C-VILLE Writers

ARTS Pick: David Tewksbury

ARTS Pick: David Tewksbury

Rock poet David Tewksbury has worked the Charlottesville singer-songwriter circuit for years and issued a series of EPs. Now, with the help of longtime DMB collaborator Butch Taylor, he’s pulled together a band for his first full-length album, Sun is Rising. While composing the tracks on acoustic guitar, Tewksbury envisioned more than a solo album. […]

Canadian bluegrass group The Slocan Rmablers deliver a gritty show, tomorrow at C'ville Coffee. Photo: Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: The Slocan Ramblers

“For a bunch of boys from Toronto, The Slocan Ramblers are turning out a piping-hot brand of bluegrass that you just may think was cut fresh from a back porch in the Blue Ridge.” That’s what Elmore Magazine says about these four young Canadian musicians, who call themselves rowdy. Their tunes lean toward the grittier […]

Michael Clem hosts local musicians for an acoustic benefit performance. Photo: Tim McDaniel

ARTS Pick: A Benefit for Jason Burke

The multitalented Michael Clem steps away from his role as a member of Eddie From Ohio to host A Benefit for Jason Burke. Local acoustic musicians who will gather to help Burke with medical bills include Terri Allard, Thomas Gunn, Butch Taylor and Peyton Tochterman. Monday 5/16. $20 suggested donation, 7-11pm. The Local, 824 Hinton Ave. […]

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ARTS Pick: Tin Can Alley

Eric Seidel spent the last 25 years bringing smiles and laughter to others as Recycle T. Clown, before cancer forced him to give up his act. A group of musicians, led by Megan Huddleston, unites to present Tin Can Alley, a carnival rock show featuring Mister Baby, American Girl, Shagwüf, members of Chamomile and Whiskey […]

Get the scoop on recent releases in this week's album reviews. Photo: File photo

Album reviews: ’70s reissues

Various artists Studio One Showcase: The Sound of Studio One in the 1970s (Soul Jazz) The venerable Soul Jazz label has done the world yet another solid with this fantastic release featuring the Studio One record label. It’s almost impossible to overstate the centrality of Clement “Sir Coxsone” Dodd’s prolific operation to Jamaican pop music. […]

In conjunction with The Oratorio Society of Virginia, Ash Lawn Opera presents La Traviata at The Paramount Theater. 
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La Traviata pairs opera, chorus and emotional drama

Originally adapted by Giuseppe Verdi in 1853 from a play, La Dame aux Camélias, which itself had been adapted from Alexandre Dumas’ novel of the same name, La Traviata is beyond canonical. In fact, it is one of the most beloved and frequently performed operas of all time. Familiar as the material may be, Michelle […]

Charlottesville’s Lua branded its own musical fusion. “We play Mexilachian, a blend of original and traditional music from Mexico, the Appalachias of Virginia and the Atlantic Basin,” says singer and guitarist Estela Knott. The duo performs at the Festival of Cultures on Saturday. Photo: Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Festival of Cultures

The Charlottesville Festival of Cultures may be the simplest way to learn about the world. With more than 30 countries represented by local citizens and organizations, the event offers a glimpse into the art, food, music and languages in our diverse community. Saturday 5/14. Free, 10am. Lee Park, Market Street and Second Street NE. festivalofcultures.org.

Take the kids to the gallery with Family Art JAM at Fralin, support International Neighbors with Mister G, get your wine and yoga on with FlyDog and more. Photo: Fralin Museum of Art at UVA

Living Picks: To-do this week

Family     Family Art JAM Jacob Lawrence’s Struggle: From the History of the American People is the inspiration for kids ages 8-14 to collaborate with adults on art and discussion. Saturday, 5/14. Free, reservations required. Fralin Museum of Art at UVA, 155 Rugby Rd. 243-2050. Nonprofit Mister G benefit concert Latin Grammy Award-winner Mister G plays a […]

Midnight Snack plays a rock show to support the Music Resource Center on Saturday at Ix Park. Photo: John Gellman

ARTS Pick: Midnight Snack

Asheville, North Carolina’s Midnight Snack rips open a set of melodious, psychedelic rock to support the Music Resource Center. The band will hang out late with those who can’t get enough of the Know Good Beer festival and take over the stage for an after-party benefit show. Saturday, 5/14. Free, 8pm. IX Art Park, 963 Second St. […]

Latest victim of the 14th Street bridge.
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In brief: Truck-eating bridge, teens climb Mt. Landmark and more

Welcome to the Sprint Pavilion With Sprint affiliate Shentel’s $640 million acquisition of nTelos complete, look for a new moniker for the Coran Capshaw-leased downtown facility as soon as City Council approves a new name, according to Shentel. So we take away your driver’s license because you can’t pay court costs In 2015, 900,000 Virginians had suspended […]

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ARTS Pick: The Great American Trailer Park Musical

The New York Post describes The Great American Trailer Park Musical as “‘The Honeymooners’ meets The Best Little Whorehouse in Urinetown.” And if that doesn’t lure you into Armadillo Acres, then the oddball story of an agoraphobic stripper-in-hiding and her tollbooth collector husband, directed locally by Linda C. Zuby and Gary Warwick White, surely will. […]

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ARTS Pick: Sick of Stupid

Are you tired of incest jokes and fried food references? So are comedians Tom Simmons, Stewart Huff and Cliff Cash, who bill themselves as “an intelligent voice with a Southern accent” on the Sick of Stupid tour. Poking fun at low-hanging fruit such as Kim Davis’ arrest, “Duck Dynasty” and the Ted Cruz campaign allows […]

King Family Vineyards’ 2014 skin-fermented Orange Viognier is an exciting step toward a new genre option for Virginia wines. Photo: Rammelkamp Foto

An ancient process brings a new trend to Virginia wine

Named for its deep amber hue, amber wine (also called orange wine) is skin-fermented white wine. Fermenting white grapes on their skins is a technique that once pervaded the ancient wine world. “It’s probably the oldest way to make white wine in the world,” says winemaker Matthieu Finot of King Family Vineyards. But despite the […]

Revel with the rebels, run for a cause, eat spaghetti to fight cancer and more in this week's Living Picks. Photo: Courtesy subject

Living Picks: To-do this week

Festival       The Bridge PAI Revel Dubbed the “rebellious rendition” of the nonprofit fundraiser, this alternative party celebrates creatives in the community, and features local food and drinks, plus entertainment and live music throughout the night. Friday, 5/6. $25-75, 7pm-1am. IX Art Park, 955 Second St. SE. 984-5669. Nonprofit Ragged Mountain Reservoir Rivanna Water and […]

Multi-genre musician Gina Sobel performs Friday at Glass House Winery. Photo: Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Gina Sobel

Multifaceted singer and musician Gina Sobel brings a unique, vibrant energy to the stage. With her melodic voice and the twinge of funk, jazz and improv present in her music, she earns the warm accolades put forth by BolderBeat, “…listening to Gina Sobel [and her band] feels like a mid-summer celebration-—you can almost feel the […]

Annie Temmink’s “Hat Shapes” exhibit opens on May 6 at the WVTF & Radio IQ Studio Gallery. Photo: Martyn Kyle

May First Fridays Guide

Annie Temmink is a woman of many creative talents. She is a hat and costume maker, an illustrator and an improvisational dancer. Her visually spectacular hat designs from the past year reflect a multitude of cultural influences, stemming from the work Temmink has done with craftspeople in Indonesia, Japan, India, Uganda and Tanzania. “I drew […]

A big wall looms near the Barracks Road exit off the U.S. 29/250 bypass.
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In brief: Monroe’s wrong house, Foxfield casualties and more

All this time we’ve been looking at the wrong house? Ever notice that President James Monroe’s house seemed like the poor cousin compared with the more palatial digs of his fellow prezes Thomas Jefferson and James Madison? Now we learn that the humble abode at recently renamed Ash Lawn-Highland was the guest house, not Monroe’s […]

Locals top off the First Fridays experience with fine art, theater and live music at the IX Art Park's Finish event.

Community fostering makes it to the First Fridays Finish

IX Art Park is a place where Charlottesville gets up close and personal with art. The art is big; it’s bright. You can write on the warehouse’s exterior walls and touch many of the sculptures. So it’s no surprise that First Fridays at IX is a bit different from First Fridays at other Charlottesville galleries. […]

Allison Miller’s drumming and composing was featured on the Showtime series, “The L Word.” Catch her chops live at Thomas Jefferson Memorial Church on Tuesday. Photo: Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Allison Miller

Frenetic drummer and composer Allison Miller began playing the drums at age 10, before studying music performance and going on to collaborate and record with the likes of Norah Jones, Michael Feinstein and Mimi Fox. The New York-based percussionist is on a nationwide tour with her band, Boom Tic Boom, and spotlighting releases from the […]

Indie-rocker steps away from She & Him project with Zooey Deschanel and performs from his latest release, More Rain. Photo: Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: M. Ward

Indie-rock poster boy M. Ward touts his new record, More Rain, as a doo-wop effort that offers collaboration with Neko Case, k.d. lang, Peter Buck, The Secret Sisters and NRBQ’s Joey Spampinato. The songwriter is frequently on the playlist through his work with others, be it his side project She & Him with Zooey Deschanel […]

Rock, folk, Latin and Broadway-style tunes combine to give the musical Wings a joyful lift at two locations this weekend. Photo: Courtesy of Theatrix

ARTS Pick: Wings

Taking a musical approach to Earth Day, Peter Ryan’s Wings is a quirky, offbeat lesson on interdependence and survival. Loosely based on Aristophanes’ The Birds, the play follows two men who find refuge in a mythical bird paradise, but soon learn they cannot shake their earthbound problems. Ryan says there’s something for everyone in the […]

The Travelin' McCourys make a stop at The Jefferson on Friday before hitting the road to Delfest. Photo: Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: The Travelin’ McCourys

McCoury talent runs deep. Brothers Ronnie (mandolin) and Rob (banjo) spearhead the modern bluegrass ensemble The Travelin’ McCourys, joined by Jason Carter on the fiddle and Alan Bartram slapping the bass. After a stop in Charlottesville, the foursome hits the road for DelFest, a Maryland-based festival named after Grammy Award-winning bluegrass musician Del McCoury, who […]

In brief: 200K felons head to the polls, new theater and more

In brief: 200K felons head to the polls, new theater and more

Historic week, part 1 Governor Terry McAuliffe restores voting rights to 206,000 felons April 22 in an election year in which his friend Hillary Clinton is running for president, and in a state where an estimated one in four African-Americans can’t vote because of felony convictions, according to the Washington Post. Historic week, part 2 […]

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Living Picks: To-do this week

Festival       Grand Marquee Gala Don your Oscar-worthy attire and support the Paramount Theater’s mission and community events during this Hollywood-style evening. Walk the red carpet and then enjoy dinner from Harvest Moon Catering, jazz performances, a silent auction and dancing. Friday, 4/29. $100-500, 7pm. The Paramount Theater, 215 E. Main St., Downtown Mall. 293-1010. […]

Sunny Ortiz is a founding member of Widespread Panic, and will celebrate the band’s 30th anniversary tour with a stop at the Pavilion on Thursday. Photo: Andy Tennille

Sunny Ortiz of Widespread Panic on what’s next after 30 years

Widespread Panic is celebrating 30 years as one of America’s preeminent party bands. Holding the record for sold-out performances at Colorado’s Red Rocks Amphitheatre (48) and selling more than 3 million albums, the well-oiled machine comes to the nTelos Wireless Pavilion on April 28. Texas-born Sunny Ortiz has been WSP’s percussionist since the band’s genesis […]