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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 […]

Batteries: to recycle, or not to recycle? And how? File photo.

Ask Betty: Recycle me!

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. Question: I’m looking for a way to […]

After two popular EP’s, Ivan & Alyosha (L to R: Ryan Carbary, Tim Kim, Tim Wilson, Pete Wilson) release the full length, All the Times We Had. Photo by Veronica Alba.

ARTS Pick: Ivan & Alyosha

Seattle-based indie folk-pop quartet Ivan & Alyosha is nothing if not adaptable, which proved to be a crucial trait during the recording of its first full-length album, All the Times We Had. The band felt pressured, fell out of sync, and scrapped the first attempt. But the challenges eventually paid off in a new record […]

"The Lioness," by Kris Bowmaster is one of the works on display in "Predator/Prey."  Image courtesy of the artist.

Kris Bowmaster unmasks the inner “Predator/Prey”

Whether hanging on the walls of a Charlottesville hotspot or on display on the Downtown Mall, paintings by Kris Bowmaster are immediately recognizable. Not only does Bowmaster create pieces with distinguishable vibrancy and wistfulness, but he paints with a purpose that speaks. Bowmaster’s upcoming show “Predator/Prey,” was inspired by photographs of animals attacking and consuming […]

Chris Dumler. Photo: John Robinson

Chris Dumler resigns from Board of Supervisors

Albemarle County Supervisor Chris Dumler has resigned from the Board of Supervisors, despite saying last week after surviving a petition effort to remove him from the Board that he planned to keep serving. Dumler was absent at the start of the county’s regular meeting Wednesday morning, but immediately after the pledge of allegiance, Samuel Miller […]

ARTS Pick: Bach’s Lunch Break

ARTS Pick: Bach’s Lunch Break

Take Bach lunch. Lunch breaks appear to be a dying ritual, as indicated by the chip crumbs around the wheels of your office chair. It’s time to mark your Thursday calendar for a noon date with J.S.B. and a change of the workday pace. Bach’s Lunch features uplifting 30-minute musical performances by the area’s classical talent […]

Les Claypool (far right) leads his band outside the box when the Primus3D tour pops up at the Pavilion on Wednesday. Photo by Todd Brilliant.

ARTS Pick: Primus

For more than 27 years, musical outlier Primus has been creating some of the most unique, boundary-pushing music since the early days of Zappa and Pink Floyd. Its first album in 11 years, Green Naugahyde is another experimental project that pays tribute to the band’s earlier days. According to Primus’ leading man, Les Claypool, “We’re […]

ARTS Pick: Gems of the Baroque Era

ARTS Pick: Gems of the Baroque Era

Under the direction of Michael Slon, The Oratorio Society of Virginia is filling an afternoon with choral masterworks that express “the best of the human spirit.” The Gems of the Baroque Era includes Bach’s Orchestral Suite #3 in D Major, and Handel’s Coronation Anthems, originally commissioned for the 1727 coronation of King George II and […]

The quick-fingered Jason Ring is known as a man who can jam hard on anything with strings. Publicity Photo.

ARTS Pick: Jason Ring

Known around the state as a one-man, country-bluegrass-blues band, Jason Ring improvises fiery, intricate loops on the guitar, banjo, mandolin, dobro, and bass. Ring grew up in Galax, Virginia, a town that echoes with tunes from the world famous Galax Fiddler’s Convention, and at age 5 he started picking his own brew of bluegrass, Piedmont […]