C-VILLE Writers



With his passionate baritone, Ray LaMontagne takes ordinary subject matter and transforms it into deeply personal music. He plays the Pavilion on Wednesday. Photo: Brian Stowell

ARTS Pick: Ray LaMontagne

The evolution of Ray LaMontagne has been fun to hear. From the sparse, husky folk of his early records to a recent 40-minute recording steeped in mythology, the spotlight-wary musician brings fans along as he pushes into new sonic territory. Produced by My Morning Jacket’s Jim James and released as an album in March, Ouroboros […]

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In brief: Debtors’ prison, slush fund and more

Modern-day ‘debtors’ prison’? The Legal Aid Justice Center sued the Department of Motor Vehicles July 6 in federal court in Charlottesville, claiming that suspending the licenses of nearly 1 million low-income Virginians for failure to pay unreasonable court costs and fines traps them in debt, makes it impossible for them to legally drive to work […]

Bootleggers and chorus girls carouse their way through Live Arts’ summer comedy musical, Nice Work If You Can Get It. Photo: Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Nice Work If You Can Get It

Just before his wedding night, a 1920s playboy runs into a bit of a mess that results in bootleggers on his tail and chorus girls running around him. Nice Work If You Can Get It, written by Tony Award-winning playwright Joe DiPietro, includes everything he says is good about life: music, laughter and falling in […]

Ezra John returns to promote his soulful new R&B effort along with a list of elite local players at The Ante Room on Thursday. Photo: Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Ezra John

Ezra John got his musical start in Charlottesville in 2001, after deciding teaching music wasn’t going to fulfill the dreams he had for himself. Since then, he’s been entertaining in Atlanta and Pittsburgh, and sharing the stage with Gavin DeGraw, Kendrick Lamar and Daughtry, to name a few. He returns to tout his new EP, […]

Local filmmaker Lorenzo Dickerson heads the Maupintown Film Festival, which highlights stories of African-American historical, educational and social value. Photo: Courtesy subject

ARTS Pick: Maupintown Film Festival

The Maupintown Film Festival showcases works of historical, educational and social value that address the achievements and plight of the African-American community. Included in the 12-film lineup is local filmmaker (and founder of Maupintown Media) Lorenzo Dickerson’s documentary Anywhere But Here, which examines the cause and effect of mass incarceration, as well as his Color […]

Ryan Adams made news when he covered Taylor Swift’s 1989 last year. “Her voice does this thing,” Adams told The Guardian. “It just goes through all my bullshit detectors and right into my heart and soul.” Photo: Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Ryan Adams

Formerly of Whiskeytown and The Cardinals, alt-rocker Ryan Adams is better known for his solo career, which leans heavily on a driven blend of folk and Americana music. In 2015, he elevated his profile with a full-length cover of Taylor Swift’s 1989. He unplugged and reimagined each of the album’s glossy pop songs into a […]

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Let’s eat (cheap)!

It’s hard to resist eating out for every meal in a town like Charlottesville, but ain’t nobody got money for that. So we cooked up a list of our favorite cheap eats—the expected ($3 dumplings at Marco & Luca, obviously) to the not-so-expected (read: grit bowl). They run the cuisine gamut, from Asian to Mexican […]

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ARTS Pick: The Men of Magic Mike Tour

If you missed out on July 4 fireworks, have no fear—The Men of Magic Mike Tour is bringing even more sizzle to the hot summer nights. The group of male strippers packs movie star cred, tight choreography and personal attention into a frenzied live show with a promise to “let the hottest hunks take care […]

Canadian folk and country harmony trio, The Good Lovelies, is one of the dozens of groups who perform at the three-day Red Wing Roots Festival near Harrisonburg. Photo: Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Red Wing Roots Festival

For decades, musicians on the road have been writing about home. So when touring was taking The Steel Wheels away from theirs too often, the group created the Red Wing Roots Festival near Harrisonburg as a way to stay close. The three-day extravaganza features dozens of local and national country-folk-Americana artists in a friendly community […]

Mozart’s heartfelt comedy, Così fan tutte, kicks off Ash Lawn Opera’s summer session on Sunday, starring principal Mireille Asselin as Despina. Publicity photo.

ARTS Pick: Così fan tutte

It began in Austria in 1790 with Wolfgang Mozart and an idea for a comedy, and more than 200 years later audiences still flock to see Così fan tutte, in which two young couples discover the fickleness of attraction after deciding to test the fidelity of their finacées. Directed by the Washington National Opera’s Andrea […]

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ARTS Pick: Disco Risqué

A guitarist, drummer, bassist and trumpeter walk onto a stage. Separately they are talented musicians; together they are Disco Risqué, a unique collaboration of funk and rock ‘n’ roll emanating from bizarre personalities and experiences. Formed in Charlottesville in 2014 with the mission to “take over the world one sweaty, beautiful, borderline-psychotic music-lover at a […]

New Dean Risa Goluboff clerked under Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer and knows the best barbecue and catfish joints in the South.
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In brief: New dean, carnal knowledge, bobcat attack and more

UVA Law’s first female dean Law school professor Risa Goluboff became the UVA School of Law’s first lady dean in the history of the almost 200-year-old law school July 1. Violet Crown favors eminent domain Violet Crown Cinema CEO Bill Banowsky chastised Downtown Business Association of Charlottesville chair George Benford for the June 22 DBAC […]

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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, […]

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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]