“Home for the Holidays” Friday 8pm, CBS Even in death Dave Thomas is making the world a better place. I’m not talking about Wendy’s’ Jalapeno Cheddar Double Melt or the Vanilla Frosty (although, now that I think about it, those count too). This special is sponsored by the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption, which Thomas—an […]
Apocalypto (R, 138 minutes) For the follow-up to his worldwide smash, The Passion of the Christ, Mel Gibson has chosen this dark adventure drama set in the fading days of the Mayan empire. The story centers around Jaguar Paw (Rudy Youngblood), a young man chosen for human sacrifice who flees the kingdom to avoid his […]
It used to be that when Christmas holidays approached, many in the music industry celebrated the success of the CD box set. It was the gift that said both, “I tried to be more thoughtful than a gift certificate,” and “I knew you would never spend 60 bucks on yourself, so Merry Christmas.” In the […]
“The Lost Room”Tuesday 7pm, Sci Fi Channel Look at little Sci Fi go! A couple of years ago, the cable net was a dumping ground for “Stargate” repeats and crappy made-for-TV movies starring, like, Kari Wuhrer. Now thanks to cult hits like “Battlestar Galactica” and “Who Wants to Be a Super-Hero?” it’s getting some cred […]
One of the main reasons to be in a band (apart from the money and the girls, of course) is the opportunity to travel and play gigs in interesting places. As our friend Dave Grant used to put it, to go drinking in different languages. Jodie Foster’s loss is Bill Gates’ gain when Big Ray […]
Anathallo, with Shapiro and Page FranceStarr Hill Music HallThursday, November 30 Performing like a well-oiled machine, Anathallo disappointed. music When a band introduces its second song of the evening as “a song for the heavy-hearted”—as Anathallo did Wednesday night at Starr Hill—you have a pretty quick idea of what you’re in for. While most […]
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, […]
“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 […]
Let’s just say some old college photos surfaced at a party. Maybe not the ones DJ Stroud was really worried about, but interesting photos nonetheless.
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 […]
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 […]