First Fridays, Derby Dames, Manorlady, Meet Yer Eats and, of course, Al Green

Funny that our local roller derby squad goes by "dames," because the Charlottesville Derby Dames are nothing if not modern women: jacked up, padded down and ready to roll. Saturday evening they rock the New River Valley Bruisin’Burgs at Augusta ExpoLand. Would you really choose the first UVA football game of the season over this?

One million calendars can’t be wrong: Today is the first Friday of September. Galleries open all across town this evening, including the Bridge/PAI (which opens a cool multisensory exhibit, curated by Leah Stoddard), Second Street Gallery (which has invaded Second Street with R. Luke DuBois’ visual tests) and McGuffey Art Center, which were closed for August. And when you’re strolling, pick up a copy of this week’s C-VILLE for comprehensive First Fridays openings.

"Genetic Sequence" by Jane Skafte at the Gallery at Fifth and Water.

I spent Thursday night calling into "Induced to Judder" on WTJU, which was giving away tickets to see Al Green on Sunday night at the Charlottesville Pavilion. When the host was giving out to the second caller, I was the third; when they were giving out to the third caller, I was the second. A small blessing from the good Reverend might’ve helped.

"I’m a Ram." Damn.

Local shoegaze three piece Manorlady headlines a show Saturday night at the Southern. Also on the bill: Ohio-based punks of HotChaCha and Washington’s Night and the City. Check out Manorlady’s solid Home Away EP here.

Speaking of manors. Monday is Labor Day, which means—good news!—many folks won’t have to be where they usually are at 9am on Monday morning. Capitalize on sweet freedom with the Meet Yer Eats Farm Tour, which opens 18 local farms to the curious and hungry from 10am-4pm, and is about as far away from that cubicle as possible. Cost is $10-15 per car; visit for more info.


What’re you up to this weekend?

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