Louis Hampton and Damani Harrison of The Beetnix perform at the Nine Pillars Cultural Hip-hop Fest. Photo by Ron Paris

Listen up: C-ville’s hip-hop scene is on the rise

It’s a gray Sunday evening, 50-something degrees and drizzling when The Beetnix step onto the outdoor stage at IX Art Park. It’s been raining all day, but a crowd of more than 100 has gathered on the graffiti-painted concrete ground in front of the stage. Many of them hold their phones and tablets in the […]

Bob Fenwick, Heather Hill and Amy Laufer seek the Democratic nomination for two open seats on City Council in the June 13 primary. Courtesy Subjects

EPIC forum: When candidates and townspeople meet

New group Equity and Progress in Charlottesville hopes to piggyback on the progressivism sparked by Bernie Sanders’ campaign last year, while elbowing aside the ruling Democratic party’s stranglehold on local government. EPIC is holding forums to ferret out candidates in local races most closely aligned with its goals of adding affordable housing, and stanching gentrification […]

Protesters gathered Sunday in response to tiki torch-carrying white nationalists assembling in Lee Park Saturday.
Photo Eze Amos

Lee Park scene of white nationalist demonstration, counterprotest

A group led by UVA grad Richard Spencer, head of the white nationalist National Policy Institute, converged on Charlottesville Saturday and held a tiki-torch procession that evening that sparked a candlelit counter protest Sunday, along with denunciations from Mayor Mike Signer, Delegate David Toscano and the local Republican party chair. The event thrust Charlottesville into […]

Jason Kessler dodges the media stationed outside the courthouse. Staff photo

WANTED: An attorney for Kessler

  Jason Kessler appeared in Charlottesville General District Court today for a disorderly conduct charge related to his presence in Lee Park last Sunday, when he allegedly disobeyed officers’ commands to leave the park and incited the crowd with a bullhorn. The right-wing blogger told the judge he’s having trouble finding an attorney to represent […]

Albemarle County officials want to move their courts out of Court Square. Staff photo

Court conundrum: A failed referendum and a wish to avoid one

  The Board of Supervisors’ interest in relocating Albemarle County’s houses of justice from their current location on Court Square and into their own jurisdiction has been overshadowed with opposition, but county attorney Greg Kamptner thinks he may have found a way to circumvent the need for public approval. He told supervisors at their May […]

Narcan. Courtesy of Adapt Pharma

In brief: Killer drug epidemic, movie money and more

Killer drug epidemic More than 1,100 Virginians died in 2016 from the state’s opioid epidemic, with fentanyl, the drug that killed Prince, now racking up the most fatalities. And while the state hasn’t had much luck so far in slowing addiction, which often occurs after people are prescribed opioid-based meds for pain, it is a […]

Animal Collective blends a collision of musical cults into modern jams at the Jefferson on Saturday. Publicity photo

Animal Collective is ‘Kinda Bonkers’ in the best way

As one-fourth of experimental pop band Animal Collective and a solo artist in his own right, Noah Lennox (who creates under the moniker Panda Bear) has been making music professionally for nearly 20 years. Along with Dave Portner (Avey Tare), Brian Weitz (Geologist) and Josh Dibb (Deakin), Lennox and the Collective made their mainstream crossover […]

Lee Graves started writing about Virginia’s craft-beer scene in 1996 for the Richmond Times-Dispatch. His latest book, Charlottesville Beer, traces the area’s beer history from Thomas Jefferson’s father’s homebrewing to our plethora of craft beer options. Photo courtesy of subject

New book details Charlottesville’s beer history

Fans of locally made craft beer have long felt that we had something special happening here. Now there is a book to reinforce that. Author and journalist Lee Graves has written Charlottesville Beer, documenting the history of area brewing and outlining the current state of the industry. While working as a journalist in Richmond, Graves […]