Marie Landragin doesn’t just play guitar. She plays guitar like a man. At a recent show at the Twisted Branch Tea Bazaar, her band Corsair thrilled a crowd of about 25 people, mostly men. The focus of the room was not the band’s singer and lead guitarist, Paul Sebring—although he is a compelling and frenetic […]
The comment board on my Feedback blog became ground zero in the debate over women in rock music when I asked an age-old question in April. Where are the women in Charlottesville rock? Just because the question bears asking doesn’t mean it can’t be answered. There are several bands here in town that prominently feature […]
“The psychoanalysts say that most of us who fear heights do so because when we’re up high, we have to struggle hard against a potent urge—it’s the death drive operating—to toss ourselves off and end it
The Plan 9 in Albemarle Square isn’t the greatest record store in the world; it might not even be the best record store in Charlottesville. But it boldly persists in being the kind of business you’d have to be a fool to run in this day and age: a record store. On a recent visit, […]
Well-dressed couples mingled beneath the tent, beer and wine in hand, picking tuna appetizers from the silver trays that were carried by a team of black-clad caterers, half of whom spent much of the night smoking cigarettes out back. In the painted brick building beside the tent raged a boisterous art auction, thanks to a […]
Imagine a world without carnivals—no spinning cup rides. No funnel cake. No stuffed animal prizes. Hot on the heels of two documentaries about Charlottesville, a pair of local filmmakers, Miguel Martinez and Jamie Sisley, turns the camera on another place entirely: Tlapacoyan, Veracruz, a struggling Mexican city of 78,000 that provides 30 percent of carnival […]
Three more big scores for the Charlottesville Pavilion this summer
48 Hour Film Project winner is an official selection at one of the world’s premiere film festivals
When I-64 dumps Charlottesvillians in the heart of Richmond, and they see the stoplights, the long, flat stretches of pocked roads and chain restaurants they’ve never heard of, one thing usually comes to mind: I should have stayed in Charlottesville. But if there’s any reason to weather the task of getting to Richmond, it’s the […]
Rarely have members of history’s great duos—Thelma and Louise, Simon and Garfunkel, Williams and Sonoma—used each other as an excuse to be so bawdy as guitarist Stephen Barling and cellist Brandon Collins. On their new full-length, New World Odor, Barling and Collins casts a demented eye toward silly topics: e-mail spam, staying up all night […]
Brian Craddock remembers the first time he ever saw Shep Stacy. Craddock was sitting in a classroom at Albemarle High School, looking at a band that was playing in the courtyard. Playing music during school was a special privilege that was reserved, he says, for only the most well-behaved rockers. An impressionable freshman at the […]
Is it Marie from Corsair? Sarah White? Pompadour’s drummer? Join an informal readers’ poll.
If you were at the Flaming Lips concert at the Charlottesville Pavilion in 2006, Thursday night’s show might have felt like a time warp.
Ben Harper, the songwriter and slide guitar player, played an important role in one of this new decade’s most amazing TV moments. On the final episode of the ill-fated “Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien,” along with members of ZZ Top, Max Weinberg and O’Brien himself, Harper played slide guitar on “Freebird.” His show at the […]
One of Barack Obama’s most attractive campaign promises was that he would shift America’s military focus from Iraq (the unjust war) to Afghanistan (a war of retaliation, at least). More than a year into his presidency, it’s beginning to look like the shift—crystallized in December when he announced a troop surge and withdrawal deadline—might have […]
I visited the UVA Art Museum last week intending to see the “Highlights from the Collection: From Rodin to Warhol” exhibit that was scheduled to open Friday. When I arrived I learned that the Bayly’s elevators were malfunctioning, which made it impossible for museum staff to tear down the last exhibit, “Treasures Rediscovered.” (Would you […]
On a muddy lot about a half hour north of town there’s a big recycling container that’s been repurposed as the production office for a horror movie called House Hunting. Inside are a couple of card tables covered with papers, folders and open laptops. The day’s call sheets hang in manila folders taped to the […]
Jason Pedone is a native of Jefferson City, Tennessee, which has a metropolitan population of about 15,000 people. As the new general manager of the John Paul Jones Arena, that’s about as many people as he’s expected to mobilize for every concert he hosts. Before Jason Pedone came to the John Paul Jones Arena in […]
Those walking in late to Wednesday night’s concert at the Jefferson Theater might have mistaken it for a comedy show. “Saturday Night Live” cast member Fred Armisen was shaking a tambourine onstage, the audience wore lovestruck grins, and at the grand piano, a long sheet of hair dangling over her shoulders, Joanna Newsom looked something […]
And some required reading for the weekend.
In December the Performers Exchange Project introduced Charlottesville to a play that was so vast in scope and rich in texture that one C-VILLE writer could but compare it to an impressive spread of tapas. Our American Ann Sisters (say it aloud to get the pun), which ran this winter at Live Arts, loosely followed […]
“I ain’t gonna worry wrinkles in my brow, cuz nothin’s never gonna be alright nohow,”
Some notes on local dance and music to get you through a rainy Monday.
Trying to visit every event at the 16th annual Festival of the Book is a good way to get your eyes strained and your ankles sprained, so C-VILLE put together a guide of things that seemed worth doing. Don’t be shy to visit vabook.org for complete listings. Wednesday 3/17 Hot on the heels of her […]
When the filmmakers behind The Parking Lot Movie handed me an advance copy of their documentary, I asked myself the same question I asked after first hearing about the movie three years ago: Who cares about some college town parking lot? The funny thing is, that’s the question that’s driving national interest in the documentary […]