C-VILLE Arts Beat: Top Picks for Jun 26-July 2

Friday 6/22

Down to earth

While ears are still ringing from the recent Mogwai show, Explosions In The Sky, the heir apparent to the throne of moody, instrumental songscaping, load in after a three-year hiatus. Formed in Texas in 1999, the quartet gained mainstream exposure when its dramatic compositions were used in Friday Night Lights. The most recent album, Take Care, Take Care, Take Care, serves as a mantra for the four years leading up to its release, as band members navigated loss and illness, and drew inspiration from love and birth. Zammuto opens. $18-20, 8pm. The Jefferson Theater, 110 E. Main St. Downtown Mall. 245-4980.

The “sad triumphant rock band,” Explosions in the Sky, speaks volumes without words. (photo by Nick Simonite)

Thursday 6/21

For mountain lovers

If you like your air, water, and land healthy and accessible, then give a nod of approval
to Artists for Appalachia. Musicians and activists will gather to celebrate 15 years of good work in the region and promote membership in Voices for Appalachia. Folk songbird Kathy Mattea performs, as well as Daniel Martin Moore, Michael Johnathon, 2/3 Goat, The Honeydew Drops, and Trent Wagler. Join in, and help keep our mountains pristine. $35-50, 8pm. The Jefferson Theater, 110 E. Main St., Downtown Mall. 245-4980.

Wednesday-Saturday 6/20-23

Doll fund

Dirty Barbie and Other Girlhood Tales is the play the cool kids have been talking about since it sold out in 2011 (like a limited edition Barbie), and now it’s headed to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. To prepare and raise funds, playwright DeeDee Stewart is performing a short run, recalling her childhood in hilarious, candid vignettes backed by a killer soundtrack. What are you waiting for? A talk-back will follow each performance. $20, times vary. Live Arts, 123 E. Water St. 977-4177. 

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