Oct 152014

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Stephen Lackey and crew over at the Culture Smash blog and podcast are launching a film, art, and music festival. The inaugural Culture Smash Nashville festival happens this Friday and Saturday at Miss Jeanne’s Mystery Dinner Theatre. There will be short films, music (including Circuit Benders’ Ball alumni Carl Oliver and Sugar Sk*-*lls), and visual art. I’ll be bringing my 3D printer to print the award for best short film, right there as the festival happens. If you want to know what won, just stand by the printer until it starts in on the text section. ;-)

Tickets will be available at the door, $15 for a day pass, $25 for a weekend pass. Stephen gave me a limited number of free tickets to give out. Just e-mail your name and your guests names to cinegeek@gmail.com with the subject heading “Culture Smash Nashville Free Tickets.”

Doors open each night at 6 p.m. Live music kicks off each evening at 6:45 p.m. You can view the full schedule at Culture Smash Nashville.

Oct 152014



The East Nashville underground/horror/exploitation movie series Cult Fiction Underground recently parted ways with Logue’s Black Raven Emporium and moved into a brand new facility at 1048 East Trinity Lane. If you missed their grand reopening celebration October 11th, worry not. They have lots of great Halloween-themed programs for the rest of October. Highlights include Motel Hell, The Abominable Dr. Phibes, Bride of Frankenstein, Suspiria, and Return of the Living Dead. Check the full schedule (including comedy, poetry, and Walking Dead nights) at cultfictionunderground.com.

Oct 142014


To paraphrase Life of Brian, “there’s one place I didn’t look” in my guide to Thursday night in Nashville: Platetone Printmaking. They open their studio to the public every third Thursday of the month and offer free workshops. This Thursday’s workshop is on Stencil Monotypes, and it sounds fun:

This October, Megan Little, a Platetone print and bookmaker and friend of Turnip Green, teaches you to get flat in action and take advantage of Turnip Green’s textured wallpaper samples to discover the beauty of stencil monotypes. Use our amazing press to create your own intricate, layered designs, or experiment with handcut designs by our talented Platetone members!

Megan’s work is a joyful and reflective exploration of the world around her, and she loves to play with new print materials and reclaim cast-off objects. With a BA in Visual Art from Houghton College in New York, Megan has called three countries home, bringing a global taste to her printmaking talents.

The night is free as always, and we’re proud to showcase great snacks from our generous sponsors. Light refreshments, good company, and Turnip Green Creative Reuse next door; what more could you ask for?

The class is from 6 to 9 p.m. While there, check out Turnip Green’s stock of wonderful name-your-price merchandise. They just got a huge shipment of hardware items like screws, fasteners, bearings, and gears. You know, basically Tony heaven.

You can find out more on the Facebook event page.

Oct 142014



This Thursday is a busy night for art in Nashville. At the monthly Thursday Night Things at OZ, photographer and recent Nashville transplant Michael Weintrob is presenting his collection of 75 photographs dubbed InstrumentHead. Weintrob photographed Nashville musicians with their instrument of choice replacing their head. Full disclosure: I’m one of the musicians featured. For my portrait, I went with one of the first toys I circuit-bent, a sleep machine that plays sounds of the ocean, ticking clocks, chimes, etc to help people fall asleep. I bent it to make all sorts of crazy noises back in 2007. It was just something visually-interesting that I had handy at the time of the photo.

Many of the musicians profiled will perform Thursday evening, including Brian Siskind, Black Cat Sylvester, Roy Futureman Wooten, Jeff Coffin, Sam Bush, and more. The show opens at 6:30 p.m.with Brian Siskind kicking things off. Tickets are $12 at the door.

Over at Third Man Records, the Light and Sound Machine returns with the Czech mindfuck Valerie and Her Week of Wonders. I was lucky enough to see this at a private screening James Cathcart hosted for his birthday a few years back. I can’t say I loved it, but it’s definitely an experience. Tickets are $10 at the door. Show starts at 7 p.m.

Thursday night also marks the premiere of a new art series at Adventure Science Center’s Sudekum Planetarium. For years, I’ve been hearing people talk about what an amazing space our planetarium is … followed by wishes that it get used for more than star maps and laser light shows. Someone at ASC seems to be listening.  From the ASC press release:

What happens when you turn art and music loose … in a planetarium?

To find out, the Sudekum Planetarium at the Adventure Science Center is opening Dome Club Nashville. This monthly event will showcase immersive programs and artistic experiences designed to envelop visitors within the unique fulldome planetarium environment.

Wait, what’s “fulldome”?

“Fulldome” refers to technology that covers the entire surface of a planetarium dome with graphics. Seated within our 63-foot diameter dome, you’ll be surrounded by visuals in front of, above, and even behind you. Without the rectangular frame of a TV or movie screen, you’ll feel a part of the scene. Powerful surround sound adds to the effect.

The Sudekum Planetarium presents fulldome science experiences every day. Dome Club provides a venue for alternative programs. These may include immersive cinema or visualization projects, dance, games, or concerts … anything that takes advantage of the fulldome environment. Dome Club is also a place to connect and enhance the lines between the art of science and the science of art.

The grand opening of Dome Club Nashville will be on Thursday, October 16, 2014, at 7:30 pm. This first night will feature Home Grown Dome, a 45 minute compilation of fourteen short works created by students, artists, and animators from around the world. These pieces were finalists in the annual DomeFest fulldome film festivals between 2004-2009.

Hell. Yes. Learn more at sudekumplanetarium.com/domeclub.