February 1: First Friday, Diane Cluck, 4tet

February 1st, 2013 · 5 Comments · By

Spring couldn’t last forever. It couldn’t even last past noon on Thursday, I guess. I hate the cold, but I love First Fridays. Life’s like that, you know? Bitter but not without sweetness…

Right. Here’s some stuff to do!


First: Chug some wine from small plastic cups. Confess your indifference to art history, and let loose your opinions anyway. Gram some oils and tweet mixed media. My favorite places to perform these activities are The Bridge, WVTU (both catered by Feast, last I checked), 2nd St. Gallery, McGuffey, and Chroma. Here’s a rundown of their shows.

The Bridge: Pencil portraits by Spriggan celebrating 12 Charlottesville men, who exhibit nurturing virtues. I love portraiture, and I love the trickiness of feminism and masculinity, so this should be a good show. They’ve also had some crucial snacks in the past.

WVTF: Hannah Barefoot’s work is really good and priced to sell, but she’s probably cursed, given what’s happened to The Garage since she had her stellar show there back in the fall. So everybody enjoy WVTF’s office while it’s still standing. Catered by Feast, wine from Jefferson Vineyards.

Image courtesy of C-Ville Weekly

2nd St. Gallery: Last time I was here, I was privileged to listen to some city person mumble puzzlingly about his junk food jihad shrines while swallowing rich buttercream and wine. Tonight’s show looks really fun, too. Clay Witt makes grisaille sunbursts over extinguished species, connecting some dots between roccoco/anachronistic decor and biological decay that I probably couldn’t have.

 McGuffey Art Center: The McGuffey is offering up its usual cornucopia of great local artists. I’m particularly excited to see what Lee Alter’s been up to. Her peaceful and original works never disappoint. There’s also going to be a one-hour dance recital by the Charlottesville Ballet at 6pm. It’s $8, and could be a really interlude in your First Friday between pictures and dinner.

Chroma: I can’t tell you exactly what’s going on at Chroma this month, but their exhibitions always hit the sweet spot of craft and intelligence for me. There are some bleak little seascapes and perfect botanical paintings I’ve seen there before that I hope are still hanging.


After you’re done darting for warmth and artistic enrichment on The Mall, check out one or both of these shows:

8pm. Diane Cluck is Charlottesville’s Sharon Van Etten. She’s playing at Cville Coffee tonight, $8 door. Even if you think you’ve heard enough coffee shop folk, don’t be put off by the genre and venue of Cluck’s show. Since the cold is planning to stick around, you could do a lot worse than to jam on her lovely voice and perfect winter folk lyrics. I think I saw her play with Kimya Dawson last spring or fall, and I’ve been looking forward to seeing her play again since.

10pm. 4tet is not Four Tet, the post-rock solo project that emerged from Fridge. They’re some local high schoolers. I don’t know much more than that, but I applaud their audacity/cunning in copping Four Tet’s name, as well as their pluck in playing RR while still too young to vote. A fitting precedent for tomorrow’s visit from Mr. All Ages himself, Ian MacKaye.

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5 responses so far ↓

  • 1 James // Feb 1, 2013 at 6:19 pm

    thanks for the comprehensive write-up, Carolyn!

    I do have to point out that “4tet” are definitely NOT “some local high-schoolers” … one of their members, Cleek Shrey, is a former local, but that dude is like, approximately around my age, and I think his bandmates are too. they’re on tour from up north, I think (though their precise place of origin eludes my memory at the moment).

    (also, since Cleek does both traditional and electronic music, I find it hard to believe they don’t know about Kieran Hebden’s Four Tet… I was scratching my head over that one as well)

  • 2 Josephine // Feb 1, 2013 at 6:25 pm

    Also, that show is at 8, not 10.

  • 3 baconfat // Feb 1, 2013 at 7:25 pm

    come on guys, it’s not the same if you substitute the number for the spelling of the number (or vice versa). it’s like my new mook-rock project called Matchbox 20. going on tour with Avenged 7fold. and don’t forget about my new rap persona, Twopac. going on tour with Boys Two Men.


  • 4 James // Feb 1, 2013 at 9:04 pm

    I bet they’re gonna be hearing from Boyz Too Men’s lawyers.

  • 5 Vijith Assar // Feb 3, 2013 at 5:38 pm

    I’ve always thought “post-rock” was kind of a ridiculous idea, but even if it is a real thing, Four Tet’s electronic music does not even remotely qualify. Although perhaps you are using it quite literally to mean “after Kieran was done playing in his old rock band Fridge,” in which case I applaud your attempt to reclaim the phrase.

    Also, I’m looking for four more people to join my new 5ive tribute band FiveIve.