The Kudzu Project has draped knitted vines over four local Confederate monuments including the Robert E. Lee High School sign in Staunton. Courtesy photo

Locals craft their own brand of activism

Editor’s note: The participants in the Kudzu Project act anonymously, and to protect their identities we refer to them by last names only throughout the article. Seven hours and 10 minutes into the new year, a Subaru station wagon pulls out of a Charlottesville driveway and sets out for Lovingston, exhaust billowing from the muffler […]

Jason Kessler, right, says he's the victim of "political prosecutions."
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Kessler harassment charge dropped

A charge against white-rights provocateur Jason Kessler for posting online the address of activist Emily Gorcenski was dismissed January 18. “The victim brought information to us that made her believe Mr. Kessler was not the person who posted information about her,” said Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Nina Antony. She said the case remains under investigation. Outside […]

Album reviews: Girlpool, Say Sue Me, Novella and Sloan Peterson

Album reviews: Girlpool, Say Sue Me, Novella and Sloan Peterson

Girlpool Powerplant (Anti-) Philadelphia-by-way-of-California duo Girlpool released Powerplant in May, and it was probably a great summer heartbreak album, all intertwining guitars and fragile voices. Opener “123” comes in like a lamb and revs up to lion level at the chorus—but it’s a sweet, sad lion. The soft/loud ratio remains pretty constant throughout Powerplant, and […]

Silk Thai features owner TK Chin’s favorite dishes—the duck roll appetizer and panang curry—from his other Thai restaurants in Manassas. Photos by Amy Jackson

Silk Thai keeps it authentic

By Sam Padgett and Erin O’Hare The red house at 2210 Fontaine Ave. that once housed Thai 99 has a new coat of paint and a new inhabitant: Silk Thai Restaurant. Silk Thai owner TK Chin (nephew of Thai 99 owner Eddy Keomahathai) is bent on maintaining the friendly and welcoming environment that Thai 99 […]

Want to write your own Solidarity Card? Destinee Wright’s next card-collecting event will be at Healing Through Art & Community with Candy Chang at The Jefferson School African American Heritage Center on January 19. Photo by Eze Amos

Solidarity Cards Project promotes the power of sharing

On November 11 of last year, equipped with a small clipboard, some index cards and a handful of pens, Destinee Wright waited outside the Paramount Theater after a discussion with Spike Lee about race and racial injustice in America, followed by a screening of two Lee documentary films, I Can’t Breathe and 4 Little Girls. […]

Although grapevines are dormant in the winter, wind and low (think single digit) temperatures are the top concerns for causing damage. A layer of snow actually helps protect the vines. Photo by Robert Llewellyn

Does winter weather spell trouble for area growers?

By Natalie Jacobsen Between sporadic power outages, icy roads and burst pipes, Charlottesville is dealing with plenty of winter woes. But we aren’t the only ones grappling with the freezing temperatures: Central Virginia vineyards are facing this weather head-on, with growers keeping a close eye on their property. David Geist, co-owner of Arcady Vineyard Bed […]

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ARTS Pick: The Opulence of Integrity

Choreographer Christal Brown’s multimedia creation, The Opulence of Integrity, follows the life of Muhammad Ali and his journey, not only as a boxer, but also as a social activist and public figure. Brown creates a vivid representation of the fight for worth and identity experienced by men of color in America’s history, and makes the […]