C-VILLE Writers



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 […]

John Harrell, Symmonie Preston and Chris Johnston run lines for Aphra Behn's The Rover, onstage at Blackfriars Playhouse for the American Shakespeare Center's Renaissance season. Photo: Jay McClure.

ARTS Pick: The Rover

17th century spy and playwright Aphra Behn’s work returns to the American Shakespeare Center with a production of The Rover (subtitled The Banish’d Cavaliers), a romantic romp through the Naples Carnival. Rakish naval captain Willmore finds himself trapped in a love triangle filled with convents, courtesans and mistaken identities. From thieves and prostitutes to nuns […]

Cuddly duo Sylvan Esso has enjoyed a meteoric rise to the top of the electro-pop scene. They play the Jefferson on Saturday. Photo: DL Anderson.

ARTS Pick: Sylvan Esso

In 2012, Amelia Meath (Mountain Man) joined Nick Sanborn (Megafun) in Durham, North Carolina to collaborate on a song, and even though they had their own respective projects, they agreed there was something special between them, and eventually Sylvan Esso was born. The duo released its self-titled debut album in 2014, resulting in a 10-song […]

Sci-fi loving musician Kawehi will bring her Robot Heart to the stage via her female robot persona at the Southern on Friday. Publicity photo.

ARTS Pick: Kawehi

Escape the arctic blast with Kawehi, the hottest one-woman band out of Lawrence, Kansas. This firecracker of a songwriter focuses on social injustice and doesn’t mince words in describing herself as a “shit talker” and “musician who walks like a trucker.” She also walks the talk by looping guitars, keys and beatboxing on innovative, themed […]

Landau Eugene Murphy, Jr. made it to the big time on “America’s Got Talent,” and he’s staying there through his pure talent and showmanship. He appears at the Paramount on Saturday. Publicity photo.

ARTS Pick: Landau Eugene Murphy, Jr.

Over two years after taking home a million dollar grand prize on “America’s Got Talent,” classic crooner Landau Eugene Murphy, Jr. continues to wow national audiences with his smooth Sinatra covers. While he’s not quick to forget his West Virginia roots, the once penniless car washer has catapulted to fame with interpretations of Old Blue […]

Chris Forsyth leads The Solar Motel Band through transcendent, billowing rock jams on Friday at the Tea Bazaar. Photo: Constance Mensh.

ARTS Pick: The Solar Motel Band

Guitarist Chris Forsyth constructs massive anthemic rock jams that prompt comparison to the masters of his genre. In 2014, Forsyth’s The Solar Motel Band released Intensity Ghost, bringing new accolades and critical praise including this from NPR’s Lars Gotrich: “With the Solar Motel Band he seeks the endless jam at the intersection of television and […]

During rehearsal, Allison Glenzer (Katherina) refuses to knuckle under to Christopher Seiler’s (Petruchio) attempts to turn her into a good wife. Photo: Jay McClure.

ARTS Pick: The Taming of the Shrew

Verona gentleman Petruchio attempts to turn headstrong Katherina into an obedient bride in Shakespeare’s ultimate battle of the sexes, The Taming of the Shrew. The American Shakespeare Company goes beyond the main comedy with the Bard’s Induction, creating a play within a play as drunken tinker Christopher Sly is duped into believing himself a nobleman […]

Left & Right return to the streets of Charlottesville for a gig at Twisted Branch Tea Bazaar on Thursday. Publicity image.

ARTS Pick: Left & Right

The (now Philly-based) group Left & Right spent its formative years on the streets of Charlottesville, where all four members worked as city transit bus drivers and shared road stories after work. Those long days in the driver’s seat might explain the band’s affinity for the high energy, grunge addled tunes that it calls “working […]

Jesse Matthew's booking photo. Contributed photo

Jesse Matthew to appear in Fairfax court

Accused abductor Jesse Matthew, 33, will appear in court January 8 and 9 in Fairfax County for motions hearings pertaining to a 2005 rape in which he’s charged with attempted capital murder, abduction with intent to defile and sexual assault. Matthew’s attorney, former Albemarle commonwealth’s attorney Jim Camblos, is seeking a gag order and money […]

Charlottesville Police Chief Tim Longo at a press conference during the Hannah Graham investigation. File photo

Charlottesville City Council backs mall camera study

A majority of the Charlottesville City Council agreed Monday night to study the cost and impacts of installing of publicly owned security cameras on the city’s Downtown Mall, the West Main Street corridor and the University Corner. Charlottesville Police Chief Timothy Longo and city Commonwealth’s Attorney Dave Chapman made the case for the cameras in […]

The oddly compelling Miss Massive Snowflake led by Shane de Leon makes a stop at the Blue Moon Diner to lift us out of 
our post-holiday doldrums on Monday, January 5. Publicity photo.

ARTS Pick: Miss Massive Snowflake

When the weather outside gets frightful, you might not be eager to curl up in front of a band called Miss Massive Snowflake, but Shane de Leon’s witty contemporary pop tunes of love, family and loss of trust make for some truly heartwarming, emotive storytelling. With quirky simplicity and moody, sometimes psychedelic lyrics, the Portland, […]

A police forensic van parked at the Water Street garage, where a body was discovered on January 1. Contributed photo

UPDATE: Police say man accidentally fell to his death in Water St. garage

UPDATE 12:45pm Friday, January 2: Police have identified the person found dead in the Water Street parking garage New Year’s Day as Justin Michael Frazier, 24, of Crozet, and have said video surveillance indicates Frazier was the victim of an accidental fall. In a follow-up press release issued Friday, Charlottesville Police Lieutenant Steve Upman said detectives […]

Thomas Dean will take a night off from gigging with his band New Boss to impersonate David Bowie at the 
Jefferson on Saturday. Publicity photo.

ARTS Pick: Bowie, Bolan and Blondie

Time warp your way back to the 1970s and the golden age of glam rock with Bowie, Bolan and Blondie, a triple tribute featuring all local bands. The multi-talented Thomas Dean (left) leads The Jean Jeanies through David Bowie’s expansive, psychedelic discography; Harrisonburg-formed septet P. Dactyl revives the classic hits of T. Rex; and Sunday […]

I resolve…: 30 ways to do better this year

I resolve…: 30 ways to do better this year

Look, we get it. Cracking open that 2015 calendar gives rise to all manner of inspiration—get fit for bathing suit season! Read more books to shine in idle party chit-chat! Bone up on your ballroom skills before your cousin’s autumn wedding! Then suddenly it’s February and, not only have your dancing shoes collected a fine layer […]

(Left to right) Charlottesville Police Chief Tim Longo, 
UVA Associate Dean Nicole Eramo, and Nelson County residents at a public meeting with Dominion in October. Photos: Rammelkamp Foto; Dan Addison, UVA University Communications; Graelyn Brashear

C-VILLE’s newsmakers of 2014

This year, Charlottesville’s local news was national news. Below, we take a look the people behind the biggest headlines of 2014 —and explain why you should be watching them in the months to come. No. 1: Charlottesville Police Chief Timothy Longo If local residents weren’t able to recognize Tim Longo by sight at the beginning […]

The Black Candle documents the history of the Kwanzaa holiday from its beginnings during the mid-’60s Black Power Movement to present day traditions. Photo courtesy of Asante Filmworx.

ARTS Pick: The Black Candle

The award-winning Kwanzaa documentary, The Black Candle, will be screened as part of the annual heritage celebration. The film, narrated by poet Maya Angelou, tells the history of Kwanzaa and includes well-known sports, music and arts leaders who explore the African-American experience as it relates to seven founding principles (unity, self-determination, collective work and responsibility, […]

Rutherford Institute head John Whitehead demands that Greene County schools train staff so they don’t have to call police when a 4-year-old is unruly. Photo: Stephen Canty

Rutherford Institute weighs in on handcuffed 4-year-old

Local civil rights organization founder John Whitehead of the Rutherford Institute sent a stern letter to Andrea Whitmarsh, superintendent of Greene County Schools, about policies that allowed an out-of-control 4-year-old to be handcuffed, carted away by a Greene County sheriff’s deputy and shackled at the sheriff’s office October 16 until his mother, who was en […]

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FOIAed UVA/Rolling Stone e-mails released

The University of Virginia released more than 100 pages of correspondence with Rolling Stone on December 19, and the name “Jackie,” the source for an alleged gang rape at a fraternity, was never mentioned by Sabrina Rubin Erdely or Rolling Stone fact-checker Elisabeth Garber-Paul. UVA spokesperson Anthony de Bruyn warns Garber-Paul that Erdely’s story of […]

James Franco and Chris O’Dowd share dreams and denial as George and Lenny in London National Theatre’s Of Mice and Men. Publicity photo.

ARTS Pick: Of Mice and Men

John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men takes the stage at London’s National Theatre as part of its HD broadcast series. The play is a powerful and raw depiction of struggles during the Great Depression and the heart-wrenching bonds of friendship. James Franco and Chris O’Dowd step out of their comedic comfort zones to play two […]

Learn how Thomas Jefferson celebrated the holiday season at a nighttime tour of Monticello. Photo courtesy of the Thomas Jefferson Foundation at Monticello.

LIVING To Do: Monticello Evening Tours

Get an after-hours glimpse of Thomas Jefferson’s iconic Monticello. This hour-long small group tour winds through the historic house to give you an intimate look at 19th century holiday traditions. Through 12/30. $45, 5:30pm. Monticello, 931 Thomas Jefferson Pkwy. 984-9800.

Sing along with your festive favorites as conductor Michael Slon directs the region’s longest running chorus in two rounds of holiday cheer. Publicity photo.

ARTS Pick: The Oratorio Society’s Christmas at The Paramount

The longest running local community chorus returns for what has become an annual holiday highlight: The Oratorio Society’s Christmas at The Paramount. Celebrate with song as conductor Michael Slon (below) leads a program of classic favorites that soars to its highest point during an audience sing-along in this spirited seasonal event that joins area school […]