Stephen Malkmus at the Jefferson, free/cheap flicks, and a marathon at the Southern


Now that all the kids are back in school, there are some more opportunities to check out good movies for cheap. If you missed J.J. Abrams’ Super 8, the Spielbergian summer blockbuster about a vicious alien and the government that pissed it off, it is playing tonight at PVCC’s Free Movie Friday series. More information on the series is here. 

Also back in session is UVA’s great film club OFFscreen—whose websites have not been updated in a very long time and whose schedule was insanely difficult to find!—which screens foreign and independent cinema on Sunday nights. It is often the only opportunity to see such films on a big screen in town, and for cheap.

Also this weekend, the alt-ish radio station 106.1 The Corner is hosting a three-day fifth birthday celebration at the Southern. Looks fun. The shining light in that three-day celebration is a killer lineup of local bands, including the increasingly ubiquitous Sarah White and the Pearls, Wes Swing, Astronomers and Cinnamon Band. Friday night hosts Marc Broussard, and Sunday sees a performance by Stephen Kellogg and the Sixers. Full details are at the Southern’s website.

Stephen Kellogg and the Sixers play at the Southern to celebrate 106.1 The Corner’s fifth birthday.

Folks around town like to guess about what the indie rock godfather Stephen Malkmus thinks about Charlottesville, where he went to college and met some of the people with whom he would later form Pavement. We felt as if we had been thrown a bone when he told Chuck Klosterman in a GQ interview that he learned a lot about music as a WTJU DJ. Sometime C-VILLE videographer Gary Canino posted on his Tumblr about an encounter with Malkmus in which Malkmus apparently says, "Charlottesville is the shit." In an interview with Ian Svenonius on that abhorrent VICE TV thing, Malkmus talks at length about our town, saying of UVA, "My dad went to school there, it’s the only good school I got into. So I ended up there. Charlottesville. That was a nice town," he said. "It got hot in the summer, humid. There was heat lightning. Sometimes if you left a pack of cigarettes out a cigarette would get so wet you couldn’t smoke it. That’s how humid it was." Point being, we’re hoping he’ll validate us by saying Charlottesville is cool when he plays tonight at the Jefferson Theater with his band The Jicks. SM + Jicks released a new Beck-produced disc called Mirror Traffic.

Should be a great show. Tickets are here.

The ageless Stephen Malkmus plays the Jefferson tonight.