C-VILLE Writers



Leo Kottke and Keller Williams join forces for Shut the Folk Up and Listen at the Paramount on Friday. Photo: Publicity photos

ARTS Pick: Leo Kottke and Keller Williams

Georgia native Leo Kottke is something of a miracle in his profession—the musician endures partial hearing loss in both ears caused by separate incidents and suffers from tendinitis—yet, none of this prevented the guitarist from dedicating his life to music and rising to cult figure status in the folk world. Keller Williams, also known as […]

Get the scoop on the latest releases from Benji Hughes, Freakwater and Tortoise in this week's album reviews. Photo: File photo

Album reviews: Benji Hughes, Freakwater, Tortoise

Benji Hughes Songs in the Key of Animals (Merge) As expected, the guy who wrote “Let’s Duet” for Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story is something of a joker. In 2008, North Carolinian Benji Hughes released his debut, A Love Extreme, a double-length album with his face on the cover in rapturous close-up, looking like […]

Ben Jordan’s War & Rust is an herb-infused digestif that gives a nod to the northern Italian Barolo Chinato. Photo: Tom McGovern

Past is present: A unique Virginia wine evokes ancient techniques

Since the dawn of civilization, brewers and winemakers have flavored beverages with herbs, resins, honeys, fruits, meats, barks and spices. In ancient Egypt, figs and honey helped jumpstart fermentations in amphorae, while chamomile and other herbs flavored the various wines. In ancient Greece, resins coated the inside of the clay vessels and acted as both […]

Enjoy an evening of passion and whip-turns when Charlottesville Ballet presents scenes from Don Quixote. Photo: Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Don Quixote

The Charlottesville Ballet’s professional company presents Act III from the classic Don Quixote, and brings to life the wedding scene, where lovers unite in a pas de deux for the stage adaptation of the Spanish comedic novel by Miguel de Cervantes. The night also features new commissions by artists Julia Mitchell, Jason Ambrose and Tom […]

The Southern heats up with the high-energy jams of The Rondo Rigs on Friday. Photo: Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: The Rondo Rigs

If you’re a fan of The Wood Brothers, you’ll rave about NOLA fiddle power trio The Rondo Rigs. Band members Eric Robertson, Duncan Wickel and Nicholas Falk have spent the latter half of the past year on tour while simultaneously creating their debut album of what the group calls ”greasy Southern blues and funk.” The […]

Have a look at what's happening around town in this week's Living Picks. Photo: Ryan Jones

LIVING Picks: To-do for the week

Nonprofit Jimmy Miller Bracket Breakfast Ralph Sampson, Barry Parkhill, Antonio Rice and Jay James return for the third annual bracket breakfast, which gives you the inside scoop on college basketball and benefits Piedmont CASA. Monday 2/14.$125, 7am. Omni Hotel Ballroom, 212 Ridge McIntire Rd. bb@pcasa.org. Health & Wellness Sugar Hollow Three Bridges 5K and 10K […]

Bobby Read brings his jazz supergroup to The Ante Room for a CD release celebration on Thursday. Photo: Irene Young

ARTS Pick: Bobby Read

Charlottesville local Bobby Read has been playing, composing and producing music for the past 30 years in a diverse career that ranges from regular gigs at Miller’s to touring as Bruce Hornsby’s sax and winds player and composing soundtracks for the “National Geographic Explorer” TV series. The release of his jazz quintet’s newest CD, Saturn […]

The Landmark Hotel is the only thing left standing after the apocalypse. Illustration: Max March; Photo: Ashley Twiggs

Future focus: What’s in store for Charlottesville?

What does the future hold? We examine what has happened in Charlottesville’s past and present to make some zany predictions about what could occur years down the road. But you know what they say: Fact is stranger than fiction. Developing our future Growth is always an issue in both Charlottesville and Albemarle County, and there’s no reason […]

Patsy Cline’s signature song, “Crazy,” was written by Willie Nelson (pre-Nashville). Cline had trouble recording it, until she stopped trying to imitate Nelson’s unique voice and nailed it in one take. Photo: Public Domain, commons.wikimedia.org

ARTS Pick: A Closer Walk with Patsy Cline

The life of a country music icon plays out in the nationally acclaimed musical, A Closer Walk with Patsy Cline. In her short, notable career, Cline created the term crossover hit, as she intertwined country, pop and gospel, and proved a female headliner is a force to be reckoned with. This production captures her spirit […]

Coining himself the “master of space and time,” Leon Russell continues to roll away the stone with over 50 years in rock 'n' roll. Photo: Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Leon Russell

If Leon Russell had stopped making records after his eponymous release in 1970, the 73-year-old pianist-songwriter-producer would still be a legend today thanks to his extensive collaborations with the founders of rock ‘n’ roll. The album’s credits list Mick Jagger, Eric Clapton, George Harrison, Ringo Starr and Steve Winwood among other musical royalty of the […]

Expect nothing but showmanship and mind-boggling basketball when El Gato and the Harlem Globetrotters take the court at John Paul Jones Arena on Thursday. Photo: Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Harlem Globetrotters

It’s been 90 years since the Harlem Globetrotters began showing off their goofy, talented basketball antics, and to mark the anniversary season, the team named Pope Francis as an honorary member. The Globetrotters are also celebrating the addition of El Gato Meléndez—the team’s first player born in Puerto Rico—who got his nickname after repeated incidents […]

Check out what there is to do in town in this week's Living Picks. Photo: File photo

LIVING Picks: To-do for the week

Nonprofit Dance for Life Put on your boogie shoes and get down to music by The Gladstones during the Marty Whitlow Ovarian Cancer Research Fund’s fifth annual Dance for Life. All funds raised during the evening, which also includes a silent auction, support efforts at the University of Virginia to find a cure for ovarian […]

Despite Fall Out Boy’s edgy, devil-may-care punk leanings, the group implores that you remember them for “Centuries.” Photo: Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Fall Out Boy

Fall Out Boy has evolved into a mainstream pop band, but you can still hear the angst that emanates from its formative years in Chicago’s hardcore scene. Its sixth studio album, American Beauty/American Psycho, is studded with chart-topping singles that comment on pop culture and the trials of modern living. Wednesday 3/2. $29.50-65, 7pm. John Paul […]

Follow Les Rorick, Roger Ainslie, Joseph Bromfield and Jacqueline Ford through the thrilling mismatch of romantic pursuits in UVA Drama’s The Triumph of Love. Photo: Michael Bailey

ARTS Pick: The Triumph of Love

Love conquers all, but not before it navigates a series of mishaps and disguises in UVA Drama’s The Triumph of Love. Award-winning director Chase Kniffen leads the cast through a contemporary approach to the 18th-century French comedy complete with razor-sharp wit, murderous subversion and a cross-dressing princess who stalks her love interest while constructing a […]

Monticello High School students Alexandra Dillard and Becca Meaney lead the group at last year’s WinterSongs. Photo: Jane Colony Mills

ARTS Pick: WinterSongs

Billed as a day of “joyful sharing, support and empowerment,” the second annual WinterSongs brings together 200 female singers from Charlottesville, Albemarle County and the University of Virginia for an afternoon of sisterhood and music, to raise money for the Shelter for Help in Emergency. Burley Middle School choral director Craig Jennings, the event’s organizer, […]

Check out what's going on around town with this week's Living Picks. Photo: File photo

LIVING Picks: To-do for the week

Nonprofit Carson Raymond Foundation poker tournament This Texas hold ’em poker tournament and casino night benefits the Carson Raymond Foundation, a local organization dedicated to providing elementary school children an opportunity to participate in organized sports. Saturday, February 27. $30-100, 6-11pm. Fry’s Spring Beach Club, 2512 Jefferson Park Ave. 979-1333. carson raymondfoundation.com. Health & Wellness Hoop […]

The Black Lillies are determined to prove you can’t keep a good band down tonight at the Southern. Photo: Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: The Black Lillies

In addition to the high-energy performances that have landed The Black Lillies at Bonnaroo, Stagecoach and the Grand Ole Opry, the band recently became known for overcoming artistic obstacles. Two weeks before entering the studio to record its fourth album, Hard to Please, two members gave notice, causing frontman Cruz Contreras to pull together new […]

A lack of fortune leads to misfortune in American Shakespeare Center’s Jacobean tragedy Women Beware Women. Photo: Lindsay Walters

ARTS Pick: Women Beware Women

Deception, infidelity and feigned love are central for three ladies of Florence, Italy, in Thomas Middleton’s Women Beware Women. The dramatic plot grows increasingly complicated as lies intertwined with love affairs weave a web that ultimately results in tragedy. Through 3/31. $18-54, times vary. American Shakespeare Center, 10 S. Market St., Staunton. (540) 885-5588.

Ruckzuck lands its far-out musical spaceship at the Tea Bazaar on Saturday. Photo: Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Ruckzuck

Self-proclaimed “trippy trio” Ruckzuck digs live shows, feeding off of spontaneity and grooving on audience energy. The band’s loping sets are part psychedelic, part Krautrock and unlike any other fusion of musical forms. And although the group’s lyrics are sometimes dark and emotional, nothing makes brothers Nick and Matt Bedo and Faith Kelly happier than […]

Lady Taij headlines a night of hip-hop at The Ante Room that includes VA Doe, Ezzy Loc, Spititout Inc. and DC3PO. Photo: Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Lady Taij

Inspired by the poetry of Maya Angelou at a young age, Staunton artist Lady Taij delivers thought-provoking, silky rhymes that detail a rarely observed female perspective on a scene filled with “sex, drugs and rap.” Her edgy lyrics float over an infectious R&B accompaniment and confident social commentary. Thursday 2/18. $5-8, 8pm. The Ante Room, 219 […]