C-VILLE Writers



Make some extra dough during the week at this wood-fired pizza cooking class led by Pippin Hill executive chef Ian Rynecki.

LIVING Picks: Week of February 28-March 6

Family Mad Hatter’s Murder Mystery Escape Room Friday, March 2 Teens in grades seven to 12 are invited to search for clues and crack a series of locks to escape from the Mad Hatter’s tea party. Light refreshments served. Free, 6:30-8pm. Crozet Library, 2020 Library Ave., Crozet. 823-4050. Nonprofit Liberation & Freedom Day celebration Saturday, […]

ARTS Pick: The Wind and The Wave sweeps the alt-indie scene

The Wind and The Wave has been quietly and unassumingly sweeping the alt-indie rock music scene since its debut album dropped in 2014. Made up of singer-songwriters Dwight Baker and Patty Lynn, who began making music just to see what would happen, The Wind and The Wave ended up with a serious following of rabid […]

As its name suggests, Beyond the Pale goes beyond the boundaries of what seems to be acceptable, bringing the beauty of timeless tradition into the here and now. Photo by Avital Zimer

ARTS Pick: Beyond the Pale crosses musical boundaries

Canadian chamber-folk group Beyond the Pale formed in 2001, employing expert musicianship and dynamic song-crafting to create a sound that takes from jazz, reggae and classical music, while being heavily accented by Balkan and Romanian tradition. The group crosses musical borderlines on instruments from around the world, including fiddle, accordion, guitar, mandolin, hammered dulcimer and […]

Sean Prunka takes on the juicy lead role in, Gorilla Theater Production’s staging of King Lear. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Shakespeare sets the stage for family dysfunction

Aging does not come gracefully in William Shakespeare’s tragedy King Lear, in which familial power struggles, corruption and a descent into madness mark the unraveling of a king and his kingdom. Sean Prunka takes on the juicy lead role, one that’s coveted by actors around the world, in Gorilla Theater Production’s staging of original family […]

Knot on a network (cat5) patch cable. Isolated on a white background.

Ask a technologist: Will losing net neutrality protections affect me?

By John Feminella In December, the Republican-led Federal Communications Commission voted to repeal its own 2015 ruling about how Internet service providers should be regulated, saying it was eliminating “heavy-handed micromanagement” of the Internet. Many users saw it differently, and lamented what they saw as a loss of important safeguards. At the heart of the […]

Things are getting good in Richmond as the session is in its final stretch. File photo.

In brief: Medicaid expanded, Building Bridges crashed and more

Medicaid expansion clears House For Terry McAuliffe’s entire term as governor, Medicaid expansion for 400,000 uninsured Virginians remained out of grasp. Last week, after Republican Delegate Terry Kilgore broke rank in favor of expansion, the House voted 68 to 32 in favor, with local delegates Rob Bell, Steve Landes and Matt Fariss in the no […]

Launched in 2017,
the Charlottesville Playwrights Collective offers local writers like Sean McCord an outlet for original work. Publicity photo

Charlottesville Playwrights Collective finds its feet

By Leslie Scott-Jones Charlottesville has always looked at itself as a place where art can flourish, and the theater scene is no different. From Four County Players to the Jefferson School African American Heritage Center to Live Arts, our area has enough live theater to go around. On any given night there is an opportunity […]

Even if you don’t recognize the JUUL itself, which resembles a USB thumb drive, its litter is becoming increasingly common. A walk around the Corner will put you within eyeshot of hundreds of the small plastic JUUL pod containers. Photo by Mylesclark96

Students light up over JUULing

By Sam Padgett living@c-ville.com There’s a new verb hanging in the Charlottesville air: JUULing. If you have heard it, most likely from a high school- or college-aged kid, rest assured it isn’t some odd youth mining craze. A JUUL, pronounced “jewel,” is a small vaping device that can be found in nearly any local convenience […]

ARTS Pick: WinterSongs brings together women in song

The fourth annual WinterSongs brings together hundreds of local female vocalists using their voices as a weapon to fight violence against women in our community. After a day of “joyful empowerment” where they “mix, share, support, cheer and sing for each other,” student ensembles from Charlottesville, Albemarle and the University of Virginia will perform a […]

ARTS Pick: Spit it out at Hip-Hop Karaoke

Can’t get Drake’s “God’s Plan” out of your head? Think you’ve got the pipes to take on Rhianna or ya feel some old school Jay-Z comin’ through? Spit it out at Hip-Hop Karaoke where SGtheDJ calls the role as the line for the stage fills with local MCs and wannabes, cued to drop rhymes from […]

Country superstar Luke Bryan’s hit songs put a contemporary spin on broken hearts and driving trucks, allowing him to shift from mainstream to the hip-hop, rock world of bro-country. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Luke Bryan puts a new spin on country

Country superstar Luke Bryan’s hit songs put a contemporary spin on broken hearts and driving trucks, allowing him to shift from mainstream to the hip-hop, rock world of bro-country—a term he rejects, but it seems appropriate for a guy who’s been named Entertainer of the Year by the Academy of Country Music and Country Music […]

Psychedelic, space-rock band Ruckzuck finds its unique sound through pulsing synths, fuzzy riffs and, at times, dark but entrancing lyrics that drive the three-piece’s soundscapes. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Ruckzuck hurtles through space rock

Psychedelic, space-rock band Ruckzuck finds its unique sound through pulsing synths, fuzzy riffs and, at times, dark but entrancing lyrics that drive the three-piece’s soundscapes. Hailing from the mountains of Pennsylvania, the group’s name has numerous meanings, all of them having to do with moving forward and moving fast—a perfect title for this progressive, futuristic […]

Lucas Johnson (Monticello High School), Choetsow Tenzin (Albemarle High School) and Alex Moreno (Western Albemarle High School) testify before a House subcommittee February 5 in support of more mental health instruction in the ninth and 10th grades. Submitted photo

In brief: Some kids lobby, some get married and some listen to Drake

Mental health focus Lucas Johnson isn’t old enough to vote yet, but the 17-year-old Monticello High senior and his peers from two other county high schools—Choetsow Tenzin at Albemarle and Alex Moreno at Western Albemarle—didn’t let that stop them from demanding the General Assembly support more school instruction on mental health. “I had a best […]

The Fralin Museum of Art at UVA leads children on age-appropriate tours and hosts hands-on art activities, this session centered on “marvelous monotypes.” Courtesy photo

LIVING Picks: Family art, mindfulness and Porkapolooza

FAMILY Family Art Jams Saturday, February 17 The Fralin Museum of Art at UVA leads children on age-appropriate tours and hosts hands-on art activities, this session centered on “marvelous monotypes.” Parents and adult family members are encouraged to serve as assistants. Free, 10am-noon (ages 5-12) and 1-3pm (ages 8-12). The Fralin, 155 Rugby Rd. 243-2050. […]

ARTS Pick: Getting animated at film fest

A variety of techniques, budgets and effects come together at the 19th annual Animations Show of Shows. The festival traverses themes of societal trends and modern anxieties with 16 screenings including The Burden, a quirky stop-motion short about how being trapped in a routine life makes the apocalypse seem liberating, and Everything, “a simulation of […]

Asher McGlothlin perfectly captures the spirit of his childhood in the Appalachian Mountains, as well as the leap from teenager to adulthood, on his January 2018 debut EP Bardo, which takes its name from the Buddhist term describing the halfway place between death and rebirth. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Asher McGlothlin’s musical limbo

Asher McGlothlin perfectly captures the spirit of his childhood in the Appalachian Mountains, as well as the leap from teenager to adulthood, on his January 2018 debut EP Bardo, which takes its name from the Buddhist term describing the halfway place between death and rebirth. Able to be both chaotic and delightful, McGlothlin takes on […]

Scott Bradlee's Postmodern Jukebox, founded by pianist and arranger Bradlee in 2009, takes listeners on a journey across decades, playing songs from the modern era—everything from the party pop of Miley Cyrus and Lady Gaga to the minimalist rock of Radiohead—and rearranging them, while keeping the familiar lyrics, and adding a vintage twist. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Time travel with Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox

Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox can be summed up in three words: musical time travel. The group, founded by pianist and arranger Bradlee in 2009, takes listeners on a journey across decades, playing songs from the modern era—everything from the party pop of Miley Cyrus and Lady Gaga to the minimalist rock of Radiohead—and rearranging them, […]

African-American culture in 1920s New York City is discerned through the poetry of Langston Hughes, Countee Cullen and Claude McKay, seen through the eyes of painter and muralist Aaron Douglas, and told through the voice of art historian David Driskell in Of Ebony Embers: Vignettes of the Harlem Renaissance. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Paying tribute to the Harlem Renaissance

African-American culture in 1920s New York City is discerned through the poetry of Langston Hughes, Countee Cullen and Claude McKay, seen through the eyes of painter and muralist Aaron Douglas, and told through the voice of art historian David Driskell in Of Ebony Embers: Vignettes of the Harlem Renaissance. These iconic figures form an ensemble […]

Farm Bell Kitchen’s owner, Ryan Hubbard, and executive chef, Jabari Wadlington, in their West Main Street eatery, which serves new Southern cuisine and is housed in a brick building constructed by Thomas Jefferson’s master carpenter. Photo by Stephen Barling

Farm Bell Kitchen honors its historic roots

By Sam Padgett and Erin O’Hare The weathered farm bell stationed outside the restaurant is a bellwether for what you’ll find inside: farm-to-table Southern cuisine. Ryan Hubbard, co-owner of Red Hub Food Co. and the Dinsmore Boutique Inn, has combined his love of preserving the past with his passion for new Southern cuisine into Farm […]

The dreamy magic of romantic ballet melds with technical prowess in Charlottesville Ballet’s Evening of Romance. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Evening of Romance will keep you on your toes

The dreamy magic of romantic ballet melds with technical prowess in Charlottesville Ballet’s Evening of Romance. Performances include a tongue-in-cheek princess battle for the eye of Prince Charming, the dramatic pas de deux from Le Corsaire and an intriguing original work titled :dôgm: by Steven Melendez. Friday, February 9 and Saturday February, 10. $15-21, times vary. CB Studio Theatre, 1885 […]

ARTS Pick: Zephyrus conquers powerful works

ARTS Pick: Zephyrus conquers powerful works

As religious war ravaged central Europe in the early 17th century, cultural establishments in Germany suffered great losses including gigs for musicians and venues for performances—so, it’s no wonder that powerful works were composed in respite during this time. Small ensemble Zephyrus captures the mood 400 years later in Da Pacem Domine: Music from the […]

Since the day he ripped through “Johnny B. Goode” at age 5 while sitting in with his father’s band, people have had their eye on Marc Broussard. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Marc Broussard keeps it authentic

Since the day he ripped through “Johnny B. Goode” at age 5 while sitting in with his father’s band, people have had their eye on Marc Broussard. His ability to blend classic R&B, rock and soul is enriched by his unique musical style, fueling a loyal fan base since the release of his debut album […]