C-VILLE Writers



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 […]

Frat-friendly band White Animals “made quite a scene” when they toured through town in the ’80s.

ARTS Pick: The White Animals

Nashville-based band White Animals blazed onto the Southeast music scene in 1980 when Dr. Kevin Gray quit his residency at Vanderbilt Hospital to start a band, and it became one of the hottest rock acts on the college party circuit. The foursome returns to Virginia for the first time in 30 years with its signature […]

Stormwater drain. Photo: Graelyn Brashear

County candidates agree stormwater is a green priority

At a forum sponsored last week by 15 local environmental organizations, the eight candidates vying for four empty seats on the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors fielded questions about their environmental priorities. While candidates’ party affiliations were evident as they talked about global issues like climate change, when it came to local topics, they mostly […]

Jessica Lurie and the Megaphone Heart Band roll multiple influences into their worldly jazz rock.

ARTS Pick: Jessica Lurie and the Megaphone Heart Bands

A true instrumentalist, Jessica Lurie is an expert saxophone player, accordion player, and vocalist, accounting for the tremendous amount of praise she receives in the jazz community. The New Yorker is a real “jack of all trades” when it comes to her genre, and along with the Megaphone Heart Band, throws a complex melody over […]

Humble Tripe, led by Shawn Luby, plays a twisted version of Americana that often veers outside the genre’s boundaries.

ARTS Pick: Humble Tripe

Unique folk project Humble Tripe graces local fans with a celebration of its sophomore release, The Giving. The album is a collection of the unique Americana the players are known for, and incorporates odd instruments like the theremin (producing a sound often found in old horror flicks). The soulful, and often tough to categorize, ensemble […]