C-VILLE Writers



School's in! Photo: Elli Williams

Back to school: Start times, the death of class rank, and more

It’s that time of year again: Kids are headed back to school. As both county and city school divisions prepare for the annual return of students, we’ve collected updates on a few hot topics in local public education, from starting bells to snow days. Check out our feature stories on the city schools’ tablet program and […]

Photo by Robert Llewellyn

Best of C-VILLE 2014: The winners

The votes are counted and the winners are in. C-VILLE Weekly readers have named their picks for the best Charlottesville has to offer, from restaurants to fitness classes to doctors, parks, and music venues. Did your favorites top the list? Check out the full issue on the stands or right here online.

What's in and out (behavior-wise) at local playgrounds. Photo: James Hall

Playground etiquette: Quaint oxymoron or the rules of civilized society?

Is there a commonly accepted “playground etiquette?” Or are playgrounds a lawless land ruled by barbaric, screaming bullies and their diaper-clad children? Thinking back, wistfully, to my own children’s blissful playground days, I see images of radiant, round-faced, sun-screened toddlers, squealing with glee as they run, slide, and swing. Wait! Has the ether of time […]

There’s no shortage of accolades for fast forward rock musician Jolie Holland. She plays cuts from her new record Wine Dark Sea at the Southern on Saturday. Publicity photo.

ARTS Pick: Jolie Holland

The intimate energy and raw emotion of Jolie Holland’s experimental live sets have recently garnered the attention of musical purists, the press, and even artists like Tom Waits and Sage Francis. Her permutation of folk, country, rock, jazz, and blues is meticulously blended and though her sound is distinctly original, a close listen will find […]

Andy Dean leads gothic metal outfit Bella Morte through brooding melodies. Publicity photo.

ARTS Pick: Bella Morte

From the first note, Bella Morte is an all-out assault on the senses, with gothic metal as its weapon of choice. With a nod to Evanescence and Linkin Park, the local-born rockers continue the tradition of combining explosive sounds with brooding rhythms. An original mix of powerful guitars laced with electric synth that vacillates from […]

The shellbacked Renaissance teens get a 3D treatment in Michael Bay’s modernization of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Publicity photo.

Film review: The updated take on TMNT loses charm

The fact that Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles isn’t as bad as it could have been is a small miracle, given the reverse Midas touch of producer (and not director, another miracle) Michael Bay on preexisting franchises. Considering the film’s primary problems are only that it’s basically a straight-to-DVD actioner with cartoon characters shoehorned in and […]

The modern dreamwave of Kishi Bashi’s chamber pop takes flight by violin at the Jefferson on Friday. Publicity photo.

ARTS Pick: Kishi Bashi

There’s no metaphor or comparison that can illuminate the splendor of Kishi Bashi’s music. It’s beautiful and there’s no better way to describe it. Brandishing his violin, the Norfolk-based musician creates lush melodies that are soft and dream-like, accentuated by Asian undertones and complemented by upbeat electric riffs, melancholy bass chords and thoughtful lyrics. His […]

Clairy Browne and the Bangin’ Rackettes bring their groove to the Southern on Monday. Photo credit: Jo Duck

ARTS Pick: Clairy Browne and the Bangin’ Rackettes

If there’s one thing that Clairy Browne and the Bangin’ Rackettes prove, it’s that music always benefits from a little attitude. Their sound captures a swanky sense of fun from the blues era, delivering a healthy kick that wakes the soul to an experience beyond clichés and catchy hooks. Supported by a classic trio of […]

The Pat Metheny Unity Group carries jazz forward at the Paramount on Sunday. Photo credit: Jimmy Katz

ARTS Pick: Pat Metheny

Legendary guitarist and composer Pat Metheny has been on the scene since 1976’s Bright Size Life (his seminal debut with bassist Jaco Pastorious and drummer Bob Moses) and has toured continuously for decades. His is a rich, fluid, and conceptually ambitious tone, colored by influences as wide-ranging as the swing of Wes Montgomery or the […]

A Richard Williams-designed home connects its inhabitants to the landscape. Photo: Stephen Barling

From the editor-at-large: In context

It was autumn, and I had just moved to Charlottesville late that summer to embark upon the second phase of architecture school. I was thrilled, humbled, and full of optimism. Back then, I kept a paper map of North Carolina in my car. It had torn edges, crisp, hair-thin folds, and palimpsest markings of journeys […]

Project Pat brings the beats of southern hip-hop from Memphis to the Main Street Annex on Friday. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Project Pat

Rap lovers know that the best beats come from hard-hitting rhythms coupled with solid flows of raw lyrics. That’s why Project Pat remains a standout of the genre. The brother of Three 6 Mafia member Juicy J, Pat gives fans exactly what they want; a steady roll of unabashed rap glory. Characterized by a pulsing […]

Get On Up fills the big screen with the larger than life antics of soul legend James Brown portrayed by Chadwick Boseman. Photo credit: Universal Pictures

Film review: James Brown biopic gets it right

Get On Up is the best possible film of an inherently mediocre genre: the biopic. Most biopics render themselves obsolete by failing to admit that when a person is famous, we almost always know the most interesting thing about them because that thing is the reason they’re famous in the first place. Whether the subject […]

Villains unite in song during this musical review. Photo credit: Play On! Facebook page

ARTS Pick: Now That’s What I Call Evil

It’s time to get your evil on, or at least enjoy the sound of evil as your favorite Broadway baddies and Disney villains display their wickedness through song. Play On’s musical revue Now That’s What I Call Evil brings together the most vile characters from the screen and stage for a single evening of musical […]

The Pie Guy Justin Bagley will soon ply his pies into the wee hours on weekends. Photo: Christian Hommel

Giant pizzas, 2am pies, and other restaurant news

By the slice  Everything’s bigger in…Virginia, apparently. As of last Monday, Charlottesville is home to the newest location of Benny’s, a southern Virginia restaurant chain that serves up slices of pizza roughly the size of a small child.  According to local co-owner Nick Stancampiano, each pie is 28 inches in diameter, and a slice served […]

Ash Lawn Opera’s Fiddler on the Roof stars baritone David Kravitz as Tevye, a father’s struggling to maintain a traditional European Jewish upbringing amidst political unrest in Tsarist Russia. Photo credit: Ben Moore-Coll

ARTS Pick: Fiddler on the Roof

Now in its 50th year of production, Fiddler on the Roof has seen eight consecutive seasons on Broadway, nine Tony Awards, and countless audiences. In the capable hands of Ash Lawn Opera, the classic musical continues to deliver an iconic score, a well-loved story and timeless depictions of tradition, love, and survival. Through 8/8 . $12-65, […]