Get Out! events, shows, things to do

“The ultimate goal of farming is not the growing of crops, but the cultivation and perfection of human beings.” ― Masanobu Fukuoka

On the Road Again for local farms

Country legend Willie Nelson is returning to the Charlottesville Pavilion, and this time he's standing up for Central Virginia farmers. His son's band, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, will be opening up for him to share his support for Local Food Hub.

Willie Nelson grew up on a farm in Texas working in the fields and tending to his family's crops, so he's been a longtime advocate for family-owned farms. He eventually went on to co-found Farm Aid in 1985 with fellow musicians John Mellencamp and Neil Young. In 2001, Dave Matthews joined the Farm Aid Board of Directors. Nelson continues to support farms in America today and raises funds to keep the land in the hands of the farmers.

The concert will help raise money for Local Food Hub and its mission, which is to improve small farm activity and increase access to local food. The Hub has programs that allow small Virginia farms to sell their locally grown produce and meat to large customers like public schools, hospitals, restaurants, and grocery stores. 

Nelson's show at the Pavilion should be a real treat for his fans this year, because he's not just showing us what he does well, he's also doing what he loves for a cause that he's so passionate about.
Sept 15, nTelos Wireless Pavilion, 7pm, $32.50-$52.50

Short films by short people 

The next Scorsese or Spielberg could be right here in Charlottesville. The only way to find out is by attending the 12th Annual Light House Film Festival at The Jefferson. Since 1999, Light House Studio has been fostering our local film-making youth, helping them to create hundreds of documentary, dramatic, and animated films. Many of Light House's students have gone on to receive national awards for their films, like the Peabody Award and World Medals at the New York International Film and Television Festival.

Light House is a non-profit organization that collaborates with dozens of other non-profits and schools to teach filmmaking to the most talented youth in our area. Last year, they worked with organizations like Big Brothers Big Sisters, The Boys and Girls Club, Music Resource Center, the Virginia Film Festival, Shenandoah National Park, and Local Food Hub.

The film festival begins with a cocktail hour and lots of hors d'oeuvres, brought to you by Harvest Moon. At 8pm, the film screenings begin, featuring a variety of short films by the students.
Sept. 13, Jefferson Theater, 6:30pm, $20-$80

Local band releases Phantoms

If you know about Charlottesville bands, then you definitely know about The Fire Tapes. If you don't, then it's time you learn. The band is releasing their second album, Phantoms, on September 17, following their CD release celebration performance at The Southern this Friday the 13th.

There is no other band in Charlottesville like The  Fire Tapes. With their spacey, psychedelic sound and heavily-weighted vocals, their music is strange yet accessible. The band says they're mostly inspired by Sonic Youth and Velvet Underground, but they also have elements of classic rock, pop and even country, if that's actually possible. Singer and guitarist Betsy Wright's haunting vocals make you feel as though you're in a dream sequence, running through an endless hallway. The rest of the band, made up of guitarist Todd Milton, bassist Rob Dobson, and drummer Mark McLewee make each song complex and textured while maintaining that toe-tapping quality that keeps C'ville audiences coming back.

Sharing the evening with The Fire Tapes are bands Canary Oh Canary from Richmond and Residual Echoes all the way from California.
Sept. 13, The Southern, 9pm, $5

Her Favorite Song

Andrew Mayer Cohen has gone by many monikers— he performs and records hip-hop under the stage name Haircut, and whenever he performs his soul music with other musicians on stage, he refers to the band as Mayer Hawthorne and The County, but we mostly know Cohen as the Los Angeles-based singer and songwriter Mayer Hawthorne, which is a combination of his middle name and the street he grew up on in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Since 2009, Mayer Hawthorne has rocketed toward success and released three studio albums. His songs have been featured in movies and television, and he has toured with pop icons like Bruno Mars and Foster The People. His genre has been classified as neo-soul because of its obvious roots in obscure '60s and '70s soul music, but with a modern electronic twist. His latest album, titled Where Does This Door Go, was released in July this year featuring instant hits like "Her Favorite Song" and "Designer Drug," which stray further from the obscure and lean closer towards modern R&B.

This is sure to be an uplifting show at The Jefferson. The opening band, Superhumanoids, is a dream-pop group from Los Angeles that describes their work as "Music to help kiss the doldrums away."
Sept. 18, Jefferson Theater, 7:30pm, $20-$22 


Sept. 12
Not Back to School picnic sponsored by The Organization of Virginia Homeschoolers. Forest Hills Park. 11:30am. Free
Art: European Modern: Master Artists from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. William King Museum. All day. Free
History: CSI-Cville 1904-Style walking tour. Downtown Mall in front of Marco & Luca Noodle Shop. 8pm. $0-$15

Sept. 13
T.A.G. Hip Hop. The Garden at Eunoia. 7:30pm. $5
Beer: New Belgium’s Clips Beer and Film Tour. Washington Park. 7pm. Admission free, 3 oz. $1.25, 12 oz. $5
Reading: Will & Whit graphic novel event with author Laura Lee Gulledge. Barnes & Noble on Barracks Road. 6pm. Free
Dance: Tripping the Light Fantastic dance concert. Albemarle Ballet Theater. 8pm. $10

Sept. 14
New Literacy Tutor Training. Jefferson School. 9:30am. Free
Reading: Book signing for Rosalyn Berne's new novel, When the Horses Whisper. Barnes and Noble on Barracks Road. 1pm. Free
Sale: McIntire Plaza Fall Festival and Open House. McIntire Plaza on Allied St. 2pm. Free.
Art: Second Saturday Artist Reception for painter Krista Townsend. Art on the Trax. 4pm. Free
Festival: Charlottesville Pride Festival 2013. Lee Park. 11am. Free
Theater: Hamner Theater does William Shakespeare’s As You Like It. Mountain Cove Winery. 7pm. $5-$12

Sept. 15
Boys and Girls Club Cycling Challenge fundraiser. Old Trail Village. 6:30am. $120
Picnic: Barbecue lunch fundraiser.  Restoration United Methodist Church.  1pm. Donations accepted.
Homes: Rosemary Thornton, national expert on mail-order houses. Louisa Arts Center. 2pm. Free.

Sept. 16
Art: Ansel Adams: A Legacy. UVA Fralin Museum of Art. All day. Free

Sept. 17
Art: Looking at the New West. UVA Fralin Museum of Art. All day. Free
Reading: Award-winning silhouette artist Clay Rice reads and plays music from his new children’s book. Whimsies. 10am. Free.
Trivia: Tuesday Trivia hosted by Geeks Who Drink. Wild Wolf Brewery. 5pm. Free

Sept. 18
Theater: Troilus and Cressida. Blackfriars Playhouse. 7:30pm. $18-$42
Concert: Open Mic Night. Durty Nelly's. 8pm. Free.
Dance: Swing dancing at Cat's Corner. Swing C'ville. 8:30pm. $5


Sept. 12
Lowland Hum, Nettles, The Hill and Wood
at Twisted Branch Tea Bazaar. $7
Jamie Dyer, Dan Sebring, Cathy Monnes at Blue Moon Diner.
Gary Randall at Carter Mountain Orchard
Koda and Marie at Wild Wolf

Sept. 13
The Hill and Wood, Borrowed Beams of Light
at Fridays After Five.
The Fire Tapes, Canary Oh Canary, Residual Echoes at the Southern. $5
Ocean Versus Daughter at Blue Moon Diner
Earthling, Miami Nights, Salvaticus at Main Street Annex
Psychobilly Cadillac at Wild Wolf
Lost Indian at Whiskey Jar
Carl Anderson at Rockfish Valley Community Center. $7

Sept. 14
Conspirator at Jefferson Theater. $15-$17
Suspicious Beasts, Nude Beach at Twisted Branch Tea Bazaar. $7
Taylor Swift at JPJ Arena. $29.50-$84.50
Abigail Wagner, Lester Seal at Mudhouse Crozet
Sarah Lynna and Misfit Toys at Wild Wolf
John Tracy at Cooper Vineyards
The Blue Ridge Blues Band at Whiskey Jar
Love Canon at Veritas Vineyard
Art Wheeler Trio at Escafe
Howie Campbell at Mountfair Vineyards
Fatty Lumpkin and the Lovehogs at Heritage on Main

Sept. 15
Willie Nelson & Family, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real at Charlottesville Pavilion. $32.50-$52.50
Hidden by the Grapes, Big Marge at Magnolia House
Paulo Franco at Wild Wolf

Sept. 16
Jason Ring at Blue Moon Diner
Dane Alderson Trio at Rapture/R2

Sept. 17
Tumbleweed Wanderers, The Revivalists at the Southern. $12-$15
Midnight Spin at Rapture / R2
Mitch Hammarstrom at Blue Moon Diner
The Charlottesville Jazz Society at Escafe

Sept. 18
Mayer Hawthorne, Superhumanoids at Jefferson Theater. $20-$22
Diane Cluck, Lonesome Leash at Magnolia House
Larissa & The Lusionistics, Butterfly Vendetta at Rapture / R2
Jim Waive at Blue Moon Diner
T. Hardy Morris at The Southern. $10-$12
The Bob Bennetta Jazz Trio at Escafe.
Chris and Goose at Heritage on Main


UVA Football Game Day Book Signing of "Sweet Dreams UVA", the newest UVA Children's Book!

Saturday September 21, 2013
12:30-3:00 p.m. at the Aquatics &Fitness Center, across from Scott Stadium

Join the author for a book signing of "Sweet Dreams UVA" as part of Cavalier Fan Fest! Festivities take place from 12:30-3pm before the UVA vs. VMI football game. Join us for inflatable games, face painting, and the UVA photo booth! For more information:

Sorghum Festival 2013: Clifford Virginia's most popular event will be here soon! For nearly forty years, on the first full weekend in October, the Clifford Ruritan Club has brought together old-fashioned sorghum syrup and apple butter making, traditional Virginia music and food, historical presentations and much more. This year dozens of jousters from across the Commonwealth will come together to vie for the Virginia State Championship.

In addition to jousting, festival offerings include food – fresh, hot sandwiches, Brunswick stew, beverages and desserts; Old-fashioned sorghum syrup and apple butter cooking and sales; cake walks and bake sale; fresh local produce, crafts, art, collectibles, gifts, jewelry and quilts; children’s activities; historic re-enactors; plus live music, dancing and more.

Saturday Music and Entertainment: New Standard Bluegrass, Proffitt & Sandidge, Amherst Dance Academy, Virginia State Jousting Association State Championship

Sunday Music and Entertainment: Robert Maxham, Corbin Hayslett, and Rough Around the Edges.

The festival will be held Saturday and Sunday, October 5th and 6th, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day, rain or shine. Admission is free with a parking fee of $5 per car and $1 for motorcycles. Lawn chairs are welcome, no coolers please. As always, proceeds from Ruritan events benefit our local communities. Join us for a day of fun in Amherst County.

755 Fletchers Level Road (State Rt. 610), Clifford, Virginia 24533

From Lynchburg – North on Rt. 29, left onto Rt. 151, right onto Fletchers Level Road

From Charlottesville – South on Rt. 29, right onto Fletchers Level Road

For more information, call (434) 826-1163 or e-mail