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They're here: Talking about the v-word
Published on Feb 6th, 2003
0 comments Based on over 200 interviews with women from around the world, Eve Ensler’s play, The Vagina Monologues, “explores the humor, power, pain, wisdom, outrage, mystery and excitement hidden in the vagina...
Healthy fun: So little time so much to do!
Published on Feb 6th, 2003
0 comments Meditate, get a massage, do yoga, listen to music, participate in discussions on the socio-economics of health, cancer, or the objectification of the female body in the media, attend workshops in...
Dark and deep: But these woods are not lovely
Published on Feb 6th, 2003
0 comments There are few better visuals for the desolation of winter than skinny, twisting, and color-drained trunks of leaf-less trees. In the low-slung light of a winter afternoon, they’re dreary enough. At...
Get high: Scale the heights at Rocky Top
Published on Jan 30th, 2003
0 comments Cold winter weekends are killers. The kids are climbing the walls, whining about being bored, and driving me crazy. Just as I’m about to pull my hair out and run into the street screaming, my...
Causing a tumult: Wilson's "dear boy" raised eyebrows
Published on Jan 30th, 2003
0 comments The powerful advisor. That ephemeral figure who stoops to whisper into the ear of the almighty and then slinks back into the shadowy recesses off the Oval Office. Yes, there’s nothing sexier than the...
Holy tornado! Via and friends blow you away
Published on Jan 30th, 2003
0 comments On a shelf near the top of my bookcase, above the unread copy of Anna Karenina, but below the dog-eared Naked by David Sedaris, sits my collection of CD’s– the spoils of my career with the...
Opere's opus: Garcia Lorca in his native tongue
Published on Jan 30th, 2003
0 comments “I’ve been doing these plays for more than 20 years now,” Fernando Operé explains, talking about the UVA Spanish Theater Group that he launched soon after he came to the U.S. from Spain in the late...
Worldly women: Globe-hopping grads tell all
Published on Jan 30th, 2003
0 comments Through its latest evening lecture series, “Virginia 2020: Women Engaged with the World,” the University of Virginia’s Women’s Center continues its mission to enlighten, empower, and celebrate women...
Not a crock: Shipwreck yielded porcelain treasures
Published on Jan 30th, 2003
0 comments Probably everyone at one time or another believed or hoped that their grandparents’ old geisha-and-bony-tree-branch vase was really a Ming treasure, and that they’d strike it rich as soon as they...
Budding Brontes: Contest lures little literati
Published on Jan 23rd, 2003
0 comments When my younger son was in first and second grades, he would ask me to help him write a letter to one or another of his friends at school. So we would sit down together, and he would dictate a...
Range rover: Blunt breaks clean and thrives
Published on Jan 23rd, 2003
0 comments Charlottesville is giddy with the glories of the West. Thanks to the Lewis & Clark bicentennial, virtually every aspect of the land beyond the Bitterroots has been gilded with the majesty of...
Broadzilla
Published on Jan 23rd, 2003
0 comments Lock away your children, shutter your windows, and hide your men-folk– the Detroit based punk/metal/pop thrash-out that is Broadzilla is coming to town! Broadzilla are to the latest crop of...
Friday frolic: Movers and shakers at McGuffey
Published on Jan 23rd, 2003
0 comments Come the first Friday evening of every month, and the McGuffey Center is abuzz with arts enthusiasts. The local artist co-op stays open late for visitors to wander into studios and galleries and talk...
Hard questions: Speakers field "queer" queries
Published on Jan 23rd, 2003
0 comments Did you ever wonder (or do you know all too well) what it’s like to be “queer” at UVA? If so, there’s no better place or time to break the silence than the acoustically sound Rotunda Dome Room at 7pm...
Triumph of the arc: Abstractions sunny and genial
Published on Jan 23rd, 2003
0 comments It’s funny how, even today, a bunch of shapes on a canvas can seem modern and a little bit foreboding. It’s also easy to forget that fields of squares and circles and lines substituted on canvas for...
Sent back: Discover what the Corps found
Published on Jan 16th, 2003
0 comments What a treat to live at the whirlwind epicenter of the national bicentennial celebration of that extraordinary journey of Meriwether Lewis and William Clark. Because of this frenzy, families have an...
Doing damage: War novel chronicles carnage
Published on Jan 16th, 2003
0 comments In parting with his elite Army of Northern Virginia, General Robert E. Lee expressed gratitude, affection, and admiration. He told his beaten men, “I earnestly pray that a merciful God will extend to...
Aiming to please: Joanne sounds like Joni
Published on Jan 16th, 2003
0 comments Press packs, usually comprised of a short bio of the artist, a picture, and the artist’s latest CD, are a great way for PR people to get the word out about new acts, and being on the receiving end of...
Ah! Into the O'Neill Wilderness
Published on Jan 16th, 2003
0 comments A first kiss, a first drink, a first fight, a Fourth of July weekend: On the precipice of the new century, 17-year-old Richard Miller struggles with his desire to experience the world. In the course...
Many voices: Under the tent of Corps II
Published on Jan 16th, 2003
0 comments What looks like a unique cultural experience associated with the Lewis and Clark bicentennial pulled into the parking lot of the Monticello Visitor’s Center last week. “The Corps of Discovery II: 200...
Rich legacy
Published on Jan 16th, 2003
0 comments Living near Monticello pretty much eliminates any opportunity to feign ignorance when it comes to Jefferson’s life or various pursuits. Either by proximity or osmosis one picks up tidbits and...
Magical children: Give 'em more than shelter
Published on Jan 9th, 2003
0 comments His 1977 best seller Magical Child launched Joseph Chilton Pearce into the spotlight as one of the granddaddies of modern child development theory. Along with The Crack in the Cosmic Egg, Magical...
Lewispalooza
Published on Jan 9th, 2003
0 comments It would be hard to exaggerate the hype surrounding the bicentennial upon us. The long-anticipated anniversary of a bunch of Virginians (and some Pennsylvanians and Frenchmen) clambering across the...
On the road again: CVB celebrate at Starr Hill
Published on Jan 9th, 2003
0 comments It’s been awhile since last we saw Camper Van Beethoven take their act on the road. The group have paid their dues on the touring circuit. For those who may be unfamiliar, CVB have long been a...
Wake up! One-man show ups the ante
Published on Jan 9th, 2003
0 comments "This is not a monologue— it’s a 90-minute play that happens to have only one actor," Amanda McRaven says. She’s talking about the new show that opens tonight in the Live Arts LAB, Wake Up and Smell...
New niche: NIA movement center moves
Published on Jan 9th, 2003
0 comments “Make more time for exercise.” “Avoid stress.” “Try something new.”    Resolutions like these tend to appear and reappear with stubborn regularity on many of our personal growth to-do...
Sole food: Nikes, Adidas, and Vasques to boot
Published on Jan 9th, 2003
0 comments One of the more enduring art memories I have happened while I was visiting friends in New York City. On a rainy Saturday we– and thousands of others– headed for the Metropolitan Museum of...
Whoop it up! First Night Virginia calls for noise
Published on Dec 26th, 2002
0 comments Imagine The Beatles, live, on stage, right here in Charlottesville for three thrilling performances at the Omni Hotel ballroom. On New Year’s Eve, everyone in town can have this dream…#9 Dream, that...
2002 in print: Looking back at local lights
Published on Dec 26th, 2002
0 comments As usual, literary Charlottesville exits the year with aplomb. No fewer than four works tracing their origin to Charlottesville appeared in the year’s penultimate issue of The New York Times Sunday...
Sauce it up: Bio Ritmo rolls in with salsa
Published on Dec 26th, 2002
0 comments At long last a band has come to rescue us from the same-old, same-old tedium of a lot of live acts in this locale, replacing the ‘90s pop dirge and banjo solos with something different!All right, I’m...