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The third annual WinterSongs concert brings together women’s choirs from nine area schools to raise their voices to benefit the Shelter for Help in Emergency.

ARTS Pick: WinterSongs

Music is in the air when the third annual WinterSongs concert brings together women’s choirs from nine area schools to raise their voices to benefit the Shelter for Help in Emergency. The event, created as a response to violence against women in our community, includes students from Charlottesville, Albemarle and Monticello high schools, Burley, Sutherland […]

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LIVING Picks: February 22-28

NONPROFIT Grand Gala 2017: Moonlight in Paris Saturday, February 25 The Senior Center’s gala includes cocktails, dinner, dancing and a moonlight raffle. Black tie optional; berets welcome. $175, 6:30-11:30pm. Boar’s Head Inn Pavilion, 200 Ednam Dr. seniorcenterinc.org/giving/gala-2017 FAMILY Living Lab Saturday, February 25 The Virginia Discovery Museum has partnered with the Child Development Laboratories at […]

The entangled love story of Blood Wedding (translated poetically by Langston Hughes and adapted by Melia Bensussen) descends into tragedy as bloodlines clash and difficult choices must be made. Photo courtesy UVA Drama department

ARTS Pick: Blood Wedding

UVA Drama’s David Dalton approaches Federico García Lorca’s Blood Wedding with a modern hand, as he connects themes in the early- to mid-20th century script that resonate in a contemporary treatment. The entangled love story (translated poetically by Langston Hughes and adapted by Melia Bensussen) descends into tragedy as bloodlines clash and difficult choices must […]

Miranda Lambert expands the tropes of trucks and shotguns to include party girls in charge. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Miranda Lambert

Coming up as a teenage country singer, Miranda Lambert was disenchanted by the pop music style that Nashville starmakers tried to push on her. Instead, Lambert blazed her own groove down the well-worn path of traditional country music and defined herself with hits such as “Gunpowder and Lead,” “The House That Built Me” and “Little […]

Owner John Dewberry plans to turn the Landmark into a 5-star hotel.
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In brief: Garrett fires back, starter homes for the rich and more

Eyesore optimism The skeletal Landmark could morph into the deluxe Dewberry Hotel in 2018, the Daily Progress reports, but some details still need to be worked out. For instance, the city is offering 75 parking spaces in the Water Street Garage, despite litigation with management company Charlottesville Parking Center, which says there are no spaces […]

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The learning issue: Get smart!

“Humanity does things that have never been done before just by sitting around and thinking about it.” That’s educator Matt Shields on the lesson he tries to teach students in Charlottesville High School’s BACON (Best All-around Club of Nerds). The group meets weekly to imagine and create—they program virtual robots and build physical machines. They […]

LIVING Picks: Week of February 15-21

FAMILY Toddler Time at Monticello Saturday, February 18 Toddlers and their adult caregivers are introduced to the world of Thomas Jefferson through interactive stories, activities, crafts and playtime. For ages 18 months to 4 years. $10 per child, advance registration required; 9-10am. Monticello’s Griffin Discovery Room, 931 Thomas Jefferson Pkwy. monticello.org NONPROFIT Fundraiser for SARA […]

The scene at Lee Park February 11 when Corey Stewart clashed with SURJ--Stand Up for Racial Justice.
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In brief: Dissent in the air, taco shop heist and more

Rolling Stone resists The magazine was back in court February 9 in Roanoke to ask a judge to throw out a $3 million jury award to UVA administrator Nicole Eramo for defamation, arguing Eramo didn’t prove reporter Sabrina Erdely acted with actual malice and that running a correction isn’t defamatory republication. Judge Glen Conrad will […]

The Charlottesville Jazz Society welcomes legendary sax player Houston Person on Saturday. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Houston Person

Tenor sax legend Houston Person counts Charles Brown, Lena Horne and Lou Rawls among his long list of collaborators, but for a large part of his career he was best known for his partnership with vocalist Etta Jones. Their musical pairing lasted for more than 30 years, included extensive touring and accounted for many of […]

Four area songwriters—David Tewksbury and Willie DE (above) of Charlottesville and Roanoke’s Phil Norman and Corey Hunley will perform Saturday at The Ante Room. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: ‘Roots Down’ redux

In September, WVTF ’s “Roots Down” host Luke Church gathered four area songwriters—David Tewksbury and Willie DE of Charlottesville met Roanoke’s Phil Norman and Corey Hunley in a live show that united the performers through instant chemistry. In a musical equivalent of finishing each other’s sentences, the session found the musicians harmonizing, swapping verses and […]

Funnyman Skiba performs February 17 at the Jefferson School African American Heritage Center. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Funnyman Skiba

Not only does Funnyman Skiba keep things rolling between bits during the annual United Nations of Comedy show, he cultivates new talent while maintaining a stand-up career of his own. Skiba has shared the stage with Martin Lawrence, Dave Chappelle and Kevin Hart, and is referred to by peers as a comedian’s comedian. The Washington, […]

Feeling restricted by his instrument, classically trained bassist Mark Silverman traded his bass for a homemade rig he calls The Magic Pipe, and started slapping out and looping bizarre, futuristic, psychedelic funk songs. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: That 1 Guy

Feeling bored with, and restricted by, his instrument, classically trained bassist Mark Silverman traded his bass for a homemade rig he calls The Magic Pipe, and started slapping out and looping bizarre, futuristic, psychedelic funk songs with titles like “The Moon is Disgusting,” “Buttmachine,” “Suckatash” and “Laser Beans.” Silverman, who performs as That 1 Guy, […]

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In brief: Scary legislation, same-sex education and more

Sheriff ponies up Albemarle’s Chip Harding says he’ll write a check for $5,000 and has raised another $28K to donate to the Virginia Crime Commission, chaired by Delegate Rob Bell, to help study the effects of collecting DNA for misdemeanor convictions. Harding and Hannah Graham’s parents say it would have saved her life if Jesse […]

LIVING Picks: Week of February 8-14

FAMILY UVA men’s basketball vs. Virginia Tech Sunday, February 12 Watch the UVA men’s basketball team face off against its in-state rival, Virginia Tech, on the big screen. Free, 6:30pm. The Paramount Theater, 215 E. Main St., Downtown Mall. Reserve tickets at theparamount.net NONPROFIT Galentine’s Pop-Up Market Saturday, February 11 Local artisans such as crafters, […]

Spafford performs Sunday, February 12, at The Southern.

ARTS Pick: Spafford

Spafford takes everything it learned from jam legends such as Widespread Panic, Umphrey’s McGee, Particle and EOTO and channels it into a self-proclaimed form of “electro-funk therapy.” The Arizona foursome lays down epic meldings of dance rock, most of which clock in between 10 and 25 minutes, relying as much on its hard-driving sound as […]

As part of the American Shakespeare Center’s Actors’ Renaissance season, The School for Scandal gives the theater a chance to put its comedy skills to good use. Photo by Jay McClure

ARTS Pick: The School for Scandal

When Sir Oliver Surface returns to England after a voyage in the West Indies, he must choose an heir to his enormous fortune. Rightly suspect of his two nephews’ moral character, Surface goes undercover in an attempt to choose the worthy heir in Richard Brinsley Sheridan’s The School for Scandal. There’s Charles, an extravagant rake […]

Dorie Freeman joins the lineup at Rock & Rally on Friday. Photo by Kristen Horton

ARTS Pick: Rock & Rally

Advocacy and music join forces to present Rock & Rally, a benefit for Tom Perriello’s gubernatorial run. The lineup boasts fiery bluegrass from the Perriello Pickers, a supergroup featuring members of Love Canon and Walker’s Run, Sarah White, Harli Saxon, the Michael Coleman Band and Dori Freeman, whose 2016 self-titled breakout album made year-end lists […]

Tara Mills assembles a supergroup of Country Sweethearts to spread the love on Tuesday. Photo by Martyn Kyle

ARTS Pick: Country Sweethearts

Ah, Valentine’s Day. A time to celebrate new flames and lasting flames and, for some, a time to weep into a heart-shaped box of half-eaten chocolates. Whether you’re looking to swoon or seethe over love this year, local all-star ensemble the Country Sweethearts, featuring Tara Mills, Terri Allard, Sarah White, Holly Allen and Carleigh Nesbit, […]

Jouwala Collective plays The Ante Room on Thursday. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Jouwala Collective

Richmond band Jouwala Collective builds on the foundation of Gnawa music, which has its roots in Northern African spiritual celebrations, using the ancient form for a layered transcendence, blending it into modern, rhythmic trance music that meanders through funk, jazz, soul, reggae and electronic. Thursday, February 2. $7, 8pm. The Ante Room, 219 Water St. […]

Broadway vets and married couple Kenneth H. Waller and Linda Poser star in Love Letters at Four County Players.

ARTS Pick: Love Letters

A.R. Gurney’s Love Letters takes a poignant look at what passes between two people who share a deep bond despite vastly different lives. Childhood friends Melissa and Andrew correspond over 50 years, revealing a lifelong connection that examines multiple angles of human emotion. Broadway vets and real-life married couple Linda Poser and Kenneth H. Waller […]

Live Arts founding member Larry Goldstein directs Deborah Arenstein and Patricia Sepulveda in Lisa Kron’s warm and insightful autobiographical show that spins into unexpected (and rather hilarious) territory.

ARTS Pick: Well

“This play is not about my mother and me,” the character of Lisa insists at the beginning of Well. The play is, in fact, about Lisa and her mother, who cannot heal herself despite her extraordinary ability to heal a changing neighborhood. But Well is about many other things, too—the idea of wellness, the fraught, often […]

April Verch brings a lifetime of raucous folk to the C’ville Coffee stage on Friday. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: April Verch

Singing, step-dancing fiddle player April Verch shows her roots in trademark fireball performances that channel the founding players of traditional folk music. The Ottawa Valley Canadian has been onstage since the age of 6, and with no sign of slowing down at age 38, she’s releasing The April Verch Anthology on February 17, an 18-track collection […]

LIVING Picks: Week of February 1-7

FAMILY First Fridays Under the Stars Friday, February 3 The event starts with a short talk in the education building, then volunteers help point out constellations and nebula. Use the Charlottesville Astronomical Society’s telescope or bring your own. Free, 7:30pm; viewing starts at 8:15pm. Ivy Creek Natural Area, 1780 Earlysville Rd. 973-7772. NONPROFIT Slavery & […]

Protesters at Mayor Mike Signer's "capital of the resistance" rally express displeasure with President Trump's executive orders.
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In brief: Winter of our discontent, gerrymandering intact and more

Protests erupt President Trump’s January 27 executive order banning refugees from seven Muslim countries caused chaos in airports and demonstrations all over the country. Hundreds packed The Haven January 28 for the first meeting of Indivisible Charlottesville, which is dedicated to opposing Trump’s agenda, and hundreds more demonstrated at UVA the next day. Mayor Mike […]

LIVING Picks: Week of January 25-31

FAMILY Working woods walk at Montpelier Sunday, January 29 Enjoy a two-hour hike in the Montpelier Demonstration Forest led by conservation experts. $5, 2pm. Meet at the David M. Rubenstein Visitor Center at James Madison’s Montpelier, 11350 Constitution Hwy., Montpelier Station. (540) 672-2728. NONPROFIT Concert for Alzheimer’s research Thursday, January 26 All proceeds from this […]

Lauren Hoffman & the Secret Storm play The Southern Friday.

ARTS Pick: Lauren Hoffman & The Secret Storm

The new full-length album from Lauren Hoffman & The Secret Storm, Family Ghost, is described as “a collection of heart-bending narratives that double as emotional exorcism.” Hoffman’s career glints with impressive past successes, including a big deal Virgin Records contract at the age of 20 that positioned her as C’ville’s next musical export. A decision […]