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Charlottesville's Live Arts Theatre Presents, "Les Liaisons Dangereuses" Premiers May 28
Friday, 21 May 2010 00:00


Les Liaisons Dangereuses

Nasty business seldom comes wrapped in such a refined package. The exquisite language, interiors, and clothes of 18th century French society are layered over the basest of human instincts in this classic black comedy (or comic tragedy?) of seduction, betrayal, and lust. The violent excesses of the French Revolution loom in the background as amoral aristocrats practice their own breed of violence and excess upon each other in a variety of drawing rooms, bedrooms, and back hallways.

Christopher Hampton

Chris Baumer

Friday, May 28, 2010 at 8:00 pm
Saturday, May 29, 2010 at 8:00 pm
Wednesday, Jun 2, 2010 at 8:00 pm
Thursday, Jun 3, 2010 at 7:30 pm
Friday, Jun 4, 2010 at 8:00 pm
Saturday, Jun 5, 2010 at 8:00 pm
Wednesday, Jun 9, 2010 at 8:00 pm
Thursday, Jun 10, 2010 at 7:30 pm
Friday, Jun 11, 2010 at 8:00 pm
Saturday, Jun 12, 2010 at 8:00 pm
Sunday, Jun 13, 2010 at 2:00 pm
Wednesday, Jun 16, 2010 at 8:00 pm
Thursday, Jun 17, 2010 at 7:30 pm
Friday, Jun 18, 2010 at 8:00 pm
Saturday, Jun 19, 2010 at 8:00 pm

Click here to purchase tickets online.


Mission: Forging Theatre and Community

The Live Arts mission statement describes a process, not an end. We forge with passion, melding the disparate raw materials of theater and community. We change and grow together, shaping both a theater and community. We know of no better way to deepen our understanding of ourselves and the human condition.

Who we are:
artists, audiences, volunteers, benefactors, students, businesses, organizations, neighbors (for a start).

What we do:
theater, dance, music, circus, puppetry, spoken word, parade, party, opera, improv.

Our tools and goals:
passion, participation, risk, rigor, connection.


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123 East Water Street
Charlottesville, VA 22902



Last Updated on Thursday, 15 July 2010 03:53
An Evening with Harry Connick Jr. at Charlottesville Pavilion
Wednesday, 19 May 2010 00:00

Sunday, June 13th, 2010

$98 Reserved Platinum Circle (Rows 1-10)
$73 Reserved Gold Circle (Rows 11-15)
$63 Reserved Lower Orchestra (Rows 16-25)
$48 Reserved Upper Orchestra
$33 General Admission Lawn
All prices include $3 facility fee
doors 6:00 show 7:00
Purchase tickets online here.

hcjOver the past two decades, Harry Connick, Jr. has taken a very hands-on approach to his recording career. The multi-talented Connick has called the shots at the numerous phases of his album projects - writing original material or picking songs, choosing the ensemble settings and writing arrangements, singing and playing piano, and with the aid of co-producer and longtime confidant, Tracey Freeman, overseeing mixing and mastering. Whether performing the American Songbook or in the jazz, blues or funk idiom, the process has yielded consistent success, not to mention worldwide sales of over 25 million discs.

For Your Songs, his newest collection on Columbia Records, Connick expands his vision to encompass 14 classic popular songs; his instrumental pallet through a striking integration of a string orchestra and his swinging Big Band; and his basic approach to recording.

Clive Davis, the legendary producer and Chief Creative Officer of Sony Music Entertainment, is the driving force behind the change. "The term `producer' is normally kind of nebulous in my environment," Connick says. "He might set up the sessions and ensure that we get the best possible sound. Tracey has done that, and acted as a sounding board; but I always made all the musical decisions. As my co-producer on this album, Clive was very involved in the overall concept, song selection and choice of tempos. And, although he didn't come to the studio when we recorded, he gave me lots of comments on the mixes."

It was Davis who suggested that the album be built around pop classics. "He wanted to feature me as a singer," Connick notes, "and we threw ideas for songs back and forth for four or five months. He had ideas on the arrangements as well, including a couple that I would have never thought of. It was a new role for me, and it was invigorating."

The songs that Connick and Davis selected include some of the best known work of singer/songwriters Billy Joel ("Just the Way You Are"), Lennon-McCartney ("And I Love Her") and Elton John ("Your Song"), as well as classics made immortal by the likes of Nat Cole ("Mona Lisa"), Frank Sinatra ("All the Way") and Elvis Presley ("Can't Help Falling in Love with You"). "Bésame Mucho," sung in both Spanish and English, is a long-time favorite of Connick's father, while "Some Enchanted Evening" was included after Connick heard it performed in the current revival of South Pacific. Regardless of the source, however, Connick approached each title with his usual musicality and interpretive strength.

"Although I have wrestled with this for some time, I don't think that anyone's version of a great song, however classic, should preclude my singing it," he insists. "I respect the originals, but believe that there is always room for another interpretation. I take each song in its rawest form, as it appears on the sheet music, and go from there."

When it came to choosing the proper tempos, Davis' input was critical. "The one thing that Clive repeatedly pounded into my brain, which I had been thinking about myself for a while, was how easy it is for tempos to become too slow. He made an interesting point one day when he said that `it's not always about a performance.' In other words, don't let a song get so into your head that your version only has personal meaning. He really kept my focus on the songs."

Davis also suggested that Connick orchestrate the album, rather than turning arranging chores over to someone else. "I was fine with that, and even kind of excited," Connick admits. "To use a film analogy, it would have been like an actor showing up on a movie set, knowing that the director and producer had worried about everything else. But Clive persuaded me to do it myself." It was a wise decision, as Connick displays a unique and subtle manner of balancing the sensitivity of strings and the punch of his big band. "I have never really been able to do that kind of writing throughout an entire record," he acknowledges. "It's a more spacious approach, with the orchestra in service to the singing; and it was a kick to sing over those charts."

Connick's vocals are also in service to the songs, as are the contributions of his featured guests Branford Marsalis (heard on "All the Way"), Wynton Marsalis ("Can't Help Falling in Love with You" and "Who Can I Turn To (When Nobody Needs Me)") and Bryan Sutton ("Can't Help Falling in Love with You" and "And I Love You So"), as well as longtime Connick Big Band stalwarts Leroy Jones ("(They Long to Be) Close to You") and Jerry Weldon ("Mona Lisa"). "As a singer, I'm pretty straight with the melodies, and when the soloists asked me what I wanted them to do, I explained that this record is supposed to be straight. Playing a melody straight can be deceptively hard. As my bass player Neal Caine pointed out, the album was a great lesson in discipline, and a great way to understand your function in the overall process. On this record, as a pianist, there were times when I would go to play my part with the tape rolling and hardly play anything, because it was all already there."

What was already there, of course, was a collection of timeless songs, collaboration with a legendary producer, and the unprecedented talent that is Harry Connick, Jr., monumental parts that together have created the even greater whole that is Your Songs.

Venue Info:
Charlottesville Pavilion
Downtown Mall
Main Steet
(434) 245-4910
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Last Updated on Tuesday, 18 May 2010 20:36
Gourmet Wine Dinner at Keswick Hall: Thursday, May 20
Monday, 17 May 2010 14:21

keswickKeswick Hall

History and spectacular landscapes come together at Charlottesville, where Thomas Jefferson country meets Virginia's Blue Ridge Mountains. Some of the USA's most famous landmarks, including Jefferson's Monticello and the University of Virginia, are clustered here among swathes of the East Coast's most beautiful scenery, home to renowned horse races, hunts and vineyards.

This is the setting for Keswick Hall, an impressive mansion with its own Arnold Palmer Signature 18-hole golf course and a luxurious spa. This estate is the perfect retreat for those who wish to combine relaxation and pampering with some fresh country air.

Every month Keswick Hall presents a series of exclusive and unique events, offering a program of cookery classes, wine dinners, holiday events and more.

Gourmet Wine Dinner - Austria
Thursday, May 20, 6:45pm

Our seasonal gourmet wine dinners feature internationally recognized vineyards, winemakers and importers from around the world. Executive Chef Craig Hartman pairs his signature cuisine with each wine selection, making for an evening tailored especially for food and wine lovers.

Austria has been on a good run lately and is producing some of the most unique fine wines in Europe. Grüner Veltliner is slowly taking the world by storm, producing wines that are the antithesis of Chardonnay with amazing minerality and crispness. Even their red wines shine with Zweigelt and Blauburgunder leading the way. Klaus Wittauer of Select Wines will introduce us to the best of Austrian wines and Chef Craig will prepare some Viennese favorites.

Click here to view menu.

Price: $89.00 per person, plus tax and gratuity.

Reservations required: 434-979-3440

Keswick Hall at Monticello
701 Club View Drive
Keswick, VA 22947
(434) 979-5436

Last Updated on Thursday, 15 July 2010 04:02
Vacation to Charlottesville. Visit Monticello this spring!
Thursday, 13 May 2010 06:05

Planning a visit to Charlottesville?  Then a visit to Monticello is definitely on your list.

Here are a few tips for your visit.  And to get you excited check out this quick video below.

For the best experience, buy your tickets online!

Monticello uses timed ticketing to expedite the house tour process. Make house tour reservations in advance to ensure your preferred tour time and avoid (sometimes lengthy) waits for the next available House Tour.  There are other tours - Family Friendly Tours and the  evening Signature Tours.  Click here for more information.

Groups of 25 or more may schedule a tour by calling Group Reservations at (434) 984 - 9880.

Plan your visit to experience Monticello at its best.

June - September are particularly nice; the gardens are in bloom and visitors can take advantage of two additional guided tours included in the price of general admission - the Gardens and Grounds Tour and the Plantation Community Tour. It is generally best to visit in the morning (before 11) and late afternoon (after 3). Weekends are the busiest days.

Visiting with Kids

Children are welcome on house tours. Small strollers are permitted in the house. Monticello also offers special, interactive House Family Friendly Tours and other hands-on activities specifically for young visitors.

Touring the house requires at least 1 hour, and there is a lot more to see and do.

House tours last 30 minutes, and you should allow 15 minutes for the shuttle bus rides to and from the house. The price of admission includes two guided 45 minute walking tours - the Gardens and Grounds and Plantation Community Tours - available April - October. Other special activities occur on the mountain year-round.  You may also shop for Jeffersonian gifts and plants in the Museum Shop, stop by the Café at Monticello for a snack, or hike the Thomas Jefferson Parkway.



Click here for more information.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 12 May 2010 21:16
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