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FunStuff: Charlottesville events July 5 and beyond
Published on Jul 1st, 2012
0 comments Gypsy jazzWith temperatures soaring into the triple digits recently, it seems Staunton's got the right idea for its free weekly Jazz in the Park series. Concerts take place on Thursday nights in...
FunStuff: Charlottesville events June 28 and beyond
Published on Jun 25th, 2012
3 comments Bee gone Even more frightening than the invasion of the killer bees is the still-unexplained disappearance around the globe of the honeybee, whose presence is critical if you like eating fruits and...
FunStuff: Charlottesville events June 20 and beyond
Published on Jun 18th, 2012
0 comments Adams and Jefferson singWhat could be more lively than hearing Founding Fathers Thomas Jefferson and John Adams (not to mention Ben Franklin) singing about their big break from England? You'll get...
FunStuff: Charlottesville events June 14 and beyond
Published on Jun 10th, 2012
0 comments SuperCLAWThis ain't your mama's PTO fundraiser. Sweaty, loud-mouthed, garishly dressed women with names like The Homewrecker, Pain-Fonda, Cop-ophelia, and Ze Dirty Butcher (pictured) arm wrestling...
FunStuff: Charlottesville events June 7 and beyond
Published on Jun 3rd, 2012
1 comments Flick 'n floatYou can watch movies on your couch or in the theater any old time, but when's the last time you kicked back poolside– or actually in the pool– to soak up some cinema? This...
FunStuff: Charlottesville events May 31 and beyond
Published on May 27th, 2012
2 comments Final First Friday at the GalleryThe accounting firm of Hampton and Everett has doubled as a gallery and opened its sweet office space at 107 5th Street SE for the past seven years, showing artists...
FunStuff: Charlottesville events May 24 and beyond
Published on May 20th, 2012
3 comments Millions of steps When you think of Irish dance, what comes to mind? The fast-tapping feet of Riverdance of course. And now, in its 17th year of touring in mammoth venues (like our biggie on Massie...
FunStuff: Charlottesville events May 17 and beyond
Published on May 12th, 2012
2 comments Batesville Day Now that Batesville got its country store back, or "café-market" as the owners of the recently opened Plank Road Exchange are calling it, there will again be some tasty food at this...
FunStuff: Charlottesville events May 10 and beyond
Published on May 6th, 2012
1 comments Music mayhemA word of warning to anyone hoping to avoidcatching live music this weekend. You're doomed, and you can thank Paul Beyer, organizer of the Tom Tom Founders Festivalfor that....
FunStuff: Charlottesville events May 3 and beyond
Published on Apr 29th, 2012
2 comments   First stop for First FridaysWith its artist studios and monthly receptions, McGuffey Art Center is the headquarters for the local art scene, the place you're going to find some art that you...
FunStuff: Charlottesville events April 26 and beyond
Published on Apr 25th, 2012
3 comments Anthropologist extraordinaire"She is impressive," says Charlottesville-based evolutionary psychiatrist Andy Thomson, speaking of Sarah Blaffer Hrdy, a University of California-Davis-based...
FunStuff: Charlottesville events April 19 and beyond
Published on Apr 15th, 2012
1 comments From windows to wisteriaIf you're a do-it-yourselfer, have a green thumb, or just get excited about home renovation projects, this three-day event is probably the most fun you can have without a...
FunStuff: Charlottesville events April 12 and beyond
Published on Apr 8th, 2012
1 comments TJ's b-day Happy birthday to youuuuuu. Happy birthday to youuuuuuuuuuuu! Happy Birthday, dear TJ... It's Thomas Jefferson's 269th birthday! Even if America's third president can't be here in...
FunStuff: Charlottesville events April 5 and beyond
Published on Apr 1st, 2012
5 comments Vast and lonelyWe've been fans of Matt Kleberg since his series of portraits of beloved UVA prof Boots Mead, and we're eager to discover what he's up to next– and discovery happens to be the...
FunStuff: Charlottesville events March 29 and beyond
Published on Mar 26th, 2012
0 comments The scent of a neighborhoodOne of Charlottesville's oldest neighborhoods, Belmont is known as one of its most colorful places as well. Now comes photographer Peter Krebs, a recent transplant from...
FunStuff: Charlottesville events March 22 and beyond
Published on Mar 18th, 2012
3 comments Book feteThe Virginia Festival of the Book gets underway March 21, but there's still time to catch some bookish talks and readings, especially those off the beaten path. For instance, how has social...
FunStuff: Charlottesville events March 15 and beyond
Published on Mar 11th, 2012
2 comments Funny stuffTimes may be tough, and gas prices may be high, but that's no reason to stop laughing. This week, Bent Theatre Improv comedy troupe gives you plenty of opportunity to do just that with...
FunStuff: Charlottesville events March 8 and beyond
Published on Mar 4th, 2012
0 comments Pinter Fest There's something irresistible about seeing the edginess of Nobel Prize-winning English playwright Harold Pinter performed in the warmth of an Afton-area theater named for The Waltons...
FunStuff: Charlottesville events March 1 and beyond
Published on Feb 26th, 2012
0 comments Art interactiveThanks to artist Daniel Canogar, Second Street Gallery will be turned into an audio-visual experience not to be missed. Using discarded electronic materials from our throw society,...
FunStuff: Charlottesville events February 23 and beyond
Published on Feb 19th, 2012
2 comments Batters upCan you believe that UVA Baseball has already begun? But better than that, the boys of spring are opening an incredible 9-game homestand on Tuesday the 21st of February with additional...
FunStuff: Charlottesville events February 16 and beyond
Published on Feb 12th, 2012
1 comments Black and whiteObama may be the first African American president, but he's far from the only black man– or woman– to occupy the White House. Historian Clarence Lusane, program director...
FunStuff: Charlottesville events February 9 and beyond
Published on Feb 5th, 2012
0 comments Bob Marley tribute, monThis is a twofer– a reggae dance party and a chance to check out the barely opened Black Market Moto Saloon at the corner of Meade Avenue and East Market Street, where...
FunStuff: Charlottesville events February 1 and beyond
Published on Jan 29th, 2012
0 comments McGuffey FridayIt's the beginning of the month again, and that means one thing for art lovers: First Fridays. From the McGuffey Art Center, always a hub of creative energy that recently welcomed 19...
FunStuff: Charlottesville events January 26 and beyond
Published on Jan 23rd, 2012
0 comments Alternative countryThey're often billed as alt-country, but the track from the Old 97s that appeared on the 106.1 The Corner sampler a coupla years back, "Dance with Me," seems like power-pop and...
FunStuff: Charlottesville events January 19 and beyond
Published on Jan 15th, 2012
0 comments Belt it outIf you think karaoke means following a bouncing ball over computer-screen lyrics as canned musical accompaniment blares, think again. Thanks to the rocking (and very patient) back-up band...
FunStuff: Charlottesville events January 12 and beyond
Published on Jan 8th, 2012
0 comments Clear Blue country Joe Overton, the frontman for Clear Blue Sky, claims he has a foot stuck in 1954, the early days of country music. For this Central Virginia band, the old-fashioned sounds...
FunStuff: Charlottesville events January 5 and beyond
Published on Jan 1st, 2012
2 comments Bellydancing!First Fridays may be known for art on the walls of galleries, but beginning this month there's also some art on the floor, as Alexandra Dance Studio launches its first monthly...
FunStuff: December 22 and beyond
Published on Dec 18th, 2011
3 comments Night lightsYou may never be sure the Great Wall of China is visible from space, but you can bet your last chocolate coin that Jeffrey Norford's Christmas lights are visible from I-64. The full-time...
Child's play: Relax-- look between your legs
Published on Jul 18th, 2011
0 comments By Elizabeth Kiem It’s amazing how many different ways we can be told that the essence of being a good person is to enjoy yourself, and that the essence of being a good parent is to enjoy yourself...
Cosmic art: A gaudy visual quick-fix
Published on Jul 18th, 2011
0 comments From a distance, Micah Stebbins’ sky/cosmos-infused oil paintings look like marbles. Cosmic swaths of sky blue, sea blue, purple, and milky white wrap around his canvases like twisted ribbons around...