C-VILLE Writers



Drew Gibson brings his reflective songs of love, loss and family pride to The Garage on Tuesday. Photo: Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Drew Gibson

Alt-country singer-songwriter Drew Gibson proves that home is where his heart is on the new album, 1532. Drawing on family history, the finger-picking guitarist proves his talent as a storyteller though a mosaic of memorable events turned into song. The tracks convey the hardships in Gibson’s life from an uncle’s battle with leukemia to family […]

Tildon Krautz brings its self-described “anti-rational rabbit-folk” music to The Garage tomorrow. Photo: Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Tildon Krautz

Husband and wife team Gregg Weiss and Gabi Swiatkowska lead the French quartet Tildon Krautz. The former Brooklynites have formed what is essentially a string band, creating music that borders on roots and folk, dipping into some jazz and blues with an arsenal of vocal abilities from the childlike soprano of Swiatkowska to the deep […]

The Met Opera offers a summer encore of Aida in HD at the Paramount on Thursday. Photo: Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Aida

The Metropolitan Opera’s Egyptian love story Aida is elevated with chorale support, ballet numbers and complex ensembles in a tale centered around three characters with difficult decisions to make. The daughter of the pharaoh and her slave Aida, in her own right a princess but of an enemy kingdom, both love Radamés, an Egyptian warrior. […]

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The night shift

The loneliest hours It’s 1am, and you’re starving but you got nothin’ in your fridge. It’s 2am and your baby’s spiked a 105 degree temperature. It’s 4am and you hear a scraping sound on your window. If any of these scenarios sound familiar, you’re very grateful for the folks who work while the rest of […]

Synth wizards Justine Mainville and Kevin Steinhauser heat up the Tea Bazaar under the moniker Math the Band on Tuesday. Photo: Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Math the Band

Math the Band launched in Providence, Rhode Island, but has amassed a large cult following beyond the small state. Known for live sets driven by energetic tunes from DIY electronic instruments and relatable lyrics with a classic punk aesthetic, the duo’s performances leave the crowd exhausted but high on passion. Tuesday 8/11. $8, 8:30pm. Twisted Branch […]

Garrison Keillor winds down his career as the host of A Prairie Home Companion with the America the Beautiful tour at the pavilion on Saturday. Photo: Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: A Prairie Home Companion

For 41 years A Prairie Home Companion has delivered folksy humor, top musical talent and irreverent commentary led by Garrison Keillor. The radio show comes to life on stage with the America the Beautiful tour, and while Keillor has announced he will retire by 2017 you can still see him, along with Fred Newman, Sue […]

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ARTS Pick: A Midsummer Night’s Dream

A Midsummer Night’s Dream is one of Shakespeare’s most famous comedies with its memorable tale of befuddled romance, thrilling adventure and mischievous magic. The playful tribute to the imagination holds the audience spellbound with a powerful story that proves true love is not as simple as a fairy tale for children. Through 11/29. $18-46, times […]

Ivan Christo leads the experimental electronic band Jaguardini at The Ante Room on Thursday. Photo: Pat Jarrett

ARTS Pick: Jaguardini

Sampling rhythms and beats from video games, dub reggae, house and synth-pop, Jaguardini is set to roar. The Harrisonburg-based collective treats music like a science project, experimenting with a variety of so-called instruments including a 1988 Game Boy and a vocoder. The band has gained notoriety with song titles like “Electric Jesus” and “Pulchritude in […]

Howie Day plays from both his new album and his repertoire of old favorites at the Southern on Saturday. Photo: Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Howie Day

It may have been over 10 years since Howie Day crooned the earworm lyrics “even the best fall down sometimes” over the soaring melody of his acoustic guitar in his platinum single “Collide,” but his star hasn’t fallen yet. The Maine native’s heartfelt songs have gained a devoted audience with four studio albums and strong, […]

The competition is fierce and the fun is abundant at The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, onstage at Four County Players. Photo: Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

Six tweens compete for the title of champion speller in the beloved musical comedy The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. This eclectic group of kids spells through the show while disclosing a variety of humorous, honest and heartfelt stories from their home lives. Audience members can also get in on the academic action in […]

Matt Cranitch and Jackie Daly assemble old-time musical interpretations in a distinctive new sound at C’ville Coffee on Saturday. Photo: Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Jackie Daly and Matt Cranitch

Though difficult to read and even harder to pronounce, Sliabh Luachra, a region in southern Ireland on the border of Cork and Kerry, has birthed a rich style of music that is easy on the ears. Jackie Daly is renowned for his talented instrumentals, heralded by the New York Times as “probably the best accordionist […]

Comedian Stewart Huff has a knack for finding funny trinkets and gathering them to enlarge his collection. He performs at the Southern at Saturday. Photo: Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Stewart Huff

Since dropping out of college 15 years ago to become a writer and comedian, Tennessee native Stewart Huff’s star has been rising on the national and international horizons. Get to know his original and refreshing humor at the latest installment of the Laugh Your Ass Off Comedy Showcase, where he embraces his own life experiences […]

Tyler Thomas and Mike Hollar share the title of sous chef at Latin flair mainstay Zocalo, co-owned by chefs Andrew Silver and Ivan Rekosh. Photo: Rammelkamp Foto

Operating system: The all-important role of the sous chef

As anyone who has ever worked in a professional kitchen—or any aspect of the restaurant industry—will adamantly testify: The life of a chef is by no means for the faint of heart. The hours are long and strange. The work relentlessly demanding, ulcer-inducingly stressful. And yet, we’re assured, profoundly rewarding. Nowhere is this dynamic of […]

ARTS Pick: I Love a Piano

A celebration of the music and lyrics of Irving Berlin, The Heritage Theatre Festival’s production of I Love a Piano follows a piano as it moves in and out of American lives from the turn of the century to modern day. The story’s brought to life by Berlin classics such as “There’s No Business Like […]

The Ike Reilly Assassination plays the Southern on Sunday. Photo: Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Ike Reilly

With the unlikely style of Billy Joel meets Johnny Cash, Ike Reilly, a former grave digger from Illinois, tells timeless tales of love, lust, drugs and drinking through reckless tunes and poetic lyrics. Reilly may have an unconventional past but it’s birthed a unique perspective on life and lends a finesse to his daring music. […]

Louisville’s My Morning Jacket returns to the Pavilion on Tuesday on the heels of its new release, The Waterfall. Photo: publicity photo

ARTS Pick: My Morning Jacket

My Morning Jacket hails from Kentucky, but don’t call the band a country act. Frontman Jim James recently told Rolling Stone, “Modern country is deliberately dumbing down the human race.” The band’s psychedelic indie rock, in conjunction with Jim James’ otherworldly vocals, has made MMJ an international success, and nurtured the group’s reputation as legendary […]

ARTS Pick: Music for the Mountains

Neighbors, musicians and foodies from across the Commonwealth will gather at Music for the Mountains to raise funds in an effort to push back against the Atlantic Coast Pipeline and its anticipated damage to Virginia’s mountains, water, farmlands and landowner rights. Speakers and info tables will be set up to educate those who attend, and […]

Wiz Kahlifa’s career has seen new highs with the success of his song “See You Again,” known as the Paul Walker tribute from Furious 7. Photo: Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Wiz Khalifa

Rising from steely Pittsburgh to the top of the music charts with “Black and Yellow,” Wiz Khalifa has earned the nicknames king, wisdom and successor. Influenced by the ’80s era of limos, lights and luxury, Khalifa amassed both indie and commercial cred. His new album, Blacc Hollywood, fuses the classic culture of rock ‘n’ roll […]

Folk, country and indie rock collide in the punchy, lyrically sweet tunes from Lindsay Lou & The Flatbellys at Jefferson Vineyards on Saturday. Photo: publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Lindsay Lou & The Flatbellys

It seems you can’t open a music site these days without seeing another Americana band claim its right to the title of “next big thing,” but Michigan roots ensemble Lindsay Lou & The Flatbellys just might be the next to deliver. Describing its sound as “caught between the pull of the past and the push […]

CLAW declares UnDependence and its dedication to “empower women and strengthen communities through, theater, wrestling and philanthropy” at the Blue Moon Diner on Saturday. Photo: Billy Hunt

ARTS Pick: UnDependence

The Charlottesville Lady Arm Wrestlers are at it again, taking a seat at the table for UnDependence, and proving anything man can do, CLAW can do better. Teachers, moms, CEOs and clerks transform into the tough, gritty characters that the audience knows and loves. With wrestling aliases like General Discontent, Carrie-Oke and Sailor Doom, the […]

The Eagles classic rockin’, top-selling concert tour returns to John Paul Jones Arena on Monday. Photo: Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: The Eagles

The classic jams keep rolling when the Eagles glide in with a retrospective of their easy listening hits. Following up on a documentary of the same name, The History of the Eagles tour covers Don Henley and his mate’s highest highs, including “Hotel California,” “Lyin’ Eyes” and “Take It Easy.” Indulge that “Peaceful Easy Feeling” […]