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ARTS Pick: CIRCIX

Feast your eyes on some of Charlottesville’s most spectacular performance art when CIRCIX comes to town. There will be carnival games, face painting, balloon animals, food and beverages, plus a freak show and performances from fire breathers, jugglers, clowns and Moonlight Circus’ aerialists and acrobats. The fearless Opal Lechmanski will swallow swords and perform the […]

Poetry and traditional dance form the inspiration for the Latin Ballet of Virginia’s Poemas at PVCC on Saturday. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Latin Ballet of Virginia

It may take two to tango, but this time around, the Latin Ballet of Virginia dance company puts classical forms, flamenco and tango to the writings of Edgar Allan Poe, Alfonsina Storni, Pablo Neruda and Federico García Lorca. Poemas melds words with a showcase of contemporary and traditional Latin American and Spanish dance to give […]

Wale brings his most personal work to date, inspired by “Seinfeld,” to the Jefferson on Monday. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Wale

On his recent release, The Album About Nothing, Washington D.C., hip-hop musician Wale has a lot of relatable things to say. The deeply personal album lightens up through its connection to the popular ’90s TV show “Seinfeld,” even featuring a guest appearance by the comedian as its narrator (Wale refers to Jerry Seinfeld as his “conscience”), and […]

The Yamuna Project, a multiyear research agreement between the University of Virginia and the Delhi Jal Board, will help stem the crisis of pollution in New Delhi, India's Yamuna River. Photo: Wikimedia Commons user Teacher1943

Death of the architect: Operating in an era of uncertainty

Architects face an uncertain time. On one hand, we are in the fading era of famous designers, the “starchitects” who shaped discussion of what architecture should be—those who transcended typical barriers facing architecture by mastering the globalized market economy, delivering the ultimate branding strategy based on design to corporations and a wealthy elite. On the […]

In brief: Berkmar Bridge, underage drinking, stinky festival and more

In brief: Berkmar Bridge, underage drinking, stinky festival and more

Getting busy Construction on the Berkmar Drive extension and the Berkmar Bridge is well underway, with VDOT’s goal of substantially finishing both by the end of the year and officially completing them next summer, months before the October 2017 deadline. A team of VDOT employees and representatives from a project delivery advisory panel suited up […]

Actor Julian Sanchez preps for UVA Drama’s production of The Comedy of Errors. Photo by Michael Bailey

ARTS Pick: The Comedy of Errors

Sorcery, magic and family feuds combine in The Comedy of Errors, one of 18 plays that entered the theatrical world when friends of William Shakespeare released First Folio in 1623, seven years after the Bard’s death. The tribute production coincides with the First Folio exhibit at the Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library on […]

Paulien sings from the heart of American jazz, in French, at the Southern on Sunday afternoon. Photo by Wick Beavers

ARTS Pick: Paulien

Dutch-born, Charlottesville-based singer Paulien brings an array of languages and talent to the stage through her French jazz interpretations of the Great American Songbook. Dubbed as a musical story, she captures everyone from Edith Piaf to Cole Porter in an afternoon performance to benefit the WTJU Jazz Marathon. Sunday, October 2. $15-17, 4pm. The Southern […]

While honoring masters of tradition, Eric Brace and Peter Cooper make their own mark on bluegrass and folk. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Eric Brace and Peter Cooper

Washington, D.C., is not the first place that comes to mind as the center of folk and bluegrass music, but there’s a long history of accomplished players from the capital city, including Eric Brace and Peter Cooper, who honor their peers on the recent album, C&O Canal. The Grammy-nominated collaborators’ engaging songwriting, quick wit and […]

ARTS Pick: The Sally Rose Band and Erin and the Wildfire

Everyone knows that girls rule and boys…well, boys, too, will be wildly entertained by The Sally Rose Band and Erin and the Wildfire, two of Charlottesville’s most prominent female-led outfits. Sally Rose’s saucy Southern rock tunes about witches and ghosts, heartaches and moons, are packed with mother-daughter blood harmonies, good old-fashioned rock ’n’ roll riffs […]

Orzo's seasonal mac'n'cheese never disappoints. Photo: Tom McGovern

There, there. Cozy up to these 20 comfort foods

I conjure a memory of my grandmother—bent over a stainless steel pot of salty potatoes, holding an electric mixer and a jug of milk—every time I cook mashed potatoes for Thanksgiving and, like anyone who has a favorite comfort food, it warms me. This isn’t a new phenomenon. Because scent is tied to memory, just the […]

Photo: Martyn Kyle

Great spots: 17 of Charlottesville’s most intriguing places

Be a tourist in your own town. It’s a phrase we employ when we start growing tired of the place we’ve inhabited for…well, let’s just say for a while. This week, we put it to the test, uncovering Charlottesville’s lesser-knowns (and a few tried-and-true classics, for good measure), from a secret garden to a wizarding world […]

Rachael Yamagata’s high-wired pop hits the Southern on Thursday. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Rachel Yamagata

When people talk about Rachael Yamagata’s musical style, names such as Bonnie Raitt, Tom Waits and Roberta Flack get tossed around. So when her new album, Tightrope Walker, is released on Friday, fans can expect more of the soulful eloquence and intense production that frames her dark, modern pop. Yamagata is after themes of perseverance […]

Mile Twelve stops at C’ville Coffee on Friday. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Prism Coffeehouse series

For the sound of the Blue Ridge Mountains, look no further than the Prism Coffeehouse series. For the better part of 40 years, beginning in the ’70s, the Prism was the heart of the local music community for folk, bluegrass, blues, jazz, Americana and traditional music. After personnel and location changes, the Prism is enjoying […]

New Boss will play Saturday at the IX Art Park. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: New Boss

With toe-tapping, head-bobbing songs about vegetarianism, the apocalypse and everything in-between, local music mainstay New Boss takes to the outdoors for the next installment of the Levitt AMP Charlottesville Music Series. The band, which dubs its sound “tweeboogie,” plays hella catchy tunes that are equal parts grunge, glam, indie and straight-up rock ’n’ roll. With […]

ARTS Pick: TEDxCharlottesville

TEDx presentations are powerful incubators of ideas and actions ranging from self-help inspirations to world-saving suggestions. Hear what’s on the minds of local thinkers at the TEDxCharlottesville Open Mic and cast a vote to move the top talkers forward so they may share with a bigger audience; just one way to do your part in […]

LIVING Picks: Week of September 21-27

LIVING Picks: Week of September 21-27

Food & Drink Edible native fruits and nuts Saturday, September 24 While exploring the Saunders-Monticello Trail, learn which berries, nuts and fruits are edible, as well as the history of these native foods and ways to prepare them. $18, 9:30-11:30am. Kemper Park, Thomas Jefferson Parkway. monticello.org Nonprofit In the Pink tennis tournament Saturday, September 24 […]

Dome Room and reopened gallery.
Photo Dan Addison/UVA

In brief: Goonz get life, Eramo public figure and more

Goonz sentenced Daniel Mathis, Mersadies Shelton, Shanti Shelton and Kweli Uhuru, members of the 99 Goonz Syndikate, each were sentenced in federal court September 19 to life sentences for the 2013 murder of Waynesboro reserve police captain Kevin Quick. Higher return on DUI checkpoint Albemarle police stopped 297 cars at a September 10 DUI checkpoint […]

Brice Randall Bickford returns for an evening at The Garage on Saturday. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Brice Randall Bickford

Charlottesville expat and current North Carolina rocker Brice Randall Bickford’s recent release, Paro, takes its name from the term for labor strike that’s commonly used in Latin America. Bickford’s songs examine the complications humans unwittingly tilled into civilization 10,000 years ago when we adopted agriculture and systems of government. Bickford clothes his heady narratives—and his […]

Sad songs say so much for Frightened Rabbit on Wednesday at the Jefferson. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Frightened Rabbit

The name Frightened Rabbit is attributed to lead singer Scott Hutchinson’s shy nature as a child, but this is not exactly a band cowering in a corner. With cynically humorous titles and bracing, sonically voluminous pop, the group charges through on-your-sleeve heartache, family dysfunction and political observations. The highly anticipated new album Painting of a […]

ARTS Pick: Women Against Violence: Rise Up

An evening of solace and reflection brings the UVA glee club, chorus and a cappella groups from the university and the surrounding community together in concert for Women Against Violence: Rise Up. The healing, uplifting musical selections include “Still I Rise,” based on the poem by poet laureate Maya Angelou, and the event features various […]

Peyton Tochterman leads the Americana all-star band Man on a Horse through a three-gig residency at the Southern beginning on Thursday. Photo by Martin Phillips

ARTS Pick: Man on a Horse

Compiled as a supergroup of local players, Man on a Horse brings together drummer Stuart Gunter, harmonica world champion Gary Green and bassist Andy Waldeck, with guitarist and songwriter Peyton Tochterman. Riding a stampede of talent, this band plays pure, Virginia rock for a laid-back, raise-your-glass, head-swinging good time. Thursday, September 15,  6pm. $8-10. The […]

Photo: Matteus Frankovich/Skycladap

From the A-School: What does urbanization mean for design?

Editor’s note: Beginning this month, each issue of Abode will include a column written by a graduate student at the University of Virginia School of Architecture, providing a glimpse into the considerations of the next generation of architects. The world is entangled in complex sets of relationships and nothing is what it seems. Design disciplines […]

Hardywood Brewery will open its taproom and brewery in the first floor of the Uncommon building. The space will hold a 1,100-square-foot taproom and outdoor beer garden. Photo: Submitted rendering

In brief: Who’s a racist, Miller time and more

Armed robbery season in swing Along with the influx of students come reports of muggings: September 4 around 11pm in the 400 block of Rugby Road; August 31 around the 800 block of Cabell Avenue; August 30 in the 300 block of Sixth Street SE; and August 21 around midnight in the 1500 block of […]

The magic elixir of Chamomile and Whiskey pours from the Pavilion stage at this week’s Fridays After Five. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Chamomile and Whiskey

Charlottesville’s Chamomile and Whiskey mixes an intoxicating blend of Irish, old-time and gypsy music into its own brand of Americana. Since releasing its debut album, Wandering Boots, in 2013, the band, revered for its live performances, has played venues and festivals all over the U.S. The highly anticipated hometown show is bound to be a […]

Through a combination of skits, songs and stand-up comedy bits, the Capitol Steps deconstruct the gaffs and guffaws of the 2016 presidential race. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Capitol Steps

In a presidential election cycle where the real candidates have flipped the script on civility, you’d think that political comedy troupe Capitol Steps would be hard-pressed to wring more humor from the headlines. However, the group, founded as a holiday party gag in 1981 by former Capitol Hill staffers, is determined not to be upstaged […]