C-VILLE Writers



Distiller Denver Riggleman secures the 5th District GOP nomination by one vote.
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In brief: GOP scrambles, council contretemps, stormy waters and more

Riggleman snatches 5th District Republican nomination Five days after Congressman Tom Garrett announced he would not seek re-election to deal with alcoholism, distiller and former gubernatorial candidate Denver Riggleman fended off 10 other candidates in a five-hour marathon meeting June 2 at Nelson County High in Lovingston and secured the nomination by one vote. Because […]

Michael Twitty, James Beard award-winning author, will demonstrate early African-American foodways in Colonial America, and discuss the politics surrounding the origins of soul food and Southern cuisine. Courtesy Poplar Forest

LIVING Picks: Week of May 30-June 5

FAMILY First Fridays Under the Stars Friday, June 1 After a brief talk in the education building, visitors will point out constellations and other galactic wonders. The Charlottesville Astronomical Society provides a telescope—or bring your own. Free, 7:30-9:30pm. Ivy Creek Natural Area, 1780 Earlysville Rd. 973-7772. NONPROFIT C’ville’s Day of R+R Saturday, June 2 Common […]

Eben Pariser—the frontman for Roosevelt Dime—is one-half of the duo Goodnight Moonshine with wife Molly Venter, who is also in the band Red Molly. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Husband-and-wife musicians pair honesty with wit

Full-time touring has been known to complicate a musician’s personal life. Add a spouse, a child and a second band to the traveling show, and it sounds pitch-perfect for a reality TV producer. But Eben Pariser—the frontman for Roosevelt Dime and one-half of the duo Goodnight Moonshine with wife Molly Venter, who is also in […]

Smokey Robinson’s smooth vocals and ambitious songwriting have earned too many awards to count. Sing along with him at the Paramount on Sunday. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Hit-maker Smokey Robinson shares his talent

From his recordings with The Miracles to his solo work and the numerous hit singles he penned for his Motown pals, Smokey Robinson is responsible for some of the greatest hits of the last century. Immersed in talent at an early age (Aretha Franklin and Diana Ross lived a few streets away), he competed in […]

ARTS Pick: The Paris Opera captures the highs and lows of a season

Filmed during the 2015-2016 season, The Paris Opera captures the highs of acclaimed premieres and revivals, as well as the lows, including several labor strikes, the terrorist attack that killed 89 at the Bataclan and the departure of dancer-choreographer Benjamin Millepied, also known as Mr. Natalie Portman, whom he coached for Black Swan and later […]

Based in Richmond, folk singer-songwriter Graham Stone has been gaining traction as one of the region’s up-and-coming artists. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Graham Stone takes his place in the folk scene

Based in Richmond, folk singer-songwriter Graham Stone has been gaining traction as one of the region’s up-and-coming artists. His 2017 debut album, Until the Day, showcases Stone’s impressive scope of songwriting, and ranges from solo standards to full-band shredders—and while paying tribute to influences such as Woody Guthrie and Bob Dylan, it also traverses the […]

Master mandolinists Danny Knicely and Jack Dunlap (above) first connected when Knicely apprenticed Dunlap through the Virginia Folklife Program in 2015. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Danny Knicely and Jack Dunlap show off their chops

Master mandolinists Danny Knicely and Jack Dunlap (above) first connected when Knicely apprenticed Dunlap through the Virginia Folklife Program in 2015. A year later, the duo recorded its first album, Chop, Shred & Split, which received a Washington Area Music Award for best bluegrass recording. The two maestros have pushed the boundaries of their instruments in […]

Brooklyn-based sculptor Leonardo Drew’s dramatic installations are composed of new materials that he “intentionally subjects to processes of weathering, burning, oxidation and decay.” Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: PBS series takes a closer look at the artistic process

Art Movie Night takes the form of a lawn party with desserts and a screening of the PBS Art21 series installment “Investigation,” a close look at the processes of Swiss modern artist Thomas Hirschhorn, whose public collaborations “resist exclusionary and elitist aesthetic criteria,” Mexican photographer Graciela Iturbide, who explores cultural environments through emotional portraiture and […]

In the 50 years since The Oratorio Society of Virginia made its debut with a performance of Handel’s Messiah in the auditorium of Albemarle High School, the group has infused choral excellence into the community through its vast repertoire, high-caliber singers and annual holiday performances. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: The Oratorio Society of Virginia celebrates 50 years

In the 50 years since The Oratorio Society of Virginia made its debut with a performance of Handel’s Messiah in the auditorium of Albemarle High School, the group has infused choral excellence into the community through its vast repertoire, high-caliber singers and annual holiday performances. In looking to commemorate the group’s half-century mark, Music Director […]

After the torch-lit white supremacist march through Grounds on August 11, thousands of members of the UVA and Charlottesville communities came together to reclaim the space with a candlelight vigil on the Lawn five days later. Photo by Eze Amos

The UVA Issue: Grounds for change

With a turbulent start to the school year, the University of Virginia undoubtedly looks a little different than it did last spring. Although outgoing President Teresa Sullivan and the UVA administration were criticized for not doing more to protect members of the university community from last summer’s white supremacist torch-lit march, the events of August […]

The actors will appear to have left the screen when Charming Underclothes performance group takes on the movie Clue in a shadowcast. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Get a Clue

The actors will appear to have left the screen when Charming Underclothes performance group takes on the movie Clue in a shadowcast. Dinner and drinks lead to a murder spree in the cinematic version of the popular board game, and the Reel to Real production company adds another dimension with actors in full costume, props, […]

On its new self-titled release, Restroy combines grunge, electronic, classical and mbira music into avant-garde compositions. Photo by Amy Jackson

ARTS Pick: Restroy releases self-titled debut

It’s more than a push of a button when Restroy’s Chris Damman sends a wave of electricity through his carefully composed cello numbers. Despite using electronic drones and noise, the acoustic instrument is the foundation of sound for Damman, who is so physically in tune with his cello that it’s actually changed his posture. On […]

If you’re on the Corner at 2am (we know, us either), beware the long lines at Littlejohn’s, which is often teeming with hungry students who just spilled out of nearby bars. Rammelkamp Foto

Cornering the market: A Hoos who of late-night student haunts

By Ben Hitchcock and Gracie Kreth It’s 1:44am on a Friday. All is quiet, but in a few minutes, everything will change when popular student watering holes Trinity, Boylan Heights, Coupes’ and other Corner bars flip on the lights, signaling the end of night. But just because the drinks have stopped flowing, that doesn’t mean […]

Don’t be a chicken: Enter your best recipe in the fried chicken and pie contests for a chance to win a cash prize at the Gordonsville Fried Chicken Festival.

LIVING Picks: Week of May 16-22

FAMILY Family Bike Fest Sunday, May 20 The whole family can enjoy a strider course, bicycle decorating station and bike-handling skill courses for riders of all ages. Blue Wheel Bicycles will provide free helmet and bike safety checks for participants. Free, 10am-2pm. IX Art Park, 522 Second St. 977-1870. NONPROFIT Wine and Roses Saturday, May […]

Eleven albums later, and five years since the last, the Chicago-based synthy (now a) trio The Sea and Cake steps away from heavy production on Any Day to explore life without founding bassist Eric Claridge, while retaining the buoyant, skip-along heart lifters that can be labeled without malice as easy listening indie tunes. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: The Sea and Cake makes the listening easy

Formed in the early ’90s, The Sea and Cake derived its name from the song “The C in Cake,” and, based on misheard lyrics, set the tone for its enigmatic jazz rock. Eleven albums later, and five years since the last, the Chicago-based synthy (now a) trio steps away from heavy production on Any Day […]

The villainous, witty Dorante (Mark McLane) charms his way into impossibly funny situations that teeter on the brink of disaster, but all stack up in the end in Live Arts' production of The Liar. Photo by Martyn Kyle

ARTS Pick: The Liar is riddled with wit

Piecing together a Jenga-style puzzle of arranged marriages, mistaken identities and wicked ways, David Ives’ adaptation of The Liar is a cleverly constructed ride through a plot riddled with cutting banter, silliness, jealousy and lies, lies and more lies. The villainous, witty Dorante (Mark McLane) charms his way into impossibly funny situations that teeter on […]

Four-time WNBA champion Tina Thompson spent three years as an assistant coach at the University of Texas before accepting the job as UVA Women’s Basketball head coach. Courtesy University of Texas

Tina Thompson says she’s ready to take the lead at UVA

By Emma D’Arpino When Tina Thompson was named head coach of the Virginia women’s basketball team in April, amid the excitement of landing the soon-to-be Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Famer, there were questions about whether the star was ready for the job after only a few seasons of assistant coaching at the University of […]

Well-known in the world of bluegrass, banjoist Gina Clowes’ modern approach reaches to crossover as she pushes mood and emotion through the frets, complemented by her thoughtfully constructed songwriting. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: The Gina Clowes Project puts modern spin on the banjo

The solid accolades directed at The Gina Clowes Project are the result of the singer-songwriter’s years spent at competitions and gigging with other pros. Well-known in the world of bluegrass, banjoist Clowes’ modern approach reaches to crossover as she pushes mood and emotion through the frets, complemented by her thoughtfully constructed songwriting. Friday, May 11. […]

DiFranco’s album Binary was released a year ago, but written before the 2016 election, and its themes are eerily clairvoyant. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Ani DiFranco loves pushing boundaries

Ani DiFranco feels most comfortable when she’s pushing boundaries. After some downtime following her daughter’s birth, the singer-songwriter/activist/poet/DIY feminist is ready to be back onstage, connecting with like minds and “kicking ass and taking names.” DiFranco’s album Binary was released a year ago, but written before the 2016 election, and its themes are eerily clairvoyant. “I’m […]

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ARTS Pick: Jump for Vance Joy

In 2009, James Keogh was a promising player in Australia’s Victorian Football League. He also played music, and, taking an alias from a Peter Carey novel he was reading, put himself into rotation in the Melbourne open mic scene as Vance Joy. He released his indie debut EP, God Loves You When You’re Dancing, in […]

Get breathless from laughing, when Antoine Scott performs at The Jefferson School African American Heritage Center on Saturday. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Antoine Scott will keep you laughing

If it’s your goal to keep mama happy this Mother’s Day weekend—and it better be—then comedian Antoine Scott has you covered. Scott built a reputation for delivering beyond expectations in comedy clubs around the country. Fans say he leaves them gasping from laughter and they call him one of the funniest raw comics of all […]