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Living Picks: To-do this week

Festival       Charlottesville Dogwood Festival carnival opening  Bring the whole family to the first night of the carnival at this 67th annual event. Enjoy games, rides and more in honor of spring. Thursday 4/7. Free, 5:30-10:30pm. McIntire Park. 961-9824. Nonprofit The Day Soiree Celebrate nonprofits in the local community with this event that features food, games, music, […]

Get the scoop on the latest releases from Britta Phillips, La Sera and The Dandy Warhols in this week's album reviews. Photo: File photo

Album reviews: Britta Phillips, La Sera, The Dandy Warhols

Britta Phillips Luck or Magic (Double Feature) Though Luck or Magic is her first album, Britta Phillips has just about done it all. After providing the singing voice of Jem (of the “Jem and the Holograms” cartoon), she appeared alongside Justine Bateman and Julia Roberts in the lightweight girl-band film Satisfaction. Joining alt-rock darlings Luna […]

Iconic singer Mavis Staples takes the stage at the Paramount on Saturday evening. Photo: Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Mavis Staples

Genre-defying, freedom-fighting diva Mavis Staples has woven her music into a fabric of gospel, soul, folk, pop, R&B, blues, rock and hip-hop for the past 60 years. A pioneer of the Delta gospel sound created in the 1950s, Staples flourished as a solo performer and in her family group, The Staple Singers. She has collaborated […]

Keith Morris & the Crooked Numbers celebrate the release of The Dirty Gospel at The Ante Room on Friday. Photo: Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Keith Morris & the Crooked Numbers

Gritty, heartfelt rock ‘n’ roll meets gut-spilling soul on Keith Morris & the Crooked Numbers’ new album, The Dirty Gospel. Written during a period of mourning, the songs are personal, accessible and emotionally charged. Sarah White and The Pearls and Mister Baby open the CD release bash. Friday 4/8. $10, 7pm. The Ante Room, 219 W. […]

Pop-country songstress Lee Ann Womack studied the business side of music before launching her own career and earning more than 30 award nominations. Photo: Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Lee Ann Womack

Hardly a lavish wedding goes by where Lee Ann Womack’s 2000 crossover hit, “I Hope You Dance,” isn’t played to the delight of a tearful aunt or grandma. The Grammy-winning country music singer has earned a pile of country music awards (CMAs, ACMAs and CMTs), and her latest record, The Way I’m Livin’, followed suit […]

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Tom Tom Festival is all grown up

As Tom Tom Founders Festival Director Paul Beyer sits in the audience during Founders Summit talks and hears fellow entrepreneurs and creative visionaries speak about the early days of their startups, the successes they celebrated and obstacles they faced, he can’t help but draw a parallel to the festival itself. The ideas for the festival […]

KNDRGRDN (L to R: Eric Nelson, Jonathan Teeter and Max Bollinger) plays Crozet Pizza at the Buddhist Biker Bar on April 20. Photo: Ariana Miklowitz

Jonathan Teeter takes us back to KNDRGRDN

During a recent KNDRGRDN gig at Twisted Branch Tea Bazaar, frontman Jonathan Teeter looked up from his guitar mid-song. Bodies were packed in tightly, close to the stage, and he could see people bobbing up and down and singing along to “Your Shadow.” “Your shadow is coming in / Coming into my room / Your […]

Get on the track for the live recording of the Wrinkle Neck Mules at the Southern on Saturday. Photo: MB Celella

ARTS Pick: Wrinkle Neck Mules

There’s no need to smuggle a taping rig into this Wrinkle Neck Mules show because WarHen Records is capturing the tracks live for an upcoming vinyl release. The recording by Warren Parker’s indie label offers die-hard fans a collector’s item and a chance to enjoy the intimate gig without fumbling with gear and bumping into […]

The Met broadcasts Madama Butterfly live at the Paramount on Saturday afternoon. Photo: Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Madama Butterfly

No opera season is complete without a production of Madama Butterfly. Composed by Giacomo Puccini in three acts, the opera tells the tale of a young geisha who devotes herself to a U.S. naval officer, resulting in heartbreak and tragedy. The Met Live in HD broadcast is every bit as dramatic, colorful and exotic as […]

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April First Fridays Guide

Ever since local artist Allan Young can remember, he has been taking things apart to figure out what makes them tick. One day he was tinkering, and created a clock from an old computer hard drive, thus his eclectic approach to constructing time pieces was born. Young has made clocks from a wide range of […]

Drop by the book sale to benefit JMRL, appreciate the art of Bach & beer at Three Notch'd and run the Charlottesville Marathon in this week's Living Picks. Photo: Jack Looney

Living Picks: To-do this week

Nonprofit Friends of the Library book sale Leaf through thousands of books and other media at the 51st annual spring book sale to benefit the special programs and projects of Jefferson-Madison Regional Library. Saturday, April 2-Sunday, April 10. Free, 10am-7pm. Gordon Avenue Library. 1500 Gordon Ave. 977-8467. Health & Wellness Charlottesville Marathon Dubbed “one of the top […]

Nora Jane Struthers & The Party Line performs raw, honest and insightful songs from the new album, Wake, at the Southern on Thursday. Photo: Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Nora Jane Struthers

Roots rock musician Nora Jane Struthers’ Wake is perhaps her most mature album to date. Described as lyrics “set to a soundtrack that resonates with the warm uplift of the first day of spring,” the record is a coming-of-age project from the former Virginia girl, who sings about falling in love, lessons learned and entering […]

Equipment manager Chris Moore says organization is key to keeping track of each piece of equipment players use, as well as managing practice and competition uniforms for the 250 student-athletes he assists. Photo: Amy Jackson

Supporting Players: The team behind UVA’s student-athletes

In the world of athletics, it’s often the coaches and players who receive the most recognition. They are, after all, the stars on the court or field or in the pool, the ones who are directing the flow of the competitions, making the winning shots or jumping further than their opponents. But they didn’t reach […]

Gogol Bordello combines “music, theater, chaos and sorcery” into a live-music extravaganza on Tuesday at the Jefferson. Photo: Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Gogol Bordello

Gypsy-punk-dub band Gogol Bordello’s sixth album, Pura Vida Conspiracy, continues the group’s intentional trailblazing. “The message of this record is the quest for self-knowledge beyond borders and nationalities,” says frontman Eugene Hütz. “Every culture is a useful mask, but it is just a mask. To get to know your actual human self, you have to […]

William Jones (Tom Robinson) and Steve Tharp (Atticus Finch) star in To Kill a Mockingbird at Live Arts. Photo: Rammelkamp Foto

ARTS Pick: To Kill a Mockingbird

Live Arts’ season continues with a production of Harper Lee’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, To Kill a Mockingbird. The beloved classic examines racial tension, violence and inequality in the Depression-era South through the eyes of a child as she moves from innocence to awareness. The story reveals the importance of strength and courage in the face […]

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Album reviews: Eleanor Friedberger, Cate Le Bon, The Landlords

Eleanor Friedberger New View (Frenchkiss) Eleanor Friedberger took a step back from the overstuffed exuberance of The Fiery Furnaces with her solo debut, 2011’s Last Summer. Friedberger didn’t blanch out her quirkiness, but unlike much of her former band’s output, the songs didn’t feel like riding a roller coaster with your eyes closed. You could […]

New book, Hippie Chick: A Tale of Love, Devotion & Surrender, will be the topic of a conversation with photographer Jay Blakesberg on Tuesday. Photo: Jay Blakesberg

ARTS Pick: Jay Blakesberg

Every great rock ‘n’ roll photograph requires unseen talent behind the camera, and if you follow coverage of jam bands and the hippie scene, then it’s likely the person pressing the shutter is Jay Blakesberg. Since the mid-’80s Blakesberg has been shooting photos of music icons and breakthrough acts from Primus and U2 to Nirvana […]

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LIVING Picks: To-do for the week

Nonprofit Charlottesville Mini Maker Faire See the newest local innovations at this expo that features entrepreneurial ingenuity as tech experts, crafters, scientists and homesteaders show off their latest projects. Saturday 3/26. $5-10, 10am-4pm. Monticello High School, 1400 Independence Way. 244-3100. Health & Wellness Leprechaun Launch 5K Obstacle Race Hoover Ridge Park hosts its annual fun run, […]

Yo La Tengo takes the stage at The Jefferson on Sunday. Photo: Charlie Armstrong

ARTS Pick: Yo La Tengo

Original indie-rock act Yo La Tengo has managed to stay fresh and relevant over 30 years of touring and recording. Playing off the successful mix implemented on 1990’s Fakebook, the Jersey trio’s latest release, Stuff Like That There, lists covers of The Lovin’ Spoonful, The Cure and Hank Williams, along with new versions of the […]

James Friley, aka Idiot Glee, brings his groovy, retro-laced pop to the Ix Art Park on Tuesday. Photo: Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Idiot Glee

Solo artist James Friley’s compositions are a modern tribute to the art rock of the ’60s and ’70s. Performing under the name Idiot Glee, Friley melds his spacecraft pop by blending the influences of electronic pioneers Brian Eno, John Cale and Brian Wilson (among others) with classically trained keyboard chops, rock god guitar work and […]

Spend an elegant evening at the Ash Lawn Opera Spring Gala, celebrate St. Paddy's at Starr Hill to help fight MS and more in this week's Living Picks.

LIVING Picks: To-do for the week

Nonprofit Ash Lawn Opera Spring Gala Enjoy dinner, drinks, a silent auction and a performance by baritone Aleksey Bogdanov and soprano Rebecca Nathanson. Sunday 3/20. $175, 6pm. Farmington Country Club, 1625 Country Club Cir. 293-4500. Health & Wellness Fix-a-Leak Family 5K Wrap up the Environmental Protection Agency’s Fix-a-Leak Week with this family-friendly race. Saturday 3/19. $7-15, 10am. Pen […]

Leo Kottke and Keller Williams join forces for Shut the Folk Up and Listen at the Paramount on Friday. Photo: Publicity photos

ARTS Pick: Leo Kottke and Keller Williams

Georgia native Leo Kottke is something of a miracle in his profession—the musician endures partial hearing loss in both ears caused by separate incidents and suffers from tendinitis—yet, none of this prevented the guitarist from dedicating his life to music and rising to cult figure status in the folk world. Keller Williams, also known as […]

Get the scoop on the latest releases from Benji Hughes, Freakwater and Tortoise in this week's album reviews. Photo: File photo

Album reviews: Benji Hughes, Freakwater, Tortoise

Benji Hughes Songs in the Key of Animals (Merge) As expected, the guy who wrote “Let’s Duet” for Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story is something of a joker. In 2008, North Carolinian Benji Hughes released his debut, A Love Extreme, a double-length album with his face on the cover in rapturous close-up, looking like […]