C-VILLE Writers



Holiday hits: Fourth of July

Holiday hits: Fourth of July

This week you won’t be able to wave a sparkler without hitting a parade, concert or fireworks display. Here’s a list of some our favorite Independence Day happenings. June 29-July 4 July 4th Jubilee The United States is having a birthday and Wintergreen Resort is hosting a four-day celebration with live music, a bonfire, arts […]

ARTS Pick: The Sea The Sea puts us at ease

ARTS Pick: The Sea The Sea puts us at ease

The Sea The Sea. Saying its name out loud has the effect of an incantation or a lullaby, similar to the experience of listening to the group’s music. Vocalists Chuck E. Costa and Mira Stanley croon in unison on tracks of love, faith and common threads, while soft chords loop in the background forming peacefully […]

ARTS Pick: Disco Risqué defies categories

ARTS Pick: Disco Risqué defies categories

Disco Risqué’s mission? “To take over the world one sweaty, borderline-psychotic-music lover at a time.” Their method? Creating and performing some of the most high-energy, hard-to-categorize music in Charlottesville. Imagine George Clinton on his angriest day, combined with Santana-esque riffs at triple their normal speed, and you can start to appreciate what the group does […]

LIVING Picks: Week of June 27-July 3

LIVING Picks: Week of June 27-July 3

Food & Drink Murder in the Vineyards Saturday, June 30 DuCard Vineyards is hosting a catered dinner and a show, during which guests will have to solve a mystery before the night is over. $79, 6:30pm. DuCard Vineyards, 40 Gibson Hollow Ln., Etlan. (540) 923-4206. Family Crozet Independence Day celebration Saturday, June 30 The Crozet […]

ARTS Pick: Brian Setzer rocks the Paramount

ARTS Pick: Brian Setzer rocks the Paramount

Boasting three Grammys, a 2006 performance at the White House and, maybe most impressively, an animated appearance on “The Simpsons,” Brian Setzer has enjoyed enormous success. He’s been making music since the early ’80s, around which time he combined rockabilly and swing into something bold, exciting and decidedly fresh with the Stray Cats. Also known […]

Mason Reeves (in air), Nikka Graff Lanzarone, Camden Loeser, Emma Benson, and Nisa Mercado in HTF's A Chorus Line. Publicity image.

ARTS Pick: A Chorus Line

“I’ve come this far, but even so / It could be yes, it could be no.” The classic musical A Chorus Line opens with “I Hope I Get It”—and it kicks off Heritage Theatre Festival’s 2018 season. The story follows 17 aspiring dancers and their attempt to be cast in the chorus line of a […]

ARTS Pick: Twins with Twang

ARTS Pick: Twins with Twang

It’s not a typo—The Brother Brothers are named that for a reason. Adam and David Moss are identical twins with a shared love of country and folk music, and it shows in the tunes the duo creates and performs. After pursuing individual music careers, the brothers came together in 2016 to tour as one act. Although […]

UVA psychology prof Brian Nosek is offering training sessions on implicit bias. He says perception is not subject to reason. Courtesy Brian Nosek

Laurel or Yanny? UVA prof studies implicit bias

By Jonathan Haynes Brian Nosek is using science to help the Charlottesville community recover from the events of August 12. But he isn’t studying neo-Nazis wielding clubs and riot shields. Instead, he’s focusing on something that exists in all of us: implicit bias. During a recent event at the MLK Performing Arts Center at Charlottesville […]

University Librarian John Unsworth has not convinced many of his peers that access to research materials will be adequate after Alderman’s renovation is complete. Photo by Dan Addison

Angst over future of Alderman’s books 

By Jonathan Haynes A renovations proposal that could slash more than half the stacks in Alderman Library has provoked a fiery response and over 500 petition signatures from students and faculty, who fear only 40 to 60 percent of the books would return to Alderman when the project is complete in 2023. Books will be […]

The Charlottesville Tom Sox (last year’s Valley League champs!) take on the Harrisonburg Turks at the C-VILLE Weekly Ballpark.

Living Picks: Week of June 13-19

Food & Drink Brewer’s Ball Thursday, June 14 Enjoy the best that Charlottesville has to offer in local brews (food too!), at a benefit for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. $75, 7-11pm. IX Art Park, 522 Second St. NW. brewersball cville.finestcff.org Nonprofit Juneteenth celebration Saturday, June 16 This annual event commemorates the end of slavery with […]

Pho 3 Pho owner John Dinh says the restaurant makes 100 quarts of pho, a traditional Vietnamese noodle soup, a day. Photo by Tom McGovern

Pho 3 Pho opens off 29 North

By Jenny Gardiner and Sam Padgett eatdrink@c-ville.com You’ve gotta give John Dinh, owner of Charlottesville’s newest Vietnamese restaurant, major props for his clever restaurant moniker: Pho 3 Pho. In case you didn’t know, “pho” is pronounced “pha,” as in do-re-me-fa-so-la-ti-do. Dinh credits the name, which echoes our local 434 area code, to his brother James. […]

Experimental group Algiers might be this generation’s quintessential protest band. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Algiers hailed as the quintessential protest band

Experimental group Algiers might be this generation’s quintessential protest band. Hailing from Atlanta, the four-man act creates music with lyrics as radical and furious as its sound, with influences ranging from post-punk to Southern gospel. The band’s name refers to a famous anti-colonial battle, and its tracks usually comment on America’s history of slavery and […]

With roots in Washington, D.C., the funky subgenre of go-go music is almost exclusively celebrated in the mid-Atlantic area—and Seductive Sounds Gogo Band is the newest incarnation on the local scene. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Seductive Sounds brings the funk

With roots in Washington, D.C., the funky subgenre of go-go music is almost exclusively celebrated in the mid-Atlantic area—and Seductive Sounds Gogo Band is the newest incarnation on the local scene. Formed by members of the renowned Double Faces Gogo Band, including Blacko Da Rappa, the band embodies the blend of funk, R&B and hip-hop […]

ARTS Pick: Dinosoul experiments with indie sound

Pittsburgh’s dark-pop quartet Dinosoul takes experimental-indie to the next level, mixing synth, reverb and delay-heavy guitar riffs with emotional vocals and health and wellness. Yes, that’s right. Band founder Donny Donovan is also a health, wellness and fitness coach, and Dinosoul offers a mission statement at its shows that asks “the universe to allow it […]

The Cavalier Inn (right) and Villa Diner (which will reopen at a new location later this month) recently said goodbye to their longtime homes on Emmet Street.

Skyclad aerial

Going down: UVA landmarks face wrecking ball

By Jonathan Haynes The Cavalier Inn and Villa Diner bid their Emmet Street locations farewell after graduation weekend last month, as the University of Virginia Foundation prepares to raze their buildings later in the summer to renovate the Ivy Corridor at the Emmet Street/Ivy Road intersection. The Cavalier Inn, built in 1965 and acquired by […]

Richard Pryor stars in Car Wash. Courtesy Universal Pictures

ARTS Pick: Car Wash replay brings the funk

“Working at the car wash / Working at the car wash, yeah.” Those of a certain age can’t glide through the auto wash without humming a few lines from the 1976 movie Car Wash. Starring Richard Pryor and George Carlin, the time-stamped comedy follows the employees and owner at a Los Angeles car wash who […]

Will Thomas Reed plays songs from his new EP at IX Art Park on Saturday, June 9.

ARTS Pick: Bar seen

Though Will Thomas Reed is currently based in Nashville, where he’s paying his dues in the country music scene, his heart is here in his hometown of Charlottesville. For the release of his latest EP, To Whom It May Concern, Reed returns to celebrate with a release party and will surely bust out the fan-favorite […]