C-VILLE Writers



Jefferson's iconic Rotunda gets set aglow this Thursday. Photo: Jack Looney.

LIVING To Do: Lighting of the Lawn

Deck the halls with a Wa-hoo-wa as UVA’s historic Lawn illuminates in anticipation of the holiday season. Seasonal music accompanies this wintertime tradition setting Jefferson’s iconic Rotunda a-twinkling. Thursday 12/4. Free, 7pm. The Lawn, UVA. 924-0311.

Music fans are buzzing about Eliot Bronson’s sparse, poignant, eponymously titled new record. He plays a solo gig at BON on Tuesday. Publicity photo.

ARTS Pick: Eliot Bronson

Eliot Bronson has been called “a folk singing wunderkind” who “can pull on your heartstrings like nobody’s business.” The Nashville singer-songwriter is touring in support of his latest self-titled album, recorded entirely in analog by acclaimed producer Dave Cobb. Bronson has received a number of esteemed songwriting awards such as first place at the Songwriter […]

The New Yorker said Alessio Bax is “perhaps the most elegant of today’s young pianists.” Observe his hypnotic mastery at the Tuesday Evening Concert Series on December 2. Photo: Lisa Marie Mazzucco.

ARTS Pick: Alessio Bax

Concert pianist Alessio Bax graduated with honors from his Italian hometown’s conservatory at the tender age of 14. He went on to study with some of the world’s most acclaimed classical musicians, played in revered halls around the globe and performed as a chamber musician alongside Emanuel Ax, Joshua Bell, Steven Isserlis, Andrés Díaz and […]

U.S. Attorney Tim Heaphy will step down at the end of 2014.  Photo courtesy U.S. Attorney's Office

U.S. Attorney Heaphy steps down, takes defense position

U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Virginia Timothy Heaphy is stepping down and switching sides in the courtroom, having accepted a position as head of “White Collar Defense and Government Investigations” for an international firm in Richmond, according to a November 25 press release announcing his departure, which will take place at the end […]

Leaked search warrant reveals DNA link in Harrington case

Leaked search warrant reveals DNA link in Harrington case

A search warrant first obtained by NBC29 and reported by The Daily Progress reveals that the forensic link connecting Hannah Graham’s accused abductor Jesse Matthew to the Morgan Harrington case is DNA taken from the “wooden tip” of a cigar butt found in Matthew’s wallet and from Harrington’s shirt, which was found on a bush […]

Strap on your go-go boots and get hype on the dance floor to tunes like “Loose Booty” and “Freak-A-Deak” when the Junk Yard Band takes the Main Street Annex stage. Photo: TMO Photography.

ARTS Pick: Junk Yard Band

In 1980 a group of children living in a government housing project in Washington, D.C. formed the Junk Yard Band after witnessing the performances of go-go groups in the neighborhood. They used makeshift instruments, banging on pots, pans, hubcaps and buckets and the JYB gained popularity as the go-go scene blew up. The group signed […]

Frontman David Shaw leads his NOLA septet The Revivalists through sweet, wild funk and steamrolls over rock 'n' clichés at the Jefferson on Saturday. Publicity photo.

ARTS Pick: The Revivalists

Avoiding categorization has become a music biz cliché but The Revivalists’ refusal to commit to a single genre has played in the group’s favor. The New Orleans-based rock band has been welcomed by funk, soul and jam band communities with open arms, and the inability to pigeonhole its sound has diversified its fan base while allowing […]

Monticello High School's band marches along the Downtown Mall in the sixth annual Holiday Heritage Parade on Saturday. Photo courtesy of Downtown Business Association.

LIVING To Do: Holiday Heritage Parade

Beauty queens, marching bands and Santa himself herald the fast-approaching holiday season at the sixth annual Wells Fargo Holiday Heritage Parade. This family event might be jumping the gun the weekend before Thanksgiving, but is it really ever too early for old-fashioned cheer? Saturday 11/22. Free, 10am. Downtown Mall. 295-9073.

Scandal and secrecy tear apart a small Missouri town in UVA Drama’s production of The Rimers of Eldritch starring Laura  Elliott (left) and Patsy Johnson. Photo: Michael Bailey.

ARTS Pick: The Rimers of Eldritch

Venture into the American Midwest as UVA Drama presents The Rimers of Eldritch. Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Lanford Wilson peels back the motives behind a Missouri murder and assault, uncovering the murky morality of a small town in 1966. Director Doug Grissom’s production takes a haunting look into the Bible Belt during one of the most […]

R Staines engraving of "Malvolio in Shakespeare's Twelfth Night" Image: Daniel Maclise

ARTS Pick: Twelfth Night

Feed your intellect and a person in need at Thieving Magpie’s good-WILL-cville production of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night. The Bard’s classic romantic comedy follows shipwrecked and separated twins Viola and Sebastian along a roller coaster of mistaken identities and proclamations of love. The holiday opener benefits the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank, ReadyKids, Sexual Assault Resource […]

Ellen Burnett demonstrates her new butchering chops at her Apprenticeship Connections placement with JM Stock Provisions & Supply. Photo courtesy of Apprenticeship Connections.

LIVING To Do: Apprenticeship Connections

Be the first to welcome a new nonprofit to the area at the launch party for Apprenticeship Connections. Part of the UVA Darden iLab Incubator Program, this start-up organization matches underemployed young adults with local entrepreneurs to introduce a new generation to traditional skills from baking to blacksmithing. Free, 7pm. Milli Joe Coffee & Gelato, […]

Hannah Graham. Photo: Charlottesville Police Department

UPDATE: Hannah Graham’s death ruled a homicide

UPDATE, 4:58pm Tuesday: Hannah Graham’s death has been ruled a homicide. The Albemarle County Police Department released the cause and manner of death in the Graham case Tuesday afternoon, following earlier reports that the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Richmond was withholding the information at the request of the Charlottesville Police Department. “The cause […]

UVA’s dance program and engineering department emphasize the interaction between art and technology in the Fall Experiemental Dance Concert. Photo courtesy of UVA.

ARTS Pick: Fall Experimental Dance Concert

This year’s Fall Experimental Dance Concert at UVA promises to leap the barre by integrating high tech with modern dance choreographed and performed by students and faculty from the University’s dance program and engineering department. The show consists of 10 pieces that explore identity and embodiment in relation to automation like “Is It Okay to Remain Seated?” […]

UVA Medical Center. Photo:  Jack Looney

Fifteen UVA first years violently ill, hospitalized

An outbreak of gastrointestinal illness swept through first-year dorms over the weekend and 15 students were hospitalized, the Cav Daily reports. Student Health Director Chris Holstege sent an email to first years Sunday and said the outbreak is being investigated by the local health department. He also said there was no factual basis to support […]

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Sexual assault reported near Grounds

Police are investigating a report of a sexual assault near the UVA Corner over the weekend. According to an alert sent out by the University, Charlottesville police were dispatched to the 100 block of Chancellor Street—a one-way stretch of the residential street close to Elliewood Avenue, the fraternities along Rugby Road, and the offices of […]

Country-tinged strummer Jessica Lea Mayfield adds a few power chords and works up some alternative angst at the Southern on Monday. Photo: LeAnn Mueller.

ARTS Pick: Jessica Lea Mayfield

Acoustic folk singer Jessica Lea Mayfield digs in on her third album Make My Head Sing…, with ’90s-era distorted riffs lending a darker tone to her acclaimed, emotionally charged songwriting. The Ohio native (who frequently credits Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl as an influence) takes an intense departure from her plaintive style and hits the grungy […]

Skip the admission fees at Sunday's open house for James Monroe's historic home. Photo courtesy of Ash Lawn-Highland.

LIVING To Do: Ash Lawn-Highland Open House

Rub elbows with the Founding Fathers at the annual open house of fifth president James Monroe’s home. Tours of the classic colonial house are free for local residents, and from noon to 4pm visitors can chat with reenactors of The League of Most Interesting Gentlemen, including Thomas Jefferson, Ben Franklin, Albert Gallatin and, of course, […]

The forensic sketch at left was based on the account of the victim in a 2005 sexual assault in Fairfax. Jesse Matthew has pleaded not guilty in that case. Courtesy Fairfax Police/Albemarle Charlottesville Regional Jail

Jesse Matthew pleads not guilty in Fairfax sexual assault

Accused Hannah Graham abductor Jesse Matthew has pleaded not guilty to sexual assault and attempted murder charges in a 2005 Fairfax attack, and will face an 8-day trial there March 9, according to news reports from the Daily Progress and Richmond’s NBC12. Matthew, 32, made the plea in Fairfax County Circuit Court Friday morning. He […]

The piano pop trio Jukebox the Ghost takes things down a few octaves on a new self-titled record with introspective appeal. Photo: Eric Ryan Anderson.

ARTS Pick: Jukebox the Ghost

D.C.’s punchy pop trio Jukebox the Ghost brings youthful optimism and thoughtful darker themes together on its new self-titled album. Guitarist Tommy Siegel and drummer Jesse Kristin lay down uptempo beats as frontman Ben Thornewill tickles the ivories and doles out contemplative, infectious lyrics on an album that’s filled with road loneliness and heartbreak tied […]

A KickOn-sponsored college party at VCU. Photo courtesy KickOn

Party app sets its sights on UVA

A mobile app billing itself as “the modern-day digital Van Wilder” has landed at UVA, and the creators want students here to help it take off. KickOn is designed to hook partygoers up with party hosts, said company rep Kate Talbot. Unsurprisingly, college students are the target demographic, and Talbot said the company ID’d several schools […]

The eighth annual Best of Both Worlds Dance Competition inspires friendly rivalry and the joy of moving together. Publicity photo.

ARTS Pick: Best of Both Worlds Dance Competition

Dance and step complement each other like peanut butter and jelly—and the Best of Both Worlds Dance Competition finds the top teams in a friendly battle during an evening filled with high-energy moves and grooves. The dance-off serves as a joyful celebration and an opportunity to connect with surrounding communities in a room full of […]