C-VILLE Writers



Ronnie “iRon Lion” Brandon and special guest Davina Jackson perform on Saturday to welcome in Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Reggae and Poetry

Dream date: In celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Chicago-born and Virginia-raised human rights activist Ronnie “iRon Lion” Brandon hosts a reggae and poetry showcase that begins by opening up the mic to anyone who wants to express their appreciation for King. Brandon will recite King’s historic “I Have A Dream” speech, and perform […]

It’s all-you-can-eat time again at Splendora’s. Photo: Andrea Hubbell

Out & about: Food, fun, and philanthropy

Ready to take a breather after the holiday bustle? Sorry—no rest for the weary. Besides, you’ll feel better if you get up and go, go, go with so many good things on tap. That’s alotta gelato Forget resolutions, there’s endless gelato to be had. Continuing a tradition started in 2007, Splendora’s Gelato offers all you […]

Photo: Skyclad Aerial

We love Charlottesville, but…

Building a better city New Year’s is a time for resolutions, but this year, we decided to focus our attention on city improvements, not self-improvement. So we asked a bunch of community leaders about their hopes for Charlottesville (and added a few of our own). Here’s to a new year, a new decade, and new […]

See a screening of composer Alban Berg's apocalyptic opera "Wozzeck" at The Paramount Theater Saturday, January 11. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Wozzeck

Art of war: Austrian composer Alban Berg drew inspiration for his apocalyptic opera Wozzeck (Met Live in HD broadcast), when he attended a production of the drama Woyzeck, a German play left incomplete by Georg Büchner at his death. Berg constructed his libretto for the production while on leave from his regiment in World War […]

The Gina Furtado Project is at The Prism Coffeehouse this week. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: The Gina Furtado Project

Take your pick: Mom, songwriter, singer, and “absurdly talented” banjo player (according to Bluegrass Today), Gina Furtado has two IBMA Banjo Player of the Year nominations to her credit. With the new album I Hope You Have A Good Life, she expands on her versatility with the Gina Furtado Project, playing original material that goes […]

Frank Vignola's Hot Jazz Trio is at The Front Porch this week. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Frank Vignola’s Hot Jazz Trio

Hot list: When Les Paul names a guitarist to his Five Most Admired Guitarists List (Wall Street Journal, September 2007) you’d think that person would be easily recognized. But despite leading bands for decades, Frank Vignola has maintained a career slightly outside the spotlight by supporting other very recognizable names, including Ringo Starr, Madonna, Donald […]

Nick Nace plays Blue Moon Diner this Thursday, January 9. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Nick Nace

Playing it off: If things had gone according to plan, you’d know Nick Nace for his acting work. A self-proclaimed drama kid, Nace followed his dreams to New York City to attend acting school, and spent his spare time playing guitar. Soon enough, he says that cheap guitar was guiding him towards the tunes, and […]

Neo-traditional string band The Wildmans plays The Prism Coffeehouse series January 3. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: The Wildmans

Big time traditions: The small town of Floyd, Virginia—its population was 425 in the last census—has become so synonymous with the Appalachian mountain music tradition that visitors often outnumber the residents. The latest to emerge from the robust tiny scene is neo-traditional string band The Wildmans, a fledgling group of top-notch players that includes Aila […]

Sir Kenneth Branagh and Dame Judi Dench star in The Winter’s Tale,  to be broadcast at The Paramount Theater Friday, January 3. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: The Winter’s Tale

Kingdom of frenemies: Sir Kenneth Branagh and Dame Judi Dench star in The Winter’s Tale, Shakespeare’s tragicomedy in which King Leontes appears to have everything, but his jealousy sets in motion a series of tragic consequences. Originally broadcast in November 2015, the play is co-directed by Rob Ashford and Branagh, and is being re-screened thanks […]

“The Dell” public basketball courts will be demolished and replaced with the Contemplative Commons by fall 2023.
Photo: Skyclad Aerial

Fond (and not so) farewells, statue drama, and more

Priorities Weeks after self-appointed Confederate monument defenders began monitoring downtown parks, city police arrested two Charlottesville residents for allegedly vandalizing the Stonewall Jackson statue in Court Square in the wee hours of the morning of December 19. Nic McCarthy-Rivera and former C-VILLE writer Jesse Tobias Beard have been charged with misdemeanor trespassing and felony vandalism. […]

Bruce Holsinger's The Gifted school is just one of many titles Charlottesville-area authors released this year.

Write here: A year in books from Charlottesville authors

It was a prolific year for local authors. Popular favorites like Rita Mae Brown, John Grisham, and Ann Beattie added new titles to their extensive catalogs. Several UVA professors published in-depth explorations of their expertise—from tracing the history of Jefferson’s university, to defining the basis of a scientific claim, to analyzing politics’ impact on the […]

In March, the long-anticipated $2 million skate park officially opened in McIntire Park.
Photo: Tristan Williams

Photo finish

From a new skate park to a vineyard pup, here are a few images that capture the year that was. (Click photos to enlarge).   In May, we wondered if the city’s ubiquitous electric scooters were a handy transit alternative or a public nuisance. Photo: Eze Amos   In June, Will Brockenbrough explained how his […]

UVA’s historic basketball win was, not suprisingly, our most picked-up print issue of the year. Kyle Guy jumped for joy when the team won its first national championship by defeating Texas Tech 85-77, in an overtime thriller.
Photo: Jerry Holt

Our back pages: What you read this year

We looked back on the year and (with the help of Google Analytics) our most-read stories online. The takeaway? Our readers care about marijuana, Confederate statues, and food—with a side of basketball victory. Here’s a rundown of our most-popular stories from 2019: 1. Pipe dreams: Virginia moves (slowly) towards marijuana reform This piece, by longtime […]

Ring in 2020 with David Wax Museum at The Southern Cafe & Music Hall. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: David Wax Museum

Into the new year: Husband and wife musicians David Wax and Suz Slezak have been playing their own unique form of Mexo-Americana folk for nearly 12 years. Performing as David Wax Museum, the duo celebrates its seventh release, Line of Light, which was produced by Carl Broemel of My Morning Jacket and features fellow C’ville […]

Dark synthpop act Ships in the Night (pictured) is one of the  scheduled performer's for the Seer’s Solstice Ball: A Tarot Release Party and Dark Rock Extravaganza at The Southern Cafe & Music Hall. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Seer’s Solstice Ball

Dark night returns: Find your way in the new year by getting the scoop at the Seer’s Solstice Ball: A Tarot Release Party and Dark Rock Extravaganza. Artist and author Laura Lee Gulledge teams up with mindfulness educator Juliet Trail to celebrate the release of The Unfinished Tarot Deck. Body painting and glittering is available […]

Different is what Out of Body Burlesque knows best. Catch the troupe's holiday show at IX this weekend. Image: Jeff East

ARTS Pick: Nice & Naughty Holiday Burlesque

Grinchy grins: Out of Body Burlesque hypes its audience with this fair warning: Prepare yourselves for something different because different is what we know best. This time around the collective brings extra heat to the holiday with its Nice & Naughty Holiday Burlesque show. Bebe Demure, alt-model Tabbie Athame (above), Honey Yvonne, Leia Lovecraft, and […]

Cirque Dreams 
Holidaze features performances by acrobats accompanied by Broadway singers performing original music and fresh takes on the classics. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Cirque Dreams Holidaze

Flippin’ good: Twist, tumble, and soar with seasonal joy as Cirque Dreams Holidaze acrobats take flight accompanied by Broadway singers performing original music and fresh takes on favorites such as “Deck the Halls,” “Winter Wonderland” and “Jingle Bell Rock.” Dozens of production numbers and 300 spectacular costumes construct a dazzling live circus experience described by […]

Charlie and the 45s play classic country favorites and back singers for live karaoke at The Front Porch this Friday. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Honky Tonk Holiday Party

Get in the spirits: Bring your list of country Christmas favorites for a chance to take over the mic at Charlie & the 45’s Honky Tonk Holiday Party. (The band asks that you know the songs in advance and be able to convey the chord changes.) Sign up for a two-step dance lesson early in […]

Christmas at the Paramount is a beloved event complete with an audience sing-along that has become an annual highlight. Rob Garland Photography

ARTS Pick: The Oratorio Society of Virginia

Farther Christmas: The English countryside serves as inspiration when The Oratorio Society of Virginia returns for its annual holiday concert. Christmas at the Paramount’s (below right) featured works, Ralph Vaughan Williams’ Fantasia on Christmas Carols and Gerald Finzi’s In Terra Pax, complement each other as the two British composers were colleagues and shared an affection […]

The annual Let There Be Light installation at PVCC this Friday honors the approaching solstice with a series of illuminated works by local artists (shown here is Ashtin Bowman's "Swarm of Constellations").

ARTS Pick: Let There Be Light (rescheduled to Sat.)

Glow up: The longest night of the year is celebrated with beauty and promise at the annual Let There Be Light festival. To honor the approaching solstice, curator and artist James Yates features illuminated outdoor works by Circe Strauss, Patty Swygert, Chris Haske, Andrew Sherogan, Dom Morse, and a group of Murray High School students, […]

Violinist and dancer Lindsey Stirling twirls her holiday tour into John Paul Jones arena Sunday, December 15. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Lindsey Stirling

Well played: Growing up, Lindsey Stirling could not decide between dancing and playing the violin, so she chose both and developed a unique act mixing hip-hop, pop, and classical music. At 23, she landed a slot on the fifth season of “America’s Got Talent,” competing as a hip-hop violinist. The competition was tough—Jackie Evancho and […]