New Year’s is generally a good time to reflect back on the year that’s passed, and we do that in this issue, with a second look at some of our most-read stories and best photos, along with our favorite local recordings and books and the restaurants we said hello and goodbye to.
Books and music feel like a good place to turn to around now, as I’m surely not the only who found 2019, in a word, exhausting. Between the seemingly constant stream of devastating news (climate change disasters, family separations, mass shootings) and the barely-coherent rants and grievances emanating from the White House, just paying attention can feel like an emotional assault.
So I wish for all our readers the same thing I wish for myself this holiday season—a little window of time to gather yourself together, spend time with the people you love, and remember what sustains you.
Last July, Republican state lawmakers shut down a special session to address mass shootings in just 90 minutes, refusing to consider any gun regulations until after the election. Voters, in response, booted them out of office. Less than a week into the new legislative session, the
To no one’s surprise, most of us who set New Year’s resolutions fail (88 percent, according to one study). And yet, we keep making them. It seems there’s something irresistible about the idea of a new year; a new chance to wipe the slate clean and start all over as stronger, thinner, healthier,
“It’s hard to know how to navigate all the different things coming our way on the global and national stage,” Stephen Hitchcock, the executive director of The Haven told me recently. “To understand how to think well and live well in light of the systems we’re entangled in. It can feel almost
Last Friday, the city held its annual tree lighting ceremony downtown, setting “Spruce Springsteen” aglow with 20,000 LED lights. The event was held at the Pavilion this year instead of midway down the mall, with the addition of beer tents, bouncy houses, and a children’s train. Whether you
Seven years after “Let it Go” earwormed its way into the minds of children everywhere, the eagerly awaited sequel to Disney’s hit movie Frozen has finally arrived. If you have young kids, you’ve probably already seen it, but if not, it makes for surprisingly resonant Thanksgiving-week viewing,
As the current City Council’s term winds down, it’s clear that some things will be left for a new council to wrestle with, while other long-standing issues have, perhaps surprisingly, been resolved. Implementing a new kind of zoning south of downtown, a project especially championed by
Last week, Virginia Democrats flipped both the House of Delegates and the State Senate, giving the party control over Virginia’s government for the first time in a generation. It’s a change that really started in 2017, when Dems captured 15 Republican seats in the House of Delegates, the
Here in Charlottesville (and surrounding counties) the music scene tends to be dominated by bluegrass, cover bands, and mainstream rock. That makes the alternative genres that manage to exist—from hip-hop to metal to punk to jazz—especially valuable. This week, photographer Zack Wajsgras
At my first Virginia Film Festival, back in 2015, my husband and I had two children under age 5, one car, and one 10-ticket pass to the festival (thanks to a winning bid at our daughter’s preschool silent auction). The logistics were stressful, but being “forced” to make it to 10 movies in one
It’s finally feeling like fall, and as the days get cooler, our thoughts turn to food. And drink. While some might consider the Charlottesville food scene an “endless festival of self-congratulating gluttony” others of us just plain enjoy it. For our annual food and drink issue, Living and
“New York is older / And changing its skin again / It dies every ten years / And then it begins again.” I love that line (from a song by The National) because it rings so true; New York is notorious for recreating itself, and to live there or ever have lived there is to […]
A few weeks ago, while driving past West Main and McIntire Road, my 5-year-old daughter peered out the car window and asked who those people were on the statue. “That’s Lewis and Clark and Sacagawea,” I replied. No, she insisted. “There’s only two.” Lamely, I offered the party line: “Well, you
Thirty years ago this month, Bill Chapman and Hawes Spencer, fresh out of Hampden-Sydney College, rolled out the first issue of what would become C-VILLE Weekly. It was 1989, and Charlottesville was a smaller, quieter place, where Miller’s was a beacon on a Downtown Mall otherwise deserted
Last week, eight plaintiffs suing the city testified to the emotional harm done to them by not being able to see the statues of Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson for 188 days, while the monuments were shrouded in tarps following the horrifying violence of Unite the Right. The tears of
It’s comforting to think that the law is the law, an impartial arbiter of right and wrong. But applying and enforcing our laws involves endless individual decisions. Charlottesville Commonwealth’s Attorney Joe Platania made the decision to prosecute DeAndre Harris, a teacher’s aide who worked
These days, when people talk about “innovation” or “entrepreneurship,” they’re often talking about tech. But the drive to experiment and create predates our digital age, of course, and it isn’t confined to code. On Friday, I had the pleasure of meeting Ivar Aass of Spirit Lab Distilling, who’s
By Richard Dickerson I am a native of Charlottesville. I attended all-black Jefferson Elementary School, Johnson and McGuffey elementary schools, Buford Junior High, and Lane High School, class of 1973. Many things have changed since I left Charlottesville, shortly after graduation. The
Charlottesville is an expensive place to live, and with a new crop of students settling in at UVA, we figured it was a good time to pull together some of our favorite deals around town. See our completely idiosyncratic list, from coffee to donuts, and add your own go-tos online. Also this week,
Leaving aside the snipers on the roof of the historical society, the second anniversary of August 11 and 12 saw, as promised, a much lighter police presence than last year. And in the absence of checkpoints and bag searches, there was room for community events focused not just on reflecting and
By Seth Green On August 5, I went to my first City Council meeting. I was one of the few people left in the room when local activist Tanesha Hudson made her request for additional funding to bring the artist Wale, a well-known D.C. rapper, to perform in Tonsler Park as part of Unity Days. […]