FunStuff: Charlottesville events September 6 and beyond

Bead-y eyed
For those of us who are easy to please, the fun of this event starts long before you get there, when you say the name of the venue aloud, mimicking the famed cartoon dog Scooby Doo. Try it. Studio Baboooooo! Once you're done with that, head on down to this bead boutique on the Downtown Mall for the First Friday opening reception in the new upstairs gallery. The September show features works by painter Donna Redmond, photography by Tim McDaniel, and art quilts by Evelyn Braintwain. Show runs through November 25.
September 7, Studio Baboo, 4-7pm, free




Girl with guitar
Sure, there are plenty of girls with guitars, but how many play a sparkly hot pink one and seem to channel some combination of Liz Phair and Lisa Loeb? Bree Valine's her name, and the 16-year-old Albemarle County resident cites Jason Mraz and Taylor Swift among her influences. She'll be playing her first-ever gig at the Mudhouse in Crozet on Friday evening. Expect originals and covers of such acts as Coldplay, songstress Bess Rogers, and the single monikered reggae/alternative rocker Matisyahu. The show's free, but donations are requested, and Ms. Valine's CD will be on sale.
September 7, Crozet Mudhouse, 6:30-9pm



He does crazy, gravity-defying stuff with bowling balls, and that's just a small part of magician-juggler-inventor-musician David Kaplan's repertoire. Kaplan has long performed for large audiences– he's opened for big name national acts including Steven Wright, Dennis Miller, and David Spade, and he's been featured on TV shows including The View and The Statler Brothers Show on TNN. He'll be at PVCC's V. Earl Dickinson Theater on Friday night performing a family-friendly show that promises to keep janitorial staff busy the next morning sweeping up dropped jaws.
September 7, PVCC, 7:30pm, $10-15



Park it!
Can't decide if you want to head out to the country for a walk in the woods, hear some live music, have a barbeque or do some art with the kids? Well, dear area residents, the good news is you can do it all thanks to a brand new event taking place in the Shenandoah National Park this weekend. The Septemberfest Pig Roast happens Saturday at the Skyland Resort, located at mile marker 41.7 on Skyline Drive. The event features music from bands including Sunnyside (shown here and playing old-time music), Bluegrass-playing Stoneridge, and the James River Cut-Ups, as well as crafts and ponyrides for kids and wine- and beer-tasting for adults. Truly, fun for everyone. (Well, except for the pig.)
September 8, Skyland Lodge, 11am-5pm, $15/per vehicle park admission 



They cover songs by musical artists including Lucinda Williams, Bob Dylan, Ben Harper, and Bonnie Raitt, as well as originals that sound like they were written back in the day. Their name might be Jeebus, but they're serious about getting crowds dancing, and this Saturday, the band– led by vocalists Susan Munson and Tim Ryan– takes over the Plank Road Exchange, in the former location of the Batesville Store.
September 8, Plank Road Exchange, 6:30-9pm, free




String thing
There are plenty of musical performances at venues all over town, but the vast majority are rock or some other pop-radio genre. This week, classical music takes center stage as the Charlottesville Chamber Music Festival kicks off with a performance at Old Cabell Hall on September 9 featuring works by Stephen Hartke and Robert Schumann. The Festival brings world renowned classical musicians to Charlottesville and features five performances from September 9-23. It's the brainchild of Charlottesville native Raphael Bell, pictured here, a double Julliard graduate who is now principal cellist of the Royal Flemish Philharmonic in Antwerp, Belgium, and violist/violinist Timothy Summers of the Mahler Philharmonic Orchestra and the Orpheus String Quartet, who launched the first festival in 2000. This week, a second performance takes place on Thursday, September 13 at the Paramount Theater featuring works by composers including Mozart and Dvorak.
September 9, Old Cabell Hall, 3pm, $6-22



Tunes by train
Most musicians on tour arrive by bus or van to play an indoor venue, or, sometimes, the Pavilion. Josh Urban, however, does things a little differently. He's on tour by train, the way the old street musicians used to travel, but he's added a modern twist: technology. "Since everyone has a story, I'm asking that everyone join in, and take their life on tour as well," says the D.C.-based singer/songwriter, who's using a system of hashtags– #JURT on Twitter and Instagram– to let people tag their posts, photos, and stories back to the tour and to share with fans in different cities. Urban will arrive in Charlottesville from Charlotte on the #51 train on Friday afternoon at 1:46pm, then he'll head over to the Downtown Mall where he plans to perform– and hopes other musicians will join in with him– until the train whistle sounds and he pulls out of the Main Street station at 9pm. You can find out more about Urban's unusual tour at
September 7, somewhere on the Downtown Mall, 2pm-ish to 8:30pm, free



Loving Mormonism
When writer Jane Barnes signed up to work on an NPR documentary about the founder of the Mormon faith, Joseph Smith, she had no idea she was embarking on a journey that would bring her to the brink of converting. Her new book, Falling in Love With Joseph Smith, is a memoir of her experience and a paean to a historic figure she found smarter, funnier, and saner than she'd imagined. With Mormonism taking center stage thanks to Republican nominee Mitt Romney, Barnes' book– and her upcoming reading at New Dominion Bookshop on the Downtown Mall– offers a timely education on a faith she feels has been misunderstood.
September 14, New Dominion Bookshop, 5:30pm, free




Just dance
When you hear the words "First Fridays," you probably think about the visual arts. That's about to change thanks to the Miki Liszt Dance Company, which is commemorating the opening of its new home in the McGuffey Art Center's "Room to Imagine" and launching the new First Friday Dance Series. Liszt, dancer-choreographer Noelle Prince Shear, and performer Jean-Marie Bralley will offer a show titled "Dance Morsels" at 6pm and 7pm, with a conversation with the artists taking place after the 7pm performance. 
September 7, McGuffey Art Center Studio 11, 6 & 7pm, free




New York rockers
They've been compared to the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Talking Heads, and Cake, but Brooklyn-based band Black Taxi doesn't need to ride coattails. They've been selling out 600-seat venues in New York, and they're moving into Charlottesville territory for a Monday night blow-out performance at The Box, on Second Street off the Downtown Mall. The band's website promises a "raucous stage show, heavy on harmonies, spitfire guitar licks, body paint, and all manner of instrumentation." If you're up for a party on a Monday night, this is your show.
September 10, The Box, 10pm, $10

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Hi all didn't get this event to the hook in time but this Wednesday we will be having a live story telling night in Staunton starting at 8pm. Please read the following for more info:

Everyone enjoys a good story and everyone's got one, so heres your chance to share yours. Thats right just a night of good story telling from the utterly fantastical "no way that happened", to the comically absurd, to the tragic tear jerkers and everything in between. So come on out and share your tale rather its that crazy college getaway to Tiajuana, the time you interned as a coroner, or just that one dinner party story your wifes sick of hearing and you need a new audience for; doesn't matter we haven't heard them and we want to! And hey if you don't want to tell your story come listen anyways, thats why people tell stories so someone will listen.

*Please keep your stories to real life tales though, there will be other nights to share your fiction and fantasies.
** Also adult content welcome, we won't censor you, so go ahead lay it out there.

Located at Augusta Arts and the Unreal City, 9 E Beverly St Staunton Va, entrance through the rear in the Augusta St parking lot. Email for more info.!/events/526985980650708/

Would like to inform your readers that it is certainly worth the short trip to Scottsville (just 18 miles away) for plenty of "Fun Stuff" happening in the other "Ville". We have in our charming little river town (on the banks of the famous Horseshoe Bend of the James River), the historic Victory Hall Theater (built in 1918), which has been recently renovated into a wonderful, intimate performance venue. Here's a taste of some of the upcoming live music shows (doors open at 7pm for Sat events - 3pm for Sun events):

09/08 - Cville favorite and recording artist, Ashley McMillen will be bringing her full band to our stage, with the talented Sally Rose to open. A country-inspired singer/songwriter, Ashley just released the hot new single, "You and Me" last week, which is already getting great radio airplay. You don't want to miss this show!

09/16 - Mark Templeton and Pocket Change (a regionally-known Bluegrass band) will be rolling in the tour bus for a large show to help benefit the non-profit organization (Scottsville Center for Arts and Nature - SCAN) that manages Victory Hall Theater.

09/22 - More local favorites (who are also big on the winery circuit), Yankee Dixie featuring Tara Mills and John Howard, will be bringing their unique blend of "Original Blue Ridge Mountain Folk" and beautiful harmonies...and a little harmonica!

09/23 - More Sunday Bluegrass with The Little Mountain Boys, bringing their unique blend of old-time bluegrass, country, and gospel. This show will also be a fundraiser event for the development of a nature trail system on a piece of property that was donated to SCAN, which will be the site of a future arts center.

09/29 - You may not have heard of Prime Cut Band...yet, but this group of well-seasoned, local musicians based out of Lovingston have come together to bring you the best, "prime" choices of Classic Rock, Pop, Country, Blues...and some originals as well.

And...that's just the month of September. Plenty more on the rest of the schedule for the remainder of the 2012 season. Please visit for the latest calendar and to purchase advance tickets online. You can find Victory Hall Theater at 401 Valley Street in the heart of the historic district...and, also on facebook for news, photos, and more!

Looking for even more reasons to head to this way?? There is plenty more "Fun Stuff" happening around Scottsville. With other live entertainment options, many fine businesses, great new restaurants, an antiques mall, and the newly-opened James River Brewing Company, there is certainly more to our quintessential "Smalltown USA" than was indicated on p. 97 of your recent Annual Manual, referencing the long-defunct Dew Drop Inn. We really do have a lot more than pie, fries, and tubing around here. :)

Freedom For Birth Film Premier and Screening, hosted by the Augusta County Chapter of Birth Matters Virginia.
Thursday, Sept. 20th, 7 pm
Blue Ridge Church of Christ, 1275 Goose Creek Rd, Fishersville, VA
This event is free to the public

Alexandra Dance Studio presents “Suhaila Salimpour Solo Show with the Original Salimpour Band,” the most spectacular dance and music event you will see this year!

Saturday, September 8
PVCC Dickinson Theater, 501 College Dr, Charlottesville, VA 22902 (off Rt. 20 South)
Doors 7:30pm, Show 8pm
$25 Adults/ $20 Students with University ID
Tickets available at the door with cash or check.

Suhaila Salimpour is a highly acclaimed performer, teacher, and choreographer of belly dance. Schooled from an early age in jazz, tap, and ballet, Suhaila began integrating her extensive classical training with the Middle Easter dance passed on by her mother, Jamila Salimpour. The result was a true artistic breakthrough: a revolutionary foundational technique that has brought the art of Belly Dance to a new level.

In the U.S., Suhaila appeared on television series such as Fame and Max Headroom and choreographed various music videos. For six years, she was the featured dancer at Byblos, a prestigious Arabic nightclub in Los Angeles, where she shared the stage with the most renowned singers of the Middle East. At Byblos, Suhaila worked with Ziad Islambouli and the original Salimpour Band who will be featured in Suhaila’s September 2012 Solo Show.

Miles Copeland, owner of IRS records, prominently featured Suhaila in his 2005 documentary, American Bellydancer. Suhaila is the artistic director and producer of Sheherezade, an acclaimed performing arts spectacle that mixes belly dance with the synchronization of Riverdance, the pounding rhythms of Stomp, and the aerial artistry of Cirque du Soleil. For Sheherezade, Suhaila was nominated for an Isadora Duncan Dance Award (“Izzie”) – making her the first performer in the belly dance genre to receive this prestigious nomination.

Today, Suhaila creates instructional and performance videos for all dance levels, as well as fully-orchestrated Middle Eastern dance musicals and CD recordings of the latest percussion artists. In addition to touring across the globe, Suhaila maintains her second-generation family business, the Suhaila Salimpour School of Belly Dance, in Albany, California. Suhaila has developed and implemented the first-available certification program in Middle Eastern dance. Suhaila looks forward to expanding the audience for and appreciation of traditional Middle Eastern dance in a distinctly contemporary style.

who is dumb enough to pay $10 to see ANY band at the Box?