Charlottesville Swing Dance Society September Event

431700_309299559136958_1017654036_n The Charlottesville Swing Dance Society (CSDS) has another high-energy evening of swing dancing planned for Saturday, September, 20 from 6:30pm until 11:00pm at the Unity Church in Charlottesville.

Mike Glascow will be the DJ and Dance Lesson Instructor. He will teach a West Coast swing dance lesson from 7:00pm until 8:00pm. The dance will continue from 8:00pm until 11:00pm.

Tickets cost $13 ($10 for CSDS members, $7 for students). First time attendees are given half price admission.

Unity Church is located at 2825 Hydraulic Circle in Charlottesville. For more information visit the website. All are welcome to attend.

Symphony Under the Stars- All That Jazz!

Orchestra SUTSThe University of Virginia’s Programs Council presents the Charlottesville Symphony’s annual free outdoor concert on Saturday, September 20 at 8:00pm.

The Charlottesville Symphony and the Free Bridge Quintet will each perform a set; the two groups will also unite on Ben’s Jazz Trumpet, a piece for orchestra and jazz quintet commissioned from John D’earth by the orchestra in 2013.

The concert is FREE and open to the public, and will be held in the U.V.a Amphitheater (or Old Cabell Hall in the event of inclement weather).

Free parking is available in at the Central Grounds Garage on Emmet Street. More information about the event can be found at the Charlottesville Symphony’s website.

Ku-umba Frank Lacy at The Jefferson School

lacy_central_3The Charlottesville Jazz Society is pleased to announce the first concert in a new series to be held on Friday, September 19th at 8:00pm at The Jefferson School African American Heritage Center.

Veteran trombonist Ku-umba Frank Lacy will perform with his New York based 1032K trio, featuring Kevin Ray on bass and Andrew Drury on percussion.

For this special performance, the trio has selected a compelling repertoire from some lesser known but extremely influential composers of modern jazz. Included in the music to be played that night are compositions by Sam Rivers, Charles Mingus, and Billy Strayhorn.

The cost is $15 ($12 paid supporters of the CJS, $10 for students). Tickets are available in advanced and can be purchased at Eventbrite.

Second Annual Sabroso Festival

10346594_940809329269972_5259679787536777118_n In celebration of National Hispanic Heritage Month, the second annual Sabroso Festival returns on Saturday, September 20 from 11:00am-6:00pm.

This festival is an annual celebration of Latin America music, dance, art and food that is produced and promoted in collaboration with Luminaria Cville and Sin Barreras/Without Barriers of Charlottesville.

The event will feature live folkloric, traditional and fusion music, dance, visual and performance arts on the lawn of the McGuffey Art Center, as well as children’s activities and food and artisan vendors.

Like ‘Cville Sabroso Festival‘ on Facebook to stay updated on further event details!

Also, stay tuned for a Dia de los Muertos events in October, including a film screening on Friday, October 31.

11th Annual Virginia Folklife Apprenticeship Showcase

Quilting ApprenticeThe Virginia Folklife Program at the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities (VFH) will present its eleventh annual Folklife Apprenticeship Showcase on Sunday, September 21st, from 1:00pm to 5:00pm.

The Folklife Apprenticeships pair an experienced master artist with an apprentice for a one-on-one, nine-month learning
experience to ensure that a particular art form is passed on in ways that are faithful to tradition.

This year’s showcase will feature masters of a wide range of traditional music styles, including National Heritage Fellows The Holmes Brothers, as well as bluegrass performer Danny Knicely, among many others. Other featured crafts include quilts, bee keeping, handmade chairs, real Brunswick stew, fried apple pies, and an oyster shucking competition.

The Folklife Apprenticeship Showcase is free and open to the public and will take place at the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities Conference Center, 145 Ednam Drive in the Boar’s Head Inn Complex in Charlottesville. For more information visit Virginia Folklife’s website.

Arthur C. Greene Rising Star Awards Celebration

Each autumn for the past 17 years, PCA’s Arthur C. Greene Rising Star Award has celebrated high school students who excel in the arts. Arthur C. Greene was an actor, director, and Professor of Drama at the University of Virginia from 1960-1992. He devoted a large part of his life to encouraging the talents of young people, and the awards were so named in his honor.

This year marks the 18th anniversary of the award, which PCA has given to more than 250 students, many of whom continue to study the arts in college and become arts professionals. The Rising Star program is the only awards opportunity for high school students in a wide range of arts genres, including visual arts, film, drama, music, and writing. We were also excited to receive nominations from three area nonprofits – Live Arts, Light House Studio, and Tupelo Press Teen Writing Center.

On October 3, 2014, from 5:00-7:30pm at CitySpace, PCA will host the annual Rising Star Awards Celebration & Exhibition Opening to honor the 2014 Rising Star winners. The program, held every autumn, features student performances, awards ceremony, reception, and gallery exhibition featuring students’ accomplishments. The event is FREE and open to the public.

The 2014 Rising Star Award recipients are:

Emily Battle, St. Anne’s Belfield School
Brielle Costello, St. Anne’s Belfield School
Ben Culver, Monticello High School
Edward Diven, Tandem Friends School
Alex Espinosa, Monticello High School
Will Jones, Light House Studio/Charlottesville High School
Geneva Knight, Charlottesville High School
Genevieve Lewis, Monticello High School
Mason Martin, Covenant School
Allison Moore, Albemarle High School
Daniel Neale, Live Arts/Charlottesville High School
Kira Nolan, Albemarle High School
Marta Regn, Miller School of Albemarle
Brennan Reid, Western Albemarle High School
Colette Rogers, Albemarle High School
Sydney Saunders, Charlottesville High School
Jacob Sawyer, Covenant School
Kadin Sullivan, Charlottesville High School
Dorothy Sysling, Murray High School
Theo Trotter, Renaissance School
Heather Walton, Tupelo Press Teen Writing Center/Monticello High School
Yiyi Wei, St. Anne’s Belfield School
Joey Wharton, Albemarle High School
Seamore Zhu, Western Albemarle High School

Join us on October 3 at CitySpace to celebrate these students and their remarkable achievements!

Image Credit: A student performance in the 2013 Rising Star Award Ceremony

WNRN Culture Connection

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As part of a new partnership with local radio station WNRN, we will post the weekly Culture Connection here on the Arts Blog to connect our readers to even more arts and culture events in the Greater Charlottesville Area!

WNRN’s Culture Connection is hosted by local Arts & Culture journalist/blogger/culturenut Mary Burruss, aka The Culture Maven. She is a veteran Arts & Culture reporter who is currently the Music Correspondent for Art Times. Culturenuts, her A&C blog, promotes the A&C scene of Central Virginia to the world.

This week’s Culture Connection includes:

Artist Peter Traub’s Woodear exhibit at the UVa Ruffin Gallery, Firehouse Theatre Companies production of WAIT UNTIL DARK, and a performance by the Sobel 4tet at Rockfish Lounge.

To learn more, listen to the podcast on the website or below: .

Latin Ballet of Virginia Opens Master Class Series

AnaInesKing Piedmont Virginia Community College’s Master Class series for the 2014-15 Fine Arts and Performance season begins Saturday, September 20th, from 12:00pm until 2:00pm with a class taught by members of the Latin Ballet of Virginia.

Accomplished dancers Ana Ines King and Meoleaeke Arebreane Jones combine their dance knowledge and experience to introduce participants to the rich and diverse culture of the Hispanic people.

The class will cover aspects of flamenco, capoeira and salsa styles of dance and is suitable for dancers with all levels of experience.

The class costs $10 per participant and takes place in the Main Stage Theatre of the V. Earl Dickinson Building in Charlottesville. Students should wear comfortable clothes that allow freedom of movement.

For more information or to register for the class, call the PVCC Box Office at (434) 961-5376, email or visit the website.

Second Street Gallery Announces Two New Initiatives

As they open their 41st season of continuous exhibition programming, Second Street Gallery is excited to launch two new initiatives that will expand opening hours and stretch the organization in new directions.


Second Saturday Yoga Art Grooves:
Find your bliss where yoga, art, and music meet in the Gallery with local instructor Monica Buckley and the hypnotic sounds of live music. 75-minute, once-monthly classes will be held in the gallery from 6:00-7:15pm from September to June.

The first class will be held on Saturday, September 13 with Charlottesville-based live electronic musician, Centric, whose sounds are featured on Instruction will be geared towards beginners and open to mixed-level practitioners.

The class costs $20 ($15 for SSG members, seniors, and students with valid ID) and you can register online. Inquire about a limited number of $5 community slots per class. Sponsored by Opal Yoga Charlottesville and Carpet Plus.

Late Night Third Thursday:
Starting on Thursday, September 18, we look forward to seeing you for extended gallery hours from 6:00-9:00pm on the Third Thursday of each month this season. Stop by before or after dinner on the mall, or come in to unwind after a long day at the office, gym, or studio.

For more information on these and other ongoing programs at the Gallery, visit the website.

ART PRINT Training Workshop at CitySpace

PCA presents the annual ART PRINT Training Workshop on Wednesday, October 15 from 9:30-11:45am at CitySpace.

This workshop will introduce attendees to the Inquiry Method of looking at art with children. The PERKs approach is based on the development of questions that stimulate students to analyze and discover art for themselves. The Inquiry Method directly engages students which makes exploring art not only fun and exciting but develops critical thinking skills and visual and cultural literacy. The workshop will introduce the Inquiry Method and include demonstrations relating iconic art images to curriculum and SOLs.

The workshop is FREE but participants must register in advance. All volunteers in area city, county and private schools are invited to attend this annual workshop sponsored by PERKs (Partners in Enrichment Resources for Kids) and Piedmont Council for the Arts. Please click here or call PCA at 434-971-2787 to register.

This workshop will be held at CitySpace in Charlottesville at 100 5th Street NE, attached to the Market Street Parking Garage. Please allow time to find street or garage parking.

If your school does not have an art print program, this is a great opportunity to learn how to start one. For more info about PERKs, contact Jane Anne Young (295-0385) or Janis Chevalier (295-1575).