C-VILLE Writers

Laurie Berkner’s kid rock combo of quirky lyrics and folk pop melodies prompted Time magazine to deem her “a kind of sippy-cup Sheryl Crow.” Photo: Jayme Thornton

ARTS Pick: Laurie Berkner

If you are a parent of a millennial there’s a good chance you can sing along to the tunes of “kindie rock” songstress Laurie Berkner. Her hits “We Are The Dinosaurs,” “Bumblebee (Buzz Buzz)” and “Victor Vito” (made popular on Nick Jr. TV channel) offered a welcome alternative to the catchy banality of Barney and The […]

Nora Jane Struthers & The Party Line bring their electrified roots rock to the Southern on Wednesday. Photo: Jim McGuire

ARTS Pick: Nora Jane Struthers

Virginia-born and Nashville-based, Nora Jane Struthers makes her country roots come alive on the energetic new album, Wake. The former high school teacher’s first self-produced record crosses Emmylou Harris with Pearl Jam in a collection of percussive panoramas and Southern-fried slide guitar. Struthers and her backing band, The Party Line, strip away the safety net […]

Virginia State Police will investigate the ABC's arrest of Martese Johnson. Photo courtesy Martese Johnson

Corner bar releases statement on Martese Johnson arrest

The Corner bar that denied Martese Johnson entry shortly before the UVA third-year was arrested in a bloody confrontation with Virginia Alcholic Beverage Control (ABC) police early last Wednesday morning has released a statement about the incident, and has told reporters Johnson appeared neither drunk nor belligerent. Johnson was charged with public intoxication or swearing […]

Jazz great Wayne Shorter leads a special evening of improv and excellence to benefit the Amazon Aid Foundation. Photo Credit: Robert Ashcroft

ARTS Pick: Wayne Shorter

Blue Note recording artist and composer Wayne Shorter has been a preeminent jazz saxophonist since the 1960s when he performed with Miles Davis and his Second Great Quintet. The 10-time Grammy-winner is joined onstage by Esperanza Spalding, the young double bass phenom who’s garnered four Grammys herself, including the award for Best New Artist in […]

Losing is not an option for Caroline Spence, who is outpacing her competition in some of the country’s top songwriting contests. See what the fuss is about on Sunday at the Southern. Photo Credit: Marge Curtis

ARTS Pick: Caroline Spence

Caroline Spence has taken Nashville by storm over the past two years, winning songwriting competitions at the Rocky Mountain Folks Fest, Kerrville Folk Festival and taking American Songwriter Magazine’s 2013 grand prize. The momentum encouraged Spence to crowdsource funding for the full-length album, Somehow, paving the way for the Charlottesville native to take her music […]

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Charlottesville leaders speak up on Martese Johnson arrest

Several local leaders have added their voices to the unfolding controversy over the arrest of third-year UVA student Martese Johnson by ABC officers early Wednesday morning. Johnson, who was photographed bleeding from the head as officers cuffed him on the ground outside a Corner bar, was charged with obstruction of justice and public intoxication or swearing […]

J. Roddy Walston & The Business will be taking care of all things rock 'n' roll at the Jefferson on Thursday. Photo: Eric Ryan Anderson

ARTS Pick: J. Roddy Walston & The Business

Up-and-coming Southern rockers J. Roddy Walston & The Business are on tour in support of Essential Tremors, an album that borrows its name from a nervous system disorder that’s plagued the band’s frontman throughout his career. Walston said that it makes sense to be more open about his ailment on this record because the album […]

Since the mid-’60s, Lily Tomlin has been dishing out the laughs through her character-based comedy sketches and stand-up routines. She brings her act to the Paramount on Friday. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Lily Tomlin

With a career spanning more than four decades, Lily Tomlin has earned her legendary status in American comedy. After becoming a household name on “Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In” in the early ’70s, Tomlin went on to starring roles in TV, film and theater. In 2003, the comedienne extraordinaire joined Richard Pryor, Carl Reiner and Bob […]

The Tuesday Evening Concert Series offers music for lovers of the classics when Les Violons du Roy performs Rameau, Haydn and Mozart. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Les Violons du Roy

Named after the legendary string orchestra that played for the French king at Versailles, Les Violons du Roy transports listeners to the sumptuous courts of 18th century Europe. Led by conductor Mathieu Lussier and pianist Marc-André Hamelin, the 15-member group performs elegant pieces by Rameau, Mozart and Haydn. Tuesday 3/17. $5-33, 7:30pm. New Cabell Hall, UVA. […]

Bay Uno’s recent video for “Wait for Your Love” is racking up YouTube views and has millennials buzzing with discovery. Photo: Ben Heller

ARTS Pick: Bay Uno

With songs that are busy, crowded and accessible, a rock ‘n’ roll diner is the perfect venue for Brooklyn-based indie folk artist Bay Uno’s Charlottesville debut. And while Uno is on the later side of middle age, he’s hip, like a grass-fed burger topped with cheddar and artisan bacon: delicious, classic, refined, yet unpretentious. Monday […]

Cellist Ben Sollee breaks from classical tradition with his alternative playing style and activist songwriting. He performs on Sunday at the Southern. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Ben Sollee

Kentucky native Ben Sollee is quickly becoming a household name thanks to his innovative songwriting and inventive approach to the cello. Using his bow and his right hand, he slaps and plucks chords creating a full groove that sounds more like a trio than a soloist. His recent credits include touring the U.S. and Europe […]

Fleetwood Mac will have the baby boomers singing word for word when the On With The Show tour comes to the John Paul Jones Arena on Sunday. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Fleetwood Mac

Founded in 1967, Fleetwood Mac has since changed its line-up nine times. Despite inner turmoil, the group practically trademarked the folk rock sound in the 1970s, and made history on the charts with hits like “Go Your Own Way,” “Don’t Stop” and “Dreams.” The core members got back on the road in 2014, with Lindsey […]

What makes tech take off?

What makes tech take off?

In our first-ever Tech Issue, we’re taking a look at four relatively young startups whose founders chose to root them here. Their reasons for doing so are varied, and so are their ventures. But whether they’re in app development or designing cancer cures, they share an outlook we see again and again among local technology […]

C-VILLE's own Bill LeSueur stars alongside Linda Zuby, Jen Downey and T.J. Ferguson in Live Arts' Vanya and Sonya and Masha and Spike, onstage through March 28. Photo: Rammelkamp Foto

ARTS Picks: Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike

Sibling rivalry is elevated to comic catastrophe in Live Arts’ production of Christopher Durang’s Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike. Bloodlines, love and lust collide in this Chekhov-tinged mashup about home, and where the heart is, that’s directed by Julie Hamberg. Through 3/28. $20-25, times vary. Live Arts, 123 E. Water St. 977-4177.

Four County Players’ production of The Fantasticks spins traditional matchmaking into a topsy-turvy story of young love. Photo: Edward Warwick White

ARTS Pick: The Fantasticks

“It is September, before a rainfall…a perfect time to be in love,” sets the stage for The Fantasticks, the world’s longest-running musical. The show, which ran off-Broadway for 42 years, portrays the machinations of two feuding fathers and the love story that unfolds between one’s son and the other’s daughter. The tale is humorous and […]

Whether you’re an outdoor enthusiast, extreme adventurer, conservationist, or a fan of documentaries, the BANFF Mountain Film Festival has something to offer. Photo courtesy of Mountain High Media

ARTS Picks: BANFF Mountain Film Festival’s World Tour

BANFF Mountain Film Festival’s World Tour is the greatest trip you can take without leaving your seat. Presented by Blue Ridge Mountain Sports, the two-day event features 18 films that span the worlds of skiing, climbing, kayaking, mountain biking and more. Though each film is unique, they all strive to protect the planet. Proceeds benefit […]

Photo: Jack Looney

Game On!

Last year, UVA basketball fans lost their collective minds over the Cavaliers’ dream season, which included the team’s first ACC regular season title and tournament championship in nearly 30 years, and an impressive run in the NCAA Tournament that ended in a heartbreaking loss to Michigan State in the Sweet 16. This year, fans’ love […]

Florida swamp rockers JJ Grey & Mofro bring out the Southern funk in all of us, live at the Jefferson on Wednesday. Photo: Jim Arbogast

ARTS Pick: JJ Grey & Mofro

Over the past decade, swamp-funk outfit JJ Grey & Mofro has built a solid following and a reputation for intense, intimate performances. The Florida-based band incorporates soul and jazz into tight, guitar-driven original grooves, backed by bluesy basslines and bold brass. Though the group’s latest album Ol’ Glory, has garnered a slew of rave reviews from […]

Clara Belle Wheeler's nomination to the State Board of Elections has been approved by the General Assembly. File photo

Clara Belle Wheeler named to state Electoral Board

A local real estate developer is now one of the top election officials in Virginia. Clara Belle Wheeler was approved by the General Assembly last week as the newest member of the State Board of Elections, which oversees the work of local electoral boards and registrars. Wheeler, a Republican who until this month was the […]

Edwidge Danticat, as a Haitian woman living in the U.S., is a strong voice among the many writers of the Caribbean diaspora. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Edwidge Danticat

Author Edwidge Danticat weaves stories of strong women overcoming hardship and forging new identities in unfamiliar places. Born in Haiti, Danticat moved to Brooklyn when she was 12 years old, and the experience of transporting from one culture to another has since informed her writing, which is dominated by characters that have their feet in […]

The documentary I’m Not Racist… Am I? challenges both its participants and the viewer to think hard about that titular question. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: I’m Not Racist…Am I?

Watch the documentary I’m Not Racist… Am I? and you can’t help but ask yourself  the same question. The story unfolds around 12 students of varying backgrounds who complete a year-long program of workshops and discussions about race and privilege. As they grapple with these issues, the students find their relationships with each other, their […]