Cultural preview

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...
A modern classic
Published on May 16th, 2002
0 comments By Mark Grabowski I’ve been in a bit of a funk lately. Not the “food doesn’t taste as good,” “losing interest in friends,” Paxil kind of funk; its more along the lines of a rut. A bright glowing neon...
Summer in the city
Published on May 16th, 2002
0 comments It was January when my neighbor started asking me what my kids were doing for the summer. Parents like me who couldn’t bear the idea of filling out summer camp applications while the snow was still...
Hie thee to Batesville!
Published on May 16th, 2002
0 comments Country festivals tend to bring out the best in a community. More than a showcase for local talent or prize-winning peonies, country festivals bring together townsfolk and tourists in an environment...
Catch the one-act line-up
Published on May 16th, 2002
0 comments Last weekend Offstage opened four new one-acts:  “Elephants and Coffee,” “Heathens,” “Shakespeare on the Rocks,” and “Mornings After.” The shows were chosen from over 100 scripts that Offstage...
Stay tuned: Program considers slavery reparations
Published on May 16th, 2002
0 comments By Mara Rockliff Forty gorgeous rolling acres in historic Albemarle County. How much does a chunk of real estate like that go for these days? $250,000? $500,000? Throw in a big old farmhouse, and you...
A man in fuel
Published on May 16th, 2002
0 comments By Elizabeth Kiem The list of scientific contributions and achievements in Glenn T. Seaborg’s vita is impressive. My favorite is this: he discovered plutonium. Sneak it in there with Seaborg’s Nobel...
Double-Crossed
Published on May 16th, 2002
0 comments With this exhibit, Karla Berger may technically qualifies as a nature photographer– at least by the very general measure that she takes pictures of little bits from nature: flowers, thistles,...
Exploring America
Published on May 9th, 2002
0 comments By Mark Grabowski Who here is ready for a history lesson! Anyone? Anyone?!Well, since I am in charge here for the time being, history is what we are going to talk about, specifically, the history of...
Os Ciganos
Published on May 9th, 2002
0 comments Thursday night 5/2/02 By Amy Briggs   A little while ago, if you'd asked me to add "weekday night" to "going out" to "Preston Avenue," I would've summed it to "No thank you." Around those parts...
#9 Dreamin'
Published on May 9th, 2002
0 comments I know I’m dating myself when I admit that I was among the millions of adoring young fans gaping at the TV on a Sunday evening as John, Paul, George, and Ringo made their American début on The Ed...
More than gardens
Published on May 9th, 2002
0 comments Fluvanna County has made headlines recently as one of the fastest growing counties in the Commonwealth. Thanks mostly, right now, to the ever-increasing popularity of Lake Monticello, Fluvanna offers...
Three's the charm
Published on May 9th, 2002
0 comments Five performers slice through the air and land in animal-like poses. Elbows, arms, legs, and backs arch, crook, and ripple. No, it’s not The Lion King. It’s another kind of critter: Charlottesville’s...
Whose fault?
Published on May 9th, 2002
0 comments By Mara Rockliff Buy our product! It’s outrageously expensive. We hope you’ll never actually use it, but if you do, we’ll charge you even more. If you want to get your money’s worth, you’ll have to...
Downtown detective
Published on May 9th, 2002
0 comments By Elizabeth Kiem Andy Straka, our hometown runaway hit detective novelist, has a clever niche. His private investigator, Frank Pavlicek, is not just a tough-talking renegade dick-– he’s an ace...
Abstract appeal
Published on May 9th, 2002
0 comments In both sets of photographs currently on display at the Mudhouse, Charles Winkler shows little interest in the documentary side of photography. It’s photography’s abstract possibilities that catch...
Folk triumph
Published on May 2nd, 2002
0 comments By Mark Grabowski You are secretly a moron. Admit it. You live in constant fear that someday someone will discover that you aren’t as cool as you look, you aren’t as smart as you sound, and you aren...
Sharing strength
Published on May 2nd, 2002
0 comments If there’s one thing I am more than grateful for, it’s that hunger is something my children think about only when they haven’t taken a snack to soccer practice. We’re complacent about food, so I was...
Close encounters
Published on May 2nd, 2002
0 comments Whether you are an avid birder who loves to rise at the crack of dawn to crash around through sodden bracken or a backyard birder who appreciates the avian sights from your Adirondack chair, this...
Cartoon hits the stage
Published on May 2nd, 2002
0 comments Good grief! Could you ask for more?All of your favorite characters are in attendance: Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Lucy, and Linus, plus Sally, Schroeder, and the always-optimistic Peppermint Patty. Spend...
Speak out!
Published on May 2nd, 2002
0 comments By Mara Rockliff Giant puppets. Street theater. Guitar riffs. And the chance to exercise your right to free speech– between mouthfuls of vegetable pakora. What more could you find to do in...
Rave reviews
Published on May 2nd, 2002
0 comments By Elizabeth Kiem Nowadays, promotion based on the number of weeks a book spends on the bestseller list generates about as much excitement as a flick advertised as a “blockbuster.” Literary types...
Print stint
Published on May 2nd, 2002
0 comments Back in 1964, a group of mostly non-printmaking artists got together with a man named Ires-Sillman– a guy who produced most of Josef Albers’ prints– and made their own prints. The idea...
Reason to rock
Published on Apr 25th, 2002
0 comments By Mark Grabowski Let’s skip the catchy opening line for this preview, because although I am confident the Sexual Assault Resource Agency (SARA) Benefit Show on April 27 at Tokyo Rose will be...
Making tracks
Published on Apr 25th, 2002
0 comments Once when my kids were little, we decided to take a trip to visit grandparents in Florida. Instead of flying or driving, though, we took the train so the boys could experience this unique adventure...
A day at the races
Published on Apr 25th, 2002
0 comments Twice a year, in the spring and fall, all eyes in Albemarle County turn toward Foxfield. Whether you opt for staying at home and avoiding the mad rush to the races or you plan your picnic menu weeks...
Tense Cat
Published on Apr 25th, 2002
0 comments “I'm trying to catch the true quality of experience in a group of people, that cloudy, flickering, evanescent, fiercely charged interplay of live human beings in the thundercloud of a common crisis...
Staying alive
Published on Apr 25th, 2002
0 comments The Doors put it best in their song “Riders on the Storm”: “There's a killer on the road... If you give this man a ride, sweet memory will die.” A killer is on the road and loose in the African...
Very special artists
Published on Apr 25th, 2002
0 comments The therapeutic value of art is well-known. Such artists as Williamstown, Massachusetts resident Jessy Park, a painter who is austic; photorealist painter Chuck Close, paralyzed by a blood clot in...
Places to go
Published on Apr 25th, 2002
0 comments Elizabeth Schoyer calls her latest exhibit “Dictionary of Imaginary Places,” though “dictionary” doesn’t quite describe what Schoyer’s up to here. The artist seems to draw some inspiration from 19th...