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Phish; John Paul Jones Arena; Saturday, December 5

Phish; John Paul Jones Arena; Saturday, December 5

As during a full moon, strange things happen when Phish comes to town. Glow sticks burst forth from hidden sources. Clumps of hair mysteriously clump into dreadlocks. On Friday night, I met a man who came to a party wearing a kooky hat. Nobody knew him. He carried with him a case of Mexican beer. […]

Ten steps to a greener Charlottesville

Ten steps to a greener Charlottesville

Even as freezing rains tear autumn’s last leaves from branches, things in the city and county seem to be getting greener. Local greenies are jazzed about a $500,000 grant that’s bankrolling the Local Energy Alliance Program, an initiative that will offer loans to one out of every two homeowners to pay for efficiency upgrades—and will […]

Leading Charlottesville’s green charge

Leading Charlottesville’s green charge

ALLYSON MELLBERG and JEREMY TAYLOR Artists and advocates of nontoxic art materials If it’s not enough that Allyson Mellberg and Jeremy Taylor’s art focuses on the dysfunctional relationship between people and nature, consider what else they’re doing. According to Mellberg, most books about visual art focus on the kinds of toxic materials that artists should […]

Meet Kate Hallahan

Meet Kate Hallahan

About the last thing that comes to mind when you think of yoga is the image of 30 prisoners at the county jail sitting in the lotus position. Kate Hallahan is not trying to change the image of yoga, per se. She is trying to change one aspect of it: availability. “I have a belief […]

The sorry state of saying "I'm sorry"

The sorry state of saying "I'm sorry"

The “perfect” apology, if there is such a thing, can be whittled into three pieces, each of which is well illustrated in a letter that Emily Post dreamt up for 1922’s Etiquette.  READ MORE Regrets only 10 things (of dozens) that deserve an apology Dear Mrs. Neighbor, My gardener has just told me that our […]

Regrets only

Regrets only

1 Moderators for the conservative blog Free Republic allowed readers to post a slew of horrific comments on their website directed at a picture of Malia Obama. Obama was pictured in Italy, wearing a t-shirt with a peace sign on it. One comment mused that the 11-year-old looked like “ghetto street trash,” where someone else […]

Virginia Quarterly Review; Fall 2009

With 20 murders in a population of 750,000, El Paso, Texas was one of the safest cities in America in 2008. Across the border lies Juarez, a city roughly twice the size of El Paso, which in the same period saw 1,600 of its citizens murdered. This is just one among many statistics that begs […]

Monticello part of National Scenic Byway

The Old Carolina Road remains much the same as when it was a popular thoroughfare for Algonquins, Iroquois and colonists traders, who traveled to posts on the North Carolina border. “If Lee or Stonewall Jackson came back to life, they wouldn’t say, ‘Where are we?’” says Bob Coyner. “They’d say, ‘What am I doing in […]

Glengarry Glen Ross; Live Arts; Through October 10

Glengarry Glen Ross; Live Arts; Through October 10

In the first act of Glengarry Glen Ross, pairs of men in suits use bad words and sip hard drinks in a Chinese restaurant. This is the real estate business, a changing industry, and they’re desperate to keep their jobs by any means necessary. The lights are low and the music cheesy as each pair […]

Walking the route that will become the Meadowcreek Parkway

Walking the route that will become the Meadowcreek Parkway

On the day that I set out to walk the future route of the Meadowcreek Parkway, a friend and I spoke about the old Vinegar Hill neighborhood. The vibrant Black community was razed in the early 1960s to make way for Charlottesville’s expanding business district and a north/south road that would connect Ridge Street to […]

Virginia Quarterly Review; Summer 2009

Mahmoud Darwish was a young Palestinian poet living in Haifa, effectively in exile, when he published these words: “I do not hate people/Nor do I encroach/But if I become hungry/The usurper’s flesh will be my food.” It was 1964 when this poem, “Identity Card,” was published, the same year that the Palestine Liberation Organization was […]

Four Seasons EP; The Invisible Hand; Self-released

Four Seasons EP; The Invisible Hand; Self-released

About a year ago, if you asked Adam Smith or Jon Bray of The Invisible Hand if their other band, Truman Sparks, was still together, it was impossible to get a straight answer out of them. One would say it was on hiatus, the other would say it was over, and then each would repeat […]