C-VILLE Writers



Based in Richmond, folk singer-songwriter Graham Stone has been gaining traction as one of the region’s up-and-coming artists. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Graham Stone takes his place in the folk scene

Based in Richmond, folk singer-songwriter Graham Stone has been gaining traction as one of the region’s up-and-coming artists. His 2017 debut album, Until the Day, showcases Stone’s impressive scope of songwriting, and ranges from solo standards to full-band shredders—and while paying tribute to influences such as Woody Guthrie and Bob Dylan, it also traverses the […]

Brooklyn-based sculptor Leonardo Drew’s dramatic installations are composed of new materials that he “intentionally subjects to processes of weathering, burning, oxidation and decay.” Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: PBS series takes a closer look at the artistic process

Art Movie Night takes the form of a lawn party with desserts and a screening of the PBS Art21 series installment “Investigation,” a close look at the processes of Swiss modern artist Thomas Hirschhorn, whose public collaborations “resist exclusionary and elitist aesthetic criteria,” Mexican photographer Graciela Iturbide, who explores cultural environments through emotional portraiture and […]

After the torch-lit white supremacist march through Grounds on August 11, thousands of members of the UVA and Charlottesville communities came together to reclaim the space with a candlelight vigil on the Lawn five days later. Photo by Eze Amos

The UVA Issue: Grounds for change

With a turbulent start to the school year, the University of Virginia undoubtedly looks a little different than it did last spring. Although outgoing President Teresa Sullivan and the UVA administration were criticized for not doing more to protect members of the university community from last summer’s white supremacist torch-lit march, the events of August […]

The actors will appear to have left the screen when Charming Underclothes performance group takes on the movie Clue in a shadowcast. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Get a Clue

The actors will appear to have left the screen when Charming Underclothes performance group takes on the movie Clue in a shadowcast. Dinner and drinks lead to a murder spree in the cinematic version of the popular board game, and the Reel to Real production company adds another dimension with actors in full costume, props, […]

On its new self-titled release, Restroy combines grunge, electronic, classical and mbira music into avant-garde compositions. Photo by Amy Jackson

ARTS Pick: Restroy releases self-titled debut

It’s more than a push of a button when Restroy’s Chris Damman sends a wave of electricity through his carefully composed cello numbers. Despite using electronic drones and noise, the acoustic instrument is the foundation of sound for Damman, who is so physically in tune with his cello that it’s actually changed his posture. On […]

Don’t be a chicken: Enter your best recipe in the fried chicken and pie contests for a chance to win a cash prize at the Gordonsville Fried Chicken Festival.

LIVING Picks: Week of May 16-22

FAMILY Family Bike Fest Sunday, May 20 The whole family can enjoy a strider course, bicycle decorating station and bike-handling skill courses for riders of all ages. Blue Wheel Bicycles will provide free helmet and bike safety checks for participants. Free, 10am-2pm. IX Art Park, 522 Second St. 977-1870. NONPROFIT Wine and Roses Saturday, May […]

The villainous, witty Dorante (Mark McLane) charms his way into impossibly funny situations that teeter on the brink of disaster, but all stack up in the end in Live Arts' production of The Liar. Photo by Martyn Kyle

ARTS Pick: The Liar is riddled with wit

Piecing together a Jenga-style puzzle of arranged marriages, mistaken identities and wicked ways, David Ives’ adaptation of The Liar is a cleverly constructed ride through a plot riddled with cutting banter, silliness, jealousy and lies, lies and more lies. The villainous, witty Dorante (Mark McLane) charms his way into impossibly funny situations that teeter on […]

DiFranco’s album Binary was released a year ago, but written before the 2016 election, and its themes are eerily clairvoyant. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Ani DiFranco loves pushing boundaries

Ani DiFranco feels most comfortable when she’s pushing boundaries. After some downtime following her daughter’s birth, the singer-songwriter/activist/poet/DIY feminist is ready to be back onstage, connecting with like minds and “kicking ass and taking names.” DiFranco’s album Binary was released a year ago, but written before the 2016 election, and its themes are eerily clairvoyant. “I’m […]

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ARTS Pick: Jump for Vance Joy

In 2009, James Keogh was a promising player in Australia’s Victorian Football League. He also played music, and, taking an alias from a Peter Carey novel he was reading, put himself into rotation in the Melbourne open mic scene as Vance Joy. He released his indie debut EP, God Loves You When You’re Dancing, in […]

Get breathless from laughing, when Antoine Scott performs at The Jefferson School African American Heritage Center on Saturday. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Antoine Scott will keep you laughing

If it’s your goal to keep mama happy this Mother’s Day weekend—and it better be—then comedian Antoine Scott has you covered. Scott built a reputation for delivering beyond expectations in comedy clubs around the country. Fans say he leaves them gasping from laughter and they call him one of the funniest raw comics of all […]

Designers and vendors featured in this year’s Design House in Wind River showcase the latest in interior design techniques, and offer inspiring ideas for homes. Proceeds benefit the Shelter for Help in Emergency.

LIVING Picks: Week of May 9-15

FAMILY Mother’s Day Music Festival Saturday, May 12 Tandem Friends School hosts its annual Mother’s Day Music Festival featuring tunes, food, drink and activities for all ages. $7 (moms get in free), 2-8pm. Tandem Friends School, 279 Tandem Ln. 296-1303. NONPROFIT SHE Design House Through May 20 Designers and vendors featured in this year’s Design […]

Energy and style, from smooth lead guitar riffs to driven bass lines held steady by slick rhythms, are the keys to Swimming with Bears' feel-good soul. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Swimming With Bears is a good idea

Alternative four-piece Swimming With Bears is on a mission. The Austin-based group has been tirelessly honing its groovy sound since releasing its self-titled debut EP in 2016. Energy and style, from smooth lead guitar riffs to driven bass lines held steady by slick rhythms, are the keys to SWB’s feel-good soul. The new single “French […]

With a blend of American folk and styles rooted in Latin America, Calexico, named for the southern border town in California, has a distinctive, playful sound. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Calexico holds the line

With a blend of American folk and styles rooted in Latin America, Calexico, named for the southern border town in California, has a distinctive, playful sound. Vocalist/guitarist Joey Burns and John Convertino use Tex-Mex indie rock to approach current issues through melodies and lyrics. The band’s impassioned ninth album, The Thread That Keeps Us, is […]

Chelsea Steiniger was in Charlottesville Albemarle Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court as the alleged victim of an assault.
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Mark Weiner accuser in court again

The woman whose accusations jailed former Food Lion manager Mark Weiner for two and a half years before he was released, and led to the defeat of then-commonwealth’s attorney Denise Lunsford in 2015 was in court April 27. Chelsea Steiniger accused Michael Mills, the father of her two children, of punching her on February 15. […]