Tobias Beard



A crushing development?

A crushing development?

Until very recently, buying wine in Charlottesville was relatively peaceful and, with the exception of the recent statewide flap over winery self-distribution, undisturbed. It worked the way it does everywhere else in the country, operating under the Byzantine, three-tier system of selling alcohol (a throwback to Prohibition), whereby the wineries must sell to distributors, who […]

Winning a losing campaign

Winning a losing campaign

Dennis Kucinich is a kook, yes, but he is a kook on a mission, rocketing out of the small conference room where he's been waiting, head cocked to one side with a look of urgency on his face and a sense of nervous purpose in his stride, through the door and down the hall, where he hits the podium and turns to the crowd with a big grin.

Roots music lover = drug fiend?

Roots music lover = drug fiend?

Scenes from the War On Weed in the war heavy year of 2007: Over the extended weekend of July 25-29, the Blue Ridge Parkway outside of the one-stoplight town of Floyd, Virginia, was crawling with Park Rangers up from Asheville, North Carolina, part of a special Criminal Interdiction Taskforce (CIT) assigned to police the Parkway […]

From the ground up

From the ground up

“Wine’s not expensive compared to what goes into making it. The work of bringing a bottle of wine to someone’s table is extremely varied, with thousands of gestures and centuries of traditions to honor and remember. It’s not an industry, at least not to us.”—Christine Campadieu, co-owner with her husband…

From grape to table: the economics of Lovingston Winery

From grape to table: the economics of Lovingston Winery

Harvest Number of Mexican pickers hired at harvest time: 4 Average each is paid per eight-hour day: $102 Amount of grapes picked on a normal day: 3 tons Total harvest cost: $3,000 In addition to these costs, in 2005 the Pucketts purchased five tons of grapes for an additional cost of $9,000. The Winery Purchase […]

Appetite for Destruction

Appetite for Destruction

cd Scenes from a preteen wasteland. Nineteen-eighty-seven, the year Metal broke, the year I turned 12, the year I first got loaded like a freight train and the year Guns N’ Roses released Appetite For Destruction. It wasn’t Nirvana that killed Metal, it was G N’ R. It was this album. Nothing was ever going […]

How to buy a suit that stinks [with video!]

How to buy a suit that stinks [with video!]

Gentlemen. This, above all else: To thine own size be true.

A story from Ashley Pillar, 28, who has worked at Beecroft & Bull for three and a half years, and in men's clothing since he was 18: "I have a guy, who's like a 38 waist. O.K., he comes in every fall and says, 'Ashley, show me where your 32s are!'

Where's Westhaven at? [with video!]

Where's Westhaven at? [with video!]

Mayor David Brown unzips his shorts, dropping them to his ankles, and removes his shirt. Naked except for a pair of black swim trunks, he climbs up the ladder to the platform, turns to the crowd and raises his arms. "Bring it on!" he says. "Bring it on."

The best wines of my generation

The best wines of my generation

Confidence. That’s the mood filling the room as Al Schornberg, joined by the shining blonde triumvirate of his wife, Cindy, and their two youngest daughters, addresses four or five dozen partygoers. The occasion? The grand opening of Keswick Vineyards’ tasting room. A single overhead light shines down milky white and sickly into the cavernous winery, […]

Zen and the art of Monkeyclaus maintenance

Zen and the art of Monkeyclaus maintenance

In 1995, on a couch in Boston, Peter Agelasto sat up suddenly and said, “Monkeyclaus! That’s what I’m going to do with the rest of my life!” He then went to India to try and figure out what that meant. Going bananas: Matthew Clark (left) and Abel Okugawa (right) behind the boards for a recording […]

"Brothers Manor" by Han West

"Brothers Manor" by Han West

The following trailer is courtesy of Han West. His film, "Brothers Manor," will be premiering on Wednesday, May 2nd. [Read more in this week's C-VILLE story Casting Movies in a New Light]   For more work by Han West go to:www.irisincus.com

Friendly firearms

I am with a colleague at a gun show in Richmond, talking to an ex-cop selling stun guns. I’m looking for evidence of the so-called gun show loophole: the fact that licensed dealers must conduct background checks on purchasers of guns at gun shows, but private individuals can sell their guns at the same shows […]

Coke is the real thing

Robin Williams, no stranger to nose candy, once said, “Cocaine is God’s way of telling you you’re making too much money.” Well, “there’s a lot of money in this town,” an inmate at our local jail told me. Now in his early 30s, he’s been selling coke in Charlottesville since he was 14. It turns […]

We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank

We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank

cd Fourteen years, countless drunken concerts and six albums later, Isaac Brock and his band, Modest Mouse, are one of the few surviving pre-Strokes indie rock bands that still matter. On their new album, We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank, much of what made them matter still thrives: Brock’s feral, coyote-on-fire voice, the […]

Obama, where art thou?

Obama, where art thou?

The Virginia Democrats want it bad. Their breathing is becoming heavy and unseemly tendrils of drool are stretching down towards their chests. They are hungry. The Commonwealth, by all rights, should be theirs.

Class consciousness

Class consciousness

Rose Hill and Lindsay Michie Eades move plastic tables and chairs into position in a fluorescent lit, cinderblock room deep inside the Albemarle Charlottesville Regional Jail. Outside, past numerous green metal doors heavy enough to excise a finger, down labyrinthine halls that split randomly, comes the sound of voices and laughter, and the jingle of […]

Art and consomme

Art and consomme

It is a Saturday morning in early January and Will Richey is making breakfast. He arrived at Revolutionary Soup, the restaurant he owns on the Downtown Mall, a little before 8 …

This way out

This way out

His face looks like crushed gravel. Tall, thin and concave as a question mark, the man stands silently beside a cart upon which is piled a leaning tower of crap: blow-up figures on sticks—Batman, Superman, SpongeBob Squarepants—toy guns and swords, tasseled wands, and police kits replete with badges, nightsticks and handcuffs. This fellow, or others […]

Woman on the verge?

Woman on the verge?

The sky is dark, wrapped around the UVA Chapel, and the wind feels fit to bring down trees. Well below the deep brown, barrel-vaulted ceiling, Sarah White and the Pearls are setting up to play a gig…