C-VILLE Writers

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New homes for Habitat families

Roxana De La O, her husband Ramiro Angel, a full-time cook at Bizou, and their two kids were one of eight local families celebrating their new Habitat for Humanity homes June 1 in Lochlyn Hill. The families contributed more than 3,300 hours of sweat equity on six job sites. Habitat built the three- and four-bedroom […]

Bear sightings are not unusual here in the spring, like this one at a cabin near the Shenandoah National Park. It’s their leaving trash all over the place that’s perturbing some Bellair residents. Helga Hiss

Bellair bears: Ursine invaders trash neighborhood

By Eileen Abbott Bradley Kipp recently noticed evidence of a nighttime intruder in the tranquil, wooded Bellair neighborhood west of town where he lives. A resourceful problem solver, Kipp decided to use bungee cords to thwart the thief. He created makeshift “locks” to tightly seal his trash bins, which were being regularly rummaged through, apparently […]

The Matthew Shipp Trio performs at First Presbyterian Church on Saturday. Publicity image.

ARTS Pick: Matthew Shipp Trio

Jazz age: At 60, jazz pianist Matthew Shipp is still innovating, even while contemplating a career slowdown. Known for his slick improvisations, the veteran is joined by peers from New York City’s modern jazz scene on a tour to celebrate the new release, Signature, by the Matthew Shipp Trio. Downbeat Magazine calls Shipp “the connection […]

The Charlottesville Symphony's Pops at the Paramount features a soundtrack for aspiring young wizards at The Harry Potter Concert. Image: Stephen Simalchik

ARTS Pick: The Harry Potter Concert

Muggles music: Music director Benjamin Rous leads the Charlottesville Symphony through compositions by John Williams, Alexandre Desplat, Nicholas Hooper, and Patrick Doyle in a showcase of magical moments from world’s most idolized boy wizard in Pops at The Paramount—The Harry Potter Concert. While the performance does not feature film clips, the audience is invited to […]

The resilient Jade Jackson plays The Southern on Sunday.  Image: Matt Bizer.

ARTS Picks: Jade Jackson

Fierce forward: A hiking accident at the age of 20 shattered Jade Jackson’s body as well as the aspiring singer-songwriter’s career dreams. The long recovery pushed her into depression and dependency on prescription painkillers, and she says she didn’t believe in music anymore. Miraculously, Jackson quit the meds cold turkey and made her way back […]

Winstons return to their former hometown for a show at Champion on Friday. Image: Jamie Langley

ARTS Pick: Winstons

Turning the tables: What you see is what you get with the Winstons, a Brooklyn-based garage blues duo that is indie without pretense and relies on performances to get its point across. The former Charlottesville residents recently celebrated six years of live gigs and “turning down just about nothing” with a debut LP—giving a nod […]

Former President Bill Clinton closed out the Miller Center's PrezFest last week at UVA.
Courtesy Miller Center

In brief: PrezFest, Monticello High news, and more

Presidential address Following a brief introduction by UVA President Jim Ryan—where Ryan mentioned he’d gotten food poisoning from the White House the first time he met Bill Clinton—the former leader of the free world then took the lectern in Old Cabell Hall to close out the Miller Center of Public Affairs’ first-ever PrezFest, aka Presidential […]

Murder in Messina: An Early Music Murder Mystery, is a live performance of rare musical works enhanced by a cast of actors.

ARTS Pick: Two Giovannis

There are few details surrounding the conflict between Italian composer and violinist Giovanni Antonio Pandolfi and murdered castrato Giovanni Marquett, but historians suspect Pandolfi in this 17th-century whodunit. Intrigued by the story, David McCormick of the Early Music Access Project, and Matthew Davies, associate professor of Shakespeare and performance at Mary Baldwin University, combine forces […]

Hubby Jenkins of the Carolina Chocolate Drops  plays The Front Porch Friday, May 24. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Hubby Jenkins

It was through busking that Brooklyn native Hubby Jenkins developed his own style, workshopping country blues, ragtime, fiddle and banjo, and traditional jazz in public places throughout New York City. Jenkins took to the road, making a life as a street musician, and in 2010 he was invited to join the Carolina Chocolate Drops, taking […]

Shagwüf celebrates five years as a band with a special show at IX Art Park Saturday, May 25. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Shagwüf

Sally Rose leads her trio Shagwüf in Sweet Freakshow, an anniversary performance to celebrate five years of stirring up crowds with the group’s psychedelic, retro swagger. “The most punk thing you can do in divisive times is to write music and try and bring bodies together, to sweat and celebrate being alive and compassionate,” says […]

Performers in blackface were one of the ways the achievement of African Americans was delegitimized. Photo courtesy the Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library

Unstellar moments: History of blackface at UVA

By Shrey Dua Just months out from the blackface scandal that rocked Virginia’s Democratic leadership and threatened Ralph Northam’s governorship, all of 10 people showed up May 15 to learn about UVA’s history of blackface. At a talk that was one of several held last week as part of the city’s Unity Days series on […]

Mayor Nikuyah Walker likely benefited from her supporters’ embrace of single-shot voting in 2017, finishing first at the end of an independent run for council. Photo by Eze Amos

Strategic voting: A guide to single-shotting

By Jake Mooney Seventeen years ago, when I was a reporter for The Daily Progress and Lloyd Snook was the chairman of Charlottesville’s Democratic Party, he accused me of writing an instruction manual for voters to elect Republican Rob Schilling. I was not perfect as a reporter, but I thought this was unfair because I […]

In addition to being the home of UVA basketball for more than 40 years, University Hall (aka, the “house that Ralph built”) frequently hosted concerts and other entertainment events. 

Last call for U-Hall

By Carroll Trainum On Thursday, May 16, at least a hundred people stood in line at the demolition site of University Hall—the former hub of UVA basketball—to get a brick. They all had their own memories of U-Hall, known to some as “the house that Ralph built,” and they wanted a piece of history. I […]

UVA’s Beta Bridge often resembles a Jackson Pollock painting, with its walls and surrounding sidewalk covered in paint and ever-changing messages.

Beta Bridge’s tradition of expression

By Kate Granruth If you’re driving down Rugby Road on the way to Grounds, you can’t miss it. The bridge over the train tracks-—better known as Beta Bridge—somewhat resembles a Jackson Pollock painting. The walls and surrounding sidewalk are always covered in bright paint and an ever-changing selection of messages, from advertisements for club events—the […]

The UVA-community working group made better pay for hourly university workers a priority, echoing years of student activism on the issue.

Now what? UVA-community working group outlines priorities

By Ali Sullivan After four months of surveys, conversations, community gatherings and focus groups, the committee formed by University of Virginia President Jim Ryan to evaluate the relationship between the university and the surrounding community released its final report in February. UVA faculty members, a UVA law student, and Charlottesville community leaders comprised the 16-member […]

John Shakespear weaves modern woes into song at The Garage on Thursday. Publicity image.

ARTS Pick: John Shakespear

Literally literary: The first full album from Boston’s John Shakespear, Spend Your Youth (released May 10), is described as a coming-of-age record tinged by the times. Now making music in Nashville, Shakespear’s harmonies draw comparisons to the wistful pinings of Fleet Foxes and Elliott Smith, while his lyrics reflect the current political climate, his personal […]

Zen Mother seeks like-minded fans at The Bridge PAI on Sunday. Image:  Lauren Rodriguez

ARTS Pick: Zen Mother

High attitude: According to the bio of Zen Mother’s Monika Khot and Adam Wolcott Smith, the trading of “avant-garde secrets” led to the duo’s formation (sometimes a trio with the addition of drummer Sheridan Riley). That seems fitting for a group that lends itself “to sonic focus and harnessing control of the mind.” Zen Mother’s […]

Opening on May 17 at Live Arts, The Royale delivers knockout performances through June 8. Image; Martyn Kyle.

ARTS Pick: The Royale

Ring true: Boxer Jack Johnson became the first African American world heavyweight champion, and at the height of the Jim Crow era he was “the most famous and the most notorious African American on Earth,” according to documentarian Ken Burns. Directed by multi-faceted artist and C-VILLE contributor Leslie Scott-Jones, The Royale, written by Marco Ramirez, […]

Nick Waterhouse goes back to the future of the music on his new self-titled record. Publicity Image.

ARTS Pick: Nick Waterhouse

California roll: Before his foray into making music, SoCal native Nick Waterhouse listened and studied, learning from obscure masters of songwriting before launching his own unique style steeped in vintage R&B, jazz, mid-century rock ‘n’ roll, and a hint of bugaloo. His eponymous fourth album is a culmination of the purposeful songwriting and attentive production […]