C-VILLE Arts Beat: Top Picks for Feb 21-28

Songwriter sustenance

Saturday 2/25

Six-time Grammy nominee John McCutcheon feeds your folkie soul at PVCC. A brilliant multi-instrumentalist, stalwart activist and engaging storyteller, McCutcheon’s committed to the Appalachian folk music tradition. $15 for adults, $10 for seniors and students, at 7:30pm. In PVCC’s Main Stage Theater.

The promise of tomorrow

Saturday 2/25

Live Arts offers some insights into the Civil Rights movement via documentary. Watch speeches and interviews from firsthand sources in the long struggle for universal human equality in From Bondage to Promise. Director, Leslie Baskfield, draws from the wisdom of slaves, activists and Civil Rights leaders to showcase the lives of ancestors and contemporaries, recontextualizing their trials and celebrating the promise of a better future. $10, at 8pm, Live Arts.

Recipe for jam

Sunday 2/26

Get into some down-home singing and dancing at The Jefferson, when the unique and accessible bluegrass flavor of Yonder Mountain String Band returns to Charlottesville. The Telluride-based outfit gets bodies moving with smart jams and playful harmonies, groovy lighting and smokin’ covers. $22.50 in advance, $25 at the door. 7:30pm.

The envelope please…

Sunday 2/26

Don your haute couture and rented bling for the live, high definition broadcast of the Academy Awards at The Paramount. Oscar Night America pulls out all the stops with a selection of libations from over 20 local vineyards and restaurants, and the opportunity to take home a piece of the Tinseltown action at the Hollywood-themed silent auction to benefit the 25th anniversary of the Virginia Film Festival. Ticket price is $45, and the red carpet rolls out at 7pm.

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