C-VILLE Arts Beat: Top Picks for May 22-May 28


Saturday & Sunday 5/26-27
Street cred
No matter what city you live in, you’ve always got friends on “Sesame Street.” In the latest staging of sunny day philosophy, Elmo and crew explore the limitless power of imagination. 1-2-3 Imagine sends Ernie out on the high seas, Elmo to the African rainforest, and Bert gets deep with an octopus to explore the blues. Kids come away inspired by the “be anyone, do anything and go anywhere” message and adults should take note. $15-52, times vary. John Paul Jones Area, 295 Massie Rd. (888) 575-8497.

It takes two to “dance your bike off” at the Bridge PAI’s bike prom on Saturday.
(photo by: ‘Nuf Said)



Saturday 5/26
Bike prom? ‘Nuf said.
Unpack your tux and make your hair appointment. The second chance prom for bike likers features a live DJ, prizes, races, a photo booth and of course, the “arbitrary” crowning of a prom king and queen. It is also the last chance to view Ken Margolius’ eclectic vintage bicycle exhibit with pieces collected from around the world—including the very rare and the “fantastic.” (Ken Margolius will be at The Bridge on May 23 for a discussion about the collection.) Be sure to arrive on a bicycle and try to squeeze that updo into a
helmet. $5, 8pm. The Bridge Progressive Arts Initiative, 209 Monticello Rd. 984-5669.


Saturday 5/26
Heart of gold
Simone Felice (left) is a celebrated songwriter, author and poet, as well as an accomplished drummer (you may have heard him hit the skins on The Avett Brothers’ hit “I and Love and You” or with his former band The Felice Brothers). Growing up in the Catskill Mountains, Felice said his solo debut album Team Love has been “buried away, somewhere in his weird heart” for a long time. Considering he underwent open-heart surgery in 2010, it carries an ironic emotional impact that critics and fans are raving about. $16 -18, 8:30pm. Mockingbird Roots Music Hall, 123 W. Beverley St., Staunton.(540) 213-8777

Spend an evening with the haunting and heartfelt folk-nouveau of Simone Felice at the Mockingbird. (photo by: Simone Felice)

Wednesday 5/23
By design
Book artist Josef Beery’s philosophy rests in typographer Beatrice Warde’s words: “The graphic artist has the job of erecting a window between the reader inside the room and that landscape which is the author’s words.” Beery specializes in woodcut printmaking of books and publications, has been a part of Charlottesville’s Ten Flavors studio since 1985, and co-founded the Virginia Arts of the Book Center. He will demonstrate and discuss his image making as part of Blenheim Vineyards’ new artisan series. Simply put, the guy’s cut out for this. RSVP required by e-mail to blenheimartisan@gmail.com. $15, 6pm. Blenheim Vineyards, 31 Blenheim Farm. 293-5366.