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Medical field grads face uncertainty

By Claudia Gohn UVA sent its Class of 2020 off into the world (virtually) on May 16. Graduating during a pandemic, with record levels of unemployment and an economic depression likely to last for a long time, means an uncertain future for all of them. But young people entering the medical field are facing unique […]

Pick: Treasure Trunk Mini Camps

Pick: Treasure Trunk Mini Camps

Short camps for a long summer: Want to avoid throwing that Disney movie on again so you can get some work done at home? With the prospect of a long summer ahead, Live Arts has good news for parents of small children. At Treasure Trunk Mini Camps, kids can play games, make crafts, and read […]

In brief: Masked up, KKK attacks, and more

In brief: Masked up, KKK attacks, and more

Masked up On May 26, Governor Ralph Northam declared that all Virginians 10 years and older must wear masks while in public indoor spaces, including retail stores, buses, and restaurants (when you’re not eating, of course). Some have wondered how business owners would enforce such a rule with recalcitrant customers, and Tobey’s Pawn Shop owner […]

Photo by Eric Kelley, who turned a discounted cattle stock tank into a backyard pool.

Stay cool, Charlottesville

It’s a steamy 88 degrees, on average, in Charlottesville in July, and that’s not factoring in the humidity—making it vital to have spots to cool off outdoors. But as summer approaches and many businesses reopen, swimming options remain few and far between. Here’s our guide to where you can (and can’t) hit the water, and […]

Virginia Film Festival host's Beyond the Screen: A Virtual Conversation about Beastie Boys Movie on Wednesday at 3pm. Publicity photo.

PICK: Beyond the Screen— Beastie Boys Story

Beastie bests: In 1986, the Beastie Boys’ Licensed to Ill became the first rap record to top the Billboard chart, and the trio from New York City went on to sell over 20 million albums. Filmmaker Spike Jonze shot the Beasties to new heights with his video for Ill Communication’s “Sabotage,” an homage to 1970s […]

Learn all about kangaroos in an online program via the Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection. Image courtesy of the Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection

Pick: Roos Galore

Hop on this: Are you curious about how long baby joeys stay in their mother’s pouches? Or maybe you’d like to learn more about Aboriginal art? In the webinar Roos Galore, Lauren Maupin and Fenella Belle focus on central and northern Australia for a comprehensive look at depictions of the beloved bouncer from down under […]

Joslyn Grimes (center) poses for a picture with her family after graduating at Albemarle High School on Saturday, May 23, 2020. Students filtered into the parking lot in five-minute intervals to experience the modified ceremony due to social distancing guidelines. PC: Zack Wajsgras

In brief: Happy (socially distanced) graduation, Memorial Day, and more

Rad grads Charlottesville’s 2020 high school graduates imagined they’d be walking across a grand stage right about now, with “Pomp and Circumstance” blaring as an auditorium applauded. That’s gone, of course, but the virus hasn’t stopped our schools from showing love for their seniors. Districts around town have held variations on the traditional graduation ceremony, […]

Ian Redshaw teaches a pasta primavera class via The Happy Cook on Thursday, May 28.

Pick: Flexible Pasta Primavera

Peas and love: Accomplished chef Ian Redshaw (James Beard Award semi-finalist for Best Rising Star Chef Mid-Atlantic, former partner at Lampo and Prime 109 restaurants) teaches a virtual cooking class on how to make the most of ingredients from your garden or local farm while keeping it simple and artful. Redshaw will cook online, answer […]

Former Charlottesville resident Lulu Miller discusses her new book, "Why Fish Don't Exist," Thursday at noon. Publicity photo

Pick: Leah ‘n’ Lulu’s Virtual Picnic

Outside chances: The environment is getting a healthy respite right now thanks to less human activity around the globe. Is it possible to get back out there with intention and a newfound respect? Two area authors consider the role of nature in our lives during Leah ‘n’ Lulu’s Virtual Picnic, an immersion in “environmental writing […]

Stand up to Save the Music and shake off the week. Musical Suspects play online this Friday. Publicity image.

Pick: Musical Suspects

Special something: Musical Suspects, well-loved veterans of the Charlottesville music scene, go live with their eclectic sound as part of The Front Porch’s virtual benefit concert series Save the Music. Matt Horn leads the tight- knit group with his boisterous voice and grooving trombone. Featuring drums, guitar, saxophone, and brass, this funky band of local […]

Papaya salad is just one of the dishes you can learn when Chimm goes online with its next cooking class installment on Friday. Getty images

Pick: Chimm Cookin’ Class

Kitchen craft: In the home kitchen, mastering the complexities of authentic Thai cooking can lead to lots of questions: How thin do I slice the thinly sliced kaffir lime leaves? What if I can’t find fresh nutmeg? Can I make my own roasted rice powder? Chimm Cookin’ Class has launched to provide answers. The authentic […]

The Booksellers is available to rent through the Violet Crown’s virtual cinema. Publicity photo

Pick: Beyond the Screen

Booked Up: Next in the The Virginia Film Festival’s Beyond the Screen series is a virtual discussion of The Booksellers, a documentary that captures the traditions, eccentricities, and future plans of New York City’s rare booksellers. The film is dense with detail, showcasing the players who run this interesting world. Joining the conversation are the […]

Ivan Orr (pictured) and Ti Ames play The Front Porch's Save the Music series Tuesday, May 19. Photo by Sanjay Suchak

Pick: Ti Ames and Ivan Orr

Saved by song: If anyone can Save the Music, it’s Ti Ames and Ivan Orr (pictured). Powerful vocalist Ames, well-known for their thespian talents (writer, director, and the first black actor to win the English-Speaking Union National Shakespeare Competition in 2012), is accompanied by pianist, vocalist, and saxophonist Orr, for an evening of song that […]

Kendall Street Company keeps fans tuned in to its multi-genre musical adventures through its weekly Entertainment Containment series. Publicity photo

Pick: Kendall Street Company’s Containment Entertainment

Born to jam: Since mid-March, Charlottesville jam band Kendall Street Company has been keeping fans tuned in to its multi-genre musical adventures through the Containment Entertainment series (old episodes are available on KSC’s YouTube channel). From closing out a live concert festival and hosting special guests such as Erin Lunsford, to “a bildungsroman featuring historical […]

The featured work for Virtual Wine & Art discussion is James McNeill Whistler (American, 1834 - 1903) "The Wine Glass," 1858. Etching on paper, state II/II. Courtesy of The Fralin

Pick: The Fralin from Home

A fine time: For a novice, there’s no denying that extracting the earthy notes in a French Bordeaux or analyzing Matisse’s contribution to Fauvism are intimidating exercises. But put them together, and fine wine and fine art become more approachable. The Fralin from Home series’ Virtual Wine & Art Night features a talk by museum […]

Sunday night, expect a dynamic mix of soul, funk, and reggae from Davina Jackson, a former backup singer for The Wailers, who will be joined for a live streamed concert by her son, rap artist Atreyu.

Pick: Davina Jackson and Atreyu

Up on up: It’s a family affair when Davina Jackson and Atreyu go live in The Front Porch’s Save the Music series. Expect a dynamic mix of soul, funk, and reggae from Jackson, a former backup singer for The Wailers, who will be joined by her son, rap artist Atreyu. The pair is frequently seen […]

Wednesday afternoon, Chef Soledad Liendo will teach you how to make puff pastry. Photo courtesy subject

Pick: Puff Pastry from Scratch

Rise and shine: How’s your bread game? There’s no end to the crusty loaves being touted on social media these days. One glitch in this rising trend, though: There’s a run on yeast. But don’t let that deflate you. There’s another baking movement that doesn’t require a leavening agent at all. The Happy Cook’s Puff […]

Interim Artistic Director Jeremy Duncan Pape, Founding Artistic Director Fran Smith, and volunteers Mark McLane, Martyn Kyle, Deandra McDonald, and Claire Chandler discussed the first season of Live Arts as they launched 30in30 on May 1st.  Courtesy of Live Arts.

Pick: 30in30

Acting out: No theater? No audience? No problem. Live Arts turns crisis into creativity with 30in30. Every evening in May, members of the theater’s vast volunteer staff will participate in livestreams of plays from the organization’s last three decades for a retrospective that interim artistic director Jeremy Duncan Pape calls “our gift to the community.” […]