Cultural preview

Happy talk
Published on Jun 20th, 2002
0 comments By Mara Rockliff The pushed-together tables in the Barnes & Noble Café are filling up fast. A gray-haired woman with a nose piercing pulls up a chair. A goateed guy in glasses and a Ralph Lauren...
Damn yankees
Published on Jun 20th, 2002
0 comments By Elizabeth Kiem The merits of standardized testing for high school students have been debated for years, coming under even closer scrutiny as more and more states adopt such tests as a bellwether...
Dancing around
Published on Jun 20th, 2002
0 comments Orson Welles thought making movies in color was crap. You get pretty color images, sure, but you lose so much potential for expression, nuance, and contrast. The trade-off isn’t worth it. It’s not...
This Bike is a Pipe Bomb
Published on Jun 13th, 2002
0 comments By Mark Grabowski Growing up, I was amused and sometimes amazed to find that standardized tests seemed to be my bitch. Bubble here, bubble there, somehow I kept ending up on top when the scores were...
Book it
Published on Jun 13th, 2002
0 comments The summer I turned nine, my mother started taking my siblings and I into the city to go to the public library. Books could be checked out for three weeks, so that’s how often we made this trip. I...
Batteaux season
Published on Jun 13th, 2002
0 comments School’s out, and so begins the scramble for summertime fun. Seasoned parents know most of the options, but every once in a while something pops up on the radar that is so uniquely Virginia that it...
Summer stage
Published on Jun 13th, 2002
0 comments As the summer temperatures heat up, so do the offerings on local stages. In Charlottesville, summer is the time for theater activity. Live Arts brings on their souped-up version of a play festival,...
Winning moves
Published on Jun 13th, 2002
0 comments By Mara Rockliff What is a coach? If you’re thinking of a guy who blows a whistle and yells “drop and give me 20,” it might be time to slam the locker door on high school gym class and step out into...
Picket line love
Published on Jun 13th, 2002
0 comments By Elizabeth Kiem I think my problem is that I’m happily married and have been for most of my relative maturity. That must be why I have trouble relating to stories about “the good guys and the bad...
Enough is not Onuf
Published on Jun 13th, 2002
0 comments If your chosen medium is encaustic, as is the case with Kristin Onuf, you make art by layering hot wax. As Onuf helpfully points out, the word, “encaustic” derives from a Greek root, which means: to...
Electicism unbound
Published on Jun 6th, 2002
0 comments By Mark Grabowski Schoolhouse Rocks! A smile spreading across my face, I realized I had cracked the code, had stumbled onto the moment that people into music know and love: when you listen to...
Enchanted land
Published on Jun 6th, 2002
0 comments Walking into the light-filled space of the Village Playhouse is entering an enchanted place. Wooden play stands draped with blue swaths of fabric form a pillow-lined playhouse in one corner. A waist-...
Out of bounds
Published on Jun 6th, 2002
0 comments Like most ski resorts that cannot offer skiing year round, Wintergreen has a slew of other activities to keep people outdoors and moving even though it’s warm, and those have made Wintergreen a...
Scotland bound
Published on Jun 6th, 2002
0 comments Billed as “the world's largest celebration of the arts,” Scotland’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe is an explosion of artistic expression. The Festival, which began in 1947, now boasts more than 20,000...
Pushing for change
Published on Jun 6th, 2002
0 comments By Mara Rockliff Forceps-wielding masked doctors looming over strapped-down screaming women. Lamaze-trained husbands huffing and puffing helplessly beside their wives. Dumb jokes about passing...
Lookout, Savannah
Published on Jun 6th, 2002
0 comments By Elizabeth Kiem Look out Savannah. All those literary rubber-neckers flocking to your carriage tours and guided cemetery prowls for a taste of high-brow homicide in Dixie… well, they’re headed for...
Laying it on
Published on Jun 6th, 2002
0 comments As part of a three-venue super exhibit this month, Les Yeux du Monde gives up a bit of wall space for oil paintings by former UVA art professor Ted Turner. It’s more than a worthy sacrifice.  In...
Latter-day masters
Published on May 30th, 2002
0 comments By Mark Grabowski Music collectives seem to be all the rage these days. A collective is a group of like-minded musicians (in the form of bands) who have gotten together to spread their take on noise...
In a family way
Published on May 30th, 2002
0 comments Is the end of May really too late to start thinking about vacation plans for the summer? I mean, with all the end-of-the-school-year activities happening this month, who has time to think about next...
Happy trails
Published on May 30th, 2002
0 comments Blue Ridge Mountain Sports, the Rivanna Trail Foundation, and the American Hiking Society join forces once again for the 10th annual National Trails Day celebration. The Rivanna Trail almost circles...
A dreamer's tale
Published on May 30th, 2002
0 comments Floyd Collins’ gravestone bears the inscription “the greatest cave explorer ever known.” Frankly, I’d never heard of Collins before last summer when Live Arts announced plans to produce the musical...
School's out
Published on May 30th, 2002
0 comments By Mara Rockliff School’s out . . . forever? That’s the forecast of Daniel Pink, former White House speechwriter and author of the controversial bestseller Free Agent Nation. “In the free agent...
Rare gifts
Published on May 30th, 2002
0 comments By Elizabeth Kiem Good news for lovers of 19th century lit, scholars of the Era of Discovery, dusty photostat fetishists, and old-school Knickerbocker wannabes: the newest addition to Alderman...
Inside and out
Published on May 30th, 2002
0 comments For a guy who’s lived his life so large, it’s a bit of a surprise that his artwork comes so small. Victor Elmaleh graduated from UVA in architecture in 1942, but spent only a few years designing...
The buzz about Buzby: Jam-band epics make fans happy
Published on May 23rd, 2002
0 comments By Mark Grabowski Let me say this first: people like Buzby. A lot of people. I can’t really say I am one of them, but I understand that they are making music that many, many people enjoy, and...
Giving back
Published on May 23rd, 2002
0 comments Like many schools in the area, Monticello High requires students to render some service to the community as part of the curriculum. Projects can be anything from entertaining kids at a day care...
Out, skank! Stream cleanup preserves oasis
Published on May 23rd, 2002
0 comments Enjoying the great outdoors at this time of year is kind of a no-brainer. The weather is perfect, the outdoor cafés are open, and many of the thousands of college students have either graduated or...
Getting Bud buried
Published on May 23rd, 2002
0 comments Seven years ago Betty Hales directed a large ensemble cast for the first run of David Bottrell and Jessie Jones’ Dearly Departed for standing room only audiences in Waynesboro. “It was so well...
Slam! Local poets go to the mat
Published on May 23rd, 2002
0 comments By Mara Rockliff Nobel Prize-winning poet Pablo Neruda once called poetry “an act of peace.” Of course, Neruda never duked it out at a poetry slam.Charlottesville’s only open mic and poetry slam,...
Mixed bag
Published on May 23rd, 2002
0 comments This is, one supposes, the kind of exhibit that small institutional museums have to put together on occasion. The work currently on display in the upper gallery at the University of Virginia Museum...