Typically, I wait until December 23 to try and put myself in the holiday spirit, but some people prefer to take their time with the holidays. Get in the spirit: Debbie Hunter and her group will present medieval English carols and more at St. Paul’s Memorial Church. Debbie Hunter’s early music vocal group, Mira, will […]
Arms and the ManUVA Drama DepartmentThrough December 2 Autumn Shiley and Joel Grothe star in UVA’s production of Shaw’s "Anti-Romantic Comedy," which seethes with bitterness behind its jaunty humor. Stage Watching a play by George Bernard Shaw is a double pleasure. On the surface, he dabbles in formula, producing effects that are heavenly for being […]
“The Office”Thursday 8:30pm, NBC Ricky Gervais, the genius behind the original British “Office,” guest wrote tonight’s episode of his sitcom’s American counterpart. It’s an interesting challenge as our “Office” has already lasted about three times longer than his. The extended run has allowed the American writers to dive much deeper into the various characters and […]
Babel (R, 142 minutes) Alejandro González Iñárritu (director of 21 Grams and Amores Perros) contributes another weighty ensemble piece. This complex rumination on communication (or the lack thereof) in modern-day society takes place in three places at once. In Morrocco, a couple (Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett) gets involved in a shooting crisis. In California, […]
Art Upstairs Annual all members exhibit, featuring a 6′ holiday tree decorated with paintings, 6-9pm. Black Cat Skateshop Broken skateboard decks from a number of artists, 6-9pm. BozArt Gallery All members show with a variety of mediums, 6-9pm. The Bridge Progressive Arts Initiative Meditative paintings by Asha Greer, and pottery by Trew Bennett, with an […]
“Madonna: The Confessions Tour” Wednesday 8pm, NBC I suppose it’s to her credit that 20-plus years after shocking us with her “Like a Virgin” performance at the VMAs, Madonna is still causing controversy. But can’t we give a girl a break? For this, her new concert special, NBC decided to nix the portion of the […]
Cursive,with Jeremy Enigk,and The CopsSatellite BallroomNovember 16 music The four fellows in Cursive don’t perform concerts so much as they perform conceits: Bandleader Tim Kasher’s lyrics for “Big Bang” and “Butcher the Song” tell narratives, sure, but they also deliver a huge damned racket. In a live setting, the racket becomes an important reference point […]
Andy Waldeck found his dream bass guitar on eBay recently. Waldeck, who likes trying to collect instruments from his birth year, recently found a 1966 candy-apple-red Fender Jazz Bass “with the most rare factory option, [the matching peg head paint.] This one is, as stated, in dead mint condition.
“Pitch”Zen Monkey ProjectMcGuffey Art CenterContinues November 15-16 and 18-19 dance The term “modern dance” conjures a lot of ideas, many of them stern, such as humorless chorines in scratchy woolen tights performing works that illuminate the sharp treacheries of the choreographer’s soul amidst a setting of bare overhead light bulbs. Informality, humor and mutual support […]
“Show Me the Money”Tuesday 9:30pm, ABC Entertainment, thy name is…Shatner! The shameless, Emmy-winning performer shows Howie Mandel and Bob freaking Saget how a real man hosts a game show. Why waste busty models by having them simply hold briefcases? When it comes to the Shat, these girls shake it. In fact, the Million Dollar Dancers […]
Two local bands with plenty of big buzz, Sons of Bill and Sparky’s Flaw, are putting their draw together for a Starr Hill show this Friday. Sons of Bill comprises three sons of UVA philosophical theology Professor Bill Wilson. He taught all of his kids how to play guitar and, according to brother James, he […]
The RochesGravity LoungeOctober 26 music Rumor has it that the Gravity Lounge will soon be closing. If that’s true, then a shadow hung over The Roches’ lovely show last Thursday night at the Downtown Mall space, the ideal venue for the intimate sounds and warm stage presence of the three-sister acoustic group. All this was […]
Using my infallible powers of precognition, I predict that 2007 will be a good year for magicians. And I\’m not talking about those faux-hip “street” magicians like David Blaine\-heir time is up. No, I\’m talking about the old-fashioned stage magician, the guy with the doves and the tuxedo. Late 2006 has already seen two tricky, turn-of-the-century magician yarns hit movie theaters (The Illusionist and The Prestige). Do I sense a trend akin to 1998\’s asteroid chic (which sweptâand destroyed\-he world courtesy of Armageddon and Deep Impact)? Ask me again next spring, when models are pulling rabbits out of their Christian Dior top hats on the runways of Paris.
PortastaticSatellite BallroomTuesday, October 17 music A brief history of Portastatic:Way back in the early ‘90s, there was this guy from Chapel Hill, Mac McCaughan, who wrote songs and sang in this band, Superchunk. Great band—had what I consider the single best anti-authoritarian anthem of the ‘90s, “Slack Motherfucker” (yes, it was better than “Smells Like […]
Catch a Fire (PG-13, 98 minutes) Aussie Phillipe Noyce (The Quiet American, Rabbit-Proof Fence, Patriot Games) directs this dark political thriller set in South Africa during the turbulent 1980s. Derek Luke (Antwone Fisher) portrays real-life hero Patrick Chamusso who was jailed and tortured after being wrongly suspected of sabotage at an oil refinery where he […]
I saw Dave Chappelle\’s movie Half Baked last weekend (I know, I\’m the last person in town to see it), and Chappelle is very funny, but it got me wondering.
Eric ClaptonJohn Paul Jones ArenaThursday, October 12 music From a conversation with my 14-year-old companion on the way into Eric Clapton’s sold-out concert at the John last week: “It’ll be white kids and rich college students.” O.K., so maybe they’re not teaching about the Baby Boom in the schools anymore. Sure, Clapton attracts a segment […]
Man of the YearPG-13, 115 minutesNow Playing at Carmike Cinema 6 It’s always a bit depressing when you can imagine the entire pitch meeting that proceeded the making of a particular Hollywood film. I’m fairly confident the brainstorming session for Man of the Year went something like this: “How about Robin Williams as a wacky […]
Heavy Trash with The SadiesSatellite BallroomThursday, October 5 music You know, maybe you can have too much of a good thing. More than a few times in recent memory, I’ve attended concerts in our newly music-saturated little town, and been sadly disappointed at the lackluster size of the crowd. San Fran popster John Vanderslice drew […]
The DepartedR, 149 minutesNow playing at Seminole SquareCinema FourFamed New York director Martin Scorsese rarely abandons the Big Apple for another zip code. And only once before has he attempted a remake (1991’s juicy Cape Fear). But with the release of his newest film, he’s managed a surprising one-two punch. The Departed is a remake […]
They call themselves a new kind of record label, and their business plan makes room for old and new technology. Mark Fulton and John Guenin launched the online label Record Theory this past February, distributing CDs for seven bands, most of them local. Fulton and Guenin both grew up in town and graduated from UVA. […]
He may be 68, but the dashing and dynamic Chuck Brown lays down his nonstop go-go jams with more energy than rockers half his age. music True originals in the music scene are few and far between. Maybe that’s why Chuck Brown, the man who pioneered the booty-shaking funk mélange known as go-go, has built […]
cd In their brief career, The Killers have always favored bold strokes. Their 2004 debut, Hot Fuss, was an oversized serving of glittery rock inspired by David Bowie and new wave. Frontman Brandon Flowers formed an early version of his band after seeing an Oasis show, and many of the band’s early moves seemed to […]