C-VILLE Writers



After the torch-lit white supremacist march through Grounds on August 11, thousands of members of the UVA and Charlottesville communities came together to reclaim the space with a candlelight vigil on the Lawn five days later. Photo by Eze Amos

The UVA Issue: Grounds for change

With a turbulent start to the school year, the University of Virginia undoubtedly looks a little different than it did last spring. Although outgoing President Teresa Sullivan and the UVA administration were criticized for not doing more to protect members of the university community from last summer’s white supremacist torch-lit march, the events of August […]

The actors will appear to have left the screen when Charming Underclothes performance group takes on the movie Clue in a shadowcast. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Get a Clue

The actors will appear to have left the screen when Charming Underclothes performance group takes on the movie Clue in a shadowcast. Dinner and drinks lead to a murder spree in the cinematic version of the popular board game, and the Reel to Real production company adds another dimension with actors in full costume, props, […]

On its new self-titled release, Restroy combines grunge, electronic, classical and mbira music into avant-garde compositions. Photo by Amy Jackson

ARTS Pick: Restroy releases self-titled debut

It’s more than a push of a button when Restroy’s Chris Damman sends a wave of electricity through his carefully composed cello numbers. Despite using electronic drones and noise, the acoustic instrument is the foundation of sound for Damman, who is so physically in tune with his cello that it’s actually changed his posture. On […]

If you’re on the Corner at 2am (we know, us either), beware the long lines at Littlejohn’s, which is often teeming with hungry students who just spilled out of nearby bars. Rammelkamp Foto

Cornering the market: A Hoos who of late-night student haunts

By Ben Hitchcock and Gracie Kreth It’s 1:44am on a Friday. All is quiet, but in a few minutes, everything will change when popular student watering holes Trinity, Boylan Heights, Coupes’ and other Corner bars flip on the lights, signaling the end of night. But just because the drinks have stopped flowing, that doesn’t mean […]

Don’t be a chicken: Enter your best recipe in the fried chicken and pie contests for a chance to win a cash prize at the Gordonsville Fried Chicken Festival.

LIVING Picks: Week of May 16-22

FAMILY Family Bike Fest Sunday, May 20 The whole family can enjoy a strider course, bicycle decorating station and bike-handling skill courses for riders of all ages. Blue Wheel Bicycles will provide free helmet and bike safety checks for participants. Free, 10am-2pm. IX Art Park, 522 Second St. 977-1870. NONPROFIT Wine and Roses Saturday, May […]

Eleven albums later, and five years since the last, the Chicago-based synthy (now a) trio The Sea and Cake steps away from heavy production on Any Day to explore life without founding bassist Eric Claridge, while retaining the buoyant, skip-along heart lifters that can be labeled without malice as easy listening indie tunes. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: The Sea and Cake makes the listening easy

Formed in the early ’90s, The Sea and Cake derived its name from the song “The C in Cake,” and, based on misheard lyrics, set the tone for its enigmatic jazz rock. Eleven albums later, and five years since the last, the Chicago-based synthy (now a) trio steps away from heavy production on Any Day […]

The villainous, witty Dorante (Mark McLane) charms his way into impossibly funny situations that teeter on the brink of disaster, but all stack up in the end in Live Arts' production of The Liar. Photo by Martyn Kyle

ARTS Pick: The Liar is riddled with wit

Piecing together a Jenga-style puzzle of arranged marriages, mistaken identities and wicked ways, David Ives’ adaptation of The Liar is a cleverly constructed ride through a plot riddled with cutting banter, silliness, jealousy and lies, lies and more lies. The villainous, witty Dorante (Mark McLane) charms his way into impossibly funny situations that teeter on […]

Four-time WNBA champion Tina Thompson spent three years as an assistant coach at the University of Texas before accepting the job as UVA Women’s Basketball head coach. Courtesy University of Texas

Tina Thompson says she’s ready to take the lead at UVA

By Emma D’Arpino When Tina Thompson was named head coach of the Virginia women’s basketball team in April, amid the excitement of landing the soon-to-be Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Famer, there were questions about whether the star was ready for the job after only a few seasons of assistant coaching at the University of […]

UVA graduate and drama major Jenny Wales’ first production season as artistic director of the Heritage Theatre Festival includes A Chorus Line, Harvey and The Mountaintop. Photo by Martyn Kyle

Jenny Wales ushers in a new era at Heritage Theatre Festival

By Dan Goff arts@c-ville.com It’s a Friday afternoon at Grit Coffee on Elliewood Avenue. Jenny Wales sits at an outdoor table, one of the few open seats. Finals are fast approaching and the shop is swarming with students. Wales doesn’t seem to mind, and, in fact, seems perfectly at ease—she’s home. “This is my 20-year […]

Well-known in the world of bluegrass, banjoist Gina Clowes’ modern approach reaches to crossover as she pushes mood and emotion through the frets, complemented by her thoughtfully constructed songwriting. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: The Gina Clowes Project puts modern spin on the banjo

The solid accolades directed at The Gina Clowes Project are the result of the singer-songwriter’s years spent at competitions and gigging with other pros. Well-known in the world of bluegrass, banjoist Clowes’ modern approach reaches to crossover as she pushes mood and emotion through the frets, complemented by her thoughtfully constructed songwriting. Friday, May 11. […]

DiFranco’s album Binary was released a year ago, but written before the 2016 election, and its themes are eerily clairvoyant. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Ani DiFranco loves pushing boundaries

Ani DiFranco feels most comfortable when she’s pushing boundaries. After some downtime following her daughter’s birth, the singer-songwriter/activist/poet/DIY feminist is ready to be back onstage, connecting with like minds and “kicking ass and taking names.” DiFranco’s album Binary was released a year ago, but written before the 2016 election, and its themes are eerily clairvoyant. “I’m […]

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ARTS Pick: Jump for Vance Joy

In 2009, James Keogh was a promising player in Australia’s Victorian Football League. He also played music, and, taking an alias from a Peter Carey novel he was reading, put himself into rotation in the Melbourne open mic scene as Vance Joy. He released his indie debut EP, God Loves You When You’re Dancing, in […]

Get breathless from laughing, when Antoine Scott performs at The Jefferson School African American Heritage Center on Saturday. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Antoine Scott will keep you laughing

If it’s your goal to keep mama happy this Mother’s Day weekend—and it better be—then comedian Antoine Scott has you covered. Scott built a reputation for delivering beyond expectations in comedy clubs around the country. Fans say he leaves them gasping from laughter and they call him one of the funniest raw comics of all […]

Designers and vendors featured in this year’s Design House in Wind River showcase the latest in interior design techniques, and offer inspiring ideas for homes. Proceeds benefit the Shelter for Help in Emergency.

LIVING Picks: Week of May 9-15

FAMILY Mother’s Day Music Festival Saturday, May 12 Tandem Friends School hosts its annual Mother’s Day Music Festival featuring tunes, food, drink and activities for all ages. $7 (moms get in free), 2-8pm. Tandem Friends School, 279 Tandem Ln. 296-1303. NONPROFIT SHE Design House Through May 20 Designers and vendors featured in this year’s Design […]

Part musical, part puppet show, the audience goes along for the ride in Avenue Q as Princeton discovers that his nice neighborhood friends are anything but ordinary. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Go along for the entertaining ride in Avenue Q

Part puppet show, part musical, Avenue Q is about a recent college grad named Princeton, who moves into a rundown apartment in New York City. Written by Jeff Marx and Robert Lopez, and based on the book by Jeff Whitty, the audience goes along for the ride as Princeton discovers that his nice neighborhood friends […]

Energy and style, from smooth lead guitar riffs to driven bass lines held steady by slick rhythms, are the keys to Swimming with Bears' feel-good soul. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Swimming With Bears is a good idea

Alternative four-piece Swimming With Bears is on a mission. The Austin-based group has been tirelessly honing its groovy sound since releasing its self-titled debut EP in 2016. Energy and style, from smooth lead guitar riffs to driven bass lines held steady by slick rhythms, are the keys to SWB’s feel-good soul. The new single “French […]

With a blend of American folk and styles rooted in Latin America, Calexico, named for the southern border town in California, has a distinctive, playful sound. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Calexico holds the line

With a blend of American folk and styles rooted in Latin America, Calexico, named for the southern border town in California, has a distinctive, playful sound. Vocalist/guitarist Joey Burns and John Convertino use Tex-Mex indie rock to approach current issues through melodies and lyrics. The band’s impassioned ninth album, The Thread That Keeps Us, is […]

Chelsea Steiniger was in Charlottesville Albemarle Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court as the alleged victim of an assault.
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Mark Weiner accuser in court again

The woman whose accusations jailed former Food Lion manager Mark Weiner for two and a half years before he was released, and led to the defeat of then-commonwealth’s attorney Denise Lunsford in 2015 was in court April 27. Chelsea Steiniger accused Michael Mills, the father of her two children, of punching her on February 15. […]

CHO’s new jet bridges make is easier for passengers with limited mobility to get on and off airplanes.
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The next steps: CHO’s got its passengers covered

By Jeanne Nicholson Siler April showers have finally brought May flowers, but any time it’s precipitating at the Charlottesville Albemarle Airport, some passengers boarding or leaving airplanes will have a dry passage—at least part of the way. The airport purchased four portable jet bridges—covered ramps—earlier this year to eliminate the movable steps between a plane […]

Jason Kessler's visits to the UVA law library have not been welcomed. Now non-students are not allowed until exams are over.
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Kessler alert: UVA law library hits the books in search of ban

By Natalie Jacobsen A tale of two incidents at the University of Virginia School of Law library has prompted the administration to restrict access to students-only for the exam period, which ends May 11. On April 18, Charlottesville’s embattled whites-righter, Jason Kessler, entered the school’s library and plopped down in a central location to do […]

The National plays the Pavilion on Monday. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: The National balances darkness and light

Known as a band that details its personal evolution and society’s ills through the somber delivery of cryptic lyrics, The National is often pigeonholed as brooding and melancholy. But its obsessive fanbase, officially named Cherry Tree, finds optimism, hidden messages and even tattoos (of lyrics) in the euphoric undercurrent of the group’s music. Tracks on […]