Summer/Fall 2018 Events
How did you spend your classic American summer? Was it wet, hot and wild, or cool, chill and contemplative? Join The Porch for AMERICAN SUMMER, a night of story and song with Nashville-based musicians and writers paying tribute to what makes summer memorable. AMERICAN SUMMER is a special edition of Books, Bars, and Guitars, a music + literary series sponsored by The Porch. Our line-up includes:
READERS Lydia Peelle, Lee Conell, and Jakob Lewis of the Neighbors podcast
MUSICAL ACTS Caitlin Rose, Grady Wenrich of the Lonely Biscuits, and Matthew Perryman Jones.
Her Bookshop will curate the perfect American Summer reading list and will be on site selling books at the event.
Doors at 6:00pm, show at 7:30
FREE and open to the public
More about our guests:
** Lydia Peelle **
Author of THE MIDNIGHT COOL and REASONS FOR AND ADVANTAGES OF BREATHING, and Whiting Award-winner. NY Times Book Review critics' choice. http://www.lydiapeelle.com/
** Lee Conell **
Author of the acclaimed short-story collection SUBCORTICAL (Johns Hopkins U. Press) as well as contributor to Oxford American, Chicago Tribune, etc. https://leeconell.com/
** Jakob Lewis **
Host of Neighbors podcast and righteous dude. http://nashvillepublicradio.org/people/jakob-lewis
The Idle Hour Series returns July 20, 2018 at 7 pm! This free show is short and sweet and sharp: Four writers, five minutes each, endless cold beers. This month we're welcoming to the stage Kristen Chapman Gibbons, Matt Mauldin, Ashley Trabue, and Rea Frey.
We are a group of creatives—actors, directors, teachers, playwrights—looking to define what it means to be Southern in today’s world. We want to be challenged in how we think about our culture and society.
It starts with a story—your story. Join the dialogue, tune in to the conversation, and rewrite the assumptions of the South. Leave knowing more about the folks in your community.
Through one-on-one interviews, group story circles, and town halls, the State of the South creative team seeks to answer:
Who is the South?
What is the South?
Where is the South?
Tell us your story. Share your definition of the South.
This free, one-hour discussion is hosted in a safe, inclusive space. People from all walks of life and of all shapes, sizes, colors, and capabilities are welcome.
While the conversation thrives on participation, all activities and discussions are optional. Wear comfortable attire and feel free to bring a notebook and/or non-alcoholic beverages.
Learn more about the tour: http://bit.ly/sots2018
Press release: http://bit.ly/sotspr
Follow along: #asfontheroad
RSVP on Facebook
***Please note that photographs and footage will be taken throughout the State of the South tour event. These will be used by the Alabama Shakespeare Festival for marketing and publicity purposes, on our website, and on social media. Please contact the event organizer if you have any concerns or if you wish to be exempt from this activity.***
Heartbreak Happy Hour -- a contrarian Valentine's Day storytelling bonanza -- is BACK for a fifth year of bad romance, awkward dates, and tears in beers! Join us for stories by Autumn Jones, Alex Pollack, John Lavey, Christy Lynch, and Jeff Zentner.
PLUS: LIMERICKS. Polish up your best heartbreak limericks -- any wild angle on heartbreak you can think of. We'll invite the audience to share a few throughout the night.
FREE! (Donations supporting The Porch will NOT be crushingly rejected, though. And we're on Venmo, Valentines.)
Thanks to David Walker for another devastatingly good poster!
The Porch is thrilled to be one of the local nonprofits to benefit from from Circle Round Home. Please join us!
Circle Round Home is a mini-residency created by Grammy-award winning artists Bela Fleck & Abigail Washburn, to raise money and awareness for non-profits in Nashville. Proceeds from ticket sales for the concert at Parnassus (December 17th, 5:30 PM) will benefit The Porch Writers’ Collective. Tickets are $40 and include a copy of Bela & Abigail’s new record, Echo in the Valley.
Full listing of Bela & Abigail’s Circle Round Home 2:
December 13th: Station Inn, a benefit for the International Bluegrass Music Association’s Trust Fund, 9 PM
December 15th: Puckett’s Grocery in Leiper’s Fork, a benefit for Jailhouse Industries, 7 PM
December 17th: Parnassus Books, a benefit for the Porch Writers' Collective, 5:30 PM
Celebrate the season with your literary community! We'll have snacks and drinks, and our fall 2017 students will be featured at two half-hour open mics. Plus: Book Swap! Bring a book, take a book.
The Idle Hour Series returns April 20, 2018 at 7 pm! This free show is short and sweet and sharp: Four writers, five minutes each, endless cold beers. This month we're welcoming to the stage Casey Boyd, Olatunde Osinaike, Sarah Key, and Bryanna Licciardi. Please join us!