Cultural preview

Winter treat: Take a fun trip with Gondoliers
Published on Dec 26th, 2002
0 comments First a vocabulary lesson: A gondola is a lightweight narrow barge with ends that curve up into a point, propelled with a single oar from the stern, and used on the canals of Venice. A gondolier is...
Decorating tips: From first ladies in grand manses
Published on Dec 26th, 2002
0 comments Had enough of your own house over the holidays? Got some extra vacation time? Be a tourist in your own town and get some ideas for next year’s decorations with a visit to the Jameses–...
More than art: Kluge-Ruhe works do double-duty
Published on Dec 26th, 2002
0 comments Here’s a novel thing about Charlottesville: We actually have a moderately sized gallery devoted entirely to Aboriginal artwork. It’s true. If you’re willing to brave car-dealership hill– Route...
Close-by treats
Published on Dec 19th, 2002
0 comments Finally it’s winter break; no more school for nearly two full weeks. With this sort of freedom, it’s the perfect time to set off on family adventures that we don’t usually have time for when homework...
47 Minutes: Magical local tale of redemption
Published on Dec 19th, 2002
0 comments I’m sure that I’m not alone when I say Christmas brings out the worst in us.This is not the start of an anti-materialism rampage, or a denunciation of seasonal hypocrisy. It’s simply the prelude to...
Not quite jazz: MGS blend styles to fine effect
Published on Dec 19th, 2002
0 comments From your very first concert as a young pop/rock fan, you learn that the term “better on CD” is the credo of almost every act of this particular genre. Studio trickery, and the fact that everything...
Hart to hart: Reindeer tell all at LAB
Published on Dec 19th, 2002
0 comments Imagine this scenario: A scandal erupts at the North Pole when one of Jolly Old St. Nick's reindeer pals accuses him of sexual harassment. As the media investigate the alleged event, other members of...
Tree training: Become an arboreal activist!
Published on Dec 19th, 2002
0 comments  "I wish I was a despot that I might save the noble, beautiful trees that are daily falling sacrifice to the cupidity of their owners... The unnecessary felling of a tree, perhaps the growth of...
Side by side: Togetherness brings out the best
Published on Dec 19th, 2002
0 comments It would be easy for Second Street Gallery, when they split a show between two artists, to simply split a show between two artists. You over there, and you over there, and no complaining.  But...
Back in the day
Published on Dec 12th, 2002
0 comments Candles lighting the winter darkness… a warm fire on the hearth… a mug of hot mulled cider and fresh-baked snickerdoodles… The holiday season pulls us back in time perhaps more than any other time of...
All about Nash: Talking bargaining and Bach
Published on Dec 12th, 2002
0 comments John Nash was the pawn of a momentous conspiracy, a calculated sabotage hinging on complex theories of negotiation. But this game did not star Cold Warriors in black hats and plummy British lads...
Don't be fooled: God the Band have tongues in cheek
Published on Dec 12th, 2002
0 comments You’ve got to have balls the size of watermelons to call your group God the Band– either that or be a little cracked. I’m betting the members of NYC’s own God the Band are a little of column A...
Scrooge's back: Troupe tackles Bah-humbug
Published on Dec 12th, 2002
0 comments Perhaps Charles Dickens did not know that he was penning the definitive seasonal story when he wrote A Christmas Carol more than a century ago, but adaptations of his tale of ghosts and greed haunt...
Tubing and tubbing
Published on Dec 12th, 2002
0 comments If you associate inner tubes with drifting leisurely down a river on a hot August afternoon, then Wintergreen’s got some news for you. Nicknamed “the scream machine,” The Plunge mega tubing park is...
Mixed bag: Group show has one standout
Published on Dec 12th, 2002
0 comments The new space for Les Yeux du Monde, now at dot 2 dot, an easy trek from the Downtown Mall, not only admits a large quantity of sunlight, but also includes a fair bit of extra wall space– space...
Stuff-y ideas: Crafts and art by the armload
Published on Dec 5th, 2002
0 comments My sister just announced that our extended family is having a homemade Christmas this year. “We’ve decided the kids have enough stuff,” she said. So instead of buying toys for all 13 nieces and...
Oakley's solstice: Fantasy writers gather in the gloom
Published on Dec 5th, 2002
0 comments It may be early to call it the solstice, but the dark forces are converging on Oakley’s Gently Used Books.Valkeries, vampires, and mythical kingdoms will be shop-talk at this gathering of local...
Eclectic youth: Trucks takes on the slide
Published on Dec 5th, 2002
0 comments It may be the dead of winter, but sandals, hackey-sacks, and tie-dyed t-shirts are sure to make their appearance at Starr Hill this Friday, December 6, for the bluesey-jam/world act know as the Derek...
Emerging mayhem: No shrugs at new Offstage show
Published on Dec 5th, 2002
0 comments "Bring your lighters, your black t-shirts, and your old ladies," Denise Stewart jokes, issuing an invitation to the newest offering in Offstage Theater's growing list of productions, local playwright...
Get HIPP: Workshop helps increase the peace
Published on Dec 5th, 2002
0 comments Hassle Lines, Crocs and Frogs, Jail Break, Zip Zap Boing.These may sound like the names of trendy, aggressive new video games, but they’re actually some of the key peacemaking activities of HIPP...
Oh Death! Demons and doom lurk at "The Edge"
Published on Dec 5th, 2002
0 comments Based on our artwork, one might assume that America doesn’t have a particularly death-obsessed culture. Only the dwindling numbers of the gloomy Goth subculture still surround themselves with...
Book 'em: Reading between the bars
Published on Nov 28th, 2002
0 comments Malcolm X said it was in prison that he realized “reading had changed forever the course of my life… the ability to read awoke inside me some long dormant craving to be mentally alive."Whether you...
Renaissance classics: Tallis Scholars back in town
Published on Nov 28th, 2002
0 comments The university community, or should I say the female section of that community, loves those a cappella groups. It's a predominantly male dominated sport– get some friends of yours together,...
Shameless! Late night Live Arts goings-on
Published on Nov 28th, 2002
0 comments If you're a late-nighter and you like your theater a little on the audacious side, the weekly Friday evening line-up of performers at "No Shame Theater" may fit the entertainment bill. Todd Ristau,...
Familiarity breeds... Sheep theme woven into Evans' work
Published on Nov 28th, 2002
0 comments Sheep are to John Borden Evans’ paintings as retirees are to Florida. As a (somewhat specious) explanation of their near-ubiquity, Evans points out that 25 years ago he worked on a sheep farm in New...
Time travel: Jeffersonian Festival recreates history
Published on Nov 21st, 2002
0 comments Those who venture downtown this weekend may feel as if they’ve been caught in a time warp. Governor Thomas Jefferson has proclaimed a Day of Thanksgiving in this year 1781, and asks for citizens to...
To err is human: Writers speak up for sinning
Published on Nov 21st, 2002
0 comments Is believing in sin passé? Have we traded fear of damnation for the therapist’s couch and self-help? Even with fire and brimstone preachers, apocalyptic prophets and a healthy, if beleaguered...
Triple threat: Keenan Lecture draws talent
Published on Nov 21st, 2002
0 comments Lawrence R. Keenan, UVA class of ‘66, a lawyer and a playwright, died in 1999 from complications of bone cancer. In his honor, his friends and family established the Keenan Lectureship in UVA’s Drama...
Twist (don't shout): New yoga studio offers variety
Published on Nov 21st, 2002
0 comments A common cry around town: “What is that roll you’re carrying?’When I’m similarly accosted, usually still aglow from my morning Astanga practice, I unroll my bright blue yoga mat and proceed to de-...
California dreamin': UVA museum shows western works
Published on Nov 21st, 2002
0 comments In many things cultural, New York City overshadows the rest of the country. But California, that upstart, roller-skate state where the frontier came to an abrupt halt, seems to have a special, almost...