There’s a glint of gold in the Nettles modern mix of British Isle folk and indie rock. Celebrate the group’s debut album release at the Southern on Thursday. Publicity photo.

ARTS Pick: Nettles

The Kickstarter funded album Locust Avenue, by local folk group Nettles, is a rural Virginia creation through and through. The record was made in a farmhouse in Waynesboro that the band rented in exchange for a six-pack of Heineken. Led by Guion Pratt on acoustic guitar and vocals, Nettles went into seclusion for four days […]

The “true” story in Black or White rings false despite pairing the adorable Jillian Estell with a decent performance by Kevin Costner. Photo: Relativity Media

Film review: Black or White lacks clarity on the big screen

“It’s not about black and white. It’s about right and wrong,” pleads wealthy lawyer Elliott Anderson (Kevin Costner) before a courtroom in defense of maintaining sole custody of his biracial granddaughter Eloise (Jillian Estell). Up until this moment, Black or White almost works. The entire film has been building to this moment, the linchpin of […]