Eric Martin was escorted out of the UVA law library in handcuffs, while the organizer of the Unite the Right rally was not. Courtesy photo

Activist-theologian: Kessler protester talks about trespassing arrest

When about 40 protesters gathered at the University of Virginia School of Law library in April to chase off Jason Kessler, one man was arrested—and it wasn’t the one who brought hundreds of torch-wielding white supremacists to Grounds last summer. As Kessler sat doing legal research for his upcoming lawsuits in a room that wasn’t […]

RaShall Brackney, center, with Mayor Nikuyah Walker and City Manager Maurice Jones, will be the first woman to lead the Charlottesville Police Department.
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Top choice: Charlottesville hires first female police chief

Two years ago, City Manager Maurice Jones announced the hiring of Al Thomas, Charlottesville’s first African-American police chief, who abruptly resigned 20 months later on December 18 following a scathing independent review of the handling of the violent events of August 11-12. Today, Jones introduced his latest police chief pick: former George Washington University chief […]

Located at 816 Hinton Ave. in Belmont, JBD Mobile Catering & Events is open from 11am to 8pm Monday and Tuesday, 
11am to 10pm Thursday through Saturday, and from noon to 8pm Sunday. The restaurant is closed on Wednesday. Photos by Tom McGovern

Jeanetha Brown-Douglas caters to the community

“Look at this,” says Jeanetha Brown-Douglas, peeking through the black and white sheer curtains of her soul food eatery. In the parking lot, a young man sits in his SUV, engine running and air-conditioning blasting, digging into a clamshell container holding a JBD Mobile Catering & Events fried catfish dinner. “He couldn’t even wait till […]

Free Union, led by Michael Coleman and Rob Dunnenberger, seeks unity in Charlottesville on its new, self-titled EP. Photo by Tristan Williams

Free Union pushes social positivity on new EP

Last summer, Michael Coleman had a realization about the power of music. The night of August 12—after 24 hours of terror and chaos that included a torch-lit march led by white supremacists and the Unite the Right rally that left three people dead and dozens of community members and activists injured—Coleman took to Facebook Live […]

Based in Richmond, folk singer-songwriter Graham Stone has been gaining traction as one of the region’s up-and-coming artists. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Graham Stone takes his place in the folk scene

Based in Richmond, folk singer-songwriter Graham Stone has been gaining traction as one of the region’s up-and-coming artists. His 2017 debut album, Until the Day, showcases Stone’s impressive scope of songwriting, and ranges from solo standards to full-band shredders—and while paying tribute to influences such as Woody Guthrie and Bob Dylan, it also traverses the […]