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The Velvet Rut

The Velvet Rut

cd Don’t be surprised when Paul Curreri lurches at you like a Southern gothic balladeer, a red-handed Nick Cave character, on “Mantra,” the first track on The Velvet Rut. Named for the comfortable clutches that Charlottesville wraps residents in, Curreri’s new record is certainly one of comfort and routine—The Velvet Rut includes contributions from and […]

So much to read, so little time

So much to read, so little time

The Lilith Fair of literature, the Coachella of covers, the Woodstock of words (too much?) is upon our city and, with hundreds of thousands of pages published among them, the 300 or so guests on hand for the event have a lot of knowledge to drop for bookworms and brainiacs of all ages. The problem […]

Crash into me!

Crash into me!

There are 156 miles of roads in Charlottesville. Add about 87,000 licensed drivers to those twists and turns-housands of moving parts in a small space—physics (and common sense) tells you that nothing good is going to come of it.

Red, yellow, green

Red Light: Stop! After trial runs in Northern Virginia and Virginia Beach, “photo-red” technology—a system of cameras designed to snag pictures of red light runners—seems poised to make drivers around the state think twice about arriving at busy intersections “fashionably late.” Virginia’s House of Delegates approved a preliminary version of the legislation on February 5 […]

Watching the cars go by

Watching the cars go by

The Intelligent Transportation System Center is the strangest room of the Public Works building on Fourth Street NW. The exterior of the building suggests no particular purpose; same goes for the beige interior. Moreover, the ITSC is dark, the only sources of light coming from two walls holding eight monitors, each portraying a city intersection, […]

Charlottesville’s deadliest roads

Charlottesville’s deadliest roads

Charlottesville registered no traffic fatalities in 2006, but eight people died on Albemarle County roads. The ages of those killed stretch from 17 to 84, but in five of these cases, the passenger killed was under 24. A few of the accidents yielded no proof of cause, but analyses of tire marks, car positions and […]

Jeff Tweedy, with Tin Cup Prophette

Jeff Tweedy, with Tin Cup Prophette

music Halfway through their sleek, glacial opening set, Tin Cup Prophette’s Bjork-channeling lead singer offered her thanks to Jeff Tweedy, frontman for the rock group Wilco. “It’s great when super-successful artists can bring ‘risks’ on tour,” she said before introducing another tune mired in the looped plucks of a violin. But what makes a risk? […]

29N fire station breaks ground

29N fire station breaks ground

After mutual words of thanks between some County Supervisors and the County’s Department of Fire Rescue, the group of men gathered behind the podium on Lonesome Pine Lane picked up their shovels—each labeled with a sharp “Fire Rescue” logo—and dug into the Hollymead ground. By next fall, Lonesome Pine Lane will be replaced by an […]

Pop goes The Dreamers

Pop goes The Dreamers

The Dreamers are in day two of their five-day recording session at the Music Resource Center(www.musicresourcecenter.org) on Ridge Street. The mixing room is packed with bodies: Three UVA students share a sofa with two sixth graders from Walker Middle School, singer Heather Maxwell stands beside the mixing board with MRC Outreach Coordinator Damani Harrison. All […]

George Strait, with Ronnie Milsap, and Taylor Swift

George Strait, with Ronnie Milsap, and Taylor Swift

music “Anything but country” is a common sentiment among music snobs, as in “I love Radiohead and the Wu-Tang Clan…really, anything but country.” In Sex, Drugs and Cocoa Puffs, Chuck Klosterman hogties this statement—fans of most music genres can find something to appreciate in songs about trucks and dogs. But Klosterman never addresses the other […]

Beat reporting at University heart center

Peter Jump, director of public relations for the UVA Health System, is eager to share some numbers from the UVA Heart and Vascular (H&V) Center (www.healthsystem.virginia.edu). This is why. Spurred by a study of 365 hospitals by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI), sources from The New York Times to USA Today published […]

On the sixth day: Man rests, loses job

When Randy White began work as a medical supply clerk at the UVA Medical Center (www.virginia.edu/hlth.html) in May of 2005, he was asked by a supervisor to work one weekend per month. White explained to his supervisor that he is a Seventh-day Adventist and does not work from dusk on Friday to dusk on Saturday. […]

Blackout at the theater

Blackout at the theater

Bob Chapel spent the entirety of last year on sabbatical: three weeks teaching at the Russian Academy of Theatre Arts in Moscow, directing The Laramie Project at the University of Michigan, and spending a semester as artist in residence at the University of Tasmania.

Hello, Charlottesburgh!

Hello, Charlottesburgh!

Soon, every restaurant in town will seat patrons on stacks of Marshall amps, and replace all silverware with guitar picks. Arenas in town will host the same epic acts as cities like Detroit and Los Angeles. 2006 made our little city a mandatory stop for the powerhouses of rock ’n’ roll. Next year, watch as […]

How to arrest a hooker on Cherry Avenue

When officer Joe Brown returned to work at the Charlottesville Police Department after several weeks off, Sergeant Marc Brake noticed a change in the man’s appearance. Brown “had grown a beard, looked kinda scraggly,” according to Brake. Officer Brown’s appearance was a contrast to his clean, efficient skills: “A lot of tactical experience, experience as […]

Man files suit against UVA Med Center

After two years of consideration, 60-year-old Wilbert Johnson filed a suit against the UVA Medical Center on November 7 at the U.S. District Court in Charlottesville. Johnson, a resident of Gordonsville, seeks $350,000 in damages from the medical center after he was discharged without “adequate evaluation,” following a fall that he took in his home […]

Rutherford Institute backs chaplain’s suit

Rutherford Institute backs chaplain’s suit

Chaplain Gordon Klingenschmitt, a lieutenant in the U.S. Navy, disobeyed orders when he appeared in uniform at a Washington, D.C. protest on March 30 and offered a prayer “in Jesus’ name.” Klingenschmitt was court marshalled on September 14, and received a suspended fine and a reprimand. “Three little words,” says John Whitehead of Charlottesville’s Rutherford […]

Statues and the city

Statues and the city

On Thursday, October 26, UVA anthropology Professor and architectural history Chairman Dell Upton spoke with a group of students, faculty and civilians about how the architecture of civil rights memorials in the South speaks to a city, and how the memorials may affect the future.
Upton stuck to memorials based on the summer of 1964, or “Freedom Summer,” a peak year in voter registration drives and nonviolent protests by African Americans.