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WTJU DJs fear new management threatens "unique" programming

WTJU DJs fear new management threatens "unique" programming

WTJU is like a box of chocolates. Can it stay that way? The management at UVA’s community radio station continues to face widespread consternation among its volunteer staff about a proposed set of changes that DJs fear would bring an end to free-form programming, long a hallmark of the station and its culture. “It seems […]

The future as an open picture book

The future as an open picture book

 The six students and at least as many volunteers arrived at the farm around 9am, and were cut loose with borrowed and donated digital cameras. “The idea was to get the kids out shooting when the light was O.K.,” said poet John Casteen IV, looking upon one young photographer as she took a picture of […]

Steve Winter preaches the big cat gospel

Steve Winter preaches the big cat gospel

“I picked up something in Bhutan that I haven’t been able to kick,” the photographer Steve Winter said last week. By the time we were done speaking, it was unclear whether he had been talking about a fever, or some contagious disease identifiable only by the afflicted’s unwavering dedication to enormous feline species. “I try […]

Walks With Men; Ann Beattie; Scribner, 102 pages

 In Walks With Men, Ann Beattie’s new novella, the writer returns to a time when her star was the well-polished centerpiece of the literary firmament—namely, the 1980s, when you couldn’t open the New Yorker without seeing one of her stories, and “Chilly Scenes of Winter became a kind of bible among 20somethings.” So said last […]

No more concerts at Random Row Books?

No more concerts at Random Row Books?

When Ryan DeRamus opened Random Row Books last fall, he didn’t have a clear vision for the space, about half of which is occupied by bookshelves and couches, so he allowed the community to do, more or less, what it wanted. With the then-recent closure of the Outback Lodge, what Charlottesville really needed was a […]

Jesse Winchester; Mockingbird; Thursday, May 27

Jesse Winchester; Mockingbird; Thursday, May 27

 There was little cause for argument from the start. At Mockingbird, the roots music hall in Staunton, a nearby table ordered s’mores and creme brulée as I finished a plate of fried oysters—the cole slaw side is not to be missed—and opener Mary Gordon Hall, of Batesville, took the stage. Hall trilled a short set […]

More girls in the boys club

More girls in the boys club

The comment board on my Feedback blog became ground zero in the debate over women in rock music when I asked an age-old question in April. Where are the women in Charlottesville rock? Just because the question bears asking doesn’t mean it can’t be answered. There are several bands here in town that prominently feature […]