C-VILLE Writers



Self-deprecating standup comdienne Nikki Carr brings her sharpshooting commentary to the Paramount on Friday. Publicity photo.

ARTS Pick: Last Comic Standing

Cold and flu season is nigh, so grab yourself a dose of the best medicine with the finalists of NBC’s “Last Comic Standing.” VIP pass holders can rub elbows with professional side splitters Nikki Carr, Rocky Laporte, Joe Machi, Rod Man, and Lachlan Patterson at a pre-show meet and greet. The popular comedy reality show […]

Notable horror film producer James Wan is behind Annabelle, the latest in babydoll-possessed-by-a-demon flicks. Publicity photo.

Film review: Imagination runs wild in Annabelle

When it comes to paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren, the further a movie moves away from the “true” story as documented by these proven frauds, the better it gets. Despite its success with audiences at the time of its release, going back to watch the aggressively mediocre The Amityville Horror after the many inconsistencies […]

Richard Cooper, Madeleine Lawson and Angelica Jackson star in Every Tongue Confess, the heavy-hitting opener of UVA Drama’s fall season. Image: Michael Bailey

ARTS Pick: Every Tongue Confess

Ashes to ashes, dust to dust—a series of church burnings sets UVA Drama’s new season in motion with Marcus Gardley’s acclaimed 2010 play Every Tongue Confess. Weaving Biblical lore with the true history of a small Alabama town, this Southern spectacle also mixes gospel and blues hits for a soaring metaphysical journey. Director Theresa Davis […]

Daphne Lee Martin shows off her intimate brand of fiery folk music in a performance at The Garage on Wednesday. Publicity photo.

ARTS Pick: Daphne Lee Martin

Born into a folksy family, Daphne Lee Martin has music in her blood. After years crafting harmony-rich, traditional gospel and Appalachian ballads with her mother and sister, the sultry songbird struck out both solo and with a variety of bands, and playing a range of tunes from edgy, innovative punk to fresh Southern roots. She’s […]

Known for humor that is hearbreakingly funny and honest, Tig Nataro got props for her Grammy-nominated LIVE album from her peer group of comedy superstars. Publicity photo.

ARTS Pick: Tig Notaro

Comedienne Tig Notaro has risen to the top thanks to an unabashed, honest commentary about life and love through laughter. Her 2012 set at Largo in Los Angeles, in which she spoke openly about her breast cancer diagnosis, mother’s death, and the end of a long-term relationship was nominated for a Grammy and touted by […]

The prolific folk wisdom of Anais Mitchell headlines at the Tea Bazaar on Sunday.  Publicity photo.

ARTS Pick: Anais Mitchell

The “queen of modern folk” Anais Mitchell is an expert storyteller who makes a solid case for such lofty status through her songs. An avid traveler, the Vermont-born musician touches everything from folk music to opera and melds it with intelligent lyrics. Mitchell meticulously crafts her sometimes dramatic music in reflective testament to the complexity […]

Bring your own dancing shoes to the Latin Ballet of Virginia’s invigorating “Fiesta del Sol” on Saturday at PVCC. Publicity photo.

ARTS Pick: Fiesta del Sol

Despite being a ballet company, there are no tutus or relevés in this celebration of movement by the Latin Ballet of Virginia. You will find dazzling costumes and acrobatics mixed with the electric flair of Latino dance in a high-energy performance that celebrates Central American traditions. “Fiesta del Sol” fuses technical perfection and rich narratives […]

Stanley William Hayter
British, 1901–1988
Courtesy of Fralin Museum of Art at UVA
©2014 Artists Rights Society (ARS) New York/ADAGP, Paris

Review: The Lyrical Line at The Fralin Museum of Art

“The Lyrical Line,” which is on display for four months at The Fralin Museum of Art at the University of Virginia, features work from two of the most innovative printmakers of the early 20th century: Stanley William Hayter and Jacques Villon. “Imagine thousands of lines engraved in metal make up a print, and they all […]

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 […]