C-VILLE Writers

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.

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 […]

The Marcus King Band delivers psychedelic soul and rugged vocals at The Jefferson Theater on Monday. publicity photo

ARTS Pick: The Marcus King Band

Psychedelic soul and rugged vocals hearten The Marcus King Band as it spreads folksy feels everywhere from small-town gigs to big-city venues. Frontman King grew up playing the blues alongside his father in Greenville, South Carolina, and has grown to love music as an outlet to process his feelings. He explains that each song he […]

The Futurebirds play the Southern Cafe and Music Hall on Tuesday.  Publicity image.

ARTS Pick: Futurebirds

Ten years have flown by for the Futurebirds. And from the group’s formation in 2008 in Athens, Georgia, to its current headlining tour, the band’s psychedelic rock flair lands it in a unique space. The group announced a list of anniversary gigs with a nod to fans: “Because of you beautiful angel-faced saint babies, we’ve […]

The David Dominique Ensemble will perform music from its new release, Mask, on Sunday at UVA's Brooks Hall. Photo by Joey Wharton

ARTS Pick: David Dominique Ensemble

To understand the music of composer David Dominique, shuffle a playlist that features Charles Mingus, Sun Ra Arkestra, and Igor Stravinsky, then add in a few tracks from Sonic Youth. Known for his rhythmically complex and emotionally provocative avant-garde compositions, the Richmond-based William & Mary professor is so versatile that his work ranges from writing […]

The Latin Ballet of Virginia’s NuYoRican is a visual love letter to Hispanic culture. See it in Charlottesville Sunday, November 10. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: NuYoRican

The Latin Ballet of Virginia’s NuYoRican is a visual love letter to Hispanic culture. The contemporary production tells the story of Puerto Rican immigrants arriving in New York City in the 1940s, and the challenges they faced as well as the bonds they created while establishing roots in a new country. Under the artistic direction […]

Get jazzed with Sam Reider and The Human Hands at the Front Porch on Sunday.

Arts Pick: The Human Hands

Attention, folks: Sam Reider had little more than an accordion, a dream, and his senior year thesis as he drifted from gig to gig, doing research and transforming the American folk genre as he went. Reider settled down to make his first album, Too Hot to Sleep, with collaborative project The Human Hands, a group […]

Guster is at the Jefferson on Saturday. Publicity image.

ARTS Pick: Guster

Fan fare: Twenty-five years after Guster formed on the Tufts University campus, the band continues to evolve musically. From the acoustic melodies of 1995’s Parachute to the vibrating bass and hazy vocals of 2018’s “Hard Times,” the group has grown up while retaining its knack for stage humor and infectious melodies. The band announced a new, […]

Susan Shrum’s painting at ARTCHO. Image courtesy of the artist

Arts Pick: ARTCHO

Art stop and shop: Charlottesville’s creative community has much to show off year-round, but no one can see it all. ARTCHO makes an effort to cram lots of talent into one big festival, featuring 44 creators of all mediums, from the nautical fashion of Maxime Connor to Lori Jakubow’s brightly colored prints. Everything’s for sale, and […]

The Changing the Narrative Project team: Daniel Fairley, II, Deonte Johnson, Juliani “Julz” Robinson, Clarence Green, Christian Means, JaQuavion “Quay” Gaines, Desiree Conner Image courtesy of LIght House

Changing the narrative: VAFF’s Light House Shorts to feature original film on black male achievement

By Adriana Wells arts@c-ville.com The Virginia Film Festival will screen an original documentary by four local young black men during its Light House Studio Shorts event. This past summer, Daniel Fairley II, the City of Charlottesville’s youth opportunity coordinator, sought to bring attention to the achievements of a number of black men in the Charlottesville […]

Jonny Lee Miller and Benedict Cumberbatch co-star in the Live in HD series' Frankenstein on Halloween night at the Paramount.

Arts Pick: Frankenstein

Look alive: What better time to celebrate the 200th anniversary of Mary Shelley’s misunderstood monster than Halloween? Frankenstein received high-def attention in the filming of Danny Boyle’s adaptation at London’s National Theatre in 2011. In this electrifying resurrection, shown as part of the Live in HD series, Benedict Cumberbatch stars as the infamous doctor and Jonny […]

The newly released Orson Welles film The Other Side of the Wind, starring John Huston, Welles, and Peter Bogdanovich, will be shown at the Paramount Theater on Sunday. Bogdanovich’s documentary on silent film star Buster Keaton, The Great Buster, screens at St. Anne’s-Belfield School on Saturday. Due to an injury, Bogdanovich will not appear in person, but he will participate in the scheduled discussions via Skype. Photo courtesy of VAFF

Classic masters: Peter Bogdanovich puts Orson Welles and Buster Keaton back on the screen

By Justin Humphreys arts@c-ville.com Decades ago, actor/writer/director/film historian Peter Bogdanovich promised his friend and colleague Orson Welles that, if Welles couldn’t finish his work-in-progress, The Other Side of the Wind, he would complete it for him. Now, Bogdanovich, at age 79, has beaten countless setbacks and fulfilled that promise. Academy Award-winning editor Bob Murawski and […]

Mary Chapin Carpenter plays The Paramount Theater on Sunday, October 28. Photo by Aaron Farrington

ARTS Pick: Mary Chapin Carpenter

On Sometimes Just the Sky, Mary Chapin Carpenter takes measure of her 30-year career through fresh renditions of songs from her original studio albums. Carpenter curated gems from her catalog that reflect her soul and trace the evolution of her songwriting, from award-winning country music to the intelligent folk-pop and orchestral collaborations that currently define […]

Stephen Spotswood’s In the Forest, She Grew Fangs loses any warmth found in Little Red Riding Hood and unleashes the hunted girl’s spirit of vengeance. See it locally at Gorilla Theater. Photo by Jack Rakes courtesy of Gorilla Theater

ARTS Pick: In the Forest, She Grew Fangs

Lucy knows about the sharpness of teeth and claws—years of high school torment have left her hollowed and unseen, even in the eyes of her concerned grandmother Ruth. After new friend Jenny rescues her from near-death, sudden dreams of howls and gore lead Lucy to a darkness she’s never known. Stephen Spotswood’s In the Forest, […]

Keith Urban plays songs from his new record, Graffiti U, at John Paul Jones Arena on Sunday, October 28. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Keith Urban

Keith Urban’s latest project, Graffiti U, is a versatile album, deeply rooted in the country music of his youth. While Urban is known for infusing guitar chops and hard rock into his music, this album stays stylistically true to the songs of Johnny Cash, Charley Pride, and Merle Haggard, which he discovered in his father’s record […]

ARTS Pick: moe.

Early to the jam band party, moe. rose quickly on the hippie festival circuit of the ’90s, firing up crowds with its intricate percussion and ripping guitar riffs. Three decades of touring and 24 albums later, the Buffalo, New York, quintet is still playing to massive audiences—in May, its 17th annual Summer Camp drew more […]

Old School is at the Jefferson African American Heritage Center October 10-20. Jess Gabbay

Arts Pick: Old School honors black educators everywhere

With Caruso Brown’s Old School, The Jefferson School African American Heritage Center gives a nod to Charlottesville’s black leaders, educators, and students. The play reflects Brown’s deep interest in Charlottesville’s black narrative and the lasting impact that these people, past and present, have had on the city. In the first act, an English teacher attempts to dissolve […]

Death Cab for Cutie plays The Sprint Pavilion Thursday, October 18. Photo by Eliot Lee Hazel

ARTS Pick: Death Cab for Cutie

Begun as a side project in Washington state over two decades ago, Death Cab  for Cutie broke through  with relatable, brokenhearted odes on 2003’s Transatlanticism, an album that landed songs  on “The O.C.” series soundtrack and ratcheted up the group’s indie rock caché. On tour for its ninth studio album, Thank You for Today, Ben Gibbard and company still […]