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KITCHEN(ette), a lunchtime sandwich shop in the Rose Hill neighborhood, offers the classics with dressed-up sides such as curried chickpea salad. Photo by Tom McGovern

Sandwich spot caters to the classics

You can never have too many sandwich options, which is why Morgan Hurt and Gabe Garcia, the team behind Kitchen Catering, opened KITCHEN(ette), a sandwich shop in their catering facility and event space at 606 Rivanna Ave. The menu, divided into four sections—sandwiches with meat, vegetarian sandwiches, salads and sides—is reasonably sized without being overwhelming, […]

Louis Hampton and Damani Harrison of The Beetnix perform at the Nine Pillars Cultural Hip-hop Fest. Photo by Ron Paris

Listen up: C-ville’s hip-hop scene is on the rise

It’s a gray Sunday evening, 50-something degrees and drizzling when The Beetnix step onto the outdoor stage at IX Art Park. It’s been raining all day, but a crowd of more than 100 has gathered on the graffiti-painted concrete ground in front of the stage. Many of them hold their phones and tablets in the […]

The Shops at Stonefield farmers market is open Thursday nights and Saturday mornings, and features artisan and craft vendors as well as samples from Stonefield restaurants. Photo by Tom McGovern

Stonefield’s ‘luxury’ green market

On Thursday evenings and Saturday mornings now through October, a luxury farmers market will take place on the open green space at The Shops at Stonefield, located at the corner of Hydraulic Road and Route 29. The Green Market Stonefield will focus on quality over quantity from hand-selected vendors “to create something different,” says Caroline […]

Local musician and composer Paige Naylor performed at The Bridge PAI’s Telemetry experimental music series in April. The next show takes place on May 14. Photo by Travis Thatcher

Telemetry series at The Bridge takes off

Open-minded listeners looking for a new sound experience should head to The Bridge Progressive Arts Initiative on Sunday night for the Telemetry series. Developed by programming committee members Peter Bussigel, a composer and intermedia artist and professor in UVA’s music department, and Travis Thatcher, technical director of composition and computer technologies in that same department, […]

“Epitaxy,” featuring steel sculpture by Lily Erb and cloth sculpture by Annie Dunckel, is on view at the Welcome Gallery at New City Arts through the month of May. Photo by Martyn Kyle

First Fridays: May 5

First Fridays: May 5 Lily Erb spends a lot of time outside, taking stock of the natural world for images, information and patterns to use in her steel sculptures, some of which are on view this month in “Epitaxy” at the Welcome Gallery at New City Arts. Sometimes she’ll focus on abstracting a certain natural form—for […]

As part of the Folklife Apprenticeship Program, Joey Mirabile (right) taught apprentice Logan Caine most of what he knows about life in the hot dog business. Photo by Pat Jarrett/Virginia Folklife Program

Master hot dog purveyor passes down trade secrets

Joey Mirabile has been around hot dogs his entire life. His father, Tony, served them at Bacali’s Hot Dogs in Norfolk during World War II and even fed celebrities like Frank Sinatra and Sammy Davis Jr. when they were in town to perform. Tony and his wife, Geri, opened Tony’s Hot Dogs in Norfolk in […]

Kristina Warren performs solo on the Abacus, a next-generation musical instrument she designed. Photo by Amy Jackson

Composer Kristina Warren channels vocal technology into art

The human voice is an extraordinary thing. Even the softest, quietest sound is no small feat to produce. Here’s how it works: The lungs pump air through the trachea (windpipe) and into the larynx, where the vocal cords are located. The air makes the vocal folds—multilayered folds of tissue—vibrate, and they alternately trap and release […]

Ships in the Night celebrates the release of Myriologues with a Witches Prom at the Southern on Friday. Photo by Tristan Williams

Ships in the Night sets course for dawn on new album

When Alethea Leventhal was a child, she’d sit for hours at the piano in her mother’s Charlottesville home, singing, playing chords and experimenting with sounds. She remembers obsessively listening to songs like Jimmy Ruffin’s 1966 Motown hit “What Becomes of the Brokenhearted,” pressing play over and over again and using that piano to figure out […]

Found. Market Co., which doubles as a remade furniture workshop and bakehouse, specializes in cookies as well as farmhouse-style baked goods such as muffins and tea cakes. Photo by Tom McGovern

Cookie-focused company settles into new home

Calling all cookie monsters: Found. Market Co. at 221 Carlton Rd. (the former Kathy’s Produce spot) is here for all of your cookie needs. In addition to functioning as a gathering space and remade furniture workshop, Found. is a bakehouse specializing in cookies—pick up some salted rosemary shortbread, a batch of classic cookies or frozen […]

Juice Laundry founder Mike Keenan says he’ll have more specifics on the Corner location soon. Photo by Elli Williams

The Juice Laundry expands, The birth of Mama Meals and more

Fed and pampered Whoa, baby—there’s a new meal service in town. Inspired by requests from local moms who read Heng Ou’s The First Forty Days, a book about Ou’s experience being cared for post-birth by an herbalist aunt, the Charlottesville Cooking School is now offering Mama Meals, a program of Ou’s menus intended to increase […]

Timberlake’s Drug Store and Soda Fountain is so fond of its regulars that framed photos of them are displayed on one wall. Photo by Emily Sacco

Timberlake’s customers are like family

It’s quarter after noon on a Wednesday and Debbie Kirby stands behind the lunch counter at Timberlake’s Drug Store and Soda Fountain. She adjusts the side ties on her red cotton smock before filling a tall red plastic cup with cola and hustling it over to one of the three men sitting at a small, […]

The turkey BLT paffle is just one of the savory options (sweet varieties are offered as well) at Iron Paffles and Coffee. Staff photo

Introducing paffles to Charlottesville

Kathryn Matthews has been obsessed with American breakfast since she was a child, growing up in Grimsby, a small fishing town on the northeast coast of England. Her grandparents would sometimes take her on vacation to Florida, where they’d eat waffles and fluffy American pancakes, which are quite different from the unleavened, more crêpe-like English […]

Barrett Hightower and Rani Morris opened Salt, an artisanal sandwich shop that focuses on local ingredients, to be a gathering place for the community. Photo by Tom McGovern

Salt practices low-waste food philosophy

It’s a warm, sunny afternoon in early spring, and Barrett Hightower and Rani Morris have taken a moment to sit in the shade at one of the small tables outside of Salt Artisan Market, their sandwich shop in the historic Colle Station at 1330 Thomas Jefferson Pkwy., just around the bend from Monticello and a […]

Sarah Grace Cheek’s exhibit of personified everyday objects, “Unmanned Surface Vehicles,” is on display at The Garage through the month of April. Photo by Martyn Kyle

First Fridays: April 7

Sarah Grace Cheek wants viewers to ponder the true nature of the objects she’s created out of wood, wheels, metal baskets, illuminated light bulbs, electrical cords and other common things for “Unmanned Surface Vehicles,” her show on view at The Garage this month. Are these objects functional? Are they furniture or art? Does this one […]

Snowing in Space offers nitro-brewed coffee (similar to a Guinness in body, sans alcohol) in several flavors at its brick-and-mortar space at 705 W. Main St. Photo by Tom McGovern

Snowing in Space gives a jolt to West Main

Just when we thought the 700 block of West Main Street couldn’t get any more delicious, with Pearl’s Bake Shoppe, JM Stock Provisions, Bella’s Restaurant and Doma Korean Kitchen all in a row, it’s gotten even tastier (and a bit more energetic). Snowing in Space Coffee Co. opened last week at 705 W. Main St., […]

The Sheepdog Cafe now takes up 2,000 square feet on the ground floor of the Graduate Charlottesville hotel. Courtesy of Graduate Charlottesville

Sheepdog Café offers breakfast, lunch and dinner

The café located on the ground floor of the Graduate Charlottesville hotel on West Main Street has a new name, a new look and a new menu. Formerly Sheepdog Coffee, the 2,000- square-foot indoor/outdoor space is now Sheepdog Café and can seat up to 66 people for breakfast, lunch and dinner service, plus a full […]

London’s Orlando Consort (Donald Greig, Robert Macdonald, Angus Smith, Matthew Venner and Mark Dobell) performs a live vocal score of medieval music to accompany the 1928 silent film La Passion de Jeanne d’Arc on Thursday. Publicity photo

Orlando Consort gives voice to the visions of Joan of Arc

Carl Theodor Dreyer’s silent film La Passion de Jeanne d’Arc caused quite a commotion when it was released in 1928. French nationalists were wary of a non-Catholic Danish director’s interpretation of a revered French icon; the Archbishop of Paris ordered Dreyer’s final version censored and cut. The film was banned in Britain for its unfavorable […]

Commonwealth Restaurant & Skybar executive chef Reggie Calhoun and Miso Sweet Ramen + Donut Shop executive chef Frank Paris III will each cook four courses—the common ingredient being bacon—for Tin Whistle Irish Pub diners, who will vote for their favorite chef. Photo by CVille Photo & Video

Two chefs battle it out in the kitchen

Fans of bacon and friendly competition should head to the Tin Whistle Irish Pub at 609 E. Market St. on Monday night for a chef showdown. Commonwealth Restaurant & Skybar executive chef Reggie Calhoun and Miso Sweet Ramen + Donut Shop executive chef Frank Paris III will each cook four courses—the common ingredient being bacon—for […]

Jack Hamilton discusses his work with Tom Breihan on Friday before Robin Tomlin of Grits ’n’ Gravy DJs a funk, soul, R&B and rock ’n’ roll set at the Ante Room. Photo by Kristen Finn

Jack Hamilton parses the racial history of rock music

Pop music critic Jack Hamilton didn’t listen to much pop music growing up in the 1980s and ’90s. His parents had a few Beatles albums and one Supremes record, but they mostly played classical music and show tunes in their suburban Boston home. He can’t recall exactly when he heard The Jackson 5’s “I Want […]

Ride the Piedmont Place elevator all the way to the top for small plates, craft cocktails and wood-fired pizzas from the Smoked BBQ Co. team at The Rooftop. Rammelkamp Foto

Piedmont Place becomes area’s newest food destination

Crozet’s Piedmont Place has just about everything under its roof: multiple restaurants, an ice cream shop, a yoga studio, a bookstore and apartments. It also has a restaurant and bar on top of its roof. Located at 2025 Library Way in downtown Crozet, the building boasts spectacular views of the Blue Ridge Mountains from every […]

There are a number of small and do-it-yourself music labels here that do it all for the love of music. Staff photo

DIY labels are music to our ears

We talk a whole lot about people who make music in this town, and rightfully so—Charlottesville has a robust music scene. Less visible are the people who help musicians make a record of their craft and send it out into the world. There are a number of small and do-it-yourself music labels here that do […]

With just one three-seat table and 10 chairs at the bar, Atlas Coffee can accommodate more caffeine addicts when the weather’s nice—there are 31 additional spots on the patio out front. Photo by John Robinson

Small eateries are full of flavor

Yeah, yeah, you’ve heard it before: For a city its size, Charlottesville has a lot of restaurants. Like, a lot. In 2013, the Huffington Post ranked our city among the top 15 U.S. metro areas with the most eateries per capita, with 460 restaurants for 201,400 residents. With so many chow options at our fingertips, […]

Justin van der Linde (right), owner of Smoked BBQ Co. food cart and Smoked Kitchen and Tap in Crozet, says requests from customers to bring his barbecue back to the Downtown Mall solidified his decision to return. Photo by Rammelkamp Foto

Smoked food cart returns to downtown

Remember how sad you were in August, when the Smoked BBQ Co. food cart ran out of ’cue on its last day on the mall, and how you had to wait until December to eat it again, after a drive to Smoked Kitchen and Tap in Crozet? Well, you can forget all about that, because […]

WTJU’s “Jazz at 100” host Rus Perry got hooked in the ’70s when he started tracing the origins of jazz. Photo by Keith Alan Sprouse

WTJU celebrates 100 years of jazz recordings

When Rus Perry arrived at WTJU in 1972, he was really into rock ’n’ roll. But the more he hung out at the station, the more he expanded his musical horizons, playing the latest Bruce Springsteen or Elvis Costello cut next to Ornette Coleman or Blind Lemon Jefferson. “We learned from each other,” Perry recalls, […]

Mae Read’s exhibit of nudes drawn from photographs or life, “Drawings, Old and New,” is on display at the Downtown Mudhouse
through the month of March. Photo by Amy Jackson

First Fridays: March 3

First Fridays: March 3 In “Drawings, Old and New,” at the downtown Mudhouse through the month of March, Mae Read exhibits a series of nudes, mostly women, drawn either from life, or from photographs. When Read draws, she connects deeply to her subject and herself. “Spending that many hours staring at almost any person will create […]

Baggby’s Gourmet Sandwiches staff cranked out the most sandwiches in a Saturday in the shop’s 22-year history February 18. Tom McGovern

On the record: Baggby’s and Miso Sweet enjoy banner days

Temperatures topped 70 degrees on Saturday, February 18, and eager eaters descended on the Downtown Mall to enjoy a meal in the sun. And at least two downtown eateries—Miso Sweet and Baggby’s Gourmet Sandwiches—had record business days. Miso Sweet owner Frank Paris reports that his restaurant sold more than 450 donuts (all of which were […]