C-VILLE Writers



Mozart’s heartfelt comedy, Così fan tutte, kicks off Ash Lawn Opera’s summer session on Sunday, starring principal Mireille Asselin as Despina. Publicity photo.

ARTS Pick: Così fan tutte

It began in Austria in 1790 with Wolfgang Mozart and an idea for a comedy, and more than 200 years later audiences still flock to see Così fan tutte, in which two young couples discover the fickleness of attraction after deciding to test the fidelity of their finacées. Directed by the Washington National Opera’s Andrea […]

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ARTS Pick: Disco Risqué

A guitarist, drummer, bassist and trumpeter walk onto a stage. Separately they are talented musicians; together they are Disco Risqué, a unique collaboration of funk and rock ‘n’ roll emanating from bizarre personalities and experiences. Formed in Charlottesville in 2014 with the mission to “take over the world one sweaty, beautiful, borderline-psychotic music-lover at a […]

New Dean Risa Goluboff clerked under Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer and knows the best barbecue and catfish joints in the South.
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In brief: New dean, carnal knowledge, bobcat attack and more

UVA Law’s first female dean Law school professor Risa Goluboff became the UVA School of Law’s first lady dean in the history of the almost 200-year-old law school July 1. Violet Crown favors eminent domain Violet Crown Cinema CEO Bill Banowsky chastised Downtown Business Association of Charlottesville chair George Benford for the June 22 DBAC […]

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Celebrate the Fourth of July with a bang

The best thing about staying in town for the long July 4th weekend is that you can’t wave a sparkler without hitting a parade, concert or fireworks display. What follows is a list of some our favorite Independence Day happenings. July 1-4 July 4th Jubilee: The United States is having a birthday, and Wintergreen Resort is […]

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In brief: Bad tantrum, McDonnell lucks out and more

Twins tragedy An encounter between Louisa twins Ron and Tron Jasper and Charlottesville twins Jarreau and Rahsaan Reid last September at Cavalier Crossing apartments resulted in a first-degree murder conviction June 21 of Ron Jasper, 30, for the death of Rahsaan Reid, 26. Jasper said he shot Reid in the face in self-defense. The jury […]

Heritage Theatre Festival opens its 42nd year with the Gilbert and Sullivan classic The Pirates of Penzance. Photo: Michael Bailey

ARTS Pick: The Pirates of Penzance

Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Pirates of Penzance brings the high seas into the theater as young Frederic battles a group of pirates that has been holding him in servitude. “You can’t really go wrong with pirates, and these happen to be particularly entertaining ones,” says director Colleen Kelly. The accompanying music is artfully arranged and […]

Our annual look at Charlottesville's movers and shakers.

The Power Issue

Discussions for this year’s list of the most powerful in Charlottesville turned not toward one particular person but an entity that truly affects Charlottesvillians’ daily lives—the Virginia Department of Transportation. Don’t worry, you’ll still see some familiar faces (last year’s power-topper Mark Brown remains embroiled in a battle with the city over the Water Street Parking Garage), […]

Celebrate July 4th at Monticello's naturalization ceremony, run the Kiwanis Independence Day 5k, enjoy Hawaiian eats at the Aloha-rt Social Party and more. Photo: Jack Looney

Living Picks: To-do this week

Family     Happy birthday, America A community celebration for America’s birthday includes food, cider, wine, a bike parade, games and live music. The orchard will remain open late for viewing fireworks. Monday, 7/4. Free, 9am-9:30pm. Carter Mountain Orchard, 1435 Carters Mountain Trl. 977-1833. Nonprofit 4th of July at Monticello Larry Sabato, founder and director of the UVA […]

The Charlottesville Municipal band plays a day-after show following its annual July 4 concert at Monticello's naturalization ceremony. Photo: Jack Looney

ARTS Pick: Charlottesville Municipal Band

Ninety-four seasons of saxophones, winds and trombones later, the Charlottesville Municipal Band continues to bring joy to the community. The group of more than 90 men and women has grown exponentially from it inception in 1922, but maintains its commitment to sharing its love of music with others. Fresh off its annual July 4 concert […]

Stinson Vineyards’ Bandol, France-style rosé is made from the few mourvèdre grapes found in Virginia. Photo: Ryan Jones

Local rosé is a refreshing summer choice

Rosé wine can be made a few different ways. Some winemakers harvest grapes specifically for rosé and press them, keeping them on the skins for a short period. Other winemakers press their red wine harvest, and bleed off some of the initial pink-colored juice to ferment separately as rosé. This technique, called saignée, a word […]

Jason Ring merges jazz with classic bluegrass at The Whiskey Jar on Saturday. Photo: Alan Grossman

ARTS Pick: Jason Ring

Growing up in southwestern Virginia with no shortage of bluegrass influences to choose from, Jason Ring didn’t see the need to pick just one. Since the age of 5, Ring has been putting his own twist on the blues using the fast, smooth scat of his “mouth trumpet” and flaming fingers on guitar, banjo, mandolin, […]

Local band pays tribute to the late Prince in a show that benefits the Music Resource Center. Photo: Courtesy of artists

ARTS Pick: Cville’s Purple All Stars

When the world lost music phenom Prince on April 21, the tributes were instantaneous thanks to social media and the emotional connection he inspired in his fans. Cville’s Purple All Stars took time to contemplate the loss, brushed up on the superstar’s greatest hits and will put their reverence into a concert to benefit the […]

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July First Fridays Guide

Textile artist Tobiah Mundt captures and encases her fears and anxieties in sculpted form by exploring different methods of textiles, primarily needle felting. Her creatures, made from raw wool combined with natural and man-made objects, convey and illicit emotion. Mundt’s wool sculptures are poked thousands of times with a barbed needle, compacting the wool into […]

Drawing comparisons to The Avett Brothers and Jason Isbell, the Will Overman Band has generated a huge fanbase and lots of buzz about what’s next. See them at Fridays After Five this week. Photo: Publicity photo

The imminent rise of the Will Overman Band

While playing an album release show at the Southern on June 4, the five members of local amped-up folk-rock outfit Will Overman Band stepped off the stage and into the crowd to perform an acoustic rendition of the song “Ode to Virginia.” “We plopped down in the middle of the crowd and they formed a […]

ARTS Pick: We Were Pirates

ARTS Pick: We Were Pirates

We Were Pirates brainchild Mike Boggs leaves nothing to chance when he takes the stage. The multi-instrumentalist has been known to play guitar, keys and drums, in addition to singing lead vocals during the band’s performances. Boggs’ songs are pure pop that works nicely for film soundtracks like the documentary Dear Mr. Watterson, and they’re […]

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In brief: Weddings cash cow, DUI checkpoint and more

It could have been worse While Richmond saw widespread damage from the June 16 storm and had more than 150,000 without power, Charlottesville was relatively unscathed, except for the Gordon Avenue house that had a tree come down on top of it, according to an NBC29 report. It could have been worse, part 2 A […]

Local hip-hop artist Quin Bookz features his latest release, The Corner in his show at M&M Lounge and Restaurant on Friday. Photo: Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Quin Bookz

Local hip-hop artist Quin Bookz first gained traction after making the mixtape Study Hall in a dorm room closet while attending Virginia State University. His raw, lackadaisical rhymes are described as “the rebel off-spring of trap music.” With his latest release, The Corner, his YouTube views are passing the 200,000 mark and the rap music […]

The Virginia Film Festival's Moonlight Movies Series continues with a screening of the 1965 teen film Beach Blanket Bingo. Photo: Courtesy Virginia Film Festival

ARTS Pick: Beach Blanket Bingo

The modern convenience of food trucks and a WTJU DJ accompany the Virginia Film Festival’s Moonlight Movies screening of the 1965 teen flick Beach Blanket Bingo. A singer’s agent uses publicity stunts against her will, so Frankie Avalon and his gang of beachgoers must save the day in the fifth installment of the “Frankie and […]

Get the scoop on the latest releases from Glenn Jones, Holger Czukay and Free Pizza in this week's album reviews. Photo: File photo

Album reviews: Glenn Jones, Holger Czukay, Free Pizza

Finding the way Glenn Jones Fleeting (Thrill Jockey) In the early ’90s, as a member of the mostly instrumental group Cul de Sac, Glenn Jones helped point out the possibilities of combining vernacular acoustic guitar styles with krautrock and surf music. In another way, the group transferred John Fahey’s visionary ethos to a full-band setup—and […]

Sister duo The Hello Strangers mesmerizes with the rare, haunting harmonies that occur when siblings blend their voices. They perform at The Garage on Saturday. Photo: Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: The Hello Strangers

Tales of men gone wrong and long-forgotten fables litter the songs of sisters Brechyn Chace and Larissa Chace Smith, who perform as The Hello Strangers. From Austin, Texas, where the two wrote their first song, to their current home in the mountains of Pennsylvania, the pair remain true to their roots with a style they […]

UVA’s science and engineering grad school a cappella group celebrates the desire to sing out, no matter one’s day job. Photo: Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: The First Harmonics

It’s common knowledge on UVA Grounds that a cappella groups are selective. Whether you’re the Hullabahoos or The Virginia No Tones, each group is looking for something specific. The First Harmonics require a solid voice, stage presence and the exclusive “science and engineering grad school student” title. These self-proclaimed nerds perform a mix of old […]

The Temptations continue to deliver classic soul decades after it owned the music charts of the 1960s. Photo: Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: The Temptations

Motown R&B sensation The Temptations topped the music charts of the 1960s with their unmistakable sound of soul. More than 40 years later, with many changes in lineup since the first “classic five,” Otis Williams still takes the stage as the last surviving original member of the group that launched its career with the Smokey […]

Anthony D’Amato turns heartbreak into cheery folk on Cold Snap, his rhythmically excellent third album. Photo: Meredith Truax

ARTS Pick: Anthony D’Amato

The latest from Americana singer-songwriter Anthony D’Amato, Cold Snap is a far cry from his first release, the album he recorded in his Princeton University dorm room. Cold Snap is a beautiful collection of sophisticated sounds and decisive melodies that channels Simon & Garfunkel and Bruce Springsteen at the same time. He crafts lyrics of […]

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In brief: STAB sex scandal, sacred corn and more

St. Anne’s-Belfield sex scandal Former coach LeRoy Tyvienne Hurd, 36, was sentenced to three years in prison June 8 for using a computer to solicit a 17-year-old student in 2014, despite the alleged victim, now 19, sending a letter to Judge Cheryl Higgins with her wishes he not be prosecuted, according to the Daily Progress. The […]

Post Sixty Five plays lush, beautiful, guitar-driven rock at the Twisted Branch Tea Bazaar on June 17. Photo: Martyn Kyle

Post Sixty Five rides an undercurrent of emotional energy

Before a recent Post Sixty Five band practice, frontman Hicham Benhallam sat on a patch of grass outside the rehearsal space and stared into the trees nearby. The muggy June air blurred his vision, so he took off his dark-framed glasses and blinked a few times before acknowledging that there was no relief from the […]