Father figured?

Dear Ace: I recently heard that someone new has come on the scene to “vindicate” Thomas Jefferson from charges that he was pappy to at least one of Sally Hemings’ kids? Is this true, and who’s rushing to TJ’s rescue?—Peter Familias Well Peter, as you know, the whole little mountain was in a kerfluffle a […]

Starry nights

Bill Cosby. Blackalicious. The Rolling Stones. A year ago, it would have been almost unthinkable that artists this big, this cool, would be coming to little ol’ Charlottesville. And yet here we are on the eve of the 2005-2006 cultural season, and here they are, gracing our stages, playing our clubs, generally rocking our worlds. […]

Sonic boo

Dear Ace: Am I the only one who thinks that the acoustics at the new Downtown Pavilion are a disaster? I went to an event there recently and the music was so distorted that it was painful to listen to. In their haste to finish the project, did they forget to hire an acoustical engineer?—Sore […]