C-VILLE Writers



Make your soul resolution for the new year with Grits 'n' Gravy at the Southern. Publicity image.

ARTS Pick: Grits ‘n’ Gravy

DJs Robin Tomlin and Colin Powell retrofit classical American soul for modern dance parties under the handle Grits ‘n’ Gravy. Their spin repertoire spans the canonical masters of soul from James Brown to funk dynamos Parliament, while including a bevy of lesser known acts. The duo blasts infectious dance tunes such as the Heatwaves’ blustering psychedelic romp […]

Former Charlottesville gal Ruby Ross returns with a jazzy new release and stories from the road. Publicity image

ARTS Pick: Ruby Ross

New Orleans-based singer-songwriter Ruby Ross makes a hometown return with local guest musicians to celebrate the release of her new EP, Solid Ground. Emotional and unpretentious vocals showcase her Appalachian roots, and NOLA jazz influences her folksy acoustic Americana on tunes that recall feminine folk icons like Joni Mitchell and Joan Baez. Saturday 12/28 $5, 8pm. C’ville Coffee, 1301 […]

First Night Virginia features a full lineup of fun, family friendly events around the community. Image: Wikimedia Commons

ARTS Pick: Play On! at First Night Virginia

The all volunteer, not-for-profit community theater Play On! stages family friendly performances at First Night Virginia’s arts festival with an eclectic grouping of theater newbies and seasoned stage veterans singing children’s Broadway favorites. The shimmering medley of uplifting tunes includes hits from Annie and The Sound of Music, and Disney classics. The popular show tunes […]

Southern rock heavyweight Drivin’ N Cryin’ cruises into town on its latest in a series of semi-monthly EP releases. Image: Scott Munn

ARTS Pick: Drivin’ N Cryin’

Formed in the late ’80s amid the underground Atlanta rock scene, Drivin’ N Cryin’ boasts a genre-melding sound gleaned from a record collection of diverse influences that ranges from Bob Dylan and The Rolling Stones to The Ramones. Guitarist and vocalist Kevin Kinney’s Midwestern roots shine through in his earnest lyrical odes to the American workforce. The […]

fun. at The nTelos Wireless Pavilion. Image: Jack Looney

2013 in numbers: A look back at how the year added up

There are 12 months, 52 weeks, 365 days, 8,760 hours, and 525,600 minutes in a year. But there was a lot more to 2013 than just the sands in the hourglass, so we’ve compiled what we think are the most noteworthy stories of the last 31,536,000 seconds. Here’s the year by the numbers—from hawks spotted […]

Glass Haus Kitchen Photo: Andrea Hubbell

An ode to the year’s restaurant openings and closings

As 2013 comes to a close, here’s a look back on the area’s ever-changing food and drink scene, in rhyming couplets. As they say, to eat is a treat, to rhyme divine.   Farewell, Camino, and Big Dawgz, see ya later. To those who loved weiners, you were the Corner’s major player. Goodbye to Arch’s […]

Sons of Bill has outgrown its local status but still delivers a special hometown performance for the holidays.

ARTS Pick: Sons of Bill & Friends Christmas Party

The Wilson brothers invite you to join their family for an evening of high-energy favorites and song sharing among friends at the annual holiday showcase Sons of Bill & Friends Christmas Party. When it comes to love and rockin’ harmony, there’s no place like home for these road warriors and their longtime pals. Monday 12/23. $16-18, 9pm. […]

ARTS Pick: Robert Jospé

ARTS Pick: Robert Jospé

Even before founding his own group Inner Rhythm in 1990, Robert Jospé never couched himself in one particular style. Marrying different ethno-musical elements such as Latin percussion, Caribbean dance, and traditional bebop and swing, his singular percussive voice snatches aspects from the ordered chaos of Brazilian polyrhythm, ’40s big band, and the feverish heat of […]

Fashion and frosting collide with chuckles and old-time seasonal favorites at the 10th annual Sarah White Country Christmas show.

ARTS Pick: Sarah White Country Christmas

Sarah White and Sian Richards are the All-New Acorn Sisters, and bedecked in glittery angel wings and party dresses, full of holiday cheer and biting wit, they bring you the 10th annual Sarah White Country Christmas. Jim Waive & the Young Divorcees perform a variety of down-home country tunes, and the Acorn Sisters frequently join […]

Suave style and slick vocals have the Midtown Men headlining arena stages across the globe.

ARTS Pick: The Midtown Men

Lively choreography and four-part harmonies add Broadway brilliance to the holiday season as the original cast of Jersey Boys reunites onstage as The Midtown Men. Christian Hoff, Michael Longoria, Daniel Reichard, and J. Robert Spencer have kept their musical brotherhood alive since 2007 with hundreds of headlining performances, and now they add holiday hits and […]

Made the upgrade to LED holiday lights this year? Several companies will mail you a coupon for discounted lights if you ship your old strings to them. File photo.

Ask Betty: Going green, staying warm

Teri Kent runs Charlottesville’s Better World Betty, a non-profit organization and online resource for locals looking to shrink their impact on the environment. Every month, Betty—Kent’s ’50s-housewife-meets-earth-goddess alter ego—answers the most burning eco- questions from our readers about energy use, water, waste and recycling, transportation, and green buying. Q: I’m bad about checking my tire pressure. […]

ARTS Pick: The Philadelphia Story

ARTS Pick: The Philadelphia Story

When playwright Philip Barry wrote The Philadelphia Story in 1939, he had Katharine Hepburn in mind to play the show’s lead character—a vivacious young socialite named Tracy Lord. Hepburn not only starred in the show’s successful Broadway production, she contributed to its financial stability, and encouraged its adaptation into the 1940 film in which she […]

Brighten up the early darkness at PVCC’s annual winter tradition Let There Be Light.

ARTS Pick: Let There Be Light

Rainbow swirls in the dark night air, illuminated clouds of color against the evening sky—expect these visual delights and more at Let There Be Light, an outdoor art and dance exhibition that celebrates the winter solstice. Nineteen local artists create mesmerizing light-based eye candy across the landscape of the PVCC campus, and light refreshments, including […]

ARTS Pick: C’ville Holiday Craftacular

ARTS Pick: C’ville Holiday Craftacular

Gift-giving season inspires the creativity in all of us, though Pinterest DIY fails are a painful reality for most. Discover talented local crafters at the C’ville Holiday Craftacular, a two-day show featuring handmade gift items by regional artisans. Unique items from hand-woven chainmail and forged jewelry to homegrown herbal beauty products and handbags, as well […]

Warm-up: In the two months since it was installed, Mary Kelly's solar panel has already helped lower her electric bill.

A place in the sun: Installing solar panels isn’t just a fad

Mary Kelly counts on the sun to brighten her days. Not in the way you might think, though. The Charlottesville resident had solar panels installed on her Lexington Avenue home in October and now, sunny days mean she’s whittled her electric bill down to almost nothing. “I’ve been an outdoor enthusiast for years,” Kelly said. […]

Joseph Arthur performs with Mike Mills (REM) and Bill Dobrow, and will read his poetry at The Southern on Sunday.

ARTS Pick: Joseph Arthur

Don’t fret if you missed Joseph Arthur’s well-hyped recent album Boogie Christ, because the highly regarded musical talent has just released a follow-up entitled The Ballad of Boogie Christ Act 2. Arthur is a poet, artist, and musician from the Midwest who got his first record deal after sending Peter Gabriel a demo. Add on […]

ARTS Pick: Charlottesville & University Symphony Orchestra and UVA’s University Singers

Concertgoers naughty and nice can catch the holiday spirit when the Charlottesville & University Symphony Orchestra and UVA’s University Singers team up to make the yuletide bright for their ninth annual family holiday concert. Michael Slon conducts a program of familiar festive favorites, including “Silent Night,” “The Twelve Days of Christmas,” and more. Music department chair Richard Will’s bluegrass […]