Cultural preview

Experiments: Science and humor under the lights
Published on May 29th, 2003
0 comments Paul Zindel’s Pulitzer Prize-winning drama, The Effect of Gamma Rays on the Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds, depicts one of the most tragic mother figures in contemporary theater history. Beatrice...
Posing: Smith can't forget the shoot
Published on May 29th, 2003
0 comments The University of Virginia Art Museum’s fresh new exhibit of work by photographer Rodney Smith is a retrospective, and there are surely some early photos on display: a still life with a bowl of fruit...
Eclipse! Moon around Thursday night
Published on May 15th, 2003
0 comments One weekend when I was a teenager, a group of friends and I lit out of town for the family cottage in the country. The sun had long set by the time we rolled up the dirt road that ended at the...
Still got "it": Crenshaw's 20-year itch
Published on May 15th, 2003
0 comments If you are like me, you have had more late night conversations revolving around the statement “Generally speaking, meaningful pop musicians just lose it after a few years of productivity,” than you’...
Ride it out: Stick with White Buffalo
Published on May 15th, 2003
0 comments The trick to reading Peter Skinner’s debut novel, White Buffalo, is not to put it down. This is a book with a powerful pulse and a disdain for traditional storytelling. Once you enter its flow, it is...
Monroe's merlot? Ash-Lawn hosts wine festival
Published on May 15th, 2003
0 comments Raise your glasses. It’s time to toast President James Monroe, winemaker. Does that sound funny? That’s because, despite his efforts, Monroe was much more skilled at governing a new nation than he...
Fun for funds: Live Arts hosts musical fete
Published on May 15th, 2003
0 comments If you’ve ever been to a musical play in Charlottesville, you have probably seen local star Doug Schneider. He has performed on every stage in town. From appearing in Four County Players’ community-...
Fading: Orr's work mirrors Eurydice's fate
Published on May 15th, 2003
0 comments Clearly, the Orrs have cornered the market on the Orpheus and Eurydice myth. Poet Gregory Orr has retold the entire story in short poems that he subsequently published as Orpheus and Eurydice. And...
Music for Moms: Annual Tandem event rocks
Published on May 8th, 2003
0 comments I just got back from the spring jazz concert at my kids’ school, and I’m still buzzing. Music at Tandem Friends School could be the hottest scene around. These talented young musicians don’t just...
The ruckus returns: Mary Prankster's all over the map
Published on May 8th, 2003
0 comments When I ask you to “Please ignore the gentlemen to the right and left of Ms. Prankster in the above picture,” it’s not because of any Wizard of Oz-type shenanigans-– singer/songwriter Mary Prankster...
Delusional? We're all in on the silence
Published on May 8th, 2003
0 comments Derrick Jensen is calling you a liar. He’s calling me one too. It’s because we collude in the silencing of A Language Older than Words, otherwise know as erosion, cause and effect, or even the Truth...
Seniors celebrate: Local Center welcomes Warner
Published on May 8th, 2003
0 comments Charlottesville’s Senior Center is one happening place, especially these days, because the non-profit organization, whose mission is to enrich and empower healthy seniors in the community, just...
Fun with Foley: One-man show delights
Published on May 8th, 2003
0 comments Andrew Bennett, renowned actor at the Abbey Theater in Dublin, Ireland, and narrator of the acclaimed film Angela’s Ashes, brings his one-man show, Foley, to Charlottesville for a two-night run as...
Everyday objects: Fitts elevates the mundane
Published on May 8th, 2003
0 comments Once or twice a year, it seems, Michael Fitts finds an opportunity to show his work, and that’s a good thing. The painter knows his way around sheet metal, does minimalism like a bug collector, and...
Being green: It's easy at UVA Museum
Published on May 1st, 2003
0 comments It’s spring. Luminous shades of green are everywhere. This Sunday they are especially prominent at the University of Virginia Art Museum where the Young Friends of the Museum are sponsoring the...
LSDelighted! 63 Crayons spread their love
Published on May 1st, 2003
0 comments Sure, sure, we all know it’s what’s inside that counts. But first impressions usually determine if one person ever gets close enough to another to see any insides at all, making first impressions...
More imagining: This unity has double meaning
Published on May 1st, 2003
0 comments UVA professor Farzaneh Milani welcomes each new group of undergrads to her course on women’s studies with the same exercise – she tells them to take out a sheet of paper and free associate. “...
Wear green: Ireland conference has it all
Published on May 1st, 2003
0 comments The Irish Empire is coming to Charlottesville. Or at least that’s the way Andrew Wyndham, Project Director of the upcoming Re-Imagining Ireland conference and festival, looks at it-– jokingly, of...
Don't look back: Greek myth, Italian style
Published on May 1st, 2003
0 comments Christoph Willibald Gluck was a typical overachiever, you might say. He wrote Orpheus and Eurydice, one of the best-known operas of the 18th century, twice in Italian in 1762 and then again in...
Fitting in: Cornell's boxes invite interaction
Published on May 1st, 2003
0 comments Here’s a word of misadvice for the young artist: Actually try to create a body of work that– without show or bluster– quietly runs counter to the prevailing school.  But be aware...
Facing the future: Hospice helps kids cope with loss
Published on Apr 24th, 2003
0 comments Childhood should be a magical time, a time when a child’s growing awareness of the world is met with a state of awe and wonder that adults sometimes envy. When a young person is confronted with the...
Rock is dead: Long live hip-hop
Published on Apr 24th, 2003
0 comments About a week ago, I couldn’t sleep, so I began a long Socrates-style dialog with my better half (of my mind; I call him Pepe) about whether hip-hop is the future of music. For one evening, at least,...
Mean minxes: Girls' aggression isn't a joke
Published on Apr 24th, 2003
0 comments One teenage girl to another: “No offense, but you’re dressed really slutty today.”  We call it catty, we call it mean. We characterize it as friendly sniping and expect the offending teen to...
Favorite sons: Native plants personalize gardens
Published on Apr 24th, 2003
0 comments If your knowledge of local flora begins and ends with the dogwood, then the Virginia Native Plant Society has something to teach you. Actually, the local Jefferson Chapter of the VNPS will be doing...
Gimme two: Shepard duo wraps up season
Published on Apr 24th, 2003
0 comments Regarded as one of the country’s foremost playwrights, Sam Shepard integrates wild humor, grotesque satire, mythology, and spare language to create a subversive pop art vision of America. Shepard has...
Intertidal: Dye's art of the hot zone
Published on Apr 24th, 2003
0 comments Photographer Victoria Dye had occasion to spend a couple weeks at Washington’s Olympic National Park and had the presence of mind to bring along a camera. Olympic National is a beautiful place, or so...
Dear Mom: More chances to save the earth
Published on Apr 17th, 2003
0 comments Anybody remember Earth Day? Demonstrations against the war in Vietnam occupied the news on April 22, 1970, when Senator Gaylord Nelson’s national environmental protest took place. He wanted "to shake...
Metal for pedals: Bands jam for bike odyssey
Published on Apr 17th, 2003
0 comments If I were to be told that a person was planning to ride her bicycle from Maine to Florida in 30 days or less, my mind would instantly suggest a number of reasons, of varying probability. Lost love...
Omnia Gaelia... Two nations, finally together
Published on Apr 17th, 2003
0 comments The Protestant Reformation played hob with Europe, sundering ancient ties across the continent. The medieval culture of the Gaels was one victim: Scotland embraced Protestantism while Ireland...
Tiptoe through: Local gardens-- glimpses of glory
Published on Apr 17th, 2003
0 comments Pooped-out from planting perennials? Not sure how to add shape and variety to your backyard, or enhance the curb appeal out by the mailbox? Tired of the same old shrubs, year after year after year?...