C-VILLE Arts Beat: Top Picks for May 29-Jun 4


Friday 6/1
Take me to the river
Hailing from New Jersey, the eight-piece ensemble River City Extension is larger than the sum of its parts. Led by frontman Joe Michelini’s “evocative, intensely personal songwriting,” the group drives home banjo-inflected roots rock with a healthy balance of thrashy jam. Its new album, Don’t Let the Sun Go Down On Your Anger, takes you on a rewarding sonic journey and is less expensive than anger management class. $10-12, 8pm. The Southern Cafe and Music Hall, 103 S. 1st St., 977-5590.

River City Extension brings its many instruments and extensive line-up and tightly-crafted tunes to the Southern stage.
(photo by Danny Clinch)

Sunday 6/3
Golden from the get-go
Vintage romance on the big screen doesn’t get better than Gregory Peck and Audrey Hepburn (in her first major role) falling in love against the backdrop of Rome. The 1953 comedy Roman Holiday witnesses Hepburn putting her stake firmly in Hollywood ground—the film garnished 10 Oscars and Hepburn walked off with Best Actress statuette from the Academy and the Golden Globes. It’s a perfect opportunity to ride double on your Vespa and indulge in the special Italian concessions. $4-6, 2pm. The Paramount Theater, 215 E. Main St. Downtown Mall. 979-1333.
Audrey Hepburn stars as a rebellious princess who gets seduced by an American newsman played by Gregory Peck in Roman Holiday.

Monday 6/4
Childhood friends Sarah Barthel and Josh Carter drew inspiration from acts like J Dilla, The Flaming Lips, and David Bowie when they created their indie pop duo, Phantogram. Named for an optical illusion, they add dimension to their live show with drummer Tim Oakley (of The Mathematicians) and get praise from peers like ?uestlove, Fitz and the Tantrums, and Big Boi. Their current release, Nightlife, uses the keyboard and electric guitar to shape ear-catching electro-pop. $16-18, 8pm. The Jefferson Theater, 101 E. Main St. Downtown Mall. 245-4980.

Cuban culture is captured through the eyes of children in the 100cameras photography exhibit opening Friday at Cafe Cubano.
(photo by 100cameras: Jose)

Through 6/30
Child’s eye
The nonprofit 100cameras organization breaks through borders via the power of photography. In its recent project, Cuban children were given cameras, taught how to use them, and encouraged to tell their story. The resulting images are for sale, with proceeds returned to Cuba to build a community center that’ll provide medical aid, humanitarian goods, disaster relief,and business workshops. Through their own vision, the participants gain perspective, raise awareness, and directly impact their own communities, while we get a candid peek behind Castro’s curtain. Free, Cafe Cubano, 112 W. Main St., 971-8743.