Our first big, fun bit of news: The latest issue of The East Nashvillian — the 2018 Tomato Art Fest issue — is on stands and online now, with all the Tomato details you might need, plus stories on community and karma with East Nashville music-maker Aaron Lee Tasjan, the G.O.A.T. goats of Shenanigoats, the discarded-to-art efforts of Turnip Green Creative Reuse, Tomato Art Fest organizer Jack Davis of Good Neighbor Festivals, Tomato fest mainstay and queen of Squalor Holler Dana Delworth and so much more.
Find your hard copy at a slew of locations all over Nashville, or read the issue online.
Beyond, here’s the latest crop of East Nashville news bits we dug up:
Bond Collective plans East Nashville coworking space
The East Nashville coworking scene is growing once again: Bond Collective — a New York-bred “modern and affordable coworking” brand — announced on Thursday that they’d be adding a local location to their mix, which already includes multiple spaces in Manhattan and Brooklyn and a Philadelphia spot in the heart of Center City.
Like many national coworking brands — including WeWork, which also has an East Nashville outpost — Bond Collective is geared toward remote workers, freelancers, entrepreneurs and small teams who need a steady place to do business, but not necessarily the overhead or commitment of a long-term office lease. Bond memberships can range from flexible coworking to private offices, and other locations include an array of professional perks, from conference rooms and guest reception to photo/sound studios and rooftop lounges.
The company’s particular approach: “thoughtfully curate[d] boutique work environments” that “authentically represent their larger surrounding communities and embody a quiet sense of luxury.”
“We are excited to join the vibrant community in East Nashville and bring you an unmatched, boutique work experience,” Bond Collective’s announcement said.
Their East Nashville location: The former Ray of Hope Community Church sanctuary property at 901 Meridian St. in Cleveland Park, a convenient stone’s throw from neighborhood hang the Wilburn Street Tavern and new upscale restaurant Folk.
That property, along with the historic McGavock House at 908 Meridian St., sold in 2016 to a group of real estate investors. At the time, reports pointed to the possibility of a Belle Meade Winery expansion into the 908 space, but we haven’t heard much in the way of updates since.
The East Nashville addition is a part of a big expansion for the New York company — Reuters reported late last year on a $50 million Bond Collective investment and plans to add 30 more sites over three years “in trendy big city neighborhoods,” including the Wynwood district in Miami and right here in East Nashville.
Other East Nashville coworking spaces operating in East Nashville include Sparkworks Union in Inglewood, the newer Launch Pad on Gallatin Ave., and Annex EAST on Eastland.
For more, visit the Bond Collective website.
Get connected with ‘East Nashville Anytime’
Weird, fun ideas are kind of the stock-in-trade of Art & Invention Gallery/IDEA Hatchery/Tomato Art Fest co-founder Bret McFadyen, and here’s yet another one to dig into: He recently dreamed up and created “East Nashville Anytime,” ostensibly a talk show-esque desk perched in front of the Hatchery shops, but more deeply, an invite for neighbors and visitors to talk and connect, and share their stories.
“The basic intention is to have ordinary people interview ordinary people, finding joy in just talking with, connecting with and learning from each other, like we used to do in the old days,” fellow gallery/fest/Hatchery chief Meg McFadyen says in an intro video, posted above.
“The main thing,” says collaborator/East Side Storytellin’ leader Chuck Beard, “is that they just want to get people to slow down and talk and listen to one another in person again.”
How that happens there at the desk, specifically, is kind of open, and intentionally so.
Folks can stop by and do some interviews without filming, if they choose to, or film on their own phones and share to their own social media accounts. Participants are also invited to join and share on the “East Nashville Anytime” social spots for community viewing and connection.
The few “restrictions” the McFadyens put in place are printed on a letter chained to the desk — essentially, they’re hoping you won’t use the “East Nashville Anytime” project as a marketing or promotional tool, and stick instead to making it a fun, social exercise. So far, so good.
“Since Bret and I installed the desk in May, there have been people, mostly tourists, sitting at and interviewing each other without any form of social media or documentation,” Beard says. “We made the ‘East Nashville Anytime’ Facebook page in order for people to join and make it easier to post and share that content there for all to see and share. People can also use [the] #ENAnytime hashtag to make it easier to follow on the social media tip and pages we have.”
There’s an “East Nashville Anytime” YouTube channel up now too, seeded so far with new episodes wrangled by Beard, along with creative neighbors Stacie Huckabee and Scot Sax, meant to be “our version of kinda like The Larry Sanders Show meets old Johnny Carson meets some reoccurring characters like Mr. Roger's Neighborhood, East Nashville-style.”
Episode one is embedded below, and a few more are already in the can and ready for release over the next few weeks. That channel will probably be focused specifically on episodes edited by their group, but Beard says that could broaden, too.
The idea of setting up some video gear for visitors to use is being thrown around, too, he says, “but we'll just have to wait and see. It all depends on how people want to get involved and play.”
Intrigued neighbors can stop by and play at 1108 Woodland St., follow “East Nashville Anytime” on Twitter and join the “East Nashville Anytime” Facebook group.
Nashville voters get a fantastic free show
There’s a State Primary election coming up on August 2, and some fiercely talented Nashville music-makers are encouraging us to vote by hosting a serious show that night, ticket price: a photo of you outside your local polling place.
On the bill at Mercy Lounge August 2: Robyn Hitchcock, Pat Sansone, Tristen, Joe Pisapia and others, all taking the stage to underline the importance of our civic duty.
The event’s being co-organized by East Sider Tristen’s Please Vote Nashville and #iVoted, an organization co-founded by Wilco/The Autumn Defense’s Pat Sansone (who, correct us if we’re wrong Mr. Sansone, but is also a neighbor).
“Tennessee is dead last in voter turnout, a little more than half are registered to vote in Davidson County, but we are looking at local elections with turnouts as low as 10,000 in some cases,” Tristen said in a release. “Please Vote Nashville started about four months ago with the hope to create a space for activism without ideology in Nashville. We believe that voting is private but also so incredibly important to democracy. I could personally sleep better at night knowing the decisions being made, and the leaders being chosen, were picked by the hands of the masses and not a few. This organization focuses on registering voters, educating locals on the ballot, and creating awareness about elections.”
More info on the show can be found via Ticketfly and the Facebook Event page, but the basics: Doors at 7, music at 8, and don’t forget to selfie before you vote.
Prime Prine with pals
We’d love John Prine’s new video for “Knockin' On Your Screen Door” either way, but the fact that it also includes not one but two East Nashvillian cover stars (Margo Price, and Elizabeth Cook) makes it that much better.
Watch above. “Knockin' On Your Screen Door” is from Prine’s latest album, The Tree of Forgiveness.
— Retrograde Coffee hosts its grand opening on Monday.
— Riverside Village restaurant Fort Louise is turning one, and they’re marking the occasion with a house party on Saturday, July 21. The day kicks off with a Detox-to-Retox yoga session (9:30 to 10:30 a.m., capping off with a cocktail), and later, a porch cookout with live music, burgers, dogs and oysters. That kicks off at 4 p.m., and Fort Louise is located at 1304 McGavock Pike.
— Another birthday party: Project 615 is celebrating eight years with a shindig at their West Nashville spot on Saturday, July 14. Music, food, shopping, prizes, more.
— Yet another: Poverty and the Arts is hosting a fourth birthday party at their studio (1207 Dickerson Pike), 6-8 p.m. on July 14. They’re offering art, plus “laughs, munchies, drinks” and more.
— More! East Nashville Beer Works has a birthday coming up too. They’ll celebrate two years on Saturday, Aug. 4 at their place (320 E. Trinity Lane). No tickets needed, but they’ll be releasing new beers and you can opt to buy an “all you can drink” pass for $35, which comes with a commemorative pint glass.
— Saturday night at Duke’s, friends are celebrating the life of Fond Object’s Jeff Pettit, who’d been a Bastille Day party mainstay. Swing by 7 p.m. to midnight to raise a glass to a much-missed neighbor and listen to French hits spun by Jack Lawrence, Jemina Pearl, Jem Cohen and Hunter Jones.
— Some much-deserved love for Walk Eat Nashville’s Karen-Lee Ryan, from StyleBlueprint. (The Nashville food expert recently rounded up some must-try East Nashville dishes in our pages.)
— Lil something for the book lovers: Friday at Her Bookshop, Andrew Shaffer (author of Hope Never Dies: an Obama Biden Mystery) is coming by to read/sign/etc., and it’s free (6 p.m. start). On Monday, July 16, McSweeney's editor Rita Bullwinkel will be in town from San Francisco to read from her Belly Up collection. Free/wine/6:30 p.m.
— Preliminary work has begun toward the eventual construction of the new sheriff’s office HQ, on South 5th Street in East Nashville. (More on that project from WKRN.)
— East Nashville bar/restaurant Walden’s first-ever "Drink & Think" calligraphy class is set for Tuesday, July 31, led by teacher Christina Grace. Tickets include wine and apps.
That’s all for this week. Have East Nashville news tips to share? Please email Nicole.
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