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African-American culture in 1920s New York City is discerned through the poetry of Langston Hughes, Countee Cullen and Claude McKay, seen through the eyes of painter and muralist Aaron Douglas, and told through the voice of art historian David Driskell in Of Ebony Embers: Vignettes of the Harlem Renaissance. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Paying tribute to the Harlem Renaissance

African-American culture in 1920s New York City is discerned through the poetry of Langston Hughes, Countee Cullen and Claude McKay, seen through the eyes of painter and muralist Aaron Douglas, and told through the voice of art historian David Driskell in Of Ebony Embers: Vignettes of the Harlem Renaissance. These iconic figures form an ensemble […]

Farm Bell Kitchen’s owner, Ryan Hubbard, and executive chef, Jabari Wadlington, in their West Main Street eatery, which serves new Southern cuisine and is housed in a brick building constructed by Thomas Jefferson’s master carpenter. Photo by Stephen Barling

Farm Bell Kitchen honors its historic roots

By Sam Padgett and Erin O’Hare The weathered farm bell stationed outside the restaurant is a bellwether for what you’ll find inside: farm-to-table Southern cuisine. Ryan Hubbard, co-owner of Red Hub Food Co. and the Dinsmore Boutique Inn, has combined his love of preserving the past with his passion for new Southern cuisine into Farm […]

The dreamy magic of romantic ballet melds with technical prowess in Charlottesville Ballet’s Evening of Romance. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Evening of Romance will keep you on your toes

The dreamy magic of romantic ballet melds with technical prowess in Charlottesville Ballet’s Evening of Romance. Performances include a tongue-in-cheek princess battle for the eye of Prince Charming, the dramatic pas de deux from Le Corsaire and an intriguing original work titled :dôgm: by Steven Melendez. Friday, February 9 and Saturday February, 10. $15-21, times vary. CB Studio Theatre, 1885 […]

ARTS Pick: Zephyrus conquers powerful works

ARTS Pick: Zephyrus conquers powerful works

As religious war ravaged central Europe in the early 17th century, cultural establishments in Germany suffered great losses including gigs for musicians and venues for performances—so, it’s no wonder that powerful works were composed in respite during this time. Small ensemble Zephyrus captures the mood 400 years later in Da Pacem Domine: Music from the […]

Since the day he ripped through “Johnny B. Goode” at age 5 while sitting in with his father’s band, people have had their eye on Marc Broussard. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Marc Broussard keeps it authentic

Since the day he ripped through “Johnny B. Goode” at age 5 while sitting in with his father’s band, people have had their eye on Marc Broussard. His ability to blend classic R&B, rock and soul is enriched by his unique musical style, fueling a loyal fan base since the release of his debut album […]

Since his early teenage years in suburban England, Declan McKenna has had a rebellious streak. Now, at 19, he blends his own brand of indie pop with politically charged issues to make his views known through music. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Declan McKenna pops with political message

Since his early teenage years in suburban England, Declan McKenna has had a rebellious streak. Now, at 19, he blends his own brand of indie pop with politically charged issues to make his views known through music. Influenced by David Bowie and The Beatles, his melodies are making a massive splash around the world, including […]

AR-15-style assault rifle outfitted with a bump stock

In brief: Richmond watch, a local avenger, new rules and more

As the General Assembly finished its fourth week in this year’s session, most of the 3,000 or so bills legislators filed will die in subcommittee, but some are inching toward the governor’s desk for signature into law. Killed bills: Danger zone After a bill to ban the devices used in the Las Vegas concert slaughter […]

Box’d Kitchen owner Curtis Woo says combining food styles, such as putting kimchi on pizza, comes naturally. Photo by Eze Amos

Box’d Kitchen focuses on modern Mediterranean

By Sam Padgett and Erin O’Hare eatdrink@c-ville.com Box’d Kitchen, a restaurant that recently opened at 909 W. Main St. in the same block as Benny Deluca’s and Asian Express, eludes a concise description: Its Yelp page claims it serves Mediterranean food, but the decor looks Asian. And its name is reminiscent of a pizza joint, […]

ARTS Pick: Bill Staines is a real hoot

ARTS Pick: Bill Staines is a real hoot

Folk singer Bill Staines has been playing around the country for more than 40 years, from coffeehouses to nature centers. The New England native has blended subtle wit and imagination with the beauty of rivers, mountains, highways and backroads, over an impressive 26 albums. And if the mood strikes, the 1975 national yodeling champion might […]

Bone broth is simple to make. Animal bones, along with some vinegar and a combination of vegetables, herbs and seasonings (think onions, celery, thyme, pepper) are added to a boiling pot of water and left to simmer for...a while.

Taking stock: A familiar kitchen staple gets a rebrand

By Sam Padgett If you’ve been paying attention to local restaurant menus, coffee cart offerings and foodie magazines, odds are good that you’ve heard of bone broth. And while it sounds a bit ghoulish, bone broth is essentially what most people call “stock”: a thick, flavored broth made by boiling animal bones alongside other spices. […]

The Cruxshadows’ addictive dance floor tracks stand out in its long history, while its brooding, positive music continues to gather new fans. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: The Crüxshadows embrace their dark side

Formed in 1992, The Crüxshadows have been a longtime staple of dark wave culture. The Florida-based group’s gothic rock blend of synth- and dream-pop has been perfected while logging an impressive 1,000-plus performances, including one of the first gigs by a Western act in Romania and Serbia following the Cold War. The group’s addictive dance […]

The Black and Global Roots Music Project will also feature Piedmont blues performed by Jeffrey Scott, whose mastery is carried forward from his legendary uncle, John Jackson, who handed over the torch before his death. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: The Black and Global Roots Music Project

The Front Porch teams with Appalachian State University professor and folklorist Cece Conway to explore West African influences and instruments through the folk akonting and the griot ngoni, which can be traced to the modern banjo. The Black and Global Roots Music Project will also feature Piedmont blues performed by Jeffrey Scott, whose mastery is […]

The bikes for refugee program provides gently used bicycles and helmets to refugees who have resettled in our area.

LIVING Picks: Week of January 31-February 6

HEALTH & WELLNESS Bikes for refugees Wednesday, January 31 Donate your gently used bicycles and helmets to refugees who have resettled in our area. Both children and adult bikes are needed. Drop off items from 4-5pm, 2111 Michie Dr. facebook.com/intl.neighbors FAMILY Father/daughter dance Friday, February 2, and Saturday, February 3 Dads, grandfathers and uncles are […]

ARTS Pick: Dr. Southclaw’s wild ride

Implementing massive bass riffs, pulsing drums, screaming guitars and sing-alongs, five-piece freak funk phenomenon Dr. Slothclaw bends the genre to its liking and you’re in for a wild ride. The musical titans push the limits of creativity with their outrageously fun “freak shows” and self-declared “hobbies,” such as “erotic baking” and whistling competitions. Saturday, February […]

Ruth B. sings soul straight from the heart at the Southern on Wednesday. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Ruth B. creates a safe haven for listeners

When Ruth B. posted her first Vine in 2013, it’s a safe bet she had no idea where it would take her. Her following grew quickly and as she became recognized as “the Vine chick” on the street, record labels began to rubberneck. Her debut EP, The Intro, made a splash on the pop scene, […]

Maria DeHart takes the stage to celebrate the release of her new EP, Fade, with the help of fellow C’ville musicians Gio, Noah Zeidman and J. Perla. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Local musician Maria DeHart releases new EP

From the ambient, simplistic beats of her track “high,” to the steady, head-bobbing chord progression of her latest cut “nightmare weekend,” local talent Maria DeHart’s music is as varied and unique as the town she plays in. DeHart takes the stage to celebrate the release of her new EP, Fade, with the help of fellow […]

What's going to happen to the quarter-million-dollars worth of solar panels on the slated-for-demolition Main Street Arena? TBD.
Photo by Skyclad Aerial

In brief: Solar salvage, dog-meat farm rescue and more

Hot topic In 2012, the Local Energy Alliance Program floated a low-interest loan of $280,000 for Mark Brown to install solar panels on top of the Main Street Arena using a $500,000 grant from the city. Now that he’s sold the building and it’s slated for demolition, some are wondering what will happen to the […]

Keys N Krates play the Jefferson on Sunday. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Keys N Krates crafts dance-worthy tunes

Live electronic gurus Keys N Krates defy the stereotype of button-pushing that’s often thrown at their genre. Keyboardist David Matisse, drummer Adam Tune and turntablist Jr. Flo expertly craft layers of silky, futuristic synths, bass notes, elastic loops and orchestral expanses to the delight of a massive following that’s pulled the trio from the dance […]

Enjoy unlimited 2- to 4-ounce samples of dozens of craft beers, bourbon and other spirits at the Know Good Beer & Bourbon Festival Saturday at IX Art Park.

LIVING Picks: Beer and bourbon fest, square dancing and more

FAMILY Family Night Out Friday, January 26 Enjoy some family time with swimming, a movie, pizza and snacks. $6 per person; $25 families of five or more, 6-8pm. Crozet YMCA, 1075 Claudius Crozet Park, Crozet. 205-4380. NONPROFIT Drop spindle class Saturday, January 27 Crafter Russell Hubert teaches a class on how to spin wool using […]

The wooden beams and hardwood floors will remain, but the rest of the Old Mill Room will undergo a redesign complete with new seating and a glass-backed bar between the restaurant and bistro spaces. Rendering courtesy Boar's Head Inn

Old Mill Room gets modern makeover

By Erin O’Hare and Sam Padgett After a special dinner service on Wednesday, January 31, the Old Mill Room at the Boar’s Head Inn will close for a major renovation, the first since the restaurant opened in 1965. The old wooden beams and hardwood floors will remain, says Boar’s Head Resort marketing and communications manager […]

ARTS Pick: A View from a Train: Decoding the Stories and Music of the Underground Railroad

Through songs and discussion, Horace Scruggs reveals messages, maps and signals in A View from a Train: Decoding the Stories and Music of the Underground Railroad. In this original presentation, Scruggs traces the geographical path and the contributions of abolitionists, including Harriet Tubman, William Still, Harriet Beecher Stowe and Frederick Douglass, whose remarkable work aided […]

Saul Williams appears at the Paramount on Monday as a part of UVA’s Excellence Through Diversity Distinguished Learning Series. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Saul Williams

Before playing in C’ville, American rapper, singer-songwriter, musician, slam poet, writer and actor Saul Williams has appearances in Sweden, Norway, Finland, Belgium and Austria on his calendar. The global schedule speaks to the broad messages of the art activist, who emphasizes them with album titles such as The Inevitable Rise and Liberation of NiggyTardust!, NGH […]