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. […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 “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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
If mistakes were made, why not apologize?
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 […]
There are few places in Charlottesville that you don’t visit unless you know someone there.
From left, Amanda, Diana, Dan, and Liz Welch. The day before we met, Amanda Welch had returned from a run of events to promote a memoir she co-wrote with her siblings, The Kids Are All Right. The book is about the process of losing both parents at a young age, in a span of four […]
Scandinavian legend has it that in April of 1991, the lead singer of the Norwegian black metal band Mayhem, who went by the name Dead, committed suicide in a remote cabin owned by the band outside Oslo.
At its meeting last Tuesday, The County Planning Commission voted unanimously to renew the Sugar Hollow Agricultural and Forestal District, near White Hall.
“I don’t remember any of that,” writes Liz Welch in The Kids Are All Right, a heart-rending new memoir she co-authored with her brother and two sisters about their transition from members of an elite Connecticut family to orphans and outcasts. The book shifts in perspective between the four Welch siblings, whose ages span more […]
It was as if the rainiest night of the summer didn’t come until the first week of autumn. Lucinda Williams, awaiting showtime, was sheltered in one of two identical tour buses behind the Charlottesville Pavilion. Across the Ninth Street Bridge a small group of folks, many of whom appeared to be friends, was assembled at […]
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 […]
The town hall style meeting, attended by some 50 supporters, focused on soliciting local opinions about the best way to foster a continuing dialogue between individual voices and the highest figures in federal politics.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]