Event highlights

music

Charlottesville is bursting with musicians, and our talented best start young: The Youth Orchestras of Charlottesville-Albemarle present their spring concert Sunday, May 14, at Old Cabell Hall. The program includes works by Brahms, Borodin and Beethoven, as well as Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Phantom of the Opera. In addition, Marianna Cutright performs Greig’s Piano Concerto in A Minor. Alicia Cool conducts the Junior Strings. $10, 3pm. 974-7776.

With influences that include Stiff Little Fingers, Au Pairs and Phil Oches, you’d expect the underground group Mecca Normal to be a five-piece band. But Mecca duo Jean Smith and David Lester cover synth, piano, guitars, sax and vocals just fine themselves, thank you very much. Come hear them kick out works from their new CD, The Observer, on May 12, at Dust. $6, 10pm. 1304B Market St.
 
The New York Times describes folk-blues queen Odetta’s voice as “capable of soft-spun timbres and one with a powerful cutting edge, equally convincing in resonant, low tones and scat-like passages way up high.” She’s sung for American presidents, walked arm-in-arm with civil rights leaders and has inspired generations of musicians—most famously Bob Dylan and Janis Joplin. See this national treasure shine on Saturday, May 13, at the Gravity Lounge. 7pm. $28-35. 103 S. First St. 977-5590. www.gravity-lounge.com.

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It’s the perfect romantic date. Put on those light hikers and a jacket, grab your water bottle and join the Wintergreen Foundation’s Saturday Moonrise Night Hike. The walk is easy, but reduced visibility may make footing more difficult, so instead of bringing a flashlight, bring a partner to steady your way. $5-8, 8pm. May 13. Meet at the Trillium House at Wintergreen. 325-8169. www.twnf.org.

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Shakespeare Behind Bars
is an eye-opening documentary that traces the casting, rehearsal and presentation of The Tempest by convicted felons inside Kentucky’s Luther Luckett Correctional Complex. Within the rigid confines of prison, the play allows the inmates to examine their pasts with remarkable candor, revealing untapped generosity and faith. Join UVA’s Betsy Tucker in a screening discussion of the film Tuesday, May 9, at Vinegar Hill Theatre. $8, 7pm. 220 W. Market St. 979-1922. www.vafilm.com.  

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When Toubab Krewe pulls out the West African 21-stringed kora, the six-stringed kamelengoni, talking drums and rock guitar, you can forget about sitting still. The energetic performances of Drew Heller, Justin Perkins, David Pransky, Luke Quarnta and Teal Brown have set feet a-dancin’ from The Blue Note to the Kennedy Center. Not bad for five guys from Asheville, North Carolina. Thursday, May 4.
Starr Hill. $8-10, 8pm. 709 W. Main St. 977-0017.

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O.K., all you land-lubbers—time to take a canoe trip on the Rivanna River, Saturday, May 6. Paddle downstream and view sites that Mr. Jefferson roamed when they were just plantations, river birch groves and a woolen mill. Put-ins at both Crofton Point (Palmyra) and James River (Scottsville). Parents, call to register with your children (12 and over only, please). $25-40, 9:30am-2pm. 970-3260. www.charlottesville.org.

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The only thing better than jazz in a club is jazz on the Lawn. Bring a blanket and enjoy some sunshine Wednesday, May 3, as the jazz ensembles at UVA hold a concert on the steps of Old Cabell Hall. Under the direction of Peter Spaar, Mike Rosensky and Jeff Decker, student groups perform works by John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Sun Ra and Charlie Parker. Free, 3pm. Lower Lawn at Old Cabell Hall, UVA. 238-6918.

Like his idols Bob Wills and Hank Williams, Merle Haggard has drawn from country, jazz, blues and folk. In the process, he’s developed a gravel-voiced country sound like no other. Throughout his 40-year career, due to his own rough and tumble life (ask him about San Quentin, if you dare), he’s been the working man’s champion. Don’t miss the real
deal Wednesday, May 3, at the Pavilion. $22-41.50.
1-877-CPAV-TIX or www.charlottesvillepavilion.com.music

In the ’90s, Boston acoustic guitar wizard Patty Larkin was hailed as
a leading voice of the Lilith era—but she was a folk icon long before that. The
constantly evolving Larkin resides where Beck meets Richard Thompson; where
Beth Orton intersects with Guy Clark; and most recently, where Me’shell Ndegeocello melds with Bob Dylan.
Enjoy Larkin’s incisive songwriting style
at The Gravity Lounge Sunday May 7. 7pm, $15-20. 103 S. First St. 977-5590. www.gravity-lounge.com.

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