C-VILLE Writers

Sarah Mitchell (foreground) stars as Elle in the Live Arts summer highlight Legally Blonde: The Musical. Photo courtesy of Live Arts.

ARTS Pick: Legally Blonde, The Musical

Paint the town pink with perky sorority girl-turned-law student Elle Woods and her lovable four-legged sidekick Bruiser in Legally Blonde: The Musical. Based on the novel by Anna Brown and the 2001 motion picture, the play showcases everyone’s favorite heroine as she sings her way through boyfriend woes, Harvard Law School, and the murder of the century, […]

The Lenny Marcus Trio jazzes up some familiar classical tunes at the Wintergreen Summer Music Festival. Publicity photo.

ARTS Pick: The Lenny Marcus Trio

Take a walk on the wild side with refreshing jazz renditions of Beethoven classics performed by The Lenny Marcus Trio as part of the Wintergreen Summer Music Festival. A protégé of the legendary Ray Bryant, Marcus brings a highly creative approach to his music, mixing flute, bluesy vocals, and cool jazz piano for a unique, […]

Troubadour Gregory Alan Isokov performs his poignant folk songs at the Jefferson on Thursday and at the Redwing Roots Music Festival on Friday.

ARTS Pick: Gregory Alan Isakov

Now living in Colorado by way of Philadelphia by way of Johannesburg, South Africa, indie folk singer-songwriter Gregory Alan Isakov first found his roots in song.  “I’ve always had this sense about music and writing, that I sort of have to do it. Like I’ll implode without it. I probably wouldn’t do it if I […]

The massive appeal of The Del McCoury Band’s authentic bluegrass posts the group in the top slot at the brand new Red Wing Roots Music Festival. Publicity photo.

ARTS Pick: Red Wing Roots Music Festival

While some may drive hours to catch these acts on their own, the premiere of the Red Wing Roots Music Festival delivers the South’s best talent straight to Central Virginia’s doorstep. The three-day schedule includes performances by 40 bands on four stages, kids’ activities, and opportunities for outdoor leisure. With The Steel Wheels presenting, the […]

Rainy Night at Place Edgar Quinet in Paris. Image by Peet Simard/Corbis.

ARTS Pick: Ash Lawn Opera’s La Bohème

If you prefer passionate narratives to summer blockbusters, then the annual Ash Lawn Opera Festival is probably already on your radar. The arts community stronghold is kicking off another season with Giacomo Puccini’s beloved masterpiece La Bohème. Set in 19th-century Paris, the foundation for the popular Broadway musical Rent follows a group of struggling artists […]

Shooter Jennings keeps the good times rolling with his badass image and the musical chops to back it up. Publicity Photo.

ARTS Pick: Shooter Jennings

The son of country music icons Waylon Jennings and Jessi Colter, Shooter Jennings has forged a name for himself that has nothing to do with family ties. Country rock’s bad boy came slamming onto the music scene with his rebellious Southern rock in the early 2000s, and has remained a favorite across genres. Although his […]

Midlife Crisis is always a good time—and made even better when accompanied by local food and wine and a panoramic sunset view on Carter Mountain. Publicity Photo.

ARTS Pick: Midlife Crisis at Carter Mountain Sunsets

With spectacular views, local wines, summer food favorites, and live music, the Carter Mountain Sunsets series is ironically the perfect setting for Midlife Crisis, the classic rockers who are performing next in the orchard’s family friendly concert run. Relax on the deck with your bag of fresh picked fruit and some of the bakery shop’s […]

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ARTS Pick: Shantel Leitner

Music is in indie folk singer-songwriter Shantel Leitner’s blood. Following in the footsteps of her mother, aunt, and grandfather (all country singers), Leitner began singing at a young age. “I was pretty bashful, so I didn’t sing with them until my grandfather lovingly nudged me to,” Leitner said during a recent phone interview. Now at […]

The fifth annual Storyline Project encourages local students to tell their 
own stories through art. The Bridge PAI.

ARTS Pick: Storyline Project

What makes Charlottesville go? To answer that particular question, the Storyline Project will team students grades 4-6 with local artists and designers for the fifth annual public art experience. As part of this year’s “transit” theme, the group will take bikes, buses, and boats around the area to explore the spaces, places, and stories that […]

Future solar cooker? Better World Betty offers tips on how to recycle—or repurpose—
your household items. File photo.

Ask Betty: Your burning recycling and energy questions answered

Teri Kent runs Charlottesville’s Better World Betty, a non-profit organization and online resource for locals looking to shrink their impact on the environment. Every month, Betty—Kent’s ’50s-housewife-meets-earth-goddess alter ego —answers the most burning eco-questions from our readers about energy use, water, waste and recycling, transportation, and green buying. What can we do with an old […]

Photo by Jesse Sheppard.

ARTS Pick: Glenn Jones and Dais Queue

Glenn Jones first made his musical mark as a member of the experimental rock band Cul de Sac in the ’90s. His work with that group eventually led to him become the protégé of the legendary, beloved, and notoriously difficult John Fahey, who was then enjoying a late-career resurgence. Since Fahey’s passing a decade ago, […]

ARTS Pick: Cashless Society

ARTS Pick: Cashless Society

Deriving its name from the loss of the Man in Black himself, Cashless Society embarks on a high-spirited, rambunctious mission to preserve the unique rockabilly sound that erupted from Memphis, Tennessee in the 1950s and ’60s. If audiences pause long enough between boisterous sets, they may notice that the lead guitarist donning the swagger of […]

Richmond native Andrew Leahey rocks The Garage with his summer-soaked Americana tunes. Photo by James Joiner.

ARTS Pick: Andrew Leahey

Abandoning rigid classical training at Juilliard for the free-spirited dominion of rock, alternative country, and Americana, Andrew Leahey and his backing band, the Homestead, create feel-good music with impressively refocused talent. Now comfortably at home in the music mecca of Nashville, the Richmond native found himself dreaming up his new EP, Summer Sleeves, while cruising […]

What’s coming up the week of July 1?

What’s coming up the week of July 1?

Each week, the news team takes a look at upcoming meetings and events in Charlottesville and Albemarle we think you should know about. Consider it a look into our datebook, and be sure to share newsworthy happenings in the comments section. The Albemarle County Architectural Review Board meets from 1-3pm Monday in Room 241 at […]

ARTS Pick: Mind the Gap

ARTS Pick: Mind the Gap

City Center for Contemporary Arts hosts Mind the Gap, a building-wide benefit for Live Arts, Second Street Gallery, and Light House Studio, to help close the gap in their annual fundraising goals. CCCA will be packed with local food and entertainment, from food carts on the street to brews with a view on the roof […]

Walton Middle School teachers Susan Rigby and Jon Barber discuss the search for Walton’s new assistant principal during last week’s School Improvement Plan meeting. Photo: Tim Shea

Education Beat: Albemarle to up technology ratio

Our regular Education Beat reporting is the result of a partnership with the nonprofit community news platform Charlottesville Tomorrow, which covers growth, development, public education, and local politics.  The Albemarle County School Board last week agreed to implement a one-to-one technology initiative—a computing device for every student, starting with grades six through 12—as part of […]

Folk scene fun gals, The Sweater Set, play a buttoned-up set at the Blue Moon Diner. Photo by Shervin.

ARTS Pick: The Sweater Set

Contemporary folk duo Maureen Andary and Sara Curtin, a.k.a. The Sweater Set, first met as teens in a Washington, D.C. church choir. In the years since, the pair has taken their vocal training and friendship on the road, developing multi-instrument arrangements that include the ukulele, banjo, glockenspiel, and even the kazoo, layered with “elaborate lyrical […]