C-VILLE Writers



JM Stock Provisions tops its buttermilk-and-lard biscuit with tasso ham and a drizzle of honey and hot sauce. Photo by Tom McGovern

The ham biscuit is named Charlottesville’s signature dish

By Sam Padgett Considering our broad food and drink world, it’s difficult to imagine a single dish that could represent the city’s local food scene. Charlottesville, on account of its geography and demographics, has a more dynamic selection of foods compared to the seafood-obsessed southeastern part of the state and metropolitan areas of Northern Virginia. […]

The Tom Tom Founders Festival hosts a three-day block party featuring several bands, technology and art showcases, food trucks, a craft beer garden and more. Photo by Tom Daly

LIVING Picks: Week of April 11-17

Nonprofit Block party Friday, April 13 through Sunday, April 15 The Tom Tom Founders Festival hosts a three-day block party featuring several bands, technology and art showcases, food trucks, a craft beer garden and more. Free entry, 5-11pm Friday; noon-11pm Saturday; and 2-8pm Sunday. Emancipation Park, 101 E. Market St. tom tomfest.com Health & Wellness […]

The Jazz4Justice performance features vocalist Stephanie Nakasian (above) and the Virginia Women’s Chorus. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Jazz concert seeks justice

John D’earth directs the UVA Jazz Ensemble in a three-way benefit for the Central Virginia Legal Aid Society, the Legal Aid Justice Center and the UVA jazz program. Jazz4Justice is a statewide, college-based series that raises funds and awareness about social justice issues through community partnerships. The Charlottesville performance features vocalist Stephanie Nakasian and the […]

With the release of his debut album, Shine on a Rainy Day, Brent Cobb credits his success to a small town upbringing. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Brent Cobb has Georgia on his mind

Over the past 10 years, Brent Cobb toured with some of country music’s biggest names, was personally invited to the Nashville scene by Luke Bryan, wrote hits for Miranda Lambert, Kenny Chesney and others and discovered that a distant cousin is an L.A. producer for outlaw musicians like Shooter Jennings. But with the release of […]

Disintegration. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Metal Showcase prepares to crush it

Whether you’re a metal devotee or your knowledge of the current scene is rusty, Champion Brewing Company’s third annual Metal Showcase (part of the Tom Tom Founders Festival) is the place to exercise your nod and crush cans of brewery favorites as mutant-hardcore and grind noise meet nuts-core metal and power violence in a show […]

Photo Chris Pecoraro

In brief: FA5 tightens up, free the nipple, another renaming and more

Fridays new format Treasured Charlottesville tradition Fridays After Five kicks off April 13, with a not-so-special nod to the realities of crowds gathering in the 21st century. After-Fivers will find enhanced security at the Sprint Pavilion with bag checks and fewer entrances to the area. “Anyone in the event industry holding mass gatherings understands the […]

Mudhouse will open its third standalone location in the former Cville Classic cars space 
on 10th Street. Rendering courtesy Wolf Ackerman Architecture + Design

Mudhouse to open third stand-alone location

By Sam Padgett and Erin O’Hare eatdrink@c-ville.com A third full-size Mudhouse will soon open on 10th Street NW, in the former Cville Classic Cars space. The local roastery and coffee shop’s new location will offer the usual Mudhouse coffee and atmosphere, plus an extended array of bakery items. Mudhouse co-owner Lynelle Lawrence is excited to […]

Since 2013, Bobby Bones' self-deprecating humor and candor about 
his personal life have accompanied the morning drive for millions of fans across the U.S., and now he’s dishing it live in a stand-up format on the Red Hoodie Comedy Tour. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Bobby Bones is the face of country radio

One of the most popular syndicated radio shows in America is helmed by Bobby Bones, something that country music fans have known for years. The Arkansas native is funny, honest and unscripted—Bones once got Taylor Swift to offer dating advice to his show’s intern and do a reading from the Titanic movie script. Since 2013, […]

The Rockfish Valley Foundation hosts the 10th annual Kite Festival, which includes free kites for the first 400 kids in attendance, music, parachute races, a magician and more.

LIVING Picks: Week of April 4-10

FAMILY Kite Festival Sunday, April 8 The Rockfish Valley Foundation hosts the 10th annual Kite Festival, which includes free kites for the first 400 kids in attendance, music, parachute races, a magician and more. Free, 11am-3pm. Rockfish Valley Foundation Natural History Center, 1368 Rockfish Valley Hwy., Nellysford. 226-0446. NONPROFIT World Voice Day celebration Friday, April […]

Upon leaving military service, Michael Trotter Jr. met performer Tanya Blount, fell in love, got married and began a musical collaboration that’s resulted in the release of the duo’s first EP, Down to the River. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: War & Treaty duo plays together nicely

Before War & Treaty’s Michael Trotter Jr. was a touring musician, he was a soldier in Iraq. There among the brutalities of war, in a dictator’s palace, Trotter taught himself to play on a piano believed to have belonged to Saddam Hussein. It was in this extraordinary setting that he wrote his first song, which […]

UVA Drama takes on satire, politics, capitalism and social justice as man's desire to pee in private leads to revolution in the Broadway smash Urinetown. Photo by Michael Bailey

ARTS Pick: UVA Drama takes on Urinetown

UVA Drama takes on satire, politics, capitalism and social justice as man’s desire to pee in private leads to revolution in the Broadway smash Urinetown. When a water shortage occurs, a lockdown on toilet flushing requires citizens to use paid public facilities, but not everyone can afford the fee to pee. A hero emerges, and […]

ARTS Pick: Shenandoah Fringe Festival takes center stage

The force and fearlessness of art takes center stage with Shenandoah Fringe Festival’s diverse lineup of film, theater, music, puppetry and more. Local and national artists unite with the declaration, “We can be students and painters and refugees and baristas and mothers and mimes and waitresses and vaudevillians all in one without invalidating the others.” […]

The Yard food hall at 5th Street Station is slated to open in May, and Basil Mediterranean, Extreme Pizza and Chim, an Asian street food restaurant, are among its first tenants. Photo by Skycladap.com

The Yard food hall set to open in May

By Sam Padgett and Erin O’Hare The Yard food hall at 5th Street Station is gearing up to open in May, in the building next to Alamo Drafthouse Cinema. Jeff Garrison, the project’s lead, says he wanted to “create an active community-engaged area…a great area to hang out.” And so The Yard put extra emphasis […]

Each purchase of a white, pink or red dogwood tree benefits the Charlottesville Dogwood Festival.

LIVING Picks: Week of March 28-April 3

Family Easter celebration Friday, March 30, through Sunday, April 1 Wintergreen Resort’s annual Easter celebration includes an egg hunt, bonnet parade, craft workshops and egg decorating. Prices and times vary by activity. Wintergreen Resort, 39 Mountain Inn Loop, Roseland. 325-2200. Food & Drink Salted honey pie class Wednesday, March 28 The Pie Chest’s Rachel Pennington […]

Last year’s Cville's Freshman Class winner, Zeus4K, won time in the studio with a local producer, and went on to perform at the Rugged Arts hip-hop showcase. Photo by Eze Amos

ARTS Pick: C’ville’s Freshman Class takes the mic

First-timers get a chance on the mic and a warm welcome from host Remy St. Clair as the Nine Pillars Hip-Hop Cultural Fest invites local middle and high school students to show up at Cville’s Freshman Class for a chance to become Charlottesville’s next breakout hip-hop artist. Last year’s winner, Zeus4K, won time in the […]

For local Parrot Heads looking to waste away again on a seashore in their minds, Jimmy Buffett brings his easy listening island tunes and beach ballads to the stage. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Jimmy Buffett brings the beach ballads

For local Parrot Heads looking to waste away again on a seashore in their minds, Jimmy Buffett brings his easy listening island tunes and beach ballads to the stage. Combining country, rock and pop, Buffett is often referred to as the “king of Gulf and Western” sound. From his start as an easygoing beach bum […]

For the past eight years, Americana road warriors The Black Lillies have been chasing success like hounds, pushing musical boundaries on tour and in the studio. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Americana rockers The Black Lillies stop in C’ville

For the past eight years, Americana road warriors The Black Lillies have been chasing success like hounds, pushing musical boundaries on tour and in the studio. The independent roots-rockers inspire with a rich mix of tight harmonies cut with country blues, but it’s the group’s chemistry that keeps it rockin’ from festivals and clubs to […]

Cigarettes After Sex formed accidentally in 2008, according to the group’s founder, Greg Gonzalez, who says he was experimenting with the dreamy, languorous sound that defines the band. Photo by Ebru Yildiz

ARTS Pick: Cigarettes After Sex fans show some ‘Affection’

Cigarettes After Sex formed accidentally in 2008, according to the group’s founder, Greg Gonzalez, who says he was experimenting with the dreamy, languorous sound that defines the band. A move to Brooklyn and the release of the single “Affection” resulted in millions of internet clicks, and catapulted the group to its current success with a […]

Plans for the new Gallery Court Hotel bear no resemblance to the historic motor court style of the 1950s that the structure replaces.
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Gallery Court Hotel rises out of Excel Inn’s ashes

By Natalie Jacobsen On May 4 of last year, Charlottesville was rocked by the images and news that the long-standing Excel Inn & Suites was ablaze. The Emmet Street landmark was deemed unsalvageable, and the owners, Vipul and Manisha Patel, closed the hotel immediately and indefinitely following the devastating fire. Now the Patel family has […]

Students at Charlottesville High school were among thousands of teenagers who participated in the March 14 National School Walkout to demand gun control legislation.
Eze Amos

In brief: School walkouts, vegan dating, butt whupping and more

Walking the walk Exactly one month from the day that a gunman shot 17 people to death at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, local students and their peers across the nation said they wouldn’t stand for that—so they walked. March 14 marked the first National School Walkout, where thousands of students left […]

Paleontologists meet puppeteers for a trip to Erth’s Dinosaur Zoo Live!, a theatrical journey through 65 million years of dino history told by life-like creatures that entertain as they educate. Kids will freak while parents geek. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Going paleo at the Paramount

Paleontologists meet puppeteers for a trip to Erth’s Dinosaur Zoo Live!, a theatrical journey through 65 million years of dino history told by life-like creatures that entertain as they educate. Kids will freak while parents geek. Sunday, March 25. $14.75-49.75, 4pm. The Paramount Theater, 215 E. Main St., Downtown Mall. 979-1333.