C-VILLE Writers



Jouwala Collective plays The Ante Room on Thursday. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Jouwala Collective

Richmond band Jouwala Collective builds on the foundation of Gnawa music, which has its roots in Northern African spiritual celebrations, using the ancient form for a layered transcendence, blending it into modern, rhythmic trance music that meanders through funk, jazz, soul, reggae and electronic. Thursday, February 2. $7, 8pm. The Ante Room, 219 Water St. […]

Broadway vets and married couple Kenneth H. Waller and Linda Poser star in Love Letters at Four County Players.

ARTS Pick: Love Letters

A.R. Gurney’s Love Letters takes a poignant look at what passes between two people who share a deep bond despite vastly different lives. Childhood friends Melissa and Andrew correspond over 50 years, revealing a lifelong connection that examines multiple angles of human emotion. Broadway vets and real-life married couple Linda Poser and Kenneth H. Waller […]

Live Arts founding member Larry Goldstein directs Deborah Arenstein and Patricia Sepulveda in Lisa Kron’s warm and insightful autobiographical show that spins into unexpected (and rather hilarious) territory.

ARTS Pick: Well

“This play is not about my mother and me,” the character of Lisa insists at the beginning of Well. The play is, in fact, about Lisa and her mother, who cannot heal herself despite her extraordinary ability to heal a changing neighborhood. But Well is about many other things, too—the idea of wellness, the fraught, often […]

April Verch brings a lifetime of raucous folk to the C’ville Coffee stage on Friday. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: April Verch

Singing, step-dancing fiddle player April Verch shows her roots in trademark fireball performances that channel the founding players of traditional folk music. The Ottawa Valley Canadian has been onstage since the age of 6, and with no sign of slowing down at age 38, she’s releasing The April Verch Anthology on February 17, an 18-track collection […]

LIVING Picks: Week of February 1-7

FAMILY First Fridays Under the Stars Friday, February 3 The event starts with a short talk in the education building, then volunteers help point out constellations and nebula. Use the Charlottesville Astronomical Society’s telescope or bring your own. Free, 7:30pm; viewing starts at 8:15pm. Ivy Creek Natural Area, 1780 Earlysville Rd. 973-7772. NONPROFIT Slavery & […]

Protesters at Mayor Mike Signer's "capital of the resistance" rally express displeasure with President Trump's executive orders.
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In brief: Winter of our discontent, gerrymandering intact and more

Protests erupt President Trump’s January 27 executive order banning refugees from seven Muslim countries caused chaos in airports and demonstrations all over the country. Hundreds packed The Haven January 28 for the first meeting of Indivisible Charlottesville, which is dedicated to opposing Trump’s agenda, and hundreds more demonstrated at UVA the next day. Mayor Mike […]

LIVING Picks: Week of January 25-31

FAMILY Working woods walk at Montpelier Sunday, January 29 Enjoy a two-hour hike in the Montpelier Demonstration Forest led by conservation experts. $5, 2pm. Meet at the David M. Rubenstein Visitor Center at James Madison’s Montpelier, 11350 Constitution Hwy., Montpelier Station. (540) 672-2728. NONPROFIT Concert for Alzheimer’s research Thursday, January 26 All proceeds from this […]

Lauren Hoffman & the Secret Storm play The Southern Friday.

ARTS Pick: Lauren Hoffman & The Secret Storm

The new full-length album from Lauren Hoffman & The Secret Storm, Family Ghost, is described as “a collection of heart-bending narratives that double as emotional exorcism.” Hoffman’s career glints with impressive past successes, including a big deal Virgin Records contract at the age of 20 that positioned her as C’ville’s next musical export. A decision […]

Piano-percussion quartet Yarn/Wire will host a series of free master classes culminating in the performance and recording of new works created by UVA grad students. 
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ARTS Pick: Yarn/Wire

In its continuing effort to blow the dust off of tradition, UVA’s Composition and Computer Technologies program welcomes experimental chamber ensemble Yarn/Wire. The quartet features two percussionists and two pianists in wildly energetic sonic constructions that push in directions described by The Guardian as “…questioning the boundaries of what music might be.” The collaboration features […]

ARTS Pick: Charlottesville Jazz Congregation

Put a little pep in your midweek step with this experienced group of local musicians that blends classic jazz, funk, fusion and Latin music into a singular sound. The Charlottesville Jazz Congregation typically performs as a quintet, but this week it’s Brandon Walsh on trumpet, Ryan Gilchrist on upright bass and Brett Jones on guitar. […]

ARTS Pick: Vocalosity

The phenomenon of live singing contests hits the road in the touring concert event Vocalosity. Ten performers take it from the top (of the music charts) and translate hit songs into slick a cappella renditions, no matter the genre. Producer Deke Sharon (Pitch Perfect, “The Sing-Off”) and choreographer Seán Curran (a Stomp cast member) craft […]

The Hill and Wood stopped by our office Thursday for a C-VILLE Live session to play a few songs off their new record, When You Go.

C-VILLE Live with The Hill and Wood

Sam Bush of The Hill and Wood  and Colin Killalea (musician and producer with White Star Sound) stopped by C-VILLE’s office for a C-VILLE Live session this week to play a few songs off the band’s new record, When You Go. C-VILLE’s Arts and Living reporter Erin O’Hare chatted with Bush about the making of […]

Ryley Walker plays January 24 at The Southern. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Ryley Walker

Playing more than 200 shows in 10 months would earn most musicians a holiday, but Ryley Walker considered it a wind up to churning out Golden Sings That Have Been Sung, his most acclaimed album to date. Walker’s mounting fan base includes Robert Plant and UK bass legend Danny Thompson. A Pitchfork article raved, “Of […]

Twenty One Pilots plays January 22 at John Paul Jones Arena. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Twenty One Pilots

Why is Ohio-based duo Twenty One Pilots (below) so “Stressed Out?” The band—which has toured and built its audience since 2009—was named the biggest new act of 2016 by Rolling Stone, and has been sweeping up music awards with two tracks nominated for (a total of five) Grammys, including Record of the Year and Best […]

Daniel Szabo performs with Robert Jospé and Pete Spaar at a Charlottesville Jazz Society event on Saturday. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Daniel Szabo

Hungarian-born pianist Daniel Szabo trained at the Franz Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest before attending the New England Conservatory of Music. Currently a faculty member at UCLA’s Herb Alpert School of Music, Szabo focuses on film scoring, jazz composition and his own recordings, including his latest, A Song From There. Robert Jospé joins the […]

Local comedian Chris Alan takes top billing at the LYAO Showcase January 20 at The Southern. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Chris Alan

Chris Alan has opened for some of the biggest names in comedy, including Amy Schumer, Sasheer Zamata and Kyle Kinane, and his jokes about everything from bathroom farts to hummus and black men driving Priuses keep audiences in stitches. He takes the top billing in the LYAO Comedy Showcase hosted by Kenn Edwards and featuring […]

Virginia Senator Tim Kaine visits with UVA School of Medicine Dean David Wilkes during a recent trip to Charlottesville. Eric Swensen

In brief: Tim Kaine drops by, Dish drops Newsplex and more

Kaine’s campaign continues Fresh on the heels of an unsuccessful run for vice president, Senator Tim Kaine was in Charlottesville January 13 at UVA’s Claude Moore Medical Education Building for a town hall with med students on the Affordable Care Act, which faces repeal by the GOP in Congress. Kaine on health care under Donald […]

LIVING Picks: Week of January 18-24

FAMILY Chinese New Year square dance Friday, January 20 Learn how to do-si-do and swing your partner at the Grand Squares of Nelson’s Chinese New Year event. Donations accepted, 7:30-10pm. Rockfish River Elementary School, 200 Chapel Rd., Afton. 361-2470. NONPROFIT Women’s support group Tuesday, January 24 Women support one another each week by sharing their […]

Bella Morte drummer Jordan Marchini’s metal supergroup Fulton Ave. features (L to R) Drew Curtis, Marchini, Kim Dylla, JJ Williams and Justin Melton. Benjamin Linden photography

ARTS Pick: Fulton Ave.

Heavy-rock band Fulton Ave. was formed around the desire to channel some aggressive energy into the region’s music scene. Fronted by vocalist Kim Dylla (formerly Vulvatron in GWAR), the band describes its intensity as “straightforward riffs, a crushing rhythm section, haunting melodies and lyrics that scream far past obscene.” The Smell of Death and VAtallica open. […]

LIVING Picks: Week of January 11-17

FAMILY Tour the Paramount Theater Saturday, January 14 Enjoy a backstage tour of the Paramount Theater, and learn about its construction and architecture, as well as details of its two-year-long restoration. Free, 11am. The Paramount Theater, 215 E. Main St., Downtown Mall. 979-1333. NONPROFIT Big Brothers/Big Sisters training Wednesday, January 11 Anyone interested in volunteering […]

ARTS Pick: Comedy at the Omni

Try dining while laughing, and all you’ve learned about etiquette gets tossed, maybe spewed. Comedy at the Omni, led by award-winning director David Webster, features a memorable evening of improv put on by a team of comedic actors and fueled by audience participation over a three-course dinner. Saturday, January 14. $69.95, 6pm. 18-plus. Omni Charlottesville Hotel, […]

Mike Doughty, former frontman for Soul Coughing, plays Thursday, January 12, at The Southern Cafe and Music Hall.

ARTS Pick: Mike Doughty

Mike Doughty’s recent move to Memphis may have inspired the self-described “lonesome country” aspect of The Heart Watches While the Brain Burns. The album’s trap beats, however, speak to the influence of his longtime collaboration with New York hip-hop producer Good Goose, who contributed remotely via the Internet. Always willing to explore (see 2015’s biblical […]

Seth Swingle shows off his mastery of the kora Friday, January 13, at C’ville Coffee. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Seth Swingle

It’s not every day that we have the opportunity to witness a master of the kora, a lute-like harp formed with cowskin stretched over half of a large gourd. After a Fulbright scholarship sent Seth Swingle to Mali, he spent years mastering the unique instrument, capable of producing mesmerizing bass lines and harmonies. In addition, […]

Owner John Dewberry plans to turn the Landmark into a 5-star hotel.
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In brief: 5-star dreams, bathroom fears and more

Unlike NC… Governor Terry McAuliffe signs an executive order at UVA January 5 that prohibits state contractors from discriminating against gay and transgender people, and notes that the Tar Heel State has lost hundreds of millions of dollars because of its bathroom bill. Delegate Bob Marshall immediately filed a bill prohibiting such nondiscrimination. Lieutenant guv […]

Photo courtesy Frontier Culture Museum

Living Picks: January 4-10

FAMILY Playing in the Past Saturday, January 7 Play games with historic interpreters from the Frontier Culture Museum. Free, 3pm. Crozet Library, 2020 Library Ave., Crozet. RSVP to 823-4050. NONPROFIT Twelfth Night concert Sunday, January 8 The combined choirs of Olivet Presbyterian Church and the Staunton Church of the Brethren perform the sounds of the […]