Monday, December 16, 2019

Painting Backwards with a Quirky Lamb

Local Artists and Artisans,

I’ve just returned from browsing the hand-crafted wares at the Bellevue Art and Jewelry Show, where a select number of only 15 artists from around the area were given a shared space to show off their purchasable goods. I rode on over there with a few friends in support of the friendly and quirky Kristen Lamb — accountant by day, artist by afternoon — who is so quirky, in fact, that she has even named her digital art shop, The Quirky Lamb, after it. However, her quirkiness has had no deleterious effects on her recently-rediscovered artistry. Honestly, it’s unlike anything else I’ve ever seen, and I don’t use that phrase very often. She pulled in a great haul today at the art show, selling about half of what she had on display, so I’m thinking I might not be the only one who holds this opinion.

The Quirky Lamb with “Loralyn” in hand. She’s got really silky hair.

Kristen re-purposes old picture frames, sketches images backwards on them, and, with an inverted-layering process, colorfully paints a variety of landscapes and animal portraits on them. She then gives them burlap backings that make her drawings come crawling right out the frames. Oh, and they all have adorable names that fit their characters exactly. I liked one of them so much that I gladly bought and took home “Humphrey” with me today. To see if you might want to take home a new friend as well, click the photo above to check out what she has online for sale currently. If you had a different image or something more specific in mind, Kristen’s glad to create commissioned work, so just contact her and she’ll happily to accommodate.

Me and my new friend and roommate “Humphrey.” He’s a pretty chill guy, but those owls in the background are rather judgmental.

Wannado Weekend Update – 10/19/12

For the folks who will be in and around Nashville this weekend, here’s just a small sample of the staggering number of really cool events happening in and around our backyard over the next few days. We at Wannado have decided to highlight these for your enjoyment because they just have that “Nashville feel,” are being organized by local people and organizations, and/or are just that ridiculously awesome. Click the event titles for more information about them.

FRIDAY (10/19/12)

Anis Mojgani

An Evening of Spoken Word with Anis Mojgani

6:30pm at Vanderbilt Commons Center – Room 235/237, FREE

Anis is a two-time National Poetry Slam Champion and Def Jam poet. “Mojgani is not your typical national poetry slam champion. He possesses all of the insight and passion one would expect, but very little of the formulaic anger. The playfulness, startling originality, and lyric optimism are all gravy. He’s simply the best there is right now.” — Taylor Mali, 4-time National Poetry Slam Champion “

The Sounds of Fall

7pm at 12th & Porter, $5

Remember our Wannado team member Mandy Strader? Well, the host of tonight’s event is her boyfriend, Kevin Terry, a Belmont graduate and rising musician who’s getting his break tonight. Come out and watch the birth of a new star.

SATURDAY (10/20/12)

Red Dress Rampage

  4th Annual Red Dress Rampage

Starts at 12pm at Beyond the Edge in East Nashville, $40 registration fee

The event is a Pub Crawl/Fun Run where participants are encouraged to wear red dresses, red costumes, or red whatever to make sure everyone knows we’re there! Each participant will receive a Yazoo beer at each “Watering Hole.” Each location will have a 30 minute period to socialize in between running or walking to locations and will offer additional beverages and food at your expense. Proceeds of the Rampage benefit the Nashville Grizzlies Rugby Football Club and their community partner, Friends of Shelby Park.

Urban Farm: Preparation & Maintenance

  Urban Farm: Preparation & Maintenance

Volunteering starts at 9:30am, FREE

Whether you’re curious about gardening, or an expert green-thumb, this Urban Agriculture project is for you! Come help us as we install and maintain our new urban farm by digging in the ground, planting starts and seeds, watering and weeding our existing rows, and making new garden rows to plant in. No experience necessary (but if you’ve got it, we’ll certainly put it to use!), and we’ll have all the tools you’ll need right on site. Water will be provided, but please bring your own water bottle in efforts to reduce the amount of waste we generate on the farm.

Barcamp Nashville 2012

 Barcamp Nashville 2012

 9am at Tequila Cowboy, FREE

BarCamp has become the premier technology and digital event in the city, bringing together the best minds and representations of the hottest companies in the digital, entrepreneurial and software industries, among others. Attendees are encouraged to get involved through volunteering, presenting an insightful session or inspiring and leading community learning through active discussion and networking. More details will be provided here as the event gets closer so make sure you also sign up for the mailing list. Also, like our page on Facebook and follow @barcampnash on Twitter.

SUNDAY (10/21/12)

The Color Run

 The Color Run

9am in Downtown Nashville, $40 registration fee

Rule #1 All participants are welcome… fast, slow, runner, walker, old, and young.

Rule #2 White shirt dress code at the official start line and ready to roll no later than 9am sharp!

Rule #3 Completely colored Willy Wonka goodness at the finish.

Battle of the Food Trucks

 Battle of the Food Trucks (rescheduled to today)

3pm at 534 Chestnut Street, $35

Come sample food from a fleet of Nashville’s finest food trucks at Nashville’s Greer Stadium. Guests bringing five cans of food will receive an extra drink ticket upon entry.  All canned food will be donated to Second Harvest of Middle Tennessee. Participating Food Trucks include:Beach Bums Juice Bar, Biscuit Love, Deg Thai, Hit and Miss, Hoss Loaded Burgers, The Hot Spot, Jonbaylaya, Retro Sno, Riff’s, Smoke et al, Sugar Wagon, Waffle Boss, and Wrapper’s Delight, with more anticipated.

An Extra on the Set of NASHVILLE

They act sassy on set, but they’re quite sweet in real life.

Fellow Wannadoers,

I apologize for not sharing any gathered wisdom and insights about our wonderful city by last night. I was otherwise occupied spending the majority of my yesterday as an extra on the set of what will become episode #7 of the new NASHVILLE TV series. (You’ll be able to see me in the background of at least three scenes when it airs, doing many idle tasks and pantomiming multiple conversations. You know, vital things.) I had the opportunity to meet and work alongside a good number of talented actors, extras, and crew members, and though I’m not one to be starstruck, I do have to admit that it was pretty cool to see these well-known actors as real people who exist elsewhere other than behind a screen. Also, I now have a much greater appreciation for the film industry, for I often stood there yesterday baffled by all the equipment, lingo, and organization of how films and series get made.

As part of my “acting contract” (ha, if it can even be called that), I was restricted from sneaking any pictures of the set or actors, and I am not allowed to blog much about it either. However, I think it is safe to say that my time as an extra on a nationally televised series was definitely a worthwhile life experience. If you’re interested in possibly being an extra yourself sometime in the future, stay tuned for future casting calls at Nashville Extras Facebook page. Also, you need to make a FREE account with On Location Casting to be eligible for extras work. For the locals, it’s an amazing opportunity that shouldn’t be passed up.

For those of you whom haven’t yet watched an episode, click the poster to get caught up. I don’t have cable TV, so I’m a week behind in watching the stories unfold, but my favorite part so far was when two of the supporting characters, Scarlett and Gunnar, did a beautiful and sultry rendition of “If I Didn’t Know Better” live at the Bluebird Cafe, a song originally written and performed by the two-time Grammy-Award-winning The Civil Wars. (Fun bit of trivia, The Civil Wars first met at a Nashville songwriters’ writing camp in 2008.) To watch that clip from the series, stare at the video below. (Warning, may contain a few pilot-plot spoilers.)


Bloomberg Businessweek: Nashville is the 13th Best City in America

Union Station “Time Warp” photo by local Warne Riker Photography. To see more of his gorgeous work, click his name.

Not only do the locals, natives, transplants, and tourists love Nashville, but now the big-wigs over at Bloomberg Businessweek do as well. They “evaluated 100 of the country’s largest cities based on leisure attributes (the number of restaurants, bars, libraries, museums, professional sports teams, and park acres by population); educational attributes (public school performance, the number of colleges, and graduate degree holders), economic factors (2011 income and June and July 2012 unemployment), crime, and air quality. Major professional league and minor league teams, as well as U.S.-based teams belonging to international leagues in that city were included. The greatest weighting was placed on leisure amenities, followed by educational metrics and economic metrics, and then crime and air quality.”

To see which cities rub elbows with Nash in the top 50 and to see who took the cake, click the sleek photo of the lavish interior of Union Station above.

Nashville: A “drinking city with a music problem”

A mere few days ago, Tennessean editor Knight Stivender waxed poetic about her hometown of Nashville. As a native who only recently “re-discovered” the greatness of her home, Knight described the city in a variety of ways, the most quotable of which was as a “drinking city with a music problem.” She highlighted many of the aspects — our music, food, festivals, and the great outdoors only a stone’s throw away — that make our beloved city so awesome. To appreciate more of the city you may have never known about before, click the image below for the full article.

Stivender in the Mother Church of (Country) Music, the Ryman Auditorium.


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Acme Feed & Seed
Mon, Dec 16 6:00 pm
Mercy Lounge
Mon, Dec 16 8:00 pm
The Listening Room Cafe
Mon, Dec 16 8:30 pm
The Factory at Franklin
Tue, Dec 17 7:00 pm
The Franklin Theatre
Wed, Dec 18 8:00 pm