Local musician Katie Wood launched the booking company Valence Shows to take on the duty of filling the Twisted Branch Tea Bazaar’s live music calendar. Photo: Rammelkamp Foto

Tune up: A new generation of concert bookers finds its niche

“A valence bond is when atoms are held together by the electrons they share. It seemed really fitting for how music events can bring community members together through the things they share,” says Katie Wood, describing her new endeavor, Valence Shows. Under this moniker, Wood is one of the newest live music bookers in town. Wood’s […]

Devon Sproule is back with a new perspective, and keen insights, on a new record, The Gold String, to be released in early 2016. Photo: Anthony Gerace

Instead of different: Singer-songwriter Devon Sproule comes home

The last time C-VILLE Weekly talked with Devon Sproule, she was jetting off to Germany with her husband, Paul Curreri, to pursue a musical life abroad. The couple recently returned to Charlottesville, and Sproule is feeling more adventurous than ever. “Everything that led away from Virginia felt necessary, and so did the coming home,” she […]

Overindulged at the table? Bust some moves at DJ Sir RJ’s Thanksgiving Afterparty at The Ante Room on Thursday night. Photo: Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: DJ Sir RJ’s Thanksgiving Afterparty

When the last slice of pie is in crumbles, and the final quarter winds down on the game, skip the La-Z-Boy kickback and get movin’ with DJ Sir RJ’s Thanksgiving Afterparty. Hip-hop grooves hosted by Blacko & Sunshine are the gravy on a night of boogie from the ’ville with a second helping of music […]

Hold your breath as the Golden Dragon Acrobats defy gravity and perform beautifully executed dance numbers at the Paramount on Friday. Photo: Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Golden Dragon Acrobats

Award-winning Chinese acrobatics meet traditional dance, theater and a blend of ancient and contemporary music onstage with the Golden Dragon Acrobats. The company, led by impresario Danny Chang and his wife and choreographer, Angela Chang, is composed of nearly 30 trained athletes, actors and artists who have performed in more than 65 countries worldwide. Friday […]

(Spotlight cues up for an Oscar, thanks to an all-star cast that includes Rachel McAdams, Mark Ruffalo and Brian d’Arcy James, paired Tom McCarthy’s shrewd direction. Photo: Open Roads Films

Film review: Nuance and casting keep Spotlight on target

Arguably the first all-around good film to be released in time for Oscar season, Spotlight is predictably solid in most measurable ways, with one exceptional quality buried so far beneath the surface, perhaps imperceptible to anyone who does not live and work in the world of Boston media, that it’s difficult to tell if director […]

Four County Player’s production of Honk! sends a message of love and acceptance in time for the holidays. Photo: Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Honk!

Line up for a musical adventure about self-discovery and love, when Four County Players presents the family-friendly Honk!. Based on Hans Christian Andersen’s The Ugly Duckling, the play is the sing-song story of Ugly, who doesn’t quite fit in with his brothers and sisters. It’s a tale chock-full of unique characters and catchy tunes that […]