CLAW, Anarchist Bookfair, and some concerts

March 24th, 2012 · 1 Comment · By

There’s several events going on around town today, absolutely none of which are convenient for a rainy day, but which are nonetheless still worthy of your investigation (just bring an umbrella!)

For the second year in a row, there’s a Charlottesville Anarchist Bookfair at Random Row Books to coincide with the Festival of the Book; it’s been a little tough to find details, maybe I’m just out-of-the-loop but the only specifics I’ve seen have been via Random Row’s Facebook page: “starting at 1pm and lasting throughout the day. There will be plenty of radical books on hand, tabled by the likes of AK Press, Big Idea Books (from Pittsburgh) PM Press, Richmond’s Wingnut and Flying Brick collectives and others. JUSTSEEDS artist collective will have lots of cool stuff for sale and there will be an “OCCUPY OFRENDA” art installation put together by our own C’ville artists. Later in the day we will have film screenings and presentations.” It’s worth stopping by — here’s the thing I wrote about it last year (which reminds me, I still need to finish reading the best book I bought at the Bookfair last year; I have the troubling habit of acquiring books much faster than I have time to read them). — and if you know any other details, please leave them in the comments!

Just a little down the street, later in the day, there’s another CLAW event at the Blue Moon Diner. C.L.A.W., of course, are the Charlottesville Lady Arm Wrestlers, about whom we have written a great deal in these pages; from the early days when it was just an impromptu event in the back room at Blue Moon, to four years later when it’s become a major Charlottesville event and cultural landmark and inspiration to dozens of similar events nationwide, CLAW has been a pretty special thing. If you’ve been before, you of course know the deal; if you haven’t, it’s something you’ll definitely want to check out. It’s an event with a decidedly different tone from, for example, the Anarchist Bookfair — there’s a whole sort of drunken revelry / county fair / circus aspect to it — but the ultimate message that women are powerful and women are awesome and can come in all shapes and styles is a pretty great one. Details: “Gates open at 7pm, wrestling starts at 8pm. $5 at the door. Music from Pantherburn, TJ Kong & the Atomic Bomb and DJ Western Front. Bring cash.”

There are also two concerts happening which may be of interest to you; there’s also a band at the Tea Bazaar called Happy New Year, whom I’ve not heard of before, but they’re supposed to be pretty killer, and what I’ve heard from their bandcamp page sounds pretty promising; buzzy, lo-fi shoegazery girl-rock, sometimes with synthesizers. That’s listed as starting at 9:00pm (though I suspect it’ll actually be later, considering there’s only one band on the bill) and the cover is $5. I had never heard of this band until yesterday but now I’m actually kind of really excited about them (I hope I can make it to the show!)

Lastly, I’ve just heard about a benefit concert at The Haven, with a band called Miracles of Modern Science. Maureen from New City Arts says: “They just returned from South by Southwest. The band got together at Princeton, but Evan grew up in Charlottesville, so his mom is actually the one who contacted The Haven to say ‘My son is in this band. I think a benefit show for your space would be nice.’ Often when a mom calls on their son’s behalf, the show isn’t necessarily going to be knock-your-socks-off-amazing. In this case, their music is wonderful, and I think the performance is going to be swell. And I hear they do a great Foster the People cover (with lots of strings).” … “8 PM. $10 at the door. Nettles is opening for them. All $$$ benefits The Haven.”

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  • 1 Jacob // Mar 24, 2012 at 12:53 pm

    Also, Goldenboy are playing the Tea Bazaar show. Goldenboy = Shon Sullivan, who’s been in a number of pretty big bands like The Rentals and Elliott Smith’s backing band. His own project is of the light, breezy, indie-pop variety and is quite enjoyable. Well worth checking out!