What’s going on this weekend?

Everybody’s visiting with mom this weekend, but things haven’t lurched to a halt. Sink your teeth into spring with a trip just south of town to Rapunzel’s, which hosts a couple of solid local acts this weekend: Carl Anderson, who has been hitting the local circuit hard since the release of a recent EP. Or if your thirst for Q*Black wasn’t slaked by Ocean Black’s set opening for Snoop Dogg at the Jefferson Theater, the IllVille Crew host a Saturday night of good clean fun. Details are here.

Also this weekend at the Southern: Local native Mariana Bell releases a strong new CD on Sunday (read about it here), and the genre-bending cellist Ben Sollee headlines Saturday.

If it feels like there’s not a lot going on this weekend, it may be because some of the organizations that keep the community’s wheels turning all seem to be hosting major fundraisers over the next week. Here’s a quick roundup:

  • The Bridge/PAI hosts its annual REVEL fundraiser. A $55 entry gets you into the main event, which features a silent art auction (bidding starts at $5 for Billy Hunt Private Detective Services: Need a private investigator, but don’t need some one qualified? Billy Hunt’s your man) and tunes by We Are Star Children. When 11pm rolls around, $10 gets you into the afterparty. Details are here.
  • The arts patronage org Virginia Center for Creative Arts also hosts its annual fundraiser, this year in celebration of its 40th anniversary. Saturday night’s party at the Casa Maria gardens in Greenwood and features "cocktails, dinner, dancing and an art auction." Tickets are $250 and can be bought here.
  • Tickets to Wednesday’s Piedmont Council for the Arts fundraiser, called Spring for the Arts, are $35 for members and $50 for nonmembers. That event also features an art auction, a veritable smorgasbord of performances—from Avery Lawrence to belly dancing to Klezmer music—and bourbon pairings(!). Details are here.
  • Bonus: The African-American Teaching Fellows of Charlottesville-Albemarle also host an art auction next Saturday night, May 14, this one at Thomas Jefferson Memorial Church, that includes work from a range of local artists for a range of prices. Go.

How to run an auction.

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It’s a nice, bright blue day for First Fridays; pick up a copy of this week’s C-VILLE on your walk as a guide to what’s happening where and when. Exciting new shows tonight include one year anniversary shows at both Warm Springs Gallery (with excellent art by the noted African-American painter and etcher Joseph Holston) and Chroma (with "Anthology: One Thousand Words x Four," which attempts to translate the written word into visuals, and an exhibit of vintage magazine ads rendered in 3-D by New City Arts’ Maureen Lovett).

Here’s a show as interesting for the music as it is for reasons related to the recent debates over where music can be played: Ix building restaurant Al Hamraa gets christened as a rock’n’roll venue on Saturday night, with a killer lineup featuring The Super Vacations, Hermit Thrushes and the dormant-of-late slop-pop revue D.B.B. Plays Cups.

And at a true-blue venue, The Southern also hosts a solid "Richmond-meets-Charlottesville" show tonight with local thrashy mindbenders Heavy Burner, plus Richmond/Charlottesville based Channel 43, and Richmond based Kid Is Qual.  

In this week’s Feedback column, I wrote about the Virginia Consort‘s upcoming performance of Verdi’s Requiem. On Sunday at Old Cabell Hall the local chamber chorus revives not the context of its creation (Italy in the 18th century) but its remarkable performances that took place in the Terezin concentration camp during the Nazi occupation of Czeckoslovakia. Read all about it here.

You want more? Thomas Gunn‘s quiet new disc Conversations With the Wishing Well has been on heavy rotation here, and he releases it Saturday at C’ville Coffee’s Stage Café. His tunes are homey tales sure to tickle the Nick Drake-bone; plus, you won’t find a better guitarist ’round these parts.

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