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Carolyn Demanelis, Alexandra Deglise-Umble, Maxine Gillespie and Kathleen Welch portray Iraqi and Iraqi-American women who connect through shared experiences in 9 Parts of Desire. Photo: Michael Bailey

Story sharing: UVA Drama’s 9 Parts of Desire breaks barriers

Actor, director and UVA Drama professor Kate Burke is on a mission to change American theater. “I’m very aware of how the American tradition has been influenced by Method acting,” Burke said in a recent interview. “There are some good things about it, but in distorted form it focuses on emotions and neuroses of both […]

“Reinventions,” a collection of Cary Oliva’s photographic work, is on display at Java Java through the month of March. Photo courtesy of the artist

Old is new: Cary Oliva’s unique images sustain a waning format

“I feel like an old soul in general. If I’m shopping, I’d rather buy something old and upcycle it or do something that appreciates the value of what it used to be,” said Charlottesville- based alternative photographer Cary Oliva. “Things were just more beautiful back in the day.” The intrigue of age surfaces in the majority […]

Arturo Lindsay’s “Portraits of Yemaya” is a result of his spiritual quest and research on the African Diaspora in contemporary American culture. Photo: Steve Taylor.

Circle of hope: Arturo Lindsay’s global soul search

Photos of secluded beaches, colorful fishing boats and turquoise waves hang on the walls of Second Street Gallery, which has been temporarily overrun with harbor themes: a white ship-shaped structure from which dozens of folded origami boats dangle and twirl, a wash of sand and seashells across the gallery floor, a navy blue wall bearing […]

Art lessons: Advice for living a more creative life

Art lessons: Advice for living a more creative life

Every week for the last 10 months, I’ve interviewed area artists for this column. Over coffee and phone lines I’ve been privileged to speak with writers, painters, sculptors, musicians, dancers, actors and mixed media creators. We’d talk for an hour, I’d write for three more, and in the process I’ve found a few themes that […]

The ensemble cast (Tim McNamara, Lynn Thorne, Jon Cobb, Elizabeth Howard, Jayne Gallagher and John Ashley pictured) of Live Arts’ Les Misérables lifts the epic to great heights. Photo: Martyn Kyle.

No despair: Live Arts soars with Les Misérables

I was 10 years old when I saw Les Misérables on Broadway, and my dislike of the show was immediate and intense. I wasn’t prepared for my total immersion into a world where destitute mothers became prostitutes, innocent men served on chain gangs and girls my age toiled barefoot in the streets. Oh, and then […]

Siân Richards and Kara McLane Burke play twins Pip and Twig on an epic sea adventure, a melding of physical theater, creative collaboration and collage-like organic storytelling. Publicity photo.

Organic storytelling: Building theater from the body up

When you think of storytelling, you might imagine your animated girlfriend gesticulating over Sunday brunch or a kindly grandfather telling the kids to gather ’round. But for Siân Richards and Kara McLane Burke, stories begin in the body. “You just kind of start somewhere and give yourself rules, a series of assignments, even if you […]

“Flight of the Phoenix” is one of Daphne Maxwell Reid’s door photographs, taken while traveling the globe. Photo courtesy of the artist.

At the door: Daphne Maxwell Reid captures one side of wonder

When you view a photography exhibit that focuses exclusively on doors, you can’t help but feel a tinge of desperation to know what on earth is behind them. Artist Daphne Maxwell Reid makes no such offers in her current show at The Jefferson School African American Heritage Center. “Everybody starts with the same curiosity. Every […]

Miller Murray Susen (left) brings a lifetime of theater experience to her stage adaptation of
Little Women, which is also her directorial debut. Photo: Martyn Kyle.

New direction: Miller Murray Susen puts on the bossy pants

Less than a week before opening night, Miller Murray Susen, the director and author of Four County Players’ holiday adaptation of Little Women, has one priority: to keep things calm. “I’ve never directed a full-length play and been in charge of adding in all the tech stuff,” said Susen. “I seriously don’t have a great […]

Sixteen-year-old Ward Saunders goes to a special boarding school (no pun intended) in Bethel, Maine, where he and his peers spend four hours a day on the snow. Photos: Courtesy family

Ahead of the game: Sixteen-year-old snowboarder Ward Saunders is already making his way

Earlier this year, then-15-year-old snowboarder and Charlottesville native Ward Saunders traveled to Copper Mountain, Colorado, to compete in the U.S.A. Snowboard Association’s national championships. Described by the event website as “the largest snowboard and free skiing event on earth,” the national championships invite top regional winter sport athletes from around the country to compete by […]

Jennifer Niesslein has assembled compelling essays from her acclaimed blog into the book
Full Grown People: The Greatest Hits, Volume 1. “The book is a great introduction, and if you’ve just found the site and don’t want to slog through back essays, this is a great way to catch up,” she said. Photo: Emily Morone.

Book mark: Jennifer Niesslein’s Full Grown People turns 1

To celebrate the first birthday of her online literary journal Full Grown People on October 4, editor Jennifer Niesslein published a book. “Full Grown People: The Greatest Hits, Volume 1 gives you a good idea of our breadth,” she said. “It covers a lot, from parenting issues, when you’re looking at maybe your kids leaving […]

The “Maitreya Loving Kindness Tour” offers a chance to get close to Buddha. “If you wish, there will be a monk on hand to offer a personal blessing,” Leena Rose Miller said. The tour also offers a period for baby blessings and pet blessings.

Following bliss: Sacred relics on exhibition at CitySpace

“I was walking down the street in Asheville a few years ago, and I saw a line forming at the center where I’d occasionally attended meditation,” said Leena Rose Miller. “I thought, ‘What’s this?’ and got into it, not knowing what to expect. I can honestly only tell you that when I stood in front […]

In her role as curator at Second Street Gallery, Tosha Grantham is broadening appeal through programs like the Second Saturday series “Yoga Art Grooves.” Photo courtesy of Tosha Grantham.

Gaining access: Tosha Grantham reaches out at Second Street Gallery

Curator Tosha Grantham’s biggest single show to date took over 10 years to develop. Featuring 112 objects by 18 artists occupying 4,500 square feet, “Darkroom” was a collection of photography and new media from South Africa’s period of apartheid. But it wasn’t size and scope that gave Grantham satisfaction. “I was talking to someone outside […]