C-VILLE Writers



The Central Virginia Electric Cooperative’s use of inspection drones presents opportunities for advancement as well as concerns about privacy. Photo courtesy PrecisionHawk

Inspector gadget: CVEC deploys its first survey drones

By Jonathan Haynes This year’s transmission line inspection from the Central Virginia Electric Cooperative was decidedly more low-key than in previous efforts, when the company used a piloted helicopter to make the rounds. In fact, local residents likely have no idea the weeks-long process was taking place, as CVEC deployed an unmanned aerial system to […]

Camp Howard. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Camp Howard shows its range

In a glut of similar indie-rock groups, Camp Howard is most memorable for its range. The four-piece from Richmond doesn’t stick to one sound as many comparable bands tend to do, instead it jumps from inoffensive, beachy jams to harder-edged, punk-influenced tracks in the style of Wavves and Cloud Nothings. Stray Fossa, Sweet Tooth and Films […]

Dining out can benefit more than your stomach: Mention Charlottesville-Albemarle SPCA on July 12, and 10 percent of your check at Bonefish Grill will go to animals-in-need.

Living Picks: Week of July 11-17

Nonprofit CASPCA benefit Thursday, July 12 Dining out can benefit more than your stomach: Mention Charlottesville-Albemarle SPCA on July 12, and 10 percent of your check at Bonefish Grill will go to animals-in-need. Price varies, 11am-10pm. Bonefish Grill, 269 Connor Dr. 975-3474. Food & Drink Anniversary party Saturday, July 14 Albemarle CiderWorks is hosting a […]

Eilen Jewell. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Eilen Jewell easily shifts from jazz to folk

Eilen Jewell’s music wouldn’t be out of place in a smoky nightclub, but it would sound just as natural in a barn full of slow-dancing Southerners. Her tunes have an interesting dichotomy that’s equal parts Billie Holiday and Loretta Lynn, shifting effortlessly from jazz to folk, often within the same track, and surprising listeners with […]

Gina and Mark Thompson want the Brewing Tree Company to be an inviting spot for locals looking for good beer. Photo by Jeffery Gleason.

Virginia craft beer pioneer focuses on the people

By Jenny Gardiner and Sashank Sankar It seems that thinking small is the key for Charlottesville native Mark Thompson and his wife, Gina, who recently opened Brewing Tree Beer Company on the Brew Ridge Trail, in Nelson County. Thompson, who co-founded Starr Hill Brewery (the second-oldest craft brewery in the state) nearly 20 years ago […]

ARTS Pick: Cry-Baby: The Musical

ARTS Pick: Cry-Baby: The Musical

Imagine Romeo and Juliet in an urban, 1950s setting. You’re probably thinking of West Side Story—now replace that play’s tragic elements with absurdist comedy the way only John Waters could write it, and you get Cry-Baby: The Musical, a stage adaptation of the Waters rom-com. Featuring the classic star-crossed lovers plot with some subversive twists, […]

Harvey gained notoriety through the 1950 Jimmy Stewart film, but the unusual comedy was originally written and performed as a Broadway play. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Harvey is a hare-brained tale

Harvey gained notoriety through the 1950 Jimmy Stewart film, but the unusual comedy was originally written and performed as a Broadway play. Elwood P. Dowd is the protagonist, whose best friend is also the title character—a 6’3″ rabbit that only he can see. Dowd’s overbearing sister Veta attempts to cure her sibling of his apparent […]

Kurt Vile has been compared to Neil Young, and for good reason—his meandering tracks have similar brands of folk and rock, and the lyrics cover themes of self-discovery and introspection that hearken to Young’s earlier albums. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Kurt Vile brings the futuristic folk

Listening to the music of Kurt Vile and the Violators is a lot like taking a trip without a clear destination in mind. The hazy-voiced lead singer has been compared to Neil Young, and for good reason—his meandering tracks have similar brands of folk and rock, and the lyrics cover themes of self-discovery and introspection […]

Trey Anastasio's three-piece incarnation performs a blend of Phish classics and solo work swirled together to satisfy phans of all decades. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Trey Anastasio Trio ready to jam out

If the Trey Anastasio Trio doesn’t ring a bell, Phish will connect the dots—and hopefully not just for the Ben & Jerry’s ice cream flavor named after the band. Anastasio is a founding member of the jam-rock dynamo, and solo he’s dabbled in nearly every field of music, from playing in symphony orchestras to writing […]

Zoe Speas stars as the overconfident protagonist in this faithful adaptation of one of Austen’s greatest works. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Emma, the beloved misguided matchmaker

Though Jane Austen originally wrote Emma as a novel, the story feels like it was made for the stage. This famously witty comedy of manners focuses on the title character and her frustrating but hilarious attempts to play matchmaker in her friends’ lives, while romance for the hard-to-love Emma herself shows up in unexpected ways. Zoe […]

Monticello's naturalization ceremony. Photo by Jack Looney

LIVING Picks: July 4-10

Food & Drink ’90s summer brunch Sunday, July 8 Break out your scrunchies and slap bracelets and enjoy throwback ’90s covers from Supervixen during a brunch with killer views. Admission is free; food available for purchase, 11am-2pm. Carter Mountain Orchard, 1435 Carters Mountain Trail. 977-1833. Family Independence Day celebration Wednesday, July 4 Come to Monticello […]

Quality Pie, in the former Spudnuts space on Avon Street, is dishing out sweet and savory pies, as well as grain bowls and sandwiches, such as an octopus bahn mi. Photo by Martyn Kyle

Sugar Shack and Quality Pie sweeten the deal

By Jenny Gardiner The recent summer heat seems to demand curative sweets to help temper the constant weather discomforts. Luckily, sugary treats (and more!) are featured on the menu at two new Charlottesville eateries opening this week. If you’re like Homer Simpson (and who isn’t?), you probably live for your next delicious donut. Fortunately, Sugar […]

A Virginia Humanities series addressed Charlottesville’s dark past and featured a panel that included moderators Samantha Willis and Justin Reid, with members Mayor Nikuyah Walker, Niya Bates, Jordy Yager and Zyahna Bryant.

Eze Amos

Removing the mask: Series unveils racial issues within the community

By Jonathan Haynes A little backstory: Charlottesville began as a plantation community with slavery as its foundational industry. Racial violence did not stop after Emancipation, but continued with lynchings and segregation, according to Monticello historian Niya Bates. The University of Virginia, she adds, was a big proponent of scientific racism at the turn of the […]

Holiday hits: Fourth of July

Holiday hits: Fourth of July

This week you won’t be able to wave a sparkler without hitting a parade, concert or fireworks display. Here’s a list of some our favorite Independence Day happenings. June 29-July 4 July 4th Jubilee The United States is having a birthday and Wintergreen Resort is hosting a four-day celebration with live music, a bonfire, arts […]

Photo: Ashley Twiggs

Grease lightning: 20 ways to get oiled up for summer

This may not be your quickest path to a bikini body, but how ya gonna argue with fried chicken? Or fried pickles? Or fried Oreos, for that matter? This issue, we’re taking a deep dive into hot oil (metaphorically, of course—safety first!), with a hefty helping of greasy, crispy, fatty treats to satisfy your most […]

ARTS Pick: The Sea The Sea puts us at ease

ARTS Pick: The Sea The Sea puts us at ease

The Sea The Sea. Saying its name out loud has the effect of an incantation or a lullaby, similar to the experience of listening to the group’s music. Vocalists Chuck E. Costa and Mira Stanley croon in unison on tracks of love, faith and common threads, while soft chords loop in the background forming peacefully […]

ARTS Pick: Soggy Po’ Boys bring the NOLA sound

ARTS Pick: Soggy Po’ Boys bring the NOLA sound

The Soggy Po’ Boys are a lot more appetizing than they sound. The six-man band formed in New Hampshire, but its members are firmly rooted in the ways of NOLA jazz, from vintage outfits to the instruments themselves—among them a piano, two saxophones and a stand-up bass that looks straight out of a 1960s club. […]

ARTS Pick: Disco Risqué defies categories

ARTS Pick: Disco Risqué defies categories

Disco Risqué’s mission? “To take over the world one sweaty, borderline-psychotic-music lover at a time.” Their method? Creating and performing some of the most high-energy, hard-to-categorize music in Charlottesville. Imagine George Clinton on his angriest day, combined with Santana-esque riffs at triple their normal speed, and you can start to appreciate what the group does […]

ARTS Pick: Charlottesville Municipal Band gives summer concert

ARTS Pick: Charlottesville Municipal Band gives summer concert

While strolling the Downtown Mall this summer, you may encounter an enormous bass drum with “FREE CONCERT TONIGHT” emblazoned across the head. This refers to the Charlottesville Municipal Band, a group whose performances are as impressive and larger-than-life as its advertisement. Now in its 96th season, the band offers widely appealing events, such as the […]

LIVING Picks: Week of June 27-July 3

LIVING Picks: Week of June 27-July 3

Food & Drink Murder in the Vineyards Saturday, June 30 DuCard Vineyards is hosting a catered dinner and a show, during which guests will have to solve a mystery before the night is over. $79, 6:30pm. DuCard Vineyards, 40 Gibson Hollow Ln., Etlan. (540) 923-4206. Family Crozet Independence Day celebration Saturday, June 30 The Crozet […]

Order Up!, located on the Downtown Mall at the Third Street SE intersection, serves typical grill foods like burgers, hot dogs and more. Photo by Tristan Williams.

Order Up! fills mobile lunch spot on the Downtown Mall

By Sam Padgett and Erin O’Hare Food cart Order Up!—not to be confused with Grubhub’s predecessor, OrderUp—recently set up shop in the former Catch the Chef spot on the Downtown Mall at the Third Street SE intersection, next to Virginia National Bank. Owners Max and Troy Robinson, who have operated the food cart for a […]