As the weather gets chilly and the 20th annual Virginia Film Festival looms ahead, Curtain Calls gets more riled up than Chris Farley over the chance to let his body atrophy and his mind expand in the dark of the local cinemas. Here are your best bets for the fall:
cd The album cover of the new Kanye West record, Graduation, is a purple, animated monstrosity. On the front, a letter jacket-clad bear is catapulted into the stratosphere from among a sea of cartoon animals tossing graduation caps. Bear necessity: Kanye West streamlines his sound on his third record, the cohesive Graduation, and proves that […]
"You know, in Shakespeare's day, people would go up and down the aisles, passing out cakes," says Robert Wray while his colleagues—Sean Chandler, Claire McGurk and Allen Van Houzen, all alumni of the invigorating production of Twelfth Night at Four County Players—nod in agreement.
When the white-haired usher at the Paramount shines her flashlight on the ticket, she says, “The show tonight will start at 8:30pm, not 8pm.”
music At the corner of Rugby Road and Grady Avenue, the stink of cheap beer is in the air. By 10pm or so, lines will begin to form at the front doors of houses along both streets—students eager to connect with other students, to speculate on the following day’s football game against Duke, to speculate […]
The close-cropped, brown-eyed bulk of a young man sat before the Senate Judiciary Committee on October 9, 2000, and offered his thanks to the…
There is a tricycle laying on its side in the middle of Hardy Drive, a toy from one of what Quintin Franklyn would call the "immature" kids, the kids that hang out at the spot called Little Kids' Park in the back of the Westhaven housing project.
There was a lot that could've distracted Mike Sager from his 51st birthday. A writer-at-large for Esquire magazine, Sager was on assignment in Las Vegas with Kobe Bryant, the L.A. Lakers guard, when August 17 rolled by…
After chaining their bicycles to stop signs or simply leaning them against walls just inside the door of the Bridge Progressive Arts Initiative, a few riders take brown paper sacks of popcorn and iced cans of soda from a small metal washtub as they make their way between rows of folding chairs for the last installment of the Bridge's Summer Film series, a bike-in movie.
music While the sound of A Fine Frenzy frontwoman Alison Sudol’s dipping vocals and romping piano lines were a pleasant treat as I raced past Bashir’s Taverna towards the white gates at the Pavilion, I was concerned that I was a bit late. When I caught sight of a waifish redhead dressed in black beneath […]
The upstairs portion of the Outback Lodge is a combination ski lodge and video arcade—a pinball machine and foosball table lay at opposite ends of the space, and a moose head hangs on a wooden wall, facing the L-shaped bar.
Rose Hill has been teaching art to local jail inmates since 2005; now she and her colleague Lindsay Michie Eades will enjoy funding to expand their efforts, with a grant from the Virginia Commission for the Arts The deadline for submitting grant applications to the Virginia Commission for the Arts for 2007-2008 fell on March […]
The twisting, snaking mob of bodies that extends along the Downtown Mall has tendrils that seem to extend into every art gallery in sight, and Curt is caught in the middle, misled by his love of sensible snack platters and sparkling water,
"What You Will," the phrase that Shakespeare cast as a second title for Twelfth Night, is a tool, a means to an end.