Get Out! events, shows, things to do
"If a little dreaming is dangerous, the cure for it is not to dream less but to dream more, to dream all the time." – Marcel Proust
Lose your head
Ever been tempted to escape the monotony and struggles of your life by imagining your own fantasy world? Then you'll have a lot in common with young Zoé, the main character in Cirque du Soleil's production of Quidam, coming to the John Paul Jones Arena. Indeed, the entire show blossoms out of the young girl's imagination as she tries to break free from her own boredom and the parents who ignore her to find meaning in life. This surrealist art-inspired production by the world famous Canadian act that combines circus acts, street performance, music, elaborate set and costume designs, and provocative themes, has mesmerized countless audiences. Of course, escaping into fantasy from your own life could cause you a bit of trouble, so why not escape into the one that Cirque du Soleil has created for you, a place called Quidam…at least for a little while.
April 3-7, John Paul Jones Arena, $40-$95
Wild horses shouldn’t drag you away
This year marks the 50th Anniversary of The Rolling Stones rock and roll debut, which means it's time for the 50th Anniversary Tribute Show of Satisfaction: The International Rolling Stones Show. Chris LeGrand, Satisfaction’s Mick Jagger and executive producer, founded the show in 2001 with a dream of making the first touring tribute act paying homage to the Stones, and it seems he's found some of his own satisfaction as the show tours almost constantly with 150 dates each year. LeGrand has over 30 years experience in the music industry and a bachelors degree in business, a background that's helped Satisfaction earn international acclaim as the most authentic show available honoring The Rolling Stones. “They shined like the real Stones,” raved the Las Vegas Sun, and CBS News of New York described the show as, “a must-see…you get Satisfaction.” If you’re a Stones fan or just need a reason to dance this weekend, head on down to the Mall to witness an uncanny rendition of one of the most popular rock and rock bands in history.
March 31, Jefferson Theater, doors at 7pm, $12-15
Ellis Paul can best be described as a singer/songwriter, a folk artist, and a troubadour. He proudly wears a tattoo of Woody Guthrie on his arm and is strongly influenced by folk music greats such as Joni Mitchell, Bob Dylan, and James Taylor. He was born and raised in Maine, but got his musical start in Massachusettes while attending college. He came onto the scene in the early 1990s, when modern folk music was really hitting its stride, during a time when some of the country's top singer/songwriters were making it big. In his career so far, Paul has created 16 albums, a feature-length video, and a book of poetry. His songs have been featured on the soundtracks to several movies and television shows, and he has shared the stage with legends like Pete Seeger, Arlo Guthrie, Richie Havens, Shawn Colvin, Roger McGuinn, and Sugarland. Paul’s show at The Southern this weekend will open up with Jesse Harper, founding member and lead singer of Old School Freight Train. Harper’s sound draws from jazz, classical and folk music.
This show should make for a relaxed and intimate Sunday evening.
March 30, The Southern Café and Music Hall, doors at 7pm, $15
Buried Alive in Comedy
Aziz Ansari has been a fast bloomer in the comedy world. In less than a decade, he has covered the gamut of all things funny. He is currently starring in the popular NBC series Parks and Recreation, he starred in and co-created the hit sketch-comedy show for MTV Human Giant, and he has toured the country with his wildly funny stand-up specials. The Hollywood Reporter said that he “has become one of the most prolific writers and performers on the comedy scene in recent years,” and Rolling Stone magazine recently placed him on the cover of their special comedy issue labeling him, “The funniest man under 30.” Ansari has also had a fruitful career in the film world and was recently seen starring in the comedy 30 Minutes or Less with Jesse Eisenberg and Danny McBride. He was the voice of Squint in Ice Age: Continental Drift and he has several film projects set to hit in the next couple of years. His current tour, titled Buried Alive, is coming to Charlottesville this weekend and will touch on matters like Ansari’s fear of adulthood and how life changes after marriage and kids.
March 31, Paramount Theater, 7pm, $39
Charity: Bike to Uganda fundraiser. Outside Clark Library. All Day. $5-$15 donations
Art: Tom Cogill Photographs and Phoning It In exhibit. Piedmont Virginia Community College. 9am. Free.
Art: Spring Training: Baseball Art Exhibit at the Morin Gallery. The Arts Center in Orange. 10am. Free.
Art: Ex Ex Libris by Terry Long and Look Up in the Sky by Joanna Mullen. The Bridge PAI. 10am. Free.
Art: Final Fridays highlighting exhibits, performances, and lectures. Arts Grounds and around UVA campus. All day. Free.
Art: We Bury Our Own works by Christian Thompson. Kluge Ruhe Aboriginal Art Museum. Open hours. Free.
Art: The Stand (Possessing Powers). Second Street Gallery. 11am. Free
Art: Venus Fly Trap by Nancy Jane Dodge. Angelo Jewelers. 11am. Free.
Film: Free Movie Friday presents The Hobbit. PVCC Main Stage Theatre. 7:30pm. Free.
Health: Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Awareness Education Fair. nTelos Wireless Pavilion. 1pm. Free.
Reading: Friends of the Library Spring Book Sale. Gordon Avenue Library. 10am. $50 limit.
Art: Painting and Sketching in the Garden with Debbie Donley. Monticello. 9:30am. $15
Reading: The Big Read’s Final Feast. Peter Chang’s China Grill. 3pm. Free
Theater: Live Arts Late Night featuring a wild variety of entertainment. Live Arts Theater. 9pm. $10
Comedy: Aziz Ansari. The Paramount Theater. 7pm. $39
Art: STrAY: Found Poems from a Lost Time. Fralin Museum of Art. 12pm. Free.
Art: Traces of the Hand: Master Drawings from the Collection of Frederick and Lucy H. Herman. Fralin Museum of Art. 12pm. Free.
Art: Art.i.facts by Anne Chestnut. Les Yeux du Monde. 1pm. $12
Theater: American Shakespeare Center presents Julius Caesar. Blackfriars Playhouse in Staunton. $24-$25
Community: CoLab Cville is a bi-weekly get together aimed at problem solving amongst talented professionals. 101 Water Street. 8am. Free.
Art: Becoming the Butterfly: Landscapes of James McNeill Whistler. Fralin Museum of Art. 12pm. Free.
Comedy: Improv Mondays. Hamner Theater in Afton. 6pm. Free.
Art: Corot to Cézanne Exhibition. Fralin Museum of Art. 12pm. Free.
Reading: Poetry Writing Contest. Milli Joe Coffee and Gelato. 6:30pm. Free
Art: Monumental Ideas in Miniature Books II exhibit. Virginia Arts of the Book Center. 10am. Free.
Dance: Cirque Du Soleil – Quidam. JPJ Arena. 7:30pm. $40-$95
Comedy: Improv Comedy for Beginners. Play On Theater. 7pm. Free.
Reading: Live Poets Society. Gordon Avenue Library. 7pm. Free
Art: Out and About, Plein Air Paintings of Albemarle County by Meg West. King Family Vineyards. Open hours. Free.
DJ Shadow at The Jefferson. $22-$25
Joshua James, Isaac Russell at The Southern. $10-$12
Loose Change at Blue Moon Diner
Carl Anderson at Wild Wolf Brewery
Jimmy Stelling and Friends at Fellini’s #9
Ted Neely at Louisa Art Center. $30-$45
Carol Covell and Skip Gailes at Escafe
Brad Bryant and Failure to Yield at Plank Road Exchange
Rosetta, War Tempest, Black Clouds at The Southern. $8
Water Tower Bucket Boys at Blue Moon Diner
Yankee Dixie at Wild Wolf Brewery
The Barefoot Movement at Devils Backbone
Adrian Duke at Fellini’s #9. $5
Art Wheeler at Escafe
Ellis Paul, Jesse Harper at The Southern. $15
Fatty Lumpkin and the Love Hogs at Wild Wolf Brewery
Mercy Creek at Devils Backbone
The Robert Jospe Experience at Fellini’s #9. $5
Nataly Dawn, Lauren O’Connell. $12
Satisfaction – The International Rolling Stones Show at The Jefferson
Hogwaller Ramblers at Fellini’s #9
Carolina Chocolate Drops, Bombadil at The Jefferson
Jazz Collective #9 at Fellini’s #9
Guerillas do Gorillaz, local music extravaganza, Rapture, 10pm
Joy Kills Sorrow, Travis Book at The Southern. $10-$12
Travis Elliot at Fellini’s #9
Rick Olivarez Trio at C&O Restaurant
Excision, Paper Diamond at The Jefferson
Danny Barrale at Fellini’s #9
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), Main Street Annex (434-817-2400), Plank Road Exchange (434-823-2001), Random Row Books (434-295-2493), The Jefferson (434-245-4980), Tavern on the James (434-286-3500)