Tami Keaveny

Arts Editor Tami Keaveny has navigated the world of arts and entertainment through a variety of marketing and public relations jobs. She has worked at WBCN, BAM Music magazine, Bonnie Simmons Management, Bill Graham Presents, Tickets.com, ClearChannel Entertainment, WordHampton Public Relations, Starr Hill Presents, and SMG before taking the desk as Arts Editor at C-VILLE Weekly. She calls San Francisco State University her alma mater and Charlottesville, Virginia her home. Hobbies include: amateur food photography, junk food culture (Food Seen), orchid killing, offensive cross-stitch, vintage glassware collecting, and wine with everything.

Boasting a peer group of fans, Bill Burr is  a "comedian's comedian." He performs his standup comedy at The Paramount Theater on Thursday. Image: Koury Angelo

Wake up call: Comic Bill Burr stands up for himself

With notable TV appearances on Comedy Central, three standup recordings, and several film roles under his belt, Burr is on track to become the next household name in comedy. Not to be overlooked is his work as a dramatic actor, like his role as Patrick Kuby on “Breaking Bad.”

Wynonna is resignedly candid about a private life that’s intertwined with tabloid tongue-wagging and an entire family in
the spotlight.

Wynonna approaches Christmas with a new perspective

While most of us are keeping pace with the holiday bustle, country music superstar Wynonna is taking herself out of the madness this year. “I’m not doin’ it,” she said. “I’m just not. Not after what I’ve been through this past year.” In addition to the rigors of touring, recording, and reality TV appearances, she’s […]

Alfred Hitchcock was so taken with Tippi Hedren that he personally trained her as an actress, followed her, and pressured her for sex. When Hedren shunned his obsessive attention, he disowned her and referred to her only as “the girl.” Photo credit: Snap/Zumapress.com

A conversation with Hitchcock ingénue Tippi Hedren

Last year’s HBO film The Girl depicted the relationship between Alfred Hitchcock, the master of suspense, and his discovery of Tippi Hedren, who went under contract with Hitch in 1961 and starred in his films The Birds and Marnie. The movie revealed the director’s obsessive desire to control and seek favor from his “ice cool […]

Veteran radio host Terry Gross reveals her inner drama queen when things go awry. “When Lou Reed walked out, even though there was nothing for us to broadcast, it gave the day a lot of drama, and it turned it into a very interesting day,” she said. Image: Will Ryan

Off the air and on the record with NPR’s Terry Gross

‘‘From WHYY in Philadelphia, I’m Terry Gross with ‘Fresh Air.’” Every NPR junkie knows this intro, and the anticipatory thrill as the warm, steady voice of Terry Gross floats through the radio speakers to set up the backstory of “Fresh Air’s” current interview guest. For almost 40 years, Gross has been conducting compelling, substantive interviews […]

The massive Oak Ridge Estate property in Nelson County is preparing for the four day Lockn' Festival in September. Image: T. Keaveny

Interlocken changes its name to Lockn’ Festival, loses Neil Young

The organizers of the Lockn’ Festival (formerly Interlocken Music Festival) scheduled for September 5-8 on the grounds of Oak Ridge Estate in Arrington, VA have confirmed that Neil Young & Crazy Horse, originally scheduled as the headline performance, has cancelled. According to a press statement, the appearance was cut from the line-up due to a […]

Photo: Jackson Smith

Jess Martin: Superfan

We all know that fan—the one who can rattle off concerts dates and set lists, detailing the lineup, the between-song banter, and even the attire of her favorite band or musician. Jess Martin is of that tribe. The 30-year-old Charlottesville resident has more concerts under her belt than some aging rock stars, and she’s just […]

Charlottesville is in for some country music gold when Loretta Lynn and friends come to town on Saturday. “It’s gonna be fun,” Lynn said. “We don’t come out to do a bad show.” Publicity photo.

Honky tonk girl: Loretta Lynn still rules country music

Loretta Lynn released her first record, Honky Tonk Girl, in 1960 and began a 53-year-and-counting career that has made her the most awarded woman in country music. A true-to-her-roots Kentucky girl, Lynn never let the bright lights of Nashville blind her, and she met the pitfalls of fame in public, working through addiction and marital disharmony […]

Annie Oakley (Emilie Faith Thompson) and Frank Butler (Jonathan Elliott Coarsey) are loaded for laughter in Heritage Theatre Festival’s season opener Annie Get Your Gun. “The thing I love most about Annie Oakley is that she is very no-nonsense about what she wants,”said Thompson. Photo Michael Bailey.

Summer stocked: The Heritage Theatre Festival returns with guns out

The construction is complete, and Robert Chapel is ready to dig in. As Heritage Theatre Festival’s Producing Artistic Director, Chapel is eager to launch the company’s first full season in two years following the opening of UVA Drama’s new Ruth Caplin Theatre. “I’ll be doing five shows: two in the Caplin, two in the Culbreth, […]

Workers hang images of wildlife photographer Tim Laman's work to open the LOOK3 Festival of the Photograph. Image: Tami Keaveny

Birds in TREES: The annual LOOK3 Festival Of The Photograph begins

One of Charlottesville’s most anticipated springtime events began today with the hanging of the LOOK3 TREES exhibit.  The installation has kicked off Charlottesville’s LOOK3 Festival of the Photograph since it began in 2007. “It’s really our coming out party,” said LOOK3’s managing director, Andrew Owen. LOOK3 attracts an estimated attendance of 25,000 artists and observers […]

Quidam takes an enigmatic cast of circus performers and more than 200 pairs of shoes on the road as it circles the globe.

ARTS Pick: Quidam

Sleight of head The story of a neglected child who seeks solace in a fantasy life, Quidam is the ninth Cirque du Soleil production to take to the road after its inception in 1996. Originally branded by the image of a headless man holding an umbrella, the show is filled with extraordinary characters whose tricks […]

Joshua James finds musical inspiration in the stories of everyday people and his own existential quest. Image: Courtesy of flickr/buffalojames.

ARTS Pick: Joshua James

Higher plains Nebraska musician Joshua James strums his guitar and lets out the crushing ache in his voice, calling to mind long roads through the expansive Midwest beneath a boundless sky. His folksiness embraces the tradition of the genre, the familiar longing coupled with a unique taste of melancholy, and it is in these blends that James’ […]

Kate Lambert plays the witch in Four County Players’ rendition of the fairy tale mash-up Into the Woods. Photo: J. Stoll

ARTS Pick: Into the Woods

Broadway has a knack for re-telling classic children’s stories, and one of the early big ones was Into the Woods. Four County Players is mounting Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine’s multiple Tony Award-winning show in the continued celebration of its 40 seasons.

The Sally Rose Band plays on your heartstrings as regulars at the Blue Moon Diner. Image: Andy Acquaro

ARTS Pick: Sally Rose Band

Led by the vivacious, talent-packed Miss Rose, and held tight by the high lonesome harmonies of her classically trained cellist momma, The Sally Rose Band is a band of versatile influences that comes to play.

Sheng Wang gets laughs from his storytelling about common nonsense in everyday life. (Publicity photo)

Stand-up comedian Sheng Wang derives the oddball from the ordinary

Comedy in plain sight Approaching the ordinary as absurd, Sheng Wang tells relatable tales laced with oddball observations within his own striking distance. “There’s a restaurant near my house called Sheng Wang. It’s spelled exactly like my name,” his deadpan delivery begins. “All my friends tell me I have to go and eat there, and […]

The Other Side of the Ice portrays an emotional family journey through the Northwest Passage. Photo: Courtesy of the Virginia Film Festival

ARTS Pick: The Other Side of the Ice

To travel from Newport, Rhode Island to Seattle, Washington with your family–who are all together for the first time since an emotionally wracking divorce a decade-and-a-half ago–most people of sound mind would tackle the 3000 miles in an airplane, or a car, or a train. Emmy award winning documentary film producer/book author/decorated journeyman Sprague Theobald […]

Luthier Jonathan Vacanti emulates the masters of violin making in his own designs. Photo: John Robinson

Years in the making: The silent thrill of being a luthier

The first thing I sensed after stepping inside Vacanti Violins on Fourth Street was a hush like I’d entered a shrine or a place of worship. The walls are lined with gleaming, caramel colored violins and the workshop area appointed with knives, planes, gouges, and scrapers of every shape and angle. Essence of varnish, wood, […]