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Adam Wolcott and Monika Khot started their band, Zen Mother, in Charlottesville before departing for the West Coast. Publicity photo.

ARTS Pick: Zen Mother

Zen Mother began in a windowless warehouse in Charlottesville not long before its members, Monika Khot and Adam Wolcott Smith, left town—creating a void in the local indie/experimental music scene—for Seattle a couple of years ago. The West Coast has been a nurturing place for Khot (of Nordra and Invisible Hand) and Smith (of Invisible […]

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ARTS Pick: Pippin

Told by a charismatic troupe of actors, Pippin is the story of a prince who desperately wants to impress his father, King Charles. The Leading Player convinces Pippin to betray the King instead, and his life goes hopelessly awry. Pippin dreams of love, family and a happy ending—but Leading Player anticipates a more exciting finale. […]

One of UVA's many ash trees gets innoculated against the emerald ash borer. 
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In brief: Summer shootings, buggy menace and more

Beetles on the brain As the invasive emerald ash tree borer creeps its way into Central Virginia, UVA groundskeepers are suiting up for battle—kind of. First discovered in the U.S. in 2002, this beetle has been detected in most of the eastern half of the country. After it lays its eggs inside ash trees, its […]

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ARTS Pick: Phantogram

Friends since junior high, Josh Carter and Sarah Barthel have made their pet project Phantogram into a monolith in the pop scene. But as the duo gains popularity, it holds fast to what made it unique in the first place, cranking out dark, synthy hits that are too dreamy to break into mainstream. The definition […]

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ARTS Pick: Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery

Five actors play 40 characters in Ken Ludwig’s Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery. The madcap comedy pays tribute to Arthur Conan Doyle’s The Hound of the Baskervilles and its notorious sleuth, pushing beyond the mansion murder mystery into a who’s who and whodunit farce. Through July 29. $15-30, times vary. Ruth Caplin Theatre, 109 Culbreth […]


LIVING Picks: Week of July 19- 25

FAMILY Bottle cap crafts Wednesday, July 19 Make your own necklaces, key rings, magnets and other trinkets using bottle caps, glue and magazine cutouts. Grades six to 12, registration required. Free, 3:30-5pm. Greene County Library, 222 Main St., Stanardsville. 985-5227. NONPROFIT Square dance benefit Friday, July 21 Swing your partner ’round and ’round in this […]

Hailing from around the state, Heartmeat wears it on the sleeve at The Garage on Sunday. Publicity photo.

ARTS Pick: Heartmeat

Describing themselves as “a band that plays super-cool music,” Heartmeat is the collective effort of musicians Frank Storey, Lilly Hartmetz and James Rios, who bring a variety of experience, from folk and jazz to alternative and funk. “All in all though, it’s the thrill of songwriting that really fuels the band,” says Storey. Sunday, July […]

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In brief: 29’s new bridge, Lee’s new paint job and more

Berkmar’s parallel path Governor Terry McAuliffe and Secretary of Transportation Aubrey Layne, along with about 70 other prominent guests, stood before the finally open (but not finished) Berkmar Drive extension on July 6. This is one of VDOT’s eight ventures included in its $230 million Route 29 Solutions design-build project package. When the governor first […]

Heritage Theatre Festival’s production stars Richard Warner and Judith Reagan, who are married offstage, and bring authentic chemistry to the contemporary script. Photo by Michael Bailey

ARTS Pick: Chapatti

Two lonely elders bonding over their love of pets—Dan owns a dog and Betty has 19 cats—might seem like a bummer of a story at first glance, but in the hands of Irish playwright Christian O’Reilly, Chapatti unfolds as a powerfully sublime ode to human companionship. Heritage Theatre Festival’s production stars Richard Warner and Judith […]

Matt Curreri loves writing songs—whether he’s contemplating brothers going through life together or becoming a dad, there’s always some music bouncing around in his head, waiting to emerge into the aural world. Photo by Martyn Kyle

ARTS Pick: Matt Curreri

Matt Curreri loves writing songs—whether he’s contemplating brothers going through life together or becoming a dad, there’s always some music bouncing around in his head, waiting to emerge into the aural world. And while he’s departed a bit from the clever pop tunes that garnered acclaim from the New Yorker and NPR, among others, Curreri’s […]

Washington, D.C.-based goth band Novarium offers the synth leads and string arrangements that tend to dominate the genre, while adding complexity to its tunes through a contemporary metal approach. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Novarium

Washington, D.C.-based goth band Novarium offers the synth leads and string arrangements that tend to dominate the genre, but vocalist Lisa D’Arcangelis, guitarists Sean Gronholt and Dean Michaels, bassist Eliakon and drummer Dean Anthony use their experience and skill to bring complexity to their tunes through a contemporary metal approach. Sponsored by Gild The Mourn […]

In brief: Ticked off, non-Klan events and more

In brief: Ticked off, non-Klan events and more

Unstoppable Brogdon UVA alum Malcolm Brogdon was named NBA Rookie of the Year last week. He plays for the Milwaukee Bucks, and is the first second-round pick to receive the award. No word on how many rookies have two college degrees, including a master’s in public policy. Monticello hacked A cyberattack on Jefferson’s home early […]

Power players: the ones making the biggest impact

Power players: the ones making the biggest impact

It’s the time of year C-VILLE editorial staffers dread most: landing on the final names for our Power Issue, followed by the inevitable complaints that the list contains a bunch of white men. Sure, there are powerful women and people of color in Charlottesville. But when it comes down to it, it’s still mostly white […]

Black Angels Over Tuskegee, The Paramount Theatre. Photo courtesy of Rob Garland.

Art reaction: Powerful moments from creative voices

The planning of our annual Power Issue always gives us pause in the arts section. Is an administrator or an artist powerful, or are they a conduit for the evocative grace of emotion that art produces? Assigning a numerical evaluation to people in the arts has always felt uncomfortable to me, so this year, in […]

In brief: Crime rates, questionable conduct and more

In brief: Crime rates, questionable conduct and more

A matter of crime “We’re safer than Charlottesville.” Okay, we made up that quote. The crime rate for both Albemarle and Charlottesville is low, but according to the county police’s most recent report, Albemarle’s went down last year, while the city’s went up. Albemarle arrests by race The county is facing a lawsuit that claims […]

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ARTS Pick: Comedy Marathon

We all know an undiscovered comedian, the life of the party, the one you encourage to try stand-up someday. Bent Theatre offers these laugh-riots a chance to step into the spotlight at its first Comedy Marathon, featuring 18 hours of shows, classes, workshops, jams, open mics, talkbacks, stand-up comedy and more, presented by “very funny […]

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ARTS Pick: Woody Guthrie’s American Song

Every folk and Americana musician (and even many rockers) stands on the shoulders of Woody Guthrie. Born of  Depression-era hardship, his music came in the form of ballads (“California Stars”), political commentary (“All You Fascists”) and children’s songs (“This Land Is Your Land”). Woody Guthrie’s American Song celebrates his work in a theatrical staging that […]

MarieBette Café and Bakery’s new oven allows head baker Hilary Salmon and her staff to bake three times as many baguettes an hour. Photo courtesy of Natalie Jacobson.

MarieBette expands its operations

MarieBette Café & Bakery has expanded its baking operations into a new building about a block away from the French café at 700 Rose Hill Dr. The satellite space has brand-new equipment, such as a gigantic four-deck oven that’s double the size of the one in the original bakery. The bakery upgraded almost all its […]

ARTS Pick: Fiddler’s Convention on Duck Mountain

Southeastern Pennsylvania’s Orpheus Supertones mash up with Charlottesville’s Uncle Henry’s Favorites for a Fiddler’s Convention on Duck Mountain. The collective brings more than 50 years of experience to a showcase of fiddle, banjo, guitar and bass playing, blended with vocal harmonies, for a rousing evening steeped in tradition. Friday, June 30. $15-18, 7:30pm. The Front […]

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ARTS Pick: Lucero

When Lucero formed in 1998, the band knew it wanted to redefine the metal and punk landscape its members had been working in their Tennessee hometown. With a heart for country music, they hunkered down to chart a new direction, with one setback: “The trick there was that we couldn’t really play our instruments,” says […]

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In with a bang: Local Independence Day events

If you’re staying in town for the extra- long July 4 weekend, you won’t be able to wave a sparkler without hitting a parade, concert or fireworks display. Here’s a list of some our favorite Independence Day happenings. June 30-July 3 July 4th Jubilee: The United States is having a birthday, and Wintergreen Resort is hosting a […]

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LIVING Picks: Week of June 28- July 4

FOOD & DRINK Cooking class Wednesday, June 28 Learn from the master as Rachel Pennington of The Pie Chest demonstrates how to make a summertime favorite—strawberry rhubarb shortcake—in this hands-on class. $55, 6pm. The Happy Cook, Barracks Road Shopping Center. 977-2665. NONPROFIT Choose your charity Sunday, July 2 Cville Hop on Tours allows you to […]

Dem Ralph Northam and Republican Ed Gillespie won their primaries with record turnout.
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In brief: Eye-popping turnout, cereal beat-in and more

Get out the vote The big news in the 2017 primary was record turnout for a non-presidential primary. Democrats were particularly energized, significantly topping their last gubernatorial primary in 2009. While not as many Republicans showed up, the GOP’s turnout topped 2009 as well. Governor primary turnout Democrats: 2017: 542,812 voters 2009: 319,168 voters Up […]

Fifty years after 1967’s Summer of Love, the IX Art Park’s Lovefest seeks to capture the same artistic idealism. Anatomy of Frank joins the lineup on Saturday. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Lovefest

Forty bands. Two stages. 23 hours of music. Lovefest is a response through art to the civil rights struggles shaking the community. From early-morning meditation to midday belly dancing to late-night gypsy punk, the festival offers a weekend of immersion in the love and passion of local artists. The lineup features well-known community musicians including […]