Monthly Archives: September 2010

End of Setember beginning of October events…

On Wednesday, Sept. 29th the Grandin Theatre will be showing the latest project from local filmmakers Jim & Cathy Crawford. Urban Lots, Garden Plots follows Jim & Cathy as they install an organic garden in their vacant city lot. The film will also follow 5 other Roanoke urban gardeners and their experiences. Tickets for this event are $10 at the door with half the proceeds going toward L.E.A.P. (Local Environmental Agriculture Project) helping spread urban gardens throughout the city. Children 13 and under get in free! The film premieres at the Grandin starting at 7:30pm.

On Saturday October 2nd the “En Plein Air” Festival will be taking place at Highland Park and neighboring art space, the Water Heater. Music combines with outdoor/indoor activities welcoming in Fall with an all day event starting at 2pm. Music will include Avail front man turned folk songster, Tim Barry. Adding to the musical side of the evening will be fellow Richmonder Josh Small and Red Clay River member Marcus Hodges performing under his moniker, Extinctions. Below is a list of activities…

  • 1:30pm-2:30pm, bicycle enthusiasts polo game.
  • ‘Live’ painting with artist Andrew Connor with pieces to be auctioned off later in the evening with proceeds going to the Battered Women’s Shelter.
  • 2pm-3pm bicycle maintenance workshop.
  • 2pm-3pm Natural Foods Co-Op workshop.
  • 4pm-6pm music from Tim Barry, Josh Small and Extinctions.
  • Interpretive dance performances.
  • Face painting and games for kids.
  • Dog park for the pups.
  • Star City Coffee available.
  • After party at the Water Heater starting around 6pm including auction for the Andrew Connor piece(s), games, refreshments, dance party and visual art from many local artists.
  • Monday October 4th the Shadowbox located on Kirk Ave will be showing the documentary film, A Gift For The Village. The film is based around seven people from the Blue Ridge area and their trip to Nepal to deliver a painting of a man sitting atop a mountain above a small village. After completing the film the crew went back to Nepal and showed the footage. Now coming to the Blue Ridge the film starts at 6pm.

    Continuing on to Tuesday October 5th the Shadowbox prepares for Halloween with a showing that is not only rare but quite possibly the best of the bad zombie movies ever made! Hard Rock Zombies is a tale of a hard working and touring rock band coming to play a small town. After picking up an attractive hitchhiker they decide to bunk with her folks while they stay in the town. Little do they know the dark secrets the family has in store for them… and the world! Featuring an awesome soundtrack including the movie’s own hit “Cassie” and a slew of baddies  including an aging Hitler, a werewolf Eva Braun, midget members of the SS and more! This film is not to be missed for the cult classic fan!

    Arguably one of the best of the supernatural slasher films Dario Argento’s Suspiria is coming to the Shadowbox on Wednesday October 6th.  Centered around witchcraft, Argento’s signature flare for gore, and one of the creepiest theme songs of the horror genre this film will engrave itself into you memory for years to come! Continuing the Shadowbox’s celebration of the Halloween by coming out to this horror classic. The showing starts at 8pm.

    On Saturday Oct. 9th a section of 4th St. between Washington & Albemarle will be blocked off to traffic and open to the public for chalk art. Marisol’s Chalk Extravaganza will start around 11AM and will accept donations to benefit RAM House, a homeless children’s charity. Marisol also offers you to bring your lunch and dine on the street. Bring guitars, banjos, harmonicas, shakers or whatever music makers you can muster to add to the fun! This event will take place in Old SouthWest on 4th St. Don’t miss it!! Fun for the whole family!

    On Sunday Oct. 10th Magic Twig Community mini folk orchestra the Missionaries will be playing Guerrilla Playhouse at Studio Roanoke. Continuing in the spirit of Guerrilla Playhouse and featuring NPR personality AuntMama come and experience the performing arts merging from two different perspectives. Live drama meets live music in a period of just two short hours. Starting at 8pm this event will only cost you $5.

    Sunday October 10th Lynchburg band Steal The Prize hosts an event at the Elks Lodge on Old Mill Road in their hometown. Tattoo Band Jam will feature tattoos (a given), piercing, food, beer and plenty of vendors. Lynchburg bands featured on the bill are Spuknof, Steal The Prize and singer/songwriter Blake Reams. Charlottesville band Invisible Hand joins the bill along with Roanoke’s own The Situationist. This event starts at 3pm so if you want that tattoo you’ve been thinking about this is a good opportunity to get it! Even if you have no interest in tattoos or piercings let us assure you the bands, food and beer are worth going for alone! Costing you only $10 this event will give you a whole day of entertainment!

Sept 21st – 24th

Tonight (Tuesday the 21st) the Shadowbox is honoring comedy great and local favorite, Bill Murray. The former SNL cast member will be turning 60 years old today. Bill Murray gained his unique fame in Roanoke while filming “What About Bob?” at Smith Mountain Lake. While filming Murray made an appearance at a fundraiser for the Grandin Theatre tugging at the heart strings of Roanoke film fans. Since then Murray has returned numerous times to our city whether its just passing through or spending time at the lake where he first met our small city. Speaking at the Shadowbox will be beloved former Grandin Theatre owner, Julie Hunsaker who will be speaking about her experience and memories of Bill Murray while filming “What About Bob?” at Smith Mountain Lake. The showing starts at 8pm, there will be cake and party hats too!

Wednesday (9/22) Blacksburg’s college radio station WUVT will be featuring Ike As In Dwight member, Maya Renfro. WUVT’s “The Local Zone” will be hosting Maya live in the studio where she will be playing a slew of original songs as well as songs from Ike As In Dwight’s latest E.P., Nature Of People, People Of Nature. To listen to the show live and online go HERE. Or if you’re in the Blacksburg/ Virginia Tech area tune into 90.7FM. The show will air from 7pm til 9pm.

On Friday (9/24) the Bazaar will be throwing a show featuring Alaskan singer songwriter Marian Call. Marian is on tour from her native Anchorage, Alaska and heading down the East Coast in support of her latest album entitled Vanilla. The songster has been compared to Joni Mitchell and Regina Spektor and has been known for playing great intimate shows. To check out songs and press go to her site HERE. This show starts at 9pm and will cost you only $5, very cheap considering how far she has come to play for you!

All this month and into late October local artist Stephen Smith will have selections of his collection on display at Mojo Cafe on Brambleton Ave. Smith, who’s medium is paintings made through his PC’s MS Paint program, has amassed quite a collection through the years. Come by Mojo’s, grab some coffee, play some scrabble and check out Stephen’s digital art! All pieces are for sale, just like his piece aboved entitled Hoot, $12. This exhibit shows until the 26th of October.

The Bastards Of Fate just wrapped on shooting a music video for their single, “Huge Magic”. Doug and the gang spent a day and half worth of shooting with touch ups included. Above is just a single shot of all the madness that occurred. We will give you more details on its completion as it comes. What we can tell you is there were thousands of packing peanuts involved, the clean up had to of been a lot of fun. The Bastards will be playing the Guerrilla Playhouse at Studio Roanoke this Sunday (9/26) at 8pm. Following the Bastards’ performance will be a short play by Ben R. Williams entitled “Gentlemen of the First Water”. Studio Roanoke is located on Campbell Ave. in downtown Roanoke.

Goodbye Summer, Hello Fall…

Send off the warm weather and sunshine in this last full week of Summer the right way, by getting out and seeing some awesome shows, films and plays!

Starting out the week is a new event taking place twice a month at Studio Roanoke. The Guerrilla Playhouse will feature one-act plays and bands following with a set of their own. Music meets the dramatic arts on the 2nd and 4th Sunday of every month at 8pm. This Sunday (9/12) will feature a  one-act play written and directed by Don LaPlant entitled “Family Programming”. Performing the event will be Nancy & 2 Meteors. Starting at 8pm the event will cost only $5!

Continuing the week on to Monday is the Shadowbox’s showing of “Pari”. Iranian filmmaker, Dariush Mehrjuei gives us his adaption of the J.D. Salinger novel Franny & Zooey. The film is based around three brothers and one sister confronting the issues of art and religion in contemporary Iran. This is an interesting and rare opportunity for fans of the late Salinger to see this film adaptation of his beloved novel. The film starts at 8pm on Monday.

On Thursday & Friday Blacksburg based indie label, Flannel Gurl Records present a two day mini festival. Both days will take place at Blackburg’s newest music venue, Jax on Jackson Street. Below is a list of artists playing and their respective days…

Thursday, Sept 17th starting at 6:30pm

Buck Gooter
Nancy & 2 Meteors
Littlefoot
Illbotz
Deral Fenderson
Electro-Stephen
woofdog

Friday, Sept. 18th starting at 5:45

The Reasons Were Legion
Hey Dude!
Bear Attack
Grapes
Cryptorchid Chipmunk
the Blind Photographers
Bay of Pigs

Be sure to make it down for at least one of these days, it should be a blast!

Also on Friday local Roanoke nu-grass group, Grass Monkey will be recording a live album at Blue 5 downtown. The group invites you all to come out to drink, holler and shout. Who knows maybe you might just hear yourself out their in the crowd somewhere when you pick up the CD. This drunken evening starts at 9pm, bring a DD.

Add just one more event to your Friday (9/18) in this last weekend of Summer by heading over to the Bazaar for a night of folk and stories. Magic Twig Community folk orchestra the Missionaries will be sharing a set with Missionaries member Jamie Booker’s long overdue folk project, Strange Birds. All 10 of the Missionaries will be playing to both their own tunes and the songs of Strange Birds. Opening will be ever so amazing Another Roadside Attraction. Come early to catch them in all their singing saw, ukulele, guitarron, beautiful harmonies, and kazoo glory! A great way to end the summer! Starting at 9pm on Friday this show is only $3!!!

Ending our post about the demise of Summer is something a bit cliche, a post about Eternal Summers! The Magic Twig Community duo releases their first full-length entitled “Silver” via Kanine Records on September 28th and have big plans for this month. During the last week of September Eternal Summers will spend a week on the road with Jenny & Johnny, a project headed by Jenny Lewis of Rilo Kiley and Jonathan Rice. Both two-somes will be touring the South together all the way to Texas. Wish them luck by heading out to Floyd, VA this Thursday (9/16) to catch the Summers opening for Stephaniesid down at the Sun Music Hall/ Dogtown Roadhouse. The show starts at 7pm.

Music post: Early September Shows!

Tonight (Wednesday) the Bazaar is holding a midweek show not to be missed! Maya Renfro of Ike As In Dwight will be playing a solo set of original songs. Also playing will be Philly band, Arrah & The Ferns. This show is a must see for Ike As In Dwight fans! The show starts at 8pm and is $5 at the door.

Thursday (9/9) Athens, Georgia’s own The Visitations will be playing neighboring Lynchburg, Va. Davey will be playing Rivermont Pizaa with Telethon. This show starts at 8pm so go see The Visitations, have some great wood fire oven pizza and drink a bourbon stout on tap from Rivermont Pizza!

Thursday (9/9) night two forces collide in a sea of sweat and beats! Come to the Mystic Fortress to see SHAMS & Joneski with special guests! SHAMS is a New York based project fronted by former Roanoker, Jonathan Coward. Joneski is a hip hop project of the Young Sinclairs’ Samuel Jones Lunsford. This show starts at 9pm and is donation based, I know money is tight but so are Joneski’s beats!

Friday (9/10) the Young Sinclairs will be heading to Charlottesville, VA to play with Swedish band, Dungen! This show will take place at the Jefferson Theater and is sponsored by Star Hill Brewing Co. and WTJU. Dungen is fresh off their tour with Fleet Foxes and continuing their U.S. tour in support of their Mexican Summer release due out this fall. Also playing will be fellow Mexican Summer band, No Joy. Doors will open at 8pm so be sure to come out and support the Sinclairs at one of Charlottesville’s most historic theaters! Tickets are available HERE!

Welcoming September…

Now that August is done and September is here we’re going to give you a humble list of ways to spend your last few moments with summer!

Tomorrow (Friday, 9/3) the Shadowbox will present a film very close to many in this mountain community. “Coal Country” is a documentary film about the evils of mountaintop removal for the benefit of coal mining. Following the film will be group discussions with members of the Southern Appalachian Mountain Stewards (SAMS) who will also talk about their campaign to save Ison Rock Ridge in Wise County, VA. Proceeds will help with transportation of peoples to the Appalachia Rising mobilization in D.C. Showing starts at 7pm.

On Friday (9/3) the Sad Cobras return with best buds the Bastards of Fate at the Bazaar! Also playing is Athens, Georgia’s one-man band, the Visitations.  The Cobras will be playing a ton of new material and word on the street is the Bastards have a few tricks up their collective sleeve as well! Come out one and all! This show starts at 9pm and costs $5. While you’re down there don’t forget to pick the Sad Cobras/ Hot Lava 7″ split from Jamie! Don’t have a record player? Visit their bandcamp page HERE!

The Bazaar has yet another awesome show the very next day, Saturday (9/4) with a hefty yet worthy line-up! Roanoke favorites the Situationist will be playing and opening for them will be Nancy & 2 Meteors front man, Just Marshall. Along for the ride will be Nashville solo artist Betty Rats and Chicago-based Monadnoc. This show will start at 9pm and will only cost you $5 for four great acts!

To round up our weekend of events come spend Labor Day the way it should be spent; with buddies, hot dogs, burgers, water balloons and America! Come down to Fishburn Park on Monday (9/6) for a whole day’s worth of fun! Hosting this great day of American tradition will be local Roanoke artist (and Scenic Recovery favorite) Stephen Smith! Remember to bring food for yourself and others, don’t forget water balloons or any other outdoor toys you may have, dress for the weather and don’t forget sunblock! The day will start around noon and oh what a day it will be!