The history of The Jefferson Theater starts with a bang and a whimper: In 1912, it was conceived as a “combination house,” doubling as a vaudeville and silent movie theater. These days, it’s pretty rare to find The Jeff silent (unless it’s empty for cleaning or something)—this year alone, the Downtown venue has opened its door for acts like Spin Doctors, Cut Copy, and Lucero with Shovels & Rope. Down at the Pavilion, Bruce Springsteen showed up for a free concert to stump for Obama in October, Loretta Lynn took the stage in July in a pink taffeta gown with a full-on sparkly bodice. Still sassy at 81, her performance of “You Ain’t Woman Enough (To Take My Man)” had every woman in the joint singing along. We’re looking forward to more country when Willie Nelson comes back to town September 15.
After a long night of waiting and bussing tables, cooking meals, serving drinks, and washing dishes, most restaurant staffs are usually ready to unwind. But in a town in which the sidewalks tend to roll up after 10 or 11pm, where’s a hard-working, thirsty server supposed to go? A regular haunt
The average human’s attention span is a little more than eight seconds (a goldfish’s, by comparison, is nine). Between trivia, TV and tapping your toes at all the best venues, it’s a wonder anyone’s entertained at all. Even still, here’s what’s been holding your focus lately.
What do a century-old building, a greenstone outcrop and an urban ruin have in common? This year, readers say they’re all great places to be entertained. We’ll trust ya. MUSICIAN Love Canon Runner-up: Chamomile and Whiskey Honorable mention: Erin & the Wildfire A wise man once said,
It’s been 85 years since Fry’s Spring Station became a cultural centerpiece in the neighborhood, and for the second time in its lifespan the iconic building and the business inside it have been overhauled. A couple of months ago, Ben Thompson (founder of The Rock Barn) and Tommy Lasley
Regal Stonefield Stadium 14 1954 Swanson Dr. 244-3213 regmovies.com Runner-up: Vinegar Hill Theatre Charlottesville waited a long time for a big, flashy theater. And, while the traffic situation at Stonefield leaves much to be desired, Regal delivered with 14 giant screens, stadium seating
Sarah White sarah-white.com Runner-up: Travis Elliott A Charlottesville native, Sarah White’s got staying power. She started her career in the late ’90s, released her first studio album in 2000, another in 2006, won “Best Song” in a 2007 contest for “Sweetheart,” which became the title track
Isabelle Abbot isabelleabbot.com Runner-up: Kris Bowmaster bowmasterart.com Keen observation. That’s what it takes to win in this category—and Isabelle Abbot knows it. As she says, “It is by moving through the world that we understand its particularities.” Her impressionistic oil paintings zero
Sons of Bill sonsofbill.com Runner-up: Love Canon lovecanon80s.com It was only five years ago that Sons of Bill (three literal sons of UVA philosophical theology and southern literature professor Bill Wilson, plus a drummer and bassist) took to the stage for a UVA battle of the bands and won
106.1 The Corner Runner-up: 91.9 WNRN It’s an easy assumption that working for 106.1 is almost as great as listening to its programming: One of the best things about the station is the Corner Lounge, where artists performing in town stop by to record acoustic versions of their hit songs. To be
Live Arts 123 Water St. SE 977-4177 livearts.org Runner-up: Four County Players 5256 Governor Barbour St. (Barboursville) (540) 832-5355 fourcp.org The idea of “community theater” too often conjures images of wannabe stars performing on hack-job sets. Unless, of course, you’re talking about our
Boylan Heights 102 14th St. NW 984-5707 boylan-heights.com Runner-up: Citizen Burger Bar 212 E. Main St. 979-9944 citizenburgerbar.com In “The Simpsons,” it’s “Moe’s Tavern.” In “Cheers,” it was, well, Cheers. In Charlottesville, say readers, the best place to go where everyone knows your name
McGuffey Art Center 201 Second St. NW 295-7973 mcguffeyartcenter.com Runner-up: Second Street Gallery 115 Second St. SE 977-7284 secondstreetgallery.com Three galleries comprise the McGuffey Art Center, the largest display space in the city. It’s there, in the 1916 school building, that visual
Brad Savage Runner-up: Pam Garrison In music, a “sweet spot” is a term used to describe the point between two speakers where a musician is able to hear the audio mix just as the mixer hears it. For The Corner, the sweet spot is that segment of Charlottesville listeners who want music that’s
Mellow Mushroom 1321 W. Main St. 972-9366 mellowmushroom.com Runner-up: Blue Mountain Brewery 9519 Critzers Shop Rd. (Afton) (540) 456-8020 bluemountainbrewery.com Did you know that zebras are technically black with white stripes? If you shaved one, it would be completely black. That’s the kind
DJ Stroud djstroud.com Runner-up: Derek Tobler djtobler.com A little-known fact about DJ Stroud? In addition to his love of music, he’s also an avid surfer with a collection of about 15 surfboards and paddleboards. There’s an obvious connection between ocean waves and sound waves, so we’re not