DaQuadre Taylor (right) is among Chance Dickerson’s Albemarle Alternative Arts House students who learn through creative engagement. The A3 House Showcase shares a variety of projects and performances on April 28 at IX Art Park. Photo by Amy Jackson

A record label at AHS puts passion into learning

In 2013, Chance Dickerson was working as a teaching assistant in the ESOL (English as a Second Language) department at Albemarle High School and he wanted to share his love of music with his students. So he set up an “underground studio” in an English class book closet and began teaching the ins and outs […]

The Realistic Joneses relies on a cast that can convey the authenticity of human
interaction—ranging from hilarious one-liners and abrupt observations to the meaning behind half-formed compliments. Photo by Will Kerner

Theater Review: The Realistic Joneses at Live Arts

There’s something a bit off about The Realistic Joneses. “Maybe it’s me,” you think at first. You’re sitting so close to the middle-aged couple you’re practically on top of them. She’s talking about the beauty of the night air and the owl she can hear in the distance. He’s staring down at hands twisted together, […]

Album reviews: Kendrick Lamar, Laetitia Sadier and Karriem Riggins

Album reviews: Kendrick Lamar, Laetitia Sadier and Karriem Riggins

Kendrick Lamar DAMN. (Aftermath) After the world-beating To Pimp a Butterfly and the casual but satisfying demo album untitled unmastered., anything Kendrick Lamar put out in 2017 would have drawn scrutiny; signs of falling off would have been magnified—even a sequel to Butterfly could have been slammed as predictable, lazy. DAMN. is neither. Released on […]