Busy times for East Nashville residents and business folks, from cartoon aliens and Conan to record-breaking comedy shows.
The latest pieces of East Nashville news:
Celebrate ‘Final Space’ premiere in Nashville
You might remember our fall heads-up about Final Space, a new animated “comedic epic sci-fi space opera” on TBS, created by Soda Parlor leader Olan Rogers, co-executive produced by Conan O’Brien and starring a slew of well-known actors, including Portlandia’s Fred Armisen, The Walking Dead’s Steven Yeun and Westworld’s Gina Torres.
Time for blast off: The first Final Space episodes are here, and Rogers is hosting a hometown premiere event this weekend, featuring members of the cast and crew.
The free Final Space Premiere Event is set for Saturday, Feb. 24, and will be parked on our side of the river at Bridge Building Park (2 Victory Avenue), inside a giant dome in the image of adorably DayGlo Final Space character Mooncake (likeness above, from Rogers’ Facebook page).
Five different screenings of the first two episodes are planned, and attendees can pick one (starting at 9 a.m., running up through 4:05 p.m.). Interested folk can grab Final Space Premiere Event tickets through Eventbrite.
Post-screening, Rogers is hosting a party at The Soda Parlor, too, kicking off at 7 p.m. No tickets necessary, free floats and cookies, and Rogers in the house for high-fives, along with cast and crew folks. (They’re at 966 Woodland Street.)
Don’t feel like heading out but still into checking out the show? It’s set to premiere TV-side on TBS Monday, Feb. 26 at 9:30 p.m. Central. (You can also watch the episodes at TBS.com.)
Bailey & Cato is back
You may also remember back in the fall of 2016, when the folks behind longstanding and long-loved East Nashville soul-food staple Bailey & Cato announced that they’d be closing their doors.
Back then, matriarch Linda Bailey hinted to us that her sons were looking to find their own place to continue the Bailey & Cato legacy. And true to her hints, Bailey & Cato is back, just a little northward, now open at 1130 Gallatin Pike South in Madison.
The rib-sticking dishes that made B&C beloved here in the neighborhood are again on the menu, from fried chicken and ribs to ox tails and pigs feet, plus all your standard meat-and-three vegetables, including mac and cheese.
Self-penned descriptions of Bailey & Cato fare are always better than any food writer might come up with, so if you’re not familiar: It’s “American food with an R&B soul,” and “smack-you-in-the-mouth taste.”
Bailey & Cato Southern Cooking is open 11 a.m. to 10 pm. Tuesday and Wednesday, 11 to 11 Thursday through Saturday, and noon to 10 p.m. on Sunday. More at baileyandcatorestaurant.com and the Bailey & Cato Facebook page.
East Park Donuts rolling down Main
Fun East Nashville scoop from Matt Rogers at Eater Nashville: The Old Bagel Face spot at 700 Main Street apparently has a new tenant, and they're sticking with the same shape, just aiming sweeter.
Rogers says East Park Donuts & Coffee is aiming to sling its wares (what we assume will be donuts and coffee) there later this year. He doesn’t have much more in the way of details — we went digging and didn’t find much to share yet, either, but will update once we do.
That location had been a bit lonely since last spring, when Bagel Face closed after about seven years.
Broken Record Show 4 is on the calendar
Once again, a wide-ranging crew of Nashville comics (plus some entertaining visitors) will take on the “greatest dumbest thing we’ve ever done”: The Broken Record Show — now the reigning “Longest Stand-Up Comedy Show - Multiple Comedians,” as per the Guinness folks — returns April 15 to 22, 2018.
For the fourth year, wranglers NashvilleStandUp.com will fill a stage with stand-up comedy 24 hours a day for days on end, with an aim of breaking their own astounding record (more than 184 straight hours of comedy). Again.
The event isn’t in East Nashville this year — it’s at Third Coast Comedy Club on Clinton Street — but the Broken Record Show has its roots at the East Room (where the record was initially broken in 2015), and plenty of East Nashville comics will surely be in the mix.
Wanna be one of those East Side comics? Organizers are accepting submissions now, and looking for volunteers — you can submit/apply at nashvillestandup.com/brokenrecord.
Up top, some NewsChannel 5 coverage of the 2016 show here in the neighborhood.
— Margo Price has a new video for ‘A Little Pain,’ and Rolling Stone shared it. (You’ll see some grown and not-so-grown East Siders making cameos in there.)
— Congrats on two years of pasta goodness, Nicoletto’s Italian Kitchen! Good news for all of us: Friday and Saturday, they’ll have free cannoli with every pasta bowl, plus more specials.
— Tickets for the 2018 East Nashville Beer Festival at East Park, set for April 7, go on sale this Friday, Feb. 23, at 9 a.m. Tends to sell out.
— This year’s Music City Chef Throwdown — a benefit for Martha O’Bryan Center that pits Nashville chef against Nashville chef, Chopped-style — is set for June 14. They’re looking for chefs now, too.
— Another day, another East Nashville home tour from Apartment Therapy. Check out Amelia, Mark and Silas’ cute historic space.
— East Nashville entrepreneurs looking for a space, this kinda fun commercial building just hit the market in 37207. Takeout Chinese! Indian food! C’mon, somebody.
— Congratulations to the Nashville Center for Alternative Therapy on three years of East Nashville holistic healthcare! In celebration, they’ll be hosting an anniversary hangout on March 10, 2 to 4 p.m., with free chair massage and reflexology sessions, mini educational workshops and drinks and snacks. They’re at 2623 Gallatin Pike, mynashvillecenter.com.
— The February 2018 issue of Nashville Lifestyles has East Nashville’s own Fox Bar & Cocktail Club on the cover.
— East Side singer/songwriter/musician/producer Patrick Damphier (The Arcs, the Mynabirds) has a new single, “Under My Door,” which tips off upcoming LP Say I’m Pretty, due out later this year. American Songwriter shares it and more. He’ll play Friday at Mercy Lounge as part of YK Records’ showcase.
— Former Predators/current Blues goalie Carter Hutton gives the NHL a tour of the new Nashville Urban Winery in East Nashville.
That’s all for this week. Any East Nashville news tips to share? Please email Nicole.