TONIGHT: We Are Star Children at the Pavilion, 5pm-ish; Bridge Reading Series feat. Lindsay Turner and Rebecca Taylor, 7pm, both FREE

August 15th, 2014 · 2 Comments · By

Two great events going on tonight in C-ville, both free and both equally engaging, albeit in different ways.


We Are Star Children (disclaimer: I was formerly in WASC and appear in their promo photos (as evidenced above!)) play tonight at Fridays After Five. This band is the equivalent of “Hey Ya!” the Outkast song–it’s impossible not to like. In a sick twist of logic, this is enough of a reason for some not to like it. But, when it comes down to it, you’ll fucking shake it like a Polaroid picture. It’ll be interesting to see the band do a two-set show, especially at the Pavilion, which is a mass of humanity at events like this. Should be great to check out though. Show starts around 5, at the Downtown Pavilion and is free.


The Bridge Reading Series (c0-curated by friend and oft-Nailgun-correspondent Julia Kudravetz) hosts a reading tonight with two Charlottesville literary powerhouses Lindsay Turner and Rebecca Taylor. From the Bridge’s website:

Lindsay Turner‘s poems and criticism have appeared or are forthcoming in Lana Turner JournalWebConjunctionsBoston Review, Kenyon ReviewFIELDDenver QuarterlyDrunken Boat, Los Angeles Review of Books, and elsewhere.  She holds an MFA in poetry from NYU and a Masters degree in film studies from the Université Paris III.  A 2013 Ruth Lilly Poetry Fellowship finalist, she currently lives in Charlottesville, VA, where she is a PhD candidate in English at the University of Virginia and is writing a dissertation on work and contemporary American poetry.

Rebecca Taylor grew up in White Hall, Virginia. She lives in New York, where she pursued a BA in creative writing and an MFA in fiction at Columbia University. One of her essays will be collected this fall in the McSweeney’s anthology Read Harder: Five More Years of Great Writing from the Believer. She is currently working on a novel.

Bit of local trivia: Rebecca Taylor, along with being a published writer, also appeared in John Johnson (local filmmaker, not big time Jon Johnson) horror films.

Event starts at 7pm at the Bridge PAI and is free.

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  • 1 james // Aug 15, 2014 at 12:45 pm

    this might be one of the first nailgun posts not to point out that We Are Star Children’s original band name was Straight Punch to the Crotch

  • 2 coogan // Aug 15, 2014 at 3:33 pm

    oh dear, if only it hadn’t happened it might have been the first! but if john johnson is mentioned straight punch to the crotch should also