C-VILLE Writers



Michael Clem, known for his many local collaborations and as a member of Eddie from Ohio, will celebrate the release of his new solo album, 50 Clementines, on January 8 at the Southern Café and Music Hall. Photo: Publicity photo

Fruitful endeavors: Michael Clem issues second solo album a decade later

Since moving to Charlottesville from Northern Virginia in 2008, Michael Clem has become a staple of the city’s music scene. Having played bass and sung harmony and lead vocals for nearly two decades for the nationally acclaimed Washington, D.C.,-based quintet Eddie from Ohio, whose shows and records frequently featured world-class players such as Béla Fleck, […]

MoJa will celebrate the release of The Hollow with a show at the Jefferson African American Heritage Center on January 29.  Photo: Jack Looney

Dynamic Duo: MoJa embraces lifelong musical lessons

It isn’t the quest for red-carpet accolades, social media props, YouTube views or Spotify listens that drives MoJa. The Charlottesville-based quartet, co-fronted by violinist Morwenna Lasko and guitarist Jay Pun, wants to make better art. “We don’t view making music as a commercial enterprise,” says Pun. “Rather, we think of it as a continual process […]

ARTS Pick: New Year’s Eve

ARTS Pick: New Year’s Eve

First Night Virginia $6-38, 3pm-midnight. Downtown Mall, locations vary. New Year’s in Ireland 7pm. Tin Whistle Irish Pub, 609 E. Market St. 202-8387. Rising Appalachia’s New Year’s Eve Gala $37-65, 8pm. The Jefferson Theater, 110 E. Main St., Downtown Mall. 245-4980. New Year’s Eve with Elby Brass and Grits and Gravy $10-15, 9pm. 21-plus. The Southern […]

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ARTS Pick: Jane Eyre

National Theatre Live in HD presents an acclaimed retelling of Charlotte Brontë’s 170-year-old classic, Jane Eyre. The production follows the life of a daring and timeless heroine who perseveres through a parentless childhood, crippling poverty and countless injustices by using strength and resilience to make her own happiness. Sunday 12/27. $10.50-14.50, 7pm. The Paramount Theater, 215 […]

Cordell Cole plays the Ghost of Christmas Present in American Shakespeare Center’s rendition of A Christmas Carol. Photo: Lindsey Walters

ARTS Pick: A Christmas Carol

Ghostly fun plays out in Dickens’ holiday classic, A Christmas Carol, when the miserly Ebenezer Scrooge is confronted with spectral manifestations that force him to choose between greed and generosity. This musical version includes a few new surprises while keeping the traditional insights to the true meaning of Christmas. Thursday 12/24. $29-64, 2pm. American Shakespeare Center, 10 […]

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2015 Year in Review

Looking back on the last year, it’s clear why Charlottesville was named the No. 2 most exciting city in Virginia (actually, we’d make the case for No. 1). Our town was propelled into the national spotlight for high-profile events such as Martese Johnson’s altercation with ABC agents and Jesse Matthew receiving three life sentences in […]

Corry Blanc goes back to blacksmithing roots by making everything by hand: carbon-steel skillets, cutting boards, copper mugs and more. Photo: Christian Hommel

Hot in the kitchen: Blanc Creatives’ exceptional designs pan out

The founder of Charlottesville’s Blanc Creatives, Corry Blanc, won national attention recently when his hand-forged, carbon-steel cookware was named the winner of Garden & Gun magazine’s prestigious Made in the South awards. Out of thousands of applicants and nominees, Blanc’s products—made right here in Belmont—were selected as the best cookware fabricated by a blacksmith throughout […]

Stephanie Holladay Earl stars as Mary, who’s fed up with The Twelve Dates of Christmas at the American Shakespeare Center. Photo: Michael Bailey

ARTS Pick: The Twelve Dates of Christmas

One-woman show The Twelve Dates of Christmas follows Mary, who discovers her boyfriend is cheating on her when she sees him kissing a coworker on national television during the broadcast of Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. She spends the next year navigating one luckless romance and dating disaster after another while working as an actress in […]

All four members of Eddie from Ohio are from Virginia. The group’s name evolved as a sort of tribute to fIREHOSE frontman ed fROMOHIO. Photo: Publicity photo

ARTS Picks: Eddie from Ohio

In 2016, the genre-defying Eddie from Ohio will celebrate 25 years of winning fans through a tight, balanced blend of four-part harmonies and instrumentation that includes guitar, bass and harmonica as well as hand and stick percussion. Internationally renowned, local folk singer-songwriter Ellis Paul opens. Friday 12/18. $27-30, 8pm. The Jefferson Theater, 110 E Main St., […]

Former Fluco Chris Daughtry takes time out of his busy rock 'n' roll schedule to play a benefit show at Firefly on Thursday. Photo: Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: A Very Woolen Holiday

Grammy-nominated former “American Idol” contestant Chris Daughtry headlines A Very Woolen Holiday, a benefit event for Cookies for Kids’ Cancer, a nonprofit that funds research for less toxic treatment options. Presented for the first time by Woolen Writers’ Revival and hosted by local musicians Will Thomas Reed and Brian Craddock, the lineup also includes Keith […]

Anais Mitchell opens for Punch Brothers on Wednesday at The Paramount Theater. Publicity image

Anais Mitchell moves forward while looking behind

To say that Anais Mitchell shares commonalities with Orpheus, a character from ancient Greek mythology isn’t as far fetched as it sounds. Both possess the musical talents vital for swooning listeners and charming their way into remote realms. But while Orpheus’ journey to rescue his wife Eurydice ended in despair when he carelessly turned his […]

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ARTS Pick: The Santaland Diaries

An unlikely holiday tradition took hold when David Sedaris told the sour, witty story of his experience as an unemployed writer who takes a job as an elf at Macy’s in The Santaland Diaries, which gained public recognition on NPR in 1992. Staged by the American Shakespeare Center, Sedaris’ sardonic tale offers an unvarnished glimpse […]

All your holiday fantasies come true during Deanna Danger’s KnucklesCracker, a burlesque twist on The Nutcracker. Photo: Robert Escue

ARTS Pick: KnucklesCracker

Ballet meets burlesque in KnucklesCracker, a reimagining of the classic Nutcracker story, set in the bygone era of speakeasies and vaudeville entertainment. This whirlwind of ragtime rambunctiousness features an array of performers and live music by The Judy Chops. Vintage or cocktail wear encouraged. 18-plus. Sunday 12/13. $12-60, 8pm. The Jefferson Theater, 110 E. Main St., […]

The Steep Canyon Rangers play it straight (sans Steve Martin) at the Jefferson on Friday. Photo: Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Steep Canyon Rangers

Wild and crazy guy Steve Martin’s affiliation with the Steep Canyon Rangers may have led to wider recognition for the group when he invited them to tour as his backing band in 2009, but the North Carolina-based bluegrass act already held a stellar reputation among fans on the pick ‘n‘ grin circuit. With the release […]

Enjoy holiday classics and a guest narration of The Night Before Christmas by former Poet Laureate, Rita Dove on December 5 and 6. Photo: Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Family Holiday Concerts

Former U.S. Poet Laureate and Pulitzer Prize winner Rita Dove guest narrates The Night Before Christmas at the UVA University Singers and the Charlottesville Symphony Family Holiday Concerts. The joint performance will include seasonal favorites such as “Sleigh Ride” and “Winter Wonderland” and crowd-pleasers from The Polar Express and Frozen soundtracks. Saturday 12/5 & Sunday […]

If you like it hot, Milli Joe pour-over brews from varied coffee origins are the way to go. Photo: Ron Paris

Coffee awakening: A comparison of local cups

Pour-over coffee. It’s known for its tea-like flavors, light body and ceremonious process. Each cup takes about five minutes to brew. In the world of coffee, that’s a decidedly snail-like pace. And yet the pour-over method has become the mainstay of hipster, third-wave coffee joints. In many ways it’s transcended its coolness and become the […]

Take in Moscow Ballet's rendition of the holiday classic, The Great Russian Nutcracker on Sunday. Photo: Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: The Great Russian Nutcracker

Set the holiday mood with the Moscow Ballet’s take on the beloved story of The Great Russian Nutcracker. Experience the artistry of world-class Russian dancers, handcrafted sets and costumes, and Tchaikovsky’s time-honored musical score that shines in the orchestra’s upper register. Sunday 12/6. $30-177, 1pm and 5pm. The Paramount Theater, 215 E. Main St., Downtown Mall. […]

Guest choreographer, Katharine Birdsall, joins the UVA dance program students in a performance of movement and music. Photo: Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: UVA Fall Dance Concert

In addition to showcasing the engaging, provocative work of dance program students and faculty at UVA’s Fall Dance Concert, the Department of Drama will host guest choreographer Katharine Birdsall (founder of Charlottesville’s Zen Monkey Project) in Moonlight, her tribute to Frederic Chopin’s Preludes. The performance of suites allows movement and music to share the spotlight equally. […]

Halloween season isn’t over until All Them Witches rocks the Southern on Tuesday. Photo: Robby Steabler

ARTS Pick: All Them Witches

While Nashville is known for its storied history of country music, that doesn’t stop All Them Witches from blowing up jazz-funk jams on the local stages. With an attitude that defies its geography, the band absorbs the vibe of places traveled and channels it into longplay epics like “El Centro” on the new album, made […]

Four County Player’s production of Honk! sends a message of love and acceptance in time for the holidays. Photo: Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Honk!

Line up for a musical adventure about self-discovery and love, when Four County Players presents the family-friendly Honk!. Based on Hans Christian Andersen’s The Ugly Duckling, the play is the sing-song story of Ugly, who doesn’t quite fit in with his brothers and sisters. It’s a tale chock-full of unique characters and catchy tunes that […]

Hold your breath as the Golden Dragon Acrobats defy gravity and perform beautifully executed dance numbers at the Paramount on Friday. Photo: Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Golden Dragon Acrobats

Award-winning Chinese acrobatics meet traditional dance, theater and a blend of ancient and contemporary music onstage with the Golden Dragon Acrobats. The company, led by impresario Danny Chang and his wife and choreographer, Angela Chang, is composed of nearly 30 trained athletes, actors and artists who have performed in more than 65 countries worldwide. Friday […]

Devon Sproule is back with a new perspective, and keen insights, on a new record, The Gold String, to be released in early 2016. Photo: Anthony Gerace

Instead of different: Singer-songwriter Devon Sproule comes home

The last time C-VILLE Weekly talked with Devon Sproule, she was jetting off to Germany with her husband, Paul Curreri, to pursue a musical life abroad. The couple recently returned to Charlottesville, and Sproule is feeling more adventurous than ever. “Everything that led away from Virginia felt necessary, and so did the coming home,” she […]

Overindulged at the table? Bust some moves at DJ Sir RJ’s Thanksgiving Afterparty at The Ante Room on Thursday night. Photo: Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: DJ Sir RJ’s Thanksgiving Afterparty

When the last slice of pie is in crumbles, and the final quarter winds down on the game, skip the La-Z-Boy kickback and get movin’ with DJ Sir RJ’s Thanksgiving Afterparty. Hip-hop grooves hosted by Blacko & Sunshine are the gravy on a night of boogie from the ’ville with a second helping of music […]