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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 […]

Locals give blood after 9/11. Photo: Jen Fariello

Out of the archives: A 9/11 remembrance in words and photos

This year marks C-VILLE’S 25th anniversary, and as such, we’ve been spending a lot of time poring over our archives. For several weeks, most of us on the editorial staff have spent part of every week with our noses buried in the giant hardbound books of newsprint that date to the late ’80s—before some of […]

Ancient greek enchantress Medea, portrayed by Helen McCrory, goes on a murderous bender when family matters become complicated. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Medea

Cure your back-to-school blues with a little Greek life—ancient Greek, that is. The Paramount kicks off a fresh season of live streaming from London’s National Theatre with Euripedes’ classic tragedy Medea. Helen McCrory takes the title role as a wronged wife who exacts a terrible revenge in this modern production by playwright Ben Power and […]

Kevin Kline portrays an unscrupulous, scandalized Errol Flynn in The Last of Robin Hood. Photo credit: Killer Films

Film review: The Last of Robin Hood steals no glory

Not since Raul Julia’s puzzling appearance in the New Jersey Public Television video chroma key disaster “Overdrawn at the Memory Bank” has A-level talent looked as out of place as it does in the attempted scandal flick The Last of Robin Hood. But where “Overdrawn” can blame its production value on the fact that it […]

Terri Allard pairs well with the gorgeous Jefferson Vineyard setting for their sunset concert on Saturday. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Terri Allard

Local Americana sweetheart Terri Allard strums out the perfect acoustic backdrop for Jefferson Vineyards’ Sunsets Become Eclectic series. Kick back with a glass of Virginia Viognier and get lost in the award-winning songwriter’s gritty homegrown vocals. With five studio albums under her belt, Allard is a folk festival favorite across the country thanks to her […]

Audience members at the Light House Studio's Youth Film Festival support the educational non-profit as well as the filmmakers. Photo credit: Light House Studio on Facebook

ARTS Pick: Youth Film Festival

Lights, camera, education! Catch a sneak peek of local student films before they hit the national festival circuit at Light House Studio’s 13th annual Youth Film Festival. Works from past Light House students have moved on to larger audiences at the LA Film Festival and the Cine Youth Chicago International Film Festival, and won multiple […]

Sherri King. Photo courtesy UVIMCO.

UVA endowment manager Sherri King dies at 39

A managing director with UVA’s endowment who grew up in Charlottesville died suddenly Sunday of a blood clot in her brain, according to reports confirmed by a colleague. Sherri King, 39, joined the University of Virginia Investment Management Company in 2012, said UVIMCO CEO Larry Kochard, and oversaw fixed-income investments at the fund, one of the […]