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North Carolina Dance Theatre

dance There can be no arguing with the technical prowess of North Carolina Dance Theatre. They were in town, playing their “American Masters” program (to a very sparse audience), which meant a dose of jazz-heavy Alvin Ailey (“Night Creatures,” to music by Duke Ellington), neo-classical George Balanchine (“Who Cares?” to George Gershwin), and ballroom-witty Twyla […]

Kluge’s estate project gets 4-star press

Kluge’s estate project gets 4-star press

Forget the $6 million man. Try the $6 million “cottage.” Vintner-socialite Patricia Kluge completed one such 6,000-square-foot structure on her Blenheim Road property last month and the luxury subdivision it heralds, Vineyard Estates, promises bionic proportions of its own. Start with the marketing (which, right now, is the bulk of what’s under consideration, given that […]

Marshals nab suspect in rural homicide

“Can I say he was definitely 100 percent part of the Bloods, no I cannot say that.” Those are the words of U.S. Marshal David Thomas in reference to Ryan Martez Turner, an 18-year-old Charlottesville man who was wanted on one count of capital murder and was apprehended by marshals in Wilmington, Delaware, on Friday, […]

Enraged dad gets 12 years

Enraged dad gets 12 years

The kids had plans with friends at Chris Greene Lake, so last August 19 their parents, Colin and Virginia Glasgow, packed them into the family’s blue Toyota van and headed out from their home in Crozet. The plan: drop the kids (a son and daughter) and Virginia at the lake while Colin, unemployed, would continue […]

Hair

Hair

stage The collegiate cast of Hair—and most of the audience on opening night last week—could be forgiven for thinking the recurring song “Manchester” was an homage to the birthplace of the Stone Roses and the Happy Mondays. For though the musical is 40 years old, under Thadd McQuade’s direction it seems to be located nowhere […]

Top drawer

Top drawer

This is Dwanna Smallwood’s launch moment, the Alvin Ailey American Dance publicity machine is making sure of that. Thirty-three and this year’s poster girl, Smallwood just got a spread in Vogue,

Region Ten gets new director

Later in April, the public will have a chance to meet Robert L. Johnson, whose expertise in managing substance abuse programs will be parlayed into his new job as executive director of Region Ten Community Services Board, the mental health, mental retardation and substance abuse service provider that serves five area counties and the city […]

Justin Timberlake with Pink

music Forget sexy. JT is bringing curvy back. Say what you want about Justin Timberlake, the man does not seem to go in for the emaciated aesthetic. The women among his back-up singers and dance crew are frankly female in form. Tiny waists, I grant you, but hippy hips and round butts. The better to […]

"Classical Savion"

"Classical Savion"

dance He burst onto the scene as a tap prodigy 21 years ago, a snap-crackle-pop, step-ball-change 12-year-old star. Eventually he earned a Tony, got dubbed, somewhat homophonically, “the savior of tap” (he had by then surpassed classical steps, bringing tap to a new edge), and exemplified the complexity of physics as his fleet-footed moves eluded […]

The Rapture, with Under the Influence of Giants

dance In a way, the crowd that shoved its way to the front of the stage for The Rapture’s first visit to Charlottesville was like a Russian Imperial ballet company. Not because the 20somethings that squeezed in to shake it to the post-punk disco rompers were dressed in toe shoes or turning 32 fouettés to […]

Kid stuff

Kid stuff

For more than 20 years, National Geographic photographer Michael “Nick” Nichols has been throwing slideshow parties, projecting photos onto a large screen for assembled friends. The parties started in his Berkeley,

Liberal group comforts GOP defector

Liberal group comforts GOP defector

A lifelong Republican, Joel White wandered into the Starr Hill Gallery on Tuesday evening, December 5. Was he “Dem,” or “Dem Curious”? Neither, exactly, judging from his brief voting record (he sat out the November election and voted red two times before), but the 25-year-old transplant from Columbus, Ohio, was certain that the monthly meeting […]

Goode returns for a sixth term

Goode returns for a sixth term

Twenty-eight Democrats wrested Congressional seats from Republicans in last week’s elections, but Nelson County farmer Al Weed was not one of them. Maybe the other guys had better cell phone reception. Though Weed lost in his second bid to replace Republican incumbent Virgil Goode as representative for the Fifth District, which includes Charlottesville, he posted […]

Region Ten prevails on Little High

The long real estate saga that has entangled the Little High Area Neighborhood Association (LHANA) and Region Ten, the public agency that provides services to mentally disabled people, came to what seems like a conclusion on October 26 when the City’s Board of Zoning Appeals ruled in favor of Region Ten. At issue was whether […]

There's still time to fix the city schools

It was past 11pm on Thursday, March 3, and after four hours of deliberation the Charlottesville City School Board remained divided over how to balance the 2005-06 budget due the next day to City Council. Six of the board’s seven appointees were present, along with Dr. Scottie Griffin, the division’s superintendent. The sour atmosphere in […]

Homeward bound

Last month, at the invitation of Arthur Brown, onetime Keswickian now working with the U.S. State Department in Conakry, Guinea, Charlottesville musicians Corey Harris and Darrell Rose visited Guinea and Sierra Leone for two weeks as musical ambassadors to those West African countries. For Harris, the much-celebrated blues guitarist and songwriter whose musical journey homeward […]

Building a bridge

While contemplating the formation of a new educational center that would foster spiritual well being, cultural understanding and religious teaching, Heena Reiter was reminded, she says, of a song by the 17th century teacher Reb Nachman of Bratslov. "All the world is a narrow bridge," goes the rough translation, "the most important thing is not […]

All Aboard

Kevin Lynch arrived in Charlottesville from his hometown of Alexandria in 1980 to study at UVA. Twenty years later, he won a seat on City Council as a “Democrat for Change” advocating an alternative-transportation platform. Midway through his first Council term, Lynch is a Council representative to the Metropolitan Planning Organization and a member of […]