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Valentine’s Day Week & Weekend

This Tuesday (Feb. 8th) the downtown Roanoke Public Library will feature another installment of their series Emerging Artists, this time in collaboration with multimedia group “mediumless“. Mediumless is a collective of Lynchburg artists from different backgrounds ranging from photography to play writing. This event will take place on the Howery Mezzanine with Lynchburg instrumental surf rock band Alaska providing the music. The evening will showcase mediumless members Rhonda Glick, Jake Siner and John Gosslee. This event starts at 6pm costing you nothing and providing you with free refreshments!


Also on Tuesday is another great show at the Bazaar! Roanoke locals the Situationist head the bill while Rochester, NY group Attic Abasement opens. This is a great pairing of bands and should not be missed!  Starting at 9pm this show only costs $5, perfect timing for those who are also attending the library event. Catch two shows in one day! While you’re at it take a look at Attic Abasement’s video for their song “A Werewolf” HERE. The above photo of the Situationist’s Geoff Conley was taken by Kent Moore.


Playing from February 9 til the 20th Studio Roanoke presents the New Testament. Written and directed by Kenley Smith this play serves as the third and final part in a trilogy of plays by Smith shown at Studio Roanoke. Containing adult language and brief nudity intended for mature audiences only. Dates and times are listed in the flier above, for contact info to reserve your seat call 540-343-3054 or order your ticket online HERE.


On Thursday (Feb. 10th) Grandin Village restaurant Surf N Turf Grill will host a poetry slam. Starting at 9pm this will be a competition… for poetry. Hey its $20 to whoever wins out of three rounds! So who cares, go tell some poetry and win some cash. That $20 could go toward a crabby paddie or a couple of nice tall pints from one of their many taps! Get there early to sign up and review the slam rules.


Also on Thursday is a show to be excited about… in Charlottesville. Blacksburg’s Wild Nothing is sharing the bill with L.A. group Abe Vigoda at the Trinity Irish Pub. Both bands were voted in the Top 50 albums of 2010 by Pitchfork. Opening the show will be Blacksburg’s Hoop Dreams featuring former members of Wild Nothing. Presented by Charlottesville based promotional group Holy Smokes. Doors open at 7:30pm.



On Friday (Feb. 11th) the Bazaar hosts two out of town acts. Richmond’s Ryan B. & the Dead Sea and Uncle Bengine & the Restraining Orders. Come out for a night of folk, roots and rock starting at 9pm and costing you $5!


Also at the Bazaar on Saturday (Feb. 12th) is Roanoke group the John Barry Conception. Opening for the guys will be South Carolinian singer/songwriter Julie Slonecki. This is sure to be quite the fun show featuring a Roanoke band you don’t get to see quite as much. Make sure to come out early in order to catch both acts! This show starts at 9pm and costs $5.


On Sunday (Feb. 13th) the Shadowbox is showing what some consider to be the definitive Jean-Luc Godard film. Breathless (A Bout de Souffle) is a film about a boy from Paris involved in a life of crime and a girl from America oblivious to his dark side. When she discovers what he’s been up to the relationship starts to crumble and turns to betrayal. Truly a masterpiece and one of the gems of the French New Wave film period! Make sure you make it out to see this one! Starting at 8pm and running til 9:30pm.


That same Sunday at Martin’s Downtown is the Illbotz CD release party! Celebrating their newest album titled “Pudding is Delicious” this show will feature Roanoke heavyweights the Bastards of Fate. Also playing will be Richmond pirate party band Craptain Jack & the Schmees. The Illbotz will be selling their new CDs, shirts, stickers, pudding and prison tattoos! Starting at 9pm, don’t miss it!


Some call him odd, others call him drunk but most call him Roanoke filmmaker Charles E. Cullen. Join the host of local public access show “Chicken Chat” as he presents to you the “Theatre of Doom”. Along with Cullen and company will be local magician/illusionist Nelson Oliver. Described as a “two hour decent into madness” don’t miss this show! Taking place this Sunday (Feb. 13th) at Studio Roanoke’s Guerrilla Playhouse at 8pm, $5!



Charlottesville radio station WTJU 91.1FM will be holding its annual week long fundraiser starting February 14th and running til February 20th. The “2011 WTJU Rock Marathon” will feature not only blocks of different genres of pop rock but will also give tribute to essential labels and artists throughout the decades. Also this week will feature a different Charlottesville area band playing live in studio every night! The bands playing live in studio will be Borrowed Beams of Light, Andrew Cedermark, Left & Right, Dzian!, Sarah White & the Pearls, Cosair and Invisible Hand.


On Valentine’s Day the Unicorn Stables Project present to you the “Valentine’s Day Art Extravaganza”! The evening will include classical Greek Mythology drawing of live models from 7:30-9pm and a party from 9pm til 11pm. Throughout the evening you can expect glitter, performance, crafts, contests, music, treats, love and dancing! Some fun activities include a toast with Bacchus, an anti-Valentine’s Day celebration in the “Hades Room”, body-building tips from Greek heroes and trying to score Aphrodite’s number. Music provided by DJ Joneski with visuals by Mateo Marquez. You can enjoy all of this for $3-$5 and your ID. Above flier art by Mateo Marquez.


We hope you all have a great Valentine’s Day and we’ll see you next week!

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!

The Harding St. Family in Forest,VA

Our friends over in at Harding St. are throwing a special gig today at The Good Cherry in Forest, VA. You’ll be hearing more from these guys very soon on this blog…


Special Event at The Good Cherry with Vespers (members of The Late Virginia Summers, Virgineola, The Hundred Acre Band) and
Raymond Buckner
All Ages; No Cover

Short notice, I know, but come out if you can make it. We’ll be there. 🙂