Courtesy Heritage Theatre Festival
"Those who won our independence believed liberty to be the secret of happiness and courage to be the secret of liberty." ~Louis D. Brandeis
Fireworks and Freedom
Oh, say can you see those fireworks? O'er McIntire Park we watch, they are so brightly gleaming. It's the annual "Patriotism in the Park", brought to you by Newsplex, o'er the land of the free and the home of the brave, a.k.a Charlottesville. Families, this evening is for you, with food, local bands and games for kids of all ages. Park free at Charlottesville High School and find a nice spot on the grass to view the spectacular fireworks show. Every seat in the house is a good one. While waiting for the sun to set, kids can enjoy Moon Bounces, face painting, glow necklaces and games. The rocket's red glare will begin one minute after dark. Musical performances from Erin and the Wildfire, Emma Leigh, and Scott Tiernan begin at 6pm. You can pack a picnic or enjoy the local food trucks, bringing you the best street food in town. Vendors include: BBQ Connection, Belmont Pizza, Carpe Donut, Delicious George, Freckles and Friends, La Cocina del Sol, Kona Ice, and Salt Box Popcorn Company.
Show your patriotism for land and country by heading over to McIntire Park this Fourth of July. Hopefully, weather permitting.
July 4, McIntire Park, 6pm
Inventing new tunes and tunings
Glenn Jones doesn't just write songs, he creates a new way of tuning his guitar for each one. "The song is a way to navigate a tuning that I'm not yet familiar with," Jones said. "It kind of forces me to explore or dig into a tuning in ways that are atypical— kind of forces me to think." The pivotal moment that shaped Jones' musical path was when he heard guitarist, John Fahey, for the first time in college. He says he had never heard anything like it before nor had he ever been moved by music in such a way. Eventually, Jones became friends with Fahey and had the chance to play with him in a band called Cul de Sac. In 2001, Fahey died and Jones started playing solo again two years later. His latest album is titled, My Garden State, which was written at home in New Jersey, while caring for his mother with Alzheimer's. Jones will be joined at Twisted Branch Tea Bazaar by local band, Dais Queue.
July 6, Twisted Branch Tea Bazaar, 8:30pm, $7
Like art and booze but just can't seem to find an opportunity in Charlottesville that combines the two? Well you can now rejoice, because the Piedmont Council for the Arts has put together a monthly, casual, networking event for artists and art enthusiasts called Art Drinks. This is your chance to mingle with other art lovers and really show off your knowledge of the differences between Monet and Manet.
July's Art Drinks will be held at Positively 4th Street on the Downtown Mall. There's also going to be a raffle in which you'll have a chance to win exciting prizes, including tickets to see indie-rock band Woods at the Twisted Branch Tea Bazaar, tickets to Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection's Night at the Museum, and more. This social event is open to the public and 10% of all Positively 4th Street's bar sales go to Piedmont Council for the Arts.
July 10, Positively 4th Street, 5:30pm
Born in Johannesburg, South Africa, and then settling in Colorado, the talented Gregory Alan Isakov has spent most of his life traveling the world and writing music, not because he wants to, but because he has to. “I’ve always had this sense about music and writing that I sort of have to do it. Like I’ll implode without it," said Isakov.
His musical influences include Leonard Cohen and Bruce Springsteen, and he has been described as a lyrical genius. His latest album, The Weatherman, was recorded outside the mountain town of Nederland, Colorado over the course of a year. The songs were recorded with analog gear and mixed on tape, achieving a unique, exceptionally raw sound. Opening for Isakov at The Jefferson Theater is River Whyless, a "nature-pop" band from Asheville, North Carolina. This show, which is part of the Red Wing Roots Music Festival, was previously booked at The Southern, but was recently switched to The Jefferson. Showtimes and ticket prices have remained the same.
July 11, Jefferson Theater, 8pm, $15
Independence Day: July 4th Jubilee. Wintergreen Resort. 10am. Free.
Independence Day: Naturalization Ceremony. Monticello. 9am. Reservation Required.
Independence Day: Nelson County Fourth of July Parade. Downtown Lovingston. 11am. Free.
Independence Day: Reds, Whites and Bluegrass. Keswick Vineyards. 1pm. Free.
Theater: Annie Get Your Gun. Culbreth Theater. 7:30pm. $20-$45
Independence Day: Red, Wine, and Blue Celebration. Trump Winery. 12pm-3pm (Friday, Saturday, Sunday). Free.
Art: 2013 All Member Art Show. Spring Street Boutique. 10am. Free.
Art: Stereoscope, a two-act performance event taking place in the underground garage. Chroma Projects. 7:30pm. Free
History: Charlottesville Historic Walking Tours. 200 Second Street, NE. 10am. Free.
Nature: The Natural History of Trees Walk. Monticello. 9:30am. Reservation required.
Charity: Benefit for Haitian relief. Cardinal Point Vineyard. 5pm. $10
Cars: Ebony and Ivory Street Riders 10th Annual Car Show. 125 Robert Cabbell Lane, Roseland. 12pm. Free.
Sports: Roseland Polo match. King Family Vineyards. 1pm. Free.
History: Swannanoa Palace Open House. 497 Swannanoa Ln, Afton. 11:30am. Free
Art: Ansel Adams: A Legacy. The Fralin Museum of Art at UVA. 12pm. Free.
Theater: The Playwright's Lab. Live Arts. 6:30pm. Free
Art: Black Prints from Cicada Press. Kluge Ruhe Aboriginal Art Museum. 10am. Free.
Comedy: Improv Mondays. Hamner Theater. 6pm. Free
Art: Oil paintings by Joe Garber. The Shenandoah Valley Art Center. 10am. Free.
Film: Summer Cinema Series presents, Time Bandits. Louisa Arts Center. 7pm. $2-$3
Reading: Poetry Writing Contest. Milli Joe Coffee and Gelato. 6:30pm. Free.
Art: Playfulness, featuring the artwork of Scott Dill. Thomas Jefferson Memorial Church. 12pm. Free.
Concert: Opening Night Reception for 2013 Wintergreen Summer Music Festival and Academy. Wintergreen Resort. 6pm. $60
Comedy: Improv Comedy for Beginners. Play On Theater. 7pm. Free.
Sonshine Rivers at Wild Wolf
Gary and Bootsie at Carter Mountain Orchard
The Seedz, Cashless Society at Fridays After Five
Melissa Hansen at Wild Wolf
Chickenhead Blues Band at Fellini's #9
Eidolons, Big Hush at Twisted Branch Tea Bazaar. $5
Kings of Belmont at Rapture/R2
Oona Love at Blue Moon Diner
War Tempest, Megaphor, Chuggernauts at Main Street Annex
FarAway at Milli Joe Coffee and Gelato
The Judy Chops at Wild Wolf
The Willie DE Band at Plank Road Exchange
John D'Earth and Friends at Fellini's #9
Glenn Jones, Dais Queue at Twisted Branch Tea Bazaar. $7
Beleza Duo at Jefferson Vineyards
Hard Limit at Heritage on Main
Greg Ward at Wild Wolf
Hogwaller Ramblers at Fellini's #9
Jazz Collective #9 at Fellini's #9
Graph Rabbit, Jesse Harper at The Garage.
Blues and Stuff at Blue Moon Diner
Travis Elliott and Friends at Fellini's #9
Shark Week, Desert Sharks, Sharkopath at Twisted Branch Tea Bazaar. $6
Shantel Leitner at Blue Moon Diner
Caroline Rose at The Garage
Jacob Tal and Jen Stuart at Wild Wolf
Danny Barrale at Fellini's #9
Widowspeak, Wolf//Goat at Twisted Branch Tea Bazaar
Jim Waive at Blue Moon Diner
Chris Amsler at Heritage on Main