C-VILLE Writers



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ARTS Pick: Comedy Marathon

We all know an undiscovered comedian, the life of the party, the one you encourage to try stand-up someday. Bent Theatre offers these laugh-riots a chance to step into the spotlight at its first Comedy Marathon, featuring 18 hours of shows, classes, workshops, jams, open mics, talkbacks, stand-up comedy and more, presented by “very funny […]

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ARTS Pick: Woody Guthrie’s American Song

Every folk and Americana musician (and even many rockers) stands on the shoulders of Woody Guthrie. Born of  Depression-era hardship, his music came in the form of ballads (“California Stars”), political commentary (“All You Fascists”) and children’s songs (“This Land Is Your Land”). Woody Guthrie’s American Song celebrates his work in a theatrical staging that […]

MarieBette Café and Bakery’s new oven allows head baker Hilary Salmon and her staff to bake three times as many baguettes an hour. Photo courtesy of Natalie Jacobson.

MarieBette expands its operations

MarieBette Café & Bakery has expanded its baking operations into a new building about a block away from the French café at 700 Rose Hill Dr. The satellite space has brand-new equipment, such as a gigantic four-deck oven that’s double the size of the one in the original bakery. The bakery upgraded almost all its […]

ARTS Pick: Fiddler’s Convention on Duck Mountain

Southeastern Pennsylvania’s Orpheus Supertones mash up with Charlottesville’s Uncle Henry’s Favorites for a Fiddler’s Convention on Duck Mountain. The collective brings more than 50 years of experience to a showcase of fiddle, banjo, guitar and bass playing, blended with vocal harmonies, for a rousing evening steeped in tradition. Friday, June 30. $15-18, 7:30pm. The Front […]

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ARTS Pick: Lucero

When Lucero formed in 1998, the band knew it wanted to redefine the metal and punk landscape its members had been working in their Tennessee hometown. With a heart for country music, they hunkered down to chart a new direction, with one setback: “The trick there was that we couldn’t really play our instruments,” says […]

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In with a bang: Local Independence Day events

If you’re staying in town for the extra- long July 4 weekend, you won’t be able to wave a sparkler without hitting a parade, concert or fireworks display. Here’s a list of some our favorite Independence Day happenings. June 30-July 3 July 4th Jubilee: The United States is having a birthday, and Wintergreen Resort is hosting a […]

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LIVING Picks: Week of June 28- July 4

FOOD & DRINK Cooking class Wednesday, June 28 Learn from the master as Rachel Pennington of The Pie Chest demonstrates how to make a summertime favorite—strawberry rhubarb shortcake—in this hands-on class. $55, 6pm. The Happy Cook, Barracks Road Shopping Center. 977-2665. NONPROFIT Choose your charity Sunday, July 2 Cville Hop on Tours allows you to […]

Dem Ralph Northam and Republican Ed Gillespie won their primaries with record turnout.
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In brief: Eye-popping turnout, cereal beat-in and more

Get out the vote The big news in the 2017 primary was record turnout for a non-presidential primary. Democrats were particularly energized, significantly topping their last gubernatorial primary in 2009. While not as many Republicans showed up, the GOP’s turnout topped 2009 as well. Governor primary turnout Democrats: 2017: 542,812 voters 2009: 319,168 voters Up […]

Fifty years after 1967’s Summer of Love, the IX Art Park’s Lovefest seeks to capture the same artistic idealism. Anatomy of Frank joins the lineup on Saturday. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Lovefest

Forty bands. Two stages. 23 hours of music. Lovefest is a response through art to the civil rights struggles shaking the community. From early-morning meditation to midday belly dancing to late-night gypsy punk, the festival offers a weekend of immersion in the love and passion of local artists. The lineup features well-known community musicians including […]

Local cheesemonger Nadjeeb Chouaf became the first American to reach the podium at the international Concours Mondial du Meilleur Fromager competition held in Tours Cedex, France. Photo by Ryan Jones

Local cheesemonger takes the podium at international competition

By Alexa Nash & Erin O’Hare Last week, local cheesemonger Nadjeeb Chouaf, owner of Flora Artisanal Cheese and a consultant for Timbercreek Market’s cheese counter, brought his work to the world stage and won big, taking third place in the third edition of the international Concours Mondial du Meilleur Fromager competition, held June 11 through […]

The good-time funk of Electric Kif takes over Rapture on Wednesday. Photo by Sandrasonik

ARTS Pick: Electric Kif

A Mexican bass player, a French guitarist, a keyboardist from Philadelphia and a drummer from Miami walk into a bar—and take the stage. Hopefully you’re in the audience to witness the cool vibes and easy grooves of Electric Kif’s blend of funk, soul and jazz. Originally hailing from Florida, the band is in the midst […]

ARTS Pick: Black Maria Film Festival

Short films pack a long-lasting punch at the Black Maria Film Festival, where a five-minute movie can leave you pondering for days. Returning for its 36th year, the festival showcases a dynamic selection of international filmmakers, including Richmond’s Ying-Fang Shen with In The Waves, which was inspired by her 2014 pregnancy. The longest movie in […]

Hike into Shenandoah National Park’s “big meadow” at dusk to see the dramatic colors of the mountain sky.  Photo by Katy Cain

LIVING Picks: June 21-27

Family Delve into Design Friday, June 23 Help your child in kindergarten through first grade create a masterpiece, in this class taught by Venable Elementary art teacher Melissa Combs. Free, 2-3pm. Regis- tration required. Gordon Avenue Library, 1500 Gordon Ave. 296-5544. Nonprofit United Way Relay Saturday, June 24 Participate in a relay race (each person […]

Americana sweetheart Nora Jane Struthers was born in Virginia, raised in New Jersey and rocked her way out of Nashville to take the stage at Fridays After Five. Photo by Anthony Pigeon

ARTS Pick: Nora Jane Struthers

There’s a valuable lesson to learn from the music of Nora Jane Struthers—and it’s that showing vulnerability takes a gritty kind of personal strength. Struthers wears her heart on her sleeve on her most recent album, Wake, which is powered by her signature bluegrass-tinged rock, and tells a powerful story of falling in love. Backed […]

Bulldozers continue to change the Charlottesville landscape. Photo by Skyclad Aerial

Summer of our discontent: What to expect when the dust settles

By: Lisa Provence and Samantha Baars It’s the 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love, and while we’re celebrating that, C-VILLE decided to take a look at construction projects underway that will change the way the city looks—and in some cases, inconvenience us mightily during the coming months. These are projects visibly in the works. […]

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ARTS Pick: Sheryl Crow

You already know that Sheryl Crow is the voice behind a long list of top-40 songs, from “Soak Up the Sun” to “Everyday is a Winding Road.” But did you know she is also an outspoken supporter of a number of charities, from the Children’s Defense Fund and AIDS research to the Special Olympics and […]

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ARTS Pick: Playdate

Are you alone? Are you searching? Do you have visions? Have you been receiving their messages? These are the questions posed in the bio of Asheville, North Carolina’s Playdate, a band that credits a distressed mental state for its inception. The duo joins heartfelt, modern synth-pop outfit Synthetic Division, along with the raw beats of […]

LIVING Picks: Week of June 14- 20

LIVING Picks: Week of June 14- 20

FAMILY Donuts with Dad Saturday, June 17 Dads, grandfathers, uncles or buddies can enjoy story time and donuts with their little ones (ages 2-5) at Jefferson-Madison Regional Library. Free, 10:30am. Central Library, 201 E. Market St. 979-7151. NONPROFIT Alzheimer’s Association concert Thursday, June 15 Listen to live music from performers including Gary Hatter, Aaron Sheldon […]

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ARTS Pick: Much Ado About Nothing

Finding true love is never easy, but in Shakespeare’s world, it can be downright treacherous. Join young lovers Claudio and Hero in Much Ado About Nothing as they attempt to trick Claudio’s cousin into admitting his love for his professed enemy—while the lurking villain Don John attempts to make Claudio and Hero’s wedding end in […]

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ARTS Pick: Trees on Fire

When rock band Trees on Fire went on hiatus a few years ago, not only did the local scene lose a source of rhythmic, groove-driven innovation, but a passionate voice in the fight for protecting the environment was disbanded. The group is reuniting to head up a new family-friendly music festival that includes the Greg […]

Northern copperhead is the venomous snake you're most likely to encounter here. Note the Hershey’s Kiss-like pattern. Photo John White, Virginia Herpetological Society

In brief: Snake doppelgangers, North Korea release and more

Don’t tread on these Venomous snakes and their harmless twins Along with mosquitoes and ticks, other bites to avoid this summer are from snakes. The good news is, only two of Virginia’s three venomous species—the timber rattlesnake and northern copperhead—are found in the Charlottesville area, while the eastern cottonmouth hangs in the southeastern part of […]

There are 218 known individuals buried at the Daughters of Zion Cemetery, founded in 1873, though hundreds more are likely interred there as well. Photo by Natalie Jacobsen

Grave concern: Local group preserves historic black cemetery

A single pink rose lies at a diagonal across the quartz headstone that has become two-toned with age in the last 125 years. The rose covers part of the inscription on Carrie Brown’s headstone, which is different from others from that time period. The Buckner family’s clustering of graves, which lies to the west of Brown’s—all […]

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ARTS Pick: The Legwarmers

There’s no lack of love for ’80s pop culture these days, and no one covers it better live than The Legwarmers. Chet Reno, Lavaar Huxtable, Roxanne Rio, Captain Morgan Pondo and Clarence McFly proudly champion the top hits from a decade that’s grown more rad through romantic nostalgia. Still, nobody can defend the shoulder pads […]

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LIVING Picks: Week of June 7- June 13

Family Fun 2 Run Saturday, June 10 Traverse a course of balance beams and mud pits before skidding your way to the finish line across a giant slip ’n’ slide. $20, 9am for Fun Dash (ages 3-5), 9:15am for Mud Run (ages 6-12). Ridgeview Park, 700 S. Magnolia Ave., Waynesboro. (540) 942-6735. Nonprofit SPCA Paws […]

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ARTS Pick: Mighty Joshua

African percussionist Mighty Joshua raises consciousness while glasses clink and the sun slips down behind pastoral, sloping vineyards at the Sunsets Become Eclectic music series. As a founding member of Richmond’s reggae scene, Joshua has performed with a number of bands, including Jah Revelations, Richmond Dub Collective and Antero. He steps forward with a new […]

There’s no better production setting for the leader of the Lost Boys than London’s National Theatre stage. See Peter Pan in HD at the Paramount on Saturday. Photo courtesy of Steve Tanner.

ARTS Pick: National Theatre Live in HD Presents: Peter Pan

A classic story hits the stage as National Theatre Live in HD Presents: Peter Pan. See Neverland like you’ve never seen it before, with a recording that gives you front-row seats to London’s sold-out production. From the sparkling Tinker Bell to the villainous Captain Hook, characters come to life in a vibrant live-action tale that […]