Happy Inauguration!

January 20th, 2009 · 1 Comment · By

I’m really thrilled and relieved that Barack Obama is now my president, and I thought his inaugural speech was great — I don’t agree with him about everything, but he said a lot of things that I never thought I’d hear an American President say, and for that I’m really glad. We may be in […]

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Han Bennink at UVa!

January 19th, 2009 · 1 Comment · By

The incredible jazz drummer Han Bennink is performing at UVa this evening! (by this evening I mean “Monday,” although I’m writing this late Sunday night…) Han Bennink is a 66-year-old avant-garde percussionist from Holland, who you should absolutely go and see because he is brilliant and charming and unforgettable. I saw him open for that […]

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some thoughts on The Notorious B.I.G. (with music)

January 18th, 2009 · 6 Comments · By

So in the past 2 days I’ve read like a dozen things about Notorious, the new Christopher Wallace biopic, a film which I wasn’t even remotely aware of on Thursday. It seems kind of weird to make this sort of retrospective biopic only 12 years after the events it depicts, especially considering the massive fame […]

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OFFscreen

January 18th, 2009 · Comments Off on OFFscreen · By

Also, tonight is the first night of the new season of OFFscreen. Paper Covers Rock will be showing at Newcomb Hall at 7:00 and 9:30, with director Joe Maggio (not the baseball player) in attendance for a Q&A. Maggio says:  “In the end, what I wanted to do was tell a simple story about someone […]

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Bridge show tonight! Invisible Hand + 2 more

January 18th, 2009 · Comments Off on Bridge show tonight! Invisible Hand + 2 more · By

There’s three bands playing at The Bridge tonight! Adam says: Invisible Hand (Charlottesville, VA) – Shoves through sets fast and loud, but maintains a sense of melody and meticulously thought out song structures. Energetic rock music with some progressive/punk/indie highlights…the replacements meet dinosaur jr. of the 2009 variety..! Whatever Brains (Raleigh, NC) – weirdo, manic […]

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RIP McGoohan and Montalbán

January 15th, 2009 · 1 Comment · By

Two great television actors died yesterday: Ricardo Montalbán was probably best known for his starring role on Fantasy Island, although his finest work is undoubtebly as Khan in Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, a superb film (and perhaps the only iteration of Star Trek which I can enjoy wholeheartedly and sincerely on its […]

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recently confirmed / dance party alert…

January 13th, 2009 · Comments Off on recently confirmed / dance party alert… · By

Mahjongg returns to Charlottesville on February 17! Tickets are a recession friendly $6 and worth every dime. Of all the shows I saw in Charlottesville in 2008, their show at the Tea House last spring was my favorite. Thank you, Danny Shea! Clear your calendars, kids.

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Bread & Puppet! and a Box show

January 12th, 2009 · 2 Comments · By

I juuuuust found out that Bread & Puppet Theater are performing at Gravity Lounge tonight!   The website says: The “Dirt Cheap Opera” is the story of the gangster Mac the Knife and his brand new wife Polly and consists of fragments stolen from the famous Brecht/Weill, “Three Penny Opera”, newly mixed and freshly re-baked to […]

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Accordian Death Squad and Skeletonbreath

January 10th, 2009 · 1 Comment · By

Accordion Death Squad and Skeletonbreath are playing at the Tea House tonight! Accordion Death Squad are the raucous gypsy-folk group from Charlottesville that you know and love, with a continuously-evolving line-up centered around Lisa “Rat” Dembling. Skeletonbreath are a spazzy and energetic jazz-rock trio from New York. They play the Tea House every 2 years […]

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Ron Asheton, 1948-2009

January 9th, 2009 · Comments Off on Ron Asheton, 1948-2009 · By

Ron Asheton, guitarist for the Stooges, died a few days ago.

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