First Fridays, The Festy, “Parade” and “Make Believe”


Summer, we barely knew ye. It may not be sweater weather yet, but there’s no better indication that fall is here than the host of impressive gallery openings that come with an October First Fridays. This year’s bounty includes Nancy Bass‘s latest paintings of Virginia livestock at Chroma Projects, but for the anthropologically aware, Sean Santiago‘s photographs of China will be up at Artifacts, and the Bridge/PAI is opening an installation of documentary photographer Andrew Stern’s famous black-and-white photographs of mid-century life in Appalachian coal country. Stern himself will be there, which should be a treat.

Kentucky Miners, courtesy of Andrew Stern.

The Festy started this afternoon, a local three-day music festival that’s now in its second year. "Come mingle with your fellow man, he’s really stoked that you’re here," the Festy says. If you start getting your camping gear together right now, you can still catch an open-air show tonight from the inimitable Love Canon. When they played their last Final Fridays, they sold the Pavilion out of beer, and they’ll have to play extra hard tonight to do the same to Devils Backbone Brewery. Saturday and Sunday’s festivities include sets by Brett Dennen, Red Rattles, and the Grammy-nominated Infamous Stringdusters. 

 How’s that for dusting strings?

Last night, UVA drama kicked off its fall season with the opening night of Parade at Culbreth Theatre, a late-nineties take on murder, communal outrage, anti-Semitism and scapegoating in 1913 Atlanta, Georgia. Tickets are going fast for tonight’s showing, and Saturday night’s is going to be the last one.

And on Saturday night, Make Believe comes to the Paramount, the documentary about teenage magicians that stole the show at last year’s Los Angeles Film Festival. This little film that could by Charlottesville-native director J. Clay Tweel is turning heads everywhere, and if reviews are any indication, it’s a heart-warmer.

Seeing is believing.