C-VILLE Writers



William Jones (Tom Robinson) and Steve Tharp (Atticus Finch) star in To Kill a Mockingbird at Live Arts. Photo: Rammelkamp Foto

ARTS Pick: To Kill a Mockingbird

Live Arts’ season continues with a production of Harper Lee’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, To Kill a Mockingbird. The beloved classic examines racial tension, violence and inequality in the Depression-era South through the eyes of a child as she moves from innocence to awareness. The story reveals the importance of strength and courage in the face […]

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Album reviews: Eleanor Friedberger, Cate Le Bon, The Landlords

Eleanor Friedberger New View (Frenchkiss) Eleanor Friedberger took a step back from the overstuffed exuberance of The Fiery Furnaces with her solo debut, 2011’s Last Summer. Friedberger didn’t blanch out her quirkiness, but unlike much of her former band’s output, the songs didn’t feel like riding a roller coaster with your eyes closed. You could […]

New book, Hippie Chick: A Tale of Love, Devotion & Surrender, will be the topic of a conversation with photographer Jay Blakesberg on Tuesday. Photo: Jay Blakesberg

ARTS Pick: Jay Blakesberg

Every great rock ‘n’ roll photograph requires unseen talent behind the camera, and if you follow coverage of jam bands and the hippie scene, then it’s likely the person pressing the shutter is Jay Blakesberg. Since the mid-’80s Blakesberg has been shooting photos of music icons and breakthrough acts from Primus and U2 to Nirvana […]

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LIVING Picks: To-do for the week

Nonprofit Charlottesville Mini Maker Faire See the newest local innovations at this expo that features entrepreneurial ingenuity as tech experts, crafters, scientists and homesteaders show off their latest projects. Saturday 3/26. $5-10, 10am-4pm. Monticello High School, 1400 Independence Way. 244-3100. Health & Wellness Leprechaun Launch 5K Obstacle Race Hoover Ridge Park hosts its annual fun run, […]

Yo La Tengo takes the stage at The Jefferson on Sunday. Photo: Charlie Armstrong

ARTS Pick: Yo La Tengo

Original indie-rock act Yo La Tengo has managed to stay fresh and relevant over 30 years of touring and recording. Playing off the successful mix implemented on 1990’s Fakebook, the Jersey trio’s latest release, Stuff Like That There, lists covers of The Lovin’ Spoonful, The Cure and Hank Williams, along with new versions of the […]

James Friley, aka Idiot Glee, brings his groovy, retro-laced pop to the Ix Art Park on Tuesday. Photo: Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Idiot Glee

Solo artist James Friley’s compositions are a modern tribute to the art rock of the ’60s and ’70s. Performing under the name Idiot Glee, Friley melds his spacecraft pop by blending the influences of electronic pioneers Brian Eno, John Cale and Brian Wilson (among others) with classically trained keyboard chops, rock god guitar work and […]

Spend an elegant evening at the Ash Lawn Opera Spring Gala, celebrate St. Paddy's at Starr Hill to help fight MS and more in this week's Living Picks.

LIVING Picks: To-do for the week

Nonprofit Ash Lawn Opera Spring Gala Enjoy dinner, drinks, a silent auction and a performance by baritone Aleksey Bogdanov and soprano Rebecca Nathanson. Sunday 3/20. $175, 6pm. Farmington Country Club, 1625 Country Club Cir. 293-4500. Health & Wellness Fix-a-Leak Family 5K Wrap up the Environmental Protection Agency’s Fix-a-Leak Week with this family-friendly race. Saturday 3/19. $7-15, 10am. Pen […]

Leo Kottke and Keller Williams join forces for Shut the Folk Up and Listen at the Paramount on Friday. Photo: Publicity photos

ARTS Pick: Leo Kottke and Keller Williams

Georgia native Leo Kottke is something of a miracle in his profession—the musician endures partial hearing loss in both ears caused by separate incidents and suffers from tendinitis—yet, none of this prevented the guitarist from dedicating his life to music and rising to cult figure status in the folk world. Keller Williams, also known as […]

Get the scoop on the latest releases from Benji Hughes, Freakwater and Tortoise in this week's album reviews. Photo: File photo

Album reviews: Benji Hughes, Freakwater, Tortoise

Benji Hughes Songs in the Key of Animals (Merge) As expected, the guy who wrote “Let’s Duet” for Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story is something of a joker. In 2008, North Carolinian Benji Hughes released his debut, A Love Extreme, a double-length album with his face on the cover in rapturous close-up, looking like […]

Ben Jordan’s War & Rust is an herb-infused digestif that gives a nod to the northern Italian Barolo Chinato. Photo: Tom McGovern

Past is present: A unique Virginia wine evokes ancient techniques

Since the dawn of civilization, brewers and winemakers have flavored beverages with herbs, resins, honeys, fruits, meats, barks and spices. In ancient Egypt, figs and honey helped jumpstart fermentations in amphorae, while chamomile and other herbs flavored the various wines. In ancient Greece, resins coated the inside of the clay vessels and acted as both […]

Enjoy an evening of passion and whip-turns when Charlottesville Ballet presents scenes from Don Quixote. Photo: Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Don Quixote

The Charlottesville Ballet’s professional company presents Act III from the classic Don Quixote, and brings to life the wedding scene, where lovers unite in a pas de deux for the stage adaptation of the Spanish comedic novel by Miguel de Cervantes. The night also features new commissions by artists Julia Mitchell, Jason Ambrose and Tom […]

The Southern heats up with the high-energy jams of The Rondo Rigs on Friday. Photo: Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: The Rondo Rigs

If you’re a fan of The Wood Brothers, you’ll rave about NOLA fiddle power trio The Rondo Rigs. Band members Eric Robertson, Duncan Wickel and Nicholas Falk have spent the latter half of the past year on tour while simultaneously creating their debut album of what the group calls ”greasy Southern blues and funk.” The […]

Have a look at what's happening around town in this week's Living Picks. Photo: Ryan Jones

LIVING Picks: To-do for the week

Nonprofit Jimmy Miller Bracket Breakfast Ralph Sampson, Barry Parkhill, Antonio Rice and Jay James return for the third annual bracket breakfast, which gives you the inside scoop on college basketball and benefits Piedmont CASA. Monday 2/14.$125, 7am. Omni Hotel Ballroom, 212 Ridge McIntire Rd. bb@pcasa.org. Health & Wellness Sugar Hollow Three Bridges 5K and 10K […]

Bobby Read brings his jazz supergroup to The Ante Room for a CD release celebration on Thursday. Photo: Irene Young

ARTS Pick: Bobby Read

Charlottesville local Bobby Read has been playing, composing and producing music for the past 30 years in a diverse career that ranges from regular gigs at Miller’s to touring as Bruce Hornsby’s sax and winds player and composing soundtracks for the “National Geographic Explorer” TV series. The release of his jazz quintet’s newest CD, Saturn […]

The Landmark Hotel is the only thing left standing after the apocalypse. Illustration: Max March; Photo: Ashley Twiggs

Future focus: What’s in store for Charlottesville?

What does the future hold? We examine what has happened in Charlottesville’s past and present to make some zany predictions about what could occur years down the road. But you know what they say: Fact is stranger than fiction. Developing our future Growth is always an issue in both Charlottesville and Albemarle County, and there’s no reason […]

Patsy Cline’s signature song, “Crazy,” was written by Willie Nelson (pre-Nashville). Cline had trouble recording it, until she stopped trying to imitate Nelson’s unique voice and nailed it in one take. Photo: Public Domain, commons.wikimedia.org

ARTS Pick: A Closer Walk with Patsy Cline

The life of a country music icon plays out in the nationally acclaimed musical, A Closer Walk with Patsy Cline. In her short, notable career, Cline created the term crossover hit, as she intertwined country, pop and gospel, and proved a female headliner is a force to be reckoned with. This production captures her spirit […]

Coining himself the “master of space and time,” Leon Russell continues to roll away the stone with over 50 years in rock 'n' roll. Photo: Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Leon Russell

If Leon Russell had stopped making records after his eponymous release in 1970, the 73-year-old pianist-songwriter-producer would still be a legend today thanks to his extensive collaborations with the founders of rock ‘n’ roll. The album’s credits list Mick Jagger, Eric Clapton, George Harrison, Ringo Starr and Steve Winwood among other musical royalty of the […]

Expect nothing but showmanship and mind-boggling basketball when El Gato and the Harlem Globetrotters take the court at John Paul Jones Arena on Thursday. Photo: Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Harlem Globetrotters

It’s been 90 years since the Harlem Globetrotters began showing off their goofy, talented basketball antics, and to mark the anniversary season, the team named Pope Francis as an honorary member. The Globetrotters are also celebrating the addition of El Gato Meléndez—the team’s first player born in Puerto Rico—who got his nickname after repeated incidents […]

Check out what there is to do in town in this week's Living Picks. Photo: File photo

LIVING Picks: To-do for the week

Nonprofit Dance for Life Put on your boogie shoes and get down to music by The Gladstones during the Marty Whitlow Ovarian Cancer Research Fund’s fifth annual Dance for Life. All funds raised during the evening, which also includes a silent auction, support efforts at the University of Virginia to find a cure for ovarian […]

Despite Fall Out Boy’s edgy, devil-may-care punk leanings, the group implores that you remember them for “Centuries.” Photo: Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Fall Out Boy

Fall Out Boy has evolved into a mainstream pop band, but you can still hear the angst that emanates from its formative years in Chicago’s hardcore scene. Its sixth studio album, American Beauty/American Psycho, is studded with chart-topping singles that comment on pop culture and the trials of modern living. Wednesday 3/2. $29.50-65, 7pm. John Paul […]

Follow Les Rorick, Roger Ainslie, Joseph Bromfield and Jacqueline Ford through the thrilling mismatch of romantic pursuits in UVA Drama’s The Triumph of Love. Photo: Michael Bailey

ARTS Pick: The Triumph of Love

Love conquers all, but not before it navigates a series of mishaps and disguises in UVA Drama’s The Triumph of Love. Award-winning director Chase Kniffen leads the cast through a contemporary approach to the 18th-century French comedy complete with razor-sharp wit, murderous subversion and a cross-dressing princess who stalks her love interest while constructing a […]

Monticello High School students Alexandra Dillard and Becca Meaney lead the group at last year’s WinterSongs. Photo: Jane Colony Mills

ARTS Pick: WinterSongs

Billed as a day of “joyful sharing, support and empowerment,” the second annual WinterSongs brings together 200 female singers from Charlottesville, Albemarle County and the University of Virginia for an afternoon of sisterhood and music, to raise money for the Shelter for Help in Emergency. Burley Middle School choral director Craig Jennings, the event’s organizer, […]

Check out what's going on around town with this week's Living Picks. Photo: File photo

LIVING Picks: To-do for the week

Nonprofit Carson Raymond Foundation poker tournament This Texas hold ’em poker tournament and casino night benefits the Carson Raymond Foundation, a local organization dedicated to providing elementary school children an opportunity to participate in organized sports. Saturday, February 27. $30-100, 6-11pm. Fry’s Spring Beach Club, 2512 Jefferson Park Ave. 979-1333. carson raymondfoundation.com. Health & Wellness Hoop […]