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It was Yom Kipper, the holiest day of the year. The day to ask for forgiveness from those you have offended and confess your sins so as to write your name in the Book of Life so that you may live during the coming year. It was a day of atonement during which you fasted until you went to a dinner to break the fast.
For the Pfeffermans this was a tough Yom Kipper. Their self-centered natures got the best of them and their relationships suffered yet again. Sarah, Josh and Maura got what can only be described as drop the mic moments in response to their somewhat prideful statements to others. Maura wiped out her friendship with Davina. Josh was definitively told it was over by Rachel. Sarah was denied what she sought at every turn. Ali tettered on the edge of destruction of her relationship with Syd. Ironically enough, the only winner was the most self-centered of them all, Shelly.
It's sorta like Halloween
Sarah entered Tammy’s place of work and waited in the lobby. Tammy entered as Sarah said, “hi,” and Tammy only half in jest said, “security.” Sarah had come to atone for the awful self-interested way she had treated Tammy, who had seemed to only want to build a life with Sarah, which she rejected quite harshly. Thanks to the mothering, which Shelly expected from Sarah at the end of the last episode; Sarah had come to realize what her problem was, “I wasn’t parented.” Tammy mockingly replied and referred to the orphanage that Sarah had been raised in in the Palisades. “I wasn’t mothered,” continued Sarah, “I have been looking to fill that missing mother love….We’re here to take care of each other and I didn’t take care of you. And I am sorry.” Tammy wanted to know why was Sarah doing this now. Sarah answered Yom Kipper. It was when you went around to say your sorry to those who you had harmed and sought to absolve yourself. Tammy managed a small grin and said, “Cool. I don’t want your apology. Happy Yom Kipper,” and walked out. This left Sarah protesting that she was suppose to ask for forgiveness three times and she only got in two.
Bong time and hard sex
Sarah’s next stop was the marijuana doc’s office where they were sharing his private stock. He asked if he was her doctor or her lover. Sarah demurred that she did not like that word, “lover.” They began to sprawl on the sofa. Later in the episode, they were rejoined, as Sarah complained that she just was not feeling it. “I want it harder,” she said. The doc offered he was just trying to give her pleasure. Sarah insisted that she did not want that. “I want you to take it.” I want you to rape me, she continued, but do it gently. The doc stopped and suggested she talk to his friend Gary, who was into kinky stuff. Sarah objected that that was not her and then felt the pressure of the day. “I’m suppose to be fasting.” She left and would reappear at the dinner.
500cc in the titty area
Maura was relaxing in the turret when Sal appeared with a swamp cooler to make it more comfortable for Maura. The problem being he got personal about Maura’s transition, which was a do not ask territory. A transperson may chose to tell you about such things, but as a rule do not ask. What hormones was she on? Maura answered and Sal approved, “that sounds about right for a start.” Which was followed by , “what are you thinking about for facial feminization wise.” Sal followed that with a litany of facial surgeries that she should consider. He also suggested that she not do more than 500cc of breast augmentation because, that was not her. He then offered that he had helped Shea and she was gorgeous. “A fucking work of art, I felt like fucking Michaelangelo. I wanted to sign my name on her ass.” He assured Maura he would be happy to help because, “you still got some good years left.”
Mind your own goddamn business
Maura came on to the front porch with two cups of coffee to join Davina. Maura’s inquisition began with asking about if Davina thought “it was odd that she hadn’t met his family.” Followed by Maura asking about if Sal asked Davina about her body and that Sal had talked about Maura’s body. Then came the final blow,. Maura self confidently advised that Davina could do much better than Sal. Davina then laid out what can be a sore point between the Caitlyn Jenners of the world and those who do not have the same advantages.
“My God, who do you think you are talking to? I’m going to tell you one thing—mind your own Goddamn business. You have no right! I don’t have your family. I don’t have your money.” Davina then laid out her life and what she needed,
“I’m a 53 year old ex-prostitute, HIV+, transwoman with a dick. And I know what I want and I know what I need….And if Sal is bothering you this much. You should probably sleep somewhere else.”
(I cheered.) Maura sniffed and adjusted her glasses.
The second mic of the episode just dropped. First for Sarah, now for Maura. They were just stunned that everything wasn’t about how they felt. Maura was last seen feeding bread to ducks as she waited to go to the dinner.
Are you my third husband?
Josh and his mom, Shelly, were waiting in line to enter the Temple, while she complained, as usual. Finally they made it to the top of the stairs where they met the greeter, Buzz. Skipping over her asking about getting a senior discount, Buzz jovially asked if they were “brother and sister.” Shelly quickly laughed and responded, “are you my third husband?” The discussion continued as she told Buzz that Josh was engaged to the Rabbi. Josh excused himself.
Josh entered Rachel’s office and explained he just wanted to let her know he was there. He then pulled the door closed a bit and continued, “I’m confused. What am I suppose to tell my family?” As you will recall at the end of the last episode he returned home to find his engagement ring lying on their bed and Rachel was gone. Rachel basically said that what he told his family was up to him, “Buddy.” Then flatly, “we’re over.” Mic moment number 3.
We have sinned against you
Josh and Shelly were at the service as the cantor and rabbi chanted, ‘we have sinned against you….” This was followed by a rhythmic thumping of the chest with the right hand in a fist by all of those present. The focus was on Josh. The thumping became harder and louder as Josh clearly began to loose it. He left and went to the front steps. He looked toward heaven and then slumped on the steps. His self-centered nature had done him in again.
Ali and Syd were hosting the dinner to end the holiday at Syd’s loft. Here the Pfefferman clan would gather to end Yom Kipper and their atonements. So far, everyone has been mostly a failure at this, so now it was Ali’s turn. In the last episode you had hung out with Leslie and spent the night. Syd was still mad at Ali for doing that, especially because she had not told her that she was going to do that. Ali played the “the heteronormative thing” card, as in to blame her was heteronormative. Ali pled, “we can make up our own rules.” We can be “open” and “brave” by rejecting their values and being free. When the episode returned to them a bit later, they were setting out the food. Had Syd bought Ali’s plea? No. “Ali, I’m freaking out right now. I’m getting that PTSD feeling I had with Josh. I need to know. Are you with me or not?” You will recall that Syd had previouosly had a relationship with Josh that ended badly as she discovered that it was all about Josh. Ali now played the “just trying to be honest” card about what she needed and felt. At this point Syd’s parents, the Feldmans arrived, “Good Yontif” was spoken as they entered with a huge casserole. Now all that was needed were the rest of the guests.
The gathering of the Pfefferman clan
The stage for the arrival of the other tensions was being set at the big feast to break the fast. Syd was already clearly disconcerted. Soon Josh would arrive to announce to Ali that their mom was coming with Buzz, “the Jewish Santa Claus.” Ali announced Josh’s big news about the baby and the impending marriage to
Rabbi Rachel. Josh disappeared as best he could. Meanwhile, Maura, Buzz and Shelly were getting on the elevator to join the party. After a stilted exchange between Mura and Shelly, a jovial Buzz wanted to know, “so, how do you gals know each other?” All were silent. As they entered the flat, Shelly gleefully bragged that Buzz had been an astronaut. Buzz quickly corrected that he had been an attorney for NASA on a patent case. (Sorry, I cannot resist this, “some astronaut, am I right?” But, that was the world of Shelly.)
Well, everyone was there except Rabbi Rachel. “Do we have to wait?” No, everyone takes a seat amidst a commotion by Shelly about where she was seated, and a stoned Sarah. Ali stood at the head of the table and said that she had been “exploring her Jewishness.” And as she understood the holiday its purpose was to atone so that you could live another year. Shelly immediately announced, “all apologies accepted.” Then Ali told everyone to hold a bagel “aloft” and then they were to chant the appropriate prayer. Buzz seemed to be the only one totally sure what that might be. Then it was dig in to the food.
Josh sat looking despondent. Maura asked if he wanted a different bagel. Someone asked, “where’s the Rabbi?”
Josh was finally forced to announce, “she’s not coming. We broke up and there is no baby…it’s fine.” He then continued that for him it was “a new beginning.”
This confession was followed by the cacophonous wailing of a moaning Shelly, that was to make it about her. She started,
“I got drunk at the wedding (the one that didn’t happen for Sarah and Tammy) and I told everybody” about the engagement and the baby.
Josh spoke sternly, “Mom. It is not about you! It is not about ….”
Shelly continued to moan and said, “I brought the evil eye and I killed the baby.”
Buzz began to comfort Shelly and assured her this was just superstition.
Josh spoke again, “Mom, just eat, please.”
Maura reached out to Josh, “Josh, Josh. It’s ok to be sad. It’s sad.”
Then Josh shot back in a cold, flat tone, “I don’t need your permission.” You could almost hear the umbilical cord snap.
“OK, Hon,” replied Maura.
The wailing, sobbing Shelly began again. “I’m always afraid I’m going to die. I’m going to make somebody die.”
“You’re not that powerful. Let me take you home,” Buzz said.
Suddenly Shelly brightened up, “you drive at night?”
You have to be of a certain age to appreciate the declaration of freedom that this was. Someone who can drive at night when so many your age have night vision probvlems. So, Shelly had won again.
Soon everyone was leaving and Syd and Ali began to clean up in silence. The final scene was Josh in a grocery store on his “new beginning” when he suddenly began to compulsively eat deli meat. The Pfeffermans had left a trail of shattered and teetering relationships, except for Shelly who seemed to have landed on her feet with a driver to boot.
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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.