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Reading the leaves: How Southern is sweet tea?

Like any good Southern recipe, the origins of sweet tea are about as clear as an oversteeped pitcher of Lipton. Southerners of all stripes clamor for their own little piece of the beverage’s lore. Central Virginia, it seems, doesn’t have much of a stake. Thomas Jefferson certainly loved his tea—his financial records show he purchased […]

Kyle Dunnigan’s comedy pedigree includes an Emmy-nominated song and a long list of zany stand-up characters. Photo: Publicity photo

Kyle Dunnigan brings cast of characters to the Southern

Craig Pullin, Deputy Trudy Wiegel’s bespectacled, slack-jawed boyfriend in the cult comedy “Reno 911!,” isn’t who fans thought he was. Pullin, played by comedian Kyle Dunnigan, is a serial-killing mastermind hiding behind a clueless veneer in both the Comedy Central half-hour sitcom and the feature film Reno 911!: Miami. But Dunnigan, who’ll perform at The […]

Charlottesville native Carl Anderson built his reputation as a widely respected singer-songwriter before following his heart to Nashville. Photo: Publicity photo

Carl Anderson plays Charlottesville with familiar company

Countrified singer-songwriter Carl Anderson no longer calls Charlottesville home. He’s not planning to record his next album locally at White Star Sound, like he did his first one. And he no longer tours with a hometown band behind him. But for one night, he’ll make an exception. When Anderson takes the stage at The Southern […]

Dave Matthews. Photo: Publicity photo

Dave Matthews Band celebrates 25 years with hometown fans

The Dave Matthews Band played its first gig at a private party held on the roof of a downtown Charlottesville warehouse in May of 1991. On Saturday, DMB will play a sold-out show at John Paul Jones Arena and kick off its 25th anniversary summer tour, which includes 48 dates in almost as many cities, […]

Devils Backbone owner Steve Crandall says selling to Anheuser-Busch InBev was a growth strategy, to move from 60,000 barrels produced in 2015 to 150,000 barrels annually. Staff photo

Brewery buyout: Big beer company acquires Devils Backbone

Local craft brewery Devils Backbone announced on social media it was being sold to Anheuser-Busch InBev at 10:35am on April 12. By noon, the court of public opinion had tried and convicted the Nelson County company of selling out. Brewery ownership was a bunch of “cowards.” They were “greedy,” looking to “cash in,” sold to […]

The Milk Carton Kids dazzle with tight harmonies and dueling acoustic guitars at the Jefferson on Tuesday. Photo: Publicity photo

The Milk Carton Kids play with traditional folk

The Milk Carton Kids’ Joey Ryan falls into a quirky pattern during taped interviews and between live songs. He becomes clueless, feigning ignorance about certain words and well-known musicians. He once claimed he’d never heard of Simon and Garfunkel. It’s a funny act—like one of the characters from Spinal Tap come to life. But it’s […]

Jason Flom says luck is at the center of his success in running four record labels, including his own, Lava, which signed Katy Perry after she was dropped by multiple labels. Photo: Courtesy subject

Jason Flom on making hit records and freeing the innocent

Jason Flom was born into wealth and privilege. His father, Joseph Flom, made a name in legal circles as a mergers and acquisitions savant, a man who built one of the largest law firms in the country and is sometimes known as “Mr. Takeover.” As a youth growing up in New York City, the younger […]

Local band turned pop sensation, Parachute (Johnny Stubblefield, Will Anderson and Kit French) kicks off a tour for its fourth album, Wide Awake, at the Jefferson on Saturday. Photo: Publicity photo

Dropping in: Parachute aims for the top of the pop chart

Will Anderson says his Parachute bandmates like cool music. Him? Not so much. “I’m so fascinated with pop music,” Anderson says. “It’s always been my obsession. I’m sure people get tired of it—my poor friends always have to hear about it. And I’m talking about like ’NSYNC and the Backstreet Boys.” And so it goes […]

Porcelain wood-look tile like this sample from Wainwright Tile won’t lower costs upfront, but its durability and lesser maintenance requirements could save in the long-run.

Wood you? New alternatives to hardwood are flooring some homeowners

Faux wood has, in the past, been a splinter in the discerning consumer’s eye. But new products and improvements on standbys are changing that, according to local floor purveyors and homebuilders. From wood-look tile to luxury vinyl, floor treatments are treating high-end homeowners to options that were never before possible. “If they love everything about […]

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Step by step: When creatively designed, stairs don’t have to be space hogs

Thomas Jefferson hated stairs. Not personally. Architecturally. A design nut who conceptualized Monticello and parts of the Virginia State Capitol, Jefferson disdained the space stairs took up. According to the Monticello Foundation, he favored narrow, steep stairs with tight turns so the hulking masses wouldn’t rob him of space for more exciting design features. These […]

In this Garth Road laundry room designed by Reveal Builders, a top-loading washer was preferred. While front loaders have made strides in fan technology, top loaders are still the most popular—and less expensive—option. Photo: Andrea Hubbell

Appliance compliance: Make sure they fit your needs before buying in

Traditional wisdom says fall is a great time to buy appliances, as that’s when manufacturers crank out new models and retailers drop the price on older equipment. But, according to several local retailers, that’s not necessarily so. “I wouldn’t say there is a typical timeframe,” says Jeff Kramer, a sales consultant for the local outpost […]