C-VILLE Writers



Get breathless from laughing, when Antoine Scott performs at The Jefferson School African American Heritage Center on Saturday. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Antoine Scott will keep you laughing

If it’s your goal to keep mama happy this Mother’s Day weekend—and it better be—then comedian Antoine Scott has you covered. Scott built a reputation for delivering beyond expectations in comedy clubs around the country. Fans say he leaves them gasping from laughter and they call him one of the funniest raw comics of all […]

Designers and vendors featured in this year’s Design House in Wind River showcase the latest in interior design techniques, and offer inspiring ideas for homes. Proceeds benefit the Shelter for Help in Emergency.

LIVING Picks: Week of May 9-15

FAMILY Mother’s Day Music Festival Saturday, May 12 Tandem Friends School hosts its annual Mother’s Day Music Festival featuring tunes, food, drink and activities for all ages. $7 (moms get in free), 2-8pm. Tandem Friends School, 279 Tandem Ln. 296-1303. NONPROFIT SHE Design House Through May 20 Designers and vendors featured in this year’s Design […]

Part musical, part puppet show, the audience goes along for the ride in Avenue Q as Princeton discovers that his nice neighborhood friends are anything but ordinary. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Go along for the entertaining ride in Avenue Q

Part puppet show, part musical, Avenue Q is about a recent college grad named Princeton, who moves into a rundown apartment in New York City. Written by Jeff Marx and Robert Lopez, and based on the book by Jeff Whitty, the audience goes along for the ride as Princeton discovers that his nice neighborhood friends […]

Energy and style, from smooth lead guitar riffs to driven bass lines held steady by slick rhythms, are the keys to Swimming with Bears' feel-good soul. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Swimming With Bears is a good idea

Alternative four-piece Swimming With Bears is on a mission. The Austin-based group has been tirelessly honing its groovy sound since releasing its self-titled debut EP in 2016. Energy and style, from smooth lead guitar riffs to driven bass lines held steady by slick rhythms, are the keys to SWB’s feel-good soul. The new single “French […]

With a blend of American folk and styles rooted in Latin America, Calexico, named for the southern border town in California, has a distinctive, playful sound. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Calexico holds the line

With a blend of American folk and styles rooted in Latin America, Calexico, named for the southern border town in California, has a distinctive, playful sound. Vocalist/guitarist Joey Burns and John Convertino use Tex-Mex indie rock to approach current issues through melodies and lyrics. The band’s impassioned ninth album, The Thread That Keeps Us, is […]

Chelsea Steiniger was in Charlottesville Albemarle Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court as the alleged victim of an assault.
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Mark Weiner accuser in court again

The woman whose accusations jailed former Food Lion manager Mark Weiner for two and a half years before he was released, and led to the defeat of then-commonwealth’s attorney Denise Lunsford in 2015 was in court April 27. Chelsea Steiniger accused Michael Mills, the father of her two children, of punching her on February 15. […]

CHO’s new jet bridges make is easier for passengers with limited mobility to get on and off airplanes.
Jeanne Siler

The next steps: CHO’s got its passengers covered

By Jeanne Nicholson Siler April showers have finally brought May flowers, but any time it’s precipitating at the Charlottesville Albemarle Airport, some passengers boarding or leaving airplanes will have a dry passage—at least part of the way. The airport purchased four portable jet bridges—covered ramps—earlier this year to eliminate the movable steps between a plane […]

Jason Kessler's visits to the UVA law library have not been welcomed. Now non-students are not allowed until exams are over.
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Kessler alert: UVA law library hits the books in search of ban

By Natalie Jacobsen A tale of two incidents at the University of Virginia School of Law library has prompted the administration to restrict access to students-only for the exam period, which ends May 11. On April 18, Charlottesville’s embattled whites-righter, Jason Kessler, entered the school’s library and plopped down in a central location to do […]

The National plays the Pavilion on Monday. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: The National balances darkness and light

Known as a band that details its personal evolution and society’s ills through the somber delivery of cryptic lyrics, The National is often pigeonholed as brooding and melancholy. But its obsessive fanbase, officially named Cherry Tree, finds optimism, hidden messages and even tattoos (of lyrics) in the euphoric undercurrent of the group’s music. Tracks on […]

Actors in the Albemarle High School Players' production of Spamalot participated in last weekend's Dogwood Festival Parade. Photo by Natalie Jacobsen

ARTS Pick: Spamalot brings British humor of the highest (Ex)caliber

Billed as a “musical lovingly ripped off from the motion picture Monty Python and the Holy Grail,” Spamalot parodies the tale of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table using British humor of the highest (Ex)caliber. The original Broadway production, directed by Mike Nichols, debuted in 2005 and collected three Tonys, including Best […]

The Andrew Collins Trio has been at the center of Canada’s acoustic music scene since 2005, and its catchy, explorative tunes have made their way to folk fans across the continent. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: The Andrew Collins Trio flexes its musical muscle

The Andrew Collins Trio has been at the center of Canada’s acoustic music scene since 2005, and its catchy, explorative tunes have made their way to folk fans across the continent. Headed by the accomplished multi-instrumentalist from which the band takes its name, and completed by fellow string virtuosos Mike Mezzatesta and James McEleney, the […]

Hailed as an up-and-coming country star, Margo Price has succeeded in telling her story through vivid songwriting and compelling performances.  Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Margo Price tells her truth

Hailed as an up-and-coming country star, Margo Price has succeeded in telling her story through vivid songwriting and compelling performances. From the loss of her family’s farm, to selling her car and pawning her wedding ring to buy studio time, Price’s journey is authentically crafted into songs drawn from experience. Her sophomore album, All American […]

Dawn Woodford says Fifeville parking suffers because of UVA employees. Staff photo

Fifeville fumes: No parking after 7am

By Mary Jane Gore Fifeville is a neighborhood of new avenues and narrow side streets. Some curbs are permit parking only; others are open. The well-positioned neighborhood, near West Main Street and adjacent to the UVA Health System and other university buildings, is now fighting to preserve its streets for resident parking. “It’s getting worse […]

Anderson East soothes with soul at the Jefferson on Tuesday. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Anderson East soothes with soul

Serious but not pretentious, Anderson East’s modern soul draws from the Alabamian’s raw vocals and charismatic live performances in which he rocks out a sinuous blend of rhythm and blues, gospel and country. East’s latest release, Encore, is the second record guided by hot-handed producer Dave Cobb, whose Low Country label has given rise to […]

Rising from the sand of North Carolina’s Outer Banks in 2011, Zack Mexico took its experimental rock to the world through years of festival gigs, constant touring and a recent European stint as the opening act for Future Islands. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Zack Mexico

Rising from the sand of North Carolina’s Outer Banks in 2011, Zack Mexico took its experimental rock to the world through years of festival gigs, constant touring and a recent European stint as the opening act for Future Islands. The band’s popularity continues to swell through its technically dazzling psychedelic surf jams that unite the […]

Known for her impact on pop music as well as her incredible live shows, P!nk is taking her countless hits around the globe on her Beautiful Trauma world tour. Photo by Sølve Sundsbø

ARTS Pick: P!nk makes a power play

Known for her impact on pop music as well as her incredible live shows, P!nk is taking her countless hits around the globe on her Beautiful Trauma world tour. Despite using aerial stunts, Vegas-style production and lots of backup dancers, P!nk wins from the first note with her vocal talents. Expect hits, from the powerful […]

Dr. Dog offers a new attitude at the Jefferson on Friday. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Dr. Dog does some musical soul-searching

Since its inception more than a decade ago, Dr. Dog has been paying it forward musically with nods of respect to ’60s-era sound, as defined by bands such as The Beach Boys and The Beatles. On its new album, Critical Equation (out on April 27), the Philly-based band promises a rekindled creativity and new musical […]

LIVING Picks: Week of April 18-24

LIVING Picks: Week of April 18-24

FAMILY Earth Week Eco Fair Sunday, April 22 Learn about local environmental organizations and businesses, listen to speakers and enjoy live music, workshops, a book swap and more. Free, 11am-4pm. IX Art Park, 522 Second St. earthweek.org NONPROFIT Wordplay Thursday, April 19 This team-based trivia night includes questions on pop culture, history, literature and more. […]

The winners of a contest to memorialize Vinegar Hill proposed an 80-foot wall made of layers of metal maps of the lost neighborhood on the west side of the Downtown Mall.

In brief: A lost neighborhood, a plane crash and C-VILLE wins big

Vinegar Hill reimagined The winners of a Bushman Dreyfus Architects and Tom Tom Founders Festival competition to use public spaces to create constructive dialogue and to reimagine Vinegar Hill, the city’s historic and predominantly African-American neighborhood, proposed an 80-foot wall made of layers of metal maps of the lost neighborhood on the west side of […]