In a world where live theater tickets start at $40, or $70, or $100 or more wouldn’t it be great to see live theater for under $20/ticket. Well, you can here in Charlottesville. Live Arts, the Charlottesville version of community theater, is currently presenting a new play Superior Donuts. Written by Pulitzer Prize Winning author Tracy Letts, the play runs every Wednesday through Sunday now through November 19. To learn more go to www.livearts.org.
Join Stone Mountain Vineyards on October 29 and 30 for their annual Fall Open House. There will be food, special wine tasting, and gorgeous views of the mountains, weather permitting. They too are predicting fabulous fall color!
The John Paul Jones Arena has a spectacular schedule of Broadway performances planned between now and July 2012. Plan now to attend one or all of the following:
My Fair Lady - October 24, 2011
Rock of Ages - December 4, 2011
Fiddler on the Roof - February 21, 2012
Young Frankenstein - April 4, 2012
Mamma Mia - July 12, 2012
For more information or to purchase tickets go to www.JohnPaulJonesArena.com.
And the winner is …. Blue Ridge Parkway/Skyline Drive! It’s a drive that requires more than 2 days to do it justice. Near the drive there are some wonderful country towns, meandering countryside, and the occasional winery or brewery. To see the Top 5 Fall Drives and hear more about Number 1 go to www.weather.com/weather/videos/news-41/top-stories-169/your-favorite-beautiful-fall-drives-22094#loc=41/169/364. Cedar Spring Inn is located just 20 minutes from the entrance to Skyline Drive at Rt. 33 in Central Virginia.
If you want to be sure you drive Skyline Drive during the best possible color this fall, be sure to visit www.weather.com/outlook/driving/fallfoliage/regiondetail/va2. This map updates to tell you exactly what stage we’re in for color in the Shenandoah. When the color is at peak, our mountain view becomes golden and sunsets are especially special. If you can get away during the week we still have rooms available when peak color is predicted, end of October and early November.
The folks at Virginia Tourism try to make your fall color travels easy to plan. If you want to know about all the festivals and events happening this October and November in Virginia, go to www.virginia.org/fall/ There you will find an interactive map with leaves representing all that’s happening throughout the Blueridge and the entire state.
According to NBC29 in Charlottesville the conditions are prime for great color this fall, even better color than last year. Current predictions for sunny days in the 70’s and cool but not freezing nights in the 40’s provide the perfect conditions for peak fall color in late October into early November. To hear the NBC coverage go to www.nbc29.com/story/15612717/fall-foliage-report
The University of Virginia Music Department invites you to participate in their fall schedule. Here are just a few FREE performances you might want to put on your calendar:
Thursday, October 13 - Grand Tour - Piedmont Baroque Master Class
Friday, October 14 - Grand Tour - Vanessa Agnew Symposium
Friday, October 14 - UVA Marching Band Open Rehearsal
Friday, October 14 - Grand Tour - Piedmont Baroque Concert (A musical journey through the cultural capitals of 17th and 18th century Europe.)
For more information visit www.virginia.edu/music/calendar.
Get ready to laugh … Aziz Ansari will be at The John Paul Jones Arena on Monday, October 24. Ansari has been dubbed “the funniest man under 30.” Others have called Ansari the “leader of comedy’s new wave.” You can get in the fun by going to www.johnpauljonesarena.com to find out more.