The Southern heats up with the high-energy jams of The Rondo Rigs on Friday. Photo: Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: The Rondo Rigs

If you’re a fan of The Wood Brothers, you’ll rave about NOLA fiddle power trio The Rondo Rigs. Band members Eric Robertson, Duncan Wickel and Nicholas Falk have spent the latter half of the past year on tour while simultaneously creating their debut album of what the group calls ”greasy Southern blues and funk.” The […]

Zootopia stars Jason Bateman (Nick Wilde) and Ginnifer Goodwin (Judy Hops), who give new life to the well-worn genre of animated animals. Photo: Disney

Film review: Zootopia proves Disney’s growth is creative gold

Disney can be accused of many things—cultural appropriation, setting unreal expectations for children, censoring the brutality of old folk tales for mass audiences and thereby dulling their messages—but one thing Disney has mastered in recent years is maximizing the potential of its acquisitions. If you’re a fan of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, you have Disney’s […]

Bobby Read brings his jazz supergroup to The Ante Room for a CD release celebration on Thursday. Photo: Irene Young

ARTS Pick: Bobby Read

Charlottesville local Bobby Read has been playing, composing and producing music for the past 30 years in a diverse career that ranges from regular gigs at Miller’s to touring as Bruce Hornsby’s sax and winds player and composing soundtracks for the “National Geographic Explorer” TV series. The release of his jazz quintet’s newest CD, Saturn […]