C-VILLE Writers

Members of the Charlottesville Players Guild in August Wilson's Jitney at the Jefferson School African American Heritage Center in September.

ARTS Picks: Playback Theater

Have you ever imagined watching a movie or stage play about your own life? Drama, humor and self-reflection are sure to combine when Playback Theater hosts a fundraiser for the Charlottesville Players Guild in which the actors connect with audience members, learn about their lives, then construct and perform improv scenes based on the details. […]

The Honey Dewdrops perform Friday at The Prism at C’ville Coffee. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: The Honey Dewdrops

Most descriptions of The Honey Dewdrops point to an honesty in the duo’s music—a sound they refer to as rock and reel. Conduits of the Americana tradition, Laura Wortman and Kagey Parrish (former C’ville locals) have been touring for almost 10 years, perfecting tunes that enlighten the soul with songs such as “Guitars,” a tribute […]


ARTS Picks: New Year, New Vibes Part 1

Local hip-hop artists gather to celebrate when SGtheDJ presents New Year, New Vibes Part 1, the first showcase of 2018 hosted by DenzyFromDaBlock and featuring Dino Jones, Gio Dolla (Str8CrudBoyz), P.G. (Cedric Jones), Murda Delinquent and Save Game (Savion Garcia) in a Trapseekers edition loaded with talent. Thursday, January 11. $10, 8pm. The Ante Room, […]

LIVING Picks: Week of January 10-16

FAMILY Monticello student art exhibit Saturday, January 13 Bring the family to view artwork from more than 400 second-graders who visited Monticello last fall. Exhibit opening includes family activities and light refreshments. Free, noon-2pm. David M. Rubenstein Visitor Center and Smith Education Center, 931 Thomas Jefferson Pkwy. 984-9822. NONPROFIT Hope’s Legacy fundraiser Thursday, January 11 […]

Edwin Roa, founder of Zabor Dance, leads weekly salsa lessons at The Ante Room. Photo by Eze Amos

Local dance groups help people shake up their routines

By Natalie Jacobsen and Jessica Luck From swing to salsa, ballroom to hip-hip, tango to tap, Charlottesville’s dance scene is alive and kicking. Over the last few decades as the groups have grown in popularity and size, the communities themselves have transformed: They’re safe spaces to not only master the steps of a dance, but […]

Teacher Robyn Davis requested the city’s only trailer, aka learning cottage, for her preschoolers at Greenbrier Elementary, and says they can be a little louder and feel part of a smaller, age-appropriate community. Photo courtesy of Beth Cheuk

Transfer rate: Are Charlottesville schools leaving city kids behind?

By Natalie Jacobsen Recent Charlottesville City Schools data suggests a trend among its elementary schools: Non-resident students, typically from Albemarle County and colloquially referred to as “county kids,” are surpassing resident students in transfer rates across the school system. And that’s putting city kids in standalone modular classrooms to handle the excess capacity, says a […]

The C’ville-based musician currently gigs with a talent pool of locals under Rob Cheatham and Company while frequenting the stages of pubs and clubs throughout the mid-Atlantic. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Rob Cheatham and Company

Taking a break from his frontman duties with The Nice Jenkins and Gunchux, Rob Cheatham caught some airwaves in 2016 with his country-Americana song, “Heaven Don’t Take No Losers,” from his solo album Colors. The C’ville-based musician currently gigs with a talented pool of locals under Rob Cheatham and Company while frequenting the stages of […]

This National Theatre revival (via live broadcast) casts Tracie Bennett, Janie Dee and Imelda Staunton as the magnificent Follies. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Follies

Showgirls and show makers gather to pay tribute to their theatrical past in Follies, a Stephen Sondheim and James Goldman musical that magnifies its characters’ dreams and illusions through emotional reminiscences. The play had a contemporary setting when it opened on Broadway in 1971, went on to win seven Tony Awards, and ran for more […]

At 22, Cody Purvis has already performed on the famed Ryman Auditorium stage and collaborated with Music City’s songwriting community, including award winners Dallas Davidson, Josh Hoge and Thomas Rhett for his latest EP Southern Thang. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Cody Purvis

Charlottesville native Cody Purvis wanted to join the legends of country music for as long as he can remember. He survived on karaoke and singing contests through his middle school and teenage years, then hit the road for Nashville to make a name for himself in “real country” music. At 22, he’s already performed on […]

A slew of local talent comes together at the Elvis & Bowie Birthday Party to celebrate the two legendary showmen, and what might have been. Publicity photo

ARTS Picks: Elvis & Bowie Birthday Bash

“Elvis is a major hero of mine,” said David Bowie in 1996, according to The Ziggy Stardust Companion website. “I was probably stupid enough to believe that having the same birthday as him actually meant something.” And rumor has it that Elvis Presley was impressed by Bowie as well. Country star Dwight Yoakam claims that […]

C-VILLE’s most-read stories of 2017

C-VILLE’s most-read stories of 2017

As we turn the page on 2017, we look back at the top 17 stories from our website this year. 1.  Sticker shock: Charlottesville health insurance premiums spike to highest in nation 2. Domestic violence victim Whitney French touched the lives of many 3. The kids are alt-right: Your guide to the new crop of […]

ARTS Pick: New Year’s Eve bashes

ARTS Pick: New Year’s Eve bashes

Sunday, December 31 C-VILLE’s Big Night with casino, dance floor, food, drink and a midnight toast $75, 8pm. 21-plus. Carver Rec Center, 233 Fourth St. NW. c-villetickets.com. First Night Virginia’s 36th annual festival of the arts with family-friendly activities on and around the Downtown Mall $6-38, times and venues vary. Schedule at firstnightva.org. Nelson County […]

ARTS Pick: Taming of the Shrew

Shakespeare’s Taming of the Shrew is a play within a play that centers on a dysfunctional courtship (defined as misogynistic by modern standards), where subordinate female behavior from leading lady Katherina outsmarts psychological torture by her male suitor, Petruchio, all in the name of comedic farce. Friday, December 29 & Sunday, December 31. $29-54, times vary. American Shakespeare […]

Alice Coote as Hansel, Philip Langridge as the Witch and Christine Schäfer as Gretel in Humperdinck’s “Hansel and Gretel.” Photo: Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera

ARTS Pick: Hansel and Gretel

The well-known Brothers Grimm fairy tale Hansel and Gretel becomes an absurd opera in the hands of producer Richard Jones. In a special English-language Met Live In HD presentation, the doomed siblings wander from their home into the dark forest and end up at the Witch’s gingerbread house. With food at its dramatic center, each […]

The Harrisonburg-formed group The Steel Wheels steers into new territory by beefing up its traditional folk style on the new album, Wild As We Came Here. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: The Steel Wheels

Are you ready for it? The addition of percussion and keyboards to The Steel Wheels’ signature acoustic sound? The Harrisonburg-formed group steers into new territory by beefing up its traditional folk style on the new album, Wild As We Came Here. “I’m excited to see what happens,” says Trent Wagler (guitar, banjo and songwriter). “There […]

Restaurants open on Christmas Day

By Sam Padgett Contrary to popular belief, for the holidays, you can beat home sweet home. While the world seems to shut down on Christmas Day for family bagel breakfasts and traditional roast beef dinners, there are still a few places to eat for those who either don’t celebrate Christmas or want a temporary respite […]

On their first tour together, Phil Vassar and Kellie Pickler are showcasing their holiday collaboration “The Naughty List,” a single that pairs infectious melodies and soulful lyrics in a swinging new favorite. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Phil Vassar and Kellie Pickler

On their first tour together, Phil Vassar and Kellie Pickler are showcasing their holiday collaboration “The Naughty List,” a single that pairs infectious melodies and soulful lyrics in a swinging new favorite. Each of the country stars has become known for covers of Christmas favorites, and by teaming up in concert, they’re sure to melt […]

Scrooge wants you at ASC’s A Christmas Carol. Photo by Michael Bailey

ARTS Pick: A Christmas Carol

The publication of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol in 1853 served to revive interest in some long-expired holiday traditions, including caroling and feasts, and generated the iconic tale of personal transformation that’s been replayed in December for more than 150 years. Responsible for imprinting “Merry Christmas,” “Bah, humbug!” and Scrooge on the seasonal lexicon, Dickens […]

Show your creative spirit by decorating graham cracker gingerbread houses at the Virginia Discovery Museum.

LIVING Picks: Week of December 20-26

FAMILY Gingerbread house making Thursday, December 21 Show your creative spirit by decorating graham cracker gingerbread houses. $15 (includes museum admission for one child and one adult), 4pm. Virginia Discovery Museum, 524 E. Main St., Downtown Mall. 977-1025. NONPROFIT Gift Forest Through December 24 Holiday pop-up market features designers, makers and artists from across the […]

Sarah White and friends sing about the season at the Southern on Thursday. Photo by Shamrockpr

ARTS Pick: Country Christmas Show

Sarah White and her friends are back to deck the Southern Café and Music Hall with boughs of holly, twinkly lights, giant plastic peppermint sticks, Christmas cookies, Santas galore and so much more at the annual Country Christmas Show. The (All New) Acorn Sisters, Ian Gilliam, Charlie Bell, Ned Oldham and others strike the harp—er, […]

Ethan Lipscomb plays to a sea of ugly sweaters on Thursday at the Ante Room. Photo by Jackson Smith

ARTS Pick: Ugly Sweater Party: Parts 1 and 2

Let the holidays unravel with Ugly Sweater Party: Parts 1 and 2, a musical experience exploring two different genres over consecutive nights. The Ugly Sweater fun begins with indie electronic tunes featuring Ethan Lipscomb, a classically trained pianist who combines samples with aggressive lyrics to create his own style of dance-rock. Duo Playdate also brings […]

Jason Kessler's permit for the anniversary Unite the Right rally was denied. Photo by Eze Amos

In brief: No permits, no DP editor, no daycare license and more

Permission denied Minutes before a decision was due, City Manager Maurice Jones denied several special event permits for rallies and counterrallies proposed on the weekend of August 12 in Emancipation, Justice and McGuffey parks—ground zero for the summer’s Unite the Right rally that left three people dead and countless wounded. The first application was filed […]

Potter’s Craft Cider will offer 10 ciders on tap as well as a hot, spiced, fortified cider at its wassail event.

LIVING Picks: Week of December 13-19

FAMILY Mrs. Claus Invites Wednesday, December 13 Mrs. Claus and her friends invite kids of all ages to enjoy singing, storytelling, craftmaking and more. Advance tickets required. $10, 4-6pm. Omni Hotel Charlottesville, 212 Ridge McIntire Rd. virginiagingerbreadchristmas.com NONPROFIT Bengali cooking class fundraiser Saturday, December 16 Mahabuba Akhter demonstrates how to prepare authentic Bengali dishes from […]