Furnace-Mountain2Dark Hollow Bluegrass Band: A Benefit for the State Theatre Foundation. (Saturday, State Theatre, Culpeper) Help us inaugurate the State Theatre as Virginia’s winter home for bluegrass with a local favorite, Dark Hollow Bluegrass Band. If you’re looking for hard driving traditional bluegrass, look no further. These five guys not only look good, they sound good!

Julie Miles Exhibit Opening & Furnace Mountain Concert. (Saturday, Barns of Rose Hill, Berryville) Join us for a very special evening of music by Furnace Mountain and the opening night of our latest exhibit, “Nature Study: Pods, Seeds, Flowers, Fruits and Orbs–paintings by Julie Miles.” Furnace Mountain, named for a mountain near where all the members grew up, consists of some of the most innovative and gifted young musicians in Virginia. Their music pulls from the American Appalachian traditions, as well as original compositions and songs penned by other songwriters.

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5th Annual Art of the Piedmont Art Auction & Reception. (Friday, Middleburg Community Center) Distinguished works of art will grace the Middleburg Community Center in an auction of original artwork from select local artists. Proceeds will benefit Middleburg Montessori School.

Virginia Wine Expo. (Feb. 17-21, Greater Richmond Convention Center) This year’s Virginia Wine Expo features more opportunities than ever before for foodies and wine lovers, including a “burger blast,” a culinary walking tour, a Southern cuisine lunch, and seminars on wine, chocolate, and whiskey. The highlight will be the walk-around Grand Tasting with 600+ wines on February 20 and 21.

Plant Label Calligraphy at Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello.  (Saturday, Charlottesville) Learn the techniques for pen and ink script from Monticello’s talented vegetable gardener Pat Brodowski, who creates the beautiful plant labels for the Monticello gardens. Have fun decorating your own set of labels.

JP Jofre and the Hard Tango Chamber Band  at the Castleton Festival Theatre House. (Sunday, Castleton) Jofre is joined by the Hard Tango Chamber Band: violinist Eric Silberger, cellist Amy Kang, double bassist Chris Johnson, pianist Siyi Fang, and Argentinian guest pianist Pablo Cafici. The centerpiece of the program is Jofre’s “Tango Movements,” described by the San Jose Mercury Sun as “sweepingly romantic, elegantly crafted and rhythmically charged.” The Hard Tango Chamber Band will also play several pieces by Astor Piazzolla, the originator of nuevo tango and “the world’s foremost composer of tango music” according to American music critic Stephen Holden.

Masterworks 3: Gleb Ivanov Returns! . (Saturday, Charlottesville) The Charlottesville Symphony is joined by pianist Gleb Ivanov, who dazzled Charlottesville Symphony audiences last year, as the soloist at both concerts. Following a performance at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the Washington Post wrote, “Eerily like the ghost of Horowitz, Mr. Ivanov engulfed the keyboard, rattling the rafters and thrilling the audience. His talent is larger than life.”

Book Talk: “Letters From Edgar’s Trunk: Tell Them All To Write”. by Marilyn Elizabeth Thornton. (Sunday, Thomas Balch Library, Leesburg) As the world commemorates the 100th Anniversary of World War I, Edgar Thornton’s granddaughter, Marilyn Thornton, will share a trove of family history. James Edgar Thornton was a member of the legendary 369th American Expeditionary Forces Colored Infantry Regiment that fought on the front lines in the Argonne Forest under French command. The letters, recollections of an African American World War I soldier from Loudoun County, are invaluable to local history. Also serving as an account of civilian life in Loudoun County, this collection of over one hundred letters, dated between 1916 and 1919, capture vibrations of everyday life during wartime. Thornton will discuss the book and talk about what she learned through research.

Stop Making Sense. (Friday, Paramount Theater, Charlottesville) A 1984 concert movie featuring a live performance by Talking Heads. Directed by Jonathan Demme, the film was shot over the course of three nights at Hollywood’s Pantages Theater in December 1983, as the group was touring to promote their new album “Speaking in Tongues.” The movie is notable for being the first made entirely using digital audio techniques.

webeventdavidcross45Live Nation presents: David Cross – Making America Great Again!  (Saturday, Paramount Theater, Charlottesville) Emmy Award winner and Grammy Award nominee David Cross is an inventive performer, writer, and producer on stage and screens both big and small. Named one of the Top 100 Stand-Up Comedians of All Time by Comedy Central, Cross launched his “Making America Great Again!” tour in January 2016.

Gainesville Ballet presents “Carmen.” (Saturday, Hylton Center, Manassas) See the world premiere of Rafik Hegab’s “Carmen,” based on the opera by Bizet. With fantastic music, thrilling choreography, and a powerful company of international professional dancers.

3456HISTcvr.inddBook Talk: Historic Cemeteries of Northern Virginia. (Sunday, Manassas Museum, Manassas) Join author Charles A. Mills for a discussion on the book “Historic Cemeteries of Northern Virginia” This book presents the history of the region through the medium of cemeteries. Every gravestone has a story to tell. Confederate raiders, freedmen, eccentrics, and nation builders lived and died in Northern Virginia. Sometimes, tombstones are all that remain of their stories. Often, finding their tombstones is the first step in rediscovering the stories of these figures.

“Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story” at Riverside Dinner Theater. (Through Mar. 13, Fredericksburg) Starring Todd Meredith as Holly, with the Buddy Holly tribute band, The Rave-Ons, this musical is the true story of the last few years of Buddy Holly’s life, spotlighting his meteoric rise to fame from the moment in 1957 when “That’ll be the Day” hit the airwaves until his tragic death on “The Day the Music Died.” Featuring many of his timeless hits, “Buddy” is a celebration of the life and times of “the young man with the glasses” that captures the unique mixture of innocence, determination, humor, and charm that was Buddy Holly and wraps it all up into a package that has become “The World’s Most Successful Rock-n-Roll Musical.”