Broocks Willich stars as Esmerelda Scrooge in Gorilla Theater Productions' twist on the Dickens' classic.  An Xmas Carol plays at the special events space at IX Art Park through January 15.

Gorilla Theater puts a final twist on the holidays

Last year was exhausting, right? No wonder people pushed themselves to have the merriest holiday of their lives in 2016. Online sales hit the highest mark ever during Black Friday weekend. Consumers wanted, more than ever, to escape real life and celebrate in tinsel wonderlands. Now that you’ve digested plenty of fa-la-las and other family […]

Sound wizard Finn Downey has been working with local hip-hop talent since his mid-teens. Photo by Keith Alan Sprouse

Audio engineer Finn Downey is the area’s hip-hop go-to

Finn Downey is the first person to admit that his home recording studio is a modest setup. Downey has nailed egg crate foam mattresses to the wall and set up a couple of professional-quality microphones, a mixer, turntable, preamp, keyboard and a pair of equalizers. He has a computer equipped with digital recording and production […]

Constant touring and a hot new album position South Carolina’s SUSTO for a breakout year. The band performs at the Southern on Tuesday, January 17. Publicity photo

SUSTO balances its genre through personal narrative

Charleston, South Carolina-based SUSTO’s forthcoming album kicks off with all the Western swagger you’d expect from a group most commonly tasked with the alt-country moniker. But just over a minute into the opening track, “Far Out Feeling,” it becomes evident that this is no standard foray into dive bars and backwoods. As the chorus hits, […]

ARTS Pick: Comedy at the Omni

Try dining while laughing, and all you’ve learned about etiquette gets tossed, maybe spewed. Comedy at the Omni, led by award-winning director David Webster, features a memorable evening of improv put on by a team of comedic actors and fueled by audience participation over a three-course dinner. Saturday, January 14. $69.95, 6pm. 18-plus. Omni Charlottesville Hotel, […]