C-VILLE Writers



Amy Barrick and Michael Durland starred in This Is No Hello, one of 2013’s 24/7 offerings written overnight by Mendy St. Ours.

ARTS Pick: 24/7

Set the timer, choose your topic, write the script, select your cast (random drawing), rehearse, lights, action, and it’s show time. So goes the frenzied creative collective of 24/7, a wild theatrical ride that brings together a wide network of local talent in writing, directing, and acting to produce seven finished plays in 24 hours. […]

Adam Long is the heart of his melodically robust,  indie-folk-rock-with-pop-hooks sound.

ARTS Pick: Adam’s Plastic Pond

Songwriter and UVA alumnus Adam Long has popped in and out of various groups on the Virginia music circuit for the better part of a decade. His current group finds Long writing the lyrics while his friends play the tunes. Scrapping early names like Adam Long and the Quest for the Grapefruits, the band settled […]

The Currys celebrate the release of Follow, an album of songs honed by expansive touring across the continental U.S. and Ireland.

ARTS Pick: The Currys

After a successful Kickstarter funding, and a month-long session cloistered in the studio, folk rock family act The Currys are celebrating the release of their first full-length album, Follow, fresh from the hallowed boards of White Star Sound. Formerly an acoustic act consisting of Jimmy, Tommy, and Galen Curry, the trio has added Matt Kauper […]

The Brody Jewish Center at the University of Virginia, The Crossings at Fourth and Preston and the Belmont Lofts are among Bruce Wardell's local projects. Photo courtesy Bruce Wardell.

Start to finish: Checking in with Architect Bruce Wardell

We asked brwarchitects principal Bruce Wardell to give us insight into the state of architecture in the area, what inspires him, and why he chooses to practice in Virginia. Here’s what he had to say. Why architecture? When we describe the best cities in the world, they are filled with places that have been intentionally […]

A big band, big top good time takes over the Jefferson when the endless party MarchFourth steps in on Sunday.

ARTS Pick: MarchFourth

Known to fans as M4, MarchFourth re-imagines a traditional marching band through world music influences and big top visual spectacles. Electric bass, diverse percussion, and brassy horns mingle with Eastern European gypsy, samba, funk, Afrobeat, jazz, and rock. Meanwhile, Cirque du Soleil-style dancers and acrobats perform stilt routines, play with fire, and toggle hula hoops […]

Speedy Ortiz plays literate, zany punk between college semesters when lead singer/instructor Sadie Dupuis can hit the road.

ARTS Pick: Speedy Ortiz

When she’s not teaching composition at UMass Amherst, Sadie Dupuis moonlights as the lead singer for rock troupe Speedy Ortiz. Originated as Dupuis’ passion project, Speedy Ortiz’s composed garage rock is flighty, while anchored in distorted, klaxon guitars. The punk angst is softened by punchy, cryptic songwriting that captures themes of unrequited relationships and self-deprecation in […]

Lead singer Neil Fallon of Clutch is back on the road after recovering from a spinal injury made worse by years of head-banging.

ARTS Pick: Clutch

Hard rock never lost its appeal for fans of the Maryland-based band Clutch. Even after scaling back the long jams on its tenth studio album, Earth Rocker, the fret-shredding foursome still reigns as an unapologetic homage to the founders of heavy metal. Trading on clever lyrics emitted with a growl and pushing the limit on […]

Miller Murray Susan is one of eight storytellers competing for the Grand Slammer title.

ARTS Pick: Big Blue Door Grand Slam

Local artists, speakers, and writers compete at the Big Blue Door Grand Slam by telling true stories on the theme of schemes and dreams. Previous jam winners and runners-up will call on memory to riff on ideas like escaping summer camp, planning cons, and eternal love. Audience members vote for their favorite story and the […]

Southern Cal's Bad Suns reflect the good times sound of the '80s at The Southern.

ARTS Pick: Bad Suns

Calling this So-Cal quintet a novice band undercuts a confident sound that is  anything but unsure of itself. Formed in 2012, Bad Suns has quickly established itself among today’s indie-rock up-and-coming. The group’s statement on “Salt” recalls the careening music of the 80’s alternative scene—drooping vocals and chugging rhythmic patterns that paint shades of Depeche […]

Gus and Creigh Deeds on the campaign trail in 2009. Photo: Hyunsoo Leo Kim/REUTERS/Newscom.com

Could tragedy and scandal bring consensus in Richmond?

Virginia’s General Assembly has descended on Richmond for the annual legislative session, and with 60 days to come up with the state’s biennial budget, local legislators seem optimistic that this year won’t be as contentious as 2004, when it took an extra 100 days to pass a budget—and it won’t reflect the gridlock in Congress […]

Cate LeBon returns to the Southern with her introspective, often morbid, easy listening tunes.

ARTS Pick: Cate Le Bon

The title of singer Cate Le Bon’s latest release, Mug Museum, conveys a simple whimsy, along with the special offer of a handcrafted mug accessory, but fans know of the brooding complexity that lies beneath its quirky exterior. Often compared to the dark folk songstress Nico, Le Bon’s music is moody, captivating, and infused with […]

Boxwave merges hypnotic, fuzzed-out bass with slapping, coercive rhythms for a progressively good time at The Whiskey Jar.

ARTS Pick: Boxwave

The Richmond-based rock duo Boxwave features John Mustachio on bass and Brad Ellsworth on percussion in a minimal act that strives to invigorate the often ignored rhythm section. Spartan and unassuming, Ellsworth provides enthusiastic backing to Mustachio’s gritty playing in a guerrilla rock attack that fuses funk and jazz into extravagant, melodic flights. The pair appears […]

ARTS Pick: VSA Charlottesville/Albemarle 14th Annual Art Show

ARTS Pick: VSA Charlottesville/Albemarle 14th Annual Art Show

Get inspired by the work of over 100 artists promoting creative power in people with disabilities at the VSA Charlottesville/Albemarle 14th Annual Art Show. Artists including Chris Wharam, Romney Brand, Rosemary Ballister, John T. Trippel, Margaret Lee, Anne Denit, Justin Connor, and William Greenough will display and discuss the development of their artistic vision. Pieces […]

ARTS Pick: The Whigs

ARTS Pick: The Whigs

Formed in Athens, Georgia in 2002, The Whigs have grown into a seasoned rock band. While teething, the group played with rock stalwarts Kings of Leon and The Black Keys before maturing a sound that is explosive and heavy, but not without infectious hooks. The Whigs’ newest album, Enjoy the Company, plays around with a […]

The Metropolitan Opera recrafts the comedic libretto Falstaff featuring sophisticated, yet economical, musical dialogue and an impressive ensemble cast.

ARTS Pick: Falstaff

Brilliant orchestration and dastardly deception punctuate Verdi’s Falstaff, the seminal composer’s final opera. The action streams live in HD and stars Ambrogio Maestri as the fabulous fat knight Sir John Falstaff from Shakespeare’s Henry IV and The Merry Wives of Windsor in the Met’s first new production of the piece in nearly 50 years. Wealthy […]

ARTS Pick: Blacko Da Rappa

ARTS Pick: Blacko Da Rappa

Dig into your closet for your best throwback attire, and rehearse your Fresh Prince rap. Magnus Music and Wild Boyz Entertainment kick off 2014 with a hip-hop and go-go celebration of local musician Blacko Da Rappa’s 32nd birthday. A cash prize will be awarded to the best retro look, so don’t be afraid to get […]

Local bluesman Eli Cook goes boldly into legendary guitarist territory at the Jefferson.

ARTS Pick: Eli Cook and Ian Gilliam & The Fire Kings

Local blues prodigy Eli Cook and genre melders Ian Gilliam & The Fire Kings revive one of rock ‘n’ roll’s most revered guitarists in Bold As Love, a tribute to the psychedelic blues rock of Jimi Hendrix. Cook has mastered an exhaustive repertoire of flawless note-for-note covers of Hendrix’s iconic hits and deep cuts. The double bill, […]

Charlottesville Baroque Ensemble’s Three Notch’d Road celebrates with secular and spiritual songs.

ARTS Pick: Three Notch’d Road

The Charlottesville Baroque Ensemble’s Three Notch’d Road celebrates the revelry of Twelfth Night with spiritual and secular songs from the 18th century. The program includes familiar songs like the pastoral “Greensleeves,” and Michel Corrette’s French carol “A Noel Symphony.” Giovanni Antonio Guido explores sounds of crunching ice in “Winter,” and Biber’s “Nativity” sonata unfolds as […]

Make your soul resolution for the new year with Grits 'n' Gravy at the Southern. Publicity image.

ARTS Pick: Grits ‘n’ Gravy

DJs Robin Tomlin and Colin Powell retrofit classical American soul for modern dance parties under the handle Grits ‘n’ Gravy. Their spin repertoire spans the canonical masters of soul from James Brown to funk dynamos Parliament, while including a bevy of lesser known acts. The duo blasts infectious dance tunes such as the Heatwaves’ blustering psychedelic romp […]

Former Charlottesville gal Ruby Ross returns with a jazzy new release and stories from the road. Publicity image

ARTS Pick: Ruby Ross

New Orleans-based singer-songwriter Ruby Ross makes a hometown return with local guest musicians to celebrate the release of her new EP, Solid Ground. Emotional and unpretentious vocals showcase her Appalachian roots, and NOLA jazz influences her folksy acoustic Americana on tunes that recall feminine folk icons like Joni Mitchell and Joan Baez. Saturday 12/28 $5, 8pm. C’ville Coffee, 1301 […]

First Night Virginia features a full lineup of fun, family friendly events around the community. Image: Wikimedia Commons

ARTS Pick: Play On! at First Night Virginia

The all volunteer, not-for-profit community theater Play On! stages family friendly performances at First Night Virginia’s arts festival with an eclectic grouping of theater newbies and seasoned stage veterans singing children’s Broadway favorites. The shimmering medley of uplifting tunes includes hits from Annie and The Sound of Music, and Disney classics. The popular show tunes […]

Southern rock heavyweight Drivin’ N Cryin’ cruises into town on its latest in a series of semi-monthly EP releases. Image: Scott Munn

ARTS Pick: Drivin’ N Cryin’

Formed in the late ’80s amid the underground Atlanta rock scene, Drivin’ N Cryin’ boasts a genre-melding sound gleaned from a record collection of diverse influences that ranges from Bob Dylan and The Rolling Stones to The Ramones. Guitarist and vocalist Kevin Kinney’s Midwestern roots shine through in his earnest lyrical odes to the American workforce. The […]