December 11th, 2003 issue #0249

December 11th, 2003
  • Alien art: 'Just satire' on Park Street

    By now you'd be hard-pressed to find a person who hasn't noticed at least one of the ArtInPlace sculptures. But how about the "Art Out Of Place" sculpture? The nine-foot-tall plywood sculpture, also known as the "Meadowcreek Parkway Alien," has greeted southbound travelers on Park Street since the homeowner erected it earlier this year. "It's just satire," explains that homeowner, Weldon Showalter. "It's poking fun at the city in a couple of different ways."

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  • Art in face: Are they artsy or just plain fartsy?

    Published December 11, 2003 in issue #0249 of The Hook Surely you have a favorite: Maybe it was the fighting lions who menaced the median of the 250 bypass last year. Or perhaps it's the bicyclist, forever careering down the hill toward McIntire Road. Or were you disgusted by the inside-out fish at the Locust exit of the 250 bypass?

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  • Best defense: Artists have federal law behind them

    Note to vandals: The next time you think about destroying a piece of art, consider that, in addition to criminal charges, you could be facing a lawsuit from the artist– even if the artist no longer owns the piece. Artists' right to protect their works is conferred by the Visual Artists Rights Act, passed by Congress in 1990. But, strangely, says UVA law professor and intellectual property expert Tom Nachbar, the point of the Act was not primarily to protect artists from vandals but from those who purchase the artwork.

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  • City shopping: what the government bought

    2001 - The Biker on McIntire Road by Richard Whitehill 2002 ­ Metallice Glosserous on Preston Avenue by Rod Marshall-Roth 2003 ­ King Alfred & His Court on Monticello Avenue near the I-64 exchange by Jeff Fetty. PHOTO BY JEN FARIELLO #

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  • Reaction: "Oooohs" and "Ewwws" for ArtInPlace

    PHOTOS BY JEN FARIELLO JENFARIELLO@RLC.NET The old adage "beauty's in the eye of the beholder" is illustrated perfectly by the artinplace project. Where one person sees twisted trash, another sees majesty. What do you think of these pieces?   "A Bad Case of the Mondays," in the median of 250 by the fire station. Artist: Rob Tarbell

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  • The week in review

    Best boost for Howard Dean's presidential campaign: Former vice president Al Gore endorses Dean December 9. Worst weather: The season's first snow hits December 4. Worst ti...

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  • Off the Block

    What happened to "On the Blocks" of the past? APPEARED IN THE HOOK: January 16, 2003 in issue #202 ADDRESS: 3182 Darby Road, Glenmore ASKING PRICE: (originally) $725,000 (a...

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  • Dealer's choice: Home or office? Up to you

    ADDRESS: Unit 201B at 408 E. Market St. ASKING: $325,000 SIZE: 2033 fin. sq. ft. YEAR BUILT: 1946, converted to condos 1987 NEIGHBORHOOD: Downtown CURB APPEAL: 6 out of a p...

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  • Foreclosure auctions

    December 15, at 10:30am at the Madison County Courthouse Property: 1.505 acres on Rural Route 1, Madison Debtor: Douglas A. and Kimberly D. Turner Amount owing: $57,886 Bi...

Movie Reviews

  • Ring worms, Rejoice! Third time's a charm

    Ringworms have reason to rejoice. As expected, since the trilogy was filmed all at once, director Peter Jackson hasn't blown it in The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the ...

Music Reviews


  • Big stink: Is it compost-- or garbage?

    In Charlottesville's comprehensive plan, Woolen Mills residents say they want to preserve their neighborhood's rural ambiance. But when Louis Schultz tries to get away wi...

  • Charlottesville rocks! Where were you when it shook?

    Published December 11, 2003, in issue #0249 of the Hook Stan Tatum: "I was in my office up the street. There had been some construction upstairs. I thought at first, 'Wha...

  • Charlottesville rocks: 4.5 strikes us

    Lindsay Nolting found herself at the epicenter of this week's earthquake. "It felt violent," says Nolting, who lives near the tiny James River burg of Columbia. "The cat's ...

  • Earl's 'stead: Waltons house sold for $126,500

    If you listened to the hype, the little house that auctioneer Bill Bryant was selling in Schuyler last Saturday was "a part of our culture," the representation of "so much ...

  • Louisa tradition: New police chief raises hackles

    The tiny town of Louisa had four police chiefs in the last year. Continuing a tradition of controversy in the top law enforcement spot, the newest chief has drawn a petitio...

  • Makeover on Main: Bus station gets new look

    The most obvious exterior change that bus watchers notice: The Trailways sign no longer adorns the front of the bus station. And disposing of that controversial cultural ar...

  • Rich niche: New bird franchise makes two

    On the surface, it may sound a little crazy to open a store that sells products geared only toward feeding the birds. Who knew that bird feeding is one of the top eight hob...

The Brazen Careerist

  • Coping: When work and grief collide

    I am four months pregnant. But the baby is dead, inside me, and must be removed. I am devastated. I always knew this could happen, in the back of my mind. But you are never...

Strange But True

  • Fried ants?: Hiding out saves a few

    DRAWING BY DEBORAH DERR MCCLINTOCK Q. If ants march into the microwave, will their goose be cooked? ­D. Matthews  A. Another way to ask this, At a concert hall, can...


  • Dew Droppers: First Jason, now Jackie

    Several episodes of the classic 1970s television series The Waltons dealt with music and romance at the Scottsville bar called the Dew Drop Inn. In the show's final season,...


  • Boyd's pattern: Will Ken hop again?

    Ken Boyd is straddling two boards, getting ready to take his distinctive shock of white hair off the Albemarle School Board and over to the Albemarle County Board of Superv...


  • Fearless won me a Dell

    Regarding Fearless Consumer Barbara Nordin, I want to commend her column for the impact it had on my consumer problem reported last summer. Readers may remember that my De...

  • Vaccine is the biggest whoop

    The title of Lisa Provence's December 4 article is perfect. "Big whoop," indeed. Pertussis cases peak in three- to four-year cycles. Statistically speaking, we're right on ...

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