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Best Nonprofit: Charlottesville Albemarle SPCA (Photo: Natalie Jacobsen)

Best of C-VILLE 2017: Services

What’s the difference between a “want” and a “need”? Not much, when it comes to this category. From a haircut or a car repair to a place to rest your head, there are a lot of ways in which you ask for a helping hand in this town. Here are the best spots for a job […]

Photo: Stephen Barling

Best of C-VILLE 2017: Hall of Fame

Music and show business have several, and there’s one for every sport you can think of. Heck, even cowgirls have a place to honor their best and brightest. So it’s no surprise that Best of C-VILLE instituted its very own Hall of Fame last year. In addition to recognizing the people and places you’ve voted tops […]

Photo: Jason Keefer Photography

Best of C-VILLE 2017: Weddings

Venue, photographer, gown, tuxedo, flowers, tent, cake, catering—there’s much to consider before the big day arrives. In fact, that list is just the tip of the iceberg. There’s also jewelry and music and lighting and cinematography and—sheesh! You’ll need a wedding planner for sure. Here are local couples’ go-to vendors.

Best Musician: Erin & The Wildfire. Photo: Ron Paris

Best of C-VILLE 2017: Entertainment

The average human’s attention span is a little more than eight seconds (a goldfish’s, by comparison, is nine). Between trivia, TV and tapping your toes at all the best venues, it’s a wonder anyone’s entertained at all. Even still, here’s what’s been holding your focus lately.

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ARTS Pick: Ku-umba Frank Lacy

Jazz musician Ku-umba Frank Lacy started out on piano at age 8, and 50-plus years later he is the master of multiple instruments, with trombone as his forté. Lacy’s impressive career includes stints as a composer, arranger, vocalist, conductor and physicist, as well as hundreds of collaborations with everyone from Joe Tex in the ’70s […]

LIVING Picks: Week of August 23-29

LIVING Picks: Week of August 23-29

NONPROFIT Splash 4 a Cure 5K Saturday, August 26 Get your sweat on during a 5K and then jump into a pool party, all for the Ishan Gala Foundation, which supports families of children who have cancer. Free-$45, 7:30-11am. ACAC, 200 Four Seasons Drive. 234-4644.   FAMILY National Dog Day Saturday, August 26 Bring on […]

Photo: Lora Kelley

Best of C-VILLE 2017: Shopping

What are you spending your money on? Just about everything, from furniture and books to kids’ clothes and potted plants. There’s no end to your love for shopping local (and, occasionally, not-so-local). Like *NSYNC sang: baby, buy, buy, buy!

In brief: Money pours in after hate rally, legal landscape and more

In brief: Money pours in after hate rally, legal landscape and more

Healing heart Over the last week and a half, this austere graphic has become a ubiquitous symbol of healing and hope in Charlottesville, found on Facebook profile pictures, store windows and on posters and T-shirts for unity events. But its creator, Rock Paper Scissors’ co-owner Dani Antol, says she couldn’t have imagined the overwhelming response. […]

Members of the clergy link arms with counterprotesters in front of Emancipation Park Saturday, August 12, as alt-right groups of white nationalists arrive in waves. Photo by Natalie Krovetz

United we stand: Charlottesville says no to hate

It was the day that kept getting worse. The weekend from hell. Like many of you, C-VILLE Weekly is still processing Saturday’s violation from ill-intentioned visitors with antiquated notions who now believe it’s okay to say in broad daylight what they’ve only uttered in the nether regions of the internet. The Unite the Right rally […]

Stan Lee and friends. Photo by Kyle Nishioka

ARTS Pick: Extraordinary Stan Lee

You might know Stan Lee from his countless cameos in blockbuster Marvel movies or from the familiar characters he created (Hulk, Thor, Iron Man, the X-Men and Spider-Man, to name a few). But you’ll really get to know the iconic comic book writer by watching Extraordinary: Stan Lee, a nostalgic look at his life, broadcast […]

ARTS Pick: Charlottesville Lady Arm Wrestling

Small bills and big attitudes are the welcome norm for Charlottesville Lady Arm Wrestling competitions, where the “arm wrasslin’ and acting foolish” pairs up with a local charity for a raucous balance of competition, camp and community support. Proceeds from this match go to Brave Souls on Fire, which provides expression through spoken word gigs […]

Dina Maccabee leads a triple bill at the Tea Bazaar on Saturday. Photo by Karen Doolittle

ARTS Pick: Dina Maccabee, Janel Leppin and Juliana Daugherty

Improvisation on viola, atmospheric cello and lush acoustics fill a unique bill of songwriters: Touring veteran Dina Maccabee (violinist, violist and vocalist) loops depth, space and complexity into the songs from her new album, The World is in the Work. Cellist, vocalist and composer Janel Leppin applies extensive classical training to her diverse collaborations and […]

Lyle Lovett and His Large Band return to the Pavilion on Wednesday. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Lyle Lovett

Lyle Lovett and His Large Band is no small venture—the 13-piece group backs Lovett on everything from violin to guitar to trombone, swinging through jazz and pickin’ out country with a variety of crowd-pleasers. With 14 records and almost four decades of touring, the four-time Grammy winner continues to define his own musical niche. Wednesday, […]

Photos by staff, Eze Amos, Hawkins Dale and Aaron Cohen

Unite the Right rally turns violent, three die

A 32-year-old woman died following today’s long-anticipated white nationalist assembly in Emancipation Park, and two Virginia State Police pilots perished in a crash late in the afternoon near the Bellair neighborhood. The Unite the Right rally erupted in violence and was shut down before it ever began when city and county leaders declared a local […]

At least three Downtown Mall businesses say they're staying open during the Unite the Right rally to protest recent demonstrations of hate. Staff photo

Unite the Right counter events, businesses closing/staying open

“If equality and diversity aren’t for you, then neither are we,” say signs popping up on the Downtown Mall ahead of Saturday’s Unite the Right rally, which several groups have predicted could be the largest gathering of white supremacists in recent history. The rainbow-colored signs conclude with, “We are open in protest of the recent […]

UVA's Rotunda. Photo by Karen Blaha

Dispatches from the University of Virginia….

By Bonnie Gordon It’s getting really noisy here.  In a few days local and national news cameras will capture pictures of a large Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville. Right-wing spokesmen say they demonstrate against a City Council vote to move two statues of confederate generals. But really, the demonstration will transform generalized white resentment […]

ARTS Pick: Summer in Paris

ARTS Pick: Summer in Paris

Longing to escape the bright, hot, cheery sunshine? Violet Crown Cinema welcomes you into the dark by way of the first installment in its Summer in Paris film series. Focusing on crimes of passion and anchored by Panique, the 1946 murder mystery starring Michel Simon as a loathsome Peeping Tom framed for murder by the […]

ARTS Pick: Broadway at The Paramount

ARTS Pick: Broadway at The Paramount

Sing along as 40-plus Charlottesville kids perform with theater pros in Broadway at The Paramount. Guest actors include Jennifer DiNoia (currently Elphaba in Broadway’s Wicked), Tony Gonzalez (former dance captain for Mamma Mia!) and Matthew Steffens, a UVA graduate who has performed in everything from Broadway musicals to film and television (including an appearance on […]

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ARTS Pick: The Chris Robinson Brotherhood

The Chris Robinson Brotherhood began as a Los Angeles band that just wanted, in Robinson’s words, to “have a good time.” All in the name of having fun, the former Black Crowes frontman created a bluesy, quintessentially Californian psychedelic jam sound that central Virginia can’t get enough of. Five albums in, the Brotherhood stops by […]

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ARTS Pick: The Addams Family: A New Musical

Whether you’re looking for an empathetic evening out with your goth teen or the days of UHF TV channels, The Addams Family: A New Musical is sure to engage the quirkiness in us all. The familiar setup of trying to appear normal is channeled through song (begin earworm theme now) as a teenage Wednesday Addams […]

LIVING Picks: Week of August 9-15

LIVING Picks: Week of August 9-15

FAMILY Peach Festival Saturday, August 12 Enjoy everyone’s favorite summer fruit in cakes, pies, cobblers and crêpes. Bring the whole family for a variety of children’s activities, including a bounce house. Free, 8am- 3pm. Westover United Methodist Church, 2801 Fredericksburg Rd., Ruckersville. 985-3299.   NONPROFIT Barks & Barrels Saturday, August 12 You and your dog […]

Shunté Lofton as the Princess of France and Greg Brostrom as the King of Navarre in Love’s Labour’s Lost. Photo courtesy of Michael Bailey.

ARTS Pick: Love’s Labour’s Lost

The King of Navarre and his three friends have signed an oath to avoid the company of women for three years in Love’s Labour’s Lost. This should be easy: Who needs women when you have your studies and fasting to focus on, right? That is, until the arrival of the Princess of France and her […]