C-VILLE Writers



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ARTS Pick: Blade Runner

With Harrison Ford’s name buzzing thanks to the new Star Wars release, and director Ridley Scott’s The Martian up for a Best Picture Oscar, the time is right to revisit Blade Runner. Although the 1982 sci-fi flick portrays a vision of 2019 that now seems far-fetched, it’s easy to get lost in the dystopian world […]

Gorilla Theater rolls out playful staging and witty banter for Pride and Prejudice on Sunday. Photo: Anna Lien

ARTS Pick: Pride and Prejudice

Experience the epic romance of Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy in Gorilla Theater Productions’ staging of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. The tale, written in 1813, is riddled with drama, lust, love and conditions of human nature that ring true, even in the present day. Through 1/31. $10-15, 2pm. The Director’s Studio, 1713 Allied St. Ste. […]

A two-year hiatus proved beneficial for Americana prodigy Dylan LeBlanc, whose new album projects a sense of discipline and wisdom. Photo: Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Dylan LeBlanc

Four years after releasing his second album, Dylan LeBlanc returns with Cautionary Tale, his most mature record yet. At 25, LeBlanc, who has been called the new Neil Young, caught the attention of powerful singer-songwriters such as Bruce Springsteen and Lucinda Williams, and Rolling Stone magazine hailed him as one of the “Artists You Need […]

Antoine Louveau, a postdoctoral fellow in the neuroscience department at the University of Virginia, found that the brain and lymphatic system are connected, a discovery that could lead to new treatments for diseases such as Alzheimer’s. Photo: Jackson Smith

Big Ideas: Local doctors and scientists pursue innovation

Innovations surrounding our health—both personal and global—are happening every day. Whether it’s the invention of a new technology or the discovery of how a disease works on a molecular level, every advancement puts us one step closer toward enjoying a collective healthier life. In this issue you’ll meet a scientist who is working to understand […]

Keys N Krates defines bass-heavy beats and live sampling as the way to get down at the Jefferson on Tuesday. Photo: Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Keys N Krates

With the lively surnames Tune, Matisse and Flo, the electronic fusion act Keys N Krates lays out its artistic agenda by playing instruments live and pulling in beats from all directions. Fans have deemed the group to be the world’s first trap band because of the power trio’s performances on drums, keys and turntable. Tuesday […]

Americana party music leader Robert Earl Keen ventures into the bluegrass field at the Jefferson on Thursday. Photo: Darren Carroll

That bluegrass feeling: Robert Earl Keen on being a Happy Prisoner

It’s rare to catch musician Robert Earl Keen’s name in print unaccompanied by the word iconic. As with the archaic bestowal of knighthood’s Sir, the ubiquitous presence of the adjective testifies to supreme achievements. And while, in most cases, such an affixation is worth little more than its ability to inspire an ironic chuckle, in […]

Alt-country rock trio plays makes a stop on its final tour at The Southern on Thursday.  Photo: Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Those Darlins

Nashville trio Those Darlins tops off a rock ‘n’ roll groove with alt-country flair on its final tour before a permanent hiatus. The group started out covering Carter Family tunes on traditional mountain music instruments such as the washboard, and became known for its saucy songwriting and versatility within the rock genre. Its 2011 album, […]

Prolific guitarist Randy Johnston steps out for a local set at The Whiskey Jar on Saturday. Photo: Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Randy Johnston Trio

Having toured with several acclaimed jazz musicians, including Houston Person, Etta Jones and Lonnie Smith, Randy Johnston has garnered global recognition as both a guitarist and a vocalist. He is joined by his trio and organist Jonah Kane-West to perform a varied set of jazz and blues classics as well as originals. Saturday 1/16. 21-plus. Free, […]

Photo: Andrea Hubbell

Better bathrooms: 14 private spaces that deserve attention

Whether for style or practicality, bathroom design is no place to fall short. This month, we’ve chosen 14 of our favorite local lavatories that get it right. By Shea Gibbs, Erika Howsare and Caite White Let there be light When Elizabeth Birdsall hired Formwork Design to transform her Western Albemarle house, she asked for a […]

Lesole’s Dance Project presents a blend of traditional and modern South African dances. Photo: Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Lesole’s Dance Project

Using education and a mix of traditional and modern dance, Washington, D.C.’s Lesole’s Dance Project has been presenting high-quality performances for more than 10 years. With “Dancing Through South Africa,” the touring troupe focuses on the historic preservation of South African dance and drumming by showcasing Indlamu, Gumboot and Pantsula styles, while giving equal consideration […]

Positive Collective brings its rootsy, smile-inducing groove to The Ante Room on Thursday. Photo: Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Positive Collective

Positive Collective formed, in part, due to a chance encounter at Walnut Creek Park between Greg Ward and Chris Leva that resulted in a few jam sessions and the discovery of a mutual love of good-time, get movin’ tunes. The band is currently made up of seasoned musicians (whose combined musical experience totals more than […]

Acoustic-fusion duo Taarka spices things up at C’Ville Coffee on Sunday. Photo: Anne Stavely

ARTS Pick: Taarka

Prism Coffeehouse presents Taarka, a husband-and-wife-led team formed in 2001 in Portland, Oregon, by David and Enion Pelta-Tiller. The band, whose name is derived from a term in Indian cooking used to describe the sound of spices roasting, blends Virginia-rooted bluegrass and jazz with classical elements to form an eclectic and energetic gypsy-jazz. Sunday 1/10. $15-17, […]

Folk singer Marian McLaughlin follows her musical path to the Tea Bazaar on Saturday. Photo: Jonathan Timmes

ARTS Pick: Marian McLaughlin

Experimental folk musician Marian McLaughlin has a trance-like effect on her audiences thanks to her stream-of-consciousness delivery that is at once delicate and multilayered. Her exploratory approach to music is inspired by French social revolutionary Guy Debord’s concept of dérive (also the name of her first release), where an individual sets out on a spontaneous […]

Photo: Jim Gavenus

ARTS Pick: Donna the Buffalo

For the past 20 years, Donna the Buffalo has been uniting audiences with its rhythmic and groove-heavy tunes. Self-described as a band “for the people,” this New York-based group incorporates elements of Cajun, rock, folk, country and a bit of a moral message to create meaningful music you can dance to. The band partnered with […]

Michael Clem, known for his many local collaborations and as a member of Eddie from Ohio, will celebrate the release of his new solo album, 50 Clementines, on January 8 at the Southern Café and Music Hall. Photo: Publicity photo

Fruitful endeavors: Michael Clem issues second solo album a decade later

Since moving to Charlottesville from Northern Virginia in 2008, Michael Clem has become a staple of the city’s music scene. Having played bass and sung harmony and lead vocals for nearly two decades for the nationally acclaimed Washington, D.C.,-based quintet Eddie from Ohio, whose shows and records frequently featured world-class players such as Béla Fleck, […]

MoJa will celebrate the release of The Hollow with a show at the Jefferson African American Heritage Center on January 29.  Photo: Jack Looney

Dynamic Duo: MoJa embraces lifelong musical lessons

It isn’t the quest for red-carpet accolades, social media props, YouTube views or Spotify listens that drives MoJa. The Charlottesville-based quartet, co-fronted by violinist Morwenna Lasko and guitarist Jay Pun, wants to make better art. “We don’t view making music as a commercial enterprise,” says Pun. “Rather, we think of it as a continual process […]

ARTS Pick: New Year’s Eve

ARTS Pick: New Year’s Eve

First Night Virginia $6-38, 3pm-midnight. Downtown Mall, locations vary. New Year’s in Ireland 7pm. Tin Whistle Irish Pub, 609 E. Market St. 202-8387. Rising Appalachia’s New Year’s Eve Gala $37-65, 8pm. The Jefferson Theater, 110 E. Main St., Downtown Mall. 245-4980. New Year’s Eve with Elby Brass and Grits and Gravy $10-15, 9pm. 21-plus. The Southern […]

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ARTS Pick: Jane Eyre

National Theatre Live in HD presents an acclaimed retelling of Charlotte Brontë’s 170-year-old classic, Jane Eyre. The production follows the life of a daring and timeless heroine who perseveres through a parentless childhood, crippling poverty and countless injustices by using strength and resilience to make her own happiness. Sunday 12/27. $10.50-14.50, 7pm. The Paramount Theater, 215 […]

Cordell Cole plays the Ghost of Christmas Present in American Shakespeare Center’s rendition of A Christmas Carol. Photo: Lindsey Walters

ARTS Pick: A Christmas Carol

Ghostly fun plays out in Dickens’ holiday classic, A Christmas Carol, when the miserly Ebenezer Scrooge is confronted with spectral manifestations that force him to choose between greed and generosity. This musical version includes a few new surprises while keeping the traditional insights to the true meaning of Christmas. Thursday 12/24. $29-64, 2pm. American Shakespeare Center, 10 […]

Photo: Robert Llewellyn

2015 Year in Review

Looking back on the last year, it’s clear why Charlottesville was named the No. 2 most exciting city in Virginia (actually, we’d make the case for No. 1). Our town was propelled into the national spotlight for high-profile events such as Martese Johnson’s altercation with ABC agents and Jesse Matthew receiving three life sentences in […]

Corry Blanc goes back to blacksmithing roots by making everything by hand: carbon-steel skillets, cutting boards, copper mugs and more. Photo: Christian Hommel

Hot in the kitchen: Blanc Creatives’ exceptional designs pan out

The founder of Charlottesville’s Blanc Creatives, Corry Blanc, won national attention recently when his hand-forged, carbon-steel cookware was named the winner of Garden & Gun magazine’s prestigious Made in the South awards. Out of thousands of applicants and nominees, Blanc’s products—made right here in Belmont—were selected as the best cookware fabricated by a blacksmith throughout […]

Stephanie Holladay Earl stars as Mary, who’s fed up with The Twelve Dates of Christmas at the American Shakespeare Center. Photo: Michael Bailey

ARTS Pick: The Twelve Dates of Christmas

One-woman show The Twelve Dates of Christmas follows Mary, who discovers her boyfriend is cheating on her when she sees him kissing a coworker on national television during the broadcast of Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. She spends the next year navigating one luckless romance and dating disaster after another while working as an actress in […]

All four members of Eddie from Ohio are from Virginia. The group’s name evolved as a sort of tribute to fIREHOSE frontman ed fROMOHIO. Photo: Publicity photo

ARTS Picks: Eddie from Ohio

In 2016, the genre-defying Eddie from Ohio will celebrate 25 years of winning fans through a tight, balanced blend of four-part harmonies and instrumentation that includes guitar, bass and harmonica as well as hand and stick percussion. Internationally renowned, local folk singer-songwriter Ellis Paul opens. Friday 12/18. $27-30, 8pm. The Jefferson Theater, 110 E Main St., […]