C-VILLE Writers



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 […]

Image courtesy of The Paramount.

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 […]

This four-bedroom, four-bath brick home is a beautiful property in a perfect location. It's also just the place for a fantasy update. Photo: Christian Hommel

Playing dress-up: When a little goes a long way

James and Rob Robertson of Robertson Renovation think this four-bedroom, four-bath brick home is a beautiful property in a perfect location that’s convenient to everything. It’s also just the place for a fantasy update, because some upgrades and small changes could turn a nice home into a great one. 1760 Lambs Rd. $499,9000, MLS #517875 […]

Frank Ferrante plays the quick-witted, cigar-chomping comedian Groucho Marx in Heritage Theatre’s 
pre-season special. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: An Evening with Groucho

You know you have a calling when the son of a legendary American humorist hand-selects you to play his famous father. Such is the case for Frank Ferrante, who’s crafted a 30-year career around Arthur Marx’s play Groucho: A Life in Revue. Ferrante has rekindled the defining role in An Evening with Groucho, a new […]

Photo credit: Big Blue Door

ARTS Pick: The Lady Pills

Call out a suggestion and watch epic comedy unfold when Big Blue Door’s improv comedy team The Lady Pills tackle the Harold. Developed by actors Del Close and Charna Halpern in the ’80s, this longform improv game forces comedians to create and weave narratives on the fly, rapid-firing scenes and new story lines before tying […]

With an eye for upcycling, Jesse Fiest creates her own inanimate wilderness of favorite fauna at Telegraph Gallery. Photo courtesy of the artist

ARTS Pick: Second Hand Fauna

Part anthropologist, part pirate, Jesse Fiest hunts for treasure among knickknacks and leftovers. Using found and second hand materials, she creates whimsical sculptures in “Second Hand Fauna,” described as vegan taxidermy–which makes it pretty clear that no animals were harmed in the creation of this artwork. Friday 6/13. Free, 5pm. Telegraph Gallery, 110 Fourth St., […]