Performing Arts

ARTS Pick: Smallprov

ARTS Pick: Smallprov

Big laughs come out in small spaces when improv is the stage—at least that’s what Smallprov sets out to accomplish. The Big Blue Door comedy gathering focuses on powerful bursts of wit rather than long-winded monologues. The brief skits are unrehearsed and based entirely on audience suggestions, adding an edge of anticipation to every gut-busting […]

Gregory Jon Phelps stars as Pericles in one of the featured productions in American Shakespeare Center’s fall lineup. Photo credit: Michael Bailey

ARTS Pick: Pericles, Prince of Tyre

If a high seas adventure delivered in iambic pentameter isn’t enough to get you off the couch, then maybe the added splendor of seeing it performed on an authentic Shakespearean stage—in the same manner that the bard himself would’ve produced—will get you searching for your shoes. Staunton’s famous replica theater is staging Pericles, Prince of […]

The Virginia Folklife Apprenticeship Showcase features the sweet gospel harmonies of The Holmes Brothers, who earned a National Heritage Fellowship award this year—the NEA’s highest honor for traditional arts. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Virginia Folklife Apprenticeship Showcase

Eight master artisans flex their talents at the 11th annual Virginia Folklife Apprenticeship Showcase. Chow down on comfort food classics like Brunswick stew and fried apple pies as you groove to the sounds of Flory Jagoda’s Sephardic Jewish ballads, Buddy Pendleton’s bluegrass fiddle, or Cheryl Maroney’s traditional gospel music. Quilters, beekeepers, chair makers, and more […]