C-VILLE Writers



Bella Morte drummer Jordan Marchini’s metal supergroup Fulton Ave. features (L to R) Drew Curtis, Marchini, Kim Dylla, JJ Williams and Justin Melton. Benjamin Linden photography

ARTS Pick: Fulton Ave.

Heavy-rock band Fulton Ave. was formed around the desire to channel some aggressive energy into the region’s music scene. Fronted by vocalist Kim Dylla (formerly Vulvatron in GWAR), the band describes its intensity as “straightforward riffs, a crushing rhythm section, haunting melodies and lyrics that scream far past obscene.” The Smell of Death and VAtallica open. […]

LIVING Picks: Week of January 11-17

FAMILY Tour the Paramount Theater Saturday, January 14 Enjoy a backstage tour of the Paramount Theater, and learn about its construction and architecture, as well as details of its two-year-long restoration. Free, 11am. The Paramount Theater, 215 E. Main St., Downtown Mall. 979-1333. NONPROFIT Big Brothers/Big Sisters training Wednesday, January 11 Anyone interested in volunteering […]

ARTS Pick: Comedy at the Omni

Try dining while laughing, and all you’ve learned about etiquette gets tossed, maybe spewed. Comedy at the Omni, led by award-winning director David Webster, features a memorable evening of improv put on by a team of comedic actors and fueled by audience participation over a three-course dinner. Saturday, January 14. $69.95, 6pm. 18-plus. Omni Charlottesville Hotel, […]

Mike Doughty, former frontman for Soul Coughing, plays Thursday, January 12, at The Southern Cafe and Music Hall.

ARTS Pick: Mike Doughty

Mike Doughty’s recent move to Memphis may have inspired the self-described “lonesome country” aspect of The Heart Watches While the Brain Burns. The album’s trap beats, however, speak to the influence of his longtime collaboration with New York hip-hop producer Good Goose, who contributed remotely via the Internet. Always willing to explore (see 2015’s biblical […]

Seth Swingle shows off his mastery of the kora Friday, January 13, at C’ville Coffee. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Seth Swingle

It’s not every day that we have the opportunity to witness a master of the kora, a lute-like harp formed with cowskin stretched over half of a large gourd. After a Fulbright scholarship sent Seth Swingle to Mali, he spent years mastering the unique instrument, capable of producing mesmerizing bass lines and harmonies. In addition, […]

Owner John Dewberry plans to turn the Landmark into a 5-star hotel.
Photo Matteus Frankovich/Skyclad AP

In brief: 5-star dreams, bathroom fears and more

Unlike NC… Governor Terry McAuliffe signs an executive order at UVA January 5 that prohibits state contractors from discriminating against gay and transgender people, and notes that the Tar Heel State has lost hundreds of millions of dollars because of its bathroom bill. Delegate Bob Marshall immediately filed a bill prohibiting such nondiscrimination. Lieutenant guv […]

Photo courtesy Frontier Culture Museum

Living Picks: January 4-10

FAMILY Playing in the Past Saturday, January 7 Play games with historic interpreters from the Frontier Culture Museum. Free, 3pm. Crozet Library, 2020 Library Ave., Crozet. RSVP to 823-4050. NONPROFIT Twelfth Night concert Sunday, January 8 The combined choirs of Olivet Presbyterian Church and the Staunton Church of the Brethren perform the sounds of the […]

Old Man Luedecke plays January 8 at C'ville Coffee. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Old Man Luedecke

The Juno Award is Canada’s top trophy for musicians, and folk singer-songwriter Old Man Luedecke has a whole shelf full of ’em. His mastery of the banjo and authentic songwriting connects him deeply with his fans in Nova Scotia, and his work with Tim O’Brien has pushed his poetic, universal storytelling to a broader audience. Luedecke […]

ARTS Pick: Nabucco

John Lennon and Paul McCartney, Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein, Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice—artistic collaborations are special relationships with a dynamism that brings out the best in two people. Lesser-known in the mainstream, but just as prolific as the greats, conductor James Levine and singer Plácido Domingo recently surpassed 325 opera performances together. […]

Vaden Cox and Friends perform at The Southern Cafe and Music Hall January 7. Publicity photo

ARTS Picks: Vaden Cox and Friends

In a family-friendly show that aims to “complete your celebration of the New Year and the Christmas season,” Vaden Cox and Friends break out new tunes and a long list of familiar favorites from the Monticello Road days. John Stubblefield and Eric Heinsohn are just two of the performers joining in to reprise an annual […]

Jasmine Poole blends traditional country music with alt-rock edginess in Wonky Tonk. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Wonky Tonk

Punk cowgirl Jasmine Poole blends traditional country music with a bit of alt-rock edginess and stages it under the name Wonky Tonk. With a claim on influences ranging from Loretta Lynn to Modest Mouse, the Kentucky gal bends the musical perceptions of her heritage, stating, “It’s hard to separate the wonk from the tonk. Nor […]

Caroline Nilsson’s “Tides” evokes a sense of exploration and joy at VMDO Architects in January. Photo by Martyn Kyle

First Fridays: January 6

 Artist Caroline Nilsson says she is “fascinated by the idea of Eden as a place that is happening now, instead of this locked-away place that we may never be able to access.” Perhaps the only barrier between ourselves and paradise is how we perceive things, she says. In “Tides,” a series of semi-abstract paintings currently […]

C-VILLE’s most-read stories of 2016

C-VILLE’s most-read stories of 2016

In honor of saying good-bye to 2016, here’s a rundown of the 16 most-read stories published on our website in the last year. Sole mates: Anthony Gill will rock Jordans for the big day Heroin overdose: Friends grieve 25-year-old’s death Sunny Ortiz of Widespread Panic on what’s next after 30 years Concealed-carry rattles some ACAC members Serve-yourself bar […]

Photo by Jonathan Ernst/Reuters via Zuma Press

2016: the wild ride is almost over

So here’s the thing: There’s always going to be a worse year. 1347, when the bubonic plague erupted across Europe, beginning a pandemic that would eventually eliminate at least a third of the existent human population, is right up there. 1862, when the devastating charnel house of the American Civil War reached a destructive peak, […]

LIVING Picks: Week of December 28-January 3

FAMILY First Night Virginia Saturday, December 31 Annual community celebration of the arts includes many family-friendly activities on and around the Downtown Mall. Wristbands $6-16, times vary. Downtown Mall. firstnightva.org. NONPROFIT New Year’s Day 5K Sunday, January 1 Race a fairly flat out-and-back, 3.1-mile course to start the new year off right and benefit the […]

Butchertown Burlesque performs Friday, December 30, at The Southern.

ARTS Pick: Butchertown Burlesque

Set to live jazz from the early 20th century, the third installment of Butchertown Burlesque is a nightlife experience from days gone by, “harkening back to yesteryear when flappers and bootleggers reigned,” featuring the Butchertown Cats Orchestra and a roster of dancing starlets from around the U.S. Hostess Deanna Danger encourages revelry and cocktail attire. […]

Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue perform on December 29. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Trombone Shorty

Named by OffBeat Magazine as the New Orleans musical icon for the millennial generation, Trombone Shorty’s groundbreaking fusion of jazz, funk, blues, rock and hip-hop has been compared with other Big Easy greats like Louis Armstrong, Fats Domino, Dr. John, Professor Longhair, Wynton Marsalis and The Neville Brothers. In addition to making music, in 2015 he found […]

Love Canon plays the Jefferson Theater on New Year's Eve. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: New Year’s Eve events

New Year’s Eve Pajama Dance Party featuring Lauren Hoffman’s Secret Storm, Shagwüf, Synthetic Division, Ships in the Night, Just Sex and DJ Cadybug. $15-20, 8:30pm. The Southern Café and Music Hall, 103 S. First St. 977-5590. Irish New Year with King Golden Banshee and a live broadcast from Dublin. No cover, 7pm. Tin Whistle Irish […]

LIVING Picks: Week of December 21-27

FAMILY Kwanzaa celebration Monday, December 26 A discussion will follow a showing of the first feature film on Kwanzaa, The Black Candle: A Kwanzaa Celebration. Free, 3-5pm. Jefferson School African American Heritage Center, 233 Fourth St. NW. jeff schoolheritagecenter.org NONPROFIT Operation Silent Night Through December The Charlottesville-Albemarle SPCA is reducing adoption fees by 50 percent […]

Sarah White welcomes an all-star group of musicians, and breaks out the ball gowns for her traditional Country Christmas show. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: The Country Christmas Show

Gather around the Christmas tree (or plastic Santa Claus) with some of Charlottesville’s favorite singer-songwriters during The Country Christmas Show, hosted by songstress Sarah White. Decked out in party dresses as The (All New) Acorn Sisters, White and Siân Richards perform a set of down-home tunes, with appearances by Luke Wilson, Carleigh Nesbit, Jim Waive […]

More than 30 years after making its debut at the Mineshaft Cellar, Charlottesville musical mainstay Indecision is still fostering a happening scene with its accomplished, jazzy jams. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Indecision

More than 30 years after making its debut at the Mineshaft Cellar, Charlottesville musical mainstay Indecision is still fostering a happening scene with its accomplished, jazzy jams. Covers and originals honed through extensive touring with heavyweights such as Phish, The Neville Brothers, Widespread Panic and Dave Matthews Band are the foundation for this rare musical […]

Coming home for the holidays can be hectic, but Sam, Abe and James Wilson et al make a party of it every year with the annual Sons of Bill & Friends show.  Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Sons of Bill & Friends

Coming home for the holidays can be hectic, but Sam, Abe and James Wilson et al make a party of it every year with the annual Sons of Bill & Friends show. Expect raucous covers, heartfelt traditionals, original faves and lots of laughs between the seriously good musical collaborations in what’s become a who’s who […]

ARTS Pick: Saturday Night Lights Christmas Eve Bash

If roasting chestnuts on an open fire, listening to carols and waiting for ol’ St. Nick to arrive is not your thing, then the Saturday Night Lights Christmas Eve Bash may be the bright spot you’re looking for. Hip-hop, trap and club cuts by DJ Double-U keep things moving into the early Christmas hours and […]

Niko gets a stay of execution. 
Courtesy Prayers for Niko

In brief: Dog lives matter, steakhouse speculation and more

Totally cleared Robert Davis, 32, spent 13 years in prison for a Crozet double slaying after making what experts call a textbook false confession. He was released a year ago on a conditional pardon and on December 16, the governor granted an absolute pardon, a rarity in Virginia. Read more. Rumor of the week Is […]

Trick out your weekend with illusionist Wes Iseli on Friday. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Wes Iseli

Not only has Wes Iseli been perfecting his magic act since the age of 7, he’s built an entertainment business that employs magicians, jugglers and clowns. Fast-paced and filled with surprises, Iseli and his crew unveil Vegas-style modern illusions but keep tradition with a couple of rabbit and dove tricks, too. He also performs an […]