C-VILLE Writers



ARTS Pick: New Year’s Eve bashes

ARTS Pick: New Year’s Eve bashes

Sunday, December 31 C-VILLE’s Big Night with casino, dance floor, food, drink and a midnight toast $75, 8pm. 21-plus. Carver Rec Center, 233 Fourth St. NW. c-villetickets.com. First Night Virginia’s 36th annual festival of the arts with family-friendly activities on and around the Downtown Mall $6-38, times and venues vary. Schedule at firstnightva.org. Nelson County […]

ARTS Pick: Taming of the Shrew

Shakespeare’s Taming of the Shrew is a play within a play that centers on a dysfunctional courtship (defined as misogynistic by modern standards), where subordinate female behavior from leading lady Katherina outsmarts psychological torture by her male suitor, Petruchio, all in the name of comedic farce. Friday, December 29 & Sunday, December 31. $29-54, times vary. American Shakespeare […]

Alice Coote as Hansel, Philip Langridge as the Witch and Christine Schäfer as Gretel in Humperdinck’s “Hansel and Gretel.” Photo: Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera

ARTS Pick: Hansel and Gretel

The well-known Brothers Grimm fairy tale Hansel and Gretel becomes an absurd opera in the hands of producer Richard Jones. In a special English-language Met Live In HD presentation, the doomed siblings wander from their home into the dark forest and end up at the Witch’s gingerbread house. With food at its dramatic center, each […]

The Harrisonburg-formed group The Steel Wheels steers into new territory by beefing up its traditional folk style on the new album, Wild As We Came Here. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: The Steel Wheels

Are you ready for it? The addition of percussion and keyboards to The Steel Wheels’ signature acoustic sound? The Harrisonburg-formed group steers into new territory by beefing up its traditional folk style on the new album, Wild As We Came Here. “I’m excited to see what happens,” says Trent Wagler (guitar, banjo and songwriter). “There […]

Restaurants open on Christmas Day

By Sam Padgett Contrary to popular belief, for the holidays, you can beat home sweet home. While the world seems to shut down on Christmas Day for family bagel breakfasts and traditional roast beef dinners, there are still a few places to eat for those who either don’t celebrate Christmas or want a temporary respite […]

On their first tour together, Phil Vassar and Kellie Pickler are showcasing their holiday collaboration “The Naughty List,” a single that pairs infectious melodies and soulful lyrics in a swinging new favorite. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Phil Vassar and Kellie Pickler

On their first tour together, Phil Vassar and Kellie Pickler are showcasing their holiday collaboration “The Naughty List,” a single that pairs infectious melodies and soulful lyrics in a swinging new favorite. Each of the country stars has become known for covers of Christmas favorites, and by teaming up in concert, they’re sure to melt […]

Scrooge wants you at ASC’s A Christmas Carol. Photo by Michael Bailey

ARTS Pick: A Christmas Carol

The publication of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol in 1853 served to revive interest in some long-expired holiday traditions, including caroling and feasts, and generated the iconic tale of personal transformation that’s been replayed in December for more than 150 years. Responsible for imprinting “Merry Christmas,” “Bah, humbug!” and Scrooge on the seasonal lexicon, Dickens […]

Show your creative spirit by decorating graham cracker gingerbread houses at the Virginia Discovery Museum.

LIVING Picks: Week of December 20-26

FAMILY Gingerbread house making Thursday, December 21 Show your creative spirit by decorating graham cracker gingerbread houses. $15 (includes museum admission for one child and one adult), 4pm. Virginia Discovery Museum, 524 E. Main St., Downtown Mall. 977-1025. NONPROFIT Gift Forest Through December 24 Holiday pop-up market features designers, makers and artists from across the […]

Sarah White and friends sing about the season at the Southern on Thursday. Photo by Shamrockpr

ARTS Pick: Country Christmas Show

Sarah White and her friends are back to deck the Southern Café and Music Hall with boughs of holly, twinkly lights, giant plastic peppermint sticks, Christmas cookies, Santas galore and so much more at the annual Country Christmas Show. The (All New) Acorn Sisters, Ian Gilliam, Charlie Bell, Ned Oldham and others strike the harp—er, […]

Ethan Lipscomb plays to a sea of ugly sweaters on Thursday at the Ante Room. Photo by Jackson Smith

ARTS Pick: Ugly Sweater Party: Parts 1 and 2

Let the holidays unravel with Ugly Sweater Party: Parts 1 and 2, a musical experience exploring two different genres over consecutive nights. The Ugly Sweater fun begins with indie electronic tunes featuring Ethan Lipscomb, a classically trained pianist who combines samples with aggressive lyrics to create his own style of dance-rock. Duo Playdate also brings […]

Jason Kessler's permit for the anniversary Unite the Right rally was denied. Photo by Eze Amos

In brief: No permits, no DP editor, no daycare license and more

Permission denied Minutes before a decision was due, City Manager Maurice Jones denied several special event permits for rallies and counterrallies proposed on the weekend of August 12 in Emancipation, Justice and McGuffey parks—ground zero for the summer’s Unite the Right rally that left three people dead and countless wounded. The first application was filed […]

Potter’s Craft Cider will offer 10 ciders on tap as well as a hot, spiced, fortified cider at its wassail event.

LIVING Picks: Week of December 13-19

FAMILY Mrs. Claus Invites Wednesday, December 13 Mrs. Claus and her friends invite kids of all ages to enjoy singing, storytelling, craftmaking and more. Advance tickets required. $10, 4-6pm. Omni Hotel Charlottesville, 212 Ridge McIntire Rd. virginiagingerbreadchristmas.com NONPROFIT Bengali cooking class fundraiser Saturday, December 16 Mahabuba Akhter demonstrates how to prepare authentic Bengali dishes from […]

Americana stalwarts Robin and Linda Williams play two nights at The Front Porch. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Robin and Linda Williams

Legendary duo Robin and Linda Williams (below, left) have played Americana music for longer than the genre has existed. Their musical beginnings trace to North Carolina, where Linda was a school teacher and Robin played full-time on the coffeehouse scene. Connecting through “a robust blend of bluegrass, folk, old-time and acoustic country,” the husband-and-wife musicians […]

Charlottesville Ballet’s The Nutcracker is a skillfully choreographed, engaging take on tradition for all ages. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: The Nutcracker

Charlottesville Ballet’s The Nutcracker is a skillfully choreographed, engaging take on tradition for all ages. The story begins when Clara receives a wooden nutcracker as a holiday gift, and it comes to life along with other toys that accompany her on a journey through an enchanted land filled with dancing dolls and evil mice, guided […]

Christmas at the Paramount brings joy through seasonal songs for two Saturday performances. Rob Garland Photography

ARTS Pick: Christmas at The Paramount

Director Michael Slon conducts the 90-member strong Oratorio Society of Virginia for Christmas at The Paramount. Composed of some the area’s finest vocalists, the chorus performs English carols and traditional Spanish holiday compositions, as well as J.A.C. Redford’s Welcome All Wonders: A Christmas Celebration. Choirs from local high schools join in, and an audience sing-along […]

Charlottesville’s Second Draw has declared a new style of acoustic rock it calls “bluejam.” Catch them on Saturday at The Southern Cafe and Music Hall. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Second Draw

Charlottesville’s Second Draw has declared a new style of acoustic rock it calls “bluejam.” Founded in a raw, energetic style, somewhere between country and jam rock, the group’s self-proclaimed genre blends driving guitar with bluegrass instruments including mandolin, banjo and accordion. The desire to break new ground is evident on SD’s debut album, White Dog, […]

The Downtown Business Association of Charlottesville parades local holiday cheer with floats, marching bands, living history performers and more.

LIVING Picks: December 6-12

FAMILY Virginia Glee Club Christmas concert Saturday, December 9 The UVA Glee Club performs seasonal favorites with plenty of opportunities for the audience to sing along. $5-15, 8-10pm. First Presbyterian Church, 500 Park St. virginia gleeclub.org NONPROFIT Holiday Heritage Parade Saturday, December 9 The Downtown Business Association of Charlottesville parades local holiday cheer with floats, […]

At PVCC’s Let There Be Light, an illuminating art gallery celebrating the winter solstice, 26 artists present 21 light-centered art installations, creating a magical glow that
cuts through winter’s early nightfall. Courtesy photo

ARTS Pick: Let There Be Light

Ever seen a cake go up in flames, or bamboo bathed in blue beams? At PVCC’s Let There Be Light, an illuminating art gallery celebrating the winter solstice, 26 artists present 21 light-centered art installations, creating a magical glow that cuts through winter’s early nightfall. Bring a flashlight to find your way through the diverse […]

Real life bros Michael and Ben Ford form the deconstructed pop duo Airpark, playing the Tea Bazaar on Saturday. Photo by Melissa Madison Fuller

ARTS Pick: Airpark

When the six-piece band The Apache Relay quietly ended, brothers Michael and Ben Ford decided to work as a duo, and Airpark was born. One year later, the siblings are creating forward-thinking pop music, mixing vocal harmonies with minimal instrumentation manifested in emotional vibes that target both the ears and the feet. Saturday, December 9. […]

David Rawlings brings a familiar band of musicians as he steps to the mic in support of his recent solo release, Poor David’s Almanack. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: David Rawlings

When guitarist and singer-songwriter David Rawlings put together his third album, Poor David’s Almanack, he created a story written in the timeless language of American folk. Blending electric and acoustic guitar with twangy vocals, the album took shape in Nashville, where Rawlings was joined by fellow musicians Gillian Welch, Willie Watson, Paul Kowert and Brittany […]

Broadway producer Chad Lawson Cooper’s Justice on Trial: Black Lives Matter Too is at MLK Performing Arts Center on Friday. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Justice on Trial: Black Lives Matter Too

After releasing a number of songs as a national recording artist and working with Tyler Perry on Madea Goes to Jail, Chad Lawson Cooper turned to theater for a project that combines passion, education and an emotional quest for slavery reparation in Justice on Trial: Black Lives Matter Too. Cooper’s Broadway production company presents a […]

The Villa, which has served up diner favorites at the corner of Emmet Street and Ivy Road since 2005, will relocate to a new space next year. Photos by Paul Whicheloe

The Villa diner will move to a new space next year

By Sam Padgett and Erin O’Hare Last week, The Villa diner announced that after 12 years of serving classic fare such as eggs, sandwiches, pizza and more, the Emmet Street restaurant will move to a new location in Charlottesville next year. The reason? The Villa sits on land owned by the University of Virginia, and […]

The Charlottesville Symphony at the University of Virginia, University Singers and trumpeter John D’earth join forces for family holiday concerts conducted by Michael Slon. Photo by Jackson Smith

LIVING Picks: Week of November 29-December 5

NONPROFIT Grand Illumination! Friday, December 1 This community event includes musical performances, kids crafts, a visit from Santa, a free movie screening and the main event—the lighting of a tree decked out in more than 20,000 LED bulbs. Don’t forget to bring your Toy Lift Charities donations. Free, 5:30pm. Central Place, the Downtown Mall. charlottesville. […]

Kebabish Sizzling and Fire Grille offers authentic, fast dishes, including gyros (both meat and veggie), dumplings, curries, fried noodles and, of course, kebabs. BELOW:  Did you know: Hardywood Park Craft Brewery’s Gingerbread Stout is the first commercially brewed gingerbread stout? Photo by Paul Whicheloe

Kebabish sizzles with fusion dishes

By Erin O’Hare and Sam Padgett Kebabish Sizzling and Fire Grille, a new restaurant that fuses Turkish, Indian, Nepali and Mediterranean cuisines, is now open at 111 W. Water St. downtown, in the space most recently occupied by Downtown Thai. The restaurant, owned by Uzzwal Khadka (who also owns Taste of India located at 310 […]