C-VILLE Writers



North Mississippi Allstars (above) pair up with Anders Osborne for a jam lovers double bill at the Jefferson on Saturday. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: NMO

Featuring acoustic and electric sets, the NMO tour spotlights two giant Southern rock acts in collaboration for an unforgettable evening of guitar-driven madness. North Mississippi Allstars’ Dickinson brothers join Anders Osborne for a showcase of songs from both acts’ catalogs, offering fans an intimate evening with rock ‘n’ roll powerhouses that, until now, has only been […]

Smirnov (Evan Bergman, left) tries to teach Popova (Dana Colagiovanni) how to shoot a pistol in UVA Drama’s Vodka Variations. Photo: Michael Bailey

ARTS Pick: Vodka Variations

UVA Drama presents an evening of “bite-size” dramas entitled Vodka Variations, adapted from short stories by Anton Chekhov. The production examines the colorful world of 1890s Russia with hilarious and heartwarming glimpses into the lives of everyday people in search of love, happiness and a strong vodka buzz as they navigate their way through their […]

Delegate Steve Landes. File photo

Landes announces he’ll run for 11th term

Republican Delegate Steve Landes has announced his plan to run for an 11th term. Landes represents Virginia’s 25th House district, which includes part of Albemarle County as well as localities in the Shenandoah Valley. “It has been an honor and privilege to serve the citizens of the 25th District in the House of Delegates for […]

Celebrate Fat Tuesday N'awlins style with upbeat Dixieland grooves from The Jazz Rascals and Jolie Fille. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

ARTS Pick: Fat Tuesday

Celebrate Fat Tuesday in style by tapping into those Southern roots. The Jazz Rascals warm up the evening with a set of Dixieland jazz. The nine-piece ragtime group performs traditional numbers by such greats as Jelly Roll Morton, Bessie Smith, and Duke Ellington. Jolie Fille takes the late stage for some rowdy Cajun Rock that’ll […]

Enjoy a bevy of Bard-inspired tunes at the Charlottesville Symphony's Shakespeare in Love concert this weekend. Photo: Dan Addison/UVA University Communications

ARTS Pick: Charlottesville Symphony

Indulge in the food of love with your sweetheart at the Charlottesville Symphony’s tribute to the romance of Shakespeare. Kate Tamarkin conducts a program chock full of starry-eyed, heartwarming works, including Mendelssohn’s “Overture to A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” Prokofiev’s “Suites No. 1 and 2 from Romeo and Juliet” and the score to Oscar-winning film Shakespeare […]

Paul Waggener (pictured) & the Howling Grimmness put heartache on hold for a night of outlaw country at the Main Street Annex. Photo: Danielle Fedorshik

ARTS Pick: Unlucky in Love

Sing and dance your Valentine’s blues away at the theme night Unlucky in Love: A Night of Outlaw Country with a Side of Garage with four of central Virginia’s rowdiest honky-tonk acts. Drunk Luke & The Broken Bottles bring some raucous country sing-alongs about frolicking, fighting, and fornicating after sets by The Upper Deckers, Paul […]

The Saturday Giant takes disparate elements of art rock and blends together a stream of modern pop nirvana at BON on Friday. Photo: Mark Elliot

ARTS Pick: The Saturday Giant

In the vein of Keller Williams and other one-man bands, Philip Cogley, a.k.a. The Saturday Giant, produces three, four, sometimes five separate tracks at a time during live performances using a guitar, a drum machine, keyboards, and a loop machine. Atop all of his instruments, he adds warm vocals that overlap as harmonies above the […]

London’s National Theatre puts a lady in the lead with Patsy Ferran (left) as Jim Hawkins, paired with Arthur Darvill as Long John Silver, in the Paramount’s broadcast of Treasure Island. Photo: Johan Persson

ARTS Pick: Treasure Island

Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island gets an update in a new stage adaptation broadcast from London’s National Theatre. Adapted by Bryony Lavery and directed by Polly Findlay, the well-known tale of money, murder and mutiny uses wit and casting twists to keep the energy on high. The Guardian gave it four stars, and The Observer […]

Teenagers Laney and Maribel bond over the trials and tribulations of adolescence in Crooked, onstage at Live Arts during February. Publicity photo.

ARTS Pick: Crooked

Catherine Trieschmann’s earnest coming-of-age story Crooked sees teenagers Laney and Maribel wrestle with self-discovery, chronic illness, family tragedy and fierce faith in the Deep South. This powerful production directed by Kate Adamson relies on a minimal cast of three and strips away all distractions to expose the true vulnerability of adolescence. Through 2/21. $20-25, times vary. […]

There’s a glint of gold in the Nettles modern mix of British Isle folk and indie rock. Celebrate the group’s debut album release at the Southern on Thursday. Publicity photo.

ARTS Pick: Nettles

The Kickstarter funded album Locust Avenue, by local folk group Nettles, is a rural Virginia creation through and through. The record was made in a farmhouse in Waynesboro that the band rented in exchange for a six-pack of Heineken. Led by Guion Pratt on acoustic guitar and vocals, Nettles went into seclusion for four days […]

With support from his wife and daughters, Paul’s Pizza founder Paul Boukourakis is back in the kitchen at the Breakfast House on Fontaine Avenue.  Photo: Rammelkamp Foto

Long-time Greek chef Paul Boukourakis comes out of retirement to open new breakfast and lunch joint and other local restaurant news

Opah! What’s the difference between cooking for royalty and cooking for the masses? According to Paul Boukourakis, not much. In addition to opening restaurants on three different continents, the 77-year-old native of Greece cooked for the royal family before arriving in Charlottesville and opening Paul’s Pizza in the 1980s. “The royal family loved eating rabbit, […]

Diana Ross grew from a working class neighborhood in Detroit where her pal Smokey Robinson is said to have nurtured her glamour, fashion and musical talent. She performs at the Paramount on Thursday. Publicity photo.

ARTS Pick: Diana Ross

After leading the Supremes to 12 No. 1 singles in the 1960s, Diana Ross began a solo career that has spanned five decades, piling up dozens of hit songs that are still dance floor anthems and soft rock inspirations including “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough,” “Touch Me in the Morning,” “I’m Coming Out” and “Endless […]

Celtic Fiddle Festival got its start with gig-crashing between fiddling friends. Check out its finely tuned stage antics at The Haven on Saturday. Publicity photo.

ARTS Pick: Celtic Fiddle Festival

Deemed “three of the finest folk violinists anywhere” by The Washington Post, Celtic Fiddle Festival is a touring trio of Irish fiddlers that takes the art of playing very seriously. The “violinists” are accompanied by Nicholas Quemener, a master open-tune guitarist, for a musical set that showcases a fascinating blend of traditional, international and individual […]

Corey Smith defies the glamorous side of country music with his direct approach and reverence for the genre. He plays the Jefferson on Saturday. Publicity photo.

ARTS Pick: Corey Smith

In a culture of designer cowboy boots and custom fitted blue jeans, Corey Smith breaks the mold and brings some grit and authenticity back to the country scene. Raised in the rolling hills of Jefferson, Georgia, Smith sings about experiences from rural Southern life. With nine albums to his credit, the country star has amassed […]

Explore the final frontier on the big screen at the Paramount's viewing of 2001 A Space Odyssey on Saturday. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

ARTS Pick: 2001 A Space Odyssey

It’s man vs. monolith in Stanley Kubrick’s enigmatic sci-fi classic 2001: A Space Odyssey. Keir Dullea and Gary Lockwood star as two astronauts on their way to Jupiter aboard a sentient, computer-controlled spacecraft. From its iconic soundtrack to the tackling of evolution, artificial intelligence and extraterrestrial life, this 1968 epic continues to grow a cult […]

A UVA fraternity party in fall 2014. Photo: Martyn Kyle

UVA sorority women speak out over party ban

You could call it Rolling Stone fallout, part two. Sorority women at UVA are furious over the collective decision of the leaders of their 16 national organizations to bar them from the Greek-wide party known as Boys’ Bid Night, scheduled for this Friday, January 31, and are speaking out nationally about what they see as […]

The local success of Carl Anderson’s simple, honest approach to acoustic Americana moved him (away) to throw his hat into the ring of Nashville songwriters. Photo: John Robinson.

ARTS Pick: Carl Anderson

Carl Anderson’s adept folksy songwriting and never-fail sense of humor took him from a local festival staple to a full-time Tennessee troubadour. His earnest lyrics, sincere, rich baritone vocals and simple acoustic guitar stylings find him trailing a long wake of critical praise. The prodigal Americana son returns to Charlottesville with fellow Nashville singer-songwriter Mary […]

Seeing fit: From 28 to 76, six locals living healthy

Seeing fit: From 28 to 76, six locals living healthy

As you age, maintaining your health becomes more and more like a game of Whac-A-Mole: Exit the footloose and fancy-free 20s and suddenly you’re worried about your reproductive health and abnormal sleep patterns. Get past menopause and then it’s time to concentrate on the threat of high blood pressure or diabetes. In other words, there’s […]

Photo: Martyn Kyle

National sororities ban UVA chapters from major party weekend

Citing safety concerns, 16 national sorority organizations have banned their UVA chapters from participating in what is historically one of the biggest party nights for University Greeks. Sorority women at UVA are banned from attending parties scheduled for this coming Saturday, January 31. The evening known as “Boys’ Bid Night” celebrates the day University men accept fraternities’ invitations to […]

Parquet Courts leads the punk revival by staying true to the simplicity of the genre. The band is touring on two releases from 2014, with a stop at the Southern on Sunday. Publicity photo.

ARTS Pick: Parquet Courts

Even though all of the members of Parquet Courts are originally from Texas, the four-man band is all about Brooklyn, New York. Its brand of punk harkens back to the ’80s when the simplicity of the genre was its beauty and soul. The band released its two albums on cassette tape after recording on an […]

Chef Ben Thompson expertly butchers pork for a special pairing event. Photo courtesy of Ivy Provisions.

LIVING To Do: Barn & Brew

Chef Ben Thompson fires up his favorite wintertime dishes with Rock Barn and Devils Backbone Brewing Company. Learn how to pair smoked sausage and pork with craft beer and try select brews. Friday 1/23. Free, 5pm. Ivy Provisions, 2206 Ivy Rd. 202-1308.

Catch the blissful wave of guitar-driven melody provided by the crowd-pleasing Dr. Dog at the Jefferson on Saturday. Publicity photo.

ARTS Pick: Dr. Dog

Led by childhood friends Toby Leaman and Scott McMicken, Dr. Dog spent years on the road polishing and perfecting its intellectual pop rock sound defined by four-part vocal harmonies and poetic lyrics. Repeated tour stops in Charlottesville made the band a local favorite early in its career. “I think the last time we played here, […]

The raucous, unstoppable Adia Victoria broke through an isolated childhood by writing songs for her cat. She plays the Tea Bazaar on Saturday. Publicity photo.

ARTS Pick: Adia Victoria

Young blues musician Adia Victoria is a self-proclaimed “back porch blues, swamp cat lady, howlin’ at the moon.” Born in South Carolina and currently based out of Nashville, Tennessee, Victoria sings about the South in a soft, sweet tone, but she can turn suddenly by cranking up the energy, stomping her feet and wailing through […]