C-VILLE Writers



Browse locally hand-crafted goods at the artisan-oriented fleaVILLE this weekend at the IX. Publicity photo.

ARTS Pick: fleaVILLE

Looking to add some art and local flavor to your shopping experience? Then head to fleaVILLE, the destination where originality is the leading retail trait. Comprised of local artisans and chefs, the bundle of tented vendors offers a glimpse into the talent of the area, and lets you take a bit of it home in […]

Karen Jonas performs songs from her precocious debut album, Okalhoma Lottery, at Fellini’s #9 on Friday. Publicity photo.

ARTS Pick: Karen Jonas

Though Oklahoma Lottery is Karen Jonas’ debut recording, the album has been touted by critics as refined, polished, and sophisticated—a rare combination for an artist’s freshman effort. Jones is a native of Fredericksburg, Virginia, but her tone and approach are straight out of Nashville, Tennessee with stylistic nods to country greats like Willie Nelson and […]

Sylvester Stallone and Antonio Banderas run the show in the third action-packed installment of The Expendables. Photo courtesy of Lionsgate.

Film review: The latest chapter in The Expendables comes up short

Four years and three installments into the Expendables series and we’ve reached what is typically the nail in the coffin for action franchises: the PG-13 sequel. While the rating is essentially meaningless in this age of bloodless gun battles and cramming in as many “shits” as you can but using only one intentionally placed “fuck,” […]

Sensual, high-octane contemporary dance comes to The Haven in Communitas, a music and dance collaborative. Publicity photo.

ARTS Pick: Communitas

Communitas is a Latin term that signifies the coming together of various mediums in the spirit of equality, which makes it the perfect name for an event that joins music and dance. From around the country, violinists and dancers come gather for a celebration of the human spirit through sound and motion. The concorDance contemporary […]

The stripped down, poignant tunes of Tina and Her Pony are on order at the Blue Moon Diner on Thursday. Publicity photo.

ARTS Pick: Tina and Her Pony

The wonderful tunes of Tina and Her Pony prove that not everything needs to be modernized in the 21st century. The Ohio duo sticks to the basics, producing amazing folk music from simple guitars, banjos, and cellos. Each song tells the story of a true experience and explores the themes and emotions found in the […]

School's in! Photo: Elli Williams

Back to school: Start times, the death of class rank, and more

It’s that time of year again: Kids are headed back to school. As both county and city school divisions prepare for the annual return of students, we’ve collected updates on a few hot topics in local public education, from starting bells to snow days. Check out our feature stories on the city schools’ tablet program and […]

Photo by Robert Llewellyn

Best of C-VILLE 2014: The winners

The votes are counted and the winners are in. C-VILLE Weekly readers have named their picks for the best Charlottesville has to offer, from restaurants to fitness classes to doctors, parks, and music venues. Did your favorites top the list? Check out the full issue on the stands or right here online.

What's in and out (behavior-wise) at local playgrounds. Photo: James Hall

Playground etiquette: Quaint oxymoron or the rules of civilized society?

Is there a commonly accepted “playground etiquette?” Or are playgrounds a lawless land ruled by barbaric, screaming bullies and their diaper-clad children? Thinking back, wistfully, to my own children’s blissful playground days, I see images of radiant, round-faced, sun-screened toddlers, squealing with glee as they run, slide, and swing. Wait! Has the ether of time […]

There’s no shortage of accolades for fast forward rock musician Jolie Holland. She plays cuts from her new record Wine Dark Sea at the Southern on Saturday. Publicity photo.

ARTS Pick: Jolie Holland

The intimate energy and raw emotion of Jolie Holland’s experimental live sets have recently garnered the attention of musical purists, the press, and even artists like Tom Waits and Sage Francis. Her permutation of folk, country, rock, jazz, and blues is meticulously blended and though her sound is distinctly original, a close listen will find […]

Andy Dean leads gothic metal outfit Bella Morte through brooding melodies. Publicity photo.

ARTS Pick: Bella Morte

From the first note, Bella Morte is an all-out assault on the senses, with gothic metal as its weapon of choice. With a nod to Evanescence and Linkin Park, the local-born rockers continue the tradition of combining explosive sounds with brooding rhythms. An original mix of powerful guitars laced with electric synth that vacillates from […]

The shellbacked Renaissance teens get a 3D treatment in Michael Bay’s modernization of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Publicity photo.

Film review: The updated take on TMNT loses charm

The fact that Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles isn’t as bad as it could have been is a small miracle, given the reverse Midas touch of producer (and not director, another miracle) Michael Bay on preexisting franchises. Considering the film’s primary problems are only that it’s basically a straight-to-DVD actioner with cartoon characters shoehorned in and […]

The modern dreamwave of Kishi Bashi’s chamber pop takes flight by violin at the Jefferson on Friday. Publicity photo.

ARTS Pick: Kishi Bashi

There’s no metaphor or comparison that can illuminate the splendor of Kishi Bashi’s music. It’s beautiful and there’s no better way to describe it. Brandishing his violin, the Norfolk-based musician creates lush melodies that are soft and dream-like, accentuated by Asian undertones and complemented by upbeat electric riffs, melancholy bass chords and thoughtful lyrics. His […]

Clairy Browne and the Bangin’ Rackettes bring their groove to the Southern on Monday. Photo credit: Jo Duck

ARTS Pick: Clairy Browne and the Bangin’ Rackettes

If there’s one thing that Clairy Browne and the Bangin’ Rackettes prove, it’s that music always benefits from a little attitude. Their sound captures a swanky sense of fun from the blues era, delivering a healthy kick that wakes the soul to an experience beyond clichés and catchy hooks. Supported by a classic trio of […]

The Pat Metheny Unity Group carries jazz forward at the Paramount on Sunday. Photo credit: Jimmy Katz

ARTS Pick: Pat Metheny

Legendary guitarist and composer Pat Metheny has been on the scene since 1976’s Bright Size Life (his seminal debut with bassist Jaco Pastorious and drummer Bob Moses) and has toured continuously for decades. His is a rich, fluid, and conceptually ambitious tone, colored by influences as wide-ranging as the swing of Wes Montgomery or the […]

A Richard Williams-designed home connects its inhabitants to the landscape. Photo: Stephen Barling

From the editor-at-large: In context

It was autumn, and I had just moved to Charlottesville late that summer to embark upon the second phase of architecture school. I was thrilled, humbled, and full of optimism. Back then, I kept a paper map of North Carolina in my car. It had torn edges, crisp, hair-thin folds, and palimpsest markings of journeys […]

Project Pat brings the beats of southern hip-hop from Memphis to the Main Street Annex on Friday. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Project Pat

Rap lovers know that the best beats come from hard-hitting rhythms coupled with solid flows of raw lyrics. That’s why Project Pat remains a standout of the genre. The brother of Three 6 Mafia member Juicy J, Pat gives fans exactly what they want; a steady roll of unabashed rap glory. Characterized by a pulsing […]

Get On Up fills the big screen with the larger than life antics of soul legend James Brown portrayed by Chadwick Boseman. Photo credit: Universal Pictures

Film review: James Brown biopic gets it right

Get On Up is the best possible film of an inherently mediocre genre: the biopic. Most biopics render themselves obsolete by failing to admit that when a person is famous, we almost always know the most interesting thing about them because that thing is the reason they’re famous in the first place. Whether the subject […]