Erin O'Hare



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 […]

Judy McLeod exhibits work from her career in three shows at three different galleries this month. She will give a progressive gallery talk beginning at 2pm on March 25 at McGuffey Art Center. Photo by Martyn Kyle

See what’s on display at First Fridays

During the month of March, local artist Judy McLeod exhibits work from her oeuvre at three different galleries, each individual show representing a different phase in her 40-plus years of art-making. “An artist works in series whereby an idea is pursued visually for months or years in terms of a medium,” says McLeod, and while […]

Vibe Riot (fronted by Jay “Jaewar” King, above) plays Vibe Fest at IX Art Park on Friday. Photo by Eze Amos

Vibe Riot wants to know what’s on your mind

Jay “Jaewar” King listened to a lot of reggae while growing up in Virginia Beach. His Jamaican-born father always had the stereo on, with good vibes floating through the speakers and into the home. But it was hip-hop that took hold of him. Captivated by the imagery of the lyrics and by artists like LL […]

Robert Harllee of Market Street Wineshops has watched an increase in Virginia wine sales at his various locations. Photo by Martyn Kyle

Changes ahead for Market Street Wineshop

After 31 years of selling wine, fresh bread, cheese and more at Market Street Wineshop from the basement level of 311 E. Market St., Robert Harllee has decided to retire. But fear not; Charlottesville is not about to lose another jewel from its quirky downtown crown: Two of Harllee’s longtime employees, Siân Richards and Thadd […]

Like most of his classmates, Jack Keaveny carries his neon green and black UnderArmor backpack around all day—nobody really uses the few lockers left at Charlottesville High School. Staff photo

What’s in my backpack

Take a look inside a backpack and you’ll get a glimpse inside its owner’s life: perhaps notebooks and pens show evidence of his favorite color, or what he likes to do in his free time. There are folders full of assignments that indicate her potential career path, a book she reads for fun and keys […]

Ike Anderson, now 31, choreographed his first dance at the MRC when he was in eighth grade, around the same age as some of the dancers he now teaches. “Dance was a huge confidence builder for me...it gave me a sense of purpose, and along with the confidence I gained from it, came evolution,” says Anderson. Photo by Eze Amos

Dance crews know all the right moves

In the warm glow of a few strings of lights strung above the dance floor of the Music Resource Center auditorium, Ike Anderson leads a group of dancers through a hip-hop routine, demonstrating each toe touch and head bob as he calls: “One and two and three and four, five and six and seven and […]

Free Idea plays Magnolia House on February 15. The group also records all of its practices and performances and posts many of them to the band’s SoundCloud page. Photo by Tom Daly

Free Idea trades the rules for psychedelic nirvana

A blank canvas. That’s what Marie Landragin sees in her mind’s eye when she’s about to play guitar with Free Idea. Just before the first note rings out, she sees a frame, some material, potential for the space to become anything. When the music starts, she says, it begins painting forms, “and there’s color, and very […]

Sigrid Eilertson’s “Star Creatures: An Exploration of Astrological Signs in Mixed Media Collages” is at Studio IX this month. Photo by Martyn Kyle

First Fridays: February 2

Sigrid Eilertson likes to paint surrealistic images of creatures that straddle the line between the realistic and the fantastic, like larger-than-life goddesses and wild animals. She always works in a series, and she tends to work large—many of her paintings are 6 feet or taller. But for her most recent series, “Star Creatures: An Exploration […]

Waasi performs at New Year New Vibes Hip-hop Showcase Part 2: Grind Harder at the Ante Room on Thursday. Photo by Amy Jackson

Rapper Waasi breaks out with Betterdaze

Sitting in the living room of his mom’s house, Malcolm “Waasi” Wills, wearing a retro Looney Tunes T-shirt under a letterman sweater, leans over and lights a stick of incense. As a wisp of smoke curls into the air, Waasi waves it around, blending it into the afternoon light. “I almost cried when I got […]

The Kudzu Project has draped knitted vines over four local Confederate monuments including the Robert E. Lee High School sign in Staunton. Courtesy photo

Locals craft their own brand of activism

Editor’s note: The participants in the Kudzu Project act anonymously, and to protect their identities we refer to them by last names only throughout the article. Seven hours and 10 minutes into the new year, a Subaru station wagon pulls out of a Charlottesville driveway and sets out for Lovingston, exhaust billowing from the muffler […]

Hassan Kaisoum has often thought about the space where Aromas Café first opened 20 years ago. This week, his restaurant returns to its roots, and reopens in the Virginia Department of Forestry Building at the Fontaine Research Park. Photo by Eze Amos

Aromas Café returns to its beginnings

When Hassan Kaisoum moved Aromas Café from its original location in the Virginia Department of Forestry building to Barracks Road Shopping Center in 2007, he returned often to Fontaine Research Park to walk the nature trails he’d come to know well since first opening the restaurant in 1998. On those walks, he thought about the […]

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 […]