C-VILLE Writers



Erin R. Freeman makes classical music appealing to the under 10 crowd through the Richmond Symphony Lollipops.

ARTS Pick: Richmond Symphony Lollipops

Introduce your little ones to the beauty of classical music with the Richmond Symphony Lollipops during an hour-long experience designed for young ears. Associate Conductor Erin R. Freeman breaks down the orchestra into bite-sized nuggets of sound in order to develop an understanding of how instruments work together to create compositions. An instrument “petting zoo” […]

Bathrobes and bowling shirts rule when The Big Lebowski screens at the Paramount on Saturday.

ARTS Pick: The Big Lebowski

Don your bowling shirt and pony up for White Russians at a screening of the 1998 Coen Brothers’ classic The Big Lebowski. Jeff Bridges stars as L.A. slacker “The Dude,” who seeks recompense from his millionaire name-twin when angry thugs mistake his identity and urinate on his rug. The laid back bowling enthusiast becomes enmeshed […]

Music Resource Center student Carmen Day (left) won a talent contest that landed her at a festival in South Africa where she collaborated with students from around the globe.

Charlottesville teen sits center stage at South African festival

It’s December 7, the height of the South African summer, and the excitement is palpable as the gates open at a warehouse-turned-music-venue in the popular tourist getaway of White River, Mpumalanga. Concertgoers gravitate to the largest of three stages at the Route 40 Music Festival, as the drummer of the newly formed band Cosmic River […]

ARTS Pick: Avers

ARTS Pick: Avers

Relaxed roots influences tinged with psychedelica mark the sound of Richmond, Virginia’s Avers. The collaborative quintet is derived from various musical projects including HyperColor, Farm Vegas, Mason Brothers, The Trillions, and The Head and the Heart. Despite its impressive indie pedigree, the group hardly considers itself a side project as it tours in support of […]

Funnyman Skiba is doing his part to grow the local comedy scene. He returns to the Paramount for his ninth Charlottesville appearance on Friday.

ARTS Pick: United Nations of Comedy

Lots of funny things happen when the United Nations of Comedy brings its talent-filled lineup to a local stage—and most are courtesy of Funnyman Skiba. The Washington, D.C. comic has become a repeat player in the UN of C’s effort to promote diversity through the common ground of laughter. He returns along with the “Taiwanese […]

By weaving the bucolic sounds of Ireland into the community fabric, Dónal Maguire inspires reverence for traditional music.

ARTS Pick: Dónal Maguire

In celebrating the area’s rich vein of Irish heritage, the Blue Ridge Irish Music School sponsors Dónal Maguire, a vocalist with profound reverence for his roots and one who instills pride and passion for his homeland. Singing unaccompanied or with mandolin, Maguire makes accessible the Emerald Isle’s enchanting melodies in songs about love, labor, and […]

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 […]