Get Out! events, shows, things to do

If you treat an individual as he is, he will remain how he is. But if you treat him as if he were what he ought to be and could be, he will become what he ought to be and could be.” ~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Dreams of a child

It's a photography project parents would be crazy not to indulge in: a collaboration between photographer and child to capture kids in their favorite imaginary roles. A capped super-hero looking out over Charlottesville on the top of a parking garage; a fairy princess sprinkling fairy dust on the Downtown Mall. Local portrait photographer Lindsey Henry's "Inspired Sessions" takes children, dressed as their fantasy character, to various locations around town, and then turns the resulting photographs into a book that parent and child can take home with them. An exhibit of Henry's inspiring work, titled "Let's Pretend: the Inspired Child," will be on display at Piedmont CASA for First Fridays.

"I think these Inspired Sessions are powerful because the children get to experience and see themselves in roles they have only imagined up until now," says Henry.

Oddly enough, Henry was surprised to learn that it hasn't been the finished photographs that have been empowering to her subjects, but the act of creating them.

"The actual shoot tells kids that they count and that their creativity and imagination should be and can be heard,"  she says.

Intrigued?  An Inspired Session with Henry will be auctioned during the exhibit to benefit Piedmont CASA.
April 5, Piedmont CASA, 818 East High Street, 5-7pm, free




Born To Do This

Marc Broussard is a singer/songwriter known for his talent channelling the spirits of classic R&B, rock and soul artists onto the modern stage. He's the son of Boogie Kings guitarist and Louisiana Hall of Fame member Ted Broussard, so it seems he was destined for a life in music. Throughout his upbringing in Louisiana, Broussard was immersed in the Southern sounds of R&B and has drawn from influences including Otis Redding, Brian McKnight and John Hiatt. In 2002, Broussard released his debut album, Momentary Setback, which he recorded and released independently when he was barely 20 years old. Broussard’s song “Home” off his 2004 album Carencro was his first big success, and launched him onto the national touring stage. Since then, he's released three more albums, and his music has been in many television shows and movies.  He's partnering with Vanguard records to release his next LP, which should be out this summer. His current tour is hitting the East Coast, Mid-Atlantic and the South, and he's making one of his first stops right here in Charlottesville. His opening act is the alternative rock band from Texas, Courrier.
April 6, The Jefferson, doors at 7pm, $15-$17


Geology and NASCAR?

Who would have thought that rocks and water have a direct correlation with Moonshine and NASCAR? You can find out how this weekend at the Rockfish Valley Foundation Natural History Center in Nellysford (pictured here). The exhibit, titled “Rocks to Racing,” will explain the connection between water and rocks and the local geology to Moonshine and NASCAR racing. “Yes, there is a connection!” they exclaim. The Rockfish Valley Foundation Natural History Center, located next to Spruce Creek Park, is an affiliate of the Virginia Museum of Natural History, which provided materials for this exhibit. The center does not charge admission, but they appreciate donations. And, after you uncover the mystery of how rocks connect to racing, the Rockfish Valley Foundation also offers walking trails along the Rockfish River with extensive birdwatching opportunities. There are also beautiful views of the Blue Ridge, and it’s only a mile or so away from local wineries, breweries, and restaurants. 
April 6, Rockfish Valley Foundation Natural History Center, 10am-4pm, Free.


Tom Tom Festival Opening Gala

The notorious Tom Tom Festival is starting its weekend of free programming with a special "friends of friends" concert, featuring well-known musicians with close connections to C'ville. Blending Mexican folk music with indie rock, the David Wax Museum will headline. A partnership of guitarist David Wax and Charlottesville native Suz Slezak, their sound combines Latin rhythms and catchy indie-rock melodies, and they were described by Time Magazine as, “joyful Mexo-Americana fusion, with virtuosic musical skill and virtuous harmonies.” Joining them will be local favorite The Hill & Wood, one of Virginia’s most critically adored indie-rock bands since 2011, whose melodies have been compared to bands like Belle & Sebastian and Wilco and earned them spots on the festival circuit, including SXSW.

Finally, Nashville old-time singer/songwriter, Nora Jane Struthers (pictured here) will round out the line up. Her songs have a vintage and homespun feel, thriving on the use of traditional bluegrass instruments including fiddle, banjo, and mandolin, and she's already received recognition as one of the top up-and-coming voices on the Americana scene. This should be a well-rounded night of music and entertainment to kick-off the festival.
April 11, The Haven, doors at 6pm, Free.



Dance: Cirque du Soleil – Quidam. JPJ Arena. 7:30pm. $40-$95
Theater: Shakespeare on the Lawn presents As You Like It. Student Activities Building. 8pm. Free.
Dogwood Festival: Dogwood Garden Club Flower Show. Virginia Department of Forestry

Building in Research Park. 1pm. Free.
Art: Art.i.facts by Anne Chestnut. Les Yeux du Monde. 1pm. $12

Science: Public Night at The Observatory. UVA McCormick Observatory. 9pm. Free.
Art: Becoming the Butterfly: Landscapes of James McNeill Whistler. Fralin Museum of Art. 12pm. Free.
Art: Corot to Cezanne Exhibition. Fralin Museum of Art. 12pm. Free.
Art: STrAY: Found Poems from a Lost Time. Fralin Museum of Art. 12pm. Free.

Charity: Monticello Area Community Action Agency’s Men Who Cook! benefit. The Omni Atrium. 5:30pm. $125
Food: Charlottesville City Market opens. Water and First Streets. 7am. Free.
Art: Traces of the Hand: Master Drawings from the Collection of Frederick and Lucy H. Herman. Fralin Museum of Art. 12pm. Free.
Art: We Bury Our Own works by Christian Thompson. Kluge Ruhe Aboriginal Art Museum. Open hours. Free.

Comedy: Brian Regan. The Paramount. 7pm. $45
Animals: Wings Over Wine Country, the Virginia Wildlife Center will show off some of their feathered friends. DuCard Vineyards. 1pm. Free.
Dance: The Blue Ridge Irish Music School presents Irish fiddler, Tony DeMarco, and Sean-Nós dancer, Siobhán Butler. Charlottesville Waldorf School. 7pm. $15
Animals: Sheep shearing by master shearer, Kristin Rosser. Ash Lawn-Highland. 2pm. Included in price of admission.

Art: Monumental Ideas in Miniature Books II exhibit. Virginia Arts of the Book Center. 10am. Free.
History: Evening Signature Tours. Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello. 6:15pm. $8-$24
Art: "Becoming the Butterfly: Landscapes of James McNeill Whister." Fralin Museum of Art. 12-5pm. Free
Theater: Improv Mondays – Hamner Improv Troupe. The Hamner Theater. 6-7pm. Free

History: Slavery at Monticello Tours. Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello. Offered hourly. 11am. $8-$24
Theater: American Shakespeare Center presents Julius Caesar. Blackfriars Playhouse in Staunton. $24-$25
Reading: Science-fiction comedic audio play, The Foundry – Voyage to the Prehistoric Planet! Black Market Moto Saloon. 8pm. Free.

Film: Screening of the documentary, An Ecology of Mind. Vinegar Hill Theater. 7pm. Free.
Theater: Vaclav Havel’s The Memorandum. PVCC Theater. 7:30pm. $6-$10

Dance: Zumba South African Dance Workout. Zabor Dance. 6-7pm. $8



Yarn, James Justin and Co., Driftwood at The Southern. $10
Evan Mook at Fellini’s #9
Jessye Norman at The Paramount. $44.50-$64.50
New Music Ensemble at Old Cabell Hall.
Acme Swing Band at Horse and Hound Gastropub.

Chikenhead Blues Band at Fellini’s #9. $5
WTJU Pre Rock Marathon Party at Twisted Branch Tea Bazaar. $5

Buzzard Hollow Boys at Plank Road Exchange.
The Soul Serenaders ft. Billy Price and Tommy Lepson, The Gladstones at The Southern. $15
John D’Earth and Co. at Fellini’s #9. $5
Academical Village People at The Paramount. $8-$14
Marc Broussard, Courrier at The Jefferson. $15-$17
Free Bridge Quintet at Old Cabell Hall.
Chris Maillet at DuCard Vineyards.

The Deadly Gentlemen, The Thacker/Fishburne Duo at The Southern. $10
Hogwaller Ramblers at Fellini’s #9.
Graham Parker and The Rumor at The Jefferson. $27-$30

Jazz Collective #9 at Fellini’s #9.
Iyez, Sharkopath at Twisted Branch Tea Bazaar. $5
Spoon Fight at The Box.

Travis Elliot at Fellini’s #9.
They Might Be Giants, Moon Hooch at The Jefferson. $23-$25
Pavel Haas Quartet at Old Cabell Hall.

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)












Clown in town
Renowned clown Barry Lubin, more commonly known by his clown persona "Grandma", is coming to UVA. For one night only, come join him and the Virginia Players for a performance filled with laughter, heart, and the funniest grandmother around. The performance will be this Saturday, April 6th, at 5PM in the Culbreth Theatre.
Tickets are absolutely free and are distributed at the door of the event, so be sure to get there early.

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Holy poop! Spoon Fight's coming to Charlottesville? Hell yeah, these guys are good!

1st Annual Western Albemarle Camp Fair: featuring Day and Specialty Camps from the Western Albemarle area and Regional Overnight camps.
Sunday, April 28th, 10am-4pm
Field School, 1408 Crozet Ave, Crozet VA 22932
CAMP DIRECTORS: booths still available
Visit field or call 434-923-3435 for information or directions

Short FUSE (Steve Michael Smith + Jim Wray + others) performing every Friday in April at Nellys Road House in Nellysford VA 7-10 ... get out of town for great food and fun

Short FUSE (Steve Michael Smith + Jim Wray) Thursday April 18 8-11 at the Hot Spot in Waynesboro

Short FUSE (Steve Michael Smith + Jim Wray + others) Sunday May 5, 2-5 at Pippin Hill Farm, North Garden

Short FUSE (Steve Michael Smith + Jim Wray + others) Sunday May 12 12-2 at the Plank Road Exchange, Batesville VA

Short FUSE (Steve Michael Smith + Jim Wray + others) Thursday May 2 6-9 at the Horse and Hound, Charlottesville

Jim Wray solo Thursday May 9 7:30-10:30 at the Horseshoe Bend Bistro, Scottsville VA

Short FUSE (Steve Michael Smith + Jim Wray) Thursday May 23 8-11 at the Hot Spot, Waynesboro VA

Danny Barrale Trio + friends Wednesday(s) April 10, 17 9-12 at Fellini's # 9, Charlottesville

Short FUSE (Steve Michael Smith + Jim Wray + ...) Sunday June 2 2-5 at Pippin Hill Farm, North Garden VA

Short FUSE (Steve Michael Smith + Jim Wray + ...) Friday June 14, 6-9 at the Blue Toad, Afton VA

Sunday, April 28 10am-4pm: First Annual Western Albemarle Camp Fair at Field School, featuring day and specialty camps from the Western Albemarle area and regional overnight camps. 1408 Crozet Avenue, Crozet. Free Admission.

The Cows bring an unique blend of reggae, rock, and ska to Miller's on Saturday, April 20. No cover. We play about 1/2 original and 1/2 cover tunes, and a lot of covers are rock tunes re-imagined as reggae grooves, borrowing as much musically from Grateful Dead as from Bob Marley. No cover, music starts at 10:45 pm.