C-VILLE Writers



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 […]

Christian comedian Rich Praytor pokes fun at family and life’s daily ironies in an all ages format.

ARTS Pick: Squeaky Clean Comedy Tour

Suitable for all ages, the Squeaky Clean Comedy Tour provides the giggles of a typical comedy routine while staying family-friendly. The laughs are supplied by Rich Praytor, one of the most popular faith-based comedians on the circuit, whose Comedy Central performances have validated his act as a successful comedian with a commitment to keeping it clean. And […]

Democrats in the county races have raised twice as much as their Republican counterparts, but in the city, it’s the local GOP candidates who have edged out their rivals on the fundraising front.

Close to home: Following Charlottesville and Albemarle’s elections

This year’s local elections for the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors and the Charlottesville City Council carry the potential for big shakeups. The county: The new majority Eight candidates, four empty seats, two incumbents, savvy newcomers, and one vocal leader bowing out. One thing’s for certain in this year’s Albemarle County Board of Supervisors race: […]

Klezmer revivalist Joel Rubin will lead a celebration of “medieval minstrelsy and Jewish ritual” at UVA’s Cabell Hall on Thursday.

ARTS Pick: Klezmer Ensemble

Led by musically accomplished UVA professor Joel Rubin, the Klezmer Ensemble explores Jewish and eastern European musical traditions across centuries. Chief among these is a style developed by the eastern European Jewish instrumentalists known as the klezmorim. The last 40 years have seen a revival of the klezmer derived from the tradition brought by immigrants […]

John Hunter, whose game-based approach to teaching conflict resolution has gained traction worldwide, is set to speak at Charlottesville’s upcoming TEDx idea festival. Photo courtesy TEDx.

World Peace Game inventor John Hunter to headline local TEDx event

Thirty-five years ago, Charlottesville resident and aspiring educator John Hunter had his first job interview for a teaching position at Richmond Community High School. When he questioned the supervisor about the curriculum, she said there wasn’t one. “I asked her ‘What should I do?’” said Hunter. “She said, ‘What do you want to do? Think […]

Kerry Moran as Peggy and Ken Waller as Roger in Four County Player’s season opener Fourth Wall. Image: Linda Hogan

ARTS Pick: Fourth Wall

Four County Players kicks off its 41st season with Fourth Wall, a clever comedy about the blurred lines between stage and life. When a woman redecorates her living room to face a blank wall, her husband must contend with visitors and family who behave as if they are on stage. Through 11/3. $12, 8pm, 2:30pm Sundays. […]

Kenneth Branagh takes the lead in the National Theatre Live broadcast of Macbeth at the Paramount.

ARTS Pick: Macbeth NTLive

Get a front row seat to a live streaming performance of Manchester International Festival’s production of the powerful Shakespeare tragedy, Macbeth. Kenneth Branagh and Alex Kingston star in this story of a Scottish general whose prophesied kingship leads to tyranny, paranoia, and bloodshed. Sunday 10/20. 7pm, $10.50-14.50. The Paramount Theater, 215 E. Main St. Downtown Mall. 979-1333.

The giant sycamore at Quarry Park could be one of the first trees nominated to be protected under the proposed tree ordinance. Photo: Bill Emory

Council hears first reading of ordinance to protect city trees

They’re the city’s oldest citizens. Within their thick bark and internal rings that map the years, the city’s heritage trees carry a record of history. Now a city board is leading the charge to have special trees in the community protected forever to allow future generations to enjoy them as well. Bitsy Waters, president of […]

Gary Clark Jr.’s original songwriting, classic soul hits, and ’60s psychedelic revival blend into a groundbreaking record and a captivating live show.

ARTS Pick: Gary Clark Jr.

With over 15 years of acclaim under his belt, it’s hard to believe Gary Clark Jr. is just releasing his debut album, Blak and Blu. His natural prowess on guitar first surfaced during his childhood in Austin, Texas, a city that declared an official Gary Clark Jr. Day while he was still in his teens. Prodigy […]

UVA's McIntire Department of Music and the Virginia Center for Computer Music explore the intersection of motion and sound.

ARTS Pick: TechnoSonics XIV

Computers and synthesizers are hardly new, yet the face of music is constantly changing thanks to the evolution of electronics. This week, UVA puts its stamp on the computerized art form with TechnoSonics XIV, a collaboration between composition and computer technologies faculty and the drama and dance department as they take on the frontier of […]

Lillian Fitzgerald's "Cahier Memoire," mixed media work examines our memories. Image courtesy of Chroma.

ARTS Pick: Fall enchantment at Chroma Projects

A fantastical set of exhibitions that are singular to the Chroma Projects gallery, “The Forest ” by Jean Peacock, “Cahier Memoire” by Lillian Fitzgerald, and “Man with a Cello” by Blake Hurt all work upon the imagery of fairytales and the playful interpretations of the psyche. The whimsical forms in Jean Peacock’s work are a mix of Doctor […]

Local watercolor painter Jan Ford is one of the many artists participating in the Crozet Arts & Crafts Festival.

ARTS Pick: Crozet Arts & Crafts Festival

Etsy and art galleries meet on the eastern slopes of the Blue Ridge at the Crozet Arts & Crafts Festival. Over 100 artisans from across the region and the country will showcase handmade wares that range from functional pottery to gold jewelry, little black dresses, and fine art photography. Indulge your inner creative with inspiring […]

Robert Jospé will conduct a workshop and perform with his quartet in an educational concert about the history of jazz.

ARTS Pick: Robert Jospé

Trace the evolution of one of American music’s most influential styles through the expert chops of jazz percussionist Robert Jospé and his music instructor colleagues—who straddle the line between players and professors—in an educational performance reflecting the history of jazz. Jospé and his quartet illuminate the music with works from the musicians and composers who […]

Eleanor Friedberger powers through her solo tunes with the same stylish pop she’s known for in the Fiery Furnaces.

ARTS Pick: Eleanor Friedberger

Eleanor Friedberger may be best known as half of the crisp, jangly indie pop duo, Fiery Furnaces (currently on hiatus), but her sophomore solo effort, Personal Record, establishes her vocal prowess within a smooth mix of infectious production and a steady rock beat. Friedberger says that a love of music, and how it connects people, […]

The film series includes a discussion of founding groups, including The Sugar Hill Gang.

ARTS Pick: Global Hip-Hop Film Series

Hip-hop documentaries can give the street genre a bad rap, too often overlooking its positive influence. The five-part Global Hip-Hop Film Series covers everything from hip-hop’s growing influence on Turkish kids to the history of one of its founding groups, The Sugar Hill Gang, and features discussions with filmmakers and producers. Learn about the influence […]

Let The Meat Puppets take you back a time when the music was wonderfully lethargic and voices cracked on cue.

ARTS Pick: The Meat Puppets

Is it time to miss the ’90s? If so, than it’s time to reconnect with the punky forefathers of grunge. The Meat Puppets are back with a new album, Rat Farm, and it’s filled with the flaunting style that influenced Kurt Cobain and hordes of flannel-sporting Gen Xers. With a few new members, the group […]

Album reviews: Sarah Jarosz, Jonny Lang, Blitzen Trapper

Album reviews: Sarah Jarosz, Jonny Lang, Blitzen Trapper

Sarah Jarosz Build Me Up from Bones/Universal While listening to the third album from singer-songwriter Sarah Jarosz, Build Me Up from Bones, it is hard to believe she is only 22 years old. The prodigious mandolin, banjo, and guitar player has a gorgeous voice, an uncommon way with words that is spellbinding, and she takes […]