Entertainment

Free show: Sons of Bill give it away at Paramount
Published on Feb 1st, 2012
0 comments Just for buying the new album, fans of Charlottesville-based rock band Sons of Bill not only get the disc– but a free show at the Paramount Theater. It happens on Thursday, March 22, part of...
After 26 years, St. Maarten Café closes
Published on Jan 30th, 2012
28 comments News about the sudden closing of St. Maarten Café on the Corner, the place with the Buffett vibe (Jimmy, not Warren) long before Cheeseburger in Paradise, spread like wildfire on social media...
Snap: After soaking, Wintergreen gleams
Published on Jan 27th, 2012
2 comments After a band of morning rain showers moved through Central Virginia, the sun broke through to illuminate the slopes of Wintergreen Resort in Nelson County Friday morning. As this view from downtown...
Life behind bars: it's more than just pouring drinks
Published on Jan 25th, 2012
23 comments Everyone knows the story of Charlottesville's most famous bartender, you know, that musician guy who worked at Miller's before becoming a world renowned rock star... what's his name? Well, many...
FunStuff: Charlottesville events January 26 and beyond
Published on Jan 23rd, 2012
0 comments Alternative countryThey're often billed as alt-country, but the track from the Old 97s that appeared on the 106.1 The Corner sampler a coupla years back, "Dance with Me," seems like power-pop and...
Southern, uncapped: Whiskey Jar strips down walls... and recipes
Published on Jan 19th, 2012
3 comments "It's been a long time dream of mine," says Will Richey, while lying on his back with a wet paintbrush in hand, "to do a Southern restaurant." That dream may come true next month when the 35-year-old...
The hockey stick 'graph
Published on Jan 18th, 2012
1 comments You've heard of the hockey stick graph. Well, how about the hockey stick autograph?
FunStuff: Charlottesville events January 19 and beyond
Published on Jan 15th, 2012
0 comments Belt it outIf you think karaoke means following a bouncing ball over computer-screen lyrics as canned musical accompaniment blares, think again. Thanks to the rocking (and very patient) back-up band...
Restaurant Week tip: Reserve early for semi-annual food fandango
Published on Jan 12th, 2012
1 comments From January 23 to 29, Charlottesville will once again experience the hugely popular Restaurant Week, which draws eager diners from within Charlottesville and the surrounding area. The week of three-...
Monsoon, switched: Friends season Market Street with Siam
Published on Jan 11th, 2012
4 comments How did two Thai art students wind up taking over Monsoon, Charlottesville's oldest Asian fusion restaurant? Well, to hear 31-year-old "Kitty" Ashi tell the story, it began in Bangkok. Kitty hails...
Escafé readies: Grand reopening before month's end
Published on Jan 11th, 2012
4 comments Escafé's coming back, baby. As first reported in the Hook, the venerable Downtown Mall restaurant with the hip nightlife recently packed its bags from its longtime home in the shadow of the Omni...
2012 contest: Grisham will look for savvy short stories
Published on Jan 9th, 2012
3 comments 2012 Hook Short Story Contest Deadline: 5pm on Tuesday, February 7 We are very strict and don't observe postmarks; the manuscript must be in the Hook newsroom by this time and date. Mail or carry...
Casting call: Kids sought for new tv show
Published on Jan 8th, 2012
2 comments The firm that did the Virginia casting for Steven Spielberg's upcoming feature film on Abe Lincoln is looking for young folks who can dance and act. The producers of "Time Machine Guitar" are seeking...
FunStuff: Charlottesville events January 12 and beyond
Published on Jan 8th, 2012
0 comments Clear Blue country Joe Overton, the frontman for Clear Blue Sky, claims he has a foot stuck in 1954, the early days of country music. For this Central Virginia band, the old-fashioned sounds...
Third cidery planned for Central Virginia
Published on Jan 6th, 2012
3 comments If you've recently taken the tour at Monticello, you've learned that it was hard cider– not beer, wine, or water– that was most likely accompanying Mr. Jefferson's meals. Back in 2009, it...
Indoctrination? You decide what happened at Woodbrook
Published on Jan 5th, 2012
35 comments It started with a blog entry at BigGovernment.com, and now such esteemed journalistic sources as the U.K.'s Daily Mail, the Daily Progress, and the Schilling Show Blog have explored the question of...
Keeping faith: Big baseball film to shoot here this summer
Published on Jan 3rd, 2012
0 comments Spielberg's Lincoln may have headed back to the West Coast, but starting this summer, there'll be another major motion picture on location in Central Virginia. It's The Home Game, which borrows some...
FunStuff: December 22 and beyond
Published on Dec 18th, 2011
3 comments Night lightsYou may never be sure the Great Wall of China is visible from space, but you can bet your last chocolate coin that Jeffrey Norford's Christmas lights are visible from I-64. The full-time...
Staged Reading of Oscar Wilde's play Salomé
Published on Nov 18th, 2011
0 comments UVA Press hosts Joseph Donohue Friday, December 2, at 7:30pm for a staged reading of his new translation of Oscar Wilde's play Salomé, directed by UVA Department of Drama Professor Kate Burke....
Packed houses: Scenes from a film festival
Published on Nov 8th, 2011
2 comments It was standing room only at this year's Virginia Film Festival. Now in its 24th year, the November 3-6 homage to cinema is more popular than ever, at least judging by the unprecedented 27 sell-outs...