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Miniature Graceland benefit and a weekend at the Bazaar

We hope all of you got a chance to check out Ben R. Williams’ newest play, Man With Wings. If not check out our review for it under Theatre/ Cinema. Here’s what’s happening this week…



Starting off the week on Thursday is a great fundraiser for one of Roanoke’s most loved oddity attractions. Miniature Graceland has been attracting locals and tourists alike since the early 80s. This benefit is geared toward raising funds to restore the mini unofficial landmark. Held at the Sanctuary at Little Five Points the benefit will feature a band that couldn’t be any more perfect for the cause, Another Roadside Attraction. Also playing will be the Sweet Tea Experiment which (going by the name of the band and the names of other bands said persons are involved with) sounds a bit on the jammy side. So come out to the Sanctuary this Thursday at 7:30pm and help support Miniature Graceland. Also dress as Elvis and get a $5 entry at the door, $10 otherwise. Free Elvis sunglasses to first 25 people. Elvis impersonator contests and themed art are planned for the evening as well.

On Friday (8/26) the Bazaar hosts a show that will feature the newest Magic Twig Community effort, Queener. Queener is an all girl trio featuring Allison Apperson of Hot Lava, Kelly Queener of Peace Beast and Paige Hodges (Deedraye Halliston) of the Sad Cobras. Get excited because also playing will be the Bastards of Fate headlining the show! Opening the show is Lynchburg-based band and duo, Rugby. This show starts at 9pm and is $5 so come out and witness this incredible happening!

Also at the Bazaar this weekend is Athens, GA band Grape Soda. Kindercore Records founder Ryan Lewis and brother Mat are taking their duo up and down the East Coast. This Saturday they include Roanoke’s own consignment shop/ intimate venue as one of their stops. Also playing the show is Falcor. Falcor is the solo project of Magic Twig Community member Jonathan Woods. Be sure to make it out to this one! 9pm, $5!

We hope everyone has a great weekend and we’ll see you next time!

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the Situationist @ the Bazaar, Heevahava & Death Newman @ the Horseshoe, “Man With Wings” by Ben R. Williams @ Studio Roanoke

We here at Scenic Recovery have been very busy talking and planning with future partnerships we’re very excited about but don’t want to reveal just yet! With that said and now that we have your attention, here are this week’s Top 3!!!


On Friday (8/06) Roanoke band the Situationist headlines a show at the Bazaar with Atlanta’s the Seventh Ring of Saturn. The evening is set to start at 9pm and is $5 at the door. Above is a video for of the Situationist playing two of our favorite songs by them; “Chestnut Tree Cafe” and “Yellow House” live at the Bazaar.

On Saturday (8/06) a venue that Roanoke’s underground scene hasn’t seen in many years opens its doors back up to the possibility of a new venue. The Horseshoe hosts Roanoke’s own Heevahava as the headliner for the bill. Also playing will be Asheville’s Enoch. Opening the show are the six illegitimate sons of Randy Newman, Death Newman. Come out and support this possible new venue for bands in Roanoke and make it happen again! The Horseshoe is located on 1641 9th St., SE. Starting at 8:30pm and costing $5 for three bands. This is a 21 and up venue only.

Opening on August 10th and running through August 21st Studio Roanoke present “Man With Wings”, a play by Ben R. Williams and directed by Kenley Smith. For more details about the run visit Studio Roanoke online. Here’s a synopsis of the play…

“In 1971, a small-town sheriff bears witness to a tragic and inexplicable event. Forty years later, a free-lance writer and investigator of unexplained phenomena arrives at the sheriff’s run-down apartment, desperate to learn the truth behind the so-called “Thunderbird Incident.” But the answer the sheriff offers may not be what the writer hoped for; the truth may be worse by far.”

Here are a few more awesome things happening in the area this week…

  •  07/31 – Grits-n-Gravy Presents: Colin L Orchestra & CSC Funk Band @ Alhamraa Moroccan Restaurant, Charlottesville. 8pm, $7.
  • 08/01 – Palindrone, Kid’s Garden, Malatese @ Blue Nile, Harrisonburg. 9pm.
  • 08/02 – Acoustic Open Mic Night @ the Bazaar, Roanoke. 8pm.
  • 08/03 – Grand Opening for Wyrd Sisters Yarn. 3117 Suite 5 Franklin Rd, Roanoke. 11am til 8pm.
  • 08/04 – Renegade Print Night @ the Unicorn Stables Project Studios & Gallery, Roanoke. 7pm.
  • 08/05 – “Seeking the Good Life in America” a film by Joy Truskowski @ the Shadowbox, Roanoke. 8pm.
  • 08/06 – Mirror Kisses @ Dave’s Taverna, Harrisonburg. 9pm.

See you next week!!!

Jax, the Shadowbox, Guerrilla Playhouse and more!

We hope everyone had a fun and safe Independence Day! Here’s a few of the things going on this week starting with our Top 3….

On Friday (7/8) Blacksburg label/ promotion company Flannel Gurl Records hosts a great (and rather long) line-up at Jax. Two of the names on the bill (the Emotron & the Bastards of Fate) should be worth for going alone! Combine those two with the weirdo-folk of Andy the Doorbum, Rotting Obscene’s own blend of death metal along with more weirdo-folk from Deral Fenderson and this looks to be as eclectic of a show as it is entertaining. Come out to Jax in Blacksburg and check out this show starting at 8pm, running til midnight. $5 for five bands.


On Saturday (7/9) Roanoke microcinema the Shadowbox throws its second sweded film fest. This go around the theme is the great decade of the 80’s! To “swede” a film is to make a really low-budget under ten minute version of an entire movie. This idea was taken from the Michel Gondry film “Be Kind Rewind”. So come out to the Shadowbox on Saturday to check out some hilarious footage and maybe see a friend or two on the screen as well! This starts at 8pm, $5.

On Sunday (7/10) Studio Roanoke’s Guerrilla Playhouse hosts a short play followed by a folk show. “Kong: A Goddamn 30Ft Gorilla” is a play by local Adam Hahn. I haven’t heard much about this play but I can tell you because of the title and poster alone, I’m going. What I do know more about is who’s playing after Hahn’s play. Local folk acts the Delta Function will be playing with fellow Roanokers and friends the John Barry Conception and the Polfelt Three. The play starts at 7pm with the show following at 8pm. $5 gets you in to both shows.

Here’s some other great things happening this week…

7/7 – the Shadowbox Etiquette Night @ the Shadowbox. Kirk Ave., Roanoke. 8pm, $5.
7/7 – Savannah Shoulders w/ Nate Currin @ the Bazaar. Brandon Ave., Roanoke. 8pm, $5.
7/7 – Rivermont Rave w/ Feral Youth @ Rivermont Pizza. Rivermont Ave., Lynchburg. 11pm.
7/8 – Watershed Conspiracy @ Schooners. Williamson Rd., Roanoke. 6pm.
7/8 – Uncle Mountain @ Sun Music Hall. S. Locust St., Floyd. 8pm.

While checking out this post you should also check out the new facebook page for an upcoming free print ‘zine called Local Heroes. Local Heroes will cover music events happening around town with a focus on monthly articles about “local heroes” in our city. Check it out and “like” it on facebook HERE!!! Do it now or the local terrorists win.

Rubber @ the Shadowbox, the Situationist @ the Bazaar, My Radio @ Kirk Avenue Music Hall

This past weekend’s show were quite a blast and we hope you got a chance to get out to a few of them! Here’s what’s going on this week starting with our Top 3…


This Sundayy (7/3) the Shadowbox on Kirk Ave. will be showing the comedy/horror film “Rubber”. Following the story of a telepathic killer tire named Robert this film has been hailed by critics all over the country. Come and see what this odd storyline is all about this Sunday at 8pm!

Also this Friday the Bazaar on Brandon hosts the Situationist fresh off their tour! Playing with the Situationist will be Charlottesville band the Virgo 9 and Heevahava’s own Mark Perry doing a set of solo songs. This show is set to start at 9pm and will only cost $5. Check out our review of the Situationist’s newest E.P. under our Music Reviews page.

On Thursday (6/30) 101.5 the (not so local) Music Place hosts a night at Kirk Avenue Music Hall. Roanoke rockers My Radio share the evening with English modern rock outfit, Scars on 45. Doors open at 7:30pm with Scars on 45 opening at 8pm. Half price tickets are offered with student ID.

Here’s a few other great things happening this week around town!!!

6/29 – Craft Night @ Freckles, Kirk Ave. Roanoke. 7pm.
6/30 – Mafia Track Suit w/ the Woody Nelsons & Lance Smith @ the Bazaar, Roanoke. 8pm, $5.
7/1 – Mandolin Orange @ Sun Music Hall, Floyd. 8pm.
7/1 & 2 – Message to You: A Mini-Musical for the Internet & Stage @ Studio Roanoke. 9pm (Fri) and 7pm (Sat).
7/1 – Bob Wayne “Outlaw Carnie” @ the Coffee Pot Roadhouse, Roanoke. 9pm.
7/2 & 3 – Floyd Fandango, Floyd.
7/3 – “Not All Roads Lead to Home: a Film by Noelle Lane @ the Taubman Museum of Art, Roanoke. 6pm.

Have a fun and safe Fourth of July everyone!!!

Hobo With a Shotgun, Small Sur w/ the Missionaries, Dogtown Roadhouse & More!

 

There is a lot going on this weekend around town and out of town. Here’s our Top 3 for the week! Scroll below the Top 3 to see a lot of other great happenings!


On Friday (6/17) the Shadowbox will present the debut of director/writer/producer Jason Eisener’s first full-length film, Hobo With a Shotgun! In a random train yard a hobo steps off a train with hopes of starting a new life. Quickly realizing this is a town where crime rules and justice drools he decides to take up the mantle of law. Armed with a pawn store shotgun and a fucked up set of morals he takes to the town to rid it of evil. Starting at at 8pm and only costing $5 this film is worth seeing more than once! The Shadowbox is located on Kirk Ave, downtown Roanoke.


On Sunday (6/19) the Missionaries will be hosting new friends from Baltimore, Small Sur! This show will take place at 1515 Roanoke Ave. with donations requested for the traveling group. Small Sur has garnered a lot of attention recently through their live shows and recordings with mentionings from blogs such as Tiny Mix Tapes to NPR to their own Baltimore City Paper. The Missionaries will also be playing that evening sharing their own blend of myth inspired folk. This show will start at 8pm, donations! Above is a video interview of Small Sur by a Portuguese TV station in Coimbra, Portugal.

  On Saturday (6/18) the Dogtown Roadhouse in Floyd celebrates its 1 year anniversary! Starting at 11am and running all the way to midnight Dogtown will be bringing back some of their favorite bands and people throughout the last year to celebrate. Music for the evening includes Wyndy Hill Travelers, Grass Monkey and DJ Joneski! Come out and celebrate with Dogtown, pick up a wood fire oven pizza and one of the great microbrews on tap!

Other awesome things happening this week include:

  • Wednesday (6/15-26) Frogger (a play by Adam Hahn) directed by Cheryl Snodgrass. Studio Roanoke, downtown. 8pm.
  • Saturday (6/18) Goodwill Falcon, Rugby and Nobles at the Bazaar. 9pm, $5.
  • Tuesday (6/21) Gleaming the Cube at the Shadowbox. In celebration of “Go Skate Day”. 8pm, $5. All proceeds go to the Skateistan charity.

Bazaar Presents at Kirk Avenue Musical Hall & more!!!

Wednesday (4/27) the Bazaar presents something Kirk Avenue Music Hall has never quite experienced before! San Francisco one-man/robot band Captured By Robots comes to Kirk Avenue with support from local favorites, the Bastards of Fate and Illbotz. The second in a series of the Bazaar presents this is sure to be one hell of a show! Come and witness a milestone of shock and awe on Wednesday night! This show starts at 8pm and costs $7 for three great bands. Also on Friday the 29th the Bastards will venture to Blacksburg to play Gillie’s with Janus 4-14. That show starts at 8pm and is free for all!

On Saturday (4/30) in Blacksburg local venue the Tub will host the Bash of Mustache. Rumored to play (but not yet formally announced) are Maya Renfro and Hoop Dreams (ex members of Wild Nothing). Starting at noon and running all day, mustaches are encouraged.

Continuing on to the second of Saturday’s events is Studio Roanoke fundraiser “High Ball/Low Ball”. Starting at 7pm in the Cambria Suite there will be food, drinks, jazz by William Penn and readings from excerpts of “Zombie Boyfriend”. $35 for single and $55 for double. Later on that evening at Studio Roanoke there will be live music from four great Roanoke bands. On the bill are Death Newman, the Situationist, Another Roadside Attraction and the Bastards of Fate. The show alone is $10 (and well worth it)! The show itself starts at 10pm.

Rounding out Saturday’s events is Troutville-based band Dog Day South at the Bazaar. Dog Day South is a blend of blues, jam band and southern rock. Starting at 9pm and only costing you $5 you should make it a point to head out to this show!

Rounding our list of events for the week is the Workers Solidarity Rally at the Martin Luther King bridge on Sunday. Below is a description of the event from the organizer’s Facebook page….

Engraved on the Haymarket Monument in Chicago:

THE DAY WILL COME WHEN OUR SILENCE WILL BE MORE POWERFUL THAN THE VOICES YOU ARE THROTTLING TODAY.

Truly, history has a lot to teach us about the roots of our radicalism. When we remember that people were shot so we could have the 8-hour day; if we acknowledge that homes with families in them were burned to the ground so we could have Saturday as part of the weekend; when we recal…l 8-year old victims of industrial accidents who marched in the streets protesting working conditions and child labor only to be beat down by the police and company thugs, we understand that our current condition cannot be taken for granted – people fought for the rights and dignities we enjoy today, and there is still a lot more to fight for. The sacrifices of so many people can not be forgotten or we’ll end up fighting for those same gains all over again. This is why we celebrate May Day.

On May 1, 1886, more than 300,000 workers in 13,000 businesses across the United States walked off their jobs in the first May Day labor celebration in history. In Chicago, the epicenter for the 8-hour day agitators, 40,000 went out on strike with the anarchists in the forefront of the public’s eye. With their fiery speeches and revolutionary ideology of direct action, anarchists and anarchism became respected and embraced by the working people and despised by the capitalists.

Today we see tens of thousands of activists embracing the ideals of the Haymarket Martyrs and those who established May Day as an International Workers’ Day. Ironically, May Day is an official holiday in 66 countries and unofficially celebrated in many more, but rarely is it recognized in this country where it began

We hope everyone has a great week! Get out and do something amazing in the sun!

Marginal Arts Festival & Other Early March Events…

Hey guys, its that time of year again! The Marginal Arts Festival is set to start on March 3rd and run through the 8th taking place all throughout the town. Here’s a list of some things taking place that week, some Marginal and some you should just know about period!

 

What’s there to do on a Tuesday? How about a show at the Bazaar?! On March 1st Roanoke folk duo the Delta Function play the popular venue with two acts from Richmond. Andy Cobb of the Itchy Hearts will be performing as a part of his tour. Also along for show will be the River City Ramblers (not to be confused with Roanoke’s own Riverbank Ramblers). This show will start at 9pm and cost you $5, get there early!

 

On Thursday (3/2) the Awful Arthur’s at Towers brings the Holy Ghost Tent Revival to Roanoke. The North Carolina band has earned quite a reputation scoring spots on many top shows and festivals including last year’s Floyd Fest. Known for their energetic shows, harmonies, and on stage banter the group is quite a sight to behold! Doors open at 7pm with the actual show starting at 9pm, 21 and up only.

 

On Thursday, March 3rd, the Unicorn Stables Project will host their exhibit and Marginal Arts Festival contribution: Secret Histories of a Space Age. Here’s a description straight from the unicorn’s mouth…

“An interactive performance and visual arts event documenting mankind’s illustrious past of space exploration. Secret Histories of a Space Age delves into all of our final frontiers. It shows us where we have boldly gone and where we hope to go. This is the history of all of us; real or imagined, fan-based or original. Let us freeze dry all our food and pretend there is no gravity and try not fall into black holes.
So say we all!”

This event starts at 5pm and runs til 9pm, all are welcome!

 

 

Also on Thursday is Philosophy, INC Probes Roanoke event at the Taubman Museum of Art. In what some are viewing as the first time the museum is embracing its role as a community forum for the arts. Showcasing local artists, outsider art, local celebrities and the avant-garde of Roanoke. The goal for all of this is to bring together many diverse types of the Roanoke community and have local artists portray how they see the community. There will be many different kinds of fun activities for all including Roanoke band the Circus Practice playing around 6pm. This is a Marginal Arts event. Starting at 6pm on March 3rd this exhibit will run the whole month at the Taubman.

 

Adding to the events kicking off the Marginal Arts Festival is an event hosted by the Elanor D. Wilson Gallery at Hollins University. Drive By Press is an artistic venture taken on by Greg Nanney, Joe Velasquez and their 14th century printing press. The two have been on and off the road since 2005 taking their printing press all across the nation to share art with various communities. For those who get to witness this undertaking learn about the history of printmaking and get a piece they can call their own. These demonstrations will start the 3rd & 4th at 10AM. Lectures on printmaking and the history of Drive By Press will start on the 3rd & 4th as well at 3PM.

 

Rounding out the Thursday happenings is a non-Marginal Arts show. Roanoke favorite Another Roadside Attraction will be playing Studio Roanoke with Michiganders, Jake Simmons & the Little Ghosts. This show should be a fun one as Another Roadside Attraction always manages to provide a good time! Starting at 8pm and only costing $5 at the door!

 

 

Kicking off the Friday events for all things Marginal is the Labyrinth Revue! Taking place at the Metropolitan Community Church of the Blue Ridge the revue features an eclectic line-up of local and national artists. Featuring Mark Perry of Heevahava, No Shame Theatre, Another Roadside Attraction, the experimental poets known as the Be Blank Consort, jazz & classical music by Music After Midnight musicians, Cathy Fisher & Mo Aulick, Carol Burch-Brown & Ann Kilkelly and singer Sidney Vaught. The performance will start at 7:30pm and run til midnight.

 

Also on Friday at the Bazaar local hip-hop artist Fiyah Works will perform with producer/DJ, Magnetic. Known for her sass and energy as a performer Fiyah has developed a large-sized online following through Facebook and Reverbnation. Come out to the Bazaar on Friday the 5th and find out why. Show starts at 9pm, $3.

 

 

Starting the Saturday MAF events is the 3rd Annual Marginal Arts Parade starting at noon. The parade will be starting at the intersection of Campbell and 2nd downtown in front of Community High. Parade organizers invite everyone to join this parade procession, just show up in front of Community High at 11am. Their will be special guests accompanying the parade route this year which the Marginal Arts are proud to have along, the Bread and Butter Puppet Theater Group. If you are interested in volunteering the puppet show needs thirty volunteers alone! This is said to be a great time with the route ending at the Taubman Museum of Art where the Absurdist Street Carnival will greet paraders. For those with little ones feel free to bring them out and follow the parade down to the carnival where there will be many fun events for all ages. Some of these activities include an inflatable bouncer, Stuffed Animal Re-purposing station, visual poetry station, a Cabaret Voltaire sound booth, puppet-making station and more! Performers include Staten Island performance artists Day de Dada, Fluxus artists Keith Buchholtz and Reid Altenus, Bread & Butter Puppet Theater Group, U.K.-based performance artists Zierle & Carter and the Post-NeoAbsurdist Anti-Collective performing traditional Punch & Judy pieces. Feel free to dress to your oddest and come out to celebrate the arts with the 3rd Annual Marginal Arts Parade & Absurdist Street Carnival! It all starts at noon!

 

 

Also while you’re at the parade/carnival make it a point to swing by the Shadowbox‘s Community Bake Sale! Starting at noon come and enjoy baked goods made by your community at reasonable prices. Feel free to donate any baked good of your chosing to go towards the sale. Also feel free to stop by and volunteer you time! The proceeds go toward a special project the Shadowbox is trying to put together for Roanoke. All unsold baked goods will be donated at the end of the event.

 

Later on that evening join the Shadowbox crew as they present one of the worst horror films ever made, Troll 2. Known for being nothing like the first Troll because this sequel features goblins instead of trolls that are from the town of Snilbog (goblins spelled backwards) no less! This film is full of laughs although they may be unintentional. Written and directed by Italians, delivered in broken English by Americans and featuring dwarfs in burlap sacks with latex goblin masks this film easily deserves a viewing! So visit the Shadowbox during the day for their bake sale then stick around for Troll 2! This “film” starts at 8pm.

 

Adding to Saturday’s huge line-up of events is one of the few non-Marginal activites that night. Roanoke locals Life In A Foxhole celebrate their newest release at Grace Covenant Church. Joining them on the bill will be Atlanta, GA band Listener, Nancy & 2 Meteors and the John Barry Conception. Titled the “March Mustache Stache Bash” and set to start at 7pm, $5.

 

Also join the Unicorn Stables Project that Saturday for Sci-fi themed live model drawing. Come draw from life and enter contests to win prizes! There’s a $7 entry fee for the evening but speaking from past experience at the Unicorn Stables its totally worth it! Starts at 7pm and runs til 9pm.

 

To round out Saturday’s massive amount of madness is a reading of John M. Bennett’s newest book Textis Globbolalicus. This will not be a normal reading however, the group will be reading in their own language of sorts called Globbolalia. Be prepared for something that makes no sense at all! Members of the Post-NeoAbsurdist groups from all around the U.S. will be there reading from the book. There will also be performances by Post-NeoAbsurdists as part of the Flux-Mazz event at the Labyrinth space for the Marginal Arts Festival. This event is taking place at the Metropolitan Community Church of the Blue Ridge starting around 3:30pm and runs all throughout the evening.

 

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