Raennah Lorne

Raennah Lorne


Andi Cumbo-Floyd will read from her book, Charlotte and the Twelve, at the Jefferson School African American Heritage Center on December 16. Courtesy of the artist

Andi Cumbo-Floyd addresses racism through YA historical fiction

Local author and historian Andi Cumbo-Floyd came of age on the Bremo Plantations in Fluvanna County. In central Virginia, “there are plantations everywhere, but we don’t call them that,” says Cumbo-Floyd. “We call them farms or estates.” While she knew “people had been enslaved there,” she says she “didn’t really have an awareness of what […]

Ann Randolph performs her show, Inappropriate in All the Right Ways, at Virginia Organizing’s benefit for racial and social justice at the Paramount on December 9. Publicity photo

Ann Randolph brings humor and truth to Charlottesville

Writer and performer Ann Randolph has lived an amazing life. In college, rather than paying to live in a dorm, she lived in the schizophrenic unit of a state mental hospital in exchange for writing plays with patients. She worked the graveyard shift at a homeless shelter for minimum wage for 10 years. And she […]

Deirdra McAfee and BettyJoyce Nash collaborated on Lock and Load: Armed Fiction, which brings writers’ voices into the gun conversation. Courtesy of the artists

Short stories spark discussion of guns in American culture

Deirdra McAfee and BettyJoyce Nash first met 10 years ago as teacher and student (respectively) in a creative writing class in Richmond, where they both lived at the time. Nash, a journalist who had recently turned to fiction, was surprised when a gun turned up in a story she was writing. “My palms got sweaty, […]

Aaron Farrington’s portrait studio will open at McGuffey Art Center on November 29. Portraits from his “People of Charlottesville” series (like “Evan” above and “Rodney” below) will be on display during the Holiday Group Show at McGuffey in December. Courtesy of the artist

Aaron Farrington finds new magic in a bygone photo process

Aaron Farrington fell for photography in high school after his grandfather died. “My mom inherited his camera, so I inherited her camera and started taking pictures,” he says. Farrington became interested in making movies, too, and enrolled in a New York film school. But thanks to the expense, he dropped out and wrote a novel […]

Sean Rubin will sign copies of his graphic novel Bolivar at Telegraph on November 15 to benefit The Haven. Courtesy of the artist

Bolivar the dinosaur hides out in New York

Imagine you live in Manhattan on West 78th Street and your neighbor is a dinosaur. The problem is, no one believes you. This is the premise for Bolivar, Sean Rubin’s debut graphic novel in which a large gray dinosaur living in New York speaks English, reads the New Yorker, orders corned beef sandwiches and visits […]

Open-dialogue proponent Daryl Davis will speak about his work with the Ku Klux Klan, which has resulted in hundreds of members leaving the KKK. Courtesy of Daryl Davis

TEDxCharlottesville speakers challenge our way of thinking

Artists, educators and innovators take the stage on Friday at the Paramount’s TEDxCharlottesville event. Among them are blues musician Daryl Davis whose friendship with members of the Ku Klux Klan has caused many of them to question their membership, National Geographic photographer Ami Vitale, who finds connections between cultures, and entrepreneur and cartoonist Chic Thompson, […]

UVA visiting artist Ed Woodham will discuss art in public space on October 24 at UVA and on October 25 at Second Street Gallery as a launch for his AiOP: MATTER festival set for April. Woodham produces Art in Odd Places in collaboration with other artists to offer uniquely set works such as Crystal Gregory’s “Invasive Crochet.” Courtesy Ed Woodham

Ed Woodham reclaims public space with Art in Odd Places

Each year, UVA’s student-run Arts Board Committee invites an artist to the University of Virginia. This year, in collaboration with the visual studio arts program, the students have invited New York-based artist Ed Woodham, founder and director of Art in Odd Places, a collaborative arts festival. Woodham will give two talks this month on the […]

A Delicate Balance starring Jaime Virostko, Chris Baumer and Boomie Pedersen runs through November 11 at Live Arts. Photo by Martyn Kyle

Live Arts weighs love and dysfunction in season opener

This week Live Arts opens its season by inviting the public into an intimate theater in the round to observe the interior lives of family and friends in Edward Albee’s 1967 Pulitzer Prize-winning drama, A Delicate Balance. Director Fran Smith says it is an eloquent work that “centers around family dysfunction.” The setting is Westchester […]

Sharon Harrigan reads from her memoir, Playing with Dynamite, at New Dominion Bookshop on October 12. She will discuss the genre with Jennifer Niesslein at WriterHouse on November 2. Publicity photo

Sharon Harrigan puts her heart on the page

For most of her life, Sharon Harrigan has been haunted by questions surrounding her father’s death: He died in Michigan when she was 7, and the exact cause was shrouded in a fog. Her debut memoir, Playing with Dynamite, is about finding the courage to ask questions, to question her own memory and ultimately to […]

Kathryn Erskine will discuss her new books at Over the Moon Bookstore in Crozet on October 22.

Kathryn Erskine empowers young readers through two new books

Kathryn Erskine has lived in the Netherlands, Israel, South Africa, Scotland and Newfoundland, but she has called Charlottesville home for the last 14 years. This month marks the release of Erskine’s first picture book, Mama Africa! How Miriam Makeba Spread Hope with Her Song, and her sixth middle-grade novel, The Incredible Magic of Being. Though […]

FLOW is a new arts festival that combines creativity-in-action and a heightened awareness of the natural world. The festival, including musician Gina Sobel, takes place along the banks of the Rivanna River in Darden Towe Park and Riverview Park. Publicity photo

Idea Factory, Rivanna River art exhibition feature collaboration

This week two different organizations are bringing together people from various backgrounds to look at our community through a creative lens. One event will take place in a moonlit warehouse while the other will be on the sunlit Rivanna River. Here’s what they’re all about. Idea Factory 1740 Broadway St. September 29 Aidyn Mills, the […]

A selection of local authors’ fall releases

A selection of local authors’ fall releases

As the weather starts to turn cool, now is a good time to find a book to curl up with on those chilly, overcast days. Local author releases this season offer a wide array of subjects from which to choose, such as history, fiction, psychology and memoir. Here are some highlights: Lisa Jakub, Not Just […]

Elizabeth Meade Howard will read from her book, Aging Famously: Follow Those You Admire to Living Lone and Well, at New Dominion Bookshop on September 15, and at the Senior Center on September 22.

Elizabeth Meade Howard’s collection offers aging insights

When Elizabeth Meade Howard’s father died at age 90, she found herself adrift without a beacon. Not only had she lost her parent, she’d lost her model for aging well. An award-winning journalist, she began to interview friends, neighbors and professionals she admired—some of them famous—inquiring what aging successfully meant to them. Her quest became […]

“Art in Action” participant Alissa Ujie Diamond made a series entitled “Entanglement” after the violence unfolded on August 12. Photo courtesy of the artist.

Art’s role: Black Lives Matter’s protest alternative

On August 12, when hundreds of white supremacists gathered here for the Unite the Right rally, ostensibly to protest the removal of the Robert E. Lee statue, our city suffered terrible loss. Just a few blocks away from the destruction, Black Lives Matter held an Art in Action event at Champion Brewing Company. Organizer Leslie […]

Erika Raskin sources her insider perspective in the medical drama Best Intentions. She reads from the novel at Crozet Mudhouse on August 15.

Erika Raskin turns worry into words with “Best Intentions”

It began in a crowded Richmond parking lot. Local novelist Erika Raskin had an appointment to re-enroll in the master of social work program she had begun at VCU, and couldn’t find a parking space. As she drove in circles something shifted within her. She laughs and says, “I was like, ‘You know what? Screw […]

Woody Guthrie’s American Song runs through July 8 at the Heritage Theatre Festival. Photo by Michael Bailey

Heritage Theatre lets Woody Guthrie tell the story

Woody Guthrie—father of Arlo Guthrie and author of “This Land Is My Land”—was born more than a century ago in Okemah, Oklahoma, on July 14, 1912. And yet, many of his political protest songs of the 1940s and ’50s are as relevant now as they were then. This week, the Heritage Theatre Festival brings Guthrie […]

Residents of the Fifeville, Belmont and Ridge Street neighborhoods selected four BeCville creative community projects, including planting cherry trees along Cherry Avenue, which are aimed at improving their surroundings. Courtesy of BeCville

BeCville announces community art project winners

BeCville, a community arts project centered on the city’s Strategic Investment Area (the intersection of Ridge Street, Belmont and Fifeville), has been more than a year in the making, led by Matt Slaats, executive director of PauseLab. Slaat’s premise for BeCville, funded by an NEA Our Town Grant called Play the City, is to use […]

Based on a request from a “Housing2Home” client, Brittany Fan painted a beach sunrise, and later discovered a deeper connection to the recipient’s past. 
Photo courtesy of Aaron McGinnis.

‘Housing2Home’ connects through the power of art

Sometimes art is so public—in galleries, in gardens, on exterior walls of buildings—that unless we purchase it ourselves, we forget that it may go on to live a private life inside a home, becoming part of the fabric of lived human experience. In the case of “Housing2Home,” this month’s exhibition at New City Arts Initiative’s […]

Author Henry Hoke’s collection of short stories, Genevieves, came out May 17. The Charlottesville native returns this summer to teach UVA’s Young Writers Workshop. Publicity Photo

Henry Hoke’s film work inspires a short story collection

Charlottesville native Henry Hoke remembers writing stories and poems while a student at Venable Elementary. “I think I always made things up,” he says. “I always came from places of imagination.” He left the city at age 18 to study film at NYU. After living in the world of film, first in New York and […]

Devon Sproule performs at The Front Porch on May 20 for the release of The Gold String. Photo courtesy of subject

Devon Sproule shares her songwriting process

While singer-songwriter Devon Sproule’s sound has evolved over time, she continues to write thoughtful and compelling lyrics. This month her eighth album, The Gold String, will be released. The record is themed on the idea of an invisible string connecting all things, and the possibility of finding “spiritual togetherness in everyday life,” Sproule says. For […]

Brendan Wolfe is the managing editor for the Encyclopedia Virginia. His first book, Finding Bix: The Life and Afterlife of a Jazz Legend, hits stores on May 15. Courtesy of the subject

Brendan Wolfe delves into the world of a jazz legend

If you have never heard of Bix Beiderbecke, the unlikely jazz legend from a Midwestern, German-American family, listen to his tunes on YouTube or Spotify and you’ll want to know more. Dig deeper and you’ll learn that cornet soloist and pianist Leon Bismark “Bix” Beiderbecke was born in Davenport, Iowa, in 1903 and died in […]

During the Tom Tom Founders Festival, Roye Okupe is a panelist at the Founders Summit Luncheon on April 14 and talks at Telegraph Art & Comics on April 15. Courtesy of the artist

Graphic novelist Roye Okupe taps into his superpower

Every superhero has an origin story that explains how he or she obtained superpowers, and sometimes these powers lie dormant until a challenge arises. Tom Tom Founders Festival writer-in-residence Roye Okupe didn’t know he had the power to write until he had no choice but to try. With a background in animation and an important […]

Carmel Clavin curates the Shenandoah Fringe Festival at various locations in downtown Staunton April 9-10. A venue map is available at shenfringe.com. Photo: Pat Jarrett

Shenandoah Fringe Festival celebrates the wild, wondrous and weird

The second annual Shenandoah Fringe Festival—“a culmination of the wild, wondrous and weird of our region,” according to creative producer Carmel Clavin—is upon us. In a way, the festival, set in downtown Staunton, functions as the Island of Misfit Toys for the arts, by providing a platform for disparate artists not affiliated with a formal […]

Sharon Shapiro’s painting “Above Ground” serves as the title of her show opening on Friday at the Welcome Gallery. Shapiro will give a talk at the opening and on April 17. Courtesy the artist

Sharon Shapiro disrupts nostalgia in Welcome Gallery exhibition

Artist Sharon Shapiro has a unique history with the Welcome Gallery, where her exhibition “Above Ground” opens this week. Now operated by New City Arts Initiative, the space served as her art studio from 1996—when she first moved to Charlottesville from Atlanta—until 2001. Fittingly, her exhibition is themed on nostalgia—or the disruption of it—in an […]