C-VILLE Writers



BASK plows through the sonic density of unclassified rock at the Ante Room on Monday. Howlermano Photography

ARTS Pick: BASK

Tagged on Sonicbids as Americana, rock, country, doom post-metal and psychedelic stoner rock, Asheville’s BASK shrugs off classification with a note to fans: “Most of all we want you to listen without concern for what you are hearing. To listen only for the sake of hearing.” Judging by the slew of rave reviews for its […]

ARTS Pick: Kontakte

By the time Karlheinz Stockhausen’s mug appeared on the cover of The Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band in 1967 (top row, fifth from the left) with dozens of other adventurous artists, the German musician had established himself as a bold composer and an electronic music pioneer known for being among the first to […]

The “Dappled Things” show, featuring “Axes” by Lisa Ryan, repurposes writings into new artforms for the final Garage event of 2016. Courtesy of the artist

ARTS Picks: ‘Dappled Things’

The multimedia, multi-artist show “Dappled Things” is named for the opening line in “Pied Beauty,” a poem by Gerard Manley Hopkins that speaks to the natural magic of pattern and rhythm. Local artists, including Dean Dass, Cate West Zahl and Stephanie Fishwick, source the written word for inspiration by transforming text such as love letters, […]

Neighborhoods voice their concerns in a Smart Cville survey. Courtesy of Smart Cville

In brief: ‘Jihadist Threat,’ local government responsiveness and more

Chief of economic development splits While Albemarle County is all about economic development these days, Faith McClintic lasted 19 months before departing, and cited frustration working with the Board of Supervisors as one reason for taking a job with the Virginia Economic Development Partnership in Richmond, according to Charlottesville Tomorrow. Not Republican enough? Downtown Business […]

Loving, starring Joel Edgerton and Ruth Negga, shows Thursday at the Paramount Theater. Courtesy of the Virginia Film Festival

Connections abound at this year’s film festival

The lead-off film at this year’s Virginia Film Festival (Nov. 3-6) is remarkable in its story and its timing. As we look out from our fledgling blue state to the country’s contentious societal landscape, the nasty presidential campaign to be decided on Tuesday and the glaring Supreme Court vacancy, director Jeff Nichols syncs up history […]

Sunday lights up when Sound Tribe Sector 9 brings its show to the Jefferson. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: STS9

Since the late ’90s, instrumental group STS9 has blazed a unique path through musical genres by not defining itself as EDM, jam band or prog rock, but borrowing from those labels to offset the funk, jazz and psychedelia woven into its hip-hop grooves. With The Universe Inside, the group’s first recording in seven years, STS9 […]

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In brief: White deer mourned, Draego dropped and more

Deerly beloved One of two cherished white deer often spotted in the Fry’s Spring neighborhood was struck and killed by a car on Jefferson Park Avenue Extended around 3pm October 23. Deer-lovers, who have christened the creature names such as “Enchanted” and “Half & Half” on Facebook, created a sidewalk memorial to their friend in […]

Jackie Green. Photo by York Wilson

ARTS Pick: Jackie Greene

Highly regarded guitarist Jackie Greene returned to his own writing and recording after years of gigging in the big leagues with The Black Crowes, Bob Weir, Phil Lesh and Gov’t Mule—to name a few. Greene, who has been on the road promoting Back to Birth since its release in 2015, says: “I wanted to make a […]

Danger! Zombies! Run! 5K takes place Sunday, October 30, starting at the Downtown Mall.

LIVING Picks: Week of October 26-November 1

Family Animal Connection Anniversary Party Saturday, October 29 Get Fido and Fifi ready to party in celebration of Animal Connection’s 15th anniversary. There will be free treats and goody bags, plus opportunities to sit for sessions with a pet portrait artist, a pet photographer and an animal communicator. Free, 9am-4pm. 1701-E Allied St. 296-7048. Nonprofit […]

Frank Turner. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Frank Turner

While making his sixth album, Positive Songs for Negative People, British folk-punk rocker Frank Turner thought a lot about debut albums. A debut is a band’s introduction into the world, and Turner says he wanted to “try and make a record that had that young, exciting feel, full of piss and vinegar” that truly captures […]

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ARTS Pick: Bumper Jacksons

Swinging from New Orleans big band to Appalachian folk is all in an evening’s set list for the Bumper Jacksons. With frontwoman Jess Eliot Myhre jamming on clarinet and her homemade washboard, the group nails traditional numbers from jazz greats such as Billie Holiday, Duke Ellington and Sister Rosetta Tharpe. Toss in the clever originals […]

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ARTS Pick: Kamalakiran Vinjamuri

Not only has Kamalakiran Vinjamuri been mastering the Carnatic approach to violin since age 7, he’s also composed a ballet, earned a black belt in karate and is listed in the Guinness Book of World Records for participating in the largest Kuchipudi group dance with more than 5,000 others. The young classical musician from northern Virginia […]

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In brief: Fear and legal gun-toting, Bella’s fallout and more

An apology—and a boycott Doug Muir, the UVA lecturer who compared Black Lives Matter to the KKK in a Facebook post, apologized, saying he was unaware of the Klan’s violent history. His one-week leave from the engineering school ended October 17. Meanwhile, local groups, including the NAACP, staged a protest October 14 at Bella’s, the […]

Enjoy live music, hay rides, apple-bobbing and other fall-themed activities as well as a seasonal cider release at Bold Rock Cidery.

LIVING Picks: October 19-25

Food & Drink Fall Foliage Festival Saturday, October 22 Enjoy live music, hay rides, apple-bobbing and other fall-themed activities as well as a seasonal cider release. Free; 11am-8pm. Bold Rock Cidery, 1020 Rockfish Valley Hwy., Nellysford. 361-1030. Nonprofit Survivor Support Network training Friday, October 21 Train to become a member of UVA’s Survivor Support Network […]

“Can’t you see we’ve got a good thing here?” the duo Charming Disaster asks in harmony. See for yourself at the Blue Moon Diner on Monday. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Charming Disaster

“People bring me casseroles and pray for his immortal soul / They think I’m in widow’s weeds, but pity’s the last thing I need,” Ellia Bisker sings on “Ghost Story.” She’s a woman who’s lost her lover, but not for good—she’s living with his ghost, who caresses her hair and wraps his arms around her. […]

ARTS Pick: Party Like a Rock Star

Step into the fantasy world of a rock star’s life for one evening while helping local youth pursue their musical dreams. The Music Resource Center’s annual Party Like a Rock Star is Prince-themed this year in tribute to the inimitable musician. Donate at musicresourcecenter.org to cast a vote for your favorite Prince cover by a […]

We’re waitin’ all week for Saturday night when Carrie Underwood plays John Paul Jones Arena. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Carrie Underwood

It’s been 11 years since Carrie Underwood became the fourth “American Idol” winner and arguably the show’s most successful contestant—she’s sold almost 15 million albums. Her best-selling track to date, “Before He Cheats,” is a catchy, bared-soul retaliation fantasy that put nine awards, including two Grammys, on Underwood’s shelf. But she might be best known […]

Washington, D.C.-based big brass band Black Masala marches its traveling dance party onto the Levitt AMP Music Series stage to pound out gypsy funk and soul. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Black Masala

Friday is coming (we promise) and you’ll know it’s here when Washington, D.C.-based big brass band Black Masala marches its traveling dance party onto the Levitt AMP Music Series stage to pound out gypsy funk and soul. The groove machine arrives on a wave of good vibes supporting the group’s latest album, I Love You […]

Local playwright Robert Wray brings his blues-infused tragicomedy, Bullet for Unaccompanied Heart, to Four County Players. Photo by Marty Moore

ARTS Pick: ‘Bullet for Unaccompanied Heart’

Blues guitarist Dugan McBane is taken hostage by his former lover, Anya Magnifico—a crossword puzzle-obsessed, punk rock princess—and her henchman, Milo. McBane’s release hinges on one thing: a sincere apology. Written by local playwright Robert Wray and featuring original music from Devon Sproule and Paul Curreri, Bullet for Unaccompanied Heart was recently staged at the […]

ARTS Pick: ‘The Price is Right’

For many generations, “The Price is Right” is a cultural touchstone. Maybe you remember all the way back to Bob Barker? But no matter who’s currently holding the microphone, the participants in zany getups still come screaming out of the audience, thrill-seeking a new fridge, exotic vacation or brand-new car. “Come on down” to try your […]

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ARTS Pick: ‘Electric Baby’

In Stefanie Zadravec’s Electric Baby, a mysterious moon floats over six characters who navigate through three stories that connect after a car accident. Cast members dig into the depths of sorrow, proffer folk remedies and search for peace throughout the dark comedy. Through November 5. $20-25, times vary. Live Arts, 123 E. Water St. 977-4177. 

Philip Gibbs may have settled in Virginia, but he “carries the road along with his music,” according to the Austin American-Statesman. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Philip Gibbs

In the folk troubadour tradition, Austin, Texas-born Philip Gibbs has traveled the country, singing about the current state of affairs and the working man’s plight, channeling the anthems of songsmiths before him. Following a respite in the Rocky Mountains, Gibbs’ recent move to Richmond found the singer-songwriter settling down for the first time in years. […]

Gail Hobbs-Page runs Caromont Farm in Esmont. Photo by Ashley Twiggs

LIVING Picks: October 12-18

Food & Drink Cheese class at Caromont Farm Saturday, October 15 This class, led by Caromont Farm owner Gail Hobbs-Page, discusses the production of lactic-style bloomy rind cheeses such as Brie, robiola and Camembert. A tasting session follows the class. $125, 11am-4pm. Caromont Farm, 9261 Old Green Mountain Rd., Esmont. caromontcheese.com. Nonprofit SPCA Critter Ball […]

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In brief: Angry administrator, unwise Facebooking and more

Rolling Stone cries foul Days before UVA former associate dean Nicole Eramo’s 12-day defamation trial is set to begin October 17, the magazine accused her of improperly releasing video depositions to ABC’s “20/20” to air October 14, and sought relief in an emergency motion. The judge ruled October 11 that Eramo can’t use leaked videos […]

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In brief: Bavarian getaway, creepy clowns and more

City goes Wild West over weekend Three people were shot early October 1 in a Corner parking lot during a disorder, according to Charlottesville police. The wounds were non-life-threatening, and Lewis Alexander Tyree Jr., 23, was arrested as a felon in possession of a firearm. That same night, shots were reported at Crescent Halls on […]

Mary Chapin Carpenter. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Mary Chapin Carpenter

Mary Chapin Carpenter’s genuine approach to songwriting allows the multiple Grammy winner to transcend the boundaries of category. Moving easily between classic country and modern Americana, she recently expanded her musicianship with an album of orchestral music and her new record, The Things That We Are Made Of, was produced by hot hand Dave Cobb (producer of […]