C-VILLE Writers

Singer-songwriter Erin Lunsford will compete for the $1000 prize at Paramount Idol. Publicity photo.

Hopeful musicians strut their stuff at Paramount Idol

After the judges’ individual attention and constructive feedback, the finalists set their sights on the audience’s votes this Friday and everyone is excited about a different aspect of the performance. Tufts is eager to have the “exposure in the musical community and to be making connections,” while White said, “I love to sing in a really cool space and I’m mostly excited to perform in the Paramount.”

Play On! stages the delightful family musical Dr. Doolittle, the story of a doctor who views the human world through the eyes and language of animals.

ARTS Picks: Dr. Doolittle at Play On! Theatre

Human creatures large and small will enjoy Dr. Dolittle’s singing search for the Great Pink Sea Snail in Play On! Theatre’s final production at the IX building. This musical, based on the 1967 film starring Rex Harrison, is directed by Shelley Cole and features community youth and adult actors going wild as Dr. Dolittle’s famous animals—the Pushmepullyou, Chee-Chee the chimp, and Polynesia the parrot. $5-19, 7:30pm (2pm on Sundays).

Up-and-comer Luke Winslow-King relies on NOLA musical connections and respect for tradition in his mastery of the blues. Photo by Jason Kruppa.

ARTS Picks: Luke Winslow-King at The Garage

Drawing on lessons learned while busking on Frenchmen Street, training in classical music at the University of New Orleans, and working as a music therapist in New York City, Luke Winslow-King has a boiled-down, Delta blues, gospel, and jazz-themed new album, The Coming Tide, that has made fans of rock and blues heavyweights like Jack White and Robert Earl Keen.

Bill Rough puts the fun in dysfunctional as a family is forced to gather under extraordinary circumstances in Live Arts’ August: Osage County. Publicity Photo.

ARTS Picks: August: Osage County

Live Arts takes an ambitious foray into the comically dysfunctional dark side of a pill-popping, secret-keeping Midwestern family in its spring production of August: Osage County, under the direction of Fran Smith. This Tony and Pulitzer Prize-winning drama by Tracy Letts gives an all-access peek (the set is a literal cross section of a three-story Oklahoma homestead) into the lives of the estranged Weston clan as they are forced to reunite after their father goes missing.

Local fan favorite William Walter & Company fills the nTelos Wireless Pavilion with high-energy rock and twang, thanks to a little help from friends DJ Williams and Tara Mills & Yankee Dixie. Publicity photo.

ARTS Picks: William Walter & Company

After 239 live gigs last year, it’s clear that William Walter & Company’s feel-good, high-energy rock resonates with fans across the map. Walter has picked up Best Emerging Artist accolades at Floyd Fest, international songwriting nominations, and national radio airplay on the road, and is returning to his loyal local fan-base at Fridays After Five, […]

Broadway comes to the John Paul Jones Arena for a one night performance of West Side Story, the classic New York musical spin on Romeo and Juliet. Publicity photo.

ARTS Picks: West Side Story

Never was there a tale of more woe than that of Maria and her Tony. Broadway’s West Side Story travels south to the John Paul Jones Arena for one night only. Revel in the Bernstein and Sondheim score, the knife fights, and the love story as the Jets and the Sharks spar on the streets […]

The most enduring act in roots reggae, Culture, takes the stage at the Main Street Annex with a new lineup and the same great beats. Photo by Reggae Story.

ARTS Picks: Kenyatta “Culture” Hill

The name and the lineup have changed since the band currently known as Culture first began laying down tracks with Joe Gibbs in 1977. But the group remains one of the most authentic and enduring acts in the history of roots reggae. Its extensive back catalogue, comprised of nearly 50 studio, dub, and compilation records, […]

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Local guru answers your green living questions

Teri Kent runs Charlottesville’s Better World Betty, a non-profit organization and online resource for locals looking to shrink their impact on the environment. Every month, Betty—Kent’s ’50s-housewife-meets-earth-goddess alter ego—answers the most burning eco-questions from our readers about energy use, water, waste and recycling, transportation, and green buying. Q: What is the best way to dispose […]

Christina Ramsey, Anna Goodrich, and Ben Merrel are looking swell in AHS’s production of Hello, Dolly!

ARTS Picks: Hello, Dolly! at Albemarle High School

The Albemarle Players, C-VILLE’s Best Musical winners for two years running, are going for a trifecta this weekend when Hello, Dolly!, the Tony Award-winning musical based on Thornton Wilder’s The Matchmaker, hits the stage. Originally called Dolly, A Damned Exasperating Woman, the show’s title was shortened when Broadway producer David Merrick heard Louis Armstrong’s version […]