FunStuff: Charlottesville events June 7 and beyond

Flick 'n float
You can watch movies on your couch or in the theater any old time, but when's the last time you kicked back poolside– or actually in the pool– to soak up some cinema? This Friday is the first of three City-sponsored summer film events, and kids are sure to be revved over the selection chosen to play at Washington Park pool: Cars 2. In the second installment of the hit Pixar series, Lightning McQueen leaves his home in Radiator Station to compete in the World Grand Prix. He'll have some thrilling adventures and tough competition, no doubt; but if you're lucky, by the end, it's your kids who'll be out of gas.
June 8, Washington Park Pool, sunset, free


Speed racers
The family that runs together has funs together! Grammatically incorrect, perhaps, but true nonetheless, especially when the event in question is the Charlottesville Track Club's All Comer's Track Meet. Runners of all ages and levels are invited to participate in a variety of timed events from 100 meters to 800 meters. Those with a bit more endurance can test their mettle in either a two-mile or 5K timed race, and parent/child and sibling relays round out the night.
June 14, Charlottesville High School track, 6:30pm, $2 non-members


Oldies but goodies
Fans of the PBS series Antique Road Show know that valuable antiques passed down by generations can find their way into the attics of clueless descendants– or complete strangers– who are utterly unable to distinguish between a mint condition 13th century Ming Dynasty vase and a 1990s Ikea trinket. Could you have priceless gems hidden among your aged possessions? This week's your chance to find out as the Jefferson Area Board for Aging sponsors "Better with Age," an appraisal and fundraising event. In addition to expert appraisers, the afternoon features music by jazz pianist Jim Wray and wine from Trump Winery. So pick up your old Underwood typewriter– or that vase you think Grandma bought at Ikea– and head down to the Omni. You could be sitting on millions.
June 10, Omni Hotel, 2-5pm, $25/$35 


Music for mouths
Anyone seen the viral Youtube video of world renowned violinist Joshua Bell playing an impromptu concert in the metro as harried D.C. commuters rush by without stopping to listen? Don't be like them. You've got a chance to recognize top flight classical music this week, as hometown talent and current Juilliard graduate students Fitz Gary (viola) and Avery Wait (cello) perform a benefit chamber music concert for the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank. Accompanied by New York City pianist Solon Gordon, CHS grad Gary and Tandem Friends School grad Wait will perform works by composers including Schumann, Brahms, Debussy, and Bartok at 500 Park Street. While there's technically no charge, donations of money or nonperishable food for the Food Bank are appreciated.
June 10, First Presbyterian Church, 3pm, free


Sunset and sipping
Many people take an annual fall trek up to Carter Mountain Orchard for the bountiful apples that grow at the top– and the breathtaking views of fall foliage. Switch the fruit to grapes (which also grow on the mountain), and the leaves from red, orange, and yellow to green, and you'll start to understand the appeal of the Thursday evening events put on this summer with the help of Prince Michel Vineyard and Winery. Really, what sounds more appealing than listening to live music (no cover charge) and sipping wine (charged by the glass) while gazing out over the lush green rolling hills and the Blue Ridge Mountains on warm evening? The apples can wait.
Thursdays from June 7-October 4, Carter Mountain Orchard, 5pm, free entry




Songs for change
When the going gets tough, the tough pull out their instruments and sing songs of protest. At least that's one way to respond to the current political state of affairs, and there will be plenty of protest songs at the Saturday night FolkMuusic Fest at the Thomas Jefferson Memorial Unitarian Universalist church, featuring a slew of local musicians including the folk duo of Mike Cvetanovich and Penny Bowles as well as singer-songwriter Wendy Repass (pictured here), whose soulful voice and pointed lyrics evoke Sarah McLachlan, the Indigo Girls, and Brandi Carlile.
June 9, Thomas Jefferson Memorial Church, 7:30pm, $10 suggested donation



Picture this!
Launched in 2007, the Look3 Festival of the Photograph continues to attract world-famous photographers– and throngs of camera toting professional and amateur shutterbugs. This weekend, picture yourself at the Paramount for any one of three "Insight Conversations," featuring world renowned photographers being interviewed by well known journalists and photography experts. Our pick: the Friday night chat with Donna Ferrato, whose work often illuminates the horror of domestic violence (as seen in this image titled "Garth & Lisa") and who will share her perspective with NPR radio host Alex Chadwick. A picture may speak a thousand words, but there's something especially compelling about hearing the story behind the picture from the artist who captured it.  
June 8, The Paramount Theater, 4pm, $35



World beat
With the horns blaring and drums beating, a Baaba Seth show offers one guarantee: you will dance. Pictured here in their younger years, Baaba Seth has been working fans into a frenzy since today's 21-year-olds were in diapers, but the band's constantly evolving world beat sound stays fresh. Find out for yourself at the next Fridays After Five concert on the Downtown Mall.
June 8, nTelos Wireless Pavilion, 5:30pm, free



Lilt Jig is up!
If you think Michael Flatley's gotten a bit too big for his tight britches, what with his world touring Riverdance show and him always getting the pretty ladies after he beats his competitor in a tap dance, you don't have to give up on Irish music and dance altogether. The Blue Ridge Irish Music School presents a concert in a house by Irish band Lilt. Featuring Tina Eck on flute and whistles, Keith Carr on banjo and bouzouki (a Greek instrument similar to a lute), and guest singer Eileen Estes. Pre-registration required by calling 434-409-9631 or emailing (You can also sign up for $20 pre-concert workshops with Lilt.)
June 9, 2146 Lakeside Drive, 7pm, $15 concert



Speaking out
For decades, local attorney Steve Rosenfield has fought for civil rights, representing rape victims, people wrongly accused of murder, and serving as president of Virginians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty, and he has stories to tell. He'll share his wisdom gleaned from years of courtroom battle in a presentation titled "Representing the Least Among Us," as part of The Rutherford Institute's 2012 Summer Speaker Series held at Rutherford's HQ at 1440 Sachem Place and requiring an RSVP to 434-978-3888.
June 11, The Rutherford Institute,10am, free



This week's "FunStuff" was compiled by Courteney Stuart, and next week's "FunStuff" will be compiled by another newsroom staffer. To get your event considered, send a press release and photo to

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