East Nashville News: Upper Eastside Nashville opens, Symphony comes to Shelby and more

This week, we’re talking East Side Social, East Side Quest, Eastside Fiber Festival, a new Upper Eastside shop… busy times on the East Side.
On to this week’s East Nashville News:

Upper Eastside Nashville opens


East Nashville clothes horses have a new place to hoof to in the neighborhood as of this week: Homey boutique Upper Eastside Nashville opened Wednesday at 937 Woodland, sharing women’s and men’s vintage and new clothes and accessories, plus housewares and other fun stuff.
Owner Deborah Huitt’s also moved the workshop for her custom bags line, DhHeritage, into the Upper Eastside space, and you’ll find plenty of her work — like the white embossed leather bags pictured below — in the new shop.
UEN celebrates the open doors this weekend with a grand opening party on Sunday from noon to 5 — and if you feel like combining a shopping trip with lunch, Atomic Yardbirds Hot Chicken will be setting up in the parking lot to serve.

The Symphony comes to Shelby


We’re lucky to have an exceptional, multi-Grammy-winning symphony here in Nashville, and if you don’t get to take advantage of that much for budgetary and/or I-don’t-like-crossing-the-river reasons, here’s something to plan for: As part of the Community Concert series, the Nashville Symphony will head to Shelby Park on Tuesday, June 23 for a free Symphony Under the Stars show.
With conductor Vinay Parameswaran, the Symphony will perform pieces by Saint-Saëns, Brahms, Rossini, even a little Bernstein (selections from West Side Story).
Attendees are encouraged to pack a picnic and head to the park for the 7 p.m. show, held near Sevier Lake, between the baseball diamonds. 
Did you catch that it’s free? Nashville’s pretty awesome sometimes.

More East Side Social additions

Last we checked in with you about June 20’s East Side Social, it was just beginning to shape up. We have a full fleshed-out fest to share now.
The lineup for the event, which runs from 1 to 9:30 p.m. in East Park, includes performances from The Future, American Hotel, Los Colognes, Justin and the Cosmics, Alicia Michilli, Lilly Hiatt, Diarrhea Planet and The Features, along with lots of local stuff to eat and drink and general neighborly togetherness.
Proceeds from the event will go toward CASA Nashville, an organization that helps aid abused and neglected children.
Tickets are on sale now — general admission runs $15, and VIP tickets, which include free craft beer and food among other perks, are $35.
For all that’s fit to digitally print about the festivities, visit the East Side Social website.

It’s almost East Side Quest time

A few weeks back, we mentioned the East Side Quest, an East Nashville-centric team scavenger hunt with some pretty fantastic prizes, including gift certificates to local businesses and, for the big winners, a team’s worth of Apple Watches.
The Quest goes down on Saturday (June 6), kicking off at 3 p.m., and there’s still time to get your team signed up.
Tickets are $20, and you just need one per team (consisting of up to four hunters). Grab your tickets online, and get more info at the East Side Quest event page.

A little more about Little Octopus

Last week, we shared a little about Little Octopus, the new concept from POP’s Sarah and Brad Gavigan, which’ll be taking over for Gulch-bound Otaku RAMEN as resident POP restaurant. This week, let’s share a little more.
POP’s Daniel Herget is set to lead the kitchen, and the menu, according to the Octopus folks, will “celebrate vibrant, clean, and fresh food that people can feel good about eating every day, incorporating seasonal and organic ingredients whenever possible.”
Veggievores will be glad to see chef Herget’s vegetable-driven menu, though carnivores certainly aren't left out — the restaurant will be serving items like cubano sandwiches and quinoa bowls with salmon. Dinner will have a sharing bent, with raw, cold and hot items, from ceviche to Koji marinated skirt steak. There’ll be a full bar too.
After some soft-opening exploration this week, Little Octopus opens proper on Tuesday, June 9. They'll be open Tuesday through Sunday, 11 to 11.
Up top, the new Little Octopus-inspired mural that’s taken over the front of 604 Gallatin (POP/LO is in Suite 202), created by artist Chris Zidek.

Do some serious jewelry shopping this weekend

On Saturday (June 6), The Idea Hatchery at 1108 Woodland hosts a daylong event that lovers of shiny/pretty things will surely wanna hit.
The SHINE! Jewelry Show includes pop-ups from 13 jewelry designers, many of them neighbors — you’ll see East Nashvillian Merry Beth Myrick’s bohemian-inspired designs (above), Jennifer Harvard of Crescent Moon Jewels’ stone and crystal statement pieces and lots more.
The event runs 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and you can snag more info (and preview more of the pop-upping artists) at the SHINE! event page.

Pinholes and Polaroids at Nashville Community Darkroom 

A new exhibit at neighborhood photography hub Nashville Community Darkroom will give us a look at the work of photographers with a broad range of experience: Pinholes & Polaroids features shots from fine art photographer/recent Nashville transplant Polly Chandler and Inglewood Girl Scout Troop 884.
Chandler provides the Polaroids part of the exhibit — her work is produced using a large-format camera and Polaroid Type 55 4X5-inch film, and some of the pieces shown come from a series inspired by musician Tom Waits.
The pinhole images were shot by both those young scouts and other community members for Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day, on April 26. Pinhole photographers created their cameras using everyday materials — paint cans, cookie tins — and developed the resulting photos in the Darkroom. (Up top, an image captured by pinhole event organizer/Nashville State Community College photography prof Emily Naff, taken with an old suitcase camera.) 
NCD will unveil the new exhibit with an opening reception, open to the public, on Friday, June 19 from 6 to 9 p.m. The Darkroom is at 1143 Gallatin Avenue; more at the Pinholes & Polaroids opening reception event page.

Eastside Fiber Festival celebrates fiber arts

Meg Anderson, owner of neighborhood sewing/crafts supply shop Nutmeg, is helping to put the fiber arts — sewing, knitting, felting and adjacent art forms — in the spotlight on June 27, as the first Eastside Fiber Festival kicks off at Pavilion East.
The daylong event includes demonstrations, a Fiber Art Contest and a broad crop of artisans sharing/showing off their work, from Nashvillian Caleb Groh’s needle-felted animal-trophy sculptures to eco-dyed scarves from Murfreesboro’s Daily Fibers.
The fest is set to run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and attendance is free. Grab more info at the Eastside Fiber Festival website.

Old Made Good and High Garden got class

If you’re among the learning-inclined, a few neighborhood things you might want to know about:
Vintage/handmade shop Old Made Good welcomed a new addition recently: Homeroom 615, “a classroom dedicated to enhancing creativity and innovation within the East Nashville community.”  
That enhancement comes via classes helmed by local creative pros, starting with a “Naughty Needlepoint” class from OMG’s Ashley Sheehan ($50) on June 20 and a jewelry wrapping class with jewelry maker Erinn Mcpeak ($55) on June 27.
The Homeroom site hints that we’ll see classes ranging from creative writing to meditation in the future.  
Meanwhile, over at High Garden Tea in the Fatherland District, some cool classes are going down too.
This Sunday, for instance, "The Southern Herbalist” Darryl Patton is leading a class on Medicinal Wines and Mead Making — you’ll leave with your first batch of booze and the know-how to keep on making the stuff. (As of Thursday afternoon, there were still a few spots left.)
On June 18, the HG folks will be leading a Backyard Herbal Medicine Weed Walk in Shelby Park, which’ll help attendees get to know the herbs just cropping up here in our backyard. 
Interesting stuff from interesting folk. Keep up with High Garden Tea’s events on their site.


- GQ says Barista Parlor is the best place in the country to drink coffee in 2015. The best. That’s No. 1. Meanwhile, the BP folks announced last weekend that they’d be opening yet another Parlor come fall, this time in Germantown (at 4th & Monroe). That’ll join their Golden Sound location in The Gulch and the flagship on the East Side in apparent total coffee dominance.  
- Fanny’s House of Music hosts another Fanny’s Choice Vintage Clothing Sale this weekend — stop by 1101 Holly 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, June 7, to shop for clothes, vinyl, decor and more.
- You hear that Mad Donna's is now serving brunch every day until 4 p.m., including two-for-one mimosas? Live like every day is Sunday! (Bear in mind that the tricked-out Bloody Mary Bar is Saturday and Sunday only, though.) 1313 Woodland.
- Congrats to the folks at spay and neuter clinic Pet Community Center, who’ve just passed a year since opening. They shared some positive stats, too — since the low-cost clinic opened, intake at Metro Nashville Animal Care and Control has been down 12 percent, and stray cat intake in Old Hickory and Inglewood is down 70 percent. Applause for paws.
That’s all for this week. Got news? E-mail Nicole.

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