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ARTS Pick: Shantel Leitner

Music is in indie folk singer-songwriter Shantel Leitner’s blood. Following in the footsteps of her mother, aunt, and grandfather (all country singers), Leitner began singing at a young age. “I was pretty bashful, so I didn’t sing with them until my grandfather lovingly nudged me to,” Leitner said during a recent phone interview. Now at […]

The fifth annual Storyline Project encourages local students to tell their 
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ARTS Pick: Storyline Project

What makes Charlottesville go? To answer that particular question, the Storyline Project will team students grades 4-6 with local artists and designers for the fifth annual public art experience. As part of this year’s “transit” theme, the group will take bikes, buses, and boats around the area to explore the spaces, places, and stories that […]

Future solar cooker? Better World Betty offers tips on how to recycle—or repurpose—
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Ask Betty: Your burning recycling and energy questions answered

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. What can we do with an old […]

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ARTS Pick: Glenn Jones and Dais Queue

Glenn Jones first made his musical mark as a member of the experimental rock band Cul de Sac in the ’90s. His work with that group eventually led to him become the protégé of the legendary, beloved, and notoriously difficult John Fahey, who was then enjoying a late-career resurgence. Since Fahey’s passing a decade ago, […]

ARTS Pick: Cashless Society

ARTS Pick: Cashless Society

Deriving its name from the loss of the Man in Black himself, Cashless Society embarks on a high-spirited, rambunctious mission to preserve the unique rockabilly sound that erupted from Memphis, Tennessee in the 1950s and ’60s. If audiences pause long enough between boisterous sets, they may notice that the lead guitarist donning the swagger of […]

Richmond native Andrew Leahey rocks The Garage with his summer-soaked Americana tunes. Photo by James Joiner.

ARTS Pick: Andrew Leahey

Abandoning rigid classical training at Juilliard for the free-spirited dominion of rock, alternative country, and Americana, Andrew Leahey and his backing band, the Homestead, create feel-good music with impressively refocused talent. Now comfortably at home in the music mecca of Nashville, the Richmond native found himself dreaming up his new EP, Summer Sleeves, while cruising […]

What’s coming up the week of July 1?

What’s coming up the week of July 1?

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 Architectural Review Board meets from 1-3pm Monday in Room 241 at […]

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.

ARTS Pick: NYMPH

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 […]