C-VILLE Writers



New Kingston brings its soulful, rhythmic reggae to Emancipation Park on Friday. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: New Kingston

Beats and brotherhood Made up of brothers Tahir, Stephen and Courtney Panton Jr., along with their father, Courtney Panton Sr., New Kingston infuses urban style into its Jamaican heritage, bringing fresh innovation to its soulful, rhythmic reggae. Starting musical careers at an early age in New York, the family has become a vibrant force on […]

In brief: A new reputation, a boycott and scary statistics

In brief: A new reputation, a boycott and scary statistics

Rebranding hate If the #cvillestandsforlove looks familiar, like the “Virginia Is For Lovers” logo, for instance, that’s because Susan Payne, wearing her chair-of-the-Virginia-Tourism-Corporation-board hat, created the hashtag using the state’s 50-year-old iconic logo. “It’s the same family,” says Payne. “And it’s all free. No city money is being used.” According to Payne, Governor Terry McAuliffe […]

Vasen plays Saturday, September 23, at C’ville Coffee. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Vasen

Three become one in the Swedish folk band Väsen, an acoustic trio now in its 27th year of touring. The veteran group, made up of Roger Tallroth on 12-string guitar, violist Mikael Marin and Olov Johansson, a prominent nyckelharpa (a “keyed fiddle”) player, is deeply rooted in the aged traditions of the Swedish countryside. Through […]

The Hypnagogia Film Collective screens its nontraditional work at The Bridge on Tuesday. Courtesy image

ARTS Pick: Hypnagogia Film Collective

Various techniques lend texture and drama to the works in the Hypnagogia Film Collective. Contributions by artists Angus Carter, Edmond Marchetti and Larry Simon, along with guest filmmakers, are “unified through the collective’s devotion to innovation and transcending concepts of what constitutes filmmaking.” The group’s experimental films use a variety of formats, including celluloid Super […]

Proceeds from Dover Quartet’s September 23 benefit concert go to the Heal Charlottesville Fund. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Dover Quartet

Called “the young American string quartet of the moment” by the New Yorker, the Dover Quartet will perform a benefit concert in support of those affected by the August 12 hate rally, with proceeds going to the Heal Charlottesville Fund. Starting out in 2008, the group has rocketed upward—captivating audiences with its dynamic sound and […]

Fall Arts Preview: Getting to the art of the matter

Fall Arts Preview: Getting to the art of the matter

The power of art is strong in our town. Before, and in reaction to the events of August 12, our community circled a heavy “piece of art” that carries a shameful history littered with atrocities on its back. Whether or not it remains intact—and what it represents to whom—it’s become an inflammatory icon that provoked […]

Students shrouded a statue of UVA founder Thomas Jefferson in front of the Rotunda September 12.
Photo Eze Amos

Tarped: Students shroud Jefferson statue in black at Rotunda

By Natalie Jacobsen “No Nazis, no KKK, no racist UVA!” a parade of students crossing University Avenue chant. “Louder!” shouts a woman with a megaphone. Just after sundown around 8pm Tuesday night, as the rain fell, more than 100 students gathered in front of the Rotunda and surrounded the Thomas Jefferson statue. Two students drummed […]

Congratulations to Max Miss Everything, who was crowned Miss Gay Charlottesville Pride 
at Sunday’s pageant at the Jefferson. She’ll be performing this Saturday at the Cville Pride Festival, alongside dozens of other entertainers. Photo by Jackson Smith

ARTS Picks: Cville Pride Festival

All events, part of the Cville Pride Festival, take place at the Sprint Pavilion, 700 E. Main St. cvillepride.org Singer-Songwriter Showcase 1-2pm It takes a certain amount of moxie for a musician to get on stage, armed with only an acoustic guitar and a voice—no tricks, no smoke, no mirrors—and perform his or her own […]

LIVING Picks: Week of September 13-19

LIVING Picks: Week of September 13-19

FAMILY Youth Film Festival Friday, September 15 The 16th annual Light House Studio Youth Film Festival showcases movies from local students before they hit the 2018 film circuit. $15-80, 6pm. The Paramount Theater, 215 E. Main St., Downtown Mall. 293-6992. NONPROFIT Salvation Army telethon Tuesday, September 19 The fifth annual telethon to benefit the Salvation […]

Little by little: A trio of city homes maxing out square footage

Little by little: A trio of city homes maxing out square footage

Beyond the county line, it’s not uncommon in our area to find lavish estates with square footage numbering in the thousands. But as these city dwellers know, good things sometimes come in smaller packages. This month, we’re visiting three homes maxing out their (somewhat diminutive) space in different ways—through renovation, interior design or just plain […]

ARTS Pick: Miss Gay Charlottesville Pride Pageant

Don your best duds and get in the spirit as Miss Dreama Belle and Bunny Nicole host the Miss Gay Charlottesville Pride Pageant as part of C’ville Pride Week. An all-ages crowd will witness the standout styles, cutting-edge cutouts and classic looks as female impersonators and transgender male-to-female contestants compete in several categories: creative pride […]

Photo by Emily Sacco

LIVING Picks: Week of September 6-12

Family LGBTQ Youth Pride picnic Saturday, September 9 The third annual LGBTQ Youth Pride Picnic, part of the Cville Pride Festival, offers food, resources and games for teens. Families of youth and LGBTQ parents are welcome. Free, 3-7pm. Washington Park, 1001 Preston Ave. cvillepride.org/ 2017- cville-pride-festival Nonprofit All Who Wander Thursday, September 7 Early Music […]

In its willingness to perform both faithful renditions of classical pieces as well as original, genre-warping tunes, Brooklyn Rider gives not one but three concerts during the Charlottesville Chamber Music Festival. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Charlottesville Chamber Music Festival

NPR describes Brooklyn Rider as “one of today’s most technically accomplished string quartets,” but the group is more than its technical abilities. In its willingness to perform both faithful renditions of classical pieces as well as original, genre-warping tunes, the accomplished foursome gives not one but three concerts during the Charlottesville Chamber Music Festival. Its […]

Susan Munson performs along with a group of musicians playing to benefit the area’s homeless at the Six Pack Songwriter Showcase on Sunday. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Six Pack Songwriter Showcase

Area singer-songwriters are taking the problem of homelessness into their own hands at the Six Pack Songwriter Showcase to benefit PACEM, an organization that provides meals, shelter and companionship to those in need. Organizer Jason Burke brings together Peyton Tochterman, Will Overman, Mark Roebuck, Susan Munson, John Kelly and Debra Guy for a promising night […]

Master player Candice Mowbray will provide insight into the specialized style of play and instrument design in a day of workshops and recitals. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Classical Guitar Competition

Bring up chart-topping classical guitar compositions and someone’s sure to mention the 1968 hit “Classical Gas” by Mason Douglas Williams. The song sold more than 1 million copies and won three Grammy Awards, which should come as no surprise to the performers and contestants at the Classical Guitar Competition—they’ve been studying the sophisticated genre for […]

Bellair Market’s Jefferson sandwich, with turkey, cheddar cheese, lettuce, herbed mayo and cranberry relish on a French roll, served as inspiration for Charlottesville native Mason Hereford when he opened the New Orleans-based Turkey and the Wolf restaurant in July 2016. Photo by Cheryl Gerber

Bellair Market favorite lends inspiration

By C. Simon Davidson, Alexa Nash and Erin O’Hare Bellair Market’s Jefferson sandwich—maple turkey, cranberry relish, cheddar cheese, lettuce and herb mayonnaise layered between two slices of pillowy French bread—is a lunch staple for many in town. But for Charlottesville native Mason Hereford, a quirky and imaginative chef with nostalgia for all things ’90s, it’s […]

In brief: Feeding hungry bellies, prison censorship and more…

In brief: Feeding hungry bellies, prison censorship and more…

The fight against hunger September is Hunger Action Month, when people across the nation raise awareness for empty bellies by supporting the country’s network of food banks. Locally, we have two main groups fighting the good fight—the Emergency Food Network and the Thomas Jefferson Area branch of the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank. Here’s a […]

Lauren Doran at McGuffey Art Center.

First Fridays: September 1

Annie Gould Gallery 121 S. Main St., Gordonsville. An exhibition of work from 12-plus regional and out-of-state artists. FF The Bridge PAI 2019 Monticello Rd. “Domestic Alchemy,” in which artists Amanda Wagstaff, Chicho Lorenzo and Will Mullany find creative potential in familiar household objects. 5:30-7:30pm. FF Chroma Projects 418 E. Main St. “Landmarks,” an exploration […]

ARTS Pick: Spherus

ARTS Pick: Spherus

With Greg Kennedy, juggling is more than a talent—it’s a spectacular feat of modern engineering. Watch him juggle wickedly angled geometric props in Spherus, the coolest circus you’ve ever seen. The show also features aerial dancers Rachel Lancaster and Christine Morano, soaring through the air in a flurry of ribbon, as well as surreal video […]

ARTS Pick: The ATM Unit

There are few groups better suited for a night of local jams than rock and jazz fusion band The ATM Unit. The cast of musicians—Michael Taylor on drums, Mark Miller on vocals and guitar and bass virtuoso Dane Alderson on bass—is enough to blow the roof off, but the group grows mightier with the addition […]

ARTS Pick: Animal House

No college experience is complete without a viewing of the food fight in National Lampoon’s Animal House, which made John Belushi a comedy film star. The 1978 classic pits the brothers of Delta Tau Chi, “the worst house on campus,” against the vengeful, confounded Dean Wormer, while freshmen pledges Pinto and Flounder fumble their way […]

LIVING Picks: Week of August 30- September 5

FAMILY Beauty and the Beast Sunday, September 3 Bring a chair or blanket to this movie on the green, and watch the sunset and a Disney classic. Free, 8:30-10:30pm. Boar’s Head Resort, 200 Ednam Dr. (855) 615-7587.   NONPROFIT Charlottesville Women’s Four Miler Saturday, September 2 Help run breast cancer out of town at the largest […]

ARTS Pick: Eli Cook

ARTS Pick: Eli Cook

Local bluesman Eli Cook takes everything he learned from performing at church revivals and channels it into his long-awaited new album, High-Dollar Gospel. The singer-songwriter’s unique merging of his own Appalachian folk history with ferocious rock riffs has earned him accolades since he came on the scene at age 18. The musical growth apparent on […]