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Say Something

Say Something

cd Listen to Loving You by Richelle Claiborn with Andy Rowland on alto sax: powered by ODEOCourtesy of Richelle Claiborne – Thank you! There is something to be said for conviction, that lock-jawed, tooth-grinding determination to not simply say something, but to, you know, mean it. A million musicians may play the same three-chord tune […]

Lost and found

Lost and found

The blessing and curse of a vibrant arts community like Charlottesville is that, with revolutionaries of theater, film, music and art springing up and moving out sometimes quicker than you can say “Encore!” it can be difficult to keep up with every provocative performance or local exhibit. Curtain Calls is here to track these developments […]

Stars & Satellites

Stars & Satellites

Coran Capshaw became an investor in Satellite Ballroom roughly a year ago, in the summer of 2006, according to Chuck Adcock, the owner of the Ballroom and Michael’s Bistro. “Primarily as a financial boost,” says Adcock. “That’s when we first started working together.” The two venue owners began to meet every few months: Adcock—who began […]

Icky Thump

Icky Thump

cd A solid 10 years into the mix as a band and the mythology of the White Stripes has completely taken hold: the “family members or former lovers” history of Jack and Meg White; the blood, bone and black wardrobe colors; and the duo’s adherence to the number “3,” from Jumpin’ Jack’s arrangements to his […]

Live from the living room

Live from the living room

Whether sprawled across a faded carpet with headphones plugged into a record player or folded into a chair in front of a row of speakers, everyone needs a space for music appreciation. And while Len Jaffe and his partner Ginny Gubser are no different, their listening venue—the living room of their Forest Lakes home, where […]

Bring in the noise

Bring in the noise

There are no white-hot breaths of feedback, no gallumphing bass lines, bleeding from Jarrod Hood’s small wooden house in Belmont where local heavy metal band Horsefang practices a couple nights per week. Not yet. Instead, there are a few yips from Hank, a skittish hound, and Rigel, a squat bulldog, as Nicholas Liivak, Horsefang’s guitarist, […]

The fortress of inexhaustible superstars

The fortress of inexhaustible superstars

Mystified by the selection of author John Grisham and Dave Matthews Band violinist Boyd Tinsley as the commencement and valedictory speakers for UVA’s graduating class of 2007, C-VILLE went about brainstorming the selection process. While not precisely steeped in “fact” or “reality,” this was by far our most entertaining conclusion. Enjoy. Dusk had fallen like […]

“The Voice,” at rest

“The Voice,” at rest

Vusi Mahlasela doesn’t sound like I expect him to when he greets me over the phone. His voice sounds nothing like the lilting, weaving instrument that leads Zulu music legends Ladysmith Black Mambazo through a series of “whoop” and “yeeeee” noises on the song “Heaven In My Heart,” nor does it bear the smoke-rounded, South […]

Words Unbroken

Words Unbroken

cd Here are my two Helen Horal anecdotes: I first met Helen on November 16, 2006—the night that she won the First Amendment Writes competition at Starr Hill. Horal plugged her acoustic guitar into an amp in a back room at the Biltmore and ran through a victorious-if-giddy rendition of “Wonderwall” by Oasis. Up there […]

What a difference a day makes

Six millimeters could’ve made all the difference for Christopher Allen Smith. While many cities have regulations that go beyond the federal rules on imitation firearms, all meet one minuscule requirement: “Each toy, look-alike, or imitation firearm shall have…a blaze orange plug inserted into the barrel of such toy…recessed no more than six millimeters from the […]

Cinema employee avoids R-rated robbery

Cinema employee avoids R-rated robbery

The last four films to screen at Carmike Cinema on Friday, April 20, all began at approximately 10pm. The longest of the bunch at 104 minutes, Disturbia—a blend of teen horror and Hitchcock’s voyeuristic Rear Window—most likely finished before midnight. At roughly 1am on Saturday morning, someone had their eyes trained on Carmike Cinema: The […]

Turn off the red light

Turn off the red light

“Operation Hook-Up” began in the summer of 2006 when Fifeville neighbors began calling the Charlottesville Police Department to complain about alleged acts of prostitution in Tonsler Park on Cherry Avenue. Word worked its way to Sergeant Marc Brake and, after problems were verified through surveillance and foot patrol efforts, a few undercover officers, including Joseph […]

This ain’t Vegas, baby

Thirty years ago, it was more common to arrange sexual favors through a direct trade for narcotics, according to an inmate at the Charlottesville-Albemarle Regional Jail. But Charlottesville’s finest don’t deal with direct trades; rather, undercover officers such as the Charlottesville Police Department’s Joe Brown need to ensure that suspected prostitutes agree to a specific […]

A good manager is hard to find

A good manager is hard to find

In his own words, George Sampson was “the kid in your high school that brought rock and roll to your dance.” Sampson also brought dancers, musicians and street performers to New York City’s Lincoln Center for three summers from 1983 to 1985, and, as part of UVA’s capital campaign during the ’90s, worked as a […]

The Gremlins of 209

The Gremlins of 209

Subduction is a meeting of two tectonic plates—one slips beneath the other towards Earth’s mantle while the other rises above. This force gives rise to land masses including the Lesser Antilles, a group of islands in the Carribbean where Greg Kelly first met Zack Worrell in 2003 during an engagement party for mutual friends.