Prism Coffeehouse presents traditional music from Molsky’s Mountain Drifterson Wednesday September 21st. On Friday, September 23rd they present a bluegrass show from Mile Twelve. On Friday, September 30, the are hosting story songs from Eric Brace & Peter Cooper. All shows are at at C’ville Coffee on Harris Street in Charlottesville. Doors open at 6, all shows start 7 pm and are two sets. For more information on these concerts and the organization, Prism Coffehouse.org.
New City Arts presents “I Am A Man,” an exhibit including photographs, sculpture, mixed media, and paintings by Hank Willis Thomas in September at Welcome Gallery as a part of Human/Ties 2016, the 50th anniversary celebration of the National Endowment of the Humanities, hosted by the University of Virginia and made possible by support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Hank Willis Thomas is a New York based conceptual artist exploring themes of identity, race, class, and history through two-dimensional, sculptural, and digital time-based collage works. Thomas’s work is in numerous public collections including the Museum of Modern Art New York and the National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C. “I Am A Man” will open on Friday, September 2nd from 5-7:30PM as part of September’s First Fridays Art Walk. The exhibit will remain open through September from noon-4PM Monday-Friday with extended open hours during the Human/Ties celebration (September 14-17). “I Am A Man” is co-presented by New City Arts, Human/Ties, and the Black Professional Network of Charlottesville.
The Charlottesville Area Tree Stewards is a non-profit group that was founded in June 2008 as a group of volunteers whose mission is to support rural and urban forests. They invite you to their Fall Tree Sale at the Vegetarian Festival, September 24, 11am at the Ix Complex. There will have 40 varieties of mostly native young trees and shrubs, a chance to learn all about trees and also take some home. All proceeds go to tree steward projects. To find out more and register Charlottesville Area Tree Stewards.org.
The Women’s Initiative is a Charlottesville nonprofit that provides mental health services to women regardless of their ability to pay. The Women’s Initiative invites you to submit your short essay or poem to the 2016 Challenge into Change Writing Contest this fall. Challenge into Change is a forum for real-life stories about women who have transformed challenging life circumstances into an opportunity for growth. Winners will receive cash prizes, and all entrants will be honored at the 2017 Virginia Festival of the Book. Entries to the Challenge into Change Writing Contest are due December 15, 2016. To learn more about the contest and The Women’s Initiative’s mental health counseling services, our website is www.thewomensinitiative.org.
Mary Baldwin College is soon to be Mary Baldwin University in Staunton. Starting this fall, they are celebrating a 175 year mission of academic excellence and innovation. Throughout their anniversary year, MBU will hold a variety of public, cultural events with the goal of enriching the broader community. First on tap is the MBU Launch and 175th anniversary kickoff at 11 a.m. on August 31. The event on Page Terrace is open to the public. For more opportunities throughout the fall semester, including ongoing art exhibitions, the community service speaker series, the Carl Broman concert series, and special lectures by artist-in-residence Claudia Bernardi and Doenges Visiting Artist Diana Cooper marybaldwin.edu/events.
The Blue Ridge Irish Music School (BRIMS) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to teaching the living art of Irish traditional music and fostering a dynamic environment for it in Central Virginia and beyond.
BRIMS will be offering fall classes in Irish dance, music and song for all ages and skill levels starting in September.
On Thursday, September 8th BRIMS presents singer and guitar player John Doyle with Eamon O’Leary on bouzouki and vocals and Mick McAuley on accordion. The show begins at 7:00 p.m. at the Haven.
On Sunday, October 9th BRIMS presents Celtic Fiddle Festival at 7:00 p.m. at the Haven. Celtic Fiddle Festival is Kevin Burke, Christian Lemaître and Charlie McKerron on fiddles and Nicolas Quemener on guitar.
For more information, brimstunes.org.
Market Central invites you to make plans to visit some of the small farms in Central Virginia for the 8th annual Meet Yer Eats Farm Tour. There are 11 participating farms that call the City Market home on Saturday mornings, but on Labor Day, you’re invited to their place. For more information and to purchase a car pass, meetyereats.wordpress.com.
Market Central aims to engage the community of vendors, consumers and administrators through programs and outreach to enrich the Charlottesville City Market experience. They are passionate about the roles that a local, public market can play in a community as a source for fresh, local foods; a venue for local artisans; a business incubator; and an economic driver.
The Nelson FFA is hosting a Bluegrass Benefit on Saturday, October 8 from 4:00 – 9:00pm at the Nelson County Middle School Auditorium on Route 29 in Lovingston. Bands featured include In the Tradition, The Little Mountain Boys (pictured), Deep Blue Express, and the James River Cutups. There will also be silent auction items, raffles, bake sale and concessions including Brunswick stew, Chili, hot dogs, drinks, and baked goods. Doors open at 3:00 PM. All proceeds will be used for trip expenses for the Virginia State winning team in Forestry to compete at the National FFA Convention held in Indianapolis, Indiana at the end of October. For more information, the phone number is (434)263-4801.
The annual Charlottesville Pride Festival, a celebration of the local LGBTQ community, will be held on Saturday, September 17th at Lee Park in downtown Charlottesville. The family-friendly event will feature entertainment for all ages, including a children’s area with a moon bounce, games, face-painting, balloons, and more. There will also be a beer garden and food trucks, over 70 vendors representing businesses and organizations with resources, and interactive activities. Music, dance, and drag entertainment will be going on all day long. The gathering kicks off with the 2nd Annual Youth Pride Picnic on Sept. 10th. For the complete schedule, announcements, and other info cvillepride.org.
The Fluvanna SPCA is a no-kill shelter. For over 25 years, they have been rescuing homeless pets. They are now looking for volunteers that are interested in getting more exercise by being weekday dog walkers. They also need people to socialize cats, and volunteers willing to drive the shelter animals for their veterinarian appointments. They have many more opportunities to help out the rescued animals. For more information about the shelter, upcoming events, and how to volunteer or foster an animal, fspca.org.