Jared, a.k.a Kap Slap, rocks the Jefferson this Friday.
Caution: Kap Slap shows tend to heat things up on the dance floor.
A story about a boy, his Garageband program, and thousands of screaming fans.
Dude known only as "Jared," an engineering student at Lehigh University, begins messing around with Garageband, releases a "mashup" using Ableton Live 8, plays his first live gig, then, like, takes the country by storm, knocking out 25 gigs in 9 months in 2011, all while being a full-time student. Study engineering by day, whip up massive crowds of co-eds into a frenzy at night. Sounds like a sweet life. What started out as a hobby ended up producing mashups and bootlegs that have been recognized around the world.
The stage name "Kap Slap" refers to a favorite drink in his Kappa Alpha Society frat–you start funneling a beer and then a shot of Bacardi 151 rum is added, which gives a "slap" in the face.
Indeed, if you're looking for a Dionysian slap in the face, be sure to add a dose of Kap Slap to your weekend.
January 25, Jefferson Theater, 9pm, $15-17
Akintunde delivers some laughs
Comedy acts don't often come to town, so when they do, you might as well get out for some laughs. This weekend the so-called Christian comedian Akintunde comes to the main stage of the V. Earl Dickinson Main Theater at Piedmont Virginia Community College. The Savannah native honed his comedy working as a barber for a decade before going out on the road. Since then, he's written for It’s Showtime at the Apollo and worked with comedians like Monique and Chris Tucker. In May, he released his live comedy DVD The Truth, The Whole Truth, and Nothing But. This is comedy for the whole family, guided by his strong faith, but don't expect some lame, harmless comedy routine.
"Christians and comedy can sometimes be a slippery slope. Either the comedians are so safe that their routine is predictable and just downright corny. Well, yeah, that's pretty much the norm," writes Gerald Jones, a Gospel music industry blogger, talking about Akintunde. "But the flipside is once the Gospel community finds a mainstream comedian that the saints embrace, they stop there and have him do everything!
January 26, Piedmont Virginia Community College, 7:30pm, $15-10
Crozet's Carly Witt
You've got to hand it to a 16-year old musician who pens a good pitch to a reporter about her upcoming gig, one so straight forward, unpretentious, and enthusiastic that it ends up here. Take note publicity seeking artists. Carly Witt, a singer-songwriter from Crozet who describes her music as "somewhat country and indie," says she didn't take a serious interest in music until she was 12. And she only picked up the guitar about a year ago. While her playing is somewhat basic, her voice is somewhat hypnotic. She does a lot of covers– think Taylor Swift– but she's been writing her own stuff, too.
"In the past few months I have been to various open mics and have done a couple of gigs to profit the building of the new Crozet library," she says. "I also recently visited Nashville and sung at a few venues there too."
She's also putting together an album called One Year that she's hoping to finish this summer, and has made a couple of videos of herself. You can check one out on You Tube at http://tinyurl.com/aqhotbu
January 26, Mudhouse in Crozet, 7pm. Free
Legitimate Fruits of Freedom
If you take a tour through Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello, your guide is not likely to go into detail about the plight of Jefferson’s slaves and the struggle of African Americans in Charlottesville. This panel discussion, "The African American Struggle for Equal Opportunity in 19th Century Albemarle County," which is part of UVA's Community MLK Celebration, aims to consider the truth of how African Americans during the 19th century gained access to freedom, education, property, and prosperity in Albemarle County despite slavery, restrictive laws, and racial prejudice. The panelists will focus on the stories of individuals related to Monticello, the University of Virginia, and the Jefferson School, whose struggles and successes impacted this community. Free parking is available at this event, and the panel discussion will be followed by a light reception.
January 29, Jefferson School African American Heritage Center Auditorium, 6pm, Free
Yo La Tengo at Jefferson Theater
Chris Cernak at Whiskey Jar
Loose Change at Blue Moon Diner
Boxwave at Fellini's #9
James Justin & Co. at Whiskey Jar
Adrian Duke (amazing blues), Fellini's #9, 10-1
The Sally Rose Band at Blue Moon Diner
Grits n Gravy at Rapture / R2
Crow Jane at the Whiskey Jar
Beako (CD Release), Tiger's Jaw, Sarah White at the Blue Moon Diner
Ben Seretan & The Early, Grand Banks at the Twisted Branch Tea Bazaar
The Antlers at Old Cabell Hall
Frank Rivera at Rapture / R2
Howie Campbell, Fellini's #9, 10-1
Indecision at the Jefferson Theater, 8pm
Freelance Whales, Hundred Waters at the Southern
King Golden Banshee Celtic Jam, 6-9; Hogwaller Ramblers, 10-1, Fellini's #9
Purity Ring, Young Magic at the Jefferson Theater
Dane Alderson & Friends, Joe Lawlor at Rapture / R2
Sabra's Honky Tonk at the Blue Moon Diner
Walk The Moon, Pacific Air at the Southern
Travis Elliott, Fellini's #9, 10pm
Founding Fathers at the Whiskey Jar
Erin Lunsford at the Blue Moon Diner
Citizen Cope at the Jefferson Theater
Danny Barrale, 9-12, Fellini's #9
Gold-Top County-Ramblers at the South Street Brewery
Jim Waive at the Blue Moon Diner
The Anatomy of Frank, Bombadil, Lorenzo Sevilla the Magician at the Southern
Mercutio at the Whiskey Jar
Crawford Smith, Fellini's #9, 10-1
Venues: Wild Wolf Brewing Company (434-361-0088) The Southern (434-977-5590), Devils Backbone Brewing Company (434-361-1001), The Blue Moon Diner (434-980-6666), The Whiskey Jar (434-202-1549), The Edge at Wintergreen Resort (434-325-8080), Rapture/R2 (434-293-9526), Twisted Branch Tea Bazaar (434-293-9947), Fellini's #9 (434-979-4279), Miller's (434-971-8511), Old Cabell Hall (434-924-3376)
Theater: American Shakespeare Center presents Julius Caesar. Black Friars Playhouse. 7:30pm. $24-35
Dance: Swing Swap, dancing for all levels. Murray High School. 7pm. Free
Film: Eating Alaska, documentary directed by Ellen Frankenstein. Jefferson-Madison Regional Library Central Branch. 7pm. Free
Dance: Terry Dean's Dance Studio Dance Party. Terry Dean's Dance
Studio. 9pm. $10
Art: "STrAY: Found Poems from a Lost Time," an installation by contemporary artist Suzanne McClelland. Fralin Museum of Art at UVA. 12-5pm. Free
Dance: Latin Night. Speak! Language Center. 8:30pm. $10
Music: Imagine - A Tribute to John Lennon, featuring Jamie Dyer, Travis Elliott, Jesse Harper, Terri Allard, Adam's Plastic Pond, The Gladstones, and the Eli Cook Band. The Southern. 8pm. $10-12
Reading: Christel Schmidt, author of Mary Pickford: Queen of the Movies, will discuss and sign copies of her book. New Dominion Bookshop. 11am. Free
Art: We Bury Our Own, works by Christian Thompson. Kluge Ruhe Aboriginal Art Museum. Open hours. Free
Art: Australian Aboriginal Tour, a brief tour of the current exhibitions. Kluge Ruhe Aboriginal Art Museum. 10:30am. Free
Sports: UVa Men's Basketball vs. Boston College. JPJ Arena. 1pm. $16-36
Movie: Breakfast at Tiffany's. Paramount Theater. 2pm. $4-6
MLK Celebration: Interfaith Worship Service. Join together and celebrate the inspiration of Martin Luther King Jr.'s legacy and our community's entreaty for a future of blessing, generosity and harmony among us all. The Jefferson Theater. 2pm. Free
Food: Knights of Columbus Pancake Breakfast. Church of the Incarnation. 9am. $5
Music: Walk the Moon, high-energy indie rock band. The Jefferson Theater. 9pm. $15
Reading: Poetry Writing Contest. Milli Joe Coffee and Gelato. 6:30pm. Free
Sports: UVa Men's Basketball vs. NC State. JPJ Arena. 7pm. $16-36
Dance: Zumba South African Dance Workout. Zabor Dance studio. 6pm. $8
MLK Celebration: The University Honors Julian Bond. Paramount Theater. 6pm. Free
Comedy: Improv Comedy for Beginners, with the Bent Theatre Improv Comedy members. Play On Theater. 7pm. Free
Big Picture: Arts plan seeks to enrich local culture
If you're an artist or creative type in Charlottesville, the Piedmont Council for the Arts (PCA) has got your back. Now they have their most ambitious plan yet to enrich our cultural dignity. After four years of conversations with artists, arts organization representatives, educators, and other community stakeholders, the PCA has come up with what they are calling "Create Charlottesville," a kind of long-term strategic plan for responding to the needs of the art community.
"The project is years in the making," says Maggie Guggenheimer, PCA research and planning consultant. "These roundtable discussions provided a forum to explore issues of importance to the arts sector, from cultural tourism to arts education."
An important catalyst for this project, says Guggenheimer, was an arts and economic prosperity study the PCA spearheaded. Believe it or not, arts and culture are a $114.4 million industry in the Charlottesville area.
"Data from the study helped local funders better understand the return on investment in the arts sector, which can be improved and enhanced by our cultural plan," says Guggenheimer.
The plan, the PCA hopes, will enhance the promotion of our cultural identity, bring in more economic support, and make Charlottesville a cultural destination for visitors. It will also give potential donors a better idea of how their contributions are directly effecting the arts community.
The PCA has engaged Dr. Craig Dreeszen, a national expert on community cultural planning, who has helped over 50 arts organizations across the country create such strategic plans. He will lead a 27-member steering committee and write up the plan. The final plan is expected to be unveiled next January in an exhibit at CitySpace on the Downtown Mall.
If you're interested in getting involved in the big picture plan, or if you have any questions about the plan, you can contact Guggenheimer at email@example.com.
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