East Nashville news: Urban Green Lab groundbreaking nears, Daytrotter taps Chris Scruggs, more

Urban Green Lab

Environmentally concerned Eastsiders have a good hunk of worthwhile news to peruse in this new round of Stuff We Heard, related to the still-forthcoming Urban Green Lab and other concerns. Elsewhere: Lots of music, celebration, and a talented local musician’s new vintage shop.

Take a look at the latest Stuff We Heard:

  • Urban Green Lab moves closer to goal

    We just wrapped a big setup year for Urban Green Lab, the green-minded community center set to be built in the Riverside Village area.

    In late September, they announced a founding partnership with Nissan Americas (which included a hefty donation). Several fundraisers followed, including a Belcourt premiere of The Revenge of the Electric Car.

    That groundwork continued into the winter, and 2011 closed out with another big vote of funding confidence: On Dec. 27, Urban Green Lab announced a $25,000 gift from Dell.

    “It is this kind of support and generosity that will help create one of the most dynamic and innovative organizations in Nashville,” a Lab announcement noted.

    The Urban Green Lab folks have at this point gathered more than $300,000 in funding, and are leading toward a proposed mid-2012 groundbreaking. Their funding goal of $1.5 million, however, is still a good distance away.

    If you’d like to get involved, check out the Urban Green Lab website for a fundraising note from president and co-founder Dan Heller, more information on their initiatives and details on how to contribute.

    (Above rendering of the Urban Green Lab: UrbanGreenLab.org)

  • Eastside artist celebrates nature in exhibit

    And in keeping with this eco-mindset: Shelby Bottoms Nature Center opens a new exhibit on Saturday, Jan. 7, called Nature and Our Current Perspective, featuring the work of Eastside artist Shonna Sexton.

    Sexton — who runs the Woodland St. interior design studio that bears her name — derived inspiration for these pieces “from her observations of the human impact on the natural landscape,” according to an invite.

    That comes to life via the use of found objects and nature-inspired images (like the one to the right, via the Shonna Sexton Studio Facebook page).

    From Sexton:

    “There is constancy in Nature. Our human opinion of this constancy is often in correlation with our view of ourselves. It follows a cycle. We find ourselves one minute dismissive and uninterested in the natural environment only to swing full circle the next minute to great intrigue and delight. As humans we feel many things for nature even if we feel as though we have no opinion at all. These feelings are innate and, in ways, ever-changing. The past few years, a great awareness of all things ‘green’ and ‘sustainable’ have come into the public’s awareness. This art show is a celebration of that.”

    The opening runs 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., and the Shelby Bottoms Nature Center is located at 1900 Davidson St.

  • East Branch Library hosts Green Design workshop

    One last bite on the subject of green/sustainable living: Studio E Interior Design’s Marilyn Hill will host an Eastside workshop this month focused on green design — what it means, how to implement it, how it affects your life and the world and so forth.

    A little detail on what to expect: detail on the difference between “green” and “sustainable” practices; a primer on green design terms (i.e. learning what the FSC is, what VOCs are, what many other acronyms mean); info on how different practices might affect your utilities; lots more.

    The Shades of Green in Home Interiors workshop is set for 6:30 p.m. on Jan. 17 at the East Branch Library (206 Gallatin Ave.). (It’s part of a speaker series at the library that’ll run into the summer.)

    For more: info at the Taylor Made Plans website. (Hat tip: East Nashville Listserv)

  • Share food, ditch your library fines

    And while we’re on the Library subject: This year’s Food for Fines initiative is set to run Jan. 9-19.

    It’s a pretty cut-and-dry deal: Bring your library some canned goods/foods that’ll go toward the Second Harvest Food Bank, get $1 in current fines waived for each item.

    Foods to focus on: peanut butter; canned chicken or tuna; canned vegetables, fruit and soups; cereal; and pasta.

    This should go without saying, but: open and/or expired packages, not so much. (Skip glass packaging, too.)

    For more info, visit the Nashville Public Library website.

  • Chris Scruggs gets Daytrotter treatment

    Pedigreed musician Chris Scruggs got the Daytrotter treatment, and his session’s up now for listening. (Non-Daytrotter regulars: The site shows off scores of live performances from top-notch musicians, and pairs those with a lengthy essay and a cool/quirky illustration — like the one of Scruggs to the right, by Johnnie Cluney.)

    Scruggs plays four tracks from his 2009 LP Anthem — “Change Your Made Up Mind,” “It Ain’t Right,” “Old Souls Like You And Me” and “Running From The Graveyard” — with just vocal and acoustic guitar.

    Folks who fear the aesthetics of classic country music have permanently withered: Head over to Daytrotter and give a listen. You’ll be significantly soothed.

  • Boom Bap celebrates fourth anniversary

    More on Eastside music: Regular hip-hop confab The Boom Bap celebrates its four-year anniversary this month with a big 5 Spot blowout.

    On the bill for the Jan. 28 celebration: Longstanding New York DJ Tony Touch and steady Boom Bappers Bowls, DJ Rate and Case Bloom.

    The party kicks off at 10 p.m. at the 5 Spot (1006 Forrest Ave.), and admission is $10.

    More: The Boom Bap on Facebook. (Invite, via Twitter)

  • High Class Hillbilly celebrates grand opening

    And a meeting place between music and fashion: We’ve talked some about talented Eastside singer Nikki Lane. Lane’s also behind vintage finds outpost High Class Hillbilly, whose wares are perusable/purchasable via Etsy.

    The shop’s celebrating the grand opening of its offline home this month, too, at a shindig that’ll feature “music, drinks & lots of goods.”

    The High Class Hillbilly Grand Opening Party is set for 6 to 10 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 12 at 914 Woodland St., and the shop’s now open daily from noon to 6 p.m.

    More: High Class Hillbilly on Facebook.

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