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Great spots: 17 of Charlottesville’s most intriguing places

Be a tourist in your own town. It’s a phrase we employ when we start growing tired of the place we’ve inhabited for…well, let’s just say for a while. This week, we put it to the test, uncovering Charlottesville’s lesser-knowns (and a few tried-and-true classics, for good measure), from a secret garden to a wizarding world […]

Are the orange stripes too much? Governor Terry McAuliffe checks out polos at Mincer's.
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Governor goes shopping at Mincer’s

Governor Terry McAuliffe popped into Mincer’s on the Corner this afternoon because he likes to visit small businesses—and he needed a new polo shirt. “Extra large,” says McAuliffe. “I’m pumped.” He was in Charlottesville to speak to UVA scholars at the Center for Politics and he’d had lunch “with Larry and Terry—” Professor Larry Sabato […]

Christian and and Rochelle DeBaun recently returned from a two-week vacation in Scotland. One of them emerged as an international superstar. Photo by: Christian DeBaun

‘A Yank in Scotland:’ Local man gets global recognition

  When local photographer Christian DeBaun set out on a Scottish vacation with his wife in August, he never imagined he’d return to the United States an international superstar. “I’ve been getting emails and friend requests and phone calls from people all over the world,” DeBaun says. “It’s been phenomenal.” His claim to fame? A […]

Dome Room and reopened gallery.
Photo Dan Addison/UVA

In brief: Goonz get life, Eramo public figure and more

Goonz sentenced Daniel Mathis, Mersadies Shelton, Shanti Shelton and Kweli Uhuru, members of the 99 Goonz Syndikate, each were sentenced in federal court September 19 to life sentences for the 2013 murder of Waynesboro reserve police captain Kevin Quick. Higher return on DUI checkpoint Albemarle police stopped 297 cars at a September 10 DUI checkpoint […]

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Blair Witch loses its cool in modern remake

Found footage movies, though often disparaged as too heavily reliant on gimmicks, jump scares and bad writing, have arguably grown up in the last few years. Creep, currently viewable on Netflix, was a production involving only two people on the screen, yet was far more terrifying than most big-budget horror films of the last decade. […]

Mark Brown says he’s not angry the city rebuffed scenarios to settle the Water Street Garage litigation, but he is selling the Main Street Arena and looking for more hospitable municipalities.

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Hell no: City responds to parking center proposals

In the ongoing melodrama between the city and Charlottesville Parking Center owner Mark Brown, a letter from City Manager Maurice Jones says there’s no way the city will sell its Water Street Parking Garage shares to or even work with Brown, who, perhaps not coincidentally, announced plans to sell the Main Street Arena and take […]

Will Marsh’s indie-rock project, Gold Connections, has two releases slated for 2017. Photo by Mike Bottorff

Gold Connections’ future looks bright

A couple of years ago, while home on winter break from the College of William & Mary, Will Marsh found himself feeling overwhelmed by thoughts that drift, and often race, through young minds. Marsh was studying English, playing in a few bands on campus and worried about choosing a path—the right path—then facing the consequences of […]

Albemarle County staff would like to impose new regulations on weddings at local farm wineries, breweries, cideries and distilleries. Photo by Aaron Watson

Revamped regulations: County hears proposed wedding ordinance

At a heavily attended June work session, which C-VILLE referred to as a “war on weddings,” the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors and planning commissioners discussed proposed regulations for events at farm wineries, breweries, cideries and distilleries. Though the county’s Planning Commission has yet to vote on these changes, the topic was debated at its […]

Ashley Sieg Williams (above) and Brice Cunningham are bringing a new restaurant concept to the former Tempo space. Rammelkamp Foto

Water Street replaces Tempo

There’s a new restaurant in the old Tempo space on the corner of Water Street and Fifth Street SE. It’s fittingly called Water Street, and, according to Ashley Sieg Williams, a trained chef who runs the front of the house, it’s not a rebranding of Tempo—it’s an entirely new restaurant. Williams says she and chef […]

Kelsey Wilson and Alexander Beggins are the founding members of Wild Child, a seven-piece fusion rock band from Austin, Texas. Publicity photo

Wild Child fights through tough times and finds magic

The sound of Wild Child is hardly categorical. With horns and strings, it’s orchestral; with tap-your-feet basslines, it’s all groove; with ukelele-based riffs, it’s easy listenin’; and with bare piano arrangements, it’s full of soul. Fronted by Kelsey Wilson (vocals, violin) and Alexander Beggins (vocals, ukelele), the Texas indie- pop outfit has honed its blend […]