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John Lilly is known for his mastery of songwriting and yodeling. Come see him belt it out at C’ville Coffee on Sunday. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: John Lilly

Long lauded as a lighthearted Hank Williams, award-winning singer-songwriter John Lilly strums original country compositions on acoustic guitar and mandolin that would satisfy any folk lover’s Americana thirst. Chicago-born and West Virginia-based, Lilly has six albums under his belt and tours internationally both solo and with the band Blue Yonder. This intimate concert with Lorie […]

Charlottesville Ballet brings Russian fairytale The Firebird to life this weekend. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: The Firebird

Immerse yourself in the classic dance spectacle story of The Firebird in a special adapted production by Charlottesville Ballet featuring 20 professional local dancers and over 50 area students. Originally choreographed and set to music by Igor Stravinsky more than a century ago, this ballet follows the romance of Prince Ivan and Princess Katerina, brought together […]

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Crozet man charged in fatal Augusta crash

A Crozet resident has been charged with two counts of DUI manslaughter and failure to yield stemming from an April 20 car crash in Augusta County that claimed the lives of a Waynesboro mother and daughter. According to a release from the Virginia State Police, a 2001 Pontiac Grand Am was westbound on Route 250 […]

C-VILLE editor-in-chief Courteney Stuart and news editor Graelyn Brashear with the paper's two "best in show" awards at Saturday's Virginia Press Association banquet in Roanoke. The staff took home 11 awards, plus the two additional accolades, which are given to top entries in several publication categories. Photo courtesy VPA

C-VILLE honored at 2015 Virginia Press Association awards

In its first time entering the Virginia Press Association Awards competition in more than a decade, C-VILLE Weekly walked away with 11 awards, as well as two additional “best in show” nods. In selecting news editor Graelyn Brashear’s July 9, 2014, story “From cancer center to courtroom” as the best in show for non-daily writing, […]

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Snoop Dogg at the nTelos Pavilion

On an overcast Wednesday night, April 15, thousands gathered at the nTelos Pavilion to take in the laid back, California grooves of Snoop Dogg. His set list, an artfully put together collection, encompassed his whole career. From harder classics like “Gin and Juice” on his first major album Doggystyle  to his more lighthearted work with […]

Writhe through two jam-fueled nights with Lotus as they venue hop from the Jefferson on Friday to the Pavilion on Saturday. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Lotus

Wrapping up the spring leg of its Gilded Age tour with two C’ville shows, jamtronica five-piece group Lotus pairs classic rock sounds in the vein of The Allman Brothers Band and The Grateful Dead with modern dance beats. The Indiana-based band has built a vast underground following since its formation in 1999, becoming known for […]

Anyone’s Guess lead singer, bass player and former resident Sanja Jovanovic said she can’t wait to return to Charlottesville, “and is also really excited about having a cup of coffee at the Mudhouse.” Brew it extra strong on Thursday when the band plays Fellini’s #9.
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ARTS Pick: Anyone’s Guess

Power rock trio Anyone’s Guess is currently based in Florida, but it’s a C’ville connection that shapes the band’s intensity. Frontwoman and former Bosnian refugee Sanja Jovanovic attended Charlottesville High School after assistance from the International Rescue Committee made it possible for her to come to America in 2002. Jovanovic made use of the local […]

The fight is on to save Sweet Briar College in Amherst. Photo by Norm Shafer

Judge agrees to hear motion to block Sweet Briar closure

It’s been a good week for the activists trying to keep Sweet Briar College from closing. Nearly six weeks after the Amherst County college’s board of directors announced it planned to shutter the school at the end of the spring semester, the nonprofit Saving Sweet Briar announced it had raised $10 million in pledges from […]

One of the most colorful hip-hop icons of the last two decades, Snoop Dogg returns to party at the Pavilion on Wednesday. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Snoop Dogg

Fo shizzle Charlottes-vizzle. Rapper, producer, actor, activist and all around icon Snoop Dogg commands the stage with his smooth rhymes and patented swagger. Snoop’s catalog stretches over twenty years and thirteen albums, breaking through with hits like “Nuthin’ But A ‘G’ Thang,” “Gin & Juice,” “Drop It Like It’s Hot” and his most recent, “Peaches and […]

Sol Driven Train pulls into the Southern to unload its high-energy dance party on Tuesday. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Sol Driven Train

Sol Driven Train’s musical psyche has been self-diagnosed with “sonic schizophrenia.” Citing influences from Paul Simon and John Prine, to New Orleans jazz, Caribbean island-rock and Afro-beat, the group has amassed a loyal fan base through its musical diversity. The band members first jammed together in their middle school music room, and formed a strong […]

John Kelly performs along with other local notables in the Six Pack Songwriter Series concert at the Paramount on Friday. Photo: Tim McDaniel

ARTS Pick: Six Pack Songwriter Series

Founded in 2013 by Jason Burke, the quarterly Six Pack Songwriter Series hosts a lineup of native Virginia musicians with diverse acoustic styles and subject matter. This time around, the series takes the stage in a bigger venue and places past participants John Kelly, Justin Storer, Michael Coleman, Sue Harlow, Susan Munson and Thomas Gunn […]

The multi-talented Rhiannon Giddens unveils her solo work, a homage to female voices, in a benefit concert for the Music Resource Center. Photo: Dan Winters

ARTS Pick: Rhiannon Giddens

After spending several years reviving the time-tested tradition of the African-American string band with the Grammy-winning Carolina Chocolate Drops, vocalist, violinist and banjo player Rhiannon Giddens is breathing new life into early ’60s folk with her first solo effort. Her debut album, Tomorrow is My Turn, dropped this past February and showcases Giddens’ R&B-influenced interpretations of classics […]

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Best of C-VILLE’s going mobile!  Now you can nominate your favorite people, places and things from anywhere with the new Best of C-VILLE app. Text “BESTOFCVILLE” to 313131 to download it to your phone. Don’t want to use your phone? Don’t worry, you’ll still be able to nominate your favorites on our website, by going […]

GRiZ keeps listeners moving with his solid beats and shifting melodies on Tuesday at the Jefferson. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: GRiZ

Grant Kwiecinski aka GRiZ is only going to get bigger. At age 23, the multi-talented artist has carved out a unique musical niche that’s a little bit of funk, a little bit of rap, a little bit of soulful sax, and it’s all GRiZ’s eclectic sound. His rising popularity landed him on festival stages from Coachella to Red […]

The Murphy Beds entrance listeners with traditional folk, close harmonies and the beautiful imagery of their lyrics. Photo: Anna Colliton

ARTS Pick: The Murphy Beds

Traditional folk duo Eamon O’Leary and Jefferson Hamer (above) sing and play the guitar, bouzouki and mandolin as The Murphy Beds. They draw on experience from Irish and American traditions (O’Leary grew up in Dublin and Hamer has roots in the New York music scene) on numbers like “Rise Up, My Darling,” a folk song […]

Be the first to get your hands on Danny Schmidt’s upcoming release, Owls, on Thursday at the Southern. Photo: Chris Carson

ARTS Pick: Danny Schmidt

Although acclaimed singer-songwriter Danny Schmidt is currently based out of Austin, Texas, his musical career began in Charlottesville. A contemporary of Devon Sproule and Paul Curreri, Schmidt got his start playing The Prism Coffeehouse and The Gravity Lounge, and was named oneof “the 50 most significant songwriters of folk in the last 50 years” by “The Midnight […]

Bridget Rue stars as Mother Bombie in a Shakespearean arranged marriage farce that proves timeless at American Shakespeare Center. Photo: Lindsey Walters

ARTS Pick: Mother Bombie

Mother Bombie is an Elizabethan comedy that tells the timeless story of parents’ fruitless efforts in matchmaking. Plans go awry when two couples are caught in the middle of an arranged marriage scheme. The roller coaster plot features disguises, servant’s antics, awkward teen love and a shocking reveal. With snappy one-liners like, “You must, for […]

Mock rock cyberpunks ONWE come to the Tea Bazaar in order to shame you for your extravagant lifestyle on Monday. Photo: Melissa Cha

ARTS Pick: ONWE

Derisive punk pranksters ONWE make their second local appearance this month at the end of a tour that has booked up and down the East Coast as well as four shows at Austin, Texas’ South by Southwest Festival. Since the 2014 release of the single “Unpaid Internship,” the trio has risen to the summit of […]

Just give me a riesling: The ballad of a misunderstood grape

Just give me a riesling: The ballad of a misunderstood grape

Riesling’s come a long way since the 1970s. After generations of fractured vineyard ownership in the Mosel dating back to Napoleon, the 1970s brought replanting and remapped vineyard ownership. New, sensible roads greatly improved the harvesting process, and many areas planted habitats to attract beneficial birds to the vineyards. Upward creeping temperatures due to climate […]

A powerful representation of hidden modern economies defines London National Theatre’s streaming production of Behind the Beautiful Forevers at the Paramount.
Photo: Richard Hubert Smith

ARTS Pick: Behind the Beautiful Forevers

Pulitzer Prize winner Katherine Boo’s nonfiction masterpiece, Behind the Beautiful Forevers, hits the big screen in a live streamed National Theatre production directed by Rufus Norris. Peek behind the curtain of Mumbai’s luxury travel industry to discover the ambitions of a bevy of slum dwellers: From garbage-trading homemaker Zehrunisa to scholarly Manju to scheming thieves […]