C-VILLE Writers



Lizzie Clark and her Hot Yoga Charlottesville team put a twist on virtual yoga by offering healthy recipes to practitioners.

Pick: Hot Yoga Charlottesville

Hot at home: As many forms of exercise migrated to online instruction, most local studios flowed seamlessly into virtual class offerings. Hot Yoga Charlottesville instructors are posting a variety of classes for all skill levels, and making them accessible on a free YouTube channel (donations not required, but greatly appreciated). BYO heat, and if you sign […]

In "The Daily Creature," artist Joe Vena leads his audience through 30-minute art project tutorials that feature fun facts and stories about one animal per day.

Pick: The Daily Creature

Wild things: We know your kids are restless, and the interactive fun of the Through the Looking Glass exhibit at IX is temporarily closed, but The Daily Creature streaming series is a hit with art- lovers and animal-lovers alike. Artist Joe Vena leads his audience through 30-minute art project tutorials that feature fun facts and stories […]

Allison Kirkner, nurse practitioner at UVA. Photo: John Robinson

Holding the line

While most of us are staying home, some locals are still heading to work, to keep essential services running. Here are nine of their stories, in their own words. Allison Kirkner Lead nurse practitioner and manager, cardiothoracic ICU at UVA Hospital As told to Erin O’Hare Every single day is a different day. It would […]

The City Market To-Go offers access to the bounty of products produced at local farms including Caramont Farms popular goat cheeses.

Pick: Charlottesville City Market

Market upswing: Typically at this time of year we’d be emerging from our winter respite, and strolling with reusable grocery bags in hand to the Charlottesville City Market to sample food and stock up on fresh greens, sustainably raised meats, and plant starts for home gardens. While that may be out of reach for now, a […]

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Pick: WTJU Rock Marathon

Can’t fight this feeling: Connecting through music has always been a comfort in troubled times. This year, WTJU’s Rock Marathon affirms that connection with a transcendent dose of specially curated programming filled with the deep dives, obscure tracks, and whimsy we’ve come to expect from the station over the past 60 years. Tune in to discover […]

High school seniors mourn loss of milestones

High school seniors mourn loss of milestones

by Charlie Burns Ever since its emergence in the United States, the coronavirus has impacted people’s lives in distinct ways, and laid waste to societal norms as we know them. For high school seniors, this includes social and academic expectations for their final semester. Senior year has always been notable for prom, graduation, lasting memories […]

Photo: John Robinson

Let’s go! Our favorite local takeout, from perfect sandwiches to steaming bowls of…pasta?

While the experience of being at a restaurant—the din of clanging dishes and diners’ chatter, the comfort of being tended to—is unparalleled in our estimation, there’s a certain something special about taking your favorite menu items home. We’ve rounded up a few of our top picks: lightning-fast pasta, perfectly layered sandwiches, and the ultimate takeout […]

Connect with people around the world through a live, guided tour (questions taken) of Monticello via Zoom. Getty Images

Pick: Monticello’s virtual tours

Viewing the past: Always wanted to visit Monticello but never had the time? And now that you have the time, the front door at TJ’s place is locked. Fear not: Monticello is using Zoom to provide a virtual opportunity to explore one of our country’s most iconic sites and the legacy of Thomas Jefferson. Connect with […]

This Friday night, Front Porch executive director Emily Morrison will pull out her banjo and take the virtual stage for an installment of the venue's Save the Music series.

Pick: Save the Music

Music matters: When Front Porch music school’s executive director Emily Morrison temporarily closed the doors to the popular venue, she was ready to break another barrier by livestreaming the robust programming students and fans have grown accustomed to. “We’ve talked for years about how streaming could enhance our live venue, making the concert experience accessible to […]

Edwina Herring leads Live Arts' Online Treasure Trunk Theater, featuring new stories, games, crafts, and more that arrive weekly in your inbox.

Pick: Treasure Trunk Theater

Mother’s big helper: One silver lining of our new stay-at-home society is that it’s provided hours of quality family time. Hours and hours—with no end in sight. Luckily, Live Arts’ Online Treasure Trunk Theater offers parents some guilt-free virtual assistance from Edwina Herring. New stories, games, crafts, and more arrive weekly in your inbox, and kids […]

American Shakespeare Center’s own cinema-quality streaming service, BlkFrs TV, broadcasts from the replicated Blackfriars Theatre in Staunton. Publicity photo

Pick: BlkFrs TV

Much ado about Shakespeare: Shakespeare scholars have been dominating online arts outlets with clickbait headlines about the Bard’s burst of creativity during a bubonic plague quarantine in 1606. He’s said to have “churned out King Lear, Macbeth, and Antony and Cleopatra that year,” which may have led to his takeover at the original Blackfriars Theatre in Elizabethan London. In […]

Saturday, April 4, graphic novelist Laura Lee Gulledge discusses her new book, The Dark Matter of Mona Starr, alongside fellow local author M.K. England. Image courtesy Laura Lee Gulledge

Pick: Publishing pivot

It goes without saying that the coronavirus pandemic has altered life as usual, but for area creatives the show must go on. Taking the place of her scheduled book release appearances, local author Laura Lee Gulledge is hopping on Facebook Live to discuss The Dark Matter of Mona Starr, a YA graphic novel that explores […]

Fly Dog Yoga's virtual classes can help keep you mentally and physically fit during the stay-at-home order. Publicity photo

Pick: Fly at home

Don’t let social distancing deny you the benefits of feeling strong and present in your own body. FlyDog Yoga is offering three to four live classes a day, plus on-demand Power Vinyasa, Yin, Flow, Barre, Power Sculpt, Yoga Nidra, Meditation, and more. In addition, studio co-owner Brad Whiteman, an Army veteran who learned to manage […]

Genna Matthew plays a virtual concert Friday, April 3, as part of The Front Porch's "Save the Music" series. Image: Elizabeth Swider

Pick: Concert on your couch

Live music in the comfort of your own home? Sounds too good to be true, but rest assured, it isn’t. As a temporary replacement for in-person concerts and events, The Front Porch streaming series Save the Music welcomes Charlottesville native Genna Matthew, whose bittersweet lyrics and soothing folk-pop vocals earned her the 2019 grand prize […]

Use Regina Pilawuk Wilson's "Syaw (Fish Net)" as inspiration for your own creative work in Second Street Gallery's daily art prompts. Image courtesy the gallery

Pick: Art lessons

“The world always seems brighter when you’ve just made something that wasn’t there before,” says graphic novelist Neil Gaiman. Second Street Gallery has brightened our community for over 45 years, and while we cannot currently enjoy its compelling displays in person, SSG offers us plenty to look at through its digital initiatives and art exercises […]

Governor Northam's stay-home order will be active until June 10.

In brief: Stay home

Settle in “Our message today is very clear: That is to stay home,” said Governor Ralph Northam at the beginning of a March 30 press conference. On March 27, the governor issued Executive Order 53, which shut down schools for the rest of the year, closed all “non-essential” businesses, and asked everyone to social distance, […]

Hope and Shirley are long time residents of the Belmont neighborhood. Photo: Zack Wajsgras

Welcome home: Our guide to city neighborhoods

By Charlie Burns, Carol Diggs, Brielle Entzminger, Ben Hitchcock, Laura Longhine, and Erin O’Hare Life here in Charlottesville has changed drastically since we began working on this feature about city neighborhoods, more than a month ago. But if anything, our neighborhoods have become more important. With schools and many businesses closed, we’ve all retreated to […]

McGuffey Art Center is currently closed due to the COVID-19 virus, so here are some images from Renee Balfour’s “New Work” exhibition, currently up at the gallery. Courtesy of the artist

Sculpture and shadows: Renee Balfour’s “New Work” evokes a haunting stillness

By Ramona Martinez The 11 wood sculptures that make up Renee Balfour’s “New Work” at McGuffey Art Center have a haunting stillness. Hung around the main gallery, some white and some unpainted, they are reminiscent of bones and fossilized plants—like prehistoric objects suspended in time. The exhibition is full of contradictions, or maybe polarities: seemingly […]

Coronavirus coverage

Coronavirus coverage

We're continually covering the impact of the novel coronavirus on our community--this page includes all our prior news coverage. The first case of COVID-19 in Charlottesville was confirmed on March 16. As of June 9, there were 649 reported cases in the Charlottesville area, and 19 deaths. Statewide, there were 51,251 cases and 1,477 deaths. [...]
What’s happening…and what’s not

What’s happening…and what’s not

In an effort to contain the growing coronavirus/COVID-19 threat, a lot is shifting. Schools are closed, government proceedings are different, local venues are cancelling and postponing events, and local shops and restaurants are closing or pivoting to different business models. We’ll keep you updated as best we can on this page. On Monday, March 30, […]

Hear from two passionate local beekeepers at Crozet Artisan Depot on Saturday. Getty Images

Pick: Adventures in Beekeeping

Honey do: Ian Henry and Buzz Barnett get hive minded in their lighthearted Adventures in Beekeeping talk, discussing honey production and the importance of these hard-working insects to our ecosystem and food sources (a fact that can’t be overstated these days). The pair promises to indulge their swarm of listeners in a local honey tasting […]