Catch a piece of Music City history Friday night at B.B. King's. If you read last week's cover story, "Saving Our Soul," you no doubt saw the picture of Freddie King, Little Milton and others from a 1966 taping of The!!!!Beat TV show. In the background is guitarist Johnny Jones, a Nashville R&B history legend and one of few remaining active links to an era when Nashville's music world was a bit more multicultural. Jones takes the stage at 7 p.m.
And a little birdie told us that another legend will be joining Grimey & the Guilty Pleasures gang Friday at 12th & Porter.... All we know is that he thinks love stinks, unless of course you're sleeping with a centerfold.
Martha Stewart found guilty! But not as guilty as we are, for using her misfortune as a segue to tell you about the Nashville Lawn and Garden show, the ultimate place for Martha's fans to meet and commiserate over this grave injustice. All you domestic goddesses and gods can enjoy acres of live gardens, lectures, decorating tips and more. The madness lasts through Sunday at the Tennessee State Fairgrounds. And if that doesn't cure your Martha blues, continue on to the Antique Show in Franklin, through Sunday at The Factory.
Judging from the promotional flyer, Helen Stevens' "Shooting Spree" at Bongo Java Roasting Co. in East Nashville should be an entertaining collection of black-and-white snapshots from recent travels. We're not sure whether the pictures were taken with the gun on the posterone of those 1970s James Bond-looking gun-cameras that were popular before political correctness made such toys passebut either way, it should be worth a look. The artist reception is at 3 p.m. Sunday.
And definitely don't miss the Watkins College of Art & Design's faculty art show. The cream of Nashville's visual arts crop will be represented, including Barbara Yontz, Lesley Patterson, Terry Glispin, Kristina Arnold, Terry Thacker and many more. Opening reception is 6-8 p.m. Friday with a suggested $10 donation for the school's scholarship fund.
"Don't hate me; just be my bitch." Those were the words of Ami Mattison, taking the part of the straight, white, wealthy male on her spoken word CD Strange and Potent Mixture. Mattison is a member of Atlanta-based spoken word performance group Cliterati, and winner of the Atlanta Black Gay Pride, Girls in the Night, 2003 Grand Slam poetry competition. If you're in for something a little more substantial than the usual Sunday writer's night fare, come get confronted, 7 p.m. Sunday at Lipstick Lounge.