What is Live Arts Theatre like? Do they do good stuff or is it just community theatre type stuff.
They do good plays, but the acting isn''t anything close to what you''d find on Broadway (not that I''ve ever seen a Broadway play). It''s not quite amateurish either.
We used to live there, and they did a production of "Hedwig" and it was fun...only because it was tacky community theater that took itself too seriously. Living in Charlottesville was equally tacky, so it was a fitting production.
"Living in Charlottesville was equally tacky"%0D\
could you expand on that r2? that has been my experience dealing with these people so far........just way too self-important....think they are so above it all
Hmmmm, I wonder why people in Charlottesville think they''re so above it all. Could it have something to do with it being the home of UVA--which tends to attract insufferable snobs and humorless assholes?
I don''t live there but love it as a place to visit. Although there are some gay culture/design blogs about the place, gay life in general seems pretty thin. Anyone who actually lives there disagree?
"The official population estimate for the city, calculated in 2010, was 43,475. It is the county seat of Albemarle County though the two are separate legal entities. The Bureau of Economic Analysis combines the city of Charlottesville with Albemarle County for statistical purposes, bringing the total population to 118,398."%0D\
So yes, people do live there.
Is this the theater that Michael Bush and Carl Mulert ran (into the ground)?
Total Hicksville, OP. Big time.
"UVA--which tends to attract insufferable snobs and humorless assholes"%0D\
why on earth would anyone be smug about living in Virginia?
A history that goes back over 400 years? Birthplace to many of founders of our country. The mountains? The ocean? A mild climate? Home to some of the best colleges and universities in the world? Politically moderate. \
You are lucky that my manners will not allow me to call you out on your ridiculousness R9.
Politically moderate? R10, you obviously have no idea which party our fucking governor, Lt Governor, Attorney General, congressional delegation, and most Assembly members belong to.
Virginia is a purple state r11. Our Governor ran as a moderate (against a weak, lackluster democrat), and the voters bought it. Our AG is insane, but he won based on coattails from McDonnell and a campaign that did a great job of covering up just how crazy he is. Same with the LG. \
The democrats control the Senate. The republicans control the House. Both of our US Senators are democrats. \
So yes, Virginia is politically moderate.
It''s far more moderate than it used to be. Used to be Oliver North/Pat Robertson country. The current political regime may be the last gasp of that nuttery.
Like the rest of Virginia, total shithole. We only cross the bridges if we have to.
The thing about Virginians is they don''t want you to "get it". They don''t want you coming there. In Richmond, which has one of the oldest "Societies" in the country, you could live there for 25 years and still be very much an outsider. Basically if your ancestors weren''t colonists in the 1600 -early 1700''s you ain''t much. The only people the FFV''s (First Families of Virginia) think are of their ilk are the equally closed families of Charleston, SC. They just don''t have time to bother with most other people. It''s all very blue blooded because it is one of the two original colonies that was founded predominately by English aristocrats rather than religious refuges.
You must not be part of the the upper class in DC. Anyone who is anyone has a home in Middleburg, VA or Upperville, VA or The Plains, VA. That''s where all the billionaires and old money ride around and fox hunt. I guess you prefer to kick around Georgetown with all the Persians on the weekends.
The Upperville Horse Show is the second oldest horse show in the country. Amazing bloodstock!
We live on the other side of the Blue Ridge. Only go to Cville when its necessary. We stay on our side and fuck goats.
Persians are hot.%0D\
What''s gay life like in Cville?
Charlottesvillian here. The city itself is quite liberal politically. We''re sometimes called "The People''s Republic of Charlottesville" as a slam against our uber liberal mayor. The county surrounding us is far more conservative, and is populated by rep tie- and khaki-wearing douchebags.\
Cville is oddly and irritatingly self-important, especially our "arts" scene. It''s a very pleasant place to live, with lovely views of the surrounding mountains from almost anywhere in the city, and decent weather. It''s a very easy place to live-- commutes are short, restaurants and wineries are plentiful, and you can be out in the country in minutes.\
Live Arts is okay.... ish. Okay-ish.
Like straight life. Just with better shoes.
I use to live in Charlottesville. It is a beautiful place with lots of interesting people, not to mention beautiful architecture and history.%0D\
I met many more smug people in NY where I grew up.
Delightful town! And I''d happily fuck all of those UVA boys
I lurve the rotunda
Dave Matthews lives there. He was at pride. Bisexual.
R25-- Dave is only here off and on. He lives in Seattle most of the time. But closeted Boyd Tinsley lives here.\
The gay scene here isn''t enormous, but there''s little or no discrimination from the straights.
What are the good restaurants?
I presume the OP is asking because of the present search for an Artistic Director of Live Arts.
Another Charlottesvillian here who has lived here for the past decade (moved here after 20 years in DC). I've been a Live Arts subscriber for most of those years too. LA is a good community theater that tries to be somewhat trendy, as well as traditional to support the blue-haired, subscriber set. I generally like their more trendy, smaller shows (Hedwig, Jesus Hopped the A Train, Clybourne Park, Floyd Collins, Rocky Horror) more than their larger ones (Evita, Macbeth, Drowsy). One benefit is that UVa is about 1 mile away from LA making it appealing for students to cast and work tech. UVa has a decent MFA program, but most meaty roles go to grad students only. So undergrads will gladly come to Live Arts to be cast and work on crews.
For a town of 50,000, there is a vibrant arts scene here. It is also the most progressive city outside of the DC area. When Virginia passed the marriage amendment in 2006, Charlottesville had a higher NO vote than any other county/city in the state (Cville's 73% was higher than even Arlington/Alexandria). When we moved from DC in 2000, we knew that Charlottesville was the only place that we could safely be an out gay couple.
We've been very happy with our move and have a great quality of life here. There are a number of good restaurants, and lots of events thanks to the University.
How does the Kool-Aid taste, R28? I take it you work for the city''s Chamber of Commerce?
Some of us have actually been to C-ville
Any more input? This is a beautiful city and countryside with great architecture.
Anyone here go to school at UVA?
Please add your comments if you know about Charlottesville, VA
I went to UVA. It is not a charm school.
Charlottesville is where good taste and decorum go to die.
r16, all that crap you're talking about? The history of the state, the culture, the insularity? All gone. Dustbin of history. The place is unrecognizable from what it was just 30 years ago. The only reason the politics haven't quite caught up with that is that VA has offyear elections, which helps the old white Republicans, i.e., downstaters, cling to influence.
OP, there are worse places you could live and work than C'ville. But there are far better ones too. Asheville, for example.
bump for Jefferson!
one more bump...
Is it a very southern city?
Art theater = PORN!!!
I saw the title Charlottesville and then saw it had 41 replies.. no one will get the significance but it made me smile.