May 20th, 2004 issue #0320

May 20th, 2004
  • 21 Hot things to do

      It's summertime, and the weather is high, so stretch right up and touch the sky– or just take a few of these ideas and roll with them. You'll be having a ball before you know it.    REGAL KID MOVIES

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  • A Day Without Weather

    Rainbow handed Grandpa the healing crystal she'd brought on the plane all the way from Sedona. "It's good for your heart," she said. Grandpa took the brilliant walnut-sized quartz in his palsied hand, winked at her and swallowed it. For a second or two, we didn't react. Then, as my panicked sister cried out to the Great Mother Spirit of the Universe, I ran into the hall and grabbed the nearest person in a uniform, a stuporous middle-aged nurse's aide who reluctantly followed me into the room. After feeling for Grandpa's pulse, she quietly pronounced, "He done passed."

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  • Festive and fun: From wine to steers to Dave and Rossini

    Summer in central Virginia means Fridays after 5, tubing down the James, climbing Humpback Rocks, and leisurely Saturday mornings browsing yard-sales. But those are just the more obvious summer fun happenings– Charlottesville also means festivals...  Ash Lawn Opera Festival  Ash Lawn-Highland has been bringing musical delight to our area for 27 years. This year includes nine weeks of full-length operas and musical theater productions, lectures, Music at Twilight, and Summer Saturdays (family entertainment).

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  • Immediate Needs

    Well, here's a cautionary tale with a woeful, baleful, awful, pitiable plotline that runs from left to right and up some steps. Like all modern tales, it starts with the back-story.

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  • The Trouble with Angels

    When the angel appeared to Gordon Berryman, he had just finished hanging his string trimmer back in the garage. He was a little surprised that she looked just like Pamela Anderson in a white Spandex body suit, but he wasn't complaining. "Wow," he said. "That's a really nice set of wings." "Thank you," the angel said. "Where'd you leave your harp?" he said. "Lyre," she corrected. "The same place I left my bra." "Wow," Berryman said. This time he took a really good look. "Light as air," she said.

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4Better Or Worse

  • The week in review

    Worst images, just when you thought they couldn't get any worse: A videotape showing the beheading of American Nick Berg in Iraq is released May 11. Worst howdy to immigran...

The Dish

  • Hummus heaven: Pita Inn comes home

    After years of buying and happily consuming Pita Inn's creamy hummus (available at Integral Yoga and Giant), I was thrilled to finally meet its maker right here in Charlott...


  • Snuff film: Zarqawi's suicide note?

    It's a tough call whether Abu Musab al-Zarqawi– the Jordanian "militant" reportedly responsible for the videotaped butchery of Nicholas Berg– is more stupid tha...

Question of the Week

  • What are you doing this summer?

    Sadina Washington: "I'll be going on vacation all summer in Miami to get away and enjoy the scenery." Eric Stakem: "Working at Creative Office Environments. I'll go to th...

Real Estate

  • Property Auctions

    May 24, at 9am, at the Albemarle County Courthouse Property: 4.60 acres at 180 Terrapin Hollow Road, Scottsville Debtor: Barbara P. Shaw Amount owing: $46,431 Bidder bring...

Real Estate - $old

  • $old

    ALBEMARLE 3/15  Janet K. and David M. Via Jr. to Jeffrey F. and Corinne S. Buckalew, 12.510 acres in White Hall district, $180,000. Glenmore Associates Ltd. to R. D....

Real Estate - On the Block

  • Fooled ya! All the fun's out back

    ADDRESS: 921 Shadwell Court ASKING: $925,000 SIZE: 7,939 fin. sq. ft. main house; 837 fin. sq. ft. (cottage) YEAR BUILT: 1960 NEIGHBORHOOD: Shadwell Estates CURB APPEAL: 7 ...

Real Estate - Update


    APPEARED IN THE HOOK: March 25, 2004, in issue 0312 ADDRESS: 1915 East Market Street ASKING PRICE: $342,500 SELLING PRICE: $342,500 DAYS TO CONTRACT: 2 days SELLER'S AGENT:...

Movie Reviews

  • Happily ever... Follow-up is Shrektacular

    There's nothing like your first time. One reason for the Shrektacular success of the original Shrek was that it came out of left field and surprised everyone with its hilar...

Music Reviews


The Brazen Careerist

  • Talk the talk: Lessons from the Exchange

    I learned my first lessons in the importance of workplace communication when I had a job in the British Pound trading pit at the Chicago Mercantile Exchange. What makes the...

Strange But True

  • Hang over: Drive a librarian crazy

     DRAWING BY DEBORAH DERR McCLINTOCK Q. You should always be nice to librarians, because you never know when you might need help on a term paper, biz report, whatever...


  • Sex repeal: Steve Rhoads draws gender lines

    If the term weren't so loaded and the connotation so derogatory, there would be no danger in calling Steven Rhoads a sexist. A political scientist who has spent a decade am...


  • Barber of C'ville: Tiki comes to town

    Tiki Barber may be most comfortable on the playing field at Giant Stadium, but he's not going to let a little public speaking rattle him. "I've spoken at a lot of events," ...


  • Ditch Soering's whine

    I was a UVA student at the same time as Jens Soering and thankfully never met him, but I do recall the circumstances of his situation quite well. I was appalled to read his...

  • Searls: I got along

    I read "Post-election: Morning-after quarterbacking," (News, May 13, 2004) by Lisa Provence with interest and some concern. When Lloyd Snook says that Blake and I disliked ...

  • Shoulda elected me

    The article about CityLink, "Is $6.6 million too much?" [News, May 13, 2004] presented very clearly some of the issues that Jim Moore and I have about this expensive city u...

  • Trail is better now

    Reading about some of my Woolen Mills neighbors' hostility to the paving of the Greenbelt Trail was just plain depressing. [April 15: Pave paradise? Greenbelt trail asphalt...

Cultural preview

  • Cultural calendar, May 20-27, 2004

    THURSDAY, May 20 FAMILY Tales for Tots: The five-and-under crowd can hear classic stories by Margaret Wise Brown at Barnes & Noble's preschoo...