C-VILLE Writers

At least three Downtown Mall businesses say they're staying open during the Unite the Right rally to protest recent demonstrations of hate. Staff photo

Unite the Right counter events, businesses closing/staying open

“If equality and diversity aren’t for you, then neither are we,” say signs popping up on the Downtown Mall ahead of Saturday’s Unite the Right rally, which several groups have predicted could be the largest gathering of white supremacists in recent history. The rainbow-colored signs conclude with, “We are open in protest of the recent […]

UVA's Rotunda. Photo by Karen Blaha

Dispatches from the University of Virginia….

By Bonnie Gordon It’s getting really noisy here.  In a few days local and national news cameras will capture pictures of a large Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville. Right-wing spokesmen say they demonstrate against a City Council vote to move two statues of confederate generals. But really, the demonstration will transform generalized white resentment […]

ARTS Pick: Summer in Paris

ARTS Pick: Summer in Paris

Longing to escape the bright, hot, cheery sunshine? Violet Crown Cinema welcomes you into the dark by way of the first installment in its Summer in Paris film series. Focusing on crimes of passion and anchored by Panique, the 1946 murder mystery starring Michel Simon as a loathsome Peeping Tom framed for murder by the […]

ARTS Pick: Broadway at The Paramount

ARTS Pick: Broadway at The Paramount

Sing along as 40-plus Charlottesville kids perform with theater pros in Broadway at The Paramount. Guest actors include Jennifer DiNoia (currently Elphaba in Broadway’s Wicked), Tony Gonzalez (former dance captain for Mamma Mia!) and Matthew Steffens, a UVA graduate who has performed in everything from Broadway musicals to film and television (including an appearance on […]

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ARTS Pick: The Chris Robinson Brotherhood

The Chris Robinson Brotherhood began as a Los Angeles band that just wanted, in Robinson’s words, to “have a good time.” All in the name of having fun, the former Black Crowes frontman created a bluesy, quintessentially Californian psychedelic jam sound that central Virginia can’t get enough of. Five albums in, the Brotherhood stops by […]

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ARTS Pick: The Addams Family: A New Musical

Whether you’re looking for an empathetic evening out with your goth teen or the days of UHF TV channels, The Addams Family: A New Musical is sure to engage the quirkiness in us all. The familiar setup of trying to appear normal is channeled through song (begin earworm theme now) as a teenage Wednesday Addams […]

LIVING Picks: Week of August 9-15

LIVING Picks: Week of August 9-15

FAMILY Peach Festival Saturday, August 12 Enjoy everyone’s favorite summer fruit in cakes, pies, cobblers and crêpes. Bring the whole family for a variety of children’s activities, including a bounce house. Free, 8am- 3pm. Westover United Methodist Church, 2801 Fredericksburg Rd., Ruckersville. 985-3299.   NONPROFIT Barks & Barrels Saturday, August 12 You and your dog […]

Shunté Lofton as the Princess of France and Greg Brostrom as the King of Navarre in Love’s Labour’s Lost. Photo courtesy of Michael Bailey.

ARTS Pick: Love’s Labour’s Lost

The King of Navarre and his three friends have signed an oath to avoid the company of women for three years in Love’s Labour’s Lost. This should be easy: Who needs women when you have your studies and fasting to focus on, right? That is, until the arrival of the Princess of France and her […]

LIVING Picks: Week of August 2- August 8

LIVING Picks: Week of August 2- August 8

FAMILY Lammas Harvest Fair Saturday, August 5 This celebration of the first harvest makes history fun for the whole family. Learn about old-time farm life in demonstrations of everything from pounding yams to ironwork. Pay what you will, 9am-5pm. Frontier Culture Museum, 1290 Richmond Ave., Staunton. (540) 332-7850.   NONPROFIT Open house Saturday, August 5 […]

Punch Brothers headlines the biggest bluegrass high of the summer on August 8 at the Pavilion. Publicity photo.

ARTS Pick: Punch Brothers

Imagine this supergroup: Chris Thile, Chris Eldridge, Paul Kowert, Noam Pikelny, Gabe Witcher, Sara Watkins, Sarah Jarosz and Aoife O’Donovan. The biggest bluegrass high of the summer rolls through town with the proggy, hypnotic stringmasters Punch Brothers joining female triple threat I’m With Her—playing sets of their own and together—for acoustic bliss. Tuesday, August 8. […]

ARTS Pick: Three Sheets to the Wind

Christopher Cross didn’t know it at the time, but when his massive hit “Sailing” blew through the speakers of car stereos and beach radios in the summer of 1980, it was charting the course for a niche musical genre to emerge 25 years into the future. Three Sheets to the Wind rides the current wave […]

Husband-and-wife duo Patrick Riley and Alaina Moore,
who formed Tennis in 2010, bring their indie pop to the Southern on August 5. Publicity photo.

ARTS Pick: Tennis

What is there to do to pass the time when you’re living at sea on a tiny sailboat with only your partner for company? Starting an award-winning band is always a good option. Alaina Moore and Patrick Riley, the duo that comprises Tennis, began writing songs to document their adventures on the ocean. Now, their […]

“Portrait of Beauty I” is on display at the Music Resource Center as part of Adam Disbrow’s “A Portrait of Beauty” exhibit. Photo courtesy of artist.

First Fridays: August 4

Sperryville artist Adam Disbrow isn’t interested in mimicking realism; after all, “a camera can do that,” he writes in an email. Instead, he communicates with his audience through abstract, minimalistic images, using layers of objective symbols to create a wholly subjective piece of art. His latest exhibition, opening at the Music Resource Center on August 4, […]

Sam Shepard played family patriarch Robert Rayburn in the Netflix series “Bloodline” with his former Charlottesville neighbor Sissy Spacek.

In brief: Death of a playwright, opine on pot and more

Curtain call Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright and actor Sam Shepard, author of Buried Child, died July 27 from complications related to Lou Gehrig’s disease, according to a family member. Shepard lived with actress Jessica Lange on a farm near Scottsville for 10 years until the mid-’90s. He was 73.   Teacher in custody Longtime Charlottesville High […]

ARTS Pick: Gillian Welch

ARTS Pick: Gillian Welch

It took Gillian Welch eight years to release The Harrow & The Harvest. That wasn’t for lack of inspiration, but a stubborn streak of perfectionism that caused Welch to spend the better part of a decade honing down the album to the sparse, dark folk at its core. Hear the resulting classic Americana for yourself […]

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LIVING Picks: Week of July 26- August 1

FAMILY Little Naturalists Thursday, July 27 Introduce your 3- to 5-year-old to the magic of nature in this short trail walk that connects kids with the beauty of the Ivy Creek Natural Area. Free, 10-11am. Ivy Creek Foundation Education Building, 1380 Earlysville Rd. 973-7772.   NONPROFIT Alzheimer’s Awareness Night Wednesday, July 26 Local sports celebrities […]

ARTS Pick: Company

In Company, 35-year-old Robert examines his commitment to bachelorhood through mishaps with married couples and temporary girlfriends. Stephen Sondheim originally targeted his music and lyrics to a 1970s audience, but (with George Furth) gave the libretto an update in the ’90s to keep with changing cultural themes. The production marks the return of former Heritage […]

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ARTS Pick: Josh Davis

Josh Davis, the brain behind DJ Shadow, began making original electronic music in 1991, and grew into an influential collaborator in the hip-hop scene (he works with Nas, Danny Brown and Oscar-winning composer Steven Price on his latest EP, The Mountain Has Fallen). But two decades later his legacy is still defined by 1996’s Endtroducing…, […]

Adam Wolcott and Monika Khot started their band, Zen Mother, in Charlottesville before departing for the West Coast. Publicity photo.

ARTS Pick: Zen Mother

Zen Mother began in a windowless warehouse in Charlottesville not long before its members, Monika Khot and Adam Wolcott Smith, left town—creating a void in the local indie/experimental music scene—for Seattle a couple of years ago. The West Coast has been a nurturing place for Khot (of Nordra and Invisible Hand) and Smith (of Invisible […]

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ARTS Pick: Pippin

Told by a charismatic troupe of actors, Pippin is the story of a prince who desperately wants to impress his father, King Charles. The Leading Player convinces Pippin to betray the King instead, and his life goes hopelessly awry. Pippin dreams of love, family and a happy ending—but Leading Player anticipates a more exciting finale. […]

One of UVA's many ash trees gets innoculated against the emerald ash borer. 
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In brief: Summer shootings, buggy menace and more

Beetles on the brain As the invasive emerald ash tree borer creeps its way into Central Virginia, UVA groundskeepers are suiting up for battle—kind of. First discovered in the U.S. in 2002, this beetle has been detected in most of the eastern half of the country. After it lays its eggs inside ash trees, its […]

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ARTS Pick: Phantogram

Friends since junior high, Josh Carter and Sarah Barthel have made their pet project Phantogram into a monolith in the pop scene. But as the duo gains popularity, it holds fast to what made it unique in the first place, cranking out dark, synthy hits that are too dreamy to break into mainstream. The definition […]