C-VILLE Writers



The visual spectacle of an Excision show takes the typical EDM light show to new levels of visual assault.

ARTS Pick: Excision

A claw-like spaceship hovers above a cityscape as electronic dance music begins to build. The heavy bass finally drops, and a claw releases fiery bombs syncopated with the beat, leveling the city with sound and displayed by the Executioner, a 420 square foot video stage featuring 3D animation. Housed in the center of the behemoth, Canadian DJ […]

Traditional Irish song and dance hits some high notes when the Women of Ireland take it on the road.

ARTS Pick: Women of Ireland

Prepare for St. Patrick’s Day with an evening of traditional Irish song and dance as former Riverdance members and a number of other talented dancers make up the Women of Ireland. The all-female lineup performs iconic steps to enchanting Celtic vocals by a sisterly trio from County Kerry, Ireland. Special guest Anthony Fallon, a four-time world champion […]

Kathryn Caine releases her eighth studio album with a celebration show at the Southern.

ARTS Pick: Kathryn Caine & The Small Band

If you’re looking for a mid-century, backwoods throwback, join Kathryn Caine & The Small Band to celebrate the release of a new studio album. Sometimes twangy, sometimes bluesy, Caine’s vocals evoke ’60s folk darlings Dusty Springfield and Bobbie Gentry on this self-titled collection of wide-ranging Americana. The lifelong singer-songwriter’s lyrics drive tunes featuring guitar work […]

The whistled notes of “Sweet Georgia Brown” signal the Harlem Globetrotter’s return to town.

ARTS Pick: Harlem Globetrotters

Hot hand jersey, make or miss, and trick shot challenge are three new rules fans can vote for to be used in upcoming games by the infamous Harlem Globetrotters. The full court wizards in red, white, and blue have been wowing audiences with superhuman basketball skills for an incredible 88 years, and have played over […]

Photo: Amanda Finn

The scene: Mardi Gras at Fellini’s

See and be seen! We’re sending a photographer to the hottest scenes in Charlottesville for an up-close-and-personal look at what—and who—is going on around town. Know of a photo-worthy event coming up? E-mail writer@c-ville.com.  Despite the chilly weather on Fat Tuesday, there was a fun and festive crowd at Fellini’s #9 celebrating Mardi Gras. The atmosphere […]

Hailee Steinfeld and Jeff Bridges star in this Coen brothers' adaptation of Charles Portis' 1968 novel.

ARTS Pick: True Grit

Jeff Bridges reunited with the Coen brothers in the 2010 Oscar-nominated Western drama, True Grit, based on Charles Portis’ novel of the same name. Seeking revenge for her father’s murder, cantankerous farm girl Mattie Ross (Hailee Steinfeld) hires the surly U.S. Marshal Rooster Cogburn (Bridges). Texas Ranger LaBeouf (Matt Damon) joins the unlikely duo in […]

Four County Players puts on the rockin’ musical Bye Bye Birdie with a cast of vivacious teenagers.

ARTS Pick: Bye Bye Birdie

Take a family-friendly romp through the 1960s in Four County Players’ production of the mod musical Bye Bye Birdie. When teen heartthrob Conrad Birde is drafted into the Army, his agent plans to send him off in style with one last kiss from a lucky fan. Based on the legend of Elvis Presley’s draft controversy, […]

New York City noise pop band The Pains of Being Pure at Heart plays the Southern on Saturday. Publicity Image.

ARTS Pick: Pains of Being Pure at Heart

Music is meant to be felt. It’s a powerful, visceral force that doesn’t just please the ears, but livens the mind, excites the bones, and echoes across the soul. That, at least, is the philosophy behind Pains of Being Pure, New York’s up-and-coming indie rock band. Hitting the music scene hard in 2009 with its […]

Gorilla Theater presents an alternative Frankenstein that’s every bit as thrilling, disturbing, and heartbreaking as the original.

ARTS Pick: Frankenstein

During a stormy summer holiday, Mary Shelley and her companions were challenged by their host Lord Byron to see who could compose the best ghost story. After a few fretful days devoid of inspiration, the tale of Frankenstein revealed itself to her in a lucid dream. Gorilla Theater presents a modern adaptation of the thriller […]

The Beets’ frontman Juan Wauters moves his punk form into sentimental folk on his solo debut.

ARTS Pick: N.A.P. North American Poetry

When Juan Wauters emigrated from Uruguay to Queens, New York in the early aughts, he brought a love of music that was nurtured into maturity in the borough that brought us the Ramones. In his debut solo record, N.A.P. North American Poetry, Wauters delivers effortless hooks and sentimental lyrics with a heavy folk influence. The […]

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Overheard on the restaurant scene: This week’s food and drink news

Charlottesville’s own Starr Hill Brewery is teaming up with Athens, Georgia-based Terrapin Beer Company to create a new Belgian-style espresso stout, GAVA Joe. Pronounced “java,” the collaboration beer is inspired by a longtime friendship between the two companies’ brewmasters, and will be a medium-bodied stout with an alcohol level of about 6.9 percent, fermented with a Belgian yeast strain. The […]

The  Wye Oak duo created its new record while living on opposite coasts.  They will play new tracks at the Southern on Monday. Shervin Lainez

Wye Oak reinvents itself by embracing distance

Wye Oak’s 2011 long player, Civilian, was the band’s breakout record. It was the third release from the duo of Jenn Wasner and Andy Stack, and their first for the vaunted North Carolina indie label Merge. It was a profile-raising album, and one of the most highly lauded recordings of that year, allowing Wasner and […]

Ohana looms large in the feel good, hyponotic jams of Santa Barbara’s reggae-tinged Iration, which brings much love to the Jefferson.

ARTS Pick: Iration

Sunny California meets the Aloha spirit in the alt-reggae troupe Iration, comprised of childhood friends Joseph Dickens, Adam Taylor, Cayson Peterson, Micah Pueschel, and Joseph King. The five-piece is currently gigging on its third release, Automatic, which features a collaboration with Cage the Elephant guitarist Lincoln Parish. The album skyrocketed up the Billboard and iTunes […]

Alex Wirth speaks at the 2014 TEDx UVA conference. Photo: Manali Sontakke/ The Cavalier Daily

TEDx at UVA: Making the path

A 20-year old mountain climber scales the world’s seven highest summits in support of gay and lesbian rights. A fourth-year computer-engineering student at UVA is recognized by many around the world as the king and founder of his own country. And a junior at Harvard University is appointed by Hillary Clinton to the U.S. National […]

Hippie drums get hardcore with Blooddrunk Troll's performance during an evening of Virginia-based Thrash.

ARTS Pick: Blooddrunk Troll

Mention hand drums to most metal heads and you’re likely to get virulent responses, or worse. But the members of local band Blooddrunk Troll prove that hippie drums can be hardcore. John Jones, the dark master of the hand drum, bangs out serious beats on his djembe, laying the foundation for Luke “Beer Troll” Smith’s […]

The Kopecky Family Band proves that you can choose your family after all. The unrelated party of six plays the Southern on Thursday.

ARTS Pick: Kopecky Family Band

Experience runs thicker than blood with dynamic folksters Kopecky Family Band. Shared circumstances rather than chromosomes drew the six Nashville natives together to form a group with thoughtful, emotive lyrics and booming, intelligent musical arrangements. Its latest record, Kids Raising Kids, experiments with sound, building on the rich country history and playful pop beats that […]

The Telegraph called the National Theatre’s War Horse “much more than a show for kids. It is one of the most powerfully moving and imaginative productions of the year, whatever age you happen to be.”

ARTS Pick: War Horse

A young boy and his beloved horse Joey are plucked from tranquil farm life in Devon and thrust into the depraved and violent landscape of World War I. Such is the tale of War Horse, adapted for the stage from the book by Michael Morpurgo, and broadcast live from the National Theatre in London. In […]

Overheard on the restaurant scene: This week’s foodie news

Overheard on the restaurant scene: This week’s foodie news

The Downtown Grille is officially back open for business after being closed for an extensive six-week renovation. Located on the west end of the Downtown Mall, the restaurant has been serving up steakhouse-style fare for 15 years, and managing partner Robert Sawrey said it was time for a change. The entire interior, from the host […]