Joy Rayman and Barbara Frost perform as Fire in the Belly. Belly dancing is “more sensual than sexy,” says Rayman. “But what’s so bad about being sexy, anyway?” Photo: Publicity photo

Fire in the Belly masters the art of dance

Belly dancer Joy Rayman loves to improvise during a performance. During a recent gig at McGuffey Art Center, she was completely absorbed in the music, snaking her arms and undulating her hips, when she felt her coin belt loosen. Not wanting to pause and interrupt the flow of the dance, she kept moving. The belt […]

“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 […]

The Double Faces Gogo Band turn it up and wear it out at The Ante Room on Saturday. “When we’re done playing, everyone (onstage and off) is usually tired and ready to go get rest,” says DJ Blacko. Photo: Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Double Faces Gogo Band

These days it’s rare to find a musical style that remains provincial, but the greater D.C. area’s grip on go-go is still the heart of the genre. Tight funk blended into hip-hop call and response sets the boogie in motion for the Double Faces Gogo Band, formed in C’ville as a tribute to the musical […]