Cultural preview

Trouble in Paradise
Published on Apr 18th, 2002
0 comments You've heard this story before: Sam and Dinah have a troubled relationship. He's too involved in his work and doesn't spend enough time at home. She's frustrated by the fact that they’re leading...
Vino in Virginia
Published on Apr 18th, 2002
0 comments Wine is an ancient and hallowed drink. Ancient texts, including the Bible, mention wine, and the gods of Olympus were known to quaff a few drafts of nectar. They even had a wine deity, Bacchus. Wine...
Breaching the gap
Published on Apr 18th, 2002
0 comments South Asia is hot these days— Bombay, 77 degrees, Lahore,  84— and it’s a hot topic in Charlottesville, too. It seems as though all over the University of Virginia events related to South Asia...
Two views of women
Published on Apr 18th, 2002
0 comments Longtime McGuffey artist Judy McLeod brings two series of work to the main display space this month— “Wanted Women (Fugitives from the Law)” and “The Mothers and the Sisters (Womenkind).” As the...
Rock returns
Published on Apr 18th, 2002
0 comments By Mark Grabowski Do you want to rock? I’m not talking ‘bout no death-metal-growling nu-metal rapping poser rock here, but the real stuff. This ain’t pop music; in fact, it’s about as catchy as a...
Media blackout
Published on Apr 18th, 2002
0 comments What? No TV for a week? Sounds like a sentence doled out to a kid who failed the midterm exam, came home an hour after curfew, and beat up his little brother all on the same day.    ...
Professional rockers
Published on Apr 11th, 2002
0 comments By Mark Grabowski I am living mere houses away from rock stars! That's right, real rock stars, the kind who look tough (kind of like the early Replacements), live hard, and are likely to die young....
In the middle of Mayberry
Published on Apr 11th, 2002
0 comments I have a friend from Northern Virginia who teases me about living in the sleepy television town of “Mayberry” where friends and neighbors love to pull up a chair on Sheriff Andy Taylor’s porch an’...
This old tree
Published on Apr 11th, 2002
0 comments Former president Ronald Reagan’s uttered one of his more laughable statements on the campaign trail in 1980. Obviously not much of a nature man despite all those pix of him on horseback at his ranch...
Divine orders?
Published on Apr 11th, 2002
0 comments Lea Ann Douglas has spent more than a year writing and researching her new play, The Neophyte, which opens next weekend at the Helms Theater. An M.F.A. student in UVA’s Drama Department, Douglas...
Better all the time
Published on Apr 11th, 2002
0 comments Face the facts: men are still working their way out of the cave emotionally. From Adam in the Garden of Eden to Ralph Kramden on The Honeymooners to Al Bundy of Married With Children, examples abound...
Cold comfort
Published on Apr 11th, 2002
0 comments In a free-speech nation (as we want to believe ours is), there are many ways for radical thinkers to make a point. Letters to the editor, calls to dial-in radio or TV shows. Shout it out from a...
Lean in close
Published on Apr 11th, 2002
0 comments In lieu of the typically prolix, and not-always-helpful statements of intent which artists like to hang alongside their work, Adam O’Neal substitutes a dictionary definition. The word he defines,...
Who needs vocals?
Published on Apr 4th, 2002
0 comments In what’s my last column before I disentangle myself from Charlottesville’s loving embrace and head west, I’d like to urge you to do something I’ve urged you to do a couple of times in the past. You...
Payback
Published on Apr 4th, 2002
0 comments What do you do when you’ve got a group of irrepressible kids who will do anything to get what they want? It’s hard to argue when what these young people want is to inspire others with the magic of...
Reel adventure
Published on Apr 4th, 2002
0 comments Spring has sprung! Among the many warm-weather harbingers, daffodils are blooming, birds are chirping, and fish are biting. Spring can be an exciting time filled with many outdoor adventures, but our...
Kiss Me on Grounds
Published on Apr 4th, 2002
0 comments When it premiered on Broadway, Kiss Me, Kate, written in 1948, won four Tony Awards, including best musical,  and the recent revival won five Tony Awards, including best musical revival. "I saw...
Inside scoops
Published on Apr 4th, 2002
0 comments Without doubt, Thomas Jefferson is our most famous local architect. But Jefferson is not the only architect who contributed something grand to the Old Dominion’s building sense, and Central Virginia...
Sophisticated?
Published on Apr 4th, 2002
0 comments Lee Camp is a comic work in progress: telling jokes since 14, stand-up comedian since 18, Cavalier Daily’s humor columnist for four years. Now Camp has a book— Neither Sophisticated Nor Intelligent:...
Going native at UVA
Published on Apr 4th, 2002
0 comments After several weeks of pop art sci-fi (the Westerman prints) and decidedly literary byproduct (prints by Blake, paintings by Dos Pasos), the University of Virginia Museum of Art goes out west for an...
A backward glance
Published on Mar 28th, 2002
0 comments In what’s dubbed in typically efficient fashion on its website, tomorrow night is “Looking back 1998 Tokyo Rose” at the Ivy Road sushi bar/club. The players:Draw the Kitten counts Don Harrison and D....
Into the wild
Published on Mar 28th, 2002
0 comments One summer a few years back, my family and I went to summer camp together. It was a wilderness survival program in the Woodstock Berkshires where seasoned woodsmen taught us city folks how to start a...
Speeding up
Published on Mar 28th, 2002
0 comments The Olympics have come and gone with their corruptions and upsets as well as some shining examples of triumph over adversity. Either way you see the Olympics, the events (whether administrative or...
Who knew?
Published on Mar 28th, 2002
0 comments Well, it was sure news to me. "The students and instructors of the Blue Ridge Irish Music School (BRIMS) have been actively bringing traditional Irish music and dance in its most vital and exciting...
Writing in wartime
Published on Mar 28th, 2002
0 comments In war, soldiers— pilots, officers, infantrymen— follow detailed orders to accomplish their missions; they carry out carefully crafted battle plans with the ultimate objective of seeing their country...
Shadowy meanings
Published on Mar 28th, 2002
0 comments When Charles Wright titles his new book of poems A Short History of the Shadow, he knows full well the many ways we might read that word.Shadow: a silhouette, the absence of light, cast when the...
Split screen
Published on Mar 28th, 2002
0 comments Baltimore-based artist Joyce Scott has worked in all kinds of media, from performance art and installation to sculpture. Some of Scott’s signature beaded sculpture is included in a new exhibit at the...
Choo Choo
Published on Mar 21st, 2002
0 comments If there’s something to be said for the unspectacular but solid, the slow and steady, there’s something to be said for Old School Freight Train. Another in a long line of un-bluegrass bands in which...
Infectious goings-on
Published on Mar 21st, 2002
0 comments This weekend provides the perfect opportunity for parents to infect their offspring with the reading bug at the Virginia Festival of the Book. Aside from the youth and family programs happening...
Peaks of interest
Published on Mar 21st, 2002
0 comments Charlottesville might well be known as the town of a thousand festivals. Whether it’s books, brews, or movies, it seems like every month there’s some sort of extravaganza back for an encore. Our town...