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Harlem Renaissance renaissance

Harlem Renaissance renaissance

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” […]

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The Southern eases us into that Richmond vibe, Al Hamraa gets christened as a rock joint and, of course, First Fridays

Rocking the rules away

Rocking the rules away

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 […]

Vusi Mahlasela's chin is up

Vusi Mahlasela's chin is up

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 […]

South of the border

South of the border

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 […]

Subverting with Verdi

Subverting with Verdi

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 […]

The Fates Will Find Their Way; Hannah Pittard; Ecco, 225 pages

The Fates Will Find Their Way; Hannah Pittard; Ecco, 225 pages

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 […]

Art in place

Art in place

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 […]

Street, meet gallery

Street, meet gallery

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 […]

PCA aims to find out how much local arts are worth

PCA aims to find out how much local arts are worth

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 […]

A few of my favorite things

A few of my favorite things

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 […]

Huizenga resigns from Live Arts

Huizenga resigns from Live Arts

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 […]