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ARTS Pick: Hiroya Tsukamoto

ARTS Pick: Hiroya Tsukamoto

In a small town in the heart of Japan, 13-year-old Hiroya Tsukamoto discovered the banjo and taught himself to play bluegrass tunes for his dad, who was a fan of traditional Appalachian music. He went on to master the guitar, and in 1999 Tsukamoto won a scholarship to the Berklee School of Music, which brought […]

Virginia Film Festival At-A-Glance

Virginia Film Festival At-A-Glance

Festival At-A-Glance sponsored by Wells Fargo Tickets At-A-Glance Where Can I Get Tickets During the Four Days of the Festival? UVA Arts Box Office at 109 Culbreth Road Nov 9: Noon–5:00 PM, 5:30–6:30 PM, 8:00–9:00 PM Nov 10: Noon–6:00 PM, 7:30–8:30 PM Nov 11: Noon–5:00 PM, 5:30–6:30 PM, 8:30–9:30 PM Nov 12: 10:45 AM–6:00 PM, […]

Spotlight on the Virginia Film Festival

Spotlight on the Virginia Film Festival

The Virginia Film Festival, which celebrates its 30th anniversary this year from November 9-12, chose a topic at the forefront of many people’s minds—both locally and nationally—with its Race in America series. A collaboration with James Madison’s Montpelier, the series features notable filmmaker Spike Lee, who will screen his documentary 4 Little Girls. And from […]

The Ruination of Lovell Coleman. Courtesy Virginia Film Festival

VFF films with Virginia ties

VFF films with Virginia ties The Ruination of Lovell Coleman Director Ross McDermott met Lovell Coleman in Charlottesville 10 years ago when he saw the then octogenarian putting a new roof on his house by himself. Coleman, now on the cusp of 94, has been playing the fiddle since at least age 14, when he […]

Harold and Maude. Courtesy of the Virginia Film Festival

Doing shots with Harold and Maude’s producer

Harold and Maude producer Chuck Mulvehill and director Hal Ashby met during post-production work on The Landlord (1970), and eventually became partners in the company DF Films (Dumb Fuck). Mulvehill says when the story of Harold and Maude came his way, “My first reaction to the script was ‘It’s weird.’ Hal’s take was that there […]

Pixar senior scientist Tony DeRose, who leads a master class on animation techniques on Thursday, says everything changed in 1986, when John Lasseter used computer graphics to make the bouncing lamp and ball movie, Luxo Jr. Photo: Courtesy Virginia Film Festival

Do the math: Putting emotion into digital motion at Pixar

Tony DeRose, senior scientist at Pixar Animation Studios, wants students to know that the math and science they must learn in school really is helpful. It’s applicable in their activities, games and movies, and DeRose is holding a master class during the Virginia Film Festival to drive home this point. Joining him will be Earl […]

Nikuyah Walker admits she doesn’t follow the rules very well.

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In brief: ‘Hit piece,’ the unshrouder and more

But her emails Independent City Council candidate Nikuyah Walker was the target of a November 4 story in the Daily Progress that she and her supporters called a “hit piece”—three days before the election—in which an anonymous source in City Hall questions her ability to “work collaboratively with city officials.” The story described her emails […]

The UVA Army ROTC cadets, the Buford Middle School band and Retired Colonel James O’Kelley will participate in a ceremony to salute our veterans at James Monroe's Highland.

LIVING Picks: Week of November 8-14

NONPROFIT Veterans Day ceremony Friday, November 10 The UVA Army ROTC cadets, the Buford Middle School band and Retired Colonel James O’Kelley will participate in a ceremony to salute our veterans, followed by a living timeline of veterans. Active duty military and veterans get in free; $8-$14 admission includes historic house tour, 1pm. James Monroe’s […]

The documentary Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked The World explores the impact of American Indian style on rock ’n’ roll music. Courtesy image

ARTS Pick: Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked the World

You know that rock band. The one you can recognize immediately because of its iconic style and utter uniqueness? Well, you may be surprised to hear that if you trace that sound back through the years, you’ll likely find Native American influences at its roots. Catherine Bainbridge and Alfonso Maiorana bring this often-overlooked topic to […]

Nashville’s local band on the rise, Boy Named Banjo, plays the Jefferson on Friday. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Boy Named Banjo

Describing themselves as “Tennessee’s Americana apostles,” the phenomena that is Boy Named Banjo breaks out on an Eastern U.S. tour. Since 2011, the five members of the Americana and roots act have been developing their sound, weaving numerous instruments, including guitar, harmonica, mandolin, drums, upright bass and (of course) banjo, with sweet, five-part harmonies. Friday, […]

ARTS Pick: Herron’s Entertainment Comedy Night

If laughter is the best medicine, then consider Herron’s Entertainment Comedy Night a health class from out of town. Composed of emerging comedians from New York City, these missionaries of hilarity dish out gut-busting tropes that are certain to heal frowny face outbreaks. Bent Theatre partners in the mad merriment by adding local stand-up to […]

Kevin Minor as Floyd “Schoolboy” Barton in UVA Drama’s Seven Guitars. Photo by Michael Bailey

ARTS Pick: Seven Guitars

Theresa M. Davis directs Seven Guitars, the 1940s installment of August Wilson’s Century Cycle, which is centered around blues guitarist Floyd “Schoolboy” Barton, who leaves jail looking for his next hit record and the hope of repairing his relationship with his former girlfriend, Vera. The realism in Wilson’s lyrical script intimately relates the strife and […]

Milli Coffee Roasters owner Nick Leichtentritt says he likes the idea of offering a seasonal menu, which includes the ubiquitous pumpkin spice latte, to reflect our changing palate. Staff photo

Pumpkin spice everything must mean it’s fall

By Sam Padgett Fourteen years ago, the pumpkin spice latte crashed into our lives when Starbucks introduced it into its seasonal lineup. And this beverage has gone from a niche fall drink to being ubiquitous enough to warrant its own acronym: PSL. Pumpkin spice fever has become something of an epidemic, and its sheer popularity […]

Chef Tyler Teass is leaving Brasserie Saison to spend more time with his family.

Chef Tyler Teass leaves Brasserie Saison

By Erin O’Hare and Sam Padgett Eater’s digest Chef Tyler Teass is leaving his post as head chef at Brasserie Saison in order to spend more time with his wife and young son. “We are parting with him as friends, and wish him all the best,” says the Downtown Mall restaurant’s general manager, Will Curley, […]

LIVING Picks: Week of November 1-7

HEALTH & WELLNESS 5K Run/Walk for Shelter Saturday, November 4 Join hundreds of other runners in the 21st annual 5K run/walk to help support the Shelter for Help in Emergency. $30, 8am. The race begins and ends on the Downtown Mall. shelterforhelpinemergency.org FAMILY Montpelier Hunt Races Saturday, November 4 Bring the whole family for a […]

Floom plays a farewell show Sunday at the Bridge, with special guests Gull and Little Graves. Publicity photo

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ARTS Pick: Floom

Maxx Katz won a SOUP grant in 2016 that became instrumental in launching her project Floom, leading indirectly to Sunday’s release of Multi-Voice of the Immensity, a 38-minute track of flute, doomy guitar and voices. “If a performer rings their heart like a bell, it starts ringing everyone else’s,” Katz told C-VILLE after the win. […]

Ben Arthur joins Lauren Hoffman and Matt Curreri for Songwriters in the Round Friday, November 3. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Songwriters in the Round

Ben Arthur is so taken by the creative process that it informs his art in a literal sense. Whether he’s responding to Kurt Andersen’s story of Puritan settler Anne Hutchinson with a modern answer in song, or co-writing with notable author George Saunders, Arthur stays busy crafting his own subgenre through collaborations. He hosts the Emmy-nominated […]

Mike Cannon is sure to make something funny happen at the Paramount on Saturday night. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: The United Nations of Comedy Tour

The United Nations of Comedy Tour returns with a fresh new lineup of gut-busting comedians, including Funnyman Skiba, Irene Morales, Brendan Sagalow and headliner Mike Cannon. From television to radio and podcasts, comedy is a way of life for Cannon, who riffs on smoking pot with cats, fear of marriage and life in New York […]

Carbon Leaf. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Carbon Leaf

In order to work around ownership issues, Carbon Leaf has been rerecording its past albums, the most recent being Nothing Rhymes With Woman. With the new recordings, band members took the opportunity to address things they didn’t like and squeeze some perfection out of the older material, all to the delight of fans who supported […]

Wavyleaf grass has flat leaf blades, about 0.5 to 1 inch wide and 1.5 to 4 inches long—deep green with rippling waves across the grass blades from base to tip, according to a state fact sheet. Photo courtesy of Kevin Heffernan

Wavyleaf menace: A culprit in the ‘rambunctious garden’

By Mary Jane Gore Of all of the invasive plant species in Virginia, a new one has risen to No. 1, according to the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation in Richmond. Wavyleaf grass was introduced in Virginia only in the past 15 years, with its earliest spotting in Shenandoah National Park, says Kevin Heffernan, […]

John Miska runs as the "Don Quixote" candidate.
Courtesy Miska

In brief: Smear season, Kessler’s farewell and more

Big John’s run Fewer than two weeks before the November 7 election, veterans advocate John Miska launched a write-in campaign for Albemarle supervisor in the Rio District, where Dem Ned Gallaway is uncontested. Miska says he’s running as a conservative because he hates to see just one person on the ballot. “Call me Don Quixote. […]

Last year’s Harry Potter Halloween event in Scottsville attracted 10,000 muggles, and Om Tattoo became Olivanders.
courtesy Scottsville Ministry of Magic

Magic bullet: Trademark issues halt Harry Potter event for a spell

By Natalie Jacobsen This year’s Halloween was supposed to mark the fourth, and predictably largest, Harry Potter festival Scottsville had ever hosted. But the magic was quelled with a phone call from Warner Bros. Entertainment citing trademark infringement. The town’s spellbinding transformation, including businesses and their owners, has transfixed children, students and adults alike. “Halloween […]

Pop secret: Which movie theater’s kernels are king?

Pop secret: Which movie theater’s kernels are king?

By Sam Padgett If anyone is seeking an excuse to shovel popcorn into their mouth, now is the time. October is National Popcorn Month, and in celebration of America’s favorite cinema snack, we sampled all of the popped corn that Charlottesville’s movie theaters have to offer. Here are our findings. Alamo Drafthouse Cinema Rating: 5 […]

LIVING Picks: Week of October 25-31

LIVING Picks: Week of October 25-31

FAMILY Ghouls Gourds Grapes Saturday, October 28 Listen to live music from Gina Sobel while the kids enjoy hayrides through the vineyard and pumpkin decorating (supplies will be provided). Anyone in costume will receive a discount on purchases. $5 wine tasting, $7 pumpkin, noon- 5pm. First Colony Winery, 1650 Harris Creek Rd. 979-7105. FOOD & […]

ARTS Pick: Romeo and Juliet—Reconstruction of Love

Shakespeare may have formalized the tale of star-crossed lovers on stage, but the heart of tragic romance stretches back to antiquity. Directors Boomie Pederson and Brad Stoller take the Bard’s script and push it forward with Romeo and Juliet—Reconstruction of Love, a modern retelling that pulls from a range of dance styles, accompanied by an […]

Erin Lunsford transformed into Katy Perry for last year’s Mock Stars Ball. This year’s pop queen is Lady Gaga played by Adar. Photo by Tristan Williams

ARTS Pick: Mock Stars Ball

Annual favorite the Mock Stars Ball returns for two evenings of intentional camp paired with some serious rock chops. Local musicians combine forces to form supergroup cover bands and impersonate big-timers such as Black Sabbath, Fleetwood Mac, Green Day, Joy Division, Bruno Mars and many more in a benefit for The Shelter for Help in […]