The force of the performance largely rests on its two leading actors, Emma Duncan and Geoffrey Culbertson.
An action-packed Monday arts update
Baaba Seth celebrates, while Earl Scruggs (pictured) provides the soundtrack for the SXSW-bound
The Zoning Commission passed a plan 5-1, with some ammendments
Barbara Buhr opened Warm Springs Gallery on Third Street—it’s that bright little room with the wood floor opposite Fleurie—a year ago as a show-case for challenging art. Warm Spring’s latest bit of eye candy, “Asymmetry and Abstraction,” by the noted African-American painter and etcher Joseph Holston, is a welcome challenge. Joseph Holston’s (below) “Two Fishermen” [...]
That’s not the name of a band
The Southern eases us into that Richmond vibe, Al Hamraa gets christened as a rock joint and, of course, First Fridays
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Newman plays at the Paramount Theater tonight
Sons of Bill and Borrowed Beams of Light seek help through (the increasingly ubiquitous fundraising site) Kickstarter
Two of the events defined the local arts in 2010, and you’ve probably heard plenty about both of them. In the middle of the summer, a group of up-and-coming photographers gathered at a local farm for an event called LOOKbetween to share their photographs on an inflatable screen pitched beside a peaceful little lake. A [...]
Nobody’s been rocking Charlottesville as long as the party band leader Bennie Dodd. So when Bennie Dodd raises his hand at a meeting about Charlottesville music, you listen. “I remember years ago, back in 1976. The Mall didn’t even have anybody,” said Dodd. “We could play out of Stacy’s Music, and you wouldn’t even see [...]
Music computer hasn’t always been this easy. Just ask Judith Shatin. Forty years ago, you might have found her, a Ph.D. student in composition at Princeton University, slithering under the cover of night into the Engineering department with a stack of primitive punch cards, feeding them through a digital convertor, and then making her way [...]
If your dad, as mine once did, blasts Bob Marley’s “Buffalo Soldier”—a song about being “stolen from Africa” and then fighting for your life—to summon a carefree vibe every time you drive to the beach, then you’ll have some context for this question: Why do humans, when faced with oppression, make music that the unoppressed [...]
The church of rock and roll was built on the remains of just about every other church that came before it. But somehow, the great rock tradition of mining the music of alien cultures—from slave music to traditional Appalachian music—has mostly kept north of the border. That’s why Simon & Garfunkel’s “El Condor Pasa,” a [...]
The Nazis at the Terezin concentration camp took a cruel sort of pleasure in hearing the motley chorus of Jews sing a dramatic piece of music about death. The Jewish prisoners, for their part, relished the opportunity to sing a passionate work to their oppressors about what awaits sinners come judgment day. Both emotions were [...]
Hannah Pittard’s name may be familiar because it was attached to the unopened Belmont restaurant Southern Crescent that fomented controversy in that neighborhood. But she is more widely known for a buzzed-about debut novel, The Fates Will Find Their Way that fomented a bidding war between publishers (Ecco won), which is about a tragedy not [...]
Thanks to Marina Abramovic’s sweeping retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art in New York last year, 2010 was in some ways the year that performance art entered the public awareness. “The Artist is Present” greeted viewers with shocking images: A totally nude woman, and clearly in pain, balanced on a thin seat that jutted [...]
Reko Rennie’s (pictured) graffiti installation opens at the Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection this week. Rennie and Native American Artist Frank Buffalo Hyde will also collaborate on a mural, which will be unveiled at The Bridge/PAI in February. High drama was in the air at the Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection last week when I went to [...]
If you’re leaving a concert this year, and some stranger walks up to you to ask what you had for dinner, or where you’re sleeping that night, do not—I repeat—do not be alarmed. It’s only a study, spearheaded by the Piedmont Council for the Arts, which aims to determine just how great an impact spending [...]
Wes Swing taught high school Latin for two years before devoting his time to music. A love of the classics comes through in his imagist lyrics and formally literate arrangements.
If I were a food critic, 2010 would’ve left me with a royal case of gout. But as it is, I write about local art, so 2010 left my brain all wrinkly, my body tired, and all of me excited about 2011. Throughout the year there were a bunch of art-related events that thought outside [...]
Live Arts veteran Jane Scatena plays the Drowsy Chaperone—as well as the aging actress who plays that role—in a new production of the multilayered, Tony-winning “musical within a comedy.”
Several weeks after we first speculated whether Satch Huizenga was still working as Live Arts’ Producing Artistic Director, the theater announced last Tuesday that Huizenga—whose 10 years at the leading local theater included six as a volunteer and four on staff—had resigned for “personal reasons.” But the lag time between Huizenga’s apparent depature and any [...]