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Massive 5th Street Station, future home of Wegmans, is underway.
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In brief: Eramo v. Jackie, Wegmans and more

Eramo v. Jackie Former UVA dean Nicole Eramo fought for months to get discredited “A Rape on Campus” source Jackie deposed for her defamation suit against Rolling Stone. That finally happened April 7, and now Eramo wants the court to throw out “personal attacks” Jackie allegedly made during the deposition, according to April 12 court […]

Sly, modern pop duo Illiterate Light (Jeff Gorman and Jake Cochran) plays up life’s pros and cons at the Twisted Branch Tea Bazaar on April 22, Wild Wolf Brewery on April 23 and the Corner Indie Fest on May 3. Photo: Brandy Somers

Illiterate Light searches for moral middle ground

On a freezing-cold night in February, Harrisonburg band Illiterate Light played a set under a red light bulb in the kitchen of a house on First Street South, close to the graveyard. It was 1am and a dozen or so 20somethings leaned against walls and countertops, holding cans of Pabst Blue Ribbon and passing around […]

White Denim returns to form with a new album and a quest to rekindle inspiration at the Southern on Tuesday. Photo: Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: White Denim

Four-piece band White Denim has changed its tune quite a few times since its inception nearly a decade ago. The group, based in Austin, makes a return to its rock roots with its latest record, Stiff, and the feverish ’70s undertow and looping on the new release are reminiscent of White Denim’s debut album. “We […]

Locally made Rockbridge Guitars have earned a reputation for exceptional tone and master craftsmanship. They can be spotted in the hands of accomplished musicians including Dave Matthews, Mike Campbell and Warren Haynes. Photo: Rammelkamp Foto

Rockbridge Guitars carves its own place in popular music

Just off the Downtown Mall on West High Street lies one of the city’s most unknown but profound musical treasures: Rockbridge Guitars. Here, a quartet of master luthiers hand-fabricate around 60 custom-designed, top-shelf acoustic guitars a year for some of the world’s most talented players. Since opening its doors, Rockbridge has accumulated a star-studded clientele […]

Accomplished local singer-songwriter Lauren Hoffman and The Secret Storm bring it on at the Southern on Saturday. Photo: Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Lauren Hoffman and the Secret Storm

After taking a hiatus to raise her daughter, Charlottesville’s Lauren Hoffman returned to the stage last year with a new band, The Secret Storm. The current musical incarnation defines Hoffman as a compelling frontwoman backed by myriad instruments such as the cello, electric violin, piano, synthesizer and guitar. When signed by Virgin Records America, Hoffman […]

The strays of America play out timeless obsessions in Gorilla Theater Production's Polaroid Stories. Photo: Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Polaroid Stories

Gorilla Theater Productions presents Polaroid Stories, an interpretation of Roman poet Ovid’s narrative epic, Metamorphoses, which chronicles the history of the world beginning with its creation. The show portrays the outcasts of modern America’s youth living out enduring human compulsions. Thursday 4/14. 18-plus. $10-15, The Studio, 1713 Allied St., Ste. 2A. 547-7986.

Enjoy a night of music and wine with Victory Hall Opera, lace up your sneakers to Run for Autism and wrap up the Tom Tom Fest at the community picnic. Photo: File photo

Living Picks: To-do this week

Festival       The Piedmont Arcades Enjoy a night of food, wine and music at Victory Hall Opera’s spring fundraiser and performance. Tenor Will Ferguson, soprano Sari Gruber and Grammy Award-winning pianist Margo Garrett host a concert accompanied by a four-course tasting of food from Palladio Restaurant and wine from Barboursville Vineyards. Sunday, 4/17. $120, 5pm. Barboursville […]

Why design? Local creators delivering big on visual impact

Why design? Local creators delivering big on visual impact

Here at C-VILLE, we spend a lot of time thinking about design—how what we’re showing you on the page helps you receive the message. That’s most obvious in our weekly covers, where we have only a 9.25″x12.75″ space to relay to you, the reader, what we’re interested in this week. But we consider the design […]

The city didn’t tell Mark Brown it was passing a resolution to buy him out of the Water Street Garage.

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Parking Garage Primer

Who owns what at Water Street Garage? Water Street Parking Garage Condo Association owns the structure Charlottesville Parking Center Has four seats on the condo association board Owns 390 spaces Owner: Mark Brown Runs the garage operations The city Has four seats on the condo association board Owns 629 spaces Charlottesville Parking Center owns the […]

William H. Lucy
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The lowdown: Ahead of urban trends

Ahead of urban trends UVA professor William Lucy, 77, who predicted the young and the empty nesters would flock to cities, and who found that the suburbs could be more deadly than inner cities, died April 7. Among his many civic contributions locally, he served on the Charlottesville Planning Commission and once led a committee […]

Livetronica jam duo Big Gigantic looms large at the Jefferson tomorrow night. Photo: Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Big Gigantic

Instrumental, livetronica jam duo Big Gigantic is popular on the festival circuit for its ever-changing live show that combines electronic and hip-hop rhythms, elaborate stage design and lighting for a dynamic, audio-sensory experience. Beyond the beats, saxophonist/producer Dominic Lalli and drummer Jeremy Salken use their musical following to inspire compassion and activism through #ABigGiganticDifference and […]

Photo: Jack Looney

Living Picks: To-do this week

Festival       Charlottesville Dogwood Festival carnival opening  Bring the whole family to the first night of the carnival at this 67th annual event. Enjoy games, rides and more in honor of spring. Thursday 4/7. Free, 5:30-10:30pm. McIntire Park. 961-9824. Nonprofit The Day Soiree Celebrate nonprofits in the local community with this event that features food, games, music, […]

Get the scoop on the latest releases from Britta Phillips, La Sera and The Dandy Warhols in this week's album reviews. Photo: File photo

Album reviews: Britta Phillips, La Sera, The Dandy Warhols

Britta Phillips Luck or Magic (Double Feature) Though Luck or Magic is her first album, Britta Phillips has just about done it all. After providing the singing voice of Jem (of the “Jem and the Holograms” cartoon), she appeared alongside Justine Bateman and Julia Roberts in the lightweight girl-band film Satisfaction. Joining alt-rock darlings Luna […]

Iconic singer Mavis Staples takes the stage at the Paramount on Saturday evening. Photo: Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Mavis Staples

Genre-defying, freedom-fighting diva Mavis Staples has woven her music into a fabric of gospel, soul, folk, pop, R&B, blues, rock and hip-hop for the past 60 years. A pioneer of the Delta gospel sound created in the 1950s, Staples flourished as a solo performer and in her family group, The Staple Singers. She has collaborated […]

Keith Morris & the Crooked Numbers celebrate the release of The Dirty Gospel at The Ante Room on Friday. Photo: Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Keith Morris & the Crooked Numbers

Gritty, heartfelt rock ‘n’ roll meets gut-spilling soul on Keith Morris & the Crooked Numbers’ new album, The Dirty Gospel. Written during a period of mourning, the songs are personal, accessible and emotionally charged. Sarah White and The Pearls and Mister Baby open the CD release bash. Friday 4/8. $10, 7pm. The Ante Room, 219 W. […]

Pop-country songstress Lee Ann Womack studied the business side of music before launching her own career and earning more than 30 award nominations. Photo: Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Lee Ann Womack

Hardly a lavish wedding goes by where Lee Ann Womack’s 2000 crossover hit, “I Hope You Dance,” isn’t played to the delight of a tearful aunt or grandma. The Grammy-winning country music singer has earned a pile of country music awards (CMAs, ACMAs and CMTs), and her latest record, The Way I’m Livin’, followed suit […]

Photo: Tom Daly

Tom Tom Festival is all grown up

As Tom Tom Founders Festival Director Paul Beyer sits in the audience during Founders Summit talks and hears fellow entrepreneurs and creative visionaries speak about the early days of their startups, the successes they celebrated and obstacles they faced, he can’t help but draw a parallel to the festival itself. The ideas for the festival […]

KNDRGRDN (L to R: Eric Nelson, Jonathan Teeter and Max Bollinger) plays Crozet Pizza at the Buddhist Biker Bar on April 20. Photo: Ariana Miklowitz

Jonathan Teeter takes us back to KNDRGRDN

During a recent KNDRGRDN gig at Twisted Branch Tea Bazaar, frontman Jonathan Teeter looked up from his guitar mid-song. Bodies were packed in tightly, close to the stage, and he could see people bobbing up and down and singing along to “Your Shadow.” “Your shadow is coming in / Coming into my room / Your […]

Get on the track for the live recording of the Wrinkle Neck Mules at the Southern on Saturday. Photo: MB Celella

ARTS Pick: Wrinkle Neck Mules

There’s no need to smuggle a taping rig into this Wrinkle Neck Mules show because WarHen Records is capturing the tracks live for an upcoming vinyl release. The recording by Warren Parker’s indie label offers die-hard fans a collector’s item and a chance to enjoy the intimate gig without fumbling with gear and bumping into […]

The Met broadcasts Madama Butterfly live at the Paramount on Saturday afternoon. Photo: Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Madama Butterfly

No opera season is complete without a production of Madama Butterfly. Composed by Giacomo Puccini in three acts, the opera tells the tale of a young geisha who devotes herself to a U.S. naval officer, resulting in heartbreak and tragedy. The Met Live in HD broadcast is every bit as dramatic, colorful and exotic as […]

Photo: Martyn Kyle

April First Fridays Guide

Ever since local artist Allan Young can remember, he has been taking things apart to figure out what makes them tick. One day he was tinkering, and created a clock from an old computer hard drive, thus his eclectic approach to constructing time pieces was born. Young has made clocks from a wide range of […]

Drop by the book sale to benefit JMRL, appreciate the art of Bach & beer at Three Notch'd and run the Charlottesville Marathon in this week's Living Picks. Photo: Jack Looney

Living Picks: To-do this week

Nonprofit Friends of the Library book sale Leaf through thousands of books and other media at the 51st annual spring book sale to benefit the special programs and projects of Jefferson-Madison Regional Library. Saturday, April 2-Sunday, April 10. Free, 10am-7pm. Gordon Avenue Library. 1500 Gordon Ave. 977-8467. Health & Wellness Charlottesville Marathon Dubbed “one of the top […]

Nora Jane Struthers & The Party Line performs raw, honest and insightful songs from the new album, Wake, at the Southern on Thursday. Photo: Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Nora Jane Struthers

Roots rock musician Nora Jane Struthers’ Wake is perhaps her most mature album to date. Described as lyrics “set to a soundtrack that resonates with the warm uplift of the first day of spring,” the record is a coming-of-age project from the former Virginia girl, who sings about falling in love, lessons learned and entering […]

Equipment manager Chris Moore says organization is key to keeping track of each piece of equipment players use, as well as managing practice and competition uniforms for the 250 student-athletes he assists. Photo: Amy Jackson

Supporting Players: The team behind UVA’s student-athletes

In the world of athletics, it’s often the coaches and players who receive the most recognition. They are, after all, the stars on the court or field or in the pool, the ones who are directing the flow of the competitions, making the winning shots or jumping further than their opponents. But they didn’t reach […]

Gogol Bordello combines “music, theater, chaos and sorcery” into a live-music extravaganza on Tuesday at the Jefferson. Photo: Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Gogol Bordello

Gypsy-punk-dub band Gogol Bordello’s sixth album, Pura Vida Conspiracy, continues the group’s intentional trailblazing. “The message of this record is the quest for self-knowledge beyond borders and nationalities,” says frontman Eugene Hütz. “Every culture is a useful mask, but it is just a mask. To get to know your actual human self, you have to […]