C-VILLE Writers

“Turn up, tune down, hail the riff” is the motto for local sludge band Beldam, formed through a mutual appreciation of high volume, down-tuning and slow tempos. Photo: Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Beldam, Wanderer, Dogs Eyes, Genosha and Sundrainer

Below the poignant, heartfelt cries of singer-songwriters and the ticklish grooves of jam-rockers, there’s a dark undercurrent of guttural sound in local music that’s soon to break like a jump scare in a slasher film. C’ville doom/sludge band Beldam shares a five-part bill with Wanderer, Dogs Eyes, Genosha and Sundrainer for a hardcore show that […]

Cougar face, Belize Photo: Frans Lanting

Festival captures collaborative spirit

The LOOK3 Festival of the Photograph takes place June 13-19 at various city locations, and includes free community events, exhibitions and outdoor projections, talks by professional photographers and opportunities for aspiring photographers to share their work not only with each other but with the pros as well. We highlight some of this year’s featured photographers, followed […]

Offstage Theatre’s The Maids opens on Thursday. Photo: Stephen Simalchik

ARTS Pick: The Maids

Domestic roles and social identity form the nexus of Jean Genet’s The Maids, in which sisters in service mock, provoke and plot to murder their mistress. Offstage Theatre presents the spare, fast-paced drama starring Emma Strock (far left), Arrietta van der Voort (left) and Megan Hillary in a site–specific staging at a historic local home. […]

Celebrate the Habitat Store's 13th birthday, join the community in meditation for Common Grounds Sit-a-thon and enjoy food, wine and music at Wineappalooza. Photo: Courtesy of LOOK3

Living Picks: To-do this week

Family     The Habitat Store’s 13th birthday Bring your family for live music, food trucks, special sales and kids activities on the front porch in celebration of 13 years of donors, customers and volunteers. Saturday 6/11. Free, 9am-5pm. The Habitat Store, 1221 Harris St. 293-6331. Nonprofit LOOK3 Festival of the Photograph Join festivalgoers in celebrating the […]

Lake Street Dive rewinds to find its modern play on classic rock and jazz foundations at the pavilion on Saturday. Photo: Danny Clinch

ARTS Pick: Lake Street Dive

Lake Street Dive wasn’t sure what it wanted to be when the quartet formed in 2004 at the New England Conservatory of Music—and five albums later that hasn’t changed. The name of its new release, Side Pony, was taken from the hairstyle that can’t decide if it wants to be wild or subdued. “We’ve always […]

Album reviews: Dungen, King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard, Julianna Barwick

Album reviews: Dungen, King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard, Julianna Barwick

Dungen Allas Sak (Mexican Summer) Dungen, meaning “grove,” is a suitably organic tag for this Swedish band, though its prog-and-folk-inflected psychedelia invokes the cerulean as readily as the sylvan—think early-’70s Genesis or Caravan. The band is a classic four-piece, with bandleader/singer Gustav Ejstes sometimes laying aside his guitar in favor of piano, flute or violin; […]

Judging by all these friendly faces and wagging tongues and tails, the Downtown Mall has become a hot dog spot in the city.

In brief: Terry’s bad week, lots of dog poop and more

Worst gubernatorial week in Richmond Terry McAuliffe learned May 23 he’s under investigation by the FBI for what was first reported as donations from a Chinese businessman and later for business dealings under the infrequently prosecuted Foreign Agents Registration Act. General Assembly Republicans also sued to overturn his order restoring voting rights for 206,000 felons. […]

Folk singer-songwriter Mary Fahl delivers earthy, emotional ballads from her latest release, Love and Gravity. Photo: Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Mary Fahl

Singer-songwriter and co-founder of the defunct chamber-pop group October Project, Mary Fahl draws on classical and world music influences to forge her earthy sound. Fahl, who has written and performed songs for several films and television shows, recently toured to promote her latest release, Love and Gravity. The folk-tinged album, produced by John Lissauer (noted […]

Forty voices strong, The Charlottesville Women’s Choir performs in honor of its commitment to peace. Photo: Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: The Charlottesville Women’s Choir

Thirty-two years after an informal beginning, The Charlottesville Women’s Choir continues to perform in honor of its commitment to peace and justice. With minimal percussion, the a cappella group, comprised of 40 voices, soars to inspirational heights on songs such as “One” and “Born This Way,” and the tribute “Ruth Bader Ginsberg.” This year’s spring […]

Jane Fellows’ New Works in Fabric and Thread quilts exhibit opens on June 3 at The Women’s Initiative. Photo: Ryan Jones

June First Fridays Guide

Self-taught quilt artist Jane Fellows has always been drawn to fabric and the natural world. After exploring several techniques, Fellows left her nursing practice last year to dedicate herself fully to quilt-making. “With an eye toward my surroundings and nature, I focused on botanicals and landscapes,” Fellows says of her initial process. “I wanted to […]

Kristian Matsson lets his love of ’60s folk singers shine through in The Tallest Man on Earth show on Tuesday. Photo: Cameron Wittig

ARTS Pick: The Tallest Man on Earth

Swedish singer-songwriter Kristian Matsson approaches his music as a folk purist reminiscent of early Bob Dylan in his delivery and aesthetic. Performing under the moniker The Tallest Man on Earth, Matsson has four albums, the latest being Dark Bird, in which The Man pulls in mysterious backing voices credited in the liner notes as “angel […]

Run 4 the Wounded 5k, celebrate local nonprofits with the CNE, join trail-lovers at Monticello and join the Bold Rock birthday bash in this week's Living Picks. Photo: Publicity photo

Living Picks: To-do this week

Family    The Trail at Monticello Community Celebration Join fellow trail-lovers for a morning of hiking, music and a dedication in memory of former trail manager Jason Stevens. Saturday, 6/4. Free, 9am-noon. Monticello, 931 Thomas Jefferson Pkwy. 984-9800. Nonprofit Celebration of Strong Nonprofits Celebrate more than 110 nonprofit, business and community leaders with an evening of food, fresh air […]

The “Suite for Downton Abbey” is just one of the epic theme songs that will soar to the rafters during Pops at The Paramount on Saturday. Photo: Wikimedia commons

ARTS Pick: Pops at The Paramount

Experience the splendor of well-loved hits from film, theater and television with Pops at The Paramount, performed by the Charlottesville Symphony at the University of Virginia. The program, directed by Kate Tamarkin, includes John Lunn’s “Suite for Downton Abbey,” selections from John Williams’ score for Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Arnold Schoenberg’s “I Dreamed […]

Joy Rayman and Barbara Frost perform as Fire in the Belly. Belly dancing is “more sensual than sexy,” says Rayman. “But what’s so bad about being sexy, anyway?” Photo: Publicity photo

Fire in the Belly masters the art of dance

Belly dancer Joy Rayman loves to improvise during a performance. During a recent gig at McGuffey Art Center, she was completely absorbed in the music, snaking her arms and undulating her hips, when she felt her coin belt loosen. Not wanting to pause and interrupt the flow of the dance, she kept moving. The belt […]

The Double Faces Gogo Band turn it up and wear it out at The Ante Room on Saturday. “When we’re done playing, everyone (onstage and off) is usually tired and ready to go get rest,” says DJ Blacko. Photo: Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Double Faces Gogo Band

These days it’s rare to find a musical style that remains provincial, but the greater D.C. area’s grip on go-go is still the heart of the genre. Tight funk blended into hip-hop call and response sets the boogie in motion for the Double Faces Gogo Band, formed in C’ville as a tribute to the musical […]

Pale Blue Dot celebrates its newest release, Telescopes, at the Ante Room on Friday. Photo: Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Pale Blue Dot

After leaving Pale Blue Dot two years ago, Tony LaRocco returns from a stint of self-discovery to front the local quartet once again. The modern pop group reveals its soul through lyrics that reflect a sense of nature, space and Buddhist precepts, and its latest EP, Telescopes, produced by Daughtry guitarist Brian Craddock, fuses creative […]

Josh Ritter brings new passion to the stage at The Jefferson on Friday. Photo: Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Josh Ritter

Josh Ritter is on the road again after the release of his eighth studio album, Sermon on the Rocks, which has received a considerable amount of praise. It marks a transformation for Ritter, who, according to Rolling Stone, is “fully reimagining his own art while still holding close to what’s always made him special.” In […]

Living Picks: To-do this week

Living Picks: To-do this week

Family     Bike-In Movie Night Charlottesville Community Bikes concludes National Bike Month with a “bike-in” screening of Premium Rush, an action film about a bicycle messenger caught in a precarious situation in New York City. Wednesday, 5/25. Free, 8:30pm. Champion Brewing Company, 324 Sixth St. SE. cvillecommunitybikes.com. Nonprofit Memorial Sunday Tribute This tribute to local fallen […]

Michael Joseph Harris fronts two bands, Hot Club and Ultrafaux for an evening of gypsy jazz at the Garage. Photo: Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Hot Club and Ultrafaux

Made popular in the 1930s and ’40s, gypsy jazz is in the middle of a renaissance, and Baltimore’s Michael Joseph Harris (left) is bringing it to the stage in two formations. His traditional band, Hot Club, relies on the classic repertoire, while Ultrafaux is guided by modern inspirations and original compositions and brings in the […]

Dom Starsia has finished his last season as UVA lacrosse coach. Photo Matt Riley/UVA media relations

In brief: Another UVA coach out, unwelcome selfies and more

What’s under that robe? UVA’s enhanced, heavy-duty security for its 187th final exercises, which included the opening of the robes for grads and faculty before entering the Lawn, is considered a “best practice” common at other large, public research universities, according UVA spokesperson Anthony de Bruyn, who points out that at a UNESCO World Heritage […]

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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 […]

Photo: Ézé Amos

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 […]