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This… is major! Portuguese designer Susana Soares has developed a device for detecting cancer and other serious diseases using trained bees.
Goodness what a week! And now for another announcement. It’s official - Zoe (my dog) is going to be famous. She’s been cast (along with myself) in a new, real life docu-series for A&E called Crazy Hearts: Nashville set to premiere in January. Cameras have been following us for over three months already and Lord help us, I hope this doesn’t go straight to her head. Learn more about the show and the rest of the cast right here: http://www.aetv.com/crazy-hearts-nashville/ #CrazyHearts (at Crazytown)
DEAN DILLON RECOGNIZED AS BMI ICON
The Float Table is a matrix of “magnetized” wooden cubes that levitate with respect to one another. The repelling cubes are held in equilibrium by a system of tensile steel cables.
It’s classical physics applied to modern design. Each handcrafted table is precisely tuned to seem rigid and stable, yet a touch reveals the secret to Float’s dynamic character.
drawing a three dimensional sketch of a chair in the air, ‘spider’s thread’ by japanese artist tokujin yoshioka is created by growing crystals onto seven fine threads. the thin structural pieces are tightened between a frame, like a spider’s web to eventually form a crystallized chair. the volume’s simple outline allows the power of nature to help it take shape. tokujin yoshioka explains how the idea was based on the story ‘the spider’s thread’ by ryunosuke akutagawa:
‘the buddha decides to give one chance to a criminal in hell who did a good deed of saving a spider when he was alive. the buddha takes a thread of a spider in heaven and lowers it down to hell so that the criminal can climb up from the hell to the paradise. in the story, a thread of a spider is a symbol of slight hope and fragility.’
the work is part of a solo exhibition ‘tokujin yoshioka – crystallize’ that started on october 3rd, at museum of contemporary art tokyo. there are three pieces on display, including the chairs in process to show how only seven extra fine threads are turned into a crystallized chair.
runk-like compositions created by colombian artist miler lagos are made from layers upon layers of densely stacked newspaper clippings, uniting in formation of giant, fallen tree branches. ‘fragments of time’ ironically reinterprets the source material; the paper used becomes the artistic materialization its origin, transposed from foundation to creative application. the lifeless pieces arranged on the gallery floor are made up of hundreds of thin sheets newsprint, tightly packed together, carved and sanded on the edges, and painted with a distressed wooden color effect, transforming them into hyper-realistic organic shapes.
the exposed cross section of each individual bark piece reveals printed matter — a fragment from a newspaper, chronicling various events and stories — alluding to the artwork’s namesake. segments of black and white feature photos and cut-off headlines impart only a fraction of what is trying to be told, beckoning viewers to interpret their original context.
We were lucky to catch Pretty Lights over the weekend at Greer Stadium in Nashville for the Illumination Festival. Presented by March One Music, the show was absolutely beautiful with live music interspersed throughout the set and of course, amazing lights and production.
And just announced today, March One Music is bringing back Bassnectar to Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena for a New Year’s Eve celebration. This marks the third year in a row Bassnectar will ring in the new year in Music City. Ticket are available here.
CHEF MANEET CHAUHAN ANNOUNCES NAME, LOCATION OF NEW RESTAURANT TO OPEN IN NASHVILLE
Construction already underway
Celebrity Chef Maneet Chauhan of The Food Network’s Chopped is excited to announce the name and location of her first restaurant, which will open in Nashville in spring 2014. The Indian gastropub will be called ‘Chauhan Ale & Masala House’ and will be located at 123 12th Avenue North.
Construction is already underway on the concept, which will feature business casual dining for lunch and dinner seven days a week for up to 150 guests at one time. Catering for external, special events will also be made available with the option to have Chef Chauhan appear at those events and prepare the menu on site.
"My decision to open my first restaurant in Nashville was born from my heart," Chauhan said. "From the moment I stepped foot in Music City I have had a love affair with the people and burgeoning culinary scene. This city’s long, highly-respected cultural history, coupled with the recent growth and development is inspiring. I could not be happier with my decision and I’m truly excited to call Nashville my home.”
Chef Chauhan has partnered with North Gulch Hospitality, which consists of Anthem/Revelry co-owners Moni Advani, London Parfitt and Austin Ratliff for this project. North Gulch Hospitality will be overseeing the construction of the restaurant.
"When we reached out to Maneet, we weren’t sure if she would be responsive to the idea of opening her first restaurant in Nashville," said Advani. "Not only was she responsive, but she was on a plane to Nashville the next week and we hit it off immediately. The fact that she has partnered with us to open her first restaurant is extremely humbling. We’re very excited for people to see the finished product."
"The North Gulch has seen tremendous growth in the past year," adds Parfitt. "12th and Porter has undergone a massive renovation and we have taken great steps to make Anthem a premier special events venue and nightlife destination for the city. The Eleven North housing development is one of the most sought after new addresses in Nashville and we hear more and more news everyday of even bigger developments happening at our doorstep. It’s an exciting time for Nashville and an exciting time for us to bring Maneet into the mix."