Expand your mind—and vocabulary—during this annual “late-night” Festival of the Book program. Enjoy music, drinks, and mingling as acclaimed authors Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah, John Lingan, and Mathangi Subramanian give short readings from their most recent works. Throughout the evening, book sales will be made available, but don’t rush home and risk a DWR (Driving While Reading). Stay a while and soak in all the creative juices.
Ditch the forks, roll up your sleeves, and join us for our third annual Crawfish Boil. Blanc Creatives—masters of craft cookware—are hosting us in their backyard for a relaxing afternoon full of food, music, and friends. We're keeping it Cajun style and loading up our boil with delicious spices and fixings. Relax and enjoy finger-licking good food while listening to the soulful tunes of Red & the Romantics. ▸ $40 member, RSVP
Film Club presents "If We Shout Loud Enough" co-written and edited by local filmmaker, Zach Keifer. Meet Baltimore's visionary punk band, Double Dagger: Nolen, a singer who stutters until he picks up the microphone; Bruce, a bassist who can make his battered instrument sound like an entire rock band; Denny, whose drum set regularly collapses under the force of his pummeling; and dozens of the fans, musicians, and artists who have catalyzed the city's music community. Q&A following the film. Popcorn provided.
A Happy Hour for you young professional millennials. Bond over a bygone era of Blockbuster, AIM, and Britney Spears. Rejoice in a new one built from avocado toast, Netflix, and craft cocktails…which speaking of, we’ll be serving up special drinks courtesy of Spirit Lab Distillery. Join us as we raise a glass to youth, to innovation—and let’s draaank.
Ask and ye shall receive... If you missed these five fierce ladies perform in January, we have good news for you—Long Live the Queens! RVA’s vanguard of femme supa-stars are sharing their fabulousness at our second Drag Brunch, featuring Cirque-like stunts, mountainous wigs, and whole lotta glitter. So flawless are their moves, so impressive are their songs, you’ll find yourself spitting out your mimosa to shout “YAAAS!!” Channel your inner Yoncé. Channel your inner YOU. And let’s celebrate! [Don’t forget to bring those dolla, dolla bills, y’all]. ▸ $40 members for the show & brunch; please RSVP with your party’s size.
Ditch those flimsy Kraft squares and turn your attention to cheese of a different dimension. Author of Reinventing the Wheel, Francis Percival, will share a more well-rounded way of cheesemaking. Join us for an evening too gouda to be true: Sharpen your tastebuds with a selection of all natural cheeses and wines curated by Erin Scala. New Dominion Book will be hanging with us, too, so you can pick up a copy of Percival’s book and let your dairy knowledge ripen from mild to mature. ▸ $40 members, $45 guests; RSVP required
Resilience has been called the great puzzle of human nature. Some question whether it is an innate quality or something you learn. Over lunch, we will hear from Wendy Hubbard—the Founder of Beyond Broken—who will deep dive into what resiliency is, how to navigate life’s challenges, and ways to lean into adversity with strength and acceptance. ▸$12, member; $20 guest, + tax & gratuity
Explore a philanthropic opportunity to impact our community. Cville Gives is a giving circle that provides an innovative platform for locals to pool their resources toward a focused area to affect change within our community. This year, Cville Gives addresses “Food Insecurity” and will award cash grants upwards of $10,000 to organizations engaged with this mission. Learn how to become involved while enjoying presentations from this year’s grant finalists.
From shamrocks to rainbows to pots of gold, you name it, Joe Vena will help your little leprechauns make it. This St. Patrick’s Day, sculptor and artist, Joe Vena, will teach your kiddos how to craft fun ornaments and decorations out of clay. And don’t forget: Get festive—or else, get pinched! ;) ▸ $10 per child
Take a journey with us. Traverse through eye-opening landscapes filled with rich colors, vibrant patterns, and glittering skies that will kick you into joyful frame of mind. Before taking this mystical expedition, first learn how to micro-dose with…nature. Founder and Executive Director of Wildrock, Carolyn Schuyler will share her in-depth knowledge of eco-psychology and how to utilize green “micro-breaks” throughout the day as an antidote to stress. We will learn short meditations and powerful visualizations to further elevate mood, cognition, performance, and social connectedness. ▸ $12 members, $20 non-members includes breakfast (+tax & gratuity)
Since December 2018, Amos Paul Kennedy Jr, inaugural Frank Riccio Artist-in-Residence, has gathered powerful sayings and timely aphorisms from Charlottesville-Albemarle residences as a part of the public art project “Finding Wisdom.” Kennedy and community members have brought their collected words to life through a series of bold letter-press posters that deepen dialogue on race, class, and social justice. And now, in partnership with the Quirk Hotel, Kennedy is sharing his community-engaged art with us via his small mobile press. Participants of all ages are welcome to join the fun, and enjoy food and drink with special guests from Virginia Humanities. For more information, please see: vabookcenter.org/finding-wisdom/ ▸ Free and open to the public
Italian winemaker, Marco di Serramarrocco, is visiting Charlottesville to share his esteemed bottlings over an intimate dinner. This Sicilian estate is famous for a rare Pignatello grape, native to Trapani. Attentive to the relationship of soil to vine, Serramarroco’s varietals are rich and intense with a structural complexity setting them apart from other blends. We will feature a dry Zibibbo, Nero d'Avola, Pignatello, and others perfectly paired with a prix fixe menu. ▸ $95 (includes t&g), RSVP
Upcycle your wardrobe and capture your essence—but first, learn the stitch. Founder of Window & Wing, Brielle DuFlon will guide us in making texturized stitches on blank tote bags. Under Brielle’s masterful guidance, you will hone in the foundations you will need to flex those embroidery muscles and hand-stitch patterns on your clothes at home. ▸ $15 members
The time has come to bust out those hot pants again. Boogie, bump, and electric slide your way to the dance floor with at our second Supreme Dance Party. Do “The Hustle” under a real disco ball as Melody Supreme’s DJs play analog mixes to all your 70s favorites. We are keeping the party bumping until late o'clock. Come light up the House with us. ‣ Open to the public: $10 non-members, free for members.
Whether you realize it or not, you have seen his photographs: Sam Abell is one of the preeminent photographers of the last half-century and—lucky us!—one of our humble neighbors. Through his work with National Geographic, Sam defined the culture of quiet but expressive communities that have since become iconic moments, all thanks to his images. Practicing studied compositions, extreme patience, and a knack for being in the right place at the right time, he is the manifestation of the artist journalist; telling stories and crafting beauty at the same time. And in an expansive career that keeps marching on—check his recent advertising work (vogue.com/article/acne-studios-cindy-crawford-sam-abell)—he has captured some of the most beautiful moments of light that pulls at every photographer’s heart strings.
Come hear Sam’s personal stories, discover the process of his craft, and see the images that helped to define one of the greatest magazines of all time, in an intimate presentation and social gathering. Q&A to follow.
Young, smart, handsome, and charming, winemaker Alessandro Veglio is sharing his original Italian vintages with us. From Dolcetto to Barolo Gattera, his varietals are balanced and elegant with tasting features reflective of the territory from which they came. Swirl and sip his award-winning wines, and learn about Veglio’s unique production techniques. Oh, and, did we mention the handsome part? ▸ $15 member, $20 guests +t&g
Saddle up, partner. Children’s musician, Ramblin’ Davey, performs foot-tapping songs about friendship and imagination that make young audiences want shout “Yeehaw!” Round up your little ones and slide on their dancing shoes because Ramblin’ Davey is sharing his musical chops at our tenderfoot dance party. Did anyone say, “Yippee Ki Yay?” ▸ Free, snacks will be provided
Montpelier’s President and CEO, Kat Imhoff, will lead a timely tribute of six women who called Montpelier home. Over lunch, hear stories of resilience and resolve, including a special remembrance of Sukey and Ellen Stewart: an enslaved mother and daughter. Discover strong voices that still resonate today for social justice and equality for all. ▸ $12 member, $20 guests +t&g
From Kubrick to Kurosawa, Spacek to Streep, Hanks to Hopkins: this is an evening for people who are crazy about the big screen. After a holiday hiatus, Film Club is back with a screening of Alfonso Cuarón's Roma, nominated for 10 Oscars. Come for the viewing, but stay for the lively discussion and libations.