C-VILLE Writers



MacArthur "genius" Bill Strickland is the keynote speaker at Philanthropy Day on Monday. Photo courtesy of CNE.

LIVING To Do: CNE Philanthropy Day

Large or small, charitable giving makes any community healthy and vibrant. Educate, motivate, and inspire the philanthropist inside at the Center for Nonprofit Excellence’s seventh annual celebration of local good-doing. MacArthur “genius” award winner Bill Strickland speaks about his support of the arts at a special sold-out lecture. Get on the wait-list at thecne.org. Monday […]

Dress up hardy local veggies at this original cookoff. Photo courtesy of the Jefferson School African American Heritage Center.

LIVING To Do: Greens Cookoff

Grab some Thanksgiving inspiration at a cook-off geared for greens. Whether you’re whipping out grandma’s trusty recipe or testing the waters with something new, crafty cooks can doctor up this Southern staple to take home the collard crown. Saturday 11/8. Free, 3pm. Jefferson School African American Heritage Center, 233 Fourth St. NW. 260-8720.

Country folk vet warms up C'ville Coffee's stage with poignant acoustic tunes. Publicity photo.

ARTS Pick: Pierce Pettis

Although he may not be a household name, Pierce Pettis has been a forerunner of the singer-songwriter scene since the mid-’80s. His original songs have energized the genre and inspired covers by Garth Brooks, Suzanne Vega, and Shawn Colvin. During his 30-year career, Pettis has released more than 10 albums and played just about every […]

The Last Bison puts a stake in the grounds of Americana folk rock with VA, its solid new tribute to the home state. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: The Last Bison

If music is poetry, then the evidence is in the perfect harmonies of The Last Bison. Hailing from the southeast corner of Virginia, the Bison defined its latest album, VA, in a rustic cabin on the edge of Chesapeake Bay’s Great Dismal Swamp—and contrary to the location name, the tunes are bright, sunny, and upbeat. […]

Modern composer Joo Won Park builds sonic compositions with unusual instruments augmented by sounds available in his performing environment. Hear what he finds at UVA’s open grounds in a livestream concert on Thursday. Publicity photo.

ARTS Pick: Technosonics XV

Technology and music have a symbiotic relationship. Developments and inventions constantly change the way we write, perform, and listen to music of all styles and genres. Technosonics XV: Found Sound celebrates the latest innovations in music technology by showcasing digital music, electro-acoustic music, and the combination of high profile performers with UVA composers and faculty. […]

Dee Dee Penny’s Dum Dum Girls play it smart, fast, and loud at 
the Southern on Sunday. Publicity photo.

ARTS Pick: Dum Dum Girls

Dum Dum Girls is a throwback band that’s a force to be reckoned with. Take spitfire riffs, increase the attitude, and spice generously with talent for an adrenaline rush coupled with a healthy dose of introspection. Moving beyond simplistic ballads, frontwoman Dee Dee Penny explores a wealth of emotion, defining rebellion in life, love, and […]

Why wait for Virginia Cider Week when you can raise a glass to the local apple harvest this Sunday? Photo courtesy of Albemarle Ciderworks.

LIVING To Do: Apple Harvest Festival

Indulge in a cornucopia of autumnal activities with local food and artisans at Albemarle Ciderworks’ Apple Harvest Festival. Take a hayride over the mountain, taste local hard ciders, or test your baking mettle in an apple pie contest. Gallatin Canyon, Jim Waive, and The Get Rights keep the honky tonk tunes going all day. Free, […]

Wine and dine after your charity run in Trump Winery's historic barn pavilion. Photo courtesy of Trump Winery.

LIVING To Do: Race & Taste 10K

If you need a little extra motivation to hit the track, try adding food and wine at the finish line in the Race & Taste 10K. Participants will enjoy a scenic run through Trump Winery’s 1,300-acre estate and end at the vineyard’s pavilion for included brunch and wine tasting with live entertainment. All proceeds benefit […]

We Are Star Children go behind the mask for an all-ages Halloween extravaganza at Ix featuring “a costume contest with semi-sober celebrity judges and awful prizes.” Publicity photo.

ARTS Pick: TRIX at Ix

Far from the ordinary costume party, TRIX at Ix promises to up the ante on All Hallows’ Eve with a jam-packed live music lineup featuring Chamomile & Whiskey, We Are Star Children (above), Shagwüf with Sally Rose, EurythmIX with Lauren Hoffman, and Girl Choir. Local artist Russell Richards demonstrates his trademark mask creation while the […]

Benedict Cumberbatch plays the Creature in National Theatre’s darkly disturbing rendition of Frankenstein at the Paramount on Friday. Publicity photo.

ARTS Pick: Frankenstein

Leave a barrel of fun size bars on the porch and immerse yourself in the madness of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein played out by a highly talented cast. The horror classic is brought to the screen from London’s National Theatre, and directed by Academy Award winner Danny Boyle. Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller alternate the […]

Preservation Hall Jazz Band and Ronell Johnson (above) join living legend Allen Toussaint at the Paramount on Thursday. Publicity photo.

ARTS Pick: Allen Toussaint

Legendary pianist Allen Toussaint has been a staple of the New Orleans R&B scene for more than half a century, playing theaters and clubs and influencing and collaborating with marquee names like Paul Simon, Elvis Costello, Joe Cocker, The Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney, and NOLA’s own Preservation Hall Jazz Band. In honor of their shared […]

Jason Alley has converted Stonefield restaurant Pasture to a barbecue joint called PastureQ. Photo: Sarah Cramer Shields.

Stonefield restaurant changes it up, and other restaurant news

The folks behind Pasture rarely do anything under the radar. But the Stonefield-based restaurant’s patrons who walked by during the week of October 20 were likely surprised to find paper hanging in the windows and a sign tacked to the door. “We are currently closed as we transition into PastureQ…a southern regional barbecue restaurant,” the […]

Try dozens of craft brews at Sunday's fundraising festival for the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank. Photo courtesy of The Splinter Group.

LIVING To Do: Homebrew for Hunger Beer Festival

If Oktoberfest failed to quench your thirst for craft brews, indulge your beer tooth at the second annual Homebrew for Hunger Beer Festival, where all proceeds benefit the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank. Sample over 80 beers ranging from long-beloved saisons and IPAs to more original offerings, including Swedish Fish Sour Beer and Smoked Chipotle […]

Lee Bains III and the Glory Fires tell new stories about a complicated past on their album Dereconstructed. The rockin’ Birmingham quartet opens for Diarrhea Planet on Friday at the Southern. Publicity Image

Lee Bains III & the Glory Fires defy Southern rock tropes

Deconstructed displays its dichotomy right off the bat. The sophomore missive from Birmingham, Alabama’s Lee Bains III and the Glory Fires opens with a greasy overdriven guitar riff and some howling gospel-inflected vocalizations from Bains. Twenty-five seconds into “The Company Man,” the drums and bass kick in and it’s pure boogie, twin guitars trading twangy […]

Robert Rydland (center) stars as lovesick sculptor Brindsley Miller in Four County Players' production of Black Comedy. Publicity photo.

ARTS Pick: Black Comedy

Barboursville’s Four County Players give dark humor a new meaning in a production of Peter Shaffer’s riotous one-act farce Black Comedy. Beginning in total darkness, the play follows lovesick sculptor Brindsley Miller’s futile attempt to impress his fiancée’s wealthy father with various objets d’art “borrowed” from an absent neighbor. Unexpected visitors, errant phone cords, and […]

Support the Nelson County Community Fund at a masquerade dinner with Veritas wine. Publicity photo.

LIVING To Do: Opportunity Ball with a Halloween Twist

Forget black tie. Here, dressing to the nines means pulling out your Halloween best. Draculas, King Tuts, flapper girls, and Lady Libertys are all invited to pull up a seat and a glass of Saddleback Chardonnay at the Nelson County Community Fund’s ninth annual gala. Whether your costume’s inspired by fame and fortune or legend […]

Eric Vloeimans leads the unique jazz trio Oliver’s Cinema in a Charlottesville Jazz Society performance at UVA on Friday. Publicity photo.

ARTS Pick: Oliver’s Cinema

Despite running through the theme songs from Rosemary’s Baby, Cinema Paradisio, and l’Amour des Moules (a documentary about mussels) in its first meeting, the modern jazz trio Oliver’s Cinema has no connection to the movie industry. The band’s moniker came courtesy of an anagram brainstorm by founder and feisty trumpeter Eric Vloeimans (it’s his name), […]

UVA Chemistry L.E.A.D. students orchestrate a hands-on lab demo for mad scientists in training. Photo courtesy of Virginia Discovery Museum.

LIVING To Do: Boo Bash

Get your li’l pumpkins and mini monsters into the spooktacular spirit at an evening of family-friendly Halloween fun. Don your kookiest costumes to explore a witch’s cabin, rub elbows with a mad scientist, give Boo Bowling a spin, and win prizes in a variety of games, crafts, and hands-on activities. Let the orange and black […]

Jazz-trained, soulful rocker Arum Rae caps off a tour through middle America with a show at The Garage on Thursday. Publicity photo.

ARTS Pick: Arum Rae

After sharing stages with legends Willie Nelson and B.B. King, soulful siren Arum Rae is stepping out on her own. Formerly known as White Dress, the Brooklyn-based songstress’ ethereal, bluesy vocals pack a heart-on-sleeve punch over cyber-synthesized beats and the occasional minimalist guitar line on her newly released EP Waving Wild. Thursday 10/23. Free, 8pm. The […]

The soon-to-be-retired Cirque du Soleil show Dralion begins a five-day run at JPJ Arena on Wednesday. Publicity photo.

ARTS Pick: Cirque du Soleil’s Dralion

Death-defying acrobatics, provocative dance, and subtle physical humor will tickle your senses in Cirque du Soleil’s Dralion—a combination of dragon and lion inspired by Eastern philosophy and the spiritual quest for balance between man and nature. The show anthropomorphizes the four elements that govern the natural order of life: air, water, fire, and earth, blending […]

Avery Fernando Gray. Photo: Albemarle Charlottesville Regional Jail

Murder charge for Hardy Drive shooting suspect

A grand jury has indicted two Charlottesville residents in connection with a May shooting on Hardy Drive that killed Oscar Nathaniel “Nat” Brown. The indictments charge Avery Fernando Gray Jr., 39, with first-degree murder, use of a firearm in a felony, malicious shooting, and possessing a firearm as a violent felon. Also charged is Brittany […]