C-VILLE Writers

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Celebrate the Fourth of July with a bang

The best thing about staying in town for the long July 4th weekend is that you can’t wave a sparkler without hitting a parade, concert or fireworks display. What follows is a list of some our favorite Independence Day happenings. July 1-4 July 4th Jubilee: The United States is having a birthday, and Wintergreen Resort is […]

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In brief: Bad tantrum, McDonnell lucks out and more

Twins tragedy An encounter between Louisa twins Ron and Tron Jasper and Charlottesville twins Jarreau and Rahsaan Reid last September at Cavalier Crossing apartments resulted in a first-degree murder conviction June 21 of Ron Jasper, 30, for the death of Rahsaan Reid, 26. Jasper said he shot Reid in the face in self-defense. The jury […]

Heritage Theatre Festival opens its 42nd year with the Gilbert and Sullivan classic The Pirates of Penzance. Photo: Michael Bailey

ARTS Pick: The Pirates of Penzance

Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Pirates of Penzance brings the high seas into the theater as young Frederic battles a group of pirates that has been holding him in servitude. “You can’t really go wrong with pirates, and these happen to be particularly entertaining ones,” says director Colleen Kelly. The accompanying music is artfully arranged and […]

Our annual look at Charlottesville's movers and shakers.

The Power Issue

Discussions for this year’s list of the most powerful in Charlottesville turned not toward one particular person but an entity that truly affects Charlottesvillians’ daily lives—the Virginia Department of Transportation. Don’t worry, you’ll still see some familiar faces (last year’s power-topper Mark Brown remains embroiled in a battle with the city over the Water Street Parking Garage), […]

Celebrate July 4th at Monticello's naturalization ceremony, run the Kiwanis Independence Day 5k, enjoy Hawaiian eats at the Aloha-rt Social Party and more. Photo: Jack Looney

Living Picks: To-do this week

Family     Happy birthday, America A community celebration for America’s birthday includes food, cider, wine, a bike parade, games and live music. The orchard will remain open late for viewing fireworks. Monday, 7/4. Free, 9am-9:30pm. Carter Mountain Orchard, 1435 Carters Mountain Trl. 977-1833. Nonprofit 4th of July at Monticello Larry Sabato, founder and director of the UVA […]

The Charlottesville Municipal band plays a day-after show following its annual July 4 concert at Monticello's naturalization ceremony. Photo: Jack Looney

ARTS Pick: Charlottesville Municipal Band

Ninety-four seasons of saxophones, winds and trombones later, the Charlottesville Municipal Band continues to bring joy to the community. The group of more than 90 men and women has grown exponentially from it inception in 1922, but maintains its commitment to sharing its love of music with others. Fresh off its annual July 4 concert […]

Stinson Vineyards’ Bandol, France-style rosé is made from the few mourvèdre grapes found in Virginia. Photo: Ryan Jones

Local rosé is a refreshing summer choice

Rosé wine can be made a few different ways. Some winemakers harvest grapes specifically for rosé and press them, keeping them on the skins for a short period. Other winemakers press their red wine harvest, and bleed off some of the initial pink-colored juice to ferment separately as rosé. This technique, called saignée, a word […]

Jason Ring merges jazz with classic bluegrass at The Whiskey Jar on Saturday. Photo: Alan Grossman

ARTS Pick: Jason Ring

Growing up in southwestern Virginia with no shortage of bluegrass influences to choose from, Jason Ring didn’t see the need to pick just one. Since the age of 5, Ring has been putting his own twist on the blues using the fast, smooth scat of his “mouth trumpet” and flaming fingers on guitar, banjo, mandolin, […]

Local band pays tribute to the late Prince in a show that benefits the Music Resource Center. Photo: Courtesy of artists

ARTS Pick: Cville’s Purple All Stars

When the world lost music phenom Prince on April 21, the tributes were instantaneous thanks to social media and the emotional connection he inspired in his fans. Cville’s Purple All Stars took time to contemplate the loss, brushed up on the superstar’s greatest hits and will put their reverence into a concert to benefit the […]

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July First Fridays Guide

Textile artist Tobiah Mundt captures and encases her fears and anxieties in sculpted form by exploring different methods of textiles, primarily needle felting. Her creatures, made from raw wool combined with natural and man-made objects, convey and illicit emotion. Mundt’s wool sculptures are poked thousands of times with a barbed needle, compacting the wool into […]

ARTS Pick: We Were Pirates

ARTS Pick: We Were Pirates

We Were Pirates brainchild Mike Boggs leaves nothing to chance when he takes the stage. The multi-instrumentalist has been known to play guitar, keys and drums, in addition to singing lead vocals during the band’s performances. Boggs’ songs are pure pop that works nicely for film soundtracks like the documentary Dear Mr. Watterson, and they’re […]

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In brief: Weddings cash cow, DUI checkpoint and more

It could have been worse While Richmond saw widespread damage from the June 16 storm and had more than 150,000 without power, Charlottesville was relatively unscathed, except for the Gordon Avenue house that had a tree come down on top of it, according to an NBC29 report. It could have been worse, part 2 A […]

Local hip-hop artist Quin Bookz features his latest release, The Corner in his show at M&M Lounge and Restaurant on Friday. Photo: Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Quin Bookz

Local hip-hop artist Quin Bookz first gained traction after making the mixtape Study Hall in a dorm room closet while attending Virginia State University. His raw, lackadaisical rhymes are described as “the rebel off-spring of trap music.” With his latest release, The Corner, his YouTube views are passing the 200,000 mark and the rap music […]

The Virginia Film Festival's Moonlight Movies Series continues with a screening of the 1965 teen film Beach Blanket Bingo. Photo: Courtesy Virginia Film Festival

ARTS Pick: Beach Blanket Bingo

The modern convenience of food trucks and a WTJU DJ accompany the Virginia Film Festival’s Moonlight Movies screening of the 1965 teen flick Beach Blanket Bingo. A singer’s agent uses publicity stunts against her will, so Frankie Avalon and his gang of beachgoers must save the day in the fifth installment of the “Frankie and […]

Get the scoop on the latest releases from Glenn Jones, Holger Czukay and Free Pizza in this week's album reviews. Photo: File photo

Album reviews: Glenn Jones, Holger Czukay, Free Pizza

Finding the way Glenn Jones Fleeting (Thrill Jockey) In the early ’90s, as a member of the mostly instrumental group Cul de Sac, Glenn Jones helped point out the possibilities of combining vernacular acoustic guitar styles with krautrock and surf music. In another way, the group transferred John Fahey’s visionary ethos to a full-band setup—and […]

Sister duo The Hello Strangers mesmerizes with the rare, haunting harmonies that occur when siblings blend their voices. They perform at The Garage on Saturday. Photo: Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: The Hello Strangers

Tales of men gone wrong and long-forgotten fables litter the songs of sisters Brechyn Chace and Larissa Chace Smith, who perform as The Hello Strangers. From Austin, Texas, where the two wrote their first song, to their current home in the mountains of Pennsylvania, the pair remain true to their roots with a style they […]

UVA’s science and engineering grad school a cappella group celebrates the desire to sing out, no matter one’s day job. Photo: Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: The First Harmonics

It’s common knowledge on UVA Grounds that a cappella groups are selective. Whether you’re the Hullabahoos or The Virginia No Tones, each group is looking for something specific. The First Harmonics require a solid voice, stage presence and the exclusive “science and engineering grad school student” title. These self-proclaimed nerds perform a mix of old […]

The Temptations continue to deliver classic soul decades after it owned the music charts of the 1960s. Photo: Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: The Temptations

Motown R&B sensation The Temptations topped the music charts of the 1960s with their unmistakable sound of soul. More than 40 years later, with many changes in lineup since the first “classic five,” Otis Williams still takes the stage as the last surviving original member of the group that launched its career with the Smokey […]

Anthony D’Amato turns heartbreak into cheery folk on Cold Snap, his rhythmically excellent third album. Photo: Meredith Truax

ARTS Pick: Anthony D’Amato

The latest from Americana singer-songwriter Anthony D’Amato, Cold Snap is a far cry from his first release, the album he recorded in his Princeton University dorm room. Cold Snap is a beautiful collection of sophisticated sounds and decisive melodies that channels Simon & Garfunkel and Bruce Springsteen at the same time. He crafts lyrics of […]

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In brief: STAB sex scandal, sacred corn and more

St. Anne’s-Belfield sex scandal Former coach LeRoy Tyvienne Hurd, 36, was sentenced to three years in prison June 8 for using a computer to solicit a 17-year-old student in 2014, despite the alleged victim, now 19, sending a letter to Judge Cheryl Higgins with her wishes he not be prosecuted, according to the Daily Progress. The […]

Best of C-VILLE 2016: FAQs

Best of C-VILLE 2016: FAQs

Though Best of C-VILLE is in its 20th year, it feels as if every time is the first time. At least for some of you. Here are a few Best of C-VILLE Frequently Asked Questions, to help clear up any confusion. How does this work? Best of C-VILLE happens in two phases: The nomination season (May 4-27) and the […]

Best of C-VILLE voting is now open!

Best of C-VILLE voting is now open!

You nominated more than 450 of your favorite Charlottesville people, places and things in the Best of C-VILLE primaries. Now, vote the best of the best into the winners’ circle. Go to c-ville.com/vote to cast your final vote from now until midnight on Saturday, July 2. Log in and you can track the progress of […]

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In brief: Sex trafficking, how to scare politicians and more

Charges filed under new sex trafficking law Quincy Edwards, 33, was indicted on 10 counts June 6 related to human trafficking for threatening and intimidating a victim into prostitution at the Royal Inn Hotel, the first time those charges have been brought in Albemarle. He also was charged with extortion, abduction and use of a […]

Not everything in Graves International Art collection is on display. John and Alex Graves welcome queries on pieces not seen. Photo: Amy Jackson

The bountiful collection at Graves International Art

Charlottesville has had an active, if continually changing, gallery scene for many years, but there now seems to be a critical mass developing that could turn our maturing city into a serious art collector’s destination. With the opening of some new downtown art venues there is more reason for art lovers to make a trip […]

Led by the enigmatic Matthew Healy, The 1975 takes the stage at the Sprint Pavilion. Photo: Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: The 1975

Thirteen years ago, four school friends just south of Manchester, England, got together to play music and The 1975 was born. Fronted by the enigmatic Matthew Healy, the alt-rock group lyrically combines notions of upheavals, triumphs, traumas and losses on its latest album, I Like It When You Sleep For You Are So Beautiful Yet […]