Cultural preview

Take a chance: Live Arts hosts acoustic show
Published on Sep 5th, 2002
0 comments I've got something to admit, but you can't tell anyone. I've not actually heard any of the bands playing at this week’s previewed show. But before you call for my immediate removal from the esteemed...
Starting up: Familiar activities in re-run
Published on Sep 5th, 2002
0 comments My older son, who worked all summer and had to be on the job by 7am, is glad to be back in school so he can sleep in for an extra hour. The rest of us are making adjustments, too, now that the pools...
Putting around? Toss a disc into a pole hole
Published on Sep 5th, 2002
0 comments In the last 30 years or so, new sports have cropped up with unflagging regularity. The handful of regular sports that most people grew up with has expanded to include many extreme varieties that have...
Live and local: Originality highlights sessions
Published on Sep 5th, 2002
0 comments Ask Sal Milione to describe Acoustic Charlottesville, the monthly gathering of local musical performers that he produces at Live Arts, and he comes up with three words: live, original, and local....
Monkey business: C&O show has one surprise
Published on Sep 5th, 2002
0 comments It’s hard to be hard on Lynn Jamgochian’s work. On the one the one hand, there isn’t a lot going on in the paintings that comprise her “An African Safari” exhibit at the C&O. She shows no spark...
New friends: Schmidt spreads word on locals
Published on Aug 29th, 2002
0 comments Nirvana hit when I was first starting to truly get interested in music, and one of the many things that I thank the late frontman Kurt Cobain for was his continuous championing of bands he respected...
Wild blue yonder: Sky-high fun at the Flying Circus
Published on Aug 29th, 2002
0 comments What does a fighter pilot do after the war is over? A modern flier might logically seek employment with the airline industry. But there was no “airline industry” for the pilots of World War I. These...
Conserve this: Take it easy at Fortune's Cove
Published on Aug 29th, 2002
0 comments Even though The Nature Conservancy’s national headquarters is located in Arlington, the state office holds down the fort right here on our own little stretch of environmentally incorrect road, 29...
Wylies's obsession: A river runs through it
Published on Aug 29th, 2002
0 comments In producing the photos that comprise the book Stillwater and the exhibit of the same name, photographer William Wylie spent several years along the banks of the Cache la Poudre, a river running...
Moving on up: Local and making it
Published on Aug 22nd, 2002
0 comments Well folks, we’ve made it through another C’ville summer of mint juleps, mildly patronizing after-dinner conversation, and sitting on our respective verandahs, and I for one can’t wait to welcome the...
Big chill: Ice cream shops go upscale
Published on Aug 22nd, 2002
0 comments One of my favorite things about summer is ice cream. Nothing is so satisfying on a sweltering evening as the cool sweetness of a soft-serve strawberry sundae or a scoop of cookies and cream in a...
A stone's throw: Tiny town offers rich culture
Published on Aug 22nd, 2002
0 comments Monticello absorbs a lot of local and tourists’ attention and rightly so. But many other area attractions warrant a closer look. A short distance from the downtown Charlottesville business hub of...
Mad for Maddie: Comic and salty sermonizing
Published on Aug 22nd, 2002
0 comments I knew her as my ninth-grade English teacher, the woman who introduced me to Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, to the rules for comma usage, to the idea of expository writing, and, perhaps most...
Grownup U: Class action at UVA
Published on Aug 22nd, 2002
0 comments Traffic jams: way up. Charlottesville’s median age: way down. Yes, the boys (and girls) are back in town for fall semester. But no need to feel left out, even if you’ve turned into a real grownup...
One down: The solution's in a puzzle
Published on Aug 22nd, 2002
0 comments Ever notice how nicely things fall together for amateur sleuths when they have a mystery to solve and 300 pages in which to do it? Well, it’s made even simpler in Nero Blanc’s latest mystery. This is...
Check mail: Exhibit highlights Japanese letters
Published on Aug 22nd, 2002
0 comments Even when school’s in full session, this modest little exhibit at the University of Virginia Art Museum might remain largely unexplored. In the swell of (deserved) attention surrounding the Sam Abell...
Power Hammer: Tight trio livens up Fridays
Published on Aug 8th, 2002
0 comments Popular music lovers always have a soft spot for a good power trio: there’s a lot to be said for a band that can create a tight, memorable composition consisting of guitar, bass, and drums. In such a...
Suweeeee: Fairs make summer fun
Published on Aug 8th, 2002
0 comments One of the best things about August is that it’s county fair time. These days there’s almost always one of these summer celebrations around somewhere. Hog calling, tractor pulls, blue ribbon pies,...
Hot tomatoes: Old varieties make comeback
Published on Aug 8th, 2002
0 comments When I was growing up 30 years ago in the wilds of Northern Virginia, homegrown tomatoes were a metaphor for summer. Effortless broadcasting of seeds brought forth a green tangle of fruit. Thick,...
Festivalmania
Published on Aug 8th, 2002
0 comments It's a season of firsts for the Shenandoah Shakespeare Company just over the mountain in Staunton. In the past few months, their brand-new Blackfriars Playhouse, a performance space fashioned after...
Festivalmania
Published on Aug 8th, 2002
0 comments It's a season of firsts for the Shenandoah Shakespeare Company just over the mountain in Staunton. In the past few months, their brand-new Blackfriars Playhouse, a performance space fashioned after...
Iraq attack? Forum follows Senate hearings
Published on Aug 8th, 2002
0 comments Timing is everything. A year ago, a forum on “The American Policy Dilemma in Iraq” might not have drawn much of a crowd in Charlottesville. Malnutrition and disease, long-lasting fallout from the...
What's hot? August groups run the gamut
Published on Aug 8th, 2002
0 comments There’s less than a month of “dog days” left, and I firmly believe we should all spend them on the porch with a novel and a pitcher of lemonade.To those of you with a stack of must-read’s three times...
Middle ground: Fitts neither neat nor messy
Published on Aug 8th, 2002
0 comments For some, a healthy dose of anarchy in one’s domestic space reflects a complicated, busy mind. Unfortunately, the tyrannically clean among us don’t seem to buy that argument (persuasive as it seems...
Nuttiness: Get freaky at the Pudhouse
Published on Aug 1st, 2002
0 comments By Mark Grabowski If you, by which I mean you–the member of the counterculture, hip kid, and all around with-it individual– could choose an event from the following list to occur in...
By the book
Published on Aug 1st, 2002
0 comments In school this year my son had to write a report about the Manhattan Project, the secret World War II-era research conducted by the government in remote regions of New Mexico that resulted in the...
Sky's the limit: One rock at a time
Published on Aug 1st, 2002
0 comments Spending time outside these days makes sense only if the spot you pick has plenty of shade and you have plenty of sunscreen and swimming options. So many heat advisories have been in effect on and...
Erotica: Lust rules at odd venues
Published on Aug 1st, 2002
0 comments Imagine the smell of your sixth grade classroom. Recall the chalkboard filled with notes, the posters on the walls, the desks lined up in neat rows. Imagine the face of the scariest teacher you ever...
Out loud: Live Poets read and listen
Published on Aug 1st, 2002
0 comments By Mara Rockliff Bruised and battered from your last poetry slam? Still faint from loss of blood since your critique group got through “helping” you? Try a kinder, gentler venue: the Live Poets...
Locked in: Year of Wonders a wonder itself
Published on Aug 1st, 2002
0 comments By Elizabeth Kiem The events of Geraldine Brooks’ new novel, Year of Wonders, are not for the faint of heart. The year is 1666, the wonders of which are predominantly sorcery, lynching, fever, and...