A funny thing happened to me a few minutes into A Funny Thing Happened On the Way To the Forum. I began to enjoy myself.
"Best of C-ville" rockers American Dumpster have seen their share of trials and tribulations as of late- but with a trio of upcoming shows, they’re playing through the pain. When it rains, it pours. Local favorites American Dumpster have just survived a stretch that makes Fleetwood Mac look like The New Christy Minstrels. Among […]
If Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart suddenly floated down out of the sky and waltzed into the nearest record store, he would see ample evidence that the relative indifference paid to his music during his life has morphed into something resembling religious worship. Just as Friedrich Nietzsche said, “Life without music would be a mistake,” classical music without Mozart’s splendidly conceived and melodically sublime compositions would be unimaginable.
games The Lego Star Wars series is a bright, shiny path to not one, but two galaxies far, far away: the one George Lucas created for us back in the 1980s, and our old childhood galaxy, where we created entire universes out of colorful plastic blocks. The sequel to last year’s surprise hit changes little […]
music A show for young and old alike! It’s the last show of the summer tour and three generations of Dave Matthews Band fans have arrived at what is now officially Charlottesville’s arena from as far away as Canada and as near as Albemarle High School. With me for the evening is 15-year-old Simon, whose parents just bought tickets outside. Simon says a lot of people his age are at the concert. How many are here with their parents? Pause. “Pretty much all of them,” 14-year-old Madeline, Simon’s friend, says. Simon is so excited he can barely speak, until the lights go out and he yells, “Yeah!” People wave cell phones like lighters. Dave walks out first, alone. The crowd roars and he throws his arms up in triumph. He is glad to be home.
The Black DahliaR, 119 minutesNow playing at Seminole SquareCinema 4 Over half a century after she was murdered, Betty Short continues to fascinate us. She’s become a screen upon which we project our hopes and fears about fame and fortune, beauty and lust, art and commerce, and that place where it all comes together, Hollywood. […]
Ask around town about favorite local bands, and you are very likely to find Sparky’s Flaw at the top of many people’s list. Ask Sparky’s Will Anderson about the reason for the band’s popularity, and he will give you the most nuts-and-bolts answer there is: “Good songwriting, good live shows and hard work.” Touring up […]
The Flaming LipsCharlottesville PavilionTuesday, September 12 music Every rock music fan has been there: front row center at a highly anticipated gig, waiting in vain for that one inspiring moment. Whether it’s a die-hard Zen Arcade fan fuming through another Hüsker-free Bob Mould solo show, or a Bob Dylan disciple enduring one of the man’s […]
HollywoodlandR, 126 minutesRegal Downtown Cinema 6 Where were you the day Kennedy was shot? For those of us just a little too young to answer that question, there’s a pretty good chance we were in the living room, watching “The Adventures of Superman” on TV. Surely we got shoved out of the way when it […]
On a beautiful late-summer night, The Black Crowes brought their Southern rock style and drawn-out jams to the Charlottesville Pavilion.
This Friday at Starr Hill, The Easy Star All-Stars will appear on the heels of the release of their CD Radiodread, a complete reggae version of Radiohead’s OK Computer.
In 1985, Hong Kong superstar Jackie Chan starred in a movie called The Protector, his second attempt at cashing in on the American film market.
The Bob lives. And on Modern Times he also loves and leers, remembering a past that seems impossibly far away, even as he surveys the details of the Right Now and a not-so-far-off Judgment Day.
Damn you, Barbara Walters! You had a Perfect Storm of bitchery brewing for this 10th season of your daytime estrofest, as former Queen of Nice (current Queen of Insanity) Rosie O\’Donnell pulls up a chair to replace “Today”-bound Meredith Viera.
This seems to be the week for Hollywood shining a bright light into its dark side. On Friday the revelation comes courtesy of the classic film noir Sunset Boulevard (1950)
Let’s go up to the Corner, shall we? Westminster House, formerly The Prism, is organizing itself and, in the spirit of both The Prism and Westminster Presbyterian Church, is offering a community center for traditional music and dance. Pete Vigour leads a monthly old-time jam, fiddler Alex Caton teaches lessons there, and Lori Madden and […]
Albemarle County Courthouse 501 E. Jeffer-son Court Sq. Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm. 964-1423. Through October 31: An exhibition of paintings in watercolor, pastel, acrylic and mixed media by Central Virginia Watercolor Guild. Angelo 220 E. Main St., Downtown Mall. Mon-day-Saturday, 11am-6pm. 971-9256. Through October 30: “Quoting Cézanne,” paper and paint collage by Judy McLeod. Art Upstairs 316 […]
A Scanner Darkly (R, 100 minutes) Adapting the books and short stories of Philip K. Dick is no easy task. Blade Runner is about the only good one and it has very little to do with Dick’s original novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? Nonetheless, Richard Linklater (Slacker, Dazed and Confused, Before Sunset) tries […]
Lyle LovettCharlottesville PavilionSaturday, August 26 music Some local music fans might have been under the impression that they had actually seen Lyle Lovett play in town. Granted, the Texas-lovin’ country crooner has hit Charlottesville before, but only with a stripped-down band. And, while those shows were reportedly fine, affecting and enjoyable affairs, the difference between […]
Idlewild Outkast LaFace Records cd Outkast fans worried about breakup rumors will be happy to see Andre “3000” Benjamin and Antwan “Big Boi” back together on Idlewild—their first truly collaborative effort since 2000’s Stankonia. However, only people who really, really like Outkast should actually part with their hard-earned cash for this one. Dre and Big […]
Madden NFL ’07Electronic ArtsVarious platforms games Tell your teachers to forget about homework. Tell your parents you’re eating dinner in your room. Call up some friends and pick up the sticks—it’s game time. Madden ’07 is out. The highest-selling pro football franchise is back for its 17th year with new and improved features, such as […]
James TaylorJohn Paul Jones ArenaThursday, August 17 music It’s a truth universally acknowledged that the concerts of aging pop stars take on two distinct forms: 1) unanticipated choices in the song list are met with polite or semi-rapt attention, and 2) old favorites produce a surge—nay, a frenzy—of affection that is as close as human […]
“58th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards”Sunday 8pm, NBCSCANDAL: Due to a complicated new voting system, last year’s drama winner, “Lost,” is shut out of every major category. SCANDAL: So is last year’s darling “Desperate Housewives”—but that’s because everyone agrees the show sucks now. SCANDAL: Ellen Burstyn nabbed a Best Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or Movie […]