Erin O'Hare



Think you’ve heard it all? Paige Naylor will prove there’s more at one of her Deep Listening sessions at the Bridge. Photo courtesy subject

Paige Naylor leads a journey of awareness

Sit down, find a comfortable position—lay down, if that’s more relaxing. Close your eyes. Can you find the quiet place in your mind where there are no thoughts, no words, no images? Can you remain in the quiet mind place by listening to all the sounds you can possibly hear, including the most distant sounds […]

Chris (pictured) and Sarah Humphrey bought Fellini’s #9 from longtime owner Jacie Dunkel two months ago. The couple says they’ll keep beloved menu staples, while adding special dishes, a new cocktail list and more. Photo by Eze Amos

New Fellini’s owner keeps tradition alive

As a kid, Chris Humphrey spent a lot of time at his grandmother’s home on Belmont Avenue. The small house was the hub for the entire family—there was never fewer than 15 people there at a time, Humphrey remembers—and his grandmother was always cooking for everyone: beef stew, onion gravy, mac ’n’ cheese. Humphrey, who […]

Aromas Café owner Hassan Kaisoum will close the doors to his Barracks Road Shopping Center restaurant on October 14. Photo by Nick Strocchia

Aromas Café to close at Barracks Road Shopping Center

When Hassan Kaisoum was 11 years old, he lost both of his parents. Nearly homeless and roaming the streets of Morocco, someone handed him an eggplant, which he put on the stove and promptly burned. But he was hungry, so he sprinkled some vinegar on the scorched eggplant and ate it anyway—it tasted good, he […]

Georgia Webb's drawings are on view at McGuffey Art Center during the month of October. Photo by Martyn Kyle

First Fridays: October 6

When Georgia Webb draws, she tends to draw things that are close to her—her mother, Ali, her grandpa Jim or her friend Sidney. She draws her favorite cartoon characters, iconic items like Spam cans, and often reinterprets famous paintings, such as Vermeer’s “Girl with a Pearl Earring,” in her own distinct black line-and-marker style. A […]

Laura Galgano, owner of Blue Moon Diner, hopes to have brunch pop-ups in the Snowing in Space Lab on West Main Street about every other month. Photo by Eze Amos

Blue Moon pop-ups feed the community

Although Blue Moon Diner is closed during construction of 600 West Main, the six-story mixed-use building going up behind the restaurant, that hasn’t stopped owner Laura Galgano from serving her customers. “I am a social being, and quite simply, [I] want to know what folks are up to, how their lives are and what new […]

Arnie Popkin plays an all-Chopin concert to celebrate his “sense of gratitude” for his 80 years and the ability to play piano better than ever. Photo by Amy Jackson

Pianist Arnie Popkin celebrates with style and perspective

Arnie Popkin says that people look at him funny when he tells them his ideas on playing piano. “I think you play 90 percent with your brain and 10 percent with your fingers,” says Popkin, who’s been playing piano for more than 75 years. True, he has a pianist’s long, slender digits—and people often remark […]

The Candy Store, which sells more than 3,000 different sweet treats, opened last weekend on Fourth Street. Photo by Tom McGovern

New candy shop opens on Fourth Street

Just in time for Halloween, The Candy Store has opened at 114 Fourth St. SE (the space that formerly housed O’Suzan-nah, which moved to 320 E. Main St., next to Timberlake’s Drug Store and Soda Fountain), and the slightly sour sugary aroma is palpable even from the doorstep. The Candy Store, with a second location […]

J.R. Brown took the moniker Zeus4K and followed his love of music all the way to the top, winning the Nine Pillars high school rap competition earlier this year. Photo by Eze Amos

Rap battle winner Zeus4K looks to the next stage

Last April, J.R. Brown stepped onto the wooden stage at the Jefferson School African American Heritage Center and looked out at the small-ish audience that had gathered in the auditorium. With the house lights on, he could see everyone’s faces. All of their eyes—and ears—were on him. He was nervous. He closed his eyes. The […]

Alec Spidalieri at Junction is shaking things up for Virginia Spirits Month with the Chai Tai, made with dark chai spice rum from Culpeper’s Belmont Farm’s Kopper Kettle, and the Other Woman, featuring rose-infused Belle Isle premium moonshine. Photo by Amy Jackson

Show some love for Virginia-made libations

Bottoms up, y’all. It’s Virginia Spirits Month here in the commonwealth, sponsored by the Virginia Distillers Association and meant to spotlight Virginia-made spirits. Many local bartenders do so all year ’round, but there are a few special cocktails this month that are worth sidling up to the bar for. Junction’s Alec Spidalieri is shaking things […]

High-Dollar Gospel is the latest from blues musician Eli Cook, who says he’s “always trying to diversify his sound in order to appeal to the guitar geeks, the blues fans and the singer-songwriter listeners alike.” He performs at Durty Nelly’s on Friday and at the art, music and food festival ARTCHO on Saturday. Publicity photo

Eli Cook plays with tradition on High-Dollar Gospel

Eli Cook picked up the guitar one fortuitous summer when his older brother went to baseball camp. Cook’s brother had been taking lessons and left an electric guitar—which actually belonged to their older sister—behind in Nelson County. “It seemed cool,” says Cook of the idea of playing guitar. He picked up the instrument and worked […]

“Black theater is raw and painful at times,” says Eric Jones, who plays Booster in August Wilson’s Jitney at the Jefferson School African American Heritage Center September 15-24. Photo by Eze Amos

Jitney is fueled by authenticity and emotion

Lights go up on the wood-paneled stage in the Jefferson School African American Heritage Center auditorium to reveal the inside of a jitney cab station in Pittsburgh. It’s early fall 1977 and the Hill District, a group of neighborhoods that have long been the cultural center of black life in the city—full of black-owned homes, […]

The resident DJ for the Rugged Arts hip-hop showcase at Twisted Branch Tea Bazaar, DJ Double U keeps the beat for a slew of local and visiting artists each month.  Photo by Eze Amos

Local DJs put their own spin on the music scene

From jazz at Miller’s to indie rock at the Southern and big names pulling up to the Pavilion, Charlottesville’s music scene is undoubtedly vibrant. And while it’s true that we have a treasure trove of bands—both local and touring—there’s more to Charlottesville music than songwriters. We have DJs aplenty, and they’re manning turntables and sound […]

Sweet Tooth’s Kevin Davis, Greg Sloan, Paige Naylor and Ryan Maguire express their feelings on the band’s new, yet-to-be-named EP, due in October. Get a live preview at The Bridge on Friday, or the encore at Trash House on Gordon Avenue later that evening. Photo by Tom Daly

The magical, emotional orbit of Sweet Tooth

On a recent weeknight, rainy and surprisingly chilly for early September, the four members of Sweet Tooth set up their instruments in the warm red and violet lights of the Twisted Branch Tea Bazaar. The venue’s small stage couldn’t contain Sweet Tooth—there’s a drum kit, a guitar, two amplifiers, four synthesizers, four microphones and a […]

Ira Wallace, co-founder of the Heritage Harvest Festival, will serve more than 100 varieties of heirloom tomatoes and a few dozen varieties of other vegetables and fruit in the tasting tent from 10am-4pm. Photo by Eze Amos

Food is the focus at this festival

There’s always something new to learn about food, and for the past 11 years, the Heritage Harvest Festival at Monticello has been one of the best ways to learn a lot about the history of what we eat in a little bit of time. On Saturday, chefs, farmers, culinary historians, purveyors and foodies from all […]

The Vailix releases its Architect EP on Saturday at The Ante Room. Courtesy of the subject

The Vailix links card game and comic books to musical narrative

Rob Richmond grew up reading comic books, playing card games and listening to music—all three activities afforded him the opportunity to explore. Sometimes, he’d discover that there was more to explore—like more comic books, television shows, movies, etc.—and the excitement he felt over exploring an even wider imagined world, he says, was unmatched. A few […]

Photo courtesy of Doug Berndt.

Convolution evolution: Updated “Pip & Twig” at Live Arts

Adult identical twins Pip and Twig live an insular, codependent existence. Wearing identical pajamas, they wake in their shared bed at the same time every morning and eat identical breakfasts before going about their daily childlike, tandem routine, clothed in identical dress-and-sweater outfits. So begins The Convolution of Pip and Twig, a play created from […]

UVA President Teresa Sullivan says students should have alerted the university that white supremacists were going to march on Grounds.
UVA Students United

President Sullivan’s candid reply

In a Facebook Live video posted to the UVA Students United Facebook page Sunday evening, a student who was present at the Rotunda on Friday, August 11, approaches President Sullivan to ask a few questions about administrative inaction the night of the white supremacists’ torchlight march. “Where were you Friday night? And why were you […]

Woody Guthrie’s protest song “This Land Is Your Land” is “arguably more popular than our national anthem” according to American Songwriter magazine. Photo courtesy of the Library of Congress

They doth protest: Listen to Charlottesville’s protest songs

Everyone knows at least one protest song. There’s Woody Guthrie’s “This Land Is Your Land,” which American Songwriter magazine says is “arguably more popular than our national anthem”; Marvin Gaye’s “What’s Going On”; Billie Holiday’s “Strange Fruit”; Sam Cooke’s “A Change Is Gonna Come”; Joni Mitchell’s “Big Yellow Taxi”; Bob Dylan’s “Blowin’ In The Wind”; […]

Caitlin and John Terry were married November 6, 2016, at St. Paul's Ivy. Photo: Sebastian Orr

Keep calm and marry on: How to manage wedding stress

A lot happens between the moment couples say “Yes!” and “I do!” There’s choosing a date, finding the perfect venue, crossing your fingers that the perfect venue is open on that chosen date, cake tastings, dress fittings, suit tailoring, picking a DJ (or do you want a band?). Even something seemingly inconsequential like choosing cloth napkins—ivory, […]

Morven Farm. Photo: Jack Looney

Ring me up: Charlottesville is chock-full of places to propose

Before “I do!” comes “Will you?,” and Charlottesville is full of beautiful spots to pop the question. For outdoorsy types, there’s always Carter Mountain, which overlooks the city; Humpback Rock at sunrise (or any time—that view can’t be beat); or White Rock Falls in the Blue Ridge Parkway in Lovingston, complete with wading pool and, […]