Monday, November 30, 2009

the Nashville Scene has been especially kind to us this week

Waffle Shop
Waffle House of Worship
Jim Ridley

The past eight decades have seen Church Street blossom, wither and fade as the hub of downtown Nashville life, but one thing has remained constant for 83 years: waffles. The Downtown Presbyterian Church’s annual tradition dates back to 1926 and the days when tired shoppers needed to fortify themselves for Church Street’s holiday bustle with a plate of hand-pressed waffles, turkey hash and grits. The stores are gone, alas, but $6 still buys you that same hearty lunch, with proceeds going toward the church’s building restoration fund and its efforts for the homeless. Stop by also for the church’s craft and bake sale, or to take a tour of the church and its newly renovated 1913 Milnar organ.

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Three Ways Different at Twist
Three Way Plus One
Joe Nolan

This month Twist continues to consistently bring diverse artists and work to the Gallery Crawl. This holiday season finds Rob McClurg, Dona Berotti and Cristina Viscu presenting a group show featuring ceramics, glass and—the highlight of the exhibit—Viscu's graphite drawings, which are as impressive for their emotional weight as they are for their draftsmanship. 3 Ways Different will be on display in Arcade 73 while Twist's space in Arcade 58 will feature a solo show by Sarah Shearer. Shearer's colorful canvases are figurative and narrative and are often populated by women in period gowns or hidden behind antique masks, alluding to the mysteries that inhabit our relationships with one another and the day-to-day world around us.

Opening Reception 6-9 p.m., Dec. 5.
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Handmade in the Arcade
The Handmade Tale
Steve Haruch

Since so much of the junk lining store shelves was manufactured in some horrible, lead-belching plant where workers are routinely sickened by fumes, maimed by machinery or exhausted by the brutal pace, it’s at the very least a conscionable act to browse the cottage-industrial wares on display at Handmade in the Arcade. The craft fair and artisan market will feature the handiwork—featuring recycled and reclaimed materials—of local artists including Gathering Spriggs, Amanda Conley, Elizabeth Chandler, Julie Morris, Kim Smith, Ken and Melody Shipley, Valerie Harrell, Freshie and Zero, to name but a few. Books, T-shirts, jewelry and pottery will be among the items available, with prices ranging from $5 to $150.