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Overheard on the restaurant scene: This week’s foodie news

It’s almost that time of year again! The Charlottesville City Market, the city’s largest and oldest open-air farmers’ market, will open for its 40th season on Saturday, April 5. More than 100 local vendors are scheduled for the kickoff, including 13 newcomers like Stevie G’s Gluten-Free Bakery from Crozet, Madison Trout, and Sweet Jane’s Kitchen. […]

St. Paul & The Broken Bones are the next stars on the soul revival circuit with recent appearances on late night talk shows and an NPR segment.

ARTS Pick: St. Paul & The Broken Bones

The unassuming members of St. Paul & The Broken Bones produce spine-tingling soul music that surpasses simple revival—this music sweats and stomps its way through a regeneration of the genre. Singer Paul Janeway possesses a set of pipes with the heart-wrenching timbre of Otis Redding combined with the wailing bad-assery of a writhing James Brown. […]

Volunteer actors explore Christian life within a secular society at the Haven.

ARTS Pick: Man at a Crossroad

Lyndia Porter had no idea that she was creating a new form of ministry when she sat down to write her stage play Man at a Crossroad. Performed by volunteers from across Virginia, the play explores the struggles of living a Christian life within a secular society. But unlike some stage performances, nothing here is […]

Diane Cluck’s uniquely beautiful voice ranges over peaks and valleys with warbling inflections that hint at the emotive style of Joni Mitchell.

ARTS Pick: Diane Cluck

Though she cut her musical teeth in NYC’s Lower East Side among other notables in the anti-folk game, Diane Cluck now resides in Virginia—a fitting landscape for her lovely and lonely brand of intuitive songwriting. Her first release in eight years, Boneset is a collection of songs written during her hiatus and presented in loose […]

Major and The Monbacks’ sassy horns and lively pianos ready the dance floor while spirited lyrics spread a message of cheer to their eager audience.

ARTS Picks: Major and the Monbacks

The ink on their college diplomas is not dry, but the nine members of Major and the Monbacks are already making a splash in the Central Virginia music scene. Defying genres, these energetic artists combine Motown, Ska, and Southern rock with the self-proclaimed “Eastern Seaboard’s Horniest Horn Section.”  Their songs are pure celebration, a tribute […]

Thanks to a collection effort by an upcycling company, you don’t have to toss your old pens and mechanical pencils. File photo.

Write, recycle, repeat: How to give new life to old pencils, pens, vinyl, and CDs

Teri Kent runs Charlottesville’s Better World Betty, a non-profit organization and online resource for locals looking to shrink their impact on the environment. Every month, Betty—Kent’s ’50s-housewife-meets-earth-goddess alter ego—answers the most burning eco-questions from our readers about energy use, water, waste and recycling, transportation, and green buying. Send your inquiries her way. Q: Any place […]

The visual spectacle of an Excision show takes the typical EDM light show to new levels of visual assault.

ARTS Pick: Excision

A claw-like spaceship hovers above a cityscape as electronic dance music begins to build. The heavy bass finally drops, and a claw releases fiery bombs syncopated with the beat, leveling the city with sound and displayed by the Executioner, a 420 square foot video stage featuring 3D animation. Housed in the center of the behemoth, Canadian DJ […]

Traditional Irish song and dance hits some high notes when the Women of Ireland take it on the road.

ARTS Pick: Women of Ireland

Prepare for St. Patrick’s Day with an evening of traditional Irish song and dance as former Riverdance members and a number of other talented dancers make up the Women of Ireland. The all-female lineup performs iconic steps to enchanting Celtic vocals by a sisterly trio from County Kerry, Ireland. Special guest Anthony Fallon, a four-time world champion […]

Kathryn Caine releases her eighth studio album with a celebration show at the Southern.

ARTS Pick: Kathryn Caine & The Small Band

If you’re looking for a mid-century, backwoods throwback, join Kathryn Caine & The Small Band to celebrate the release of a new studio album. Sometimes twangy, sometimes bluesy, Caine’s vocals evoke ’60s folk darlings Dusty Springfield and Bobbie Gentry on this self-titled collection of wide-ranging Americana. The lifelong singer-songwriter’s lyrics drive tunes featuring guitar work […]

The whistled notes of “Sweet Georgia Brown” signal the Harlem Globetrotter’s return to town.

ARTS Pick: Harlem Globetrotters

Hot hand jersey, make or miss, and trick shot challenge are three new rules fans can vote for to be used in upcoming games by the infamous Harlem Globetrotters. The full court wizards in red, white, and blue have been wowing audiences with superhuman basketball skills for an incredible 88 years, and have played over […]

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The scene: Mardi Gras at Fellini’s

See and be seen! We’re sending a photographer to the hottest scenes in Charlottesville for an up-close-and-personal look at what—and who—is going on around town. Know of a photo-worthy event coming up? E-mail writer@c-ville.com.  Despite the chilly weather on Fat Tuesday, there was a fun and festive crowd at Fellini’s #9 celebrating Mardi Gras. The atmosphere […]

Hailee Steinfeld and Jeff Bridges star in this Coen brothers' adaptation of Charles Portis' 1968 novel.

ARTS Pick: True Grit

Jeff Bridges reunited with the Coen brothers in the 2010 Oscar-nominated Western drama, True Grit, based on Charles Portis’ novel of the same name. Seeking revenge for her father’s murder, cantankerous farm girl Mattie Ross (Hailee Steinfeld) hires the surly U.S. Marshal Rooster Cogburn (Bridges). Texas Ranger LaBeouf (Matt Damon) joins the unlikely duo in […]

Four County Players puts on the rockin’ musical Bye Bye Birdie with a cast of vivacious teenagers.

ARTS Pick: Bye Bye Birdie

Take a family-friendly romp through the 1960s in Four County Players’ production of the mod musical Bye Bye Birdie. When teen heartthrob Conrad Birde is drafted into the Army, his agent plans to send him off in style with one last kiss from a lucky fan. Based on the legend of Elvis Presley’s draft controversy, […]

New York City noise pop band The Pains of Being Pure at Heart plays the Southern on Saturday. Publicity Image.

ARTS Pick: Pains of Being Pure at Heart

Music is meant to be felt. It’s a powerful, visceral force that doesn’t just please the ears, but livens the mind, excites the bones, and echoes across the soul. That, at least, is the philosophy behind Pains of Being Pure, New York’s up-and-coming indie rock band. Hitting the music scene hard in 2009 with its […]

Gorilla Theater presents an alternative Frankenstein that’s every bit as thrilling, disturbing, and heartbreaking as the original.

ARTS Pick: Frankenstein

During a stormy summer holiday, Mary Shelley and her companions were challenged by their host Lord Byron to see who could compose the best ghost story. After a few fretful days devoid of inspiration, the tale of Frankenstein revealed itself to her in a lucid dream. Gorilla Theater presents a modern adaptation of the thriller […]

The Beets’ frontman Juan Wauters moves his punk form into sentimental folk on his solo debut.

ARTS Pick: N.A.P. North American Poetry

When Juan Wauters emigrated from Uruguay to Queens, New York in the early aughts, he brought a love of music that was nurtured into maturity in the borough that brought us the Ramones. In his debut solo record, N.A.P. North American Poetry, Wauters delivers effortless hooks and sentimental lyrics with a heavy folk influence. The […]