C-VILLE Writers



Saul Williams appears at the Paramount on Monday as a part of UVA’s Excellence Through Diversity Distinguished Learning Series. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Saul Williams

Before playing in C’ville, American rapper, singer-songwriter, musician, slam poet, writer and actor Saul Williams has appearances in Sweden, Norway, Finland, Belgium and Austria on his calendar. The global schedule speaks to the broad messages of the art activist, who emphasizes them with album titles such as The Inevitable Rise and Liberation of NiggyTardust!, NGH […]

Banjo-guitar power duo Caamp plays the Southern on Friday. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Caamp

Childhood friends Taylor Meier and Evan Westfall had been playing music together for years when they decided to form the duo Caamp in 2015. Combining folk guitar with rhythmic banjo picking raised up by seamless harmonies, the act quickly became known for its authentic live performances. The fast rise in popularity also produced a wildly […]

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ARTS Pick: The Opulence of Integrity

Choreographer Christal Brown’s multimedia creation, The Opulence of Integrity, follows the life of Muhammad Ali and his journey, not only as a boxer, but also as a social activist and public figure. Brown creates a vivid representation of the fight for worth and identity experienced by men of color in America’s history, and makes the […]

Although grapevines are dormant in the winter, wind and low (think single digit) temperatures are the top concerns for causing damage. A layer of snow actually helps protect the vines. Photo by Robert Llewellyn

Does winter weather spell trouble for area growers?

By Natalie Jacobsen Between sporadic power outages, icy roads and burst pipes, Charlottesville is dealing with plenty of winter woes. But we aren’t the only ones grappling with the freezing temperatures: Central Virginia vineyards are facing this weather head-on, with growers keeping a close eye on their property. David Geist, co-owner of Arcady Vineyard Bed […]

Silk Thai features owner TK Chin’s favorite dishes—the duck roll appetizer and panang curry—from his other Thai restaurants in Manassas. Photos by Amy Jackson

Silk Thai keeps it authentic

By Sam Padgett and Erin O’Hare The red house at 2210 Fontaine Ave. that once housed Thai 99 has a new coat of paint and a new inhabitant: Silk Thai Restaurant. Silk Thai owner TK Chin (nephew of Thai 99 owner Eddy Keomahathai) is bent on maintaining the friendly and welcoming environment that Thai 99 […]

Mayor Nikuyah Walker gets national exposure on "The View."

In brief: Not a noose, mayor on ‘The View’ and more

Nikuyah goes national The first black female mayor of Charlottesville sat at the table with co-hosts of “The View” on Martin Luther King Day to discuss the current state of the city, which has pushed a narrative that Unite the Right participants brought their hate from out of town, she said. Richard Spencer and Jason […]

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In brief: Bad prank, bad parking, bad practices and more

Meter’s not running Crews are set to start ripping meters out of the ground this week after City Council voted at its January 2 meeting to indefinitely suspend the parking meter pilot that began on streets surrounding the Downtown Mall in September. “It seemed pointless to try to convince the manufacturer to continue to loan […]

When legendary soprano Leontyne Price appeared at the reopening of the Metropolitan Opera in 1966, she could only be upstaged by the stage itself. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: The Opera House

When legendary soprano Leontyne Price appeared at the reopening of the Metropolitan Opera in 1966, she could only be upstaged by the stage itself. It was the beginning of a new era in a new location for the Met, and The Opera House documents the cultural impact of the venue’s last 50 years with behind-the-scenes […]

Members of the Charlottesville Players Guild in August Wilson's Jitney at the Jefferson School African American Heritage Center in September.

ARTS Picks: Playback Theater

Have you ever imagined watching a movie or stage play about your own life? Drama, humor and self-reflection are sure to combine when Playback Theater hosts a fundraiser for the Charlottesville Players Guild in which the actors connect with audience members, learn about their lives, then construct and perform improv scenes based on the details. […]

The Honey Dewdrops perform Friday at The Prism at C’ville Coffee. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: The Honey Dewdrops

Most descriptions of The Honey Dewdrops point to an honesty in the duo’s music—a sound they refer to as rock and reel. Conduits of the Americana tradition, Laura Wortman and Kagey Parrish (former C’ville locals) have been touring for almost 10 years, perfecting tunes that enlighten the soul with songs such as “Guitars,” a tribute […]

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ARTS Picks: New Year, New Vibes Part 1

Local hip-hop artists gather to celebrate when SGtheDJ presents New Year, New Vibes Part 1, the first showcase of 2018 hosted by DenzyFromDaBlock and featuring Dino Jones, Gio Dolla (Str8CrudBoyz), P.G. (Cedric Jones), Murda Delinquent and Save Game (Savion Garcia) in a Trapseekers edition loaded with talent. Thursday, January 11. $10, 8pm. The Ante Room, […]

LIVING Picks: Week of January 10-16

FAMILY Monticello student art exhibit Saturday, January 13 Bring the family to view artwork from more than 400 second-graders who visited Monticello last fall. Exhibit opening includes family activities and light refreshments. Free, noon-2pm. David M. Rubenstein Visitor Center and Smith Education Center, 931 Thomas Jefferson Pkwy. 984-9822. NONPROFIT Hope’s Legacy fundraiser Thursday, January 11 […]

Edwin Roa, founder of Zabor Dance, leads weekly salsa lessons at The Ante Room. Photo by Eze Amos

Local dance groups help people shake up their routines

By Natalie Jacobsen and Jessica Luck From swing to salsa, ballroom to hip-hip, tango to tap, Charlottesville’s dance scene is alive and kicking. Over the last few decades as the groups have grown in popularity and size, the communities themselves have transformed: They’re safe spaces to not only master the steps of a dance, but […]

Teacher Robyn Davis requested the city’s only trailer, aka learning cottage, for her preschoolers at Greenbrier Elementary, and says they can be a little louder and feel part of a smaller, age-appropriate community. Photo courtesy of Beth Cheuk

Transfer rate: Are Charlottesville schools leaving city kids behind?

By Natalie Jacobsen Recent Charlottesville City Schools data suggests a trend among its elementary schools: Non-resident students, typically from Albemarle County and colloquially referred to as “county kids,” are surpassing resident students in transfer rates across the school system. And that’s putting city kids in standalone modular classrooms to handle the excess capacity, says a […]

The C’ville-based musician currently gigs with a talent pool of locals under Rob Cheatham and Company while frequenting the stages of pubs and clubs throughout the mid-Atlantic. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Rob Cheatham and Company

Taking a break from his frontman duties with The Nice Jenkins and Gunchux, Rob Cheatham caught some airwaves in 2016 with his country-Americana song, “Heaven Don’t Take No Losers,” from his solo album Colors. The C’ville-based musician currently gigs with a talented pool of locals under Rob Cheatham and Company while frequenting the stages of […]

This National Theatre revival (via live broadcast) casts Tracie Bennett, Janie Dee and Imelda Staunton as the magnificent Follies. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Follies

Showgirls and show makers gather to pay tribute to their theatrical past in Follies, a Stephen Sondheim and James Goldman musical that magnifies its characters’ dreams and illusions through emotional reminiscences. The play had a contemporary setting when it opened on Broadway in 1971, went on to win seven Tony Awards, and ran for more […]

At 22, Cody Purvis has already performed on the famed Ryman Auditorium stage and collaborated with Music City’s songwriting community, including award winners Dallas Davidson, Josh Hoge and Thomas Rhett for his latest EP Southern Thang. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Cody Purvis

Charlottesville native Cody Purvis wanted to join the legends of country music for as long as he can remember. He survived on karaoke and singing contests through his middle school and teenage years, then hit the road for Nashville to make a name for himself in “real country” music. At 22, he’s already performed on […]

A slew of local talent comes together at the Elvis & Bowie Birthday Party to celebrate the two legendary showmen, and what might have been. Publicity photo

ARTS Picks: Elvis & Bowie Birthday Bash

“Elvis is a major hero of mine,” said David Bowie in 1996, according to The Ziggy Stardust Companion website. “I was probably stupid enough to believe that having the same birthday as him actually meant something.” And rumor has it that Elvis Presley was impressed by Bowie as well. Country star Dwight Yoakam claims that […]

C-VILLE’s most-read stories of 2017

C-VILLE’s most-read stories of 2017

As we turn the page on 2017, we look back at the top 17 stories from our website this year. 1.  Sticker shock: Charlottesville health insurance premiums spike to highest in nation 2. Domestic violence victim Whitney French touched the lives of many 3. The kids are alt-right: Your guide to the new crop of […]

ARTS Pick: New Year’s Eve bashes

ARTS Pick: New Year’s Eve bashes

Sunday, December 31 C-VILLE’s Big Night with casino, dance floor, food, drink and a midnight toast $75, 8pm. 21-plus. Carver Rec Center, 233 Fourth St. NW. c-villetickets.com. First Night Virginia’s 36th annual festival of the arts with family-friendly activities on and around the Downtown Mall $6-38, times and venues vary. Schedule at firstnightva.org. Nelson County […]

ARTS Pick: Taming of the Shrew

Shakespeare’s Taming of the Shrew is a play within a play that centers on a dysfunctional courtship (defined as misogynistic by modern standards), where subordinate female behavior from leading lady Katherina outsmarts psychological torture by her male suitor, Petruchio, all in the name of comedic farce. Friday, December 29 & Sunday, December 31. $29-54, times vary. American Shakespeare […]

Alice Coote as Hansel, Philip Langridge as the Witch and Christine Schäfer as Gretel in Humperdinck’s “Hansel and Gretel.” Photo: Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera

ARTS Pick: Hansel and Gretel

The well-known Brothers Grimm fairy tale Hansel and Gretel becomes an absurd opera in the hands of producer Richard Jones. In a special English-language Met Live In HD presentation, the doomed siblings wander from their home into the dark forest and end up at the Witch’s gingerbread house. With food at its dramatic center, each […]

The Harrisonburg-formed group The Steel Wheels steers into new territory by beefing up its traditional folk style on the new album, Wild As We Came Here. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: The Steel Wheels

Are you ready for it? The addition of percussion and keyboards to The Steel Wheels’ signature acoustic sound? The Harrisonburg-formed group steers into new territory by beefing up its traditional folk style on the new album, Wild As We Came Here. “I’m excited to see what happens,” says Trent Wagler (guitar, banjo and songwriter). “There […]

Restaurants open on Christmas Day

By Sam Padgett Contrary to popular belief, for the holidays, you can beat home sweet home. While the world seems to shut down on Christmas Day for family bagel breakfasts and traditional roast beef dinners, there are still a few places to eat for those who either don’t celebrate Christmas or want a temporary respite […]