C-VILLE Writers



Love Cannon performs at The Jefferson Theater Monday, December 31 at 8pm. Publicity photo.

ARTS Pick: Love Canon

In the spirit of tipping the cap to 2018, Love Canon kicks off the new year with a retro-bluegrass bang. Since 2010, the band has pumped out ’80s tunes in the style of Americana and traditional roots music. The group aims to begin 2019 with a touch of nostalgia, and create a musical rewind revolution […]

Billy Strings has become known for such intensity in his craft that he may shatter more than a few strings along the way. He plays The Jefferson Thursday night. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Billy Strings

With lightening fingertips and a devotion to American roots music, Billy Strings plays the acoustic guitar with a fury akin  to a hurricane. His passion for traditional psychedelia inspires the electric country vibes of his 2017 album Turmoil and Tinfoil, on which Strings echoes tradition, then tears into it with his own zeal. At age […]

Tonia Ray and the T Ray Band performs at IX Art Park at 8pm for the We Code, Too benefit. Publicity photo.

ARTS Pick: Tonia Ray and the T Ray Band

Vocalist Tonia Ray and the T Ray Band bring joy to the season during An Evening of Neo-Soul. With a range of influences from jazz, funk, hip-hop, and electronic to pop, fusion, and African music, the group promises a high-energy set of holiday-themed favorites that will get you moving, while helping others, at this benefit […]

Sarah While will perform her newest non-traditional holiday songs at The Southern Café and Music Hall December 22 at 8pm. Image: Rebecca D'Angelo.

ARTS Pick: Sarah White

Sarah White had a banner year with the release of a new album, High Flyer, in August that included a duet with Dave Matthews, caught the attention of Rolling Stone, and spurred a round of festival appearances. In planning her 15th annual Sarah White’s Country Christmas, the songstress says to expect the usual non-traditional holiday […]

Tchaikovsky's classic ballet will play at various times through December 23 at Charlottesville Ballet. Publicity photo.

ARTS Pick: Nutcracker

When young Clara’s beloved godfather brings her a peculiar Christmas gift, the simple act of holiday spirit inspires a midnight war on mice, and a journey to alternate realms. Charlottesville Ballet’s Nutcracker is magical and enthralling, as it follows Clara and her wooden friend—now a mysterious prince—deep into the Land of Snowflakes and Sweets to […]

This 1948 deed for a house in North Downtown restricts ownership by “persons of the negro race,” but does not prohibit having black servants on the property. Courtesy Jordy Yager

Mapping inequality: Innovative project will track housing discrimination

By Jonathan Haynes “If you look at Charlottesville in-depth, you see racial disparities at every juncture,” says local freelance journalist and C-VILLE contributor Jordy Yager. “Health care disparities, disparities at police encounters, employment.” For his latest project, he will trace inequality in the Charlottesville area. “I started thinking about how people get to where they […]

In brief: City complaint app, UVA sexits, bus fires and more

In brief: City complaint app, UVA sexits, bus fires and more

Got a complaint? The city has an app for that. MyCville. Ever heard of it? We hadn’t, either, until the city encouraged residents to digitally report their delinquent neighbors who hadn’t shoveled sidewalks following the recent dumping of about a foot of snow on Charlottesville. There’s nothing like a (mostly) unexpected snowstorm to put the […]

ARTS Pick: Lone Rangers ’80s Rewind

Hot stuff: It’s a great time of year to ward off chilly winter nights with a cozy fire at home—or how about a sizzling evening of ’80s cover tunes by party band the Lone Rangers. The evening’s proceeds will benefit Market Central, an organization that connects local food to local people. Saturday 12/15 $5, 8pm. IX Art […]

Ryley Walker covers DMB album at the Tea Bazaar on Monday. Publicity photo.

ARTS Pick: Ryley Walker

Pity party playlist: Chicago indie musician Ryley Walker (right) brings sand to the beach when he arrives to play from his latest release—a full cover of the unreleased Dave Matthews Band album The Lillywhite Sessions. The recordings gained cult status after getting shelved by the band in 2001 for being full of “sad bastard songs” (according […]

Christmas at the Paramount delights with a 90-person chorus singing holiday favorites on Saturday. Publicity image.

ARTS Pick: Christmas at the Paramount

With joyful ring: Michael Slon conducts a 90-person chorus for Christmas at the Paramount, which features traditional holiday music and selections from Johann Sebastian Bach’s Magnificat. One of Bach’s most popular works, it celebrates the season through an uplifting expression of joy and humility. Children’s Choir of Central Virginia and the First Presbyterian Church Handbell Ensemble […]

Dave Matthews Band returns to John Paul Jones Arena this weekend. Image: Rene Huemer

ARTS Pick: Dave Matthews Band

Home stretch: Charlottesville’s history is built on many difficult stories, but the formation of the Dave Matthews Band is one of our city’s happy tropes. Formed in 1991 by the band’s namesake, the group quickly emerged from gigs on the jazz bar scene to weekly sell-outs at Trax nightclub. The band’s national fame escalated quickly, with […]

“We will not be replaced” was the victory chant outside Charlottesville Circuit Court after the guilty verdicts were announced in the trial of 
self-proclaimed neo-Nazi James Fields.
Photo: Eze Amos

Justice: Fields found guilty on all counts in car attack

BY Lisa Provence and Samantha Baars Last Friday evening, almost 16  months after white supremacists invaded our town, many of the same counterprotesters who were there on August 12, 2017, were once again gathered on Fourth Street. It was the spot where James Alex Fields, Jr., a self-proclaimed neo-Nazi from Maumee, Ohio, had rammed his […]

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 […]