C-VILLE Writers



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 […]

UVA men's basketball head coach Tony Bennett stands with player London Perrantes. Photo: UVA Athletics

Bennett gets a new contract, will take home $1.9 million per year

UVA basketball coach Tony Bennett has signed a contract that ties him to Virginia for several more years and ups his base salary 13 percent to $1.924 million. “We are pleased with Coach Bennett’s commitment to the University of Virginia,” said UVA Director of Athletics Craig Littlepage in a news release this week. “Tony believes in […]

Mary Reynolds is the acclaimed lead singer for the soulful, classically trained duo Miss Brown to You appearing at Bon Cafe on Friday. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Miss Brown to You

The Oklahoma duo Miss Brown to You featuring Mary Reynolds and Louise Goldberg plays a mix of jazz and folk in songs that are endearing and serene. Both musicians employ their classical training, performing original music on a range of instruments, while Reynolds sings from the heart with what the Tulsa World calls “the most […]

Richmond’s Dead Fame takes brooding modern rock movement into a darker, more complex direction at the Main Street Annex. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Dead Fame

The brooding tones of electric synth may exude the soul of the ’80s, but there’s nothing retro about the music of Dead Fame. Spiking its music with elements of modern rock, the group revitalizes the genre with new energy, creating its own version of a classic sound. The group’s new album, Vicious Design, pays tribute […]

Local blues rocker Moby and the Dicks brings its hard-drivin Southern rock to The Southern in celebration of the new release, Abandon All Hope. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Moby and the Dicks

If you’ve yet to see Moby Brown perform with his band, you’ve been missing a rock ‘n’ roll firestorm. Originally formed at UVA in 2002, the local power troupe’s line-up has evolved over the years resulting in high-energy gigs that draw comparisions to Otis Redding, Chris Robinson, and Joe Cocker and have made Moby and […]

UVA's Rotunda. Photo: Dan Addison, UVA Public Affairs.

Tax scandals, lawsuits, and Rotunda renovations: This week’s news briefs

Below, find our latest news briefs—several stories we’ve got an eye on. Pick up C-VILLE’s print edition tomorrow and check c-ville.com daily for regular updates.  Charlottesville resident involved in international tax scam  Credit Suisse Group, an international financial services holding company based in Switzerland, doesn’t have any offices in Virginia. But according to a Newsplex […]

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,” […]