Spring brings time of renewal and art

Spring is in the air and it’s time to renew the pursuit of our passions in life once again. It’s like an awakening, a renewal, with new thoughts, new growth and fresh joy.

It’s been a sleepy winter and many of us are more than ready to plug ourselves into a live outlet. We’re all going to die one day, right? So we should get out there and pursue what we really want to do. There is more support in Nashville for the arts of all forms than there ever has been.

What a great foundation to build upon! I remember when being here felt as if one were limited to a few choices. Well, that has changed! Nashville is full of artists–and art lovers–of all walks. That works for me. That’s why this whole art culture thing is growing so fast here.

Without art, and the expression of it, what would be the point of conquering the rest of the world? Art expresses the inexpressible and the awesomeness of things we cannot possibly express by other limited means, such as words. Don’t words just get in the way sometimes, anyway? Then why am I writing this column…with words?  It’s to tell you to cut off the cable TV, shrug off the winter cold, get out of the “box” and see what’s out there for you, in this big, huge, wonderful world that is our gift from the god(s).

Mentor somebody, do something you’ve never done before, take a risk and break out!

If you are an artist but don’t show your work anywhere, there are organizations out there to provide an open venue for your art. For example, Plowhaus Artist’s Co-op in East Nashville has its own space in which to exhibit.  And, their artists are on many different levels of accomplishment, so you shouldn't be intimidated. For more information, visit plowhaus.com. Another group, Untitled Artists, is uncensored and you can easily participate in their quarterly shows. Their Web site is untitlednashville.org. There are more out there than just these two, so start digging around town and many more will turn up, I assure you.

I suggest that you visit some of the exhibits and talk to a few participants before you decide with whom to be involved and to what extent.

Another popular way to show your art is at restaurants and clubs. Please be kind to these art-loving individuals and remember, they operate restaurants that show art; they are not galleries that serve food. Three such establishments are Fido's and Jackson’s, both of which are in Hillsboro Village, and Tribe on Church Street. Provence at the roundabout also shows art, not to mention many more restaurants and clubs that span from west to east Nashville and even to other planets. Trust me–I’ve been!

WhistlePig + Alfa Romeo F1

SHOREHAM, VT (September 13, 2023) — WhistlePig Whiskey, the leaders in independent craft whiskey, and Alfa Romeo F1 Team Stake are waving the checkered flag on a legend-worthy release that’s taking whiskey to G-Force levels. The Limited Edition PiggyBack Legends Series: Alfa Romeo F1 Team Stake Barrel is a high Rye Whiskey selected by the Alfa Romeo F1 Team Stake drivers, with barrels trialed in their wind tunnel to ensure a thrilling taste in every sip.

The third iteration in WhistlePig’s Single Barrel PiggyBack Legends Series, the Alfa Romeo F1 Team Stake Barrel is bottled at 96.77 proof, a nod to Valtteri Bottas’ racing number, 77, and the precision of racing. Inspired by Zhou Guanyu, the first Chinese F1 driver, this Rye Whiskey is finished with lychee and oolong tea. Herbal and floral notes of the oolong tea complement the herbaceous notes of WhistlePig’s signature PiggyBack 100% Rye, rounded out with a juicy tropical fruit finish and a touch of spice.

Keep readingShow less
by Spectrum Medical Care Center

Nurse Practitioner Ari Kravitz

When I started medical transition at 20 years old, it was very difficult to get the care I needed for hormone replacement therapy because there are very few providers trained in starting hormones for trans people, even though it’s very similar to the hormones that we prescribe to women in menopause or cisgender men with low testosterone.

I hope more providers get trained in LGBTQ+ healthcare, so they can support patients along their individual gender journey, and provide the info needed to make informed decisions about their body. I’ve personally seen my trans patients find hope and experience a better quality of life through hormone replacement therapy.

Keep readingShow less

Descanso Resort swimming pool and lounge area

Descanso Resort, Palm Springs' premier destination for gay men, just received Tripadvisor's highest honor, a Travelers' Choice "Best of the Best" award for 2023. Based on guests' reviews and ratings, fewer than 1% of Tripadvisor's 8 million listings around the world receive the coveted "Best of the Best" designation. Descanso ranked 12th in the top 25 small inns and hotels category in the United States. Quite an accomplishment!

Open less than two years, Descanso Resort offers gay men a relaxing and luxurious boutique hotel experience just minutes away from Palm Springs' buzziest restaurants, nightclubs, and shopping. Descanso has quickly established itself as a top destination for sophisticated gay travelers, earning hundreds of 5-star guest reviews and consistently ranking in Trapadvisor's top positions alongside brother properties Santiago Resort and Twin Palms Resort.

Keep readingShow less