C-VILLE Writers



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.

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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 […]

The third annual Best of Both Worlds Dance and Step Competition Junior Edition takes place on June 9. Photo by Melody Robbins Photography

ARTS Pick: Show-stopper skills

The third annual Best of Both Worlds Dance and Step Competition Junior Edition arrives with a variety of dance teams from Virginia and surrounding states to challenge past champions for bragging rights, cash prizes and the opportunity to perform on a bigger stage in November. Saturday, June 9. $12-15, 4pm. V. Earl Dickinson Building at […]

David Ramirez plays The Southern Cafe and Music Hall on Thursday, June 7. Photo: Stefanie Vinsel

ARTS Pick: Applause sign

A growing following is tailing the tunes of singer-songwriter and Houston native David Ramirez. Known for his soulful, introspective songs and passionate performances, Ramirez started music-making as many do—playing rock ‘n’ roll songs with his band at parties. He developed his own style in college and broke off to pursue a solo career. Focusing on […]

Chef Joe Wolfson  of Renewal embraces and values locally sourced ingredients from a flavor viewpoint. Photo by John Robinson

Renewal’s chef Joe Wolfson keeps it simple

By Sam Padgett and Erin O’Hare Chef Joe Wolfson found renewal in Charlottesville—literally. Renewal, which opened two weeks ago on West Main Street on the ground floor of the Draftsman Hotel, serves as both a culmination of Wolfson’s culinary career and an opportunity to focus his food on simplicity. Besides an impressive collection of accolades, […]

Michael Twitty, James Beard award-winning author, will demonstrate early African-American foodways in Colonial America, and discuss the politics surrounding the origins of soul food and Southern cuisine. Courtesy Poplar Forest

LIVING Picks: Week of May 30-June 5

FAMILY First Fridays Under the Stars Friday, June 1 After a brief talk in the education building, visitors will point out constellations and other galactic wonders. The Charlottesville Astronomical Society provides a telescope—or bring your own. Free, 7:30-9:30pm. Ivy Creek Natural Area, 1780 Earlysville Rd. 973-7772. NONPROFIT C’ville’s Day of R+R Saturday, June 2 Common […]

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, […]