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Coffee expert Sara Goldsmith will serve coffee, mulled apple cider and other hot drinks from this converted van parked across from Feast! inside Main Street Market. Photo by Paul Whicheloe

Converted van is city’s newest coffee spot

Strung with holiday lights and equipped with an espresso machine and other warm drink-making accoutrements, a 1974 cherry red Citroën H Van parked inside Main Street Market will start serving early-morning beverages and snacks this week. Coffee expert and Feast! employee Sara Goldsmith will be running the show, selling locally roasted coffees and coffee drinks, […]

Phil “dogfuck” Green believes that music can start revolutions just as easily as it can lull a baby to sleep. Green incorporates as much socially conscious material into music as possible, in part because it’s what Green thinks about often, and in part because “as a white person in hip-hop, I have to pay rent on my space,” says Green. Courtesy subject

Right angle: dogfuck shapes music around realism

Sitting on a cushioned bench in the back room of the Twisted Branch Tea Bazaar, Phil Green takes a drag from a hookah hose and exhales a stream of hazy smoke that hangs in the fading afternoon sunlight before recalling an early memory. In that memory, Green’s about 6 years old, riding around in their […]

Ivy Naté’s large installation of stuffed animals of various shapes and sizes is featured in “Drawn to Charlottesville,” a show on view this month at Second Street Gallery. Courtesy of the artist

First Fridays: December 1

First Fridays: December 1 “Every artist starts with something inside themselves that feels true to them,” says sculptor and installation artist Ivy Naté. “I’m not sure what came first for me…balancing chaos and order, or reinventing the obvious.” “I feel lucky that at times I am able to take some abstract shit in my head, interpret […]

Ned Oldham (above) and Jordan Perry perform songs from Oldham’s new EP, Dark Mountain, in the opening set for the Angel Olsen show at the Jefferson on November 28. Oldham also plays Sarah White’s Country Christmas show at The Southern on December 21. Photo by Martyn Kyle

Ned Oldham’s lyrics illuminate Dark Mountain

In the 20-odd years of Ned Oldham’s musical life, he’s been a pendulum, swinging back and forth between writing his own words and using those of others. “I get tired of the sound of my own lyrical voice,” says Oldham. And so since releasing the 7-inch record Hello My/The Free Web with The Anomoanon in […]

You can find Earl Vallery’s Bowerbird Bakeshop’s creations, including matcha mint chocolate chip cookies and macarons in interesting flavors like Thai coffee, at the City Market holiday market. Photos by Paul Whicheloe

Big mac attack: Pastry chef brings the baked goods

Pastry chef Earl Vallery is new to Charlottesville, and there are a few things you should know about him. 1) He loves bread. “I think it’s the most amazing food. I could eat it every day of my life,” says Vallery, who went to culinary school for bread-baking before turning to pastry (he helped launch […]

Courtenay Tyler and Derek Mansfield recently opened Tilman’s, a Downtown Mall cheese, wine and charcuterie-focused shop, which also offers sandwiches, salads and desserts. Photo by Amy Jackson

Say cheese: Tilman’s helps you make the right choices

Derek Mansfield and Courtenay Tyler know that shopping for the perfect wine and cheese can be tough. They’re hoping to take the intimidation factor down a few notches, though, with Tilman’s, their cheese shop and wine bar that opened last week on the Downtown Mall. Mansfield and Tyler met while working at Relay Foods, and […]

Susan Munson has been playing music in central Virginia for more than 20 years. She celebrates her latest release, Halfway to Anywhere, on Friday. Publicity photos

Susan Munson is one of the area’s most prolific musicians

When Susan Munson was a kid growing up in Charlottesville, any time she had something to tell somebody, she’d write them a poem. She’d give it to them too, either hand-delivering the written verse or reading it to them herself. It was the earliest manifestation of Munson’s songwriting impulse, which has her writing more songs […]

“Dealer’s Choice: The Samuel Kootz Gallery 1945-1966,” is on view at The Fralin Museum through December 17. Courtesy of The Fralin Museum at UVA

The Fralin recollects the influence of Samuel Kootz

It’s a bit chilly in the air-conditioned exhibition room at The Fralin Museum of Art at UVA, but the temperature isn’t what’s giving Rebecca Schoenthal goosebumps. It’s the art. Specifically, it’s William Baziotes’ cool-toned, blue-hued “Night Form” and Adolph Gottlieb’s earth-toned pictograph, “The Sorceress,” hanging on a Fralin gallery wall, together for the first time […]

The members of Little Graves, Luis Solar, Geoff Otis and Les Whittaker, take listeners on an emotional journey through noise-punk instrumentals strewn with samples of field recordings. Little Graves plays Magnolia House on Saturday at 7pm. Photo by Tristan Williams

Punk rock just comes natural to Little Graves

Luis Soler bought his first guitar for $30. It was a pawn shop find, “the worst possible guitar,” he says while nursing a pint of beer at Champion Brewing Company on Halloween eve. “Metallica,” “Slayer” and other metal band names were scratched into the guitar’s paint, says Soler, prompting throaty laughter from his Little Graves […]

Although Janet Dob and Cynthia Viejo are expanding their wholesale Bake’mmm bagel business to more than 400 Kroger and Earth Fare stores, you’ll still be able to satisfy your bagelini cravings at the City Market. Staff photo

The Bageladies zero in on expanded market

Not long after Janet Dob moved from Colorado to Free Union, Virginia, she received an unexpected email: “Are you the woman who made the bagels that my mom fed me every day before school?” it read. Email was still a relatively novel thing in the late 1990s, and Dob was touched that this college student […]

Ann Robertson is one of the artists whose work is featured in the Fiber and Stitch Art Collective show on view this month in the Create Gallery at Indoor Biotechnologies. Photo by Eze Amos

First Fridays: November 3

First Fridays: November 3 Ann Robertson made her first art quilt more than 20 years ago, as a way of working through her experience in the Great Hanshin earthquake that hit Kobe, Japan, in the wee hours of January 17, 1995. With no prior quilting experience and only one American quilting book and some Japanese quilting […]

Buckets of fake blood and no CGI give the locally produced Curse of the Slasher Nurse a classic vibe. By Dave Kerr

Group of friends brings on Curse of the Slasher Nurse

A group of friends goes out to a secluded cabin in the woods—no other cabins within screaming distance, one of the friends claims—for a weekend of laid-back partying. As night falls and the group gets to some slightly drunken, scary storytelling, a tale about a woman who’s broken out of a psychiatric hospital becomes a […]

In Hellmouth, a new interactive choose-your-own-horror-adventure story app, participants are special agents called back early from vacation for a pressing assignment.

Choose your own horror adventure app hits close to home

Halloween is right around the corner, and, for some of us, candy corn, costumes, haunted houses, horror movie marathons and monster mashing is celebration enough. But for those who like a little extra treat in their bag of Halloween tricks, two Charlottesvillians have developed Hellmouth, an interactive choose-your-own-horror-adventure audio tour. Head to the Downtown Mall, […]

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 […]