Christmastime is often a time of joy and holiday cheer, but it can also serve as a depressing reminder of the people we are not with. In Alexander Payne’s new film “The Holdovers” — which screened at The Paramount Theater during the Virginia Film Festival Saturday — Angus Tully, played by newcomer Dominic Sessa, finds out he cannot spend the holidays with his mother. Instead, he has to stay at his boarding school over the holiday break with his unrelentingly headstrong history teacher Paul Hunham, played by Paul Giamatti.
On a warm Autumn evening, excited viewers poured into the Paramount Theatre to view one of the Virginia Film Festival’s most anticipated films — “Origin,” written and directed by acclaimed filmmaker Ava DuVernay.
Ben Sloan, Charlottesville resident and English professor who has taught at Piedmont Virginia Community College and the Fluvanna Correctional Center for Women, recently published his second book, entitled “Then On Out Into a Cloudless Sky.” The collection of poetry — depicting stories of childhood memories, longing for connection and many more — draws inspiration from the experiences of others, including his own students.
University students took up arms — scissors in one hand, paintbrush in the other — on October 23 in Campbell Hall’s Elmaleh Gallery. Urban and Environmental Planning Prof. Jennifer Lawrence united these students by hosting the Like the Waters We Rise Poster Workshop, teaching art as a method for climate justice activism.
Chinchilla Café is not exactly a café, but they do have chinchillas — and so much more. A Google search for “Chinchilla Café, Charlottesville” will yield tour dates of bands, Reddit pages and local news articles, but none will deliver an address you can quickly plug into your GPS by itself.
Spectrum Theatre staged the first of four performances of “Fun Home” Oct. 19, bringing the moving musical to an audience of friends, family members and fellow University students in the Student Activities Building.
Stepping foot onto the second floor of The Fralin Museum of Art, one crosses the threshold between the stress of everyday life and the fluid, expressive world of abstract art. This art has lived in the “Processing Abstraction” exhibit since its opening in February.
In the heart of Charlottesville, a vibrant and close-knit community of creative souls gathers to celebrate the art of stitchcraft. Black Women Stitch, a local award-winning sewing group with over 20,000 followers on Instagram, stands as a testament to the resilience, creativity and cultural richness of Black women in the realm of textiles.
For classical enthusiasts across Charlottesville, few events were as eagerly anticipated as the performance of chamber music duo Augustin Hadelich and Orion Weiss — and rightfully so.
Volcanoes. Remote controlled vehicles. Palaces for kittens. These are just some of the building challenges contestants are being given this television season on “Lego Masters,” an outlandish creative competition with $100,000 on the line and the chance to have the winning creation immortalized in a new, official Lego set.
Carlehr Swanson knew she was in for a treat when Grammy Award-winning musician Jon Batiste visited Carr’s Hill at the University of Virginia on Sunday. Swanson, a fan of Batiste’s genre-bending style who had put herself on the waitlist for Batiste’s “Arts on the Hill” event, just learned she had gotten a ticket and found a front-row seat to the action.
More than 1,000 people packed the seats at the Paramount Theater on Charlottesville’s Downtown Mall Wednesday for the Virginia Film Festival’s opening night. Still more lingered outside the restored 1930s movie palace, hoping that additional tickets might be released for that evening’s sold-out showing of “Maestro,” written and directed by – and starring – Bradley Cooper.