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ARTS Picks: In the Shadow of Women

Philippe Garrel’s In the Shadow of Women, the Virginia Film Festival’s third installment of its year-round series, portrays work, home and love lives colliding. The veteran French new wave film director uses stark black-and-white cinematography to contrast a male versus female perspective on the dissolution of a marriage wrecked by mutual infidelity. Exploring the gray […]

Album reviews: Parquet Courts, Sonny and the Sunsets, Summer Flake

Album reviews: Parquet Courts, Sonny and the Sunsets, Summer Flake

Parquet Courts Human Performance (Rough Trade) In a “Kids in the Hall” skit, a sarcastic- sounding partygoer struggles to explain that his vocal tone is just a tragic defect, haplessly sneering, “Oh, no, I really want to be your friend!” Parquet Courts’ Andrew Savage might know the feeling. His deadpan declamations are easily labeled ironic—and […]

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Life lessons: Road warrior Lulu Wood gets behind the wheel

Teens these days don’t have it easy—at least when it comes to getting a driver’s license. Kids under the age of 19 are required to complete a 30-hour driving course, 45 hours of supervised driving with a parent and a 14-session driver’s education course. Lulu Wood, 16, recently crossed the finish line—completing her last course […]

See talented canines in the Eastminster Dog Show, join PACEM for its Thank You Bash, celebrate World Whisky Day at Virginia Distillery Company and more.

Living Picks: To-do this week

Family     Eastminster Dog Show In this family-friendly event, presented by the Charlottesville Albemarle SPCA, canines compete in best costume, best rescue, agility and musical chairs categories. Wednesday, 5/18. Free, 6-8pm. Keswick Horse Show Grounds, 701 Club Dr., Keswick. 293-2666. Nonprofit PACEM thank-you bash People and Congregations Engaged in Ministry, which provides shelter for the homeless, […]

Hippie with soul Allen Stone shares the stage with Phoenix-based rockers Jared & The Mill. Photo: Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Allen Stone

Self-labeled as “a hippie with soul,” artist Allen Stone draws on personal experiences in the church choir and inspirations such as Stevie Wonder for his latest album, Radius, which emphasizes tight instrumentation of funk, pop and R&B influences with an air that is simultaneously introspective and inquisitive. Stone shares the stage with Phoenix-based folk-rockers Jared […]

ARTS Pick: David Tewksbury

ARTS Pick: David Tewksbury

Rock poet David Tewksbury has worked the Charlottesville singer-songwriter circuit for years and issued a series of EPs. Now, with the help of longtime DMB collaborator Butch Taylor, he’s pulled together a band for his first full-length album, Sun is Rising. While composing the tracks on acoustic guitar, Tewksbury envisioned more than a solo album. […]

Canadian bluegrass group The Slocan Rmablers deliver a gritty show, tomorrow at C'ville Coffee. Photo: Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: The Slocan Ramblers

“For a bunch of boys from Toronto, The Slocan Ramblers are turning out a piping-hot brand of bluegrass that you just may think was cut fresh from a back porch in the Blue Ridge.” That’s what Elmore Magazine says about these four young Canadian musicians, who call themselves rowdy. Their tunes lean toward the grittier […]

Michael Clem hosts local musicians for an acoustic benefit performance. Photo: Tim McDaniel

ARTS Pick: A Benefit for Jason Burke

The multitalented Michael Clem steps away from his role as a member of Eddie From Ohio to host A Benefit for Jason Burke. Local acoustic musicians who will gather to help Burke with medical bills include Terri Allard, Thomas Gunn, Butch Taylor and Peyton Tochterman. Monday 5/16. $20 suggested donation, 7-11pm. The Local, 824 Hinton Ave. […]

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ARTS Pick: Tin Can Alley

Eric Seidel spent the last 25 years bringing smiles and laughter to others as Recycle T. Clown, before cancer forced him to give up his act. A group of musicians, led by Megan Huddleston, unites to present Tin Can Alley, a carnival rock show featuring Mister Baby, American Girl, Shagwüf, members of Chamomile and Whiskey […]

Get the scoop on recent releases in this week's album reviews. Photo: File photo

Album reviews: ’70s reissues

Various artists Studio One Showcase: The Sound of Studio One in the 1970s (Soul Jazz) The venerable Soul Jazz label has done the world yet another solid with this fantastic release featuring the Studio One record label. It’s almost impossible to overstate the centrality of Clement “Sir Coxsone” Dodd’s prolific operation to Jamaican pop music. […]

In conjunction with The Oratorio Society of Virginia, Ash Lawn Opera presents La Traviata at The Paramount Theater. 
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La Traviata pairs opera, chorus and emotional drama

Originally adapted by Giuseppe Verdi in 1853 from a play, La Dame aux Camélias, which itself had been adapted from Alexandre Dumas’ novel of the same name, La Traviata is beyond canonical. In fact, it is one of the most beloved and frequently performed operas of all time. Familiar as the material may be, Michelle […]

Charlottesville’s Lua branded its own musical fusion. “We play Mexilachian, a blend of original and traditional music from Mexico, the Appalachias of Virginia and the Atlantic Basin,” says singer and guitarist Estela Knott. The duo performs at the Festival of Cultures on Saturday. Photo: Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Festival of Cultures

The Charlottesville Festival of Cultures may be the simplest way to learn about the world. With more than 30 countries represented by local citizens and organizations, the event offers a glimpse into the art, food, music and languages in our diverse community. Saturday 5/14. Free, 10am. Lee Park, Market Street and Second Street NE. festivalofcultures.org.

Take the kids to the gallery with Family Art JAM at Fralin, support International Neighbors with Mister G, get your wine and yoga on with FlyDog and more. Photo: Fralin Museum of Art at UVA

Living Picks: To-do this week

Family     Family Art JAM Jacob Lawrence’s Struggle: From the History of the American People is the inspiration for kids ages 8-14 to collaborate with adults on art and discussion. Saturday, 5/14. Free, reservations required. Fralin Museum of Art at UVA, 155 Rugby Rd. 243-2050. Nonprofit Mister G benefit concert Latin Grammy Award-winner Mister G plays a […]

Midnight Snack plays a rock show to support the Music Resource Center on Saturday at Ix Park. Photo: John Gellman

ARTS Pick: Midnight Snack

Asheville, North Carolina’s Midnight Snack rips open a set of melodious, psychedelic rock to support the Music Resource Center. The band will hang out late with those who can’t get enough of the Know Good Beer festival and take over the stage for an after-party benefit show. Saturday, 5/14. Free, 8pm. IX Art Park, 963 Second St. […]

Latest victim of the 14th Street bridge.
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In brief: Truck-eating bridge, teens climb Mt. Landmark and more

Welcome to the Sprint Pavilion With Sprint affiliate Shentel’s $640 million acquisition of nTelos complete, look for a new moniker for the Coran Capshaw-leased downtown facility as soon as City Council approves a new name, according to Shentel. So we take away your driver’s license because you can’t pay court costs In 2015, 900,000 Virginians had suspended […]

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ARTS Pick: The Great American Trailer Park Musical

The New York Post describes The Great American Trailer Park Musical as “‘The Honeymooners’ meets The Best Little Whorehouse in Urinetown.” And if that doesn’t lure you into Armadillo Acres, then the oddball story of an agoraphobic stripper-in-hiding and her tollbooth collector husband, directed locally by Linda C. Zuby and Gary Warwick White, surely will. […]

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ARTS Pick: Sick of Stupid

Are you tired of incest jokes and fried food references? So are comedians Tom Simmons, Stewart Huff and Cliff Cash, who bill themselves as “an intelligent voice with a Southern accent” on the Sick of Stupid tour. Poking fun at low-hanging fruit such as Kim Davis’ arrest, “Duck Dynasty” and the Ted Cruz campaign allows […]

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 […]