C-VILLE Writers



Celtic rock band Scythian is making a name for itself among the bumper crops of singer-songwriters in Music City. Publicity photo.

ARTS Pick: Scythian

Based on its sound, Nashville’s Scythian could be pegged as a band of Riverdancing Irish folkies. With their unique blend of Celtic bluegrass rock, the quintet fires on dueling fiddles, banjos, and mandolins in an unparalleled high-energy weave. The self-proclaimed “immigrant rockers” are on tour in support of the new album Jump at the Sun […]

ARTS Pick: Smallprov

ARTS Pick: Smallprov

Big laughs come out in small spaces when improv is the stage—at least that’s what Smallprov sets out to accomplish. The Big Blue Door comedy gathering focuses on powerful bursts of wit rather than long-winded monologues. The brief skits are unrehearsed and based entirely on audience suggestions, adding an edge of anticipation to every gut-busting […]

Rich, funky NOLA blues form the foundation of Adrian Duke’s infectious rock at the Southern on Sunday. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Adrian Duke

Even though Adrian Duke is based in central Virginia, his bluesy roots music lives in the heart of New Orleans. His funk and jazz prowess on the piano is matched by raw, expressive vocals, and elevated by a tight backing band that shares the work in bringing down the house. Duke has received critical acclaim […]

Gregory Jon Phelps stars as Pericles in one of the featured productions in American Shakespeare Center’s fall lineup. Photo credit: Michael Bailey

ARTS Pick: Pericles, Prince of Tyre

If a high seas adventure delivered in iambic pentameter isn’t enough to get you off the couch, then maybe the added splendor of seeing it performed on an authentic Shakespearean stage—in the same manner that the bard himself would’ve produced—will get you searching for your shoes. Staunton’s famous replica theater is staging Pericles, Prince of […]

Highly accomplished principal timpanist and percussionist of the Charlottesville Symphony I-Jen Fang has performed around the globe. Photo credit: R Stillings.

ARTS Pick: Charlottesville Symphony at the University of Virginia

Celebrate 40 years with the Charlottesville Symphony at the University of Virginia at its inaugural season performances. Kate Tamarkin directs the masters of classical music through a specially commissioned piece entitled “Fanfare for a Ruby Celebration,” composed by Randol Alan Bass, and Emmanuel Sejourne’s “Concerto for Marimba and String Orchestra,” featuring intrepid percussionist I-Jen Fang. […]

Students at a Thursday, September 18 vigil for Hannah Graham at the UVA Amphitheater. Photo: Chris Pecoraro

Where is Hannah Graham? Tracking the investigation so far

By the time Hannah Graham’s parents, John and Sue Graham, first spoke about their daughter’s disappearance on Sunday, September 21, the 18-year-old UVA second-year had been missing for more than a week. It showed. Sue Graham, dressed in a long-sleeved T-shirt bearing Hannah’s ski team logo, wore a mask of pain while her husband offered an […]

The newly expanded—but not yet full—Ragged Mountain Reservoir, photographed from above the week of September 15. Photo: Skip Deegan

New Ragged Mountain Dam gets a ribbon cutting

Elected officials, members of the Rivanna Water and Sewer Authority (RWSA), and environmental leaders were among the crowd of locals that gathered atop the newly completed Ragged Mountain Dam last Thursday to celebrate the official opening of a controversial project that Charlottesville mayor Satyendra Huja called “the most significant infrastructure achievement in this community in […]

The Virginia Folklife Apprenticeship Showcase features the sweet gospel harmonies of The Holmes Brothers, who earned a National Heritage Fellowship award this year—the NEA’s highest honor for traditional arts. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Virginia Folklife Apprenticeship Showcase

Eight master artisans flex their talents at the 11th annual Virginia Folklife Apprenticeship Showcase. Chow down on comfort food classics like Brunswick stew and fried apple pies as you groove to the sounds of Flory Jagoda’s Sephardic Jewish ballads, Buddy Pendleton’s bluegrass fiddle, or Cheryl Maroney’s traditional gospel music. Quilters, beekeepers, chair makers, and more […]

Leading with Cary Ann Hearst’s big personality, Shovels & Rope has outgrown small stages. The South Carolina duo charms from the Jefferson stage on Saturday. Photo credit: Leslie Ryan- McKellar

ARTS Pick: Shovels & Rope

With little more than an acoustic guitar and a junkyard drum kit, husband and wife team Cary Ann Hearst and Michael Trent beat out skillfully harmonized country-punk anthems as Shovels & Rope. With roots in Charleston and all eyes on the road, the two take a minimalist approach to romantic, vintage melodies. Their new release […]

Police have released a photo of Graham they say were pulled from surveillance footage, apparently in an apartment hallway, a few hours before she disappeared. In the images, she's wearing the outfit she was last seen in: a shiny crop top and black skinny jeans. Photo: Charlottesville Police Department

Police seek man who had contact with Hannah Graham

Charlottesville police have released a description of a man they say is a person of interest in the disappearance of UVA second-year Hannah Graham. A witness identified the man as having contact Graham in the early hours of Saturday morning, September 13, shortly before she disappeared. According to a press release from police, the man is described […]

Humor, heartbreak, and lyrical twists make up Darrin Bradbury’s compelling Americana tunes on Friday at the Southern. Photo credit: John Trossi

ARTS Pick: Darrin Bradbury

Boasting gritty, authentic vocals and a solid backbone to his melodies, Darrin Bradbury returns to town, acoustic guitar in tow, to open for singer-songwriter Carl Anderson. His homespun storytelling reflects his new Nashville address as he bobs and weaves through rustic tales of love and protest punctuated by a dark sense of humor. August’s Motel […]

Former electoral board member Stephanie Commander and Charlottesville Registrar Sheri Iachetta were charged with a combined 10 felony counts on Wednesday, September 17. Photos: Charlottesville City Police

City registrar, former election official face felony charges in cell phone scandal

Charlottesville Registrar Sherri Iachetta and former Electoral Board member and local defense attorney Stephanie Commander have been arrested and charged with felony misuse of public funds and embezzlement following a public scandal over taxpayer-funded cell phone accounts. Iachetta and Commander turned themselves in Wednesday, September 17, police said in a press release. Iachetta was charged […]

25 years of C-VILLE

25 years of C-VILLE

To celebrate the anniversary of our birth, we combed through our archives and came up with some of the best and worst moments from the thousands of stories we’ve covered over the past 25 years

ARTS Pick: Shawn Colvin with Steve Earle

Grammy-winner Shawn Colvin brings sunny dispositions home in “Songs and Stories, Together Onstage,” a special duet performance with neo-country pioneer Steve Earle. The two songwriters sing, strum, and spin tales from their own catalogues and other classic hits. Collectively, the two have over 50 years experience in the music industry and have released over 20 […]

Police searching for missing UVA second-year Hannah Graham

Police searching for missing UVA second-year Hannah Graham

Police are searching for a missing UVA second-year who went missing late Friday night. According to news releases from UVA and the Charlottesville Police Department, Hannah Elizabeth Graham, 18, was last heard from in the early hours of Saturday morning. She’s described as approximately 5’11” tall and slender, with blue eyes, light brown hair, and […]

Pink Floyd informs the avant garde instrumental work of Blues Control. “The Wall is definitely not good,” Cho said. “Our goal with Local Flavor [Siltbreeze, 2009] when we were making it was … we decided it was going to be our Dark Side of the Moon.” Publicity photo

Blues Control’s experimental modernity is cribbed from the past

Blues Control is a wild misnomer. The rock-adjacent duo isn’t always in control, improvisation being a sturdy part of its practice. And none of this really has anything to do with Robert Johnson. Despite all that, though, Animal Collective’s Panda Bear tagged the band as his opener on a nationwide tour. Removing themselves from New […]

The Blue Ridge Irish Music School presents traditional Celtic singer Sean Tyrrell in concert on Monday. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Sean Tyrell

Who says the luck of the Irish is only fit for March? With 50 years of experience in the folk music scene, Galway native Sean Tyrell has carefully honed his craft in song and strings. He weaves intricate tales that have garnered international critical acclaim, both for his three solo albums and numerous collaborations. Monday […]

UVA School of Medicine Dean Nancy Dunlap. Photo courtesy UVA

UVA med school dean to step down this fall

UVA School of Medicine Dean Nancy Dunlap announced yesterday that she will step down at the end of her term in November. Dunlap, who joined the staff in May 2013, arrived at UVA to serve as dean on an interim basis, replacing Dr. Steven DeKosky, a longtime UVA neurologist who held the position from 2007 […]