John Paul Jones Arena

Violinist and dancer Lindsey Stirling twirls her holiday tour into John Paul Jones arena Sunday, December 15. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Lindsey Stirling

Well played: Growing up, Lindsey Stirling could not decide between dancing and playing the violin, so she chose both and developed a unique act mixing hip-hop, pop, and classical music. At 23, she landed a slot on the fifth season of “America’s Got Talent,” competing as a hip-hop violinist. The competition was tough—Jackie Evancho and […]

Pop superstar Ariana Grande plays John Paul Jones Arena Friday, November 15. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Ariana Grande

We are next: Superstar Ariana Grande has been on an intense performing schedule for the last eight months, showcasing her recent albums Sweetener and Thank U, Next. Known for her commitment to fans, Grande’s giving them what they love—a setlist with tight choreography that highlights her introspective sentimentality and dance-pop smash hits. Her songs are […]

Twenty One Pilots returns to Charlottesville on tour for new album, Trench. Publicity photo.

ARTS Pick: Twenty One Pilots

Firmly entrenched: After huge success with 2015’s thematically cryptic Blurryface, Twenty One Pilots entered into a period of “going dark” for a year, which singer Tyler Joseph says was needed to bring authenticity back to the music and battle some unspecified personal demons. When the duo released its follow-up, Trench, in 2018, its fanbase, better […]