Raennah Lorne

Raennah Lorne

The “Manger Scene” exhibition at Chroma Projects offers a comforting art break through December 24. Courtesy the artist

Artists gather their animals for Chroma exhibition

There is something about the scene of animals gathered in a manger to greet a newborn that offers a bit of relief to the anxieties of our human world. “Animals are so pure of heart,” says Chroma Projects director Deborah McLeod. “They have no political agenda. And in the manger scenes, the clusters of animals […]

The Women’s Initiative provides opportunities for underserved women to write about their experiences. Entries are being accepted through December 15. Courtesy The Women’s Initiative

Challenge Into Change writing contest allows for healing

Just two weeks after the most divisive presidential election in American history, many people are concerned that their interests and welfare will be ignored, or worse, targeted, by the incoming administration. The Women’s Initiative, which has provided mental health services to underserved populations for almost 10 years, wants people to know that they are here […]

Big Blue Door’s shy guy Joel Jones hosts improv at McGuffey Art Center on November 4 and 5. Photo by Martyn Kyle

Big Blue Door’s Joel Jones is making it up as he goes

  Less than two weeks before their final showcase, members of Joel Jones’ Improv III class warms up by standing in a circle, eyes closed, counting to 20 as a group. Only one voice can speak at a time and if someone interrupts another, they have to start again. It’s a practice in awareness, a […]

The Bridge exhibition “Looking Forward While Looking Back” will run until October 29. Photo by Martyn Kyle

The Bridge PAI celebrates 10 years with a retrospective show

In the beginning there were two artists, Zack Worrell and Greg Antrim Kelly. They were moved by street art, graffiti, hip-hop, punk, philanthropy and community organizing as art. Then Worrell bought a building. “It was pretty raw,” Kelly says, remembering those first days in the space now known as The Bridge. It had unpainted concrete […]

In her own home, Fralin Museum of Art curator Rebecca Schoenthal hangs a collection of works from well-known, unknown and local artists alike. Photo: Rammelkamp Foto

Art at home: The Fralin’s Rebecca Schoenthal on acquisition and display

As the curator for the Fralin Museum of Art, Rebecca Schoenthal is responsible for creating exhibitions for the approximately 10,000-square-foot space. Sometimes she turns to the permanent collection—more than 14,000 objects—in order to expand upon an idea. Other times, the catalyst for an exhibit might be an object within the collection, around which she then […]

Joan Z. Rough will read from her memoir, Scattering Ashes, at New Dominion Bookshop on Friday. Publicity photo

Joan Z. Rough pens emotional memoir about elder care

In the epilogue of her book, Scattering Ashes: A Memoir of Letting Go, Charlottesville-based author Joan Z. Rough describes the process of writing about her aging alcoholic and emotionally abusive mother as “the day-by-day knitting together of a broken bone.” In this way, she says, “The writing of the book was probably the most healing […]

Hannah Pittard will read from her latest book, Listen to Me, at New Dominion Bookshop on Thursday. Publicity photo

Hannah Pittard’s third novel ratchets up marital tension

Even under ordinary conditions, a road trip can be the ultimate test of a relationship. But when torrential rain and tornado warnings cross the path of an already tense couple, it creates the perfect storm. Hannah Pittard’s third novel, Listen to Me, explores the interior of a marriage that has been shaken by recent trauma. […]

Recovered and reconstructed Virginia slave dwellings are featured on the Downtown Mall as part of an installation by Encyclopedia Virginia.

Human/Ties exhibit: ‘Landscapes of Slavery and Segregation’

Throughout the month of September, an audio-visual exhibition called “Landscapes of Slavery and Segregation” provides historical context to Charlottesville in three different locations: the Downtown Mall, the Jefferson School African American Heritage Center and UVA Grounds. Curated by Encyclopedia Virginia, a branch of The Virginia Foundation for the Humanities, each site is paired with multimedia components of […]

Alice Waters will participate in a Farming the Earth, Cultivating Humanity panel discussion on Friday. Photo by Amanda Marsalis

Human/Ties celebration brings renowned speakers to Charlottesville

This week Sir Salman Rushdie, Junot Díaz and Alice Waters are among the impressive group of literary figures, activists and scholars assembling in Charlottesville for Human/Ties, a free, four-day celebration of the 50th anniversary of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Rushdie, the author and free speech advocate perhaps best known for his novel The […]

Fenella Belle and Stacey Evans’ “Allee of Dreams” is part of the “Yard Dreams” art installation displayed in the front yards of Belmont Avenue homes on Saturday and Sunday. Courtesy of the artist

PVCC’s ‘Yard Dreams’ installations take over Belmont Avenue

During the second weekend in September, members of the community will have the opportunity to view and contemplate art while enjoying the outdoors and mingling with neighbors in what local artist James Yates calls an “out of gallery” experience. “Yard Dreams” is a collective of installations in the front yards of select homes along Belmont […]

Anna Tucker illustrates the fun side of planning

Anna Tucker illustrates the fun side of planning

For all its utility in tracking our planetary revolutions, earthly seasons and our personal development from one sunrise to the next, time may be the human construct that inspires the most anxiety. If you find conventional planners too rigid, digital calendars too ethereal, if you seem incapable of committing to a routine of tracking your […]

Poet Patsy Asuncion will read from her poetry collection Cut on the Bias at Rapunzel’s on Friday. Photo: Publicity photo

Patsy Asuncion cuts through barriers with poems and prose

As American citizens of all races and colors march in protest of police brutality and racial profiling this summer, the publication of local poet Patsy Asuncion’s collection, Cut on the Bias, offers a message of peace, inclusion and an account of the deep pain of growing up with two separate identities in such a divisive […]

River Hawkins is The Bebedero’s co-owner and bar manager as well as an artist who found a perfect pairing for his creativity by making a living in the restaurant business. His striking mural dominates the decor and compliments the Veracruz, Mexico, cuisine at the restaurant. Photo: Tom McGovern

Starving artists find sustenance in local restaurant scene

Many artists in Charlottesville who don’t have the privilege of pursuing their art full-time have found that employment in the food service industry allows them the flexibility to pursue their creative muse. We scouted around town, found four artists who work in the restaurant business and asked them about their experience in both professions, whether […]

Souvenir:A Fantasia on the Life of Florence Foster Jenkins
Heritage Theatre Festival
June 2016
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The Caplins’ dramatic family legacy comes full circle

This month, the Heritage Theatre Festival presents a unique piece in a production notable for its director’s connection to the venue in which it’s performed. Award-winning director and choreographer Cate Caplin, who has worked with the likes of David Hyde Pierce on Broadway, has directed and choreographed six different seasons of the Heritage Theatre Festival, […]

Pauls Toutonghi, author of Dog Gone, will be at New Dominion Bookshop on June 24. Photo: Michael Lionstar

Pauls Toutonghi spins a dog tale with local ties

Every good story needs an indomitable force that drives the narrative forward. In Pauls Toutonghi’s book Dog Gone, that force is a golden retriever mix named Gonker, who happens to be from this area. “I first heard the story of Gonker when I went to my in-laws’ house for the first time,” says Toutonghi, the […]

Offstage Theatre’s production of The Maids, starring Emma Strock and Arrietta van der Voort, runs through June 18 at the historic McShane House. Photo: Publicity photo

Offstage Theatre recasts The Maids as teenagers

Though Jean Genet’s 1947 play The Maids (Les Bonnes) is known as a sadomasochistic, cruel and absurd work, director Stephen Simalchik says he would describe his Offstage Theatre production as playful before he would call it dark. “Something that is only cruel or shocking I wouldn’t want to spend a lot of time on,” he […]

“Shakespeare by the Book” will be open at the Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library through December 31. Image: Courtesy of Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library

UVA Special Collections features original Shakespeare printworks

Throughout the last four centuries, publishers, editors and artists have created a vast range of textual interpretations of William Shakespeare’s works—from original printings and family-friendly versions to Romeo and Juliet translated into social media posts, complete with emojis. To commemorate the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, UVA’s Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library has […]

Young adult author Hannah Barnaby will speak about her work on May 14 at WriterHouse. Photo: Publicity photo

Novelist Hannah Barnaby writes from personal experience

Hannah Barnaby’s second young adult novel, Some of the Parts, published in February, was “partly inspired by my own experience with sibling loss,” she says. Her brother, to whom the book is dedicated, died accidentally, and while the events in the novel differ greatly from Barnaby’s experience, she says the emotional journey of the protagonist […]

Young Adult author Kristen-Page Madonia ventures into new territory with her latest novel, Invisible Fault Lines. “This book hints at elements outside of reality,” says Madonia. “I was curious about acknowledging the possibility of the impossible.” Photo: Publicity photo

Kristen-Paige Madonia considers the impossible

Most writers are preoccupied by a single theme that they revisit and explore in new ways again and again in their fiction. It’s what makes their work distinctive, their style dependable. For local Young Adult novelist Kristen-Paige Madonia, that theme is the threshold of adulthood. “All of my characters are 17,” she says. “It is […]

Novelist and activist Barbara Kingsolver appears at the Paramount on Friday to celebrate Earth Day. Photo: Annie Griffiths Belt

Barbara Kingsolver celebrates community and social change

Over the course of her writing career, which began at a weekly alternative newspaper like C-VILLE Weekly, Barbara Kingsolver has authored 14 books and won numerous awards, including the National Humanities Medal in 2000 and the Dayton Literary Peace Prize in 2011. Her novel The Lacuna won the Orange Prize in 2010, and her memoir, […]

Lyall Harris’ collection of works, including Interior Landscape, will be on display at the Virginia Arts of the Book Center through April 16. Photo: Courtesy the artist

Book artist Lyall Harris grapples with complex subjects

Book artist Lyall Harris doesn’t shy away from difficult and complex subjects, but dares to approach them more closely and pick them apart piece by piece to rebuild them. “Art is a language, a place to put things, to work stuff out,” says Harris. “My conduit.” Whatever her subject, recurring themes of identity and place […]

This year's festival aims to start conversations between authors and readers.

Spreading the words: The Virginia Festival of the Book

Every March thousands gather in Charlottesville for the Virginia Festival of the Book, now in its 22nd year, to celebrate storytelling and literacy. With most events free of charge and open to the public, the festival encourages book-lovers from all over to attend readings and panels, to see some of their favorite writers up close, […]