Gene Washington pleads guilty to the murders of Robin and Mani Aldridge in their Rugby Avenue home. Photo by Hawes Spencer/ Inset photo courtesy Charlottesville Police.

Gene Washington pleads guilty

The man charged with beating a 58-year-old special education teacher and her 17-year-old daughter to death before setting their Rugby Avenue home ablaze in December 2014 pleaded guilty to one count of capital murder and one count of second degree murder in Charlottesville Circuit Court on June 21. Gasps filtered through the courtroom and a […]

FlyDog Yoga studio, co-owned by Brad Whiteman, will start offering Warrior for Life classes next month. The classes are tailored to the needs of veterans, active-duty military personnel and first-responders. Photo by Natalie Jacobsen

Yoga reconnects veterans with their inner warriors

When veterans and first responders look for therapy and support to get them through their day-to-day lives, yoga is not typically the first thing that comes to mind. But a recovery program at FlyDog Yoga is shifting that perspective. Brad and Eliza Whiteman founded FlyDog Yoga in 2014, focusing on vinyasa power yoga as Eliza […]

Seventeen of the 26 homes available at Emerson Commons have already been reserved. Here are some of the neighborhood’s future faces. Contributed by Peter Lazar

Trying again: Cohousing ready to break ground

Every kitchen sink will face a window that looks out into the front yard in a new 26-home development in Crozet. Lounging comfortably around the living room of their clubhouse, Emerson Commons residents call this design “classic cohousing,” because it encourages interaction with neighbors. Periphery parking lots that allow for a traffic-free and kid-friendly community, […]

Americana sweetheart Nora Jane Struthers was born in Virginia, raised in New Jersey and rocked her way out of Nashville to take the stage at Fridays After Five. Photo by Anthony Pigeon

ARTS Pick: Nora Jane Struthers

There’s a valuable lesson to learn from the music of Nora Jane Struthers—and it’s that showing vulnerability takes a gritty kind of personal strength. Struthers wears her heart on her sleeve on her most recent album, Wake, which is powered by her signature bluegrass-tinged rock, and tells a powerful story of falling in love. Backed […]

Comic Ayanna Dookie looks for, and usually finds, humor in everything, from adopting a cat to being catcalled. Publicity photo

Ayanna Dookie has something funny to say

Ayanna Dookie got her start in comedy by talking shit in the Black Engineers Society student lounge at the University of Maryland. She’d sit around at lunch, telling jokes and poking fun at fellow students who found her so entertaining they’d come to the lounge, sometimes bringing friends from other departments, hoping to catch her […]

Sarah White will play songs from her forthcoming record, High Flyer, at the Southern on Friday, June 23. White says the album is a collection of her 11 best songs so far—some old, some new, some borrowed, some blue. Publicity photo

Sarah White reaches new heights with High Flyer

It’s a warm June afternoon in Richmond, and Sarah White relaxes onto a wooden bench underneath a verdant tree in the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts garden. A slow breeze rustles garden life and pushes lethargic cotton candy clouds through the cerulean sky. “Isn’t she amazing?,” White asks, tucking a wisp of hair behind her […]