Charlottesville Breaking News
By Richard Roeper
For nearly 50 years, Robert Redford has been on quest to prove he is more than a golden boy matinee idol.
Of course, Redford has succeeded in spectacular fashion, starring in such classics as The Candidate, Three Days of the Condor and All the President's Men; winning the Oscar for directing Ordinary People (somehow besting Martin Scorsese and Raging Bull), and founding the Sundance Film Festival.
He is legend. The notion Redford became a star only because of his looks is as ludicrous as someone saying Kareem Abdul-Jabbar was a great basketball player only because of his height.
Yet like so many great stars before him, Redford, now 76, steadfastly refuses to go gently into that good grandfatherhood. In The Company You Keep, he looks and moves like a really fit, handsome 76-year-old — a real distraction, given he's playing a former 1970s radical who now has an 11-year-old daughter and is living a quiet life under an assumed name.
OK, sure, guys in their 60s become fathers — but the tim...
On April 26, Charlottesville Parks and Recreation planted a large diameter Platanus occidentalis in Quarry Park, Girl Scouts planted five saplings, and Charlottesville Area Tree Stewards unveiled a plaque designating the big sycamore in the background as a landmark tree. Virginia Department of Forestry recognized Charlottesville as a “Tree City” for the 7th year running. Tree Commission boss and former Charlottesville Mayor Elizabeth Waters was on hand, as was City Councilor Kathy Galvin.
Commentator Bill Emory puts up a new photo nearly every day at billemory.com/blog.
“Long you live and high you'll fly, and smiles you'll give, tears you'll cry, and all you touch and all you see is all your life will ever be.” ― Pink Floyd
The Machine, the Pink Floyd tribute band that brings to life the famed psychedelic music of the British band that sold 250 million records worldwide, has been at it for 20 years. Using elaborate stage displays, combined with a bit of theater, the New York-based band covers almost all of Pink Floyd's 16-album oeuvre, including all the classics like The Dark Side of the Moon (1973), Wish You Were Here (1975), and The Wall (1979). The band is also known for taking requests from fans, so don't be shy. But how much do these guys really sound like Pink Floyd? Well, as Rolling Stone's Matt Diehl wrote, “The Machine duplicates the sound and hits of Pink Floyd with chilling accuracy.” For those of us who have The Dark Side of the Moon's album cover emblazoned in our mind's eye, this could be a special treat.
May 3, Jefferson Theater, 8pm, $20-$25