C-VILLE Writers



This historic Woolen Mills property will become the new headquarters for WillowTree, thanks to developer Brian Roy's four-year dream of restoring the mill. Photo by SkycladAP

‘White hot:’ Building still booming—but not for everyone

What a difference a decade makes. Ten years ago, the housing bubble had burst, the hottest area in real estate was foreclosures, and the Downtown Mall was littered with vacancies. Today, the county development scene is “white hot,” according to Albemarle Director of Community Development Mark Graham, and in the city, Director of Economic Development […]

The family band Birds of Chicago is pro at mashing soul, rock, and roots influences into a single, irresistible set.

ARTS Pick: Birds of Chicago

Country twang that hops and sways, soul that trembles and soars—these descriptors make up two halves of an imaginative whole. Americana duo Birds of Chicago got their start with a leap of faith, when JT Nero and Allison Russell paused their individual music endeavors to celebrate their 2013 self-titled debut. Home is on the road […]

Robert Wray's homegrown play The Secret Rain offers up an arresting coming-of-age story. Performances will be held out of the Belmont Arts Collective through September 29.

ARTS Pick: The Secret Rain

Casey Horn is growing old, and with age comes a whole lot of trouble—between his mother’s poor taste in men, his younger brother’s out-of-this-world obsession, and the neighbor girl’s frustrating lack of interest, he’s finding that life isn’t exactly grand. The Secret Rain follows Casey as he navigates these obstacles with the help of Audrey […]

Yarn, a bluegrass quartet, was born in New York and recently relocated to North Carolina, but its members find home on the road.

ARTS Pick: Yarn

For some artists, hitting the road is synonymous with coming home. The Brooklyn-based quartet Yarn, which recently planted its bluegrass roots in North Carolina, has notched more than a thousand shows across the country. It even has a Grammy nomination stapled to its name, and has shared the stage with both Alison Krauss and The […]

Josh Tillman, also known by his stage name Father John Misty, will man the Sprint Pavilion stage on Tuesday, September 25.

ARTS Pick: Father John Misty

Any artist that opts to start off a track with the words, “Pour me another drink and punch me in the face” certainly has no shortage of spunk. Josh Tillman, who famously deemed himself Father John Misty, has taken to the road in celebration of his recent LP, God’s Favorite Customer. Misty delivers hypnotizing indie […]

“Dreaming America: A Devised Theater Performance” will take place at Charlottesville High School Black Box Theater for one night only on Tuesday, September 18 at 7pm as part of Welcoming Week. A panel discussion with poetry book editor Seth Michelson will follow. While free, the event will offer donation opportunities to benefit the Capital Area Immigrants’ Rights Coalition. Photo by Mohammad Alsheikha

All are welcome: Theatre CHS repurposes immigrants’ poetry, prose for unprecedented play

By Caroline Hockenbury Freedom is ringing, but that’s because youth are belting about it on stage, deconstructing it on Twitter, and demanding it—at full-tilt—at student-led protests. The next generation’s cries for justice buzz in every ear. Charlottesville High School theater students are merging their voices with teens across the country who, simply put, expect more […]

Zabor Dance’s Edwin Roa (and his collaborators) use a few fancy steps to bring the community together at the Zaltandi dance festival on Friday, September 14.

ARTS Pick: Zaltandi

If you really want to move people, get them dancing together. That’s the thinking behind the Charlottesville world dance festival Zaltandi, a collaboration between Soul of Cville, IX Art Park, The Charlottesville Salsa Club, The Dance Spot, Zabor Dance Project, and a list of artists performing various dance styles from many ethnicities. The festival’s goal […]

The seventh annual Charlottesville Pride Festival takes place at the Sprint Pavilion on the Downtown Mall on Saturday, September 15. Photo by Jackson Smith

ARTS Pick: Cville Pride Festival

During an all-day party that includes live music, moon bounces, belly dancers, and several drag shows, the Seventh Annual Cville Pride Festival, hosted by Remy St. Clair and friends, pulls out all the stops for a marathon high-energy celebration. Count on plenty of food trucks, beer and wine offerings, and a rainbow of vendors. Saturday, […]

Delayed mail has become the norm for some living in Charlottesville. Staff photo

Snail mail: Irregular postal deliveries tell a familiar tale

By Jonathan Haynes Charlottesville residents are again losing their patience with irregular deliveries from the United States Postal Service. Conan Owen, owner of Relax and Rejuvenate on Arlington Boulevard, says he has repeatedly experienced gaps in service over the past year. “They’re skipping the building entirely,” he says. Owen says the delays have disrupted his […]

ARTS Pick: Colony House

ARTS Pick: Colony House

Imagine the last stretches of day, as the sun sets and a feeling of wistfulness tugs at your chest—these are the sensations the rock band Colony House invokes. The band’s raw philosophy shines through achingly honest lyrics, warm guitar, and inviting vocals. Formed in high school, CH gained traction when its 2014 album, When I […]

Light House students on the set of Aftershock, a film that won the Hot Shot Award at the Sun Valley Film Festival. Photo courtesy Light House Studio

ARTS Pick: Light House Studio Youth Film Festival

Over the course of the past year, Light House Studio has engaged more than 1,700 students to produce 400 films ranging from animation and visual effects to documentary, narrative storytelling, and music video. The 17th Annual Youth Film Festival gives viewers a peek at the latest productions before they are proffered to the festival circuit. […]

Councilors Wes Bellamy, Kathy Galvin, Heather Hill, and Nikuyah Walker have to figure out how to fund the city’s affordable housing goals. Staff photo

Budget busters: Finding the funding for affordable housing, schools

By Melissa Moody This is a story about numbers. The number of families currently served by public housing and rental assistance vouchers: 826. The number of people on the waitlist for public housing or assistance: 1,866. The number of units Charlottesville needs to serve low-income residents: 3,975—or 20 percent of the city’s housing supply—in a […]

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In brief: Category 4, $1 penalty, Foxfield continued and more

Florence and the rain machine Charlottesville was relatively unscathed from last year’s big hurricanes: Harvey and Category 5s Irma and Maria. But as stock brokers often warn, past performance is not indicative of future results. And the warnings for Hurricane Florence, currently a Category 4 and still days away at press time, are catastrophic. Governor […]

A Trump-coifed inflatable chicken caused Albemarle County to say a state of emergency is still in effect for the city.
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In brief: Fried chicken, flinging the mud, Long on Nike, and more

County boots Trump chicken Albemarle County said the state of emergency declared for the August 11-12 weekend was still in effect after Indivisible Charlottesville brought an inflatable chicken with a Trump-like coif to its August 28 Flip the 5th demonstration in front of the County Office Building. Police declared the lawn off limits and parking […]

Flashback with Cory Henry & The Funk Apostles on Sunday at the Southern.

ARTS Pick: Cory Henry & The Funk Apostles

The keyboard skills of Cory Henry came to be widely known through his work in the instrumental jazz orchestra Snarky Puppy, but Henry’s been blowing minds for more than two decades. Art of Love, the new album from Cory Henry & The Funk Apostles, is a flashback to the 1970s that’s filled with warm grooves, […]

Get Trampled by Turtles at the Jefferson on Sunday.

ARTS Pick: Trampled by Turtles

Though the path of bluegrass and folk-rock is well-worn, it gained new life in 2004 when Trampled by Turtles made slow but steady progress to the inner circle of indie rock. Since then, the Duluth, Minnesota, band turned out one fast-pickin’ chart climber after another, and played in all 50 states and around the globe, […]

The IX Arts Park welcomes Trae Pierce & the T-Stones on Saturday. Publicity image.

ARTS Pick: Trae Pierce & the T-Stones

Florida outfit Trae Pierce & the T-Stones arrives to funk things up with some hard-edged hip-hop mixed with rock and blues. Pierce is an accomplished bassist and four-time Grammy Award-winner (with Blind Boys of Alabama) who made his name as a member of The Ohio Players. The musical “monster” has joined forces with an ensemble […]

The Jellyman's Daughter play The Front Porch on Wednesday. Publicity image

ARTS Pick: The Jellyman’s Daughter

The Jellyman’s Daughter has gone from busking in the streets of Edinburgh eight years ago to making an album in 2018 that BBC Radio’s Ricky Ross calls “One of my favourite records of the year.” Known for soulful harmonies accompanied by cello, guitar, and mandolin, the duo’s music transcends go-to folk and bluegrass to become […]

Phoebe Hunt’s music is a transformative experience guided by her spiritual foundation. She plays The Front Porch Sunday, September 2. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Phoebe Hunt & The Gatherers

The songs of Phoebe Hunt & The Gatherers are tours de force of folk and alt-country, beautifully employing fast-paced fiddles and backing vocals on the group’s latest album, Shanti’s Shadow. Hunt’s music is a transformative experience guided by her spiritual foundation. “Though what I create may have its roots in my soul, it first has […]

Atlanta-based artist Jacquees brings his silky, intimate tracks to the Sprint Pavilion on Sunday, September 2. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Jacquees

Creating beats in hip-hop is essential, but Jacquees takes his music a step further by creating moods for each of his songs. The Atlanta-based musician’s silky, intimate tracks submerge you in a peaceful ocean of R&B; from the lilting hit “B.E.D.” to the angstier “Before the Fame,” they all carry the same feel-good aura along […]

Local singer-songwriter Adar transcends genres at IX Art Park on Thursday, August 30. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Adar

When a band’s music is described as genre-defying, it often means its musicians are struggling to find a successful sound. In the case of Adar, the local singer-songwriter does transcend genres and her songs successfully incorporate several types of music—funk, rock, and jazz—to create a smooth, innovative blend of sounds. Virginia funk acts Funktional Electrik […]

Gold Connections plays tracks from its latest record, Popular Fiction, at The Southern Cafe and Music Hall on Friday, August 31. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Gold Connections

Many associate Will Marsh’s band Gold Connections with Car Seat Headrest thanks to several collaborations, but Marsh’s group stands solidly on its own. After a label switch, the long-awaited release of Popular Fiction arrived in 2018, marking an impressive step forward. The album shows off the group’s broad musical range and challenging lyrics that address […]

When it comes to dining out on the Corner, you can’t go wrong with The Pigeon Hole’s biscuits with creamy red-eyed gravy and two eggs over easy. Photo by Tom McGovern

Cornering UVA’s food scene

By Sashank Sankar With a new school year comes a new group of university students eager to explore Charlottesville. For most of them, their first stop is the Corner, an area of shops, restaurants, bars, and coffee spots on the edge of UVA’s Central Grounds. The Corner has long been a popular hangout for students […]

SURJ members serenade diners at Miller’s in 2017 with chants like “Nazi go home.”

Eze Amos

Anti-racists instruct

During the week leading up to the August 11 and 12 anniversary, local anti-racist groups hosted a series of events, including panels on their use of in-your-face tactics and why they believe the First Amendment should not apply to white supremacists. Protesters up the ante UVA religious studies professor Jalane Schmidt opened the August 7 […]