C-VILLE Writers



LIVING Picks: Week of November 23-29

Family Barracks Road holiday parade Friday, November 25 The annual parade featuring floats, costumed characters, marching bands, Santa and more starts at Harris Teeter and ends at Kroger. Free, 9:30am. Barracks Road Shopping Center. barracksroad.com/parade Nonprofit Triple your giving Through November 26 Virginia Blood Services will donate $1 to the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank […]

Magician Mike Super will held ring in the The Paramount Theater's 80th anniversary. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Mike Super

The post-election climate has many looking for a magical escape, and lucky for us Mike Super is more than qualified to make things disappear. A lifelong obsession with magic has led Super to inject personality, humor and an accessibility that’s unusual in the trade. Join his fanbase of Superfreaks for an evening of mind-warping mystery […]

Dark Star Orchestra performs November 29 at The Jefferson Theater. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Thanksgiving jams

Whether you are thankful, guided by a dark star or happy pickin’ over leftovers, a live gig awaits that’ll shake off the holiday gravy and leave you grateful for the blues. November 23: Thankful Dead featuring Bigfoot County and Mama Tried at The Jefferson Theater. November 24: DJ Sir RJ’s Thanksgiving After-party at The Ante […]

ARTS Pick: Organized Delirium

In tribute to Pierre Boulez, Organized Delirium honors the French conductor, who may not be a household name, but joins a too-long list of musical pioneers who died in 2016. The 26-time Grammy Award-winner is respected for his role in the “electronic transformation of instrumental music,” as well as leading some of the world’s renowned […]

Abigail Peterson plays Meg March in Albemarle High School's production of Little Women. Jane Colony Mills

ARTS Pick: Little Women

The classic tale of Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy March returns to the stage this weekend when the Albemarle High School Players present an adaptation of Little Women, Louisa May Alcott’s 1868 novel about a saintly Civil War-era New England mother and her four well-adjusted, independent-minded daughters whose father is serving in the Union Army. […]

In brief: When elections get awkward, Bodo’s fires back and more

In brief: When elections get awkward, Bodo’s fires back and more

Awkward election night, part 1 After three University Police officers used their PA systems to broadcast “Make America great again” in the wee hours, Chief Michael Gibson says in a November 10 e-mail he was “disappointed” in the inappropriate use. UPD is investigating the incident and the three officers are on paid administrative leave. Awkward […]

Local playwright Bridget Mitchell opens a new era for Charlotte Salomon's life work in Water or Glass, a multimedia show.

ARTS Pick: Water or Glass

In 1943, Charlotte Salomon died in a gas chamber at Auschwitz. Leading up to her capture and unimaginable death, the artist produced 769 expressionist paintings while in hiding from the Nazis. The works came together as an autobiographical play through images called Life? or Theater?. Local playwright Bridget Mitchell opens a new era for the […]

Mican's dynamite roll is still on the menu at Lemongrass on 14th Street. Photo by Natalie Jacobsen

Mican and Lemongrass merge their menus

After celebrating a decade in business, Pham, the owner of Lemongrass on the Corner, has been looking ahead to the next 10 years. Yoshihiro and Yukiko Tauchi, owners of Mican, a Japanese restaurant that, until this fall, had been located at York Place on the Downtown Mall, fused with Lemongrass. Says Yoshihiro Tauchi, “[This was] […]

Tequila Mockingbird. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Locals Play Locals

The event name says it all. Locals Play Locals is a big ol’ Charlottesville music cover show. More than a dozen bands and solo artists—Tequila Mockingbird, Gina Sobel’s Choose Your Own Adventure, Genna Matthew, Phil West, Marchenko and others—will swap songs and even genres in this benefit concert for Charlottesville’s Music Resource Center. Friday 11/18. $8, […]

When guitarist Willie DE walks onstage to unveil his sophomore album, Thunder Train, he will be taking another big step on a musical journey. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Willie DE

When guitarist Willie DE walks onstage to unveil his sophomore album, Thunder Train, he will be taking another big step on a musical journey that cuts straight through Charlottesville’s Downtown Mall. As a young aspiring musician, DE made his first bucks while busking on local streets, and credits his membership at the Music Resource Center […]

LIVING Picks: Week of November 9-16

Family Making and printing 3-D objects Saturday, November 19 Library staff demonstrates how to create an object using Tinkercad and print objects on the library’s 3-D printer. Free, 2:30-4:45pm. Northside Library, 705 Rio Rd. W. jmrl.org Nonprofit 12th annual Raucous Auction Friday, November 18 The fundraiser for Virginia Arts of the Book Center includes an […]

Bri Chrispin, pictured here goofing around with her little, Ty'Mirra, started volunteering with Big Brothers Big Sisters because, she says, she "always wanted a little sister." Photo: Eze Amos

Do good: 17 ways to get in the spirit of giving

While it’s important to be generous year-round, the holidays provide parents with an opportune time to teach kids about giving back, either by donating their time or goods to those in need. Here are some local ways to help out this season, from food-delivery to gift-wrapping. By Shea Gibbs and Wistar Murray Better together Mature teens […]

The Nth Power works its groove from New Orleans at the Southern on Tuesday. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: The Nth Power

Indebted to the legacy of soul music, The Nth Power offers a listener’s choice of “songs that will inspire audiences to dance, groove, make love or just stand there with goose bumps.” Bound by a belief in the spiritual power of music and the logical beauty of math (the group’s first EP is titled Basic […]

Emma Willmann is on the rising comedy star watch list at the Paramount on Saturday. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: United Nations of Comedy

In its sixth year, United Nations of Comedy continues to bring an unmatched variety of rising stars with Emma Willmann, Funnyman Skiba, Antoine Scott, Alex Carabaño and Jason Andors. Time Out magazine recently named Willmann one of the 10 Funniest Women in New York, and Jason Anders has been deemed the “comedy chameleon” for notable […]

LIVING Picks: Week of November 9-15

Family Shenandoah National Park free entrance day Friday, November 11 In honor of Veterans Day, the National Park Service is offering free entrance into its more than 400 parks. Free; park open 24 hours. Shenandoah National Park, 3655 U.S. Hwy. 211 E., Luray. (540) 999-3500. Nonprofit Virginia Organizing Social Justice Bowl Friday, November 11 Enjoy […]

ARTS Pick: The Dexateens

In 2011, Alabama garage rockers The Dexateens were on the verge of a breakthrough when they broke up. The band left an entirely finished album, Teenage Hallelujah, unreleased, sitting in storage, collecting dust and tantalizing die-hard fans for the better part of five years. But Teenage Hallelujah’s moment has finally come, and the band has […]

My Morning Jacket’s Carl Broemel kills it softly at the Southern on Friday. Photo by Brian Stowell

ARTS Pick: Carl Broeml

When you are the lead guitarist for a beloved indie-rock band, you get appearances from cool musician friends on your solo record, as is the case for Carl Broemel on his 2016 release, 4th of July, featuring Neko Case, Laura Veirs and some bandmates from My Morning Jacket. While Broemel is known for his guitar […]

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In brief: Wegmans frenzy, costume don’ts and more

Election prank calls Residents in Louisa have reported phone calls in which the caller asks who they are voting for in the presidential election, and depending on which candidate they indicate, might tell them their polling place has been moved. It is unclear whether the voters are hoping to sway Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump […]

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LIVING picks: November 2-8

Family Family Day at the film festival Saturday, November 5 Families and community members of all ages are invited to enjoy a day of film, arts, entertainment and learning. Free, 9am-2pm. Betsy and John Casteen Arts Grounds at UVA. virginiafilmfestival.org. Nonprofit S’mores for Camp Holiday Trails Friday, November 4 Enjoy gourmet s’mores and a special […]

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 […]

Courtesy Virginia Rieley

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 […]