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Indie rock mastermind San Fermin keeps things modern and classical at the Southern on Tuesday.

ARTS Pick: San Fermin

Named after the Spanish festival in Pamplona famous for the running of the bulls, San Fermin is the pop music outlet for Brooklyn-based composer and songwriter Ellis Ludwig-Leone. Along with vocal contributions from Allen Tate, Jess Wolfe, and Holly Laessig of Lucius, Leone brings baroque stylings to the indie arena in an operatic composition that unites familiar […]

Poet Srikanth Reddy examines human nature in extreme circumstance with the help of new and old literary prescriptions at The Bridge on Monday.

ARTS Pick: Srikanth Reddy

Harvard graduate, University of Chicago professor, and literacy director for the Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Trust, Srikanth Reddy shares selections from his two books of poetry, Facts for Visitors (2004) and Voyager (2011). Using a variety of methods, including prose, syllabic, and terza rima, Reddy’s form plays like a pop-up book of images and ideas that feel odd and inclusive. Monday 12/2. […]

The true meaning of Christmas is revealed by cranky Ebenezer Scrooge (Dan Stern) with help from three nudging spirits including the Ghost of Christmas past (Iris Susen) in Four County Players’ A Christmas Carol.
Image: J. Stoll

ARTS Pick: A Christmas Carol

Four County Players’ production of A Christmas Carol has been a local favorite since 2008, but in this go-around director Joncey Boggs and local playwright Miller Murray Susen are keeping it fresh by taking a step back and using Dickens’ age-old text while adding some musical numbers for originality. Through 12/15. $12-16, times vary. Four County Players, 5256 Governor Barbour St., […]

The Santaland Diaries (starring Andrew Goldwasser) relates author David Sedaris’ scathingly funny holiday seasonal employee memories.
Image: Michael Bailey

ARTS Pick: The Santaland Diaries

“I am a 33-year-old man applying for a job as an elf,” wrote David Sedaris at the outset of his career. Like most great writers, Sedaris has worked a variety of menial, often humiliating, jobs to support his literary career, and the humorist’s turn as an elf at Macy’s in New York City may be […]

Taste of India’s Kamal Khatri wants guests to feel like family when they walk down the spiral staircase into the restaurant’s Downtown Mall location. Photo: Martyn Kyle

A family affair: Taste of India settles down on the Mall

August 26, 2013 was a momentous day for Taste of India’s manager Kamal Khatri. Not only did the Nepalese-born restaurateur open the Downtown Mall restaurant on that day with his uncle, Ashok Kunver, but halfway around the world his wife gave birth to their first son. Khatri has yet to meet his new baby, busy […]

Musician Cindy Blackman Santana is a force to be reckoned with behind the drum kit and on the fashion runway.

ARTS Pick: Cindy Blackman Santana

Bridging the gap between jazz and rock, virtuoso drummer Cindy Blackman Santana is gigging on her new release, Another Lifetime. The album is a showcase for the critically acclaimed style that pays homage to her mentor Tony Williams, and the classical training that focuses her sonic explorations. Rising from humble beginnings as a busker in […]

ARTS Pick: Johnny Fantastic

ARTS Pick: Johnny Fantastic

It was a musical twist of fate when keyboardist Ben Schurr struck a deer with his van on a recent visit to Washington, D.C., causing him to shack up with some local musicians for a few days. Schurr filled the time by collaborating with composer/singer John Di Lascio, drummer Adam Orlando, and bassist Rick Irby, […]

Artists work on a large scale paint-by-numbers project 
for Create: Justice at Eunoia. Saturday’s event features collaborations in poetry, painting, music, and visual arts.

ARTS Pick: Create: Justice

International Justice Mission’s chapter at UVA is connecting the community with local artists for original performances and visual art under the theme Create: Justice. The event is meant to raise awareness of injustice and bring attention to IJM’s work in rescuing victims of slavery, sexual exploitation, and violent oppression around the globe. Saturday 11/23. $7, 6pm. […]

Puccini’s melodramatic Tosca is virtually live from The Metropolitan Opera on Saturday at the Paramount.

ARTS Pick: Tosca

Puccini’s Tosca—an arresting thriller about lust, political corruption, and murder—is brought to life by Patricia Racette in the lead role of the jealous diva who gets duped by the villainous Scarpia, and is denied her true love. Once famously referred to as a “shabby little shocker,” the HD opera viewing is proceeded by a free […]

Daniel Bachman plays guitar in the American primitive style, a genre coined by John Fahey and made notable by its traditional country blues fingerpicking.

Interview: Daniel Bachman digs deep into folk music’s past

Daniel Bachman is a 24-year-old fingerpicking guitarist whose style is often compared to American Primitive musicians like John Fahey and Jack Rose. Bachman’s signature layered tones are in fine form on his fourth full length album, Jesus I’m a Sinner, and his fall tour will make its final stop at the Tea Bazaar on November […]

Savion Glover is one of a handful of performers keeping tap dance in the pop culture spotlight. Gregory Hines was one of Glover’s early teachers, and he pays homage to him and other tap masters in his performances.

Savion Glover teaches students of tap to look within

Tap dancer Savion Glover can see the future of his art form. “Where do I see it going? Wherever I am. Tap’s going wherever I am,” he told C-VILLE Weekly in a recent phone interview. Glover is the modern day face of tap, on a mission to reinvigorate a dance more closely associated with black […]

State Senator Creigh Deeds. Photo: Kelly Kollar.

UPDATE: Deeds in good condition; autopsy confirms son shot himself

We’ll be updating this story as more information about the attack on State Senator Creigh Deeds and his son’s apparent suicide becomes available. 8am 11/21/13 UPDATE: Creigh Deeds is now in good condition at UVA hospital, according to state police. An autopsy performed Wednesday morning by the Roanoke medical examiner confirmed that Deeds’ son Gus, […]

With a decade of success behind him, Amos Lee brings his straight up, old school folk and blues to the Paramount on Tuesday.

ARTS Pick: Amos Lee

Amos Lee has come a long way from his start as an open mic night fixture in smoke-filled Philadelphia bars. These days he can be found sharing the stage, and holding his own, alongside songwriting royals like Bob Dylan and Dave Matthews. The second grade teacher turned indie rock chart-topper has been to the mountaintop […]

TEDx Charlottesville hosts local innovators to speak their minds

TEDx Charlottesville hosts local innovators to speak their minds

The question of the day is “The Difference that Makes a Difference.” The answers are many. So believe organizers of Charlottesville’s first-ever TEDx event at the Paramount Theater. The event, a local version of the global TED educational conferences, will host 18 speakers from the Charlottesville area who will offer short talks on everything from […]

ARTS Pick: Three Notch’d Road: The Charlottesville Baroque Ensemble

ARTS Pick: Three Notch’d Road: The Charlottesville Baroque Ensemble

Indulge in the sounds of the 1600s with Three Notch’d Road: The Charlottesville Baroque Ensemble’s season opener, “O Sacred Oracles: Handel Oratorios & Sonatas.” Local instrumentalists perform using period instruments, like the baroque violin and recorder, which were popular in the era between Renaissance and Classical music. Highlighting works by German composer George Frideric Handel, […]

Reed Kendall is taking his talent on the road under the moniker Up the Chain, and making a name for himself outside of the Philly scene.

ARTS Pick: Up the Chain

Singer-songwriter Reed Kendall is an up-and-coming force within the booming Philly music scene. His touring act, Up the Chain, has been deemed a “collective of some of the city’s finest musicians.” With its smooth trumpet work and skillful blues guitar harnessed by a flow of rhythm, the band draws comparisons to Paul Simon’s solo work. […]

Ralph Alan Cohen. Submitted photo

Merely players: Blackfriars founder Cohen to speak at TEDx

Theater professor and American Shakespeare Center Director of Missions Ralph Alan Cohen is never one to keep audiences in the dark. Instead, he puts them in the spotlight. Such was his hope 25 years ago when constructing the Blackfriars Playhouse in Staunton with a group of former students. Today it is the world’s only recreation […]

Indiana band of friends Houndmouth, is getting accolades for its refreshing approach to roots rock.

ARTS Pick: Houndmouth

Driven by Zappaesque blues guitar riffs and enchanting three-part harmonies, Houndmouth is making its mark in today’s burgeoning folk scene. The young band enjoyed a hectic festival schedule this summer, and a run through the late night talk show circuit to promote its catchy debut album, From The Hills Below the City. There’s also an […]

The Mowgli’s aim to change the world with their uplifting, heartfelt harmonies and message of love at the Jefferson on Tuesday.

ARTS Pick: The Mowgli’s

Named after Kipling’s character in The Jungle Book, the alternative rock band The Mowgli’s achieved success quickly after the single ”San Francisco” hit the airwaves. The eight-piece collaborative is defining a new California sound while relying on standard West Coast notions of peace, love, and chasing a higher consciousness. Royal Teeth and X Ambassadors open. Tuesday 11/12. $12-15,7:45pm. […]

Jeff Wadlow (right) guides budding filmmakers through his top speed master’s class, the Adenaline Film Project. Image: courtesy of VFF

The Adrenaline Film Project celebrates 10 years at VFF

When writer/director Jeff Wadlow suggested adding a production component to the Virginia Film Festival in 2004, he didn’t foresee that the 72-hour filmmaking competition would become his baby. “This is the 10th year, and I’ve only missed one,” said Wadlow. “And now we do it in the spring in Eugene at the University of Oregon.” […]

Local artisan Holly Horan of Noon Whistle Pottery creates playful, functional pieces using the ubiquitous Virginia red clay.

ARTS Pick: Artisans Studio Tour

Craft lovers, get ready to hit the road for the 19th Annual Artisans Studio Tour, a self-guided visit to local studios exhibiting artists works and processes around Charlottesville and the surrounding counties. Showcasing 38 of Virginia’s finest artisans, the tour includes demonstrations, opportunities for hands-on experience, and displays of pottery, furniture, weaving, jewelry, stained glass, […]

Virginia native, and “Breaking Bad” creator, Vince Gilligan (right) made a fortuitous connection at VFF in 1989 that led to his television success. Image: courtesy of VFF

How the Virginia Film Fest begat “Breaking Bad” and more

Some film festivals are all about making deals. The Virginia Film Festival—not so much. And yet, Mr. Jefferson’s University’s annual fall movie-thon, now in its 26th year, has generated encounters that led to the critically acclaimed AMC hit TV series “Breaking Bad,” movies like Kick-Ass 2 and The Jane Austen Book Club, and a gang […]