C-VILLE Writers



Four County Players puts on Arthur Miller's award-winning play, The Crucible. Linda Hogan Photography

ARTS Pick: The Crucible

No one escapes suspicion in The Crucible when paranoia fuels charges of witchcraft, and Massachusetts Bay Colony citizens are pressured into false confessions. Arthur Miller’s award-winning play merges societal paranoia and the history of the Salem witch trials that began in 1692 and resulted in the execution of 20 people. Through October 29. $15, times […]

Michael McGee stars in Conor McPherson’s St. Nicholas, a one-man show about a jaded theater critic who’s obsession with an actress leads him into the cold, soulless world of vampires who challenge his selfish ways. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: St. Nicholas

Michael McGee stars in Conor McPherson’s St. Nicholas, a one-man show about a jaded theater critic who’s obsession with an actress leads him into the cold, soulless world of vampires who challenge his selfish ways. The Los Angeles Times says McGee, who initally performed the play on the West Coast, uses “perfectly inflected cadences [to] […]

Beppe Gambetta plays Friday, October 13, as part of The Prism at C'ville Coffee. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Beppe Gambetta

Known for a smile as disarming as his talent, Italian flatpicker Beppe Gambetta plays acoustic arrangements in four languages—English, German, Italian and the provincial dialect of Genovese—on his 13th release, Short Stories. In his original compositions, the guitarist makes his affection for traditional folk music clear, and holds “America in his heart, and his roots in the […]

Enjoy rides down the Rivanna River in handmade wooden boats, and learn about one of the most seasoned travelers: monarch butterflies, at the Boats and Butterflies Festival.

LIVING Picks: Week of October 4-10

FAMILY Fall Fiber Festival Saturday, October 7, and Sunday, October 8 Bring the whole family for craft workshops, sheep dog trials, Celtic music and dancers and more at this 30th annual festival. Adults $5, children 16 and under free, 10am-5pm Saturday; 10am-4pm Sunday. James Madison’s Montpelier, 11350 Constitution Hwy., Montpelier Station. fallfiberfestival.org FOOD & DRINK […]

Patti LaBelle performs at The Paramount Theater on October 8. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Patti LaBelle

From her beginnings in the church choir, Patti LaBelle’s soulful vocals have showcased blues, gospel, jazz and funk that have catapulted her to a singing career of more than 50 years. The Detroit native has expanded her talents to include baking and barbecue sauce, but the energy she brings to the stage remains, and her […]

The award-winning, record-smashing Zac Brown Band proves that strength does come in numbers. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Zac Brown Band

Two heads are better than one…but how about eight? The award-winning, record-smashing Zac Brown Band proves that strength does come in numbers. Blending rock energy with country style, the group is tearing through the U.S. on the Welcome Home tour, following the release of its latest album of the same name. The new tracks are […]

Steeped with timeless lyrics and rootsy influences, the multi-instrumental Della Mae creates original music that draws on both traditional and avant-garde styles. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Della Mae

Inspired, versatile and entirely unique: These are among the words that have been used to describe the Boston-based act Della Mae. Steeped with timeless lyrics and rootsy influences, the multi-instrumental group creates original music that draws on both traditional and avant-garde styles. With a desire to focus on their personal lives and solo work, the […]

Leslie Odom Jr. from Hamilton is one of the performers at the kickoff to UVA's bicentennial. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: UVA bicentennial

On a fall day in 1817, Thomas Jefferson, James Monroe and James Madison met in a field to place a cornerstone on land that is now University of Virginia’s Lawn. Two hundred years later to the day, Hamilton’s Leslie Odom Jr. and R&B singer Andra Day will perform, along with more than 900 students and […]

Tom Petty co-headlined the Lockn' Music Festival in 2014. Image: MaryEllen Matthews

Ten Things I Love About Tom Petty

“They told Tom Petty that his first solo album wasn’t commercial enough. It had f**king “Free Fallin’” on it.” Drive-by Truckers’ Patterson Hood lists the first 10 things that come to mind in no particular order.

COIN. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: COIN

COIN makes the kind of sweet indie pop perfect for blasting on Indian summer drives with the car windows rolled down. This energy translates to the stage, where lead singer Chase Lawrence spends performances whipping his hair, jumping off amps and hyping up the crowd until it’s having as good a time as he is. […]

Son Little. Photo by Marc Lemoine

ARTS Pick: Son Little

Whether you believe in magic or not, you’ll be left wide-eyed with wonder listening to Son Little’s second full-length album, New Magic. In his quest to find where musical ideas originate, this Philadelphia-born songwriting sorcerer made a name for himself weaving together American music genres. The result is a cohesive vision that is entirely unique, […]

Colter Wall plays the Hoopla main stage on Friday. Photo by Melissa Stillwell

ARTS Pick: Colter Wall

There are no barriers when it comes to Canadian-born songwriter Colter Wall. Despite starting his career two years ago, Wall has been filling the boots of legends such as Johnny Cash and Hank Williams, and using them to achieve great heights. Gritty storytelling alongside folk-bluegrass guitar and banjo power his debut, self-titled album, which he […]

Photo by Michael Bailey

ARTS Pick: WE ARE PUSSY RIOT OR EVERYTHING IS P.R.

In 2012, five members of the performance protest troupe Pussy Riot made a surprise appearance inside Moscow’s Cathedral of Christ the Savior, where the group launched into what is now deemed the “punk prayer,” and took the Lord and Vladimir Putin’s names in vain. Putin was outraged, and Patriarch Kirill declared (per the Guardian), “the […]

In brief: Monolithic tendencies, hysterical society and more

In brief: Monolithic tendencies, hysterical society and more

Monolith on West Main What wasn’t quite clear from renderings of The Standard, the deluxe student apartments now under construction across from The Flats on West Main Street, was just how massive and Soviet Bloc-looking the 499-space parking garage is. Good news: It’s going to be covered by the building and won’t be a stand-alone […]

Rivanna River. Photo by Jack Looney

LIVING Picks: Week of September 27-October 3

FAMILY Family fun hike Friday, September 29 Local high schooler and wilderness guide Char Tomlinson leads a seasonal hike that highlights native plant and animal life. Pay what you will, 12:30-1:30pm. Wildrock, 6700 Blackwells Hollow Rd., Crozet. RSVP to 823-5100. NONPROFIT Rivanna River Renaissance Conference Friday, September 29 Various community speakers talk about projects relating to […]

In brief: A new reputation, a boycott and scary statistics

In brief: A new reputation, a boycott and scary statistics

Rebranding hate If the #cvillestandsforlove looks familiar, like the “Virginia Is For Lovers” logo, for instance, that’s because Susan Payne, wearing her chair-of-the-Virginia-Tourism-Corporation-board hat, created the hashtag using the state’s 50-year-old iconic logo. “It’s the same family,” says Payne. “And it’s all free. No city money is being used.” According to Payne, Governor Terry McAuliffe […]

New Kingston brings its soulful, rhythmic reggae to Emancipation Park on Friday. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: New Kingston

Beats and brotherhood Made up of brothers Tahir, Stephen and Courtney Panton Jr., along with their father, Courtney Panton Sr., New Kingston infuses urban style into its Jamaican heritage, bringing fresh innovation to its soulful, rhythmic reggae. Starting musical careers at an early age in New York, the family has become a vibrant force on […]

Vasen plays Saturday, September 23, at C’ville Coffee. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Vasen

Three become one in the Swedish folk band Väsen, an acoustic trio now in its 27th year of touring. The veteran group, made up of Roger Tallroth on 12-string guitar, violist Mikael Marin and Olov Johansson, a prominent nyckelharpa (a “keyed fiddle”) player, is deeply rooted in the aged traditions of the Swedish countryside. Through […]

The Hypnagogia Film Collective screens its nontraditional work at The Bridge on Tuesday. Courtesy image

ARTS Pick: Hypnagogia Film Collective

Various techniques lend texture and drama to the works in the Hypnagogia Film Collective. Contributions by artists Angus Carter, Edmond Marchetti and Larry Simon, along with guest filmmakers, are “unified through the collective’s devotion to innovation and transcending concepts of what constitutes filmmaking.” The group’s experimental films use a variety of formats, including celluloid Super […]

Proceeds from Dover Quartet’s September 23 benefit concert go to the Heal Charlottesville Fund. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Dover Quartet

Called “the young American string quartet of the moment” by the New Yorker, the Dover Quartet will perform a benefit concert in support of those affected by the August 12 hate rally, with proceeds going to the Heal Charlottesville Fund. Starting out in 2008, the group has rocketed upward—captivating audiences with its dynamic sound and […]

Fall Arts Preview: Getting to the art of the matter

Fall Arts Preview: Getting to the art of the matter

The power of art is strong in our town. Before, and in reaction to the events of August 12, our community circled a heavy “piece of art” that carries a shameful history littered with atrocities on its back. Whether or not it remains intact—and what it represents to whom—it’s become an inflammatory icon that provoked […]

Students shrouded a statue of UVA founder Thomas Jefferson in front of the Rotunda September 12.
Photo Eze Amos

Tarped: Students shroud Jefferson statue in black at Rotunda

By Natalie Jacobsen “No Nazis, no KKK, no racist UVA!” a parade of students crossing University Avenue chant. “Louder!” shouts a woman with a megaphone. Just after sundown around 8pm Tuesday night, as the rain fell, more than 100 students gathered in front of the Rotunda and surrounded the Thomas Jefferson statue. Two students drummed […]