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Abode: Could you land a job with Merry Maids?

Abode: Could you land a job with Merry Maids?

1. Which of the following is a fabulous remedy for cleaning up spills in your oven?A. Inviting your mom over. B. Tossing a towel in there and waiting a few months.C. Sprinkling the spill with salt while the oven’s still hot, then wiping with a sponge once it’s cooled.D. A hose. 2. Crumpled-up, black-and-white newsprint […]

Abode: Not-so-nice and clean

Abode: Not-so-nice and clean

You can’t get away without cleaning your house. (Well, you can hire someone to do it for you, but if you’re reading this we bet you fall just outside that particular category.) And no amount of supermarket-style perkiness can disguise the, well, down-and-dirty nature of the chore. You’re on your knees, you’re up to your […]

Abode: Entertain this

Abode: Entertain this

Well, now you’ve done it. You’re throwing a dinner party in one hour. The soufflé is in the oven and well on its way to greatness, well-chosen wines are chilling or breathing according to their needs, and oh-so-tasteful music is cued up on the stereo. And your house is a frigging mess. Here’s how to […]

Abode: A greener clean

Abode: A greener clean

Yes, disinfecting is important (see above). And no, you can’t do it with your Superman laser-gaze. But that doesn’t mean you need bleach. “People think there’s nothing else that can disinfect, but it’s just not true,” says Elizabeth Dance, owner of local earth-friendly cleaning service Eco Clean. Dance uses hydrogen peroxide instead, which lacks bleach’s […]

“Fernand Léger: Contrasts of Forms”

“Fernand Léger: Contrasts of Forms”

gallery The 13 works gathered here fill a single, smallish room that many museumgoers will walk through too quickly. Besides holding works from a crucial, concentrated period in Léger’s development, the room also serves as a passageway between two other rooms. That makes it the perfect space for a show that reveals an artist who […]

Builders hunt for a greener way

Builders hunt for a greener way

It was the kind of January day when energy use runs high: gray and stubbornly chilly. In a stuffy second-floor classroom in the Albemarle County Office Building, a window was propped open with a coffee cup, leaking heat and lending a certain irony to the occasion: an EarthCraft House (www.earthcrafthouse.com) training session, in which about […]

“Beyond the Frontier: The Photography of Peter Eve”

“Beyond the Frontier: The Photography of Peter Eve”

gallery Just like the United States, Australia lives with a messy history of contact between its Aboriginal people and the Europeans who arrived later. When this relationship erupts into art, if anything, more questions arise—as with Peter Eve’s photographs of the Kimberley region, paired with paintings by Aboriginal artists from that area. Bold portraits like […]

2006 was runner-up

2006 was runner-up

The real estate market in greater Charlottesville once stood astride a lofty peak, but now it’s packed up its trail mix and water bottle to head back down the mountain. Sounds a little ho-hum, right? That’s exactly what Dave Phillips, CEO of the Charlottesville Area Association of Realtors (CAAR) (www.caar.com), predicts for 2007: “Everyone will […]

Legislative help for small wineries

Legislative help for small wineries

Last July, the landscape changed radically for small Virginia wineries. No, the rolling hills didn’t flatten. Instead, the wineries lost the right to put cases of their own Viognier in their own trucks and drive them down to the local grocery store. Now State Delegate Chris Saxman of Staunton wants to reinstate that right for […]

Innisfree store to move eastward

Innisfree store to move eastward

In a tiny space in the Jefferson Theater, there’s a store with a big heart. Innisfree World Artisans takes its name from Crozet’s Innisfree Village (www.innisfreevillage.org), a community of mentally challenged adults, and sells village residents’ crafts (woven placemats and scarves, wooden cutting boards, and granola) as well as items from Ten Thousand Villages and […]

Dean Dass and Clay Witt, "Dark/Light"

Dean Dass and Clay Witt, "Dark/Light"

art Collaboration tends to attract a lot of puzzled-sounding critical ink—who made which part, whether the match is fruitful—but when artists with compatible interests work together, the work speaks for itself. Divisions of authorship, real estate-style, are not really the point, as Dean Dass and Clay Witt’s show beautifully illustrates. Each artist contributes a body […]

Attack of the turkey-snatchers

Attack of the turkey-snatchers

Tuesday: The final countdown

Today – through a series of exercises in shopping and cleaning – you’re going to liberate your inner hausfrau. (And yes, men, you have one of those too.) It’s the last day you have to get the house ready before the hordes descend. So find the frilliest apron in the house, do some quick stretches, and let’s get to it!

Hardware store sells for undisclosed amount

Hardware store sells for undisclosed amount

As first reported in C-VILLE on October 31, Mall stalwart The Hardware Store will soon wrap up its three-decade run and put away its toolboxes, condiments and all, for good. Owners Stan and Marilyn Epstein have sold the four-storey building, which houses not only their restaurant but a number of smaller businesses like Race Jewelers and Art Upstairs.

Groovers and shakers

“Charlottesville”? Sometimes it seems like they may as well call it “Musicville.” From eager bards lining up at open-mic nights to secretive electronica geeks hunkering in basements, this town has more than its share of musicians. With many would-be stars orbiting the community, perhaps it’s natural that someone would serve as a center of gravity. […]

Condo sales doing just fine, thanks

Here’s one consequence of a pricey real estate market: Smaller dwellings will always be in demand. Locally, that means that even though the real estate market is officially in the cooler, condo sales continue to simmer along, nice and warm. As C-VILLE reported last week, third-quarter numbers from the Charlottesville Area Association of Realtors (CAAR) show a 20 percent drop in the number of overall sales compared to the same quarter last year. Still, anecdotal evidence shows that condos are still a fairly hot commodity.

Real estate market slows to “reasonable”

After you’ve been to Disney World, the Tilt-a-Whirl at the county fair seems a little disappointing. Similarly, after the wild ride that was local real estate in 2005, this year’s tamer market would seem to signal that housing prices and sales are seriously slowing. But in its third-quarter market report, the Charlottesville Area Association of […]

Talkin’ ’bout their generation.

Rock ‘n’ roll lives The Sandridge house in Ivy is an unlikely home for rock ‘n’ roll. A yellow Labrador runs laps in the backyard of this cedar-sided ranch home with a mountain view while two girls, just home from elementary school, bounce a kickball back and forth on the patio. The SUV and a […]

Brush with greatness

There’s a cliché in the art world: the reluctant teacher. Many artists take teaching jobs for the steady paycheck and to stay connected to art—not because teaching itself is their calling. And often these teachers are just a little resentful: students, grade books and faculty meetings come to seem like burdens that eat into studio […]

Hazy Days

Once upon a time, Virginia had clear air. From the northern end of Shenandoah National Park, people often say, you could look east and see the Washington Monument, more than 65 miles away. Today that almost never happens. Average visibility from Shenandoah has decreased from 115 miles to just 25. Shenandoah perennially appears on lists […]

Global Crossings

For a small Southern town, Charlottesville’s looking mighty international these days. Locals can taste chicken souvlaki, examine a Panamanian carving, sip Indian tea, and watch a weaver repair a Persian rug—all within a couple of blocks of the east end of the Downtown Mall. In fact, the area is growing into an enclave of internationally […]

Weed whackers

They say that in Charlottesville, the guy who serves your coffee probably has a PhD. Increasingly, the coffeeshop where he works likely serves another function too: art gallery. In the past several years, all over town, new art spaces have proliferated—in restaurants and boutiques, and as cooperatives and nonprofits. The town’s concentration of visual art […]

Pooling Resources

There’s a truck with a trailer driving in the deep end!” says Pat Healy, looking out from a window in the clubhouse at Fry’s Spring Beach Club at the crater where a 100-meter swimming pool used to be. On this bright February day, it looks more like a giant, muddy hole, shored up with remnants […]

Buddha with Chutzpah

Roberta Culbertson is not the first or only person in Charlottesville to discover, with the help of Eastern philosophy, that, as she says, “everyday stuff is spiritual. Every moment is a spiritual moment.” Indeed, the mystical and airy influence of a one-world approach to living has taken firm hold here. Just look at the meditation […]

On the Right Track

just over the crest of the hill, you see a plume of smoke escape. Instead of the low, familiar, chugging sound, however, you hear infectious music, a sound you haven’t heard before. Slowly Old School Freight Train comes into view—and begins to pick up steam. The band, which is based in Charlottesville, has recently enjoyed […]

Karl Kimbler

When Karl Kimbler talks about teaching photography, he means more than explaining what a light meter is. “I think of myself as a social activist, and this is my little contribution,” says the onetime student of sociology. “Instead of being passive receivers, we’ve helped people become active participants in creating visual images.” Amateur photographers from […]