C-VILLE Writers

Halloween night finds Erin Lunsford walking into spiderwebs for her impersonation of Gwen Stefani at the Southern’s annual Mock Stars Ball. Photo: Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Mock Stars Ball

A frighteningly talented lineup of local groups recreate the songs and styles of five legendary bands at the Mock Stars Ball. This version of the annual Halloween tradition finds Erin & the Wildfire performing as No Doubt, The Secret Storm rocking out as Guns N’ Roses and Lord Nelson slaying the audience with tunes from […]

Czech duo DVA plays outside the lines of pop music expectations at the Twisted Branch Tea Bazaar tomorrow. Photo: Publicity photo


Bára Kratochvílová and Jan Kratochvíl make up DVA (meaning two in Czech), a worldly duo that’s carved out its own sophisticated version of neo-pop. Employing a unique performance style—at times singing in an imaginary language—the pair charms its audience with an aural collage self-described as “pop for non-existing radios.” Modern folk specter Diane Cluck and […]

Alt-country act The Paisley Fields plays cuts from its new release, Oh These Urban Fences..., tomorrow at Fellini’s. Photo: Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: The Paisley Fields

The Paisley Fields is a country band that could easily be heard on commercial radio, but what differentiates the Brooklyn act from the mainstream is its open approach to same-sex relationships. Frontman James Wilson grew up in Iowa and draws from influences such as Dolly Parton and Garth Brooks to write songs that reflect the […]

Illustration: Brian Hubble

Local haunt: The Moon ghost of Albemarle

Reports of the ghost’s frequent appearances had everybody buzzing. The fantastical newspaper accounts mesmerized the entire state—no one more so than the students at the University of Virginia. Thoroughly intrigued, a crowd of 40 students tramped the 16 miles to Church Hill, the John Schuyler Moon property in southern Albemarle County where the hauntings were […]

UVA alum and award-winning playwright Rebecca Gilman penned The Sweetest Swing in Baseball. Starring Dana Colagiovanni (pictured), the comedic drama plays at the Helms Theatre through October 30. Photo: Michael Bailey

ARTS Pick: The Sweetest Swing in Baseball

An outlandish collision between baseball, fine art and mental illness takes the stage in UVA Drama’s production of The Sweetest Swing in Baseball. When painter Dana Fielding’s life implodes, she’s admitted to a psychiatric hospital for a brief respite and finds it’s not covered by her insurance. She attempts to outplay the health care system […]

Modest Mouse returns to the Pavilion on Sunday with a new record and a rush of critical acclaim. Photo: Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Modest Mouse

Modest Mouse’s new album, Strangers to Ourselves, debuted at No. 3 on the Billboard 200 in March. The band’s first record in eight years, it’s full of dark themes offset by the group’s trademark energetic tempos and inimitable vocal delivery. Rolling Stone magazine called it “perfect,” and the New York Post deemed it “wonderfully bizarre.” […]

Experimental solo act Naytronix headlines a night of electronic synths at the Twisted Branch Tea Bazaar on Friday. Photo: Ginger Fierstein

ARTS Pick: Naytronix

Nate Brenner, aka Naytronix, has spent the past four years on the road as the bassist for tUnE-yArDs and views the touring life almost like living in a dream. As a solo act, the talented multi-instrumentalist delivers a blend of indie electronic and poignant experimental pop that glides like a hovercraft over the intense sonic […]

The multiple art form musical extravaganza MarchFourth! parades through the Ix Art Park on Friday. Photo: Andrew Wyatt

ARTS Pick: MarchFourth!

In a world toppling with conformity, the internationally acclaimed performance troupe MarchFourth! makes its own rules. No less than 20 musicians, dancers and artisans combine jazz, salsa, hip-hop and rock to create a foot-stomping, hand-clapping, trailblazing musical spectacular. Enhancing the experience are the stilt walkers, hoopers and vaudeville dancers who successfully combine art forms for […]

Dave Morris (who himself holds a 17-1 record, mainly from UFC-sanctioned events) opened the Charlottesville MMA Institute as a training ground for both amateur and pro fighters. A team of 20 in-house and visiting instructors hold black belts and champion wins in a variety of disciplines. Photo: 621 Studios

Mix masters: Charlottesville’s MMA Institute

It’s 5:30pm and the gym of Charlottesville’s MMA Institute is alive with the leathery crackle of boxing gloves and the muffled, scuffle-thud rhythm and squeak of bare feet on padded flooring. There is the litany of sharp nasal inhalations and grunts as well as the barked instructions of a squadron of coaches. Housed in the […]

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Opinion: Deadly numbers and weak laws

A year ago in April, a UVA student nearly shot his neighbor, a UVA law student, when he accidentally fired his AK-47 through his wall and into the next apartment. Because the judge didn’t find enough evidence beyond a reasonable doubt that it wasn’t simply an accident and not a criminal act, charges were dismissed, but […]

There's a whole lotta Shakespeare goin' on through November. Photo: Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Shakespeare

Almost 400 years later, the world is still enraptured by the lovers, heroes, fairies and deviant minds that dominate tales penned by William Shakespeare. In tribute to the approaching anniversary of his death (April 23, 2016), a statewide collaboration of arts organizations formed the Virginia Shakespeare Initiative to promote a series of Bard-honoring events and […]

Words like brilliant, enthralling and virtuosity are scattered throughout the flattering reviews directed at the Pavel Haas Quartet. The foursome headlines the Tuesday Evening Concert Series this week. Photo: publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Pavel Haas Quartet

Hailed as “the world’s most exciting string quartet” by Gramophone magazine, Prague’s Pavel Haas Quartet features two violins, a viola and violoncello. Thanks to its rich, vivid sound, the group has collected an array of awards including the top prize at the prestigious Paolo Borciani competition in Italy and Best Chamber Music Recording at the […]

People’s Champs thrive comfortably in an unusual blend of powerful lyrics and danceable rhythms on Thursday at The Garage. Photo: Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: People’s Champs

Brooklyn-based septet People’s Champs artfully fuse West African and South American dance rhythms with futurist synths to create a unique sound endorsed by various music scenes from indie rock to funky soul. The talented ensemble features members of Superpower Horns, the Grammy Award-winning horn section for Beyoncé, as well as powerhouse vocalists. Thursday 10/15. Free, 8pm. […]

Chef Tommy Lasley's IVP Banh Mi at Ivy Provisions. Photo: Tom McGovern

Food and Drink 2015

It’s a mouth-watering time to be a food-lover in Charlottesville. The solid foundation of our dining landscape—built by C&O, Mas, Fleurie and others—has paved the way for a new generation of culinarians. Now, we’re reaping the benefits of past and present as we head into our foodie future with scene-stealing newcomers like the little Neapolitan […]

On Saturday, Starr Hill Brewery will celebrate the shorter autumn days and the coming harvest by throwing one heck of an all-day party and a culinary challenge in which Curtis Shaver (Hamiltons’), Harrison Keevil (Brookville) and Thomas Leroy (Kardinal Hall) compete for The Best in Octoberfest award. Photo (left to right): Justin Ide, Cramer photo, Ashley Twiggs

Brewing battle: Pork fuels the culinary competition at Starr Hill’s Oktoberfest

In an effort to do justice to the tradition of Oktoberfest—that much-beloved historical occasion enjoyed by generations of brewski connoisseurs the world ’round—Crozet’s Starr Hill Brewery will, for one day only, transform its taproom into a brauhaus replete with musical entertainment, culinary extravaganza and a smorgasbord of German-influenced beverages. “Germany’s incredible beer history has been […]

Cabinet showcases its rowdy take on Appalachian bluegrass at The Festy Experience on Friday. Photo: Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Cabinet

Formed in eastern Pennsylvania in 2006, Cabinet is a band that honors Appalachian tradition by channeling bluegrass, country and folk into a hard-driving style that’s been deemed slamgrass. Through steady harmonies, soaring vocals and storytelling, the group’s music takes the long way home, inviting its listeners to sit back and relax on a virtual ride […]

Enigmatic alt-country singer-songwriter Lyle Lovett (right) teams up with John Hiatt for a set at The Festy Experience on Saturday. Photo: Publicity photo

A wonderful thing: Lyle Lovett on how to get a song going

In the three decades since the notoriously idiosyncratic and gentlemanly Lyle Lovett erupted onto the country music scene with the single “Cowboy Man,” the Texas native has earned a reputation as being an artist’s artist. Lovett’s genre-bending 1986 eponymous debut received unanimous critical acclaim, even winning a spot on Rolling Stone’s best albums of the […]

Brian Regan’s ability to relate to a span of generations is what sets him apart at the Paramount on Thursday. Photo: Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Brian Regan

Featured in the Chris Rock movie Top Five, nominated for a 2014 American Comedy Award for Best Concert Comic and appearing 27 times on “The Late Show with David Letterman,” Brian Regan has distinguished himself as a clean comedian, earning praise from legends in the field such as Jerry Seinfeld. He finds mirth in everyday […]

The country heart and soul of Memphis will pour out onto the Jefferson stage at An Evening with Lucero on Monday. Photo: Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: An Evening with Lucero

Lucero was born out of boredom during the spring of ’98, when a group of Memphis, Tennessee, buddies who were tired of the punk rock and metal that dominated the local music landscape decided to pick up instruments and pluck out edgy, country tunes. After a period of woodshedding and experimentation, the band grew to […]

Actor Amira Helene’s complaint gets subverted by a translator in the 12-minute film Listen, one of the Manhattan Short Film Festival entries being voted on at the Paramount on Saturday. Photo: Lars Vesergaard

ARTS Pick: Manhattan Short Film Festival

Experience the best in international cinematography, in segments of 18 minutes or less, at the Manhattan Short Film Festival. Out of a record 678 entries received from 52 countries, the festival’s programmers selected 10 films as finalists. Audience members around the world view and vote during one week of screenings to decide which cut will […]

Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson (starring Zach Showalter) channels the cultural and political iconography into the story of one modern rock star to give a refreshing take on Old Hickory. Photo: Michael Bailey

ARTS Pick: Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson

UVA Drama’s Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson incorporates emo rock and satire to tell the story of America’s seventh president. The musical plays with fact and fiction to give Jackson a rock star persona that strays from sanitized history textbooks, and the songs, performed by a live band on stage, document Jackson’s life, from his humble […]