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ARTS Pick: Mind the Gap

ARTS Pick: Mind the Gap

City Center for Contemporary Arts hosts Mind the Gap, a building-wide benefit for Live Arts, Second Street Gallery, and Light House Studio, to help close the gap in their annual fundraising goals. CCCA will be packed with local food and entertainment, from food carts on the street to brews with a view on the roof […]

Walton Middle School teachers Susan Rigby and Jon Barber discuss the search for Walton’s new assistant principal during last week’s School Improvement Plan meeting. Photo: Tim Shea

Education Beat: Albemarle to up technology ratio

Our regular Education Beat reporting is the result of a partnership with the nonprofit community news platform Charlottesville Tomorrow, which covers growth, development, public education, and local politics.  The Albemarle County School Board last week agreed to implement a one-to-one technology initiative—a computing device for every student, starting with grades six through 12—as part of […]

Folk scene fun gals, The Sweater Set, play a buttoned-up set at the Blue Moon Diner. Photo by Shervin.

ARTS Pick: The Sweater Set

Contemporary folk duo Maureen Andary and Sara Curtin, a.k.a. The Sweater Set, first met as teens in a Washington, D.C. church choir. In the years since, the pair has taken their vocal training and friendship on the road, developing multi-instrument arrangements that include the ukulele, banjo, glockenspiel, and even the kazoo, layered with “elaborate lyrical […]

C'erra Rhodes works on a word puzzle at Computers4Kids. Students from low-income families get mentoring help at the Charlottesville nonprofit, which relies on dwindling support from the Department of Housing and Urban Development. Photo: Annalee Grant

Local HUD-funded programs to see deep cuts

A Cherry Avenue crosswalk connecting residents to a busy park. New affordable housing units. An after-school study and job-prep program for city kids. The effects of federal Department of Housing and Urban Development grants can be seen all over Charlottesville. But with a range of HUD programs on the chopping block and facing cuts of up […]

ARTS Pick: His Girl Friday

ARTS Pick: His Girl Friday

Enjoy a star-studded trip to 1940s Hollywood with the suave Cary Grant and glamorous Rosalind Russell in a special screening of Howard Hawks’ classic screwball comedy, His Girl Friday. Adapted from Broadway hit The Front Page, the film features a hard-boiled newspaper editor who learns his ace reporter ex-wife is set to marry a bland insurance […]

ARTS Pick: Gary Allan

ARTS Pick: Gary Allan

Often appearing on stage in faded tees and ripped jeans, Gary Allan embodies the homegrown simplicity of country music. Injecting elegance into lyrics laden with manly understatement, Allan’s unpolished voice tells the stories of everyday life, love, joy, and pain. In his latest release, Set You Free, the California native proves that raw, unadulterated emotion takes on entirely new […]

Gabe Silverman in the middle of West Main Street. Photo: Jackson Smith.

The Power Issue: Who’s at the top?

A university still dealing with the ripple effects of an attempted leadership shakeup turned PR disaster. A political landscape in flux, awaiting a November election that could bring big shifts. A city poised for growth in a recovering economy. An expanding community of entrepreneurs chasing after big money with big ideas. Four game fields, if you will. […]

NYMPH brings its extensive existentialism to the Tea Bazaar.  Publicity photo.


Transcendental whimsy With no less than seven members, spiritual rock group NYMPH blurs traditional musical genres to the point of nonexistence.  Deriving their visionary sound from the realm of free-jazz, the Brooklyn-based group weaves their way through pulsating African beats and jazz thrills to ethereal guitar harmonies, providing a musical trip across cultural, artistic, and […]

What’s coming up the week of June 24?

What’s coming up the week of June 24?

Each week, the news team takes a look at upcoming meetings and events in Charlottesville and Albemarle we think you should know about. Consider it a look into our datebook, and be sure to share newsworthy happenings in the comments section. The Albemarle County Historic Preservation Societymeets at 4:30pm Monday in Conference Room 241 of the […]

Local kids shine in Missoula Children’s Theatre

Local kids shine in Missoula Children’s Theatre

While the summer sun beats down outside this weekend, the Paramount stage will be replete with winter wind workers, blizzard bringers, icicle sharpeners, and snow smoothers – all local children cast in the Missoula Children Theatre’s modern adaptation of The Princess and the Pea. From kings, queens and phony princesses to flower gardeners and dust […]

Brittany Hölljes doesn’t want any idle listening of Delta Rae’s new album. “It wants to be listened to, turned up, and sung along with–loudly, in the car, with your windows down.”  Publicity Photo

ARTS Pick: Delta Rae

Turn it up Delta Rae (left) is known as a folk rock act, yet such a flat description is no match for the electrifying tunes from this North Carolina-based sextet. On their debut album, Carry the Fire, the Hölljes siblings complement rich Carolina soul with rockharmonies a la Fleetwood Mac and the storytelling narratives of folklore and mythology. The result […]

Got garlic? Time to harvest and cure it to make way for other summer crops. File photo.

Keep your garden producing as the weather heats up

The rainy, mild spring has finally given way to summer temperatures. We’re still enjoying tender spring lettuces, peas, carrots, and greens, but as the mercury climbs, they won’t last long. This short season will soon turn into the early summer doldrums in the garden—our arugula long since bolted, and our tomatoes, peppers, and cucumbers are […]

Reko Rennie, Big Red, 2013, is currently on view in the Kluge-Ruhe Museum’s exhibition “Black Prints from Cicada Press.” Photo courtesy of the artist.

ARTS Pick: A Night at the Museum

After hours Your childhood dream of sneaking past the museum guards and playing among the art can finally come true. Spend the evening at UVA’s Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection with friends, Devils Backbone brews, musical accompaniment by the Judy Chops, Downbeat Project, and The Hill and Wood at A Night at the Museum. Explore the new exhibition, “After theDreamings: 25 […]

What’s coming up the week of June 17?

What’s coming up the week of June 17?

Each week, the news team takes a look at upcoming meetings and events in Charlottesville and Albemarle we think you should know about. Consider it a look into our datebook, and be sure to share newsworthy happenings in the comments section. The Charlottesville City Council meets at 7pm tonight—Monday—at City Hall. The Council is set […]

Photos taken by special request of the incarcerated are featured this month in the Bridge’s “Some Other Places We’ve Missed.” Image:Mark Strandquist

ARTS Pick: “Some Other Places We Missed”

Window to the soul In a project that mixes art with outreach to the incarcerated, Virginia-based artist Mark Strandquist asked prisoners “If you had a window in your cell, what place from your past would it look out onto?” Answers were collected, those sites were photographed, and prints were given to the prisoners to hang […]

Goodnight Moonshine brings Molly Venter together with Eben Pariser as an infectious, bluesy, songwriting duo. Image: Whitney Kidder

Arts Pick: Goodnight Moonshine

When sparks fly When Molly Venter of Red Molly met Eben Pariser from the quintet Roosevelt Dime, they had no intention of forming Goodnight Moonshine. After playing at each other’s shows, a musical partnership sparked, and the harmonies began. Pariser’s strong guitar work complements Venter’s smooth, stunning voice, in a bluesy blend that brings out […]

Photography fans take a lasting look at the SHOTS & WORKS projections that close out the annual LOOK3 festival at the Pavilion. Image:Brendan Hoffman


Photo finish As one of the final events of the LOOK3 festival, SHOTS & WORKS is also one of its most anticipated. A two-night open air screening of projects from voyeurs, trespassers, participants, naturalists, passive observers, artists, journalists, and commentators—all of them photographers—is accompanied by audio narratives and multimedia projections on a 40′ screen. Friday […]

UK’s punky export The Vaccines jump off of a non-stop festival schedule to bring the hoopla to the Jefferson. Image: Leon Diaper

ARTS Pick: The Vaccines

Big shots London-based, indie rockers The Vaccines blew up the music scene in the UK, and the hype is making its way stateside where the quartet has been added to festival line-ups at Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza, and The Governors Ball. The band’s updated punk rock begs comparison to The Strokes, awakes nostalgia for The Ramones, and has put […]