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What’s coming up the week of September 16?

What’s coming up the week of September 16?

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. Charlottesville’s City Council holds its second regular meeting of the month at 7pm Monday, […]

Virginia black metal band Salvaticus joins the like-minded music bill at Main St Annex on Friday. Publicity image

ARTS Pick: Miami Nights, Earthling, and Salvaticus

Abandon all hope and prepare yourself for a night so cloaked in gut-wrenching metal glory,  that you’ll have to crawl your way out. Step out of the confines of the Charlottesville music scene, and indulge in some raw, yet alluring, heavy progressive music. It’s rare that such notable black metal performances congregate together, yet fitting that […]

Willie Nelson & Family take the stage for local farming at the Pavilion on Sunday.

ARTS Pick: Willie Nelson

Country music great Willie Nelson continues his support of family farmers with a concert to benefit the Local Food Hub. Inspired by picking corn in his Texas childhood, Nelson founded Farm Aid with fellow musicians John Mellencamp and Neil Young in 1985, and remains a strong farming advocate as well as a legendary performer in […]

Taylor Swift will rattle off numerous hits inspired by her ex-boyfriends in a sold out show at John Paul Jones Arena.

ARTS Pick: Taylor Swift

YouTube singer-songwriter turned pop music icon Taylor Swift performs her signature country crossover in support of the Red Tour. Prepare for stuck-on-repeat radio hits like “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” and “22,” alongside “You Belong With Me,” the infectious tween ditty that started it all—and expect lots of shrieking and bright red lipstick. […]

What’s coming up the week of September 9?

What’s coming up the week of September 9?

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 Planning Commission meets from 6-8pm Tuesday, September 10 in City Council Chambers […]

Explore your classical side through Brooklyn Rider’s innovative, contemporary performances during the Charlottesville Chamber Music Festival. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Charlottesville Chamber Music Festival

Loose strings Refresh your appreciation for classical music with the Charlottesville Chamber Music Festival, a month of small group performances that range from the kid-friendly Carnival of the Animals to edgy improv with modern masters. The festival includes Downtown in the Key of C-ville, a four-day lineup of concerts in mid-September. Quartet Brooklyn Rider, an […]

The delicate, sonic melodies and instrumental precision of singer-sonwriter Sarah Jarosz will weave through the grounds at Monticello on Saturday. Image: Scott Simontacc

ARTS Pick: Sarah Jarosz

Angel’s share Grammy-nominated greatness visits the Virginia countryside in the form of 22-year-old folk sensation Sarah Jarosz as she tours the East Coast to promote her upcoming album, Build Me Up From Bones. Despite being new to the music industry, Jarosz has captured a sound that many musicians spend a lifetime trying to master. She can expertly strum it […]

The house punk foursome Suuns will do its best to blow the roof off the newly reopened Southern on Saturday. Publicity photo

ARTS Picks: Suuns

Ride the wave Montreal-based electro-prog rockers Suuns take dance beats to new punk heights following the launch of their sophomore album, Images Du Futur. Tightly edited melodies layer and clash, building huge waves of sound with a crashing intensity matched only by the musical soothsayers’ boundless energy. Saturday 9/7 $12, 9pm. The Southern Café & Music […]

Lounge orchestra Pink Martini takes fans on a big band romp with a twist at the Paramount on Thursday. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Pink Martini

Listen to the multilingual, orchestral anthems of the internationally acclaimed Pink Martini as members play parts of their eclectic retrospective and reveal the future sounds of the multicultural, politically motivated music scene all in addition to creating the evening’s largest cocktail lounge.

Who's who in the four 2013 races for seats on the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors?

Albemarle County Supervisor showdown: Samuel Miller

As we head into election season proper, we’re taking a look at the four contested races for seats on the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors. We’ve already introduced the Scottsville and Rio district candidates. Today, we hear from the two vying for the Samuel Miller District seat: Incumbent Republican Duane Snow and Democrat Liz Palmer. […]

The hang is a steel instrument made only in Switzerland.

ARTS Pick: Matt Venuti

Experience the sublime echoes of Global-Instrumentalist, Matt Venuti for a solo performance on the Hang (pronounced “hung”) on August 30 at Bridge Between The Worlds.  Matt has performed worldwide, and will bring his enlightening tones to the relaxing and serene environment of the retreat center. Sometimes described as a “sound sculpture,” the hang (pronounced “hung”) […]

ARTS Pick: Shakespeare Winery Tour

ARTS Pick: Shakespeare Winery Tour

Verdant vistas, local wines, and 17th century pastoral comedy collide in the Hamner Theater’s second annual Shakespeare Winery Tour. Five weekend performances of the Bard’s classic As You Like It will move from venue to venue, gracing the stages and picnic grounds of vineyards and cideries from Scottsville to Amherst, and they’re sure to bring […]

"Dating vendetta win small spray pesticide/justice done,” sings Phoenix frontman Thomas Mars on the title track from the new album Bankrupt!.

ARTS Pick: Phoenix

French foursome Phoenix arrives with a complex evolution of its synthesized alt-rock sound. The band made famous by the songs “1901” and “If I Ever Feel Better” is touring on Bankrupt!, its fifth studio album, which features musicians swapping instruments, pentatonic song structures, and explorations of the limits of failure. Keeping up the familiar schizo […]

Parachute returns home to kick off the release of Overnight, its third album since the five UVA grads departed on tour in 2008.

ARTS Pick: Parachute

Local-gone-national heartthrob act Parachute drops in to promote the release of its new album Overnight with a two-day celebration. The band will treat fans to a retrospective of favorites—and play through the new record in its entirety—as it pushes away from pop rock and into a new electronic direction centered around hypnotic lyrics backed by […]

Singer-songwriter Oona Love rocks after a career in Celtic folk music.

ARTS Pick: Oona Love

Deep, soulful vocals front the down-to-earth indie folk rhythms of singer-songwriter Oona Love. Known for heartfelt emotional sets, Love’s extensive range defies genre boundaries on both covers and original songs. After a career in Celtic folk music, she tapped into her urge to rock, and over the past five years has worked out the happy […]

What’s coming up the week of August 26?

What’s coming up the week of August 26?

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 Rivanna Solid Waste Authority and the Rivanna Water & Sewer Authority Board of Directors […]

Randy Allen Taylor. Photo: FBI Richmond Division.

Randy Taylor denied bond in Alexis Murphy case

Alexis Murphy’s suspected abductor will remain in jail ahead of a grand jury proceeding scheduled for next month. Randy Allen Taylor, arrested on abduction charges August 11, was denied bond by Nelson County Judge A. Ellen White in a hearing in Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court Thursday, according to reports in the Daily Progress, NBC29, and Richmond’s […]