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Not gay: Marriage affirmation sparks protests
Published on Jul 15th, 2004
0 comments Q: How does Virginia show it's not Massachusetts or San Francisco? A: With the Affirmation of Marriage Act, the most controversial of the 1,715 bills the General Assembly passed this year. After...
State of sodomy
Published on Jul 15th, 2004
0 comments It's been a year since the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a sodomy law in Texas. In the past in Charlottesville, Virginia's felony sodomy law has been used against men who requested a certain...
Taxing: City residents get hit first
Published on Jul 15th, 2004
0 comments   Two things you can be certain of: a year without tax increases is like hell freezing over, and no matter how much you mangle your similes, death only diverts the tax bill to your heirs. The...
Nude teen camp: Not on Virginia's watch
Published on Jul 15th, 2004
0 comments Not all summer camps are created equal. In fact, the General Assembly saw one as such a threat that it passed a bill prohibiting its program for teenagers. White Tail Park's crime? Nudity, the very...
Survivors 2004: Legislators tell all
Published on Jul 15th, 2004
0 comments Certainly it was the most grueling General Assembly session in memory, stretching an extra 105 days­ plus one, July 13­ before legislators voted in a two-year budget. Democrat Governor Mark Warner...
Tough: Virginia's new DUI laws
Published on Jul 15th, 2004
0 comments   Drunk driving got a little bit more dangerous July 1– for the drunks doing the driving. Just before July 4– a holiday more deadly than New Year's Eve, according to safety experts...
River bluff: How to save a park-- sort of
Published on Jul 8th, 2004
0 comments Less than a week after Charlottesville City Council voted to quash the developer's plans, victorious members of the Locust Grove Neighborhood Association met for a champagne celebration. They had...
Hujavision: The 'urban turban' plans... his escape
Published on Jul 1st, 2004
0 comments After more than three decades in City Hall, the man who insisted that Charlottesville needed a pedestrian mall is retiring. Satyendra Huja has strolled these streets– and in many cases...
Interviewed: A tale of two bookers
Published on Jun 24th, 2004
0 comments In an effort to shed some light on the mysterious underworld of booking (haven't you ever wondered how those bands get from the farm– er, basement– to your plate– er, sight?) the...
The masters: Seven local CDs
Published on Jun 24th, 2004
0 comments Atsushi Miura and the Dirty Round Eyes: Cheap & Fake   Though Tokyo Rose owner Atsushi Miura's tune, "I Hate Charlottesville," has been a local favorite since he started performing...
The masters: Six local bands
Published on Jun 24th, 2004
0 comments George Turner Trio Members: George Turner (guitar), accompanied by upright bass and drums, or Hammond Organ and drums. Type of music: jazz, Latin, funk, originals Formed: 1995 Favorite local...
You from here? The Hole in the wall venue crawl
Published on Jun 24th, 2004
0 comments Last year's venue crawl plan was simple– in one evening, we would pay a visit to every major music venue in town that we could think of, scoping out the scene there and having at least one...
Busted stuff: Some broken things in town
Published on Jun 17th, 2004
0 comments   PHOTOS BY JEN FARIELLO JEN@READTHEHOOK.COM Yeah, yeah, Charlottesville is pretty great, and it won't be long before every last man, woman, and child in the nation knows it, thanks to all...
Bonnaroo bound: Riding high on the Dirty Bird
Published on Jun 10th, 2004
0 comments When the Hackensaw Boys burst onto the Charlottesville music scene back in 1999, their sheer number was enough to get a Blue Moon Diner crowd rockin' to the old time bluegrass music they played. Four...
Tripping hillbillies: Hackensaws take on the world
Published on Jun 10th, 2004
0 comments Roll call at a Hackensaw Boys family reunion sounds like Cletus on The Simpsons gathering his kinfolk from yonder hollow: Pee Paw! Shiner! Mahlon! Skeeter! Jigsaw! Salvage! Dante J! C.B.! Uncle...
Demo days: UVA remakes West Main
Published on Jun 3rd, 2004
0 comments There goes the Neighborhood: UVA's campaign for Main PHOTOS BY JEN FARIELLO Published June 3, 2004, in issue 0322 of The Hook What do you feed a 500-pound gorilla? Some Papa John's pizza for starters...
Learn more: UVA lays out plans June 15
Published on Jun 3rd, 2004
0 comments Locals who want to learn more about UVA's plans and chat with the mappers of the future might want to attend the upcoming "community briefing." The event features university leaders, including the...
Remakers abound: UVA's got company
Published on Jun 3rd, 2004
0 comments While UVA marches slowly to 10th Street, smaller operations are under way. A hair salon opened recently near Starr Hill Brewery, as did a company that matches day-laborers with work in the old Murray...
Bible schools: How Waynesboro students get religion
Published on May 27th, 2004
0 comments PHOTOS BY JEN FARIELLO JEN@READTHEHOOK.COM Mollie Bryan expected some culture shock when she moved from Washington, D.C., to Waynesboro. In the heart of the Shenandoah Valley, Augusta County is God...
Festive and fun: From wine to steers to Dave and Rossini
Published on May 20th, 2004
0 comments Summer in central Virginia means Fridays after 5, tubing down the James, climbing Humpback Rocks, and leisurely Saturday mornings browsing yard-sales. But those are just the more obvious summer fun...
21 Hot things to do
Published on May 20th, 2004
0 comments   It's summertime, and the weather is high, so stretch right up and touch the sky– or just take a few of these ideas and roll with them. You'll be having a ball before you know it....
A Day Without Weather
Published on May 20th, 2004
0 comments Rainbow handed Grandpa the healing crystal she'd brought on the plane all the way from Sedona. "It's good for your heart," she said. Grandpa took the brilliant walnut-sized quartz in his palsied hand...
Immediate Needs
Published on May 20th, 2004
0 comments Well, here's a cautionary tale with a woeful, baleful, awful, pitiable plotline that runs from left to right and up some steps. Like all modern tales, it starts with the back-story. The growing-up...
The Trouble with Angels
Published on May 20th, 2004
0 comments When the angel appeared to Gordon Berryman, he had just finished hanging his string trimmer back in the garage. He was a little surprised that she looked just like Pamela Anderson in a white Spandex...
COVER- Shorting the C&O: Is this any way to run a railroad?
Published on May 13th, 2004
0 comments BY HAWES SPENCER EDITOR@READTHEHOOK.COM PHOTOS BY JEN FARIELLO News that railroad behemoth CSX might hand over the historic Chesapeake & Ohio main line between Richmond and Clifton Forge to a...
Northeast business groups get behind Amtrak
Published on May 13th, 2004
0 comments Amtrak has a new booster club. More than 50 chambers of commerce and other business groups on the East Coast joined together Wednesday, May 5 to lobby Congress to fully fund the railroad's $1.8...
Brown's birthday: The road to equality in Charlottesville
Published on May 6th, 2004
0 comments PHOTOS BY JEN FARIELLO JEN@READTHEHOOK.COM Being able to use a bathroom is a basic human right– or at least, a basic decency one human extends to another, right? Not under segregation, the...
Time of the signs: How many is too many?
Published on Apr 29th, 2004
0 comments PHOTOS BY JEN FARIELLO Big sprouts in townsville April showers bring May flowers, but some man-made symbols of spring are just as predictable in Central Virginia: real estate signs. And although it'...
Beyond Jem: ATO's a diverse family
Published on Apr 22nd, 2004
0 comments ATO currently has eight artists on its roster (plus represents the soundtrack from the award-winning documentary Amandla!). Though Jem's grabbing much of the spotlight right now, her ATO sibs are no...
Dig it! This Jem wants to shine
Published on Apr 22nd, 2004
0 comments   As reigning king of rock, Dave Matthews has often knighted unknown princes. The Gin Blossoms, Ben Harper, and David Gray all benefited from Dave's magic touch. Now, an unknown Welsh woman...