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Don’t expect an all-oldies show from reggae legend Culture at The Ante Room on Friday. The band has released 25 albums in its 40 years. Publicity photo

Reggae legend Culture keeps local connections strong

When a major band comes to Charlottesville, it doesn’t necessarily take the stage at the John Paul Jones arena or the Jefferson Theater. Culture, one of the most influential reggae bands of all time, returns to play The Ante Room on April 21. And while the band hails from Jamaica, its current keyboard player is […]

As Lauren Hoffman's music star was rising in the late ’90s, her 17-year-old eating disorder battles was just beginning. Photo by Eze Amos

Musician Lauren Hoffman shares her eating disorder struggle

In 1997, local musician Lauren Hoffman almost had the world in her hands. A three-album deal with Virgin, rave reviews from music magazines, and a growing audience in Europe. Then something went wrong. And when she launched other albums, something went wrong again, despite packed shows on several continents. Now she’s ready to talk about […]

Brasseries Saison, which specializes in Belgian cuisine and beers, opened in February on the Downtown Mall.  Photo by Eze Amos

Brasserie Saison crafts new options for the local beer scene

The idea of a restaurant and brewery on the Downtown Mall that specializes in Belgian cuisine and beers would have been completely absurd as few as five years ago. Today, with the mainstream dominance of craft beer culture in Charlottesville, it is practically a no-brainer. Charlottesvillians discuss new beers the way farmers talk about the […]

Kenneth White, associate dean of UVA’s School of Nursing, says everyone should have an advance directive, so that their loved ones don’t have to make tough decisions around end-of-life care. Photo by Amy Jackson

Make your last wishes known before it’s too late

On the evening of what would have been my grandmother’s 99th birthday, our family raised champagne glasses and toasted her. “She would have hated turning 99,” my mother said, smiling. We all drank to that. My grandmother, Edith, had made her wishes clear before passing away under palliative care in her mid-90s. No resuscitation or […]

Vice-Mayor Wes Bellamy says he’s being targeted because he’s causing too much trouble by trying to remove the statue of General Robert E. Lee.
Photo Ézé Amos

Bellamy asks court to dismiss petition

In the latest twist of the saga of Vice-Mayor Wes Bellamy’s controversial and racially charged statements on Twitter unearthed by Jason Kessler, a right-wing activist, Bellamy’s attorney has filed a response to the petition calling for his removal from office. In a press conference February 16, Kessler and his supporters presented their petition with 527 […]

Hardywood Park Craft Brewery lead brewer Kevin Storm is especially proud of their new IPA, Tropication. “We did it unfiltered, just like super raw, mega-hopped IPA. Almost a mimosa-like IPA,” he says. Photo by Eze Amos

Hardywood’s brewers offer taste of creativity

Richmond-based Hardywood Park Craft Brewery has opened a satellite tasting room and brewery on West Main Street, becoming the fifth brewery within Charlottesville city limits. At its grand opening last Saturday, 15 beers were on tap. The unseasonably warm afternoon brought out such a large crowd that five taps were off the list by 2pm. […]

Jason Kessler, left, goes to file a petition to remove Vice-Mayor Wes Bellamy from office. Staff photo

Rare recall: Petition filed to remove vice mayor

  In a press conference today at City Space on the Downtown Mall, conservative activist Jason Kessler presented his case for the removal of Charlottesville Vice-Mayor Wes Bellamy from office, along with a petition intended to begin the legal process, which is unprecedented in the city. Bellamy, 30, recently came under fire for old tweets […]

A crowd at the Livery Stable cheered on brave Carolina reaper pepper-eating contestants, as they fought the urge to guzzle milk for some temporary relief. Photo by Tom McGovern

Pepper-eating contestants bring the heat

A row of men plus one woman faced the bar amid a crowd of cheering, beer-hoisting onlookers. In front of each person was a glass of milk and a ceramic plate holding a single red Carolina reaper pepper. The bartender, Curtis Thornton, hushed the crowd and made an announcement. “The rules of this competition are as […]

José Bedia’s “Memoria y Creencias Culturales/Memory and Cultural Beliefs” opens on Friday at Second Street Gallery. The artist will make brief remarks at 6:30pm Friday, and offer a longer presentation at the gallery at 1pm on Saturday. Courtesy of the artist

José Bedia brings new energy to Second Street Gallery

A new exhibit at Second Street Gallery might represent the start of a new era for the gallery. José Bedia, a renowned Cuban painter and sculptor, will visit the gallery February 3 for a solo show and other events. Born in 1959 in Havana, Bedia studied Palo Monte, a branch of Congo-derived religion brought to […]

Tom Perriello has plenty of support in Charlottesville, but will that carry him to a statewide Democratic nomination for governor?
Photo Jen Fariello

Perriello resurfaces… and wants to be governor

Former congressman Tom Perriello announced his surprise candidacy for governor of Virginia Thursday, upsetting the plans of many leading Virginia Democrats. In a hastily arranged speech at the Jefferson School African American Heritage Center in downtown Charlottesville, Perriello spoke of how his father first arrived in Virginia. “He grew up in West Virginia, Italian immigrant […]

Gopal Metro and his wife, Angel, recently launched a weekly Goth Night in the basement of the Jefferson Theater/Cinema Taco. The couple’s band, Gild the Mourn, will play a show there once a month. Photo by Ron Paris

C’ville’s goth scene returns from the dead

In the late 1990s and early 2000s, the rest of the world saw Charlottesville as the home of Dave Matthews. But to insiders, the beating heart of the local music scene could hardly have been more different from the frat-friendly hits of DMB. It was called The Dawning. A weekly goth night held in the […]

Isaac Wilker (right) says driving one of eight Oscar Meyer Weinermobiles is franktastic! Photo: Jackson Landers

Frankly speaking: Wienermobile’s visit a success

“Oh, look at that, it’s the Oscar Mayer Wienermobile!” Two excited women race across the parking lot of Reid’s Supermarket on Preston Avenue yesterday and marvel at what appears to be an enormous hot dog on wheels—they immediately begin taking selfies. Isaac Wilker is one of two recent college graduates who drives one of eight […]

Hunter Smith, founder of Champion Brewing Company, says the new city brewery regulation could “disincentivize someone from locating in Charlottesville in the first place if they are going to be hamstrung down the road.” Photo by Eze Amos

City regulations could have an effect on new breweries

Breweries have been popping up around Charlottesville like mushrooms after a rain. About a dozen beer producers are now located within an easy drive from town. But curiously, only four breweries are actually located within the city’s limits: Champion, South Street, Three Notch’d and—the newest addition in September—Random Row. In the middle of a regional […]

Jane Dittmar was unable to overcome the odds in the GOP-heavy 5th District. Photo Eze Amos

Winners and losers on election night

As the presidential election played out across the United States, the battle for both the White House and an open seat in the U.S. House of Representatives played out in Charlottesville on its own small scale. At Carver Recreation Center near the Downtown Mall, afternoon voters were greeted by a pair of smiling volunteers from […]

Chris Kyle says that Draft, with about 60 different beers (30 of which are from Virginia), has the largest collection of local taps in the state. Photo by Tom Daly

Serve-yourself bar offers unique experience

The Downtown Mall’s newest bar doesn’t have a bartender. Technically, it doesn’t even have a bar. At Draft, there is no barrier between the customer and 60 taps of beer. “It is pour-your-own, with no bartender,” says Chris Kyle, Draft’s technology manager. On arrival, customers stop in at the front desk, where their IDs are […]

Rag Trade fashion includes dance, art and music at its second annual show held on Saturday at IX Art Park. Courtesy of Rag Trade

Rag Trade looks at the runway from all angles

On varying scales, Charlottesville is home to most of the cultural institutions of a much larger city: theater, opera, art galleries and film. Now we can add fashion shows to that list. On Saturday, Rag Trade brings fashion, music and art downtown to the IX Art Park. Three local designers will be featured amid choreographed […]

UVA welcomes the First Folio, a rare collection of Shakespeare’s plays published after his death, to the Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library through October 26. Courtesy UVA, Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library

Shakespeare’s First Folio comes to Charlottesville

Seven years after William Shakespeare died in 1616, a collection of his plays was assembled into a single volume for the first time. Only 900 copies were printed—235 survive today. For the first time, one of those First Folios is at the University of Virginia, on loan from the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C., […]

Parvin Jamalraza and her husband, Yadollah. Photo by Eze Amos

Settling down: How local immigrants have impacted their new home

The Charlottesville area has always been shaped by immigrants, and we have a long tradition of recognizing them for it. French-born Claudius Crozet, who served as an engineer in Napoleon’s army, constructed the first railroad from Charlottesville to Richmond in 1851. He then blasted a railway tunnel straight through Rockfish Gap, missing perfect alignment from […]

Ron Campbell, the artist who produced “The Beatles” cartoon series and contributed to Yellow Submarine, is visiting Charlottesville for an exhibition of his work at Graves  International Art starting on September 30. Courtesy of the artist

Ron Campbell on being a crew member of the Yellow Submarine

Ron Campbell is best-known by legions of Beatles fans for his work directing the cartoon series “The Beatles” and animating parts of Yellow Submarine, but his résumé is deeper than that. After working on various Beatles projects, he went on to animate, produce and storyboard “Scooby-Doo,” “The Flintstones” and “Rugrats.” Campbell’s creative fingerprints are all […]

Livery Stable's beer-based Moscow mule unites a German radler with Bombay Sapphire and lemon juice. Photo: Ryan Wheeler

Hip to your hops: Those in the know ask for a beer cocktail

High-proof liquor is usually the main ingredient in a mixed drink, but the lesser-known category of beer cocktails bends the traditional definition. It’s a little-known fact that many of Charlottesville’s bartenders regularly mix up beer cocktails. These are often made for themselves or friends who are in the know, but rarely appear on a formal […]

Part of manager Chris Kyle’s plan to improve C’Ville-ian Brewing Company includes not only new beer and new staff, but also live music and events. Photo by Ryan Jones

Against the grain: C’Ville-ian Brewing’s mea culpa

“Out of 56 places in Charlottesville to get beer, we’re rated number 56,” says Chris Kyle, the new manager of C’Ville-ian Brewing Company. “Dead last in all categories.” That’s a strange thing for a business to admit, but the folks at C’Ville-ian have started a process of redemption akin to a 12-step recovery process. They […]

UVA Baseball's Justin Novak brings his A-game to the Charlottesville Tom Sox. Photo: Amy Jackson

Tom Sox players hope to move up to the majors

Justin Novak’s fingers were bleeding. A Band-Aid flapped uselessly from one of the cuts that had been pummeled for nine innings by balls thrown and hit hard to third base. The white knickerbocker-style pants of his UVA uniform were streaked with dirt. The stadium was almost empty and the lights were shutting off. He walked […]

Drug Treatment Court coordinator Susan Morrow works often with Albemarle Sheriff’s Deputy Mike Baird. She says the program is a lot like boot camp. Photo by Martyn Kyle

Graduation day: Albemarle will continue drug court

“I’m tired of being addicted to crack cocaine,” announced a heavy-set man in his early 60s from the front of the courtroom. “I’m free. I can pay my bills on time. I can truly be with my wife.” The Charlottesville/Albemarle Drug Treatment Court celebrated the graduation of two participants on March 31 from the program […]

Betsy Gilbertson loved dancing, and a friend describes her as “magical.” Gilbertson died of a heroin overdose March 14.
Photo Brian Wimer

Heroin overdose: Friends and family grieve 25-year-old’s death

“She was found with a belt around her arm and a syringe in her hand,” says Anne Elise Hudson of her daughter, Elizabeth “Betsy” Gilbertson. “It was pretty instantaneous. She shot up, her heart stopped. Someone found her within minutes, maybe seconds.” CPR could not save her, and on March 14, the Charlottesville resident died […]