Poe gets cleaned up, Parachute returns and Kevin Everson shows at the Whitney

Greetings. A few brief notes on local arts and artists for another rainy day:

The Jefferson Theater has announced that the handsome and famed local pop act Parachute will be coming to town June 4 in support of its upcoming album, The Way it Was, out May 17. A new track, "Something to Believe In (Jeremiah)" has been kicking around the interwebs for a couple of months, and as I’ve previously noted, it features some punchy baritone sax that recalls that other local band, the Dave Matthews one, a gospel choir and limber Coldplay-ish basslines. Looks the guys are shedding the Maroon 5 influence. Check out that song below. Tickets for the show go on sale tomorrow.

An exhibition of films by Kevin Everson called "More Than That" opens today at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York. The exhibit includes his documentary "The Equestrians," which showed this year at Second Street Gallery’s rear Dové gallery. Another feather in the cap for the beloved film professor whose work focuses on working-class African-Americans.

Over at UVA, just around the bend from the Rotunda, whose failing roof was recently saved by Governor Bob McDonnell after he came through some 11th hour funding, another local landmark is now looking at a renovation: The room that Edgar Allan Poe once occuppied on UVA’s West Range. The update will apparently include replacing the decades-old speaker system. It’s a fitting tribute to a master of American literature and the consummate Wahoo. (He was expelled from the U less than a year after arriving in 1826 for failure to pay debts.)

What would Poe have thought of people looking at his stuff through plexiglass?

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