Arts & Culture

Arts and culture

Don't Buy This Book!

Aug 21, 2015

When eleven professional writers from Smith Mountain Lake decided they wanted to do something out of the ordinary they considered their options and finally settled on trying to produce the worst novel ever written.

With the work now complete they believe they may have attained their goal.

Sound of Music Singalong

Aug 20, 2015

 This weekend, Charlottesville joins a growing number of American cities where fans of the movie The Sound of Music can indulge their passion by singing along.   

The Paramount Theater was on the lookout for ways to use its new HD projector when it learned that a singalong version of the 1965 film Sound of Music could be theirs for a day.  Marketing Director Katherine Davis recalls the moment.

“We saw this title that was available with the words on the screen -- the little bouncing dot, and we said, ‘We have to have this at the theater.’”

Charlottesville's Garage: Alternative Art Space

Aug 20, 2015

Central Virginia boasts plenty of great places for concerts, but there’s one venue that offers a unique experience for the audience, and the bands that play there.


The garage sits between a funeral home and the office of Christ Episcopal Church. The audience sits across the street on a low wall at the edge of Lee Park.  

“The busier and busier it gets, we spread up the hill, and you can dance at the back, you can dance in the road if it’s a quiet night," says Madeleine Partridge, who has worked two dozen shows since May.

First, there was live music, the sound of voices and instruments radiating toward our ears. Much later, stereo and multi- channel recording added new dimensions to the sounds.

Now comes a new ‘instrument’ that is the concert hall itself. It’s called the ‘Cube.’  It’s part of the Moss Arts Center at Virginia Tech and there’s nothing quite like it anywhere else in the world.

With it’s nearly 150 speakers embedded in the 4 walls, the ceiling and floor, this concert hall sized instrument is so new, there’s barely any music created that can be played in it.

Each year, for over a decade, about 30,000 Virginia kids were bused to Richmond’s museum district for a visit to the Story of Virginia, an exhibit featuring the usual portraits and artifacts.  Last year, the Virginia Historical Society closed the show and began a $20 million renovation, creating a modern new museum and a whole new experience for those interested in Virginia’s past.