C-VILLE Writers



“Hester Prynne” is on display in the exhibition “Shadowy People from a Shadowy Planet: The CLAW Silhouettes” at the Blue Moon Diner. Photo credit: Olon Pills

ARTS Pick: Hot Claw in the Summertime

When Charlottesville’s tough and determined ladies go head-to-head in battles of the bicep you get CLAW—the Charlottesville League of Lady Arm Wrestlers. Next up on the wrist warriors’ docket is Hot Claw in the Summertime. Borrowing from roller derby and the eccentricities of the pro wrestling world, CLAW events are defined not only by feats […]

Shakey Graves co-headlines the Southern (with Wild Child) for an evening of soulful grooves and skillful songwriting. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Shakey Graves with Wild Child

The simple, yet soulful sound of Shakey Graves proves that less is more. Sticking to a minimalist philosophy, the group removes all white noise to allow beautiful melodies and cutting lyrics to resonate throughout its music, following in the storytelling footsteps of the folk genre. The group pairs well with Austin’s latest homegrown rock sensation, […]

A conceptual rendering of what the Rio Road and Route 29 intersection could look like, thanks to a proposed $81 million grade-separated interchange project. Image courtesy VDOT.

Vote expected on fate of Route 29 corridor tomorrow

A vote to adopt a $203 million plan for improvements to Route 29 through Albemarle County could occur as early as Wednesday morning, possibly along with the beginning of the process of selling off the state’s right-of-way to the corresponding land. The Commonwealth Transportation Board will meet on Tuesday and Wednesday, June 17-18 in Richmond to continue […]

Notes from the news desk. File photo.

What’s happening in Charlottesville-Albemarle the week of June 16?

Each week, the news team takes a look at upcoming meetings and events in Charlottesville and Albemarle we think you should know about. Consider it a look into our datebook, and be sure to share newsworthy happenings in the comments section.  Tonight’s Charlottesville City Council meeting—7pm today, Monday, June 16 in Council chambers at City […]

Understanding this bucolic, 600-acre North Garden site was the first step for the owners after purchasing the land in 2007. Photo: Bill Mauzy

From the editor-at-large: Of town and country

I think of Charlottesville as the biggest small town in Virginia. I’m not the first to say that, but it’s probably true. On the one hand you have a thriving city center, beautiful architecture, a diverse citizenry, and the pulse of a world renowned University, and on the other, you have an iconic agrarian vastness […]

This four-bedroom, four-bath brick home is a beautiful property in a perfect location. It's also just the place for a fantasy update. Photo: Christian Hommel

Playing dress-up: When a little goes a long way

James and Rob Robertson of Robertson Renovation think this four-bedroom, four-bath brick home is a beautiful property in a perfect location that’s convenient to everything. It’s also just the place for a fantasy update, because some upgrades and small changes could turn a nice home into a great one. 1760 Lambs Rd. $499,9000, MLS #517875 […]

Frank Ferrante plays the quick-witted, cigar-chomping comedian Groucho Marx in Heritage Theatre’s 
pre-season special. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: An Evening with Groucho

You know you have a calling when the son of a legendary American humorist hand-selects you to play his famous father. Such is the case for Frank Ferrante, who’s crafted a 30-year career around Arthur Marx’s play Groucho: A Life in Revue. Ferrante has rekindled the defining role in An Evening with Groucho, a new […]

Photo credit: Big Blue Door

ARTS Pick: The Lady Pills

Call out a suggestion and watch epic comedy unfold when Big Blue Door’s improv comedy team The Lady Pills tackle the Harold. Developed by actors Del Close and Charna Halpern in the ’80s, this longform improv game forces comedians to create and weave narratives on the fly, rapid-firing scenes and new story lines before tying […]

With an eye for upcycling, Jesse Fiest creates her own inanimate wilderness of favorite fauna at Telegraph Gallery. Photo courtesy of the artist

ARTS Pick: Second Hand Fauna

Part anthropologist, part pirate, Jesse Fiest hunts for treasure among knickknacks and leftovers. Using found and second hand materials, she creates whimsical sculptures in “Second Hand Fauna,” described as vegan taxidermy–which makes it pretty clear that no animals were harmed in the creation of this artwork. Friday 6/13. Free, 5pm. Telegraph Gallery, 110 Fourth St., […]

Persian Collins at Parallel 38. Photo: Emily Morone.

Barventure: A practical guide to drinking in C’ville

We sipped our way across town for our bar guide issue, and while we now have a pretty impressive headache, it was worth it to bring you the best in local booze. Whatever your pleasure, we’ve got you covered. Read on for our choose-your-own-adventure-style bar guide and some behind-the-scenes tips for imbibing from us and […]

Jeremy Messersmith’s seductive melodies are driven by an acoustic guitar and paired with mysterious songs about life, love, and loss. Photo credit: Darin Back

ARTS Pick: Jeremy Messersmith

Since The Alcatraz Kid was released independently in 2006, Jeremy Messersmith has been praised for his elegant and literate songwriting style. While love songs and lullabies are not new territories for the emo/indie genre, Messersmith manages to create a unique sound by combining subtle lyrics and attention to instrumental detail. His latest record, Heart Murmurs, has […]

Jumpology  is essentially a giant indoor trampoline. Photo: Courtesy Jumpology

Summer in the city: What’s happening this season?

Don’t let your kids stay cooped up all summer. Here are a few ways to get out and soak up all the season has to offer.—Stephanie DeVaux Block Party: LEGO Gatherings. Here’s a block party for the ages (5 and up, that is). One part Legos, one part creativity. Plus, GAL provides the Legos, so no need […]

Training didn't quite go as planned for this writer and her daughter. Photo: Martyn Kyle

Against the wind: The family who trains together…pains together?

For me, parenting is often about managing my own expectations. I get all fired up about some idealized vision I concoct, then struggle with the way the reality is inevitably messier, louder, smellier, whinier…more real. Have you ever seen the site pinterestfail.com? It showcases pictures of beautifully photographed, adorable projects side-by-side with user-submitted photos of […]

Vampire Weekend overcame the backlash of a quick rise to fame by crushing the charts with its latest album, Modern Vampires of the City. Photo credit: Alex John Beck

ARTS Pick: Vampire Weekend

With it’s recent Grammy Award for Best Alternative Music Album, Vampire Weekend bites into a variety of styles with inspiration from Afro-pop and rock music of the past. Formed in New York City in 2006, and taking its name from a failed film project, the band rose to the top of the music world with […]

Corey Marshall takes care of the funny business at the Comedy With A Taste of Jazz show on Saturday. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Comedy With a Taste of Jazz

Richmond-based comedian and self-proclaimed syllogist Corey Marshall shares the stage with the area’s top jazz players at the Comedy With a Taste of Jazz series launch. Hosted by the United Nations of Comedy, the series harkens back to the Harlem Renaissance and the jazz era by offering a distinctive fusion of laughter and feel good […]