Erin O'Hare



The Can-Do Attitude plays Fridays After Five at the Pavilion this week. Photo by Eze Amos

The Can-Do Attitude gets it done in unexpected ways

The members of The Can-Do Attitude know what they look like while loading their gear into a venue for a rock show. “Who the hell are these nerds?” they imagine other bands think upon seeing drummer Brian Wilson in a loon T-shirt, the word “Loonatic” printed under the aquatic bird graphic, or watching singer and […]

The Pie Chest’s Rachel Pennington says her second retail location, at 1518 E. High St., will offer hand pies, pies by the slice, biscuits and honey chocolate chip cookies. Photo by Eze Amos.

The Pie Chest and Lone Light Coffee open second location

On March 14, 2015, eager pie eaters lined up along Fourth Street NE on The Pie Chest’s opening day. They were ready to satisfy the cravings triggered by Pi Day, an annual celebration of the mathematical constant pi (you know, 3.14159265359), which the new bake shop opted to embrace. When the door swung open at […]

Johnny Butcher and Jake Rakes plot scams in the gender-swapped version of Dennis Lehane’s Coronado, opening at Gorilla Theater Productions on June 13. Photo by Anna Lien

Gorilla Theater amends Dennis Lehane’s Coronado 

Nearly every Christmas, as the Stewart family unwraps its gifts, someone asks, “Who got the new Dennis Lehane book?” The answer is usually “everyone,” says Kendall Stewart, exaggerating only slightly about her family’s Lehane“obsession,” which began more than a decade ago when Stewart’s mother photographed the Boston-born crime and mystery writer. They’ve read most everything […]

Frank Walker’s studio is full of artwork, art supplies, frames and hundreds of military models: soldiers, guns, ammunition, tanks and uniforms. A historian of both African American history and American military history, the Army veteran is a stickler for accuracy. This week, he’ll build a window display in honor of the June 6, 1944, D-Day invasion. Photo by Sanjay Suchak

Artist Frank Walker captures the value of human life

It’s a humid but not hot Saturday evening in early May. Jazz floats through the auditorium of the Jefferson School African American Heritage Center, filling in the spaces between laughter, delighted gasps and conversational murmurs in the next room. Dressed in brown slip-on shoes, relaxed fit jeans, a short-sleeved chambray shirt and a dark blue […]

Forest Brooks Veerhoff started playing folk-rock on an “old, dusty guitar” when his parents gave him lessons for his eighth birthday. He now also plays mandolin, organ, ukulele and banjo. Photo by Eze Amos

Monticello seniors share inspiration and creativity

Christian Means walks around the halls of Monticello High School with headphones on. He’s not doing it to be antisocial—he’d be happy to pause the music to say hello—but he is doing it on purpose. “I cannot function without having some kind of music playing in my head,” says Means. It helps him focus, helps […]

Forest Brooks Veerhoff started playing folk-rock on an “old, dusty guitar” when his parents gave him lessons for his eighth birthday. He now also plays mandolin, organ, ukulele and banjo. Photo by Eze Amos

Monticello seniors share inspiration and creativity

Christian Means walks around the halls of Monticello High School with headphones on. He’s not doing it to be antisocial—he’d be happy to pause the music to say hello—but he is doing it on purpose. “I cannot function without having some kind of music playing in my head,” says Means. It helps him focus, helps […]

Regina Pilawuk Wilson’s paintings, prints and one weaving are on view in “Ngerringkrrety: One Voice, Many Stories” at Second Street Gallery through July 27. Additionally, she and her son co-curated a current exhibition at the Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection, “Ngunguni: Old Techniques Remain Strong,” and her work is part of “Marking the Infinite: Contemporary Women Artists from Aboriginal Australia,” at the Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C., through September. Photo by Cassie de Collinge

First Fridays: June 1

The inspiration for many of Regina Pilawuk Wilson’s paintings lies in another art form: weaving. At a roundtable discussion at the Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection, Wilson explains that her people, the Ngangikurrungurr, who are indigenous to Australia’s Daly River region, had passed on fishnet stitches from generation to generation, each community having its own special […]

Located at 816 Hinton Ave. in Belmont, JBD Mobile Catering & Events is open from 11am to 8pm Monday and Tuesday, 
11am to 10pm Thursday through Saturday, and from noon to 8pm Sunday. The restaurant is closed on Wednesday. Photos by Tom McGovern

Jeanetha Brown-Douglas caters to the community

“Look at this,” says Jeanetha Brown-Douglas, peeking through the black and white sheer curtains of her soul food eatery. In the parking lot, a young man sits in his SUV, engine running and air-conditioning blasting, digging into a clamshell container holding a JBD Mobile Catering & Events fried catfish dinner. “He couldn’t even wait till […]

Free Union, led by Michael Coleman and Rob Dunnenberger, seeks unity in Charlottesville on its new, self-titled EP. Photo by Tristan Williams

Free Union pushes social positivity on new EP

Last summer, Michael Coleman had a realization about the power of music. The night of August 12—after 24 hours of terror and chaos that included a torch-lit march led by white supremacists and the Unite the Right rally that left three people dead and dozens of community members and activists injured—Coleman took to Facebook Live […]

La Guadalupana offers 13 varieties of Venezuelan arepas, which are grilled corn cakes stuffed with fillings such as shredded beef, chicken salad and vegetarian options. Photo by Tom McGovern

Get your fill of Venezuelan arepas

A grilled corn cake opened up to make a pocket. Crunchy on the outside, moist on the inside. Filled with deliciousness. This is how La Guadalupana, the Mexican grocery and deli at 221 Carlton Rd., describes its arepas, the latest addition to its deli menu. (It’s not just you; our mouths are watering, too.) The grilled […]

“Becoming“ (left) is one of the astoundingly realistic works on display in “Megan Elizabeth Read: Recent Works in Oil,” at McGuffey through May 27.

The extraordinary works of Megan Elizabeth Read

Perched on a wooden stool inside her McGuffey Art Center studio, Megan Elizabeth “Mae” Read looks around the room at her sketches—a roughly defined nude male figure, a sequence of grayscale charcoal portraits including one of a little girl with butterfly face paint—clustered together near the floor. “You know,” she says before taking a pause, […]

Jeff Gregerson performs as Yessirov on Saturday at the Bridge PAI’s Telemetry Experimental Music Series. Photo by Amy Jackson

Yessirov lets the songs out on new EP

If a tree falls in the forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound? This is something that Jeff Gregerson has thought a lot about as he’s made music throughout his life. Gregerson, 33, played first in high school rock and jam bands, and more recently as one half […]

Third-generation candymakers Gene and Dave Williams of H.E. Williams Candy Company make sweets the old-fashioned way in their family’s Chesapeake factory. Gene is one of the masters featured in the Virginia Folklife Program Apprenticeship Showcase that takes place this Sunday, May 6, at James Monroe’s Highland. Photo by Pat Jarrett/Virginia Folklife Program

Learn culinary traditions from the masters at folklife showcase

For those of us who prefer to eat our way through Virginia history, the Virginia Humanities Virginia Folklife Program Apprenticeship Showcase, which takes place Sunday, May 6, at James Monroe’s Highland, is a must-attend annual event. It’s a chance to see how different Virginia culinary traditions are preserved as they are passed down from master […]

A selected collection of Dave Moore’s enamel, acrylic and mixed-media paintings are on view at the Music Resource Center through May. Courtesy artist

First Fridays: May 4

Dave Moore believes in the sensuality of painting. “I want my paintings to look like paintings,” he says. “I am not trying to fool anyone into believing that an object is on the canvas. The painting is the object and the experience, whatever the subject may be.” A self-described “art history nut” who loves “all […]

Salvaticus plays a farewell-for-now show at Magnolia House on Saturday, May 5. Photo by Tristan Williams

Metal band Salvaticus finds beauty in the order of things

It’s the day after Earth Day, and Kevin Ardrey, Brian Weaver and Carter Felder —three of the four members of local black metal band Salvaticus—sit on a worn wooden bench under an open-air roofed shelter at Ivy Creek Natural Area. The dogwoods and redbuds have bloomed, clouds move through the blue sky and a breeze […]

Joyce Ivory, president of the Charlottesville chapter of the National Coalition of 100 Black Women. Photo by Eze Amos

Q&A: Local leaders discuss serving the community

Before Joyce Ivory was president of the Charlottesville chapter of the National Coalition of 100 Black Women, she was a girl growing up in the Fifth and Dice (Fifeville) neighborhood. A Charlottesville High School track team member, cellist and a singer in the choir, Ivory looked up to a group of young women a few […]

The Attachments’ lead singer Sam Uriss says that most of his lyrics are “hugely influenced by advertising and mass media.” The trio plays Champion Brewing Company on Sunday. Photo by Tristan Williams

The Attachments play sane punk as art reaction

After band practice on a recent Monday evening, the three members of The Attachments lean back on couches in drummer Jack Richardson’s Belmont living room. As the day falls into dusk outside the window, they drink beers and bottled teas while a record spins punk music at a low volume in the background. “I came […]

“Visage,” on view at the New City Arts Welcome Gallery this month, features the work of portrait artists Frank Walker and his nephew Jae Jae Johnson. Photo by Eze Amos

First Fridays: April 6

“Nobody understands an artist like another artist,” says local portrait artist Frank Walker. And so Walker, who has drawn all his life—first imitating the figures in Sgt. Rock comic books and later working in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers graphics department, earning a BFA in painting and printmaking from Virginia Commonwealth University and working […]

Organizers are confident that Thursday’s all-female Rugged Arts showcase is the first of its kind in Charlottesville, featuring a female host, a female DJ and five female artists, including Sierra “Juice” Stanton (pictured). “I only write about what I know, what I’ve been through, what I go through, what I’m preparing for,” says Juice. Photo by Eze Amos

Getting a lift: Nine Pillars’ female showcase is brimming with talent

Last April, A’nija Johnson walked into the Jefferson School African American Heritage Center auditorium ready to speak her truth at the Nine Pillars Hip Hop Cultural Fest’s freshman class competition. Wearing a floor-length skirt, a Tasmanian Devil “I need coffee” T-shirt and a pair of sunglasses, the local high schooler found herself in a room […]

The Ante Room, operated by Jeyon Falsini, will close its doors on March 31, due to the demolition of the Main Street Arena complex. Falsini hopes to relocate the popular live-music venue and continue his support of local musicians, particularly hip-hop and metal acts, such hard rock and metal band Congenial Crime, pictured here. Photo by Tristan Williams

Live music venue The Ante Room folds for now

A music venue is a strange place to be in the middle of the day. A club is designed for the nighttime, with its dark walls, ceilings and stages meant to be illuminated not by the sun but by bright lights, coming alive when bodies are in the room and music is in the air. […]

Catherine Monnes performs at The Bridge PAI’s Telemetry series on Saturday. Photo by Tom Daly

Catherine Monnes is bringing music to life

In the sunflower yellow kitchen at the back of her narrow house, Catherine Monnes drops a few thistle teabags into a pink tulip-shaped teapot full of boiling water. She slides the lid into place and carries the pot into her plant-filled sunroom. The evening light is disappearing behind the trees in her North Downtown yard […]

Bellair Farm’s Jamie Barrett says joining CSAs gives community members an opportunity to join farmers on their journey.

CSAs offer benefits for farms and consumers

To-may-toes. To-mah-toes. ’Maters. No matter what you call them, if you want to be slicing into the freshest ones around come summer, you’ll want to sign up to participate in community-shared agriculture. And now’s the time to do so. The community-shared agriculture (or CSA) model of farming, which developed in North America in the 1980s, […]

Tavola bar manager Steve Yang (above) and assistant bar manager Rebecca Edwards are both participating in upcoming national bartending competitions in Washington, D.C. Photo by Eze Amos

Tavola bartenders are rocking national competitions

Two of Tavola’s bartenders are shaking up national drinks-related competitions. Bar manager Steve Yang was named one of 12 regional finalists in the United States Bartenders’ Guild’s annual World Class bartending competition. “Qualifying is both humbling and terrifying,” Yang says of going shaker-to-shaker with some of the best bartenders in the country. An expert panel […]