C-VILLE Writers



CAAMP (pictured) is just one of the bands playing this weekend's Hoopla festival out at Devils Backbone Basecamp. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Hoopla

Devilish details: While it has the best-loved components of most festivals—an extensive list of craft beer offerings and a groovy live music lineup (this one includes CAAMP, Ona, Larry Keel Explosion, Indecision, Gold Top County Ramblers, and Sarah White)—Hoopla goes beyond the party standards to bring all ages together for adventures between sets. A fun […]

Macabre folk duo Charming Disaster plays the Blue Moon Diner September 26. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Charming Disaster

Truly madly creepy: Charming Disaster’s storytelling songs have been described as macabre folk, but there’s light in the darkness for this Brooklyn duo. Racing through themes of love, death, crime, mythology, and the occult, Ellia Bisker and Jeff Morris enchant listeners with a combination of folk harmonies, smart lyrics, ukulele, guitar, and a sly sense […]

Peppa Pig and her friends bring their live action adventure to the Paramount Theater Wednesday, September 25. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Peppa Pig

Mudslinging fun: Back in July, animated anthropomorphic British icon Peppa Pig got into a friendly Twitter takedown with rapper/model Iggy Azalea. When Peppa announced that she’d be dropping My First Album on the same release date as Azalea’s latest, the Aussie singer at-replied, “It’s over for me now.” The Peppa Pig account responded with “Peppa’s […]

Willie DE celebrates album number three at IX Art Park on Friday. Publicity image.

ARTS Pick: Willie DE

Building a groove: Willie DE may be the hardest-working musician in local show biz. As a determined teen he formed his first band, The Wave, at age 13, and busked on Charlottesville’s Downtown Mall and in the parking lots before UVA football games. Following his education in jazz guitar at VCU and extensive touring on […]

Charlottesville's own Villa Sabroso will perform folkloric dances from various states in Mexico at the Cville Sabroso on Saturday.  Publicity image.

ARTS Pick: Cville Sabroso

Dance together: Charlottesville’s annual Latin American cultural festival, Cville Sabroso, offers authentic food, music, and fine art, plus dancing from traditional to contemporary, accompanied by Grupo Folklorico Villa Sabrosa, Mariachi Garibaldi, La Maquina de El Salvador, MC Chris Hypnotyc, and more. All ages are welcome to join in the community celebration of different parts of […]

The Way Down Wanderers play up the positive vibes at the Southern on Tuesday. Publicity image.

ARTS Pick: Way Down Wanderers

Sweethearts of the road: It can be tough to stand out in the field of bluegrass with all the talented players currently on the road, but The Way Down Wanderers have found a sweet spot in the mix. The Peoria, Illinois, band relies on exceptional musicianship and a family-like bond with fans to get heard […]

Paul H. Cale Elementary School is now one step closer to having a new name. (Photo: Staff Photo)

What’s in a name?: Behind the recommendation to rename Cale Elementary

By Ali Sullivan The final meeting lasted just a few minutes.  After months of investigation, an advisory committee determined that Paul H. Cale Elementary School—named after a former Albemarle County Public Schools superintendent—should change its name. The recommendation comes nearly four months after the Cale Advisory Committee’s first meeting and almost a year since Lorenzo […]

Funny things happen when Tom Segura brings his act to the Paramount on Sunday. Publicity image.

ARTS Pick: Tom Segura

Humor mill: Stand-up comedian Tom Segura dishes out deadpan takes on everything from family matters—the key to marriage is “intimidation and fear;” his “stupid cousin” wants to invent a way to drive his car with a cell phone—to getting older and “confusing words like conscious and conscience.” The Netflix and Comedy Central regular finds the […]

Riley Baugus brings his old-time banjo expertise to C'ville Coffee on Sunday. Publicity image.

ARTS Pick: Riley Baugus

Lucky strike: North Carolina blacksmith Riley Baugus was a craftsman by day and a master musician by night, playing his self-made banjo with friends in old-time string bands, when he got the call from Hollywood. A friend assisting with music direction for Civil War epic Cold Mountain had recommended him to T Bone Burnett, who […]

Tim Summers talks about music and technology at New Dominion Bookshop on Monday. Publicity image.

ARTS Pick: Tim Summers

Digital strings: Reflecting on the 20 years since he co-founded the Charlottesville Chamber Music Festival, violinist Tim Summers hosts a discussion about the shifts that classical musicians and composers face in the digital age as streaming, electronic amplification, and computer-generated music take hold. Summers will play selections from Bach and Berio, and field questions about […]

Podcast “Welcome to Night Vale” takes to the stage with its deft collection of cryptic missives from a desert community somewhere in the Southeastern United States. Publicity image.

ARTS Pick: “Welcome to Night Vale”

Live cast: The popular podcast “Welcome to Night Vale” launched in 2012 as “A friendly desert community where the sun is hot, the moon is beautiful, and mysterious lights pass overheard while we all pretend to sleep…” Now with millions of downloads, and four illustrated published volumes, the show is on the road. “A Spy […]

Tiki torch-carrying Unite the Righters marched through UVA Grounds August 11, 2017, and surrounded a small group of counterdemonstraters at the base of the Thomas Jefferson statue. (Photo: Zach D. Roberts/NurPhoto via ZUMA Press)

Burning questions: Why hasn’t the county prosecuted the torch marchers?

What kind of message does failing to prosecute white supremacists send? By Anne Coughlin To mark the anniversary of the Unite the Right rally, commentators took stock of the successful prosecutions of white supremacists who committed violence and spread hatred in Charlottesville. Such prosecutions are a measure of law enforcement’s commitment to punishing violent offenders, […]

Ronnie Roberts' website before Monticello asked his campaign to remove photo of Jefferson's home.

In brief: Not public domain, not homophobic, not best state to work, and more

Monticello not pleased The website of Ronnie Roberts, independent candidate for Albemarle sheriff, used one of the county’s most iconic images—Monticello—in its background. The only problem is, the Thomas Jefferson Foundation, which owns the mountaintop manse, does not allow images of the house to be used for commercial or political purposes. “Monticello does not endorse […]

Midsummer 90 takes a shortcut to the heart of the Bard at American Shakespeare Center. Image: Lauren Rogers Parker

ARTS Pick: Midsummer 90

Bite-sized Shakespeare: An abridged version of the iconic Shakespeare comedy, Midsummer 90 drops the Night’s Dream and retains all the humor and wonder of the original script without sacrificing its spellbinding storytelling. By packing the fairies, magic, and fantastical animals into a performance that clocks in under two hours, the play is perfect for children […]

Interpol explores a new direction at The Jefferson on Wednesday. Publicity image.

ARTS Pick: Interpol

Rounding the corners: In the run-up to recording Interpol’s latest release, Marauder, drummer Sam Fogarino repeatedly asked himself: “How can I make shit swing?” The post-punk veterans were six albums and more than 15 years into their careers, yet had never strayed from the rock influences of their home turf in New York City. Consulting […]

Filmore explores new country at the Southern on Saturday. Publicity image.

ARTS Pick: Filmore

Fan favorite: He may be labeled a country singer, but Filmore’s music doesn’t fit neatly into one category. Whether he’s adding electronic beats or R&B elements, or picking up the occasional banjo, the young Missourian puts a fresh twist on country music traditions, and it’s garnered him millions of streams. The musician is also known […]