C-VILLE Writers

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2016: the wild ride is almost over

So here’s the thing: There’s always going to be a worse year. 1347, when the bubonic plague erupted across Europe, beginning a pandemic that would eventually eliminate at least a third of the existent human population, is right up there. 1862, when the devastating charnel house of the American Civil War reached a destructive peak, […]

LIVING Picks: Week of December 28-January 3

FAMILY First Night Virginia Saturday, December 31 Annual community celebration of the arts includes many family-friendly activities on and around the Downtown Mall. Wristbands $6-16, times vary. Downtown Mall. firstnightva.org. NONPROFIT New Year’s Day 5K Sunday, January 1 Race a fairly flat out-and-back, 3.1-mile course to start the new year off right and benefit the […]

Butchertown Burlesque performs Friday, December 30, at The Southern.

ARTS Pick: Butchertown Burlesque

Set to live jazz from the early 20th century, the third installment of Butchertown Burlesque is a nightlife experience from days gone by, “harkening back to yesteryear when flappers and bootleggers reigned,” featuring the Butchertown Cats Orchestra and a roster of dancing starlets from around the U.S. Hostess Deanna Danger encourages revelry and cocktail attire. […]

Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue perform on December 29. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Trombone Shorty

Named by OffBeat Magazine as the New Orleans musical icon for the millennial generation, Trombone Shorty’s groundbreaking fusion of jazz, funk, blues, rock and hip-hop has been compared with other Big Easy greats like Louis Armstrong, Fats Domino, Dr. John, Professor Longhair, Wynton Marsalis and The Neville Brothers. In addition to making music, in 2015 he found […]

Love Canon plays the Jefferson Theater on New Year's Eve. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: New Year’s Eve events

New Year’s Eve Pajama Dance Party featuring Lauren Hoffman’s Secret Storm, Shagwüf, Synthetic Division, Ships in the Night, Just Sex and DJ Cadybug. $15-20, 8:30pm. The Southern Café and Music Hall, 103 S. First St. 977-5590. Irish New Year with King Golden Banshee and a live broadcast from Dublin. No cover, 7pm. Tin Whistle Irish […]

LIVING Picks: Week of December 21-27

FAMILY Kwanzaa celebration Monday, December 26 A discussion will follow a showing of the first feature film on Kwanzaa, The Black Candle: A Kwanzaa Celebration. Free, 3-5pm. Jefferson School African American Heritage Center, 233 Fourth St. NW. jeff schoolheritagecenter.org NONPROFIT Operation Silent Night Through December The Charlottesville-Albemarle SPCA is reducing adoption fees by 50 percent […]

Sarah White welcomes an all-star group of musicians, and breaks out the ball gowns for her traditional Country Christmas show. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: The Country Christmas Show

Gather around the Christmas tree (or plastic Santa Claus) with some of Charlottesville’s favorite singer-songwriters during The Country Christmas Show, hosted by songstress Sarah White. Decked out in party dresses as The (All New) Acorn Sisters, White and Siân Richards perform a set of down-home tunes, with appearances by Luke Wilson, Carleigh Nesbit, Jim Waive […]

More than 30 years after making its debut at the Mineshaft Cellar, Charlottesville musical mainstay Indecision is still fostering a happening scene with its accomplished, jazzy jams. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Indecision

More than 30 years after making its debut at the Mineshaft Cellar, Charlottesville musical mainstay Indecision is still fostering a happening scene with its accomplished, jazzy jams. Covers and originals honed through extensive touring with heavyweights such as Phish, The Neville Brothers, Widespread Panic and Dave Matthews Band are the foundation for this rare musical […]

Coming home for the holidays can be hectic, but Sam, Abe and James Wilson et al make a party of it every year with the annual Sons of Bill & Friends show.  Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Sons of Bill & Friends

Coming home for the holidays can be hectic, but Sam, Abe and James Wilson et al make a party of it every year with the annual Sons of Bill & Friends show. Expect raucous covers, heartfelt traditionals, original faves and lots of laughs between the seriously good musical collaborations in what’s become a who’s who […]

ARTS Pick: Saturday Night Lights Christmas Eve Bash

If roasting chestnuts on an open fire, listening to carols and waiting for ol’ St. Nick to arrive is not your thing, then the Saturday Night Lights Christmas Eve Bash may be the bright spot you’re looking for. Hip-hop, trap and club cuts by DJ Double-U keep things moving into the early Christmas hours and […]

Niko gets a stay of execution. 
Courtesy Prayers for Niko

In brief: Dog lives matter, steakhouse speculation and more

Totally cleared Robert Davis, 32, spent 13 years in prison for a Crozet double slaying after making what experts call a textbook false confession. He was released a year ago on a conditional pardon and on December 16, the governor granted an absolute pardon, a rarity in Virginia. Read more. Rumor of the week Is […]

Trick out your weekend with illusionist Wes Iseli on Friday. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Wes Iseli

Not only has Wes Iseli been perfecting his magic act since the age of 7, he’s built an entertainment business that employs magicians, jugglers and clowns. Fast-paced and filled with surprises, Iseli and his crew unveil Vegas-style modern illusions but keep tradition with a couple of rabbit and dove tricks, too. He also performs an […]

ARTS Pick: Christmas at the Paramount

Anyone who doubts the power of community or the magic of the holiday season need only listen as 75 voices swoop and soar during The Oratorio Society of Virginia’s performance of the Christmas portion (Part 1) and “Hallelujah Chorus” of Handel’s Messiah. Led by conductor Michael Slon and accompanied by a chamber orchestra and four […]

Charlottesville Ballet brings visions of sugar plums to the PVCC stage. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: The Nutcracker

After a fancy Christmas Eve party, Clara falls asleep with a nutcracker in her arms. As she dreams, visions of the Sugar Plum Fairy, a Nutcracker Prince, a Mouse King, Arabian dancers and Mother Ginger with her Polichinelles dance en pointe in her head. Charlottesville Ballet presents a 90-minute version of The Nutcracker, choreographed to […]

Stand-up comedian Anthony DeVito is at Jefferson School African American Heritage Center on Saturday. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Anthony DeVito

Anthony DeVito’s credits include appearances on Comedy Central, “The Jim Gaffigan Show” and “Gotham Comedy Live,” but it’s his storytelling on NPR’s “This American Life” (check out Episode 572, “Transformers”) that confirms his bio: “Comic. Writer. Italian.” DeVito takes a resonant path through family-centric tropes with an East Coast Italian-American attitude that gives his delivery […]

Susan Payne. Photo: Jackson Smith

In brief: Payne, Ross outta here, Woodriff buying arena and more

Payne, Ross closing When politicians need flack assistance stat, there’s one number they call: Payne, Ross and Associates. And around the beginning of the new year, Charlottesville’s public relations institution will close its doors after almost 35 years. “It’s a new vision,” says principal Susan Payne. Partner Lisa Ross Moorefield says the closing is a […]

LIVING Picks: Week of December 14-20

Family Holiday tours Friday, December 16-Friday, December 23 Take a tour of the Frontier Culture Museum by lantern light and enjoy holiday traditions of the past. $8 kids, $15 adults, 6-8pm. Frontier Culture Museum, 1290 Richmond Rd., Staunton. Reservations required: (540) 332-7850. Nonprofit Kiwanis Christmas tree sale Through December 21 For the 84th year, the […]

Corey Gorey joins The Lightmare Before Christmas lineup for a solo set at the Tea Bazaar on Saturday. Image: Kristen Chiacchia

ARTS Pick: The Lightmare Before Christmas

Moody times call for moody tunes. Locally stacked triple bill The Lightmare Before Christmas featuring the darkwave of Jaquardini speaks volumes to our need for something darker than the blues with the cathartic space beats of This Hollow Machine and the Brickbats’ Corey Gorey in a goth solo set. Saturday, December 10. $7, 9pm. Twisted […]

The illuminated art installation “Let There Be Light” dapples the PVCC campus on Friday. Courtesy of the artist

ARTS Pick: ‘Let There Be Light’

Despite the short days and early nightfall, there’s light on the horizon at the 10th annual “Let There Be Light” installation. James Yates curates an eye-dazzling array of work from area artists that challenges the senses and offers magical perspectives, including Yates’ “Luminous Egg Hunt,” which he says is “drawn from the writings of Carlos […]

In brief: Screwdrivered, Uber option and more

In brief: Screwdrivered, Uber option and more

And the next election cycle begins Charlottesville Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Joe Platania says he’ll seek his boss’ job in 2017. Commonwealth’s Attorney Dave Chapman plans to retire after 24 years as the city’s top prosecutor. And state Senator Bryce Reeves officially threw his hat into the lieutenant governor’s ring, vying with two other Republicans who […]

LIVING Picks: Week of December 7-13

Family Monticello gingerbread house workshop Saturday, December 10 and Sunday, December 11 Feast on cookies and hot chocolate as you create a colorful new addition for your holiday décor. $55 for a four-member family pass, 2-4pm. Smith Woodland Pavilion at Monticello, 931 Thomas Jefferson Pkwy. monticello.org Nonprofit Santa Pancake Breakfast Sunday, December 11 Enjoy breakfast […]

Son jarocho music is to the countryside state of Veracruz, Mexico, what fiddle music is to the Appalachian region. Zenen Zeferino and Julia del Palacio perform at McGuffey on Saturday. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Radio Jarocho

Steeped in music tradition, son jarocho blends elements of African rhythms, Spanish poetry, melodies and native Mexican culture into a single genre, and members of New York City’s Radio Jarocho—master sonero Zenen Zeferino from Jáltipan, Veracruz and zapateado dancer Julia del Palacio from Mexico City—are in town to share their knowledge. They’ll give workshops on […]

Joe Lawlor and Friends headline a benefit for the Sexual Assault Advocacy Fund at the Southern on Saturday. Photo by Elizabeth Swider

ARTS Pick: Joe Lawlor and Friends

When Joe Lawlor is not on the road with Dave Matthews Band’s audio crew, the accomplished guitarist is often leading his own sets influenced by funk, blues and classic rock. While it’s a joy to see Lawlor on big stages sitting in on a jam with Dave, there’s a special glow to his hometown all-star […]

A sign pops up in Lee Park November 28 after a blogger digs up old Wes Bellamy tweets.
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In brief: Best of Bellamy tweets, surreptitious sheriff filming and more

Quote of the week “I really #hate how almost 80% of the black people here talk white…#petpeeve. #itstheniggainme. #dontjudgeme.”—Wes Bellamy tweet, March 30, 2010. Read related story, “Tweetstorm: Bellamy apologizes for ‘inappropriate’ posts.” Korte in court Former UVA film studies professor Walter Korte appeared in court November 28 and waived a preliminary hearing on the […]

A Charlie Brown Christmas is showing at Four County Players. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: ‘A Charlie Brown Christmas’

A sparse Christmas tree, a roundheaded kid who questions holiday spirit, a jazz soundtrack and a stirring read of the nativity story combined to make history when “A Charlie Brown Christmas” premiered in 1965. To the dismay of its creators, Charles M. Schulz and Bill Melendez, the animated TV show (ironically commissioned by the Coca-Cola […]

Dylan LeBlanc returns with his Cautionary Tale at the Southern on Saturday.

ARTS Pick: Dylan LeBlanc

Singer-songwriter Dylan LeBlanc has everyone from Rolling Stone to Ralph Lauren featuring his music and singing his praises, but the pressure of early success (at age 19) also left a few scars. After two albums for Rough Trade, LeBlanc chose to resettle in the comfort of his hometown of Muscle Shoals, Alabama, and dig in […]