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A faux-coffered ceiling in the home of one of Ami Smith's clients segments its painted surface. Photo: Rammelkamp Foto

The ceiling deal: Why should walls have all the fun?

With all the ways we decorate a four-walled room, one space tends to go neglected: ceilings. “It’s kind of your fifth wall,” said Ami Smith, proprietor of Charlottesville’s Embellish Interiors. “It can be a sort of accent.” Indeed, it can be a lot of things. Here are a few ideas offered by Smith and other […]

Feast week: Our guide to a can’t-miss culinary staycation

Feast week: Our guide to a can’t-miss culinary staycation

Set aside for a moment that eating out three times a week is perhaps excessively gluttonous, and come with me on a quick trip. It’ll be like a vacation, but you’ll get to stay right here in Charlottesville. Oh, hey, we could call it a STAYcation! Get it? No one’s ever thought of that before, […]

Major players Stephen Nachmanovitch and Robert Jospé will collaborate in the live improv concert Free Play at UVA’s Brooks Hall on Saturday. Photo: Greg Nachmanovitch.

Hipper than jazz: Two local cats take improvisation to another plane

Jazz player and UVA music professor Robert Jospé has some pretty far-out ideas about music. But Stephen Nachmanovitch, the man who’ll join Jospé onstage for a completely improvised concert on January 24 at UVA’s Brooks Hall, makes him seem like an accountant in a conservative suit. “My early musical experiences were in the classical music […]

Florida Georgia Line’s Brian Kelley (left) and Tyler Hubbard will be ready to party when they stop in Charlottesville on Saturday. Publicity photo.

Windows down: Florida Georgia Line balances outlaw and pop country

Two stories come out of Nashville. The first one is: The town is full of amazing singer-songwriters, and you can see one of them playing on any given night at any corner bar. The second goes like this: The stars of modern country aren’t those same singer-songwriters; they’re the good-looking young people who can put […]

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 […]