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Overheard on the restaurant scene: This week’s foodie news

Overheard on the restaurant scene: This week’s foodie news

The Downtown Grille is officially back open for business after being closed for an extensive six-week renovation. Located on the west end of the Downtown Mall, the restaurant has been serving up steakhouse-style fare for 15 years, and managing partner Robert Sawrey said it was time for a change. The entire interior, from the host […]

Hospitality invites you to try out its very own blend of theramin-inspired guitar riffs, tidy rock rhythms, and fairytale vocals on Sunday.

On its sophomore record, Hospitality goes dark

Trouble, Hospitality’s sterling sophomore record, announces itself by proffering a warning. “If you go to sleep, dear,” warns guitarist and singer Amber Papini on “Nightingale,” “you’ll see ghosts in your bed.” Later, she cautions against other mythical creatures—sirens, vampires—that threaten sleepers. But Papini said the trouble that inspired the record is a bit more existential. […]

Gene Mills, Bill Staton, Alice Clair, Kathryn Caine, Sam Cregger, and John Kelly gather at Rapunzel’s quarterly music series to share an evening of song.

ARTS Pick: Six Pack Songwriters Series

Virginia-native tunes abound at the Six Pack Songwriters Series, a quarterly collaboration of local artists founded by Jason Burke. This fourth installment features a wide range of original music from veteran singer-songwriters John Kelly and Gene Mills, as well as guitarist Bill Staton. Drink in Kathryn Caine’s dark side Americana or Alice Clair’s alternative acoustic […]

Mirador, built in 1842 in Greenwood. Photo: Robert Llewellyn

From the editor-at-large: Formal influences

In the Piedmont, large red brick houses have always had a certain kind of monumental grandeur in the landscape. They are Virginia’s architecture—a tall central house, often hyphenated with ancillary spaces to the sides, large and formal, yet quiet and elegant—and were the standard bearer of sophistication in their time. I admire them most often in late autumn […]

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Buckle up: What you need to know about car seat safety

Remembering the facts about car safety can be a daunting task. But keeping your child safe while riding in the car is one of the first and most important jobs that parents have. Here are some of the basics: Infants and toddlers should ride rear-facing until they’re 2 years old. This seat can be a […]

Museum is directed by UVA associate professor Doug Grissom and features new and seasoned actors alike. Phillip Rodgers (pictured) plays the guard watching over the exhibits.

ARTS Pick: Museum

If you’ve ever joined the hundreds of New York City spectators that flood the MoMA on Free Friday Nights, you know half the fun of modern art is watching the audience react. Tina Howe’s 1976 play Museum paints a meta-picture in bright, absurdist colors that details the chaos and conversation of 30-plus patrons during the […]

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What you think of the Western Bypass—in your own words

The results of last November’s local and state elections were fuel on the ever-burning fire that is the debate over the Western Bypass. With a new anti-road majority on the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors—which appoints crucial voting members to the purse string-holding Metropolitan Planning Organization—and the departure of a governor and transportation secretary who […]

Chef Jason Alley of Pasture is teaming up with Brookville to create a small local farm to  make their food even more local. Photo: Sarah Cramer Shields

Overheard on the restaurant scene: This week’s foodie news

Zocalo is busting loose. On Monday, February 24, for one night only, Zo.Ca.Lo is turning into Zy.De.Co, serving up Cajun and Creole cuisine in celebration of Mardi Gras. A handful of small plates, ranging from $6-9, will include dishes like gumbo, boudin balls, and Natchitoches meat pies, as well as beignets and bread pudding for […]

Sanders Bohlke waited 7 years before issuing his second album in 2013. Find out why during his appearance at the Maker’s Series on Friday.

ARTS Pick: The Makers Series

A trifecta of artists will share their work and discuss the creative process in the second edition of The Makers Series. During a dedicated Q&A session you’ll hear about indie folk heartthrob Sanders Bohlke’s soulful inspiration, learn how animals and houses inspire painter Kaki Dimock’s whimsical landscapes, and gain insight into children’s writer Anne Marie […]

Master n’goni player Cheick Hamala Diabate performs at the Jefferson School African American Heritage Center.

ARTS Pick: From Africa to Appalachia

The banjo-folk music bastion has a remarkable lineage. Derived from African lutes called n’goni that were brought by slaves to the New World, the development of the banjo provides a fascinating insight into the birth of American music. Master n’goni player Cheick Hamala Diabate, together with celebrated bluegrass banjoist Sammy Shelor, multi-instrumentalist Danny Knicely, and […]

The Venice Baroque Orchestra will champion the rediscovery of 17th and 18th century masterpieces at the Tuesday Evening Concert Series.

ARTS Pick: Venice Baroque Orchestra

Powerful chords and dramatic tension punctuate the classical music program from the internationally renowned Venice Baroque Orchestra. Traversing the globe since 1997, the ensemble is recognized as one of the premier purveyors of period instrument performances (say it five times fast). A wide variety of strings and woodwinds carry works by Geminiani, Veracini, and Vivaldi […]

Guitarist Cian Nugent will condense his sprawling, anthemic compositions into an acoustic solo set at the Southern on Tuesday.

Irish guitarist Cian Nugent’s rural Virginia soundtrack

There is a unity expressed in musician Cian Nugent’s work beyond the ruminations of one man’s guitar. But hearing snatches of his recordings, it’d be easy to attribute various tracks to as many different performers. “I don’t mean to become stylistically incoherent,” he said by phone from his native Dublin. “I just got to keep […]

Students take a snow day on the Lawn. Photo: Lena Menis

UPDATED Snow city: Snapshots from the storm in and around C’ville

UPDATE, 11:50am Friday, February 14: Judy Mueller, head of Charlottesville’s public works department, says all major arterials are plowed within the city limits, and plow operators are “about 40 percent into the neighborhoods.” The city has had 40 workers driving 31 plows on two 12-hour shifts since Wednesday, she said, and each is assigned a […]

Traditions converge to form the soulful, upbeat folk of Boston’s Annalivia, performing at C’ville Coffee on Saturday.

ARTS Pick: Annalivia

American roots band Annalivia gathers from the various branches of influence on folk music’s family tree. As the band tours in support of its latest album, The Same Way Down, Liz Simmons’ and Flynn Cohen’s vocals draw on a combination of Irish, Scottish, and old time Appalachian music, while Charlottesville native Bronwyn Keith-Hynes backs up […]

Edgy filmmaker Jean-Pierre Békolo will host a master class, in addition to discussions that follow screenings of his movies during UVA’s French Film Festival.

ARTS Pick: French Film Festival

Bid boredom adieu with seven subtitled screenings at the University of Virginia’s French Film Festival. Award-winning Cameroonian director Jean-Pierre Békolo leads discussions on his filmmaking practices in the sci-fi erotic thriller Les Saignantes and the controversial political drama Le Président. Additional films run the gamut from a star-studded melodrama (De Rouille et d’Os, featuring Marion […]

Bacontini at Blue Moon Diner. Photo: Eric Kelley

Overheard on the restaurant scene: This week’s foodie news

Ever tried chocolate covered bacon? Now’s your chance. Just in time for Valentine’s Day, My Chocolate Shoppe is open for business! Located at 406 E. Main St. on the Downtown Mall, is open 11am-7pm Tuesday-Saturday, and 12-5pm on Sunday. Stop by for a box of treats for a loved one—or for yourself—this week. An elusive new Downtown Mall […]

Arlo Guthrie brings his family’s folk music treasury to the Paramount stage in a tribute to his father. “When a song becomes part of who we are it becomes a folk song,” he said.

Retelling Guthrie: The burden and beauty of a musical legacy

The centennial celebration of Woody Guthrie’s birth is more than the remembrance of a great man’s life. It is a testament that his music endures, that the art has outlasted the artist. A wide range of musicians have paid homage to Woody Guthrie over the years, indicating the breadth of his legacy and the extent […]

Anya Rothman and Evelyn McKenney star as Little Sister and Willa Jo.

ARTS Pick: Getting Near to Baby

The setting is 1960s rural North Carolina and two little girls have come to stay with their batty Aunt Patty in the wake of a younger sibling’s death. Y. York’s play adaptation of Getting Near to Baby offers a poignant look at grief through the eyes of children and adults, as Willa Jo and Little […]

Mountain music culture sets the tone for Chicagoan Robbie Fulks’ skillful mix of bluegrass, traditional country, and Americana.

ARTS Pick: Robbie Fulks

Robbie Fulks broke through in the sweeping alt-country movement of the ’90s, but the stage was set earlier for Fulks, who learned traditional playing in a musical family that moved around the Appalachian South (and even called Charlottesville home for a short time). His penchant for glibness and dexterity explains the inclusion of Michael Jackson, […]