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'The Theory of Everything' triumphs

“The Theory of Everything,” which screened at Culbreth Theater Friday night as part of the Virginia Film Festival, tells the true story of the relationship between legendary physicist Stephen Hawking (Eddie Redmayne) and his ex-wife Jane Hawking (Felicity Jones). Based on Jane Hawking’s memoir, “Travelling to Infinity: My Life with Stephen,” the story begins in Hawking’s early days at Cambridge as a young Ph.D.


Run The Jewels run the Jefferson

Run the Jewels’ performance at the Jefferson Theater Sunday, Nov. 2 delivered many of the same things as their sophomore album: a monumental, triumphant punch in the face.


The Virginia Gentlemen step out in “Full Attire”

The Virginia Gentlemen announced the release of their newest studio album at their sold-out Family Weekend Concert. As the University's oldest a cappella group, the ‘VGs’ have been performing for their peers and the Charlottesville community for more than 60 years.


"Low Down" delves deep in cinematic excellence

Director Jeff Preiss’ first biopic “Low Down,” a film based on the life of jazz pianist Joe Albany (played by John Hawkes), was featured in the Virginia Film Festival Friday, bringing together a promising cast and a compelling foundation deeply rooted in the rich jazz culture of the 1970s. Albany’s complex relationship with daughter Amy (Elle Fanning) and his struggles with drug abuse are relayed through the latter character’s perspective.


The Last Bison is Tasty, Rare

A name like “The Last Bison” is already so folk it feels like flannel. It evokes something primal, ancient and earthy which remains in the present day.


“Foxcatcher”: a collision course

“Foxcatcher” is an intense psychological drama. It serves as a great showcase for its three leads, telling the true story of multimillionaire John du Pont’s (Steve Carell) murder of Olympic gold medal-winning wrestler Dave Schultz (Mark Ruffalo). After winning gold in the 1984 Olympic Games, Mark Schultz is recruited by John du Pont to be the star of a wrestling team of future gold medalists that du Pont plans to coach.


Talking the Virginia Film Festival

For over 25 years, the Virginia Film Festival has been a marquee event for the city of Charlottesville, welcoming local, national and international films and filmmakers for several days of screenings, panels and other events.


Interning with the Virginia Film Festival

Every fall, University students can expect certain time-honored traditions to return to Grounds: Rotunda Sing kicks off the year, Pancakes for Parkinson’s carries us through the mid-semester slump, and Trick-or-Treating on the Lawn boasts of the largest amount of babies and puppies in costumes on any college campus.


Professor Stephen Cushman unravels “The Red List”

Following his 2011 collection of short poems, “Riffraff,” English Prof. Stephen Cushman has released a book-length poem titled “The Red List.” An in-depth exploration of endangerment and modernity, “The Red List” is rich with insight about human interaction in the modern age.


Party like it’s “1989”

Country-turned-pop songwriter Taylor Swift unleashed another chart-topping album last week, following the success of single “Shake it Off” released this past August.

Latest Podcast

From her love of Taylor Swift to a late-night Yik Yak post, Olivia Beam describes how Swifties at U.Va. was born. In this week's episode, Olivia details the thin line Swifties at U.Va. successfully walk to share their love of Taylor Swift while also fostering an inclusive and welcoming community.