C-VILLE Writers

Sizzling in a combo of songwriting and fearlessness, Canadian Sarah Burton puts piano rock back in the mix at the Tin Whistle on Saturday. Photo: Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Sarah Burton

After exploring forms ranging from acoustic folk to electric bluesy rock, Toronto-based singer-songwriter Sarah Burton revisited her original muse, the piano, on her latest indie-pop album. Burton’s fourth release, Make Your Own Bed, features clever wordplay and powerful, balanced instrumentals while reflecting her inimitable style—equal parts soulful and sassy. Saturday 11/21. Free, 9pm. Tin Whistle Irish […]

Touring on the new album Nashville Obsolete, Dave Rawlings Machine plays the Jefferson on Friday. Photo: Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Dave Rawlings Machine

Rousing Americana-folk duo Dave Rawlings Machine fuses elements of traditional bluegrass with modern R&B, jazz and rock ‘n’ roll flavor. Rawlings and his longtime musical partner, Gillian Welch (who performed on and helped to produce the Grammy Award-winning soundtrack of O Brother, Where Art Thou?), compel audiences with simple arrangements combined with innovative and hypnotic […]

Carolyn Demanelis takes the audience through life’s ups and downs in Our Town. Photo: Michael Bailey

ARTS Pick: Our Town

With a sly twist on casting, director Robert Chapel makes the most of Our Town’s minimalist appeal by putting UVA drama grad student Carolyn Demanelis in the lead role of stage manager (played notably by Paul Newman on Broadway). Thornton Wilder’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play pulls back the curtain on the citizens of a close-knit, idyllic […]

Alejandro Rose-Garcia performs under the moniker Shakey Graves at the Jefferson on Wednesday.
Image: Josh Verduzco

Guiding the conflict: Shakey Graves chooses his battles

For many musicians, entering the music industry is like going to war. It’s a do or die field that’s filled with unpredictable circumstances and survival rates. Creativity requires constant combat and prosperity that comes through popularity, with legions of fans dictating the victories. It’s not far-fetched to say that Austin, Texas-based Shakey Graves is triumphing […]

Stevie Wonder will perform his heralded classic album, Songs in the Key of Life, in its entirety on Tuesday at John Paul Jones. Photo: Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Stevie Wonder

Few musicians have been as profound in touching the lives of multiple generations and cultures in the way that Stevie Wonder has. Signed to Motown at age 11, Wonder has been prolific in penning masterful tunes by way of the piano for more than 50 years, and holds multiple credits for harmonica playing on his […]

Jackie Monahan appears with the fifth annual United Nations of Comedy Tour, one of the area’s most anticipated showcase of comedians. Photo: Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: United Nations of Comedy Tour

Back by popular demand, the United Nations of Comedy Tour once again boasts a rising star lineup of talented comedians. Aaron Berg, Jordan Rock (Chris’ brother), Jackie Monahan, Funnyman Skiba and Brendan Eyre dole out sidesplitters from the stage at what’s become an annual local highlight. Saturday 11/14. $34.50-45, 8pm. The Paramount Theater, 215 E. Main […]

Jessica Petrus joins Three Notch’d Road for a classical tribute to both sides of the Atlantic. Photo: Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Bach Comes to America: Virginia’s Baroque Heritage

The namesake of a colonial route that once spanned much of Central Virginia, Three Notch’d Road: The Charlottesville Baroque Ensemble was founded in 2011 by local period instrumentalists. The group performs Bach Comes to America: Virginia’s Baroque Heritage featuring guest artists Jessica Petrus (soprano) and Peter Walker (bagpiper and bassist) as part of the Music […]

The Free Bridge Quintet will add music to the dark surrealism of F.W. Murnau’s iconic adaptation of Faust at Old Cabell Hall on Saturday. Photo: Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: The Free Bridge Quintet

When trumpet genius John D’earth isn’t playing his weekly gig at Miller’s (Thursdays) or monthly set at Fellini’s (first Saturdays), he’s performing with The Free Bridge Quintet, UVA’s official faculty jazz outfit. This week he’s doing it all—and in conjunction with the Virginia Film Festival, Free Bridge will play D’earth’s original score to accompany the […]

Spititout Inc. leads an evening of classic hip-hop on a positive mission at The Ante Room on Friday. Photo: Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Spititout Inc.

A night of local hip-hop starts off with Spititout Inc., a quartet of hardcore rap artists that has been producing since 2012. In old-school style, the collective strives for social justice and activism to be present in its music. The evening of storytelling-driven rap continues with Ben FM, DistantStarr and Brian Moon. Friday 11/6. $8, 8pm. […]

ARTS Pick: Music in Motion | Gumbo Music

ARTS Pick: Music in Motion | Gumbo Music

Darrell Rose is a percussionist, painter and teacher who is best known for his drumming skills. He performs across musical genres including jazz, African and reggae. The former organizer of Charlottesville’s Afrikan Drum fest is one of several world-renowned musicians, including Matthew Willner, Houston Ross,  Jeff Lauderback and Michael “Moziah” Saleem, who are coming together […]

Put your worries in the hands of psychedelic groove masters Papadosio and let them take your blues away at the Jefferson on Tuesday. Photo: Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Papadosio

Papadosio’s fourth album, Extras in a Movie, combines orchestral, electronic, acoustic and celestial sounds. The inspiration behind some of its songs comes from archaic cave paintings, and when song titles don’t easily appear, the group invents its own words, as in “Obove.” Papadosio even has a clear mission: to create music that gives people a […]

Loretta Young and Warren William in Employees' Entrance Photo: Courtesy of the Virginia Film Festival

Let’s go to the movies: Virginia film festival 2015

Original print: Leonard Maltin preaches the gospel of classic film Beyond all the glitz and glam and celebrity appearances, there’s no better place to be a lover of film in its purest form than at a festival. Between the premieres and sneak peeks of future hit films before award buzz and marketing tactics dominate the conversation, […]

Halloween night finds Erin Lunsford walking into spiderwebs for her impersonation of Gwen Stefani at the Southern’s annual Mock Stars Ball. Photo: Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Mock Stars Ball

A frighteningly talented lineup of local groups recreate the songs and styles of five legendary bands at the Mock Stars Ball. This version of the annual Halloween tradition finds Erin & the Wildfire performing as No Doubt, The Secret Storm rocking out as Guns N’ Roses and Lord Nelson slaying the audience with tunes from […]

Czech duo DVA plays outside the lines of pop music expectations at the Twisted Branch Tea Bazaar tomorrow. Photo: Publicity photo


Bára Kratochvílová and Jan Kratochvíl make up DVA (meaning two in Czech), a worldly duo that’s carved out its own sophisticated version of neo-pop. Employing a unique performance style—at times singing in an imaginary language—the pair charms its audience with an aural collage self-described as “pop for non-existing radios.” Modern folk specter Diane Cluck and […]

Alt-country act The Paisley Fields plays cuts from its new release, Oh These Urban Fences..., tomorrow at Fellini’s. Photo: Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: The Paisley Fields

The Paisley Fields is a country band that could easily be heard on commercial radio, but what differentiates the Brooklyn act from the mainstream is its open approach to same-sex relationships. Frontman James Wilson grew up in Iowa and draws from influences such as Dolly Parton and Garth Brooks to write songs that reflect the […]

Illustration: Brian Hubble

Local haunt: The Moon ghost of Albemarle

Reports of the ghost’s frequent appearances had everybody buzzing. The fantastical newspaper accounts mesmerized the entire state—no one more so than the students at the University of Virginia. Thoroughly intrigued, a crowd of 40 students tramped the 16 miles to Church Hill, the John Schuyler Moon property in southern Albemarle County where the hauntings were […]

UVA alum and award-winning playwright Rebecca Gilman penned The Sweetest Swing in Baseball. Starring Dana Colagiovanni (pictured), the comedic drama plays at the Helms Theatre through October 30. Photo: Michael Bailey

ARTS Pick: The Sweetest Swing in Baseball

An outlandish collision between baseball, fine art and mental illness takes the stage in UVA Drama’s production of The Sweetest Swing in Baseball. When painter Dana Fielding’s life implodes, she’s admitted to a psychiatric hospital for a brief respite and finds it’s not covered by her insurance. She attempts to outplay the health care system […]

Modest Mouse returns to the Pavilion on Sunday with a new record and a rush of critical acclaim. Photo: Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Modest Mouse

Modest Mouse’s new album, Strangers to Ourselves, debuted at No. 3 on the Billboard 200 in March. The band’s first record in eight years, it’s full of dark themes offset by the group’s trademark energetic tempos and inimitable vocal delivery. Rolling Stone magazine called it “perfect,” and the New York Post deemed it “wonderfully bizarre.” […]

Experimental solo act Naytronix headlines a night of electronic synths at the Twisted Branch Tea Bazaar on Friday. Photo: Ginger Fierstein

ARTS Pick: Naytronix

Nate Brenner, aka Naytronix, has spent the past four years on the road as the bassist for tUnE-yArDs and views the touring life almost like living in a dream. As a solo act, the talented multi-instrumentalist delivers a blend of indie electronic and poignant experimental pop that glides like a hovercraft over the intense sonic […]

The multiple art form musical extravaganza MarchFourth! parades through the Ix Art Park on Friday. Photo: Andrew Wyatt

ARTS Pick: MarchFourth!

In a world toppling with conformity, the internationally acclaimed performance troupe MarchFourth! makes its own rules. No less than 20 musicians, dancers and artisans combine jazz, salsa, hip-hop and rock to create a foot-stomping, hand-clapping, trailblazing musical spectacular. Enhancing the experience are the stilt walkers, hoopers and vaudeville dancers who successfully combine art forms for […]

Dave Morris (who himself holds a 17-1 record, mainly from UFC-sanctioned events) opened the Charlottesville MMA Institute as a training ground for both amateur and pro fighters. A team of 20 in-house and visiting instructors hold black belts and champion wins in a variety of disciplines. Photo: 621 Studios

Mix masters: Charlottesville’s MMA Institute

It’s 5:30pm and the gym of Charlottesville’s MMA Institute is alive with the leathery crackle of boxing gloves and the muffled, scuffle-thud rhythm and squeak of bare feet on padded flooring. There is the litany of sharp nasal inhalations and grunts as well as the barked instructions of a squadron of coaches. Housed in the […]

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Opinion: Deadly numbers and weak laws

A year ago in April, a UVA student nearly shot his neighbor, a UVA law student, when he accidentally fired his AK-47 through his wall and into the next apartment. Because the judge didn’t find enough evidence beyond a reasonable doubt that it wasn’t simply an accident and not a criminal act, charges were dismissed, but […]

There's a whole lotta Shakespeare goin' on through November. Photo: Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Shakespeare

Almost 400 years later, the world is still enraptured by the lovers, heroes, fairies and deviant minds that dominate tales penned by William Shakespeare. In tribute to the approaching anniversary of his death (April 23, 2016), a statewide collaboration of arts organizations formed the Virginia Shakespeare Initiative to promote a series of Bard-honoring events and […]

Words like brilliant, enthralling and virtuosity are scattered throughout the flattering reviews directed at the Pavel Haas Quartet. The foursome headlines the Tuesday Evening Concert Series this week. Photo: publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Pavel Haas Quartet

Hailed as “the world’s most exciting string quartet” by Gramophone magazine, Prague’s Pavel Haas Quartet features two violins, a viola and violoncello. Thanks to its rich, vivid sound, the group has collected an array of awards including the top prize at the prestigious Paolo Borciani competition in Italy and Best Chamber Music Recording at the […]