C-VILLE Writers



Plans for the new Gallery Court Hotel bear no resemblance to the historic motor court style of the 1950s that the structure replaces.
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Gallery Court Hotel rises out of Excel Inn’s ashes

By Natalie Jacobsen On May 4 of last year, Charlottesville was rocked by the images and news that the long-standing Excel Inn & Suites was ablaze. The Emmet Street landmark was deemed unsalvageable, and the owners, Vipul and Manisha Patel, closed the hotel immediately and indefinitely following the devastating fire. Now the Patel family has […]

Students at Charlottesville High school were among thousands of teenagers who participated in the March 14 National School Walkout to demand gun control legislation.
Eze Amos

In brief: School walkouts, vegan dating, butt whupping and more

Walking the walk Exactly one month from the day that a gunman shot 17 people to death at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, local students and their peers across the nation said they wouldn’t stand for that—so they walked. March 14 marked the first National School Walkout, where thousands of students left […]

Paleontologists meet puppeteers for a trip to Erth’s Dinosaur Zoo Live!, a theatrical journey through 65 million years of dino history told by life-like creatures that entertain as they educate. Kids will freak while parents geek. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Going paleo at the Paramount

Paleontologists meet puppeteers for a trip to Erth’s Dinosaur Zoo Live!, a theatrical journey through 65 million years of dino history told by life-like creatures that entertain as they educate. Kids will freak while parents geek. Sunday, March 25. $14.75-49.75, 4pm. The Paramount Theater, 215 E. Main St., Downtown Mall. 979-1333.

Guest conductor Laura Jackson takes the baton for Charlottesville Symphony’s Masterworks 4. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Charlottesville Symphony masters diverse program

Guest conductor Laura Jackson takes the baton for Charlottesville Symphony’s Masterworks 4, a diverse program that includes Rachmaninoff’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Christopher Theofanidis’ Rainbow Body, Tchaikovsky’s suite from Swan Lake and Copland’s Billy the Kid suite. Saturday, March 24 and Sunday, March 25. $10-45, 8pm on Saturday at Old Cabell Hall, UVA; 3:30pm on Sunday at […]

Unstoppable seven-piece groove machine Ripe gets the world jumping up and down one performance at a time. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Ripe keeps the groove going

Unstoppable seven-piece groove machine Ripe gets the world jumping up and down one performance at a time. From crunchy rock riffs and jazzy chords to fresh modern beats, the Boston-based group’s unique brand of poppy, indie-jams has earned it a rapidly growing fan base. Fan-favorite track “Goon Squad” has racked up more than 1 million […]

Indie-pop duo Matt and Kim, known for energetic live shows and infectious beats, play the Jefferson on Saturday. Photo by Colin Devon Moore

ARTS Pick: Matt and Kim live up to the hype

Indie-pop duo Matt and Kim are known for energetic live shows and infectious beats. After taking a year off due to Kim tearing her ACL during one of their performances (yes, they get that hype), the Brooklyn-based duo is back with dance hits old and new, including the recent “Like I Used to Be,” a […]

Charlottesville Parks & Recreation hosts this eggs-travagant Easter egg hunt for children ages 1-3, 4-7 and 8-12. Bring your own baskets. Free, 10am. Charlottesville High School, 1400 Melbourne Rd.

LIVING Picks: Week of March 21-27

Food & Drink Vegan cooking class Thursday, March 22 Ingrid Berger leads this class on utilizing bright and fresh flavors to welcome in the new season. Drinks included. $45, 6-7:30pm. The Happy Cook, Barracks Road Shopping Center. 977-2665. Health & Wellness Charlottesville Ten Miler Saturday, March 24 This 10-mile run through Charlottesville (the area’s oldest […]

C&O’s barnwood-paneled downstairs bar is like a speakeasy without the secret knock. Photo by Stephen Barling

The best local bars for each drinking decade

By Pen + Knife bloggers eatdrink@c-ville.com For generations, authorities have buried the lede when warning us about alcohol killing brain cells. Omitted from the tired mantra is the truth that some of our deepest seeds of wisdom are sewn at watering holes and colored by booze. Bars are like classrooms, just more practical, and the […]

Bluegrass Creamery owner Graham Evans will station the ice cream bus, serving soft-serve ice cream made from milk from grass-fed cows as well as vegan options, at IX Art Park. Photo by Eze Amos

Cream of the crop: We dairy you to try this soft-serve

By Sam Padgett It only takes hearing a few notes of ubiquitous ice cream truck jingles such as “Turkey in the Straw,” “Pop Goes the Weasel” and “Do Your Ears Hang Low?” to make most people salivate (we know it’s not just us). Although food trucks have evolved beyond their creamy origins to include tacos, […]

LIVING Picks: Week of March 14-20

LIVING Picks: Week of March 14-20

FAMILY James Madison’s birthday celebration Friday, March 16 Commemorate the 267th birthday of fourth president James Madison in an event featuring the U.S. Marine Corps Band, Honor Guard, Color Guard and the annual wreath–laying ceremony at the Madison Family Cemetery. Free, 1:30pm. Madison Family Cemetery, 11350 Constitution Hwy., Montpelier Station. montpelier.org NONPROFIT Fashion show fundraiser […]

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This week in brief: Snuffing out tiki torches, ‘really dank bud’ and too cute puppies

Candles in, tiki torches out Just ahead of Jason Kessler’s March 6 lawsuit against the city complaining that City Manager Maurice Jones unconstitutionally denied his permit for a two-day August 12 anniversary rally—Jones also denied five other applicants’ permit requests for the weekend—City Council updated its event permit regulations February 20. 45-day notice if street […]

In solidarity with the National School Walkout, 17 Charlottesville High School students laid motionless while holding signs that listed the names of each victim of the February 14 school shooting in Parkland, Florida. Thousands of participating students across America filed out of their classrooms at 10am today. Photo by Eze Amos

Local students take a stand against gun violence

By: Samantha Baars and Erin O’Hare It was exactly a month ago that a gunman shot 17 people to death at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. Today, local students and their peers across the nation said they won’t stand for that—so they walked. March 14 marks the first National School Walkout, where […]

Peter van der Linde, owner of Van der Linde Recycling, announced the shuttering of the company's household waste processing facility to focus on construction and demolition debris. File photo

Van der Linde dumps its recycling program

By Natalie Jacobsen On February 19, the area’s main transfer station for trash and recycling haulers, Van der Linde Recycling, abruptly shuttered its household waste processing facility. The sudden halt jolted Charlottesville and the counties that have relied on Van der Linde as the focal transfer station for processing recycled materials placed into customers’ all-in-one-bins. […]

Matthew O’Donnell leads the crowd in song for the Clover Takeover at Three Notch’d Brewery. Photo by Caleb Briggs

Lucky for you, we’ve got St. Patrick’s Day covered

Saturday, March 17 C-VILLE Weekly’s Clover Takeover: Craft beers, a cornhole tournament, music from Matthew O’Donnell and more. $12-30, 11am. Three Notch’d Craft Kitchen & Brewery, 520 Second St. SE. clovertakeover.eventbrite.com. Starr Paddy’s Day: Special Irish-inspired beers and food pairings, pipes and drums, Irish step-dancing, jig dance competition and a limerick writing contest. $20, noon. […]

Chloe Edmonstone and Meredith Watson bring liveliness and experience to the mixture of bluegrass and traditional music that is Locust Honey. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Locust Honey adds vintage quality to bluegrass music

Chloe Edmonstone and Meredith Watson bring liveliness and experience to the mixture of bluegrass and traditional music that is Locust Honey. The American duo adds a vintage quality to its original songs, as well as on classic, prewar arrangements with a rotation of fiddles, open-back banjo, acoustic and resonator guitar. John Miller has joined the […]

Touted as one of the funniest plays ever written, Noises Off follows a troupe of actors that is performing a complete flop called Nothing’s On. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Four County Players is making some noise

Touted as one of the funniest plays ever written, Noises Off follows a troupe of actors that is performing a complete flop called Nothing’s On. Viewers get backstage passes to the ridiculous antics and offstage intrigue of the players, from rehearsal to the last performance, and the cast and the director drive each other crazy […]

Maire Lee, Julie Stavitski and Violet Craghead-Way each play the same character, at different ages, in Fun Home at LiveArts through March 24. Photo: Martyn Kyle

Live Arts’ Fun Home tugs at the heart

A stage representative of a beautifully cared for home lights up, as does the face of the youngest version of Alison Bechdel, played by Violet Craghead-Way, as she begins to sing. I had only heard about Fun Home. I had never seen it (or listened to the music). I walked into Live Arts’ production on […]

Molly Tuttle plays Friday at C'ville Coffee. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Bluegrass artist Molly Tuttle is on the rise

Read any of the critical raves about Molly Tuttle’s work, and her masterful flatpicking is sure to be mentioned. Playing since age 11 and making records since age 13, Tuttle learned skills passed down by her father, Jack, and became the first woman to win the International Bluegrass Music Award for Guitar Player of the […]

Dramatic mountainous backdrops compete with daring cinematography during the Banff Mountain Film Festival, where the audience has a bird’s-eye view of outdoor sports pros at their most extreme. Photo by John Price

ARTS Pick: Banff Mountain Film Festival goes extreme

Dramatic mountainous backdrops compete with daring cinematography during the Banff Mountain Film Festival, where the audience has a bird’s-eye view of outdoor sports pros at their most extreme. The festival offers more than 30 short films that connect with personal stories like that of American skier Aaron Rice, who aims to set a record by […]

Lucy Dacus performs at The Southern Wednesday, March 7. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Lucy Dacus answers some big questions

Being cautious has never been in Lucy Dacus’ playbook. Comfortable with big questions and lyrically confident, Dacus is still riding a wave of accolades from her debut, No Burden, an album that pegged her as someone to watch. Of her latest release, Historian, C-VILLE’s Nick Rubin says Dacus delivers “disarming frankness and old-soul wisdom.” Supported […]

Fun Home is a musical adapted from the autobiographical memoir of graphic artist Alison Bechdel, who chronicles her life from childhood to the present. Photo by Martyn Kyle

ARTS Pick: Alison Bechdel’s Fun Home

Fun Home is a musical adapted from the autobiographical memoir of graphic artist Alison Bechdel, who chronicles her life from childhood to the present. When Bechdel’s father dies, she starts an introspective adventure, trying to make sense of their complicated and sometimes strained relationship.  As she uncovers the mysterious life that her dad led as […]

Militias came to Charlottesville August 12.
Photo Eze Amos

In brief: Unregulated militia, the sixth man and more

August 12 bills killed After white supremacists invaded Charlottesville with violent clashes that left activist Heather Heyer dead and the community traumatized, legislators carried bills to the General Assembly to give localities more muscle in avoiding such gatherings in the future. Attorney General Mark Herring also wrote a couple of bills to combat white supremacist […]

Stop by Caromont Farm for a tour, to browse the pop-up shop selling cheese-centric items, and—the main attraction—baby goat snuggling. Photo Ashley Twiggs

LIVING Picks: Week of March 7-13

FAMILY Caromont Farm open house Thursday, March 8 Stop by Caromont Farm for a tour, to browse the pop-up shop selling cheese-centric items, and—the main attraction—baby goat snuggling. Reserve slots in advance to spend quality time with the kids. $10 (ages 4 and under free), 11am-4pm. Caromont Farm, 9261 Old Green Mountain Rd., Esmont. 831-1393. […]

J-Petal dishes out rolled ice cream in familiar flavors such as vanilla and chocolate, plus more adventurous options including green tea and Thai tea. Photos by Tom McGovern

Getting the scoop on a new ice cream trend

By Sam Padgett A new restaurant—J-Petal—has rolled into Barracks Road Shopping Center. And although the eatery offers both savory and sweet Japanese rice flour crêpes, and even serves drinks such as green tea and mojitos in a light bulb, its flashiest menu item is surely the Thai rolled ice cream. Rolled ice cream is pretty […]