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LIVING Picks: March 29-April 4

LIVING Picks: March 29-April 4

NONPROFIT Charlottesville City Market Saturday, April 1 City Market, with more than 100 vendors offering fresh produce, herbs, plants, crafts, baked goods and more, opens for the season. Free, 7am-noon. Water and South streets. 970-3371. FAMILY Silhouette artist Saturday, April 1 Former Disney World portrait artist Edward Casey will be stationed at Alakazam Toys, ready […]

Soprano Sara Duchovnay (right) reprises her role (pictured in the San Francisco production) as Dorothea for Charlottesville Opera's production of Middlemarch in Spring.  Image: Composers Inc.

ARTS Pick: Middlemarch in Spring

Thursday 3/23  & Friday 3/24 George Eliot’s novel arrives on stage as Middlemarch in Spring, a chamber opera that premiered in 2015. The musical treatment (part of the Virginia Festival of the Book) offers humor, passion and political upheaval, while serving to commemorate Ash Lawn Opera’s 40th anniversary as it relaunches as Charlottesville Opera. “We’re […]

Stevie Nicks and The Pretenders join forces at John Paul Jones Arena on Saturday and prove the feeling remains even after the glitter fades. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Stevie Nicks

Throughout the ’70s and ’80s Stevie Nicks reigned as a musical goddess. Her mystical words, gypsy attire and bewitching voice made an indelible mark on rock history, and her trail of hits with Fleetwood Mac are rivaled only by the legacy of her solo material. Pair Nicks on tour with Chrissie Hynde and The Pretenders, […]

Surgeon is one of 10 acts that will darken the door of the Ante Room on Saturday for the second annual Winter’s Ruin Metal Fest. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Winter’s Ruin Metal Fest

Diseased Earth, Vomiting Dinosaurs and Dreaded may sound like Cretaceous period climate change warnings, but they are in fact perpetrators of modern angst that support the lineup at the second annual Winter’s Ruin Metal Fest. Heavy metal assaults, brand new evil and foreboding of cataclysm are the descriptors that run through the bios of Harrisonburg’s […]

Performers from the Blue Ridge Irish Music School grab their tin whistles and fiddles and lace up their ghillies for Irish Night at the Coffeehouse with traditional music, song and dance to benefit the nonprofit school. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Irish Night at the Coffeehouse

Performers from the Blue Ridge Irish Music School grab their tin whistles and fiddles and lace up their ghillies for Irish Night at the Coffeehouse with traditional music, song and dance to benefit the nonprofit school. There will be kids’ activities and storytelling, too, because what’s a celebration of Irish tradition without folklore and fairies? Saturday, […]

A Virginia Festival of the Book event, WVPT PBS Kids presents a showing of Clifford on the big screen at the Paramount Theater.

LIVING Picks: March 22-28

NONPROFIT March yard sale Friday, March 24 and Saturday, March 25 You will find home décor, kitchenware, collectibles, artwork and more at this yard sale to benefit the Senior Center. The  early-bird sale takes place March 24 from 5-7pm with a $5 entrance fee. Entrance to the Saturday yard sale from 8am-1pm is free. 974-7756. […]

The Northside Library on Rio Road, which opened in 2015, houses 30,000 square feet and the most checked out books.

Stephen Barling

In brief: Library shocker, UVA’s $9 million plane and more

Busy as a bookworm Here in the digital age, one relic from our printing-press past is defying obsolescence: the library. The Jefferson-Madison Regional Library saw its busiest year ever in 2016, with its newest Crozet and Northside libraries contributing to the boom, according to director John Halliday. It’s not just books that account for the […]

Mel Walker says the staff thinks of customers like family at Mel’s Cafe on West Main Street. Photo by Eze Amos

Small businesses make big impacts

Small businesses make up 99 percent of all businesses nationwide—a percentage that carries over to our local economy. A study completed by the Virginia Employment Commission in the third quarter of 2016 revealed 2,477 Charlottesville businesses had 499 employees or fewer—the standard definition of a small business is one with 500 or fewer employees. In […]

Charlottesville Ballet offers a fresh take on Chopiniana at PVCC on Saturday. Photo by Keith Alan Sprouse

ARTS Pick: Chopiniana

Escape to the theater with Charlottesville Ballet as the company presents the airy, romantic Chopiniana, along with new works by Julia Mitchell, R. Colby Damon, Ty Cooper and Maggie Small. Presented in several variations over the past century tracing back to 1892, Chopiniana is revered as one of the earliest ballets to convey just mood […]

Chamomile and Whiskey rocks the Southern on Friday. Photo by Rich Tarbell

ARTS Pick: Chamomile and Whiskey

Nelson County’s Chamomile and Whiskey drove its inaugural release, 2007’s Wandering Boots, around the U.S. festival circuit to build a fanbase and define itself in the massive genre of Americana, leading to its current pace of more than 150 live shows per year. The band throws some extra Irish passion on its musical fire with […]

Mike Recine will perform Saturday, March 18 at The Jefferson School African American Heritage Center. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Mike Recine

Personal stories about fellow Jersey boys and Brooklyn hipsters color the dark wit of comedian Mike Recine, who got his start performing open mic standup at Panera Bread. Recine pokes fun at everyday people, but shows a softer side when he hands out jars of his homemade pasta sauce at shows. Saturday, March 18. $20, […]

Keese will perform with Gritty City Records on Tuesday at The Ante Room. Photo by Amy Jackson

ARTS Picks: Gritty City Records

High-energy Richmond hip-hop coalition Gritty City Records featuring nearly a dozen emcees and producers gets real and raw, spitting fiery verse influenced by ’90s artists such as Nas, Mobb Deep and Wu-Tang Clan. The group is joined by socially conscious lyrical mastermind Keese, Alex Brown of extraterrestrial-seeking Friends From Earth and spiritual hip-hop duo Lo$tnFound. […]

Bring up to three things for repair to the Cville Repair Cafe, including small appliances, clothing, bikes, jewelry, toys and other household items.

LIVING Picks: Week of March 15-21

NONPROFIT Cville Time Bank Repair Café Saturday, March 18 Bring up to three things for repair, including small appliances, clothing, bikes, jewelry, toys and other household items. Free, noon-4pm. IX Art Park, 522 Second St. SE. facebook.com/events/332444857 149671/ FAMILY Paramount Theater tour Saturday, March 18 Learn about the Paramount’s beginnings in 1931, see the backstage […]

Lunasa performs at The Haven on Wednesday. Publicity image.

Arts Pick: Lúnasa

“St. Patrick’s Day is much bigger in America than it is in Ireland,” say the members of Lúnasa, an Irish supergroup who take the stage on Wednesday, for what guitarist Ed Boyd calls “a good night’s entertainment.” The group’s 20th anniversary tour is filled with stories and music, contemporary and traditional, in perfect preparation for the stateside honoring of […]

Pianist Wu Han brings the French Virtuosity ensemble to Cabell Hall Auditorium for the Tuesday Evening Concert Series March 14. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Wu Han

In a genre that carries itself with quiet dignity, stars of classical music don’t always cross over to become household names, making it less apparent when a legend is in our midst. In recognition of artistic excellence and achievement, pianist Wu Han and her recital partner, cellist David Finckel, were named Musical America’s 2012 Musicians […]

ARTS Pick: Shakespeare’s Sister

Judith Shakespeare wants to be a playwright. So when her debt-ridden father tries to marry her off, Shakespeare’s Sister flees to London with handsome actor Ned Alleyn, hoping to join her brother and realize her ambition. When she arrives in the city, she finds her brother gone, Ned engaged to another woman and her play declined. […]

Neko Case plays the Jefferson Theater Friday. March 10. Photo by Dennis Kleiman

ARTS Pick: Neko Case

In the early days of her career, Neko Case sounded like a new voice in the vintage style of country music, with 1997’s The Virginian earning her comparisons to Loretta Lynn and Patsy Cline. What came next was an album-by-album development of her unique vocals and compelling songwriting. Twenty years later, she’s released the box […]

Peter and the Starcatcher runs through March 26 at Live Arts. Photo by Martyn Kyle

ARTS Pick: Peter and the Starcatcher

The teenager-loaded cast and crew of Peter and the Starcatcher “keep the grown-ups on our toes and bring fantastic ideas” according Live Arts’ Bree Luck. The production wields credits for more than 45 community members and offers a special artistic collaboration between apprentice and mentor in bringing Peter Pan’s backstory to life. Through March 26. […]

Charlottesville School Board member Amy Laufer announced a run for City Council February 27. Staff photo

In Brief: Members only, additional candidates emerge and more

More candidates emerge Charlottesville School Board member Amy Laufer announced a run for City Council February 27, and former Albemarle School Board chair Ned Gallaway wants the Democratic nomination for Albemarle’s Rio seat. BOS Chair Diantha McKeel seeks a second term representing the Jack Jouett District. And Angela Lynn again will challenge Weyers Cave Delegate […]

John Grisham will be a panelist at the bracket breakfast. Photo by Dan Addison

LIVING Picks: Week of March 8-14

NONPROFIT Bracket breakfast Monday, March 13 Panelists including John Grisham, Barry Parkhill and Ricky Stokes give you inside tips and make their NCAA Final Four picks. Fundraiser for Piedmont CASA; includes prizes and surprises. $125 per ticket, 7am. Omni Hotel ballroom, 212 Ridge McIntire Rd. 971-7515. FAMILY Girls’ Geek Day Saturday, March 11 This fun, […]

Cavaliers Kyle Guy and London Perrantes are Hoos with the 'dos.
Photos Matt Riley

In brief: Basketball hair, parking layoffs and more

What about London Perrantes? The New York Post said first-year Hoo Kyle Guy has the best hairdo in college basketball for his man bun/top knot hybrid, but Perrantes’ high-top fade is pretty impressive, too. ACC bummer The Cavs exited the tournament in the quarterfinals March 9 after losing 58-71 to Notre Dame. But UVA got […]

Jordan Tice's new album, Horse County, with a backing band by the same name, is his first all-original release and it highlights his new interest in ragtime. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Jordan Tice

Jordan Tice’s journey to becoming a force on the bluegrass scene started with classical guitar, jazz and rock ’n’ roll, then expanded into a variety of projects that found him keeping musical company with members of Crooked Still, Punch Brothers, Dave Rawlings Machine and Canadian folk act The Duhks. He was even tapped by banjo-playing […]

Directed by Edward Warwick White with choreography by Heather Powell, the production features Becca Vourvoulas as Velma and Natalee McReynolds (fresh from her role as Sergeant Sarah Brown in Live Arts’ Guys and Dolls) as Roxie. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Chicago

Murder, fame and greed consume the lives of two 1920s jazz club performers in Chicago, the longest-running American musical in Broadway history. From behind bars and in the courtroom, Velma Kelly and Roxie Hart compete with each other for public attention, while singing and dancing through a media frenzy. Directed by Edward Warwick White with […]

Sleigh Bells continued their experimental sonic trailblazing in November with a fourth album, Jessica Rabbit, on their own label, Torn Clean. Photo courtesy subjects

ARTS Pick: Sleigh Bells

Brooklyn noise pop act Sleigh Bells melds punchy distortions into slick pop so smoothly that not only have several tracks been placed in commercials and TV series, but the duo recently filed a lawsuit against pop star Demi Lovato and her producers for sampling tracks from their Treats LP without permission. The duo continued their […]

ARTS Pick: Arthur C. Greene Rising Star Awards

ARTS Pick: Arthur C. Greene Rising Star Awards

“Talent is an accident of genes—and a responsibility,” said the late actor Alan Rickman. For the past 20 years, the Piedmont Council for the Arts has identified more than 250 area high school students as bearers of that responsibility through its annual Arthur C. Greene Rising Star Awards. This year, teachers and nonprofit organizations have […]

LIVING Picks: Week of March 1-7

LIVING Picks: Week of March 1-7

NONPROFIT GenR: Charlottesville launch party Thursday, March 2 This organization’s inaugural fundraiser supports the International Rescue Committee’s work in helping refugees resettle here and rebuild their lives. $35-75; 6:30-9pm. Old Metropolitan Hall, 101 E. Main St., Downtown Mall. rescue.org/event/genr-charlottesville-launch-party FAMILY ArtFest in the West Friday, March 3 This “magical medieval” fundraiser for arts education showcases […]