C-VILLE Writers



Reed Kendall is taking his talent on the road under the moniker Up the Chain, and making a name for himself outside of the Philly scene.

ARTS Pick: Up the Chain

Singer-songwriter Reed Kendall is an up-and-coming force within the booming Philly music scene. His touring act, Up the Chain, has been deemed a “collective of some of the city’s finest musicians.” With its smooth trumpet work and skillful blues guitar harnessed by a flow of rhythm, the band draws comparisons to Paul Simon’s solo work. […]

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Merely players: Blackfriars founder Cohen to speak at TEDx

Theater professor and American Shakespeare Center Director of Missions Ralph Alan Cohen is never one to keep audiences in the dark. Instead, he puts them in the spotlight. Such was his hope 25 years ago when constructing the Blackfriars Playhouse in Staunton with a group of former students. Today it is the world’s only recreation […]

Indiana band of friends Houndmouth, is getting accolades for its refreshing approach to roots rock.

ARTS Pick: Houndmouth

Driven by Zappaesque blues guitar riffs and enchanting three-part harmonies, Houndmouth is making its mark in today’s burgeoning folk scene. The young band enjoyed a hectic festival schedule this summer, and a run through the late night talk show circuit to promote its catchy debut album, From The Hills Below the City. There’s also an […]

The Mowgli’s aim to change the world with their uplifting, heartfelt harmonies and message of love at the Jefferson on Tuesday.

ARTS Pick: The Mowgli’s

Named after Kipling’s character in The Jungle Book, the alternative rock band The Mowgli’s achieved success quickly after the single ”San Francisco” hit the airwaves. The eight-piece collaborative is defining a new California sound while relying on standard West Coast notions of peace, love, and chasing a higher consciousness. Royal Teeth and X Ambassadors open. Tuesday 11/12. $12-15,7:45pm. […]

Jeff Wadlow (right) guides budding filmmakers through his top speed master’s class, the Adenaline Film Project. Image: courtesy of VFF

The Adrenaline Film Project celebrates 10 years at VFF

When writer/director Jeff Wadlow suggested adding a production component to the Virginia Film Festival in 2004, he didn’t foresee that the 72-hour filmmaking competition would become his baby. “This is the 10th year, and I’ve only missed one,” said Wadlow. “And now we do it in the spring in Eugene at the University of Oregon.” […]

Local artisan Holly Horan of Noon Whistle Pottery creates playful, functional pieces using the ubiquitous Virginia red clay.

ARTS Pick: Artisans Studio Tour

Craft lovers, get ready to hit the road for the 19th Annual Artisans Studio Tour, a self-guided visit to local studios exhibiting artists works and processes around Charlottesville and the surrounding counties. Showcasing 38 of Virginia’s finest artisans, the tour includes demonstrations, opportunities for hands-on experience, and displays of pottery, furniture, weaving, jewelry, stained glass, […]

Virginia native, and “Breaking Bad” creator, Vince Gilligan (right) made a fortuitous connection at VFF in 1989 that led to his television success. Image: courtesy of VFF

How the Virginia Film Fest begat “Breaking Bad” and more

Some film festivals are all about making deals. The Virginia Film Festival—not so much. And yet, Mr. Jefferson’s University’s annual fall movie-thon, now in its 26th year, has generated encounters that led to the critically acclaimed AMC hit TV series “Breaking Bad,” movies like Kick-Ass 2 and The Jane Austen Book Club, and a gang […]

“It’s been the best experience of my life,” said former “SNL” star Will Forte about his venture into dramatic acting in the film Nebraska. Image: Courtesy of Virginia Film Festival

Comic Will Forte takes a dramatic turn in Nebraska

The last word that most people would use to describe former “Saturday Night Live” regular Will Forte’s acting style is “restrained.” “Relentless assault” would be more accurate. As the inept special operative MacGruber, he wreaked mass destruction while trying to prevent it, one accidental explosion at a time. On “SNL,” he French-kissed actor James Franco […]

The documentary on local heroines of arm wrestling, CLAW, gets a primetime screening on Saturday at the Paramount. Image: courtesy of VFF

The Virginia Film Festival spotlights up-and-coming filmmakers

The red carpets are rolling out as the Virginia Film Festival returns for its twenty-sixth year. While the schedule once again offers the caliber of cinematic fare, guests, and events that have made it a local institution, this year’s line-up distinguishes itself by beefing up the local and independent offerings with more slots for undiscovered […]

Playwright, librettist, and screenwriter David Lindsay-Abaire wrote the book and lyrics for Shrek the Musical, among other Broadway works.

ARTS Pick: David Lindsay-Abaire

Learn about life as a working playwright, lyricist, librettist, and screenwriter in an interactive Q&A session with Pulitzer Prize winner David Lindsay-Abaire. Part of the UVA Drama Department’s Keenan Lecture Series, Lindsay-Abaire reflects on his 2011 Broadway play Good People, now in performance at Richmond’s Cadence Theatre Company, as well as his Pulitzer Prize-winning 2006 […]

Everyone will find something to love in Johanna Leech’s exhibition “Virginia is for…,” the first in a new series of Public Artist residencies at The Bridge PAI.

Johanna Leech builds a mini-museum of collectables that tell a local story

“I’m an artist…but I’d also identify myself as a collector,” said Johanna Leech. It is precisely this vocation that brings Leech to Charlottesville to participate in The Bridge PAI’s new artist-in-residence program. The 28-year-old native of Belfast, Northern Ireland has spent October scouring the area for kitsch objects, unusual stories, and local hearsay, myths and legends. […]

Alpine climber Mark Synnott talks about his precarious climbing adventures in the North Face Speaker Series’ Off the Map at the Jefferson.

ARTS Pick: Off the Map

Professional rock climber Mark Synnott has spent a large portion of his life hanging by callused fingertips from some of the most remote cliffs and rock faces in the world. Off the Map features Synnott in the North Face Speaker Series telling personal stories about reaching incredible peaks, from glassy ice walls in the arctic […]

Green happenings: Charlottesville environmental news and events

Green happenings: Charlottesville environmental news and events

Each week, C-VILLE’s Green Scene page takes a look at local environmental news. The section’s bulletin board has information on local green events and keeps you up to date on statewide happenings. Got an event or a tip you’d like to see here and in the paper? Write us at news@c-ville.com.  Fall feathers: The Monticello […]

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Now’s the time to weigh in on Dominion’s energy plan for Virginia

Cale Jaffe is the Director of the Virginia Office of the Southern Environmental Law Center, a nonprofit leveraging the power of the law to protect the environment of the Southeast. www.southernenvironment.org.  Both President Obama and Governor McDonnell have highlighted “all-of-the-above” energy policies, suggesting that coal, natural gas, onshore wind, offshore wind, solar energy, nuclear power, biomass, […]

UVA Drama kicks of its theater season with the toe-tappin’ Broadway classic Crazy for You, starring  Brad Frazier (left) and Mike Long.

ARTS Pick: Crazy for You

Adapted for the stage by notable playwright Ken Ludwig, Crazy for You is set to the music of George and Ira Gershwin, and takes place in the bustling 1930s. Robert Chapel directs the heartwarming tale as it follows the dreams of main character Bobby Child, a playboy and future banker with a musical soul, in a production […]

Steel Magnolia brings its soulful country to the Paramount in a performance to benefit Palmyra animal shelter Caring for Creatures.

ARTS Pick: Steel Magnolia

Country-rock duo Steel Magnolia cut its teeth on the national stage with an audition for CMT’s reality show “Can You Duet?” Initially skeptical that the judges would understand its unique twist on country, Joshua Scott Jones and Meghan Linsey walked away with the show’s grand prize, and received further confirmation in 2012 when awarded an […]

ARTS Pick: The Mock Stars Ball

ARTS Pick: The Mock Stars Ball

Six local bands go big on Halloween with slick impersonations of popular rock bands at The Mock Stars Ball. The heavy metal-esque Corsair will play all the “hits” by Iron Maiden, and fast-paced Dwight Howard Johnson takes on the Pixies catalog, while Moby and the Dicks (Joe Cocker and Friends), Megaphor (Rage Against the Machine), Sharkopath (The […]

Nine albums after its breakthrough Ten came out, Pearl Jam is still attracting massive arena crowds.

ARTS Pick: Pearl Jam

Since the late ’80s Pearl Jam has been rocking out the grunge genre it helped to define. The benchmark of the Seattle scene is currently touring on its tenth album, Lightening Bolt, and it still delivers the authentic, high energy rock ‘n’ roll performances, led by passionate frontman Eddie Vedder, that broke the mold in […]

Dynamic, redhead Neko Case brings a range of lyrical styles to the Paramount stage on Sunday. Image: publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Neko Case

The prolific solo artist and front woman of The New Pornographers performs to support her seventh studio album, The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love You. Case’s newest work, includes tight ballads and punchy rock songs like “Night Still Comes” and “Man,” explores themes of freedom […]

An eclectic night of dance from the Charlottesville Ballet graces the PVCC stage on Saturday.

ARTS Pick: Mainstage One

Charlottesville Ballet’s Mainstage One mixes classic and eclectic dance pieces “Grand Pas de Deux” from Don Quixote and the “Odalisques Pas de Trois” from Les Corsaire together with new choreography from guest R. Colby Damon of Philadelphia and co-director Sara Clayborne. The evening of dramatic physical expression also includes the premiere of new work from […]

Charlottesville native Joseph Aaron returns to town this weekend to play at the Southern. Publicity image.

ARTS Pick: Joseph Aaron

There’s a musical homecoming on the calendar this weekend, and it’s happening outside of the UVA Grounds.   A former Charlottesville fixture who’s now a Nashville newbie, Joseph Aaron returns to play at the Southern on Friday.  After years of working behind the scenes at local concert venues, Aaron steps into the spotlight to lay down his own brand […]