C-VILLE Writers



Support the Nelson County Community Fund at a masquerade dinner with Veritas wine. Publicity photo.

LIVING To Do: Opportunity Ball with a Halloween Twist

Forget black tie. Here, dressing to the nines means pulling out your Halloween best. Draculas, King Tuts, flapper girls, and Lady Libertys are all invited to pull up a seat and a glass of Saddleback Chardonnay at the Nelson County Community Fund’s ninth annual gala. Whether your costume’s inspired by fame and fortune or legend […]

Eric Vloeimans leads the unique jazz trio Oliver’s Cinema in a Charlottesville Jazz Society performance at UVA on Friday. Publicity photo.

ARTS Pick: Oliver’s Cinema

Despite running through the theme songs from Rosemary’s Baby, Cinema Paradisio, and l’Amour des Moules (a documentary about mussels) in its first meeting, the modern jazz trio Oliver’s Cinema has no connection to the movie industry. The band’s moniker came courtesy of an anagram brainstorm by founder and feisty trumpeter Eric Vloeimans (it’s his name), […]

UVA Chemistry L.E.A.D. students orchestrate a hands-on lab demo for mad scientists in training. Photo courtesy of Virginia Discovery Museum.

LIVING To Do: Boo Bash

Get your li’l pumpkins and mini monsters into the spooktacular spirit at an evening of family-friendly Halloween fun. Don your kookiest costumes to explore a witch’s cabin, rub elbows with a mad scientist, give Boo Bowling a spin, and win prizes in a variety of games, crafts, and hands-on activities. Let the orange and black […]

Fury starring Brad Pitt (front), digs in to violence, heroism, and sacrifice on the front lines of World War II. Publicity photo.

Film review: Fury defines itself as a cut above formula

As U.S. involvement in foreign wars becomes murkier, aimless, and self-justifying, it’s perhaps natural that some would nostalgically harken back to a time when the goals of military action were seen as absolute and our methods unimpeachable. Leading up to the 2003 invasion of Iraq, comparisons between Saddam Hussein and Adolf Hitler too were frequent, […]

Jazz-trained, soulful rocker Arum Rae caps off a tour through middle America with a show at The Garage on Thursday. Publicity photo.

ARTS Pick: Arum Rae

After sharing stages with legends Willie Nelson and B.B. King, soulful siren Arum Rae is stepping out on her own. Formerly known as White Dress, the Brooklyn-based songstress’ ethereal, bluesy vocals pack a heart-on-sleeve punch over cyber-synthesized beats and the occasional minimalist guitar line on her newly released EP Waving Wild. Thursday 10/23. Free, 8pm. The […]

The soon-to-be-retired Cirque du Soleil show Dralion begins a five-day run at JPJ Arena on Wednesday. Publicity photo.

ARTS Pick: Cirque du Soleil’s Dralion

Death-defying acrobatics, provocative dance, and subtle physical humor will tickle your senses in Cirque du Soleil’s Dralion—a combination of dragon and lion inspired by Eastern philosophy and the spiritual quest for balance between man and nature. The show anthropomorphizes the four elements that govern the natural order of life: air, water, fire, and earth, blending […]

Avery Fernando Gray. Photo: Albemarle Charlottesville Regional Jail

Murder charge for Hardy Drive shooting suspect

A grand jury has indicted two Charlottesville residents in connection with a May shooting on Hardy Drive that killed Oscar Nathaniel “Nat” Brown. The indictments charge Avery Fernando Gray Jr., 39, with first-degree murder, use of a firearm in a felony, malicious shooting, and possessing a firearm as a violent felon. Also charged is Brittany […]

LIVING To Do: Zen Koan Meditation

If the short but sweet “Om” just doesn’t do it for you, try tapping into your innate creativity with koans. Local meditation group 16 Bodhisattvas share stories designed to open the heart in the traditional Pacific Zen lineage. No robes or secret handshakes necessary. Monday 10/20. Free, 6pm. JMRL Central Library, 201 E. Market St. […]

Imagine putting your feet up by this vineyard view with a glass of Painted Red. Photo courtesy of Blenheim Vineyards.

LIVING To Do: Blenheim Vineyards Harvest Party

Leaf peepers may come from around the world to ooh and aah at the Blue Ridge foliage, but we’re more interested in the grapes changing color. Celebrate the end of the 2014 harvest and Virginia Wine Month at Blenheim Vineyards with live music, lawn games, and food from JM Stock Provisions. You can also grab […]

With patience and utter disregard for the ground rules of pop rock, Julian Casablancas (third from right) leads his side project through some lengthy tunes at the Jefferson on Saturday. Publicity photo.

ARTS Pick: Julian Casablancas & The Voidz

While his band The Strokes are on hiatus, punk rocker Julian Casablancas is keeping busy with countless tributes, collaborations, and side projects. He can be heard alongside Queens of the Stone Age, Daft Punk, Pharrell, Eddie Vedder, and even Andy Samberg on a slew of songs. His current act Julian Casablancas & The Voidz strays […]

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Man killed in shootout with trooper after Augusta traffic stop

Virginia State Police are investigating an officer-involved shooting that left a man dead after a traffic stop on I-64 in Augusta County Thursday, October 16. At 7:30pm, a trooper stopped a Ford Windstar minivan that was traveling east on the interstate near the 89 mile marker, police said in a press release. While the trooper was obtaining […]

Alzheimer's Association supporters raise flowers in the promise garden at this annual fundraiser walk. Photo courtesy of Alzheimer's Association of Central and Western Virginia.

LIVING To Do: Walk to End Alzheimer’s

Join friends, neighbors, and over 600 communities nationwide in a display of strength and dedication to raise funds and awareness for the Alzheimer’s Association. Whether you’ve lost a loved one or just support the cause, grab a t-shirt and strap on your sneakers for a two-mile trek through downtown Charlottesville. Saturday 10/18. Free, 8am. Lee […]

Kevin Spacey appears at UVA's speaker series on Saturday. Image: Courtesy of UVA

ARTS Pick: Kevin Spacey

Want inspiration from the darkly humorous Lester Burnham or calculating Congressman Frank Underwood? Award-winning actor Kevin Spacey, well-known for his roles in American Beauty and the Netflix series “House of Cards,” is this year’s guest at UVA’s President’s Speaker Series for the Arts. Drawing on decades of experience on stage and screen, Spacey speaks on the importance of […]

Robert Downey Jr. and Robert Duvall star in The Judge, a comedy/family drama in which father and son battle each other and the legal system. Publicity photo.

Film review: Despite talented cast The Judge falters

You know you’re in for something when every actor in a movie’s press release gets an individual citation for the role that got them either an Academy Award or a nomination—Robert Downey, Jr. (Chaplin, Tropic Thunder), Robert Duvall (Tender Mercies), Vera Farmiga (Up in the Air)—while the director must suffer the indignity of admitting to […]

Shop assistant Emily Owens examines a bottle off the wall of wine at Wine Loves Chocolate, a new store on the Downtown Mall opened by Little Washington Winery owners Donna and Carl Henrickson. The downtown extension of the winery offers tastings, pairings, and “wine boot camp.” Photo: John Rammelkamp.

Small bites: This week’s restaurant news

Pair off: Chocolate and wine arrive downtown together  Who here likes sweet wines? Anyone? Bueller? Donna Henrickson is usually met with cricket chirps when she asks a roomful of wine tasters how they feel about dessert wines. Most people turn up their noses when a bottle of Moscato makes its way to the tasting bar, but […]

Fans can’t get enough of Eric Church’s hard-rockin’ bad boy party tunes. The country stud returns to JPJ Arena on Thursday. Publicity photo.

ARTS Pick: Eric Church

Guitar slinging country crooner Eric Church has traded Jimmy Buffett covers in the back of dingy dive bars for 15,000-seat arenas where he belts out original, cheeky Southern anthems to packed houses. Currently touring in support of his second No. 1 album, The Outsiders, he continues on the themes of cold beers, hot women, good […]

Photo: Kristen Finn.

You are what you eat: The annual Food and Drink issue

So what if we didn’t grow up with a Southern grandma? We still know a good fried chicken biscuit when we taste one—like, say, the Ace Biscuit & Barbecue sandwich on this week’s cover. Southern cuisine may be having a moment in the national spotlight, but ’round these parts we’ve had an embarrassment of fried […]

Get your grub on at a monthly science cafe at UVA. Photo courtesy of Science Straight Up.

LIVING To Do: Science Straight Up

Think there’s no such thing as a free lunch? Monthly science cafe Science Straight Up is ready to debunk that hypothesis. Tuck in to a complimentary meal as Dr. Matthew Gerber discusses how big data and social media sites can help predict and prevent crime. Research teams at UVA are currently studying this rich topic […]

The Secret Sisters show off the T Bone effect in their tight harmonies and vintage sound at the Southern. Publicity photo.

ARTS Pick: The Secret Sisters

With the recent release of Put Your Needle Down, produced by T Bone Burnett, The Secret Sisters prove they’ve come a long way from their Alabama youth. The sweet-voiced siblings have managed to retain their innocence and charm following projects with big shots like She & Him, Ray Lamontagne, Paul Simon, and Elvis Costello, as […]

Hundreds of trees—most of them leftovers from spring planting efforts by the Virginia Department of Forestry—will be available for sale at low prices by the Charlottesville Area Tree Stewards at two upcoming city events. Photo: Robin Hanes

Tree Stewards’ sale offers inexpensive saplings

The Charlottesville Area Tree Stewards will be back at Saturday’s City Market for the group’s second-annual fall tree sale, offering up hundreds of carefully cared for saplings ready for planting for low prices. The sale runs at the Market in the city’s Water Street parking lot from 7am to noon today, Saturday, October 11. The […]

ARTS Pick: Star Wars Reads Day

Jedi warriors, dust off your lightsabers, and don your robes, for the annual Star Wars Reads Day is coming. It’s time once again to travel to a galaxy far, far away for an afternoon of force-inspired activities. Prove your prowess by pinning a saber on Yoda, or demonstrate your might in the Wookie yell contest. […]

Self-deprecating standup comdienne Nikki Carr brings her sharpshooting commentary to the Paramount on Friday. Publicity photo.

ARTS Pick: Last Comic Standing

Cold and flu season is nigh, so grab yourself a dose of the best medicine with the finalists of NBC’s “Last Comic Standing.” VIP pass holders can rub elbows with professional side splitters Nikki Carr, Rocky Laporte, Joe Machi, Rod Man, and Lachlan Patterson at a pre-show meet and greet. The popular comedy reality show […]

Notable horror film producer James Wan is behind Annabelle, the latest in babydoll-possessed-by-a-demon flicks. Publicity photo.

Film review: Imagination runs wild in Annabelle

When it comes to paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren, the further a movie moves away from the “true” story as documented by these proven frauds, the better it gets. Despite its success with audiences at the time of its release, going back to watch the aggressively mediocre The Amityville Horror after the many inconsistencies […]

Richard Cooper, Madeleine Lawson and Angelica Jackson star in Every Tongue Confess, the heavy-hitting opener of UVA Drama’s fall season. Image: Michael Bailey

ARTS Pick: Every Tongue Confess

Ashes to ashes, dust to dust—a series of church burnings sets UVA Drama’s new season in motion with Marcus Gardley’s acclaimed 2010 play Every Tongue Confess. Weaving Biblical lore with the true history of a small Alabama town, this Southern spectacle also mixes gospel and blues hits for a soaring metaphysical journey. Director Theresa Davis […]