C-VILLE Writers



ARTS Pick: Man About a Horse shows off their music

ARTS Pick: Man About a Horse shows off their music

If bluegrass doesn’t typically grab your attention, Man About a Horse might be the band to change that. This five-piece from Philadelphia is on a mission to transform the folksy genre into dance music. Formed in 2014, the group employs mandolin, fiddle and banjo to create an up-tempo sound that both pays homage to and […]

ARTS Pick: Brian Setzer rocks the Paramount

ARTS Pick: Brian Setzer rocks the Paramount

Boasting three Grammys, a 2006 performance at the White House and, maybe most impressively, an animated appearance on “The Simpsons,” Brian Setzer has enjoyed enormous success. He’s been making music since the early ’80s, around which time he combined rockabilly and swing into something bold, exciting and decidedly fresh with the Stray Cats. Also known […]

ARTS Pick: A Chorus Line

ARTS Pick: A Chorus Line

“I’ve come this far, but even so / It could be yes, it could be no.” The classic musical A Chorus Line opens with “I Hope I Get It”—and it kicks off Heritage Theatre Festival’s 2018 season. The story follows 17 aspiring dancers and their attempt to be cast in the chorus line of a […]

ARTS Pick: Twins with Twang

ARTS Pick: Twins with Twang

It’s not a typo—The Brother Brothers are named that for a reason. Adam and David Moss are identical twins with a shared love of country and folk music, and it shows in the tunes the duo creates and performs. After pursuing individual music careers, the brothers came together in 2016 to tour as one act. Although […]

UVA psychology prof Brian Nosek is offering training sessions on implicit bias. He says perception is not subject to reason. Courtesy Brian Nosek

Laurel or Yanny? UVA prof studies implicit bias

By Jonathan Haynes Brian Nosek is using science to help the Charlottesville community recover from the events of August 12. But he isn’t studying neo-Nazis wielding clubs and riot shields. Instead, he’s focusing on something that exists in all of us: implicit bias. During a recent event at the MLK Performing Arts Center at Charlottesville […]

University Librarian John Unsworth has not convinced many of his peers that access to research materials will be adequate after Alderman’s renovation is complete. Photo by Dan Addison

Angst over future of Alderman’s books 

By Jonathan Haynes A renovations proposal that could slash more than half the stacks in Alderman Library has provoked a fiery response and over 500 petition signatures from students and faculty, who fear only 40 to 60 percent of the books would return to Alderman when the project is complete in 2023. Books will be […]

The Charlottesville Tom Sox (last year’s Valley League champs!) take on the Harrisonburg Turks at the C-VILLE Weekly Ballpark.

Living Picks: Week of June 13-19

Food & Drink Brewer’s Ball Thursday, June 14 Enjoy the best that Charlottesville has to offer in local brews (food too!), at a benefit for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. $75, 7-11pm. IX Art Park, 522 Second St. NW. brewersball cville.finestcff.org Nonprofit Juneteenth celebration Saturday, June 16 This annual event commemorates the end of slavery with […]

Pho 3 Pho owner John Dinh says the restaurant makes 100 quarts of pho, a traditional Vietnamese noodle soup, a day. Photo by Tom McGovern

Pho 3 Pho opens off 29 North

By Jenny Gardiner and Sam Padgett eatdrink@c-ville.com You’ve gotta give John Dinh, owner of Charlottesville’s newest Vietnamese restaurant, major props for his clever restaurant moniker: Pho 3 Pho. In case you didn’t know, “pho” is pronounced “pha,” as in do-re-me-fa-so-la-ti-do. Dinh credits the name, which echoes our local 434 area code, to his brother James. […]

Experimental group Algiers might be this generation’s quintessential protest band. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Algiers hailed as the quintessential protest band

Experimental group Algiers might be this generation’s quintessential protest band. Hailing from Atlanta, the four-man act creates music with lyrics as radical and furious as its sound, with influences ranging from post-punk to Southern gospel. The band’s name refers to a famous anti-colonial battle, and its tracks usually comment on America’s history of slavery and […]

With roots in Washington, D.C., the funky subgenre of go-go music is almost exclusively celebrated in the mid-Atlantic area—and Seductive Sounds Gogo Band is the newest incarnation on the local scene. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Seductive Sounds brings the funk

With roots in Washington, D.C., the funky subgenre of go-go music is almost exclusively celebrated in the mid-Atlantic area—and Seductive Sounds Gogo Band is the newest incarnation on the local scene. Formed by members of the renowned Double Faces Gogo Band, including Blacko Da Rappa, the band embodies the blend of funk, R&B and hip-hop […]

ARTS Pick: Dinosoul experiments with indie sound

Pittsburgh’s dark-pop quartet Dinosoul takes experimental-indie to the next level, mixing synth, reverb and delay-heavy guitar riffs with emotional vocals and health and wellness. Yes, that’s right. Band founder Donny Donovan is also a health, wellness and fitness coach, and Dinosoul offers a mission statement at its shows that asks “the universe to allow it […]

The psychedelic folk-rock band Liz Cooper and the Stampede formed at the unlikeliest of places—a golf course. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Liz Cooper goes from golf clubs to rock clubs

The psychedelic folk-rock band Liz Cooper and the Stampede formed at the unlikeliest of places—a golf course. Two things in life came easily to Cooper: golf and music. So, when she moved to Nashville, she found work at a country club, and eventually recorded her first EP with some co-workers. From there, she added Ky […]

George Huguely heads into court for his 2012 trial for the slaying of his former girlfriend Yeardley Love.
Photo by Nick Strocchia

In brief: Love lawsuit, killer creeks, pot busts and more

Love estate drops lawsuit against Huguely The estate of Yeardley Love nonsuited a nearly $30 million wrongful death lawsuit against Love’s former boyfriend George Huguely June 11. Huguely was convicted of second-degree murder in the 2010 death of Love and sentenced to 23 years in prison. Her mother, Sharon Love, filed the civil suit in […]

The Cavalier Inn (right) and Villa Diner (which will reopen at a new location later this month) recently said goodbye to their longtime homes on Emmet Street.

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Going down: UVA landmarks face wrecking ball

By Jonathan Haynes The Cavalier Inn and Villa Diner bid their Emmet Street locations farewell after graduation weekend last month, as the University of Virginia Foundation prepares to raze their buildings later in the summer to renovate the Ivy Corridor at the Emmet Street/Ivy Road intersection. The Cavalier Inn, built in 1965 and acquired by […]

Richard Pryor stars in Car Wash. Courtesy Universal Pictures

ARTS Pick: Car Wash replay brings the funk

“Working at the car wash / Working at the car wash, yeah.” Those of a certain age can’t glide through the auto wash without humming a few lines from the 1976 movie Car Wash. Starring Richard Pryor and George Carlin, the time-stamped comedy follows the employees and owner at a Los Angeles car wash who […]

Will Thomas Reed plays songs from his new EP at IX Art Park on Saturday, June 9.

ARTS Pick: Bar seen

Though Will Thomas Reed is currently based in Nashville, where he’s paying his dues in the country music scene, his heart is here in his hometown of Charlottesville. For the release of his latest EP, To Whom It May Concern, Reed returns to celebrate with a release party and will surely bust out the fan-favorite […]

The third annual Best of Both Worlds Dance and Step Competition Junior Edition takes place on June 9. Photo by Melody Robbins Photography

ARTS Pick: Show-stopper skills

The third annual Best of Both Worlds Dance and Step Competition Junior Edition arrives with a variety of dance teams from Virginia and surrounding states to challenge past champions for bragging rights, cash prizes and the opportunity to perform on a bigger stage in November. Saturday, June 9. $12-15, 4pm. V. Earl Dickinson Building at […]

David Ramirez plays The Southern Cafe and Music Hall on Thursday, June 7. Photo: Stefanie Vinsel

ARTS Pick: Applause sign

A growing following is tailing the tunes of singer-songwriter and Houston native David Ramirez. Known for his soulful, introspective songs and passionate performances, Ramirez started music-making as many do—playing rock ‘n’ roll songs with his band at parties. He developed his own style in college and broke off to pursue a solo career. Focusing on […]

Chef Joe Wolfson  of Renewal embraces and values locally sourced ingredients from a flavor viewpoint. Photo by John Robinson

Renewal’s chef Joe Wolfson keeps it simple

By Sam Padgett and Erin O’Hare Chef Joe Wolfson found renewal in Charlottesville—literally. Renewal, which opened two weeks ago on West Main Street on the ground floor of the Draftsman Hotel, serves as both a culmination of Wolfson’s culinary career and an opportunity to focus his food on simplicity. Besides an impressive collection of accolades, […]

Distiller Denver Riggleman secures the 5th District GOP nomination by one vote.
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In brief: GOP scrambles, council contretemps, stormy waters and more

Riggleman snatches 5th District Republican nomination Five days after Congressman Tom Garrett announced he would not seek re-election to deal with alcoholism, distiller and former gubernatorial candidate Denver Riggleman fended off 10 other candidates in a five-hour marathon meeting June 2 at Nelson County High in Lovingston and secured the nomination by one vote. Because […]

Michael Twitty, James Beard award-winning author, will demonstrate early African-American foodways in Colonial America, and discuss the politics surrounding the origins of soul food and Southern cuisine. Courtesy Poplar Forest

LIVING Picks: Week of May 30-June 5

FAMILY First Fridays Under the Stars Friday, June 1 After a brief talk in the education building, visitors will point out constellations and other galactic wonders. The Charlottesville Astronomical Society provides a telescope—or bring your own. Free, 7:30-9:30pm. Ivy Creek Natural Area, 1780 Earlysville Rd. 973-7772. NONPROFIT C’ville’s Day of R+R Saturday, June 2 Common […]

Eben Pariser—the frontman for Roosevelt Dime—is one-half of the duo Goodnight Moonshine with wife Molly Venter, who is also in the band Red Molly. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Husband-and-wife musicians pair honesty with wit

Full-time touring has been known to complicate a musician’s personal life. Add a spouse, a child and a second band to the traveling show, and it sounds pitch-perfect for a reality TV producer. But Eben Pariser—the frontman for Roosevelt Dime and one-half of the duo Goodnight Moonshine with wife Molly Venter, who is also in […]

Smokey Robinson’s smooth vocals and ambitious songwriting have earned too many awards to count. Sing along with him at the Paramount on Sunday. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Hit-maker Smokey Robinson shares his talent

From his recordings with The Miracles to his solo work and the numerous hit singles he penned for his Motown pals, Smokey Robinson is responsible for some of the greatest hits of the last century. Immersed in talent at an early age (Aretha Franklin and Diana Ross lived a few streets away), he competed in […]

ARTS Pick: The Paris Opera captures the highs and lows of a season

Filmed during the 2015-2016 season, The Paris Opera captures the highs of acclaimed premieres and revivals, as well as the lows, including several labor strikes, the terrorist attack that killed 89 at the Bataclan and the departure of dancer-choreographer Benjamin Millepied, also known as Mr. Natalie Portman, whom he coached for Black Swan and later […]