October's First Saturday festivities start off the spookiest of months with a scary-good Art Crawl 

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October is my favorite month of the year. The muggy, summertime air suddenly snaps with crispness. The sky is ablaze with a bonfire of changing leaves. Company keeps closer, drinks taste better and every girl looks great with rosy cheeks. October always feels like a scene from a movie, and this month's First Saturday Art Crawl will be providing a soundtrack in more ways than one.

While I've spilled ink on their various group shows in the past, I am especially pleased to announce that SNAP — The Society of Nashville's Artistic Photographers — will hold its sixth-annual members' show this Saturday in the Twist Etc. space at 77 Arcade. The Twist Gallery at 73 Arcade will be hosting multimedia artist Leah Grimaldi. While the artist's work can be cute at first blush, it's never quite that simple. "Through my work, I explore attraction and repulsion," Grimaldi explains. "Disgusting chaos and excess always find a way of busting out."

Peter Froslie is another multimedia artist who will be showing this month, at the COOP gallery at 75 Arcade. Creating sculptures out of hacked children's toys, the artist has cast the historical actor-cum-assassin John Wilkes Booth as a contemporary avatar in a series of cross-media narratives that find Booth selling a "Weeping Apparatus" to soldiers to keep them from crying. Another work finds the avatar embarking on "Booth's Journey to the Center of the Earth." I'm not sure which pieces he'll be bringing to COOP, but it'll definitely be a must-see project. The only thing that excites me as much as Froslie's exhibit is the Soundcrawl.

For the third year in a row, Soundcrawl brings a series of sound and electronic music installations and performances to the Art Crawl. The brainchild of Kyle Baker and Aaron Doenges, this year's event will establish something of a home base and expand into a two-night fete. The Arcade will be redubbed Soundcrawl: Mainstage during Saturday's Art Crawl. Including work by Tim Reed, Bin Li and the Nashville Scene's own Jack Silverman, the happening will also feature WEIV, a video installation that allows viewers to interact with onscreen visuals using Wii controllers. The Soundcrawl: Listening Room will be in full effect from 8 to 10 p.m. at the BANK gallery. The event is being touted as an "urban picnic," and guests are encouraged to bring food and drinks. Soundcrawl: Art of the Future takes place at the Downtown Presbyterian Church on Sunday evening. (See Critics' Picks on p. 27.) The Arcade event is free, but the after-party and the Sunday happenings require RSVPs and/or tickets. Find all the details at soundcrawl.org.

John Reed has recently been keeping busy as a gallery director and curator of Picture This Gallery, but tonight he will be back in the role of painter at the gallery's satellite location on Fifth Avenue. Back in the day, Reed was primarily known for rendering traditional still lifes, but for this exhibit, he has something different in store. Reed refers to the technique as "weaving," and it's a multimedia approach to image-making that connects people to events in Southern history in portraits emerging from colorful, abstract grids. Stop by 44 Arcade and see for yourself.

On Fifth Avenue, Tinney Contemporary will be presenting a two-man rock 'n' roll photography show. Jonathan Postal's black-and-white snaps of musicians span four decades, and may be familiar to readers of Vanity Fair and Rolling Stone. A pic of a young Joan Jett reclining on a battered lawn chair reminds me of why I fell in love with that "Crimson and Clover" video. Postal's work will hang next to singer-songwriter Steve Forbert's documentation of life as a musician on the road. Forbert shoots exclusively with a cellphone camera, and just like the call-and-response piano lines in his "Romeo's Tune," his images capture a moment-to-moment dialogue between the artist and his ever-changing surroundings. I loved Tinney's exhibit of Raeanne Rubenstein's pics of Andy Warhol — I hope the gallery will continue this trend of making a place for contemporary photography.

Rymer Gallery will be continuing their exhibit of Vadis Turner's Ribbon Paintings and Flower Figures. When I first heard of the artist's new series, I didn't know what to think about paintings rendered in satin ribbons and fabric. Now that I've seen the work twice, I've become such fans of their sexy decadence that I've even created a new word: sexadence! Check out the show for yourself and see if you don't find yourself expanding your own vocabulary.

When Tony Breuer isn't painting, he's a neurologist interested in the physics of spacetime. Inspired by the flight of monarch butterflies, his new canvases at The Arts Company present boldly-colored, abstract tapestries that twist and turn against black backgrounds. It's definitely the most psychedelic offering at the October crawl, and I suggest stopping by after filling your head with the blips and beeps of BANK gallery's Soundcrawl.

On Broadway, the Tennessee Art League will be hosting four exhibits, including an opening for painter Terri Jordan. Jordan's latest work incorporates elements of magical realism and Mexican memento mori symbolism to explore her personal struggles with infertility.

Estel Gallery will be running a new exhibit of art-on-hand favorites that gallery owner/curator Cynthia Bullinger is calling That's All Folks! The amusing title clashes with the sad news that this will be the gallery's last exhibit. The show will run through a closing reception during the November crawl. Tune in next month when I'll provide a proper goodbye.

Email arts@nashvillescene.com.


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