Workingman’s Art on the Square, First Friday, Take One

Piano reverie on the square, Market Square, Knoxville, April 2011 As the experiences of a First Friday broaden, it is becoming more difficult to put it all into one post or under the umbrella of a single theme. I’ve decided to break April’s First Friday into three parts: Workingman’s Art, High Art and Party Crashing. Today we’ll […]

What’s that Sound in the Distance?

Have you ever had the experience of hearing music in the distance and realizing it isn’t your neighbor’s stereo or  a distant boombox, but real, honest to goodness music played by live musicians? What did you do? Did you wonder for a minute and then pick up where you left off with your previously interrupted […]

This is Why I Live in the City

Actually, this won’t be a manifesto listing all the reasons, complications and negotiations involved in a decision that big, but I just had the kind of night that can’t be had outside a city. Maybe specifically a small city. If I lived, as I used to, in the suburbs, I would have stayed home tonight. […]

Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings at the Bijou

Bijou, Knoxville, March 2011 Special thanks for this blog goes out to Kevin who encouraged me to listen to Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings and to Don who insisted this would likely be a group I would enjoy. They were both so right. I decided to walk to the Bijou to see if I could […]

It’s art. It’s a gift to the street. Get it?

Beginnings of a Cynthia Market Painting Another Cynthia Beginning around the corner from the first I’ve recently enjoyed watching Cynthia Markert create new works on the street. I haven’t actually watched her so much as watched a real-time evolution of several paintings she has underway outside the construction at the Hotel St. Oliver. Cynthia at […]