Commonwealth's Attorney Denise Lunsford and attorney Steve Benjamin sparred in court about hearing new evidence before Mark Weiner's sentencing for abduction. Photo: Max March

Legal sniping: Weiner sentencing continued…again

Surely Mark Weiner hoped, going into Albemarle County Circuit Court on December 17 to be sentenced for abduction with intent to defile, the third time would be the charm that sent him home. The now 54-year-old former grocery store manager has been sitting in jail for two years despite what his attorneys say is mounting evidence […]

With clues to the menu unveiled at a recent dinner, excitement is building for Junction, Melissa Close-
Hart’s soon-to-open Mexican restaurant in Belmont. Photo: Jeffrey C. Gleason.

New Close-Hart led kitchen to craft modern Mexican cuisine, Hamiltons’ Sandwich Lab whips up a locally sourced banh mi and more local restaurant news

Junction’s function Even chef Melissa Close-Hart seemed surprised when she revealed the concept behind the new Belmont eatery she’s opening with The Local owner Adam Frazier: It’ll be called Junction and serve up modern Mexican with a touch of “cowboy cuisine” thrown in. Close-Hart said she’s never cooked Tex-Mex professionally—hence the surprise—but said it’s something […]

Chris Rock wrote, directed and stars in Top Five, a story about a comedian dealing with the challenges and triumphs of fame. Photo courtesy of Paramount Pictures.

Film review: Chris Rock comes close in Top Five

Top Five is not Chris Rock’s first time in the director’s chair, but it is the first time he’s seemed truly comfortable sitting there. For far too long, Rock’s film output has been a pale reflection of his fiery, fearless stand-up persona, consisting mostly of awkwardly paced PG-13 fare or misguided romantic farce. Not that […]