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Locally based concorDance company blends form and imagination in three area performances of Tripping the Light Fantastic.

ARTS Pick: concorDance

Crozet-based contemporary dance company concorDance presents Tripping the Light Fantastic, a concert of playful choreography that celebrates mirth and merriment in movement. Pieces range from “Shamone,” a carousing number that conjures Bob Fosse, Michael Jackson, and Austin Powers to “Elevator Theory,” a duet that imagines love in a short ride between floors. Performances include live […]

Bill Murray stars as a mischievous camp counselor in the '79 cult classic Meatballs. © Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.

Arts Pick: Summer Camp Film Series at Packard Campus Theater

Embrace the last of the lazy August days with the Summer Camp Series at the Packard Campus Theater in Culpeper. Ten movies, including two double features, will celebrate all things campy throughout the latter half of the month. From summer sleep-away comedies to sci-fi schmaltz, you can get your fill of over-the-top entertainment with silver […]

Gregg Lloyd (pictured) portrays Mark Rothko in a pivotal moment in the modern artist’s career. Michael Bailey.

Heritage Theatre Festival’s Red depicts an artist in turmoil

The year is 1958, and abstract expressionist painter Mark Rothko sits in a chair in his New York studio, smoking a cigarette and considering the audience. Or rather an invisible canvas that hangs between us. Aside from a coffee pot, a phonograph, and scotch, every surface is dedicated to artistic detritus. Rusty buckets, stained drop […]

Olympian John Carlos will appear at the Paramount Theater to discuss vision and action for world change. Photo courtesy of Festival of the Book.

We cannot live without books: Festival hosts 200+ events over five days

Of the festival’s myriad non-fiction topics, one of the hottest will be Thomas Jefferson. This is Charlottesville, after all. Three separate programs focus on T.J., including Jefferson’s Legacies with Henry Wiencek and John Ragosta (Friday at 4pm at CitySpace). Wiencek’s Master of the Mountain: Thomas Jefferson and His Slaves received much attention for its highly-charged topic. “There was so much about Jefferson I didn’t understand,” Wiencek said. “There’s a saying among authors, ‘I write to find out.’”

Hysteria ensues in Live Arts' In the Next Room (or the Vibrator Play) starring Sarah Edwards as Sabrina Daldry,
Melissa Charles as Catherine Givings, and
Bill LeSueur as Dr. Givings. (Photo courtesy of Live Arts)

Good buzz: In The Next Room (or The Vibrator Play)

Onstage, a fine-featured woman removes her skirt, collapses her bustle, and adjusts the corset nipping her waist. Her hands are pale and flighty as she sits on the doctor’s bench and pulls a medical drape up to her chin. Diagnosed with hysteria, a Victorian umbrella term for ailments including headaches, light sensitivity, and predisposition to […]

Students from UVA Catholic Student Ministries volunteer at Casa Alma, a family-run Belmont homestead that offers housing and support for locals in need. Photo courtesy Steve and Laura Brown

Local Catholic couple runs Casa Alma, a refuge for those in need

Many people dedicate their holidays to giving, but one Charlottesville family has built a life around it. Laura and Steve Brown, members of the worldwide Catholic Worker movement, are live-in hosts at Casa Alma, an urban homestead in Belmont that offers housing and community support to families in need—and a home and way of life […]

A quick guide to New Year’s Eve in Charlottesville

A quick guide to New Year’s Eve in Charlottesville

Whether you decide to spend your New Year’s Eve with talented student filmmakers, passionate performing artists, or rocking out to big band sounds, you’re guaranteed to ring in 2013 with a newfound love of Charlottesville’s arts scene. First Night is an annual “celebration of the arts” that began in Charlottesville in 1983 with dozens of family-friendly […]