Henrico County entertainment

CSz Richmond to operate as nonprofit


CSz Richmond, an improvisational comedy theater in Henrico's West End, has reorganized and is now operating as an independent nonprofit known as Yes Balloon. As such, the organization will organize and produce all shows and educational programs held at its locatioat 8906-H West Broad Street, in the Gold's Gym Plaza. The programs will continue to operate under the CSz Richmond name.
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Khumba-ya? Not quite

But animated South African film has its moments

You might have seen something called Khumba while clicking through a Redbox recently (or perhaps it was nestled in some hidden corner of a DVD sale shelf). And chances are, you passed it by without much of a thought. Makes sense; that goggle-eyed cartoon zebra on the cover (a zebra that’s dangerously close to becoming Madagascar copyright infringement) doesn’t inspire much confidence.

But when Khumba starts up, it looks nothing like you’d expect. The camera gazes across the savannah and the soundtrack swells with triumphant South African vocals.
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Abstract emotion

Abstract paintings of Inge Strack (pictured) are on display through March 9 at the Gumenick Family Gallery at The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen. Strack, a Chestefield painter of German origin, often paints in bold colors with a deep sense of emotion, focusing on brushstrokes, texture and form to find a balance. Strack’s painting is routed in the European tradition of expressionism but has found its own, unique language in following the American dream.

“I am not attempting to abstract the physical world," she said. "I draw my subject matter from inside of myself hoping to create a constant conversation between the viewer and the painting, especially since abstracts do not seem to answer but ask.”
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Oh, nuts

‘The Nut Job’ fails to crack the humor code
What is it that made The Nut Job so successful? Cartoon squirrels equal live-action cash, apparently; the film had the biggest opening weekend of any independent animated movie in history. Three days later, and plans for a sequel began. You can’t call the film anything but a rousing, undeniable success story.

Unless, of course, you actually sit down to watch it. The Nut Job may have been a terrific investment, but it’s certainly not a terrific movie.
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Artists on display

Emerging professional dancers of the "We Are Artists" project perform “Interference” together with teacher and choreographer Blake Roeder during a Jan. 18 event at The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen. The project gives emerging professional young dancers from the Richmond region area an opportunity to learn from, collaborate and perform with accomplished professional dancers. Founding siblings Roeder and Autumn Proctor are professional dancers, choreographers and dance teachers and expose the project participants to the innovative methods of movement creation they have learned and used in New York, Montreal and Berlin.
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A good walk spoiled

Producers try too hard in ‘Dinosaurs’ re-make

A long, long time ago, Walking with Dinosaurs was probably a terrific movie. The film’s namesake, BBC’s original dinosaur documentary, was outstanding in its own right, so crafting a version for the big screen would surely achieve the same successes, right? That was the plan, at first – Walking with Dinosaurs was to be a prehistoric nature film that could appeal to all audiences and all ages.

Then the “powers that be” stepped in. Dinosaurs, it was declared, weren’t family-friendly enough on their own, and what Walking with Dinosaurs needed was to lose the nature film vibe and get those dinos cracking wise.
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The many needy lives of Walter Mitty


The Secret Life of Walter Mitty and its hero, Walter Mitty (Ben Stiller) have something in common – they both just want to be appreciated. But Walter just seeks the affection of a single person: his unrequited office love, Cheryl (Kristen Wiig).

Walter Mitty wants to be loved by all: the young, the old, the comedy fans, the drama fans, and every single human being in between. And unlike the living, breathing Walter, Walter Mitty‘s neediness is its undoing.
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Coffee, anyone?

Virginia Rep’s monthly gatherings offer insight

Virginia Repertory Theatre will host theater enthusiasts and intrigued patrons for the latest in its monthly installment of “Coffee and Conversations” on Tuesday, Jan. 14 at its Willow Lawn location, featuring an inside look behind French Connection: Duquesnay to Moliere.

Virginia Rep has been hosting similar gatherings for the past five seasons. The program serves as an audience engagement opportunity to educate patrons about the process of the theater, the various programs and how it works.
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The many moods of Christmas

Black Nativity isn’t a classic, but it’s got spirit
A Christmas movie is a unique thing. Between the months of July and November, it all but ceases to exist. (Who among us would gather up the family for A Christmas Carol during a smoldering July heat?) Yet for one brief month, it swells with importance.

A good Christmas movie is tradition. It’s to be watched with devotion every year until each nook, cranny and line of dialogue is all but memorized – worn-in yet still as comforting as ever.

What Black Nativity offers is Christmas tradition without the tradition – a healthy dose of holiday spirit that lacks the draw to ever see it more than once.
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