Barboursville Vineyards and Four County Players collaborate in presenting A Midsummer Night's Dream for Shakespeare at the Ruins through July 27. Linda Hogan Photography.

ARTS Pick: A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Magic in midsummer: A Midsummer Night’s Dream in mid-summer, under the stars, among the ruins of an 18th-century mansion? You can’t get much closer to the spirit of Shakespeare’s most whimsical creation. The classic comedy is performed—complete with fairies and sprites, young love, and one wrong-headed decision after another—against the backdrop of Governor James Barbour’s […]

The Live Arts Teen Theater Ensemble brings love and light to its production of Rent, on stage through July 28. Photo by Martyn Kyle

A new lease: Teen cast raises Rent at Live Arts

Before every rehearsal and every performance, the cast and crew stand in a circle. They hold hands, close their eyes, inhale deeply, and exhale fully. “I am light,” they say. “I am love. I am here. I am light. I am love. I am here.” They repeat it over and over, until everyone feels ready […]

An electronic lineup at the Tea Bazaar brings Tomato Jake to town. Publicity photo.

ARTS Pick: Tomato Jake

8-bit emotion: On an all-electronic bill, Richmond artists Plastic_Pyramid, In Fosa, and Gleam Utility support Pennsylvania musician Tomato Jake on his East Coast tour. His latest record, Commercial Album, features 41 bite-sized songs that seem to end as soon as they start, launching into the next track with little warning. Built around 8-bit synthesizers, the […]