There’s two really promising events tonight that I’m really excited about:
The first is the return of the Bridge Film Series, which I’m proud to say is continuing its’ tradition of showing fine films that would otherwise go unseen in Charlottesville. Tonight’s event is tangentially related to the Man Ray exhibition that’s up right now; the connection seems a little tenuous, but I think the program is stronger for it: they’re showing “Elasticity,” a 25min piece by the amazing Chick Strand, “Medina” by the much-overlooked Scott Bartlett, one called “the Sleepers” by Mark Lapore, and — perhaps the one I’m most excited about — “7362″ by Pat O’Neill. I tried to show “7362″ several times without success back when I was the director of this series (it was supposed to be part of “Geometric Hallucinations,” if anyone remembers that program), and I’m glad to see they’ve finally been able to show it here. It’s O’Neill’s first film, not exactly representative of his work, but it’s a mind-blowing piece of optical-printing work nonetheless. So altogether, that should be a really great film event; it’s at 8pm at The Bridge, and the suggested donation is $5.
Afterwards I highly recommend heading over to the Tea House; a band from Nashville called Turbo Fruits is gonna be making their Charlottesville debut; haven’t heard them yet myself, but they come highly recommended; they’re sprung from the same TN scene that produced Jeff the Brotherhood and Heavy Cream, so I have high hopes for some garage-rock awesomeness. They’re on tour with yet another Nashville band called Bad Cop, and the event is being presented by WTJU, if that means anything to you (and it should!) As if that weren’t enough, I’ve just received confirmation that there’s a last minute addition to the bill in the form of ORDER (as in, Order of the Dying Orchid), who are always a stupendously good time to hear live; over the past few years, they’re probably my favorite super-loud, charmingly messy aggro-garage band to hear while approaching blackout-inebriation levels (though they sound really good sober, too). That show is at 9pm, it costs $7, and you would be a fool to miss it!