C-VILLE Writers



Guitarist Larry Keel pushes the limitations of bluegrass.  Photo: Bright Life Photography.

Chasing down the voodoo of Larry Keel’s bluegrass guitar

It’s Floydfest, June 2003.  The evening is thick and balmy, draping the rolling Floyd County landscape in shimmery violets and blues. Along the festival’s arterial corridor, despite main stage bands kicking into their second sets, an exodus was underway. I remember it distinctly: the wild-eyed shirtless young man materializing, catching hold of the girl dancing […]

Illustration: Matt Pamer

Fruit of the Vine: Wine events for October 1-14

Afton Mountain Garlic Festival at Rebec Vineyards October 13-14 (540) 456-8667 www.aftonmountainvineyards.com Barboursville Vineyard Palladio Cooking Class Tuesday, October 9 The Art of Charcuterie & Wine Pairing $120 All cooking classes begin at 6:30pm and last approximately 3½ hours. The classes are “participation” classes, so dress accordingly – no high heels, please. Participants will receive […]

Jack White at his September 10, 2012 performance in Copenhagen. Photo by Jo McCaughey.

Live Snapshot: Jack White at the Pavilion

Jack White, the rock virtuoso known for his participation in more bands than a hand can hold —The Raconteurs, The White Stripes and The Dead Weather, to name a few—released his highly anticipated debut solo album Blunderbuss back in April. Last night, his tour supporting this critically acclaimed record brought him to Charlottesville’s nTelos Wireless […]

Hill & Holler. Photo: John Robinson

Small Bites: This week’s restaurant news

The hills are alive Enjoy a four-course family-style dinner paired with Barboursville wines amidst the vineyards’ very vines on Sunday, September 30 at 5pm. Palladio’s Melissa Close-Hart teams up with chef husband, Matthew Hart from The Local, at this $100 dinner organized by Hill & Holler. Visit hillandholler.org/events.php to reserve. Proceeds benefit the Scottsville Center of Arts […]

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Small Bites: This week’s restaurant news

Mangia l’etoile L’etoile might be Virginia cuisine with a French influence, but on Tuesday, September 25, gourmet fineries from Foods of All Nations and wine from The Country Vintner will help it go Italian at its 6pm Italian Wine Dinner. For $80 per person (plus tax and gratuity) expect six family-style courses and eight wines […]

Fruit of the vine: Wine events for the week of September 17

Fruit of the vine: Wine events for the week of September 17

Afton Mountain Afton Mountain After Hours Saturday, September 22: Dallas Wesley and Band (6-9pm) (540) 456-8667 www.aftonmountainvineyards.com Barboursville Vineyard Italian Harvest Feast Saturday, September 22 at 1pm: Enjoy a traditional five course feast paired with Barboursville wines, prepared by Guest Chefs Cesare Lanfranconi, formerly of Washington’s Café Milano, Tosca, and Spezie, and Shannon Overmiller of The Majestic […]

Clouds roll in behind the gardens at Monticello. Photo: Ashley Twiggs

Small Bites: This week’s restaurant news

Party like it’s harvest time Monticello, the home of our own “first foodie,” serves as the pastoral background for the sixth annual Heritage Harvest Festival on Friday, September 14 and Saturday, September 15. You and your family will learn—with all your senses—about the gifts of our local soils and the hardworking people who grow them. […]

Fruit of the vine: Wine events for the week of September 10

Fruit of the vine: Wine events for the week of September 10

Afton Mountain Afton Mountain After Hours Saturday, September 22: Dallas Wesley and Band (6-9pm) (540) 456-8667 www.aftonmountainvineyards.com Barboursville Vineyard Italian Harvest Feast Saturday, September 22 at 1pm: Enjoy a traditional five course feast paired with Barboursville wines, prepared by Guest Chefs Cesare Lanfranconi, formerly of Washington’s Café Milano, Tosca, and Spezie, and Shannon Overmiller of […]

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Free Will Astrology: September 4-10

Virgo (August 23-September 22): I’ll bet that a-ha! experiences will arrive at a faster rate than you’ve seen in a long time. Breakthroughs and brainstorms will be your specialty. Surprises and serendipitous adventures should be your delight. The only factor that might possibly obstruct the flow would be if you clung too tightly to your […]

Sweethaus is expanding! Photo: Cramer Photo

Small Bites: This week’s restaurant news

Moving haus The transformation of the Random Row and Sweethaus building into a Marriott is in the offing, but fear not, cupcake-lovers. Tara Koenig’s moving her halcyon days-inspired sweets shop to the old Charlottesville Tire space at 843 W. Main St. It’s bigger (3,000 square feet to be exact!) and better (a new HVAC system […]

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Free Will Astrology: August 28-September 3

Virgo (August 23-September 22): In the creation myths of Easter Island’s native inhabitants, the god who made humanity was named Makemake. He was also their fertility deity. Today the name Makemake also belongs to a dwarf planet that was discovered beyond the orbit of Neptune in 2005. It’s currently traveling through the sign of Virgo. […]

Local arborist Rob Springer was recently honored with an international award for his work caring for trees. Photo: Graelyn Brashear

Charlottesville arborist gets international honor

Rob Springer has been climbing trees his whole life. As an arborist, he’s been doing it professionally for the last 30 years. A certified arborist with Bartlett Tree Experts, Springer was honored for his work earlier this month by the International Society of Arboriculture. The Stanardsville resident was one of five arborists (including one from […]

Fruit of the Vine: August 28

Fruit of the Vine: August 28

Barboursville Season Reveal When: Sunday, September 9 at 5:30pm. www.barboursvillewine.com Virginia Opera presents The Season Reveal, the opening event for our 2012-13 season. An intimate private concert with the principal artists of Virginia Opera’s 2012-13 production of The Pearl Fishers. Reception and three-course dinner by Palladio Restaurant’s Executive Chef, Melissa Close Hart, with wine pairings […]

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Small Bites: This week’s restaurant news

Colonial locavores If you think our country’s founding foodies are the only ones with their own shows on the Food Network, think again. Tuesday, August 28, from 6-8:30pm, head to Monticello’s West Lawn for a conversation with Dave DeWitt, author of The Founding Foodies: How Washington, Jefferson, and Franklin Revolutionized American Cuisine. For the $60 […]

Boombox supports the organic movement on Sunday at the Jefferson.

ARTS Pick: Boombox

Sunday 8/26 Into the light Boombox invites you to tune in and drop out. This duo from Muscle Shoals, Alabama, calls on the rock ‘n’ roll past of its hometown, as well as an organic approach to modern electronica. Self-described as “jamtronica,” its all-improv longform groove syncs digital with live play of classic rock and […]

Best of C-VILLE 2012

Best of C-VILLE 2012

Philly has the cheesesteak, Houston has the Astrodome, San Fran has the Bay, and Memphis’ got the blues. New York has Times Square, D.C. has the White House, Seattle has the Space Needle, and San Diego’s got the zoo. …But whatta they got on us? Nothin’. For the 17th year, we asked you to vote on […]

REU student Abigail Kimmitt works with her mentor Dustin Reichard (front right) and their field tech Joe Welkin (back) at the Mountain Lake Biological Station. Photo courtesy of UVA.

Undergrads dive into science at UVA’s Mountain Lake research station

Many undergraduate students aspiring to be full-fledged scientists find themselves facing a roadblock: They’re unable to tackle their own research until their graduate or postgraduate careers begin. But the National Science Foundation’s highly selective Research Experiences for Undergraduates program gives students across the country—including some from UVA—the opportunity to collaborate with mentors and work on […]

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Best of C-VILLE 2012: Entertainment

From the best place for karaoke to your favorite local blog, here are the top picks in the local entertainment scene.   JUMP TO: Music venue Place to dance Place to look at art Place for karaoke Place to watch the game Annual festival Movie theater Musical group Singer/songwriter Local play or musical Visual artist Local […]