C-VILLE Writers

Mary Chapin Carpenter plays The Paramount Theater on Sunday, October 28. Photo by Aaron Farrington

ARTS Pick: Mary Chapin Carpenter

On Sometimes Just the Sky, Mary Chapin Carpenter takes measure of her 30-year career through fresh renditions of songs from her original studio albums. Carpenter curated gems from her catalog that reflect her soul and trace the evolution of her songwriting, from award-winning country music to the intelligent folk-pop and orchestral collaborations that currently define […]

Stephen Spotswood’s In the Forest, She Grew Fangs loses any warmth found in Little Red Riding Hood and unleashes the hunted girl’s spirit of vengeance. See it locally at Gorilla Theater. Photo by Jack Rakes courtesy of Gorilla Theater

ARTS Pick: In the Forest, She Grew Fangs

Lucy knows about the sharpness of teeth and claws—years of high school torment have left her hollowed and unseen, even in the eyes of her concerned grandmother Ruth. After new friend Jenny rescues her from near-death, sudden dreams of howls and gore lead Lucy to a darkness she’s never known. Stephen Spotswood’s In the Forest, […]

Keith Urban plays songs from his new record, Graffiti U, at John Paul Jones Arena on Sunday, October 28. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Keith Urban

Keith Urban’s latest project, Graffiti U, is a versatile album, deeply rooted in the country music of his youth. While Urban is known for infusing guitar chops and hard rock into his music, this album stays stylistically true to the songs of Johnny Cash, Charley Pride, and Merle Haggard, which he discovered in his father’s record […]

ARTS Pick: moe.

Early to the jam band party, moe. rose quickly on the hippie festival circuit of the ’90s, firing up crowds with its intricate percussion and ripping guitar riffs. Three decades of touring and 24 albums later, the Buffalo, New York, quintet is still playing to massive audiences—in May, its 17th annual Summer Camp drew more […]

Old School is at the Jefferson African American Heritage Center October 10-20. Jess Gabbay

Arts Pick: Old School honors black educators everywhere

With Caruso Brown’s Old School, The Jefferson School African American Heritage Center gives a nod to Charlottesville’s black leaders, educators, and students. The play reflects Brown’s deep interest in Charlottesville’s black narrative and the lasting impact that these people, past and present, have had on the city. In the first act, an English teacher attempts to dissolve […]

Williams Corner Wine co-founder Nicolas Mestre travels three months of the year, to places like Italy and France. Photo: Amy Jackson Smith

Want a fun business trip? Become a wine importer

We’d imagine the life of a wine importer to be nothing but romance—all long nights, barrel laughs, and plates of beautiful food in good company. Turns out, we were wrong: It’s better than that. We asked Williams Corner Wine co-founder Nicolas Mestre to recount a recent wine-tasting trip to Spain. The CEO spends about 12 […]

Death Cab for Cutie plays The Sprint Pavilion Thursday, October 18. Photo by Eliot Lee Hazel

ARTS Pick: Death Cab for Cutie

Begun as a side project in Washington state over two decades ago, Death Cab  for Cutie broke through  with relatable, brokenhearted odes on 2003’s Transatlanticism, an album that landed songs  on “The O.C.” series soundtrack and ratcheted up the group’s indie rock caché. On tour for its ninth studio album, Thank You for Today, Ben Gibbard and company still […]

Performing as Black Violin, Kev Marcus and Wil B. define a genre they call classical boom. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Black Violin

What’s so unusual about an American hip-hop duo that has shared stages with Kanye West, Aerosmith, and Tom Petty, and collaborated with Wu-Tang Clan, Wyclef Jean, and Alicia Keys? It’s that Kev Marcus plays the violin and Wil B. plays the viola. Performing as Black Violin, the pair defines the genre they call classical boom […]

An original play by Sarah DeLappe, The Wolves was a finalist for the 2017 Pulitzer Prize in Drama. It's part of UVA Drama's fall season. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: The Wolves

The Wolves are a prickly pack of teenage girls—sharp, smooth at the edges, competitive, and biting. This locker-room drama unwinds around the routines of nine soccer players as they chat and stretch before their weekly games. Social cannibalism ensues when a new member of the team introduces topics of moral conflict and her peers struggle with […]

ARTS Pick: Cliff Cash

ARTS Pick: Cliff Cash

There’s a lot to discover about stand-up comedian Cliff Cash, a self-declared explorer and lover of the outdoors. On his Blue Ridge Parkway Comedy Tour, the North Carolinian travels 590 miles from Greenville, South Carolina, to Fairfax, Virginia, stopping at seven locations where he takes his audience on an intense, emotional journey through topics of […]

Albemarle wants to survey what internet service is available in the county before accepting a fiber broadband proposal from Central Virginia Electric Cooperative, which wants a $550,000 tax break from the county.

Better access: Supes mull broadband deal

By Jonathan Haynes Lack of high-speed internet access has been a big issue for rural areas of Albemarle County in recent years. In January, the Central Virginia Electric Cooperative submitted a proposal to incorporate fiber optic broadband cables along its existing infrastructure in Albemarle, which could benefit about 3,600 county customers. CVEC says it can […]

The former Lee-Jackson House at Washington and Lee in Lexington is now called Simpson Hall.

In brief: New monikers, old murder case, hot market and more

Goodbye, Robert E. Lee The statue remains in the former Lee Park, but the park’s name has changed—twice—in the past year. That trend is happening across the state, most recently last week in Staunton and Lexington. By name Lee Park is now Market Street Park. Robert E. Lee High School in Staunton will be renamed, […]

Town Mountain performs at The Prism Coffeehouse at C'ville Coffee on Saturday.

Arts Pick: Town Mountain

With six releases and a reputation for hard-driving jams, string band Town Mountain covers broad musical territory, drawing in fans of bluegrass, country, classic rock and boogie-woogie. The group cites the Grateful Dead’s Jerry Garcia and lyricist Robert Hunter among its influences. Piece that together with talent in the vein of Nashville legends Willie Nelson, […]

Just Loud performs at the Pavilion on Sunday. Publicity image.

Arts Pick: Just Loud

Vintage vibes abound with a stylish blend of ’80s pop, funk, and soul from debut artist Just Loud. His EP Episode I, which featured the single “Electrified,” racked up over 1.5 million streams on Spotify as the first step in his quest to bring back funk. He collaborated with Blondie’s Debbie Harry on his single […]

Family drama plays out in Four County's Lion in Winter on  weekends through October 28. Image: Linda Hogan Photography

Arts Pick: The Lion in Winter

It’s 1183, and Queen Eleanor of Aquitaine is in prison for raising an army against her husband King Henry II—except during the holidays. Written in 1966, the comedic and dramatic play The Lion in Winter follows the Plantagenet family’s fight for the throne during the Christmas season. Directed by Clinton Johnston, this adaptation magnifies the […]

Prop bags will be supplied at the shadowcast presentation of The Rocky Horror Picture Show 
at IX Art Park 
on Friday. Publicity image.

Arts Pick: The Rocky Horror Picture Show

There’s probably not a movie that’s better suited for shadowcasting than The Rocky Horror Picture Show. The over-the-top musical about a haunted castle inhabited by “a sweet transvestite from Transsexual, Transylvania,” is a cult classic that has kept costume parties going year-round for many generations, proving that we don’t have to “do the time warp […]

The Devon Allman Project plays The Jefferson Theater Thursday, October 4. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: The Devon Allman Project

When your dad and his brother and most of his friends are musical legends, the pull of the stage is in your blood. Devon Allman answered the call with a punk band at age 13, and by the time he forged a relationship with his famous dad, Gregg, at 17, he was a skilled guitarist […]

Gillian Welch is among the artists scheduled to perform at this year's Festy Experience. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: The Festy Experience

It’s not often that you can learn about mushroom cultivation, experiment with the didgeridoo, get an acupuncture treatment, and take a yoga class while the Hackensaw Boys, Gillian Welch, and Ricky Skaggs belt it out in the Blue Ridge Mountains. The Festy Experience is defined by three days of Americana music in a family-friendly, comfortable […]

The Turnpike Troubadors play the Sprint Pavilion Friday, October 5. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Turnpike Troubadors

Evan Felker is full of stories, Southern twang, and soul. As frontman for the Turnpike Troubadours, Felker delivers tales of loss and love bolstered by the fiddling and electric strumming of his Oklahoman bandmates in tunes that swing from listening moments to dance-your-ass-off numbers. Playing bigger stages hasn’t changed the band’s accessible, laid-back approach to […]