you’ll also be entered to win some Fat Bottom swag and a tour of the new space.
The Fat Bottom folks are shooting for a late-September opening of their new home, which sounds pretty fancy.
Pony Show shuttering (briefly), revamping
One of our favorite local vintage haunts is about to close its doors — temporarily — to emerge renewed shortly thereafter. Before the closure: major sale.
Pony Show, at 723 Porter Road, is getting a total makeover — new look, new logo and, as owner Pippin Chapman tells us, “more magic” — so the doors’ll shut this Sunday, August 28. From now until then, all vintage stuff is price-slashed, with an extra 50 percent off the lowest-marked price.
Also among the changes: Men’s clothing is going away (save some pop-ups during the holidays), so for the sale, you’ll see plenty of deeply discounted menswear, like pearl snap shirts for $5-$10 and boots for $15-$30. Ladies stuff is sticking around, but there are big deals there too… $5 women’s pre-season clothes and more.
Pony Show is set to reopen about a week later, details to come. Friday-Saturday hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. More at the Pony Show Facebook page.
— Riverside Village developer Dan Heller is also an accomplished photographer, and he’ll be showing images snapped during a recent trip to Cuba starting Monday, August 29, at Ugly Mugs (1886 Eastland). He plans to donate a portion of the proceeds from sales of the photos to Nashville nonprofit Thistle Farms. The show will be up for a month, and Heller will have a coffee table book with his work there for extra perusal, too.
— Check out some nice love for East Nashville’s own The Dead Deads in the Scene. Their new album, For Your Obliteration, is out August 26, streaming now via Guitar World too.
— As a nod to eight years of awesomeness, Mitchell Delicatessen is doing a $150 gift card giveaway. That’s a lotta tasty sandwiches.
— Big Summer Blowout Sale this Friday-Sunday (Aug 26-28) at Abode Mercantile and Baxter Bailey & Company (1002 Fatherland, #101 and #102). Top sellers at Abode (signs, bags, towels and more) are marked down, and at BB&C, they’re celebrating Friday’s National Dog Day with 15 percent off all dog toys.
— Like local comedy? Check out Broads and Brews, coming up September 7 at The 5 Spot. Stand-up from Chloe Stillwell, Sarah Fye, and Vala Bird, music from Joanna Barbara and special guests. Tarot card readings too. Cover’s $5, benefitting Thistle Farms.
— Local makers: Applications are open now for the upcoming Handmade Nashville Holiday Market, to be held November 5 at Hound Dog Commons (305 Douglas).
— “Neighbors met to discuss a re-zoning plan in East Nashville that would allow for hundreds of news homes in the area… Not everyone in the area is happy about it.”
That's all for this week. News to share? Please email Nicole.