Cultural preview

Tiptoe through: Local gardens-- glimpses of glory
Published on Apr 17th, 2003
0 comments Pooped-out from planting perennials? Not sure how to add shape and variety to your backyard, or enhance the curb appeal out by the mailbox? Tired of the same old shrubs, year after year after year?...
Act better: Summer classes improve form
Published on Apr 17th, 2003
0 comments As the temperatures warm up a bit and the end of the academic year looms on the horizon, planning activities for the fast-approaching summer may be on your to-do list. If you have youngsters in the...
Un-common: Two artists little connection
Published on Apr 17th, 2003
0 comments The human body in art has been around probably as long as art. This is just a guess, but a pretty safe one. Whoever might have been around to record something like that has been dead a long time, and...
Luck of roaring... Noise welcomes Chinese New Year
Published on Apr 10th, 2003
0 comments In ancient times, so the Chinese say, a terrible monster descended from the mountains on the first day of the New Year, destroying villages and crops before returning to its lair. Desperate for...
Luck of roaring... Noise welcomes Chinese New Year
Published on Apr 10th, 2003
0 comments In ancient times, so the Chinese say, a terrible monster descended from the mountains on the first day of the New Year, destroying villages and crops before returning to its lair. Desperate for...
Luck of roaring... Noise welcomes Chinese New Year
Published on Apr 10th, 2003
0 comments In ancient times, so the Chinese say, a terrible monster descended from the mountains on the first day of the New Year, destroying villages and crops before returning to its lair. Desperate for...
Softer side
Published on Apr 10th, 2003
0 comments When my girlfriend, a confirmed musical softy and lover of mush, calls singer/songwriter Dar Williams “good, but really girly at times,” that’s really saying something. And after listening to...
Two studies: Towns surmount man made woes
Published on Apr 10th, 2003
0 comments In 1995, the 134 residents of Bayview, an impoverished African-American community on Virginia’s Eastern Shore, learned that a maximum-security prison was slated for construction in the middle of...
It's magic! Staunton turns back the clock
Published on Apr 10th, 2003
0 comments Spring is just blossoming with festivals, I know. So little time, right? But here’s a festival that just might entice you to take the entire weekend off-– or at least a full Saturday. It requires...
Experimentation: Big Love takes big risks
Published on Apr 10th, 2003
0 comments Inspired by Aeschylus’ The Suppliant Women— widely considered the oldest play in Western culture– Charles Mee’s Big Love follows 50 sisters who flee their planned, arranged marriages to 50...
What's it mean? Theology and art at Mudhouse
Published on Apr 10th, 2003
0 comments Delmon Brown Hall IV may not be trying to distract viewers with his loopy running commentary, but it wouldn’t be surprising if he did. The artist paints as a highly personal form of spiritual...
GPS basics: I was lost, but now I'm found
Published on Apr 3rd, 2003
0 comments Spring break is right around the corner, and I can hear the moaning already: “Where can we go, Mom? What can we do?” When they get to a certain age, kids seem like lost souls wandering aimlessly...
Where's everybody? MACRoCk clears the town
Published on Apr 3rd, 2003
0 comments If I were you, I’d get a new haircut, learn more about the world, and lose the SUV. But I’d also take a holiday from our little ‘burg for the weekend, and make my way to Harrisonburg’s MACRoCk, the...
What's funny? Should war be parodied?
Published on Apr 3rd, 2003
0 comments It was just a matter of hours, once the tanks started rolling across the Kuwaiti border, before the late-night wise guys began lampooning Operation Iraqi Freedom.The green goggled reality of war from...
Hear ye! Eugenics debate targets deaf
Published on Apr 3rd, 2003
0 comments Listen up. You might remember from grade school history lessons that Alexander Graham Bell invented the telephone. But did you know that this pioneer in communications technology was married to a...
Up, up... Listen to tales and soar
Published on Apr 3rd, 2003
0 comments Did you know that there’s currently only one children’s radio program dedicated to the tradition of oral storytelling in all of Central Virginia? I didn’t, until recently. “Tell Us a Tale,” which is...
Avant garde: Digital art not poles apart
Published on Apr 3rd, 2003
0 comments For people who are often disturbed by the way modern technology shrinks and distorts our world, here’s an exhibit that will really creep you out. The Fayerweather Gallery is currently packed to the...
Not make-believe: Kids can visit the neighborhood
Published on Mar 27th, 2003
0 comments It was an especially poignant moment when I learned that Fred Rogers had passed away. The man loomed especially large for me, because I was raised in Mister Rogers’ neighborhood. Really. I remember...
Jam-tastic
Published on Mar 27th, 2003
0 comments Something tells me that the Wednesday night performance of North Carolina’s The Recipe is going to be big. The band possesses all those traits a lot of people in town hold close to their heart, being...
Welcome back: Traveler tours his "home"
Published on Mar 27th, 2003
0 comments There are writers who avoid the pedestal from which they might be admired. They write of the mundane phenomena of the world with humility, and we appreciate their insights without crediting them....
Fishy business: Finny festival in Waynesboro
Published on Mar 27th, 2003
0 comments Did you know that Waynesboro is one of only one two Virginia towns with an urban trout stream? At first glance, the South River may appear to be just another beautiful Shenandoah Valley river, but a...
Hear that? It's the seasons changing
Published on Mar 27th, 2003
0 comments UVA music professor Matthew Burtner spent his early childhood in a small village on the Arctic Ocean, the mountains outside of Anchorage, and on fishing boats on Alaska's southwest coast. He says his...
Sketchy: Herblock could be biting
Published on Mar 27th, 2003
0 comments When it comes to the dour, farcical invention that is politics, a dose of humor is certainly welcome. This spring, the UVA Center for Politics hosts a symposium on humor in politics, and in...
Dreamy: Magic rules CHS production
Published on Mar 20th, 2003
0 comments It was an annual spring ritual when I was growing up for the teachers at my elementary school to march the fourth, fifth, and sixth grades across town to watch the dress rehearsal of the high school’...
Charming: Get down with Bishop Allen
Published on Mar 20th, 2003
0 comments It’s a tossup whether it’s more enjoyable to read the liner notes to the indie-pop group Bishop Allen’s first release, Charm School, than it is to listen to their music. But for once I mean that in...
Making meaning: Does war validate us?
Published on Mar 20th, 2003
0 comments A historian cited by war correspondent Chris Hedges in his new book has deduced that in the entire history of humankind, there have been just 29 years of global peace. Man, apparently, is more...
Walk the Walk: Get moving to save lives
Published on Mar 20th, 2003
0 comments Move your body. Save a life. For the next two Saturdays, community members will have a chance to join the fight against two of the most pervasive killers around: breast cancer and AIDS. Chances are...
Fasten your belt: Ups and downs in Des Moines
Published on Mar 20th, 2003
0 comments “I like plays that are not too neat, too finished, too presentable,” says Charles Mee, a playwright, novelist, and historian. “My plays are broken, jagged, filled with sharp edges, filled with things...
Varied: Art motifs imitate music
Published on Mar 20th, 2003
0 comments Artist Farida Hughes name-checks composers Edward Elgar and J.S. Bach before she mentions any hotshot canvas jockeys, and it’s this interest in musical form which loosely inspires her latest exhibit...
Local luminaries: Inspiration for writerly kids
Published on Mar 13th, 2003
0 comments Spring is my favorite time of year. Yes, it’s getting warmer and flowers are starting to sprout, but one of the best parts of spring is the Virginia Festival of the Book.This year’s family events at...