C-VILLE Writers

Ronnie Roberts' website before Monticello asked his campaign to remove photo of Jefferson's home.

In brief: Not public domain, not homophobic, not best state to work, and more

Monticello not pleased The website of Ronnie Roberts, independent candidate for Albemarle sheriff, used one of the county’s most iconic images—Monticello—in its background. The only problem is, the Thomas Jefferson Foundation, which owns the mountaintop manse, does not allow images of the house to be used for commercial or political purposes. “Monticello does not endorse […]

Midsummer 90 takes a shortcut to the heart of the Bard at American Shakespeare Center. Image: Lauren Rogers Parker

ARTS Pick: Midsummer 90

Bite-sized Shakespeare: An abridged version of the iconic Shakespeare comedy, Midsummer 90 drops the Night’s Dream and retains all the humor and wonder of the original script without sacrificing its spellbinding storytelling. By packing the fairies, magic, and fantastical animals into a performance that clocks in under two hours, the play is perfect for children […]

Interpol explores a new direction at The Jefferson on Wednesday. Publicity image.

ARTS Pick: Interpol

Rounding the corners: In the run-up to recording Interpol’s latest release, Marauder, drummer Sam Fogarino repeatedly asked himself: “How can I make shit swing?” The post-punk veterans were six albums and more than 15 years into their careers, yet had never strayed from the rock influences of their home turf in New York City. Consulting […]

Filmore explores new country at the Southern on Saturday. Publicity image.

ARTS Pick: Filmore

Fan favorite: He may be labeled a country singer, but Filmore’s music doesn’t fit neatly into one category. Whether he’s adding electronic beats or R&B elements, or picking up the occasional banjo, the young Missourian puts a fresh twist on country music traditions, and it’s garnered him millions of streams. The musician is also known […]

Ventriloquist and comedian Lynn Trefzger brings a polished but unpredictable routine to PVCC Friday, August 30. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Lynn Trefzger

Talking hands: Self-taught ventriloquist and comedian Lynn Trefzger brings more than four decades of experience to a routine that’s polished but unpredictable. Her cast of characters includes a recently potty-trained toddler excited to share, a confrontational drunk camel, and an old man who keeps things fresh in the bedroom with Saran Wrap. Trefzger’s performances, which […]

ARTS Pick: Dropping Julia

ARTS Pick: Dropping Julia

Ruling the roof: Dropping Julia is the culmination of guitarist Emily Kresky’s journey as a musician, which she began in New Jersey at age 19. After developing her chops on the road, Kresky landed in Charlottesville where she formed the four-piece pop rock band. Rootsy Americana graced by jazz and folk is channeled through “Jersey […]

Christone "Kingfish" Ingram plays to a sold-out Southern Cafe & Music Hall Saturday, August 31. Photo by Rory Doyle

ARTS Pick: Christone “Kingfish” Ingram

Breakout blues: At 20 years old, blues artist Christone “Kingfish” Ingram wanted to do what no one else was doing. While most of his music-making peers turned to rap, Ingram embraced the rich tradition of the Mississippi Delta where he was raised. His crossover appeal is apparent in the range of musicians who consider themselves […]

Mipso brings Americana, bluegrass, and indie pop to The Jefferson Theater Friday, August 30. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Mipso

Off the grass: They got their start as a folk duo playing campus events, but today, Mipso’s blend of Americana, bluegrass, and indie pop is filling music halls rather than lecture halls. Since graduating from UNC-Chapel Hill in 2013, the band has grown, and toured in Japan, played with the former chancellor of their alma […]