C-VILLE Writers

Country singer and comic artist Guy Gilchrist frequently includes musical tributes in his drawings of the daily cartoon Nancy. He plays at the Ix Arts Park on Saturday. Photo: Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Guy Gilchrist

Nashville singer-songwriter Guy Gilchrist has enjoyed a very colorful career—literally. An accomplished illustrator, Gilchrist got his first big break when Jim Henson hired him (along with brother Brad) onto The Muppets comic strip creative team. In 1995, he took over the popular American cartoon Nancy, sketching the daily antics of a curious girl recognized by […]

“We deliver lyrics and sound with as much truth and conviction as we possibly can,” says frontman Will Overman. He keeps it real along with his band at the Pavilion on Friday. Photo: Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Will Overman Band

The hum of American life reverberates throughout the hills and valleys of Virginia in the form of the Will Overman Band, a passionate quartet whose music is simultaneously rooted in the folk song spirit of a Blue Ridge mountaineer and filled with an energetic dynamism. The band delivers sincere music with all the comfort of […]

Tradition may evoke a staid, predictable event, but Timothy Summers and Raphael Bell curate the Charlottesville Chamber Music Festival with a modern edge, fresh talent and gorgeous classics. Photo: Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Charlottesville Chamber Music Festival

High quality music gets local exposure for the 16th year at the Charlottesville Chamber Music Festival. Co-founding musicians Timothy Summers and Raphael Bell bring familiar names and rising stars from across the globe to perform around town in a broad program of modern and classical works ranging from the sublime to the strange. Through 9/20. $6-100, […]

An all-female band of jazz players takes over Brooks Hall when the Whole World in Her Hands Tour comes to UVA on Friday. Photo: Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Monika Herzig

She writes about it, she teaches it and more importantly she lives it. Jazz pianist and educator Monika Herzig leads an all-female lineup featuring veteran flutist Jamie Baum, along with Israeli-American musicians Reut Regev on trombone and Adi Myerson on bass, and Nashville-based drummer Arianna Fanning holding down the beat for an evening of instrumentals […]

People’s Blues of Richmond is a powerhouse of throwback blues rock and modern, dark psychedelica. The trio plays the Southern on Friday. Photo: Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: People’s Blues of Richmond

Founded during a time of grief, People’s Blues of Richmond is a band that oozes with emotion. Co-founders Tim Beavers and Matt Volkes were mourning the loss of a friend when they began playing and writing songs together, eventually resulting in 2013’s Good Time Suicide. Tracks such as “Cocaine” and “Black Cat” define the band’s […]

After writing hits for other Nashville country boys, Cole Swindell wrote one for himself and shot to the top of the charts. He will be “Chllin’ It” at the Jefferson tonight. Photo: Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Cole Swindell

With the 2013 hit single “Chillin’ It,” Cole Swindell went from a tiny town celebrity to a growing star. He got his first break in Nashville by writing tracks for his Sigma Chi brother Luke Bryan and went on to pen tunes for Thomas Rhett and Scotty McCreery. When Swindell began to write and sing […]

The Paramount Theater will soar to new heights during The Sound of Music sing-along on Saturday afternoon. Photo: 20th Century Fox

ARTS Pick: The Sound of Music

When Fräulein Maria was assigned as the governess to the seven von Trapp children she transformed the entire family through song, managing to unfreeze the coldest of hearts. At The Sound of Music sing-along, attendees are encouraged to use their complimentary fun pack containing props for use throughout the show. A vocal warm-up will be […]

The Full Moon Saloon sets its endless summer vibe against a tropical backdrop at Glass House Winery on Friday. Photo: Tracey Collins

ARTS Pick: Full Moon Saloon

Named after a bar in Florida that inspired Jimmy Buffet to write his songs, local cover band Full Moon Saloon is gaining notoriety and stacking up the gigs, including a recent Fridays After Five appearance. Since forming in 2000, FMS has had Parrotheads and reggae fans alike eating out of its musical hand as the […]

“Cooder-White-Skaggs is the legacy express, or I’ll eat a bug,” Ry Cooder (right) told Rolling Stone magazine. The triple bill appears at the Paramount on Friday. Photo: Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Ry Cooder

Decades after laying down licks for Captain Beefheart and His Magic Band, Ry Cooder remains unobtrusively prolific as a slide guitarist and an album producer. His work with Buena Vista Social Club and Ali Farka Touré has added Grammy Awards to his shelf, while collaborations with The Rolling Stones, Lowell George, Van Morrison and Judy Collins […]

Best of C-VILLE 2015: Shopping

Best of C-VILLE 2015: Shopping

Vintage clothing store Duo Runner-up: Twice is Nice Honorable mention: Low Generally speaking, any clothing item from 20 years before the present day can fall into the “vintage” category. Which means that, while those denim flares you’ve kept since ’92 are cool again, you won’t be able to sell them to Duo, the new and used […]

Best of C-VILLE 2015: Services

Best of C-VILLE 2015: Services

Real estate agent Sasha Farmer Runner-up: Jamie White Honorable mention: Bob Hughes They say, once you step into a house, you know within 60 seconds whether or not you’re interested in making it your home. We wonder if the same can be said of hiring a realtor. It certainly seems that way for Sasha Farmer, who stays […]

Honesty is always the best policy at Airport Road Auto Center, where "reputation by recommendation" drives business. Photo: Martyn Kyle

Best of C-VILLE 2015: Entertainment

Music act Sons of Bill Runner-up: Love Canon Honorable mention: Chamomile & Whiskey They’ve been called Charlottesville “sonic royalty,” and nearly a decade after the Wilson brothers Sam, Abe and James formed the Americana band and named it in honor of their father, retired UVA theology professor William Wilson, they’re still going strong and gaining […]

Best of C-VILLE 2015: Food & Drink

Best of C-VILLE 2015: Food & Drink

Restaurant Mas Runner-up: The Local Honorable mention: Lampo We always thought “Mas” meant “more” in Spanish, until we realized it doesn’t have a crucial accent mark. Owner Tomas Rahal clues us in that’s it’s an abbreviation of his name—and a double entendre on “more.” Which makes sense, because the original tapas restaurant in town always makes […]

Avid Birdwood golfer Blair Engle admits that part of his decision to move to Charlottesville hinged on the Boar's Head course. Photo: Amy Jackson/Jackson Smith

Best of C-VILLE 2015: Health & Fitness

Yoga studio Hot Yoga Runner-up: ACAC Honorable mention: Bend Yoga To the uninitiated, exertion of any kind in a room heated to 105 de-grees might sound like a maso-chistic exercise, but don’t tell that to the hordes who say there’s nothing as invigorating as a 90- minute session of hot yoga at the appropriately named […]

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Making the grade: Your guide to an A+ school year

At the start of a new academic year, it’s inevitable that some students mourn their summer vacations and others feel happy to have something to do. Either way, going back to school can be a stressful time for both students and parents. Who’s picking Jacob up from football practice? And how much did Jessica’s scientific […]

Country music star Glen Campbell takes his private agony public in the documentary I’ll Be Me at the Paramount tomorrow. Photo: @PCH Films

ARTS Pick: I’ll Be Me

I’ll Be Me documents the courage of country musician Glen Campbell who, when diagnosed with Alzheimer’s-related dementia, decided to plan an amazing farewell tour across the U.S. with his family. The film shows the struggle of the affliction, but also how friends, family, love, laughter and music can help a person cope with its unpredictable […]

Drew Gibson brings his reflective songs of love, loss and family pride to The Garage on Tuesday. Photo: Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Drew Gibson

Alt-country singer-songwriter Drew Gibson proves that home is where his heart is on the new album, 1532. Drawing on family history, the finger-picking guitarist proves his talent as a storyteller though a mosaic of memorable events turned into song. The tracks convey the hardships in Gibson’s life from an uncle’s battle with leukemia to family […]

Tildon Krautz brings its self-described “anti-rational rabbit-folk” music to The Garage tomorrow. Photo: Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Tildon Krautz

Husband and wife team Gregg Weiss and Gabi Swiatkowska lead the French quartet Tildon Krautz. The former Brooklynites have formed what is essentially a string band, creating music that borders on roots and folk, dipping into some jazz and blues with an arsenal of vocal abilities from the childlike soprano of Swiatkowska to the deep […]

The Met Opera offers a summer encore of Aida in HD at the Paramount on Thursday. Photo: Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Aida

The Metropolitan Opera’s Egyptian love story Aida is elevated with chorale support, ballet numbers and complex ensembles in a tale centered around three characters with difficult decisions to make. The daughter of the pharaoh and her slave Aida, in her own right a princess but of an enemy kingdom, both love Radamés, an Egyptian warrior. […]

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The night shift

The loneliest hours It’s 1am, and you’re starving but you got nothin’ in your fridge. It’s 2am and your baby’s spiked a 105 degree temperature. It’s 4am and you hear a scraping sound on your window. If any of these scenarios sound familiar, you’re very grateful for the folks who work while the rest of […]

Synth wizards Justine Mainville and Kevin Steinhauser heat up the Tea Bazaar under the moniker Math the Band on Tuesday. Photo: Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Math the Band

Math the Band launched in Providence, Rhode Island, but has amassed a large cult following beyond the small state. Known for live sets driven by energetic tunes from DIY electronic instruments and relatable lyrics with a classic punk aesthetic, the duo’s performances leave the crowd exhausted but high on passion. Tuesday 8/11. $8, 8:30pm. Twisted Branch […]

Garrison Keillor winds down his career as the host of A Prairie Home Companion with the America the Beautiful tour at the pavilion on Saturday. Photo: Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: A Prairie Home Companion

For 41 years A Prairie Home Companion has delivered folksy humor, top musical talent and irreverent commentary led by Garrison Keillor. The radio show comes to life on stage with the America the Beautiful tour, and while Keillor has announced he will retire by 2017 you can still see him, along with Fred Newman, Sue […]

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ARTS Pick: A Midsummer Night’s Dream

A Midsummer Night’s Dream is one of Shakespeare’s most famous comedies with its memorable tale of befuddled romance, thrilling adventure and mischievous magic. The playful tribute to the imagination holds the audience spellbound with a powerful story that proves true love is not as simple as a fairy tale for children. Through 11/29. $18-46, times […]

Ivan Christo leads the experimental electronic band Jaguardini at The Ante Room on Thursday. Photo: Pat Jarrett

ARTS Pick: Jaguardini

Sampling rhythms and beats from video games, dub reggae, house and synth-pop, Jaguardini is set to roar. The Harrisonburg-based collective treats music like a science project, experimenting with a variety of so-called instruments including a 1988 Game Boy and a vocoder. The band has gained notoriety with song titles like “Electric Jesus” and “Pulchritude in […]