C-VILLE Writers



Howie Day plays from both his new album and his repertoire of old favorites at the Southern on Saturday. Photo: Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Howie Day

It may have been over 10 years since Howie Day crooned the earworm lyrics “even the best fall down sometimes” over the soaring melody of his acoustic guitar in his platinum single “Collide,” but his star hasn’t fallen yet. The Maine native’s heartfelt songs have gained a devoted audience with four studio albums and strong, […]

The competition is fierce and the fun is abundant at The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, onstage at Four County Players. Photo: Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

Six tweens compete for the title of champion speller in the beloved musical comedy The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. This eclectic group of kids spells through the show while disclosing a variety of humorous, honest and heartfelt stories from their home lives. Audience members can also get in on the academic action in […]

Matt Cranitch and Jackie Daly assemble old-time musical interpretations in a distinctive new sound at C’ville Coffee on Saturday. Photo: Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Jackie Daly and Matt Cranitch

Though difficult to read and even harder to pronounce, Sliabh Luachra, a region in southern Ireland on the border of Cork and Kerry, has birthed a rich style of music that is easy on the ears. Jackie Daly is renowned for his talented instrumentals, heralded by the New York Times as “probably the best accordionist […]

Comedian Stewart Huff has a knack for finding funny trinkets and gathering them to enlarge his collection. He performs at the Southern at Saturday. Photo: Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Stewart Huff

Since dropping out of college 15 years ago to become a writer and comedian, Tennessee native Stewart Huff’s star has been rising on the national and international horizons. Get to know his original and refreshing humor at the latest installment of the Laugh Your Ass Off Comedy Showcase, where he embraces his own life experiences […]

Tyler Thomas and Mike Hollar share the title of sous chef at Latin flair mainstay Zocalo, co-owned by chefs Andrew Silver and Ivan Rekosh. Photo: Rammelkamp Foto

Operating system: The all-important role of the sous chef

As anyone who has ever worked in a professional kitchen—or any aspect of the restaurant industry—will adamantly testify: The life of a chef is by no means for the faint of heart. The hours are long and strange. The work relentlessly demanding, ulcer-inducingly stressful. And yet, we’re assured, profoundly rewarding. Nowhere is this dynamic of […]

ARTS Pick: I Love a Piano

A celebration of the music and lyrics of Irving Berlin, The Heritage Theatre Festival’s production of I Love a Piano follows a piano as it moves in and out of American lives from the turn of the century to modern day. The story’s brought to life by Berlin classics such as “There’s No Business Like […]

The Ike Reilly Assassination plays the Southern on Sunday. Photo: Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Ike Reilly

With the unlikely style of Billy Joel meets Johnny Cash, Ike Reilly, a former grave digger from Illinois, tells timeless tales of love, lust, drugs and drinking through reckless tunes and poetic lyrics. Reilly may have an unconventional past but it’s birthed a unique perspective on life and lends a finesse to his daring music. […]

Louisville’s My Morning Jacket returns to the Pavilion on Tuesday on the heels of its new release, The Waterfall. Photo: publicity photo

ARTS Pick: My Morning Jacket

My Morning Jacket hails from Kentucky, but don’t call the band a country act. Frontman Jim James recently told Rolling Stone, “Modern country is deliberately dumbing down the human race.” The band’s psychedelic indie rock, in conjunction with Jim James’ otherworldly vocals, has made MMJ an international success, and nurtured the group’s reputation as legendary […]

ARTS Pick: Music for the Mountains

Neighbors, musicians and foodies from across the Commonwealth will gather at Music for the Mountains to raise funds in an effort to push back against the Atlantic Coast Pipeline and its anticipated damage to Virginia’s mountains, water, farmlands and landowner rights. Speakers and info tables will be set up to educate those who attend, and […]

Wiz Kahlifa’s career has seen new highs with the success of his song “See You Again,” known as the Paul Walker tribute from Furious 7. Photo: Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Wiz Khalifa

Rising from steely Pittsburgh to the top of the music charts with “Black and Yellow,” Wiz Khalifa has earned the nicknames king, wisdom and successor. Influenced by the ’80s era of limos, lights and luxury, Khalifa amassed both indie and commercial cred. His new album, Blacc Hollywood, fuses the classic culture of rock ‘n’ roll […]

Folk, country and indie rock collide in the punchy, lyrically sweet tunes from Lindsay Lou & The Flatbellys at Jefferson Vineyards on Saturday. Photo: publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Lindsay Lou & The Flatbellys

It seems you can’t open a music site these days without seeing another Americana band claim its right to the title of “next big thing,” but Michigan roots ensemble Lindsay Lou & The Flatbellys just might be the next to deliver. Describing its sound as “caught between the pull of the past and the push […]

CLAW declares UnDependence and its dedication to “empower women and strengthen communities through, theater, wrestling and philanthropy” at the Blue Moon Diner on Saturday. Photo: Billy Hunt

ARTS Pick: UnDependence

The Charlottesville Lady Arm Wrestlers are at it again, taking a seat at the table for UnDependence, and proving anything man can do, CLAW can do better. Teachers, moms, CEOs and clerks transform into the tough, gritty characters that the audience knows and loves. With wrestling aliases like General Discontent, Carrie-Oke and Sailor Doom, the […]

The Eagles classic rockin’, top-selling concert tour returns to John Paul Jones Arena on Monday. Photo: Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: The Eagles

The classic jams keep rolling when the Eagles glide in with a retrospective of their easy listening hits. Following up on a documentary of the same name, The History of the Eagles tour covers Don Henley and his mate’s highest highs, including “Hotel California,” “Lyin’ Eyes” and “Take It Easy.” Indulge that “Peaceful Easy Feeling” […]

ARTS Pick: OmegaCon Cosplay Ball

A fusion of gamers, movie critics, television enthusiasts and pop fiction fans gather for the OmegaCon Cosplay Ball, an evening of fantasy filled with extravagant costumes, DJ spins, performance art and complimentary ballroom dance instruction. Character appearances by pop culture icons get thrown into the mix, while local goth band Bella Morte darkens the stage […]

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Chill Out: 24 ways to beat the heat this summer

In the air The ground’s the limit It doesn’t matter how hot it is on the ground, when you’re up in a plane going close to 100mph at several thousand feet, you’ll cool right down. Then, when you leap from that plane and plummet toward the earth at (more or less) 9.81 m/s, the chill […]

Heritage Theatre Festival finds its grail in a production of the Broadway musical version of Monty Python’s Spamalot. Photo: Michael Bailey

ARTS Pick: Spamalot

Camelot may be a silly place, but the trademark tongue-in-cheek humor of Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Eric Idle, Terry Gillam, Terry Jones and Michael Palin has kept audiences coming back for over 40 years. Lovingly ripped off from the cult classic Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Monty Python’s Spamalot puts the British troupe’s iconic […]

Sarah Fallon stars as Cleopatra and James Keegan as Antony, in a story of opposing forces and the love that attempts to overcome them at American Shakespeare Center. Photo: Michael Bailey

ARTS Pick: Antony and Cleopatra

Best known for the love story of Romeo and Juliet, Shakespeare did not stop there. Antony and Cleopatra, one of his last romantic plays, is an epic unravelling of life and death, passion and hatred, filtered through peace and war in a narrative that circles the lives of two prominent figures during the dictatorship of Octavius […]

Loop 2.4.3 explores new territory in traditional ways when the Brooklyn duo headlines a bill of experimental pop at the Tea Bazaar on Thursday. Mark Brattke

ARTS Pick: Loop 2.4.3

Experimental percussive duo Loop 2.4.3 intertwines globally influenced drumbeats with electronic tones and creative vocals. From its current base in Brooklyn, prolific, award-winning composers Thomas Kozumplik and Lorne Watson merge tribal grooves with futuristic melodies and highly contemplative lyrics covering the nature of time, sound, emotion and everything in between. The minimalist ensemble conveys a […]

Zomes headlines a triple bill loaded with haunting ambient drones and vocal acrobatics at the Tea Bazaar on Friday. Publcity photo

ARTS Pick: Zomes

With the addition of vocalist Hannah, the duo Zomes has embarked on a musical journey far richer than it’s doubling of size could predict. After a chance meeting in 2012, one man band Asa Osborne decided that Hannah’s lilting improv vocals were something his droning synth compositions couldn’t live without. The pair is currently touring […]

Behind-the-scenes political dealings are revealed as Queen Elizabeth II (Helen Mirren) takes confidential meetings in the National Theatre’s broadcast of The Audience. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: The Audience

From the Oscars to the Oliviers to the Tonys, the performance world can’t throw enough awards at Dame Helen Mirren for her portrayal of Queen Elizabeth II. The legendary actress reprises her royal role in the National Theatre’s encore HD screening of The Audience, an original West End play that draws back the curtain on […]