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Threepenny Café owner Merope Pavlides and chef Eric Nittolo plan to make charitable giving a focus of the new restaurant. Rammelkamp Foto

Threepenny Café is going all out to become part of community

Merope Pavlides and her husband Peter Emch didn’t come to Charlottesville on the best of terms. Their son was ill and being treated at the UVA Medical Center. Still, the couple was taken by the city’s “vibe and wonderful people” and uprooted from Baltimore to make Central Virginia their home. Pavlides, a special needs educator […]

Mellow Mushroom is known for more than its pizza and hoagies. Beer buyer Greg Kane makes a point to stock more than 30 beers, including as many local brews as possible. Photo: Elli Williams

Where do national chains fit in with the local beer scene?

If you put any thought at all into the food and drink you consume, chances are you think “chain restaurants” are about as good for your body as a Paula Deen cookbook. But times they are a chain-gin’. Even dollar-hungry national restaurant groups have begun to recognize that consumers appreciate well-made products. For craft beer […]

The Charlottesville Women’s Choir has been singing in support of women’s rights, peace, justice, and equality for almost 30 years. Photo credit: Bevan Crocker

Charlottesville Women’s Choir celebrates three decades of activism

A recreational choir, started by amateur singers around a coffee shop piano, shouldn’t last 30 years. The demands of everyday life and the challenges of finding new members simply shouldn’t allow it. But don’t tell that to the ladies of the Charlottesville Women’s Choir. “It has evolved,” said Estelle Phillips, who’s been with the group […]

Painting a home's exterior can change the whole look. Photo: Elli Williams

Hues at home: Palette helps homeowners decide on the best color combos

Fretting about what color to paint your living room? Good news, the hottest trend is to give up on color altogether, according to Stephanie Snyder of Charlottesville’s high-end paint and home store Palette. “People are cleansing those bright colors with more soothing colors,” she said. “Soft grays, pale blues, creamy whites—lots of whites—opens up spaces […]

Jerry Horace Danner, founder of Dr. Ho’s Humble Pie and Blue Moon Diner, drags himself out of bed every day to serve up homemade vegan food at Holy Cow, the tiny Second Street spot off the Mall. Photo: Elli Williams

Dr. Ho brings his passion for vegan eating to the Downtown Mall

Dr. Ho is battling constant pain. The man who started the North Garden* cult favorite Dr. Ho’s Humble Pie and used to own the Blue Moon Diner* has been fighting a crippling disease for 17 years. He calls the ailment “late stage Lyme disease,” and while there is some disagreement among medical doctors about the condition’s […]

Willie Watson launches his solo career with some poignant covers of obscure folk songs and proves that he’s not the same old crow. He plays the Southern on Friday.

Willie Watson looks to kick start his solo career

Willie Watson, formerly of Old Crow Medicine Show, is turning to the South to help build some momentum for his new solo act. “We wanted to hit certain markets right off the bat,” Watson told C-VILLE Weekly in a recent phoner. “The South is sort of the hotbed of my fan base.” Watson will likely […]

Discover the local connection to Life of Pi when Charlottesville-based film consultant Kho Wong discusses her role as assistant to the producer in the Makers Series on Thursday.

Downtown church brings back short-lived artists’ forum

How cool can a church get before it starts to ruffle some feathers? Christ Episcopal Church, which operates The Garage, an outdoor concert venue/art gallery (a super-cool combo if ever there was one), is pushing the boundaries of non-secular hip yet again by bringing back its Makers Series. The quarterly event features an evening of […]

Lovable curmudgeon Rodney Crowell has written countless hits for others.  He will play his own tunes at the Jefferson on Sunday.  Image: David McClister

Country songwriter Rodney Crowell isn’t about to sell out

Rodney Crowell probably wouldn’t like you. Don’t take it hard. He doesn’t seem to like much—except for country music. The old school songwriter has recorded a handful of tunes that have had commercial success over the years, but he’s even better known for songs other people end up singing. Crowell’s penned tracks that have been […]

Co-owner Adam Gregory and his Timberwood Grill cohorts are obsessed with all things beer, and load up the bar with 24 brews on tap and 70 bottles. Photo: Emily Moroné

Brew battle: Two Charlottesville beer joints go head-to-head

When a college fraternity brother of mine got married about 10 years ago, he gave his groomsmen, me included, giant mugs as part of the grooms’ gift. “Yeah, dude! Huge ass beers!” is something that hopefully no one said out loud. But the implication was clear: throw that sucker in the freezer, go get yerself […]

Todd Snider brings his colorful snark to the Jefferson where he will preview a film he stars in, read from his upcoming book, take questions, and probably play music. Photo: publicity photo

Renaissance man Todd Snider brings his circus to town

Just seconds into my conversation with Todd Snider, he’s telling me about some LSD that was “going around the neighborhood” a few months back. The next moment, he’s on to a story about dodging fruit hurled by Jimmy Buffett. He then deadpans that if young musicians come to him asking for career advice, “they’ve already […]

Dan Croll’s confident, up-and-coming folktronica rolls into the Southern on Wednesday. Will the audience be made up of appreciative observers or people going mad? Photo: Laura Lewis

Britain’s hot new singer-songwriter strides across the U.S.

Dan Croll could be on the verge of something big. And he knows it. The 23-year-old British singer-songwriter touched down in California at the start of April for his first U.S. headlining tour, and the crowds are growing by the show. By the time Croll hits The Southern Café and Music Hall on April 23, […]

Larry Keel’s mindblowing talent has made him a roots music Pied Piper. “There are a lot of bands in the younger market that have brought awareness to bluegrass music, but bluegrass music in general hasn’t been the most popular,” he said.

Music Resource Center lines up a big-name bluegrass show

Larry Keel, Virginia bluegrass legend, has lost it. Fortunately, he thinks he can find the old magic anytime he wants. “My beard and I have recently become separated,” Keel said. “But it will be back.” Over the years, Keel has sported a number of facial hairstyles, perhaps none more recognizable than the salt and pepper […]

How Camp Changed My Life

How Camp Changed My Life

Rosser Wayland couldn’t be sure the crying child he saw on the D.C. subway was lost. The boy seemed alone. But were his parents nearby, waiting out a temper tantrum? Were they administering a timeout? Wayland watched the eyes of the other passengers […]

Justin Ringle’s notable folk voice has been compared to many popular singers including
Tracy Chapman.

Horse Feathers celebrates 10 years of fluctuation

Bandmates come and go. It’s just a fact of the music business, according to Justin Ringle, who’s been fronting the Portland, Oregon-based indie folk outfit Horse Feathers since 2004. Most break-ups are under the radar—just musicians going about their professional lives, rather than the splashy teeth-gnashing feuds the media eats up. “I used to hate […]

Erica Arvold’s casting company brings a Hollywood sheen to Central Virginia’s filmmaking community with credits in Spielberg’s Lincoln and the new AMC television series “Turn.”

Local casting company hoping for an AMC megahit with ‘Turn’

Erica Arvold is seated in a D.C. auditorium awaiting the start of the first episode of AMC’s new show “Turn,” a suspenseful drama chronicling the movements of America’s first spy ring during the Revolutionary War. It’s a suspenseful moment in itself for Arvold—this is the first time viewers will lay eyes on the cinematic serial […]

Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. members Daniel Zott and Joshua Epstein drive an anti-pop attitude that results in a catchy, wide-ranging style.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. gears up for the next record

Catchiness. It’s the pop song writer’s holy grail. But what is it about a song that gets it lodged in hipsters’ heads? Is it a combination of the perfect melody and a poetic hook? The right balance of whistling and “woo-woos”? Perhaps a horn-driven chorus? Cowbell anyone? Whatever the formula, Detroit-based Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. […]

Todd Free (above) and former C’ville resident Scott Mactavish were in contention for an Oscar
nomination for their documentary Murph: The Protector.

Charlottesville cinematographer Todd Free’s near miss with the Oscars

Charlottesville was closer to being represented at last Sunday’s Academy Awards than a lot of people realize. While Darlene Love of 20 Feet From Stardom sang during the acceptance speech for the Best Documentary Feature Oscar, local cinematographer Todd Free watched from his couch on Belmont Avenue and thought, “I could have been there.” Free […]

A concrete countertop becomes a focal point in this Crozet kitchen. Photo: Courtesy Alexander Kitchin

Hard work: Concrete craftsmen elevate humble material

Alexander Kitchin wants to get your mind off the floor. “Most people are stuck down there,” he said. He’s referring to the common perception of how concrete is used in architecture. A UVA grad with a master’s degree in the discipline, Kitchin has devoted his 20-plus-year career to elevating the art of concrete design. Today, he […]

White Star Sound Studio’s Chris Keup has partnered with musx co-founders Eddie Sniezek and John Reardon to release a new music-sharing app.

Locally developed app looks to fill a niche in a crowded market

I’m tinkering with a new free app, and I’m totally hooked. I’m looking at my iPhone every five seconds to see if there’s a number next to the app icon, evidence I have the all-important new “notification.” I’m opening the app every five minutes to see if my feed has updated. I’m telling all my […]