Virginia Festival of the Book “Virginia-Made: Books, Beer, and Music”

9780316231435_custom-af37a72ff8e3a938063a171397ca98604dc3fa8c-s99-c85PCA is excited to partner with the Virginia Festival of the Book for the event “Virginia-Made” on Tuesday, March 17 at 7:00pm.

To kick off this year’s festival, join us for a night of home-grown literature, music, and beer. The event will feature Beth Macy, author of Factory Man, as well as music by Wayne Henderson and Factory Girl beer, custom-brewed by Parkway Brewery in honor of Macy’s book. Jon Lohman, director of the Virginia Folklife Program, will host the festivities.

This is the perfect locavore event, honoring a Virginian author for her book about Virginia (also printed in Virginia), publicized with a Virginia custom brew, and celebrated with internationally-renowned musician, guitar-maker, and National Heritage Fellow, Wayne Henderson.

The “Virginia-Made” program will be held at C’Ville Coffee, located at 1301 Harris Street in Charlottesville.

Be sure to join PCA at CitySpace for many more co-sponsored events as a part of the this year’s Virginia Festival of the Book:

During the “Bipartisanship and Everybody Loves Jefferson” discussion, Authors Andrew Burstein and Jason Grumet explore how Jefferson has been used across party lines. This event will be held on Thursday, March 19 at 2:00pm.

Discover how poet and publisher collaborate at “From Printer to Programmer, Publisher & Poet” on Sunday, March 22 at 1:00pm.

For a full list of events happening at CitySpace, visit the online schedule.

These events are FREE and open to the public. CitySpace is located at 100 5th St. NE on the Downtown Mall in Charlottesville.

National Theatre Live at The Paramount Spring Line-Up

LL345321_942longJoin The Paramount Theater for a thrilling Spring season of London’s National Theatre Live on the big screen! New shows have been added to the line-up and tickets are on sale now.

Behind The Beautiful Forevers
March 29 at 7:00pm
Pulitzer Prize-winner Katherine Boo spent three years in Annawadi recording the lives of its residents. From her uncompromising book, winner of the National Book Award for Non-Fiction 2012, David Hare has fashioned a tumultuous play on an epic scale. India is surging with global ambition. But beyond the luxury hotels surrounding Mumbai airport lies a makeshift slum, full of people with plans of their own.

A View From The Bridge
April 12 at 7:00pm
The great Arthur Miller confronts the American dream in this dark and passionate tale. In Brooklyn, longshoreman Eddie Carbone welcomes his Sicilian cousins to the land of freedom. But when one of them falls for his beautiful niece, they discover that freedom comes at a price. Eddie’s jealous mistrust exposes a deep, unspeakable secret – one that drives him to commit the ultimate betrayal.

The Hard Problem
April 19 at 7:00pm
Acclaimed playwright Tom Stoppard (Shakespeare in Love, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead) returns to the National Theatre with his highly-anticipated new play The Hard Problem, directed by Nicholas Hytner. Hilary, a young psychology researcher at a brain science institute, is nursing a private sorrow and a troubling question at work, where psychology and biology meet. If there is nothing but matter, what is consciousness?

Man and Superman
May 31 at 7:00pm
Academy Award nominee Ralph Fiennes plays Jack Tanner in this exhilarating reinvention of Shaw’s witty, provocative classic.
A romantic comedy, an epic fairytale, a fiery philosophical debate, Man and Superman asks fundamental questions about how we live.

Tickets for the screenings cost $14.50 ($12.50 for seniors, $10.50 for students) and may be purchased online.

Final Fridays at U.Va.

unnamedJoin U.Va. Arts for Final Fridays, a monthly showcase highlighting exhibits, performances, and lectures on Arts Grounds and across the University. This month’s Final Fridays will take place on February 27, 2015. Unless otherwise stated, these events are FREE and open to the public.

The McIntire Department of Art presents “Monument Proposals for the UNearthED”, featuring maquettes, drawings, statements, computer simulations, and presentations by the Monument Men and Women of ARTS 2580, Special Topics in Sculpture: The Monument. Also, don’t miss gallery talks with the artists of “Man on the Mountain”. Both events will take place from 5:00pm to 7:00pm in the Ruffstuff Gallery.

The Fralin Museum of Art will host a Final Fridays reception featuring new exhibitions, local musician Matty Metcalfe, and spotlight talks by student docents from 5:30pm to 7:30pm. Visit the ongoing exhibitions at The Fralin, including “Lucian Freud: Etchings”, “Figures for the Soul”, and “A Portrait of the Artist, 1525-1825″. The reception is FREE to students and members ($3 for non-members).

The U.Va. School of Architecture will also have a reception, featuring a gallery talk entitled “What is a Prison Garden?” at 6:00pm. Discuss with Katherine Cannella, winner of the 2014 Benjamin C. Howland Jr. Fellowship. The talk will take place in the East Wing Gallery in the Campbell Hall School of Architecture.

Finally, the McIntire Department of Music welcomes Virginia Tech faculty members Elizabeth Crone, flute and Rick Masters, piano for an engaging and diverse recital of chamber music at 8:00pm in Brooks Hall. Joined by Nicole Paglialonga on violin, the group will present works by Bohuslav Martinu, Florence Price, James Sochinski, Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, and feature two world premieres by Valerie Coleman and Elizabeth Hoffman.

Final Fridays is sponsored by the U.Va. Office of the Provost & Vice Provost for the Arts. For more information, visit the U.Va. Arts website.

Image Credit: Man on Mountain, (Maquette), Kristen Malinowski and Shannon Murrell

U.Va. Jazz Ensemble: “Principles in Jazz” Concert

Jazz_Ensemble_01HR_CGThe University of Virginia Jazz Ensemble, under the direction of John D’earth, presents “Principals In Jazz” on February 28 at 8:00pm.

The concert will feature four principals from the Charlottesville Symphony: I-Jen Fang on marimba and percussion, Aaron Hill on the oboe, Nathaniel Lee on trombone, and David Sariti on violin. Each is the professional leader of their section in the orchestra, and all have recorded and performed on the national and international stage.

The Jazz Ensemble will perform classic and original works that will feature the guest artists alongside the soloists in the band. The concert will be an exploration of what Gunther Schuller called “Third Stream Jazz,” the blending of jazz and classical sounds and techniques.

Tickets cost $10 ($5 for students and free for U.Va Students who reserve in advance) and can be purchased at the Arts Box Office online or by calling (434) 924-3376.

The concert will be held in Old Cabell Hall, located on the south end of U.Va.’s historic Lawn, directly opposite the Rotunda.

PVCC Tap Dance Master Class

GeriCarlsonSaulsPiedmont Virginia Community College’s Dance Master Class series continues with a tap dance class taught by Geri Carlson Sauls, faculty member at Brushwood’s School of Dance in Gordonsville, on February 28 from 12:00pm to 2:00pm.

The class will cover classic tap dance riffs and technique for an array of popular steps, with something to offer for all levels of experience.

Sauls received her tap dance teaching certification from the American Tap Dance Institute and trained extensively with many master tap and jazz teachers. She has worked extensively with local theaters as a dancer, choreographer and director in numerous musical theater productions.

PVCC’s dance master class series, produced by the PVCC student dance club, includes a variety of dance styles each season and are always open to the public.

The cost of the class is $10 per participant. For more information or to register for the class, call the PVCC Box Office at (434) 961-5376 or email The class is open to dancers ages 10 and up, and no tap shoes are required.

The class will be held in the V. Earl Dickinson Building, located at the south end of College Drive in Charlottesville.

Kluge-Ruhe Discussion: Arapesh Trading Practices

Dobrin IMG_2199croppedJoin the Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection at the University of Virginia for a discussion about the Arapesh people and the way they make, give, and acquire materials on February 26 at 7:00pm.

Jacob Sonin (Wautogik Village, Papua New Guinea) and Professor Lise Dobrin (Anthropological Linguist) will present images and objects, both traditional and contemporary, illustrating how items of value (like shell ring money, net bags, wooden carvings, and more) are transacted in and out of Arapesh communities in order to develop and maintain social ties.

Jacob Sonin is a guest from the Arapesh region of the Papua New Guinea north coast, whose people were famously studied by Margaret Mead in the 1930s.

This event is FREE and open to the public, but reservations are required. Register here. A reception will follow the discussion.

The Kluge-Ruhe Collection is located at 400 Worrell Drive in Charlottesville.

February Satellite Arts Blog Series

1497504_536629446445071_43384958_nWelcome to the first installment of the “Satellite Arts” Blog Series!

This series explores the many exciting arts and culture events happening beyond the Charlottesville/Albemarle area. Follow the Satellite Arts blog posts to stay in the loop on what’s happening in the greater central Virginia region!

Coming up this month:

Colored Pencil Workshop (Staunton)
February 28 & March 1, 9:30am-4:00pm

The Beverly Street Studio School (BSSS) in Staunton will be offering a wide variety of classes and workshops this spring season, including a Colored Pencil Workshop with Jane Skafte. Tuition for the class costs $170 ($200 for non-members) and is open to beginners. The instructor will give frequent demonstrations and offer step-by step techniques that will create rich blended color, and exciting compositions and designs.

There are many more opportunities for learning with BSSS in the near future- visit the website for more information on upcoming classes and workshops!

“Culpeper Has Talent” Semi-Finals
February 28, 8:00pm

The wildly successful Culpeper Has Talent series is back! This time there will be more talent, more star power and more of everything that you loved about the first one- and a few brand new surprises.

Tickets cost $15-$25 and can be purchased online. VIP Tickets include access to the black box pre-party with catering by Buffalo Wild Wings and a cash bar.

The show will be held at The State Theatre, located at 305 S. Main Street in Culpeper.

DSLR Photography Class (Waynesboro)
March 3-24

Join Shenandoah Valley Art Center for a four week class on DSLR Photography. Taught by life-long adventurer and undersea robotic equipment operator Paul Nelson, this class will take you from camera basics such as f-stop and shutter speed, to composition, portraiture, and basics for Lightroom and Photoshop. This class is designed for photographers with DSLR cameras- no matter what skill level!

Tuition for the class is only $150 for all four weeks. Find more information here.

Stay tuned for more events happening in your area! If you would like to submit your organization’s event for the series, feel free to email at least one week prior to your event.

Vodka Variations: An Evening of Chekhov Shorts

VodkaVariationThe U.Va. Department of Drama presents Vodka Variations: An Evening of Chekhov Shorts from February 19-21 and February 25-28 at 8:00pm.

Directed and adapted by Marianne Kubik from translations by Constance Garnett and Julius Wes, this libation of Chekhov’s one-act plays and adapted short stories is reminiscent of just how tipsy-turvy human nature can be, no matter the century.

From the streets of 1880’s Moscow come everyday people who misjudge, misinterpret, and mistake the world around them simply because they crave the intoxication of life and love. As Chekhov himself once observed: “Any idiot can face a crisis; it’s this day-to-day living that wears you out.”

Tickets cost $14 ($12 for seniors, U.Va. faculty and staff, members of the U.Va. Alumni Association; $8 for students of all ages; and free for U.Va. students who acquire tickets 24 hours in advance). Tickets are on sale now and may be purchased at the U.Va. Arts Box Office by phone at (434) 924-3376, or online.

The show will be held in the Ruth Caplin Theatre, located in the U.Va. Department of Drama.

UVA Chamber Music Series: Rivanna Quartet

rivannaThe University of Virginia Chamber Music Series presents six performances by UVA’s outstanding faculty and guest artists on February 23 at 8:00pm.

This annual series brings professional performances to the University and the central Virginia community while providing inspired learning opportunities for students. These intimate concerts are programmed to offer both new and traditional works that will delight the novice as well as the well-tempered critic.

Rivanna is the resident quartet for the McIntire Department of Music at the University of Virginia, where the members serve as faculty and as principal musicians of the Charlottesville Symphony at the University of Virginia. Individually each musician maintains an active teaching and performing schedule within the community.

Joining the quartet will be Tom Shaw, cello and Doris Lederer, viola. The program includes works by Beethoven, Kurtag, and Brahms.

Tickets cost $15 ($5 for students, free for UVA students who reserve in advance and students under 18) and may be purchased online. All events will be held in Old Cabell Hall in Charlottesville.

“The Convolution of Pip & Twig” at Live Arts

Pip and Twig Press email #2The Performers Exchange Project (PEP), a Charlottesville-based theatre ensemble, is excited to share a new original play, The Convolution of Pip and Twig, from February 25 through March 1.

Presented by The Hamner Theater and created and performed by PEP members Kara McLane Burke and Sian Richards, The Convolution of Pip & Twig tells the story of twins navigating the light and the shadow of a complicated love, through well-worn routines and epic adventure.

Formed in 2005, PEP is the only professional devised-theater company in the Charlottesville area. Members of PEP have been involved in many innovative performance art projects in the area for almost 20 years and continue to contribute heavily to the fabric of the Charlottesville arts scene.

The Convolution of Pip & Twig is the second PEP production at Live Arts. Our American Ann Sisters premiered in 2009 and played to sold out houses during its 3-week run.

Tickets cost $20 ($15 for children under 12) and can be purchased in person at the box office, online, or by calling Live Arts at (434) 977-4177.

The show will be presented in The Founders’ Theater at Live Arts, located in Downtown Charlottesville. Visit the website for a full schedule.