PortastaticSatellite BallroomTuesday, October 17 music A brief history of Portastatic:Way back in the early ‘90s, there was this guy from Chapel Hill, Mac McCaughan, who wrote songs and sang in this band, Superchunk. Great band—had what I consider the single best anti-authoritarian anthem of the ‘90s, “Slack Motherfucker” (yes, it was better than “Smells Like […]
Catch a Fire (PG-13, 98 minutes) Aussie Phillipe Noyce (The Quiet American, Rabbit-Proof Fence, Patriot Games) directs this dark political thriller set in South Africa during the turbulent 1980s. Derek Luke (Antwone Fisher) portrays real-life hero Patrick Chamusso who was jailed and tortured after being wrongly suspected of sabotage at an oil refinery where he […]
Eric ClaptonJohn Paul Jones ArenaThursday, October 12 music From a conversation with my 14-year-old companion on the way into Eric Clapton’s sold-out concert at the John last week: “It’ll be white kids and rich college students.” O.K., so maybe they’re not teaching about the Baby Boom in the schools anymore. Sure, Clapton attracts a segment […]
Man of the YearPG-13, 115 minutesNow Playing at Carmike Cinema 6 It’s always a bit depressing when you can imagine the entire pitch meeting that proceeded the making of a particular Hollywood film. I’m fairly confident the brainstorming session for Man of the Year went something like this: “How about Robin Williams as a wacky […]
Andy Friedman, painter and visual artist (he’s a cartoonist for The New Yorker), and singer-songwriter, has a strong Charlottesville connection that runs through local folk star Paul Curreri. Curreri says that Friedman was such a serious art student at Pratt, in New York City, that he became disillusioned after a gum eraser battle broke out in a professor-free classroom, and ultimately transferred to the Rhode Island School of Design. Friedman and Curreri were roommates at RISD, and later in Brooklyn, New York.
Heavy Trash with The SadiesSatellite BallroomThursday, October 5 music You know, maybe you can have too much of a good thing. More than a few times in recent memory, I’ve attended concerts in our newly music-saturated little town, and been sadly disappointed at the lackluster size of the crowd. San Fran popster John Vanderslice drew […]
They call themselves a new kind of record label, and their business plan makes room for old and new technology. Mark Fulton and John Guenin launched the online label Record Theory this past February, distributing CDs for seven bands, most of them local. Fulton and Guenin both grew up in town and graduated from UVA. […]
Dr. Feelgood: Billy Bob Thornton dispenses the details of deception in School for Scoundrels. School forScoundrelsPG-13, 100 minutesNow playing at CarmikeCinema 6Stephen Potter was a British humorist who penned a series of mock “self-help” books in the late ‘40s and early ‘50s. Potter’s books on Gamesmanship, Lifemanship and Oneupmanship purported to teach “ploys” for manipulating […]
He may be 68, but the dashing and dynamic Chuck Brown lays down his nonstop go-go jams with more energy than rockers half his age. music True originals in the music scene are few and far between. Maybe that’s why Chuck Brown, the man who pioneered the booty-shaking funk mélange known as go-go, has built […]
cd In their brief career, The Killers have always favored bold strokes. Their 2004 debut, Hot Fuss, was an oversized serving of glittery rock inspired by David Bowie and new wave. Frontman Brandon Flowers formed an early version of his band after seeing an Oasis show, and many of the band’s early moves seemed to […]
"Best of C-ville" rockers American Dumpster have seen their share of trials and tribulations as of late- but with a trio of upcoming shows, they’re playing through the pain. When it rains, it pours. Local favorites American Dumpster have just survived a stretch that makes Fleetwood Mac look like The New Christy Minstrels. Among […]
If Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart suddenly floated down out of the sky and waltzed into the nearest record store, he would see ample evidence that the relative indifference paid to his music during his life has morphed into something resembling religious worship. Just as Friedrich Nietzsche said, “Life without music would be a mistake,” classical music without Mozart’s splendidly conceived and melodically sublime compositions would be unimaginable.
games The Lego Star Wars series is a bright, shiny path to not one, but two galaxies far, far away: the one George Lucas created for us back in the 1980s, and our old childhood galaxy, where we created entire universes out of colorful plastic blocks. The sequel to last year’s surprise hit changes little […]
music A show for young and old alike! It’s the last show of the summer tour and three generations of Dave Matthews Band fans have arrived at what is now officially Charlottesville’s arena from as far away as Canada and as near as Albemarle High School. With me for the evening is 15-year-old Simon, whose parents just bought tickets outside. Simon says a lot of people his age are at the concert. How many are here with their parents? Pause. “Pretty much all of them,” 14-year-old Madeline, Simon’s friend, says. Simon is so excited he can barely speak, until the lights go out and he yells, “Yeah!” People wave cell phones like lighters. Dave walks out first, alone. The crowd roars and he throws his arms up in triumph. He is glad to be home.
The Black DahliaR, 119 minutesNow playing at Seminole SquareCinema 4 Over half a century after she was murdered, Betty Short continues to fascinate us. She’s become a screen upon which we project our hopes and fears about fame and fortune, beauty and lust, art and commerce, and that place where it all comes together, Hollywood. […]
Ask around town about favorite local bands, and you are very likely to find Sparky’s Flaw at the top of many people’s list. Ask Sparky’s Will Anderson about the reason for the band’s popularity, and he will give you the most nuts-and-bolts answer there is: “Good songwriting, good live shows and hard work.” Touring up […]
Mike Webb, publicity director at The Nation, got wind through a friend that his magazine was Dave Matthews’ favorite read. Webb called C-VILLE Weekly’s editor, who put Webb and The Dave together through contacts at Red Light Management. That led to a photo shoot after a DMB gig in Boston. The ad is part of […]
HollywoodlandR, 126 minutesRegal Downtown Cinema 6 Where were you the day Kennedy was shot? For those of us just a little too young to answer that question, there’s a pretty good chance we were in the living room, watching “The Adventures of Superman” on TV. Surely we got shoved out of the way when it […]
On a beautiful late-summer night, The Black Crowes brought their Southern rock style and drawn-out jams to the Charlottesville Pavilion.
This Friday at Starr Hill, The Easy Star All-Stars will appear on the heels of the release of their CD Radiodread, a complete reggae version of Radiohead’s OK Computer.
In 1985, Hong Kong superstar Jackie Chan starred in a movie called The Protector, his second attempt at cashing in on the American film market.
The Bob lives. And on Modern Times he also loves and leers, remembering a past that seems impossibly far away, even as he surveys the details of the Right Now and a not-so-far-off Judgment Day.