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With the temperatures fluctuating so much, I can't tell if it's Winter or Spring, but I know there is already a rebirth happening right now at our city's beloved Frist Art Museum, and that's hot! This is a huge week, bold and exciting, after a brief slumber between exhibits in the Ingram Gallery and a remodel to the beloved cafe. Nashville nightlife welcomes back the Art After Dark series this Thursday, February 20, 2020, from 5-9 p.m., with fun, educational, enlightening and indulgent offerings.
If you start feeling creative, try the drop-in drawing class anytime from 5-8. In drop-in drawing visitors are encouraged to study the works of art in the galleries or the architecture of the building as they indulge their creativity with materials provided by the museum. From 4-6 you can channel your inner Ink Master with a hands-on studio session, with artist Elisheba Israel Mrozik conducting an ARTlab on Illustration and Tattoo Art.
There are many things in life I love, one of them is classical guitar. From 6-8 Classical guitarist Grant Ferris will delight guests as part of the Music in the Cafe series of performances. If you are feeling a little advanced, you can drop in on the Educator SPARK meeting and spark your creativity and curiosity with other educators. If you aren't an educator, I'm sure they won't mind if you want to participate in an informal idea exchange session or impromptu art-making activity. All of this builds up to the big reveal which is “J.M.W.Turner: Quest For the Sublime.”
What is the sublime? Today the word is used for the most ordinary reasons, like 'Epic'. In the history of ideas, it has a deeper meaning, pointing to the heights of something truly extraordinary, an ideal that artists have long pursued. British artists and writers have explored the problem of the sublime for over 400 year. For artists throughout time the sublime has been an expression of the unknowable, and it therefore seems to have escaped definition.
The sublime is many things: a judgement, a feeling, a state of mind and a kind of response to art or nature. The sense of striving or pushing against an overbearing force is an important connotation for the word sublime. Edmund Burke stated in A Philosophical Enquiry into the Origin of Our Ideas of the Sublime and Beautiful that the “Beautiful is that which is well-formed and aesthetically pleasing, whereas the Sublime is that which has the power to compel and destroy us.”
Joseph Mallord William Turner is considered one of England's greatest artists and a leading figure in the Romantic movement of the late 18th through mid- 19th centuries. Long admired for his ingenuity, originality and passion, Turner strove to convey human moods and the feeling of awe aroused by nature's immensity and power—it's palpable atmospheres, pulsating energy, the drama of storms and disasters, and the transcendent effect of pure light. Experiences of awe, terror and danger are rendered by employing extreme contrasts of intense light and gloomy clouds, dramatic topographies and energetic brushstrokes.
J.M.W. Turner (1775–1851). The Deluge, exhibited 1805 (?). Oil on canvas, 56 1/4 x 92 3/4 in. Tate: Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856. Photo © Tate, 2019
The oil paintings and watercolors in this exhibition span Turner's career, from the 1790's to the 1840's. Storm and flood are portrayed as compelling forces unto themselves, while also serving as settings for historical and modern dramas. Mountains and sea show the world in a state of flux: the slow creep of glaciers in the Alps, the sudden fall of an avalanche, the swell and heave of the ocean. Human transition is captured as well, with images of steamships and other suggestions of industry heralding the ascendant machine age. The exhibition concludes with elemental images of sea and sky, painted late in Turner's life, which appear nearly abstract, drawing criticism from contemporary Sir George Beaumont, who described his paintings as 'blots'.
Renowned author, essayist and Senior Curator 19th Century Art, David Blayney Brown of the Tate, will be giving a curator's perspective presentation in the auditorium at 6:30. The Tate is an institution that houses, in a network of four art museums, the United Kingdom's national collection of British art, and international modern and contemporary art.
Admission is free to Frist members. To non-members, Adult admission is $15, Seniors $10, Students $10, Military $8, and, with advanced reservations, group admission is $12 per adult. The best deal is to go ahead and get a membership. I got the Dual membership for $70 so I can always take a friend or a date, and that's what I recommend. Student membership is $25, Teacher/Educator membership is $30 and Individual membership is $50. There are family memberships and VIP level memberships for every level of art lover.
The Frist Art Museum gratefully acknowledges the guidance and assistance of the Tennessee Disability Coalition and Empower Tennessee as well as the ADA National Networks for their invaluable wisdom and resources. The Frist Art Museum is the 2019 recipient of Empower Tennessee's first Access Music City Business Champion Award.
The Frist Art Museum has also been certified as "Accessibility Friendly" by the Nashville Convention and Visitors Bureau. On the first Saturday of each month, certified American Sign Language interpreters are available for both the 1:30 pm docent guided exhibition tour and the 4:30 p.m. Architecture Tour. The Docent-guided tours focus on one of the current exhibitions and require gallery admission. The Architecture Tours explore the Frist Art Museum's landmark Art-Deco building and are always free. Reservations are not required for either tour.
I am really looking forward to the wide array of specials, exhibitions and programs that I can share with friends throughout the year, in an accepting environment that supports individuality, creative expression and engagement. I forget what a privilege it is. I find it ironic that a style that evokes awe and terror is called Romantic, but isn't that the truth? I think of Impressionism as more evocative of Spring and romance, but they all died of Syphilis, while Turner died of cholera living in sin with an older woman. Now that's romantic.
Art After Dark will continue throughout the year, every third Thursday of the month. There will be cash bars, food trucks, and live music, all free to members.
For those with a thirst to celebrate, Red Bull Unlocked is the key. In city after city, the most exciting bars, clubs, mixologists, performing artists, and more take over a local landmark building to showcase their signature ambiance while also collaborating for a must-see mashup. And now it's Music City’s turn to seize the spotlight, as the event brings 10 bars together in East Nashville’s Five Points neighborhood.
Fueled by the best of Nashville’s thriving music scene, Red Bull Unlocked has curated an eclectic night of show-stopping entertainment performances including a pop-up Whiskey Jam show, DJ sets, musicians, and more. The full lineup is here:
- Whiskey Jam (feat. Dozzi, Willie Shaw, and Johnny Hayes)
- A.B. Eastwood
- Daisha / Rap Girl
- Boom Bap (DJ Collective feat. DJ-Rate, Case Bloom)
- Whiskey Disco (DJ Collective feat. Coach, Jim O'Shea)
- Old Crow Medicine Show’s Jerry Pentercost (DJ Set)
- DJ Stretch
- DJ Griffin Green
- The Play Mates (Drag Show feat. Sasha, Vanity, Deception, Aura Mayari, Corlis Todd, and Carmin Triple C)
Counting down to the epic celebration, Daisha shares, “I never thought I’d have the opportunity to perform in so many of Nashville’s top spots all in the same night. Fans can expect a lot of bops and high energy. I want people to dance and have a good time.”
Ward Guenther, Whiskey Jam Founder, adds, “Red Bull has been enjoyed at Whiskey Jam since the very first night, so it's only fitting Whiskey Jam is enjoyed at Nashville's first Red Bull Unlocked. Looking forward to this!”
Red Bull Unlocked Istanbul
Photo courtesy of Red Bull
Local favorites including Pearl Diver, Tin Roof, Lipstick Lounge, White Limozeen, and more will join forces for one epic night. Full list of bars and partners below:
- The Dive Motel
- Lipstick Lounge
- Pearl Diver
- Play Dance Bar
- Rosemary & Beauty Queen
- The Stage
- Tin Roof
- Whiskey Jam
- White Limozeen
- Woolworth Theatre – Opening Fall 2022!
- Eleven Eleven - Opening 2023!
Date: August 21, 2022
Time: 6 PM – 11PM CT
Location: 1102 Forrest Ave, Nashville, TN 37206
Entrance: Ticked event
Rumble Boxing, the boxing-inspired group fitness studio, opened its doors for the first time in Nashville on June 20 at 609 Overton St, Nashville, TN. The hottest workout on the block is hosting its official grand opening from August 4th-7th with daily classes, membership specials, and prizes from local vendors. The new Rumble Boxing studio is currently offering a buy one class, get one free promotion for the Nashville community.
Rumble Boxing delivers 45-minute, 10-round, strength and conditioning group workouts, crafted around teardrop-style aqua boxing bags and high-intensity strength training circuits. This brings all fitness levels together to experience what Rumble is known for: combining the sweet science of boxing with high energy and positive vibes.
Rumble Boxing Fitness Studio
Photo courtesy of Rumble Boxing Gulch Nashville
This boutique fitness brand offers serious benefits like increased stamina and strength, with cardio that’s actually fun. The seasoned trainers at the new studio are thrilled to serve their local community while offering this fun, new modern approach to boxing and welcome members of all fitness levels to the Rumble family.
The new Rumble Boxing studio is owned and operated by Blake Baskin and Antonio Compton. With their background in the fitness industry, this dynamic duo is excited to bring their passion for boxing and group fitness to Nashville. As business and life partners, Blake and Antonio aim to create a strong community within their new Rumble Boxing studio and share their message of non-apologetic inclusivity.
Black and Gay-Owned Business
Rumble Boxing Store with Dolly Parton Mural
Photo courtesy of Rumble Boxing Gulch Nashville
“We own who we are, and this brand aligns with that perfectly,” said Antonio. “This is what we want to create and bring to this community: a fitness class that is designed for anyone and a place for people to be who they are. As a Black and gay-owned business, we want to help lower the division we see in the world right now. Our goal is to bring people together through Rumble, set everything aside, and have fun.”
To echo their message of acceptance and inclusion, Blake and Antonio commissioned a local Nashville artist to paint an 11 X 6-ft. mural of Nashville icon and philanthropist, Dolly Parton. The massive portrait features the country star in Rumble Boxing gear in the lobby of the studio.
The excitement and buzz around Rumble allowed Blake and Antonio to recruit top-tier trainers to head up the new studio, including Head Trainer Oronde Jones, a well-known celebrity trainer in the Nashville market.
Rumble Boxing Fitness Studio
Photo courtesy of Rumble Boxing Gulch Nashville
“Compared to other fitness classes, Rumble is a class you can truly get lost in for 45 minutes. With the dark room, you don’t have to worry if anyone is paying attention to you. The music is awesome and inspiring, and the beat drops right when you need it the most. Also, with boxing being a sport you can never truly master, you’re always improving and crafting your skill. On the floor, you’re consistently doing something new, which prevents you from ever hitting a plateau.” Said Oronde Jones about his favorite part of Rumble.
Rumble has massive brand loyalty and widespread appeal, partly thanks to attracting top names like Justin Bieber, Selena Gomez, Kendall Jenner, Hailey Baldwin, Jason Derulo, David Beckham, and Kevin Hart to its studios.
About Rumble Boxing
Founded in New York City in 2017, Rumble is a group fitness concept delivering a mix (or combination) of boxing-inspired circuits and the transformative power of resistance training. Pro and amateur fighters glove up together, no matter their fitness level or skill, to reveal their inner fighter. The experience is a 45-minute, 10-round, full-body cardio and strength workout crafted around specially designed water-filled, teardrop-style boxing bags. Rumble was founded by Noah Neiman (former Barry’s Bootcamp Master Trainer, and cast member of Bravo’s Work Out New York), Eugene Remm (Co-Founder of Catch Hospitality Group (Catch Restaurants, CATCH STEAK, Lexington Brass), Andy Stenzler (Co-Founder Cosí, Kidville), and Anthony DiMarco (13-time IRONMAN, former Managing Director, Google).
Who would have thought that we would have to get through a pandemic in order to appreciate the small things we have, such as the ability to simply pack our bags and hit the road?
For two years, there’s been nothing left for us travel junkies to do but sit at home and try to find new destinations that we will conquer once we defeat what appears to be the biggest villain of the 21st century. But once that happens, hold your bags tight because we will be up for some of the most interesting travel experiences. Take a look at some ideas for your post-COVID traveling plans:
A Gay Cruise
One of the best options to have in mind when all of this passes is a good, nice and long (pun intended) gay cruise. Or cruise in general, for that matter. Bear in mind, social distancing will still be a thing in the post-COVID world. But COVID-19 likely doesn’t mean that cruises will cease to exist. On the contrary, though cruise ships will probably keep the number of passengers smaller than before, it is believed that they will become an even bigger hit in the following period, especially because they are all going to go a lot more environmentally-friendly. On the bright side, is there any better way of celebrating the end of the pandemic than by cruising around some magnificent seas, stopping by at great cities and having romantic dinner nights at nice restaurants?
A getaway in nature
On the other hand, there is always the option of stepping away from the hustle and bustle of large cities, and spending some time in a place that’s not only healthy, but also beautiful. Some of the destinations that plenty of people will look for are the ones that can cater for both peace of mind and amazing things to see or do. One such destination is New Zealand, one of the greenest countries on Earth right now. Not only will you be visiting the magnificent country that gave us the beautiful Shire from Lord of the Rings; this is also a destination that’s excellent for everyone who prefers relaxing to partying. If you’re up for some partying, you will be able to hit Auckland, while if you’re for something calmer, there’s plenty of amazing places that you can see and visit.
Dancing Around at Pride
Pride parades are also events that you want to have in mind for the post-COVID world. Such events have always been quite important, but it seems that they are now more important than ever. The virus has canceled more than 75 Pride parades all around the world, which is one of the reasons why we must support the ones that will see the light of day once the pandemic stops. Truth be told, the upcoming Prides will perhaps be the best Prides ever organized. Give the gays a couple of weeks of quarantine, then let them outside and see what kind of party they are able to throw!
A road trip
If you’re, as well, waiting for the day to wake up and say “long gone are the days when we were not allowed to go wherever we wanted?”, and if staying at one place gave you a lot to think about, then your first post-COVID travel experience should definitely be a nice road trip. You can practically choose which country you want to tour, and you can either take your own car (you have probably missed it so much), or rent one at your destination. Australia is an amazing country for this, though, as it offers the possibility of seeing the Great Ocean Road, which is an amazing thing to see and experience. On the other hand, if you do not want or cannot leave your country, you can also choose to go on a domestic road trip – there are amazing things to see in your vicinity as well.
Holiday for a single guy
If you’re single, or you’re traveling someplace with another single friend, then you should definitely organize a nice vacation for yourself or for you and your single friend, and hit one of the best European cities. Europe has been greatly affected by the virus, which means that now it’s time to pay it back and get it back on its feet by traveling there and seeing all the amazing things it offers. Any city you choose in Europe – you will not make a mistake. Apart from being able to see great landmarks, you will also have the chance to have a drink at great gay clubs and pubs, and join unforgettable gay parties. And if the gay scenery is not your forte, worry not, as Europe indeed has to offer so many different and magnificent things.