WTJU DJ & writer Erin O’Hare speaking at Virginia Festival of the Book on March 22

Date: 03/22/2024

Time: 5:00 pm - 7:30 pm

WTJU 91.1 FM and The Beautiful Idea are teaming up to host local author and radio host Erin O’Hare for an open house discussion of her local music book series “Under The Table And Screaming.” This Virginia Festival of the Book event will take place on Friday, March 22, 5 – 7:30 p.m. at The Beautiful Idea, 411 E Main St. on Charlottesville’s Downtown Mall.

O’Hare’s five-part book series “Under The Table And Screaming” tells the story of the Charlottesville independent & DIY music scene through venues and musicians that have sustained it. The series is published by WTJU 91.1 FM, where O’Hare hosts a punk & hardcore show on Thursday nights.

“I hope that anyone who attends the conversation leaves inspired to participate in the local music scene, whether it’s by going to shows, hosting shows, playing in a band, making flyers, writing a fanzine, or any of the other ways someone can participate,” said O’Hare.

Festival Friday is a new element for this year’s Virginia Festival of the Book, which celebrates its 30th anniversary this year. The format is much like a “First Friday” arts event, but with a literary spin.

The open house with Erin O’Hare is the first such event hosted by The Beautiful Idea, a new trans-owned antifascist bookstore, queer makers’ market, and radical community hub on the Downtown Mall.

“I feel strongly that music, whether it’s folk, punk, hip-hop, R&B, or otherwise, has always been very connected to revolution and social struggle. Reading our books might just change you, and the world, for the better,” said Beautiful Idea co-owner Senlin Means.

“Also, we think Erin is super cool,” added Means.

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