C-VILLE Writers



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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 […]

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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 […]

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ARTS Pick: The Secret Garden

In a world where over-the-top productions dominate entertainment, it’s nice to find a theater company that relies on talent and imagination. Such is the mission of the Missoula Children’s Theatre. The Montana-based troupe hosts a cast comprised entirely of children grades 1-12 who share all of the responsibilities of production; assistant directors, actors, and choreographers […]

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Is it harder to be eco-friendly during the summer months?

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. Is there such thing as a “green” way […]

“Hester Prynne” is on display in the exhibition “Shadowy People from a Shadowy Planet: The CLAW Silhouettes” at the Blue Moon Diner. Photo credit: Olon Pills

ARTS Pick: Hot Claw in the Summertime

When Charlottesville’s tough and determined ladies go head-to-head in battles of the bicep you get CLAW—the Charlottesville League of Lady Arm Wrestlers. Next up on the wrist warriors’ docket is Hot Claw in the Summertime. Borrowing from roller derby and the eccentricities of the pro wrestling world, CLAW events are defined not only by feats […]

Shakey Graves co-headlines the Southern (with Wild Child) for an evening of soulful grooves and skillful songwriting. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Shakey Graves with Wild Child

The simple, yet soulful sound of Shakey Graves proves that less is more. Sticking to a minimalist philosophy, the group removes all white noise to allow beautiful melodies and cutting lyrics to resonate throughout its music, following in the storytelling footsteps of the folk genre. The group pairs well with Austin’s latest homegrown rock sensation, […]

A conceptual rendering of what the Rio Road and Route 29 intersection could look like, thanks to a proposed $81 million grade-separated interchange project. Image courtesy VDOT.

Vote expected on fate of Route 29 corridor tomorrow

A vote to adopt a $203 million plan for improvements to Route 29 through Albemarle County could occur as early as Wednesday morning, possibly along with the beginning of the process of selling off the state’s right-of-way to the corresponding land. The Commonwealth Transportation Board will meet on Tuesday and Wednesday, June 17-18 in Richmond to continue […]

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What’s happening in Charlottesville-Albemarle the week of June 16?

Each week, the news team takes a look at upcoming meetings and events in Charlottesville and Albemarle we think you should know about. Consider it a look into our datebook, and be sure to share newsworthy happenings in the comments section.  Tonight’s Charlottesville City Council meeting—7pm today, Monday, June 16 in Council chambers at City […]

Understanding this bucolic, 600-acre North Garden site was the first step for the owners after purchasing the land in 2007. Photo: Bill Mauzy

From the editor-at-large: Of town and country

I think of Charlottesville as the biggest small town in Virginia. I’m not the first to say that, but it’s probably true. On the one hand you have a thriving city center, beautiful architecture, a diverse citizenry, and the pulse of a world renowned University, and on the other, you have an iconic agrarian vastness […]