C-VILLE Writers



Florida swamp rockers JJ Grey & Mofro bring out the Southern funk in all of us, live at the Jefferson on Wednesday. Photo: Jim Arbogast

ARTS Pick: JJ Grey & Mofro

Over the past decade, swamp-funk outfit JJ Grey & Mofro has built a solid following and a reputation for intense, intimate performances. The Florida-based band incorporates soul and jazz into tight, guitar-driven original grooves, backed by bluesy basslines and bold brass. Though the group’s latest album Ol’ Glory, has garnered a slew of rave reviews from […]

Clara Belle Wheeler's nomination to the State Board of Elections has been approved by the General Assembly. File photo

Clara Belle Wheeler named to state Electoral Board

A local real estate developer is now one of the top election officials in Virginia. Clara Belle Wheeler was approved by the General Assembly last week as the newest member of the State Board of Elections, which oversees the work of local electoral boards and registrars. Wheeler, a Republican who until this month was the […]

Edwidge Danticat, as a Haitian woman living in the U.S., is a strong voice among the many writers of the Caribbean diaspora. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Edwidge Danticat

Author Edwidge Danticat weaves stories of strong women overcoming hardship and forging new identities in unfamiliar places. Born in Haiti, Danticat moved to Brooklyn when she was 12 years old, and the experience of transporting from one culture to another has since informed her writing, which is dominated by characters that have their feet in […]

The documentary I’m Not Racist… Am I? challenges both its participants and the viewer to think hard about that titular question. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: I’m Not Racist…Am I?

Watch the documentary I’m Not Racist… Am I? and you can’t help but ask yourself  the same question. The story unfolds around 12 students of varying backgrounds who complete a year-long program of workshops and discussions about race and privilege. As they grapple with these issues, the students find their relationships with each other, their […]

Sian Richards breaks away from her twin played by Kara McLane Burke in the original production of The Convolution of Pip and Twig at Live Arts. Photo: Will May

ARTS Pick: The Convolution of Pip and Twig

Observing the fantastic world of The Convolution of Pip and Twig, it’s as if you’ve stepped through the looking glass and into a children’s pop-up book. The minimal, vibrant set uses low tech manipulations, visual metaphor and physical magic to tell a story almost entirely without words, and Performer’s Exchange Project members Sian Richards and […]

The rockin’ techno band ArcAttack will prove that everything about science is awesome at the Paramount on Sunday. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: ArcAttack

The creators of the original singing Tesla coils are ready to blind you with science at ArcAttack. Backed by a robotic drummer, the group of high-tech rock wizards creates a musical spectacle by generating electrical arcs—each reaching up to 12 feet long—that act as instruments, creating synthesizer-like sounds. It’s part rock concert, part science experiment as the […]

North Mississippi Allstars (above) pair up with Anders Osborne for a jam lovers double bill at the Jefferson on Saturday. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: NMO

Featuring acoustic and electric sets, the NMO tour spotlights two giant Southern rock acts in collaboration for an unforgettable evening of guitar-driven madness. North Mississippi Allstars’ Dickinson brothers join Anders Osborne for a showcase of songs from both acts’ catalogs, offering fans an intimate evening with rock ‘n’ roll powerhouses that, until now, has only been […]

Smirnov (Evan Bergman, left) tries to teach Popova (Dana Colagiovanni) how to shoot a pistol in UVA Drama’s Vodka Variations. Photo: Michael Bailey

ARTS Pick: Vodka Variations

UVA Drama presents an evening of “bite-size” dramas entitled Vodka Variations, adapted from short stories by Anton Chekhov. The production examines the colorful world of 1890s Russia with hilarious and heartwarming glimpses into the lives of everyday people in search of love, happiness and a strong vodka buzz as they navigate their way through their […]

Delegate Steve Landes. File photo

Landes announces he’ll run for 11th term

Republican Delegate Steve Landes has announced his plan to run for an 11th term. Landes represents Virginia’s 25th House district, which includes part of Albemarle County as well as localities in the Shenandoah Valley. “It has been an honor and privilege to serve the citizens of the 25th District in the House of Delegates for […]

Celebrate Fat Tuesday N'awlins style with upbeat Dixieland grooves from The Jazz Rascals and Jolie Fille. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

ARTS Pick: Fat Tuesday

Celebrate Fat Tuesday in style by tapping into those Southern roots. The Jazz Rascals warm up the evening with a set of Dixieland jazz. The nine-piece ragtime group performs traditional numbers by such greats as Jelly Roll Morton, Bessie Smith, and Duke Ellington. Jolie Fille takes the late stage for some rowdy Cajun Rock that’ll […]

Enjoy a bevy of Bard-inspired tunes at the Charlottesville Symphony's Shakespeare in Love concert this weekend. Photo: Dan Addison/UVA University Communications

ARTS Pick: Charlottesville Symphony

Indulge in the food of love with your sweetheart at the Charlottesville Symphony’s tribute to the romance of Shakespeare. Kate Tamarkin conducts a program chock full of starry-eyed, heartwarming works, including Mendelssohn’s “Overture to A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” Prokofiev’s “Suites No. 1 and 2 from Romeo and Juliet” and the score to Oscar-winning film Shakespeare […]

Paul Waggener (pictured) & the Howling Grimmness put heartache on hold for a night of outlaw country at the Main Street Annex. Photo: Danielle Fedorshik

ARTS Pick: Unlucky in Love

Sing and dance your Valentine’s blues away at the theme night Unlucky in Love: A Night of Outlaw Country with a Side of Garage with four of central Virginia’s rowdiest honky-tonk acts. Drunk Luke & The Broken Bottles bring some raucous country sing-alongs about frolicking, fighting, and fornicating after sets by The Upper Deckers, Paul […]

The Saturday Giant takes disparate elements of art rock and blends together a stream of modern pop nirvana at BON on Friday. Photo: Mark Elliot

ARTS Pick: The Saturday Giant

In the vein of Keller Williams and other one-man bands, Philip Cogley, a.k.a. The Saturday Giant, produces three, four, sometimes five separate tracks at a time during live performances using a guitar, a drum machine, keyboards, and a loop machine. Atop all of his instruments, he adds warm vocals that overlap as harmonies above the […]

London’s National Theatre puts a lady in the lead with Patsy Ferran (left) as Jim Hawkins, paired with Arthur Darvill as Long John Silver, in the Paramount’s broadcast of Treasure Island. Photo: Johan Persson

ARTS Pick: Treasure Island

Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island gets an update in a new stage adaptation broadcast from London’s National Theatre. Adapted by Bryony Lavery and directed by Polly Findlay, the well-known tale of money, murder and mutiny uses wit and casting twists to keep the energy on high. The Guardian gave it four stars, and The Observer […]

Teenagers Laney and Maribel bond over the trials and tribulations of adolescence in Crooked, onstage at Live Arts during February. Publicity photo.

ARTS Pick: Crooked

Catherine Trieschmann’s earnest coming-of-age story Crooked sees teenagers Laney and Maribel wrestle with self-discovery, chronic illness, family tragedy and fierce faith in the Deep South. This powerful production directed by Kate Adamson relies on a minimal cast of three and strips away all distractions to expose the true vulnerability of adolescence. Through 2/21. $20-25, times vary. […]

There’s a glint of gold in the Nettles modern mix of British Isle folk and indie rock. Celebrate the group’s debut album release at the Southern on Thursday. Publicity photo.

ARTS Pick: Nettles

The Kickstarter funded album Locust Avenue, by local folk group Nettles, is a rural Virginia creation through and through. The record was made in a farmhouse in Waynesboro that the band rented in exchange for a six-pack of Heineken. Led by Guion Pratt on acoustic guitar and vocals, Nettles went into seclusion for four days […]

With support from his wife and daughters, Paul’s Pizza founder Paul Boukourakis is back in the kitchen at the Breakfast House on Fontaine Avenue.  Photo: Rammelkamp Foto

Long-time Greek chef Paul Boukourakis comes out of retirement to open new breakfast and lunch joint and other local restaurant news

Opah! What’s the difference between cooking for royalty and cooking for the masses? According to Paul Boukourakis, not much. In addition to opening restaurants on three different continents, the 77-year-old native of Greece cooked for the royal family before arriving in Charlottesville and opening Paul’s Pizza in the 1980s. “The royal family loved eating rabbit, […]

Diana Ross grew from a working class neighborhood in Detroit where her pal Smokey Robinson is said to have nurtured her glamour, fashion and musical talent. She performs at the Paramount on Thursday. Publicity photo.

ARTS Pick: Diana Ross

After leading the Supremes to 12 No. 1 singles in the 1960s, Diana Ross began a solo career that has spanned five decades, piling up dozens of hit songs that are still dance floor anthems and soft rock inspirations including “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough,” “Touch Me in the Morning,” “I’m Coming Out” and “Endless […]

Celtic Fiddle Festival got its start with gig-crashing between fiddling friends. Check out its finely tuned stage antics at The Haven on Saturday. Publicity photo.

ARTS Pick: Celtic Fiddle Festival

Deemed “three of the finest folk violinists anywhere” by The Washington Post, Celtic Fiddle Festival is a touring trio of Irish fiddlers that takes the art of playing very seriously. The “violinists” are accompanied by Nicholas Quemener, a master open-tune guitarist, for a musical set that showcases a fascinating blend of traditional, international and individual […]

Corey Smith defies the glamorous side of country music with his direct approach and reverence for the genre. He plays the Jefferson on Saturday. Publicity photo.

ARTS Pick: Corey Smith

In a culture of designer cowboy boots and custom fitted blue jeans, Corey Smith breaks the mold and brings some grit and authenticity back to the country scene. Raised in the rolling hills of Jefferson, Georgia, Smith sings about experiences from rural Southern life. With nine albums to his credit, the country star has amassed […]

Explore the final frontier on the big screen at the Paramount's viewing of 2001 A Space Odyssey on Saturday. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

ARTS Pick: 2001 A Space Odyssey

It’s man vs. monolith in Stanley Kubrick’s enigmatic sci-fi classic 2001: A Space Odyssey. Keir Dullea and Gary Lockwood star as two astronauts on their way to Jupiter aboard a sentient, computer-controlled spacecraft. From its iconic soundtrack to the tackling of evolution, artificial intelligence and extraterrestrial life, this 1968 epic continues to grow a cult […]

A UVA fraternity party in fall 2014. Photo: Martyn Kyle

UVA sorority women speak out over party ban

You could call it Rolling Stone fallout, part two. Sorority women at UVA are furious over the collective decision of the leaders of their 16 national organizations to bar them from the Greek-wide party known as Boys’ Bid Night, scheduled for this Friday, January 31, and are speaking out nationally about what they see as […]

The local success of Carl Anderson’s simple, honest approach to acoustic Americana moved him (away) to throw his hat into the ring of Nashville songwriters. Photo: John Robinson.

ARTS Pick: Carl Anderson

Carl Anderson’s adept folksy songwriting and never-fail sense of humor took him from a local festival staple to a full-time Tennessee troubadour. His earnest lyrics, sincere, rich baritone vocals and simple acoustic guitar stylings find him trailing a long wake of critical praise. The prodigal Americana son returns to Charlottesville with fellow Nashville singer-songwriter Mary […]