Cultural preview

Memoir as memorial: Lvov lives on at Leopolis press
Published on Nov 14th, 2002
0 comments Molly Ulam had been separated from her husband of 28 years for a few months when his health failed and he reached back out for her support. For eight years she shuttled between Charlottesville and...
Ghosts of the past: Frank Black returns to Starr Hill
Published on Nov 14th, 2002
0 comments Lately I’ve been listening to some of the proto-alt rock group the Pixies’ earliest studio recordings, thanks to spinART Records’ recent release of Pixies– aka The Purple Tape. This CD features...
Party down: Live Arts opens holiday show
Published on Nov 14th, 2002
0 comments Wild, wicked, scandalous… with bathtub gin and bedroom eyes, this is a party you don’t want to miss! That's the hype for the latest offering from the folks over at Live Arts, Michael John La Chiusa...
Get down: Muck about for a good cause
Published on Nov 14th, 2002
0 comments As much as everyone knows now that water is such a precious resource, as soon as it rains, most people return to their original ways of flushing and drinking and watering with little regard for...
Visible language: Pranger exhibit a sight to see
Published on Nov 14th, 2002
0 comments If someone were accidentally to happen upon Ben Pranger’s exhibit at the Second Street Gallery, it would be perfectly acceptable to forgive them for thinking they had stumbled into Ikea.Not unlike...
Coming unstuck: Helping others is the best way
Published on Nov 7th, 2002
0 comments The other day, a teacher friend of mine was mourning the increasing number of children she works with who have problems with depression. Her solution? Community service. “Kids need to do something...
Where in the world? Speakers look at our global image
Published on Nov 7th, 2002
0 comments Self-help experts are always telling us to take a good look at ourselves and describe what we see. That’s bad advice for a superpower. What we should be doing is describing what everybody else sees....
Two for one: Married Couple show has dual benefits
Published on Nov 7th, 2002
0 comments Married Couple’s press-pack gathered dust on my loveseat for a number of days this week– perhaps I was a little hesitant to review something described in an email message as “improvisational...
Writing lessons: Horseshoe Bend Players in new season
Published on Nov 7th, 2002
0 comments “Writing can't be taught… as far as I'm concerned, the university is taking your money under false pretenses." With these words, Ruth Steiner, a crusty and outspoken professor, imparts her first...
Don't build it: And people will come... to party
Published on Nov 7th, 2002
0 comments Walkabout loves… well, walking about. And in our rambles we find that the gridlock that has become Main Street from the University to the Downtown Mall seems more like a big city traffic jam than a...
Ship 'n shore: Subtle colors heighten pleasure
Published on Nov 7th, 2002
0 comments The artistic statement Roy K. Patterson wrote to accompany his oil paintings tells you all you need to know about his work. The actual aesthetic and personal statement– the why-my-paintings-...
Future Frankensteins? Experts help budding scientists
Published on Oct 31st, 2002
0 comments The spring science fair is an annual ritual in which all students at my son’s school must participate. For one Wednesday afternoon in February, the auditorium is transformed as students stand beside...
Poe man's Poe
Published on Oct 31st, 2002
0 comments Just what cataclysmic failure of mind and body could have befallen the marvelous Edgar Allan Poe in the tormented days between September 27 and October 7, 1849, when the poet died raving and...
Keep the Lid on: Texas band revels in change
Published on Oct 31st, 2002
0 comments At what point did fall arrive? Suddenly, the sidewalks were scattered in yellow windfall, the skies set to Liverpudlian gray. I don’t like overlooking subtleties, especially ones of change, and not...
Try it again: Romeo and Juliet never gets old
Published on Oct 31st, 2002
0 comments Shakespeare’s most famous romantic tragedy, Romeo and Juliet, is getting a new jolt of electricity from the Live Arts LATTE troupe. LATTE is the “youthful” arm of Live Arts, offering productions that...
Watch them go: Horses, terriers enliven Montpelier
Published on Oct 31st, 2002
0 comments Montpelier often plays second fiddle to its more famous brother to the south, but the place has a charm all on its own without having to duplicate any of Monticello’s more lavish ways. The 2,700-acre...
No crying: "Tears" exhibit is all wet
Published on Oct 31st, 2002
0 comments Michele Leavitt’s new environmentally-themed installation, “Tears,” purports to have something to do with the Virginia Film Festival’s wet theme this year, though the association is peripheral at...
Spooky doings: Delights for goblins abound
Published on Oct 24th, 2002
0 comments Halloween at our house is the major holiday of the year, and the kids in our neighborhood have been working feverishly for weeks creating tricks for unsuspecting treat-seekers. Other folks around...
Perfect harmony: Marriage in black and white
Published on Oct 24th, 2002
0 comments If– as is asserted in the forward to Mary Motley Kalergis’ moving new book, Love in Black and White– 99.9 percent of the DNA of every person on earth is identical, then here is a...
Catchy CD: Tin Heart has a hook
Published on Oct 24th, 2002
0 comments Jan Smith’s amalgamation of folk, country, bluegrass, and pop is on prominent display on her new debut CD, Tin Heart, has something that many (I’d say most) multi-genre forays seem to be lacking....
Dangerous liaison: Slave story mimics Oedipus
Published on Oct 24th, 2002
0 comments We all know the story of Oedipus, the flawed protagonist of Sophocles' monumental Greek tragedy Oedipus Rex, who– just as it was prophesied he would– killed his own father and married his...
Good cause: Law students host benefit
Published on Oct 24th, 2002
0 comments “Rape is a crime of power, and can leave its victim feeling helpless and out-of-control,” says first-year law student Nick Lewin, founder of the Rape Crisis Advocacy Project. Now run entirely by law...
On point: Halloween drawings timely and fun
Published on Oct 24th, 2002
0 comments It’s more than a little refreshing to find at least one artist in this town with Halloween in his heart. Granted, the holiday is mostly considered a kid’s thing, but it’s also one of the few holidays...
No secret: Discover Egypt's treasures downtown
Published on Oct 17th, 2002
0 comments It’s a long way back to the latest rotating exhibit at the Virginia Discovery Museum. Visitors may enter the museum in modern times, but as they make their way to the Back Gallery past Discovery...
Games people play: Keeping busy in the parlor
Published on Oct 17th, 2002
0 comments The roaring ‘20s– jazz, Broadway, Hollywood, and the comic strips. The bobo ‘90s-– Pictionary, Sega, Scrabble, and on-line chess. A fair analogy? These are the things they’re pondering up in...
Shhhh
Published on Oct 17th, 2002
0 comments A certain small subset of Charlottesvillians are bound to droll uncontrollably when they hear about the Richmond indie rock group Zetamale, and most of their increased saliva production will no doubt...
Life in hell: No Exit in Red Shed
Published on Oct 17th, 2002
0 comments Offstage Theater, known around town for putting up shows  in quite unlikely places, has a new "home" of sorts. They affectionately call it The Red Shed. You may have seen it if you've been to...
Martha's back: Market has double mission
Published on Oct 17th, 2002
0 comments As the leading cause of death among women ages 35-55, breast cancer is bound to affect a wide swath of our population.  An indiscriminate disease that affects a demographic most likely to be in...
Martha's back: Market has double mission
Published on Oct 17th, 2002
0 comments As the leading cause of death among women ages 35-55, breast cancer is bound to affect a wide swath of our population.  An indiscriminate disease that affects a demographic most likely to be in...
Goin' up country: Richards' art becomes cheery
Published on Oct 17th, 2002
0 comments Russell Richards’ new stuff is, in many ways, not much of a departure from his black and wicked City Series. The basic aesthetic is still in place– rubbery, twisted bodies with sharp elbows and...