Pete Souza will discuss The Way I See It, a documentary showing on MSNBC on October 16, about his eight years photographing Barack Obama. A  conversation with Souza and former deputy secretary of labor Chris will be available through virginiafilmfestival.org for a limited time beginning October 21. Image courtesy of VAFF.

Souza’s shade: Documentary recalls a world not so long ago

Four years ago, former White House chief photographer Pete Souza wouldn’t have imagined he’d be the subject of a documentary and an Instagram superstar. “We hadn’t elected Donald Trump four years ago,” reminds Souza in a phone interview. Three years and 10 months ago, that had changed. Souza began posting photos of former President Barack […]

Miles Pearce performs at Pippin Hill Farm on Sunday. Publicity image.

Musical journeyman

The range of guitarist Miles Pearce’s talent is as breathtaking as his euphoric playing. He traverses the fretboard through classical, jazz, folk, Hindustani classical, flamenco, Brazilian samba, Argentine tango, South Indian Karnatic vocal, and West African rhythms—and if that’s not enough, he also lists experimental music on his bio. Pearce teaches privately and online, and […]

The Crozet Car Show hits the road for a socially distant ride through town on Saturday.  Getty Images.

PICK: The Crozet Car Show

Going the distance: The Crozet Car Show is taking a different route this year. In keeping with current efforts to socially distance, the typically stationary annual event is hitting the road for a cruise through Old Trail and Crozet. Spectators are encouraged to wear masks as they line the streets to cheer this parade on […]

Sip along to the songs of summer inspiration with Wintergreen's music programming paired with Veritas wines.  Image: Stephen Barling

Pick: Wintergreen Music x Veritas Vineyard

Wine online: Missing summer socials? Wintergreen Music and Veritas Vineyard & Winery are coming together to bring you an evening of virtual wine tasting with musical accompaniment for each sip. Artistic Director Erin Freeman chooses the perfect tunes to match winemaker Emily Hodson’s rosé & petit verdot. Seat yourself outside, chat with other attendees, and […]

Arts Pick: Punk the Capital

Arts Pick: Punk the Capital

Punk from here: When her family relocated from Los Angeles to Washington, D.C., in the early ’80s, Cynthia Connolly brought her camera and her passion for punk rock to the nation’s fledgling scene. Her documentation resulted in Banned in DC: Photos and Anecdotes from the DC Punk Underground (79-85), one of the first books on punk […]

An accidental signing: Acclaimed author Ann Patchett on her latest novel, and her first trip to Charlottesville

An accidental signing: Acclaimed author Ann Patchett on her latest novel, and her first trip to Charlottesville

New York Times bestselling author Ann Patchett has published 12 books across three genres, won a long list of awards and fellowships—including the Orange Prize, the PEN/Faulkner Award and a Guggenheim—appeared on “The Colbert Report” and Oprah’s Super Soul Sunday, opened a thriving bookstore in Nashville, and been named one of Time magazine’s 100 Most […]

The pie chart (get it?) above shows the results of a social media poll asking about respondents’ favorite pies. A handful of commenters objected to our exclusion of sweet potato pie from the multiple-choice poll—we concede it wasn’t very sweet of us to leave it out!

All in favor, say pie

Shaun Jenkins, owner of Soul Food Joint, grew up in a pie-loving household. The weekend before Thanksgiving, his mom would make about 40 pies, and folks would stop by to pick one up after church—free of charge. Jenkins carries on that tradition by baking a bushel of his own favorite sweet potato Thanksgiving tarts every […]