Wheeeee, it’s starting to feel like Tomato Time. Hope you’re getting all limbered up. (And stocked up on Tums. Tomatoes don’t love us all back.)
Meantime, here’s some Thursday Stuff We Heard:
Remember how we mentioned Olive and Sinclair’s upcoming Buttermilk-White chocolate line? Well local blog eat. drink. smile. got a sneak preview, and spills that the Salt & Pepper and Cacao Nibs varieties bear “flavors so perfectly balanced that I found myself going back for more.” Want. to. go. to. there. Check out the full early heads up: eat. drink. smile.
Local punk achiever Daniel Pujol, leader of surnamed outfit PUJOL, will issue his first official release for Omaha’s Saddle Creek Records on October 18. It’ll be an “ep called Nasty, Brutish & Short … 7 song poem (10-inch) vinyl,” Pujol’s Twitter tweets. (We’re still trying to suss for sure whether Pujol resides on this side of the river, but he regularly records over here at Jeremy Ferguson’s Battle Tapes studio, so we’ll claim him anyhow.)
The Nashville Ledger takes a look at the relative success/failure of 2007′s Gallatin Pike Improvement District Specific Plan, which laid out guidelines for “design and placement, signage, parking and access, landscaping, and land use restrictions” on the East Nashville artery from South 5th up to Briley. The gist:
“For Councilman Jamie Hollin, the improvement district was OK on paper but has proved to be a business buster. Councilmember Mike Jameson, a major proponent of it, says it has helped offset the lack of business diversity and regulation along the corridor.”
Read the whole story for a very thorough look into the issue: Nashville Ledger.
Tonight (Thursday): The Summer Song series — Old Made Good‘s East Nashville counterpart to Imogene + Willie‘s Supper and Song shindigs — brings music from Merced and snackables from Bangin’ Tacos. 7 p.m., 1304 McGavock Pike in the Riverside Village area. (Old Made Good)
Late-night drinkers: This week’s installment of the Book Club party over at No. 308 features guest DJ Sean Maloney (you’ve seen his byline in the Nashville Scene and he sure knows his way around the musics) along with regular Book Clubber Brandon Jazz and, after his show with By Lightning over at The Basement, Jerry Pentecost. Eastside record shop The Groove sponsors and puts up a giveaway gift certificate; Mercy Lounge tix will be up for grabs too. Head over to 407 Gallatin from 10 p.m. to close. (Book Club; Nashville Cream.)
Two bits of good news: New Woodland St. pizza/beer providers Five Points Pizza are looking to hire lots of folks — “star pizza slingers,” servers, bartenders, kitchen staff — and the staff hunt comes with news of an intended opening date. If all goes as planned, expect to snag some Five Points “New York-style” pizza come September 6. Applicants should head to 1012 Woodland to apply in person Mondays through Saturdays, 1-5 p.m. But skip this Saturday — there’s a Tomato Fest going on, you know. (Five Points Pizza job listing; Five Points Pizza Facebook.)
Voting in the Nashville Scene‘s Best of Nashville 2011 Reader’s Poll has begun. Should you feel inclined to show some love for your neighborhood bagel-makers, art galleries, vintage clothing stores and so on: Best of Nashville ballot.