Peter Sklar’s “Getting Started in the Arts” Discussion

peterbioThe Wilson School of Dance presents “Getting Started in the Arts,” an eye-opening discussion for teens and parents facilitated by Peter Sklar on October 25th at 3:00pm.

Sklar, noted talent scout and producer, has discovered and/or coached thousands of young performers including Sarah Jessica Parker, Reese Witherspoon, Ricki Lake, and numerous other young stars. As an expert on young performers, Sklar will introduce the key steps to getting hired for Broadway, dance, music, television, and film.

“As every major employer knows, in and out of the arts, success is all about who you are, not what you can do,” Sklar says. During the talk, students will learn what this means, and what to do about it.

Parents will notice positive changes in their children in the days that follow–everything from confidence to maturity to eating habits, as well as more success in their academics, future job interviews, auditions, and beyond.

Mr. Sklar’s work with young people has been featured on E! True Hollywood Story, Good Morning America, ABC, NBC, CNS, Fox, The New York Times, and many more.

Admission to this event is FREE but reservations are mandatory. Please call the Wilson School of Dance at 434-973-5678 or email to RSVP. The Wilson School of Dance is located at 3114 Proffit Rd. in Charlottesville.

Please Note: Absolutely nobody under age 7 will be admitted. Everyone under age 18 must attend with their own parent. There will be no late admittance.

Free Improv Workshops at PVCC

Ty Cooper - Theater ShotPiedmont Virginia Community College (PVCC) will host two improv workshops on Friday, October 24th, including a Comedy Writing workshop and a Fourth Friday Improv workshop.

Writer and promoter Ty Cooper will host the free Comedy Writing workshop from 1:00pm to 4:00pm, open to everyone who wants to add more humor into life.

Using clips from television series, lecture and writing exercises, Cooper will present styles of writing for situational comedy and introduce techniques to help participants develop their unique comedic voice.

Cooper is perhaps best known in Charlottesville for bringing national comedy acts to local stages as part of his “United Nations of Comedy Tour” and most recently the “Comedy with a Taste of Jazz” series.

The Fourth Friday Improv workshop series from 6:00pm to 8:00pm explores the art of theatrical improvisation in its many forms. No experience is required!

Using a series of fun games and exercises for both long and short-form improv, participants will learn to think fast, improve performance skills and build on the ability to create possibilities.

The workshop will also introduce techniques used in playback theatre, an original form of improv in which audience members tell stories from their lives and watch them enacted on the spot.

The workshop is led by Brad Stoller, an award-winning playwright who received a Master of Fine Arts in playwriting from the University of Virginia and has taught drama to youth and adults for more than 20 years. For more information, contact Stoller at 434.961.5246 or email

Additional dates for Fourth Fridays Improv are January 23rd, February 27th, and March 27, 2015.

These workshops are FREE and open to the public. Both events will be held in the V. Earl Dickinson Building located on the PVCC campus at the south end of College Drive.

For more information on these events and to view PVCC’s full Fine Arts and Performance season, log on to the website.

Global Disability Keynote Address at UVa

s200_robert.mcruer The UVa Institute of the Humanities and Global Cultures presents a keynote address by Robert McRuer on Friday, October 24 at 2:00pm.

Robert McRuer’s lecture, titled “Cripping Austerity: Disability, Globalization, and Culture,” is part of UVa’s Disability Acceptance Week. In his talk, McRuer will examine Livia Radwanski’s photos of the redevelopment of a Mexico City neighborhood (and the displacement of poor people living in the neighborhood) to trace how disability haunts theories of neoliberal dispossession and is central to a global austerity politics.

The talk will be followed by a panel discussion by UVa faculty and students, moderated by the Institute’s faculty director Michael Levenson. There will be a closing reception at 4:00pm.

This event is FREE and open to the public. It will take place in Minor Auditorium on the UVa campus. Hourly parking is available in the Central Grounds Parking Garage. For further event information and directions, visit the website.

Jefferson School Artist Talk: Daphne Maxwell Reid

2012 Women's History Month Celebration History Month CelebrationThe Jefferson School African American Heritage Center is excited to present Daphne Maxwell Reid for her Artist Talk, “Doors Open the World to Your Dreams” on October 25th at 6:00pm.

Throughout her years of travel, Daphne Maxwell-Reid (best known for her role as “Aunt Vivian” on The Fresh Prince of Bel Air) has captured images of portals, doors, gates and architectural details.

Reid says her work has sparked a strong emotional response, awakening the sense of wonder and curiosity that harkens back to her childhood when she endlessly explored what was behind the many doors that surrounded her.

The exhibition, on display from October 25th to January 11th, includes works from her latest trip to Morocco.

The Jefferson School aims to honor and preserve the rich heritage and legacy of the African-American community of Charlottesville-Albemarle, Virginia and to promote a greater appreciation for, and understanding of, the contributions of African Americans.

This event is FREE and open to the public. The Jefferson School is located on 233 4th St Northwest in Charlottesville.

UVa Jazz Ensemble presents Rob Quallich in “A Call For Demons”

quallich2The UVa Jazz Ensemble, under the direction of trumpeter John D’earth, presents trumpet sensation Rob Quallich in “A Call For Demons” on October 24th at 8:00pm.

D’earth and the Ensemble have invited guest lead-trumpet player extraordinaire Rob Quallich to join in calling forth the many voices in which the modern jazz ensemble can speak. Quallich is a twenty eight year-old powerhouse with a stratospheric range, endless endurance, and an ability to swing with great accuracy.

The band will present an evening of music that ranges from high energy charts like Thad Jones’ Little Dipper, Dizzy Gillespie’s Woodyn’ You, and Woody Herman’s arrangement of John Coltrane’s Lazy Bird, to quieter moments with music by John Abercrombie (Sidekicks) and by D’earth’s wife, singer/songwriter Dawn Thompson.

Tickets are $10 ($5 for students and free for UVa Students who reserve in advance). Tickets can be purchased by contacting the Arts Box Office at 434.924.3376 or visiting the website. The concert will take place in Old Cabell Hall, located on the south end of UVA’s historic lawn, directly opposite the Rotunda.

Westminster Organ Concert Series 35th Anniversary

Organ pipes.The Westminster Organ Concert Series celebrates its 35th anniversary with a special afternoon chamber concert on October 26th at 3:30 pm.

Soprano Megan Sharp and organist Jonathan Schakel are joined by David Sariti, Elizabeth Field, Marta Howard, Amy Domingues, and Anthony Harvey, playing period string instruments and theorbo for a program of baroque music from Italy.

Vivaldi’s lovely motet for solo soprano, Laudate pueri, Dominum, and a charming organ concerto by Handel are featured, as well as music by Corelli, Ariosti, Marini, and Merula.

A special reception will follow the event with artifacts from the past 35 years and organ-shaped cookies.

This concert is FREE and open to the public. The event will be held at the Westminster Presbyterian Church, located at 400 Rugby Road in Charlottesville. Ample parking is available behind the church, and the sanctuary is wheelchair-accessible.

UVa Open Grounds presents “Once Gone”

Levine-AbigailOpen Grounds is proud to present “Once Gone,” a new work by choreographer Abigail Levine and composer Erik DeLuca on October 24th at 7:00pm.

In “Once Gone”, Levine and DeLuca create a tightly structured system of sound and movement. The imperfection of the repetition inherent in this system becomes quickly palpable and a central source of the work’s resonance. The work speaks of change and disappearance, human effort and what remains after an ending.

Abigail Levine is a New York-based choreographer, performer, and writer. Her works bring together dance’s bodily specificity with performance art’s experiments with time and human action. They have been shown in the US, Cuba, Venezuela, Mexico, Brazil, Canada and Taiwan.

Erik Deluca is a composer, sound artist, and scholar of sound who has lectured, performed, and exhibited at such places as MASS MoCA, the Anchorage Museum, Society for Ethnomusicology, June in Buffalo, Bang on a Can Summer Music Festival, and many more. Erik is a lecturer in the music department at the University of Virginia.

There will also be a post performance discussion with UVa dance lecturer Katie Schetlick and UVa professor of music composition Ted Coffey.

The performance is FREE and open to the public and will be held at Open Grounds on the UVa Corner.

Battlefield Band at The Haven Blue Ridge Irish Music School presents Battlefield Band at The Haven on November 20th at 8:00pm.

Recently awarded ‘Scottish Folk Band of the Year’ and previously ‘Best Live Act’ at the Scots Trad Music Awards, Battlefield Band has been a bedrock of traditional music and talent for over forty years, and is regarded as the great flagship of the Scottish traditional music scene.

Founded in 1969 and named after the Battlefield area of Glasgow, the band continues to tour throughout the world, playing to audiences in Europe, Australia and New Zealand, Asia, the Middle East, Canada and the USA.

Over the years, new members have brought new ideas, music, instruments, voices, attitudes and influences, ensuring continued creativity, freshness, enthusiasm and critical acclaim.

Tickets cost $25 ($20 in advance) and can be pre-purchased by emailing Haven is located at 112 W. Market St. in Charlottesville.

Ash Lawn-Highland Artisan Open House

artisan_roomAsh Lawn-Highland will host its second annual Artisan Open House in partnership with the Artisans Center of Virginia (ACV) on Sunday, October 19th from 12:00pm to 4:00pm.

The celebration will include activities and demonstrations by several local artists and artisans, artisanal food tastings and live music by acoustic soloist Timothy Seaman, known for his distinctive original hammered dulcimer and flute music.

Visitors can meet with juried ACV artisans and learn more about their work. Participants include Kary Haun (pottery), Starke Smith (woodworking), Alex Newell (leather goods), Jane Hicks (quilting), Meg Chevalier (jewelry) and Jo Perez (stained glass), among many others.

As a retail partner of ACV, Ash Lawn-Highland offers an extensive collection of handmade items by local artisans in the museum shop’s Virginia Artisans Room. The Artisans Room showcases the work of juried Virginia artists and artisans. Pieces include objects in wood, metal, glass, textile and ceramic.

This event is FREE and open to the public. Activities will take place, rain or shine, outside the museum shop at Ash Lawn in Charlottesville.

Free Movie Friday at PVCC: “Stop Making Sense”

Stop_making_sense_poster_originalPiedmont Virginia Community College (PVCC) will show Stop Making Sense featuring rock/new wave group The Talking Heads for its Free Movie Friday event on Friday, October 17th at 7:30pm.

Called “the greatest concert movie of all time” by Rolling Stone magazine, Stop Making Sense documents The Talking Heads over the course of three nights of concerts in 1983 during the band’s Speaking in Tongues tour.

Featuring lead singer David Byrne’s distinctive performance style, the movie has garnered an enthusiastic following among music and film lovers.

Directed by Jonathan Demme (The Silence of the Lambs, Philadelphia), the film has been lauded for subverting the concert film genre with lengthy camera shots, lack of audience footage and minimal lighting, keeping the focus entirely on the music and the band’s performance.

This year’s re-release marks the 30th anniversary of this award-winning rock documentary.

PVCC’s Student Art Club sponsors the Free Movie Friday series, which takes place on the third Friday of each month. For more information, log on to PVCC’s Performing Arts website.

This event is FREE and open to the public. The Dickinson Building is located at the south end of College Drive and parking is located in front of the building. The Main Stage Theatre is wheelchair accessible.