Raennah Lorne

Raennah Lorne

River Hawkins is The Bebedero’s co-owner and bar manager as well as an artist who found a perfect pairing for his creativity by making a living in the restaurant business. His striking mural dominates the decor and compliments the Veracruz, Mexico, cuisine at the restaurant. Photo: Tom McGovern

Starving artists find sustenance in local restaurant scene

Many artists in Charlottesville who don’t have the privilege of pursuing their art full-time have found that employment in the food service industry allows them the flexibility to pursue their creative muse. We scouted around town, found four artists who work in the restaurant business and asked them about their experience in both professions, whether […]

Souvenir:A Fantasia on the Life of Florence Foster Jenkins
Heritage Theatre Festival
June 2016
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The Caplins’ dramatic family legacy comes full circle

This month, the Heritage Theatre Festival presents a unique piece in a production notable for its director’s connection to the venue in which it’s performed. Award-winning director and choreographer Cate Caplin, who has worked with the likes of David Hyde Pierce on Broadway, has directed and choreographed six different seasons of the Heritage Theatre Festival, […]

Pauls Toutonghi, author of Dog Gone, will be at New Dominion Bookshop on June 24. Photo: Michael Lionstar

Pauls Toutonghi spins a dog tale with local ties

Every good story needs an indomitable force that drives the narrative forward. In Pauls Toutonghi’s book Dog Gone, that force is a golden retriever mix named Gonker, who happens to be from this area. “I first heard the story of Gonker when I went to my in-laws’ house for the first time,” says Toutonghi, the […]

Offstage Theatre’s production of The Maids, starring Emma Strock and Arrietta van der Voort, runs through June 18 at the historic McShane House. Photo: Publicity photo

Offstage Theatre recasts The Maids as teenagers

Though Jean Genet’s 1947 play The Maids (Les Bonnes) is known as a sadomasochistic, cruel and absurd work, director Stephen Simalchik says he would describe his Offstage Theatre production as playful before he would call it dark. “Something that is only cruel or shocking I wouldn’t want to spend a lot of time on,” he […]

“Shakespeare by the Book” will be open at the Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library through December 31. Image: Courtesy of Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library

UVA Special Collections features original Shakespeare printworks

Throughout the last four centuries, publishers, editors and artists have created a vast range of textual interpretations of William Shakespeare’s works—from original printings and family-friendly versions to Romeo and Juliet translated into social media posts, complete with emojis. To commemorate the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, UVA’s Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library has […]

Young adult author Hannah Barnaby will speak about her work on May 14 at WriterHouse. Photo: Publicity photo

Novelist Hannah Barnaby writes from personal experience

Hannah Barnaby’s second young adult novel, Some of the Parts, published in February, was “partly inspired by my own experience with sibling loss,” she says. Her brother, to whom the book is dedicated, died accidentally, and while the events in the novel differ greatly from Barnaby’s experience, she says the emotional journey of the protagonist […]

Young Adult author Kristen-Page Madonia ventures into new territory with her latest novel, Invisible Fault Lines. “This book hints at elements outside of reality,” says Madonia. “I was curious about acknowledging the possibility of the impossible.” Photo: Publicity photo

Kristen-Paige Madonia considers the impossible

Most writers are preoccupied by a single theme that they revisit and explore in new ways again and again in their fiction. It’s what makes their work distinctive, their style dependable. For local Young Adult novelist Kristen-Paige Madonia, that theme is the threshold of adulthood. “All of my characters are 17,” she says. “It is […]

Novelist and activist Barbara Kingsolver appears at the Paramount on Friday to celebrate Earth Day. Photo: Annie Griffiths Belt

Barbara Kingsolver celebrates community and social change

Over the course of her writing career, which began at a weekly alternative newspaper like C-VILLE Weekly, Barbara Kingsolver has authored 14 books and won numerous awards, including the National Humanities Medal in 2000 and the Dayton Literary Peace Prize in 2011. Her novel The Lacuna won the Orange Prize in 2010, and her memoir, […]

Lyall Harris’ collection of works, including Interior Landscape, will be on display at the Virginia Arts of the Book Center through April 16. Photo: Courtesy the artist

Book artist Lyall Harris grapples with complex subjects

Book artist Lyall Harris doesn’t shy away from difficult and complex subjects, but dares to approach them more closely and pick them apart piece by piece to rebuild them. “Art is a language, a place to put things, to work stuff out,” says Harris. “My conduit.” Whatever her subject, recurring themes of identity and place […]

This year's festival aims to start conversations between authors and readers.

Spreading the words: The Virginia Festival of the Book

Every March thousands gather in Charlottesville for the Virginia Festival of the Book, now in its 22nd year, to celebrate storytelling and literacy. With most events free of charge and open to the public, the festival encourages book-lovers from all over to attend readings and panels, to see some of their favorite writers up close, […]

Charles Shields is currently revising his biography of Harper Lee. The stage production of Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird opens at Live Arts on Friday. Photo: Ryan Jones

Saying it all: Harper Lee’s story in print and on stage

On February 19, Nelle Harper Lee, author of the classic novel To Kill a Mockingbird, died in her hometown of Monroeville, Alabama, at the age of 89. The evening before, I’d finished reading Mockingbird: A Portrait of Harper Lee, by local author and biographer Charles Shields. Shields took on the daunting task of researching and […]

In honor of The Big Read’s The Heart is a Lonely Hunter, JMRL offers copies of the book and events that touch on themes of the heart, health, music and social justice throughout the region. Photo: Courtesy JMRL

Listening with heart: JMRL turns to Southern roots for The Big Read

For a decade, the National Endowment for the Arts has awarded Jefferson-Madison Regional Library a grant to participate in The Big Read, an effort to engage communities in reading and discussing literature. The application process is competitive as the NEA seeks nonprofit groups reaching audiences of all ages and demographics, aiming to return reading for […]