C-VILLE Writers



The one-woman, non-stop, pop music hit-making machine that is Sara Bareilles appears at the Pavilion on Saturday. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Sara Bareilles

Don’t ask her for a love song. Grammy-nominated piano pop superstar Sara Bareilles’ upbeat confessionals have sold out shows nationwide for over a decade. Born and raised in California, she now adds 2013’s The Blessed Unrest, recorded with an all-new backup band, to an edgy pop-rock repertoire brimming with jazz and soul influences. Saturday, 7/12. $35-65, […]

The Devil Makes Three is only one of many good reasons to check out the Redwing Roots Music Festival this weekend. Photo credit: Anthony Pidgeon

ARTS Pick: Red Wing Roots Music Festival

Every once in a while there’s reason to get out of town and enjoy the surrounding beauty. This week’s prime option is the Red Wing Roots Music Festival, a three-day gathering loaded with jazz, country, rock, bluegrass, or hip-hop all pieced together by the Steel Wheels who host the annual family-friendly fest in the gorgeous […]

Bethany Puopolo's original rendering of Slate Hill, her home for nearly a quarter-century.

From the editor-at-large: Of the hand

There is a long out of print volume published by Princeton Architectural Press in 1992. Its spare black and white pages brought together a seminal collection of 18 highly individualized and speculative or research driven houses designed entirely by what was then the faculty of the University of Virginia School of Architecture. Now 22 years […]

The Philly-based band bring a bundle of creativity to the Southern Café and Music Hall. Photo courtesy of the Southern

ARTS Pick: The Extraordinaires

Philly’s punk-influenced rock outfit The Extraordinaires take their art seriously. From the quirky intelligent songwriting to the thoughtful limited edition packaging of albums wrapped in silkscreened artwork, accompanied by hand bound storybooks, the band lives a DIY aesthetic—and they get local cred because the new release Dress For Nasty Weather features print work from C’ville-based […]

Melissa McCarthy (left) turns the story of a kooky character on the run into a heartwarming, sentimental tale in Tammy. Photo credit: Warner Brothers

Film review: Tammy turns things around in the end

A lack of new ideas and a surplus of sincerity are not typically good qualities in a comedy. Just think of how forced and unearned the last 20 minutes of any Happy Madison movie are: “I know I’m a slob who screwed everything up while being distractingly racist and homophobic along the way. But I […]

Swinging, sassy blues define the music of Elizabeth Wise and the Shoo Flies at Fellini’s on Friday. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Elizabeth Wise and the Shoo Flies

Dance the night away to acoustic blues that swing from Elizabeth Wise and the Shoo Flies. Richmond native Wise updates old classics with funky folk overtones and her smooth vocals run the gamut from soothing to tearing down the bar. This is heat that you can’t escape, so kick your boots up to rollicking original […]

Photo: Ashley Twiggs

Overheard on the restaurant scene: This week’s food and drink news

Restaurant Week is just around the corner  For the second time this year, Restaurant Week is almost upon us! More restaurants than ever are participating this time around, so go ahead and start making your reservations and loosening your belt. Beginning Saturday, July 19, and continuing throughout the week until Saturday, July 26, 35 Charlottesville restaurants, including old […]

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Parenting: A spectator sport

I never liked babysitting. Kids tend to be sticky. And loud. I couldn’t get them to do what I said, or go to bed. On the rare occasion I actually managed to get my charges to sleep, I would invariably find their parents didn’t stock good snacks. I wanted to want to be a mother one […]

Borrowing elements from southern rock, jazz, and ’80s synth, Grizfolk traverses genres in search of originality. Publicity image

ARTS Pick: Grizfolk

“The Struggle” by Grizfolk Smell the roses When five musicians from different parts of the globe meet in a Southern California beach town, the serendipity results in Grizfolk, a band whose music embraces the essence of discovery. Lyrically reflecting on the spirit of travel, the band takes audiences on a journey through hardship and joy […]

Avery F. Gray, 39, has been charged with first-degree murder after surrendering to police earlier this week. Photo: Charlottesville Police

Hardy Drive murder suspect surrenders

A man wanted in connection with the May homicide on Hardy Drive turned himself in on Monday, June 30, according to Charlottesville Police Lieutenant Ronnie Roberts. Avery F. Gray, 39, has been charged with first-degree murder in the May 17 death of 36-year-old Charlottesville resident Oscar Nathaniel Brown. At press time, a preliminary hearing date […]

Get ready to get down with the bluegrass-fueled, all out jams of The Whiskey Gentry on Saturday at the Southern. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: The Whiskey Gentry

Summer would be incomplete without a high-energy, foot stomping country concert, and The Whiskey Gentry is up to the task. In 2009, husband and wife duo Lauren Staley and Jason Morrow teamed up to form an innovative bluegrass band. Soulful vocals, punk-inspired beats, and lively performances define the group of talented musicians as pioneers in […]

Although she left Virginia in 2011, Devon Sproule (on right) returns often to perform her locally crafted folk music steeped in Blue Ridge tradition. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Devon Sproule

Nothing epitomizes a longing for Old Virginia more than fine local wine combined with Blue Ridge folk music—and the songs of Devon Sproule are a perfect testimonial. The formerly local singer-songwriter pieces together elements of folk, country, pop, and jazz to create an authentic, simple sound set off by sweet, honest vocals that evoke the countryside’s pastoral […]

Woof! Enter our photo contest with a cute picture of your pooch enjoying the summertime. File photo.

C-VILLE photo contest: Dog days of summer

Hot diggity! C-VILLE Weekly’s having a photo contest, and we’re looking for high-quality images of your pooch enjoying the dog days of summer. Some submissions appearing in the August 6 issue of C-VILLE, and prizes will go to the top three entries: 1st place: $200 gift certificate at Animal Connection 2nd place: $100 gift certificate at FastFrame […]

Nat Baldwin has spent years enriching the music of the indie rock elite. Now he’s going it alone in his jazz incarnation at the Tea Bazaar on Thursday. Photo credit: Lindsay Metivier

ARTS Pick: Nat Baldwin

Tenure under the tutelage of jazz legend Anthony Braxton and a decade onstage with the Dirty Projectors has helped Nat Baldwin become a premiere player in the avant-garde jazz scene. His songwriting bears the heavy weight of melancholia—a haunting and foreboding tone that is carried by gravelly vocals over a bowed upright bass. Baldwin’s ominous timbre […]

John Harrellas plays the lead in American Shakespeare Center’s summer production of Cyrano de Bergerac. Photo credit: Michael Bailey

ARTS Pick: Cyrano de Bergerac

Edmond Rostand’s classic French farce, Cyrano de Bergerac, satirizes the overly romanticized literature of the 1600s in the tale of an eloquent, talented, and brave young man whose unfortunate rhinophyma prevents him from garnering the love of the beautiful Roxanne. The plot twists hazardously as the fearless soldier tries to find a work around and […]

The Blue Ridge in Nelson County. Photo: Jack Looney

Pipeline plans draw ire in Nelson

A proposed pipeline that would move fracked natural gas from extraction fields in West Virginia to southeast Virginia and North Carolina is generating angry opposition in Nelson County, where residents whose lands may lie in its path are raising concerns about property damage and pollution. The Dominion Southeast Reliability Project, a 450-mile-long pipeline extension, would […]

Music man: Traveling busker hits the Downtown Mall

Music man: Traveling busker hits the Downtown Mall

“This is everything I have right here,” says multi-instrumentalist Mike Collins Jr., gesturing to the ground on the Downtown Mall outside of the Paramount Theater. There beside him are a foot drum, a banjo, and a case with scattered dollar bills and a handful of CDs (with brown paper lunch bags in lieu of jewel cases). It […]

Americana troubadours Rebecca Rego and The Trainmen return for a gig in support of Tolono, the band’s debut album. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Rebecca Rego and The Trainmen

Stories often become more profound when coupled with the upbeat mix of dueling guitars—at least that’s the case with the music of Rebecca Rego and The Trainmen. Borrowing from country and folk, the Wisconsin band relates unique experiences through song, sharing intimate moments. Whether it’s a ballad about the bars in Chicago or the changing […]