While it may not have been a record-breaking weather event, many of us will remember this February for the ice and snow that kept us cozied up inside for a few extra days … or outside sledding. Despite the surprising winter weather, there are plenty of other notable things that happened this February, too. Here’s what’s new in Nashville this month!
Boston Commons Reopens!
On March 3, 2020, we all remember the devastating tornado that ripped through Nashville. Badly damaged in the storm were three restaurants owned by Matthew Charette: Boston Commons, Beyond the Edge, and Drifters. The first of this trio reopens on Thursday, February 25 (by reservation for the first four nights) and we could not be more excited. After almost a year, and the pandemic that came in after the tornado, it feels good to cheer on a local restaurant reopening. And, their fish is some of the best in town. With a new look, an expanded patio, and a pared-down menu, we are excited to eat here once again. Follow them on Instagram for more details.
The Fairlane Hotel Gets … Bagels!
It’s officially breakfast time (well, almost) at downtown’s boutique Fairlane Hotel! Hoping for an early March opening, owners Max and Kayla Palmer are busy setting up shop for their newest venture, Bagelshop, in the space formerly occupied by Mile End Delicatessen. With entrances in the hotel lobby and on Union Street, Bagelshop joins Fairlane’s other noteworthy culinary hotspots such as Cheese Gal and Ellington’s. Prepare to feast on handcrafted bagels (topped with traditional lox or whitefish if you so desire), with a menu that offers seven different sandwiches as well as pastries. Who’s hungry?
OZ Develops an Immersive Installation Designed for Social Distancing
Though live, in-person performances have been stalled for nearly a year due to COVID, OZ Arts is safely and slowly getting back in the saddle again with its new, socially distanced and immersive show, PRISM. Taking advantage of the spacious facility, which is a whopping 10,000 square feet, only 20 audience members are admitted per performance in order to observe a high level of health and safety protocols. With choreography by David Flores and music direction by composer George Miller, the experience spotlights aspects of voyeurism and our changing relationships to physical intimacy, featuring live music and dance. Tickets are on sale for $15 HERE, with performances beginning on Friday, March 12.
Walls for Women Schedules Its Virtual Documentary Premiere
Through her nonprofit organization, DMA-Events, Kristin Luna educates and improves our community through artistic endeavors. In particular, her passion project, Walls for Women, brought us a month-long statewide mural festival in 2020 that highlighted female artists and celebrated the centennial anniversary of the ratification of the 19th amendment. Equally impactful, the creative collaboration lives on in another medium: film. The mural project was documented by young filmmaker Colin Shuran, the 17-year-old recipient of DMA’s first Youth Creator Grant, and his labor of love is scheduled to debut as a virtual premiere on March 20 at 7 p.m. The link for ticket registration is HERE.
Nashville Ballet Presents Its New Two-Part Digital Series
Nashville Ballet is rolling out its newest virtual concept with a two-part series titled Attitude. The digital release is set for March 5-7 and April 2-4, and it features three separate works. Part one of the series highlights the Johnny Cash ballet Under the Lights and Jennifer Archibald’s Superstitions. The second features the classic piece Seasons, which is choreographed by Artistic Director Paul Vasterling. Safely rehearsed and filmed amidst COVID, the series offers you a chance to appreciate the beauty and elegance of the ballet from your own living room. Tickets for both performances are available HERE.
Cheekwood Debuts its Newest (and Most In-Depth) Book
Cheekwood’s 55-acre estate may be known worldwide for its stunning botanical gardens, inspiring art exhibits and celebrated architecture, but it’s also steeped in history — enough to write a book about. Actually, several books. The most recent published work, which is currently available for online pre-order HERE, is titled Cheekwood. It’s co-authored by Cheekwood’s former Vice President of Museum Affairs and Curator of Decorative Arts Leslie B. Jones, and Cheekwood’s Plant Collections Manager Shanna T. Jones, with forewords written by President of the Cultural Landscape Foundation Charles Birnbaum, and esteemed American author and local historian Ridley Wills. “This book is the culmination of an initiative that began in 2012 to reclaim Cheekwood’s historical origins and share the story of the estate as a family home,” says Jane O. MacLeod, Cheekwood’s President and CEO. “We hope this book will offer new insight about the significance of Cheekwood; its steeped history as a part of Nashville and its importance as a cultural treasure, a place of beauty and respite — and tourist destination renowned as one of the finest American Country Place Era estates in the nation, a claim which few cities can make and for which Nashville can take great pride.”
The Listening Room Expands to Pigeon Forge
One of Nashville’s most iconic and popular music and dining venues, The Listening Room Cafe has been a Music City staple since 2006. Now, the Pigeon Forge community can enjoy the second Listening Room location slated to open this summer. At just under 10,000 square feet, the venue will host a full-service kitchen, two full-service bars, a grand stage, and a multitude of songwriters and artists. Indoor and outdoor seating allows for year-round enjoyment of the local scenery, and the location is within walking distance of the area’s most popular local attractions, making for easy access and a fun evening of live music!
A Woman-Owned Dental Studio Opens Up in The Nations
The Nations is upping its dental game with the debut of a new, female-owned general and cosmetic dental practice. Nations Dental Studio, which officially opened its doors on February 8, is owned and operated by Dr. Diana D’Aoust, who also happens to be a proud neighborhood resident. With easy online scheduling and payment, as well as a comfy, modern space and amenities, the atypical dental facility is a welcome addition to the Stocking 51 mixed-use development, which already features a variety of restaurants, offices and retail.
I Love Juice Bar Relocates
I Love Juice Bar recently relocated to Nashville Farmers’ Market. The juice, smoothie and açaí bowl hotspot from John and Vui Hunt (of Vui’s Kitchen fame) has been delivering the goods here in Music City since 2013. After years in its Germantown location, the brand is a newbie in the Farmers’ Market “Market House,” joining the likes of Succulent Vegan Tacos, Cowgirl Coffee and Bubble Love. Open daily from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., I Love Juice Bar continues to bring us healthy, accessible grab-and-go options with clean ingredients.
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