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The Virginia Film Festival's Moonlight Movies Series continues with a screening of the 1965 teen film Beach Blanket Bingo. Photo: Courtesy Virginia Film Festival

ARTS Pick: Beach Blanket Bingo

The modern convenience of food trucks and a WTJU DJ accompany the Virginia Film Festival’s Moonlight Movies screening of the 1965 teen flick Beach Blanket Bingo. A singer’s agent uses publicity stunts against her will, so Frankie Avalon and his gang of beachgoers must save the day in the fifth installment of the “Frankie and […]

Offstage Theatre’s production of The Maids, starring Emma Strock and Arrietta van der Voort, runs through June 18 at the historic McShane House. Photo: Publicity photo

Offstage Theatre recasts The Maids as teenagers

Though Jean Genet’s 1947 play The Maids (Les Bonnes) is known as a sadomasochistic, cruel and absurd work, director Stephen Simalchik says he would describe his Offstage Theatre production as playful before he would call it dark. “Something that is only cruel or shocking I wouldn’t want to spend a lot of time on,” he […]

LOOK3 Festival of the Photograph takes place June 13-19 with a schedule of free community events such as the screening of Syria’s Lost Generation, a documentary by Ed Kashi and Julie Winokur. Photo: Ed Kashi

Festival of the Photograph offers new slate of free events

“I began asking local residents if they’d heard of LOOK3. The vast majority said, ‘Oh, you mean the pictures in the trees!,’” says Mary Virginia Swanson, LOOK3 Festival of the Photograph executive director. “I knew then that we needed to reach out with community-based programs that would be free and open to all.” Indeed, as a […]