Cultural preview

Evolution: Landscapes had to be learned
Published on Aug 1st, 2002
0 comments It’s easy to assume that landscape painting (or print) has been around as long as humans with paints or ink close by have fallen in love with beautiful vistas– that the art form is every bit as...
Acoustic Syndicate
Published on Jul 25th, 2002
0 comments By Mark Grabowski Sometimes I like to keep things simple. In the modern sound-bite fast-forward world of today, where attention spans of more than 30 minutes (mine included) are rare, sometimes you...
Roll 'em: Bowling makes cool fun
Published on Jul 25th, 2002
0 comments It seems my kids have gotten into the habit of viewing me as their summer vacation activities director. So unless they are otherwise occupied— with, say, an overnight at a friend’s house or away at...
Raft and roll
Published on Jul 25th, 2002
0 comments The time has come to float. Not just metaphorically, but literally– float on down a cool, blue river of tranquility. The heat has escalated to a point that not even the heaviest rainfall can...
Food fun: Playback good enough to eat
Published on Jul 25th, 2002
0 comments Consider the special gustatory treats summer brings us: sweet yellow corn, rosy tomatoes, assorted plump squashes, and all manner of melons, berries, and beans, just to start the list. Think of...
Spiritual gifts: Native elder teaches and heals
Published on Jul 25th, 2002
0 comments By Mara Rockliff What will Mi’kmaq elder Albert Ward say to the crowd that comes to see him Thursday evening at the Unitarian church? Apparently, your guess is as good as his.“He’s very much attuned...
Ethan Hawke: Talking tough about young love
Published on Jul 25th, 2002
0 comments By Elizabeth Kiem You just gotta respect an Oscar-nominated movie star who shows some democratic values. When Ethan Hawke appeared on the cover of a local publication weeks before The Hook was slated...
Stillness
Published on Jul 25th, 2002
0 comments In the early ‘70s, when photographer Sam Abell went to visit Canadian artist Christopher Pratt, Abell was, by his own admission, at a low point in his career. Spending time with Pratt in his studio,...
World hop: Ph Balance goes au naturel
Published on Jul 18th, 2002
0 comments By Mark Grabowski “I write songs and poems about beauty, planets, blooms, the French, honey, gifts, and curses.” Oh how I love the human species! I mean, look at the variation: instead of six billion...
Wild things! Saving nature for the future
Published on Jul 18th, 2002
0 comments You can almost hear the screech as the life-like model of a bald eagle approaches a tree-top twist of branches in the main gallery at the Virginia Museum of Natural History. This majestic bird, so...
Camp naked: Swim, dance, volley in the nude
Published on Jul 18th, 2002
0 comments Alternative lifestyles (as well as newspapers) have become so well assimilated into our culture that they barely raise eyebrows anymore. It seems there’s a community ready and willing to embrace...
Who's who? Confusion among the ruins
Published on Jul 18th, 2002
0 comments For the past 14 summers, Four County Players has partnered with the Barboursville Vineyards to put on a show that’s worthy of a good picnic and a good bottle of wine. Their signature "Shakespeare at...
Sew what? Needling the big guys
Published on Jul 18th, 2002
0 comments By Mara Rockliff Charlottesville, take heed. The revolution is coming, and it’s going to be… soft, warm, and fuzzy?   That’s right. At least, if the Revolutionary Knitting Circle has its...
Electronica lives! One is the loneliest number
Published on Jul 11th, 2002
0 comments By Mark Grabowski I would pay big money to see an old-school one-man band– you know, the gentleman with the bass drum on his back, harmonica by his lips, and accordion on his chest. I’ve seen...
Time travel: Mingle with history at Ash Lawn
Published on Jul 11th, 2002
0 comments Well, vacation time is upon us, and everyone seems to be headed in a different direction. I have friends who are going out west to see the Grand Canyon, and lots more who are veering east to sunny...
Big bed: Hands-on help multiplies yield
Published on Jul 11th, 2002
0 comments Looking at magazines with “Garden” in the title can start almost anyone wishing for their own piece of Eden. Glossy pictures and simple descriptions make one feel that with just a little help from a...
Ash Lawn opera: Arias amid the squawks
Published on Jul 11th, 2002
0 comments Here’s a puzzler: how can a bird as beautiful as the peacock, with its iridescent blue-green feathers, graceful neck, and regal headdress, possess such a ridiculously loud and squawky call? The folks...
Speak up! Toastmasters are listening
Published on Jul 11th, 2002
0 comments By Mara Rockliff Bored with skydiving into the Andes without a compass– or a parachute? Already tried rappelling down a sheer rock face using only dental floss for rope? Thrill seekers, check...
Left Bank beagle: Lauren was a beloved chien
Published on Jul 11th, 2002
0 comments By Elizabeth Kiem It’s easy to fall in love in Paris. It’s as much a part of the expat experience as selecting a café to call your own, a brasserie to patronize regularly, or a garden bench on which...
Backlash: Neo-realists seem stagy, frozen
Published on Jul 11th, 2002
0 comments Any form or trend big enough to matter eventually evokes a backlash. Abstract expressionism, pop art, and minimalism– they’re all big enough to matter. They dominated mid-century art in America...
Dirty blues
Published on Jun 27th, 2002
0 comments By Mark Grabowski In my long tenure as The Hook’s music editor (three months or so) I have never spouted even one word about those down-home, lo-fi-ethos-personified perpetrators of a good time...
Swimming season
Published on Jun 27th, 2002
0 comments They say “Records were made to be broken.” It seems central Virginia is trying to prove the old cliché true: every  June, July, and August we seem to reach new heights in temperature, drought,...
Theater jackpot
Published on Jun 27th, 2002
0 comments It’s practically a tradition already. Come July, the folks at Live Arts will roll out their third annual Summer Theater Festival (STF). Based in part on the famous Fringe Festival that takes place in...
New citizens
Published on Jun 27th, 2002
0 comments By Mara Rockliff Were you the kid who popped your gum during the Pledge of Allegiance? Does “God Bless America” leave your tear ducts dry? Not the type to drape a giant flag over your carport or...
Fourth fest
Published on Jun 27th, 2002
0 comments By Elizabeth Kiem The Fourth of July always reeks of spent firecrackers and one-day-only bedding sales. The American dream may be to celebrate independence at the beach, but the checkout line at a...
Grab the goggles
Published on Jun 27th, 2002
0 comments After the success of “Get Surreal” a year or two ago, the Second Street Gallery is back in the locally produced group show gig. With “Surreal,” the Gallery approached a raft of local artists and...
The divine Miss Jones
Published on Jun 20th, 2002
0 comments A friend of a friend of mine– he’ll go nameless, since I’m about to publicly humiliate him– is madly, madly in love with Norah Jones.“Dude, you’ve got to write about her show coming up!...
Busy Bodies
Published on Jun 20th, 2002
0 comments OK, I’ll admit it: I haven’t always enjoyed doing “kids’ stuff” with my little ones. Sometimes I would just rather be doing something other than pushing a child on a swing or playing peek-a-boo...
Earth skills
Published on Jun 20th, 2002
0 comments Ivy Creek Natural Area’s busiest season is no doubt spring. School groups come pouring in to check out the flora and fauna, and people tired of their own backyards become interested in turtles and...
Seasonal songs
Published on Jun 20th, 2002
0 comments Jack Donahue, a UVA alum, just spent a week in Chicago performing his popular cabaret show and next week he brings it to Charlottesville as part of the line-up of shows in the Heritage Repertory...