C-VILLE Writers

Give us a hand: Five local nonprofits worth your attention

Give us a hand: Five local nonprofits worth your attention

The term nonprofit belies some big numbers: According to a joint economic report from Johns Hopkins University and Virginia Commonwealth University, the state’s nonprofit sector employs 235,100 people, collects $40 billion in revenues annually and spends $38 billion per year. Charlottesville is a critical part of that landscape. Nonprofit expenditures per capita in the city […]

Goth icon Aurelio Voltaire keeps the flame alive at the Main Street Annex on Wednesday. “I say, if you’re over 40 and you’re still rocking the goth look, that’s pretty cool, but you’re going to be even cooler when you’re rocking it at 90,” Voltaire told The Huffington Post. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Aurelio Voltaire

When national gothic icon Aurelio Voltaire isn’t penning one of his popular graphic novels or teaching at the School of Visual Arts in New York, he’s on the road playing his unique brand of “dark cabaret” symphonic rock. He is currently on a 30-city tour with special guest Ego Likeness, so if you’re in the […]

Live Arts’ staging of The Mountaintop captures a turning point in history through a poignant, intimate production starring Deandra Irving and William Jones. Photo courtesy of Live Arts

ARTS Pick: The Mountaintop

Accomplished playwright Katori Hall left her hometown of Memphis, Tennessee to earn degrees from Columbia, Harvard and The Juilliard School, and then returned artistically in the 2009 London-based production of The Mountaintop to ponder the final hours of the life of Martin Luther King Jr. When the maid arrives with coffee in the Reverend’s dingy, diminutive motel […]

Indie scene mainstay Ryan Adams plays at the Pavilion on Sunday. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Ryan Adams

It may sound strange to call Ryan Adams a music veteran, but it’s been more than 20 years since his first release with the revered alt-country band Whiskeytown. Solo since 2000, the prolific North Carolina singer-songwriter continues to make an impression on critics and celebrity gossip columnists. Adams’ recently released self-titled album has been lauded […]

Clean catering: How to minimize waste when feeding a crowd

Clean catering: How to minimize waste when feeding a crowd

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. Has Betty got any advice about takeout meals […]

Albemarle High School stages macabre musical The Addams Family this weekend. Photo: Teri Marsh

ARTS Pick: The Addams Family

Sure, they’re altogether ooky, but can Gomez and Morticia carry a tune? Find out this weekend when the Albemarle High School Players bring The Addams Family musical to the stage. Based on Charles Addams’ gleefully macabre New Yorker cartoons, which also inspired a TV series and two movies, the show will have you snapping along […]

Just give me a riesling: The ballad of a misunderstood grape

Just give me a riesling: The ballad of a misunderstood grape

Riesling’s come a long way since the 1970s. After generations of fractured vineyard ownership in the Mosel dating back to Napoleon, the 1970s brought replanting and remapped vineyard ownership. New, sensible roads greatly improved the harvesting process, and many areas planted habitats to attract beneficial birds to the vineyards. Upward creeping temperatures due to climate […]

Improvisational folk rockers Up the Chain play The Garage on Tuesday. Photo: Caitlin McCann

ARTS Pick: Up the Chain

While Up the Chain has existed in various forms with a rotating cast of Philadelphia’s finest young hired guns since 2009, the one constant at the band’s core has been founder, frontman and lyricist Reed Kendall. And while the self-described purveyors of “neighbor rock” don’t offer explanation of the style, one can surmise that it […]

Alt-country act Langhorne Slim has been championed by music critics and fans since his debut in 2004. Rolling Stone called his most recent album “damn near perfect.” Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Langhorne Slim

After breaking into Rolling Stone magazine’s top 10 editor’s picks for 2004 with his song “Electric Love Letter,” Langhorne Slim went on to build a solid fanbase through relentless touring with a top-notch backing band (The Law), record an average of one new album per year and earn multiple television and film credits. The heartache is just […]

John Lilly is known for his mastery of songwriting and yodeling. Come see him belt it out at C’ville Coffee on Sunday. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: John Lilly

Long lauded as a lighthearted Hank Williams, award-winning singer-songwriter John Lilly strums original country compositions on acoustic guitar and mandolin that would satisfy any folk lover’s Americana thirst. Chicago-born and West Virginia-based, Lilly has six albums under his belt and tours internationally both solo and with the band Blue Yonder. This intimate concert with Lorie […]

Charlottesville Ballet brings Russian fairytale The Firebird to life this weekend. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: The Firebird

Immerse yourself in the classic dance spectacle story of The Firebird in a special adapted production by Charlottesville Ballet featuring 20 professional local dancers and over 50 area students. Originally choreographed and set to music by Igor Stravinsky more than a century ago, this ballet follows the romance of Prince Ivan and Princess Katerina, brought together […]

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Crozet man charged in fatal Augusta crash

A Crozet resident has been charged with two counts of DUI manslaughter and failure to yield stemming from an April 20 car crash in Augusta County that claimed the lives of a Waynesboro mother and daughter. According to a release from the Virginia State Police, a 2001 Pontiac Grand Am was westbound on Route 250 […]

C-VILLE editor-in-chief Courteney Stuart and news editor Graelyn Brashear with the paper's two "best in show" awards at Saturday's Virginia Press Association banquet in Roanoke. The staff took home 11 awards, plus the two additional accolades, which are given to top entries in several publication categories. Photo courtesy VPA

C-VILLE honored at 2015 Virginia Press Association awards

In its first time entering the Virginia Press Association Awards competition in more than a decade, C-VILLE Weekly walked away with 11 awards, as well as two additional “best in show” nods. In selecting news editor Graelyn Brashear’s July 9, 2014, story “From cancer center to courtroom” as the best in show for non-daily writing, […]

Photo: Charles Blaydes Photography

Snoop Dogg at the nTelos Pavilion

On an overcast Wednesday night, April 15, thousands gathered at the nTelos Pavilion to take in the laid back, California grooves of Snoop Dogg. His set list, an artfully put together collection, encompassed his whole career. From harder classics like “Gin and Juice” on his first major album Doggystyle  to his more lighthearted work with […]

Writhe through two jam-fueled nights with Lotus as they venue hop from the Jefferson on Friday to the Pavilion on Saturday. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Lotus

Wrapping up the spring leg of its Gilded Age tour with two C’ville shows, jamtronica five-piece group Lotus pairs classic rock sounds in the vein of The Allman Brothers Band and The Grateful Dead with modern dance beats. The Indiana-based band has built a vast underground following since its formation in 1999, becoming known for […]

Anyone’s Guess lead singer, bass player and former resident Sanja Jovanovic said she can’t wait to return to Charlottesville, “and is also really excited about having a cup of coffee at the Mudhouse.” Brew it extra strong on Thursday when the band plays Fellini’s #9.
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ARTS Pick: Anyone’s Guess

Power rock trio Anyone’s Guess is currently based in Florida, but it’s a C’ville connection that shapes the band’s intensity. Frontwoman and former Bosnian refugee Sanja Jovanovic attended Charlottesville High School after assistance from the International Rescue Committee made it possible for her to come to America in 2002. Jovanovic made use of the local […]

The fight to save Sweet Briar College in Amherst heads to the Virginia Supreme Court on Thursday, June 4. Photo by Norm Shafer

Judge agrees to hear motion to block Sweet Briar closure

It’s been a good week for the activists trying to keep Sweet Briar College from closing. Nearly six weeks after the Amherst County college’s board of directors announced it planned to shutter the school at the end of the spring semester, the nonprofit Saving Sweet Briar announced it had raised $10 million in pledges from […]

One of the most colorful hip-hop icons of the last two decades, Snoop Dogg returns to party at the Pavilion on Wednesday. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Snoop Dogg

Fo shizzle Charlottes-vizzle. Rapper, producer, actor, activist and all around icon Snoop Dogg commands the stage with his smooth rhymes and patented swagger. Snoop’s catalog stretches over twenty years and thirteen albums, breaking through with hits like “Nuthin’ But A ‘G’ Thang,” “Gin & Juice,” “Drop It Like It’s Hot” and his most recent, “Peaches and […]

Sol Driven Train pulls into the Southern to unload its high-energy dance party on Tuesday. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Sol Driven Train

Sol Driven Train’s musical psyche has been self-diagnosed with “sonic schizophrenia.” Citing influences from Paul Simon and John Prine, to New Orleans jazz, Caribbean island-rock and Afro-beat, the group has amassed a loyal fan base through its musical diversity. The band members first jammed together in their middle school music room, and formed a strong […]