“Wild at Heart,” Nas and Jr. Gong, and a trip back in time

Nas and Damian "Jr. Gong" Marley hit the Charlottesville Pavilion tomorrow night for a rare hip-hop show on the Downtown Mall. The two collaborated recently for an album called Distant Relatives that, it seemed, most people thought would be bad, but has in fact been well received. Check it out. The worst case scenario? You get to see two modern music legends in the making.

Sometimes it seems like ’80s is just as sure a bet as nighttime itself. But that should be no reason to delay, since ’90s nostalgia is welling up fast. To that end, don’t go to

Rapture’s ’80s Dance Party

tonight requesting Soul Coughing, Alanis Morissette or Hootie and the Blowfish. Instead, go and…

Request this.


One of my favorite Friday evening activities is to take a trip to the Library of Congress’ Packard Campus, in Culpeper, to watch a beautiful print of a classic film in a classy art deco theater—for free. Tonight, it’s David Lynch’s totally bizarre Wild At Heart, from a time when pre-Wicker Man Nicolas Cage had that thrilling combination of panache and swagger.

Nic Cage sings "Love Me Tender" in Wild at Heart.

Just as summer starts to taper off, it’s time for the Nelson County Bike Festival at Devil’s Backbone Brewery. Check your tire pressure, wear a helmet, and don’t drink and ride.

What’re you up to this weekend?

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