Light House Studio Announces Spring Workshops

LightHouse_Promo_FSLight House Studio is a local nonprofit filmmaking center that provides young people with the opportunity to come together and make movies. Their workshops offer quality instruction in various aspects of filmmaking in a fun and creative setting.

Some of the offerings for the Spring 2014 season include:

Practical Effects: Learn how to create monsters, zombies, and more using make-up and prosthetics. Sundays, April 24-May 18.

Fresh Eyes: Film Curation & Criticism: Peek behind the curtain of the international film festival circuit, and look at the levels of production, distribution, curation, and exhibition that are involved. Friday, May 9 7:00-10:00pm.

Special Skills: Cinematography: Develop your imagination as you gain a wider perspective of how lighting and cameras
can be used to tell a story. Saturday, May 17 10:00am-4:00pm.

Web Design – The Maker Party: Learn the building block of the web and how to put your portfolio online. Saturday, May 31 10:00am-5:00pm.

Visit to view the full list of available workshops and register.

Integrated Dance Workshop at McGuffey

Welcome the arrival of spring with an Integrated Dance Workshop at the McGuffey Art Center on Thursday, April 24 from 10:00am-12:30pm

Led by Susan Wiesner, this physically integrated dance workshop will have you moving as you learn modern dance technique, stretch with a partner, get up close with some contact improvisation, and work on group choreography.

This program is part of the City of Charlottesville Therapeutic Recreation Program. It is open to adults and teens (14+) with and without physical disabilities of all experience levels. Previous dance experience is not necessary, but good body awareness and control of assistive devices are needed.

Registration is $10 and includes a pizza lunch. Space is limited and workshops fill up quickly! To register, call (434) 970-3264 or email Sarah Blech.

Ash Lawn Opera Announces First Year-Round Season

ash lawn opera Ash Lawn Opera has announced their 2014 season! Opening with Leonard Bernstein’s Candide, the season also features performances of Susannah, Fiddler on the Roof, and Amahl and the Night Visitors.

To open the season, Ash Lawn Opera joins forces for the first time with The Oratorio Society of Virginia to present semi-staged concert performances of Leonard Bernstein’s Candide on May 2nd and 4th at The Paramount Theater.

Written in 1956 by the composer of West Side Story, Candide won four Tony Awards and five Drama Desk Awards at its 1974 revival. Based on the witty novella by Voltaire, this fun and fast paced operetta will be led by Michael Slon, Music Director of the Oratorio Society and features soloists from across the country along with the Oratorio Society orchestra and chorus.

To see the full season schedule or to purchase tickets, please visit the Ash Lawn Opera website.

PVCC Chorus Annual Spring Concert

HScruggs The Piedmont Virginia Community College Chorus will perform a spring Concert Sunday, April 27, at 3:00pm on the Main Stage of the V. Earl Dickinson Building.

The chorus, now in its 15th season, will present a variety of music styles ranging from choral standards to folk songs, spirituals, gospel selections and patriotic songs. The performance will include a special arrangement by Horace Scruggs, PVCC’s instructor of choral music, which combines the traditional This Land Is Your Land and America the Beautiful.

This event is FREE and open to the public. No tickets are required. The V. Earl Dickinson Building is located on the PVCC campus at the south end of College Drive, and ample, free parking is located in front of the building. For more information contact the PVCC Box Office by email or at 434-961-5376.

The PVCC Chorus is a one-credit class open to students and community members without audition. New members are always welcome.

Heritage Theatre Festival Announces 2014 Season

Print The Heritage Theatre Festival is back for its 40th anniversary season in 2014 with a highly decorated and fun-filled slate of shows, as well as a pre-season treat that will bring audiences up close and personal with one of the comedy world’s most enduring icons.

An Evening with Groucho is award-winning actor/director/playwright Frank Ferrante’s critically acclaimed tribute to comedy legend Groucho Marx. This pre-season special will be held at the Ruth Caplin Theatre from June 17-21.

The 2014 season officially opens with Thoroughly Modern Millie, directed by Robert Chapel. This 2002 Tony Award-winner for Best Musical brings the Roaring Twenties to life with snappy tunes, vibrant dance numbers, and a classic story of what happens when a wide-eyed Midwest farm girl is introduced to the bright lights of New York City. Thoroughly Modern Millie will be shown at Culbreth Theatre from June 26-July 5.

To learn more and view the full season schedule, click here.

Charlottesville Urban Sketchers Hit the Streets


Urban Sketchers is a grassroots global community of sketchers with an affiliate here in Charlottesville! The group meets once a week at locations across town to observe and document buildings and street scenes.

The Urban Sketchers Manifesto is as follows:
1. We draw on location, indoors or out, capturing what we see from direct observation.
2. Our drawings tell the story of our surroundings, the places we live and where we travel.
3. Our drawings are a record of time and place.
4. We are truthful to the scenes we witness.
5. We use any kind of media and cherish our individual styles.
6. We support each other and draw together.
7. We share our drawings online.
8. We show the world, one drawing at a time.

Want to try your hand at it? The Charlottesville Chapter of Urban Sketchers meets every Sunday at 2:00pm. Everyone is welcome and no experience is required. Locations are announced through the Facebook Group, and through Twitter and Instagram using the hashtags #charlottesville #urbansketchers

Soul Food Junkies Screening at JSAAHC

soul food junkies
In celebration of Earth Day on April 22, the Jefferson School African American Heritage Center will screen the film Soul Food Junkies, followed by a conversation with Dr. Leni Sorensen that will explore food from the ground to the table.

In Soul Food Junkies, filmmaker Byron Hurt sets out on a historical and culinary journey to learn more about the soul food tradition and its relevance to black cultural identity. Through candid interviews, the film puts this culinary tradition under the microscope.

Dr. Leni Sorensen has worked for over thirty years as a university lecturer, museum consultant, hands-on presenter and researcher with a focus on African American slavery, American agriculture, and women’s work in colonial and post-colonial America.

This event is FREE and open to the public. The film screening will be held at 6:00pm in the auditorium of the Jefferson School City Center. The discussion will immediately follow the screening.

Bleeding Rainbow at Tea Bazaar

bleeding rainbow Come out to the Twisted Tea Bazaar on Friday, May 9 at 9:00pm to hear BLEEDING RAINBOW + Y’ALL + BIG AIR.

Bleeding Rainbow started 4 years ago in Philadelphia as a two piece known then as Reading Rainbow. After completing two full length albums and a handful of singles, the group has expanded to include two additional members.

While working on their 3rd LP, the band has found a balance between the extremes of thrashy punk and psychedelic drone to create a new and inspiring sound.

Y’all and local bank Big Air will open.

Tickets cost $8 and can be purchased online. Doors open at 8:30pm.

Ami Dang Concert at Twisted Branch Tea Bazaar


LaptheMiles presents Amrita “Ami” Kaur Dang at Twisted Branch Tea Bazaar on Wednesday, April 30 at 9:00pm.

Amrita “Ami” Kaur Dang is a vocalist, sitarist, and composer/producer from Baltimore, MD and New Delhi, India. Her sound ranges from North Indian classical fused with noise/ambient electronics to experimental dancepop that comes together to create a new genre she calls “Bollywave.”

Slag Ralden and DEN will open the show.

Tickets cost $7 and may be purchased at the door or online.

SFTA Auction Feature: “Spring Forest” by John Grant

Grant Today, in our preview series of items up for auction at Spring For The Arts, we are excited to present Spring Forest by local photographer John Grant.

John Grant, co-founder of the fine art publishing group “Thomasson- Grant”, experiments with new technological tools and techniques in his photographic practice. He is represented by Chroma Gallery in Charlottesville, as well as Getty Images worldwide. He has exhibited internationally and is perhaps best known for his photographs that have been used as the cover of the Twilight books.

You can bid on this unique artwork at Spring For The Arts! An annual celebration of your local arts council and an important source of support for PCA’s programs year-round, Spring For The Arts takes place on Wednesday, April 23 at CitySpace, 5:30-8:00pm.

The evening’s festivities will include an open bar, hors d’oeuvres by Harvest Moon Catering, live music from winners of PCA’s Arthur C. Greene Rising Star Award and a silent auction. Purchase your tickets online today and support your local arts council!

PCA thanks the following sponsors for their generous support:
Harvest Moon Catering, Commonwealth Restaurant & Skybar, Gropen, INDOOR Biotechnologies, T&N Printing, Crutchfield, City of Charlottesville, Virginia Commission for the Arts, and the Office of the Provost & the Vice Provost for the Arts.