Get Out! events, shows, things to do
"Don't ever try and be like anybody else and don't be afraid to take risks." - Waylon Jennings
He Put the "O" Back in Country
Shooter Jennings is the only child of country stars Waylon Jennings and Jessi Colter, and it shows. You can tell just by looking at him that Jennings lived and breathed country music from infancy. He reportedly spent the first years of his life in a crib on his parents' tour bus with artists like Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, and Kris Kristofferson. It's no wonder he ended up as one of the biggest country rock idols of this era.
Performing on the same stage is Cody Purvis. Standing at 6'6", he really stands out of the crowd. And, even though he's only 19 years old, Purvis likes to keep the traditional country roots alive. While growing up in Virginia, his greatest musical influences were Merle Haggard, Waylon Jennings, Hank Williams Jr., and Toby Keith. His concerts are known to have a lot of energy, so be prepared to stay on your feet.
Opening for these two country giants is Chris Adams from Hanover County, Virginia. He's opened up for national artists like Blake Shelton, Little Big Town, and Taylor Hicks. This show at The Jefferson should be a country fan's dream, so don't miss out.
July 12, Jefferson Theater, 7:45pm, $18-$20
It's summertime in Wintergreen
There's no excuse for boredom this summer if you know about the Wintergreen Summer Music Festival and Academy, a season long affair that features 232 events at the Nelson County resort. This year's theme is "In My Mind's Eye: Image, Imagery and Imagination in the Arts." You can get ticket packages for just a few shows or you can get a summer pass and see as many shows as your heart desires.
The music will be mostly classical, but there will also be jazz, plus theater, seminars, art exhibits, cooking classes, wine tastings and more.
The festival has been around since 1997 and has been rising in popularity ever since. It's a perfect opportunity to spend a few days away at a mountain resort and not have to pay the expensive airfares. Or, you can just drive over to sample a bunch of activities in one day.
Enjoy your morning coffee while listening to live classical music at the Coffee Concerts or indulge in gourmet cupcakes at the post-concert garden parties. It's a well rounded season of music, theater, and art.
July 8-August 14, Wintergreen Resort, 9am, $50-$420
Puccini at the Paramount
With beautiful melodies, decadent costumes and sets, renowned artists and a timeless plot of love and loss, the Ash Lawn Opera’s production of the classic Italian opera La bohème just might turn even the most stubborn guest into an opera fan. Performed at the Paramount Theater on the Downtown Mall, the four-act masterpiece by the famous composer Puccini tells a tale of young lovers, jealousy, and tragedy. First performed in Italy in 1896, La bohème has now become one of the most frequently performed operas of all time. Though sung in the original Italian, English subtitles on a screen at the Paramount help the audience follow along, and the cast includes world-class singers who've performed at the Met as well as talented local kids. Sounds to us like a night of class and entertainment for all ages.
July 12 at 7:30pm; July 14 at 2pm, July 17 at 7:30pm, July 19 at 7:30pm. Paramount Theater, $11-$65, midweek discounts available.
La Fête Nationale
July is a powerful month for patriotism. Just 10 days after America's Independence Day festivities, France celebrates its own national holiday, Bastille Day, which commemorates the beginning of the French Revolution on July 14, 1789. Here in Charlottesville, the Alliance Francaise Charlottesville, a nonprofit that promotes French language and culture, is hosting an art show and reception at the home of artist Anne de la Tour-Hopper, whose works will be shown along with paintings by Malcolm Hughes, Milenko Katic, Mouna Smires, and Lorraine Momper. Guests at the 14 Juilllet Reception and Art Auction will also be treated to international cuisine and will learn the French game "Petanque," a game similar to bocce ball.
July 14, 1-5pm, $15-30. Register at afcville.org or call 434-260-0640.
Art: Ink, water and photographic images by John Bunch. Cville Market. All day. Free.
Reading: Storytelling with Donald Davis. Frontier Culture Museum Pavilion. 7pm. $5-$10
Theater: The Heritage Theater Festival presents RED. Ruth Caplin Theater. 7:45pm $15-$35.
History: Charlottesville Historical Walking Tours. 200 2nd Street NE. 5:30pm. Free.
Charity: P. Buckley Moss Foundation for Children’s Education Wine and Hors d’oeuvres Fundraiser. Barren Ridge Vineyards. 6pm. $40.
Theater: La bohème. The Paramount. 7:30pm. $11-$65
Art: Black Prints from Cicada Press. Kluge Ruhe Aboriginal Art Museum. 10am. Free.
Art: Landscapes by Nancy Campa. Art on the Trax. 4pm. Free.
Festival: 34th Annual Summer Extravaganza. Ridgeview Park. 8am. Free.
Art: Oil paintings by Joe Garber. Shenandoah Valley Art Center. 6pm. Free.
Meditation: Second Annual Sit-A-Thon. Common Ground Healing Arts Center. 11am. Registration required.
Art: Opening reception for artists Nina Ozbey and Mary Bode. Caffe Bocce. 3pm. Free.
Meditation: Rhythm and Resilience. Sunrise Community Center. 3pm. Free.
Concert: The Klezmer Quartet. Charlottesville Warm Springs Gallery. 2pm. Free.
Bastille Day: Live music and French crepes. DelFosse Vineyards and Winery. 1pm. Free.
Sports: All-Comers Summer Track Meet. UVA Track. 6pm. $1-$2
Comedy: Improv Mondays. Hamner Theater. 6pm. Free
Art: Playfulness by Scott Dill. Thomas Jefferson Memorial Church. 9am. Free.
Art: Ansel Adams: A Legacy. UVA Fralin Museum of Art. 12pm. Free.
Film: Summer Cinema Series presents The Iron Giant. Louisa Arts Center. 7pm. $2-$3
Reading: Poetry Writing Contest. Milli Joe Coffee and Gelato. 6:30pm. Free.
Comedy: Improv Comedy for Beginners. Play On Theater. 7pm. Free.
Art: The Natural World of Nancy Jane Dodge Opening Reception. WriterHouse Gallery. 6pm. Free.
Art: Elemental Encounter with renowned musician, Robert Carl. Chroma Projects Black Box. 11am. Free.
Mid Life Crisis at Carter Mountain Orchard
Gregory Alan Isakov, River Whyless at The Jefferson. $15
Chris Amsler at Wild Wolf
Moby and the Dicks at Rapture/R2
Randy Camera at Blue Moon Diner
Shannon Branch at Whiskey Jar
Other Colors, Girl Choir, Adam Smith at Twisted Branch Tea Bazaar. $5
Southern Velocity at Louisa Arts Center
The Stelling String Band at Fellini's #9
Just Jazzin' Big Band at Staunton's Gypsy Hill Park Bandstand
No BS! Brass Band, Grits 'n' Gravy at Fridays After Five
Shooter Jennings, Cody Purvis, Chris Adams at The Jefferson. $18-$20
Lisa Miller and the JJJ at Wild Wolf
Robin Williams at Blue Moon Diner
Jolie Fille at Whiskey Jar
Freeway Revival Band at Fellini's #9
David French and Bassically Blue at Plank Road Exchange
Erin Lunsford Band at Wild Wolf
Marmalakes, TAFT, Big Air Bud at Magnolia House
Blue Ridge Blues Band at Whiskey Jar
Charles Owens at Friends at Fellini's #9
Alex Caton at Albemarle CiderWorks
Bubba Rose at Wild Wolf
The Hogwaller Ramblers at Fellini's #9
Patrick and Aaron Olwell and Friends at Albemarle CiderWorks
Jason Ring at Blue Moon Diner
Nathan Bowles, Grand Banks, Beako at Twisted Branch Tea Bazaar. $6
Jazz Collective #9 at Fellini's #9
Municipal Band of Charlottesville at The Paramount
Kat and the Travelers at Blue Moon Diner
Travis Elliott and Friends at Fellini's #9
Jacob Tal and Jen Stuart at Wild Wolf
Ian Fitzgerald featuring Courtney Gallagher at The Garage
Crew d'Bayou at Rapture/R2
Jim Waive at Blue Moon Diner
Danny Barrale at Fellini's #9
Chris and Goose at Heritage on Main