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Jane Fellows’ New Works in Fabric and Thread quilts exhibit opens on June 3 at The Women’s Initiative. Photo: Ryan Jones

June First Fridays Guide

Self-taught quilt artist Jane Fellows has always been drawn to fabric and the natural world. After exploring several techniques, Fellows left her nursing practice last year to dedicate herself fully to quilt-making. “With an eye toward my surroundings and nature, I focused on botanicals and landscapes,” Fellows says of her initial process. “I wanted to […]

Kristian Matsson lets his love of ’60s folk singers shine through in The Tallest Man on Earth show on Tuesday. Photo: Cameron Wittig

ARTS Pick: The Tallest Man on Earth

Swedish singer-songwriter Kristian Matsson approaches his music as a folk purist reminiscent of early Bob Dylan in his delivery and aesthetic. Performing under the moniker The Tallest Man on Earth, Matsson has four albums, the latest being Dark Bird, in which The Man pulls in mysterious backing voices credited in the liner notes as “angel […]

Run 4 the Wounded 5k, celebrate local nonprofits with the CNE, join trail-lovers at Monticello and join the Bold Rock birthday bash in this week's Living Picks. Photo: Publicity photo

Living Picks: To-do this week

Family    The Trail at Monticello Community Celebration Join fellow trail-lovers for a morning of hiking, music and a dedication in memory of former trail manager Jason Stevens. Saturday, 6/4. Free, 9am-noon. Monticello, 931 Thomas Jefferson Pkwy. 984-9800. Nonprofit Celebration of Strong Nonprofits Celebrate more than 110 nonprofit, business and community leaders with an evening of food, fresh air […]

The “Suite for Downton Abbey” is just one of the epic theme songs that will soar to the rafters during Pops at The Paramount on Saturday. Photo: Wikimedia commons

ARTS Pick: Pops at The Paramount

Experience the splendor of well-loved hits from film, theater and television with Pops at The Paramount, performed by the Charlottesville Symphony at the University of Virginia. The program, directed by Kate Tamarkin, includes John Lunn’s “Suite for Downton Abbey,” selections from John Williams’ score for Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Arnold Schoenberg’s “I Dreamed […]

Joy Rayman and Barbara Frost perform as Fire in the Belly. Belly dancing is “more sensual than sexy,” says Rayman. “But what’s so bad about being sexy, anyway?” Photo: Publicity photo

Fire in the Belly masters the art of dance

Belly dancer Joy Rayman loves to improvise during a performance. During a recent gig at McGuffey Art Center, she was completely absorbed in the music, snaking her arms and undulating her hips, when she felt her coin belt loosen. Not wanting to pause and interrupt the flow of the dance, she kept moving. The belt […]

The Double Faces Gogo Band turn it up and wear it out at The Ante Room on Saturday. “When we’re done playing, everyone (onstage and off) is usually tired and ready to go get rest,” says DJ Blacko. Photo: Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Double Faces Gogo Band

These days it’s rare to find a musical style that remains provincial, but the greater D.C. area’s grip on go-go is still the heart of the genre. Tight funk blended into hip-hop call and response sets the boogie in motion for the Double Faces Gogo Band, formed in C’ville as a tribute to the musical […]

Pale Blue Dot celebrates its newest release, Telescopes, at the Ante Room on Friday. Photo: Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Pale Blue Dot

After leaving Pale Blue Dot two years ago, Tony LaRocco returns from a stint of self-discovery to front the local quartet once again. The modern pop group reveals its soul through lyrics that reflect a sense of nature, space and Buddhist precepts, and its latest EP, Telescopes, produced by Daughtry guitarist Brian Craddock, fuses creative […]

Josh Ritter brings new passion to the stage at The Jefferson on Friday. Photo: Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Josh Ritter

Josh Ritter is on the road again after the release of his eighth studio album, Sermon on the Rocks, which has received a considerable amount of praise. It marks a transformation for Ritter, who, according to Rolling Stone, is “fully reimagining his own art while still holding close to what’s always made him special.” In […]

Living Picks: To-do this week

Living Picks: To-do this week

Family     Bike-In Movie Night Charlottesville Community Bikes concludes National Bike Month with a “bike-in” screening of Premium Rush, an action film about a bicycle messenger caught in a precarious situation in New York City. Wednesday, 5/25. Free, 8:30pm. Champion Brewing Company, 324 Sixth St. SE. cvillecommunitybikes.com. Nonprofit Memorial Sunday Tribute This tribute to local fallen […]

Michael Joseph Harris fronts two bands, Hot Club and Ultrafaux for an evening of gypsy jazz at the Garage. Photo: Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Hot Club and Ultrafaux

Made popular in the 1930s and ’40s, gypsy jazz is in the middle of a renaissance, and Baltimore’s Michael Joseph Harris (left) is bringing it to the stage in two formations. His traditional band, Hot Club, relies on the classic repertoire, while Ultrafaux is guided by modern inspirations and original compositions and brings in the […]

Dom Starsia has finished his last season as UVA lacrosse coach. Photo Matt Riley/UVA media relations

In brief: Another UVA coach out, unwelcome selfies and more

What’s under that robe? UVA’s enhanced, heavy-duty security for its 187th final exercises, which included the opening of the robes for grads and faculty before entering the Lawn, is considered a “best practice” common at other large, public research universities, according UVA spokesperson Anthony de Bruyn, who points out that at a UNESCO World Heritage […]

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ARTS Picks: In the Shadow of Women

Philippe Garrel’s In the Shadow of Women, the Virginia Film Festival’s third installment of its year-round series, portrays work, home and love lives colliding. The veteran French new wave film director uses stark black-and-white cinematography to contrast a male versus female perspective on the dissolution of a marriage wrecked by mutual infidelity. Exploring the gray […]

Album reviews: Parquet Courts, Sonny and the Sunsets, Summer Flake

Album reviews: Parquet Courts, Sonny and the Sunsets, Summer Flake

Parquet Courts Human Performance (Rough Trade) In a “Kids in the Hall” skit, a sarcastic- sounding partygoer struggles to explain that his vocal tone is just a tragic defect, haplessly sneering, “Oh, no, I really want to be your friend!” Parquet Courts’ Andrew Savage might know the feeling. His deadpan declamations are easily labeled ironic—and […]

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Life lessons: Road warrior Lulu Wood gets behind the wheel

Teens these days don’t have it easy—at least when it comes to getting a driver’s license. Kids under the age of 19 are required to complete a 30-hour driving course, 45 hours of supervised driving with a parent and a 14-session driver’s education course. Lulu Wood, 16, recently crossed the finish line—completing her last course […]

See talented canines in the Eastminster Dog Show, join PACEM for its Thank You Bash, celebrate World Whisky Day at Virginia Distillery Company and more.

Living Picks: To-do this week

Family     Eastminster Dog Show In this family-friendly event, presented by the Charlottesville Albemarle SPCA, canines compete in best costume, best rescue, agility and musical chairs categories. Wednesday, 5/18. Free, 6-8pm. Keswick Horse Show Grounds, 701 Club Dr., Keswick. 293-2666. Nonprofit PACEM thank-you bash People and Congregations Engaged in Ministry, which provides shelter for the homeless, […]

Hippie with soul Allen Stone shares the stage with Phoenix-based rockers Jared & The Mill. Photo: Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Allen Stone

Self-labeled as “a hippie with soul,” artist Allen Stone draws on personal experiences in the church choir and inspirations such as Stevie Wonder for his latest album, Radius, which emphasizes tight instrumentation of funk, pop and R&B influences with an air that is simultaneously introspective and inquisitive. Stone shares the stage with Phoenix-based folk-rockers Jared […]

ARTS Pick: David Tewksbury

ARTS Pick: David Tewksbury

Rock poet David Tewksbury has worked the Charlottesville singer-songwriter circuit for years and issued a series of EPs. Now, with the help of longtime DMB collaborator Butch Taylor, he’s pulled together a band for his first full-length album, Sun is Rising. While composing the tracks on acoustic guitar, Tewksbury envisioned more than a solo album. […]

Canadian bluegrass group The Slocan Rmablers deliver a gritty show, tomorrow at C'ville Coffee. Photo: Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: The Slocan Ramblers

“For a bunch of boys from Toronto, The Slocan Ramblers are turning out a piping-hot brand of bluegrass that you just may think was cut fresh from a back porch in the Blue Ridge.” That’s what Elmore Magazine says about these four young Canadian musicians, who call themselves rowdy. Their tunes lean toward the grittier […]

Michael Clem hosts local musicians for an acoustic benefit performance. Photo: Tim McDaniel

ARTS Pick: A Benefit for Jason Burke

The multitalented Michael Clem steps away from his role as a member of Eddie From Ohio to host A Benefit for Jason Burke. Local acoustic musicians who will gather to help Burke with medical bills include Terri Allard, Thomas Gunn, Butch Taylor and Peyton Tochterman. Monday 5/16. $20 suggested donation, 7-11pm. The Local, 824 Hinton Ave. […]

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ARTS Pick: Tin Can Alley

Eric Seidel spent the last 25 years bringing smiles and laughter to others as Recycle T. Clown, before cancer forced him to give up his act. A group of musicians, led by Megan Huddleston, unites to present Tin Can Alley, a carnival rock show featuring Mister Baby, American Girl, Shagwüf, members of Chamomile and Whiskey […]

Get the scoop on recent releases in this week's album reviews. Photo: File photo

Album reviews: ’70s reissues

Various artists Studio One Showcase: The Sound of Studio One in the 1970s (Soul Jazz) The venerable Soul Jazz label has done the world yet another solid with this fantastic release featuring the Studio One record label. It’s almost impossible to overstate the centrality of Clement “Sir Coxsone” Dodd’s prolific operation to Jamaican pop music. […]

In conjunction with The Oratorio Society of Virginia, Ash Lawn Opera presents La Traviata at The Paramount Theater. 
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La Traviata pairs opera, chorus and emotional drama

Originally adapted by Giuseppe Verdi in 1853 from a play, La Dame aux Camélias, which itself had been adapted from Alexandre Dumas’ novel of the same name, La Traviata is beyond canonical. In fact, it is one of the most beloved and frequently performed operas of all time. Familiar as the material may be, Michelle […]

Charlottesville’s Lua branded its own musical fusion. “We play Mexilachian, a blend of original and traditional music from Mexico, the Appalachias of Virginia and the Atlantic Basin,” says singer and guitarist Estela Knott. The duo performs at the Festival of Cultures on Saturday. Photo: Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Festival of Cultures

The Charlottesville Festival of Cultures may be the simplest way to learn about the world. With more than 30 countries represented by local citizens and organizations, the event offers a glimpse into the art, food, music and languages in our diverse community. Saturday 5/14. Free, 10am. Lee Park, Market Street and Second Street NE. festivalofcultures.org.