Agata Trzebuchowska delivers a strong performance in the powerful story of Ida, a woman searching the past for details of her true identity. Publicity photo

Film review: Style and substance combine forcefully in Ida

The most beguiling thing about Pawel Pawlikowski’s Ida is its look. Its cinematography, by Ryszard Lenczewksi and Lukasz Zal, is so beautiful that it’s easy to forget you’re watching a challenging drama about faith, love, loss, and the ravages of war on identity. Each shot is so artfully composed, in fact, that the photographic artistry […]

Visual artist Sarah Klein uses “hand-drawn images and stop-motion animation to create humorous and often dark narratives on domestic life and other related themes.” Photo courtesy of the artist

The Niche at UVA points media in a new direction

The flat screen is unassuming—a 60″ monitor mounted to the wall in UVA’s Fiske Kimball Fine Arts Library. Surrounded by chairs and headphones, The Niche currently plays a loop of video from the stop-motion animation program “Stop & Go: Made from Scratch.” Sounds benign, but associate professor of new media Lydia Moyer sees it as […]

Shakey Graves co-headlines the Southern (with Wild Child) for an evening of soulful grooves and skillful songwriting. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Shakey Graves with Wild Child

The simple, yet soulful sound of Shakey Graves proves that less is more. Sticking to a minimalist philosophy, the group removes all white noise to allow beautiful melodies and cutting lyrics to resonate throughout its music, following in the storytelling footsteps of the folk genre. The group pairs well with Austin’s latest homegrown rock sensation, […]