C-VILLE Writers

Albemarle wants to survey what internet service is available in the county before accepting a fiber broadband proposal from Central Virginia Electric Cooperative, which wants a $550,000 tax break from the county.

Better access: Supes mull broadband deal

By Jonathan Haynes Lack of high-speed internet access has been a big issue for rural areas of Albemarle County in recent years. In January, the Central Virginia Electric Cooperative submitted a proposal to incorporate fiber optic broadband cables along its existing infrastructure in Albemarle, which could benefit about 3,600 county customers. CVEC says it can […]

The former Lee-Jackson House at Washington and Lee in Lexington is now called Simpson Hall.

In brief: New monikers, old murder case, hot market and more

Goodbye, Robert E. Lee The statue remains in the former Lee Park, but the park’s name has changed—twice—in the past year. That trend is happening across the state, most recently last week in Staunton and Lexington. By name Lee Park is now Market Street Park. Robert E. Lee High School in Staunton will be renamed, […]

Town Mountain performs at The Prism Coffeehouse at C'ville Coffee on Saturday.

Arts Pick: Town Mountain

With six releases and a reputation for hard-driving jams, string band Town Mountain covers broad musical territory, drawing in fans of bluegrass, country, classic rock and boogie-woogie. The group cites the Grateful Dead’s Jerry Garcia and lyricist Robert Hunter among its influences. Piece that together with talent in the vein of Nashville legends Willie Nelson, […]

Just Loud performs at the Pavilion on Sunday. Publicity image.

Arts Pick: Just Loud

Vintage vibes abound with a stylish blend of ’80s pop, funk, and soul from debut artist Just Loud. His EP Episode I, which featured the single “Electrified,” racked up over 1.5 million streams on Spotify as the first step in his quest to bring back funk. He collaborated with Blondie’s Debbie Harry on his single […]

Family drama plays out in Four County's Lion in Winter on  weekends through October 28. Image: Linda Hogan Photography

Arts Pick: The Lion in Winter

It’s 1183, and Queen Eleanor of Aquitaine is in prison for raising an army against her husband King Henry II—except during the holidays. Written in 1966, the comedic and dramatic play The Lion in Winter follows the Plantagenet family’s fight for the throne during the Christmas season. Directed by Clinton Johnston, this adaptation magnifies the […]

Prop bags will be supplied at the shadowcast presentation of The Rocky Horror Picture Show 
at IX Art Park 
on Friday. Publicity image.

Arts Pick: The Rocky Horror Picture Show

There’s probably not a movie that’s better suited for shadowcasting than The Rocky Horror Picture Show. The over-the-top musical about a haunted castle inhabited by “a sweet transvestite from Transsexual, Transylvania,” is a cult classic that has kept costume parties going year-round for many generations, proving that we don’t have to “do the time warp […]

The Devon Allman Project plays The Jefferson Theater Thursday, October 4. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: The Devon Allman Project

When your dad and his brother and most of his friends are musical legends, the pull of the stage is in your blood. Devon Allman answered the call with a punk band at age 13, and by the time he forged a relationship with his famous dad, Gregg, at 17, he was a skilled guitarist […]

Gillian Welch is among the artists scheduled to perform at this year's Festy Experience. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: The Festy Experience

It’s not often that you can learn about mushroom cultivation, experiment with the didgeridoo, get an acupuncture treatment, and take a yoga class while the Hackensaw Boys, Gillian Welch, and Ricky Skaggs belt it out in the Blue Ridge Mountains. The Festy Experience is defined by three days of Americana music in a family-friendly, comfortable […]

The Turnpike Troubadors play the Sprint Pavilion Friday, October 5. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Turnpike Troubadors

Evan Felker is full of stories, Southern twang, and soul. As frontman for the Turnpike Troubadours, Felker delivers tales of loss and love bolstered by the fiddling and electric strumming of his Oklahoman bandmates in tunes that swing from listening moments to dance-your-ass-off numbers. Playing bigger stages hasn’t changed the band’s accessible, laid-back approach to […]

“Guns don’t kill people, people kill people. And monkeys do too—if they have a gun.” Eddie Izzard brings his multi-layered sarcasm to the Paramount on Thursday, October 4. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Eddie Izzard

Through his unique gift of gab, Eddie Izzard can deliver off-color punchlines and move on to European politics without skipping a beat. In celebration of his 2017 memoir, Believe Me: A Memoir of Love, Death, and Jazz Chickens, Izzard takes the stage to reflect on childhood, alternative sexuality, and personal loss with humor and candor. […]

A celebration of art,  music,  song,  and  dance takes place at the Rivanna river on Saturday, September 29.  Publicity photo.

Creativity comes naturally to the Rivanna River at FLOW 2018

Harmony is difficult to come by amidst the traffic jams, loading screens, and other small annoyances of daily life. Deborah McLeod makes her escape through a union of art and nature. And FLOW 2018 holds the door open for others into the world of the Rivanna River. FLOW is a festival that gathers the artists and […]

Hiroya Tsukamoto brings his swift guitar stylings to a Prism Coffeehouse event at C'ville Coffee Friday, September 28. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Hiroya Tsukamoto

The swift guitar stylings of Hiroya Tsukamoto are the result of his discovery of the banjo, and a childhood love of bluegrass comes through in his playing, which includes takes on folk, jazz, and traditional Japanese music. As a teen, Tsukamoto worked tirelessly to perfect his craft, and it paid off in 2000 when he […]

Thomas Rhett plays John Paul Jones Arena Saturday, September 29. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Thomas Rhett

With Life Changes, Thomas Rhett delivers a collection of fearless rock and country vibes in a reflective ode to things lost and found. Growing up in the music scene, Rhett seemed destined to follow in the footsteps of his country singer dad, but found himself fostering the success of his peers, penning tunes for acts such […]

Frank Turner & The Sleeping Souls play The Jefferson Theater Monday, October 1. Photo by Lisa Marie Gee

ARTS Pick: Frank Turner & The Sleeping Souls

Acoustic-folk extraordinaire Frank Turner is an expert at traversing artistic and geographic borders. He was born in Bahrain before moving to England where he studied alongside classmate Prince William (and picked punk over posh traditionalism). Following the dissolution of his hardcore group Million Dead, Turner focused his energies on a singer-songwriter career. He attributes the […]

Brandi Carlile plays a benefit concert for the Charlottesville Free Clinic at The Sprint Pavilion on Friday, September 28. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Brandi Carlile

Self-taught instrumentalist and singer-songwriter Brandi Carlile broke out in 2007 with her second album, The Story, and a career built on bright folk-pop was launched. Eleven years later, Carlile’s sixth studio release, By the Way, I Forgive You, is a deeply personal record that grapples with loss, forgiveness, queer motherhood, and spirituality. Boston indie-folk quartet Darlingside […]

This historic Woolen Mills property will become the new headquarters for WillowTree, thanks to developer Brian Roy's four-year dream of restoring the mill. Photo by SkycladAP

‘White hot:’ Building still booming—but not for everyone

What a difference a decade makes. Ten years ago, the housing bubble had burst, the hottest area in real estate was foreclosures, and the Downtown Mall was littered with vacancies. Today, the county development scene is “white hot,” according to Albemarle Director of Community Development Mark Graham, and in the city, Director of Economic Development […]

The family band Birds of Chicago is pro at mashing soul, rock, and roots influences into a single, irresistible set.

ARTS Pick: Birds of Chicago

Country twang that hops and sways, soul that trembles and soars—these descriptors make up two halves of an imaginative whole. Americana duo Birds of Chicago got their start with a leap of faith, when JT Nero and Allison Russell paused their individual music endeavors to celebrate their 2013 self-titled debut. Home is on the road […]

Robert Wray's homegrown play The Secret Rain offers up an arresting coming-of-age story. Performances will be held out of the Belmont Arts Collective through September 29.

ARTS Pick: The Secret Rain

Casey Horn is growing old, and with age comes a whole lot of trouble—between his mother’s poor taste in men, his younger brother’s out-of-this-world obsession, and the neighbor girl’s frustrating lack of interest, he’s finding that life isn’t exactly grand. The Secret Rain follows Casey as he navigates these obstacles with the help of Audrey […]