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More than you can chew: Practical tips for parents of picky eaters

I was stewing—not something on the stovetop, but because of the article I was reading. The title, “Getting Your Kids to eat (or at Least Try) Everything,” promised so much. The content provided so little. The author’s solution to getting kids to try new things was to do what he, a cook-book writer and cooking […]

DJ Shadow and Cut Chemist let the turntables do the talking as they compose the history of hip-hop using Afrika Bambaataa’s record collection. Photo: Joe Conzo.

Used records: Progressive hip-hop patriarchs take on the old school

Performers are typically talkative. Sure, some are eccentric. And some have bouts of social awkwardness. But for the most part, people willing to get up on stage to entertain others are willing to talk about themselves. Not so Lucas MacFadden, a.k.a. Cut Chemist. The man who first made it big lurking behind the turntables for […]

TV star/pop song princess Kate Voegele brings her new tunes, new grit, and a Wahoowa to the Southern on Wednesday. Publicity photo.

In transition: Teen queen Kate Voegele explores her mature side

Kate Voegele was miscast—quite literally. Voegele’s career hit the fast track in 2005 when she gained a strong following on the social media site MySpace. That same year, MySpace and Interscope Records teamed up to create MySpace Records, and Voegele became one of the label’s earliest signees. She released her first major label-backed full-length record […]

Of Montreal’s Kevin Barnes (right) promises that things will get interesting (a likely understatement) when he takes the stage with his band at the Jefferson on Thursday.
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Kevin Barnes fronts of Montreal with dramatic flair

Of Montreal’s Kevin Barnes is officially off the grid. After two weeks and about a half dozen phone calls, the only response I could get from the avant garde indie rocker was his odd outgoing voicemail message—an eerie instrumental tune—and apologies from his publicist that he had “no service at the place he is staying.” […]

Inspired by a long-time love for making things in the kitchen, Christine Riggleman recently began crafting spirits and opened Silverback Distillery on Route 151. Rammelkamp Foto

New craft beverage maker breaks the mold on 151

Christine Riggleman wanted to start a business on her family’s land off Route 151. An avid home cook, she figured it would make sense to open a restaurant. She wanted to complement the craft breweries and cideries already flowing up and down the highway. But she had friends in restaurants who advised against going into […]

The Head and the Heart will have lots of hometown friends in the audience and possibly, clean laundry, when the band takes the Pavilion stage on Friday. Publicity photo

Seattle folk rock up-and-comers have roots in old Virginia

The Head and the Heart have the holy grail of indie rock band success: One good male singer, one good female singer. It’s a combination, along with a well-timed whistle or catchy chant, that has made Peter Bjorn and John, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, Gotye, and a handful of others huge overnight sensations […]

“In the past, closets were just a bar in a small room with a door,” said Alloy Workshop designer Kate Tabony. “Now people want to walk in and pull out a special drawer designed for their purses or ties.” Photo: Virginia Hamrick

Conquering the closet: Get the most out of your bedroom storage space

Anyone who’s been on a house hunt knows closets are a relatively modern development. And if you’re into vintage homes, you’ll probably have to compromise on built-in storage space. “Houses that are 100 years old, back then people didn’t really have closets,” said architect Kate Tabony, lead designer for Charlottesville-based Alloy Workshop. “Maybe it’s a […]

Playing it fast and loud, Greensky Bluegrass turns the tables on the genre’s traditional approach at the Jefferson. “I think a big chunk of multiple generations sort of stumbled on bluegrass…through Jerry Garcia,” said dobro player Anders Beck. Photo credit: Chris Monoghan

Greensky Bluegrass looks to break barriers with modern approach

The contentious divide between traditional bluegrass and progressive bluegrass is manufactured, according to Anders Beck, dobro virtuoso for the dogged newgrass outfit Greensky Bluegrass. “I feel like that argument is more perpetuated by people that just want to talk about it than people who really feel that way,” Beck told C-VILLE Weekly. “It’s almost like […]

WNRN’s Marc Smith takes listeners on a long, strange trip during the Saturday morning radio show Grateful Dead and Phriends. Photo credit: Emily Moroné

As jam scene winds down, local radio play is strong

The idea of an entire radio station based on the music of a single band no longer seems so far out. But when satellite radio launched in the early 2000s, there was no Pandora, and the notion that people would want to listen 24 hours a day to the same band, with a few similar […]

Yonder Mountain String Band plays in Charlottesville for the first time since founding member Jeff Austin left the band in April. Photo credit: Jay Blakesberg

Yonder Mountain String Band looks ahead to new record

Yonder Mountain String Band hasn’t produced a full-length record since 2009. It’s the longest stretch that the band’s gone without an LP since it formed in 1998. If that news isn’t bad enough for fans, now this: Founding member, mandolin player and vocalist Jeff Austin split with YMSB in April. When Yonder plays the Jefferson […]

Tavola chef Loren Mendosa wants to fill a hole in Charlottesville’s pizza scene with Lampo, a Neopolitan-style pizzeria he plans to open in the fall. Rammelkamp Foto

Pie high: What’s the deal with all the new pizza joints piling up?

A pizza is on its way to your table. It’s bubbling with melted cheese, crackling with a blistered crust, mounded by rendered meats and fresh veggies. Underneath the toppings, a bright, tangy tomato sauce holds it all together. Now that I have your attention, let’s talk pizza in Charlottesville. With multiple pizzeria openings announced and […]

Jeyon Falsini’s Main Street Annex gives a home to hip hop, goth and heavy metal acts. Image: James Scheuren

New Downtown venue aims to fill the music scene genre gap 

Jeyon Falsini didn’t mean to stick up for C’ville’s music scene underdogs. It just kind of happened. The longtime concert promoter and booking agent started working with the Main Street Arena in July 2012. Management wanted to bring in someone to turn its small overflow space on Water Street from a clothing retailer into a […]

Horse & Hound Gastropub owners Brooke and Luther Fedora put their heads together to create The Foodie’s Beer Book, which hits the stands August 5.  Photo: Justin Ide

Horse & Hound owners serve up literary fare for foodies

In The Foodie’s Beer Book, Horse & Hound co-owners Brooke and Luther Fedora say that when you’re cooking with beer, remember the rule, “one for you, one for the pot.” This is not meant to be taken literally, unless you want to be face down on the travertine when the oven timer goes ding. Turns […]

Bob Log III takes the live experience to outlandish places through costume rigging
and audience engagement. “I am trying to create this room full of people going apeshit,”
said the one-man party band. Publicity photo

Bob Log III cranks up the wacky concert antics

You get the feeling that 44-year-old Bob Log III is still figuring things out as he goes, a sci-fi time traveler reborn every few minutes to turn things upside-down all over again. The neo-bluesman has been making music professionally for more than 20 years, but every word out of his mouth still comes off as […]