“This is a depressing movie!” writer-director Nicole Holofcener recently told Salon about Friends with Money, her quote-unquote comedy about a group of Los Angelinos who\’ve been together since before any of them had a real job.
American Dumpster’s much-anticipated new CD, Rumor Mill, will see the light of day this month, and there are plenty of opportunities to get out, see a great band and pick up that record. May 18 is the official release date, and there will be a catered release party at a location to be disclosed in the very near future. The Dumpsters will also play at The Corner Plan 9 on May 20. Recorded at Sound of Music, the disc is a fine representation of Christian Breeden’s tunes fleshed out by the swampy groove of the band.
This installment of OTR is the first in a two part series of skateboarders and skate music. Andy Foster grew up in Roanoke and started skating in 1975 when he was 12 or 13. He considers himself part of the second wave of skaters, and though he has been off and on boards, he says that about three years ago he started back seriously and now he wants to skate all the time. Primarily a bowl skater, Foster\’s favorite place to skate is California, and he would very much like to start up a skate shop in town. He also teaches lessons through the city at the Skate Park on McIntire Road. I asked him about the history of skate music.
It\’s been around a month and a half since Restaurantarama first detected a certain lovely smell wafting across the Downtown Mall.
First Friday is a monthly art event featuring exhibit openings at many Downtown art galleries. Several spaces offer receptions with wine, cheese and snacks.
As I was looking back and reminiscing on the websites I\’ve pushed on people in the year since I began professionally pushing websites, I was shocked and appalled to realize that while I\’ve waxed poetic about some of the most random websites that the wacky World Wide Web has to offer, I\’ve neglected to praise some of the most obvious.
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What a bizarre season this has been. Virtually no frontrunners have emerg-ed, like, at all. (By contrast, Randal was clearly earmarked as the victor from the beginning last season.)
This Friday evening, April 28th, you can catch one of the series of music and arts shows put on by painter Lee Alter. Alter’s studio is located at 109 E. Jefferson St., in a building that is one of the oldest in town (and was formerly the site for town meetings and dances). The building, […]
The Cyndra Van Clief Jazz Sextet wrapped up the season at The Cardinal CafÃ© in Scottsville this past Sunday night. The sextet plays jazz music from the 1930s, and features vocals, piano, bass, guitar and flute. Van Clief says she is very excited about playing Scottsville, which is her adopted hometown, and also where her church (she sings in the choir) is located. Cardinal CafÃ© presented the band’s premiere performance, and you can look for them to play more around town. I got to ask Van Clief about the music that she and the band like to play.
The UVA Department of Music takes a page (or trashcan lid)
from Stomp! on Wednesday, April 26. Under the direction
of I-Jen Fang, the drumming ensemble performs “A Night
of Percussion” at Old Cabell Hall, featuring classical to
contemporary music on non-pitched drums of all description. Free, 8pm. 924-3984.
Attention, pig lovers! Long an isolated mainstay way out on East Market Street, Jinx’s Pit’s Top is set to make an entrance on the Downtown scene. You may have noticed that the Downtown Mall kiosk has been bursting with flowers in recent weeks, thanks to the entrepreneurship of Betty Jo Dominick. Any day now, Jinx Kern will be supplying her with boxed barbecue lunches schlepped over from his tiny original location.
The pork will be tucked amongst the blooms during the noon hour, and also at dinnertime on Fridays After 5. For $6, says Jinx, you’ll get a barbecue sandwich, along with coleslaw and some cucumber saladâ”both of which we’re rather famous for,” he notes.
Jinx says this is the first toehold in a long-term plan for Downtown Jinxifica-tion. “I hope ultimately not just to be up there by proxy, but to have my own place on the Mall,” he says. We’ll lobby for seating when that day finally comes.
We love reader recipe requests around here, and we hate to disappoint loyal fans. So, when a reader asked us to “track down the absolutely delicious red pepper sauce from Sticks and publish it for the benefit of everyone’s taste buds,” we immediately placed a call to busy restaurateur Bill Hamilton. Not only is Hamilton co-owner of the Preston and Pantops Sticks locations, but he also oversees, with his wife, Kate, their eponymous establishment on the Downtown Mall. While Hamilton was incredibly gracious and willing to share a recipe with us, the red pepper sauce was, unfortunately, a bit too top-secret for that. He did choose a fine substitute, however, that also has red pepper as an ingredient: Sticks’ Grilled Vegetable Gazpacho. “This soup is very popular, and seasonally appropriate,” Hamilton tells us. It’s also easy and delicious, as well.’Pam Jiranek
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Thursday, April 20
To hear Fabio Esposito tell it, the pizza business just won’t leave him alone. When he opens Fabio’s N.Y. Pizza in the former High Street Pizza Hut building next month, Esposito will draw on seven years of experience running the original Fabio’s N.Y. Pizza in Gordonsville. “‘Your kitchen is our second kitchen,'” he recalls his Gordonsville customers telling him, before he and his wife Elena sold the place two years ago.
Thank You for Smoking – R, 92 minutes
Now playing at Regal Downtown Mall 6
For times call 817-FILM
Take the Lead – PG-13, 108 minutes
Now playing at Carmike Cinema 6
For times call 817-FILM
Starting the studio in their home with no budget, the two have since been able to attract a very diverse clientele of 35 students from ages 4 to 54.
Tickets are already on sale for Patty Larkin’s concert at The Gravity Lounge on Sunday, May 7. 977-5590. www.gravity lounge.com.
Feel good! James Brown comes to the Pavilion May 25. Tickets are at www. charlottesvillepavilion.com. 877-CPAV-TIX, and all Plan 9 locations.
Get your tickets now for America’s Wetland Revival Tour, featuring Wynton Marsalis, Neville Brothers and Dr. John. June 11 at the Pavilion. www.charlottesvillepavilion. com. 877-CPAV-TIX, and Plan 9 locations.
University Area Baja Bean— Salsa-and-margarita flair with open mic on Mondays and karaoke on Tuesdays. 1327 W. Main St. 293-4507. No cover. 9pm. Biltmore Grill— Beer flows at this student-packed Elliewood mainstay with regular Saturday-night patio music. 16 Elliewood Ave. 293-6700. No cover, 10pm. Buddhist Biker Bar & Grill-— Acoustic and folk in snug, house-party […]
This Sunday night, the Pavilion presents Wilco, one of the most successful and adventurous alt-rock bands on the planet.
In 2006 alone, local goth/punk heroes Bella Morte have toured with MSI and KMFDM, played the Warped Tour, headlined DragonCon, the Drop Dead 3 Festival, The Black Sun Festival and Gothstock. What’s next? Well, they’re stealing in (under cover of night, we presume) to grace the Satellite Ballroom with their otherworldly presence on Saturday, April 22. Come out and give Andy, Gopal, Tony, Micah and Jordan the old slam-dance welcome back. $8, 9pm. 1427 University Ave. 977-3697.
About 12 years ago, I had a twinkling of an inkling of what "Beatnik glory" might mean, of what it might mean to be singingly silly. I belonged to a jazz-and-poetry group started by Gregory Foster – formerly a cowboy, carnival worker, journalist, roadie for a famous jazzman, Miles Davis’ cab driver, Thelonius Monk’s chess […]