Photo courtesy Djangoary Music Soiree
Just as Hemingway cast a shadow over the literature that came after him and Picasso changed the way we look at art, Django Reinhardt made his enduring contribution with the guitar. And he did this with just two good fingers on his left hand. A 1928 fire that ignited celluloid flowers in his gypsy caravan trailer outside Paris left Reinhardt maimed. Doctors said he'd never play music the same way again — and they were right. He instead created a style that exhibited his passion for guitar and sounded like no one else. The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen hosts the fifth annual Djangoary Music Soiree on Jan. 25, with performances by Le Hotclub, Thomas Wakefield & Gypsy Roots, and Frank Vignola & Vinny Raniolo. 7 p.m. $30. 261-2787 or artsglenallen.com .