Collaborators Peter DeMartino and Julie Hamberg made the ambitious choice to stage an original adaptation of The Master and Margarita. Photo credit: Rammelkamp Foto

Live Arts adapts cult novel

Peter DeMartino might never have spent nine months translating a 1920s Russian novel about Jesus, the devil, and a nine-foot-tall cat into a full-scale theatrical production if not for one strange affinity. “I met Julie [Hamberg, artistic director at Live Arts] after I got to play Edna in Hairspray,” said DeMartino, who works as the […]

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 […]

The plaintive honesty of Elephant Revival’s sound is enhanced by eclectic instrumentation that includes washboard, djembe, musical saw, and stompbox. Publicity Image.

ARTS Pick: Elephant Revival

A beautiful thing happens when five earth-conscious activists harness acoustic music to spread their message of soulful living—you get Elephant Revival, a band whose sound is both a tribute to and embodiment of nature’s beauty. The music is deeply rooted in Celtic and folk tradition, accented by notes of rock and gypsy with lyrics that are […]