Raennah Lorne

Raennah Lorne

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 […]

Catch these highlights at the Virginia Festival of the Book

Catch these highlights at the Virginia Festival of the Book

The programming of the annual Virginia Festival of the Book—now in its 23rd year—always seems to strike a beautiful balance of gravity and levity, tragedy and comedy, difficult reality and the dream of a better future. The organizers draw from a vast array of writers with different lived experiences and this year is no exception. […]

Lorenzo Dickerson’s photo of Will Taylor is included in the exhibition #BlackOwnedCville and ties in with the NEA Big Read by focusing on African-American entrepreneurship. Courtesy of artist

#BlackOwnedCville and NEA Big Read connect the threads

Throughout this month, an exhibition titled #BlackOwnedCville by local photographer and filmmaker Lorenzo Dickerson is on display on the third floor of the Central Library. Dickerson says he was moved to pursue the project because, “I was curious myself about African-American businesses here locally. Growing up here I knew of some. Like Mel’s Café on […]

“Empowering Women of Color” runs through February 24 at the Bridge, with a music and performance event to benefit SARA on February 16. Photo by Emmanuel Ndenguebi

Multimedia show at the Bridge provides voice and vision

Using photography, film, oil, acrylics and embroidery, “Empowering Women of Color” showcases women both as creators of, and prominent subjects in, art. “It came together in a natural, organic way,” says artist and organizer Emma Brodeur who graduated from UVA in 2015. Six months ago she was embroidering a portrait on a friend’s jacket and […]

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Junot Díaz will make local appearances through February 11 as part of a UVA residency. Publicity photo

Junot Díaz visits Charlottesville as Kapnick Writer-in-Residence

At a reading on January 25, author Junot Díaz encouraged an open dialogue with the audience of mostly UVA faculty and students through two generous question-and-answer sessions. He advised students to read to become better writers, because “reading becomes your frame of reference that informs your own work.” Díaz, who won the Pulitzer Prize in […]

Diver and poet Greg Wrenn joins Matt MacFarland and Erica Cavanagh at The Bridge PAI on January 27 for the Charlottesville Reading Series. Publicity photo

Empathy, the environment and culture converge at reading series

Entering its fourth year, the Charlottesville Reading Series brings together three regional writers from disparate backgrounds to share poetry and memoir extracts: Matt MacFarland, Greg Wrenn and Erica Cavanagh. Like most writers, they all have an eye for detail, one that implores us to pay attention to our surroundings, whether to empathize with those unlike […]

A round-up of 2016’s C’ville scribes

A round-up of 2016’s C’ville scribes

There’s something about Charlottesville. Recently included in “The Ultimate 50-State Road Trip for Book Lovers,” this small city’s appeal to writers and bibliophiles can be attributed to the annual Festival of the Book, Edgar Allan Poe’s enshrined West Range room at UVA, Thomas Jefferson’s library at Monticello, the Rare Book School, the Virginia Art of […]

Photographer Matt Eich’s “Duct Tape” is an example of how he approaches his work, offering lessons in empathy and our responsibility to each other. Courtesy the artist

The power of photography in Matt Eich’s Carry Me Ohio

Ten years before they were blamed and credited with helping to elect Donald Trump the 45th president of the United States, the white working class in post-industrial southeastern Ohio was documented by Matt Eich. A 19-year-old student of photojournalism at Ohio University at the time, Eich, now a Charlottesville resident, had grown tired of what […]

John Borden Evans’ “Dead Oak at Night” is part of Les Yeux du Monde’s holiday offerings. Courtesy of the artist

Where to buy local gifts for art-lovers

Because of its resonance, giving the gift of art may be one of the most personal gestures you can make. Perhaps a painting or photograph reminds you of someone, aligning with their style, spirit or personality. Or perhaps it is a functional piece of ceramic that they can use in their daily life. We scoped […]

The “Manger Scene” exhibition at Chroma Projects offers a comforting art break through December 24. Courtesy the artist

Artists gather their animals for Chroma exhibition

There is something about the scene of animals gathered in a manger to greet a newborn that offers a bit of relief to the anxieties of our human world. “Animals are so pure of heart,” says Chroma Projects director Deborah McLeod. “They have no political agenda. And in the manger scenes, the clusters of animals […]

The Women’s Initiative provides opportunities for underserved women to write about their experiences. Entries are being accepted through December 15. Courtesy The Women’s Initiative

Challenge Into Change writing contest allows for healing

Just two weeks after the most divisive presidential election in American history, many people are concerned that their interests and welfare will be ignored, or worse, targeted, by the incoming administration. The Women’s Initiative, which has provided mental health services to underserved populations for almost 10 years, wants people to know that they are here […]