Fourth (Estate) Friday
Tomorrow (Friday, July 24) is not the last Friday of the month but it is the fourth Friday, which means the staff of the newspaper will be seated at Country Cafe on Main Street in Washington from 9 to 10 a.m. for the usual monthly discussion of your ideas, criticisms, suggestions and questions — and maybe a few of our own. We’ll buy your coffee; breakfast-related upgrades are extra but worth it. Call us at 540-675-3338 or email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions.
All that jazz, part I: Castleton
After the Castleton Festival’s final classical-and-opera performances of the 2015 season last Sunday (July 19) — including an inspired performance by soloist Alessandro Taverna of Dvorak’s Piano Concerto No. 2 with Metropolian Opera conductor Fabio Luisi leading an ever-impressive Castleton Festival Orchestra — jazz takes center stage for the next two weekends.
This Saturday (July 25) at 7 p.m. and Sunday (July 26) at 3, an all-star octet led by Wynton Marsalis (and featuring trumpeter Marcus Printup, saxophonist Ted Nash, trombonist Vincent Gardner, pianist Helen Sung, guitarist James Chirillo, bassist Rodney Whitaker and drummer Ali Jackson) performs at the Castleton Festival Theatre, as part of the inaugural season of Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Summer Jazz Academy. High school students in the two-week residential summer institute for advanced study in jazz performance started their studies with Marsalis and other JLC faculty this week, and will also perform in combos and ensembles.
Next weekend, the students will open for Marsalis and the big-band Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra for two performances. Tickets for both weekend events ($35 to $200) available at castletonfestival.org or 866-974-0767.
All that jazz, part II: Flint Hill
As a fun fall fundraiser for the Flint Hill Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department, fire company neighbor (and internationally known pianist) Bill Harris will perform with his own jazz all-stars — bassist Tommy Cecil, guitarist Donato Soviero and drummer Tony Martucci — from 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 19 for the fire department’s first-ever formal (black tie optional) concert and dance on the carnival grounds next to the fire hall.
Some of the details are still being worked out — although Harris says he’s definitely planning to sing as well as play for the quartet’s danceable menu of swing and standards — but you’ll want to contact co-organizer Gail Reardon at Merry Moo Market (540-827-4711 or email@example.com) soon for some $35 tickets.
Modern monochrome in Sperryville
Monochrome art has a compelling, timeless quality — and a new exhibit at Old Rag Photography in the River District Arts building in Sperryville has proof, in a show of works in monochromatic photography. Meet the photographers, and get a look at what state-of-the-art digital tools can do for this ageless style of picture-making, at an opening reception from 3 to 5 p.m. this Saturday (July 24) at 3 River Lane.
Col. Mustard in the barrel room with a corkscrew?
At Narmada Winery this Saturday (July 25), you can become another person as you join us to play an interactive game of Clue.
You’ll be attending a meeting of the Peacock Wine Club, a fictional group of wine lovers, wine critics and wine producers — one of whom has been murdered (fictionally, of course). You must find out who did the crime, why and how. The best answer wins the Super Sleuth Award. A few roles are still open for the game, which starts at 7 p.m. (arrive by 6 for pre-event fare); the cost is $40 per person. For more details, call 540-937-8215 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The ‘Colors of Rappahannock’ returns
The Rappahannock Association for the Arts and the Community (RAAC) has published the second edition of “Colors of Rappahannock and the Piedmont” — a coloring book containing 12 black-and-white drawings by local artists.
Almost 2,000 free copies have been distributed to hospitals and pediatric practices in Warrenton, Culpeper and Front Royal, and in Rappahannock County to the visitors center, library, health department and Rappahannock Food Pantry, as well as to Headwaters and Child Care and Learning Center.
The coloring book is the brainchild of RAAC board member and Washington artist Kevin Adams, who in 2011 “realized that without a hospital in our county, children needed to go somewhere outside the county when they were sick. I thought it would be a great thing to give these children something to remind them of home. With this second edition, more children can be inspired and discover new views and colors of the special places where we live.”
Contributing artists were asked to “close your eyes and think of Rappahannock County — what is that one thing that is near and dear to you?” Answering the call in this year’s coloring book are artists Geneva Welch, Patricia Brennan, Peter Kramer, Ruthie Windsor-Mann, Andrew Morgan, Thomas Mullany, Patricia Underwood, Ann Currie, Rick Myers, Nedra Smith, Barbara Heile and Margaret Rogers.
RAAC president Matthew Black adds that “a very limited number of coloring books will be available for sale (for $5) this fall at RAAC’s library talks and movies on the first and second Fridays of the months. And if the demand to purchase them is great, we may even order another printing!”