Cultural preview

Sound familiar? Clarks play to the status quo
Published on Mar 13th, 2003
0 comments When I listen to The Clarks’ new LP, Another Happy Ending, I see a crowded bar somewhere in the mid-west, with farm-hands sitting next to pretty farmers’ daughters swilling their Bud Dry, the whole...
Regal fun: Mattress enchants with laughter
Published on Mar 13th, 2003
0 comments Inspired by the Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale “The Princess and the Pea,” Mary Rodgers (Richard Rodgers’ daughter) and Marshall Barer penned the musical Once Upon a Mattress at a summer writing...
Art of eating: Spring clean your body!
Published on Mar 13th, 2003
0 comments Supported by local yoga studios like Union Yoga Loft and Studio 206, Sara Avant Stover’s starting a food-related revolution in Charlottesville. This 25-year-old yoga teacher, bodyworker, and health...
Eat it up! Culture-pirating serious and silly
Published on Mar 13th, 2003
0 comments It seems almost painfully self-evident that humorous things make people laugh, except that it’s not always true. There is a secondary category of things– sometimes brainy, pointed, and/or...
Don't laugh! Old folkster's message to kids
Published on Mar 6th, 2003
0 comments When my kids were little and we’d set off on a long road trip, my bag of traveling tricks would always include several Peter, Paul, and Mary tapes. And as we rolled along the New Jersey Turnpike on...
Divine Disney: The Magic Kingdom of heaven
Published on Mar 6th, 2003
0 comments Postmodernism is a self-fulfilling concept. As a rejection of other precepts that had long since outgrown their revolutionary geneses, postmodernism was hip. As a nebulous philosophical zone that...
Super sweet? Palomar's hyper power pop
Published on Mar 6th, 2003
0 comments Imagine, if you will, a dark and stormy night in the lab of Dr. Frankenstein. Having already created life once, he turns his attention to giving form and free will to something even more challenging...
Sweet treats: Witty music weaves mystery
Published on Mar 6th, 2003
0 comments In 1939, Gian Carlo Menotti received a commission from the National Broadcasting Company to write the first opera specifically composed for a radio listening audience. The result was the one-act...
Ruinous "renewal": Probing the legacy of Vinegar Hill
Published on Mar 6th, 2003
0 comments Most of us know it now as the name of a theater, or perhaps through the living history of Teresa Dowel-Vest’s play, but Vinegar Hill was once much more. For over a century, the neighborhood was the...
Spacey: Samelson's inspired doodles
Published on Mar 6th, 2003
0 comments If the work in Andra Samelson’s exhibit at the Fayerweather Gallery, the cosmic-theme “Ephemeris” looks like the sort of thing that someone might have doodled while talking on the phone, it’s for...
Living the legend: Mandan life on display
Published on Feb 27th, 2003
0 comments Pint-sized adventurers who wander down the hall to the Back Gallery at the Virginia Discovery Museum often find themselves in another world. Until May 4, these explorers can tread in the tracks of...
Local debut: Heavy stuff for teens' souls
Published on Feb 27th, 2003
0 comments It’s been a long time since I was a teenager, plowing through three or four 130-page books a week, eagerly exercising a reader’s young appetite.I read books called The Wolves of Willoughby Chase and...
Still "king": Earnhart & friends take the Prism
Published on Feb 27th, 2003
0 comments The upcoming week is packed with great shows: Scene Creamers on Friday at Tokyo Rose (the new band of Ian Svenonius and Michelle Mae, formerly of D.C.-based The Make-Up); a CD release party for local...
Short ones: Barhoppers back at the rail
Published on Feb 27th, 2003
0 comments Barhoppers 2003 continues Offstage Theater's winter tradition of transforming some Charlottesville watering holes into theatrical venues. It's an evening of eight short plays by local playwrights....
Fat Saturday: Mardi Gras on the slopes
Published on Feb 27th, 2003
0 comments Booze, beads, boobs, bawdy behavior-– what would Mardi Gras be without these indulgent ingredients? Is it possible to celebrate this most decadent of holidays in a healthy, family-friendly fashion?...
Zoo story? Animals up close and personal
Published on Feb 27th, 2003
0 comments For his exhibit at the Second Street Gallery, National Geographic photographer Michael Nichols has gone enlargement crazy. He’s blown up his photos from 35 millimeter prints into absolutely huge,...
If you build it... Engineers want people to come
Published on Feb 20th, 2003
0 comments It’s National Engineering Week, and to cap off their week-long celebration, Engineering School is getting out all their toys and inviting the community– especially middle and high school kids...
Father, forgive me: McDermott's vanishing world
Published on Feb 20th, 2003
0 comments Alice McDermott writes of suburban summers, of first trips on the city bus, and of whistling past the graveyard. She writes of a world where sidewalks are the color of Necco wafers, uncles drink...
All the world: Robert Jospe's CD Bash
Published on Feb 20th, 2003
0 comments From the first lead-in beat of Robert Jospé’s soon-to-be-released CD, Time to Play, the urge to nod your head, trace the simple melody lines with your chin, and shake your hips increases...
Probing hate: Could Laramie happen here?
Published on Feb 20th, 2003
0 comments The nation was stunned in 1998 when gay college student Matthew Shepherd was severely beaten and left hanging on a fence in Laramie, Wyoming. Shepherd died from his injuries and exposure shortly...
Go get 'em: Selling everything to children
Published on Feb 20th, 2003
0 comments Is it a good thing that children are becoming more empowered consumers? What are the moral, spiritual, political, and social consequences of the relentless transformation of just about everything...
It takes a village: Parent Center offers support
Published on Feb 13th, 2003
0 comments There have been plenty of times over my years as a parent when I’ve longed for the support of a village, a collection of wise grandmothers and helpful friends who, when I’m in danger of losing my...
Telling tales: Sharing Jefferson School memories
Published on Feb 13th, 2003
0 comments When the Jefferson School closed its doors last September, a concerned community wondered how best to ensure preservation of the venerable old building. Public outcry had already forced the city to...
Going home: Wishing Danny a sad farewell
Published on Feb 13th, 2003
0 comments After five years in this strange little piece of Americana we call our town, folk-musician Danny Schmidt is leaving Charlottesville. Schmidt’s songs, a mixture of country, folk, blues, with a dash of...
On their toes: Richmond Ballet springs to PVCC
Published on Feb 13th, 2003
0 comments The Richmond Ballet, Virginia’s state ballet, returns to Piedmont Virginia Community College for a three-day residency February 18-20. Included in the schedule are three public events: a performance...
Ride 'em! Take your honey to the Rodeo!
Published on Feb 13th, 2003
0 comments Saddle up, cowgirls and cowboys. Unless, that is, you prefer to mount your buckin’ bronco bareback. Either way, get ready for some serious thrills and spills at the newly spruced-up Virginia Horse...
Monkeying around: Chimp art sends mixed message
Published on Feb 13th, 2003
0 comments As a few observant writers remarked after the Columbia disaster a few weeks back, space travel has become mundane, dropped from the radar screens of the public’s attention and imagination. When...
Visit the prairie: See the animals, search for plants
Published on Feb 6th, 2003
0 comments When Thomas Jefferson asked Meriwether Lewis to lead the exploration of the new western territory, one of his three main objectives was scientific documentation of new plant and animal species. A new...
One-Legged Dancer: Low-key, playful poems
Published on Feb 6th, 2003
0 comments One thing you don’t expect to come across in an anthology of poetry about Native Americans and Mexicans is a reference to Monty Python.But there it is, in a piece called “Brave Mr. Buckingham”...
Ode to falling: J. Mascis-- older and better?
Published on Feb 6th, 2003
0 comments Call out the dogs and set up the torture chamber, for the following statement will be regarded as heresy by some idie-rock elitists here in town. I actually like the new solo album by former Dinosaur...