C-VILLE Writers



Northern copperhead is the venomous snake you're most likely to encounter here. Note the Hershey’s Kiss-like pattern. Photo John White, Virginia Herpetological Society

In brief: Snake doppelgangers, North Korea release and more

Don’t tread on these Venomous snakes and their harmless twins Along with mosquitoes and ticks, other bites to avoid this summer are from snakes. The good news is, only two of Virginia’s three venomous species—the timber rattlesnake and northern copperhead—are found in the Charlottesville area, while the eastern cottonmouth hangs in the southeastern part of […]

There are 218 known individuals buried at the Daughters of Zion Cemetery, founded in 1873, though hundreds more are likely interred there as well. Photo by Natalie Jacobsen

Grave concern: Local group preserves historic black cemetery

A single pink rose lies at a diagonal across the quartz headstone that has become two-toned with age in the last 125 years. The rose covers part of the inscription on Carrie Brown’s headstone, which is different from others from that time period. The Buckner family’s clustering of graves, which lies to the west of Brown’s—all […]

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ARTS Pick: The Legwarmers

There’s no lack of love for ’80s pop culture these days, and no one covers it better live than The Legwarmers. Chet Reno, Lavaar Huxtable, Roxanne Rio, Captain Morgan Pondo and Clarence McFly proudly champion the top hits from a decade that’s grown more rad through romantic nostalgia. Still, nobody can defend the shoulder pads […]

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LIVING Picks: Week of June 7- June 13

Family Fun 2 Run Saturday, June 10 Traverse a course of balance beams and mud pits before skidding your way to the finish line across a giant slip ’n’ slide. $20, 9am for Fun Dash (ages 3-5), 9:15am for Mud Run (ages 6-12). Ridgeview Park, 700 S. Magnolia Ave., Waynesboro. (540) 942-6735. Nonprofit SPCA Paws […]

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ARTS Pick: Mighty Joshua

African percussionist Mighty Joshua raises consciousness while glasses clink and the sun slips down behind pastoral, sloping vineyards at the Sunsets Become Eclectic music series. As a founding member of Richmond’s reggae scene, Joshua has performed with a number of bands, including Jah Revelations, Richmond Dub Collective and Antero. He steps forward with a new […]

There’s no better production setting for the leader of the Lost Boys than London’s National Theatre stage. See Peter Pan in HD at the Paramount on Saturday. Photo courtesy of Steve Tanner.

ARTS Pick: National Theatre Live in HD Presents: Peter Pan

A classic story hits the stage as National Theatre Live in HD Presents: Peter Pan. See Neverland like you’ve never seen it before, with a recording that gives you front-row seats to London’s sold-out production. From the sparkling Tinker Bell to the villainous Captain Hook, characters come to life in a vibrant live-action tale that […]

ARTS Pick: James Vincent McMorrow

James Vincent McMorrow’s True Care could be named True Confessions, judging by a statement the Irishman posted on his website about crafting the new album. “Lot of one takes with no click tracks, in a room moving from sound to sound, idea to idea,” McMorrow writes. “I wasn’t doing any of that because I was […]

Heather Hill, Amy Laufer and Bob Fenwick vie for two open seats on City Council.
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In brief: Dems down to wire, KKK coming to town, snakeheads and more

Two will move on One last look at the Democratic City Council candidates before the June 13 primary Heather Hill Age: 39 Occupation: Independent consultant; former engineer and brand manager; VP of Hill Family Operations Education: Bachelor’s in industrial and systems engineering from Virginia Tech, and an MBA from UVA’s Darden School of Business Political […]

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In brief: McAuliffe’s report card, adieu Yancey Elementary and more

Making the grade Earlier this month Governor Terry McAuliffe signed an executive action that will significantly cut greenhouse gas emissions from state fossil fuel power plants. Executive Directive 11 instructs the Department of Environmental Quality to establish regulations to cap carbon emissions. Only a handful of states have attempted this—it’s kind of a big deal. […]

ARTS Picks: Pops at the Paramount

There’s a little something for everyone in Pops at the Paramount, where the Charlottesville Symphony at the University of Virginia will perform Summer Lovin.’ The program features tunes from a wide range of musicals, such as Hello Dolly!, Hamilton: An American Musical and Grease, and is led by guest conductor Erin Freeman and features vocalists […]

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LIVING Picks: Week of May 31- June 6

Family Dragonflies of Ivy Creek Saturday, June 3 Bring your family and a pair of binoculars to Ivy Creek and learn more about the dragonflies that live there. Meet the group at the Education Center. Free, 11am-12:30pm. Ivy Creek Foundation, 1780 Earlysville Rd. 973-7772. Nonprofit 4 Our Freedom 5K Saturday, June 3 This seventh annual 5K […]

Wes Swing unveils his new album, And The Heart, at the Southern on Friday. Publicity photo.

ARTS Picks: Wes Swing

The second album from chamber pop cellist Wes Swing traces its origin to California, Texas and Washington, D.C. While composing in San Francisco, Swing struggled to overcome a wrist injury, before reconnecting with producer Paul Curreri (living in Austin at the time) who was facing his own physical challenge. Once collaboration on the new pieces […]

What’s better than an evening of gorgeous folk favorites from a legendary 
musical voice? Four Voices performs at the Pavilion on Tuesday. Publicity photo.

ARTS Picks: Four Voices

Any one of the legends on the Four Voices tour would be reason enough to lay out your picnic blanket on the Pavilion lawn. But packaged together, Joan Baez, Mary Chapin Carpenter and Indigo Girls’ Amy Ray and Emily Saliers form a folk supergroup made to crush your feminist mother’s bucket list. Although it’s their […]

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ARTS Picks: Krish Mohan

Indian stand-up comedian and writer Krish Mohan avoids the easy jokes, choosing instead to build funny stories by forcing the audience into his shoes. His 2016 album, How Not To Fit In, runs through a list of awkward topics such as a dolphin with six arms, the lack of originality in racism and interpreting American […]

Paul Hostetler’s “Player Piano (or, Finger Typewriter)” is among the artist’s clever illustrations, drawings, paintings and cartoons on display at the McGuffey Art Center this month. Courtesy of Paul Hostetler.

First Fridays: June 2

“My artwork smells very appealing, if you like Indian food,” says Charlottesville illustrator Paul Hostetler, whose work will be on display this month in the McGuffey Art Center Lower Hall Gallery. “And I hope that previous sentence makes people lean up and smell my art during the show. Then lean back and think about how […]

Five local bars, including Tavola, which will offer four versions of a Negroni, are participating in Negroni Week from June 5-11. A portion of proceeds from each Negroni sold at participating bars goes to charity. Staff photo.

Cheers for charity: Drink up during Negroni Week

Ordering a classic aperitivo Italian cocktail will give you a new buzz starting June 5: a chance to donate to charity. Negroni Week, a fundraising event from June 5-11 revolving around the bright, bitter citrus drink, has Charlottesville bars signing up to give a portion of their sales of the drink to a partner charity […]

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 […]