C-VILLE Writers



Bake ’N Bike will deliver chocolate-chip scones and handmade cards on Valentine’s Day. The event’s proceeds will provide bicycles to those in need. Photo: Courtesy Community Bikes

Sweet gifts: Bake ’N Bike helps spread the love

On Valentine’s Day, keep an eye out for a bunch of Cupids zipping around town on bicycles. They’ll be dressed in zany costumes—pink capes and red tutus, or even in a giant diaper with wings—and delivering warm, heart-shaped chocolate-chip scones and handmade cards to doorsteps all over Charlottesville. Some of them might even sing to […]

Rising indie band Mothers brings its studious math-rock to the Southern on Sunday. The band’s highly anticipated debut album comes out this month. Photo: Publicity photo

Full grown: Kristine Leschper nurtures solo project into Mothers

Don’t let the name fool you. Kristine Leschper’s solo project-turned-full band isn’t composed of anyone who has given birth in the literal sense. But considering the time, energy and love that’s gone into crafting and composing songs, in addition to the band’s energetic delivery, the four-piece math-rock outfit known as Mothers seems to possess parenting […]

Notable local band Post Sixty Five headlines a night of inspired music at the Tea Bazaar on Saturday. Photo: Ariana Miklowitz

ARTS Pick: Post Sixty Five

Charlottesville’s Post Sixty Five haunts its audience with raw, melodic tracks led by Moroccan-born songwriter and guitarist Hicham Benhallam. On the new EP, i think we’ll be ok, P65 flows through sophisticated, nuanced songs, gently layered with plaintive lyrics that are full of imagery and emotion. Manatree, KNDRGRDN and Sara Curtin open the show. Saturday […]

Singer-songwriter Anderson East has “the charm and wit to completely hold the audience in the palm of his hand,” according to accomplished producer Dave Cobb. See for yourself on Saturday. Photo: Joshua Black Wilkins

ARTS Pick: Anderson East

With a burst of blues, a touch of pop and a healthy dose of country, up-and-comer Michael Cameron Anderson, aka Anderson East, blends a unique sound distinguished by husky, sexy vocals. East’s first major label record, Delilah (2015), was produced by Dave Cobb, who lists Chris Stapleton, Jason Isbell, Sturgill Simpson and Lake Street Dive […]

Visiting scholar Fernando Rocha will perform a recital as part of a project called The Concert as a Work of Art: A Holist Approach to the Creation and Performance of a Full-length Solo Percussion Concert. Photo: Courtesy of UVA Mcintire Department of Music

ARTS Pick: Fernando Rocha

An evening of collaboration features world-renowned percussionist and professor of music Fernando Rocha, who brings together colleagues from Brazil’s Federal University of Minas Gerais and UVA’s McIntire Department of Music to premiere innovative pieces and perform classics in “Works for Percussion, Electronics and Video.” Friday 2/5. Free, 8pm. Old Cabell Hall, UVA Grounds. 924-3052.

Dr. Pam Moran started her 40-year teaching career as a science teacher in Orange County. “From the first time I tutored kids in a summer job as a college student I felt drawn to teach,” she says. “... I still consider my responsibility to be that of a teacher.” Photo: Amy Jackson

Teaching Model: Dr. Pam Moran employs a student-centered approach

Visiting the library of Woodbrook Elementary School, Dr. Pamela Moran, superintendent of Albemarle County Public Schools, was in her element. A group of third-graders were busy showcasing their reading skills for a pair of small collies, therapy dogs provided by the Charlottesville-Albemarle SPCA. The students rested on pillows or sprawled across the carpeted floor, gently […]

Photo: Courtesy of The Ladd Company/Entertainment Pictures

ARTS Pick: Blade Runner

With Harrison Ford’s name buzzing thanks to the new Star Wars release, and director Ridley Scott’s The Martian up for a Best Picture Oscar, the time is right to revisit Blade Runner. Although the 1982 sci-fi flick portrays a vision of 2019 that now seems far-fetched, it’s easy to get lost in the dystopian world […]

Gorilla Theater rolls out playful staging and witty banter for Pride and Prejudice on Sunday. Photo: Anna Lien

ARTS Pick: Pride and Prejudice

Experience the epic romance of Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy in Gorilla Theater Productions’ staging of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. The tale, written in 1813, is riddled with drama, lust, love and conditions of human nature that ring true, even in the present day. Through 1/31. $10-15, 2pm. The Director’s Studio, 1713 Allied St. Ste. […]

A two-year hiatus proved beneficial for Americana prodigy Dylan LeBlanc, whose new album projects a sense of discipline and wisdom. Photo: Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Dylan LeBlanc

Four years after releasing his second album, Dylan LeBlanc returns with Cautionary Tale, his most mature record yet. At 25, LeBlanc, who has been called the new Neil Young, caught the attention of powerful singer-songwriters such as Bruce Springsteen and Lucinda Williams, and Rolling Stone magazine hailed him as one of the “Artists You Need […]

Antoine Louveau, a postdoctoral fellow in the neuroscience department at the University of Virginia, found that the brain and lymphatic system are connected, a discovery that could lead to new treatments for diseases such as Alzheimer’s. Photo: Jackson Smith

Big Ideas: Local doctors and scientists pursue innovation

Innovations surrounding our health—both personal and global—are happening every day. Whether it’s the invention of a new technology or the discovery of how a disease works on a molecular level, every advancement puts us one step closer toward enjoying a collective healthier life. In this issue you’ll meet a scientist who is working to understand […]

Keys N Krates defines bass-heavy beats and live sampling as the way to get down at the Jefferson on Tuesday. Photo: Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Keys N Krates

With the lively surnames Tune, Matisse and Flo, the electronic fusion act Keys N Krates lays out its artistic agenda by playing instruments live and pulling in beats from all directions. Fans have deemed the group to be the world’s first trap band because of the power trio’s performances on drums, keys and turntable. Tuesday […]

Americana party music leader Robert Earl Keen ventures into the bluegrass field at the Jefferson on Thursday. Photo: Darren Carroll

That bluegrass feeling: Robert Earl Keen on being a Happy Prisoner

It’s rare to catch musician Robert Earl Keen’s name in print unaccompanied by the word iconic. As with the archaic bestowal of knighthood’s Sir, the ubiquitous presence of the adjective testifies to supreme achievements. And while, in most cases, such an affixation is worth little more than its ability to inspire an ironic chuckle, in […]

Alt-country rock trio plays makes a stop on its final tour at The Southern on Thursday.  Photo: Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Those Darlins

Nashville trio Those Darlins tops off a rock ‘n’ roll groove with alt-country flair on its final tour before a permanent hiatus. The group started out covering Carter Family tunes on traditional mountain music instruments such as the washboard, and became known for its saucy songwriting and versatility within the rock genre. Its 2011 album, […]

Prolific guitarist Randy Johnston steps out for a local set at The Whiskey Jar on Saturday. Photo: Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Randy Johnston Trio

Having toured with several acclaimed jazz musicians, including Houston Person, Etta Jones and Lonnie Smith, Randy Johnston has garnered global recognition as both a guitarist and a vocalist. He is joined by his trio and organist Jonah Kane-West to perform a varied set of jazz and blues classics as well as originals. Saturday 1/16. 21-plus. Free, […]

Photo: Andrea Hubbell

Better bathrooms: 14 private spaces that deserve attention

Whether for style or practicality, bathroom design is no place to fall short. This month, we’ve chosen 14 of our favorite local lavatories that get it right. By Shea Gibbs, Erika Howsare and Caite White Let there be light When Elizabeth Birdsall hired Formwork Design to transform her Western Albemarle house, she asked for a […]

Lesole’s Dance Project presents a blend of traditional and modern South African dances. Photo: Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Lesole’s Dance Project

Using education and a mix of traditional and modern dance, Washington, D.C.’s Lesole’s Dance Project has been presenting high-quality performances for more than 10 years. With “Dancing Through South Africa,” the touring troupe focuses on the historic preservation of South African dance and drumming by showcasing Indlamu, Gumboot and Pantsula styles, while giving equal consideration […]

Positive Collective brings its rootsy, smile-inducing groove to The Ante Room on Thursday. Photo: Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Positive Collective

Positive Collective formed, in part, due to a chance encounter at Walnut Creek Park between Greg Ward and Chris Leva that resulted in a few jam sessions and the discovery of a mutual love of good-time, get movin’ tunes. The band is currently made up of seasoned musicians (whose combined musical experience totals more than […]

Acoustic-fusion duo Taarka spices things up at C’Ville Coffee on Sunday. Photo: Anne Stavely

ARTS Pick: Taarka

Prism Coffeehouse presents Taarka, a husband-and-wife-led team formed in 2001 in Portland, Oregon, by David and Enion Pelta-Tiller. The band, whose name is derived from a term in Indian cooking used to describe the sound of spices roasting, blends Virginia-rooted bluegrass and jazz with classical elements to form an eclectic and energetic gypsy-jazz. Sunday 1/10. $15-17, […]

Folk singer Marian McLaughlin follows her musical path to the Tea Bazaar on Saturday. Photo: Jonathan Timmes

ARTS Pick: Marian McLaughlin

Experimental folk musician Marian McLaughlin has a trance-like effect on her audiences thanks to her stream-of-consciousness delivery that is at once delicate and multilayered. Her exploratory approach to music is inspired by French social revolutionary Guy Debord’s concept of dérive (also the name of her first release), where an individual sets out on a spontaneous […]

Photo: Jim Gavenus

ARTS Pick: Donna the Buffalo

For the past 20 years, Donna the Buffalo has been uniting audiences with its rhythmic and groove-heavy tunes. Self-described as a band “for the people,” this New York-based group incorporates elements of Cajun, rock, folk, country and a bit of a moral message to create meaningful music you can dance to. The band partnered with […]

Michael Clem, known for his many local collaborations and as a member of Eddie from Ohio, will celebrate the release of his new solo album, 50 Clementines, on January 8 at the Southern Café and Music Hall. Photo: Publicity photo

Fruitful endeavors: Michael Clem issues second solo album a decade later

Since moving to Charlottesville from Northern Virginia in 2008, Michael Clem has become a staple of the city’s music scene. Having played bass and sung harmony and lead vocals for nearly two decades for the nationally acclaimed Washington, D.C.,-based quintet Eddie from Ohio, whose shows and records frequently featured world-class players such as Béla Fleck, […]

MoJa will celebrate the release of The Hollow with a show at the Jefferson African American Heritage Center on January 29.  Photo: Jack Looney

Dynamic Duo: MoJa embraces lifelong musical lessons

It isn’t the quest for red-carpet accolades, social media props, YouTube views or Spotify listens that drives MoJa. The Charlottesville-based quartet, co-fronted by violinist Morwenna Lasko and guitarist Jay Pun, wants to make better art. “We don’t view making music as a commercial enterprise,” says Pun. “Rather, we think of it as a continual process […]