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Behind a new lens with Russell Lord

In a moving and poignant exhibit, Russell Lord ? curator at the New Orleans Museum of Art ? brings a different artistic angle to the Fralin Museum of Art as he curates “Gordon Parks: The Making of an Argument,” an exhibit open until Dec.


A&E takes a trip with Vacationer

Vacationer ? the dreamy, island-minded indie brainchild of Kenny Vasoli and group Body Language ? has been steadily climbing the ladder to success after the release of their 2012 full-length “Gone” and this summer’s sunny “Relief.” Creating a hybrid genre they brand as “nu-hula,” the band brought their peace of mind to The Southern to dazzle up a dreary Monday.

The Tom Tom Founders Festival drew hundreds to Downtown Charlottesville last Friday evening for food, music and festivities. 

Tom Tom Fall Festival fosters intimate, enriching experience for patrons

As University students and community members headed downtown to the Tom Tom Founders Festival event Friday night, the streets buzzed with chatter as the fall block party amassed a couple hundred participants to celebrate art and innovation in the Charlottesville community.From families to young adults, students to dogs, a large cross-section of interested parties came out to the McGuffey Art Center, blocking off 2nd Street for the celebration.

Nearly two decades on, “South Park” still manages to crank out satire as sophomoric as it is profound.

“South Park” continues in the right direction

Most of the best episodes of “South Park” meet two key criteria: they satirize at least two completely unrelated things, and they focus on Eric Cartman.This formula works because “South Park” is at its funniest when at its most absurd and most biting.

Reggae guitarist and vocalist Greg Ward played at Boylan Heights last Friday.

Greg Ward brings Cville together with homemade rhythms

Friday afternoons are a sort of limbo time for University students ? it's too early to go out, the motivation to do work was lost somewhere closer to Tuesday and the call of Netflix is stronger than ever.Boylan Heights on the Corner may have found a solution to Friday fatigue: reggae guitarist and vocalist Greg Ward.

Bon Cafe's September Open Mic Night featured performances by several local musicians, as well as writers from the area.

Bon Cafe Open Mic Night is a uniting and enriching experience

Just one block from the Downtown Mall, by the train tracks off South Street West, lies a small gem: Bon Café, a colorful hole-in-the-wall that functions as café, bar, art marketplace and small concert venue.Bon's website says the venue aims to promote “the creativity of the human spirit” within the Charlottesville community ? and from its weekly art marketplace, drum workshops and classes on meditation and yoga, it succeeds in doing just that.

“Red Band Society” proves that writing a comedy-drama about cancer — balancing humor, emotion and plot alongside the hell that is chemotherapy — is downright impossible.

“Red Band Society” is a pre-packaged failure

Fox’s latest comedy-drama, “Red Band Society,” lumps every known cliché together, adds a smattering of humor and a pinch of originality for a show which, though not terrible, is hardly entertaining.“Red Band Society” premiered last Wednesday and, like the “Dead Poets Society” (1989), follows a group of young, carefree teenagers as they romp through their quirky lives.