C-VILLE Writers



Arts Pick: British Riches

Field Recordings: Music, poetry, and the English countryside merge for British Riches, Charlottesville Symphony’s curation of works by A.E. Houseman, Percy Bysshe Shelley, Alfred Lord Tennyson, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Thomas Middleton, William Wordsworth, Wilfred Owen, John Keats, and William Shakespeare. American tenor Zachary Wilder sings through an ambitious program that includes Elegy for String Orchestra […]

Arts Pick: Love Luxe

Arts Pick: Love Luxe

You and me both: From Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell’s “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” to Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga’s “Shallow,” stage magic is made when a duo has chemistry. After a nearly 10-year break (they both moved away), Richelle Claiborne and Ezra Hamilton reunite for Love Luxe, a rare performance sure to rekindle the […]

Arts Pick: Coriky

Arts Pick: Coriky

Fleeing the circus: Recruiting from his Fugazi lineup as well as his band The Evens, Ian MacKaye formed an unnamed trio with wife Amy Farina (drums) and bassist Joe Lally in 2018 for a Washington, D.C., benefit show. We still can’t confirm a name, but we happened upon an event post with the aforementioned lineup […]

KISS and special guest David Lee Roth play John Paul Jones Arena on Friday, February 7. Publicity photo by Jen Rosenstein

ARTS Pick: KISS

KISS off: There’s a longtime rock ‘n’ roll rumor that Eddie Van Halen tried to break up Van Halen so he could join KISS when Ace Frehley left the band in 1982, citing the friction with VH’s wild frontman David Lee Roth (fate had other plans, i.e. Van Hagar). Today, DLR is back in Van […]

Photographer Shannon Wild's film about a rare black panther in India screens at The Paramount Theater Friday, February 7. Image courtesy Shannon Wild

ARTS Pick: Pursuit of the Black Panther

Ghost hunt: Melanistic leopards are so rare they are known as the ghosts of forest. Photographer Shannon Wild spent almost two years in southeastern India, battling weather, terrain, and injuries, to capture images of these elusive cats. At National Geographic Live’s Pursuit of the Black Panther, Wild shares the experiences that fill her three books […]

Americana group Hawktail plays The Front Porch Saturday, February 8. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Hawktail

In record time: Building fresh material out of tradition and experience, Hawktail thrives on the combined talents of fiddler Brittany Haas, bassist Paul Kowert, guitarist Jordan Tice, and mandolin player Dominick Leslie. The low-key supergroup (members’ affiliations include the Punch Brothers, David Rawlings, Crooked Still, and “A Prairie Home Companion”) found its groove in the […]

TV personality Ross Matthews dishes on his celeb friends and connections at The Jefferson on Tuesday. Publicity image.

ARTS Pick: Ross Mathews

Life stories: Ross Mathews, the renowned television personality most famous for appearances on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” “The Insider,” and “Celebrity Fit Club,” engages his audience with hilarious tales and spicy anecdotes from his extensive time in show business. From spending a Christmas with the Kardashians to his TV chat with Omarosa, and […]

At Pronto, which recently opened on the Corner, you’ll find a variety of fresh pastas and eight different preparation styles, ranging from bolognese to pesto. Photo by John Robinson

Fresh pasta, fast! And more food and drink news

And just like that, pasta is now a fast-food “thing” in Charlottesville. Following the late-October opening of Luce, a sliver of space on the Downtown Mall, a new instant-gratification, fresh-pasta shop has opened on the Corner in the spot that formerly housed Revolutionary Soup. Pronto is the brainchild of Daniel Kaufman, who also owns Public […]

Khaibar Sahar Zoy, 31, an SIV (Special Immigrant Visa holder) from Afghanistan, discusses his medical history with Dr. Fern Hauck, director of the International Family Medicine Clinic. Photo: John Robinson

Better care for all

  Health is vital to well-being, but not everyone gets the care they need. Here’s a look at some local efforts to help underserved populations, from new moms to new arrivals. BY Brielle Entzminger, Ben Hitchcock, Erika Howsare, Laura Longhine, and Jennifer MacAdam-Miller. ‘A medical home:’ Treating Charlottesville’s refugees Seven-year-old Aakriti Tamang sits on an […]

ARTS Pick: Jane Bunnett and Maqueue

ARTS Pick: Jane Bunnett and Maqueue

Lighting a fire: Merging her jazz background with the rhythms and culture of Cuban music, veteran bandleader Jane Bunnett’s new project Maqueque furthers her unique international explorations. A multiple Juno and Grammy Award winner, Bunnett launched a mentoring program for young, Cuban musicians that’s become a touring all-female collective, and is setting the jazz music […]

Jordan Davis is at The Jefferson Theater Thursday, January 30. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Jordan Davis

Winning combo: With roots in Shreveport, Louisiana, and a heart for the legacy of Nashville’s music scene, country artist Jordan Davis broke big via the internet when his debut album Home State racked up over 1 billion worldwide streams. Stretching his sound between early folk heroes like Jim Croce and current superstars Lady Antebellum, Davis […]

Gorilla Theater stages "Twelfth Night," one of Shakespeare's most beloved comedies, through February 15. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Twelfth Night

Love and deception: Romance, comedy, and deceit come to the stage in the form of one of William Shakespeare’s most beloved comedies, Twelfth Night. Directed by Jamie Virostko and featuring a talented ensemble, this intimate spin on the Bard’s twisted love triangle combines gender-fluidity with romantic chaos in a traditional yet pared-down production. Through Saturday, […]

Son Little arrives with songs from his soon-to-be-released album aloha. Publicity image.

ARTS Pick: Son Little

Son salutation: R&B soul musician Son Little has an eclectic body of work that includes contributions to recordings by The Roots, RJD2, and Portugal. The Man. He cites Paul McCartney, Kendrick Lamar, American indie act Grizzly Bear, and Swedish electronic band Little Dragon as early influences, and earned his biggest props to date for his […]

Author Roxane Gay comes to Charlottesville as the keynote speaker for the 2020 Community MLK Celebration.  Image: Jay Grabiec

ARTS Pick: Roxane Gay

Rox our world: Roxane Gay can write with both authenticity and wit about Italian restaurants, feminism, body image, racism, rape culture, gun control, and other cultural hot buttons. She’s become internationally recognized for her to-the-point social criticism, and in 2019 Playboy called her one of the most important and accessible cultural commentators of our time. […]

The Joe Policastro Trio brings its cinematic style to WTJU and Fellini's on Friday night. Publicity image.

ARTS Pick: Joe Policastro Trio

Screen team: Based on its latest material, you could call the Joe Policastro Trio dramatic. The alt-jazz outfit’s recent recordings include the West Side Story suite, as well as Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah,” “Nadia’s Theme (From ‘The Young and the Restless’),” “Twin Peaks’” theme, Blade Runner’s love theme, and many other well-known TV and screen epics. […]

Blackalicious celebrates the 20th anniversary of Nia at the Southern on Thursday. Publicity image.

ARTS Pick: Blackalicious

Back on the beats: When Blackalicious’ first album, Nia, was released in 1999, critics praised the duo for their rap skills, production style, and ability to push hip-hop in a new direction. Following up with the equally compelling Blazing Arrow (2002) and The Craft (2005), Chief Xcel and Gift of Gab took 10 years to […]

Luchadora makes once in a Blue Moon acoustic appearance on Friday. Publicity photo.

ARTS Pick: Luchadora

Swimming in it: Describing themselves as “the world heavyweight champions of Appalachian surf” the landlocked members of Luchadora play hard with a wink and a nod. This appearance finds Will Rourk (guitar/banjo), Will Tanner (bass/guitar), Tiernan Rourk (accordian), Dave Hersman (trumpet), and “crazy long-armed drummer” Jason Bennett turning their high-energy sound into a lively acoustic […]

Riley Moore is at the Twisted Branch Tea Bazaar on Wednesday. Publicity photo.

ARTS Pick: Riley Moore

Walking the talk: Global culture and music are the passions that drive songwriter Riley Moore’s blossoming career. After traveling the world and growing the requisite folksinger beard, Moore settled in Nashville where he lives on a sailboat. A love of the planet moved him to establish himself as a walking, touring musician, and in 2015 […]

A launch party for Monticello Wine Company, Afton Mountain Vineyards’ second label, takes place Thursday evening, January 16, at Champion Grill in Stonefield. Photo: Courtesy Monticello Wine Co.

All in the family: The Smiths strike again!

Afton Mountain Vineyards announced a second label this week: Monticello Wine Company. Founded as a winemaking cooperative in Charlottesville in 1873, the historic brand became the largest winery in the South before it shut down with the onset of Prohibition in Virginia, in 1916. Michael Macfarlan, the winemaker at Glass House Winery, and his brother, […]

Kick off your weekend with The Legwarmers on Friday at the Jefferson. Publicity image.

ARTS Pick: Legwarmers

Get down on it: Whether you were of age to enjoy the ’80s chart-toppers at the time or just think they are totally rad, it’s easy to fall into the groove at a Legwarmers show. Since 2001, Gordon Gartrell, Cru Jones, Chet Reno, Lavaar Huxtable, Roxanne Rio, Captain Morgan Pondo, and Clarence McFly have been […]