Dan Catalano



A sorry state

A sorry state

Let it never be said that we here at Odd Dominion HQ (hidden deep beneath the streets of Belmont, with just a modem, a cable-news feed and a donut-delivering pneumatic tube from Spudnuts to sustain us) refuse to acknowledge when our fine Commonwealth’s elected representatives get something right for a change. So kudos to our […]

Goode grief

Goode grief

Look, I feel compelled to make one thing perfectly clear: Despite all evidence to the contrary, the purpose of this column is not to exclusively chronicle the ongoing foibles of Charlottesville’s U.S. Representative Virgil H. Goode

I turn my camera on

I turn my camera on

Oh, what hath “Macaca” wrought? I mean, really—no matter how you feel about the gaffe-induced toppling of George “boot-in-mouth” Allen, I think we can now safely say that the introduction of the “Webb cam”

George Allen’s brain speaks!

Suffice it to say that, when political giant-killer Dick Wadhams (the engineer behind John Thune\’s upset win over Tom Daschle in 2002) took the reigns of George Allen\’s 2006 re-election campaign, he was expecting a far different race than the one he got. Known for his blunt, take-no-prisoners style and willingness to go on the attack, Wadhams has been forced by circumstances (hint: “macaca”) to retool the senator\’s campaign—muting Allen, while increasing the profile of his well-liked wife, Susan. As the campaign enters the homestretch, we quizzed him about the state of play.

Post-“N-word,” Allen is on the attack

Post-“N-word,” Allen is on the attack

Those tired of "macaca"-gate can now move on to, um, "racier" ethnic slurs: Last week saw allegation after allegation published about racist comments and actions in George Allen’s past. Oh, to be a fly on the wall at the Allen-for-senate headquarters. What can notoriously volatile Campaign Manager Dick Wadhams possibly be thinking as Allen’s reputation […]

Monkey business

Monkey business

Two months ago, George Allen was an unbeatable Southern senator with his sights set on the White House. One “Macaca” later, he’s a gaffe-prone hothead in the political fight of his life.

Lyle Lovett

Lyle Lovett

Lyle LovettCharlottesville PavilionSaturday, August 26 music Some local music fans might have been under the impression that they had actually seen Lyle Lovett play in town. Granted, the Texas-lovin’ country crooner has hit Charlottesville before, but only with a stripped-down band. And, while those shows were reportedly fine, affecting and enjoyable affairs, the difference between […]

Jefferson’s Legacy viewed from across the pond

It can’t be denied: Good ol’ TJ’s reputation has taken more than a few hits over the past decade. From the 1998 DNA test which indicated that Mr. Jefferson had almost certainly fathered a child with one of his slaves, Sally Hemings, to the recent Alexander Hamilton biography by Ron Chernow that depicts America’s third […]

Questions for Bob Moje

Questions for Bob Moje

Bob Moje co-founded local educational-design powerhouse VMDO Architects in 1976, the year he graduated from UVA’s School of Architecture, and has gone on to design dozens of large-scale projects (including the award-winning Manassas Park High School).

The bigger the better?

The bigger the better?

There’s just no denying it — the thing is absolutely massive. On the main approach from Emmet Street (where thousands of basketball game and concert goers will surely get a nice, long look as they sit stranded in event-day traffic),…

Dick Laurance takes final bow

Dick Laurance takes final bow

Dick Laurance was named UVA’s project director for construction administration in 1992, and has been building full steam ahead ever since. He’s overseen many giant construction projects in his day (including the Scott Stadium expansion), but none was bigger than the recently completed $129 million John Paul Jones Arena. We sat down to ask him all about it.

UVA Gives New Stadium Hard Sell

On Tuesday, June 13, UVA Associate VP for Business Operations Richard Kovatch stood in front of a somnolent crowd at Newcomb Hall and did his best to make the impending debut of the John Paul Jones Arena a truly seismic event. The numbers were indeed impressive: 366,000 square feet, 15,000-plus seats, 20 luxury suites, 175 TV monitors, 350 restrooms—and all for the low, low price of just $129 million.

Lit up

Pity poor Susan Shafarzek. This recent-ly relocated Virginian (she moved from Albany, New York, in 1999) was just settling into her position as fiction editor at Streetlight, Charlottesville’s venerable local lit mag, when word came down that Editor-in-Chief Susan Williamson was stepping down to focus on her work at the Tupelo Press. For many small, […]