C-VILLE Writers



Adar is one of 12 bands that will battle it out for a spot at the Lockn' Festival. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Rockn’ to Lockn’

From the Avett Brothers to Widespread Panic, this year’s annual Lockn’ Festival lineup is a who’s who of dusty rock music, but it’s not just household names. Since the festival’s inception, the Rockn’ to Lockn’ battle of the bands has made it possible for Virginia acts to make their Lockn’ debut. Twelve bands, including local favorites […]

Ween plays Thursday, April 20, at the Sprint Pavilion. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Ween

Sometime in either 1984 or 1985 two junior high school kids with no interest in friendship were seated next to each other in typing class. It turns out they had even less interest in typing, and through a bit of distracted goofiness, including fusing the words wuss and penis, Ween was formed, and history was […]

Junior Brown plays Thursday at The Southern. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Junior Brown

As a young boy moving about the Midwest with his family in the 1950s, Junior Brown became a good listener, and what he heard was country music “growing up out of the ground like the crops—it was everywhere; coming out of cars, houses, gas stations and stores like the soundtrack of a story.” Brown took […]

Jack Walker and Adrienne Oliver play couple John and Pony Jones in Live Arts' production of The Realistic Joneses. Photo by Will Kerner

ARTS Pick: The Realistic Joneses

Merging the profound with the trivial, Will Eno’s absurdist script for The Realistic Joneses plays out like a tough-topic sketch comedy. When new neighbors arrive, two couples get to know each other through unlikely circumstances that bring them together and push them apart in unexpected ways. The Hollywood Reporter calls the story a “mordant, melancholy […]

An Evening with Morels dinner takes place Saturday, April 22, at Barboursville Vineyards. File photo

LIVING Picks: Week of April 19-25

NONPROFIT Run for Autism 5K Saturday, April 22 Families, including adults and children with disabilities, are invited to run or walk in support of the Virginia Institute of Autism. $25-45, 7:30am kids race, 8am 5K race. Charlottesville High School, 1400 Melbourne Rd. 923-8252. FAMILY Earth Day Staunton Saturday, April 22 Enjoy hands-on activities, live native […]

A University of Whales is one of the bands that will play Porchella Sunday, April 16, as part of the Tom Tom Founders Festival.  Photo by Ashley Travis

ARTS Pick: Porchella

Tom Tom Founders Festival saves one of its highlights for last in Porchella, a free music event that turns the expansive front porches of the Belmont neighborhood into stages for local players, including University of Whales, Michael Coleman and Gina Sobel. Pull up a lawn chair or stroll the streets of Goodman and Graves and […]

Sallie Ford will perform Saturday, April at The Southern Café and Music Hall. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Sallie Ford

By nature, musicians draw from their emotional lives, consciously or not, to commune and titillate. Sallie Ford puts it all on her sleeve unabashedly on her new album, Soul Sick, a confessional that deals with vulnerability and rebuilding, offered through a British Invasion-meets-girl group doo-wop melding of garage rock. Opener Molly Burch left a Hollywood […]

MC Remy St. Clair and FellowMan collaborate with DJ Double-U to bring the Rugged Arts showcase to the Tea Bazaar on Friday. Photo by Eze Amos

 

ARTS Pick: Nine Pillars Hip-Hop Cultural Festival

The weeklong Nine Pillars Hip-Hop Cultural Festival is evidence that Charlottesville’s scene is thriving. The fest kicks off April 17 with a youth showcase and features events such as the Build-a-Bar lyrics workshop and the Black Rhymes Matter seminar on rap as social activism. Poets, singers, dancers and emcees perform at a Verbs and Vibes […]

One of the most respected talents in opera today, Eric Owens grew up playing and performing music in his Philadelphia home before studying voice as an undergraduate at Temple University. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Eric Owens

One of the most respected talents in opera today, Eric Owens grew up playing and performing music in his Philadelphia home before studying voice as an undergraduate at Temple University. Owens made his mark by taking on new roles in contemporary work before he gained notice for various performances in Wagner’s Ring Cycle and was […]

Photo John Robinson

In brief: Patricia Kluge’s new gig, municipal scofflaws and more

McAuliffe’s pen In his last year in office, Governor Terry McAuliffe was unable to deliver on a campaign promise to expand Medicaid to 400,000 uninsured citizens, which is supported by 69 percent of Virginians, according to a recent University of Maryland poll. The General Assembly’s Republican majority prevented that, but it was not able to […]

In conjunction with the Tom Tom Founders Festival, the McGuffey Art Center hosts a day of yoga, demos, workshops and plein air painting. Staff photo

LIVING Picks: April 12-18

NONPROFIT McGuffey Open House Saturday, April 15 In conjunction with the Tom Tom Founders Festival, the art center hosts a day of yoga, demos, workshops and plein air painting. Free, 8:30am-5pm. McGuffey Art Center, 201 Second St. NW. Register for workshops at tomtomfest.com FAMILY Founder’s Day at Monticello Thursday, April 13 Monticello marks the 274th […]

Charlie Worsham plays The Southern tonight with Brandy Clark. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Charlie Worsham

If the critics are correct, Nashville’s next big thing—Charlie Worsham—won’t be playing small venues the next time around. Outlets from American Songwriter and Rolling Stone to People magazine and NPR are gushing about his new album, Beginning of Things, saying Worsham is “one of country’s most formidable dark horses” who “demonstrates this art with uncommon […]

Missy Raines and the New Hip will play C'ville Coffee April 6. Photo by Mike Witcher

ARTS Pick: Missy Raines

Even with seven International Bluegrass Music Awards for Bass Player of the Year, it’s not all about the bass for Missy Raines. After gigging around, the talented lead singer stepped up to the mic in 2008 to front The New Hip quartet featuring mandolin, guitars, bass, drums and percussion, and the accolades keep coming. Deep […]

Gogol Bordello frolic at the Jefferson on Friday. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Gogol Bordello

Super-fueled music brigade Gogol Bordello returns armed with its signature pulsating gypsy jams combining punk, massive beats and circus-like madness into pure party music. GB stays true to its global heritage with benefit shows such as the Immigraniada Boat cruise. “You may know our stories, of how we came to America from Ukraine or Russia, […]

The Charlottesville Dogwood Festival celebration continues through April 23 with a carnival in McIntire Park, as well as fireworks the night of April 7. Photo by Jack Looney

LIVING Picks: Week of April 5-11

Nonprofit C’ville Walk-a-Mile Saturday, April 8 In support of the Sexual Assault Resource Agency, community members are invited to walk a mile in someone else’s shoes. Free for kids under 10, $25 for adults; noon. Start in front of Main Street Arena, 230 W. Main St., Downtown Mall. sara cville.org Family Charlottesville Dogwood Festival carnival […]

Stay above the fray on Common House's rooftop terrace.
Courtesy Common House

In brief: Curated club, ‘miscreant lefties’ and more

Common sense Things looked dire for Common House last year, when the roof of the previous social club that occupied 206 W. Market St., the 1913 Mentor Lodge, collapsed. But like the “movers and doers” Common House hopes will call the club their home away from home, founders Ben Pfinsgraff, Derek Sieg and Josh Rogers dusted […]

Gavin Riley might drop his audience into a video-animated scenario about soft serve ice cream at the Twisted Branch Tea Bazaar April 7.  Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Gavin Riley

During his interactive, choose-your-own-adventure techno-rap show, Gavin Riley might drop his audience into a video-animated scenario about soft serve ice cream. When a video bully asks him if he wants to ditch his swirly cone for a drug called jazz, Riley’s audience can choose his reply: “Get jazzed up!” or “Just say no!” and Riley […]

Paul Lewis is one of the leading musicians of his generation, known for his mastery of Beethoven and Schubert, and the recipient of numerous accolades, including appointment as Commander of the Order of the British Empire on the 2016 Queen’s Birthday Honours list. Photo by Josep Molina

ARTS Pick: Paul Lewis

As a child in a working-class English family with no musical background, Paul Lewis borrowed books from the library and taught himself to play classical piano while his father worked the docks in Liverpool. Now, at 44, Lewis is one of the leading musicians of his generation, known for his mastery of Beethoven and Schubert, […]

Hip-hop producer 9th Wonder is in town for a UVA residency and a gig at the Jefferson on Saturday. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: 9th Wonder

9th Wonder’s fingerprints are all over hip-hop music. Not only has he released a series of acclaimed albums with trio Little Brother, he’s produced tracks for some of the biggest names in the game—Mary J. Blige, Erykah Badu, Jay Z, Destiny’s Child, Drake, Kendrick Lamar, Jill Scott, Ludacris, Big Boi and Anderson .Paak, to name […]

Producer-choreographer Brad Stoller and his team put a neo-Victorian steampunk costume on the classic musical Cabaret, while using the original themes and context to explore the effect of politics on everyday lives, and the parallels in the current political climate. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Cabaret

Producer-choreographer Brad Stoller and his team put a neo-Victorian steampunk costume on the classic musical Cabaret, while using the original themes and context to explore the effect of politics on everyday lives, and the parallels in the current political climate. Set in 1930s Berlin, Germany, the plot unfolds in song around the Kit Kat Club, […]

Jeff Miller combines skillful guitar picking with creative technology at Fellini’s on Thursday. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Jeff Miller

Guitarist Jeff Miller is loopy in the best way. His new release is titled Loops, he created a YouTube series “Loop of the Week,” and he operates as a one-man band with the help of a looping pedal that brings together his fingerpicking guitar style, astute vocals and creative rhythm, layering it into a live […]

The Yard food hall concept planned for 5th Street Station is modeled after Krog Street Market in Atlanta.

Rendering courtesy of Candice McEyea

In brief: Craftivism, kids gone wild and more

Feed lot Earlier this month, we reported in our Small Bites column about a new food hall concept opening at 5th Street Station. Now we have the rendering to prove it. The Yard, modeled after the Krog Street Market in Atlanta, will be a 10,000-square-foot mixed-use space next to the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema with five […]

LIVING Picks: March 29-April 4

LIVING Picks: March 29-April 4

NONPROFIT Charlottesville City Market Saturday, April 1 City Market, with more than 100 vendors offering fresh produce, herbs, plants, crafts, baked goods and more, opens for the season. Free, 7am-noon. Water and South streets. 970-3371. FAMILY Silhouette artist Saturday, April 1 Former Disney World portrait artist Edward Casey will be stationed at Alakazam Toys, ready […]