C-VILLE Writers

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In brief: Fear and legal gun-toting, Bella’s fallout and more

An apology—and a boycott Doug Muir, the UVA lecturer who compared Black Lives Matter to the KKK in a Facebook post, apologized, saying he was unaware of the Klan’s violent history. His one-week leave from the engineering school ended October 17. Meanwhile, local groups, including the NAACP, staged a protest October 14 at Bella’s, the […]

Enjoy live music, hay rides, apple-bobbing and other fall-themed activities as well as a seasonal cider release at Bold Rock Cidery.

LIVING Picks: October 19-25

Food & Drink Fall Foliage Festival Saturday, October 22 Enjoy live music, hay rides, apple-bobbing and other fall-themed activities as well as a seasonal cider release. Free; 11am-8pm. Bold Rock Cidery, 1020 Rockfish Valley Hwy., Nellysford. 361-1030. Nonprofit Survivor Support Network training Friday, October 21 Train to become a member of UVA’s Survivor Support Network […]

“Can’t you see we’ve got a good thing here?” the duo Charming Disaster asks in harmony. See for yourself at the Blue Moon Diner on Monday. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Charming Disaster

“People bring me casseroles and pray for his immortal soul / They think I’m in widow’s weeds, but pity’s the last thing I need,” Ellia Bisker sings on “Ghost Story.” She’s a woman who’s lost her lover, but not for good—she’s living with his ghost, who caresses her hair and wraps his arms around her. […]

ARTS Pick: Party Like a Rock Star

Step into the fantasy world of a rock star’s life for one evening while helping local youth pursue their musical dreams. The Music Resource Center’s annual Party Like a Rock Star is Prince-themed this year in tribute to the inimitable musician. Donate at musicresourcecenter.org to cast a vote for your favorite Prince cover by a […]

We’re waitin’ all week for Saturday night when Carrie Underwood plays John Paul Jones Arena. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Carrie Underwood

It’s been 11 years since Carrie Underwood became the fourth “American Idol” winner and arguably the show’s most successful contestant—she’s sold almost 15 million albums. Her best-selling track to date, “Before He Cheats,” is a catchy, bared-soul retaliation fantasy that put nine awards, including two Grammys, on Underwood’s shelf. But she might be best known […]

Washington, D.C.-based big brass band Black Masala marches its traveling dance party onto the Levitt AMP Music Series stage to pound out gypsy funk and soul. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Black Masala

Friday is coming (we promise) and you’ll know it’s here when Washington, D.C.-based big brass band Black Masala marches its traveling dance party onto the Levitt AMP Music Series stage to pound out gypsy funk and soul. The groove machine arrives on a wave of good vibes supporting the group’s latest album, I Love You […]

Local playwright Robert Wray brings his blues-infused tragicomedy, Bullet for Unaccompanied Heart, to Four County Players. Photo by Marty Moore

ARTS Pick: ‘Bullet for Unaccompanied Heart’

Blues guitarist Dugan McBane is taken hostage by his former lover, Anya Magnifico—a crossword puzzle-obsessed, punk rock princess—and her henchman, Milo. McBane’s release hinges on one thing: a sincere apology. Written by local playwright Robert Wray and featuring original music from Devon Sproule and Paul Curreri, Bullet for Unaccompanied Heart was recently staged at the […]

ARTS Pick: ‘The Price is Right’

For many generations, “The Price is Right” is a cultural touchstone. Maybe you remember all the way back to Bob Barker? But no matter who’s currently holding the microphone, the participants in zany getups still come screaming out of the audience, thrill-seeking a new fridge, exotic vacation or brand-new car. “Come on down” to try your […]

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ARTS Pick: ‘Electric Baby’

In Stefanie Zadravec’s Electric Baby, a mysterious moon floats over six characters who navigate through three stories that connect after a car accident. Cast members dig into the depths of sorrow, proffer folk remedies and search for peace throughout the dark comedy. Through November 5. $20-25, times vary. Live Arts, 123 E. Water St. 977-4177. 

Philip Gibbs may have settled in Virginia, but he “carries the road along with his music,” according to the Austin American-Statesman. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Philip Gibbs

In the folk troubadour tradition, Austin, Texas-born Philip Gibbs has traveled the country, singing about the current state of affairs and the working man’s plight, channeling the anthems of songsmiths before him. Following a respite in the Rocky Mountains, Gibbs’ recent move to Richmond found the singer-songwriter settling down for the first time in years. […]

Gail Hobbs-Page runs Caromont Farm in Esmont. Photo by Ashley Twiggs

LIVING Picks: October 12-18

Food & Drink Cheese class at Caromont Farm Saturday, October 15 This class, led by Caromont Farm owner Gail Hobbs-Page, discusses the production of lactic-style bloomy rind cheeses such as Brie, robiola and Camembert. A tasting session follows the class. $125, 11am-4pm. Caromont Farm, 9261 Old Green Mountain Rd., Esmont. caromontcheese.com. Nonprofit SPCA Critter Ball […]

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In brief: Angry administrator, unwise Facebooking and more

Rolling Stone cries foul Days before UVA former associate dean Nicole Eramo’s 12-day defamation trial is set to begin October 17, the magazine accused her of improperly releasing video depositions to ABC’s “20/20” to air October 14, and sought relief in an emergency motion. The judge ruled October 11 that Eramo can’t use leaked videos […]

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In brief: Bavarian getaway, creepy clowns and more

City goes Wild West over weekend Three people were shot early October 1 in a Corner parking lot during a disorder, according to Charlottesville police. The wounds were non-life-threatening, and Lewis Alexander Tyree Jr., 23, was arrested as a felon in possession of a firearm. That same night, shots were reported at Crescent Halls on […]

Mary Chapin Carpenter. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Mary Chapin Carpenter

Mary Chapin Carpenter’s genuine approach to songwriting allows the multiple Grammy winner to transcend the boundaries of category. Moving easily between classic country and modern Americana, she recently expanded her musicianship with an album of orchestral music and her new record, The Things That We Are Made Of, was produced by hot hand Dave Cobb (producer of […]


Feast your eyes on some of Charlottesville’s most spectacular performance art when CIRCIX comes to town. There will be carnival games, face painting, balloon animals, food and beverages, plus a freak show and performances from fire breathers, jugglers, clowns and Moonlight Circus’ aerialists and acrobats. The fearless Opal Lechmanski will swallow swords and perform the […]

Poetry and traditional dance form the inspiration for the Latin Ballet of Virginia’s Poemas at PVCC on Saturday. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Latin Ballet of Virginia

It may take two to tango, but this time around, the Latin Ballet of Virginia dance company puts classical forms, flamenco and tango to the writings of Edgar Allan Poe, Alfonsina Storni, Pablo Neruda and Federico García Lorca. Poemas melds words with a showcase of contemporary and traditional Latin American and Spanish dance to give […]

Wale brings his most personal work to date, inspired by “Seinfeld,” to the Jefferson on Monday. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Wale

On his recent release, The Album About Nothing, Washington D.C., hip-hop musician Wale has a lot of relatable things to say. The deeply personal album lightens up through its connection to the popular ’90s TV show “Seinfeld,” even featuring a guest appearance by the comedian as its narrator (Wale refers to Jerry Seinfeld as his “conscience”), and […]

The Yamuna Project, a multiyear research agreement between the University of Virginia and the Delhi Jal Board, will help stem the crisis of pollution in New Delhi, India's Yamuna River. Photo: Wikimedia Commons user Teacher1943

Death of the architect: Operating in an era of uncertainty

Architects face an uncertain time. On one hand, we are in the fading era of famous designers, the “starchitects” who shaped discussion of what architecture should be—those who transcended typical barriers facing architecture by mastering the globalized market economy, delivering the ultimate branding strategy based on design to corporations and a wealthy elite. On the […]

In brief: Berkmar Bridge, underage drinking, stinky festival and more

In brief: Berkmar Bridge, underage drinking, stinky festival and more

Getting busy Construction on the Berkmar Drive extension and the Berkmar Bridge is well underway, with VDOT’s goal of substantially finishing both by the end of the year and officially completing them next summer, months before the October 2017 deadline. A team of VDOT employees and representatives from a project delivery advisory panel suited up […]

Actor Julian Sanchez preps for UVA Drama’s production of The Comedy of Errors. Photo by Michael Bailey

ARTS Pick: The Comedy of Errors

Sorcery, magic and family feuds combine in The Comedy of Errors, one of 18 plays that entered the theatrical world when friends of William Shakespeare released First Folio in 1623, seven years after the Bard’s death. The tribute production coincides with the First Folio exhibit at the Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library on […]

Paulien sings from the heart of American jazz, in French, at the Southern on Sunday afternoon. Photo by Wick Beavers

ARTS Pick: Paulien

Dutch-born, Charlottesville-based singer Paulien brings an array of languages and talent to the stage through her French jazz interpretations of the Great American Songbook. Dubbed as a musical story, she captures everyone from Edith Piaf to Cole Porter in an afternoon performance to benefit the WTJU Jazz Marathon. Sunday, October 2. $15-17, 4pm. The Southern […]

While honoring masters of tradition, Eric Brace and Peter Cooper make their own mark on bluegrass and folk. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Eric Brace and Peter Cooper

Washington, D.C., is not the first place that comes to mind as the center of folk and bluegrass music, but there’s a long history of accomplished players from the capital city, including Eric Brace and Peter Cooper, who honor their peers on the recent album, C&O Canal. The Grammy-nominated collaborators’ engaging songwriting, quick wit and […]

ARTS Pick: The Sally Rose Band and Erin and the Wildfire

Everyone knows that girls rule and boys…well, boys, too, will be wildly entertained by The Sally Rose Band and Erin and the Wildfire, two of Charlottesville’s most prominent female-led outfits. Sally Rose’s saucy Southern rock tunes about witches and ghosts, heartaches and moons, are packed with mother-daughter blood harmonies, good old-fashioned rock ’n’ roll riffs […]

Orzo's seasonal mac'n'cheese never disappoints. Photo: Tom McGovern

There, there. Cozy up to these 20 comfort foods

I conjure a memory of my grandmother—bent over a stainless steel pot of salty potatoes, holding an electric mixer and a jug of milk—every time I cook mashed potatoes for Thanksgiving and, like anyone who has a favorite comfort food, it warms me. This isn’t a new phenomenon. Because scent is tied to memory, just the […]

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Great spots: 17 of Charlottesville’s most intriguing places

Be a tourist in your own town. It’s a phrase we employ when we start growing tired of the place we’ve inhabited for…well, let’s just say for a while. This week, we put it to the test, uncovering Charlottesville’s lesser-knowns (and a few tried-and-true classics, for good measure), from a secret garden to a wizarding world […]

Rachael Yamagata’s high-wired pop hits the Southern on Thursday. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Rachel Yamagata

When people talk about Rachael Yamagata’s musical style, names such as Bonnie Raitt, Tom Waits and Roberta Flack get tossed around. So when her new album, Tightrope Walker, is released on Friday, fans can expect more of the soulful eloquence and intense production that frames her dark, modern pop. Yamagata is after themes of perseverance […]