C-VILLE Writers



Corey Gorey joins The Lightmare Before Christmas lineup for a solo set at the Tea Bazaar on Saturday. Image: Kristen Chiacchia

ARTS Pick: The Lightmare Before Christmas

Moody times call for moody tunes. Locally stacked triple bill The Lightmare Before Christmas featuring the darkwave of Jaquardini speaks volumes to our need for something darker than the blues with the cathartic space beats of This Hollow Machine and the Brickbats’ Corey Gorey in a goth solo set. Saturday, December 10. $7, 9pm. Twisted […]

The illuminated art installation “Let There Be Light” dapples the PVCC campus on Friday. Courtesy of the artist

ARTS Pick: ‘Let There Be Light’

Despite the short days and early nightfall, there’s light on the horizon at the 10th annual “Let There Be Light” installation. James Yates curates an eye-dazzling array of work from area artists that challenges the senses and offers magical perspectives, including Yates’ “Luminous Egg Hunt,” which he says is “drawn from the writings of Carlos […]

In brief: Screwdrivered, Uber option and more

In brief: Screwdrivered, Uber option and more

And the next election cycle begins Charlottesville Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Joe Platania says he’ll seek his boss’ job in 2017. Commonwealth’s Attorney Dave Chapman plans to retire after 24 years as the city’s top prosecutor. And state Senator Bryce Reeves officially threw his hat into the lieutenant governor’s ring, vying with two other Republicans who […]

LIVING Picks: Week of December 7-13

Family Monticello gingerbread house workshop Saturday, December 10 and Sunday, December 11 Feast on cookies and hot chocolate as you create a colorful new addition for your holiday décor. $55 for a four-member family pass, 2-4pm. Smith Woodland Pavilion at Monticello, 931 Thomas Jefferson Pkwy. monticello.org Nonprofit Santa Pancake Breakfast Sunday, December 11 Enjoy breakfast […]

Son jarocho music is to the countryside state of Veracruz, Mexico, what fiddle music is to the Appalachian region. Zenen Zeferino and Julia del Palacio perform at McGuffey on Saturday. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Radio Jarocho

Steeped in music tradition, son jarocho blends elements of African rhythms, Spanish poetry, melodies and native Mexican culture into a single genre, and members of New York City’s Radio Jarocho—master sonero Zenen Zeferino from Jáltipan, Veracruz and zapateado dancer Julia del Palacio from Mexico City—are in town to share their knowledge. They’ll give workshops on […]

Joe Lawlor and Friends headline a benefit for the Sexual Assault Advocacy Fund at the Southern on Saturday. Photo by Elizabeth Swider

ARTS Pick: Joe Lawlor and Friends

When Joe Lawlor is not on the road with Dave Matthews Band’s audio crew, the accomplished guitarist is often leading his own sets influenced by funk, blues and classic rock. While it’s a joy to see Lawlor on big stages sitting in on a jam with Dave, there’s a special glow to his hometown all-star […]

A sign pops up in Lee Park November 28 after a blogger digs up old Wes Bellamy tweets.
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In brief: Best of Bellamy tweets, surreptitious sheriff filming and more

Quote of the week “I really #hate how almost 80% of the black people here talk white…#petpeeve. #itstheniggainme. #dontjudgeme.”—Wes Bellamy tweet, March 30, 2010. Read related story, “Tweetstorm: Bellamy apologizes for ‘inappropriate’ posts.” Korte in court Former UVA film studies professor Walter Korte appeared in court November 28 and waived a preliminary hearing on the […]

A Charlie Brown Christmas is showing at Four County Players. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: ‘A Charlie Brown Christmas’

A sparse Christmas tree, a roundheaded kid who questions holiday spirit, a jazz soundtrack and a stirring read of the nativity story combined to make history when “A Charlie Brown Christmas” premiered in 1965. To the dismay of its creators, Charles M. Schulz and Bill Melendez, the animated TV show (ironically commissioned by the Coca-Cola […]

Dylan LeBlanc returns with his Cautionary Tale at the Southern on Saturday.

ARTS Pick: Dylan LeBlanc

Singer-songwriter Dylan LeBlanc has everyone from Rolling Stone to Ralph Lauren featuring his music and singing his praises, but the pressure of early success (at age 19) also left a few scars. After two albums for Rough Trade, LeBlanc chose to resettle in the comfort of his hometown of Muscle Shoals, Alabama, and dig in […]

ARTS Pick: Family Holiday Concerts

Among the finest local traditions is when the Charlottesville Symphony at the University of Virginia and UVA’s University Singers join forces for the Family Holiday Concerts conducted by Michael Slon. This year’s program includes “Carol of the Bells,” “Parade of the Wooden Soldiers,” “Do You Hear What I Hear?” and Handel’s “Hallelujah Chorus,” as well […]

LIVING Picks: Week of November 30-December 6

Family Lighting of the Lawn Thursday, December 1 This annual tradition aims to unify UVA students and faculty as well as the Charlottesville community with performances ranging from a capella to dance, and an elaborate light show. Free, 7-10pm. UVA Lawn. lightingofthelawn.com Nonprofit The Great Charlottesville Santa Fun Run & Walk Sunday, December 4 Adults […]

Matt Celentano at VMDO Architects

ARTS Pick: Fruit Bats

Since the release of Fruit Bats’ 2001 debut, Echolocation, music critics have stuck some pretty obscure labels on Eric D. Johnson’s four-track-recording-project-turned-full-band: “bootgazer,” “rustic pop,” “zoology rock.” But no matter what it’s called, the group’s brand of indie-folk rock has held steady through six records (and a recent five-year hiatus), including its latest, Absolute Loser, […]

For more than 40 years, Ron Thomason’s intricately woven and hilarious stories have been at the heart of the old-time, Southern gospel and bluegrass songs of Dry Branch Fire Squad. Publicity photo

Arts Pick: Dry Branch Fire Squad

For more than 40 years, Ron Thomason’s intricately woven and hilarious stories have been at the heart of the old-time, Southern gospel and bluegrass songs of Dry Branch Fire Squad. The longtime Prism Coffeehouse favorite’s keen sense of humor and small-town country wisdom, combined with skilled musicianship, launches pointed—and sometimes scathing—observations of the hypocrisy of […]

LIVING Picks: Week of November 23-29

Family Barracks Road holiday parade Friday, November 25 The annual parade featuring floats, costumed characters, marching bands, Santa and more starts at Harris Teeter and ends at Kroger. Free, 9:30am. Barracks Road Shopping Center. barracksroad.com/parade Nonprofit Triple your giving Through November 26 Virginia Blood Services will donate $1 to the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank […]

Magician Mike Super will held ring in the The Paramount Theater's 80th anniversary. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Mike Super

The post-election climate has many looking for a magical escape, and lucky for us Mike Super is more than qualified to make things disappear. A lifelong obsession with magic has led Super to inject personality, humor and an accessibility that’s unusual in the trade. Join his fanbase of Superfreaks for an evening of mind-warping mystery […]

Dark Star Orchestra performs November 29 at The Jefferson Theater. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Thanksgiving jams

Whether you are thankful, guided by a dark star or happy pickin’ over leftovers, a live gig awaits that’ll shake off the holiday gravy and leave you grateful for the blues. November 23: Thankful Dead featuring Bigfoot County and Mama Tried at The Jefferson Theater. November 24: DJ Sir RJ’s Thanksgiving After-party at The Ante […]

ARTS Pick: Organized Delirium

In tribute to Pierre Boulez, Organized Delirium honors the French conductor, who may not be a household name, but joins a too-long list of musical pioneers who died in 2016. The 26-time Grammy Award-winner is respected for his role in the “electronic transformation of instrumental music,” as well as leading some of the world’s renowned […]

Abigail Peterson plays Meg March in Albemarle High School's production of Little Women. Jane Colony Mills

ARTS Pick: Little Women

The classic tale of Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy March returns to the stage this weekend when the Albemarle High School Players present an adaptation of Little Women, Louisa May Alcott’s 1868 novel about a saintly Civil War-era New England mother and her four well-adjusted, independent-minded daughters whose father is serving in the Union Army. […]

In brief: When elections get awkward, Bodo’s fires back and more

In brief: When elections get awkward, Bodo’s fires back and more

Awkward election night, part 1 After three University Police officers used their PA systems to broadcast “Make America great again” in the wee hours, Chief Michael Gibson says in a November 10 e-mail he was “disappointed” in the inappropriate use. UPD is investigating the incident and the three officers are on paid administrative leave. Awkward […]

Local playwright Bridget Mitchell opens a new era for Charlotte Salomon's life work in Water or Glass, a multimedia show.

ARTS Pick: Water or Glass

In 1943, Charlotte Salomon died in a gas chamber at Auschwitz. Leading up to her capture and unimaginable death, the artist produced 769 expressionist paintings while in hiding from the Nazis. The works came together as an autobiographical play through images called Life? or Theater?. Local playwright Bridget Mitchell opens a new era for the […]

Mican's dynamite roll is still on the menu at Lemongrass on 14th Street. Photo by Natalie Jacobsen

Mican and Lemongrass merge their menus

After celebrating a decade in business, Pham, the owner of Lemongrass on the Corner, has been looking ahead to the next 10 years. Yoshihiro and Yukiko Tauchi, owners of Mican, a Japanese restaurant that, until this fall, had been located at York Place on the Downtown Mall, fused with Lemongrass. Says Yoshihiro Tauchi, “[This was] […]

Tequila Mockingbird. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Locals Play Locals

The event name says it all. Locals Play Locals is a big ol’ Charlottesville music cover show. More than a dozen bands and solo artists—Tequila Mockingbird, Gina Sobel’s Choose Your Own Adventure, Genna Matthew, Phil West, Marchenko and others—will swap songs and even genres in this benefit concert for Charlottesville’s Music Resource Center. Friday 11/18. $8, […]

When guitarist Willie DE walks onstage to unveil his sophomore album, Thunder Train, he will be taking another big step on a musical journey. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Willie DE

When guitarist Willie DE walks onstage to unveil his sophomore album, Thunder Train, he will be taking another big step on a musical journey that cuts straight through Charlottesville’s Downtown Mall. As a young aspiring musician, DE made his first bucks while busking on local streets, and credits his membership at the Music Resource Center […]

LIVING Picks: Week of November 9-16

Family Making and printing 3-D objects Saturday, November 19 Library staff demonstrates how to create an object using Tinkercad and print objects on the library’s 3-D printer. Free, 2:30-4:45pm. Northside Library, 705 Rio Rd. W. jmrl.org Nonprofit 12th annual Raucous Auction Friday, November 18 The fundraiser for Virginia Arts of the Book Center includes an […]

Bri Chrispin, pictured here goofing around with her little, Ty'Mirra, started volunteering with Big Brothers Big Sisters because, she says, she "always wanted a little sister." Photo: Eze Amos

Do good: 17 ways to get in the spirit of giving

While it’s important to be generous year-round, the holidays provide parents with an opportune time to teach kids about giving back, either by donating their time or goods to those in need. Here are some local ways to help out this season, from food-delivery to gift-wrapping. By Shea Gibbs and Wistar Murray Better together Mature teens […]

The Nth Power works its groove from New Orleans at the Southern on Tuesday. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: The Nth Power

Indebted to the legacy of soul music, The Nth Power offers a listener’s choice of “songs that will inspire audiences to dance, groove, make love or just stand there with goose bumps.” Bound by a belief in the spiritual power of music and the logical beauty of math (the group’s first EP is titled Basic […]