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Shop assistant Emily Owens examines a bottle off the wall of wine at Wine Loves Chocolate, a new store on the Downtown Mall opened by Little Washington Winery owners Donna and Carl Henrickson. The downtown extension of the winery offers tastings, pairings, and “wine boot camp.” Photo: Rammelkamp Foto.

Small bites: This week’s restaurant news

Pair off: Chocolate and wine arrive downtown together  Who here likes sweet wines? Anyone? Bueller? Donna Henrickson is usually met with cricket chirps when she asks a roomful of wine tasters how they feel about dessert wines. Most people turn up their noses when a bottle of Moscato makes its way to the tasting bar, but […]

Fans can’t get enough of Eric Church’s hard-rockin’ bad boy party tunes. The country stud returns to JPJ Arena on Thursday. Publicity photo.

ARTS Pick: Eric Church

Guitar slinging country crooner Eric Church has traded Jimmy Buffett covers in the back of dingy dive bars for 15,000-seat arenas where he belts out original, cheeky Southern anthems to packed houses. Currently touring in support of his second No. 1 album, The Outsiders, he continues on the themes of cold beers, hot women, good […]

Photo: Kristen Finn.

You are what you eat: The annual Food and Drink issue

So what if we didn’t grow up with a Southern grandma? We still know a good fried chicken biscuit when we taste one—like, say, the Ace Biscuit & Barbecue sandwich on this week’s cover. Southern cuisine may be having a moment in the national spotlight, but ’round these parts we’ve had an embarrassment of fried […]

Get your grub on at a monthly science cafe at UVA. Photo courtesy of Science Straight Up.

LIVING To Do: Science Straight Up

Think there’s no such thing as a free lunch? Monthly science cafe Science Straight Up is ready to debunk that hypothesis. Tuck in to a complimentary meal as Dr. Matthew Gerber discusses how big data and social media sites can help predict and prevent crime. Research teams at UVA are currently studying this rich topic […]

The Secret Sisters show off the T Bone effect in their tight harmonies and vintage sound at the Southern. Publicity photo.

ARTS Pick: The Secret Sisters

With the recent release of Put Your Needle Down, produced by T Bone Burnett, The Secret Sisters prove they’ve come a long way from their Alabama youth. The sweet-voiced siblings have managed to retain their innocence and charm following projects with big shots like She & Him, Ray Lamontagne, Paul Simon, and Elvis Costello, as […]

Hundreds of trees—most of them leftovers from spring planting efforts by the Virginia Department of Forestry—will be available for sale at low prices by the Charlottesville Area Tree Stewards at two upcoming city events. Photo: Robin Hanes

Tree Stewards’ sale offers inexpensive saplings

The Charlottesville Area Tree Stewards will be back at Saturday’s City Market for the group’s second-annual fall tree sale, offering up hundreds of carefully cared for saplings ready for planting for low prices. The sale runs at the Market in the city’s Water Street parking lot from 7am to noon today, Saturday, October 11. The […]

ARTS Pick: Star Wars Reads Day

Jedi warriors, dust off your lightsabers, and don your robes, for the annual Star Wars Reads Day is coming. It’s time once again to travel to a galaxy far, far away for an afternoon of force-inspired activities. Prove your prowess by pinning a saber on Yoda, or demonstrate your might in the Wookie yell contest. […]

Self-deprecating standup comdienne Nikki Carr brings her sharpshooting commentary to the Paramount on Friday. Publicity photo.

ARTS Pick: Last Comic Standing

Cold and flu season is nigh, so grab yourself a dose of the best medicine with the finalists of NBC’s “Last Comic Standing.” VIP pass holders can rub elbows with professional side splitters Nikki Carr, Rocky Laporte, Joe Machi, Rod Man, and Lachlan Patterson at a pre-show meet and greet. The popular comedy reality show […]

Richard Cooper, Madeleine Lawson and Angelica Jackson star in Every Tongue Confess, the heavy-hitting opener of UVA Drama’s fall season. Image: Michael Bailey

ARTS Pick: Every Tongue Confess

Ashes to ashes, dust to dust—a series of church burnings sets UVA Drama’s new season in motion with Marcus Gardley’s acclaimed 2010 play Every Tongue Confess. Weaving Biblical lore with the true history of a small Alabama town, this Southern spectacle also mixes gospel and blues hits for a soaring metaphysical journey. Director Theresa Davis […]

Daphne Lee Martin shows off her intimate brand of fiery folk music in a performance at The Garage on Wednesday. Publicity photo.

ARTS Pick: Daphne Lee Martin

Born into a folksy family, Daphne Lee Martin has music in her blood. After years crafting harmony-rich, traditional gospel and Appalachian ballads with her mother and sister, the sultry songbird struck out both solo and with a variety of bands, and playing a range of tunes from edgy, innovative punk to fresh Southern roots. She’s […]

Known for humor that is hearbreakingly funny and honest, Tig Nataro got props for her Grammy-nominated LIVE album from her peer group of comedy superstars. Publicity photo.

ARTS Pick: Tig Notaro

Comedienne Tig Notaro has risen to the top thanks to an unabashed, honest commentary about life and love through laughter. Her 2012 set at Largo in Los Angeles, in which she spoke openly about her breast cancer diagnosis, mother’s death, and the end of a long-term relationship was nominated for a Grammy and touted by […]

The prolific folk wisdom of Anais Mitchell headlines at the Tea Bazaar on Sunday.  Publicity photo.

ARTS Pick: Anais Mitchell

The “queen of modern folk” Anais Mitchell is an expert storyteller who makes a solid case for such lofty status through her songs. An avid traveler, the Vermont-born musician touches everything from folk music to opera and melds it with intelligent lyrics. Mitchell meticulously crafts her sometimes dramatic music in reflective testament to the complexity […]

Bring your own dancing shoes to the Latin Ballet of Virginia’s invigorating “Fiesta del Sol” on Saturday at PVCC. Publicity photo.

ARTS Pick: Fiesta del Sol

Despite being a ballet company, there are no tutus or relevés in this celebration of movement by the Latin Ballet of Virginia. You will find dazzling costumes and acrobatics mixed with the electric flair of Latino dance in a high-energy performance that celebrates Central American traditions. “Fiesta del Sol” fuses technical perfection and rich narratives […]

Stanley William Hayter
British, 1901–1988
Courtesy of Fralin Museum of Art at UVA
©2014 Artists Rights Society (ARS) New York/ADAGP, Paris

Review: The Lyrical Line at The Fralin Museum of Art

“The Lyrical Line,” which is on display for four months at The Fralin Museum of Art at the University of Virginia, features work from two of the most innovative printmakers of the early 20th century: Stanley William Hayter and Jacques Villon. “Imagine thousands of lines engraved in metal make up a print, and they all […]

Celtic rock band Scythian is making a name for itself among the bumper crops of singer-songwriters in Music City. Publicity photo.

ARTS Pick: Scythian

Based on its sound, Nashville’s Scythian could be pegged as a band of Riverdancing Irish folkies. With their unique blend of Celtic bluegrass rock, the quintet fires on dueling fiddles, banjos, and mandolins in an unparalleled high-energy weave. The self-proclaimed “immigrant rockers” are on tour in support of the new album Jump at the Sun […]

ARTS Pick: Smallprov

ARTS Pick: Smallprov

Big laughs come out in small spaces when improv is the stage—at least that’s what Smallprov sets out to accomplish. The Big Blue Door comedy gathering focuses on powerful bursts of wit rather than long-winded monologues. The brief skits are unrehearsed and based entirely on audience suggestions, adding an edge of anticipation to every gut-busting […]

Rich, funky NOLA blues form the foundation of Adrian Duke’s infectious rock at the Southern on Sunday. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Adrian Duke

Even though Adrian Duke is based in central Virginia, his bluesy roots music lives in the heart of New Orleans. His funk and jazz prowess on the piano is matched by raw, expressive vocals, and elevated by a tight backing band that shares the work in bringing down the house. Duke has received critical acclaim […]

Gregory Jon Phelps stars as Pericles in one of the featured productions in American Shakespeare Center’s fall lineup. Photo credit: Michael Bailey

ARTS Pick: Pericles, Prince of Tyre

If a high seas adventure delivered in iambic pentameter isn’t enough to get you off the couch, then maybe the added splendor of seeing it performed on an authentic Shakespearean stage—in the same manner that the bard himself would’ve produced—will get you searching for your shoes. Staunton’s famous replica theater is staging Pericles, Prince of […]

Highly accomplished principal timpanist and percussionist of the Charlottesville Symphony I-Jen Fang has performed around the globe. Photo credit: R Stillings.

ARTS Pick: Charlottesville Symphony at the University of Virginia

Celebrate 40 years with the Charlottesville Symphony at the University of Virginia at its inaugural season performances. Kate Tamarkin directs the masters of classical music through a specially commissioned piece entitled “Fanfare for a Ruby Celebration,” composed by Randol Alan Bass, and Emmanuel Sejourne’s “Concerto for Marimba and String Orchestra,” featuring intrepid percussionist I-Jen Fang. […]

Students at a Thursday, September 18 vigil for Hannah Graham at the UVA Amphitheater. Photo: Chris Pecoraro

Where is Hannah Graham? Tracking the investigation so far

By the time Hannah Graham’s parents, John and Sue Graham, first spoke about their daughter’s disappearance on Sunday, September 21, the 18-year-old UVA second-year had been missing for more than a week. It showed. Sue Graham, dressed in a long-sleeved T-shirt bearing Hannah’s ski team logo, wore a mask of pain while her husband offered an […]

The newly expanded—but not yet full—Ragged Mountain Reservoir, photographed from above the week of September 15. Photo: Skip Deegan

New Ragged Mountain Dam gets a ribbon cutting

Elected officials, members of the Rivanna Water and Sewer Authority (RWSA), and environmental leaders were among the crowd of locals that gathered atop the newly completed Ragged Mountain Dam last Thursday to celebrate the official opening of a controversial project that Charlottesville mayor Satyendra Huja called “the most significant infrastructure achievement in this community in […]

The Virginia Folklife Apprenticeship Showcase features the sweet gospel harmonies of The Holmes Brothers, who earned a National Heritage Fellowship award this year—the NEA’s highest honor for traditional arts. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Virginia Folklife Apprenticeship Showcase

Eight master artisans flex their talents at the 11th annual Virginia Folklife Apprenticeship Showcase. Chow down on comfort food classics like Brunswick stew and fried apple pies as you groove to the sounds of Flory Jagoda’s Sephardic Jewish ballads, Buddy Pendleton’s bluegrass fiddle, or Cheryl Maroney’s traditional gospel music. Quilters, beekeepers, chair makers, and more […]