Cultural preview

Meet Millie: Wolf Trap features classic
Published on Aug 28th, 2003
0 comments Some decades have all the luck.If the 20th century were a high school class, the 1920s would be the knockout blonde who got all A’s and was nice to everybody. And taught the captain of the football...
Ker-plunk: Pull the knob, get a treasure
Published on Aug 28th, 2003
0 comments In June of 1997, Clark Whittington was planning a conceptual art exhibit when he acted on an odd suggestion from a friend. This friend, who would swoon at the sound of crinkling cellophane, thought...
Hot sax: Originals mix it up
Published on Aug 14th, 2003
0 comments Joshua Mayo and Dain Northat O'Neil'sSaturday, August 2 Going outside my comfort zone has never been something I've been that good at. Whether it be friends, girlfriends, or parental units, many...
Art in this place: Embarrassment of riches
Published on Aug 7th, 2003
0 comments Of course, it's been some time since the city and a private group teamed up for "Art-in-Place," the program that effectively turned the city into a giant outdoor gallery....
Charlottesville: And the learning is easy
Published on Aug 7th, 2003
0 comments At first glance, Charlottesville seems like a town that's almost annoyingly pleased with itself. Lest we forget for a moment that it was home to three presidents, Thomas...
Bookworming: Charlottesville loves its words
Published on Aug 7th, 2003
0 comments It's no secret that Charlottesville is a reader's paradise. Whether your mission is to surround yourself with tatty used paperbacks, rare first editions, thoughtful book groupies...
Get me outta here! Where to go and what to do with kids<BR>
Published on Aug 7th, 2003
0 comments My family seems to think that I am the head of their Entertainment Committee. Any time my kids are stuck without a suitable social agenda, they slouch into my office, slump...
Acting out: Local troupes electrify the boards
Published on Aug 7th, 2003
0 comments If Paris is the cultural capital of Europe, and Chicago is the Paris of the Midwest, then Charlottesville is the Chicago of Central Virginia. Confusing, perhaps, but true...
Just hangin': Fun with Yu-Gi-Oh!
Published on Jul 24th, 2003
0 comments I love an adventure, so the other day I wandered into a place I’d never been before to discover a phenomenon I never knew existed. At The End Game Center, I found a few dozen kids— I’m guessing they...
Through the mist: (Smog) set to waft into the Rose
Published on Jul 24th, 2003
0 comments Supper, the latest CD from the parentheses-prone indie-rock group (Smog), does not offer immediate gratification. Unless you know what to expect from the group before pressing “play,” the first thing...
Who's counting? The baby-boomers are coming
Published on Jul 24th, 2003
0 comments A $455-billion deficit, staggering as it sounds, is “not really a problem,” says Alan Murray, a long-time economics journalist and Washington whistle-blower.The real problem, says Murray, is the fact...
Fair games: Montpelier hosts rollicking good time
Published on Jul 24th, 2003
0 comments Thomas Jefferson called him “The Best Farmer in America,” so it seems only fitting that the Orange County Fair should be held at James Madison’s estate at Montpelier. It’s not a bad spot. With the...
Star-struck: No lost Labour at the Vineyard
Published on Jul 24th, 2003
0 comments Fourteen. That’s the number of summers the Four County Players have been bringing a dose of the Bard of Avon to local audiences. This year’s production, Love’s Labour’s Lost, is directed by Betsy...
Local focus: Landmarks featured in Peri's paintings
Published on Jul 24th, 2003
0 comments Christian Peri will be exhibiting at Feast! in the Main Street Market next month, but in the meantime you can catch his paintings as you brunch at Higher Grounds on the Downtown Mall. Alas, this...
Tasty pickins: Get your own right off the bush
Published on Jul 17th, 2003
0 comments “I’m up to my eyeballs in berries,” my friend told me the other day when I called.    I know the feeling. Every time my kids and I go out to a pick-your-own field, we just can’t stop....
Summing it up: Station Break 2 surveys local scene
Published on Jul 17th, 2003
0 comments Music is not the easiest thing in the world to describe. Often critics resort to comparisons to larger acts when they’re talking about bands, but this is a useful tactic only if the reader knows what...
Friendly skies: Making calls to the cosmos
Published on Jul 17th, 2003
0 comments Lisette Larkins has been communicating with extraterrestrials since 1987. The good news, she says, is that they’re not out to dominate or destroy us. On the contrary, they are available for...
Feel the beat: African-American festival celebrates
Published on Jul 17th, 2003
0 comments Into the dead heat of summer comes the energizing, joyful spirit of Charlottesville’s 14th African-American Cultural Arts Festival. The week-long festival will energize locations around town with a...
Playwrights unite: Live Arts Summer Fest
Published on Jul 17th, 2003
0 comments This summer, in their line up of no-frills, no-ego, just-the-play-please summer theater, Live Arts is including the works of four local women playwrights: Lila Fenton, Kathryn Stolzenbach, Leeyanne...
j. cr & p. brn
Published on Jul 17th, 2003
0 comments For his previous exhibit, “j. cr & p. brn,” artist Jonathan Stuhlman did what few artists are willing or able to do (or at least admit to publicly). He took the imagery in clothing catalogs...
Tots on top: Special events lure little ones
Published on Jul 10th, 2003
0 comments It is a rainy Wednesday afternoon when three-year-old Katie, accompanied by her mom and baby brother, ducks into the Virginia Discovery Museum to play. Katie likes the dress-up area best: She clomps...
The Silent Type: Everything but passion
Published on Jul 10th, 2003
0 comments The Richmond-based band The Silent Type contains among its ranks a former member of defunct local heroes Excitebike, singer/guitarist Nathan Altrice. Excitebike was, until its untimely breakup in...
Light-speed reading: No pottering about with Harry
Published on Jul 10th, 2003
0 comments Imagine if the company running the fictional “Hogwarts Express” were to inaugurate a frequent-flier style promotion, whereby every trip along the route of Harry, Ron, and Hermione was credited and...
Martha's malt? New brews at Monticello
Published on Jul 10th, 2003
0 comments Monticello microbrew? It’s no news that Thomas Jefferson was quite the wine connoisseur, but did you know that beer was actually the dinner beverage of choice at Monticello? Thanks to a newly...
Culture central: Ash Lawn operas spice up summer
Published on Jul 10th, 2003
0 comments Ash Lawn-Highland, the estate of James Monroe, has a long history of encouraging cultural development. In 1793, Thomas Jefferson coaxed Monroe to purchase the land adjoining Monticello to form "a...
Art, films? Store pictures aren't moving
Published on Jul 10th, 2003
0 comments Sanjay Vora must have been a solid employee as well as a talented artist. Vora’s former employer, Charlottesville’s art video rental joint, Sneak Reviews– an establishment seriously lacking in...
Wave that flag! Celebrations sparkle all over
Published on Jul 3rd, 2003
0 comments “This is going to be the biggest and best Fourth of July ever,” declares Tim Carr of the Scottsville Volunteer Fire Department. Carr is helping to organize his town’s Independence Day celebration...
New band? Marzaks 2.0 sounds familiar
Published on Jul 3rd, 2003
0 comments For a band that’s been together for less than three years, the Marzaks have had line-up changes similar to the member-swapping fiasco that was (and according to their webpage, is) Jefferson Airplane/...
A to Z: 26 ways he can do you wrong
Published on Jul 3rd, 2003
0 comments I can’t help wondering if The Dictionary of Failed Relationships fell into my in-box as some sort of reparation for my failure to get on the Sex and the City bandwagon. This, sisters, is the Diva of...
Armchair hikers: Cross the Pyrenees and don't leave home
Published on Jul 3rd, 2003
0 comments If you love hiking but just can’t take the summer heat, or if you’re just in the mood to sit back and be inspired by someone else’s encounters with the wilderness, then Leonard Adkins is your man...