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JUNE 12 –18, 2024 CHARLOTTESVILLE’S NEWS AND ARTS WEEKLY C-VILLE.COM FREE EZE AMOS There's broader context for the Jacob Dix torch mistrial PAGE 11 Shannon Spence gives it her all in graphic novel Burn it Down! PAGE 31 TIMELESS treasure
old watch reminds a son of his father's lingering lessons
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Michael Moriarty revisits memories of his father upon finding an old Timex.


11 Bob Good and John McGuire face off in the 5th district primary.

13 The trial of an August 11 protester results in a hung jury.

15 Real Estate Weekly: Louisa County tiny homes are now allowed with change to state building code.

31 Extra: Musician and cartoon artist Shannon Spence pairs tunes with ‘toons.

Preview: Musical explorers The Arcadian Wild play The Jefferson Theater on June 12.

Screens: Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga outpaces its predecessors.



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Web Accessibility Specialist Kevin Andrews in the HotSeat.


In last week’s issue, we incorrectly stated Jonathan Kropko’s role in a caption and pull quote. Kropko is a data scientist with Code for Charlottesville.

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Hello, Charlottesville. Thank you for reading C-VILLE Weekly.

When this week’s cover story, a creative nonfiction piece in which writer Michael Moriarty is reminded of hard-won lessons from his father upon recovering a vintage Timex, came through my inbox, I was immediately intrigued. It isn’t often that we run what feels like a chapter of a memoir in our pages, and for that reason I hesitated to commit to it as a full-on feature. But it resonated with me, and I have a feeling it might resonate with you, too.


I wasn’t very close with my own father, though after he passed I inherited several of his artworks, which now hang on my living room wall. But when my mom died last April, I had an awfully hard time separating person from possessions. She owned several vintage stores throughout her lifetime, which translated to mountains of jewelry, china, and linens left behind–not to mention her own supplies for making art and crafting (read: an ocean’s-worth of beads). I kept a fair amount, knowing how much my mother loved her things and hoping they’d help me feel her presence even in her absence.

Of course, a person’s possessions aren’t all that’s left of them after they’re gone. But as Michael shares in his piece, his dad’s old Timex has become a kind of conduit in the years since he passed, a throughline for the memories—good, bad, and ugly—the author continues to relive.

I hope you open yourself to this story for the same reasons I did: the complexities of death’s burdens on the living, the intricate (and sometimes delicate) relationship between parent and child, and the vulnerability it took to put it all on the page.

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School’s out

Charlottesville City and Albemarle County Public Schools are officially out for the summer. Final exercises began May 31 with Western Albemarle’s ceremony, and finished with Charlottesville High School’s on June 6, putting a cap on graduation season. Rising K-12 students wrapped up classes on Friday, June 7. Congratulations to the class(es) of 2024!

Inside addition

In other education news, construction crews have started work on the interior of the new Charlottesville Middle School building. To commemorate the milestone, on June 7, Buford Middle School students and staff signed a steel beam set to become part of the new gymnasium. The four-story academic building is on track to open before the start of the 2025-2026 school year, though only seventh and eighth grade students will move to the new facility at that time.

Fatal fire investigation

The Albemarle County Fire Marshal’s Office is investigating a fatal residential fire that occurred over the weekend. Albemarle County Fire Rescue responded to a reported residential fire in the 6000 block of Monacan Trail Road at approximately 5:10pm on June 8. One person was home at the time of the fire and died as a result of their injuries. At press time, the identity of the deceased has not been released, and the cause of the fire does not appear suspicious.

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So (not) long!

Georgia Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene, widely labeled as a Donald Trump fangirl who approaches topics like alleged space lasers and fringe internet theories with bizarre confidence, made an appearance at the Albemarle County Office Building on Wednesday, June 5.

She and a posse of supporters pulled up in a bus with a large portrait of Trump on its side. They had a message for the people of Charlottesville. The only problem? No one could hear it over the hordes of protestors.

“Make Authoritarianism Go Away,” “Try being nice, Margie,” and “Y’all means all” drowned out the congresswoman’s megaphone speech.

Greene is allegedly on the campaign trail for John McGuire, the candidate challenging Congressman Bob Good for the 5th District representative seat in the upcoming GOP primary. She publicly called Good a “backstabbing traitor” for endorsing Ron DeSantis for president rather than Trump.

Three minutes passed from the time Greene entered and exited the rally, marketed as an opportunity to “stand up for MAGA” and vote early. The crowd cheered as Greene and her train of Trump devotees got back on their red, white, and blue bus and exited the “belly of the beast,” as McGuire later dubbed it on Facebook.

“We can’t afford backstabbers when the USA is at stake,” he wrote. “Trump needs loyal fighters by his side. Thank you to MTG and to my bad ass supporters for standing up to that mob.”

‘Hoos on first

The UVA Cavaliers baseball team is headed back to the Men’s College World Series for the third time in four seasons and their seventh overall appearance in program history. Facing Kansas State in the first ever meeting between the two teams, the No. 12 Hoos beat the Wildcats 7-4 on Friday, June 7, and 10-4 Saturday, June 8,

to sweep the best-of-three series in front of two sold-out crowds at Disharoon Park.

Clutch hitting was the story of the series, with 15 of the 17 runs UVA scored in the Super Regional coming with two outs. After leading just 5-4 in the bottom of the eighth inning of Game 2, the Cavalier bats came up big in the

top of the ninth, driving in five more runs before shutting the door on K-State with a 1-2-3 out bottom of the ninth. The Wahoos now head to Omaha, Nebraska, where they will try to win their second MCWS, having won it all in 2015. As of press time, the match-ups for the first round series have yet to be determined.

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Georgia Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene could barely get a word in edgewise during her June 5 appearance at the Albemarle County Office Building.
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The Good fight

Virginia’s high-profile 5th district primary election draws to a close

As the Republican primary in Virginia’s 5th district reaches a conclusion on June 18, a poll released by the Virginia Faith & Freedom Coalition shows Virginia Senator John McGuire (R-Goochland) with a 10 percent lead over his opponent, incumbent Rep. Bob Good (R-VA).

Despite Good’s position as the head of the ultra-conservative House Freedom Caucus and his professed loyalty to the GOP shotcaller, former President and recently convicted felon Donald Trump, his endorsement of presidential candidate and Florida Governor Ron DeSantis in early May seems to have been what soured the Trump loyalists against his campaign. McGuire received the former president’s seal of approval on May 28, quickly capitalizing on Trump’s popularity in the deeply red 5th district as the former president’s account on his Truth Social platform accused Good of being “BAD for Virginia” and saying he had “turned his back on our incredible movement.”

A little over 48 hours after this endorsement of his opponent, Good’s problems appeared to only get worse, as Trump’s lawyers sent the Congressman a cease-and-desist letter over campaign signage featuring both Good’s and Trump’s names, accusing Good of being “a fraud.”

“It has come to our attention that your campaign is producing yard signs purporting to indicate President Trump’s endorsement of your candidacy,” the letter from attorney David Warrington read. “You know that is false. In fact, President Trump has endorsed your opponent, John McGuire.”

Many residents of the 5th district will likely know that the signs in question pre-

both names are still being distributed at campaign events in the area.

As the primary entered its final weeks, it appeared to be smooth sailing for McGuire, who has run in successive elections in recent years at both the federal and state levels. Then, on June 6, an open letter was released from the 5th District Republican Committee to Trump bearing the signatures of prominent local Republicans, urging the former president to reconsider his endorsement.

“[McGuire] has a history of lying to the voters and only representing his own ambitions rather than the needs of his constituents. In 2023, he repeatedly told voters that he would not run against Congressman Bob Good only to file to run for Congress less than 2 weeks after he was elected to the Vir-

Melissa Dart. Then, in 2019, he ran for reelection successfully against Democrat Juanita Jo Matkins and again in 2021. In 2020 and 2022, he launched unsuccessful bids for U.S. Congress in the 7th district, losing to Nick Freitas and Yesli Vega, respectively, both of whom would go on to lose the general election to Rep. Abigail Spanberger. In 2023, he ran for State Senate unopposed in District 10, and while his promises of not running against Good are unconfirmed, he did announce one week after winning his seat—and prior to taking his oath of office—that he was running for the 5th District of Virginia in the United States Congress.

McGuire, a veteran and owner of a personal training company called Seal Team Physical Training, wouldn’t be the first pri-

made national headlines and was described by the LA Times as “one of the greatest political upsets in modern times,” with Cantor out-spending Brat 40-to-1.

According to VPAP, as of March 31, Good had raised $855,792 to McGuire’s $496,447. Their expenditure data was not yet available at press time, but independent expenditures—money that third party groups had spent to run ads for or against one of the candidates—totaled to almost $8.5 million.

Pro-McGuire and anti-Good ads totaled to just over $5 million, and pro-Good/antiMcGuire ads accounted for the other $3.5.

Andre Henline, a Louisa County business owner and long-time Republican, said that he was “team McGuire.” When asked if he could articulate why, he said that it was a combination of McGuire’s personal touch and Good’s incessant attack ads.

“I’ve met [McGuire] a handful of times in Mineral,” he said. “[Good’s] campaign is bugging the shit out of me. His campaign smearing [the opponent] really turns me off.” Neither candidate is without controversy. McGuire’s presence at the January 6 riot at the capitol—though he says he never entered the capitol building—has been a frequent point of contention for his detractors. Good, however, is a proud member of what is informally called the “Sedition Caucus,” a disparaging nickname for the members of the house and senate who voted not to certify the election of Joe Biden. Former Capitol Police Officer Michael Fanone recently said publicly that both Good and McGuire should be barred from holding public office because of their support of the former president’s actions in 2020.

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Misfire trial

Case of first impression ends in hung jury

After almost seven years of waiting, 14 months of preparation and legal wrangling, and three days of trial before the Albemarle County Circuit Court for Jacob Joseph Dix, Judge H. Thomas Padrick Jr. declared a mistrial Friday, June 7, after the jury spent 12 hours over two days deliberating, only to find themselves hopelessly deadlocked.

Dix, 29, of Clarksville, Ohio, was charged with burning an object to intimidate, a class 6 felony, for his participation in the infamous torch rally on UVA Grounds in 2017.

The trial was what is known as a case of “first impression,” when a law or legal interpretation is challenged in court for the first time. As Dix’s case was the first time Virginia Code “§ 18.2-423.01. Burning object on property of another or a highway or other public place with intent to intimidate” would be tried in a court of law, in dispute was the definition of “burning an object.” It was a legal quandary predicted by former Commonwealth’s Attorney Robert Tracci in a September 2019 opinion piece for C-VILLE Weekly:

“The statute refers to ‘[burning] an object.’ The question could arise—and would in criminal law—as to whether carrying a burning torch falls within the definitional scope of burning an object. That alone could prevent a prosecution. While this memorandum distinguished the May and October torch-lit rallies from the August 11, 2017, events on UVA Grounds, the ‘threshold problem’ conforming a tiki torch to the burning objects statute presents in all three rallies.”

The aforementioned statute was itself codified as a replacement to a Jim Crow-era law banning the burning of crosses, which was struck down by the U.S. Supreme Court. Codified in 1950, it was intended to help prosecute Ku Klux Klan members for racial violence. In the ruling that struck the law from the books, Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor took issue with the part of the Virginia statute that allowed a jury to infer the intent of the accused.

Then-candidate for Albemarle County Commonwealth’s Attorney James Hingeley criticized Tracci’s interpretation of the law and subsequent refusal to charge anyone with the torch rally. On the campaign trail in 2019, CNN quoted him mentioning the untested burning to intimidate statute explicitly:

“There are so many people in our community … who were there on August 11 who were terrorized by torch-wielding terrorists,” he said at the time. “There’s a law, a burning objects law, that says they can be prosecuted, but our prosecutor’s not doing that.”

The trial for Jacob Dix, an Ohio man charged with burning an object to intimidate, ended in a hung jury after 12 hours of deliberation.

Now three years into his four-year term, Hingeley would finally obtain the indictments he promised on the campaign trail. However, if he and his office were looking for his day in court, Dix’s defense attorney, Charlottesville’s Peter Frazier, had other plans. After two judges recused themselves last November due to personal involvement in the matter, Frazier put forward a motion for the prosecutor, Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney W. Lawton Tufts, to be removed from the case due to his prior work with anti-racist protesters and past comments about “fighting nazis.”

Despite being in front of the bench for much of the early work in the case, Hingeley came in to fight against Tufts’ removal, telling the Daily Progress that fighting against fascists and white nationalism is the pursuit of fair and unbiased law, and that “anti-racism is required,” Hingeley said. “It’s not a disqualifying factor; it’s a qualifying factor.” His arguments would ultimately be unsuccessful, and the court would appoint Henrico County Commonwealth’s Attorney Shannon Taylor as special prosecutor.

Information about a potential second trial for Dix was not immediately available, as requests for comment from Albemarle County Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office were not returned as of press time. Special prosecutor Taylor’s office declined to comment.

Frazier said that because the case is still pending, there’s not much they’re able to discuss publicly.

“We’re going to reserve comment at this time,” he says. “Obviously, we’d love to talk about our side of this, but we’re going to have to wait until we get some final answers before we can.”

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Not-so-tiny change

Louisa County removes definition of “tiny home,” allows for construction

Arecent change to rules about what can be constructed has cleared an obstacle for those who wish to live in a very small living space. At least in Louisa.

“State building code now identifies tiny homes and has a regulation,” says Toni Williams, a member of the Louisa Board of Supervisors. “It’s just a house. It’s just a small house.”

Louisa and many other localities across Virginia have prohibited tiny houses mostly on the basis that Virginia’s building code did not have any official provision for them. The code is updated every three years, and the new version of the code that went into effect in January now officially defines these as structures less than 400 square feet.

Earlier this month, the Louisa Board of Supervisors removed a definition of “tiny house” from the definitions in land-use regulations. That means they can now be built in any zoning district where single-family houses are allowed.

“Tiny homes must be placed on permanent foundations as part of the building code, so if you have a tiny home and it is on wheels then they would call that maybe like a camper,” Williams says.

Williams said Louisa previously was wary of allowing the structures out of concerns about how many could be parked on a site if they’re on wheels.

The building code has the same minimum construction standards but allows for deviations. A normal house must have a minimum ceiling height of seven feet, but a tiny house can be 6'8". Bathroom ceilings can be as low as 6'4". The code now allows for a loft with a minimum of three-foot height to be used as habitable space.

Placement of such structures would still be regulated by minimum lot sizes.

Since the Planning Commission heard the item in May, Louisa has received one application for such a structure, a 10'x32' Tiny Timbers house that will be built on the site of the applicant company. That will

now be handled internally and requires no approval by elected officials.

Petersburg-based Tiny Timbers prices its units between $78,500 and $87,500. Tiny homes on foundations will take longer to build than those on wheels, but those would be regulated as a recreational vehicle.

Charlottesville’s building code official says the city has also already seen construction of tiny homes.

“The most common [ones] that we see here in the city are when they are stickbuilt on site like a typical house or dwelling,” says Chuck Miller. If they’re manufactured elsewhere, they have to comply with Virginia’s Manufactured Home Safety Regulations.

An official with the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development says it is up to each locality to determine how to proceed.

“Enforcement of building codes is done at the local municipal level and the state primarily serves as a training arm as well as conducting the periodic updates of the building codes based on national codes and standards,” says Thomas King, a code and regulations specialist.

“State building code now identifies tiny homes and has a regulation. It’s just a house. It’s just a small house.”


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being sold below the appraised value. It is 2 parcels located within the Town Activity Center Zoning (mixed use) on a combined total of 4.059 acres, 6 buildings, 1 pavilion, and 1 house, all totaling 35,034 sq ft with ample parking on a corner lot. Contact the listing agent to schedule a showing. The listing agent is related to the seller and must accompany. Parcel #1 is 385 and 389 Waugh Blvd, Orange, VA tax map # 44-111; parcel #2 is 401 Waugh Blvd tax map # 44-113A. The property is being sold in its entirety and will not be divided. Parcel #1 has 6 buildings with a combined square footage of 30,832 plus a 900 SF pavilion, and 3.632 acres. Parcel #2 has a 2,822 gross sq ft residence which includes a full basement, 4 bedrooms, and 3 full baths plus a 480 sq ft detached garage on 0.427 acres. $2,900,000

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Heart of Ivy. 2-story, 4-BR, 2.5-BA home on 2+ acres. Quiet cul de sac. Close to town, UVA and 29 North. Spacious kitchen, family room, fireplace, sun porch and deck. 2-car garage and walkout basement. Western school district! MLS#653405

$825,000. Tim Michel, 434.960.112


Exquisite brick home on 88 acres less than 5 miles from city limits. Residence is in excellent condition, 7-BR and 11,000+ sf. The property is a mix of pastures & woods with long frontage on the Rivanna River, & miles of trails. MLS#652353 $5,200,00 Jim Faulconer, 434.981.0076 or Will Faulconer, 434.987.9455


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Rare opportunity: 21-acre lot in coveted Hyland Ridge, perfect for dream home near Charlottesville. Minutes from Downtown Mall, Martha Jefferson Hospital, UVA. Elevated, wooded parcel with Blue Ridge Mountain views potential. MLS#652242

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A country French estate on 24 acres 6 miles from the University of Virginia. Timeless charm and modern luxury with soaring ceilings, spacious primary suite, home office, wine cellar, guest quarters, and private pond. MLS#652608

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Meticulously renovated National Historic Register home, blending modern amenities with remarkable charm. Five-bedroom with tall ceilings, hardwood floors, stained glass windows, and trim. Quartz kitchen, magnificent primary suite, terrace apartment. MLS#653080 $1,295,000 Court Nexsen, 646.660.0700



EarthCraft energy efficient certified, huge rooftop terrace with mountain views, custom kitchen design, & amp; exposed wood beams, this townhome offers many high-end features. Convenient to downtown. MLS#653475 $649,000 Jeremy Fields, 434.270.1220

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A son reflects on his father’s lessons
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Dad’s words stung like a leather belt across my backside. “You know what you are?” he asked. “You’re quick, certain, and wrong!”

It was more than half a century ago, and I was less than 10, but the sting still lingers. I grew up in the crowded middle of seven children, where it seemed all of us were competing to get a word in edgewise, so how was I the only one who nicked that raw nerve with Dad, the nerve that screamed, “Only a fool would fail to take the time to get it right”? I tried to do better, but I still struck that nerve with enough regularity that when Dad began (“You know what you are?”), I cringed, because I knew what was coming next. Eventually—I think I was in my late teens—Dad’s harsh critique of my decision-making ability fell into disuse. Maybe I’d grown wiser, or maybe Dad had just grown tired of trying to correct me. Probably a little of both.

It’s been nearly 30 years since Dad died, but I’ve continued to hear “quick, certain, and wrong,” not in his voice, but in my head. Almost every time things haven’t gone as planned, I have, without forgiveness, blamed my own impatience, my own poor judgment, my own damned foolishness.

My brothers and I were clearing out my parents’ house last summer, a few weeks after our mother died, and I volunteered to clear my parents’ bedroom. Dad’s dresser had sat largely untouched since 1996, so sliding open the top drawer was like cracking open a crypt to reveal a trove of treasures buried with the deceased for his use in the afterlife.

I found the spring-top box where Dad had kept bus fare for his morning commute. I found the Swiss Army knife that was a virtual prosthetic for Dad: One minute he’d be using it to pop open a can of beer as we floated down the Shenandoah in a boat, while the next minute he’d use it to pry a hook from a trout’s mouth. I found tie clasps and cuff links that I’d seen Dad put on before Sunday Mass. I found the medals he’d earned in the service, years before he met my mom and started a family. I recognized—and left—those familiar treasures in the crypt of that top drawer.

The treasure that drew my attention was one that I didn’t recognize, though I immediately knew what it was. I was 8 years old when Dad returned home from Vietnam in 1969, sporting a battery-powered Seiko wristwatch, and here in Dad’s dresser was the wind-up Timex that came before the Seiko. It hadn’t ticked in more than half a century, and despite my winding, it produced not one tock.

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PHOTOS: EZE AMOS Author Michael Moriarty wears the Timex watch that once belonged to his father. Photos from top: Bill Moriarty holds Michael’s infant daughter; the Timex in all its tattered beauty; a photo of Bill on Saipan, wearing the watch that would one day belong to his son.
The wristband was indented where Dad had buckled it every morning. He’d been a barrel-chested, physically imposing man, so I was surprised to discover that the band fit my thin wrist exactly as it had his.

The wristband was indented where Dad had buckled it every morning. He’d been a barrel-chested, physically imposing man, so I was surprised to discover that the band fit my thin wrist exactly as it had his.

I took the watch to Tuel Jewelers, where the jeweler’s eyes twinkled at the challenge of bringing the old Timex back to life.

It was during the weeks that the jeweler worked to restore Dad’s wristwatch that I began to wonder if my father’s sensitivity to my quick decisions might have been grounded as much in his own experience as it was in my own actions. I thought of instances when time had been taken from him, about moments in Dad’s life when he’d been rushed to decisions he hadn’t wanted, to conclusions that ranged from unfair to cruel.

I thought first of Dad as a skinny 13-yearold, when his father—larger than life in my dad’s telling—died of a heart attack in 1938. When the Birmingham News reported the death, the story omitted Dad’s name from among the surviving family members. Maybe the reporter was in a hurry, but the slight left a scar that Dad carried for some 50 years until I uncovered the Mobile Advertiser story of the event that included his name. Still, the strongest man in Dad’s life was gone forever, reduced to an unattainable aspiration. I thought of Dad in 1943, a flight cadet in officer training, having enlisted immediately after his 18th birthday in the hopes of catching up with his older brothers, one commanding an air squadron in Burma and the other skippering a Navy ship. But, as Dad explained it to us later, leadership concluded they “hadn’t killed off as many pilots as anticipated,” so he was shipped to Saipan with the humble rank of Private, a laborer in an ammunition ordnance company responsible for loading bombs into B-29’s piloted by young men who’d earned their wings just a bit sooner. Glory, Dad found, went to other, slightly older men of his generation.

I thought about the 1950s, after Dad left the service, married, and tried to make a go of it with his own business. Dad designed and created figurines that he sold at shops and local events, until piracy of his best products (as well as a third child on the way) compelled him to exchange that dream for a steady government paycheck. As responsibilities took precedence over dreams, Dad boxed up the last of his figurines and stashed them under a bed in the nursery, where I discovered them last summer, caked in dust.

I thought about the Friday after Thanksgiving, 1964. My parents were in the dining room that Dad had only recently finished building onto the back of our house. My mom was holding in her arms my three-week-old sister when Dad spied water streaming through the kitchen light fixture. He dashed upstairs and found me, along with my diapered little brother, turning the bathroom into a water park. Dad quickly lifted me and “put” me down on the slippery floor outside the bathroom, where

I slammed into the wall—and snapped my femur. I don’t remember that it hurt, only that when Dad tried to stand me up, my leg kept sliding to the side like a puppet’s.

A few days in traction, followed by a few weeks’ recuperation in that new dining room, and I was as good as new. My mom told me later that Dad had felt terrible, but I don’t remember that he ever told me he was sorry for having been, well, quick, certain, and wrong.

I thought about that years later when it occurred to me that in 1938 Dad had not only lost a father he admired, but he’d also lost the chance to slowly learn and accept that fathers sometimes make mistakes with their sons (and vice versa); that sometimes disagreement and fault do not preclude, but instead engender, respect and even admiration.

Like most people, Dad was complex, sometimes even self-contradictory, and that’s what often made pleasing him difficult. He could tell a joke with impeccable timing. He was committed to making to-do lists and getting things done—on time. He had no patience for dithering. When it came to me, my quickness in winning races at our local swim club earned his admiration, but quick answers on more sensitive matters such as race or politics earned his admonition.

As I grew older, I made plenty of mistakes—undoubtedly many of the “quick, certain, and wrong” variety. I’ve thought about one more than all the others. My sister, the one who’d been a mere three weeks old when I suffered my broken leg, had singled me out as her “hero” since we were little. Three weeks into the second semester of her junior year in college, she made a surprise visit home. Something was troubling Molly, so on the day she was to return to school, I spent the afternoon with her. Two weeks later my mother called and said “something terrible has happened to Molly,” and I realized that her hero had been quick (to dismiss the warning signs of her depression), certain (that she would grow out of whatever was bothering her), and unforgivably wrong.

It is said that the older we get, the less we know. And so it was that on that day in February 1985, I aged decades. As horrible as the loss was for my sister’s hero, though, I knew even then that it was worse for her daddy. The loss upended Dad’s world, robbed him of precious time with his only daughter, and left him (if we had this much in common) with all the time in the world to consider the unanswerable questions that a suicide bequeaths its survivors. Life, it seemed, had pushed and shoved Dad again, this time with unspeakable cruelty.

Retirement a few months after Molly’s death brought Dad relief from the “need it an hour ago” routine that characterized his 25year career at the Pentagon, and he finally had time for the travel with my mom that the two of them had denied themselves during their child-rearing years; both relished the timeless promise brought by four grandchildren.

Life, though, would be quick, certain, and wrong with Dad one last time. A few months after his 70th birthday, Dad contracted a virus that did its damage in a furious hurry: In the space of just days, what seemed a mere cold progressed to a terrific fever and then a seizure, which left Dad in what the doctors coldly characterized as a “permanent vegetative state.” Brain dead.

Hoping for a miracle, I was, a few days later, standing next to Dad’s bed in the ICU, holding his hand, when the nearby radio began to play Rachmaninov’s Symphony No. 2, one of the most beautiful pieces of music you could ever hear—and undoubtedly one that Dad, whose own father had taken him to concerts and instilled in him a deep appreciation of classical music, had enjoyed many times. For the first time since Dad had gone under, his eyes moved (behind closed lids) and his grip on my hand tightened. I think that what was left of his brain that night still appreciated Rachmaninov, though heaven only knows if he was aware of whose hand he gripped as he listened.

About four weeks later, Dad lay in a hospital bed in that dining room that he’d built some 30 years earlier, and again I was standing next to him, stroking his limp, withered arm, when he left this world to the strains of “Solveig’s Song,” one of Edvard Grieg’s Peer Gynt suites, which I had queued up on his stereo moments earlier. I don’t know if his battered mind and departing spirit detected either the music or the touch of my hand, but I’d like to think he took with him warm memories of both.

Just before I was to pick up Dad’s watch from Tuel, one of my brothers uncovered from my parents’ things a wrinkled old photograph that I’d never seen before: It was my dad, 18 years old and rail-thin, standing hands on hips, squinting into the midday sun on Saipan, 1943. The photo is grainy, but on his left wrist is, unmistakably, the wind-up Timex.

I have a smart watch and a couple battery-powered watches that keep perfect time, but now I like to wear Dad’s old wind-up. It is beautiful, probably almost 90 years old. Sometimes it runs a little slow, other times a little fast. It is, in other words, like both fathers and sons: loved but also flawed, imperfect. Every morning when I take a minute to wind that watch, I remind myself to be a little more patient, a little less certain and, honestly, a little more forgiving. And when I place the watch on my wrist and buckle its cracked wristband, exactly as my dad used to do, I think of Solveig’s lament to Peer Gynt: “And if you wait above, we’ll meet there again, my friend.”

Michael Moriarty lives in Charlottesville and retired in 2023, following a career as a legal editor and project manager.

He has been published in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, SwimSwam, and Medium.

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To commemorate the ending of slavery in the United States, Charlottesville’s Juneteenth Celebration kicks off with an early-morning parade followed by a welcome address that includes the Negro National Anthem. The afternoon features an Emancipation Concert with the soulful sounds of singer Ezra Hamilton and the trumpet-heavy tunes of the Ellis Williams Band, plus performances by Chris Redd, Raymond Brooks, and other talented musicians. The 8th annual Charlottesville-Albemarle Black Business Expo will also take place during the celebration, with dozens of booths from local Black-owned businesses, panel discussions aimed at entrepreneurs, and a business pitch competition with cash prizes. Free, 9am–3pm. Jefferson School African American Heritage Center, 233 Fourth St. NW. jeffschoolheritagecenter.org




Celebrate Pride at The Fruit Market, presented by Some C’ville Queers at Visible Records. The market highlights local queer artists and provides an engaging opportunity to support their small businesses. Baker No Bakery, a Latina- and woman-run popup panadería, will be selling baked goods homemade with love and local ingredients. Other area artists, including Critter Butts and Deep Holler Leather Works, will share crafts along with a DIY Pride shirt printing station by Infinite Repeats. Free, noon-4pm. Visible Records, 1740 Broadway St. visible-records.com


On her sophomore album, In The End It Always Does, The Japanese House, aka Amber Bain, explores themes of love, loss, and identity. With her dreamy vocals and heartfelt lyrics, Bain captures the cyclical nature of relationships in a range of real experience that is unapologetically human. The album, co-produced by George Daniel of The 1975 and Chloe Kraemer, “is about falling in love and not wanting it to end, but knowing it always does,” says Bain. $30-35, 8pm. Jefferson Theater, 110 E. Main St., Downtown Mall. jeffersontheater.com

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Wednesday 6/12 music

Beleza Duo. Funkalicious samba soul sung in Portuguese, English, and Spanish. Free, 7pm. The Bebedero, 201 W. Main St., Downtown Mall. thebebedero.com

Jacob Jolliff is one of the country’s premier contemporary mandolinists. This is a pay-what-you-can show to help keep music accessible for everyone in our community. 5:30pm. Potter’s Craft Cider, 1350 Arrowhead Valley Rd. potterscraftcider.com

Murder ballads, country classics, and good times with Jim Waive and Jen Fleisher singin’ and swingin’. Free, 7pm. Blue Moon Diner, 606 W. Main St. blue-

Downtown C’ville’s longest-running karaoke party. Hosted by Jenn Deville. Free, 9pm. Rapture, 303 E. Main St., Downtown Mall. rapturerestaurant.com

Open to all musicians, poets, and everyone in between. Hosted by Nicole Giordano. Free, 9pm. Holly’s Diner,

The Arcadian Wild. Four-piece indie-folk/ pop group from Nashville blending the traditional with the contemporary. $25–35, 8pm. The Jefferson Theater, 110 E. Main St., Downtown Mall. jeffersontheater.com

The Wavelength and Scuffletown. Dynamic duos together make a memorable quartet. Free, 6:30pm. The Whiskey Jar, 227 W. Main St., Downtown Mall. thewhiskeyjarcville.com


Beginning Drawing for Adults. Learn the basics of pencil sketching and shading and create a small still life drawing. Ages 18+.

$25, 5:30pm. The Scrappy Elephant, 1745 Allied St. scrappyelephant.com

Mosaic 101. This beginner workshop focuses on the tools, materials, and basics of cutting tile and glass. You will go home with a ready-to-hang mosaic. Ages 15+. $56, 10:30am. The Scrappy Elephant, 1745 Allied St. scrappyelephant.com

Paint + Sip. Learn a variety of techniques and skills to render a “garden walk” scene. $38, 6pm. Eastwood Farm and Winery, 2531 Scottsville Rd. eastwood farmandwinery.com


Bingo. Free to play, fun prizes. Free, 6pm. Firefly, 1304 E. Market St. fireflycville.com

Gay Pride Trivia Night. Questions about our favorite politicians, actors, and queens in the queer community. Hosted by Christian Rinaldo. Free, 6:30pm. South Street Brewery, 106 South St. W. southstreet brewery.com

Late Spring The happy lives of a father and daughter are disrupted by a meddling relative in director Yasujiro Ozu’s masterpiece. $10, 7:15pm. Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, 5th Street Station. drafthouse.com

SuperFly Run Club. Run around the city, then enjoy $5 pints. Raffles and exclusive merchandise to be earned. Free, 6pm. SuperFly Brewing Co., 943 Preston Ave. superflybrewing.com

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Berto and Vincent. A night of wild flamenco rumba and Latin guitar. Free, 7pm. The Bebedero, 225 W. Main St., Downtown Mall. thebebedero.com

Bomar & Ritter. Enjoy live tunes and specials in addition to the regular menu. Free, 5pm. Eastwood Farm and Winery, 2531 Scottsville Rd. eastwoodfarmand winery.com

Karaoke. Sing karaoke with us at Firefly Restaurant + Game Room. Food and drink specials from 7–9pm. Free, 8pm. Firefly, 1304 E. Market St. fireflycville.com

Melissa Ferrick. Melissa Ferrick is regarded in the industry and by their peers as one of the most prolific, generous, and hardworking people in the business. $25–30, 8pm. The Southern Café and Music Hall,

S. First St. thesoutherncville.com

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Midnight Buzz. Tailgate Thursdays with live music by Midnight Buzz and freshly shucked oysters from Oyster Catcher Sea Farms. Free, 6pm. Stinson Vineyards, 4744 Sugar Hollow Rd., Crozet. stinsonvineyards.com

Rikki Rakki and 7th Grade Girl Fight. Rikki Rakki come in from Richmond to play SuperFly for the third time, joined by local heroes 7th Grade Girl Fight. Free, 7pm. SuperFly Brewing Co., 943 Preston Ave. Ste. 2. superflybrewing.com etc.

Bent Theatre Comedy. Join us for a night of “you say it, we play it” as Bent Theatre Comedy takes your suggestions and turns them into hilarious improv scenes before your very eyes. Free, 7pm. Potter’s Craft Cider, 1350 Arrowhead Valley Rd. potters craftcider.com

Dart Night. Luck-of-the-draw, double-elimination games and $1-off pints. Free, 6pm. Decipher Brewing, 1740 Broadway St. decipher brewingco.wixsite.com

Morning Toddler Time. Join the amazing Minou for an hour of toddler fun with singing, story time, and creative art exploration. Come in clothes you don’t mind getting messy. $12, 10:30am. The Scrappy Elephant, 1745 Allied St. scrappyelephant.com

Friday 6/14


Dave Goodrich. This guitarist and singer-songwriter brings a repertoire of blues, rock, pop, Motown, and original music. Free, 5pm. DuCard Vineyards, 40 Gibson Hollow Ln., Etlan. ducardvineyards.com

Don’t Look Up. Don’t Look Up will have everyone rocking to their awesome Americana music that’s deeply rooted in the blues. Free, 6pm. Glass House Winery, 5898 Free Union Rd., Free Union. glass housewinery.com

Fantastic Cat. The “supergroup-you-needto-know,” touring in support of their new album Now That’s What I Call Fantastic Cat $20, 8pm. The Southern Café and Music Hall, 103 S. First St. thesoutherncville.com

Fox and Bones. Portland, Oregon’s folk rock duo, Fox and Bones, hit the road on their 7th US tour, supporting Americana supergroup Fantastic Cat. $20, 8pm. The Southern Café and Music Hall, 103 S. First St. thesouthern cville.com

Fridays After Five: Ebony Groove. Ebony Groove has been performing its own distinct blend of DC go-go, R&B, jazz, and hip-hop for enthusiastic audiences all over Virginia and the Mid-Atlantic region. With Tre. Charles. Free, 5:30pm. Ting Pavilion, 700 E. Main St., Downtown Mall. tingpavilion.com

John Kelly. Enjoy live tunes with your wine, cider, and beer along with a full menu of food options to choose from. Free, 5pm. Eastwood Farm and Winery, 2531 Scottsville Rd. eastwoodfarmandwinery.com

Josh Mayo and Alex Bragg. Josh Mayo and his group of great musicians provide wonderful music to enjoy the sunset with outside of Högwaller Brewing. Free, 6pm. Högwaller Brewing, 1518 E. High St. hogwaller brewing.com

The Musical Suspects. The Musical Suspects return to Pro Re Nata with some rock, reggae, hip-hop, jazz, and—of course—some funk. Free, 7pm. Pro Re Nata Brewpub & Music Hall, 6135 Rockfish Gap Tpk., Crozet. prnbrewery.com

The Root Cellar Remedy. The Root Cellar Remedy brings a modern high-energy twist on the classic rock vibes with catchy melodies and memorable lyrics. Free, 8pm. Dürty Nelly’s, 2200 Jefferson Park Ave. durtynellyscville.com

Tyler Dick Band. Soulful, funky rock ‘n’ roll. Expect a high-energy mix of originals and covers that will surely get you moving. Free, 9:30pm. Rapture, 303 E. Main St., Downtown Mall. rapturerestaurant.com


Author Event: Joanna Pearson. Join us for a reading with author Joanna Pearson, who will read from her debut novel, Bright and Tender Dark. A conversation with writer Polly Stewart will follow. Free, 7pm. New Dominion Bookshop, 404 E. Main St. ndbookshop.com

Romantic Comedy. Misadventures, misunderstandings, revelations, happy endings, and lucky escapes. Don’t miss Big Blue Door’s true stories inspired by the theme: Romantic Comedy. Free, 7pm. McGuffey Art Center, 201 Second St. NW. bigbluedoor.org etc.

Puzzle Crawl. This puzzle crawl takes you to the breweries on Preston Avenue. Crack codes, solve puzzles, and enjoy some of Charlottesville’s best beers along the way. $15, all day. Starr Hill Brewery, Dairy Market. puzzledbee.com

Saturday 6/15 music

Bailey Hayes. Local singer-songwriter with a set list containing an eclectic range of music including country, classic rock, pop, soul, folk, and original music. Free, 2pm. DuCard Vineyards, 40 Gibson Hollow Ln., Etlan. ducardvineyards.com

Berto Sales. Sounds of Brazil, Spain, and Latin America with Berto Sales. His unique fingerpicking style and contagious energy will have you tapping your feet. Free, 11am. Tavern & Grocery, 333 W. Main St. tavern andgrocery.com

Bomar & Ritter. Contemporary folk/pop duo known for their special blend of vocal harmony, intricate guitar arrangements, and easygoing stage manner. Free, 2:30pm. Albemarle CiderWorks, 2545 Rural Ridge Ln., North Garden. albemarleciderworks.com

Boxed Lunch. Join us for upbeat and fun bands every Saturday night. Gather your friends and family and join us for live music that you’ll want to dance to. Free, 5pm. Eastwood Farm and Winery, 2531 Scottsville Rd. eastwoodfarmandwinery.com

Grizzly Goat. Grizzly Goat’s music is—as the band’s name suggests—undomesticated. The blend of folk-rock spans the entire breadth of the Americana genre, from soft and sincere to rocking electric harmonica solos. Free, 4pm. Pro Re Nata Brewpub & Music Hall, 6135 Rockfish Gap Tpk., Crozet. prnbrewery.com

Love Story: A Taylor Swift Tribute. Love Story is the ultimate Taylor Swift experience, covering all the biggest hits of the iconic star’s career. $20–150, 7pm. Pro Re Nata, 6135 Rockfish Gap Tpke., Crozet. prnbrewery.com

Matthew O’Donnell. Enjoy live tunes with your wine, cider, and beer along with a full menu of food options to choose from. Free, 1pm. Eastwood Farm and Winery, 2531 Scottsville Rd. eastwoodfarmandwinery.com

South of Heaven. South of Heaven at The Southern, performing live with At War, Ekktoplasm, and Septic Vomit. $15, 8:30pm. The Southern Café and Music Hall, 103 S. First St. thesoutherncville.com

The Falsies. Celebrate the first anniversary of WTJU Rock’s Third Rail music series with The Falsies, performing live. Join the audience or listen on air or online. Free, 8pm. Belmont Arts Collaborative, 221 Carlton Rd. Ste. 3. phoenixtheatreworks.com


No blank pages

Cartoon artist Shannon Spence is here to play

Shannon Spence awoke to her calling as a cartoon artist while pursuing a fine arts degree focused on printmaking at University of Virginia. In her fourth year, she took a course in sequential art–and she saw her future. “I realized what incredible potential comics were as an art form, and it just clicked for me,” says Spence. “I was checking out as many graphic novels from Clem as I could get my hands on and absorbing [them] like a sponge. I haven’t looked back. I dive deeper into creating independent comics every year.”

Spence took note of the opportunities for social, cultural, and political commentary in the form … and also the responsibility. She calls her process a full-body and spirit endeavor. “You are the writer, editor, storyboard artist, liner, colorist, book assembler, salesman, and marketing specialist,” says the New Jersey-based artist. “It is a constant challenge, but I believe that’s how it becomes so addicting.”

The June 6 release of Spence’s P*NK LAB GRL!, Burn it Down! is the second installment in her latest comic series,

two years in the making. She created it while working full time in medicine, using her day job to inform her art. “There’s nothing else like creating a book about something you’re passionate about (in P*NK LAB GRL!, it’s discussing corporate corruption in the healthcare industry) and putting it out in the world, and saying, I’m so proud of this.”

Spence has a list of accomplishments to be proud of. Since entering the field of indie comics in 2019, she has published more than 10 anthologies; she’s also a medical technologist, a musician (guitar), and the founder of Comix Accountability Club, a weekly online meeting in support of working and aspiring cartoonists.

The artist also fulfills a quarterly risograph subscription. Originally intended to mass-produce worksheets and pamphlets, risographs use a type of offset printing that’s similar to what is used for traditional newspaper printing. It’s a low-cost process that has been adopted by the DIY art scene.

“It produces vibrant colors, charmingly misaligned and textured prints. … The cutting of pages, assembling and stapling each book, takes the longest. Then, I package each comic with a membership card and little bonuses out to every collector … It is so satisfying to send art directly to people that want to support you. I love every minute of it.”

Tireless and joyful, Spence says she has a “self-assigned need to push myself constantly.” More recently she’s taken the stage for comic reading, comedy, and live music performances. “It’s a ton of fun experimenting on stage and turning comics into a watchable event. The art form feels very fresh and pliable and continues to grow.”

School helped formalize Spence’s career, but art has always been an outlet in her life.

“I grew up drawing dragons, and now I do it every day (well, dragon-people); most people who knew me growing up wouldn’t be surprised to find that out.”

The true surprise and delight is in the artwork, just as she intends. “My aim is for you to look at my stuff and think, ‘That’s sick.’ Then we high-five and talk about our favorite Pokémon.”

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Shannon Spence will appear at SUCZ in Staunton on June 15 and at Hello Comics Uptown on June 16. Follow her work @shannonprints or visit shannonprints.com.


William A. James, Sr. HAS WRITTEN A PLAY




Is about the Demolition and Gentrification of The Fifeville Community

Located around Fifth And Dice Streets during the 1990s as part of Charlottesville’s “Urban Renewal/ Black Removal Initiative.”

Program Director, Leslie Scott Jones

The Play Will Be Read At The Jefferson School African-American Heritage Center 233 4th Street N.W. Charlottesville, VA 22903

June 14, 2024 at 7:30 P.M.

As part of The JUNETEENTH CELEBRATION Call (434) 260-8722 for Ticket Info

Tickets can be purchased Online at: Jefferson School African American Heritage Center. 5th & Dice by William A. James, Sr.



The University of Virginia Bookstore

400 Emmet Street, Charlottesville, VA 22904 (on UVA Grounds)

Patsy Goolsby, Manager, 434-924-1075 | bookshop@virginia.edu

2nd Act Books

214 East Main Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Daphne Spain, Owner, 434-202-0754 | daphnespain@gmail.com

Call or Write, William A. James, Sr. 434-985-8987 • Wjpublications@aol.com PO Box 6991, Charlottesville, VA 22906



Saturday 6/15

The Michael Elswick Gathering. Fabulous jazz, blues, ballads, and Latin tunes. Salty Bottom Blue will be shucking and serving up their “best-tasting high-salinity Chesapeake Bay oysters” for Oyster Fest as well. Free, noon and 5pm. Glass House Winery, 5898 Free Union Rd., Free Union. glasshousewinery.com

The Wavelength. Hot blues and authentic BBQ. Free, 8pm. Vision BBQ & Catering, 247 Ridge McIntire Rd. visionbbqcville.com Willie DE Band. Get ready to dance to the electrifying sounds of the Willie DE Band. Based in central Virginia, this group blends folk, blues, and a dash of jazz to create a fresh, original sound. Free, 5:30pm. Potter’s Craft Cider, 1350 Arrowhead Valley Rd. potterscraftcider.com


Drag Bingo. Drag bingo with performances, fun games, and prizes. $15, 6:30pm. Bar Botanical, 2025 Library Ave. Rooftop “4R”, Crozet. botanicalfare.com


Upcycled Votive Holders. Try applying colorful papers with cut and/or torn edges to the outside of a glass jar, creating a glowing translucent effect when a candle is placed inside. Ages 12+. $25, 10:15am. The Scrappy Elephant, 1745 Allied St. scrappyelephant.com

Writing About Art: Ekphrastic Poems. In this seminar, we’ll look at ekphrastic poems by other writers and discuss the poems of class members to understand how a writer can engage creatively with a visual artist’s work. Free, 1pm. WriterHouse, 508 Dale Ave. writerhouse.org etc.

Author Event: Sharon Malone. Join us for a talk with Dr. Sharon Malone who will speak about her new book, Grown Woman Talk: Your Guide to Getting and Staying Healthy. Free, 7pm. New Dominion Bookshop, 404 E. Main St., Downtown Mall. newdominionbookshop.com

Black Business Expo at Juneteenth. Celebrating and supporting Black-owned businesses in our community. Live music, a kid’s play area, three panel discussions by leading professionals, and a business pitch competition with cash prizes. Free, 9am. Jefferson School City Center, 233 Fourth St. NW. jeffersoncitycenter.com

Dragonfly and Damselfly Hike. Learn about the history and ecology of these insects, then head out for a hike to learn about identifying dragonflies and damselflies in the field. Free, 11am. Ivy Creek Natural Area and Historic River View Farm, 1780 Earlysville Rd. ivycreekfoundation.org

Evening Bird Hike. Join us to explore some of the diverse bird species that can be found at our site. This hike is great for beginners. Free, 5pm. Ivy Creek Natural Area and Historic River View Farm, 1780 Earlysville Rd. ivycreekfoundation.org

An urban Renaissance faire. Don your best attire and frolic through the medieval market, revel to live music, feast amongst food vendors, try your luck at games, and so much more. Free, 3pm. Ix Art Park, 522 Second St. SE. ixartpark.com Little Naturalists Program. Bring your 3–5-year-old out to Ivy Creek to introduce them to nature and get them exploring the trails. Free, 10am. Ivy Creek Natural Area and Historic River View Farm, 1780 Earlysville Rd. ivycreekfoundation.org

See listing for Friday, June 14. $15, all day. Starr Hill Brewery, Dairy Market. puzzledbee.com

Storytime. Readings of recent favorites and classics. Free, 11am. New Dominion Bookshop, 404 E. Main St., Downtown Mall. newdominionbookshop.com

Sunday 6/16 music

Andy Summers. You may know him as the guitarist for The Police. Join us for a fantastic multi-media fueled evening with a brilliant practitioner of the guitar, camera, and written word. $55–75, 8pm. The Jefferson Theater, 110 E. Main St., Downtown Mall. jeffersontheater.com

An Lár Traditional Irish Band. Playing fastpaced tunes—jaunty hornpipes, lilting jigs, and full throttle reels—alternating with slower tunes—lyrical waltzes, melancholy airs, and Irish folk ballads of love and adventure. Free, 2pm. Batesville Market, 6624 Plank Rd., Batesville. batesvillemarket.com

Jazz Connection. Jazz quartet playing jazz standards and occasional originals, with occasional guest performers. Free, 6pm. Kardinal Hall, 722 Preston Ave. kardinal hall.com

Jim Richardson. Join us on Father’s Day for live music plus wine, cider, beer, and a full menu of food options. Free, 1pm. Eastwood Farm and Winery, 2531 Scottsville Rd. eastwoodfarmandwinery.com

Music for Dads: Rockfish Gap. Rockfish Gap will be playing bluegrass from noon–3:00pm for our Father’s Day celebration. Free, 11am. Tasting Room and Taphouse at Mount Ida Reserve, 5600 Moonlight Dr., Scottsville. mountidareserve.com

The Trio. Celebrate Father’s Day with us. Live jazz music, Popitos Pizza food truck, 100% estate wine, and a Blue Ridge Mountain view. Free, 1pm. Chisholm Vineyards at Adventure Farm, 1135 Clan Chisholm Ln., Earlysville. chisholmvineyards.com


Drag Brunch. Featuring an all-star cast and a fully vegan brunch menu and cocktails. $25, 11:30am. Botanical Plant-Based Fare, 421 E. Main St. botanicalfare.com


Crocheted Granny Squares. Level up your crochet skills. Leave with a bamboo crochet hook and a granny square. Ages 12+. $25, 12:30pm. The Scrappy Elephant, 1745 Allied St. scrappyelephant.com

Crochet for Beginners. Learn beginner crochet techniques. Leave with a bamboo crochet hook and a small crocheted washcloth. Ages 12+. $25, 11am. The Scrappy Elephant, 1745 Allied St. scrappy elephant.com


Developmental Darts. Open to dart throwers of all skill levels or anyone who just wants to learn the basics. Free, 1pm. Decipher Brewing, 1740 Broadway St. decipherbrewingco.wixsite.com

Fae Fest. See listing for Saturday, June 15. Free, 10am. Ix Art Park, 522 Second St. SE. ixartpark.com

Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. If he’s going to find the Holy Grail before the Nazis do, Indiana Jones (Harrison Ford) needs help—from his dad (Sean Connery). $10, 6pm. Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, 5th Street Station. drafthouse.com

Pride Market at Visible Records. Pride month is here and some of your favorite LGBTQIA+ vendors and organizations are getting together for a Pride market and a DIY Pride shirt printing station. Free, noon. Visible Records, 1740 Broadway St. visible-records.com

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Puzzle Crawl. See listing for Friday, June 14. $15, all day. Starr Hill Brewery, Dairy Market. puzzledbee.com

The Batesville British Car Show. An annual Father’s Day event. It’s free to come and admire the show cars. A non-judged, fun showcase in beautiful downtown Batesville. $20, 10am. Batesville Market, 6624 Plank Rd., Batesville. batesvillemarket.com

Monday 6/17


Berto and Vincent. Come join us for an evening of Spanish rumba and Latin guitar with Berto Sales and Vincent Zorn. Free, 6:30pm. South and Central Latin Grill, 946 Grady Ave., Ste. 104. southandcentralgrill.com

DG3. Gin and jazz in the Château Lobby bar. DG3 is a jazz trio that showcases modern music and modern takes on classic jazz standards. Free, 5:30pm. Oakhurst Inn, 100 Oakhurst Cir. oakhurstinn.com

Nickel Creek and Andrew Bird. Nickel Creek revolutionized bluegrass and folk music in the early 2000s. Andrew Bird makes the kind of music that leaves critics groping for labels. $49–89, 7pm. Ting Pavilion, 700 E. Main St., Downtown Mall. tingpavilion.com

The Japanese House. A sound and style that is wide open, with the artist’s vulnerabilities, thoughts, and innermost feelings stitched into a tapestry of gorgeous, elevated pop music. $30–35, 8pm. The Jefferson Theater, 110 E. Main St., Downtown Mall. jeffersontheater.com etc.

Comedy Open Mic. An opportunity to showcase your talent, try out new material, and take in the best local comedy that Charlottesville has to offer. Hosted by comedian Chris Alan. Free, 8pm. The Southern Café and Music Hall, 103 S. First St. thesouthern cville.com

Geeks Who Drink Trivia. Compete with teams of up to six people for chances to win gift cards. Hosted by Audrey. Free, 6:30pm. Decipher Brewing, 1740 Broadway St. decipherbrewingco.wixsite.com

GoT Trivia on Tap. Themed trivia hosted by Olivia. Reservations recommended. Free, 7pm. Three Notch’d Craft Kitchen & Brewery-Charlottesville, 520 Second St. SE. three notchdbrewing.com

Pet Sematary A mysterious graveyard has the power to bring back the dead—but the consequences are truly nasty. $10, 7:15pm. Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, 5th Street Station. drafthouse.com

Tuesday 6/18


Karaoke. Sign up and sing your favorite songs. Hosted by Thunder Music. Free, 9pm. Holly’s Diner, 1221 E. Market St. Vincent Zorn. Vincent Zorn performs wild flamenco rumba. Must say OLE! Free, 7pm. The Bebedero, 225 W. Main St., Downtown Mall. thebebedero.com


Geeks Who Drink Trivia. Good trivia, good times. Free, 7pm. Firefly, 1304 E. Market St. fireflycville.com

Music Bingo. Prizes to be won. Hosted by King Trivia. Free, 7pm. SuperFly Brewing Co., 943 Preston Ave. superflybrewing.com

The Man Who Knew Too Much A family vacation becomes a journey into fear for James Stewart and Doris Day in one of Alfred Hitchcock’s most popular thrillers. $7, 7pm. Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, 5th Street Station. drafthouse.com


Informal arrangements

The Arcadian Wild roams into improv territory

The Arcadian Wild finds uplift and grace amid warm harmonies on Welcome, the Music City string band’s latest effort, which blends elegance and heart-swelling dynamics with endearing revelations. Equal parts meditation and jubilation, Welcome offers connection and understanding in an era when such notions are at a premium.

Lincoln Mick formed The Arcadian Wild with Isaac Horn in 2013, segueing from guitar to mandolin to develop a sound that draws emotionally from the realms of folk, bluegrass, and pop.

“About a year after [the band] started is when Isaac joined,” says Mick. “He obviously plays the guitar—and he was a lot better than I was. We figured we didn’t need two people doing the same thing, or at least a second person doing the same job poorly. So I picked up the mandolin out of necessity just to give the band another dimension, and I’ve been stumbling my way through it since 2014. Now it’s my primary instrument.”

In 2015, the band released a self-titled debut followed by a series of singles, an EP, and in 2019, Finch in the Pantry, a streamlined and charged album that capitalized on a leaner, more calculated approach balancing tradition with innovation.

“With Finch in the Pantry, we maybe sort of had a bit of a chip on our shoulder,” Mick says. “Isaac and I didn’t actually grow up re-

ally listening to a lot of music that’s similar to the music that we make now. We didn’t listen to a lot of folk and traditional bluegrass or old-time stuff. We were listening to a lot of alt-rock and pop punk, which is really funny.”

Prone to a pop sensibility over improvisation or traditional bluegrass pickin’, The Arcadian Wild decided to “just make convoluted, thoroughly arranged music that can make an impression on people,” says Mick. “We really love that record and we’re really proud of it. We still play all of those songs very joyfully whenever we perform and we’re on the road.”

The mini-epic 2021 EP Principium evolved those arrangements through precision timing and bracing rhythms for an interpretation of the Garden of Eden in four parts with accompanying cinematic videos. Conceived a few years prior, the EP came to life during the pandemic.

“We knew we weren’t going much of anywhere, so we figured we’d dig that back up. I think it was good because we had a higher level of facility and a higher level of clarity about what we wanted things to sound like,” Mick says of the decision to revisit older material. “I think that time on the back burner served that piece really, really well.”

Now comes Welcome, a full-length album recorded in Nashville with producer Logan Matheny (Big Light Studio). It’s The Arcadian Wild having grown more seasoned, tested, and aware than ever before.

“With Welcome I think we’ve dialed back the desire to aim to impress anyone,” says

Mick. “With this record, our goal was to just write songs that were as beautiful as we could possibly make them and told the truth as best as we understood it at this moment … and let’s just trust that good things are going to emerge if we’re obedient to the process.”

As The Arcadian Wild carries Welcome to the masses, the core of Mick, Horn, and Bailey Warren (fiddle) will be joined by upright bassist Eli Broxham. “Our bass player Eli, who’s on tour with us this season, he’s amazing, and he’s one of those guys who can play the upright bass like a fiddle, “ Mick says. “It’s really amusing because the bass is

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the most improvisatory instrument in our ensemble right now.”

“He’s been really great, gently and sweetly encouraging us to trust ourselves and take risks and not be afraid to fall down while we’re onstage and performing,” Mick says. “Whenever you step out to do a little improvising in a show, that moment happens, and then it’s gone. And then there’s so much song left. It’s like, ‘It’s okay. Just continue moving forward, everyone else is. Time has not stopped. You don’t have to wallow in your failure. There’s so much good work left to do and you’re ready to do it and it’s gonna be okay.’”

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The Arcadian Wild creates moving, progressive bluegrass and folk in an intersection of genres that eschews tradition. SHELBY MICK
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Bloody but unbowed

Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga is an engrossing, superior prequel

Australian director George Miller’s Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga traces the origin story of the hit Mad Max: Fury Road’s heroine, Imperator Furiosa (with Anya Taylor-Joy in the role originated by Charlize Theron). Even though Max only appears for a brief cameo, this is a superior prequel that delivers everything viewers expect from the Mad Max series.

Decades after apocalyptic world wars, young Furiosa (Alyla Browne) lives in the Green Place of Many Mothers, a Shangri-Lalike oasis within a vast desert. She gets snatched by scavenging bikers and taken to their barbarian leader, Dementus (Chris Hemsworth) as proof of this “Place of Abundance” where food and water abound. Her mother (Charlee Fraser) bravely tries to rescue Furiosa but is caught, tortured, and slaughtered in front of her daughter.

Dementus raises Furiosa as his surrogate child, hoping to eventually discover her homeland’s location, while he jockeys for power among the other warlords who rule the wasteland’s three fortresses. Furiosa cunningly gets adopted by the powerful Immortan Joe (Lachy Hulme), who grooms her for his harem. She escapes, disguises herself as a worker boy, and gradually reemerges to become, with the friendly Praetorian Jack (Tom Burke), an indispensable driver for Immortan Joe. As Dementus tangles with the warlords, Furiosa (Taylor-Joy) patiently awaits an opportunity for revenge.

Furiosa skillfully combines the Mad Max movies’ most successful elements: breakneck chases, breathtaking stunts, bizarre villains, and—most importantly—a mythic quality. Fully enjoying Furiosa’s funda-

mental implausibility requires significant suspension of disbelief. For starters, with gasoline so rare, why is everybody burning through it so quickly?

But this isn’t cinema vérité: It’s a pulp allegory. Within Furiosa’s outlandish structure lies a highly engaging story of revenge and survival with a deeply sympathetic heroine. Throughout the film, Furiosa is street smart, resourceful, and relentless in countless winning ways. This indomitable female Buster Keaton stoically overcomes whatever catastrophe is thrown at her and emerges victorious.

Taylor-Joy is good, as is Burke as the genial Jack. As Dementus, Hemsworth is a worthy successor to Miller’s previous eccentric heav-

Fury Road felt like being dragged behind a vehicle going way too fast, while Furiosa is like riding shotgun in an ace driver’s souped-up dragster.

ies: vile and deadly, but comically pompous and pretentious. It’s clear that Hemsworth, as well as other key actors, relish their roles. When portraying characters with names like Rictus Erectus, what actors wouldn’t?

Furiosa’s pacing and characterization far excel that of Fury Road. In Miller’s initial Mad Max films, occasional laconic passages between the hyper-kinetic chases allowed the audience to get acquainted with the characters. But Fury Road’s visual overkill was like an already fast-paced movie stuck in fast-forward. Fury Road felt like being dragged behind a vehicle going way too fast, while Furiosa is like riding shotgun in an ace driver’s souped-up dragster.

The tatterdemalion costumes and production design are excellent, especially considering the film’s vast scope and huge cast. The characters’ off-the-wall wardrobe crafted from a patchwork of scavenged knickknacks provides constant visual stimulation.

Furiosa’s many visual effects also blend well with the actual practical footage, but the film’s brightest stars are its stunt performers, whose no-holds-barred energy and expertise with everything from parachutes to flamethrowers is dazzling.

Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga

R, 148 minutes

Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, Regal Stonefield, Violet Crown Cinemas

At 79, Miller has created an action powerhouse that would give younger directors a coronary. He masterfully orchestrates barbarian hordes—hell-bent on stealing more gasoline or sacks of potatoes—and reminds us that no living filmmaker does life after Doomsday as deftly as Miller.

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Anya Taylor-Joy leads the action in Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga
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2021 Chardonnay

100% French oaked with notes of yellow fruit ranging from golden delicious apple to delicate tropical flavors. Slow malolactic fermentation brings out the hint of lemon curd and crème brûlée. Savor the creamy mouthfeel and the lingering finish. Pair with rich dishes (lobster, risottos, chowders, alfredo) and nutty hard cheeses (Gruyère, Edam).

A historic Jeffersonian estate nestled in the Virginia countryside, Chiswell Farm & Winery invites guests to delight in locally crafted vintages, panoramic views, and warm hospitality. With a glass in hand, savor the breathtaking scenery from a rocking chair on our covered porch. Gather with friends around a dining table on the lawn or get comfortable in the historic and inviting Greenwood home. Whether you want to come up to the bar for a chat or spread out a blanket for a private picnic, there are countless ways to enjoy the best that Virginia wine country has to offer.

We serve our award-winning wines by the glass, bottle, and flight, seasonal specialty beverages, and a tasteful selection of local and gourmet snacks. Guests are also welcome to bring their own food to enjoy with our wines.

Ages 21+ only, no dogs or other pets permitted on the property. For a family-friendly experience, visit our wine shops at Chiles Peach Orchard or Carter Mountain Orchard. Visit chiswellwinery.com for our seasonal events calendar!

Fridays – Summer Sundown, 6–8 PM

Sundays – Sippin’ Sunday, 2–5 PM

June 16th – Corks & Collage Series: Decoupage Sea Shells (advance reservation required)

Seasonal hours:

Wednesday | 11 AM–6 PM

Thursday | 11 AM–6 PM

Friday | 11 AM–8:30 PM

Saturday | 11 AM–7 PM

Sunday | 11 AM–6 PM

430 Greenwood Rd, Greenwood, VA 22943 434.252.2947 • www.chilesfamilyorchards.com/chiswell


A few notes from winegrower and owner, Dave Drillock:

Summer is approaching and the vineyards are in full growth mode! It takes a lot of time and effort to keep the vineyard on track, but I try to find time in between the hectic pace to just sit and enjoy what is being created in front of us!

Our Fifty-Third Winery and Vineyard 2023 Vidal Blanc was released this month. Vidal Blanc is a hardy grape used in France for the production of Cognac. In Virginia, it makes a wonderful wine. We like our Vidal Blanc in a dry style and this vintage has notes of tangerine, yellow pear and Honeycrisp apple. Medium bodied and crisp, this refreshing wine is perfect with summer fare or on its own with friends. Come out for a visit and give it a try.

The winery is an easy direct drive from the Charlottesville area. Live music is scheduled for most Saturdays while Sundays are reserved to “Un-Plug”. That’s code for coming out with family and friends and enjoying each other’s company, the views, and

of course our wine! So come for the wine and enjoy your visit to our meadow-like setting in rural Louisa County. We are downto-earth and love to share our enthusiasm with customers about our wine. We are open 7 days a week 11am – 5pm. Check our website www.53rdwinery.com or call 540-894-1536 for more information. We look forward to seeing you at the winery! Your business and support are appreciated.

Mark your calendar and get your ticket. Saturday, July 13th we are celebrating our 25th anniversary. Originally founded as Cooper Vineyards, the goal was to make unique well-crafted wines and we are intent on carrying on that tradition. We will be celebrating that day with a whole hog barbeque by Zippys Smokeshack BBQ! Tickets can be purchased on Tock by going to our website. Cheers to the past 25 years and the next 25 as part of the exciting Virginia Wine Industry!

June 15th – Live music by Scuffletown and food from Two Brother’s Southwestern Grill

June 22nd – Live music by Carter Freeman

June 29th – Live music by

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Lance Wolak

Open 7 days a week, 11 am – 5 pm

Sat/Sun. 12-6 pm

13372 Shannon Hill Rd Louisa, VA 23093 (540) 894-5474 • 53rdwinery.com


2023 Rosé

Our new Rosé is a classic, dry Provencal style wine with a gorgeous coral color. A perfect pairing for the patio, this wine exhibits a vibrant mouthfeel with notes of cranberry and citron.

Swingin’ with Elvis – Dinner and a Show (June 29th)

Great wine, great food, and Elvis is in the house! Join us for a buffet dinner catered by Graves Mountain Farm Kitchen and an Elvis impersonation including Elvis Presley hits from the 50’s, 60’s, and 70’s. Lee Dean performs the hits you’re sure to remember like “Jailhouse Rock, and “Burning Love”, and so many more of your old favorites. Your $85 ticket includes dinner, your first glass of wine, and the “Swingin’ with Elvis” performance. Head to our website to purchase your tickets.

Fridays - Friday Night Out! Every Friday night through the summer we feature half price wine flights, live music, food for sale, and grills available for use until 8:00pm.

Weekends - Live music all weekend long! Check out our lineup on our website!

Open daily

Mon-Thurs. 12-5 pm Fri. 12-9 pm Sat/Sun. 12-6 pm

40 Gibson Hollow Ln • Etlan, VA 22719 (540) 923-4206 www.ducardvineyards.com



Blueberry season is here! June welcomes one of our favorite fruits of the season. We’ll be harvesting blueberries throughout the month and using them in beer & cider production as well as in our kitchens. The best part is that you can join us for blueberry specials in the tasting room all summer, including - Blueberry Cider, Blueberry Wheat Beer, Blueberry Lemonade Wine Slushee. Or, try one of our food specials that are perfect for sharing like Blueberry Baked Brie with pistachios and a honey drizzle or our Blueberry

& Bacon Flatbread topped with ricotta and herb salad. And, the whole family will love our Blueberry Sunshine Ice Cream made by SugarBear in Charlottesville. It is sweet cream swirled with Eastwood Farm and Winery’s blueberry coulis, lemon simple syrup, lemon oil and candied lemon. It’s incredible!

This Month at the Winery: Join us for Eastwood After Dark featuring upbeat, danceable music on Saturday nights from 5-8pm (in addition to our Saturday afternoon music lineup). Eastwood also hosts Live Music every Thursday and Friday night, as well as many other events - most events are free and open to the public and a handful are ticketed. See Winery Calendar on our website for all details.

Winemaker Pop-Up: Join us on June 14th for complimentary tastings from Jake Busching, Jake Busching Wines, and on June 28th for complimentary tastings from Joy Ting, Joy Ting Wine.

Father’s Day Market: Celebrate Father’s Day in style at Eastwood Farm and Winery where love and libations come together! Treat Dad to a delightful day surrounded by the Blue Ridge Mountains, with a selection of exquisite wines and craft beers. It’s a perfect blend of relaxation, fine beverages, creative treasures, and delicious bites at Eastwood Farm and Winery. Plus, enjoy live music by Jim Richardson from 1-4PM and 2-for-1 beer specials for Dad all day!

Chef Tasting: Join us on June 26th for a special guided tasting of four new wine releases each paired with a decadent and delicious food pairing from Chef Andrew Partridge. Athena Eastwood and Chef Andrew will lead guests through each wine and food pairing. These evenings are a lot of fun! Reserve your tickets on our website today. Seating is limited to 30 guests. $60/ per person


Every Thursday: Live Music 5-8, Select $5 Glasses of Wine, Beer

& Cider + Chip Pairings With Beer Flights All Day

Every Friday: Virginia Oyster & Wine Celebration with Live Music 5-8

Every Saturday: Live Music 1-4, Eastwood After Dark with Live Music 5-8

Every Sunday: Music Bingo or Paint & Sip

What about the kids?

Kids can share in the experience with their own juice tasting flights and cheese boards!


Winery Hours: WednesdaySaturday (12-8 PM); Sunday, Monday and Tuesday (12-5 PM)

We look forward to welcoming you to our tasting room, seven days a week. Join us for award-winning wines, beer, and cider, as well as delicious lunch and dinner menus. Enjoy lounging on the veranda with a glass of our gold medal 2022 Rosé. Or, stay inside and enjoy live music with a seasonal flatbread or baked brie. We also have juice flights and cheese boards for the kids. See the Winery Calendar for details. Escape to Virginia Wine Country, only five miles from Downtown Charlottesville. Open year-round, seven days a week.

Pet friendly and large groups are welcome.  Ample indoor and outdoor seating.

Rt 20 near the intersection with Avon Extended (5 mi from Downtown Mall) Charlottesville, VA 22902 (434) 264-6727 www.eastwoodfarmandwinery.com


2023 V2

Indulge in a symphony of delicate flavors with our exquisite white wine blend crafted from 50% Viognier and 50% Verdejo grapes. The marriage of Viognier’s floral aromas and Verdejo’s crisp acidity creates a harmonious bouquet of tropical fruits, white flowers, and citrus notes. This elegant wine delights the palate with its refreshing acidity, balanced by hints of apricot, peach, and subtle herbal undertones. Enjoy chilled on a warm summer evening or paired with light seafood dishes for a truly enchanting experience.

We look forward to continuing to serve all of our wonderful guests this winter during our daily hours of 10am-5pm (last pour at 4:45). We offer first come, first served seating under our tent or open seating in our outdoor courtyard. Wine is available by the flight, glass and bottle at our inside or outside service bars, with bar service inside on the weekends! A selection of pre-packaged meats, cheeses, crackers, and spreads are available for purchase as well as our new food truck which is currently open Wednesday- Sunday from 12p-4p. Our winter tent is up and

heated for you to enjoy as well!

Bring the family or friends and enjoy live music every Saturday from 124p or play a fun 9 hole of miniature golf on our new course! (Weather permitting)

Daily- Mini golf open and available! Wednesdays - Wine Down Wednesdays start May 8th every Wednesday through October 5:308:30pm

Saturdays - Live Music from 12-4 pm (check out our website for the schedule!)

Hours: Monday- Sunday from 10 am – 5 pm

1575 Keswick Winery Drive Keswick, Virginia 22947

Tasting Room: (434) 244-3341 ext 105 tastingroom@keswickvineyards.com www.keswickvineyards.com


2023 Montifalco Estate

SOUVENIR Sparkling

Meritage Blanc

Ancestral Method Sparkling Wine: A Tradition Reborn

Ancestral method sparkling wine, also known as pet-nat (short for pétillant-naturel), is a style of sparkling wine that predates the traditional method used in Champagne. It’s a fascinating and increasingly popular category of bubbly that captures the essence of artisanal winemaking and natural fermentation. The ancestral method is one of the oldest methods of making sparkling wine, dating back centuries before the invention of the traditional method. In this technique, the wine is bottled before primary fermentation is complete, allowing the remaining sugars and yeast to continue fermenting inside the bottle. This natural fermentation process produces carbon dioxide, which creates the bubbles in the wine. Unlike the traditional method, which involves a secondary fermentation initiated by adding sugar and yeast to a base wine, the ancestral method relies solely on the natural sugars present in the grapes at the time of bottling. This results in a more rustic and lively style of sparkling wine, with a wide range of flavors and textures.

Characteristics and Flavor Profile

Ancestral method sparkling wines are known for their freshness, vibrancy, and purity of fruit flavors. They often exhibit a cloudy appearance due to minimal filtration, adding to their artisanal charm. The flavor profile can vary widely depending on factors such as grape variety, terroir, and winemaking techniques, but common characteristics include: Delicate Effervescence: Unlike

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the fine bubbles produced by the traditional method, pet-nat wines typically have a softer and more frothy carbonation, lending a playful effervescence to the wine. Fruitforward Aromatics: With minimal intervention in the winemaking process, our pet-nat wine showcases the true essence of the grapes, with vibrant fruit aromas ranging from citrus and orchard fruits to tropical and berry notes. Subtle Complexity: SOUVENIR exhibits layers of complexity, with nuances of minerality, floral undertones, and herbal accents adding depth to the palate. In recent years, ancestral method sparkling wines have experienced a resurgence in popularity among wine enthusiasts and adventurous consumers seeking out natural and artisanal wines. Winemakers around the world are embracing this ancient technique and putting their own modern twists on it, experimenting with different grape varieties, fermentation vessels, and aging methods to create unique and exciting expressions of pet-nat. Whether enjoyed as an aperitif, paired with a variety of foods, or simply sipped on its own, ancestral method sparkling wine offers a refreshing and authentic taste of terroir and tradition, making it a delightful addition to any wine lover’s repertoire. Our sparkling pet-nat SOUVENIR is now available! Join us at the vineyard! Friday, Saturday, Sunday Monday Noon-5pm. Visit montifalcovineyard.com for details.

1800 Fray Rd, Ruckersville, VA 22968 (434) 989-9115 montifalcovineyard.com



Prince Michel Winery proudly presents Harmony, a masterful blend that sings to the soul and dances on the palate. With every sip of Harmony, experience a delicate balance of rich tropical and stone fruit notes, velvety textures and a refreshing melody of apricot and peach flavors.

Elevate your dining experience by pairing Harmony with light pastas, seafood delights, or a charcuterie board featuring artisan cheeses and fruits. Perfect for special occasions or a tranquil evening under the stars.

Visit Prince Michel, a cornerstone of Virginia’s renowned wine landscape for over forty years! Family and pet-friendly, it’s one of the oldest and largest wineries in the Commonwealth. Also, home to Tap 29 Brew Pub, serving local craft brews and delicious pub-style food seven days a week.

Established in 1982, Prince Michel has grown into a widely recognized

winery, garnering global acclaim for its wines. Owner Kristin Easter, one of a handful of female winery owners, champions a fresh approach centered on hospitality and personal wine enjoyment.

Indulge in a spectrum of wines, from luxurious craft picks such as Chardonnay and Petit Verdot, to distinctive options like the SemiDry Riesling from our Rapidan River series. Don’t miss our crowdfavorite Decadence Chocolate or a refreshing wine slushie for a delightful twist. We have something to offer for every palate!

Located in the heart of Virginia Wine Country, our elegant winery on Route 29 between Charlottesville and Washington DC offers wine tastings, tours, shopping, and scenic picnic spots daily from 11am.

Hours: Open 7 days a Week at 11 a.m.

154 Winery Lane, Leon, VA  22725 (540) 547-3707 • www.princemichel.com A Woman-Owned Business


2023 Radiant

Made from 100% Merlot grapes, this is a perfect wine to sip on the porch this summer and for festive occasions. Reminiscent of a Provençal rosé with fruity aromas of strawberry, mandarin, and papaya and hints of almond.

June Hours: Friday 12pm to Sunset; Saturday 12pm to 6pm; Sunday 12pm to 5pm; Monday and Thursday by reservation only.

Until June 30 - Exhibition of artwork by Courtney Hopkins.

June 13th - Words & Wine at

6pm. Poets, novelists, spoken-word artists, and storytellers of all sorts are invited to share their work. RSVP to the event by email - info@ revalationvineyards.com - and then arrive early to get your glass of wine or verjus and reserve your space in our reading list for the night.

June 15th - Arts & Vines from 12:00pm until 6:00pm. Local fine arts and crafts: Robert Turner (jewelry and hot sauces), Jason Goldman (wood), Gary Grant (paintings).

June 15th - Pop-up from 12:00pm until 6:00pm: Just a Bite food truck.

June 20th - Sip & Learn at 6pm: The Madison Families Displaced by the Shenandoah National Park by Nancy Knighting. Come and mingle at 5:30.

June 22nd - Pop-up from 12:00pm until 6:00pm: Burg Charcuterie food truck.

June 22nd - En Plein Air Exhibit from 12:00 until 6:00pm. The artists who participated in the En plein Air event in April will be exhibiting their works.

June 23rd - Film @ Revalation at 5:30pm. Come and meet acclaimed Fluvanna filmmaker Horace Scruggs who will be presenting his documentary film Reclaiming the River: African American Life on Virginia’s Waterways. Bring your supper or order from our menu which will feature delicious flatbreads that evening.

June 27th – Français with Françoise: An evening of conversation in French starting at 6:00pm.

June 28th - Book Club @ The Vineyard starting at 6:00pm: Evicted by Matthew Desmond.

July 5th - Book World Meets Wine World at 5:30pm: Alex Kingsley will read from her book The Strange Garden and Other Weird Tales.

2710 Hebron Valley Road, Madison, VA 22727 540-407-1236 www.revalationvineyards.com


Sparkling Rosé

From the very moment you see the exquisite charm of the newly designed Veritas Sparkling Rosé bottle, you know you are in for a

treat. The color of the wine is sky pink, like a pink sunset that speaks of warmth and love. Fresh as fresh can be, the wine fills the mouth with textured, almost candied red fruits, so smooth on the palate that you might even miss it. The mousse is delicate and creamy, leaving a long sigh of satisfaction. Owners Andrew and Patricia Hodson bought Saddleback Farm, what is now Veritas Vineyards and Winery, in March 1999. Throughout the years, they have planted, cultivated, and harvested over 5,000 tons of grapes. With more than 60 acres of vines and eleven different types of grape varieties, Veritas has become a household name simply because of the outstanding quality of its wines. With each year, winemaker Emily Hodson pays homage to the stunning landscapes where our grapes flourish under the shadow of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Emily combines traditional methods with cutting-edge technology to preserve each varietal’s authentic essence and unique character. In every sip of Veritas wine, experience the artistry of winemaking tailored for your enjoyment.

To help celebrate their Silver Jubilee, Veritas is releasing a small batch of Magnum bottles (equivalent to 2 regular bottles) of their 2022 Veritas Reserve and 2019 Scintilla, along with a locally made commemorative 25th Anniversary box. These wines will be released on June 25th and can be purchased online or by visiting the Tasting Room.

Celebrate with the Hodson’s at one of this summer’s events on the farm:

June 21st - Sarah Rennie Supper Series

July 8th - Wintergreen Music Presents Vines and Violins

July 19th - Adam Bean Supper Series

August 10th - Starry Nights AllDay Music Festival

August 16th - Jean-Paul Bourgeois Supper Series

151 Veritas Ln, Afton, VA 22920 (540) 456-8000

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5. Dallas player, for short

8. Because of

13. “Relax!”

14. St. crosser

15. Ambassador ’s assistant

16. Religious leader’s maxims (unrelated to late actor Robert)

17. Fight back

19. Night of amateur comedy or music, more formally

21. 100% accurate

22. Like the Woodsman of Oz

23. Hallow ender

24. Licorice-scented herb

28. TV net work heardquartered in Ottawa

31. Cit y between Cleveland and Akron which hosts an annual festival for multiple births

36. All-encompassing

38. Tire filler

39. Schedule listing

40. Shel Silverstein children’s book that has drawn controversy

43. Roll of grass

44. More weird

45. “Grease” band ___ Na Na

48. “Superstore” actor Feldman

50. Be less strict

53. Washington, for one

58. Vince Gilligan, for “Better Call Saul”

59. “Circle of Friends” novelist Binchy

60. Native American emblem

61. Long period of time

62. Complete confusion

63. Like some stares or brooks

64. Miffed

65. ‘Rents, more rudely


1. “Ye Olde” establishment

2. W ith feet turned in

3. Gorillaz song “___ Eastwood”

4. Texas mission to “remember”

5. “The Life and Slimes of ___ Summers” (solo performance from the host of “Double Dare”)

6. Positively profess

7. Presidential bill blocker

8. “New” capital

9. Worker’s organization

10. Lemonheads lead singer Dando

11. Carryall

12. “___ Como Va” (Santana song)

13. Almost there

18. More appropriate

20. ___ inst ant

25. Anti-inflammatory drug acronym

26. “___ you, Nancy, from doing harm ...” (line from “The Craft”)

27. ___ pricing

28. Green Bay Packers fan

29. Recycling container

30. Narrow bed

32. Make like a happy tail

33. “The Last King of Scotland” subject Amin

34. Neighbor of Belg.

35. “A Man Called ___” (Fredrik Backman

novel turned into a Tom Hanks movie)

36. “Dynamite” K-pop band

37. 17th letter of the Greek alphabet

41. Singer/songwriter Shepard who recurred on “Ally McBeal”

42. Not kosher, in Jewish dietary law

46. ___ rancheros (Mexican breakfast)

47. ___-ski (lodge lounging)

48. President Martin Van

49. Foe

51. Transmission repair franchise with a “beep beep” ad

52. “60 Minutes” reporter Lesley with an appearance in “Marcel the Shell With Shoes On”

53. Arch location

54. Eight, for starters?

55. “Big-ticket” thing

56. “You’ve Got Mail” director Ephron

57. June honoree

58. Dollar fractions, briefly

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(April 20-May 20): Since 1969, Taurus singer-songwriter Willie Nelson has played his favorite guitar in over 10,000 shows. His name for it is Trigger. Willie doesn’t hold onto it simply for nostalgic reasons. He says it has the greatest tone he has ever heard in a guitar. Though bruised and scratched, it gets a yearly check-up and repair. Nelson regards it as an extension of himself, like a part of his body. Is there anything like Trigger in your life, Taurus? Now is a good time to give it extra care and attention. The same is true for all your valuable belongings and accessories. Give them big doses of love.

(April 20-May 20): There is an abundance of good news, Taurus. In the coming weeks, your conversations could awaken realizations that will augment your wealth—both the financial and emotional kind. So be eager to commune with vigorous souls who inspire your power to attract resources and goodies. Furthermore, you could generate enriching benefits for yourself by engaging with unfamiliar influences that are outside your web of expectations. Don’t be too sure you already know everything you need. Helpful surprises could arrive if you’re extra open-minded.


(April 20-May 20): In their book Your Symphony of Selves, Jordan Gruber and James Fadiman propose a refreshing theory about human nature. They say that each of us is a community of multiple selves. It’s perfectly natural and healthy for us to be an amalgam of various voices, each with distinctive needs and forms of expression. We should celebrate our multifaceted identity and honor the richness it affords us. According to my analysis of astrological omens, the coming weeks will be an excellent time for you to exult in your own symphony of selves and make it a central feature of your self-understanding.



(June 21–July 22): Your subconscious mind is full of marvelous capacities and magic potencies. But it also contains old habits of feeling and thinking that influence you to respond to life in ways that are out of sync with what’s actually happening. These habits may sabotage or undermine your conscious intentions. Now here’s the good news: In the next nine months, there’s a lot you can do to dissolve the outmoded imprints. You will have more power than ever before to perform this wizardry. So get started! How? Ask your subconscious mind to send you intuitions about how to proceed.

(June 21–July 22): I suspect you may have metaphorical resemblances to a lightning rod in the coming weeks. Just in case I’m right, I urge you not to stroll across open fields during thunderstorms. On the other hand, I recommend that you be fully available to receive bolts of inspiration and insight. Put yourself in the presence of fascinating events, intriguing people, and stirring art. Make yourself ready and eager for the marvelous.


(June 21–July 22): When I worked as a janitor at India Joze restaurant in Santa Cruz, California, I did the best I could. But I was unskilled in the janitorial arts. I couldn’t fix broken machines and I lacked expertise about effective cleaning agents. Plus, I was lazy. Who could blame me? I wasn’t doing my life’s work. I had no love for my job. Is there an even remotely comparable situation in your life, Cancerian? Are you involved with tasks that neither thrill you nor provide you with useful education? The coming months will be an excellent time to wean yourself from these activities.



(July 23–Aug. 22): “It’s hard to get lost if you don’t know where you’re going,” said experimental filmmaker Jim Jarmusch. He’s implying that there’s potential value in getting lost. Unexpected discoveries might arrive that contribute to the creative process. But that will only happen if you first have a clear vision of where you’re headed. Jarmusch’s movies benefit from this approach. They’re fun for me to watch because he knows exactly what he wants to create but is also willing to get lost and wander around in search of serendipitous inspirations. This is the approach I recommend for you in the coming weeks, dear Leo.

(July 23–Aug. 22): I foresee two possible approaches for you in the coming months. Either will probably work, so it’s up to you to decide which feels most fun and interesting. In the first option, you will pursue the rewards you treasure by creating your own rules as you outfox the system’s standard way of doing things. In the second alternative, you will aim for success by mostly playing within the rules of the system except for some ethical scheming and maneuvering that outflank the system’s rules. My advice is to choose one or the other, and not try to do both.



(July 23–Aug. 22): The fairy tale “Jack and the Beanstalk” will serve as a prime metaphor for you in the coming weeks. Ruminate on its themes as being applicable to your life. I’ll refresh you with the main points of the story. Young Jack and his mother need money, so she decides to take drastic measures. She bids him to sell the family cow at the marketplace a few miles away. But on the way into town, Jack meets a man who coaxes him to sell the cow in exchange for magic beans—not money. When Jack returns home, his mother is angry at his foolishness. In disgust, she flings the beans out the window into the dirt. Later, though, the beans live up to their promise. They grow into a giant beanstalk that Jack climbs to reach the lair of a giant who lives in the clouds. There Jack retrieves three of his family’s lost treasures, which had been stolen by the giant long ago.


(Aug. 23–Sept. 22): Before the reign of Emperor Qin Shi Huang in the third century

(Aug. 23–Sept. 22): Please note that during the next 12 months, I may seem a bit pushy in my dealings with you. I will encourage you to redefine and enhance your ambitions. I will exhort you to dream bigger. There may come times when you wish I wouldn’t dare you to be so bold. I will understand, then, if you refrain from regularly reading my horoscopes.

(Aug. 23–Sept. 22): Does any person or institution own a part of you? Has anyone stolen some of your power? Does anyone insist that only they can give you what you need? If there are people who fit those descriptions, Virgo, the coming weeks will be an excellent time to fix the problems. According to my understanding of life’s






(May 21-June 20): Off the coast of West Africa is an imaginary place called Null Island. A weather buoy is permanently moored there. Geographers have nicknamed it “Soul Buoy.” It’s the one location on Earth where zero degrees latitude intersects with zero degrees longitude. Since it’s at sea level, its elevation is zero, too. I regard this spot as a fun metaphor for the current state of your destiny, Gemini. You are at a triple zero point, with your innocence almost fully restored. The horizons are wide, the potentials are expansive, and you are as open and free as it’s possible for you to be.

(May 21-June 20): Though 2024 isn’t even half over, you have already earned the title “Least Boring Zodiac Sign of the Year.” Or maybe a more positive way to frame it would be to award you the title “Most Scintillating, Interesting, and Stimulating Zodiac Sign of the Year.” Please keep doing what you have been doing, Gemini. Entertain us with your unruly escapades and gossip-worthy breakthroughs. Encourage us to question our dull certainties and dare us to be more fun. If we seem nervous to be in your stirring presence, disarm our worries with your humor.

(May 21-June 20): In the second half of 2012 and the first half of 2013, you launched a journey that will finally culminate soon. What a long, strange, and interesting trip it has been! The innovations you activated during that time have mostly ripened, though not entirely. The hopes that arose in you have brought mixed results, but the predominant themes have been entertaining lessons and soulful success. I hope you will give yourself a congratulatory gift, dear Gemini. I hope you will luxuriate in a ritual celebration to commemorate your epic journey. The process hasn’t been perfect, but even the imperfections have been magical additions to your life story.


rhythms, you can summon the ingenuity and strength to reclaim what rightfully belongs to you. You can recover any sovereignty and authority you may have surrendered or lost.

Maybe you are comfortable with your current type of success and don’t want my cheerleading. But if you would welcome an ally like me—an amiable motivator and sympathetic booster—I will be glad to help you strive for new heights of accomplishment.



BCE, Chinese people had built many local walls designed to keep out invaders. Qin Shi Huang initiated a great public works project to connect all of these fragments into what’s now known as the Great Wall of China. He also erected a vast system of roads and a citysized mausoleum filled with the Terracotta Army: sculptures of 8,000 soldiers with their chariots and horses. Qin Shi Huang was a big thinker who was also highly organized! In accordance with astrological omens, I invite you to glide into your very own Qin Shi Huang phase. What long-lasting structures do you want to build in the next 11 months?


(Sept. 23–Oct. 22): In ancient Greek myth, Sisyphus was a forlorn character punished by the gods. He was required to push a boulder from the bottom to the top of a hill. But each time he neared the peak, the big rock, which had been enchanted by the crabby god Zeus, slipped away and rolled back down the hill. The story says that Sisyphus had to do this for all eternity. If there have been even minor similarities between you and him, Libra, that will change in the coming months. I predict you will finally succeed—is this your fifth attempt?—in finishing a task or project that has, up until now, been frustrating.


(Sept. 23–Oct. 22): Three months after Rachel Denning bore her fourth child, she and her husband sold everything they owned and embarked on a nomadic life. They have been roaming ever since, adding three more kids along the way. She says they have become addicted to “the personal transformation that travel extracts.” She loves how wandering free “causes you to be uncomfortable, to step out of the familiar and into the unknown. It compels you to see with new eyes and to consider things you had never been aware of. It removes preconceptions, biases, and small-mindedness.” If you were ever going to flirt with Rachel Denning’s approach, Libra, the next 12 months would be a favorable time. Could you approximate the same healing growth without globetrotting journeys? Probably. Homework: Ask your imagination to show you appealing ways to expand.


the way, could be freer and more muscular than it has been in a long time. Now here are the potential developments. 1. An offer to create one of the most symbiotic unions or robust collaborations ever. 2. Great chances for you to capitalize on the success of others. 3. Alterations in the family configuration. 4. Major shifts in loyalty and affinity. 5. A raise in rank. 6. Revelations of secrets you can use to your advantage.

you have received my little warning, I hope you will avoid that fate. Instead, you will harness your personal charm to spread blessings everywhere you go. You will activate a generosity of spirit in yourself that awakens and inspires others. Do not underestimate the electrifying energy pouring out of you, Sagittarius. Vow to make it a healing medicine and not a chaotic disruptor.



(Nov. 22-Dec. 21): If you simply let the natural flow take you where it will in the coming weeks, you would become a magnet for both degenerative and creative influences. Fortunately, you are reading this oracle, which will help ensure the natural flow won’t lead you toward degenerative influences. With this timely oracle, I am advising you to monitor and suppress any unconscious attractions you might have for bewildering risks and seemingly interesting possibilities that are actually dead ends. Don’t flirt with decadent glamour or fake beauty, dear Sagittarius! Instead, make yourself fully available for only the best resources that will uplift and inspire you.


ateur is “someone who pursues sports, studies, or other activities purely for pleasure instead of for financial gain or professional advancement.” In accordance with astrological omens, I encourage you to make this a featured theme in the coming months. On a regular basis, seek out experiences simply because they make you feel good. Engage in lots of playtime. At least part-time, specialize in fun and games.

now, I advise you to flirt with modest adventures and sensible risks. Can you contain your burning, churning yearnings for a while? Are you willing to coax your crazy wild heart into enjoying some mild pleasures? By early autumn, I’m guessing you will have done the necessary preparations to successfully roam through the experimental frontiers. Until then, you are most likely to corral X-factors on your behalf if you pace yourself and bide your time.




(Nov. 22-Dec. 21): Have you been metaphysically itchy and psychologically ticklish? Are you unsure whether those tingling sensations you’re feeling are worrisome symptoms or signs of healing and awakening? I believe they are signs of healing and awakening. They suggest you are doing the metaphorical equivalent of what a snake does when it sheds its skin. Expect imminent redemption, Sagittarius! Reframe the discomfort as a herald of relief and release.


(Oct. 23-Nov. 21): Is it possible to reap spiritual epiphanies while having sex? Can intense physical pleasure be a meditation that provokes enlightened awareness? Can joy and bliss bring learning experiences as valuable as teachings that arise from suffering? Here are my answers to those three questions, Scorpio, especially for you during the next four weeks: yes, yes, and yes. My astrological ruminations tell me that you are primed to harvest divine favors as you quest for delight.

(Sept. 23–Oct. 22): Psychologist Carl Jung believed we could accomplish profound self-transformation by working hard on our psyches’ unripe and wounded aspects. That might entail honest self-examination, objective observation of how we affect others, and a willingness to recognize and forgive our mistakes. Jung also recommended another way to heal our neuroses: through the power of numinous experiences. By “numinous,” he meant mystical, sublime, or awe-inspiring. Jung said that such visitations could radically diminish our painful habits of mind and feeling. They might arrive through grace, thanks to life’s surprising interventions. They may also be coaxed to appear through meditation, dreamwork, communing with myth and fairy tales, and spiritual practices. I foresee a wealth of numinous events in your life during the coming months, Libra. May they bring you a steady stream of healing.

(Dec. 22-Jan. 19): I’ve had thousands of crucial teachers. There would be no such thing as me without their life-changing influences. Among that vast array have been 28 teachers whose wisdom has been especially riveting. I feel gratitude for them every day. And among those 28 have been five geniuses who taught me so much so fast in a short period of time that I am still integrating their lessons. One of those is Capricorn storyteller and mythologist Michael Meade. I offer you these thoughts because I suspect you are close to getting a major download from a guide who can be for you what Meade has been for me. At the very least, you will engage with an educational source akin to my top 28.




(Dec. 22-Jan. 19): Capricorn politician Robert F. Kennedy Jr. is campaigning to be US President. But oops: He recently confessed that a parasitic worm once ate a portion of his brain, damaging his memory and cognitive skills. “The worm is dead now,” he assured us, as if that were a good reason to vote for him. Why am I bringing this up? Like most of us, you have secrets that if revealed might wreak at least a bit of mayhem. As tempting as it might be to share them with the world—perhaps in an effort to feel free of their burden—it’s best to keep them hidden for now. Kennedy’s brain worm is in that category. Don’t be like him in the coming weeks. Keep your reputation and public image strong. Show your best facets to the world.

(Feb. 20-March 20): Some people imagine that being creative means having nonstop spontaneous fun. They think it’s primarily exuberant, adventurous, and liberating. As a person who prizes imaginative artistry, I can testify that this description is accurate some of the time. But more often, the creative process involves meticulous organization and discipline, periods of trial-and-error experimentation, and plenty of doubt and uncertainty. It’s hard work that requires persistence and faith. Having said that, Pisces, I am happy to say you are now in a phase when the freewheeling aspects of creativity will be extra available. You’re more likely than usual to enjoy spontaneous fun while dreaming up novel ideas and fresh approaches. Channel this energy into an art form or simply into the way you live your life.

(Feb. 20-March 20): Good news, Pisces: In the coming weeks, one of your flaws will mysteriously become less flawed. It will lose some of its power to undermine you. If you engage in focused meditation about it, you could rob it of even more of its obstructive force. More good news: You will have an enhanced capacity to distinguish between skillful pretending and earthy authenticity. No one can trick you or fool you. Can you handle even more good news? You will have a skillful knack for finding imperfect but effective solutions to problems that have no perfect solution.



(Feb. 20-March 20): “Oh God, if there is a God, save my soul, if I have a soul.” That prayer was the handiwork of Piscean philosopher Joseph Ernest Renan. If his ironic minimalism is the only spiritual aspiration you can manage right now, so be it. But I hope you will strive for a more intimate, expansive, and personal connection with the Divine Intelligence. The coming weeks will be an extra favorable time for you to speak and listen to mysterious powers beyond your rational comprehension. Please take advantage! Go in quest of the sweet, deep lowdown directly from the Sublime Source!


(Oct. 23-Nov. 21): Among the Europeans who first settled in South America were Jews who had been forcibly converted to Christianity by Portuguese and Spanish persecutions. Centuries later, some families resolved to reclaim their Jewish heritage. They led a movement called la sangre llama—a Spanish phrase meaning “the blood is calling.” I invite you to be inspired by this retrieval, Scorpio. The coming months will be an excellent time to commune with aspects of your past that have been neglected or forgotten. Your ancestors may have messages for you. Go in search of missing information about your origins.

(Oct. 23-Nov. 21): In a moment, I will list events I foresee as being possible for you during the next 11 months. They are cosmic tendencies but not cosmic mandates. Whether or not they actually occur will depend on how you wield your willpower—which, by

(Nov. 22-Dec. 21): Your animal magnetism and charisma could be wildly potent in the coming weeks. I’m worried that as a result, you may be susceptible to narcissistic feelings of entitlement. You will be extra attractive, maybe even irresistible! But now that

(Dec. 22-Jan. 19): It’s time for Super Mom to make an appearance. Some circumstances in your life could benefit from healing tweaks best initiated by her. And when I say “Super Mom,” I’m not necessarily referring to your actual mother. I’m envisioning a wise older woman who sees you as you really are and who can assist you in living your destiny according to your own inner necessity, no one else’s. If you have no Super Mom in your world, see if you can locate one, even hire one. I also recommend creating an inner Super Mom in your imagination. You need and deserve sympathetic input from the archetype of the sage crone.



(Jan. 20-Feb. 19): I suspect that later in 2024, I will authorize you to commune with boisterous adventures and tricky risks. But right

(Jan. 20-Feb. 19): In one of my previous lifetimes, I was a bricoleur—a collector and seller of junk who re-used the castaway stuff in new ways. That’s one reason why, during my current destiny, I am a passionate advocate for recycling, renewal, and redemption—both in the literal and metaphorical senses. I am tuned in to splendor that might be hidden within decay, treasures that are embedded in trash, and bliss that can be retrieved from pain. So I’m excited about your prospects in the coming weeks, Aquarius. If you so desire, you can specialize in my specialties.

(Jan. 20-Feb. 19): The English and French word “amateur” comes from amatus, the past participle of the Latin word amare, which means “to love.” According to one definition, an am-

(March 21-April 19): The term “maze” has various meanings. Most commonly, it signifies a puzzling cluster of choices that lead nowhere and bode frustration. But there are more positive meanings of the word. In ancient myths, a maze was where heroes underwent ritual tests. There they might summon ingenuity to win access to a hidden treasure. In modern psychology labs, the maze is a structure used to stimulate learning in rats. According to my analysis of the astrological omens, the maze you are now in is metaphorically akin to the second two meanings, not the first.

(March 21-April 19): I love being logical and reasonable! The scientific method is one of my favorite ways to understand how the world works. I am a big fan of trying to ascertain the objective facts about any situation I am in. However, I also love being intuitive and open to mystical perceptions. I don’t trust every one of my feelings as an infallible source of truth, but I rely on them a lot to guide my decisions. And I also believe that it’s sometimes impossible to figure out the objective facts. In the coming weeks, Aries, I suggest you give more weight than usual to the second set of perspectives I described. Don’t be crazily illogical, but proceed as if logic alone won’t provide the insights you need most.

(March 21-April 19): What potentials should you strive to ripen as the expansive planet Jupiter glides through your astrological House of Connection, Communication, and Education in the coming months? I’ll offer my intuitions. On the downside, there may be risks of talking carelessly, forging superficial links, and learning inessential lessons. On the plus side, you will generate good luck and abundant vitality if you use language artfully, seek out the finest teachings, and connect with quality people and institutions. In the most favorable prognosis I can imagine, you will become smarter and wiser. Your knack for avoiding boredom and finding fascination will be at a peak.

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In late 2023, the Biden administration released new guidance that requires federal agencies to improve digital accessibility, including enforcing a set of accessibility guidelines before publishing to a website and overseeing digital accessibility processes. On June 17, UVA will host a free workshop on digital accessibility, with presenter Kevin Andrews, a Web Accessibility Specialist at Georgetown University who is presenting as part of his role as owner of Unlocked Freedom Access, a digital accessibility consultancy. As a blind person, Andrews has a personal connection to this work. Ahead of his talk, we asked Andrews a few key questions. This interview has been edited for length.—Claudia Gohn

What is web and digital accessibility?

When we talk about accessibility, we’re thinking about ways of making sure that— in terms of the digital or electronic accessibility, that context—we’re really trying to make sure that websites, systems, applications, documents, all of these resources are usable to the greatest number of people.

What do you do as a web accessibility specialist?

A lot of it is working with different stakeholders to help them make—or at least give guidance or recommendations to make—their materials or content more accessible. And it really depends. So one day I might be working with some content editors and I can walk them through how to make a page more accessible in terms of, you know, “Don’t just make the text bold. It has to be an actual heading,” which is communicated through the semantics with the screen reader. Or another day I might be working with some developers and I can give more technical guidance. “Well, you want to use this type of code or this sort of role to make sure that the semantics are getting communicated appropriately.”

What motivates you to give speeches and host workshops about digital accessibility, such as the one coming up at UVA? They kind of see what the barriers look like—what a

barrier could look like when something is not accessible. And then, “Here is what you can do. Here are maybe three quick fixes you can do today.” Obviously it’s not everything,

but to really get on the path to make something more accessible. It makes them feel accomplished, it makes them feel good about the process, so they will continue to do it because accessibility is not one-and-done. You have to keep at it. And then especially with very dynamic websites where people are constantly adding content, removing content, there’s always gonna be—it’s very rare that there’s something fully 100 percent conforming and accessible. It’s very rare. So I would say I really enjoy that light bulb moment. I like being able to do the demonstrations for people and say, “Okay, well now you try it.”

Why is digital accessibility important?

I have a deep personal connection to the work because I have a disability myself. So it’s not something I can just turn off at the end of the day. … It is the right thing to do. I’m not a lawyer, so I won’t make legal claims, but it is the law here in the U.S. that your website—especially a public-facing website, whatever the industry—is accessible.

How does web accessibility and digital accessibility fit within the broader conversation about disability justice?

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