C-VILLE Writers



A Richard Williams-designed home connects its inhabitants to the landscape. Photo: Stephen Barling

From the editor-at-large: In context

It was autumn, and I had just moved to Charlottesville late that summer to embark upon the second phase of architecture school. I was thrilled, humbled, and full of optimism. Back then, I kept a paper map of North Carolina in my car. It had torn edges, crisp, hair-thin folds, and palimpsest markings of journeys […]

Project Pat brings the beats of southern hip-hop from Memphis to the Main Street Annex on Friday. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Project Pat

Rap lovers know that the best beats come from hard-hitting rhythms coupled with solid flows of raw lyrics. That’s why Project Pat remains a standout of the genre. The brother of Three 6 Mafia member Juicy J, Pat gives fans exactly what they want; a steady roll of unabashed rap glory. Characterized by a pulsing […]

Villains unite in song during this musical review. Photo credit: Play On! Facebook page

ARTS Pick: Now That’s What I Call Evil

It’s time to get your evil on, or at least enjoy the sound of evil as your favorite Broadway baddies and Disney villains display their wickedness through song. Play On’s musical revue Now That’s What I Call Evil brings together the most vile characters from the screen and stage for a single evening of musical […]

The Pie Guy Justin Bagley will soon ply his pies into the wee hours on weekends. Photo: Christian Hommel

Giant pizzas, 2am pies, and other restaurant news

By the slice  Everything’s bigger in…Virginia, apparently. As of last Monday, Charlottesville is home to the newest location of Benny’s, a southern Virginia restaurant chain that serves up slices of pizza roughly the size of a small child.  According to local co-owner Nick Stancampiano, each pie is 28 inches in diameter, and a slice served […]

Ash Lawn Opera’s Fiddler on the Roof stars baritone David Kravitz as Tevye, a father’s struggling to maintain a traditional European Jewish upbringing amidst political unrest in Tsarist Russia. Photo credit: Ben Moore-Coll

ARTS Pick: Fiddler on the Roof

Now in its 50th year of production, Fiddler on the Roof has seen eight consecutive seasons on Broadway, nine Tony Awards, and countless audiences. In the capable hands of Ash Lawn Opera, the classic musical continues to deliver an iconic score, a well-loved story and timeless depictions of tradition, love, and survival. Through 8/8 . $12-65, […]

The L.Y.A.O. showcase offers three courses of full-bodied laughs courtesy of Louis Katz, Kenny Wingle (pictured), and Jason Klingman. Photo credit: Adam Kliebenstein

ARTS Pick: L.Y.A.O. Comedy Showcase

If laughter is truly the best medicine, then the L.Y.A.O. Comedy Showcase is sure to heal all of your ailments with three doses of the area’s top comedic talents. Headliner Louis Katz doesn’t mind diving into the cruder side of the human experience, and joining him is the quick-witted and charming regional favorite Kenny Wingle. […]

The Godspell action unfolds in toe-tapping style among a series of beloved parables starring Andrew Thornton as Jesus Christ. Photo credit: Ashley Thornton

ARTS Pick: Godspell

In a different kind of religious revival, Broadway musical Godspell delivers a jazzed up and dressed down interpretation of the final seven days of Jesus’ life. The spectacular Stephen Schwartz play imbibes the gospel of Matthew with jazz, country and of course, gospel tunes—all accented with fantastic costumes. As biblical as the plot is, don’t […]

Peyton Tochterman leads his new acoustic trio Man on a Horse into Rapture on Wednesday night. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Man on a Horse

Folk fingerpicker Peyton Tochterman is a veteran of the local scene. His acoustic prowess has taken him across the country and the globe, playing shows for delighted fans as well as soldiers in Afghanistan. He chronicles his travels on his website, with articles, reviews, and a blog that offers candid access into the performer’s thoughts […]

Notes from the news desk. File photo.

What’s happening in Charlottesville-Albemarle the week of July 28

Each week, the news team takes a look at upcoming meetings and events in Charlottesville and Albemarle we think you should know about. Consider it a look into our datebook, and be sure to share newsworthy happenings in the comments section. Charlottesville’s HUD Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) task force meets at 11am Monday, July […]

Hospitality welcomes you to its dreamlike, sonic explorations at the Southern on Sunday. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Hospitality

The New York based trio Hospitality throws convention to the wind in order to create a sound that is truly authentic. Every song on the recent album Trouble has its own life, with lyrics and melodies crafting an experience that takes fans beyond listening. There’s no borrowing from other artists or rehashing of classic genres […]

When a talent as big as Sarah McLachlan steps onto the stage, it’s a good bet that something profound is about to occur. She performs at the Charlottesville Free Clinic Benefit on Sunday.  Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Sarah McLachlan

With a voice that pierces through to the soul, Canadian artist Sarah McLachlan delivers an array of songs that pulse with beauty and meaning. Defined by gorgeous ballads that mix intense lyrics with uplifting guitars to create an experience brimming with positivity, McLachlan’s performances offer an unforced, natural bliss that is largely missing from many of […]

Eric Clapton has touted Sonny Landreth as one of the most advanced and under-appreciated guitarists on the planet. See for yourself at the Southern on Saturday. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Sonny Landreth

Hailed “The King of Slydeco,” Sonny Landreth’s Cajun-influenced slide guitar style has captured the attention of blues aficionados across the globe and led to collaborations with superstars such as Eric Clapton, Eric Johnson, and Mark Knopfler. With 11 albums under his belt and a passport stamped at gates across the globe, Landreth’s 30-year career has […]

Comedy with a Taste of Jazz Part III will have your toes tapping and sides splitting courtesy of comedienne Liz Miele and a trio of local jazz greats. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Comedy with a Taste of Jazz

How many jazz musicians does it take to screw in a light bulb? Find out at the third installment of the Comedy with a Taste of Jazz series featuring two sets of comedy from a hilarious up and coming stand up, paired with two sets of jazz from the Robert Jospe Trio. Super funny cat-enthusiast […]

Café con leche from Café Cubano. Staff photo

Para Coffee buys Café Cubano, and other restaurant news

Two coffee shops become one Last week, the owners of Para Coffee, the homey coffee shop tucked away on Elliewood Avenue where UVA students and professors camp out for hours with lattes and textbooks, announced that they’ve purchased Café Cubano on the Downtown Mall. Para owners Eric Kelley, Brad Uhl, and Brandon Wooten, who founded […]

The Belmont bridge from above.

Council OKs replacement of Belmont Bridge, shoots down underpass

Charlottesville’s City Council voted 4-1 Monday night in favor of replacing the aging connector between downtown and Belmont with an “enhanced bridge” as opposed to an underpass—an option that would have routed traffic below existing rail lines, and enjoyed vocal support from some locals and designers who have criticized the city’s planning process on the […]

Photo credit: Martyn Kyle

ARTS Pick: Shrek: The Musical

Grab some torches and pitchforks and prepare for Shrek: The Musical, when an ogre-turned-hero braves dragon fire and a tiny king to save his beloved Fiona. As Shrek adventures with his faithfully frustrating sidekick, Donkey, storybook creatures, and a musical score, an expert cast recaptures the magic of Long Ago and Far Away. Through 8/10. $16, […]

Scars on 45 bring their soulful tunes from across the pond. Publicity photo.

ARTS Pick: Scars on 45

British crooners Scars on 45 inspire soul-searching with tunes driven by hope and longing and grounded by piano and mellow guitar. Led by the soothing voices of Danny Bembrose and Aimee Driver, the quintet weaves an audio experience that is nothing short of euphoric. Tuesday 7/22. $15, 8pm. The Southern Café and Music Hall, 103 S. First St. […]

Ruckersville-based Solid Ground Shelters marries outdoor charm and indoor comfort with luxury tents. Photo: Solid Ground Shelters

The great outdoors: Camping with a luxurious twist

Weddings and camping go together like…Actually, weddings and camping haven’t traditionally gone together at all. Until now, that is. Welcome to the luxurious, wonderful world of glamorous camping, otherwise known as “glamping.” Think outdoorsy with all the trimmings: heated tents, comfy beds, luxury linens, and upscale furniture, all delivered to the locale of your choice. […]

The most darling of wedding traditions, these flower girls in their Shindig Weddings dresses will scatter petals down the aisle before the bride makes her entrance. Originally, flower girls carried wheat and other herbs to ensure prosperity and fertility, as well as garlic to ward off those pesky evil spirits. The tradition as we know it today evolved from a time when a path of petals would lead from the bride’s home to the church. Photo: Jen Fariello

Petal pushers

Once she’s got a ring on it, one of the first calls a bride makes is to a florist because be it altars, centerpieces, boutonnieres, or the all-important bouquet, flowers are everywhere, making anyone’s big day even brighter and more beautiful. There was, however, a time when those ubiquitous roses, tulips, and calla lilies weren’t […]

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ARTS Pick: Martina McBride

Country music’s electric star Martina McBride is known for refusing trends and conventions, and with the release of Everlasting, the first album on her own label, she expands beyond country sounds. The Kansas-born artist finds fresh nuances in familiar favorites and songs that range from Motown and Etta James to Van Morrison and Linda Ronstadt. Saturday 7/19. $39-75, 7pm. […]

Photo credit: Michael Bailey

ARTS Pick: Shear Madness

Tight improvisation, audience participation, and sharp-tongued hair dressers deliver new twists every night in Shear Madness, the longest running nonmusical theater production in U.S. history. Set in a unisex salon right here in town, the American adaptation of Paul Portner’s slapstick whodunit asks playgoers to help solve an off-stage murder. Locals can look forward to inside […]