C-VILLE Writers



Artist Bolanle Adeboye and composer Wes Swing present Now/Now at PVCC's Let There Be Light exhibit (Ashtin Bowman).

ARTS Pick: Let There Be Light

In the shorter days leading to the solstice, things can get gloomy, but for the group of artists featured in Let There Be Light, the darkness offers inspiration. From glowing jellyfish constellations to the hidden world of woodland creatures, the art installations and performances at the annual event are a testament to the bright artistic […]

The Goat, Or Who is Sylvia? is a comedy produced by Gorilla Theater Productions (publicity photo).

ARTS Pick: The Goat, or Who is Sylvia?

When Martin, a 50-year-old husband and father, confesses his love for a goat, it sets off a wild chain of events in the architect’s successful and seemingly perfect family life. Edward Albee’s The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia? reflects on moral judgment, crisis management, and sexual psychology, in an absurdly harrowing story that is subtitled […]

Four County Players presents a holiday production of The Best Christmas Pageant Ever based on the children's novel (Linda Hogan Photography).

ARTS Pick: The Best Christmas Pageant Ever

In The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, the Herdman kids—a bunch of foul-mouthed smokers, thieves, and drinkers—are uncontestedly the worst choices to cast in their church’s annual Christmas play. Other children are shocked at the news of their involvement: There’s no way these six unruly delinquents can lead the production to success, short of a miracle. Released […]

Rufus Wainwright celebrates the anniversary of his album 'Poses' at the Paramount (Oliver Mark).

ARTS Pick: Rufus Wainwright

When Rufus Wainwright’s second album, Poses, came out in 2001, the singer-songwriter extraordinaire was in the throes of critical adoration, collecting awards and accolades, but lacking commercial success and struggling with addiction. Good pal Elton John helped him into rehab, and Wainwright quickly got back on track, defining himself over the next 15 years through […]

ARTS Pick: Tartuffe

Orgon and his wife Elmire face a disastrous spiritual crisis, and the swindler Tartuffe is definitely not helping. Orgon’s children understand the truth: that the supposedly pious man doesn’t actually possess divine ability, and when a wounding announcement takes the stunt too far, the family must dislodge the impostor before more damage is done. Tartuffe […]

Steve Earle & The Dukes play the Jefferson Thursday (publicity photo).

ARTS Pick: Steve Earle & The Dukes

It’s been 30 years since the release of Copperhead Road, an album that revived the gritty rebelliousness founded in the early days of country music. Steve Earle & The Dukes pay homage to his Austin, Texas, roots with a special anniversary set that, in addition to celebrating the album, offers a retrospective of Earle’s career, […]

Chatham Rabbits stop into Charlottesville's Front Porch on Friday (publicity photo).

ARTS Pick: Chatham Rabbits

Southern duo Sarah and Austin McCombie have a bright soulful love for old-time music. It’s the reason they formed Chatham Rabbits, a name inspired by a string band out of their hometown of Bynum, North Carolina. The couple crafts lively melodies and lyrics ripe with metaphors—picking through the U.S. as they live a musical life […]

This Saturday the Soweto Gospel Choir visits the Paramount for a night of positivity (publicity photo).

ARTS Pick: Soweto Gospel Choir

From African gospels to American pop songs, the uplifting music of the Soweto Gospel Choir has something to put a smile on anyone’s face. Formed in South Africa in 2002, the group is praised for its international reach, and has earned two Grammys. The singers aren’t in it for the fame, though: all they aim […]

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YOU issue: Why Not VRS?

Here’s what readers asked for: Charlottesville is fairly unique in having its own pension plan. Just about every other jurisdiction in the commonwealth uses the Virginia Retirement System, which offers employees the ability to transfer retirement accounts to any other VRS jurisdiction. [Does] the fact that the city has its own plan discourage experienced employees […]

YOU Issue: Single-stream recycling

YOU Issue: Single-stream recycling

Here’s what readers asked for: I’ve heard that it’s all a sham and it all just goes into a landfill, that the processes are super inefficient compared to regular recycling programs. I know many folks who don’t bother recycling at all because they don’t believe the city separates the recyclables from the garbage.—Kathleen Herring By […]

The Calidore String Quartet performs on Tuesday. Photo: Marco Borggreve.

ARTS Pick: Calidore String Quartet

In 2016, the Calidore String Quartet electrified its career by entering the inaugural M-Prize International Chamber Music Competition and walking away with the largest prize for chamber music in the world. From there, the accolades piled up: The New York Times heralded the group’s “deep reserves of virtuosity,” the Los Angeles Times recognized its “balance […]

Walt Heinecke is one of the Faculty Senate members who opposes the Board of Visitors' decision to choose its own faculty representative. Photo by Eze Amos

Faculty Senate pushes back against Board of Visitors

By Jonathan Haynes The University of Virginia Board of Visitors riled the Faculty Senate last June when it decided to extend the term of incumbent faculty representative Mimi Riley for another year without consulting the senate. The faculty rep is a non-voting member who sits in on closed-door meetings and presents faculty perspectives to board […]

Tony will soon be cruising the streets of Crozet.
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In brief: Robo designated driver, Thanksgiving casualties, Bigfoot erotica and more

Tony the self-driving shuttle Perrone Robotics cranked up the driverless vehicle heat last week with the awkwardly acronymed Tony—TO Navigate You—which will soon be autonomously tooling around Crozet. In a partnership with Albemarle County and JAUNT—Jefferson Area UNited Transportation, another awkward acronym—Perrone will test drive the shuttle near its facility in Crozet before it begins […]

Fox News' Tucker Carlson wanted to beat a man whom he alleges called his 19-year-old daughter a "whore" at Farmington Country Club. 
Gage Skidmore

In brief: Farmington fracas, scooter-ville, white supremacists’ lawsuit and more

Farmington feud Farmington Country Club revoked Juan Manuel Granados’ membership following his spat with Tucker Carlson, who has admitted that his son threw wine in Granados’ face. Granados, represented by celebrity lawyer Michael Avenatti, is now threatening legal action. It won’t be the first time: Granados reportedly successfully sued the Roanoke Athletic Club for revoking […]

Through a collaboration between faculty and students, the UVA Department of Drama’s annual Fall Dance Concert offers a variety of works that explore sound, space, and movement, from November 15 through 18. Photo by Tom Daly

ARTS Pick: Fall Dance Concert

Through a collaboration between faculty and students, the UVA Department of Drama’s annual Fall Dance Concert offers a variety of works that explore sound, space, and movement. In Benevolence, guest choreographer Chien-Ying Wang examines communal bonding by “investigating the effects of a dysfunctional family, community, congress, and so forth,” she says. Other pieces look at shifting […]

Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen play the Prism Coffeehouse series on Saturday.

ARTS Pick: Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen

Bluegrass’ roots grow deeper with Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen, whose instrumental finesse has won acclaim from a 2015 best bluegrass album Grammy nomination to International Bluegrass Music Association’s Instrumental Group of the Year awards in 2014 and 2016. Monster mandolinist Solivan and company promise another simmering set of tunes with the release of If […]

Susie & The Pistols is one of the local acts playing the Six Pack Songwriter Series at The Southern on November 20.

ARTS Pick: Susie & The Pistols

Susannah Hornsby heads the locally assembled bluesy supergroup Susie & The Pistols for a PACEM benefit that also includes Rob Cheatham, Chlöe Ester, Andrew Neil, Rusty Speidel, and Justin Storer. The roots-tinged, Americana-laced lineup is part of Jason Burke’s Six Pack Songwriter Series, and a testament to the spoils of living in a talent-rich music community. […]

Tay Washington, who was sitting in her car on Fourth Street when it was struck by James Fields’ car on August 12, 2017, spoke at an event to raise money for Heal Charlottesville, which provides financial assistance to victims of the attack.
EZE AMOS

Not healed: August 12 survivors ask for help

By Jonathan Haynes The vaulted sanctuary of First United Methodist Church fell silent Friday night as survivors of the vehicular assault that killed Heather Heyer spoke one by one about their paths to recovery. Survivors organized the event to raise money for Heal Charlottesville, a local charity that provides financial assistance to people harmed by […]