The Old Cabell Hall Auditorium gets Dizzy tonight, with a 94th birthday tribute to late jazz legend John Birks "Dizzy" Gillespie. UVA’s Free Bridge Quintet and guest pianist Hod O’Brien will play tribute to the man whose breakneck trumpet runs and tumescent cheeks forever changed bebop and modern jazz. The show starts at 8pm, and tickets are $15, although UVA students wily enough to navigate the UVA Arts Box Office website should be able to get in for free.
Mmm… "Salt Peanuts"
Comedy cable network Adult Swim is hosting a "Block Party" this evening in the lot
directly across the street from Live Arts and adjacent to the Water Street Parking Garage. From 7-11pm, a nominal fee gets you all the fan appreciation/branding you can stomach, with classic carnival games reinterpreted in bizarre facsimile of AdultSwim.com web games. Kylesa, a metal band from Savannah, Georgia, will be playing all night. The giant inflatable Carl (from Aqua Team Hunger Force) has already been blown up to disgusting proportions; tomorrow it will be loaded on to a flatbed and driven to the next college town. Sunrise, sunset.
Toroidal or injected with filling, deep fried or baked, doughnughts are the king of confectionary treats. Tonight, these goodies are the two hours’ traffic of the Live Arts Stage, with the opening of Superior Donuts, a comedy about an aging ’60s radical trying to run his doughnut shop without succumbing to the modern age and its health food trends. If you can’t catch this one fresh, it runs until November 19. Check in next Tuesday for a review.
For drama less fictional and more fraught, stop by the Bridge/PAI for a free 7pm screening of The Last Mountain, a documentary about Coal River Valley, West Virginia and the local fight to stop mountaintop removal mining. If the trailer is any indication, it looks to be a blood-stirring David-and-Goliath story of community against corporation, and follows Robert F. Kennedy Jr. as he speaks with a number of activists and experts about the health risks of mountaintop removal and the policies that promote it.
Big coal. Small conscience.
This Saturday night, local psych-folk outfit The Fire Tapes releases its debut album Dream Travel with a show at the Southern. The word "soundscape" applies to their lush dual-guitar approach, and if Charlottesville were one big soundscape, they would be a preeminent exploratory party probing its dark interior. The talented Sarah White opens, along with Feedback’s own Andrew Cedermark, and if you buy them early, tickets are only $5.
"Attack of the Clones" – The Fire Tapes