C-VILLE Writers



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From the A-School: What does urbanization mean for design?

Editor’s note: Beginning this month, each issue of Abode will include a column written by a graduate student at the University of Virginia School of Architecture, providing a glimpse into the considerations of the next generation of architects. The world is entangled in complex sets of relationships and nothing is what it seems. Design disciplines […]

Hardywood Brewery will open its taproom and brewery in the first floor of the Uncommon building. The space will hold a 1,100-square-foot taproom and outdoor beer garden. Photo: Submitted rendering

In brief: Who’s a racist, Miller time and more

Armed robbery season in swing Along with the influx of students come reports of muggings: September 4 around 11pm in the 400 block of Rugby Road; August 31 around the 800 block of Cabell Avenue; August 30 in the 300 block of Sixth Street SE; and August 21 around midnight in the 1500 block of […]

The magic elixir of Chamomile and Whiskey pours from the Pavilion stage at this week’s Fridays After Five. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Chamomile and Whiskey

Charlottesville’s Chamomile and Whiskey mixes an intoxicating blend of Irish, old-time and gypsy music into its own brand of Americana. Since releasing its debut album, Wandering Boots, in 2013, the band, revered for its live performances, has played venues and festivals all over the U.S. The highly anticipated hometown show is bound to be a […]

Through a combination of skits, songs and stand-up comedy bits, the Capitol Steps deconstruct the gaffs and guffaws of the 2016 presidential race. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Capitol Steps

In a presidential election cycle where the real candidates have flipped the script on civility, you’d think that political comedy troupe Capitol Steps would be hard-pressed to wring more humor from the headlines. However, the group, founded as a holiday party gag in 1981 by former Capitol Hill staffers, is determined not to be upstaged […]

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LIVING Picks: Week of September 7-13

Food & Drink Farm to Feast dinner Sunday, September 11 Enjoy a family-style meal of locally sourced food at Blenheim Vineyards’ Farm to Feast benefit dinner, which supports Local Food Hub and Farm Aid. In addition to dinner prepared by acclaimed chefs, there will be passed canapés, a teepee “cocktail” lounge and live music from […]

Atlas Gray provides a colorful jaunt into jazz-funk musical territory at Jefferson Vineyards on Saturday. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Atlas Gray

Was rock band Atlas Gray really formed as an effort to ward off an elephant stampede with a wall of sound? Despite the myth, Hartford, Connecticut’s power-soul five-piece deftly leads listeners on a fantastic exploration marked by signposts of jazz and funk, while navigating what the band deems an “emotional safari.” Since 2014, the group […]

Modern reggae performer Mighty Joshua has a way with words at the IX Art Park on Saturday. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Mighty Joshua

Through a fast-flowing, modern take on reggae, Richmond’s Mighty Joshua makes magical connections with his audience. The uplifting performer uses his art to fight HIV/AIDS and support children’s programs in Africa with a passion that’s resulted in garnering the official title of Virginia Reggae Ambassador. Vibe Riot opens. Free, 5pm Saturday, September 10. IX Art […]

“Let’s relate, let’s relate, let’s relate,” of Montreal’s Kevin Barnes sings on the band’s new album. They take the stage on Tuesday at the Jefferson. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: of Montreal

Over the course of two decades and 14 LPs, of Montreal’s Kevin Barnes has established himself as a bit of a sonic chameleon while usually covered in glitter. He swallowed up ’60s psych-pop, Prince-ly funk and glassy prog while morphing deftly between the personal and the fantastical. On the new record Innocence Reaches, the first […]

Upon completion of the Berkmar Bridge, one can drive from the former Shoppers World, now called 29th Place, up to CHO without setting wheels on 29. Courtesy of VDOT

In brief: New bridge, 10-story luxury hotel, funky smoothies and more…

Good news for smoothie fans Charlottesville has no reports of hepatitis A cases like the outbreak that struck 28 Tropical Smoothie Cafe patrons throughout Virginia that was thought to be caused by contaminated Egyptian strawberries, according to the local Virginia Department of Health office. Understudy steps in While UVA drama professor Walter Francis Korte Jr., […]

Photo by Emily Sacco

LIVING Picks: August 31-September 6

Food & Drink Virginia Food Truck Battle Sunday, September 4 Twelve area food trucks will fight it out for the title of “best food” at the second annual Virginia Food Truck Battle & Beer Competition. Proceeds benefit The MaDee Project, which helps families and their children with pediatric cancer. $10, 2pm. Frontier Culture Museum of Virginia, […]

Painter Lou Haney’s exhibit, “Ripe,” opens September 2 at The Garage. Photo by Katelyn Greer

First Fridays: September 2

First Fridays: September 2 “There’s something compelling about taking something small and making it large,” says local artist Lou Haney, whose gouache on yupo paper paintings of larger-than-life fruit at various stages of maturity will hang at The Garage in September. “When an object normally fits in your hand,” she says, you have to reconsider your […]

ARTS Pick: Green Jelly

West Coast punk blasters Green Jellÿ began as Green Jello in the early 1980s, playing electrifying performances with rowdy crowds that eventually resulted in the band getting banned from some venues, and a Kraft Foods lawsuit that forced the name change. Imprinting itself on Hollywood’s underground scene, Green Jellÿ grew its reputation with the addition […]

Drew the Dramatic Fool must pull off a one-man variety show in order to save himself in PVCC’s season opener on Friday.

ARTS Pick: Drew the Dramatic Fool

All the performers in this variety show have been assassinated, except for Drew the Dramatic Fool, and the show must go on or he’s next. Drew attempts to perform every act, from juggling 36 balls to sawing someone in half, in a bumbling, comical examination of fear processed through stage antics established by royal jesters, […]

Sawyer Fredericks released his first album of original material, A Good Storm, in May and is supporting the album on well-known stages around the country. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Sawyer Fredericks

Unassuming upstate New York farm boy Sawyer Fredericks broke onto the national scene after winning star-maker reality TV show “The Voice,” under the guidance of coach Pharrell Williams. The contemporary folk singer won the hearts of fans with Ray LaMontagne and Neil Young tunes channeled preciously through his boyish, soulful style. Saturday, September 3. $20, […]

From the summit, hikers get 360-degree views as far as the eye can see. (See Best Hike.) Photo: Matteus Frankovich/Skycladap

Best of C-VILLE 2016: Health & Fitness

Shape up or ship out, we say. And readers agree, having voted for the best in everything from martial arts school to personal trainer. And, when the going gets a little too tough, you weighed in on the best docs in town to keep you limber and living well.   FITNESS CLASS The MADness (MADabolic) Runner-up: C’ville […]

Matisyahu goes all-in with a full band bonded by music as its spiritual guide and the freedom of improv at the Jefferson on Tuesday. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Matisyahu

Back in 2005, Jewish-American beatboxer and rapper Matisyahu, heavily influenced by scat- and hazzan-style singing, joined jam band Phish on stage at Bonnaroo for two songs that turned into an improvisational display of lyrical gymnastics, and Matisyahu’s passion for full-band improvisation was laid bare. Now, more than a decade later, he’s formed a master improv […]

Photo: Robert Llewellyn

Best of C-VILLE 2016: Services

Change your own oil, till your own garden, paint your own nails. It’s all too much to keep up with—throw some money at the problem and move on. Here’s who readers say top their list for good help, from car repair to pet hotels.   REAL ESTATE AGENT Jamie White Runner-up: Sasha Farmer Honorable mention: Paul McArtor […]

Keep that secondhand vape smoke coming—it smells like cotton candy. Photo: Keith Alan Sprouse

Best of C-VILLE 2016: Shopping

Moola, cash, dinero, dolla dolla bills—it doesn’t matter what you call it, you like spending money. And you know where all that hard-earned coin should go, too. From toys and books to bow ties and pet food, here’s how you’ve been shelling out your shekels.   JEWELRY STORE Andrew Minton Jewelers Runner-up: Keller & George Honorable mention: Tuel Jewelers […]

Time to make the biscuits! Owner Brian Ashworth and his staff show up at 6am to start folding the dough. (See Best Breakfast Sandwich.) Photo: Amanda Maglione

Best of C-VILLE 2016: Food & Drink

If you are what you eat (and drink), then you’re tacos, dumplings, wings and wine. You’re pizza, you’re burgers. You’re beer and croissants. And, amazingly, you’re still hungry for more. Here are your picks for the best edibles.   RESTAURANT C&O Restaurant Runner-up: Lampo Honorable mention: Tavola As a founder of Charlottesville’s fine dining scene, the C&O […]

Experimental folk rock from the Marian McLaughlin Trio hits the Twisted Branch Tea Bazaar on Friday. Photo by Serena Kefayeh

ARTS Pick: Marian McLaughlin

Singer-songwriter and guitarist Marian McLaughlin weaves together imaginative lyrics and intricate classical guitar work, then delivers it so rhapsodically that you can’t help but be drawn into her wake. A couple of years ago, McLaughlin captured the attention of NPR’s “All Songs Considered” host Bob Boilen, who likens her music to that of Joanna Newsom […]

The Paramount will host Light House Studio's Annual Youth Film Festival this Friday. File photo

ARTS Pick: Annual Youth Film Festival

Put a child in front of a camera and you might end up with a candid moment that’s viral-worthy and gets grandma tapping on her smartphone. Put kids on both sides of the camera and you’ll gain unique perspectives on society, community and family at Light House Studio’s Annual Youth Film Festival. The film center […]

Moon Taxi’s smooth indie-prog jams kick off the Saturday night lineup at the Lockn’ Festival. Photo by Joshua Wilkins Black

ARTS Pick: Moon Taxi

From Coachella to Firefly, Nashville-based pop rockers Moon Taxi have spent the summer honing their upbeat, charismatic live set at music festivals across the country. Their songs, inspired by life on the road and the power of the human bond, blend personal lyrics, synths, guitar, bass and drums into a subtle, pleasing sound that’s well-suited […]

Love Canon. Photo: Chris Pecoraro

Best of C-VILLE 2016: Entertainment

What do a century-old building, a greenstone outcrop and an urban ruin have in common? This year, readers say they’re all great places to be entertained. We’ll trust ya.   MUSICIAN Love Canon Runner-up: Chamomile and Whiskey Honorable mention: Erin & the Wildfire A wise man once said, “If you’re good at something, you’ll tell everyone. If […]