As a surviving hashtag, Martese Johnson has been in demand to give speeches all over the country. Photo: Jackson Smith

#MarteseJohnson: Scarred, still alive and seizing the moment

March 17—St. Patrick’s Day—was a pretty typical day for third-year Martese Johnson at the University of Virginia. A Tuesday, it was one of the heaviest academic days for the media studies and Italian major, and he was in class until mid-afternoon. That evening, “I hung out with friends on the Lawn for a time,” he […]

Donald Healy, who lives in a townhome on Commonwealth Drive behind Costco, says deafening noise coming from the fans on top of the wholesale store prohibits him from enjoying the solitude of his backyard. Photo by Martyn Kyle

The sound of Costco: Neighbors fret over unwanted noise

“It’s like a twin-engine plane” is how an Albemarle County resident and local teacher describes the noise that now overpowers the quiet bustle and birdsong of his once-peaceful backyard. Donald Healy and his wife live in a townhome on Commonwealth Drive, behind the recently opened Costco in the Stonefield shopping center. Their home is situated […]

Photo: Martyn Kyle

September First Fridays Guide

En plein air, a French expression meaning open air, is used to describe the act of painting outdoors. Artist Meg West prefers the form, the environmental immersion and challenge that comes with it. Living in Virginia, she says she benefits from being able to “breathe, see and experience the view large all around,” and see […]

In 2012, Kat Ditta was accused of biting an opponent during a highly anticipated soccer match and was, consequently, charged with misdemeanor assault and battery and given a 90-day suspended sentence. Photo by Martyn Kyle

All bark and no bite: Controversial girls soccer match resurfaces

In the summer of 2012, the co-captain of the Fluvanna County High School girls varsity soccer team was charged with misdemeanor assault and battery and given a 90-day suspended sentence for biting an ex-teammate, who was playing for Western Albemarle High School in a heavily anticipated rivalry match. Three years later, New York Times best-selling author […]

Local artist Lily Erb has gained notice for her large steel rod sculptures which she calls “abstract organic.” Photo: Courtesy of the artist

Woman of steel: Lily Erb’s unyielding approach to modern sculpture

For Lily Erb, art mirrors life—but only to a certain extent. The Charlottesville-born and -based artist creates large steel sculptures, most lately composed of numerous steel rods bent into gentle, repetitive curves, then spray-painted in bright, jovial colors. She calls her style “abstract organic” because the pieces don’t resemble actual organic objects. Instead she starts […]