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Acclaimed American pianist Steven Beck brings his talent to Old Cabell Hall for the Charlottesville Chamber Music Festival. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Charlottesville Chamber Music Festival

If pop songs are the texts of the music world, then surely chamber music works are its literary masterpieces, and you can appreciate them fully at the Charlottesville Chamber Music Festival. Hosted by the Virginia Chamber Music Foundation, the seven-day celebration provides incredible renditions of classical pieces performed by a variety of local expert musicians. […]

Playing it forward: Lockn’ 2014

Playing it forward: Lockn’ 2014

In almost every interview with a person of notable artistic accomplishment, no matter the medium, there is of talk inspiration or the impetus for creativity. As fans, we are eternally curious about the artist’s muse. All musicians pay it forward. Elvis stood on the shoulders of bluesmen, before The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, and Michael […]

Jon Pardi rocks at the Jefferson this Thursday. Photo credit: The Jefferson Theater website

ARTS Pick: Jon Pardi

Nashville may be the capital of country, but the music of Jon Pardi proves that country and western are still a potent mix. Staying true to a classic Southern twang, the California-born musician delights with traditional riffs on acoustic guitars, banjos, and fiddles. His narratives are rich with the trials of human experience, and coupled […]

It’s high time for Cheap Whiskey. The central Virginia rockers pour it on at the Southern on Saturday. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Cheap Whiskey

The words Cheap Whiskey don’t usually go well together, but if they’re referring to Nelson Johnson and his band of Southern rockers, then it’s a welcome combination. The group embraces a medley of styles, dabbling in rock, country, and blues to deliver performances high energy performances. And despite the name, the hard drivin’ tunes go […]

Happy days are here again for those who like to swing. The three day Lindustrial Revolution makes its way around town starting on Friday. Photo credit: Eric Esquivel

ARTS Pick: Lindustrial Revolution

If you’re looking for some movement that challenges the monotony of modern dance, then take part in the Lindustrial Revolution, a three-day dance fest that celebrates the glamor and freedom of ’30s swing. Hosted by a core of expert dancers determined to get you hopping with instruction in two classic American styles: Balboa and the […]

Tension builds in If I Stay, as Mia, played by Chloë Grace Moretz, determines her own fate through flashbacks on family and romance. Photo credit: Warner Brothers

Film review: Love story gets muddled in If I Stay

Saying that If I Stay, adapted from Gayle Forman’s blockbuster young adult novel, is bad because it’s overwrought and pretentious is to dismiss a crucial stage of growing up when you yourself are overwrought and pretentious by no real fault of your own. The entire young adult experience is completely unfair. You’re long on feelings […]

If time can be said to measure the relevance of a band, then the 30-year tenure of Sensations’ Fix, led by Franco Falsini, speaks volumes. Photo credit: S. Brackbill

ARTS Pick: Sensations’ Fix

For more than three decades, the obscure Italian band Sensations’ Fix has been pleasing audiences with its energetic brand of progressive electronic rock. Success lies in the group’s original mix of genres, blending shrill electric chords with a psychedelic rhythm in a unique sound entirely its own. Not only does SF stand the test of […]

Justin Moore retains the pure sound of classic country music centered around acoustic guitars and fiddles, among 
other strings. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Justin Moore

It’s no surprise that the die-hard fans of classic country crave the music of Justin Moore. He gives them exactly what they want—a heavy dose of guitar twangin’, buckle shinin’, boot hitchin’ good ol’ boy culture. By refusing to water down his sound, Moore holds steadfast to tradition, focusing his lyrics on the themes and […]

Browse locally hand-crafted goods at the artisan-oriented fleaVILLE this weekend at the IX. Publicity photo.

ARTS Pick: fleaVILLE

Looking to add some art and local flavor to your shopping experience? Then head to fleaVILLE, the destination where originality is the leading retail trait. Comprised of local artisans and chefs, the bundle of tented vendors offers a glimpse into the talent of the area, and lets you take a bit of it home in […]

Karen Jonas performs songs from her precocious debut album, Okalhoma Lottery, at Fellini’s #9 on Friday. Publicity photo.

ARTS Pick: Karen Jonas

Though Oklahoma Lottery is Karen Jonas’ debut recording, the album has been touted by critics as refined, polished, and sophisticated—a rare combination for an artist’s freshman effort. Jones is a native of Fredericksburg, Virginia, but her tone and approach are straight out of Nashville, Tennessee with stylistic nods to country greats like Willie Nelson and […]

Sylvester Stallone and Antonio Banderas run the show in the third action-packed installment of The Expendables. Photo courtesy of Lionsgate.

Film review: The latest chapter in The Expendables comes up short

Four years and three installments into the Expendables series and we’ve reached what is typically the nail in the coffin for action franchises: the PG-13 sequel. While the rating is essentially meaningless in this age of bloodless gun battles and cramming in as many “shits” as you can but using only one intentionally placed “fuck,” […]

Sensual, high-octane contemporary dance comes to The Haven in Communitas, a music and dance collaborative. Publicity photo.

ARTS Pick: Communitas

Communitas is a Latin term that signifies the coming together of various mediums in the spirit of equality, which makes it the perfect name for an event that joins music and dance. From around the country, violinists and dancers come gather for a celebration of the human spirit through sound and motion. The concorDance contemporary […]

The stripped down, poignant tunes of Tina and Her Pony are on order at the Blue Moon Diner on Thursday. Publicity photo.

ARTS Pick: Tina and Her Pony

The wonderful tunes of Tina and Her Pony prove that not everything needs to be modernized in the 21st century. The Ohio duo sticks to the basics, producing amazing folk music from simple guitars, banjos, and cellos. Each song tells the story of a true experience and explores the themes and emotions found in the […]

School's in! Photo: Elli Williams

Back to school: Start times, the death of class rank, and more

It’s that time of year again: Kids are headed back to school. As both county and city school divisions prepare for the annual return of students, we’ve collected updates on a few hot topics in local public education, from starting bells to snow days. Check out our feature stories on the city schools’ tablet program and […]

Photo by Robert Llewellyn

Best of C-VILLE 2014: The winners

The votes are counted and the winners are in. C-VILLE Weekly readers have named their picks for the best Charlottesville has to offer, from restaurants to fitness classes to doctors, parks, and music venues. Did your favorites top the list? Check out the full issue on the stands or right here online.

What's in and out (behavior-wise) at local playgrounds. Photo: James Hall

Playground etiquette: Quaint oxymoron or the rules of civilized society?

Is there a commonly accepted “playground etiquette?” Or are playgrounds a lawless land ruled by barbaric, screaming bullies and their diaper-clad children? Thinking back, wistfully, to my own children’s blissful playground days, I see images of radiant, round-faced, sun-screened toddlers, squealing with glee as they run, slide, and swing. Wait! Has the ether of time […]

There’s no shortage of accolades for fast forward rock musician Jolie Holland. She plays cuts from her new record Wine Dark Sea at the Southern on Saturday. Publicity photo.

ARTS Pick: Jolie Holland

The intimate energy and raw emotion of Jolie Holland’s experimental live sets have recently garnered the attention of musical purists, the press, and even artists like Tom Waits and Sage Francis. Her permutation of folk, country, rock, jazz, and blues is meticulously blended and though her sound is distinctly original, a close listen will find […]