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An eclectic mix of Charlottesville residents gathered for local band The Hill and Wood at the nTelos Pavilion last Friday for the final concert in the Fridays after Five series.
After the release of the thoroughly disappointing 2011 album ‘Mine is Yours’ and a subsequent two-year hiatus, Cold War Kids have finally returned with the release of their fourth studio album ‘Dear Miss Lonelyhearts.’ When the group debuted in 2004 it mesmerized fans with powerful, yet fun singles like “Hang Me Up to Dry” and “Hospital Beds,” but efforts by the band since then have certainly tapered off. Fortunately, ‘Dear Miss Lonelyhearts’ — bar a few tracks that seem longer than the Cold War itself — helps build hope for what I had deemed to be a lost cause.
The folk rock band Thao & The Get Down Stay Down originated in a town familiar to most University students — Falls Church, Va., or in other words “NOVA.” The group has since moved past its Commonwealth roots and is now based in San Francisco, but still remains relatively unknown after the release of their full length album We the Common.
“Monback,” once an abbreviation for “come on back,” now can be heard during fans’ encore chants at venues such as the Norva and the Jewish Mother in Hampton Roads. Formerly known as the Yolks, Major and the Monbacks have landed sunny side-up, recently releasing their first five-song EP, Monback House Party, on iTunes. The EP awaits possible release in local Charlottesville record stores.
Taking 800-plus dense pages of reading and condensing it into 2.2 hours of screen time is no easy task. The latest film version of Anna Karenina, directed by hotshot moviemaker Joe Wright (Pride and Prejudice, Atonement), does just that. Shifting quickly from scene to scene in an elaborate theatrical complex that quite literally brings the major events of Tolstoy’s epic to the stage, Wright’s adaptation moves the viewer between storylines. This artistic move works successfully on the whole, but unexplained epiphanies and plot points ultimately hinder the project.
The back of an incredibly tall, lanky man filled the frame, and a thin but soothing voice filled my ears. With light coming from behind him, the man took form as he stood up and towered above everyone and everything around him. Again and again shots of Lincoln’s thin frame in a dark room were lit up, making me feel as if I were watching a ghost.
Arriving 15 minutes early, my friend and I sat down in our seats excited to see a documentary about our hometown Norfolk. In the theater, a flood of commentary from the rambunctious older crowd praised Norfolk and its local music scene as they anxiously awaited the beginning of Hardcore Norfolk. In true 757-fashion, the members of the audience had obviously enjoyed a few drinks before arriving. As the lights dimmed, cheers erupted and most members began chanting “Norfolk!”
Arbitrage, the latest film from director Nicholas Jarecki, commits a series of cinematic crimes almost as dastardly as the federal offenses it depicts. Poorly plotted and unsuccessfully developed, this Richard Gere vehicle belongs in movie jail.
Every last Friday of the month, U.Va. students, faculty and museum members swarm the Fralin Museum of Art for Final Fridays. On a typical day, only a few students and members of the University wander through the museum, but these Fridays hold a particular appeal. Starting at 6 p.m., the museum opens its doors to host the monthly social event featuring food, drinks, entertainment and, of course, art. Even better — especially for those college students living on a tight budget — the entire event is free with your U.Va. email address.
In the dog-eat-dog world of high-end fashion, designers fight it out to be the best. And as Project Runway, the fashion competition reality show, enters its 10th season, its contestants look to do the same.
My love for Dr. Dog's music grew exponentially after seeing them at the Jefferson Theater downtown last year. With their smooth sound, which is inspired by 1960s pop bands, Dr. Dog easily captured listeners' attention with catchy melodies.
When most people think of country music, they picture beer, women and tractors. Although Dierks Bentley falls victim to some of these country stereotypes with his latest album, Home, he uses them to produce a lively and fun collection of music.
Unlike today's cruder and less clever comedies, such as Whitney and Two and a Half Men, 30 Rock resists cheap humor and replaces it with quick wit, often making fun of the shameful ploys of other so-called "comedy" programs. Even now, at the beginning of its sixth season, the show has managed to remain popular among critics and viewers alike.
Simple, sincere and catchy lyrics have made Ingrid Michaelson famous. If you're unsure of who she is, you might recognize her catchy single "The Way I Am" from those beguiling Old Navy commercials. Unfortunately, the indie-pop princess has had trouble recapturing the more charming features of her previous albums on her fifth outing, Human Again.
An extension of the classic Jane Austen novel Pride and Prejudice, Death Comes to Pemberley by P.D. James, places Austen's characters in the midst of a murder mystery. Because Pride and Prejudice has always been one of my favorite books - I've read it three times - I was hesitant to trust a book replicating many of the characters I love. However, rather than distorting the characters to fit modern trends - as does another sequel, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies - James employs Austen's characters aptly, creating a fascinating continuation of the well-respected and beloved novel.
From bear attacks to statues come to life, "The Winter's Tale," presented by student-run troupe Shakespeare on the Lawn, did not fail to satisfy this weekend at Random Row Books. The venue, while off the beaten path, is a quaint and intimate setting in which to enjoy an entertaining and satisfying play.