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FunStuff: Charlottesville events May 10 and beyond

Music mayhem
A word of warning to anyone hoping to avoidcatching live music this weekend. You're doomed, and you can thank Paul Beyer, organizer of the Tom Tom Founders Festivalfor that. This two-day festival within a festival features more than 50 acts at seven downtown venues including the Haven, Main Street Arena, UVA's Meade Hall, The Whiskey Jar, and Twisted Branch Tea Bazaar. Headliners include Josh Ritter and Those Darlins (pictured here), and other local favorites are too plentiful to list. 
May 11-12, various locations, $20-$65



Gypsy temptress
Dagnabit– Mother's Day's here, and if you've been struggling with the perfect gift, here's an idea: Bizet's Carmen at the Paramount! It's the story of the naive soldier Don Jose who abandons...

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Studies show.... Bypass to use Greer kids as guinea pigs

We teach our school kids to do homework.  Can we teach our county supervisors?

Since the last Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement on Charlottesville’s 6.2-mile, $230 million-plus Western Bypass was completed in 2003, research studies linking highway exhaust to childhood asthma and reduced lung capacity are legion. Yet three Albemarle County supervisors recently argued against updating the Impact Statement.


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'Hot Air' rises: Filmmakers reach $65K, push on to Nolte

For 45 days, Derek Sieg and Jeremy Goldstein did everything they could think of to raise money to make a movie. They sold t-shirts on the Downtown Mall. They buttonholed every connection they had. And they smoked a 300-pound pig.

"That was pretty extreme," says Goldstein of the pig. "Neither one of us had ever done anything like that before."

That was phase one of their efforts to get their script, Hot Air, made into a movie. And to do so, they're convinced they need Nick Nolte to star as the personal injury lawyer and hard-partying restauranteur whose misdeeds have pushed him to the point that he decides that faking his own death is his only recourse.

A name like Nolte is essential for attracting money to the movie, say the filmmakers, so they brazenly launched their "Let's get Nick" campaign.

Using a funding-by-the masses system called Kickstarter, the filmmakers set a goal of $65,000–- the minimum required by the Screen Actors Guild to get Nick Nolte to sign on as the Hot Air lead.

With 258 different backers, Sieg (Swedish Auto) and Goldstein (Skid Row) raised $65,...

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Deck the Mall: Fancy Fleurie adds space for 22

Fleurie, the compact and upscale restaurant on the Downtown Mall's Third Street NE, will finally get its own café, as these images from May 3 indicate. The restaurant, owned by chef Brian Helleberg, won permission last December

from the powerful Board of Architectural Review to install a wooden deck just outside its front door. Designed by Zoé Edgecomb, a former Fleurie waitress-turned-architect, the 22-person deck will include tall benches and an unusual iron-and-wood wall to define the space. Facing the Paramount Theater, Fleurie has become a popular spot for theater-goers, and the semi-secluded nature of this pedestrian side street has been the site of some outdoor parties.

So when will the deck open?

"As soon as we finish it," laughs Edgecomb.

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Starsia sued: UVA lax coaches, state targeted by Love family

The family that sued George Huguely V in the death of their 22-year-old daughter has now filed a $29.4 million suit against the lacrosse coaches who reportedly missed key signals that they had a violent man on their team.

The suit, filed May 1 in Louisa County Circuit Court, names University of Virginia's head lacrosse coach, Dom Starsia, along with assistant coach Marc Van Arsdale, athletic director Craig Littlepage, and the Commonwealth of Virginia and comes in the wake of the 2010 beating death of Yeardley Love. Why the coaches were sued in a rural and earthquake-scarred county east of Charlottesville could not be immediately learned, and telephone messages left with the UVA Athletic Department and with the Love family attorney were not immediately returned.

Hook legal analyst David Heilberg suggests one possibility for the venue. While rural populations are often conservative in their social beliefs, Heilberg says that Louisa is liberal in another regard.

"A Louisa jury is very generous," says Heilberg, who says he's seen larger than expected awards given in that county, particularly for...

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