“We’re going to do something.” -Tom Burnett, a passenger on United 93, in a phone conversation with his wife, Deena, 9:54 a.m., September 11, 2001
Akeelah and the Bee (PG, 112 minutes) In case you hadn’t noticed, Hollywood is in the midst of a red-hot spelling bee craze. In the wake of Spellbound and… um, Bee Season, comes this drama about an 11-year-old girl from South Los Angeles who tries to make it to the National Spelling Bee. The story […]
Any “Brady Bunch” groupie will fondly remember Sam the Butcher, Alice’s longtime boyfriend, who took her on bowling dates and kept the Bradys well supplied with his best cuts of meat.
Two veterans of the local music scene release their second CD this Thursday night at The Gravity Lounge. Keyboardist Mike Sokolowski and bassist Houston Ross have been playing together as Soko since 1990. At last count, Sokolowski estimates that more than 20 musicians have cycled through the band at various times, including Leroi Moore. […]
With the ratings for “American Idol” higher than ever, and the approval ratings for President Bush lower than ever, it would seem an ideal time to unveil American Dreamz, Paul Weitz’s satiric jab at our country’s military-entertainment complex.
“This is a depressing movie!” writer-director Nicole Holofcener recently told Salon about Friends with Money, her quote-unquote comedy about a group of Los Angelinos who\’ve been together since before any of them had a real job.
American Dumpster’s much-anticipated new CD, Rumor Mill, will see the light of day this month, and there are plenty of opportunities to get out, see a great band and pick up that record. May 18 is the official release date, and there will be a catered release party at a location to be disclosed in the very near future. The Dumpsters will also play at The Corner Plan 9 on May 20. Recorded at Sound of Music, the disc is a fine representation of Christian Breeden’s tunes fleshed out by the swampy groove of the band.
It\’s been around a month and a half since Restaurantarama first detected a certain lovely smell wafting across the Downtown Mall.
As I was looking back and reminiscing on the websites I\’ve pushed on people in the year since I began professionally pushing websites, I was shocked and appalled to realize that while I\’ve waxed poetic about some of the most random websites that the wacky World Wide Web has to offer, I\’ve neglected to praise some of the most obvious.
First Friday is a monthly art event featuring exhibit openings at many Downtown art galleries. Several spaces offer receptions with wine, cheese and snacks.
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What a bizarre season this has been. Virtually no frontrunners have emerg-ed, like, at all. (By contrast, Randal was clearly earmarked as the victor from the beginning last season.)
This Friday evening, April 28th, you can catch one of the series of music and arts shows put on by painter Lee Alter. Alter’s studio is located at 109 E. Jefferson St., in a building that is one of the oldest in town (and was formerly the site for town meetings and dances). The building, […]
The Cyndra Van Clief Jazz Sextet wrapped up the season at The Cardinal CafÃ© in Scottsville this past Sunday night. The sextet plays jazz music from the 1930s, and features vocals, piano, bass, guitar and flute. Van Clief says she is very excited about playing Scottsville, which is her adopted hometown, and also where her church (she sings in the choir) is located. Cardinal CafÃ© presented the band’s premiere performance, and you can look for them to play more around town. I got to ask Van Clief about the music that she and the band like to play.
The UVA Department of Music takes a page (or trashcan lid)
from Stomp! on Wednesday, April 26. Under the direction
of I-Jen Fang, the drumming ensemble performs “A Night
of Percussion” at Old Cabell Hall, featuring classical to
contemporary music on non-pitched drums of all description. Free, 8pm. 924-3984.
outdoorsRegister individually or as a team for the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life. The race runs 8am, May 13 to 8am, May 14, on the Monticello High School track. 978-7423, (800) ACS-2345. www.cancer.org. musicSaturday, June 3, WCKY presents Countryfest 2006 with Montgomery Gentry at the Pavilion. Special guest Jason Michael Carroll will also appear. […]
Attention, pig lovers! Long an isolated mainstay way out on East Market Street, Jinx’s Pit’s Top is set to make an entrance on the Downtown scene. You may have noticed that the Downtown Mall kiosk has been bursting with flowers in recent weeks, thanks to the entrepreneurship of Betty Jo Dominick. Any day now, Jinx Kern will be supplying her with boxed barbecue lunches schlepped over from his tiny original location.
The pork will be tucked amongst the blooms during the noon hour, and also at dinnertime on Fridays After 5. For $6, says Jinx, you’ll get a barbecue sandwich, along with coleslaw and some cucumber saladâ”both of which we’re rather famous for,” he notes.
Jinx says this is the first toehold in a long-term plan for Downtown Jinxifica-tion. “I hope ultimately not just to be up there by proxy, but to have my own place on the Mall,” he says. We’ll lobby for seating when that day finally comes.
We love reader recipe requests around here, and we hate to disappoint loyal fans. So, when a reader asked us to “track down the absolutely delicious red pepper sauce from Sticks and publish it for the benefit of everyone’s taste buds,” we immediately placed a call to busy restaurateur Bill Hamilton. Not only is Hamilton co-owner of the Preston and Pantops Sticks locations, but he also oversees, with his wife, Kate, their eponymous establishment on the Downtown Mall. While Hamilton was incredibly gracious and willing to share a recipe with us, the red pepper sauce was, unfortunately, a bit too top-secret for that. He did choose a fine substitute, however, that also has red pepper as an ingredient: Sticks’ Grilled Vegetable Gazpacho. “This soup is very popular, and seasonally appropriate,” Hamilton tells us. It’s also easy and delicious, as well.’Pam Jiranek
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To hear Fabio Esposito tell it, the pizza business just won’t leave him alone. When he opens Fabio’s N.Y. Pizza in the former High Street Pizza Hut building next month, Esposito will draw on seven years of experience running the original Fabio’s N.Y. Pizza in Gordonsville. “‘Your kitchen is our second kitchen,'” he recalls his Gordonsville customers telling him, before he and his wife Elena sold the place two years ago.
Thank You for Smoking – R, 92 minutes
Now playing at Regal Downtown Mall 6
For times call 817-FILM
Take the Lead – PG-13, 108 minutes
Now playing at Carmike Cinema 6
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Recalling the exact moment when he was inspired to turn the hills and forests around Charlottesville into a blood-splattered battlefield, where armed horsemen, martial-arts madmen and men with laser guns hunt humans for sport, David Lee Stewart cracks a smile and chuckles, “I guess it started with a cave.”
Tickets are already on sale for Patty Larkin’s concert at The Gravity Lounge on Sunday, May 7. 977-5590. www.gravity lounge.com.
Feel good! James Brown comes to the Pavilion May 25. Tickets are at www. charlottesvillepavilion.com. 877-CPAV-TIX, and all Plan 9 locations.
Get your tickets now for America’s Wetland Revival Tour, featuring Wynton Marsalis, Neville Brothers and Dr. John. June 11 at the Pavilion. www.charlottesvillepavilion. com. 877-CPAV-TIX, and Plan 9 locations.