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How to dismantle a U2 concert

How to dismantle a U2 concert

U2’s Claw stage, here pictured in Berlin in July, is 164 feet tall, will make use of 72 separate subwoofers and costs between $25 and $35 million dollars. With much fanfare and controversy, U2’s 360º tour rolls into Charlottesville on October 1. It’s only the third-ever rock show to set up in Scott Stadium after […]

State of Old Ivy Road bridge is concern to residents

State of Old Ivy Road bridge is concern to residents

Ten years ago, when Petronella Oostingh and her husband moved into a house on Harvest Drive, the nearby railway bridge over Old Ivy Road didn’t concern them much at first. Back then, she says, the concrete abutments that supported the rail overpass seemed sturdy enough to accommodate the frequent passage of load-bearing freight trains. Then […]

Massie-Wills historic downtown building for sale

Massie-Wills historic downtown building for sale

Accessing the attic of the Massie-Wills residence means literally climbing the stairs, using both hands to scale the approximately seventy-degree incline. Reaching the top provides a fresh perspective on the historic designation of the house at 215 4th Street NE. The space contains a small library arrayed in bookshelves and boxes along the far wall, […]

New Fluvanna High School begins construction

New Fluvanna High School begins construction

Trucks from Nielsen Builders clear the 90-acre site of the future Fluvanna High School. On April 14, Fluvanna County Public Schools performed a groundbreaking ceremony for the much heralded—but controversial—new facility at Pleasant Grove, along Route 53. BCWH Architects designed the 277,000-square-foot complex to accommodate between 1,500 and 1,750 students. Trucks clear the 90-acre site […]

Electric and Benevolent; The Extraordinaires; Punk Rock Payroll

Electric and Benevolent; The Extraordinaires; Punk Rock Payroll

For a band so bluntly named, The Extraordinaires’ third full-length release relies heavily on suggestion. It never tells you outright that the character from lead-off track “The Man in the Suit” is the notorious Nikola Tesla, or that you’re supposed to bear him in mind when singer Jay Purdy croons about Christopher Columbus’ egg-balancing theatrics. […]