C-VILLE Writers



Jami Sieber music blends mystery and depth into the serene flow of her lyrics to create a transformative, brooding euphoria. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Jami Sieber

Few artists dare to reach as deeply into music and shake it alive in the way that Jami Sieber does. Donning her electric cello, the composer and musician invites audiences to explore the exhilarating arrangements of original music that know no boundaries and to approach music as a tool for powerful connections. Perhaps her most […]

Local ladies sing duets from Broadway and beyond. Photo credit: Play On! Facebook page

ARTS Pick: Two Ladies: A Musical Revue

What’s sweeter than the sound of one beautiful voice? Two beautiful voices harmonizing on popular tunes. Such is case in Two Ladies: A Musical Revue, the first offering from the recently rebooted Play On! theatrical group. The live show is an ode to the beauty of the duet featuring sixteen classic songs from pop and […]

At 84-years-old, Bob Newhart still delivers the subdued, deadpan comedy that’s defined his iconic career in film, television and standup. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Bob Newhart

When he’s not cradling a tearful Will Ferrell in Elf, comedy legend Bob Newhart is stirring up laughs with his offbeat, deadpan stand-up routine. Famous for his relaxed delivery and subtle wit, the comic explores universal moments of the human experience and shines a light on the ridiculous. His routines are marked by clever reenactments […]

Child prodigy Ethan Bortnick has shared the stage with some of show biz’s biggest names including Elton John, Andrea Bocelli, and Beyoncé. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Ethan Bortnick

With a world tour, televised concert, and Guinness World Record title (as The World’s Youngest Solo Musician to Headline His Own Tour), you’d think Ethan Bortnick had decades of musical experience under his belt. At only 13 years old, the singer, composer, pianist, and entertainer is a precocious talent. Guaranteed to wow audiences, Bortnick’s show […]

Local comedians bring their improv skills to the late-night scene.

ARTS Pick: Bent Theatre

Forgo the late night reruns of your favorite variety shows for Bent Theatre’s wacky, unpredictable live improv comedy. Established in 2004, the dynamic ensemble of 25 comedians group offers a distinctive mix of styles, drawing from “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” “Saturday Night Live,” and “Second City.” The audience is always a source, so be […]

Upbeat NOLA jammin’ from the Chickenhead Blues Band is a joyful reminder of the seasonal fun at Fridays After Five. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Chickenhead Blues Band

If you’re longing for the high energy of swank New Orleans, then spend an evening with the Chickenhead Blues Band. The five-man ensemble delivers classic blues with a funky twist and is sure to get the boogie-woogie going. Vibrant bass chords play jauntily with blissful notes of the sax, creating a musical experience hopping full […]

Play On! executive director Alex Citron takes his long-running nonprofit theater to Belmont.  Photo credit: Christian Hommel

Play On! Theatre begins a new era in a new space

Nothing screams summer like weekend yard sales, and on this sunny Saturday in late April, one lot at The Ix Project stands apart from the rest. Instead of the typical hand-me-down clothes and dated board games, bargain hunters comb through overflowing costume trunks, warehouse shelves of lighting equipment, and table after table of stage props […]

At last month’s Dogwood Festival, the targets used for children’s shooting contests
featured a drawing of a man with a turban, dark beard, hooded eyes, and a star over where his mouth should be. Image courtesy of Dahlia Lithwick

Misfire: Two moms mouth off about Dogwood Festival target

Last month Charlottesville hosted the 65th annual Dogwood Festival, a joyful and exuberant celebration of everything that is fun, delicious, and family friendly about the city. Over the course of the festivities, thousands of locals and tourists jammed the fairgrounds to play games, try out thrilling rides, and see their friends and neighbors in a […]

String along your lunch break with the soothing strains of Johanna Beaver on viola and Angela Kelly on flute performing Bach at Christ Episcopal’s noon concert series. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Bach’s Lunch

In the third performance of the five-part Bach’s Lunch series, Angela Kelly and Johanna Beaver unite for a meditative midday respite. Melding the flute’s soft, subtle tones with the viola’s deep, mellow sounds, Kelly and Beaver combine their talents, offering some passion-filled lunchtime downtime to break up your busy day. Bring your lunch or buy […]

The next installment of Charlottesville Jazz Society’s educator series features Charles Owens and supports the proliferation of jazz in the community. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Charles Owens

Sometimes there’s nothing more enjoyable than listening to a cool cat pound out the mellow beats of classic jazz, and nobody does it better than Charles Owens. Fully embracing the blues traditions of the 1930s, the exceptional saxophonist teams up with drummer Devone Harris and bassist Andrew Randazzo to perform smooth riffs of dreamy jazz […]

Deer Tick is knocking on the door of rock 'n' roll royalty, and its current theater tour may be the last opportunity to catch the group before it moves to the arena level.  Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Deer Tick

Providence, Rhode Island’s Deer Tick has become the darling of the alternative-rock world, and while the press may have difficulty labeling the band (a certification of indie cred), Rolling Stone, USA Today, and even The Wall Street Journal have showered the group with accolades. Led by singer and guitarist John McCauley, the septet channels Nashville […]

The secrets of middle class marriage are exposed when Four County Players pull back the sheets in Bedroom Farce.

ARTS Pick: Bedroom Farce

Four marriages go through a series of situational calamities over the course of an evening in the contemporary British play Bedroom Farce. Through brilliant comic timing, several bed swaps, and a surprising lack of hanky-panky, the tale of generational differences cleverly reveals itself as a relationship survival guide. Through Sunday 5/25. $12-16, times vary. Four […]

This year's SHE Design House is on Garth Road in Farmington. Photo: Robert Radifera

Open house: The whys and wherefores of this year’s SHE Design House

The Design House, a fundraising event for the Shelter for Help in Emergency, celebrates it’s fifth anniversary this year. Accordingly, the organization has added a few new components to this year’s function. Here’s a primer on what you can expect when you take a tour. —Stephanie DeVaux Who?  Homeowners Chris and Christine Pittinger “took a leap,” […]

Anna Boeschenstein did the landscape design at a  recently completed wood and glass residence in Free Union. Photo: Robert Radifera

From the editor-at-large: Outside in

After a winter that seemed to clutch us well beyond its time this year, the verdant beauty of spring in Virginia finally arrived just in time for our recent Historic Garden Week issue in April, which featured a tour of UVA’s pavilion gardens, and beautiful images by photographers Eric Kelley and Robert Llewellyn. No matter […]

ileen Boyle and Veronica Hart star in Albemarle Ballet's production of the children's classic. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Little Red Riding Hood

Countless adaptations of the famous folk tale “Little Red Riding Hood” portray the young hooded girl and her lone perilous pilgrimage to grandma’s house. The Albemarle Ballet Theatre’s rendition, however, is a lighthearted musical featuring friendly forest creatures and an antagonist that is more Wile. E. Coyote than Big Bad Wolf. This tippy-toe version of […]

Looking back on a year at UVA. Photo: Jack Looney

The UVA Issue: Around Grounds

It’s definitely been a year of change at the University, from the announcement of some major departures to a big reveal to the Rotunda dome’s makeover, but it’s also been a bang-up year for advancement, thanks to research and writing from the faculty. And be sure to check out the other part of our UVA feature, highlighting student achievements […]

Jerry Reid. Photo: Elli Williams

The UVA Issue: Students in the spotlight

It’s been a year of achievement and change at UVA, and as another class prepares to become alumni, we’re taking a look back. In this piece, we’ve gathered stories of students who stuck out in the last year—particularly those whose achievements were outside the classroom. So read on (and don’t miss the other part of […]

Produce for sale at C'ville Market. Photo: Nick Strocchia

Two Charlottesville groceries to close this month

Two locally owned food stores will be shuttered by month’s end, according to local news reports. Anderson’s Carriage Food House, located at the corner of Emmett Street and Barracks Road, and Belmont’s C’ville Market both announced that they’ll close their doors within weeks. Ted Anderson told NBC29 that his family’s seafood company has been doing […]

A tree fell on a pickup truck on JPA near the intersection with Stribling Avenue yesterday, trapping the driver. Photo: Charles Werner

Storm downs trees, traps driver in Charlottesville

A cluster of thunderstorms hit Charlottesville Monday afternoon, downing trees that trapped one driver in a truck on Jefferson Park Avenue and knocked out power for thousands. Shortly before 4 p.m., a tree entangled in live wires fell across the road near Jefferson Park and Stribling Avenues and onto a white Ford pickup, partly crushing […]

The plaintive honesty of Elephant Revival’s sound is enhanced by eclectic instrumentation that includes washboard, djembe, musical saw, and stompbox. Publicity Image.

ARTS Pick: Elephant Revival

A beautiful thing happens when five earth-conscious activists harness acoustic music to spread their message of soulful living—you get Elephant Revival, a band whose sound is both a tribute to and embodiment of nature’s beauty. The music is deeply rooted in Celtic and folk tradition, accented by notes of rock and gypsy with lyrics that are […]

Roosevelt Dime employs solid musical chops and a dash of whimsy to put a new spin on traditional roots rock. Image: Kate Reeder.

ARTS Pick: Roosevelt Dime

Touching on everything from Appalachian string music to jug band and Dixieland, Brooklyn’s Roosevelt Dime coined the term “steamboat soul” to describe the period sound it has culled from historic influences. From busking in the boroughs to raising cain at highfalutin’ festivals, the Dime’s live shows promise to be a suspender-snapping good time. Friday 5/9. $10-15, 8pm. BON […]

The new Philly sound is loaded with shrieks and feedback, according to the epic rock quartet Bleeding Rainbow. Image: Chad Yanagisawa.

ARTS Pick: Bleeding Rainbow

From the ashes of twee noise pop duo Reading Rainbow, Philadelphia’s dark phoenix has risen in the form of Bleeding Rainbow—an anthemic grunge punk quartet whose soaring melodies and driving, fuzzed-out guitars remind you of the ’90s in the most wonderful kind of way. The band successfully mingles flannel-clad angst with hopeful harmonies, Cobain-inspired screams, and […]