C-VILLE Writers



Frontman David Shaw leads his NOLA septet The Revivalists through sweet, wild funk and steamrolls over rock 'n' clichés at the Jefferson on Saturday. Publicity photo.

ARTS Pick: The Revivalists

Avoiding categorization has become a music biz cliché but The Revivalists’ refusal to commit to a single genre has played in the group’s favor. The New Orleans-based rock band has been welcomed by funk, soul and jam band communities with open arms, and the inability to pigeonhole its sound has diversified its fan base while allowing […]

Monticello High School's band marches along the Downtown Mall in the sixth annual Holiday Heritage Parade on Saturday. Photo courtesy of Downtown Business Association.

LIVING To Do: Holiday Heritage Parade

Beauty queens, marching bands and Santa himself herald the fast-approaching holiday season at the sixth annual Wells Fargo Holiday Heritage Parade. This family event might be jumping the gun the weekend before Thanksgiving, but is it really ever too early for old-fashioned cheer? Saturday 11/22. Free, 10am. Downtown Mall. 295-9073.

Scandal and secrecy tear apart a small Missouri town in UVA Drama’s production of The Rimers of Eldritch starring Laura  Elliott (left) and Patsy Johnson. Photo: Michael Bailey.

ARTS Pick: The Rimers of Eldritch

Venture into the American Midwest as UVA Drama presents The Rimers of Eldritch. Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Lanford Wilson peels back the motives behind a Missouri murder and assault, uncovering the murky morality of a small town in 1966. Director Doug Grissom’s production takes a haunting look into the Bible Belt during one of the most […]

R Staines engraving of "Malvolio in Shakespeare's Twelfth Night" Image: Daniel Maclise

ARTS Pick: Twelfth Night

Feed your intellect and a person in need at Thieving Magpie’s good-WILL-cville production of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night. The Bard’s classic romantic comedy follows shipwrecked and separated twins Viola and Sebastian along a roller coaster of mistaken identities and proclamations of love. The holiday opener benefits the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank, ReadyKids, Sexual Assault Resource […]

Ellen Burnett demonstrates her new butchering chops at her Apprenticeship Connections placement with JM Stock Provisions & Supply. Photo courtesy of Apprenticeship Connections.

LIVING To Do: Apprenticeship Connections

Be the first to welcome a new nonprofit to the area at the launch party for Apprenticeship Connections. Part of the UVA Darden iLab Incubator Program, this start-up organization matches underemployed young adults with local entrepreneurs to introduce a new generation to traditional skills from baking to blacksmithing. Free, 7pm. Milli Joe Coffee & Gelato, […]

Hannah Graham. Photo: Charlottesville Police Department

UPDATE: Hannah Graham’s death ruled a homicide

UPDATE, 4:58pm Tuesday: Hannah Graham’s death has been ruled a homicide. The Albemarle County Police Department released the cause and manner of death in the Graham case Tuesday afternoon, following earlier reports that the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Richmond was withholding the information at the request of the Charlottesville Police Department. “The cause […]

UVA’s dance program and engineering department emphasize the interaction between art and technology in the Fall Experiemental Dance Concert. Photo courtesy of UVA.

ARTS Pick: Fall Experimental Dance Concert

This year’s Fall Experimental Dance Concert at UVA promises to leap the barre by integrating high tech with modern dance choreographed and performed by students and faculty from the University’s dance program and engineering department. The show consists of 10 pieces that explore identity and embodiment in relation to automation like “Is It Okay to Remain Seated?” […]

UVA Medical Center. Photo:  Jack Looney

Fifteen UVA first years violently ill, hospitalized

An outbreak of gastrointestinal illness swept through first-year dorms over the weekend and 15 students were hospitalized, the Cav Daily reports. Student Health Director Chris Holstege sent an email to first years Sunday and said the outbreak is being investigated by the local health department. He also said there was no factual basis to support […]

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Sexual assault reported near Grounds

Police are investigating a report of a sexual assault near the UVA Corner over the weekend. According to an alert sent out by the University, Charlottesville police were dispatched to the 100 block of Chancellor Street—a one-way stretch of the residential street close to Elliewood Avenue, the fraternities along Rugby Road, and the offices of […]

Country-tinged strummer Jessica Lea Mayfield adds a few power chords and works up some alternative angst at the Southern on Monday. Photo: LeAnn Mueller.

ARTS Pick: Jessica Lea Mayfield

Acoustic folk singer Jessica Lea Mayfield digs in on her third album Make My Head Sing…, with ’90s-era distorted riffs lending a darker tone to her acclaimed, emotionally charged songwriting. The Ohio native (who frequently credits Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl as an influence) takes an intense departure from her plaintive style and hits the grungy […]

Skip the admission fees at Sunday's open house for James Monroe's historic home. Photo courtesy of Ash Lawn-Highland.

LIVING To Do: Ash Lawn-Highland Open House

Rub elbows with the Founding Fathers at the annual open house of fifth president James Monroe’s home. Tours of the classic colonial house are free for local residents, and from noon to 4pm visitors can chat with reenactors of The League of Most Interesting Gentlemen, including Thomas Jefferson, Ben Franklin, Albert Gallatin and, of course, […]

The forensic sketch at left was based on the account of the victim in a 2005 sexual assault in Fairfax. Jesse Matthew has pleaded not guilty in that case. Courtesy Fairfax Police/Albemarle Charlottesville Regional Jail

Jesse Matthew pleads not guilty in Fairfax sexual assault

Accused Hannah Graham abductor Jesse Matthew has pleaded not guilty to sexual assault and attempted murder charges in a 2005 Fairfax attack, and will face an 8-day trial there March 9, according to news reports from the Daily Progress and Richmond’s NBC12. Matthew, 32, made the plea in Fairfax County Circuit Court Friday morning. He […]

The piano pop trio Jukebox the Ghost takes things down a few octaves on a new self-titled record with introspective appeal. Photo: Eric Ryan Anderson.

ARTS Pick: Jukebox the Ghost

D.C.’s punchy pop trio Jukebox the Ghost brings youthful optimism and thoughtful darker themes together on its new self-titled album. Guitarist Tommy Siegel and drummer Jesse Kristin lay down uptempo beats as frontman Ben Thornewill tickles the ivories and doles out contemplative, infectious lyrics on an album that’s filled with road loneliness and heartbreak tied […]

A KickOn-sponsored college party at VCU. Photo courtesy KickOn

Party app sets its sights on UVA

A mobile app billing itself as “the modern-day digital Van Wilder” has landed at UVA, and the creators want students here to help it take off. KickOn is designed to hook partygoers up with party hosts, said company rep Kate Talbot. Unsurprisingly, college students are the target demographic, and Talbot said the company ID’d several schools […]

The eighth annual Best of Both Worlds Dance Competition inspires friendly rivalry and the joy of moving together. Publicity photo.

ARTS Pick: Best of Both Worlds Dance Competition

Dance and step complement each other like peanut butter and jelly—and the Best of Both Worlds Dance Competition finds the top teams in a friendly battle during an evening filled with high-energy moves and grooves. The dance-off serves as a joyful celebration and an opportunity to connect with surrounding communities in a room full of […]

The fine musical craftsmen that form the band Cabinet work hard to stay true to the roots of Appalachian music. Photo: Jason Reidmiller.

ARTS Pick: Cabinet

In an age when singers are obsessed with tweaking and expanding classic genres, it’s nice to find a band dedicated to preserving musical heritage. Cabinet is unapologetically devoted to bluegrass in the classic Appalachian tradition. With rhythm marked by fast-picked banjos and energetic acoustic riffs peppered with folklorical lyrics, each song is a peek at […]

San Francisco’s Deerhoof veers wildly along the rock 'n' roll roadmap to form its impressive repertoire. Photo by Chad Kamenshine.

ARTS Pick: Deerhoof

If you ask fans how they classify the music of Deerhoof, you’ll most likely be answered with shoulder shrugs and some sort of take on ”awesome.” The San Francisco group has built its reputation by refusing to be defined by labels or genres, running the gauntlet of every music form imaginable. It’s punk. It’s rock. […]

MacArthur "genius" Bill Strickland is the keynote speaker at Philanthropy Day on Monday. Photo courtesy of CNE.

LIVING To Do: CNE Philanthropy Day

Large or small, charitable giving makes any community healthy and vibrant. Educate, motivate, and inspire the philanthropist inside at the Center for Nonprofit Excellence’s seventh annual celebration of local good-doing. MacArthur “genius” award winner Bill Strickland speaks about his support of the arts at a special sold-out lecture. Get on the wait-list at thecne.org. Monday […]

Dress up hardy local veggies at this original cookoff. Photo courtesy of the Jefferson School African American Heritage Center.

LIVING To Do: Greens Cookoff

Grab some Thanksgiving inspiration at a cook-off geared for greens. Whether you’re whipping out grandma’s trusty recipe or testing the waters with something new, crafty cooks can doctor up this Southern staple to take home the collard crown. Saturday 11/8. Free, 3pm. Jefferson School African American Heritage Center, 233 Fourth St. NW. 260-8720.

Country folk vet warms up C'ville Coffee's stage with poignant acoustic tunes. Publicity photo.

ARTS Pick: Pierce Pettis

Although he may not be a household name, Pierce Pettis has been a forerunner of the singer-songwriter scene since the mid-’80s. His original songs have energized the genre and inspired covers by Garth Brooks, Suzanne Vega, and Shawn Colvin. During his 30-year career, Pettis has released more than 10 albums and played just about every […]

The Last Bison puts a stake in the grounds of Americana folk rock with VA, its solid new tribute to the home state. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: The Last Bison

If music is poetry, then the evidence is in the perfect harmonies of The Last Bison. Hailing from the southeast corner of Virginia, the Bison defined its latest album, VA, in a rustic cabin on the edge of Chesapeake Bay’s Great Dismal Swamp—and contrary to the location name, the tunes are bright, sunny, and upbeat. […]

Modern composer Joo Won Park builds sonic compositions with unusual instruments augmented by sounds available in his performing environment. Hear what he finds at UVA’s open grounds in a livestream concert on Thursday. Publicity photo.

ARTS Pick: Technosonics XV

Technology and music have a symbiotic relationship. Developments and inventions constantly change the way we write, perform, and listen to music of all styles and genres. Technosonics XV: Found Sound celebrates the latest innovations in music technology by showcasing digital music, electro-acoustic music, and the combination of high profile performers with UVA composers and faculty. […]