Erin O'Hare



A new creative process brought Rita Dove, Matthew Burtner and the EcoSono Ensemble together to make The Ceiling Floats Away. Courtesy subjects

Matthew Burtner-Rita Dove collaboration takes flight

What was the last thing you made? Be honest with yourself. Perhaps you made dinner last night, but think hard about the last time you spent an afternoon knitting, strumming a guitar or doodling in a sketchbook. Maybe instead you’ve been reading, listening to albums, looking at paintings or watching “Stranger Things” on Netflix? Are […]

Martha Saunders at Chroma Projects Gallery. Photo by Eze Amos

First Fridays: January 5

As a painter, I’m always looking for the state of surprise and enchantment,” says Martha Saunders, whose “Transmutations” show is on view at Chroma Projects Gallery this month. Most of the paintings in the show will come from Saunders’ decade-long project Reading Series, a rumination on how the human system digests information. The series “started […]

Ryan Marley Grant, Sebastian Green and Will Ashby (aka Fanciful Animals) crank out their own form of musical brain candy at Magnolia House on Wednesday. Photo by Eze Amos

Clocking in with math rockers Fanciful Animals

Fanciful Animals songs often begin the same way most rock songs do: with a riff. While jamming during band practice a while back, Will Ashby picked out a riff on his guitar and it sounded unusually cool. “Play that again,” said bassist Ryan Marley Grant, and so Ashby did, over and over and over again, […]

A slow tumble down the local music rabbit hole

A slow tumble down the local music rabbit hole

Unranked and surely incomplete, here’s an alphabetical list of what Charlottesville-area artists released this year. It’s longer than last year’s, and based on interviews and conversations with many of these artists, I suspect it’s because the past year hangs heavy in our hearts. And so, we have music to sustain us, whether we make it […]

Pearl Island Catering (owner Javier Figueroa-Ray, above) teamed up with Vu Noodles to serve lunch at the Jefferson School City Center Café. Photo by Amy Jackson

Local restaurants were on the rise in 2017

We’ll admit it: Last year’s end-of-year restaurant wrap-up was tough to write as we bid farewell to our beloved Spudnuts and to Brookville’s baked egg breakfasts. Little did we know that 2017 would be a boon for eatery openings. This might finally have been the year that convinced us that our eyes are, in fact, […]

Cherry Avenue Diner, run by Gordon Faulknier and his sons, Andrew and George, serves breakfast all day at affordable prices, as well as lunch and dinner offerings. Photo by John Robinson

Family ties: Fifeville diner feels like home

On a recent Tuesday morning, a frigid wind whipped through Charlottesville, but all was warm and cozy inside the Cherry Avenue Diner at 820 Cherry Ave. in Fifeville. Sparkly snowman decorations hung from the wall sconces lighting each wooden booth, and two waitresses bustled about behind the counter, one wearing a green elf apron and […]

Coffee expert Sara Goldsmith will serve coffee, mulled apple cider and other hot drinks from this converted van parked across from Feast! inside Main Street Market. Photo by Paul Whicheloe

Converted van is city’s newest coffee spot

Strung with holiday lights and equipped with an espresso machine and other warm drink-making accoutrements, a 1974 cherry red Citroën H Van parked inside Main Street Market will start serving early-morning beverages and snacks this week. Coffee expert and Feast! employee Sara Goldsmith will be running the show, selling locally roasted coffees and coffee drinks, […]

Ivy Naté’s large installation of stuffed animals of various shapes and sizes is featured in “Drawn to Charlottesville,” a show on view this month at Second Street Gallery. Courtesy of the artist

First Fridays: December 1

First Fridays: December 1 “Every artist starts with something inside themselves that feels true to them,” says sculptor and installation artist Ivy Naté. “I’m not sure what came first for me…balancing chaos and order, or reinventing the obvious.” “I feel lucky that at times I am able to take some abstract shit in my head, interpret […]

Ned Oldham (above) and Jordan Perry perform songs from Oldham’s new EP, Dark Mountain, in the opening set for the Angel Olsen show at the Jefferson on November 28. Oldham also plays Sarah White’s Country Christmas show at The Southern on December 21. Photo by Martyn Kyle

Ned Oldham’s lyrics illuminate Dark Mountain

In the 20-odd years of Ned Oldham’s musical life, he’s been a pendulum, swinging back and forth between writing his own words and using those of others. “I get tired of the sound of my own lyrical voice,” says Oldham. And so since releasing the 7-inch record Hello My/The Free Web with The Anomoanon in […]

“Dealer’s Choice: The Samuel Kootz Gallery 1945-1966,” is on view at The Fralin Museum through December 17. Courtesy of The Fralin Museum at UVA

The Fralin recollects the influence of Samuel Kootz

It’s a bit chilly in the air-conditioned exhibition room at The Fralin Museum of Art at UVA, but the temperature isn’t what’s giving Rebecca Schoenthal goosebumps. It’s the art. Specifically, it’s William Baziotes’ cool-toned, blue-hued “Night Form” and Adolph Gottlieb’s earth-toned pictograph, “The Sorceress,” hanging on a Fralin gallery wall, together for the first time […]

The members of Little Graves, Luis Soler, Geoff Otis and Les Whittaker, take listeners on an emotional journey through noise-punk instrumentals strewn with samples of field recordings. Little Graves plays Magnolia House on Saturday at 7pm. Photo by Tristan Williams

Punk rock just comes natural to Little Graves

Luis Soler bought his first guitar for $30. It was a pawn shop find, “the worst possible guitar,” he says while nursing a pint of beer at Champion Brewing Company on Halloween eve. “Metallica,” “Slayer” and other metal band names were scratched into the guitar’s paint, says Soler, prompting throaty laughter from his Little Graves […]

Although Janet Dob and Cynthia Viejo are expanding their wholesale Bake’mmm bagel business to more than 400 Kroger and Earth Fare stores, you’ll still be able to satisfy your bagelini cravings at the City Market. Staff photo

The Bageladies zero in on expanded market

Not long after Janet Dob moved from Colorado to Free Union, Virginia, she received an unexpected email: “Are you the woman who made the bagels that my mom fed me every day before school?” it read. Email was still a relatively novel thing in the late 1990s, and Dob was touched that this college student […]

Ann Robertson is one of the artists whose work is featured in the Fiber and Stitch Art Collective show on view this month in the Create Gallery at Indoor Biotechnologies. Photo by Eze Amos

First Fridays: November 3

First Fridays: November 3 Ann Robertson made her first art quilt more than 20 years ago, as a way of working through her experience in the Great Hanshin earthquake that hit Kobe, Japan, in the wee hours of January 17, 1995. With no prior quilting experience and only one American quilting book and some Japanese quilting […]

In Hellmouth, a new interactive choose-your-own-horror-adventure story app, participants are special agents called back early from vacation for a pressing assignment.

Choose your own horror adventure app hits close to home

Halloween is right around the corner, and, for some of us, candy corn, costumes, haunted houses, horror movie marathons and monster mashing is celebration enough. But for those who like a little extra treat in their bag of Halloween tricks, two Charlottesvillians have developed Hellmouth, an interactive choose-your-own-horror-adventure audio tour. Head to the Downtown Mall, […]

Think you’ve heard it all? Paige Naylor will prove there’s more at one of her Deep Listening sessions at the Bridge. Photo courtesy subject

Paige Naylor leads a journey of awareness

Sit down, find a comfortable position—lay down, if that’s more relaxing. Close your eyes. Can you find the quiet place in your mind where there are no thoughts, no words, no images? Can you remain in the quiet mind place by listening to all the sounds you can possibly hear, including the most distant sounds […]

Chris (pictured) and Sarah Humphrey bought Fellini’s #9 from longtime owner Jacie Dunkel two months ago. The couple says they’ll keep beloved menu staples, while adding special dishes, a new cocktail list and more. Photo by Eze Amos

New Fellini’s owner keeps tradition alive

As a kid, Chris Humphrey spent a lot of time at his grandmother’s home on Belmont Avenue. The small house was the hub for the entire family—there was never fewer than 15 people there at a time, Humphrey remembers—and his grandmother was always cooking for everyone: beef stew, onion gravy, mac ’n’ cheese. Humphrey, who […]

Georgia Webb's drawings are on view at McGuffey Art Center during the month of October. Photo by Martyn Kyle

First Fridays: October 6

When Georgia Webb draws, she tends to draw things that are close to her—her mother, Ali, her grandpa Jim or her friend Sidney. She draws her favorite cartoon characters, iconic items like Spam cans, and often reinterprets famous paintings, such as Vermeer’s “Girl with a Pearl Earring,” in her own distinct black line-and-marker style. A […]