Nadim Sawalha stars in Captain Abu Raed, which was released in 2007 and is the first independent film made in Jordan in 50 years. The screening will be followed by a conversation with director Amin Matalqa. Courtesy Paper and Pen Films

Jordanian film promotes hope

Captain Abu Raed is a film of firsts. Released in 2007, it was the first independent film to emerge from Jordan in 50 years, becoming the country’s first official submission to the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar category. It received accolades at Sundance, the Seattle International Film Festival and the Dubai International Film Festival, among […]

Lauren Hoffman & the Secret Storm play The Southern Friday.

ARTS Pick: Lauren Hoffman & The Secret Storm

The new full-length album from Lauren Hoffman & The Secret Storm, Family Ghost, is described as “a collection of heart-bending narratives that double as emotional exorcism.” Hoffman’s career glints with impressive past successes, including a big deal Virgin Records contract at the age of 20 that positioned her as C’ville’s next musical export. A decision […]

Diver and poet Greg Wrenn joins Matt MacFarland and Erica Cavanagh at The Bridge PAI on January 27 for the Charlottesville Reading Series. Publicity photo

Empathy, the environment and culture converge at reading series

Entering its fourth year, the Charlottesville Reading Series brings together three regional writers from disparate backgrounds to share poetry and memoir extracts: Matt MacFarland, Greg Wrenn and Erica Cavanagh. Like most writers, they all have an eye for detail, one that implores us to pay attention to our surroundings, whether to empathize with those unlike […]