Charlottesville Breaking News
by Richard Roeper
Born in 1945 in the shadow of Hiroshima, Ginger and Rosa grow up in a London of weary shortages of food, living space and cheer. Who could have guessed Swinging London and the Beatles were on the way? The girls become fast friends: Ginger, whose father Roland was a conscientious objector during World War II, and Rosa, whose father isn't in the picture.
Seen in intimate hand-held intimacy in Ginger & Rosa, they smoke their first cigarettes, lighting two on a match, ironing their hair flat, soaking in a tub together to shrink their jeans. (Remember that probably apocryphal story about the hippie chick who fell asleep doing that during an LSD trip and woke up paralyzed?)
They're part of an informal left-wing community group also including Ginger's mother, Anoushka (Christina Hendricks); May Bella (Annette Bening), a sparky leftist, and an avuncular gay couple both named Mark (Timothy...
By Richard Alblas
Life can sometimes take you to unexpected places. Just ask the Hackensaw Boys. The popular Charlottesville-based bluegrass band recently traveled to Kinderdijk, the Netherlands, where they launched their latest album titled For the Love of a Friend. It was the second time in one year the band passed through this small village, a UNESCO World Heritage Site famous for its beautiful countryside and historic windmills, and they were there with good reason.
In February of 2012, well before The Hackensaw Boys had ever heard of Kinderdijk, tragedy struck the small community when a local villager named René Verkerk died in a windmill accident. The 47-year-old Verkerk, a miller by trade, was known throughout the town not only for his passion for windmills, but also for his love of bluegrass music, particularly the Hackensaw Boys, whom he'd discovered when he attended a concert they'd played in Amsterdam a decade earlier. Soon after his death, his grief-stricken best friend Peter Paul Klapwijk sought a personal way to celebrate Verkerk's life.
"I felt I had to do something," he says, "and that the Hackensaw Boys had to be involved.’’
Without knowing exactly what to expect, Klapwijk wrote the band about the circumstances surrounding Verkerk’s death, hoping the band members might be interested in meeting the family and friends of a man who so highly regarded their music. "At the time, that’s exactly what...
Latest tuition increase at a best-value university: UVA ups its in-state tuition and fees 3.8 percent to $12,458 a year, making a year there around $26,000. Out-of state students get hit with a 4.8 percent bump up to $39,844, and once room and board are added in, they're looking at about $53,800 a year, according to a release.
Most disruptive: Living Wage protestors are evicted from the more tightly clamped down Board of Visitors meeting– twice– April 18, Sandy Hausman reports for WVTF.
Latest traffic fatality: Thomas C. Jakubowski, 52, of Charlottesville, dies in a three-car wreck April 19 on U.S. 250 in Fluvanna when his westbound 1991 Chevrolet Astro Van crosses the center line and sideswipes an eastbound 2013 Ford pickup, then hits a 2008 GMC 4500 truck head-on, according to Virginia State Police.
Worst getaway: Christopher Lee Snow, 25, of Crozet, tries to dodge Albemarle sheriff's deputies April 17 on U.S.250/29 bypass for a couple of miles and hits two cars. He's charged with two counts felony hit-and-run and one felony count for eluding police, according to WINA.
Worst place to commit suicide: A...