From Funnyman Skiba to Man Ray, Sarah White to Darren Beachley

Happy Friday, all. Here’s a roundup of things you can do this weekend.

Hey you, C-VILLE reader—yes, you. Come to a late night block party on Second Street this evening, which begins at 11pm and brings our annual Best Of festivities to a close. Fittingly, it’s the best party of the year, for the best readers in town. More details here.

Bam!

The UVA Art Museum hosts Man Ray Day on Saturday, to celebrate the new African Art: Beyond the Modernist Lens exhibit. Attractions include traditional French music, the Charlottesville Community Drum Choir and lots of other, more crazy and Man Ray-related stuff, like pinhole Polaroid portraits. Oh, and a word to the wise: Students return this weekend, so walk or bike to the museum.

Man Ray’s Le Retour à la Raison

 

Saturday night, Sarah White has grabbed the reins from Neko Case, who cancelled her show that was scheduled for the Jefferson Theater. The Daily Progress notes that we get a music of comparable quality for much less money. If it hasn’t yet been said: That, friends, is what local music is all about. She’s posted some new recordings on her website, including this one:

Sarah White’s "Spoken Word," the 2010 version.

A skeleton walks into a bar. What’s next is up to Funnyman Skiba, the first in the National Stand-Up Comedy Series, which promises to bring funnymen and -women to town monthly for lotsa laffs. Catch Skiba, whose First Night Virginia show sold out this winter, on Saturday night night at Live Arts.

 Sample Skiba’s goods. More below.

 

The online PR machine has been pushing the following concert on my e-mail inbox pretty hard, and with good reason: Darren Beachley and the Legends of the Potomac—who come from Maryland to play the Southern on Sunday—"harness the very best of bluegrass past and future" into a music that’s good for both knee-slappin’ and relaxin’.

What’re you up to this weekend?

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