Schedule 2017

Friday 4/7: “Shake Can Vigorously” Pop-Up Exhibit (link: Location: The Bridge PAI The Bridge Progressive Arts Initiative presents an early preview of our exhibit for First Fridays! DJ Double U will be spinning and artists will be painting their pieces live at the gallery. Witness the process!

Weeklong (4/17 - 4/29): Graffiti Art Exhibit
Location: The Bridge PAI
We are happy to be partnered with The Bridge Progressive Arts Initiative to bring an exhibit of pieces by local and regional graffiti artists.

Monday (4/17): CVille Freshman Class Youth Hip Hop Music Showcase (link: Location: Jefferson School African American Heritage Center (link: Talented teenage artists from several local high schools will perform their original music to an authentic audience of hip hop lovers and community members at the Jefferson School African American Heritage Center. The winning school will get a trophy to take back to school with them, and the best individual performer will win studio time with Iam Doughman, an interview on Sweetlick Weekly, and a free feature from Lo$tnFound.

Tuesday (4/18): Black Rhymes Matter: An Evening with Mikemetic (link: Location: Jefferson School African American Heritage Center "Black Rhymes Matter: The Form of Social Activism In Rap Lyrics" will look at the proliferation of rap as a medium of social activism within American culture over multiple decades. Discussion will be focused through the lens of rap’s overlap with what literary theorist Kenneth Burke calls the Four Master Tropes. We will also examine and realize the deep cultural value of modified language within the Black community in not just content, but intentional literary form as well. To start the evening, Mikemetic will also present a special installment of his vinyl DJ showcase The Wax Museum.

Wednesday (4/19): Build-A-Bar Workshop Location: Jefferson School African American Heritage Center TEDx speaker and multimedia artist Bernard Hankins presents a hands-on workshop on hiphop lyricism for emcees on how to strengthen their lyrical craft, by deconstructing what makes an memorable metaphor. Using a unique approach of wordplay and visual diagramming, attendees will practice constructing more rich metaphors, equipping them to be able to better explain almost anything, in both their art and their life.

Wednesday (4/19): Activism Workshop
Location: Jefferson School Heritage Center
Details: TBA
Wednesday (4/19): Breakdance Class
Location: Jefferson School Heritage Center
Details: TBA

Thursday (4/20): Film Screening and Panel
Location: TBA
Details: TBA

Friday (4/21): Rugged Arts Hip Hop Showcase
Location: Twisted Branch Tea Bazaar
For over three years, Rugged Arts has hosted the finest regional talent at regular showcases. The 4/21 show at Twisted Branch Tea Bazaar features a lineup of heavy hitters: VA Doe, Ezzy Loc, V.Bady, Quin Bookz, and D. Johnson

Saturday (4/22): No Filter Vol. 3 Rap Battle (18+)
Location: The Villa Ultralounge
The first year was tournament style . . . the second year was a title card . . . this year it’s a city vs. city team battle as we pit Charlottesville’s best against contenders from Richmond! It’s going down at The Villa. MCs will be announced soon!

Sunday (4/23): Verbs & Vibes Open Mic (link: Location: The Bridge PAI A family reunion! DJ Double A1K, original host Vaughn Yountz, and the rest of the V&V crew will bring the eclectic open mic event back to The Bridge PAI. Singers, poets, rappers, dancers, and all other performers welcome!

Sunday (4/23): Block Party (link: Location: Graffiti wall on Avon St. (below Belmont Bridge) From 3PM to 8PM, we’ll host an old-school block party in the parking lot under Belmont Bridge. A huge lineup of performers, DJs & breakdancers will take the stage, including a reunion of Charlottesville’s legendary Beetnix! We’ll have food trucks, vendors, and live painting on the graffiti wall.