C-VILLE Writers



The Jazz4Justice performance features vocalist Stephanie Nakasian (above) and the Virginia Women’s Chorus. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Jazz concert seeks justice

John D’earth directs the UVA Jazz Ensemble in a three-way benefit for the Central Virginia Legal Aid Society, the Legal Aid Justice Center and the UVA jazz program. Jazz4Justice is a statewide, college-based series that raises funds and awareness about social justice issues through community partnerships. The Charlottesville performance features vocalist Stephanie Nakasian and the […]

With the release of his debut album, Shine on a Rainy Day, Brent Cobb credits his success to a small town upbringing. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Brent Cobb has Georgia on his mind

Over the past 10 years, Brent Cobb toured with some of country music’s biggest names, was personally invited to the Nashville scene by Luke Bryan, wrote hits for Miranda Lambert, Kenny Chesney and others and discovered that a distant cousin is an L.A. producer for outlaw musicians like Shooter Jennings. But with the release of […]

Disintegration. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Metal Showcase prepares to crush it

Whether you’re a metal devotee or your knowledge of the current scene is rusty, Champion Brewing Company’s third annual Metal Showcase (part of the Tom Tom Founders Festival) is the place to exercise your nod and crush cans of brewery favorites as mutant-hardcore and grind noise meet nuts-core metal and power violence in a show […]

Mudhouse will open its third standalone location in the former Cville Classic cars space 
on 10th Street. Rendering courtesy Wolf Ackerman Architecture + Design

Mudhouse to open third stand-alone location

By Sam Padgett and Erin O’Hare eatdrink@c-ville.com A third full-size Mudhouse will soon open on 10th Street NW, in the former Cville Classic Cars space. The local roastery and coffee shop’s new location will offer the usual Mudhouse coffee and atmosphere, plus an extended array of bakery items. Mudhouse co-owner Lynelle Lawrence is excited to […]

The Rockfish Valley Foundation hosts the 10th annual Kite Festival, which includes free kites for the first 400 kids in attendance, music, parachute races, a magician and more.

LIVING Picks: Week of April 4-10

FAMILY Kite Festival Sunday, April 8 The Rockfish Valley Foundation hosts the 10th annual Kite Festival, which includes free kites for the first 400 kids in attendance, music, parachute races, a magician and more. Free, 11am-3pm. Rockfish Valley Foundation Natural History Center, 1368 Rockfish Valley Hwy., Nellysford. 226-0446. NONPROFIT World Voice Day celebration Friday, April […]

UVA Drama takes on satire, politics, capitalism and social justice as man's desire to pee in private leads to revolution in the Broadway smash Urinetown. Photo by Michael Bailey

ARTS Pick: UVA Drama takes on Urinetown

UVA Drama takes on satire, politics, capitalism and social justice as man’s desire to pee in private leads to revolution in the Broadway smash Urinetown. When a water shortage occurs, a lockdown on toilet flushing requires citizens to use paid public facilities, but not everyone can afford the fee to pee. A hero emerges, and […]

ARTS Pick: Shenandoah Fringe Festival takes center stage

The force and fearlessness of art takes center stage with Shenandoah Fringe Festival’s diverse lineup of film, theater, music, puppetry and more. Local and national artists unite with the declaration, “We can be students and painters and refugees and baristas and mothers and mimes and waitresses and vaudevillians all in one without invalidating the others.” […]

The Yard food hall at 5th Street Station is slated to open in May, and Basil Mediterranean, Extreme Pizza and Chim, an Asian street food restaurant, are among its first tenants. Photo by Skycladap.com

The Yard food hall set to open in May

By Sam Padgett and Erin O’Hare The Yard food hall at 5th Street Station is gearing up to open in May, in the building next to Alamo Drafthouse Cinema. Jeff Garrison, the project’s lead, says he wanted to “create an active community-engaged area…a great area to hang out.” And so The Yard put extra emphasis […]

Each purchase of a white, pink or red dogwood tree benefits the Charlottesville Dogwood Festival.

LIVING Picks: Week of March 28-April 3

Family Easter celebration Friday, March 30, through Sunday, April 1 Wintergreen Resort’s annual Easter celebration includes an egg hunt, bonnet parade, craft workshops and egg decorating. Prices and times vary by activity. Wintergreen Resort, 39 Mountain Inn Loop, Roseland. 325-2200. Food & Drink Salted honey pie class Wednesday, March 28 The Pie Chest’s Rachel Pennington […]

Plans for the new Gallery Court Hotel bear no resemblance to the historic motor court style of the 1950s that the structure replaces.
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Gallery Court Hotel rises out of Excel Inn’s ashes

By Natalie Jacobsen On May 4 of last year, Charlottesville was rocked by the images and news that the long-standing Excel Inn & Suites was ablaze. The Emmet Street landmark was deemed unsalvageable, and the owners, Vipul and Manisha Patel, closed the hotel immediately and indefinitely following the devastating fire. Now the Patel family has […]

Paleontologists meet puppeteers for a trip to Erth’s Dinosaur Zoo Live!, a theatrical journey through 65 million years of dino history told by life-like creatures that entertain as they educate. Kids will freak while parents geek. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Going paleo at the Paramount

Paleontologists meet puppeteers for a trip to Erth’s Dinosaur Zoo Live!, a theatrical journey through 65 million years of dino history told by life-like creatures that entertain as they educate. Kids will freak while parents geek. Sunday, March 25. $14.75-49.75, 4pm. The Paramount Theater, 215 E. Main St., Downtown Mall. 979-1333.

Guest conductor Laura Jackson takes the baton for Charlottesville Symphony’s Masterworks 4. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Charlottesville Symphony masters diverse program

Guest conductor Laura Jackson takes the baton for Charlottesville Symphony’s Masterworks 4, a diverse program that includes Rachmaninoff’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Christopher Theofanidis’ Rainbow Body, Tchaikovsky’s suite from Swan Lake and Copland’s Billy the Kid suite. Saturday, March 24 and Sunday, March 25. $10-45, 8pm on Saturday at Old Cabell Hall, UVA; 3:30pm on Sunday at […]

Unstoppable seven-piece groove machine Ripe gets the world jumping up and down one performance at a time. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Ripe keeps the groove going

Unstoppable seven-piece groove machine Ripe gets the world jumping up and down one performance at a time. From crunchy rock riffs and jazzy chords to fresh modern beats, the Boston-based group’s unique brand of poppy, indie-jams has earned it a rapidly growing fan base. Fan-favorite track “Goon Squad” has racked up more than 1 million […]