The month of July this year has glorified us with sky high record temperatures reminding us why pools are so much fun to jump in during the summer and 5 weekends of local gallery crawls all over the place. As usual every month, the end of the month is a time for winding down exhibitions and gearing up for the new primed for the first weekends of the next month. That said, instead of telling you more about regular art stops and shops this week (all of them currently have stellar exhibitions and will be open for their regular hours by the way), I want to let you know about a few things going on during the week that I think are equally creative and newsworthy.
First, tonight marks the last time Nashville’s French Quarter Café will host the Nashville Jazz Orchestra. That’s right, after a decade of hosting artists, bands, musicians, and hoards of performing artists, the French Quarter Café is closing its doors. NJO is not going away any time soon though. They will be trying out other stages and venues for its weekly shows, but they are ready to retire the French Quarter Café stage in style. Tonight, from 7-9pm, NJO is putting on a grand show featuring Jeff Coffin and Annie Sellick. Not to give away all of the forthcoming details of NJO’s future, their Music Director, Jim Williamson will let all audience members know about their August schedule during the show tonight.
Second, tomorrow, July 27th, and Thursday, July 28th, another historic venue is putting on wonderful shows. The Belcourt Theater is ready to premiere the films submitted this year for the buzzworthy local 48 hour film project. For only $7.50 per group screening, you can find quality and quantity short films made by a rising group of Nashville filmmakers. Groups A & B will be showing on Wednesday night and Groups C & D on Thursday night. Side note- I’ve heard nothing but great things about the movie called “Mr. Wonderful” made by a Quite Strong Production. Just saying … if you enjoy good movies and probably know the good people that are making them right here in town, I highly suggest you go ahead and purchase tickets ahead of time for the Belcourt before you have to go all Fandango for them at a later date.
Then, to keep things short for you here this week and allow you more time to surf the net in your busy schedule, take a little time to plan your next and final art crawl of the month (or prepare yourself for the Tomato Art Fest that will be here in no time), my last suggestion (Warhol Live! at the Frist Center included as expected again) is that you surf the net on over to the tidal wave that is the Frist Center for the Visual Arts’ new website. At the same location and domain name, www.fristcenter.org, you will find a brand new facelift of creativity and visitor virtual interaction between the museum and the public. After spending quite a bit of thought and time into this next virtual expansion and phase, the Frist has gone and done it again … made great art fun and more importantly warm and inviting.
And after all, isn’t sharing great art, fun and being warm and inviting to strangers and friends alike what we are all about here at Nashville’s heart? I’d like to hope so.
But wait! Just when you thought I’d let you slip out of sight before this week’s post, I go and tell you one more thing about a fantastic Frist Center visit that’s 3-D. Yep, that’s right. This Friday night, this coming Frist Friday night, July 29th, from 6-9pm, The Frist is turning into something like that of the legendary Studio 54 remixed. They have invited you to dress up and come out to dance around with the sounds provided by local DJ Ron. It will definitely be a fun time had by all that show up.
I also hope you enjoy your final week of July and are with me praying that August holds more than one cool breeze in its forecast.
Enjoy your week ahead and thanks for sharing the above with all you love.