Cultural preview

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...
Southern living
Published on Oct 10th, 2002
0 comments I don't usually review just opening acts, but this week, after hearing Caroline Herring's debut CD, Twilight, I thought I'd make an exception– maybe I could provide a little brick in the path...
Spooks galore! Anything can happen in the woods
Published on Oct 10th, 2002
0 comments Weird things start happening at this time of year. Carved pumpkins with votive candles illuminating gruesome faces are already springing up on front porches in our neighborhood. Effigies will soon be...
Keeping it clean: To the very last drop
Published on Oct 10th, 2002
0 comments With mandatory water restrictions in place for  both the city and county, residents everywhere scan the skies for dark clouds. The less optimistic eye the reservoirs with an ever-increasing...
Lend a hand: Lighten up at Live Arts
Published on Oct 10th, 2002
0 comments My grandmother used to say, "Many hands make light work." She was the youngest of 10 children and spent her entire life on a farm, where every day was filled with chores that proved easier when...
Jarring history: Virginia's past a la Krueger
Published on Oct 10th, 2002
0 comments I don’t want to go back to high school. No one I know wants to go back to high school. However, this isn’t the case with a few new Peggy Sue Got Married-style shows on the big networks, and also for...
Free labor: Where's mom's signing bonus?
Published on Oct 3rd, 2002
0 comments Back in the days when technology jobs appeared limitless and hot-shot new enterprises challenged the gospel of conventional business practices, there was an enthusiastic notion that soon the nation...
Stow the shanties
Published on Oct 3rd, 2002
0 comments “Arr. Methinks the Pirate Mark does not like these sea shanties, laddy.”That was basically all I had to say after seeing Elf Power for the first time, when they opened for Wilco last year. I had no...
Cut and piece: Quilts come out of the closet
Published on Oct 3rd, 2002
0 comments Circles of 19th century women with nimble fingers gathered around sitting room fires crafting masterpieces fine enough to display as art. Because this was utilitarian “women’s work,” however, these...
The great grape: Boar's Head festival honors vintners
Published on Oct 3rd, 2002
0 comments Who knew that Virginia would become such a boon to the viticulture industry? For the last 20 years or so, vineyards have sprouted (so to speak) exponentially across the state, producing on a regular...
Grand scale: Dance combines many arts
Published on Oct 3rd, 2002
0 comments Grab your dancing shoes and head over to the McGuffey Art Center on Friday afternoon in time to join the “Dance Technique Class” which is a prelude to a performance by the Arlington-based Jane...
New paths
Published on Oct 3rd, 2002
0 comments Two years ago, Meg West’s focus shifted from graphic design to oil painting, and the inspiration for that change is obvious in every one of her paintings. A resident of Crozet, West paints what she...
Fish 'n chimps: Forty-Five's hapless fools
Published on Sep 26th, 2002
0 comments I’m trying to decide what I like best about George Singleton’s new collection of short stories. It might be the title, The Half-Mammals of Dixie, or it might be the jacket cover– a portrait of...
New standards: Ostinato redefines the norm
Published on Sep 26th, 2002
0 comments I was raised on the Beatles, and their lite-punk pop cousins Nirvana, and for a large part of my early life, these were the groups by which I would measure all other popular music. In other words, I...
Alive and well: Soccer is king in these parts
Published on Sep 26th, 2002
0 comments “Americans don’t like soccer,” NPR sports commentator Frank Deford said the other day on Morning Edition. “We know that,” he repeated emphatically. “Americans do not like soccer.”Well, I don’t know...
Pigs out: Vegetarians stage healthful bash
Published on Sep 26th, 2002
0 comments Vegetarianism has hit the mainstream. Once associated only with the counterculture or other countries, being vegetarian now ceases to raise eyebrows, And like most good movements, it has spawned as...
Step up! Curtains open for new acting school
Published on Sep 26th, 2002
0 comments There’s a new drama school in town, and it's getting good reviews. Barely a year old, Charlottesville School for the Dramatic Arts (CSDA) already offers a full slate of classes and productions and...
Dark dreams: Regan's canvases cast a spell
Published on Sep 26th, 2002
0 comments In childhood, painter Jeannine Barton Regan suffered a partial hearing loss. Like most children faced with an added and significant obstacle to communication, Regan reacted by becoming an introvert....
What's next? Hitting it big right out of the box
Published on Sep 19th, 2002
0 comments Few rock bands, even the ones we regard as “the greats,” hit on a signature sound right out of the starting gate. Paul McCartney’s “I’ve Just Seen a Face” started off the Beatles first LP, Please...
Tart or sweet: Carter Mountain has them all
Published on Sep 19th, 2002
0 comments As days turn cooler and fall fragrances fills the air, it won’t be long ‘til we’re playing in piles of crisp, colorful leaves and sipping steamy mugs of hot apple cider. Not only do Albemarle...
Druid yourself: Pagans celebrate fall harvest
Published on Sep 19th, 2002
0 comments All religions celebrate feast days in some manner or other, but although the reasons may be similar, the manifestations can vary dramatically. Fortunately, our country allows us the freedom and...
The Sal Show
Published on Sep 19th, 2002
0 comments Call Sal Milione a busy man. He's recently taken the production helm for the monthly showcase of local singer/musicians, Acoustic Charlottesville [Tunes, “Live Arts Hosts Acoustic Show,” September 5...
Art imitates... Not our life, but don't we wish
Published on Sep 19th, 2002
0 comments As even the semi-saavy are now well aware, merchandisers like J-Crew, Abercrombie and Fitch, and Pottery Barn have gone beyond simply and straight-forwardly advertising their products. Now they...
The Natural: Charisma fatigue takes its toll
Published on Sep 12th, 2002
0 comments That former president William Jefferson Clinton had an innate gift for politics is a self-evident truth. He was wickedly eloquent, unusually well informed, and brazenly at ease behind the...
AM/FM go public: Basement tunes come up for air
Published on Sep 12th, 2002
0 comments The banking rumor for Philadelphia’s AM/FM is that they never meant for their four-track songs to leave the basement. According to the story, friends heard, tapes were passed, label deals were made,...
Safe alone: Cav kids club ups the fun
Published on Sep 12th, 2002
0 comments Not long after my family and I moved here— from a much larger city, I have to say— our next-door neighbor offered my kids free tickets to a UVA men’s basketball game at University Hall. “They can go...
Gustatory tour: Eyes will be bigger than...
Published on Sep 12th, 2002
0 comments Benefiting a good cause, digesting some delicious food, and walking leisurely through some of Charlottesville more interesting downtown houses seems like a recipe for success. Curiosity seekers,...
Making a family: Lost in Yonkers found in town
Published on Sep 12th, 2002
0 comments It’s 1942 and three generations of an endearing family mingle and grow while the world goes to war. In Lost in Yonkers, America’s most well-known comic playwright, Neil Simon, shares a tender memory...
Germinating: Their art transforms nature
Published on Sep 12th, 2002
0 comments Most people just sweep them off the sidewalk. But for Sara Crisp and Fleming Cunningham Lunsford, two artists sharing space this month at the Second Street Gallery, Nature’s detritus– seeds,...
No truth: Oliver North tries hand at fiction
Published on Sep 5th, 2002
0 comments The obligatory disclaimer in the front of Mission Compromised (you know the one: “This is a fictional story… any similarity to actual events is coincidental”) is about as perfunctory as the recently...