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C-VILLE Arts Beat: Top Picks for Jul 3-Jul 9

C-VILLE Arts Beat: Top Picks for Jul 3-Jul 9

Thursday 7/5 Say cheese Local indie-pop quintet, The Anatomy of Frank, sing sweet melodies with catchy lyrics that are sure to charm even the dourest listeners. With memorable song titles such as “Bill Murray,” the band’s EP, Relax, There’s Nothing Here But Old Pictures, is a promising sign of things to come. After making the […]

Small Bites: This week's restaurant news

From the hall to the mall If you’ve already heard that Dean Maupin left his executive chef post at Keswick Hall to take the helm at another restaurant, you probably want to know where that might be, since his extraordinary food’s reputation precedes him. Well, that would be the cozy and venerable C&O Restaurant. We’re looking […]

Green Scene: Steps to Sustainability

Green Scene: Steps to Sustainability

Teri Kent (far left) with members of the staff of Woodard Properties, where employees propelled themselves to a win in the Charlottesville Better Business Challenge by transitioning to a paperless office. Photo by John Robinson. Challenge reveals ways businesses can trim waste More than 100 Charlottesville businesses recently wrapped up the year-long Better Business Challenge, a […]

Storm update: Thousands still powerless

Governor Bob McDonnell urged Virginians in today’s press release to continue taking care of one another in the aftermath of Friday’s storms as thousands of families still wait for their power to return. He also laid out different recovery efforts throughout the Commonwealth. “The intense heat combined with lack of power continues to be a […]

C-VILLE Arts Beat: Top Picks for June 28-July 2

C-VILLE Arts Beat: Top Picks for June 28-July 2

Friday 6/29  Single man  Pop-rock singer Eric Hutchinson’s Mraz-like smooth voice brought him early success and a lot of swooning fans. He self-released his first album, That Could’ve Gone Better, and hit it big via iTunes, making the single “Rock and Roll” a fan favorite. And then there are those lemmings who discovered him on […]

The Pols: Politics' top players

The Pols: Politics' top players

The Pols The political game always heats up in a presidential election year, but it’s fixin’ to boil over this time around. Virginia is being touted as an important battleground state in the Obama/Romney duel, but we’ve also got a crucial U.S. Senate race underway. The Commonwealth’s seats of political power may be in Richmond, […]

The Landlords: Development's top players

The Landlords: Development's top players

The Landlords Charlottesville sits on the tippy top of the South in fertile rolling country in the Chesapeake Bay watershed that’s been making landowners wealthy for 400 years. Through the ’80s, the real estate game consisted primarily of the buying and selling of horse farms and trying to sell property to UVA for twice its […]

The Entrepreneurs: Business' top players

The Entrepreneurs: Business' top players

The Entrepreneurs Cities with universities have withstood the recession better than other communities because they rely on a global information economy that’s trending upward. Insulated by private foundation and Federal grant money, buoyed by venture capital, towns like ours are driving whatever growth is left in the national economy. Charlottesville’s startup scene might not rival […]

The Arts: Creativity’s top players

The Arts: Creativity’s top players

The Arts The Charlottesville arts community, with support from the Charlottesville and Albemarle Convention and Visitors Bureau, recently took part in Arts & Economic Prosperity IV, the largest-ever national study of “the economic impact of nonprofit arts and culture organizations and their audiences.” The study, which included participation from 112 arts organizations and thousands of […]

The Youth Movement: Under 45's top players

The Youth Movement: Under 45's top players

The Youth Movement We’re not totally unaware that we’ve just created a long series of lists that trumpet the power of America’s least sympathetic set of operators: rich, white men. But hey, let’s be honest about how our preppy town with a hippie heart works. The only thing more insulting than portraying the world as […]

Small Bites: This week’s restaurant news

What grows together, goes together Local food and wine go together like a horse and carriage, or on Saturday, June 30 at Keswick Vineyards, like a horse and buggy. At 11am and again at 1pm, Keswick winemaker Stephen Barnard and Horse & Buggy Produce founder Brett Wilson will lead an in-depth discussion on the merits of eating […]

Live Review: Explosions in the Sky 

Live Review: Explosions in the Sky 

I’m a kid now, but when I saw Explosions in the Sky three years ago, I was truly a kid. Nineteen, I guess, at Merriweather Post Pavilion, stretched out on the wet grass of the lawn section and soaking up their opening set before Flaming Lips came on. Seeing them again at the Jefferson felt […]

The U: UVA's top power players

The U: UVA's top power players

The U Charlottesville is a company town and UVA is the company. The relatively small size of the city, its longstanding relationship with the University, and the fact that UVA runs its biggest hospital, real estate business, and media team, in addition to accounting for 12,500 jobs and a budget footprint of $2.6 billion, means […]

Faculty Senate: “We will prevail”

UVA’s Faculty Senate is holding its ground in opposition to Sullivan’s removal. Yesterday, Cohen sent an e-mail to UVA faculty members urging them to sign up for task forces and join the fight for Sullivan’s reinstatement. Cohen rallied his co-workers to resist the BOV’s coup d’état, saying, “With your help, we will prevail.” On Thursday […]

C-VILLE Arts Beat: Top Picks for Jun 26-July 2

C-VILLE Arts Beat: Top Picks for Jun 26-July 2

Friday 6/22 Down to earth While ears are still ringing from the recent Mogwai show, Explosions In The Sky, the heir apparent to the throne of moody, instrumental songscaping, load in after a three-year hiatus. Formed in Texas in 1999, the quartet gained mainstream exposure when its dramatic compositions were used in Friday Night Lights. […]

Small Bites: This week's restaurant news

Citizen beef Andy McClure’s Citizen Burger Bar opened last Friday just in time for Father’s Day. But while the restaurant’s central theme of burgers, beer, and ballgames is a manly one, the sleek feel of the place (exposed brick, tweed, and leather banquettes, and a cocktail area in the bay window along the Mall) and […]

C-VILLE Arts Beat: Top Picks for Jun 12-18

C-VILLE Arts Beat: Top Picks for Jun 12-18

Saturday 6/16 Stringin’ ’em along This town enjoys a bounty of talented musicians and we burst with pride when one of our own rises to national success. Next on that list is guitarist Andy Keathley, who left us for Berklee College of Music in Boston, ended up in Los Angeles and returns on tour with […]

Arts Extra: Farm tour goes beyond the gates

Arts Extra: Farm tour goes beyond the gates

Central Virginia’s got a lot of history, relatively speaking. As the oldest region in a fairly new country, its rural affluence has protected it, more or less, from the encroachment of modernization that’s changed so many historic areas into really lame amusement parks.   Explore local land(marks) June 16 on the Beyond the Gates historic […]

Small Bites: This week's restaurant news

Friday night vines Enjoy a Friday night off the town and in the country when Blenheim Vineyards gets “on the bandwagon.” It’s staying open late this Friday from 6-9pm with live music, spicy sausage from Babes in the Wood, and plenty of winemaker Kirsty Harmon’s vino. Advance tickets cost $10 and include a glass of […]