Charlie Chaplin launched his Tramp character in 1914’s Kid Auto Races at Venice. By 1918 he was one of the most famous and highest-paid people in the world. Photo courtesy of Virginia Film Festival.

Wonder years: Tribute marks Charlie Chaplin’s debut

On Saturday the Virginia Film Festival will screen a selection of short comedies starring Charlie Chaplin in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the legendary actor-director’s first appearance as the Little Tramp. Accordingly, the festival program eschews Chaplin’s better-known features in favor of five early short comedies. “The program illustrates perfectly his progression as a […]

Josef Beery's woodcuts are on display at The Garage through November. Photo courtesy of the artist.

November First Fridays Guide

  First Fridays is a monthly art event featuring exhibit openings at many Downtown art galleries and additional exhibition venues. Several spaces offer receptions. Listings are compiled in collaboration with Piedmont Council for the Arts. To list an exhibit, please send information two weeks before opening to First Fridays: November 7, 2014. Angelo 220 E. Main St. […]

A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night is supported by UVA’s OFFScreen Film Society and will be screened on Sunday at the downtown Regal. Photo courtesy of Virginia Film Festival.

Dinner date: And now for some films that really suck

Things I’ve learned from horror movies include: Never say anyone’s name into a mirror more than twice. You’re in trouble if that charming old house you bought has an unfinished cellar or attic. Stripes never go out of style when your fingers are made out of knives. And like all respectful dinner party guests, vampires […]