C-VILLE Writers



Americana stalwarts Robin and Linda Williams play two nights at The Front Porch. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Robin and Linda Williams

Legendary duo Robin and Linda Williams (below, left) have played Americana music for longer than the genre has existed. Their musical beginnings trace to North Carolina, where Linda was a school teacher and Robin played full-time on the coffeehouse scene. Connecting through “a robust blend of bluegrass, folk, old-time and acoustic country,” the husband-and-wife musicians […]

Charlottesville Ballet’s The Nutcracker is a skillfully choreographed, engaging take on tradition for all ages. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: The Nutcracker

Charlottesville Ballet’s The Nutcracker is a skillfully choreographed, engaging take on tradition for all ages. The story begins when Clara receives a wooden nutcracker as a holiday gift, and it comes to life along with other toys that accompany her on a journey through an enchanted land filled with dancing dolls and evil mice, guided […]

Christmas at the Paramount brings joy through seasonal songs for two Saturday performances. Rob Garland Photography

ARTS Pick: Christmas at The Paramount

Director Michael Slon conducts the 90-member strong Oratorio Society of Virginia for Christmas at The Paramount. Composed of some the area’s finest vocalists, the chorus performs English carols and traditional Spanish holiday compositions, as well as J.A.C. Redford’s Welcome All Wonders: A Christmas Celebration. Choirs from local high schools join in, and an audience sing-along […]

Charlottesville’s Second Draw has declared a new style of acoustic rock it calls “bluejam.” Catch them on Saturday at The Southern Cafe and Music Hall. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Second Draw

Charlottesville’s Second Draw has declared a new style of acoustic rock it calls “bluejam.” Founded in a raw, energetic style, somewhere between country and jam rock, the group’s self-proclaimed genre blends driving guitar with bluegrass instruments including mandolin, banjo and accordion. The desire to break new ground is evident on SD’s debut album, White Dog, […]

The Downtown Business Association of Charlottesville parades local holiday cheer with floats, marching bands, living history performers and more.

LIVING Picks: December 6-12

FAMILY Virginia Glee Club Christmas concert Saturday, December 9 The UVA Glee Club performs seasonal favorites with plenty of opportunities for the audience to sing along. $5-15, 8-10pm. First Presbyterian Church, 500 Park St. virginia gleeclub.org NONPROFIT Holiday Heritage Parade Saturday, December 9 The Downtown Business Association of Charlottesville parades local holiday cheer with floats, […]

At PVCC’s Let There Be Light, an illuminating art gallery celebrating the winter solstice, 26 artists present 21 light-centered art installations, creating a magical glow that
cuts through winter’s early nightfall. Courtesy photo

ARTS Pick: Let There Be Light

Ever seen a cake go up in flames, or bamboo bathed in blue beams? At PVCC’s Let There Be Light, an illuminating art gallery celebrating the winter solstice, 26 artists present 21 light-centered art installations, creating a magical glow that cuts through winter’s early nightfall. Bring a flashlight to find your way through the diverse […]

Real life bros Michael and Ben Ford form the deconstructed pop duo Airpark, playing the Tea Bazaar on Saturday. Photo by Melissa Madison Fuller

ARTS Pick: Airpark

When the six-piece band The Apache Relay quietly ended, brothers Michael and Ben Ford decided to work as a duo, and Airpark was born. One year later, the siblings are creating forward-thinking pop music, mixing vocal harmonies with minimal instrumentation manifested in emotional vibes that target both the ears and the feet. Saturday, December 9. […]

David Rawlings brings a familiar band of musicians as he steps to the mic in support of his recent solo release, Poor David’s Almanack. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: David Rawlings

When guitarist and singer-songwriter David Rawlings put together his third album, Poor David’s Almanack, he created a story written in the timeless language of American folk. Blending electric and acoustic guitar with twangy vocals, the album took shape in Nashville, where Rawlings was joined by fellow musicians Gillian Welch, Willie Watson, Paul Kowert and Brittany […]

Broadway producer Chad Lawson Cooper’s Justice on Trial: Black Lives Matter Too is at MLK Performing Arts Center on Friday. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Justice on Trial: Black Lives Matter Too

After releasing a number of songs as a national recording artist and working with Tyler Perry on Madea Goes to Jail, Chad Lawson Cooper turned to theater for a project that combines passion, education and an emotional quest for slavery reparation in Justice on Trial: Black Lives Matter Too. Cooper’s Broadway production company presents a […]

The Villa, which has served up diner favorites at the corner of Emmet Street and Ivy Road since 2005, will relocate to a new space next year. Photos by Paul Whicheloe

The Villa diner will move to a new space next year

By Sam Padgett and Erin O’Hare Last week, The Villa diner announced that after 12 years of serving classic fare such as eggs, sandwiches, pizza and more, the Emmet Street restaurant will move to a new location in Charlottesville next year. The reason? The Villa sits on land owned by the University of Virginia, and […]

The Charlottesville Symphony at the University of Virginia, University Singers and trumpeter John D’earth join forces for family holiday concerts conducted by Michael Slon. Photo by Jackson Smith

LIVING Picks: Week of November 29-December 5

NONPROFIT Grand Illumination! Friday, December 1 This community event includes musical performances, kids crafts, a visit from Santa, a free movie screening and the main event—the lighting of a tree decked out in more than 20,000 LED bulbs. Don’t forget to bring your Toy Lift Charities donations. Free, 5:30pm. Central Place, the Downtown Mall. charlottesville. […]

Kebabish Sizzling and Fire Grille offers authentic, fast dishes, including gyros (both meat and veggie), dumplings, curries, fried noodles and, of course, kebabs. BELOW:  Did you know: Hardywood Park Craft Brewery’s Gingerbread Stout is the first commercially brewed gingerbread stout? Photo by Paul Whicheloe

Kebabish sizzles with fusion dishes

By Erin O’Hare and Sam Padgett Kebabish Sizzling and Fire Grille, a new restaurant that fuses Turkish, Indian, Nepali and Mediterranean cuisines, is now open at 111 W. Water St. downtown, in the space most recently occupied by Downtown Thai. The restaurant, owned by Uzzwal Khadka (who also owns Taste of India located at 310 […]

Neo Nazis, alt-righters and white supremacists encircle counter protestors at the base of a statue of Thomas Jefferson after marching through the University of Virginia campus with torches on August 11, 2017. (Credit Image: © Zach D Roberts/NurPhoto via ZUMA Press)

In brief: August 11 bombshells, sexual harassment and more

What UVA knew Through a public records request, the Chronicle of Higher Education obtained nearly 3,000 documents from the University of Virginia before, during and after the notorious August 11 tiki-torch march through Grounds. “Together, the emails shed light on the mentality of a university administration and a campus police force that were caught off […]

Tenor sax player 
Kamasi Washington pushes genre boundaries with his Epic jazz set on Thursday. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Kamasi Washington

Kamasi Washington has played alongside some of the biggest names in hip-hop, funk, jazz and soul—Lauryn Hill, Nas, Chaka Khan, Herbie Hancock, Thundercat and Raphael Saadiq among them. But after turning heads with his playing and arrangements on Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp a Butterfly in 2015, and releasing his three-disc, three-hour debut album (aptly titled […]

After leaving the popular Celtic folk band Solas, John Doyle was in high demand on the music scene. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: John Doyle

After leaving the popular Celtic folk band Solas, John Doyle was in high demand on the music scene. Brought up in a musical family, Doyle gained prominence through his signature sound on guitar as well as his heartfelt vocals and commanding performances. His Irish heritage is evident in his writing, which focuses on the stories […]

Benjamin Reed, Chris Johnston and René Thornton Jr. pull off a zany run through Every Christmas Story Ever Told (And Then Some!). Photo by Michael Bailey

ARTS Pick: Every Christmas Story Ever Told (And Then Some!)

Everyone loves the classic holiday stories, but, let’s be honest, we’ve seen it all—Christmas past, present and future. Instead of choosing one, the creators of Every Christmas Story Ever Told (And Then Some!) perform every yuletide tale they can muster, flying through costumes and carols, while managing to mix in international holiday traditions and seasonal […]

Returning for the sixth installment of his annual Christmas tour, Robert Earl Keen has always had a special place for the holidays in his Americana-infused heart. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Robert Earl Keen

Returning for the sixth installment of his annual Christmas tour, Robert Earl Keen has always had a special place for the holidays in his Americana-infused heart. Since 1984, Keen has crafted 19 albums, among them his holiday fan-favorite, Merry Christmas from the Family. He pours his energy, hilarious anecdotes and incredible music into a magical […]

Letters to the editor: Week of November 15-21

Letters to the editor: Week of November 15-21

Letters to the editor Childish board behavior to blame The article “Secret history: Is the Charlottesville historical society a thing of the past?” [October 25-31] by John Last should have been on the opinion(ated) page as it does not qualify as a news article. Starting off the article by referring to Steven Meeks as an […]

Mi Ossa co-owners Nora Brookfield and Shannon Worrell collaborate with local artisans 
on their vegetable-tanned leather clutch purse. Photo: Sanjay Suchak

Makers gonna make: The results of our 2017 Made in C-VILLE contest

Ask and you shall receive. That’s the takeaway from our call to makers for the first-ever Made in C-VILLE contest. We wanted goods conceived and manufactured in Charlottesville, and you brought lampshades, cupcakes, coasters, sandals, knives and knick-knacks with undeniable charm. And while our judges were required to narrow it down to nine top choices—a […]

After it closed in 2003, Western State was a magnet for ghost hunters and daring teens. Now it's going to be a deluxe inn.
Photo Daniel Stein

In brief: Mental health break, Groundhog Day and more

Seeking asylum He’ll tell you it’s not haunted, but owner and developer Robin Miller acknowledges the twisted history of the new Blackburn Inn, his historic boutique hotel set to open in Staunton this spring. Originally serving as the Western State Lunatic Asylum in the early 1800s, a hospital for the mentally ill—known for its electroshock […]

Chamomile & Whiskey pay tribute to the
band’s roots with the release of Sweet
Afton at the Southern on Wednesday. Photo by Aaron Farrington

ARTS Pick: Chamomile & Whiskey

Cementing a friendship that began in childhood, Koda Kerl and Marie Borgman formed the eclectic folk act Chamomile & Whiskey over a cup of hot tea with Evan Williams bourbon poured in. But the band’s name also speaks to a love of the traditional Irish tunes and bluegrass folk that gave the group traction shortly […]

The Tallis Scholars give voice to the Renaissance at Old Cabell Hall. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: The Tallis Scholars

Hailed as “rock stars of Renaissance vocal music” by the New York Times, The Tallis Scholars are a British ensemble dedicated to the sacred vocal music of the Renaissance. Founded by famed choral conductor and musicologist Peter Phillips in 1973, the group has gained international acclaim by bringing fresh interpretation to historic pieces. Through Phillips’ […]

Travis Elliott. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Travis Elliott

Local club fixture Travis Elliott has a new album entitled Get In Love, and he’s making a holiday celebration of its release with his friends, who are also a talented group of musicians including Tucker Rogers, Joe Lawlor, Johnny Stubblefield (Parachute), Seth Green (former Sons of Bill bassist) and Kristen Rae Bowden. The evening also […]

Combining puppetry and dance with dazzling visual effects, Lightwire Theater’s A Very Electric Christmas takes the audience through a neon tale of family, friendship and hope. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: A Very Electric Christmas

Combining puppetry and dance with dazzling visual effects, Lightwire Theater’s A Very Electric Christmas takes the audience through a neon tale of family, friendship and hope. The production’s creative team designed sculptures and costumes using electroluminescent wire arrangements to tell the story of a young bird named Max, who is on the annual journey south […]

The annual Blessing of the Hounds ceremony includes bagpipes, a soloist and, of course, horses and hounds. Cider, hot chocolate and donuts will be provided.

LIVING Picks: Week of November 22-28

FAMILY Holiday open house Sunday, November 26 Get into the holiday spirit by ogling the decorations as you stroll through the first floor of Monticello. Don’t forget to stop by the Shop at Monticello for tastings and treats. Free, 9am-4pm. Monticello, 931 Thomas Jefferson Pwky. monticello.org NONPROFIT Blessing of the Hounds Thursday, November 23 The […]