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King Family Vineyards’ 2014 skin-fermented Orange Viognier is an exciting step toward a new genre option for Virginia wines. Photo: Rammelkamp Foto

An ancient process brings a new trend to Virginia wine

Named for its deep amber hue, amber wine (also called orange wine) is skin-fermented white wine. Fermenting white grapes on their skins is a technique that once pervaded the ancient wine world. “It’s probably the oldest way to make white wine in the world,” says winemaker Matthieu Finot of King Family Vineyards. But despite the […]

Revel with the rebels, run for a cause, eat spaghetti to fight cancer and more in this week's Living Picks. Photo: Courtesy subject

Living Picks: To-do this week

Festival       The Bridge PAI Revel Dubbed the “rebellious rendition” of the nonprofit fundraiser, this alternative party celebrates creatives in the community, and features local food and drinks, plus entertainment and live music throughout the night. Friday, 5/6. $25-75, 7pm-1am. IX Art Park, 955 Second St. SE. 984-5669. Nonprofit Ragged Mountain Reservoir Rivanna Water and […]

Multi-genre musician Gina Sobel performs Friday at Glass House Winery. Photo: Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Gina Sobel

Multifaceted singer and musician Gina Sobel brings a unique, vibrant energy to the stage. With her melodic voice and the twinge of funk, jazz and improv present in her music, she earns the warm accolades put forth by BolderBeat, “…listening to Gina Sobel [and her band] feels like a mid-summer celebration-—you can almost feel the […]

Annie Temmink’s “Hat Shapes” exhibit opens on May 6 at the WVTF & Radio IQ Studio Gallery. Photo: Martyn Kyle

May First Fridays Guide

Annie Temmink is a woman of many creative talents. She is a hat and costume maker, an illustrator and an improvisational dancer. Her visually spectacular hat designs from the past year reflect a multitude of cultural influences, stemming from the work Temmink has done with craftspeople in Indonesia, Japan, India, Uganda and Tanzania. “I drew […]

A big wall looms near the Barracks Road exit off the U.S. 29/250 bypass.
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In brief: Monroe’s wrong house, Foxfield casualties and more

All this time we’ve been looking at the wrong house? Ever notice that President James Monroe’s house seemed like the poor cousin compared with the more palatial digs of his fellow prezes Thomas Jefferson and James Madison? Now we learn that the humble abode at recently renamed Ash Lawn-Highland was the guest house, not Monroe’s […]

Best of C-VILLE 2016: Nominations are open!

Best of C-VILLE 2016: Nominations are open!

It’s time to nominate your favorites in Best of C-VILLE 2016. Click here to get started telling us your favorite people, places and things in Charlottesville and get your favorites on the final ballot. Nominations end Friday, May 27 at midnight. Having problems logging in to vote on c-ville.com? E-mail bestof@c-ville.com and we’ll lend you a […]

Locals top off the First Fridays experience with fine art, theater and live music at the IX Art Park's Finish event.

Community fostering makes it to the First Fridays Finish

IX Art Park is a place where Charlottesville gets up close and personal with art. The art is big; it’s bright. You can write on the warehouse’s exterior walls and touch many of the sculptures. So it’s no surprise that First Fridays at IX is a bit different from First Fridays at other Charlottesville galleries. […]

Allison Miller’s drumming and composing was featured on the Showtime series, “The L Word.” Catch her chops live at Thomas Jefferson Memorial Church on Tuesday. Photo: Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Allison Miller

Frenetic drummer and composer Allison Miller began playing the drums at age 10, before studying music performance and going on to collaborate and record with the likes of Norah Jones, Michael Feinstein and Mimi Fox. The New York-based percussionist is on a nationwide tour with her band, Boom Tic Boom, and spotlighting releases from the […]

Indie-rocker steps away from She & Him project with Zooey Deschanel and performs from his latest release, More Rain. Photo: Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: M. Ward

Indie-rock poster boy M. Ward touts his new record, More Rain, as a doo-wop effort that offers collaboration with Neko Case, k.d. lang, Peter Buck, The Secret Sisters and NRBQ’s Joey Spampinato. The songwriter is frequently on the playlist through his work with others, be it his side project She & Him with Zooey Deschanel […]

Rock, folk, Latin and Broadway-style tunes combine to give the musical Wings a joyful lift at two locations this weekend. Photo: Courtesy of Theatrix

ARTS Pick: Wings

Taking a musical approach to Earth Day, Peter Ryan’s Wings is a quirky, offbeat lesson on interdependence and survival. Loosely based on Aristophanes’ The Birds, the play follows two men who find refuge in a mythical bird paradise, but soon learn they cannot shake their earthbound problems. Ryan says there’s something for everyone in the […]

The Travelin' McCourys make a stop at The Jefferson on Friday before hitting the road to Delfest. Photo: Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: The Travelin’ McCourys

McCoury talent runs deep. Brothers Ronnie (mandolin) and Rob (banjo) spearhead the modern bluegrass ensemble The Travelin’ McCourys, joined by Jason Carter on the fiddle and Alan Bartram slapping the bass. After a stop in Charlottesville, the foursome hits the road for DelFest, a Maryland-based festival named after Grammy Award-winning bluegrass musician Del McCoury, who […]

In brief: 200K felons head to the polls, new theater and more

In brief: 200K felons head to the polls, new theater and more

Historic week, part 1 Governor Terry McAuliffe restores voting rights to 206,000 felons April 22 in an election year in which his friend Hillary Clinton is running for president, and in a state where an estimated one in four African-Americans can’t vote because of felony convictions, according to the Washington Post. Historic week, part 2 […]

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Living Picks: To-do this week

Festival       Grand Marquee Gala Don your Oscar-worthy attire and support the Paramount Theater’s mission and community events during this Hollywood-style evening. Walk the red carpet and then enjoy dinner from Harvest Moon Catering, jazz performances, a silent auction and dancing. Friday, 4/29. $100-500, 7pm. The Paramount Theater, 215 E. Main St., Downtown Mall. 293-1010. […]

Sunny Ortiz is a founding member of Widespread Panic, and will celebrate the band’s 30th anniversary tour with a stop at the Pavilion on Thursday. Photo: Andy Tennille

Sunny Ortiz of Widespread Panic on what’s next after 30 years

Widespread Panic is celebrating 30 years as one of America’s preeminent party bands. Holding the record for sold-out performances at Colorado’s Red Rocks Amphitheatre (48) and selling more than 3 million albums, the well-oiled machine comes to the nTelos Wireless Pavilion on April 28. Texas-born Sunny Ortiz has been WSP’s percussionist since the band’s genesis […]

Jack Looney

The Great Outdoors

Going with the flow Rivanna River Company will launch Charlottesville’s first outfitter By Jessica Luck editor@c-ville.com When Gabe and Sonya Silver moved back to Charlottesville three years ago after various stints in other places working in the outdoor recreation field, they settled in the Woolen Mills neighborhood. The house they bought was a fixer-upper with […]

See the Bard's great military history play, The Life of King Henry the Fifth, onstage at the American Shakespeare Center through June 10. Photo: Michael Bailey

ARTS Pick: The Life of King Henry the Fifth

Witness the high drama, savagery and heroism surrounding the Battle of Agincourt in The Life of King Henry the Fifth, skillfully staged by the American Shakespeare Center. Explore the multiple sides of King Henry V’s passionate personality in the last of the Bard’s historic plays. Through 6/10. $29-54, 7:30pm. Blackfriars Playhouse, 10 S. Market St., Staunton. […]

Mark Erelli plays from his new, critically acclaimed album, For a Song, at The Front Porch on Saturday. Photo: Paul Janovitz

ARTS Pick: Mark Erelli

Folk musician Mark Erelli is an accomplished performer who operates just outside of the spotlight. After building a reputation of excellence on Boston’s coffeehouse circuit, the multi-instrumental troubadour took a break from his solo career in 2010 and joined singer-songwriter Lori McKenna on the road with country music power couple Tim McGraw and Faith Hill. […]

Get the scoop on the latest releases from M. Ward, Bleached and Boogarins in this week's album reviews. Photo: File photo

Album reviews: M. Ward, Bleached, Boogarins

M. Ward More Rain (Merge) He’s covered Louis Armstrong, Daniel Johnston, David Bowie and Bach. He’s recorded Christmas albums with Zooey Deschanel. And for 15 years, M. Ward has also been one of the country’s best songwriters, though at times less a songwriter and more of a mood, something you put on and let drift […]

Charlottesville Ballet's rendition of the Brother's Grimm tale Snow White, is sure to keep you on your toes. Photo: Thomas Giroir

ARTS Pick: Snow White

Taking a lighter approach to the Brothers Grimm’s telling of Snow White, Charlottesville Ballet tiptoes around the tale of a girl stalked by a murderous psychopath to present a forest fantasy made up of friendly animals and merrymaking dwarfs. The massive cast includes 60 local dance students in addition to 20 professional company members, and […]

Enjoy the sun, plus live music and eats at Fridays After Five, go on the Historic Garden Week Tour, have a five course-meal at Blenheim Vineyards and more.

Living Picks: To-do this week

Festival       Fridays After Five Enjoy the weather, tunes from local jam band Kendall Street Company and eats from numerous area food trucks. Friday 4/22. Free, 5:30pm. nTelos Wireless Pavilion, Downtown Mall. 245-4910. Nonprofit Historic Garden Week Tour The 83rd annual event celebrates the beauty of local gardens, and feature visits to the historic Morven […]

Live Arts digs into absurd observations with Hunter Gatherers starring Chris Patrick, Zoe Farmingdale, Jack Walker and Mendy St. Ours. Photo: Martyn Kyle

ARTS Pick: Hunter Gatherers

Peter Sinn Nachtrieb’s biting, sexy, satirical Hunter Gatherers offers up a dark look at contradiction and pretense in contemporary culture. Masquerading as a glimpse into a typical social evening, the drama ultimately reflects fragility in the manufactured sophistication of modern society, peeking behind the facade of civility and revealing animalistic impulses that have withstood the […]

Massive 5th Street Station, future home of Wegmans, is underway.
Photo Stephen Barling

In brief: Eramo v. Jackie, Wegmans and more

Eramo v. Jackie Former UVA dean Nicole Eramo fought for months to get discredited “A Rape on Campus” source Jackie deposed for her defamation suit against Rolling Stone. That finally happened April 7, and now Eramo wants the court to throw out “personal attacks” Jackie allegedly made during the deposition, according to April 12 court […]

Sly, modern pop duo Illiterate Light (Jeff Gorman and Jake Cochran) plays up life’s pros and cons at the Twisted Branch Tea Bazaar on April 22, Wild Wolf Brewery on April 23 and the Corner Indie Fest on May 3. Photo: Brandy Somers

Illiterate Light searches for moral middle ground

On a freezing-cold night in February, Harrisonburg band Illiterate Light played a set under a red light bulb in the kitchen of a house on First Street South, close to the graveyard. It was 1am and a dozen or so 20somethings leaned against walls and countertops, holding cans of Pabst Blue Ribbon and passing around […]

White Denim returns to form with a new album and a quest to rekindle inspiration at the Southern on Tuesday. Photo: Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: White Denim

Four-piece band White Denim has changed its tune quite a few times since its inception nearly a decade ago. The group, based in Austin, makes a return to its rock roots with its latest record, Stiff, and the feverish ’70s undertow and looping on the new release are reminiscent of White Denim’s debut album. “We […]

Locally made Rockbridge Guitars have earned a reputation for exceptional tone and master craftsmanship. They can be spotted in the hands of accomplished musicians including Dave Matthews, Mike Campbell and Warren Haynes. Photo: Rammelkamp Foto

Rockbridge Guitars carves its own place in popular music

Just off the Downtown Mall on West High Street lies one of the city’s most unknown but profound musical treasures: Rockbridge Guitars. Here, a quartet of master luthiers hand-fabricate around 60 custom-designed, top-shelf acoustic guitars a year for some of the world’s most talented players. Since opening its doors, Rockbridge has accumulated a star-studded clientele […]

Accomplished local singer-songwriter Lauren Hoffman and The Secret Storm bring it on at the Southern on Saturday. Photo: Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Lauren Hoffman and the Secret Storm

After taking a hiatus to raise her daughter, Charlottesville’s Lauren Hoffman returned to the stage last year with a new band, The Secret Storm. The current musical incarnation defines Hoffman as a compelling frontwoman backed by myriad instruments such as the cello, electric violin, piano, synthesizer and guitar. When signed by Virgin Records America, Hoffman […]