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Ladies Sing The Blues at Gypsy Sally's

July 19, 2015

Enjoy an evening of music at Gypsy Sally's August 7, 2015 with Ladies Sing The Blues Night: Ft. Cathy Ponton King, Erin and the Wildfire, The Jill Warren Band, Mary-eL.

Rock, blues, folk, and soul had a baby and they named it Erin. She collected three of her most talented friends in 2012 and dubbed them The Wildfire, in reference to the fiery quality of their groove. Erin & The Wildfire is comprised of Erin Lunsford (vocals, acoustic guitar), Ryan Lipps (guitar), Matt Wood (bass), and Nick Quillen (drums). Erin is an award winning vocalist (1st place Winner of Charlottesville’s Paramount Idol 2013) and an award winning songwriter (1st place Winner in the 11th Annual Rapunzel’s Songwriting Contest) with the song “Best I’ve Ever Been.”

Erin & The Wildfire has been described as a “local treasure” and their presence continues to grow throughout Central Virginia. The band met at the University of Virginia and have been making their mark on the Charlottesville music scene ever since. Erin & The Wildfire recently released their debut self-titled EP, which features poignant lyrics, dynamic energy, and sultry melodies. The EP track, “Best I’ve Ever Been” was also chosen as one of the best new songs of 2013 by WNRN Radio’s LocalMotive broadcast. The combination of Lunsford’s soulful and striking vocals with the Wildfire’s feverish intensity will start a flame in the heart of any listener.

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'Pleasure and Piety: The Art of Joachim Wtewael '

July 6, 2015

Through October 4, 2015, visit the west building of the National Gallery of Art to see the risque mythological scenes of masterful storyteller, Joachim Wtewael (1566 – 1638).

He was a virtuoso draftsman and a brilliant colorist, adept at working on both monumental canvases and small copperplates. He could paint from the imagination and from life, creating striking portraits of family members and introducing naturalistic still lifes into many of his narrative compositions.

Born and raised in Utrecht, one of the oldest cities in the Netherlands, Wtewael spent four years in Italy and France early in his career. During these study years he embraced the popular international style known as mannerism, characterized by extreme refinement, artifice, and elegant distortion. Throughout his career, Wtewael remained one of the leading proponents of this style, even as most early seventeenth-century Dutch artists shifted to a more naturalistic manner of painting. Wtewael’s inventive compositions, teeming with twisting, choreographed figures and saturated with pastels and acidic colors, retained their appeal for his patrons. Yet his strong adherence to a mannerist style would also lead to the eventual decline of his reputation. This exhibition, which features 37 paintings and 11 drawings, sheds light on Wtewael’s artistic excellence, allowing him to reclaim his rightful place among the great masters of the Dutch Golden Age.

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Via Umbria and i Ricchi Host Pig Roast & Beer Tasting on the Piazza

June 23, 2015

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Via Umbria and i Ricchi join forces on July 2nd from 5:00-9:00 pm for Sagra of the Porchetta, an Italian summer pork barbeque celebration in the outdoor piazza at i Ricchi restaurant.

Come for an enormous feast of i Ricchi’s succulent roast suckling pig, housemade sausage, croxetti pasta and more, along with a tasting of four Italian craft beers from Birra Perugia, imported by and available in the area exclusively at Via Umbria.

Special guest Alessandro Anfosso of Anfosso Italian Goods will be showcasing his family’s delicate extra virgin olive oil, taggiasche olives and pasta and pesto sauce, all specialties from his native Liguria.

Don’t miss this opportunity to kick off America’s favorite holiday weekend with a little Italian flair. Tickets are available online here for $18.

Free valet parking.

i Ricchi is located at 1220 19th St NW.

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