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Dave Matthews and Tim Reynolds played to a packed Pavilion last night, with people also lined up on the Belmont Bridge, perched on balconies, and standing on the Mall beyond the gates. Indeed, the concert was clear as a bell from all the way up at The Nook. Matthews and Reynolds performed 24 songs together, playing for nearly 3 hours. Warren Haynes, whose sold out show at the Jefferson started later that night, joined Matthews and Reynolds to the joy of the crowd. Proceeds from the show were donated to various charities selected by ticket buyers through a website called, where a code from the ticket can be entered and the ticket cost can be directed to a charity you choose on the site.

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Indigence plea: Halsey Minor's assets don't include cash

Halsey Minor has filed an "affidavit of indigence" in a Georgia court, another sign of the embattled millionaire's dwindling fortune. But has he really gone the way of squatters camping in his unfinished Landmark hotel? He claims otherwise.

"It's liquid securities, not a net worth test," Minor says in an email. "Many, many assets don't count including private stock, real estate, etc."

Indeed, Minor still holds positions in several high-tech companies, as well as valuable real estate, including a pair of California mansions, a historic Williamsburg estate, and a sprawling farm right here in western Albemarle. Yet he found himself unable to post an eight-figure bond to keep alive his appeal of a recent ruling that would strip him of his unfinished hotel on the Downtown Mall.

"Who in the world now right now has $10 million cash?" asks Minor. "The United States of America almost didn't have $10 million in cash." 

Hook legal analyst David Heilberg says that Minor's indigence plea is an effort to persuade the court to waive its bond requirement. The document appears, says Heilberg, to have been drafted by a lawyer but personally submitte...

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Mall madness: Roof-top views, new deli, fancy Asian, pastries, and kabobs

On a recent stroll around the Downtown Mall we were struck by all the new restaurant activity: four new places have either opened or are in the works.

On Second Street, in the tiny space where Marco & Luca's dumplings got started, owner Sun Da has opened Nicola's Chicken Kabobs, which was known for a short time as Nicola's Veggies. Tender chicken on skewers is served with hot pepper, curry, and sesame seeds on a bed of lettuce for a quick hot bite to eat. That makes the fourth eatery that Da and his wife, Dragana Katalina-Sun, have opened, including the Mall location in York Place, a place on Elliewood Avenue on the Corner, in the Seminole Square Shopping Center, and now a return to Second Street.

Farther up the Mall, renovation progresses on the Commonwealth Restaurant & Skybar, which has involved an extensive makeover of the old A&N building, where landlord Gabe Silverman had trouble finding a longtime tenant.  

Back in February, Alex George, former owner of Just Curry and form...

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Rodney's role: 'I am not a wheeler dealer'

Rodney Thomas is mad. It's one day after a prominent blogger has accused the Albemarle supervisor of agreeing to "grease the skids" for the construction of the Western U.S. 29 bypass by limiting access to the rest of 29.

"That's a bunch of baloney," says Thomas. He called up blogger Jim Bacon to let him know he didn't appreciate his August 10 Bacon's Rebellion story, "Gentleman's Agreement," that contends Thomas made a handshake deal to limit stoplights, median crossings, and driveways on Albemarle's portion of U.S. 29 in exchange for $230 million in funding for the Western 29 bypass and U.S. 29 widening, along with money for completion of Hillsdale Drive, the Best Buy Ramp at U.S. 29/250, Berkmar Drive extension, and the Belmont Bridge replacement.

(Bacon considered Thomas' reaction in a followup column, "When does a deal become a side deal?")

"There is no deal," says Thomas.

Limiting access– or access management, as it's called– is already in place with future access to 29 controlled by VDOT, says Thomas. Not creating any more bottlenecks like stoplights and median crossovers seems a reasonable expectation to keep traffic moving.

Yet the fact remains that, along with fellow freshman supe Duane Snow, a...

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Scalped: Dave & Tim show drew some 'cockroaches'

So you wanted tickets to the sold-out Dave Matthews/Tim Reynolds show on Saturday August 20 at the nTelos Pavilion? You could still get them even a day before the concert, but you might have paid a pretty penny more than the $50 per ticket most concertgoers paid. On Craigslist, for instance, one website–– had a variety of seats available ranging from the low $400s up to nearly $800. One ebay listing brought in $1,500 for two VIP tickets– more than twice their $300 apiece face value.

According to Pavilion GM Kirby Hutto, scalping– when tickets are sold by a third party, most often for a profit– is an increasing problem at the Pavilion, thanks in part to the ever-higher-profile nature of the acts coming to Charlottesville.

"The whole scalping world has just exploded over the last few years," says Hutto, who notes that unlike D.C., Virginia has no laws prohibiting the resale of tickets, no matter how high the profit margin. That leaves Virginia venues without much recourse, says Hutto, noting that if a scalper mentions the actual seat number in an online ad, the Pavilion may cancel the ticket and then resell it. Most scalpers, however, are craftier than that and list only the section or row of the tickets they're listing, making it nearly impossible to determine which tickets are being sold fraudulently.

Even if you have hundreds of dollars to spend, buying a ticket from a third-party seller is r...

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