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ARTS Pick: We Were Pirates

ARTS Pick: We Were Pirates

We Were Pirates brainchild Mike Boggs leaves nothing to chance when he takes the stage. The multi-instrumentalist has been known to play guitar, keys and drums, in addition to singing lead vocals during the band’s performances. Boggs’ songs are pure pop that works nicely for film soundtracks like the documentary Dear Mr. Watterson, and they’re […]

Even among the scorched earth at Rocky Mountain, signs of life have emerged in the
Shenandoah National Park. Photo by Rebecca Bowyer

Wildfire aftermath: Shenandoah’s path to rehabilitation

By Rebecca Bowyer When a visitor journeys up Skyline Drive and looks out over the portion of Shenandoah National Park recently ravaged by wildfire, black scars, charred trees and the smell of soot linger—but, almost unexpectedly, a majority of the area is green. The Rocky Mountain wildfire was first reported to park officials on April […]

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In brief: Weddings cash cow, DUI checkpoint and more

It could have been worse While Richmond saw widespread damage from the June 16 storm and had more than 150,000 without power, Charlottesville was relatively unscathed, except for the Gordon Avenue house that had a tree come down on top of it, according to an NBC29 report. It could have been worse, part 2 A […]

Local hip-hop artist Quin Bookz features his latest release, The Corner in his show at M&M Lounge and Restaurant on Friday. Photo: Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Quin Bookz

Local hip-hop artist Quin Bookz first gained traction after making the mixtape Study Hall in a dorm room closet while attending Virginia State University. His raw, lackadaisical rhymes are described as “the rebel off-spring of trap music.” With his latest release, The Corner, his YouTube views are passing the 200,000 mark and the rap music […]

The Virginia Film Festival's Moonlight Movies Series continues with a screening of the 1965 teen film Beach Blanket Bingo. Photo: Courtesy Virginia Film Festival

ARTS Pick: Beach Blanket Bingo

The modern convenience of food trucks and a WTJU DJ accompany the Virginia Film Festival’s Moonlight Movies screening of the 1965 teen flick Beach Blanket Bingo. A singer’s agent uses publicity stunts against her will, so Frankie Avalon and his gang of beachgoers must save the day in the fifth installment of the “Frankie and […]

Get the scoop on the latest releases from Glenn Jones, Holger Czukay and Free Pizza in this week's album reviews. Photo: File photo

Album reviews: Glenn Jones, Holger Czukay, Free Pizza

Finding the way Glenn Jones Fleeting (Thrill Jockey) In the early ’90s, as a member of the mostly instrumental group Cul de Sac, Glenn Jones helped point out the possibilities of combining vernacular acoustic guitar styles with krautrock and surf music. In another way, the group transferred John Fahey’s visionary ethos to a full-band setup—and […]

Sister duo The Hello Strangers mesmerizes with the rare, haunting harmonies that occur when siblings blend their voices. They perform at The Garage on Saturday. Photo: Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: The Hello Strangers

Tales of men gone wrong and long-forgotten fables litter the songs of sisters Brechyn Chace and Larissa Chace Smith, who perform as The Hello Strangers. From Austin, Texas, where the two wrote their first song, to their current home in the mountains of Pennsylvania, the pair remain true to their roots with a style they […]

UVA’s science and engineering grad school a cappella group celebrates the desire to sing out, no matter one’s day job. Photo: Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: The First Harmonics

It’s common knowledge on UVA Grounds that a cappella groups are selective. Whether you’re the Hullabahoos or The Virginia No Tones, each group is looking for something specific. The First Harmonics require a solid voice, stage presence and the exclusive “science and engineering grad school student” title. These self-proclaimed nerds perform a mix of old […]

The Temptations continue to deliver classic soul decades after it owned the music charts of the 1960s. Photo: Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: The Temptations

Motown R&B sensation The Temptations topped the music charts of the 1960s with their unmistakable sound of soul. More than 40 years later, with many changes in lineup since the first “classic five,” Otis Williams still takes the stage as the last surviving original member of the group that launched its career with the Smokey […]

Anthony D’Amato turns heartbreak into cheery folk on Cold Snap, his rhythmically excellent third album. Photo: Meredith Truax

ARTS Pick: Anthony D’Amato

The latest from Americana singer-songwriter Anthony D’Amato, Cold Snap is a far cry from his first release, the album he recorded in his Princeton University dorm room. Cold Snap is a beautiful collection of sophisticated sounds and decisive melodies that channels Simon & Garfunkel and Bruce Springsteen at the same time. He crafts lyrics of […]

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In brief: STAB sex scandal, sacred corn and more

St. Anne’s-Belfield sex scandal Former coach LeRoy Tyvienne Hurd, 36, was sentenced to three years in prison June 8 for using a computer to solicit a 17-year-old student in 2014, despite the alleged victim, now 19, sending a letter to Judge Cheryl Higgins with her wishes he not be prosecuted, according to the Daily Progress. The […]

Post Sixty Five plays lush, beautiful, guitar-driven rock at the Twisted Branch Tea Bazaar on June 17. Photo: Martyn Kyle

Post Sixty Five rides an undercurrent of emotional energy

Before a recent Post Sixty Five band practice, frontman Hicham Benhallam sat on a patch of grass outside the rehearsal space and stared into the trees nearby. The muggy June air blurred his vision, so he took off his dark-framed glasses and blinked a few times before acknowledging that there was no relief from the […]

Best of C-VILLE 2016: FAQs

Best of C-VILLE 2016: FAQs

Though Best of C-VILLE is in its 20th year, it feels as if every time is the first time. At least for some of you. Here are a few Best of C-VILLE Frequently Asked Questions, to help clear up any confusion. How does this work? Best of C-VILLE happens in two phases: The nomination season (May 4-27) and the […]

Best of C-VILLE voting is now open!

Best of C-VILLE voting is now open!

You nominated more than 450 of your favorite Charlottesville people, places and things in the Best of C-VILLE primaries. Now, vote the best of the best into the winners’ circle. Go to c-ville.com/vote to cast your final vote from now until midnight on Saturday, July 2. Log in and you can track the progress of […]

Mary Virginia Swanson, 2016

In brief: Sex trafficking, how to scare politicians and more

Charges filed under new sex trafficking law Quincy Edwards, 33, was indicted on 10 counts June 6 related to human trafficking for threatening and intimidating a victim into prostitution at the Royal Inn Hotel, the first time those charges have been brought in Albemarle. He also was charged with extortion, abduction and use of a […]

Not everything in Graves International Art collection is on display. John and Alex Graves welcome queries on pieces not seen. Photo: Amy Jackson

The bountiful collection at Graves International Art

Charlottesville has had an active, if continually changing, gallery scene for many years, but there now seems to be a critical mass developing that could turn our maturing city into a serious art collector’s destination. With the opening of some new downtown art venues there is more reason for art lovers to make a trip […]

Led by the enigmatic Matthew Healy, The 1975 takes the stage at the Sprint Pavilion. Photo: Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: The 1975

Thirteen years ago, four school friends just south of Manchester, England, got together to play music and The 1975 was born. Fronted by the enigmatic Matthew Healy, the alt-rock group lyrically combines notions of upheavals, triumphs, traumas and losses on its latest album, I Like It When You Sleep For You Are So Beautiful Yet […]

Cougar face, Belize Photo: Frans Lanting

Festival captures collaborative spirit

The LOOK3 Festival of the Photograph takes place June 13-19 at various city locations, and includes free community events, exhibitions and outdoor projections, talks by professional photographers and opportunities for aspiring photographers to share their work not only with each other but with the pros as well. We highlight some of this year’s featured photographers, followed […]

“Turn up, tune down, hail the riff” is the motto for local sludge band Beldam, formed through a mutual appreciation of high volume, down-tuning and slow tempos. Photo: Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Beldam, Wanderer, Dogs Eyes, Genosha and Sundrainer

Below the poignant, heartfelt cries of singer-songwriters and the ticklish grooves of jam-rockers, there’s a dark undercurrent of guttural sound in local music that’s soon to break like a jump scare in a slasher film. C’ville doom/sludge band Beldam shares a five-part bill with Wanderer, Dogs Eyes, Genosha and Sundrainer for a hardcore show that […]

Offstage Theatre’s The Maids opens on Thursday. Photo: Stephen Simalchik

ARTS Pick: The Maids

Domestic roles and social identity form the nexus of Jean Genet’s The Maids, in which sisters in service mock, provoke and plot to murder their mistress. Offstage Theatre presents the spare, fast-paced drama starring Emma Strock (far left), Arrietta van der Voort (left) and Megan Hillary in a site–specific staging at a historic local home. […]

Celebrate the Habitat Store's 13th birthday, join the community in meditation for Common Grounds Sit-a-thon and enjoy food, wine and music at Wineappalooza. Photo: Courtesy of LOOK3

Living Picks: To-do this week

Family     The Habitat Store’s 13th birthday Bring your family for live music, food trucks, special sales and kids activities on the front porch in celebration of 13 years of donors, customers and volunteers. Saturday 6/11. Free, 9am-5pm. The Habitat Store, 1221 Harris St. 293-6331. Nonprofit LOOK3 Festival of the Photograph Join festivalgoers in celebrating the […]

Lake Street Dive rewinds to find its modern play on classic rock and jazz foundations at the pavilion on Saturday. Photo: Danny Clinch

ARTS Pick: Lake Street Dive

Lake Street Dive wasn’t sure what it wanted to be when the quartet formed in 2004 at the New England Conservatory of Music—and five albums later that hasn’t changed. The name of its new release, Side Pony, was taken from the hairstyle that can’t decide if it wants to be wild or subdued. “We’ve always […]

Album reviews: Dungen, King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard, Julianna Barwick

Album reviews: Dungen, King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard, Julianna Barwick

Dungen Allas Sak (Mexican Summer) Dungen, meaning “grove,” is a suitably organic tag for this Swedish band, though its prog-and-folk-inflected psychedelia invokes the cerulean as readily as the sylvan—think early-’70s Genesis or Caravan. The band is a classic four-piece, with bandleader/singer Gustav Ejstes sometimes laying aside his guitar in favor of piano, flute or violin; […]

Judging by all these friendly faces and wagging tongues and tails, the Downtown Mall has become a hot dog spot in the city.

In brief: Terry’s bad week, lots of dog poop and more

Worst gubernatorial week in Richmond Terry McAuliffe learned May 23 he’s under investigation by the FBI for what was first reported as donations from a Chinese businessman and later for business dealings under the infrequently prosecuted Foreign Agents Registration Act. General Assembly Republicans also sued to overturn his order restoring voting rights for 206,000 felons. […]

Folk singer-songwriter Mary Fahl delivers earthy, emotional ballads from her latest release, Love and Gravity. Photo: Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Mary Fahl

Singer-songwriter and co-founder of the defunct chamber-pop group October Project, Mary Fahl draws on classical and world music influences to forge her earthy sound. Fahl, who has written and performed songs for several films and television shows, recently toured to promote her latest release, Love and Gravity. The folk-tinged album, produced by John Lissauer (noted […]

Forty voices strong, The Charlottesville Women’s Choir performs in honor of its commitment to peace. Photo: Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: The Charlottesville Women’s Choir

Thirty-two years after an informal beginning, The Charlottesville Women’s Choir continues to perform in honor of its commitment to peace and justice. With minimal percussion, the a cappella group, comprised of 40 voices, soars to inspirational heights on songs such as “One” and “Born This Way,” and the tribute “Ruth Bader Ginsberg.” This year’s spring […]