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Drew the Dramatic Fool must pull off a one-man variety show in order to save himself in PVCC’s season opener on Friday.

ARTS Pick: Drew the Dramatic Fool

All the performers in this variety show have been assassinated, except for Drew the Dramatic Fool, and the show must go on or he’s next. Drew attempts to perform every act, from juggling 36 balls to sawing someone in half, in a bumbling, comical examination of fear processed through stage antics established by royal jesters, […]

Sawyer Fredericks released his first album of original material, A Good Storm, in May and is supporting the album on well-known stages around the country. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Sawyer Fredericks

Unassuming upstate New York farm boy Sawyer Fredericks broke onto the national scene after winning star-maker reality TV show “The Voice,” under the guidance of coach Pharrell Williams. The contemporary folk singer won the hearts of fans with Ray LaMontagne and Neil Young tunes channeled preciously through his boyish, soulful style. Saturday, September 3. $20, […]

From the summit, hikers get 360-degree views as far as the eye can see. (See Best Hike.) Photo: Matteus Frankovich/Skycladap

Best of C-VILLE 2016: Health & Fitness

Shape up or ship out, we say. And readers agree, having voted for the best in everything from martial arts school to personal trainer. And, when the going gets a little too tough, you weighed in on the best docs in town to keep you limber and living well.   FITNESS CLASS The MADness (MADabolic) Runner-up: C’ville […]

Matisyahu goes all-in with a full band bonded by music as its spiritual guide and the freedom of improv at the Jefferson on Tuesday. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Matisyahu

Back in 2005, Jewish-American beatboxer and rapper Matisyahu, heavily influenced by scat- and hazzan-style singing, joined jam band Phish on stage at Bonnaroo for two songs that turned into an improvisational display of lyrical gymnastics, and Matisyahu’s passion for full-band improvisation was laid bare. Now, more than a decade later, he’s formed a master improv […]

Keep that secondhand vape smoke coming—it smells like cotton candy. Photo: Keith Alan Sprouse

Best of C-VILLE 2016: Shopping

Moola, cash, dinero, dolla dolla bills—it doesn’t matter what you call it, you like spending money. And you know where all that hard-earned coin should go, too. From toys and books to bow ties and pet food, here’s how you’ve been shelling out your shekels.   JEWELRY STORE Andrew Minton Jewelers Runner-up: Keller & George Honorable mention: Tuel Jewelers […]

Photo: Robert Llewellyn

Best of C-VILLE 2016: Services

Change your own oil, till your own garden, paint your own nails. It’s all too much to keep up with—throw some money at the problem and move on. Here’s who readers say top their list for good help, from car repair to pet hotels.   REAL ESTATE AGENT Jamie White Runner-up: Sasha Farmer Honorable mention: Paul McArtor […]

Time to make the biscuits! Owner Brian Ashworth and his staff show up at 6am to start folding the dough. (See Best Breakfast Sandwich.) Photo: Amanda Maglione

Best of C-VILLE 2016: Food & Drink

If you are what you eat (and drink), then you’re tacos, dumplings, wings and wine. You’re pizza, you’re burgers. You’re beer and croissants. And, amazingly, you’re still hungry for more. Here are your picks for the best edibles.   RESTAURANT C&O Restaurant Runner-up: Lampo Honorable mention: Tavola As a founder of Charlottesville’s fine dining scene, the C&O […]

Experimental folk rock from the Marian McLaughlin Trio hits the Twisted Branch Tea Bazaar on Friday. Photo by Serena Kefayeh

ARTS Pick: Marian McLaughlin

Singer-songwriter and guitarist Marian McLaughlin weaves together imaginative lyrics and intricate classical guitar work, then delivers it so rhapsodically that you can’t help but be drawn into her wake. A couple of years ago, McLaughlin captured the attention of NPR’s “All Songs Considered” host Bob Boilen, who likens her music to that of Joanna Newsom […]

The Paramount will host Light House Studio's Annual Youth Film Festival this Friday. File photo

ARTS Pick: Annual Youth Film Festival

Put a child in front of a camera and you might end up with a candid moment that’s viral-worthy and gets grandma tapping on her smartphone. Put kids on both sides of the camera and you’ll gain unique perspectives on society, community and family at Light House Studio’s Annual Youth Film Festival. The film center […]

Moon Taxi’s smooth indie-prog jams kick off the Saturday night lineup at the Lockn’ Festival. Photo by Joshua Wilkins Black

ARTS Pick: Moon Taxi

From Coachella to Firefly, Nashville-based pop rockers Moon Taxi have spent the summer honing their upbeat, charismatic live set at music festivals across the country. Their songs, inspired by life on the road and the power of the human bond, blend personal lyrics, synths, guitar, bass and drums into a subtle, pleasing sound that’s well-suited […]

Love Canon. Photo: Chris Pecoraro

Best of C-VILLE 2016: Entertainment

What do a century-old building, a greenstone outcrop and an urban ruin have in common? This year, readers say they’re all great places to be entertained. We’ll trust ya.   MUSICIAN Love Canon Runner-up: Chamomile and Whiskey Honorable mention: Erin & the Wildfire A wise man once said, “If you’re good at something, you’ll tell everyone. If […]

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In brief: Heated exchanges, out-of-jurisdiction chase and more

CPD car chase in Waynesboro An off-duty Charlottesville cop in a squad car spotted an unidentified traffic violation on I-64 the evening of August 13, and pursued the alleged offender to Waynesboro, according to the Newsplex. No arrest was made and no injuries reported. Sweltering in Crescent Halls Nearly two dozen residents showed up at […]

The Stray Birds takes creative flight with its new record on Tuesday at the Southern. Publicity photo.

ARTS Pick: The Stray Birds

When The Stray Birds wandered from the band members’ collective home of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, to Nashville, the group mingled in the songwriter scene and came away with rewarding collaborations, an intuitive producer and a list of talented guest musicians for the new record, Magic Fire, to be released on August 19. Building on momentum […]

ARTS Pick: The Pollocks

ARTS Pick: The Pollocks

The Pollocks is the current project of Seven Mary Three founding member Jason Pollock, and it’s more like a country cousin to the hard-rock group that topped singles charts in the ’90s. Low-key and locally based, The Pollocks have put North Garden on the musical map, building a supportive community where the band can test […]

ARTS Pick: J.Cole

ARTS Pick: J.Cole

UVA’s Program Council welcomes students back with a performance by platinum-selling hip-hop artist J. Cole, as well as rappers Bas and Cozz. Known for his introspective lyrics and humble beginnings, Cole connects with his zealous fan base through his soulful musical identity. He plays from his latest release, Forest Hills Drive, a concept album that […]

Accomplished singer-songwriter Ellis Paul built a career in Boston’s folk circles, but comes home to Charlottesville on Friday. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Ellis Paul

Singer-songwriter Ellis Paul is equal parts folk artist and storyteller. His most recent album, Chasing Beauty, is characteristically ballad-centric and tells stories of real people and places that reflect larger truths about the human experience. In the style of  Woody Guthrie, the 15-time Boston Music Award-winner leans on his musical roots for an unfailingly genuine […]

Author Ann Beattie picks Claire Rann's "Aim" as this year's fiction contest runner-up. Photo: Provided by author.

WriterHouse Fiction Contest Runner-Up

Aim By Claire Rann I see a pale circle of flesh. He is holding me toward the side of her neck, a few inches away. The skin looks tired and freckled. It quivers. He did not take me out until a few seconds ago. His hand had been curled tightly around my grip in his […]

Emmylou Harris and Lyle Lovett join forces for a stellar benefit concert on Thursday. Photo: Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Emmylou Harris with Lyle Lovett and his Large Band

The stars align for a special evening when legendary country sweetheart Emmylou Harris, whose massive career includes collaborations that span 48 years, teams up with Lyle Lovett and his Large Band to benefit the Charlottesville Free Clinic. Expect the unexpected during a show filled with Lovett’s Grammy Award-winning, quirky Americana flair and Harris’ “shimmering, yearning […]

Author Ann Beattie picks Gail South's "Home," as this year's fiction contest winner. Photo: File photo

WriterHouse Fiction Contest Winner

Fans of fiction C-VILLE Weekly and WriterHouse partnered again this year for our fiction contest, in which readers submitted works to be judged by author Ann Beattie, who was the Edgar Allan Poe professor of literature and creative writing at the University of Virginia. Forty-seven entries were received, and they revolved around a variety of […]

Forlorn Strangers hopes to take its new single, “Bottom of the Barrel,” to the top of the Americana charts while traveling the summer festival circuit. Photo: Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Forlorn Strangers

The five songwriters who make up the Nashville-based American roots outfit Forlorn Strangers carefully blend their distinct styles into a cohesive sound that’s driven by danceable rhythms, upbeat instrumentals and tight harmonies. The band celebrates its first full-length, self-titled album, produced by Grammy Award-winner Phil Madeira, and is queued up for a debut on this […]

Doctor by day, burlesque performer by night, Ophelia Derriere gives anatomy lessons at the Jefferson on Thursday. Photo: Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Advanced Anatomy

Who knew that our great state of Virginia had a favorite stripper doctor? Dr. Ophelia Derriere claims the title while taking a break from her medical residency to examine a few bumps and grinds in the burlesque show Advanced Anatomy. Derriere, who gets backing from the New Orleans jazz act Soggy Po’ Boys, says that […]

Best of C-VILLE party tickets on sale now

Best of C-VILLE party tickets on sale now

Happy birthday, Best of C-VILLE! We’re 20 years in, and there’s a lot to celebrate: the best people, places and things in town—and us. Join the party from 7-11pm August 19 at the IX Art Park! Your $45 ticket gets you access to music from Lord Nelson and DJ Derek Tobler, food trucks and booze (all food and drinks, including beer, cocktails […]

Local singer-songwriter Jason Burke plays cuts from his latest release at the Southern on Saturday. (publicity image)

ARTS Pick: Jason Burke

Local favorite Jason Burke draws from a broad range of influences, such as James Taylor, AC/DC and The Beatles, to create what he describes as a “California country sound.” His latest album, Burning Daylight, pulls jazz, blues and soul into the mix. Burke (who’s a big promoter of local musicians) had a setback due to […]

Lee Clay Johnson follows the dark plight of Virginia coal country characters with humor in his debut novel, Nitro Mountain.
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Author Lee Clay Johnson gets high praise for dark humor

Charlottesville transplant and UVA alumni Lee Clay Johnson’s debut novel, Nitro Mountain, was released to raves from both critics and peers. Kirkus Reviews called it “Appalachian noir at its darkest and most deranged.” Novelist David Gates, a former Guggenheim fellow and Pulitzer Prize finalist, introduced it at a reading as “appallingly funny,” saying it’s “the […]

Pat Hazell takes on the icons of a 1970s American childhood in his one-man show, The Wonder Bread Years. ©2010 Andy Snow

ARTS Pick: The Wonder Bread Years

Former “Seinfeld” writer Pat Hazell stars in The Wonder Bread Years, a fast-paced production that rides the line between stand-up and theater. The nationally touring one-man show is steeped in nostalgia from Eskimo Pies and lawn darts to kids at the dinner table and sitting in the back of a Country Squire station wagon. It’s […]