UVa Open Grounds presents “Once Gone”

Levine-AbigailOpen Grounds is proud to present “Once Gone,” a new work by choreographer Abigail Levine and composer Erik DeLuca on October 24th at 7:00pm.

In “Once Gone”, Levine and DeLuca create a tightly structured system of sound and movement. The imperfection of the repetition inherent in this system becomes quickly palpable and a central source of the work’s resonance. The work speaks of change and disappearance, human effort and what remains after an ending.

Abigail Levine is a New York-based choreographer, performer, and writer. Her works bring together dance’s bodily specificity with performance art’s experiments with time and human action. They have been shown in the US, Cuba, Venezuela, Mexico, Brazil, Canada and Taiwan.

Erik Deluca is a composer, sound artist, and scholar of sound who has lectured, performed, and exhibited at such places as MASS MoCA, the Anchorage Museum, Society for Ethnomusicology, June in Buffalo, Bang on a Can Summer Music Festival, and many more. Erik is a lecturer in the music department at the University of Virginia.

There will also be a post performance discussion with UVa dance lecturer Katie Schetlick and UVa professor of music composition Ted Coffey.

The performance is FREE and open to the public and will be held at Open Grounds on the UVa Corner.

Battlefield Band at The Haven

battlefield.band-room.enough.for.allThe Blue Ridge Irish Music School presents Battlefield Band at The Haven on November 20th at 8:00pm.

Recently awarded ‘Scottish Folk Band of the Year’ and previously ‘Best Live Act’ at the Scots Trad Music Awards, Battlefield Band has been a bedrock of traditional music and talent for over forty years, and is regarded as the great flagship of the Scottish traditional music scene.

Founded in 1969 and named after the Battlefield area of Glasgow, the band continues to tour throughout the world, playing to audiences in Europe, Australia and New Zealand, Asia, the Middle East, Canada and the USA.

Over the years, new members have brought new ideas, music, instruments, voices, attitudes and influences, ensuring continued creativity, freshness, enthusiasm and critical acclaim.

Tickets cost $25 ($20 in advance) and can be pre-purchased by emailing brimstunes@yahoo.com.The Haven is located at 112 W. Market St. in Charlottesville.

Ash Lawn-Highland Artisan Open House

artisan_roomAsh Lawn-Highland will host its second annual Artisan Open House in partnership with the Artisans Center of Virginia (ACV) on Sunday, October 19th from 12:00pm to 4:00pm.

The celebration will include activities and demonstrations by several local artists and artisans, artisanal food tastings and live music by acoustic soloist Timothy Seaman, known for his distinctive original hammered dulcimer and flute music.

Visitors can meet with juried ACV artisans and learn more about their work. Participants include Kary Haun (pottery), Starke Smith (woodworking), Alex Newell (leather goods), Jane Hicks (quilting), Meg Chevalier (jewelry) and Jo Perez (stained glass), among many others.

As a retail partner of ACV, Ash Lawn-Highland offers an extensive collection of handmade items by local artisans in the museum shop’s Virginia Artisans Room. The Artisans Room showcases the work of juried Virginia artists and artisans. Pieces include objects in wood, metal, glass, textile and ceramic.

This event is FREE and open to the public. Activities will take place, rain or shine, outside the museum shop at Ash Lawn in Charlottesville.

Free Movie Friday at PVCC: “Stop Making Sense”

Stop_making_sense_poster_originalPiedmont Virginia Community College (PVCC) will show Stop Making Sense featuring rock/new wave group The Talking Heads for its Free Movie Friday event on Friday, October 17th at 7:30pm.

Called “the greatest concert movie of all time” by Rolling Stone magazine, Stop Making Sense documents The Talking Heads over the course of three nights of concerts in 1983 during the band’s Speaking in Tongues tour.

Featuring lead singer David Byrne’s distinctive performance style, the movie has garnered an enthusiastic following among music and film lovers.

Directed by Jonathan Demme (The Silence of the Lambs, Philadelphia), the film has been lauded for subverting the concert film genre with lengthy camera shots, lack of audience footage and minimal lighting, keeping the focus entirely on the music and the band’s performance.

This year’s re-release marks the 30th anniversary of this award-winning rock documentary.

PVCC’s Student Art Club sponsors the Free Movie Friday series, which takes place on the third Friday of each month. For more information, log on to PVCC’s Performing Arts website.

This event is FREE and open to the public. The Dickinson Building is located at the south end of College Drive and parking is located in front of the building. The Main Stage Theatre is wheelchair accessible.

Eric Vloeimans returns to U.Va. with “Oliver’s Cinema”

64873_57c476The Charlottesville Jazz Society and WTJU-FM present Dutch trumpet player Eric Vloeimans’ Oliver’s Cinema on October 24th at 8:00pm.

For his third appearance at U.Va.’s Brooks Hall, Vloeimans will perform with his new co-operative trio, Oliver’s Cinema. Other members of this chamber jazz group are Tuur Florizoone (from Belgium) on accordion and cello player Jorg Brinkmann (from Denmark).

Vloeimans’ playing is melodic and lyrical, with a distinctive velvety sound. He is considered to be one of the finest and most versatile trumpet players in the world, whether performing with quiet chamber groups or in powerful fusion groups.

Tickets to Oliver’s Cinema at Brooks Hall are available in advance online. Tickets cost $15 ($12 for paid supporters of The Charlottesville Jazz Society, and $10 for students). A limited number of tickets will also be available at the door.

Brooks Hall is located on the grounds of The University of Virginia, next to the Rotunda.

United Nations of Comedy Tour at The Paramount

AdrienneIapalucci-standing PCA is proud to co-sponsor the United Nations of Comedy Tour, which returns to the Paramount Theater for the 4th consecutive year on Saturday, November 15 at 8:00pm.

Following last year’s extremely successful visit, the tour’s creator has assembled a heavyweight line-up of national comedians as seen on The David Letterman Show, NBC’s Last Comic Standing, Comedy Central, BET Comic View, MTV, Life After Ellen, Kathy Griffin’s “Life on the D-List,” The Logo Network and many other national programs.

This year’s show will feature all of the following national comedians: Adrienne Iapalucci, Sean Donnely, Jon Laster, Bridget McManus, and the exclusive host of the tour – Washington D.C.’s Funnyman Skiba. This mega star studded line-up is guaranteed to keep you laughing hysterically.

The United Nations of Comedy Tour was founded with the premise of promoting diversity through laughter. The tour’s creator set out to bring people together who may see an image of themselves on stage as an attempt to represent the community at large.

Tickets cost $34.50 (VIP tickets are $45) and may be purchased at the Paramount Theater Box Office or online at www.UnitedNationsofComedy.com or www.TheParamount.net. To charge by phone call (434) 979-1333.

The Best of Both Worlds Dance & Step Competition Returns!

IMG_9304 PCA is proud to co-sponsor the 8th Annual Best of Both Worlds Dance and Step Competition, which returns to Charlottesville’s historic Paramount Theater on Saturday, November 15 at 4:00pm.

This competition produces a fusion of dance and step teams competing for their share of $1,500. Some of the top college, high school and community teams throughout the region will share the stage for one night only.

In the words of Paramount Theater’s Board of Directors member Elsie Thompson- “An amazing show – teams of athletic and stylish steppers and dancers with so much variety in their offerings. Fabulous choreography, movement and rhythm, exciting music – truly a great evening!”

Cultural diversity brings communities together and the Best of Both Worlds Dance and Step Competition is a staple of this continuous effort. “Last year’s audience was the most diverse audience for a live event I have ever witnessed at the Paramount Theater,” says event creator and Paramount Theater Board of Directors member Ty Cooper.

The Best of Both Worlds Dance and Step Competition is age appropriate and enjoyed by seniors, children and everyone in between. Tickets cost $15 ($18 day of show) and may be purchased at the Paramount Box Office, Plan 9 Music, Payne’s Beauty Supply or online at www.DanceandStepCompetition.com or www.TheParamount.net. To charge by phone call the Paramount Theater at (434) 979-1333.

The Charlottesville Municipal Band 92nd Season Fall Concert

Tom M.The Charlottesville Municipal Band will present its 92nd season Fall Concert on Sunday, October 19th at 3:30PM.

The program, under the direction of Stephen R. Layman, will feature trombone soloist Tom McKenzie from Mr. Jefferson’s Bones, soprano Jessica Wiseman, and Conductor Emeritus Jim Simmons as the reader in “Casey at the Bat”.

The Municipal Band of Charlottesville, Inc. is a nonprofit organization of volunteer members dedicated to excellence in the performance of high quality band and ensemble music. The Fall Concert is sponsored by DuCard Winery.

This program is FREE and open to the public. The concert will be held at the V. Earl Dickinson Main Stage Theater, and doors will open at 3:00PM. For more information visit the band’s website.

TEDxCharlottesville Open Mic Night

openmicnight-TNTEDxCharlottesville will host an Open Mic Night on Monday, October 13th at 6:30pm at The Jefferson Theater.

Participants may enter a “RefleXions” inspired story to share with the Charlottesville community. Audience members will vote on their favorite speaker and who they would like to speak at the main event at The Paramount Theater in November.

Two minute video submissions may be entered via YouTube link by Friday, September 26th at 5:00pm to TedxCharlottesville. Open Mic Night Speakers will be chosen and notified by Wednesday, October 1st.

Improv I Class with Big Blue Door

improv-1-uva2This fall, Big Blue Door will offer an eight-week long Improv I course beginning on October 14th from 6:30pm to 8:30pm.

Improv I is Big Blue Door’s fun introduction to the comedy training of performers on shows like The Colbert Report, Saturday Night Live, The Office, and more. Longform improv means character and scene-based improvisation that heightens the comedy in life into never-seen-before situations and worlds.

Students learn techniques of listening and agreement to create life-filled characters and spontaneous, hilarious scenes. No performance or comedy experience necessary.

Improv 1 is a great outlet for anyone’s spontaneity, creativity, and humor. The class is ideal for anyone who will need to speak in public, audition, or interview. Graduates of the three courses are invited to join teams to perform regularly with Big Blue Door.

Tuition for the course is $145. The classes will take place on 717 Rugby Ave. in the ‘lower halls’ of the Thomas Jefferson Memorial Church. For more information about the course or Big Blue Door, visit the website.