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Jack Looney

The Great Outdoors

Going with the flow Rivanna River Company will launch Charlottesville’s first outfitter By Jessica Luck editor@c-ville.com When Gabe and Sonya Silver moved back to Charlottesville three years ago after various stints in other places working in the outdoor recreation field, they settled in the Woolen Mills neighborhood. The house they bought was a fixer-upper with […]

See the Bard's great military history play, The Life of King Henry the Fifth, onstage at the American Shakespeare Center through June 10. Photo: Michael Bailey

ARTS Pick: The Life of King Henry the Fifth

Witness the high drama, savagery and heroism surrounding the Battle of Agincourt in The Life of King Henry the Fifth, skillfully staged by the American Shakespeare Center. Explore the multiple sides of King Henry V’s passionate personality in the last of the Bard’s historic plays. Through 6/10. $29-54, 7:30pm. Blackfriars Playhouse, 10 S. Market St., Staunton. […]

Mark Erelli plays from his new, critically acclaimed album, For a Song, at The Front Porch on Saturday. Photo: Paul Janovitz

ARTS Pick: Mark Erelli

Folk musician Mark Erelli is an accomplished performer who operates just outside of the spotlight. After building a reputation of excellence on Boston’s coffeehouse circuit, the multi-instrumental troubadour took a break from his solo career in 2010 and joined singer-songwriter Lori McKenna on the road with country music power couple Tim McGraw and Faith Hill. […]

Get the scoop on the latest releases from M. Ward, Bleached and Boogarins in this week's album reviews. Photo: File photo

Album reviews: M. Ward, Bleached, Boogarins

M. Ward More Rain (Merge) He’s covered Louis Armstrong, Daniel Johnston, David Bowie and Bach. He’s recorded Christmas albums with Zooey Deschanel. And for 15 years, M. Ward has also been one of the country’s best songwriters, though at times less a songwriter and more of a mood, something you put on and let drift […]

Charlottesville Ballet's rendition of the Brother's Grimm tale Snow White, is sure to keep you on your toes. Photo: Thomas Giroir

ARTS Pick: Snow White

Taking a lighter approach to the Brothers Grimm’s telling of Snow White, Charlottesville Ballet tiptoes around the tale of a girl stalked by a murderous psychopath to present a forest fantasy made up of friendly animals and merrymaking dwarfs. The massive cast includes 60 local dance students in addition to 20 professional company members, and […]

Enjoy the sun, plus live music and eats at Fridays After Five, go on the Historic Garden Week Tour, have a five course-meal at Blenheim Vineyards and more.

Living Picks: To-do this week

Festival       Fridays After Five Enjoy the weather, tunes from local jam band Kendall Street Company and eats from numerous area food trucks. Friday 4/22. Free, 5:30pm. nTelos Wireless Pavilion, Downtown Mall. 245-4910. Nonprofit Historic Garden Week Tour The 83rd annual event celebrates the beauty of local gardens, and feature visits to the historic Morven […]

Live Arts digs into absurd observations with Hunter Gatherers starring Chris Patrick, Zoe Farmingdale, Jack Walker and Mendy St. Ours. Photo: Martyn Kyle

ARTS Pick: Hunter Gatherers

Peter Sinn Nachtrieb’s biting, sexy, satirical Hunter Gatherers offers up a dark look at contradiction and pretense in contemporary culture. Masquerading as a glimpse into a typical social evening, the drama ultimately reflects fragility in the manufactured sophistication of modern society, peeking behind the facade of civility and revealing animalistic impulses that have withstood the […]

Massive 5th Street Station, future home of Wegmans, is underway.
Photo Stephen Barling

In brief: Eramo v. Jackie, Wegmans and more

Eramo v. Jackie Former UVA dean Nicole Eramo fought for months to get discredited “A Rape on Campus” source Jackie deposed for her defamation suit against Rolling Stone. That finally happened April 7, and now Eramo wants the court to throw out “personal attacks” Jackie allegedly made during the deposition, according to April 12 court […]

White Denim returns to form with a new album and a quest to rekindle inspiration at the Southern on Tuesday. Photo: Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: White Denim

Four-piece band White Denim has changed its tune quite a few times since its inception nearly a decade ago. The group, based in Austin, makes a return to its rock roots with its latest record, Stiff, and the feverish ’70s undertow and looping on the new release are reminiscent of White Denim’s debut album. “We […]

Locally made Rockbridge Guitars have earned a reputation for exceptional tone and master craftsmanship. They can be spotted in the hands of accomplished musicians including Dave Matthews, Mike Campbell and Warren Haynes. Photo: Rammelkamp Foto

Rockbridge Guitars carves its own place in popular music

Just off the Downtown Mall on West High Street lies one of the city’s most unknown but profound musical treasures: Rockbridge Guitars. Here, a quartet of master luthiers hand-fabricate around 60 custom-designed, top-shelf acoustic guitars a year for some of the world’s most talented players. Since opening its doors, Rockbridge has accumulated a star-studded clientele […]

Accomplished local singer-songwriter Lauren Hoffman and The Secret Storm bring it on at the Southern on Saturday. Photo: Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Lauren Hoffman and the Secret Storm

After taking a hiatus to raise her daughter, Charlottesville’s Lauren Hoffman returned to the stage last year with a new band, The Secret Storm. The current musical incarnation defines Hoffman as a compelling frontwoman backed by myriad instruments such as the cello, electric violin, piano, synthesizer and guitar. When signed by Virgin Records America, Hoffman […]

The strays of America play out timeless obsessions in Gorilla Theater Production's Polaroid Stories. Photo: Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Polaroid Stories

Gorilla Theater Productions presents Polaroid Stories, an interpretation of Roman poet Ovid’s narrative epic, Metamorphoses, which chronicles the history of the world beginning with its creation. The show portrays the outcasts of modern America’s youth living out enduring human compulsions. Thursday 4/14. 18-plus. $10-15, The Studio, 1713 Allied St., Ste. 2A. 547-7986.

Enjoy a night of music and wine with Victory Hall Opera, lace up your sneakers to Run for Autism and wrap up the Tom Tom Fest at the community picnic. Photo: File photo

Living Picks: To-do this week

Festival       The Piedmont Arcades Enjoy a night of food, wine and music at Victory Hall Opera’s spring fundraiser and performance. Tenor Will Ferguson, soprano Sari Gruber and Grammy Award-winning pianist Margo Garrett host a concert accompanied by a four-course tasting of food from Palladio Restaurant and wine from Barboursville Vineyards. Sunday, 4/17. $120, 5pm. Barboursville […]

Why design? Local creators delivering big on visual impact

Why design? Local creators delivering big on visual impact

Here at C-VILLE, we spend a lot of time thinking about design—how what we’re showing you on the page helps you receive the message. That’s most obvious in our weekly covers, where we have only a 9.25″x12.75″ space to relay to you, the reader, what we’re interested in this week. But we consider the design […]

The city didn’t tell Mark Brown it was passing a resolution to buy him out of the Water Street Garage.

Staff photo

Parking Garage Primer

Who owns what at Water Street Garage? Water Street Parking Garage Condo Association owns the structure Charlottesville Parking Center Has four seats on the condo association board Owns 390 spaces Owner: Mark Brown Runs the garage operations The city Has four seats on the condo association board Owns 629 spaces Charlottesville Parking Center owns the […]

William H. Lucy
Submitted photo

The lowdown: Ahead of urban trends

Ahead of urban trends UVA professor William Lucy, 77, who predicted the young and the empty nesters would flock to cities, and who found that the suburbs could be more deadly than inner cities, died April 7. Among his many civic contributions locally, he served on the Charlottesville Planning Commission and once led a committee […]

Livetronica jam duo Big Gigantic looms large at the Jefferson tomorrow night. Photo: Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Big Gigantic

Instrumental, livetronica jam duo Big Gigantic is popular on the festival circuit for its ever-changing live show that combines electronic and hip-hop rhythms, elaborate stage design and lighting for a dynamic, audio-sensory experience. Beyond the beats, saxophonist/producer Dominic Lalli and drummer Jeremy Salken use their musical following to inspire compassion and activism through #ABigGiganticDifference and […]

Photo: Jack Looney

Living Picks: To-do this week

Festival       Charlottesville Dogwood Festival carnival opening  Bring the whole family to the first night of the carnival at this 67th annual event. Enjoy games, rides and more in honor of spring. Thursday 4/7. Free, 5:30-10:30pm. McIntire Park. 961-9824. Nonprofit The Day Soiree Celebrate nonprofits in the local community with this event that features food, games, music, […]

Get the scoop on the latest releases from Britta Phillips, La Sera and The Dandy Warhols in this week's album reviews. Photo: File photo

Album reviews: Britta Phillips, La Sera, The Dandy Warhols

Britta Phillips Luck or Magic (Double Feature) Though Luck or Magic is her first album, Britta Phillips has just about done it all. After providing the singing voice of Jem (of the “Jem and the Holograms” cartoon), she appeared alongside Justine Bateman and Julia Roberts in the lightweight girl-band film Satisfaction. Joining alt-rock darlings Luna […]

Iconic singer Mavis Staples takes the stage at the Paramount on Saturday evening. Photo: Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Mavis Staples

Genre-defying, freedom-fighting diva Mavis Staples has woven her music into a fabric of gospel, soul, folk, pop, R&B, blues, rock and hip-hop for the past 60 years. A pioneer of the Delta gospel sound created in the 1950s, Staples flourished as a solo performer and in her family group, The Staple Singers. She has collaborated […]

Keith Morris & the Crooked Numbers celebrate the release of The Dirty Gospel at The Ante Room on Friday. Photo: Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Keith Morris & the Crooked Numbers

Gritty, heartfelt rock ‘n’ roll meets gut-spilling soul on Keith Morris & the Crooked Numbers’ new album, The Dirty Gospel. Written during a period of mourning, the songs are personal, accessible and emotionally charged. Sarah White and The Pearls and Mister Baby open the CD release bash. Friday 4/8. $10, 7pm. The Ante Room, 219 W. […]

Pop-country songstress Lee Ann Womack studied the business side of music before launching her own career and earning more than 30 award nominations. Photo: Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Lee Ann Womack

Hardly a lavish wedding goes by where Lee Ann Womack’s 2000 crossover hit, “I Hope You Dance,” isn’t played to the delight of a tearful aunt or grandma. The Grammy-winning country music singer has earned a pile of country music awards (CMAs, ACMAs and CMTs), and her latest record, The Way I’m Livin’, followed suit […]

Photo: Tom Daly

Tom Tom Festival is all grown up

As Tom Tom Founders Festival Director Paul Beyer sits in the audience during Founders Summit talks and hears fellow entrepreneurs and creative visionaries speak about the early days of their startups, the successes they celebrated and obstacles they faced, he can’t help but draw a parallel to the festival itself. The ideas for the festival […]

Get on the track for the live recording of the Wrinkle Neck Mules at the Southern on Saturday. Photo: MB Celella

ARTS Pick: Wrinkle Neck Mules

There’s no need to smuggle a taping rig into this Wrinkle Neck Mules show because WarHen Records is capturing the tracks live for an upcoming vinyl release. The recording by Warren Parker’s indie label offers die-hard fans a collector’s item and a chance to enjoy the intimate gig without fumbling with gear and bumping into […]