Art (General), Family Events, Children's Events, Classes & Seminars, Community Events
Most toddlers, tykes and tots take delight in crafting crayon-created and/or Magic Marker-manipulated mini-masterpieces — the more abstract and over-the-top the better. If your little one wields a mean Crayola and is salivating to graduate to watercolors, charcoal or even acrylics, she or he will want to get artsy at the first installment of Tuesdays for Tots at Cheekwood Botanical Garden & Museum of Art’s Frist Learning Center. For this initial effort — called Color Craziness — the kiddies will reference the stunning glass sculptures of living legend Dale Chihuly to better understand how, for example, turquoise, yellow, brown and magenta can coalesce to yield a kaleidoscopic art form of which any 4-year-old can be proud. If you plan to bring to Cheekwood more than five rambunctious youngsters, you will need to call 353-9827 to give the museum folks time to brace themselves. Also, the little people should dress to make a mess.
Community Events, Food & Drink (General), Meet & Greet
Boasting an ambience somewhere between a block party, a jam-band festival and a neighborhood yard sale, East Nashville's cozy addition to the marketplace of locally grown and produced goods proves that farmers' markets take on the specifics of their location. Having outgrown the Turnip Truck grocery's parking lot, the market now gathers nearly two dozen vendors every Wednesday selling organic vegetables, grassfed meats, artisanal breads and other homegrown/homemade goods. Vendors include Delvin Farms, West Wind Farms, Hatcher Family Dairy and newcomer Foggy Hollow Farm from Joelton; goats-milk soaps and lotions from Totty's Bend Farm; organic cotton clothing from ASK Apparel; and Moose Creek Pepper Sauce. We recommend guzzling a pint of Hatcher's chocolate milk while you wander.
Ongoing, Community Events, History, Lectures, Tours
Post (Office) Modern
In the wake of opening their highly anticipated Chuck Close show, the Frist Center's Museums in the 21st Century exhibit continues to resonate with the ongoing local conversation the art community is having about architecture. Adding more fuel to the fire, the Frist turns a spotlight on itself, offering art and architecture lovers alike the chance to find out more about the history behind our beautiful downtown art facility. This is the first of three free tours the Frist will offer over the summer months, and a cash bar and live music set the mood for the after-tour discussion.
Usual cost of admission
We’re pretty sure that, like us, you’re wondering why in the heck anyone would go swing dancing at the Farmers’ Market — it’s not exactly the epitome of elegance. The best we can figure is that after a couple of hours of high-steppin’ to Rick Jobe and Tuxedo Junction, you’re going to get really, really hungry and want the path between you and sustenance to be as short as possible. Or you could be just like us and looking for any excuse to hang out at the Farmers’ Market — the longer you’re there, the easy it is to rationalize buying more food than you can fit in your refrigerator, which in turn makes it easier to rationalize eating way more than you should. (We can’t let all that delicious food go to waste, amiright?) And then when you’re good and stuffed, you can jump back on the dance floor and dance those calories away.
Art (General), Classes & Seminars, Community Events
On the third Sunday of every month, folks gather at East Nashville’s The 5 Spot and with dry media (no paint, please) sketch images of beautiful young women donning equally eye-catching costumes. The models — both hot and not so much — include a panoply of pop tarts. You’ll see roller derby girls, burlesque babes, body builders, drag performers, magician’s assistants, contortionists and ballerinas. (What, no beauty pageant contestants?) Founded in Brooklyn in 2005 by the comely Molly Crabapple — who on her website notes, “I draw saucy Victoriana for magazines” — Dr. Sketchy’s Anti-Art School now offers branches in approximately 58 U.S. cities and in various international locales. A few interesting tidbits: Dr. Sketchy’s pays its models; the lovely lasses are often scantily clad (but never nude); it’s best to bring your own sketchpad and drawing instruments. The D-Sketch motto is simple: “Dr. Sketchy’s is what happens when cabaret meets art school.” With that introduction completed, it’s time to sketch a tightrope temptress.
$5 at the door; $10 to draw