Erica Arvold’s casting company brings a Hollywood sheen to Central Virginia’s filmmaking community with credits in Spielberg’s Lincoln and the new AMC television series “Turn.”

Local casting company hoping for an AMC megahit with ‘Turn’

Erica Arvold is seated in a D.C. auditorium awaiting the start of the first episode of AMC’s new show “Turn,” a suspenseful drama chronicling the movements of America’s first spy ring during the Revolutionary War. It’s a suspenseful moment in itself for Arvold—this is the first time viewers will lay eyes on the cinematic serial […]

Philip Glass completes a residency at UVA with a solo piano performance on Tuesday. Publicity image

ARTS Pick: Philip Glass

Philip Glass, lauded by musical scholars and misunderstood by the sugary, pop-saturated mainstream, is certainly one of the most famous contemporary American composers.   Eschewing the minimalist label that is easy to ascribe to his music, Glass refers to himself as a “classicist,” citing his formal training at Juilliard in harmony, counterpoint, and in key […]

Divergent, starring Shailene Woodley and Theo Jones, tries to capture the young dystopian movie audience, but never quite catches fire.

Film review: Society is divided in Divergent’s thin premise

It’s the distant future. The citizens of what was once Chicago live in a dystopian society—is there any other kind of post-apocalypse?—that is divided into five factions. Members of Erudite are intelligent. Amity are peaceful farmers. Candor speaks truthfully and handles the law. Abnegation is selfless and runs the government. And then there’s Dauntless, the […]