Charlottesville Breaking News
Worst carjacking: Three men approach the driver of a yellow Nissan Xterra on Longwood Drive around 9:30pm April 25, rob the driver, and one of the suspects pulls a gun, NBC29 reports. When the driver flees on foot, he's grazed by a bullet. The suspects, whom police describe only as black males, take off in the Xterra.
Worst collision: Honda Civic driver Shirley N. Manthorne, 29, crosses the center line on U.S. 33 in Greene County, slams head-on into a tractor trailer April 29, and dies at the scene. Virginia State Police say speed and alcohol are not factors, and charges are not expected to be filed.
Local loss: Genial businessman Walt Levering, 68, dies April 23 of leukemia. Levering founded Central Virginia Technology Council and was a former president of the board of Piedmont Virginia Community College.
Latest convicted alleged bath-salts purveyor: Stephen Dominick McFadden of Staten Island is sentenced April 29 to two years and nine months for supplying C-Ville Video with the recently illegal product, K. Burnell Evans reports in the Progress. Prosecutors said this was the second federal prosecution for the coke/meth substitutes; C-Ville Video owner Lois McDaniel was sentenced to two years and four months in March.
“If I should ever die, God forbid, let this be my epitaph: The only proof he needed for the existence of God was music." ― Kurt Vonnegut
Stringdusters play for the MRC
Appropriately enough for this Hook music issue, our own Music Resource Center gets some love from the Grammy-nominated and highly eclectic bluegrass band The Infamous Stringdusters, as they perform a special benefit concert for the MRC at the Cider Barn at Verulam Farm on Bloomfield Road. The concert will fund scholarships for low-income students to attend the MRC and allow them to receive music and technology education for free. Of course, tickets for the event are a bit pricey, but hey, its a benefit! Plus you get food catered by The Catering Outfit, an open beer and wine bar, and the first 100 ticket buyers get a custom screen-printed concert poster. And, of course, it's tax deductible. As for the Stringdusters, well, they're known for their complex, distinctive bluegrass tunes, as the group was founded in 2007 by two Berklee College of Music students. What's more, Andy Hall (Dobro), Andy Falco (guitar), Chris Pandolfi (banjo), Jeremy Garrett (fiddle), and Travis Book (upright bass) also contribute to our local music scene by helping to produce The Festy Experience, the three-day music festival in Nelson County founded in 2010. Limited tickets...
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...