C-VILLE Writers



Christopher Alexander of Clark Elementary School tries a bite of Swiss chard while classmate Ladanian Wells looks on. The greens came from his school’s garden and were prepared by Mas chef Tomas Rahal. Photo: Annalee Grant

Mas chef teams up with Schoolyard Garden program

It isn’t often that fresh gourmet dishes served up by Tomas Rahal, chef and owner of Mas, are received with choruses of “ewws” and “yucks.” Rahal took it all in stride on July 16 when Grade 2 and 3 students from Clark Elementary School’s Summer School Science Enrichment Program visited his Belmont restaurant for a […]

Logan Newman (center) rocks out as Jesus in Four County Players’ production of Godspell. Photo by J. Stoll.

ARTS Pick: Four County Players present Godspell

See the Gospels as you’ve never seen or heard them before in Four County Player’s revival of the hit musical Godspell, which tells Jesus’ life story with a dash of rock’n’roll. Based on the Gospel According to Matthew, the energetic and heartfelt retelling centers on a series of parables from the Bible interspersed with some […]

Fridays After Five is a good time to get down with talented vocalist Jennifer Stuart her band The Design. Publicity Photo.

ARTS Pick: Jennifer Stuart & the Design

Meet Jen, Jacob, Jimmy, Jon, Jason, and…Dave. A local work in progress since 2004, Jennifer Stuart & The Design has one tradition—creativity fueled by a melting pot of countless musical influences. Don’t expect a resemblance between sets, because the group constructs each soul-funk-jazz-rock song with its own stamp of clever, upbeat originality, just like its […]

ARTS Pick: Storm the Bridge

ARTS Pick: Storm the Bridge

The Fourth of July may have passed, but don’t let your revolutionary spirit falter. Invoke the essence of 1780s Paris as the good citizens of Charlottesville join together to tear down the walls of stagnation and release creativity into the community. Storm the Bridge begins at Champion Brewery, followed by a fife-and-drum escorted march to […]

Mathieu Amalric portrays Jean-Dominique Bauby in the powerful biopic 
The Diving Bell and The Butterfly. Publicity photo.

ARTS Pick: The Diving Bell and the Butterfly

Blending the tragic with the triumphant, The Diving Bell and The Butterfly depicts the life of renowned magazine editor Jean-Dominique Bauby, who, after suffering a stroke that paralyzed his entire body except his left eye, used a blinking code to write his own memoir in 1997. Adapted to film by director Julian Schnabel in 2007, the remarkable story has […]

Nashville notable and Texas native Andrew Combs is making his mark as part of the new wave of folk rockers. Publicity photo.

ARTS Pick: Andrew Combs at The Garage

A country-folk revolution is gaining momentum in Nashville, and singer-songwriter Andrew Combs is one of the founding fathers. Defending the right to defy conventional boundaries, Combs plays deeply emotional tunes that borrow equally from traditional rural sounds, with indie intonations, and punk flair that sounds like it came straight out of a warehouse in Detroit. […]

Sarah Mitchell (foreground) stars as Elle in the Live Arts summer highlight Legally Blonde: The Musical. Photo courtesy of Live Arts.

ARTS Pick: Legally Blonde, The Musical

Paint the town pink with perky sorority girl-turned-law student Elle Woods and her lovable four-legged sidekick Bruiser in Legally Blonde: The Musical. Based on the novel by Anna Brown and the 2001 motion picture, the play showcases everyone’s favorite heroine as she sings her way through boyfriend woes, Harvard Law School, and the murder of the century, […]

The Lenny Marcus Trio jazzes up some familiar classical tunes at the Wintergreen Summer Music Festival. Publicity photo.

ARTS Pick: The Lenny Marcus Trio

Take a walk on the wild side with refreshing jazz renditions of Beethoven classics performed by The Lenny Marcus Trio as part of the Wintergreen Summer Music Festival. A protégé of the legendary Ray Bryant, Marcus brings a highly creative approach to his music, mixing flute, bluesy vocals, and cool jazz piano for a unique, […]

Troubadour Gregory Alan Isokov performs his poignant folk songs at the Jefferson on Thursday and at the Redwing Roots Music Festival on Friday.

ARTS Pick: Gregory Alan Isakov

Now living in Colorado by way of Philadelphia by way of Johannesburg, South Africa, indie folk singer-songwriter Gregory Alan Isakov first found his roots in song.  “I’ve always had this sense about music and writing, that I sort of have to do it. Like I’ll implode without it. I probably wouldn’t do it if I […]

The massive appeal of The Del McCoury Band’s authentic bluegrass posts the group in the top slot at the brand new Red Wing Roots Music Festival. Publicity photo.

ARTS Pick: Red Wing Roots Music Festival

While some may drive hours to catch these acts on their own, the premiere of the Red Wing Roots Music Festival delivers the South’s best talent straight to Central Virginia’s doorstep. The three-day schedule includes performances by 40 bands on four stages, kids’ activities, and opportunities for outdoor leisure. With The Steel Wheels presenting, the […]

Rainy Night at Place Edgar Quinet in Paris. Image by Peet Simard/Corbis.

ARTS Pick: Ash Lawn Opera’s La Bohème

If you prefer passionate narratives to summer blockbusters, then the annual Ash Lawn Opera Festival is probably already on your radar. The arts community stronghold is kicking off another season with Giacomo Puccini’s beloved masterpiece La Bohème. Set in 19th-century Paris, the foundation for the popular Broadway musical Rent follows a group of struggling artists […]

Shooter Jennings keeps the good times rolling with his badass image and the musical chops to back it up. Publicity Photo.

ARTS Pick: Shooter Jennings

The son of country music icons Waylon Jennings and Jessi Colter, Shooter Jennings has forged a name for himself that has nothing to do with family ties. Country rock’s bad boy came slamming onto the music scene with his rebellious Southern rock in the early 2000s, and has remained a favorite across genres. Although his […]

Midlife Crisis is always a good time—and made even better when accompanied by local food and wine and a panoramic sunset view on Carter Mountain. Publicity Photo.

ARTS Pick: Midlife Crisis at Carter Mountain Sunsets

With spectacular views, local wines, summer food favorites, and live music, the Carter Mountain Sunsets series is ironically the perfect setting for Midlife Crisis, the classic rockers who are performing next in the orchard’s family friendly concert run. Relax on the deck with your bag of fresh picked fruit and some of the bakery shop’s […]

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ARTS Pick: Shantel Leitner

Music is in indie folk singer-songwriter Shantel Leitner’s blood. Following in the footsteps of her mother, aunt, and grandfather (all country singers), Leitner began singing at a young age. “I was pretty bashful, so I didn’t sing with them until my grandfather lovingly nudged me to,” Leitner said during a recent phone interview. Now at […]

The fifth annual Storyline Project encourages local students to tell their 
own stories through art. The Bridge PAI.

ARTS Pick: Storyline Project

What makes Charlottesville go? To answer that particular question, the Storyline Project will team students grades 4-6 with local artists and designers for the fifth annual public art experience. As part of this year’s “transit” theme, the group will take bikes, buses, and boats around the area to explore the spaces, places, and stories that […]