C-VILLE Writers



John Shakespear weaves modern woes into song at The Garage on Thursday. Publicity image.

ARTS Pick: John Shakespear

Literally literary: The first full album from Boston’s John Shakespear, Spend Your Youth (released May 10), is described as a coming-of-age record tinged by the times. Now making music in Nashville, Shakespear’s harmonies draw comparisons to the wistful pinings of Fleet Foxes and Elliott Smith, while his lyrics reflect the current political climate, his personal […]

Zen Mother seeks like-minded fans at The Bridge PAI on Sunday. Image:  Lauren Rodriguez

ARTS Pick: Zen Mother

High attitude: According to the bio of Zen Mother’s Monika Khot and Adam Wolcott Smith, the trading of “avant-garde secrets” led to the duo’s formation (sometimes a trio with the addition of drummer Sheridan Riley). That seems fitting for a group that lends itself “to sonic focus and harnessing control of the mind.” Zen Mother’s […]

Opening on May 17 at Live Arts, The Royale delivers knockout performances through June 8. Image; Martyn Kyle.

ARTS Pick: The Royale

Ring true: Boxer Jack Johnson became the first African American world heavyweight champion, and at the height of the Jim Crow era he was “the most famous and the most notorious African American on Earth,” according to documentarian Ken Burns. Directed by multi-faceted artist and C-VILLE contributor Leslie Scott-Jones, The Royale, written by Marco Ramirez, […]

Nick Waterhouse goes back to the future of the music on his new self-titled record. Publicity Image.

ARTS Pick: Nick Waterhouse

California roll: Before his foray into making music, SoCal native Nick Waterhouse listened and studied, learning from obscure masters of songwriting before launching his own unique style steeped in vintage R&B, jazz, mid-century rock ‘n’ roll, and a hint of bugaloo. His eponymous fourth album is a culmination of the purposeful songwriting and attentive production […]

In Albemarle County, it can be a perilous walk to the closet bus stop. Photo: Samantha Baars

Commuting without cars

In honor of Sean Tubbs, C-VILLE Weekly’s edit staff tried to get to work without a car—and only half of us made it. Here’s a look at how our experiment shook out. No bus for you I failed. I live in an apartment complex on Sunset Avenue Extended, and though you’ll see a Charlottesville address […]

Virginia Wawner and Lena Malcolm face off in Four County Players' God of Carnage. Linda Hogan Photography.

ARTS Pick: God of Carnage

Parental misguidance: When a pair of 11-year-old boys get into a fight at the park, one leaves with two less teeth. God of Carnage begins after the violent incident, when all four parents of the boys gather for a discussion of the matter over drinks. What begins as civil discourse devolves into a rum-soaked screaming […]

Keyboard player PJ Morton is at The Southern on Wednesday. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: PJ Morton

Savory hooks: When he’s not on tour or performing at the Super Bowl with Maroon 5, keyboardist PJ Morton can be found playing his own gigs to promote the recent Grammy-nominated album Gumbo. Accompanying Morton (who is fresh from the 50th annual NOLA jazz fest) on his Keys & A Mic Acoustic Tour are Jakiya […]

Lowland Hum performs at the Southern on Friday. Publicity image.

ARTS Pick: Lowland Hum

A quiet place: Gentleness is a way of life for Lowland Hum, the highly successful duo that founded the #SupportQuietMusic movement. Daniel and Lauren Goans “maintain that among our society’s insufferably growing volume, quiet is the most powerful offering one can make.” New album Glyphonic (out May 10) is another masterful exploration of lyric and […]

The Oratorio Society of Virginia concert at Old Cabelll Hall. Photo/Andrew Shurtleff Photography, LLC

ARTS Pick: MaySong

Promise to the world: The Oratorio Society of Virginia rounds out its season with MaySong featuring Brahms’ Ein deutsches Requiem (A German Requiem). The large-scale work is a “true choral blockbuster” says Executive Director Rowena Pinto Zimmermann. Christina Pier (soprano) and Trevor Scheunemann (baritone) appear as guest soloists, and an encore of The World Called, […]

Learn hands-on skills from experts at the How-to Festival on Saturday. Publicity image.

ARTS Pick: How-to Festival

Learning IRL: Want to learn how to build a robot? Would you like to jazz up your cooking prep with chef-level knife skills? Or maybe you’re interested in the medicinal properties of the herbs in your kitchen spice rack, learning to ride a unicycle, or caring for goats? The How-to Festival trumps YouTube, advice columns, […]

Wild Common rocks your soul at Fridays After Five this week. Image: Carla Kasun

Arts Pick: Wild Common

Playing well with others: Genre is meaningless in the best way for locally based rock-soul group Wild Common. After collaborating informally for a fundraiser gig in 2017, the talented friends—including vocal powerhouse and former member of The Wailers Davina Jackson; Galax Old Fiddler’s Convention prodigy Nate Leath; accomplished reggae drummer Rob Hubbard; jazz bassist Dhara […]

Austin Bouchard as Jim and Crystal Day as Laura in Tennessee Williams' The Glass Menagerie at Gorilla Theater. Image: Jack Rakes

ARTS Pick: The Glass Menagerie

Stark vision: Tennessee Williams arrived as a playwright when The Glass Menagerie premiered in Chicago in 1944, and then quickly moved to Broadway where it won the New York Drama Critics’ Circle Award in 1945. Williams’ semi-autobiographical story of a struggling family, set in a St. Louis apartment, gets a stripped-down black box treatment by […]

Todd Snider plays from his latest release, Cash Cabin Sessions Vol. 3, at The Jefferson on Thursday. publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Todd Snider

Speaks volumes: Todd Snider has an impressive history with legendary musicians­­—his discovery by a member of Jimmy Buffett’s band led to a long kinship with John Prine (and helped shape Snider’s smart, witty folk tunes). So it’s perfectly natural that he would dream about Johnny Cash after a co-writing session with Loretta Lynn at Cash […]

Parachute lands at home to play the Jefferson on Tuesday. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Parachute

It’s been over 10 years since pop group Parachute (formed at Charlottesville High School) found itself sharing a stage with the Jonas Brothers and Taylor Swift on New Year’s Eve in Times Square. The appearance was a promo for the band’s locally produced debut album, Losing Sleep, which climbed to No. 2 on the Billboard […]

Che Apalache plays the Prism Coffeehouse Series at C'ville Coffee on Sunday. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Che Apalache

When North Carolina native Joe Troop moved to Argentina in 2010, the multi-talented musician carved out a niche in the local scene by teaching bluegrass and old-time music. Eventually Troop, along with a few of his quick-picking students, formed Che Apalache, and drawing on various musical styles from Argentina, Mexico, and the United States, recorded […]

Leslie Scott-Jones (left) and Richelle Claiborne (right) sing the songs of Nina Simone at The Front Porch on Saturday, April 27. Photo by Jay Pun

ARTS Pick: A Night With Nina

When Nina Simone died in 2003, Elton John sent flowers with the message, “You were the greatest and I love you.” That sentiment has been echoed by countless others, and tributes to Simone aim to capture her seductive, hypnotic genius. Richelle Claiborne and Leslie-Scott Jones rekindle the vocal magic during A Night With Nina, with […]