C-VILLE Arts Beat: Top Picks for May 1-May 7


Saturday 5/5

Get in step

It’s time to dust off that birthday sombrero in the back of the closet and head over to the Salsa Social where DJ “O” Con Sabor will spin the hottest Latin jams. Both left feet are welcome, as the cover charge includes a one hour salsa lesson—but don’t show up wearing last night’s sweatpants!  This is your chance to dress, impress, and strut some serious stuff. $10, 8pm. Random Row Books, 315 W. Main St., 326-5501.


What’s the big idea?

Let’s show off those big brains, Charlottesville!  The Tom Tom Founders Festival is putting on a crowd-sourced micro-financed pitch night. The idea is simple: Everyone chips in 10 bucks and the crowd votes on submissions from creative artists, entrepreneurs, innovators, and enthusiasts who could use financial support. The winning venture gets $1,000 to help fund the next Facebook or great American novel. It’s time to leave the garage and reveal your genius. $10, 7pm,
The Gleason Building, 126 Garrett St. #D, www.tomtomfest.com.

Tom Tom Founders Festival innovation event asks, “What would you create in Charlottesville with $1,000?”


Monday 5/7

Bass mates

Australian bass virtuoso Dane Alderson has arrived stateside (aka Charlottesville) and is picking up some weekly gigs at Rapture while visiting family in town. Growing up in Perth, he honed his craft by performing regularly with the West Australian Youth Jazz Orchestra, and ended up conducting workshops around the world with Grammy-winning “Flecktone” Victor Wooten. Joining Alderson will be Cville greats Tucker Rodgers and James McLaughlin, who are sure to do some schooling of their own.  Free, 10pm. Rapture, 303 E. Main St., 293-9526.

Sunday 5/6

You know my methods, Watson

The world’s foremost consulting detective Sherlock Holmes and his stalwart companion Dr. John Watson are back in 21st century London, battling a computer-savvy arch-villain. Catch the simulcast premiere of “Sherlock Season Two” in jumbo on the Paramount’s high-def screen.  Choose the VIP package and you get to nibble and quibble over the finer points of the Baker Street bachelor’s sleuthing, while doing good for PBS and benefitting the theater. Elementary, my dear. $50 VIP reception or free general admission, 7pm. The Paramount Theater, 215 E. Main St., 979-1333.

Sherlock Holmes (Benedict Cumberbatch) and Dr. John Watson (Martin Freeman) battle modern problems in the PBS Masterpiece Mystery series “Sherlock.”