C-VILLE Writers



Taylor Crannis routinely climbs 90 feet in the air to trim trees with a razor-sharp chainsaw while using geometry to map out his pruning plan. Photo by Amy Jackson

Outdoors Issue: Let’s take this outside!

Inside this year’s Outdoors Issue, you’ll learn about eight different jobs that celebrate being outside—and all the tricks of the trade that a few local workers employ. From geometry calculations to determine where to cut a tree limb to avoid hitting a window or power line  to how best to move a rattlesnake from a […]

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ARTS Pick: In Full

That first hour on Friday after 5 o’clock is special. The window to the weekend opens up, a breeze of freedom summons—the boss is off your back, deadlines are met, the deal has closed—and it’s time to tilt a few back. Rock-solid cover band, a jukebox come to life, In Full is right there with […]

ARTS Picks: Haus of Belle

ARTS Picks: Haus of Belle

The drag showcase Haus of Belle offers queens, kings and femme fatales primping, preening and performing in high style. Directed by Dreama Belle, the lineup features Beverly Bouver, Bunny Nicole, Ro’Three, Ivy Dripp, Jason Cox and Latashiya Shade in addition to headliner Bert Darling, who promises on his Facebook page: “I’ll be pulling out new […]

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ARTS Pick: Kat Somers

Local singer-songwriter Kat Somers has been performing and writing music since sixth grade. Her earnest, original tunes float on sunny melodies, acoustic picking and lyrics sung from the gut in a voice that powers its message through. The recent college grad embarks on a busy summer schedule that finds her booked throughout the region, thanks […]

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LIVING Picks: Week of May 24-29

Nonprofit Before the Flood screening Thursday, May 25 The Local Energy Alliance Program (LEAP) hosts a showing of this National Geographic documentary about climate change as well as a Q&A session with environmental experts. Free, 7pm. The Paramount Theater, 215 E Main St., Downtown Mall. 979-1333. Family Meet Yer Eats Farm Tour Monday, May 29 […]

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ARTS Pick: Goodnight Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet)

In Goodnight Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet), literature scholar and self-described old maid Constance Ledbelly has reason to believe that two of Shakespeare’s iconic tragedies, Othello and Romeo and Juliet, were not originally written as tragedies at all. Too timid to show her skeptical boss her findings, Constance withdraws into her subconscious mind and the two […]

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In brief: Killer drug epidemic, movie money and more

Killer drug epidemic More than 1,100 Virginians died in 2016 from the state’s opioid epidemic, with fentanyl, the drug that killed Prince, now racking up the most fatalities. And while the state hasn’t had much luck so far in slowing addiction, which often occurs after people are prescribed opioid-based meds for pain, it is a […]

Charlie Mars performs Friday at the Southern.

ARTS Pick: Charlie Mars

Some scour the beach for shells, Charlie Mars went looking for songs. Called to the ocean on his latest album, Beach Town, Mars takes inspiration from the Gulf Coast in depicting salty characters, lost lovers and a search for redemption along the sandy fringes of our Southern border. His songwriting carries such vivid themes that the […]

[titleofshow] runs through May 28 at Belmont Arts Collective.

ARTS Pick: [title of show]

With an open script and generic name, [title of show], the “musical about two guys writing a musical about two guys writing a musical,” by Jeff Bowen and Hunter Bell, has become a work-in-progress with each production crew adding updates and changes based on its experience. The one-act play takes a comical look at the […]

The Mavericks perform this Friday at the Jefferson.

ARTS Pick: The Mavericks

Raul Malo, the Grammy Award-winning leader of The Mavericks, loves to joke about his human compassion and self-proclaimed “hippie speak.” The Cuban immigrant wants his band’s eclectic blend of classic country, cow-punk and standards to unify audiences.“Maybe it’s the hopeless romantic in me, but I’d like to make a place where all people can come […]

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LIVING Picks: Week of May 17- 23

NONPROFIT 33rd Eastminster Dog Show Wednesday, May 17 This annual dog show includes categories for family (dogs and humans), agility, costume, best rescue and, of course, best in show. Donations to the Charlottesville-Albemarle SPCA accepted; 5:30pm registration, classes at 6:30pm. Keswick Hunt Club Horse Show Grounds, 701 Club Dr., Keswick. caspca.org FAMILY Guided kayak trip Saturday, […]

ARTS Pick: Death of a Salesman

Widely considered one of the greatest American plays of the 20th century, Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman was the first to hit the trifecta with a Tony Award, New York Drama Critics’ Circle Award and the Pulitzer Prize. The story centers around the broken dreams and despairing family of salesman Willy Loman, as he […]

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C-VILLE music writers share can’t-miss concerts

Please Don’t Tell IX Art Park 5/25 Please Don’t Tell might be the Charlottesville music scene’s best-kept secret. This duo plays dark and often humorous Berlin cabaret with piano, cello and vocals.—Jackson Landers Future Islands The Jefferson Theater 5/30 On the movie soundtrack of your life, Future Islands delivers the mellow, moody, cinematic synth-pop for […]

Old Salt Union performs Wednesday, May 10, at The Southern Cafe and Music Hall.

ARTS Pick: Old Salt Union

Old Salt Union’s hipster looks and laid-back attitude pair well with its love of high-energy, foot-stomping Americana music. But the band does all it can to buck tradition with unique arrangements and an original newgrass sound that recently earned the group Best Bluegrass Band and Best Country Band titles in the Riverfront Times’ Best of St. […]

Grant Gordy and Ross Martin perform Saturday, May 13, at C'ville Coffee.

ARTS Pick: Grant Gordy and Ross Martin

Billed as two of acoustic music’s most forward-thinking virtuoso guitarists, Grant Gordy and Ross Martin pick out bluegrass, jazz and American traditionals in flawless two-part guitar creations that have critics elated about the duo’s 2016 album, Year of the Dog. Bluegrass Today says, “The way Ross and Grant make jazz guitar work on acoustics is among […]

Antoine Scott has shared the stage with such comedic notables as Kevin Hart and “30 Rock”’s Tracy Morgan, and has appeared on Showtime and TV One.  Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Antoine Scott

Antoine Scott has shared the stage with such comedic notables as Kevin Hart and “30 Rock”’s Tracy Morgan, and has appeared on Showtime and TV One. Scott’s manic energy takes audiences along on a wild comedy ride with a special Mother’s Day show presented by the United Nations of Comedy that includes Anthony DeVito and […]

ARTS Pick: Dump

Former UVA Corner Parking Lot attendant James McNew’s solo side project Dump often features guest appearances by members of McNew’s main band, a Jersey outfit by the name of Yo La Tengo. Why bother with the offshoot? As a subplot to YLT, Dump is where we get an ear-peek into McNew’s contributed value, closer to […]

LIVING Picks: Week of May 10-16

FAMILY The Festival of Cultures Saturday, May 13 This 14th annual event includes music, dance, song, storytelling, cultural activities and exhibits, food and more. Free, 10am-4pm. Lee Park, 201 Second St. NE. festivalofcultures.org NONPROFIT Charity golf tournament Tuesday, May 16 The Virginia Institute of Autism is the beneficiary of funds raised at this second annual […]

Best of C-VILLE nominations: Back up and running!

Best of C-VILLE nominations: Back up and running!

As some of you know, Best of C-VILLE nominations were suspended earlier this week due to some frustrating technical glitches we couldn’t overcome without pressing pause and taking a hard look at our system. What we found was, essentially, that we needed to start over. So we had it rebuilt. Nominations are open (again) now and better than […]

A solo set by Robert Dick, Stephen Nachmanovitch or Robert Jospé is dazzling in its own right, but combine these talents into a trio and you’ll witness something musically supernatural. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Robert Dick, Stephen Nachmanovitch and Robert Jospé

A solo set by Robert Dick, Stephen Nachmanovitch or Robert Jospé is dazzling in its own right, but combine these talents into a trio and you’ll witness something musically supernatural. Presented by WTJU and the Charlottesville Jazz Society, the evening features Dick on the flute and bass flute, Nachmanovitch singing and playing the violin, viola, […]

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ARTS Pick: May the Fourth Be With You

Since it exploded into theaters in 1977, Star Wars has left a crater-like impact on pop culture. And since 2011, May 4 has been the unofficial day that superfans dust off their lightsabers, pull on their stormtrooper helmets and celebrate the popular franchise. At May the Fourth Be With You: A Celebration of the Music […]

Gorilla Theater Productions’ takes a contemporary approach to Spring Awakening. Courtesy Gorilla Theater Productions

ARTS Pick: Spring Awakening

Taking on the topic of sexual oppression at the turn of the 19th century, Frank Wedekind’s Spring Awakening drives straight through the soul of puberty. Gorilla Theater Productions’ contemporary approach to the coming-of-age story confronts themes of reproduction, rape and suicide so incisively it’s subtitled A Children’s Tragedy. Through May 14. $10-15, times vary. Gorilla […]

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In brief: Hot fun at Foxfield, close shaves and more

Keeping score at Foxfield The 40th annual running of the horses and the donning of sundresses and hats by UVA students for heavy day-drinking took place April 29 and drew more than 12,000 race fans. With the temperature soaring to 90 degrees, it’s no surprise there were more medical emergencies than usual. Thirty-eight people sought […]

Erin & The Wildfire will perform at Saturday's IPA Jambeeree. Photo by  Milo Farineau

LIVING Picks: Week of May 3-9

FAMILY Jack Hanna’s Into the Wild Live Saturday, May 6 Jungle Jack takes you into the wild with an array of incredible animals, including a baby cheetah, kangaroo, penguin, baby tiger and two-toed sloth. He’ll also share stories and footage from his adventures in Africa, the Amazon, Antarctica and beyond. $24.50-54.50, 4pm. The Paramount Theater, […]

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ARTS Pick: Virginia Folklife Apprenticeship Showcase

Each spring in central Virginia a unique handoff takes place at the Virginia Folklife Apprenticeship Showcase. After nine months of learning from the best in their respective fields, students graduate with skills and a deep appreciation for traditional music, food and crafts such as Hindustani vocals, square dance calling, paper sculpture and Cambodian costume-making. The […]