HookCast for February 1, 2007

A new Prism, C'ville Barbies, Free Speech Wall arrest

Prism reborn:
For 40 years, the Prism Coffeehouse played host to musical legends including Emmylou Harris, Doc Watson, and Philip Glass. But after a rift between board members, volunteers, and one mercurial artistic director led to the Prism's 2006 closing, the fate of the historic smoke- and alcohol-free nonprofit venue seemed uncertain. Now, a new coalition of music lovers has formed to bring the music and the masses back to 214 Rugby Road. But controversy lurks in the familiar music... and in a familiar name. A board member of the old Prism Coffeehouse insists the original organization still exists and vows to relaunch. Meanwhile, the board of the new Prism Community Arts Center is moving forward.
Is there room in Charlottesville for both of them, or is the stage set for dueling Prisms?

The Charlottesville/Albemarle Barbies hit inboxes
Many recipients are smirking about the "Farmington Barbie," "Friendship Court Barbie," and "Fluvanna Barbie" that have been circulating by email lately, but not everyone's amused. Critics say the labels are offensive, and worse yet, they're not even unique.

Speech or threat?When John Giuliano went to the slate wall at the east end of the Downtown Mall, he says he intended only to exercise his First Amendment rights. But as he walked away from his chalked message, he got a painful surprise: he was taken into custody by Charlottesville police. The episode highlights the critical– but sometimes murky– difference between free speech and a threat, and for Giuliano it meant 10 days of lost freedom.

ATO does Sundance: Dave Matthews and Coran Capshaw's film company scores a Sundance hit with Joshua, an Omen-esque tale of a jealous older brother that one reviewer calls "frightening as all hell."

• Wineries reach a compromise in Richmond
* Charlottesville's condo craze. Is it cooling?
* Miller School mourns a centenarian
* Could marijuana contain a key to weight loss?