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FunStuff: Charlottesville events December 20 and beyond
Published on Dec 16th, 2012
0 comments One singular sensationMaybe Cats had a longer run on Broadway, but in our book, A Chorus Line remains the most beloved, but less-cringe-inducing classic musical. The tale of 17 desperate dancers...
FunStuff: Charlottesville events December 13 and beyond
Published on Dec 10th, 2012
4 comments On a rollIt may be quieter than usual at John Paul Jones Arena when the UVA Mens Basketball team takes on Morgan State on Wednesday night. The semester will have ended just a day earlier, so many...
FunStuff: Charlottesville events December 6 and beyond
Published on Dec 2nd, 2012
1 comments Holiday soulMaybe you don't want to tell anyone that you were first in line at Walmart on Black Friday. And maybe you did gently push someone as you lunged for the last $199 flat-screen TV. It's over...
FunStuff: Charlottesville events November 29 and beyond
Published on Nov 27th, 2012
1 comments Parachute drops inHometown boys band Parachute return to town for two shows at the Jefferson Theater. Since falling under the wing of local band manager and music mogul Coran Capshaw, Parachute,...
FunStuff: Charlottesville events November 22 and beyond
Published on Nov 19th, 2012
3 comments Run like a turkeyBe one of those hot dogs who smugly burn giga-calories before the Thursday Thanksgiving gluttony begins. Registration for the  31st annual run at Boar's Head is already closed...
FunStuff: Charlottesville events November 15 and beyond
Published on Nov 11th, 2012
3 comments Darwin's awardThe jangly guitars are tempting us to suggest that this band has a sort of Laurel Canyon sound. However, with a leader who resembles the young Cheech Marin and his singing style...
FunStuff: Charlottesville events November 8 and beyond
Published on Nov 4th, 2012
1 comments Powerful readsBack in 1994, David Huddle published The Writing Habit, a collection of essays on how to stay focused on the craft, avoid writer's block, and let creative juices flow. He walks the...
FunStuff: Charlottesville events October 18 and beyond
Published on Oct 15th, 2012
7 comments Nizer in 4DWhat's that old saying about a prophet not finding honor in his hometown? Well, the Downtown Mall's biggest theater is giving props to Albemarle's own world-famous one-man juggling and...
The Hook needs colorful, friendly tweaks
Published on Oct 11th, 2012
0 comments Most of your covers and featured articles seem to be about some tragedy or controversy. I'm sure that sells, but there is a lot more going on than those stories. Something positive or helpful more...
FunStuff: Charlottesville events October 11 and beyond
Published on Oct 7th, 2012
0 comments UVA HomecomingsHomecomings at UVA is an event-packed weekend every fall surrounding a home football game. Should be a good one this year, as Virginia and Maryland are ranked pretty closely in the ACC...
FunStuff: Charlottesville events October 4 and beyond
Published on Oct 1st, 2012
0 comments Non-conformistEugene Ionesco's 1959 play, Rhinoceros, is one of the better known titles from the so-called "Theatre of the Absurd" drama movement, and certainly, the story, set in a provincial...
FunStuff: Charlottesville events September 27 and beyond
Published on Sep 23rd, 2012
5 comments Map the dark or calligraphy?We're never quite sure where Rosamond Casey's art is going to take us– whether it's a Rorschach game like Catch the Baby, or the creation of imaginary characters...
FunStuff: Charlottesville events September 20 and beyond
Published on Sep 17th, 2012
2 comments The dancing symphonyWhat if there were a symphony orchestra that offered season tickets for as little as $18 and offered thoughtful pre-concert talks by a noted scholar? Well, there is, and it's...
FunStuff: Charlottesville events September 13 and beyond
Published on Sep 9th, 2012
2 comments Big screen NFLWill the Washington Redskins dismal 2011 defense be improved? And how will they do with rookie QB RG3 (Robert Griffin III, shown here at training camp) at the helm? A lot of that was...
FunStuff: Charlottesville events September 6 and beyond
Published on Sep 2nd, 2012
5 comments Bead-y eyedFor those of us who are easy to please, the fun of this event starts long before you get there, when you say the name of the venue aloud, mimicking the famed cartoon dog Scooby Doo. Try it...
FunStuff: Charlottesville events August 30 and beyond
Published on Aug 26th, 2012
1 comments Self-pity partyOkay, it's Labor Day weekend, the summer's over, and you're stuck in town for the long weekend. After about 10 seconds of wallowing, get yourself on over to one of those events that...
FunStuff: Charlottesville events August 23 and beyond
Published on Aug 20th, 2012
0 comments Not just Hacking aroundThe original Americana band is back, they're more handsome than ever, and– if that weren't exciting enough– founder David Sickmen has returned to the fold. Fresh...
FunStuff: Charlottesville events August 16 and beyond
Published on Aug 11th, 2012
0 comments All aboard!Okay, now this is a real fun thing to plan for. It's not until October, but according to organizers these tickets can go fast, especially since the Tom Mix Rangers, Cowboys, and Outlaws,...
FunStuff: Charlottesville events August 9 and beyond
Published on Aug 6th, 2012
0 comments Wet and wildWhat kid doesn't beg to go to Massanutten Water Park? With its massive slides, surfing pool, outdoor wave pool, climbing structures, and adjoining arcade, It's like Onesty Pool on...
FunStuff: Charlottesville events July 26 and beyond
Published on Jul 23rd, 2012
4 comments Don't raze my mountainThe secret to tales of environmental heroism is to make nonfiction read like a novel, much as Truman Capote did with In Cold Blood. And that, apparently, is what non-practicing...
FunStuff: Charlottesville events July 19 and beyond
Published on Jul 15th, 2012
7 comments Some really Bent musicalsWanna support the struggling economy of Louisa County while laughing and eating? The Charlottesville-based improv troupe known as The Bent Theatre will perform their special...
FunStuff: Charlottesville events July 12 and beyond
Published on Jul 8th, 2012
5 comments Cool downunderGetting wet isn't the only way to cool off this summer. Why not go underground? The Shenandoah Caverns, about 90 minutes north up I-81, descends 150 feet down into caves where...
FunStuff: Charlottesville events July 5 and beyond
Published on Jul 1st, 2012
0 comments Gypsy jazzWith temperatures soaring into the triple digits recently, it seems Staunton's got the right idea for its free weekly Jazz in the Park series. Concerts take place on Thursday nights in...
FunStuff: Charlottesville events June 28 and beyond
Published on Jun 25th, 2012
3 comments Bee gone Even more frightening than the invasion of the killer bees is the still-unexplained disappearance around the globe of the honeybee, whose presence is critical if you like eating fruits and...
FunStuff: Charlottesville events June 20 and beyond
Published on Jun 18th, 2012
0 comments Adams and Jefferson singWhat could be more lively than hearing Founding Fathers Thomas Jefferson and John Adams (not to mention Ben Franklin) singing about their big break from England? You'll get...
FunStuff: Charlottesville events June 14 and beyond
Published on Jun 10th, 2012
0 comments SuperCLAWThis ain't your mama's PTO fundraiser. Sweaty, loud-mouthed, garishly dressed women with names like The Homewrecker, Pain-Fonda, Cop-ophelia, and Ze Dirty Butcher (pictured) arm wrestling...
FunStuff: Charlottesville events June 7 and beyond
Published on Jun 3rd, 2012
1 comments Flick 'n floatYou can watch movies on your couch or in the theater any old time, but when's the last time you kicked back poolside– or actually in the pool– to soak up some cinema? This...
FunStuff: Charlottesville events May 31 and beyond
Published on May 27th, 2012
2 comments Final First Friday at the GalleryThe accounting firm of Hampton and Everett has doubled as a gallery and opened its sweet office space at 107 5th Street SE for the past seven years, showing artists...
FunStuff: Charlottesville events May 24 and beyond
Published on May 20th, 2012
3 comments Millions of steps When you think of Irish dance, what comes to mind? The fast-tapping feet of Riverdance of course. And now, in its 17th year of touring in mammoth venues (like our biggie on Massie...
FunStuff: Charlottesville events May 17 and beyond
Published on May 12th, 2012
2 comments Batesville Day Now that Batesville got its country store back, or "café-market" as the owners of the recently opened Plank Road Exchange are calling it, there will again be some tasty food at this...