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Chenoweth's 'Doubt': The summer you're glad you didn't have
Published on Aug 29th, 2013
2 comments Several drafts of Avery Chenoweth's new book, Radical Doubt, had been sitting on a shelf when a dire event at the gym made it imperative for him to get it published. "About a year and a half ago, I...
Full steam ahead: New train guide hits all the stops
Published on Aug 15th, 2013
2 comments Can't get enough trains? With the foldable illustrated map, Rail USA: Museums and Trips, Eastern States, rail buffs have a guide of everything train from museums, steam train rides and historic sites...
New life: Carmike Cinema finds market niche
Published on Aug 15th, 2013
20 comments Sometimes the Hook blows it, and when that happens, we try to do everything we can to correct that mistake. So, after accidentally publishing an outdated review of the Carmike theater in our Annual...
Scary and cute: Local children's book author sinks teeth into success
Published on Aug 8th, 2013
8 comments Clad in pink pajamas and perched on the edge of her seat, children’s book author Anne Marie Pace looked every bit as eager to read her new book aloud as the children seated before her were to hear it...
Medicinal use: Pot educator wages war on war on drugs
Published on Jul 25th, 2013
102 comments Mary Lynn Mathre is a former nurse who wants patients to have access to a controversial medicine: pot. From an early age, the Minnesota native was interested in practicing medicine. She enrolled in...
Father's Day cheer: Local boy makes cocktail kits
Published on Jun 6th, 2013
2 comments UVA grad and Charlottesville native Eric Prum, creator of a Mason jar cocktail shaker, has what could be the perfect gift for Father's Day: a high-end cocktail kit that looks like something out of...
Hurd, leader: Outgoing student BOV'er heads overseas
Published on May 16th, 2013
6 comments Hillary Hurd had been the student BOV representative for just a few weeks when the events that became known as UVA June thrust the school, its president and the Board of Visitors into the glare of...
Blaze's glory: UVA's new student BOV rep does it all
Published on May 16th, 2013
0 comments With a name like Blake Blaze, people are probably going to remember you no matter what you do, but UVA's new student Board of Visitors representative is making sure he's known for more than his...
Social capitalist: Fairchild's unlikely B-school path
Published on Apr 11th, 2013
0 comments Greg Fairchild has to cancel a phone interview. He's in Macedonia and has been invited to the president's house to listen to jazz after they discovered a mutual interest in Chet Baker earlier that...
Focused on a cure: Kassell's ultrasound vision
Published on Mar 28th, 2013
0 comments Every once in a while, a technology comes along that revolutionizes medicine. Sometimes, it just takes a while to recognize its impact. In 1970, for instance, Neal Kassell saw a CT scan for the first...
Peace plan: Scott Atran talks to terrorists
Published on Mar 21st, 2013
0 comments Scott Atran runs with a rough, international crowd– jihadis, mujahideen, and lashkars– otherwise known as Islamic fundamentalists, otherwise known as terrorists, who have invited Atran...
Orr's Beloved: Death defines a life
Published on Mar 14th, 2013
1 comments Gregory Orr knows about loss. In a hunting accident when he was 12, he shot and killed his brother. Two years later, his mother died, overnight.He started writing poetry at age 17, as a way out of...
Lifemobile: 'Master of disaster' Rintels gets personal
Published on Mar 14th, 2013
0 comments “Asperger’s syndrome” was the diagnosis given to Charlottesville-based writer Jonathan Rintels’ son, J.B.  “Unsafe at any speed” is what Ralph Nader called the Chevrolet Corvair in 1965. But...
Jane's predilection: Falling in love with a prophet
Published on Mar 14th, 2013
3 comments How did a nice girl from a good, WASP-y family in D.C. grow into a woman who fell in love with the founding prophet of Mormonism? Jane Barnes details that story in her 2012 book, Falling in Love with...
Bad karma: Christopher Tilghman's Right-Hand Shore
Published on Mar 14th, 2013
0 comments Christopher Tilghman isn't complaining. When his first book in eight years, The Right-Hand Shore, rolled out last year, he got glowing reviews in national publications like the New York Times. His...
Tastes like chicken: Landers takes bite out of invasive species
Published on Mar 14th, 2013
4 comments Of course Jackson Landers recently ate python at the big hunt in the Everglades, and naturally, the machete slaying involved a biker named Lucky. "Outdoor Life wanted photographs of a python...
People Project: Sprouse clicks with Cville's everyman
Published on Dec 21st, 2012
2 comments “I believe that we come to know a city through the people who live there, so my goal is to depict the city of Charlottesville through its inhabitants,” writes Keith Alan Sprouse, of his new...
Wheeler's deal: Top musician turns to choir and college
Published on Dec 3rd, 2012
5 comments “The king of gospel keyboards” and “the Lucky 7 philosopher”– these are just two of the titles that have been bestowed upon composer, keyboardist, and all-around musician extraordinaire Art...
Sisson's vision: Radio saves the video stars
Published on Nov 2nd, 2012
2 comments When making independent films is your passion, but making them profitable gets harder and harder, what do you do? If you're Albemarle resident Barry Sisson, producer of several pictures including...
Citizen Lane: Unstoppable agitator pens lively memoir
Published on Oct 15th, 2012
5 comments His backyard in Charlottesville's Bellair neighborhood is far removed from the jungle of Guyana, and the grandfatherly man relaxing in a patio chair doesn't seem the type to tangle with murderous...
Revolutionary: How to film upheaval-- and pick up girls
Published on Oct 3rd, 2012
2 comments The filmmaker was living in Argentina in the 1970s, a tumultuous and dangerous place that saw the return of General Juan Perón in 1973, the reign of his widow Isabel Perón, her ouster in a military...
Backyard analogy: Prum celebrates 250... live and out loud
Published on Oct 1st, 2012
0 comments The author Deborah Prum has won awards– like the Hook's 2003 fiction contest. The musician Debby Prum is ready to have a hoedown. But Prum will bring other talents to bear on how...
Hidden otherness: Dimock draws and advocates in plain sight
Published on Sep 24th, 2012
1 comments Kaki Dimock gives new meaning to the term “working artist.” By day, she is the Executive Director of The Haven, the day shelter on Market Street. By night, in her home in Schuyler, Dimock creates...
Dramatic tension: Kielbasa counts down to opening night
Published on Sep 16th, 2012
0 comments Jody Kielbasa is tired. When we spoke with him, the Virginia Film Festival director had been in Richmond the previous night, trying to celebrate his wife's birthday while dealing with emails during...
Retro arts: Arthur fuses tune and tome in 'Heart'
Published on Sep 10th, 2012
1 comments Leave it to a guy who spent his youth in Charlottesville to find a way to bring new life to two art forms most critics have written off as unpopular or dying: the concept album and the American...
Accidental dream: Would-be filmmaker turns to cakes
Published on Aug 27th, 2012
0 comments Less than a year a year ago, Amanda Smith didn't have business cards and wasn't even sure what direction she wanted to take her company. But who knows, maybe an unexpected dream fueled by a childhood...
Girl of summer: Caroline Lund a slugger to watch
Published on Jul 31st, 2012
10 comments When his daughter was a little girl, Eric Lund says she'd sit and watch Yankees games with him on TV, asking questions about all the game's nuances. Later, when most girls adorned their walls with...
Separate and together: Unconventional marriage inspires book
Published on Jul 17th, 2012
2 comments Couples with a marriage on the rocks might benefit from this counterintuitive piece of advice for staying together: split up. One local woman's story is lending some serious credence to thinking...
Walk-in doc: FirstMed hits 51,000th patient mark
Published on Jun 5th, 2012
11 comments Thirteen years ago, William G. "Gaines" Talbott and his family took a big risk, selling their home to purchase UVA's urgent care unit on Pantops without a single patient lined up. It was a risk that...
Reefer activism: 2.6-ounce possessor fights back in Drug War
Published on May 28th, 2012
128 comments Here's what Jordan McNeish learned after nearly half a year in jail: "There are two classes of people: people who have done something they think they should be in jail for, and people who think the...