Monthly Archives: November 2010

A lot of the Bazaar, a good chunk of Shadowbox and a tiny bit of Awful’s and more!

Welcome to December everyone! Get ready for a huge list of events this month to keep you entertained when you’re not attending those Christmas parties…

 

On Thursday (Dec. 2nd) local consignment shop/ venue the Bazaar is hosting Charlottesville band Birdlips and Roanoke’s own the Situationist. This show will be awesome so make sure not to miss it! Starting at 8pm and costing you $5 the line-up is well worth it. Check out the above video of Birdlips performing their song “Powerlines” live in San Francisco, CA.

 

On Saturday (Dec. 4th) Hollins University throws their annual folk fest now titled “Beyond Folkfest 2010”. The festival is in celebration of the end of the semester and will feature several bands from around the country as well as Roanoke. Slotted to play are the Dead Sea, Michael, Jordyn and Greg, Caitlin Watkins, Roanoke’s very own the Bastards of Fate and DJ Kimchi. Beyond Folkfest starts at 2pm and runs til 6pm, a bit shorter than past years with fewer bands but let’s hope they keep up the tradition! $3 for Hollins students and $5 for everyone else.

 

After Beyond Folkfest on Saturday (Dec. 4th) the Bazaar will host Richmond rockers Long Arms with Magic Twig folk group the Missionaries. Long Arms features former River City High/Fun Size member James Menefee. This show starts at 9pm and costs $5. Above is a video of the Missionaries performing “Chester Behind the Foliage” live at the Bazaar.

 

Also on Saturday (Dec. 4th) Blacksburg’s XYZ Gallery hosts Blacksburg dream poppers Hoop Dreams. The show is a benefit for the XYZ Gallery with more bands to be announced. This show starts at 7:30pm and runs til 10pm.

 

On Monday (Dec. 6th) the Shadowbox microcinema will present five short films exploring the topic of AIDS. Focusing mostly on the lives of gay men dealing with AIDS from many different angles these five films range from satirical to serious. Some films include Lost Cause, RSVP, Deaf Heaven and Relax. These showings are free and start at 7pm with doors opening and refreshments provided at 6:30pm. Donations are appreciated to benefit the Drop In Center.

 

On Wednesday (Dec. 8th) the Bazaar hosts Seattle based World History with Roanoke favorite Another Roadside Attraction. Starting at 8pm and costing $5 this is a show you should check out, what else is happening on a Wednesday night? While you’re there wish Jordan and Lucy from Another Roadside Attraction a happy marriage! Above is a live video of ARA performing “Tragic Demise of a Mariachi” at the Bazaar.

 

On Thursday (Dec. 9th) the Bazaar will have Charlottesville duo Veelee alongside Roanoke Magic Twig duo Eternal Summers. Get out to the Bazaar and check out some of the new songs Eternal Summers have been playing out on the road! This show starts at 8pm and cost $5. Above is a video of Eternal Summers performing “Dye” live in Denton, TX presented by WeDentonDoIt and Weekly Tape Deck.

 

On Friday (Dec. 10th) Roanoke hip hop allstars the Illbotz will be sharing the stage with MC/DJ extraordinaire Joneski at the Village Grill. Starting at 9pm and going til last call Joneski and the Illbotz are going dropping beats and rhymes for your entertainment. Joneski and Stevie D will also be unveiling a few tracks from their side project that night as well! Above is a video of the Illbotz performing live at Underground Melodies.

 

On Saturday (Dec. 11th) local fashion and pin-up photography company the Pretty Pistols is throwing a dance party at the Shadowbox! “Dirty Dozen’s Dance Party & Calendar Release” celebrates the release of the 2011 local pin-up photography calendar. Music will be provided by DJ trio DANGER FANGS! (Turbo P, DJ Felix Leiter and DJ Shady Hawkins). Be sure to bring canned food and donations for Toy for Tots for a chance to win a raffle prize. There will be a sneak peak of the Bang Bang Burlesque Troop and the new 2011 calendar will be specially priced for $15 for event night only. Starting at 7:30pm and running til after midnight this event will cost $7 at the door.

 

Also on Saturday (Dec. 11th) Blues BBQ Co. Downtown is putting on a free show for those who are 21 and up! Two great local bands the Circus Practice and Another Roadside Attraction will be playing from 9:30pm til 1am for your entertainment! So make sure to get there on time and don’t miss out on two of the most fun bands to watch in our area. Check out the above video of the Circus Practice playing live at Grandin Gardens.

Also on Saturday the 11th Roanoke allstars Grass Monkey play Awful Arthur’s Downtown. Starting at 10pm and going late the boys will be running through a set full of new songs, reworkings of old ones and a tighter set all around. Head downtown, grab a drink and have listen!

 

On Sunday (Dec. 12th) the Shadowbox is showing Christmas classic Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer. The children’s favorite narrated by legend Burl Ives will show at 2pm. Bring the kids! Above is a classic TV spot for the special.

 

And finally to round up our list of happenings is the Shadowbox’s presentation of I’m Still Here. Starring the on edge Joaquin Phoenix and directed by Casey Affleck this “documentary” explores the actor’s career change into rap. Everyone is curious about this film so fill that curiosity and go see it on Monday the 13th at 7pm.

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CraftStar Bazaar, Blues BBQ and the Shadowbox

On Thanksgiving night if you’re feeling like you can move after stuffing your face then you should head down to Blues BBQ Co. in downtown Roanoke for the Jesse Ray Carter Trio. Starting at 10pm and going late, get your Turkey Day drink on!

 

On “Black Friday”, November 26th the Water Heater on 5th Street is hosting the CraftStar Bazaar! CraftStar has been dubbed Roanoke’s “first indie craft fair” and will feature all kinds of homemade knick knacks, crafts and goods for sale! The Water Heater will open its doors on the 26th from noon til 7pm then again Saturday from 10am til 5pm! For more info about this event feel free to email the events organizers here.

 

Also on “Black Friday” Roanoke nu-grass outfit Grass Monkey will be playing Blues BBQ the night after the Jesse Ray Carter Trio performs the very same stage. Starting at 10pm and going til midnight join the boys for a good time of beer, tunes and turkey/tofurkey stuffed bellies!

 

Roanoke DJ/MC extraordinaire Joneski is providing the jams at Floyd’s own Dogtown Roadhouse on Saturday night, November 28th. Starting at 9pm Joneski will be spinning, rapping and dancing for your entertainment until 2am! This dude rolls with vinyl and makes a lot of his own beats, come check him out and DANCE!

 

On Monday, November 29th the Shadowbox microcinema on Kirk Ave. is showing 1979 film Quadrophenia. The film stars Phil Daniels as Jimmy a London mod growing up in a dysfunctional  household.  Based loosely on the Who’s rock opera of the same name and co-written by Pete Townsend Quadrophenia has everything from mod vs. rocker showdowns to pill popping depressed teenagers with no better outlet than riding their scooters and battling their parents who just don’t understand. With musical direction from the Who this film is worth heading downtown this Monday and paying your respects to this cult classic. Starting at 7pm, don’t be late!

Blacksburg happenings, the Shadowbox and a new gallery!

On Friday Nov. 12th Blacksburg-based artist and musician Maya Renfro (Ike As In Dwight) will be opening her newest studio show entitled Future Projections of Individuation. The exhibit will take place at the Armory Gallery at 201 Draper Rd NW. Running for a full week until the 19th Maya’s work will feature prints, projections, soundscapes amongst other forms of expression. The opening will take place at 5pm on Friday and refreshments will be provided.

 

Right down the road from the Armory Gallery that same Friday (11/12) Roanoke nu-grass outfit Grass Monkey will be a Blacksburg venue favorite, Gillie’s. Starting at 10pm and going til midnight the boys will stand alone as the sole performers for the evening on College Ave. A perfect opportunity to head down to a great restaurant and have some incredible food, drinks and a listen to an extended repertoire from a great Roanoke group.

 

On Saturday Nov. 13th the Shadowbox microcinema located on Kirk Ave. in downtown Roanoke partners with the O. Winston Link Museum to bring you the “Photo Throwdown”. The idea of the event is somewhat comparable to a poetry slam, photographers showing their work have only a few minutes to provide insight on their pieces. The photographer to get the best crowd response wins! Contestants must submit hi-res digital copies of their work to be projected on the Shadowbox’s screen and must be in attendance. To register or if there are any questions about the event send an email to Leah Gardner before the event. Following the throwdown will be silent film classic Buster Keaton’s “The General”, providing musical accompaniment will be Lenny Marcus with drummer Larry Scott. This event starts at 7pm!

 

That same Saturday just a block or two over on Luck Ave. is the opening of a brand new studio/ gallery. The Unicorn Stables Project is a studio ran by a trio of Hollins graduates turned Roanokers geared towards promoting and encouraging young and emerging artists. The project’s method of promoting the arts/ artists is through shows, events and installations! The opening celebration will start at 8pm featuring various works by Cameron Niedermayer, Tif Robinette, Amanda Agricola and Julia Schneider. Music will be provided by DJ Kimchi! For any additional questions email The Unicorn Stables Project.

the Shadowbox, the Bazaar, a local music petition and more!!!

On Friday November 5th the Shadowbox located on Kirk Ave. will host a film retrospective of Roanoke native Allie Smith. Allie’s work combines that of music, split screen and collage imagery to create something that is her own. The singer/songwriter/filmmaker/Kinetic Imagery major will be there throughout the showing so make sure you meet her! This showing will start at 7:30pm and will go til 8:30pm.

 

On Saturday November 6th Roanoke DJ trio Danger Fangs! will be spinning at Village Grill located on Memorial near the Grandin Village. Comprised of Turbo P, DJ Shady Hawkins and DJ Felix Leiter the group will be providing tunes from 9pm til last call. There is no cover and no reason for you to miss this!

 

On Monday November 8th the Shadowbox will be showing Juju. A joint effort between ThumbsUp Productions and local skateboard shop the Greenhouse Boardshop Juju is a locally filmed skate video filmed in and around Roanoke. This showing will start at 7pm and will cost you $5. Of course there will be plenty of popcorn, candy and soda to go around. This showing goes to benefit cinematic quality of the Shadowbox so support our local skaters and local microcinema!

 

On Wednesday November 10th the Bazaar will play host to two folk acts. Brooklyn 6 piece folk act the Loom will be playing a set of songs eager listeners. Also playing will be Magic Twig Community folk ensemble the Missionaries. The Roanoke group will be there in support of the rerelease of “Dark Animals”, the first full-length/ collection of demos by the group originally released in 2008. “Dark Animals” will be rereleased digitally through Sewn Together Records for free download or contribution. This show starts at 8pm and will cost you $5.

 

Finally, to round out the first week and half of November we ask that you take part in a Scenic Recovery created cause. The “101.5 Listen Petition” is an attempt to encourage local community radio station 101.5 the Music Place to play more local music. Simply put we encourage you to sign the online petition linked below to convince the Music Place in a friendly way to play more of our local bands on the radio. Whether it be during the normal air time or even a special show focusing on local talent we feel it is important to showcase our talent in SouthWest Virginia. This is also a plee to not just stick to one certain sound when it comes to our local music but instead to cover all genres available in this area. We think 101.5 is a great station with the community at it’s focus so why not show the community the music it may not have heard in their own town(s)?! Please consider signing this petition and tell your friends or share the link on your Facebook wall!

 

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