In a heart-wrenching memoir, former death row chaplain...
...Russ Ford reflects on years sharing men's final moments
Several pet owners claim a dangerous dog-sitter is on the loose PAGE 10
Poet and essayist reflects on influence of Black poetry in new book PAGE 28
FEBRUARY 22 –28, 2023 CHARLOTTESVILLE’S NEWS AND ARTS WEEKLY C-VILLE.COM FREE
2 February 22 –28, 2023 c-ville.com facebook.com/cville.weekly EXPLORING THE HEART OF EQUAL JUSTICE BRYAN STEVENSON featuring in conversation with UVA President Jim Ryan March 28, 2023 | 7:00 PM John Paul Jones Arena
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 26 | 7:30PM
UVA BC v UVA UNC v MEN’S BASKETBALL / FEB 22 / 7PM
MEN’S BASKETBALL / FEB 25 / 6PM
FEBRUARY 25 | 2PM
Tickets at the paramount. TICKETS AT THEPARAMOUNT.NET
215 East Main Street, Charlottesville, VA | 434.979.1333 | theparamount.net
MARCH 5 | 6PM
MARCH 6 | 7PM
3 February 22 –28, 2023 c-ville.com facebook.com/cville.weekly
Lynn & Kenny Brown • Carrie Douglass & Fernando Operé ∙ Pam & Frank Edmonds • Chris & Brad Eure • Janna & David Gies • Elizabeth & Joe LeVaca • Julie & Geoff Montross Susie Morris
JANIE & RON GOLDBERG HARVEST MOON CATERING
Charlottesville’s News & Arts Weekly
CIRCULATION: 20,000 WEEKLY
P.O. Box 119
308 E. Main St.
Charlottesville, Virginia 22902
Twitter: @cville_weekly, @cville_culture
Richard DiCicco email@example.com
Brielle Entzminger firstname.lastname@example.org
Tami Keaveny email@example.com
Rob Brezsny, Amelia Delphos, Matt Dhillon, Carol Diggs, Shea Gibbs, Mary Jane Gore, Will Ham, Erika Howsare, Justin Humphreys, Kristin O’Donoghue, Lisa Provence, Sarah Sargent, Jen Sorensen, Julia Stumbaugh, Courteney Stuart, Eshaan Sarup, Paul Ting, Sean Tubbs, David Levinson Wilk
DESIGN AND PRODUCTION
Max March firstname.lastname@example.org
Tracy Federico email@example.com
Gabby Kirk (434) 373-2136 firstname.lastname@example.org
Lisa C. Hurdle email@example.com, Brittany Keller firstname.lastname@example.org
DIRECTOR OF EVENTS & MARKETING
REAL ESTATE WEEKLY
Theresa McClanahan email@example.com
Faith Gibson firstname.lastname@example.org
Anna Harrison email@example.com
CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER
Debbie Miller firstname.lastname@example.org
Nanci Winter (434) 373-0429
Billy Dempsey email@example.com
C-VILLE HOLDINGS, LLC
Bill Chapman, Blair Kelly
C-VILLE is published Wednesdays. 20,000 free copies are distributed all over Charlottesville, Albemarle, and the surrounding counties. One copy per person. Additional copies may be purchased for $1.99 per copy.
Unsolicited news articles, essays, and photography are carefully considered. Local emphasis is preferred. Although care will be taken, we assume no responsibility for submissions.
First-class mail subscriptions are available for $140 annually.
©2023 C-VILLE Weekly. No part of this publication may be reproduced without the written permission of the publisher.
MEMBER Virginia Press Association
4 February 22 –
INSIDE THIS ISSUE V.35, No. 8 FEATURE 22
Former Virginia death row chaplain Russ Ford discusses his new memoir. NEWS 9 10 Ruckersville pet-sitter is accused of losing dogs 11 Nonprofit hopes to stop constr uction on Rivanna floodplain.
Real Estate Weekly: A look at houses that have sold so far in 2023.
27 28 Pages: Black poetry influences are explored in Soul Culture 29 The Works: Sarah Lawson’s “Salience the sea” at New City Arts.
Free Will Astrology CLASSIFIED 36
be happy to hear... CORRECTION
HAPPENINGS 7PM | South & Central MUSIC & BURGER NIGHT 5PM | Dairy Market FAMILY GAME NIGHT FEB 22 HOME TO 18 C'VILLE FAVORITE FOOD & MARKET SHOPS. ONSITE PARKING AVAILABLE, AND FIRST HOUR IS FREE! SCAN QR CODE FOR EVENT DETAILS FEB 23 946 Grady Ave Charlottesville, VA 22903 4PM | South & Central TACO TUESDAY 4PM | South & Central $10 STEAK NIGHT 7PM | Starr Hill TRIVIA NIGHT 9PM | South & Central BACHATA ($) FEB 27 7AM | Dairy Market CVILLE 10 MILERWATCH LOCATION & AFTER PARTY MAR 25 FEB 28 4PM | Starr Hill VINYL NIGHT FEB 24 4PM | Starr Hill LIVE MUSIC W/ MATTHEW O'DONNEL SAVE THE DATE
31 Screens: Infinity Pool isn’t even fun trash—it’s witlessly mean-spirited. 33
the profile” in
spring 2023 issue of Abode, we incorrectly identified Alloy co-owner Zach Snider as an architect. C-VILLE regrets the error.
5 facebook.com/cville.weekly Your Source for Amish Made Furniture! Offering a full line of Solid Wood Furniture Dining Room Sets, Home Office Furniture, Bedroom Suites, and much more. www.towncofurniture.com Mon-Sat 9-5 Sat 10-3 540879-9372 11 Killdeer Lane Dayton, VA 22821 TWO LATEST BOOKS & MORE from local Author William A. James, Sr. Call or Write, William A. James, Sr. 434-985-8987 PO Box 6991, Charlottesville, VA 22906 Wjpublications@aol.com In, A MURDER ON FIFTH AND DICE AND THE RUIN OF FIFEVILLE, James shows how drug-dealing and gang violence led to the condemnation, demolition, and gentrification of Fifeville. It is a Sequel to his IN THE STREETS OF VINEGAR HILL, 2007. (He is writing a play based upon this latest Book) SOLD AT: The University of Virginia Bookstore 400 Emmet Street, Charlottesville, VA 22904 (on UVA Grounds). Patsy Goolsby, Manager, 434-924-1075 | firstname.lastname@example.org 2nd Act Books 214 East Main Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902 Daphne Spain, Owner, 434-202-0754 | email@example.com A great way to celebrate Black History Month! Guide Summer Camp Annual directory of Summer Camps, Schools & Programs for kids Published in c-ville March 16th, April 13th and May 4th To book your space email: classyexec @c-ville.com
Hello, Charlottesville! Thank you for reading C-VILLE Weekly. It’s extraordinary that Virginia abolished the death penalty two years ago—the first Southern state and the 23rd in the nation to do so. Today, six states still have capital punishment on the books. In this week’s feature story, our news reporter Brielle Entzminger speaks with a man who shared the final hours of dozens of men when he was a death row chaplain in the commonwealth (p. 22).
Russ Ford authored the new memoir Crossing the River Styx, which he wrote with Charles and Todd C. Peppers, for University of Virginia Press. The book is a detailed account of Ford’s years ministering to men facing down their deaths—men who had committed heinous crimes and were now looking for some kind of spiritual relief for their guilt. The reverend’s job was incredibly difficult, as he walked men to the chair where they would be electrocuted or administered a lethal injection. Witnessing so many deaths hardened his opposition to the death penalty, but it also served to alienate him from friends and family. Eventually, he couldn’t take it anymore, and he left death row behind. or some, it may be easy to dismiss the kind of men Ford spoke with as they came to terms with the ultimate punishment—especially when you read of their crimes. But Ford crucially saw their humanity, their difficult lives, and their capacity for change. No matter where you stand on Richard
6 February 22 –28, 2023 c-ville.com facebook.com/cville.weekly
LOWEST COOLSCULPTING PRICING $400 per cycle price freeze SCHEDULE A FREE CONSULTATION TO LEARN MORE! BONNIE STRAKA, MD & OUR TEAM OF BODY SPECIALISTS 3350 BERKMAR DRIVE | 434.923.4646 | SIGNATUREMEDSPA.COM BESTMEDICALSPA WINNER Scan code for monthly specials #1 CoolSculpting practice in Central VA Pay as you go pricing Improve your language skills with Speak! Questions? 434-245-8255 Speak! specializes in customized individual and semi-private courses in 22 languages, including ESL and ASL. Tailored to your schedule, goals and learning style, these lessons save you time by cutting to the conversation! www.speaklanguagecenter.com www.bspeakenglish.com Victoria & Francesco Online and In-person Italian Students (USA)
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 23
KENDALL STREET COMPANY
KENDALL STREET IS FOR LOVERSFEBRUARY RESIDENCY
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 24
DISCO RISQUÉ WITH CHESTNUT GROVE
MARCH 18-ON SALE FRIDAY COUGAR BEATRICE WITH NEW BOSS AND BACKSEAT DRIVER
MARCH 29-ON SALE NOW ARKANSAUCE/INTO THE FOG
BY WHERE HOUSE
03-17 | DREW PACE WITH SAM LOWE
03-19 | HIGHWAY TO ROCK PRESENTED BY STACY’S MUSIC
03-19 | BAKED SHRIMP
03-21 | TALISK
03-23 | SATSANG WITH GRAHAM GOOD & THE PAINTERS
03-24 | BOY NAMED BANJO
7 February 22 –28, 2023 c-ville.com facebook.com/cville.weekly MAY 18 WITH SPECIAL GUEST JUNE 15 LOW TICKET WARNING SOLD OUT MAY 1 On Sale Friday February 24th at 10 a.m. SOLD OUT TICKETS: TingPavilion.com 03-12| BODEANS 03-17| CHAMOMILE & WHISKEY WITH THE CURRYS 03-18| CARBON LEAF 03-22| MOE. 03-25| COREY SMITH 04-05| MARC BROUSSARD WITH NICOTINE DOLLS 04-16| “SWING INTO SPRING” JAZZ BENEFIT WITH ALBEMARLE HIGH JAZZ ENSEMBLE FEATURING JOHN D’EARTH, CHARLES OWEN, AND MANY MORE 05-02| AN EVENING WITH LUCINDA WILLIAMS 05-09| JOSH RITTER & THE ROYAL CITY BAND 09-13| ERIC JOHNSON: THE TREASURE TOUR 2023 JEFFERSONTHEATER.COM RENT THE JEFFERSON FOR YOUR EVENT! RENTALS@JEFFERSONTHEATER.COM • 434-245-4917 JUST ANNOUNCED! MAY 25-ON SALE NOW RISING APPALACHIA JULY 25-ON SALE FRIDAY RORY SCOVEL FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 24 JORMA KAUKONEN GENERAL ADMISSION SEATED SHOW LOW TICKET ALERT! FRIDAY, MARCH 3 DONNA THE BUFFALO WITH THE JUDY CHOPS FRIDAY, MARCH 10 KINGS OF THRASH WITH HATRIOT THESOUTHERNCVILLE.COM RENT THE SOUTHERN! firstname.lastname@example.org (434) 977-5590 or EAT AT THE SOUTHERN CAF É café opens 2 hours prior to performances 02-25 | SAM BURCHFIELD & THE SCOUNDRELS WITH SPECIAL GUEST VIRGINIA MAN 03-01 | BUMPIN UGLIES WITH SIERRA LANE 03-02 | BAILEN WITH ELIZABETH MOEN 03-03 | AN EVENING WITH MARTIN SEXTON 03-07 | SAM GRISMAN PROJECT PRESENTS THE MUSIC OF GARCIA/GRISMAN 03-09 | JOSLYN & THE SWEET COMPRESSION 03-11 | DAMN TALL BUILDINGS 03-12 | DARLINGSIDE PRESENTED BY WNRN 03-16 | JOSH TEED WITH TERRACHROME PRESENTED
ON THE DOWNTOWN MALL
Charlottesville’s favorite shops. Ideally located between Route 250 and Downtown, McIntire Plaze features an eclectic mix of food, art, retail, and local entrepreneurship of all shapes and sizes.
8 February 22 –28, 2023 c-ville.com facebook.com/cville.weekly NATHANIEL LEE TROMBONE Sunday February 26, 2023 3:30pm Old Cabell Hall $15/$13 UVA Faculty & Staff/Free for under 18 / Free for UVA Students who reserve in advance 434.924.3376 - ARTSBOXOFFICE.VIRGINIA.EDU - OR AT THE DOOR with Srikar Chittari, trombone; John Mayhood, piano; Megan Gray, viola; Max McNutt, trumpet J.S Bach Cello Suite No.2 in D minor Georg Philipp Telemann Canonic Duets Johann Georg Albrechtsberger Concerto for Alto Trombone and Orchestra P. F. Strohm Serenade for Viola and Trombone Derek Bourgeois Trio for Trumpet, Trombone and Piano, Op.285 CHAMBER MUSIC SERIES UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA Vibrant Food Fun Cocktails Communal Patio 609 East Market St. 1 block north of the Downtown Mall www.tonic-cville.com SHENANDOAH IMAGERY Charlottesville’s favorite spot for antiques, vintage decor and one-of-a-kind treasures. 434.295.5760 www.circainc.com Tuesday-Saturday 10-5:30 Charlottesville Brazillian Jiu-Jitsu Judo • Muay Thai www.cvillebjj.com • (434) 825-6202 Live • Learn • Work • Play
a well-established and vibrant community, is home to many of
Charlottesville’s Multi-Vendor Marketplace 1747 ALLIED STREET - OPEN DAILY 11-5 @heydaycville woodardproperties.com/mcintire-plaza/
— Democratic state Sen. Creigh Deeds on the Republican-led House of Delegates killing his gun control bill, which would have prohibited firearms at state-owned colleges and permitted law enforcement to obtain a search warrant when they believe firearms are possessed illegally in university buildings
NEWS IN BRIEF
On February 15, the Albemarle County Police Department responded to a shots fired report at around 11:30am in the 200 block of Wahoo Way at the Cavalier Crossing apartment complex. Officers discovered a juvenile who had been injured during the incident, which involved a drug deal. Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Garrett Moore at 296-5807. On February 18, Charlottesville and University of Virginia police responded to a shooting at around 8:49pm in the 400 block of 10th Street. A man who had been shot in the hand could not describe the suspect, but said the person drove a cream-colored car, reports The Daily Progress. Anyone with information can contact the CPD at 970-3280.
After four terms on the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors, Democrat Ann Mallek is vying for the White Hall District seat for the final time. Mallek is currently running unopposed. Democrat Bea LaPisto-Kirtley, who represents the Rivanna District, has also launched her re-election campaign, and is running against independent David Rhodes. Democrat Mike Pruitt has made a bid for the Scottsville seat.
A second Raising Cane’s is (finally) coming to Charlottesville. Signs advertising the popular chicken spot recently appeared in the windows of the former Sheetz on the UVA Corner, according to a photo posted on Reddit. The “coming soon” sign says the new location is now hiring, but it remains unclear when it will open—or if it will do anything to shorten the eatery’s infamous Route 29 drive-thru line.
UVA professor honored for artificial pancreas invention
UVA School of Medicine professor
Marc Breton has been awarded the university’s 2022 Edlich-Henderson Innovator of the Year for his role in developing an artificial pancreas, which now helps thousands of people around the world who have Type 1 diabetes.
After receiving a Ph.D. in systems engineering from UVA in 2004, Breton, a native of France, helped create the first simulation environment accepted by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration as a replacement for animal studies in preclinical assessment of insulin treatment. This paved the way for him and his UVA Center for Diabetes Technology colleagues to develop an artificial pancreas
system, which consists of a continuous glucose sensor on the skin and an insulin pump. The system is programmed with an algorithm that monitors and automatically regulates patients’ glucose levels.
“Our little algorithm is now probably in 400,000 devices around the world, controlling the insulin of 400,000 people from the age of 2 to 98 years old,” Breton said in a press release. “That’s incredibly special, because I had the opportunity to meet many of these people and hear how this work has impacted their lives. That has been an incredible high.”
An associate professor of psychiatry and neurobehavioral sciences and associate research director for the Center for Dia-
Unite the Right participant dies in apparent suicide
More than five years after participating in the deadly Unite the Right rally, white supremacist Teddy Joseph Von Nukem is dead.
On January 30, 35-year-old Von Nukem—who faced federal drug trafficking charges—died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound in a hay shed at his Missouri home, the same day he failed to show up for a court hearing, local journalist Molly Conger reported. In 2021, the white supremacist, who was photographed wielding a tiki torch at the infamous August 11 rally, was arrested when he tried to enter Arizona from Mexico, and Customs and Border Protection officers found 33 pounds of fentanyl pills hidden in his car. Von Nukem, a member of the neo-Nazi
betes Technology, Breton has also helped develop an algorithm for the precise estimation of hemoglobin A1C, a key indicator of long-term glucose control. The algorithm was implemented into the first commercial blood glucose monitoring device, MyStar Extra.
In 2016, Breton cofounded TypeZero Technologies, which offers personalized diabetes management solutions. DexCom Inc., a leader in continuous glucose monitoring for people with diabetes, purchased the TypeZero for $11.3 million in 2018.
Since 2007, Breton has submitted 55 invention disclosures to the UVA Licensing & Ventures Group. He is currently a named inventor on 27 issued U.S. patents.
Traditionalist Worker Party, claimed he was paid 4,000 Mexican pesos (around $215) to smuggle the drugs, but did not know they were fentanyl, per court records.
Piecing together videos and photos from the August 12 rally, Conger identified Von Nukem as one of the white supremacists who brutally assaulted DeAndre Harris, a Black man, inside the Market Street parking garage. In text messages sent to white supremacist Christopher Cantwell, Von Nukem bragged about beating a Black person with a baton in a garage. (Von Nukem was never charged in relation to the incident.)
Von Nukem is survived by his wife and five children, according to his obituary.
9 February 22 –28, 2023 c-ville.com @cville_weekly facebook.com/cville.weekly
“I wasn’t shocked at the outcome—I was more so shocked that they didn’t give the courtesy of listening to it.”
UVA School of Medicine professor Marc Breton has been awarded the university’s Innovator of the Year for his role in developing an artificial pancreas.
Pet peeves PAGE 10
Teddy Joseph Von Nukem
Pet sitter facing legal woes after multiple dogs disappear, die
By Courteney Stuart
Last spring, Michael Juers and his wife Pamela dropped their two Chihuahuas off at the home of Adrienne Skaggs, a Ruckersville resident who’d listed her Sweet Dogs Grooming dog-sitting service on Rover.com. The Juers were traveling from the Charlottesville area to Florida ahead of a permanent move there, and hoped the dogs would have their own minivacation while the couple house-hunted
The day after leaving 2-year-old Rosie and 12-year-old Chico in Skaggs’ care, the Juers’ long-anticipated trip turned into a nightmare that began with a text from Skaggs.
“She said, ‘Rosie got away, but she’s okay,’” says Michael Juers. “It was very vague.”
Ten months later, despite ongoing searches, there is still no sign of Rosie. When the Juers picked up Chico, he required veterinary care for a serious puncture wound. The Juers have since learned they’re not the only dog owners to suffer such anguish after leaving their pets in Skaggs’ care.
Ben Combs and Laura Brown also discovered Skaggs’ ad for dog-sitting on Rover. com and had used her once before without incident. They left their 11-year-old Chihuahua, Olive, at Skaggs’ Fray’s Mill Road home again in January when they traveled to Mexico. This time, they had to cut their trip short by a day when Skaggs texted to let them know that Olive had disappeared.
“It just really took us by surprise because she doesn’t run away or escape if we’re walking somewhere in the woods with her,” says Combs.
While Combs and Brown tried to change their flight and get home, family members in the Charlottesville area immediately mounted a massive search effort for Olive. Still in Mexico, Combs says he started calling businesses near Skaggs’ home and got some disturbing information.
“One of them was a farm and a woman picked up,” Combs says. “I told her what was going on and she was like, ‘I’m really sorry to say this, but this is the third call I’ve gotten about this from that facility.’”
Indeed, Skaggs is known to Albemarle County Animal Control. According to online court records, in January she was found guilty of inadequate animal care and allowing a dog to run at large, both misdemeanors that carry $250 fines. The Juers have sued her over the loss of Rosie, and that case is still pending.
Albemarle County Police Public Information Officer Bridgette Butynski declined to comment on an active case.
After Googling Skaggs’ name and posting about Olive on the NextDoor app, Combs and Brown discovered the Juers and at least four others who were still searching for—or mourning the death of—dogs they’d left with Skaggs.
Combs and Brown consider themselves lucky. Olive was found after being hit by a car, but she survived. Karen Calvino’s 13-year-old Yorkshire terrier, Toby, was reportedly hit and killed by a car after he disappeared from Skaggs’ property the day before Thanksgiving.
Calvino and her husband had flown into Charlottesville from Florida to visit her daughter and grandchildren. Hoping to cut down on the holiday chaos, Calvino decided to board Toby with Skaggs for the three-day visit. Skaggs met Calvino at the airport and picked Toby up with his bed, food, and medicine. A few hours later, Calvino looked at her phone and saw a text from Skaggs.
“Toby got away,” it read.
Calvino says Skaggs assured her she was out looking for him. Calvino’s kids posted about Toby on social media. The next morning, Calvino went to Skaggs’ house to make sure Toby wasn’t hiding behind furniture. She says Skaggs initially resisted letting her come in, and when she relented, Calvino was confronted with what she describes as a “horrific” scene: The room was filthy and dark, there was one couch with no cushions, and she counted an estimated 15 large barking dogs in stacked cages.
“My heart sunk,” says Calvino, who began shouting Toby’s name, to no avail.
“When I left, I almost started crying,” Calvino says. “I’m like, ‘How could I ever have done this to Toby?’”
Calvino says she printed fliers and posted online. After 12 days, Calvino says a man admitted to hitting and killing Toby with his car around 5pm on the day Skaggs picked him up. Calvino says the man claimed he threw Toby’s body into the trash but kept his harness.
Skaggs did not return online messages sent through Facebook and Bark.com, where her services are still listed. A woman who answered a phone number listed for her on-
line claimed it was a wrong number and hung up after this reporter identified herself. Both Rover.com and Wags.com have removed Skaggs from their platforms and cite a requirement for criminal background checks as one of their safety features, in addition to featuring previous client reviews.
“Prior to booking a service, we highly encourage pet parents to meet with multiple sitters in-person to discuss their specific care instructions, ask any questions they may have, and evaluate the sitter’s home environment to ensure it meets their expectations,” reads a statement from Rover in response to a C-VILLE query.
The Juers, Combs, and Brown admit that while they found Skaggs through Rover, she offered them a lower rate to pay her directly, and they both agreed to do so. They also say subsequent examination of the rural property revealed alarming details including an electrified fence with gaps large enough for a small dog to slip through.
The Juers, Combs, Brown, and Calvino say they want their heartbreak to end Skaggs’ ability to take in animals. They also want to serve as a warning to others to scrutinize the credentials of the people who care for their pets.
“Our number one goal is really just to make sure this doesn’t happen to anyone else,” says Combs. “I think if we are successful in that, then we’ll feel vindicated.”
Courteney Stuart is the host of “Charlottesville Right Now” on WINA. You can hear an interview with Michael Juers at wina.com.
10 February 22 –28, 2023 c-ville.com @cville_weekly facebook.com/cville.weekly NEWS
“When I left, I almost started crying. I’m like, ‘How could I ever have done this to Toby?’” KAREN CALVINO
Michael and Pamela Juers say Rosie (left) disappeared from dog-sitter Adrienne Skaggs’ home last April. Chico (right), the couple’s other Chihuahua, was also left in Skaggs’ care, and required veterinary treatment for a serious puncture wound.
All about town. SPRING 2023 BOOK FESTIVAL PICKS | SHARING LIQUID GOLD | CREATIVE EXPRESSIONS JUST GETTING A DECADE IN, ANDREA DOUGLAS SAYS THE JEFFERSON SCHOOL AFRICAN AMERICAN HERITAGE CENTER CONTINUES TO HONOR THE PAST—AND CHALLENGE THE FUTURE STARTED on stands now! all about town.
(Don’t) go with the flow
City councilors, residents concerned about Rivanna housing project
By Eshaan Sarup
Rebecca Reilly was one of five Charlottesville residents to sign a petition urging FEMA to reconsider regulatory changes made to allow real estate development on the floodplain of the Rivanna River.
“Unfortunately, we weren’t aware of the change in the map within 90 days,” said Reilly. “So FEMA’s response was we didn’t respond quickly enough.”
The piano teacher remains determined to stop this development. She is the president of Circus Grounds Preservation Corporation, a new nonprofit that describes itself as a “group of neighbors” raising funds for the city to buy the land and preserve it for recreational use.
Reilly worries that the construction of a 19-foot wall on the floodplains could permanently disrupt the natural environment.
“But our top concerns right now have to do with the actual safety of the people that currently live there,” Reilly told C-VILLE.
Kirk Bowers, a licensed professional civil engineer and environmental activist, called the land “the worst place around here” to build housing, citing flooding concerns and traffic congestion.
“That whole intersection will need to be rebuilt in order to accommodate vehicular movements,” he said.
Reilly also noted that the developers, local real estate firm Seven Development LLC and Shimp Engineering, declined a request by the Office of Community Solu tions to allot 10 percent of the units as affordable housing.
“One- and two-bedroom luxury units that have been clearly stated to not be affordable housing are not going to solve the problem that our city is facing right now,” she said.
In a press release sent to local media on February 16, the group claimed that Charlottesville Mayor Lloyd Snook “has been made aware” of the new nonprofit. Reilly said she had not spoken to the mayor directly, but the group’s pro bono lawyer had “a few conversations with [Snook] … and some email exchanges as well.”
When C-VILLE first contacted Snook for an interview, he curtly replied “I don’t know anything about [Circus Grounds Preservation Corporation].” When the group’s objective was explained to him, however, he was receptive.
“We’re talking about trying to build in a floodplain, which as a general proposition, we don’t want to encourage. It may be a particularly appropriate time and situation for [the city to buy the property].” Snook noted that funding could be a limiting factor.
“If a private entity, nonprofit of some sort, is saying we’re gonna raise the money to help make this a park then that makes it a whole lot easier. I would be very interested in a proposal like that,” he said.
City Councilor Michael Payne argued that the development conflicts with longterm plans made by the city.
“Under our Future Land Use Map, the density in this area is substantially lower than what the developer is currently proposing,” he said. “In addition, they’re currently avoiding our inclusionary zoning requirements, which would require affordable housing at 60 percent AMI [area median income] or below to be included in the development.”
Payne noted that the Urban Rivanna River Corridor Plan calls for the city to “carefully guide development to ensure that no damage is done to the Rivanna River watershed, and that the area is preserved as a public space.”
“Ultimately,” he said, “the question in my mind is: Do we envision any areas in the city we want to protect as public parks and accessible natural areas? Do we want to create any public areas where the community can come together without needing to pay money? Or do we want to privatize our entire city?”
11 February 22 –28, 2023 c-ville.com @cville_weekly facebook.com/cville.weekly NEWS
SUPPLIED PHOTO The Virginia Consort thanks its corporate sponsors, WVTF Public Radio and NBC29 WVIR-TV. Tickets: UVA Culbreth Theater Box Office, New Dominion Bookshop, Greenberry’s, or at the door, if available. INFORMATION: 434-260-7484 LORD NELSON MASS The Virginia Consort thanks its corporate sponsors, WVTF Public Radio and NBC29 WVIR-TV. Tickets: UVA Culbreth Theater Box Office, New Dominion Bookshop, Greenberry’s, or at the door, if available. INFORMATION: 434-260-7484 The Virginia Consort thanks its corporate sponsors, WVTF Public Radio and NBC29 WVIR-TV. Tickets: UVA Culbreth Theater Box Office, New Dominion Bookshop, Greenberry’s, or at the door, if available. INFORMATION: 434-260-7484 LORD NELSON MASS Haydn Mendels HEAR MY PRAYER The Virginia Consort thanks its corporate sponsors, WVTF Public Radio and NBC29 WVIR-TV. Tickets: UVA Culbreth Theater Box Office, New Dominion Bookshop, Greenberry’s, or at the door, if available. INFORMATION: 434-260-7484 LORD NELSON MASS Haydn Mendelssohn HEAR MY PRAYER The Virginia Consort thanks its corporate sponsors, WVTF Public Radio and NBC29 WVIR-TV. Tickets: UVA Culbreth Theater Box Office, New Dominion Bookshop, Greenberry’s, or at the door, if available. INFORMATION: 434-260-7484 LORD NELSON MASS Haydn Mendelssohn HEAR MY PRAYER
Rebecca Reilly is the president of the newly formed nonprofit Circus Grounds Preservation Corporation, which is raising funds for the city to buy the land around the Rivanna River floodplain. Developers are eyeing that spot for apartment units, but petitioners say building there would cause a host of problems.
12 February 22 –28, 2023 c-ville.com @cville_weekly facebook.com/cville.weekly A Paint Your Own Experience! 540-287-9319 www.orangepaints.com @paintitorangeva 137 Caroline Street Orange, 22960 Visit our wedding albums at www.lacysflorist.net 120 West Main St • Orange, VA (540) 672-4311 Mon 9-5 • Sat 9-12 An upscale resale and consignment shop Open daily 9:00 - 5:00 (540) 360-4911 www.shoppingfinderskeepers.com FindersKeepersEstateSalesofVA 108 W Main Street • Orange, VA 22960 Southern soul food with recipes passed down from generations to generations. New location opening in February! Check us out on Facebook ART HAPPENS HERE 129 E. Main Street Orange, VA artscenterinorange.com 540.672.7311 The James Madison Museum of Orange County Heritage www.thejamesmadisonmuseum.net Lacy’s Florist & Gift Shop Lacy’s Florist & Gift Shop www.lacysflorists.com Your One stop shop for quality gifts at a reasonable price and fresh flowers of distinction. SERVING BRUNCH, LUNCH, & DINNER We offer catering & rehearsal dinners! Instagram: @spoonandspindleva www.spoonandspindle.com 540.360.3004 Find lots of treasures at the end of the rainbow in the Town of Orange. Offering complete and partial estate liquidation by online auction. acornestateliquidators.com email@example.com (540) 395-7314 Visit and Support a Main Street USA town!
13 February 2228, 2023 c-ville.com @cville_weekly facebook.com/cville.weekly Featuring properties for sale and rent in and around Charlottesville as well as Albemarle, Fluvanna, Greene, Louisa, Madison, Nelson, Orange and Augusta counties Real Estate Weekly 3 BR • 2 BA • $377,000 Text 109 to 434-337-3216 Find Homes REALTORS® are licensed to sell real estate in the Commonwealth of VA. Locally owned and operated. Find Homes Realty Brokerage License # 0226033659. 90 Whitewood Rd # 6, Charlottesville VA 22901. 434-218-0221. If you have a relationship with another Realtor, this isn’t a solicitation. Information deemed reliable but not guaranteed. 109 Virginia Ave 109 Virginia Ave Integrity & Service is Our Motto!
Montague Miller & Company is proud to be celebrating 75 years of service in Charlottesville and surrounding communities!
As a family-owned real estate company deeply rooted in the region’s evolution and growth, we are committed to serving our clients and communities with experience and integrity.
We owe our past, present and future success to our exceptional group of real estate professionals who keep one goal in mind: Earn our clients’ trust by providing exceptional service to establish long term client relationships. Your Place. Our Purpose.
14 February 2228, 2023 c-ville.com @cville_weekly facebook.com/cville.weekly
to all things Charlottesville! This
more! $415,000 | newleafcville.com/637910 New Leaf Team | 434.981.2338
Your Place. Our Purpose. Spotless, low maintenance condo convenient
beautiful home boasts gleaming hard-
floors, an impressive kitchen with cherry cabinets, granite counters,
steel appliances, and
1051 Glenwood Station Ln | Charlottesville 3545 Springfield Rd | Charlottesville
Watson | 434.996.2700
Great value in Albemarle County! This 3 BR, 2 BA Ranch is located on a quiet Cut-de-sac just minutes from shopping, schools, and the airport. You’ll love the spacious living room, wood floors and open floor plan.
$550,000 | montaguemiller.com/638335
Owens | 434.825.5393
605 Lexington Ave | Charlottesville Circa 1940 two story in the heart of the North Downtown Charlottesville neighborhood. Spacious rooms and wood floors throughout. Large and level city lot. Walkable to everything downtown - 605 Lexington exudes charm inside & out!
MONTAGUEMILLER.COM | 800.793.5393 | CHARLOTTESVILLE | MADISON | ORANGE | AMHERST/NELSON Proudly serving Central Virginia’s real estate needs for over seventy-five years! Langdon
| montaguemiller.com/591221 Anita Dunbar | 434.981.1421 355 Gobblers Glen Ln | Nelson Co $550,000 | montaguemiller.com/637981 Carter Montague | 434.962.3419 Gorgeous 72 acre parcel near Lovingston. Multiple elevated building sites overlook a beautiful stocked lake, with mountain views. Carefully managed property is worthy of construction of an architecturally significant main dwelling. 1182 Rustic Willow Ln | Charlottesville $324,900 | montaguemiller.com/638676 Pat Sury | 434.760.2999 Beautiful 1-Level Low-Maintenance Gem in popular Forest Lakes! Step into this well maintained cul-de-sac villa boasting a spacious open Living/Dining Room with Fireplace. Enjoy all the amenities Forest Lakes has to offer. Private 3.42 acres
community devoted to
Woods Dr Lot
rural preservation. You’ll enjoy walking
a community lake and other amenities. Convenient to Hollymead Town a Center and the Blue Ridge Mountains!
A glimpse at what’s on the market (so far) in 2023
By Sean Tubbs
Alook through real estate sales in Charlottesville for the first month of the year shows a market with signs of a cooler 2023, while also revealing hints that there is money to be made in the future. Sales volumes are down from January 2022, while inventories are beginning to increase.
“January saw fewer transactions than we are accustomed to, and likely represents the start of a trend that we’ve seen where people are choosing to not sell because they either have no compelling reason to sell, or they have interest rates below 4 percent,” said local realtor Jim Duncan. “Current market rates are well above that.”
But one month of data is not enough to predict a trend, and there is still a long way to go in 2023 to see if this year will follow the past two years, which have seen doubledigit assessment increases in both Albemarle and Charlottesville. Plus, any analysis of the market must also factor in changing rules that will give property owners significantly more development rights in the near future.
In many cases, properties sold just below the 2023 assessments, including a house on Minor Road in the Lewis Mountain neighborhood: Its sales price of $534,600 was 4.63 percent under the assessor’s value. A house at 907 Nassau St. sold for $485,000, just under the 2023 assessment of $503,800.
Anyone buying property in Charlottesville now has a clearer picture of what the future zoning code will allow. Three empty lots sold in January in the new Residential A district, which will allow for three housing units on each property.
A single-family home on Fontaine Avenue went for $355,000, right between the 2022 and 2023 assessments. The purchaser may not realize that the property will jump from R-2 to the new Commercial Mixed Use 5, which, under the draft zoning code, allows
up to five-story buildings before any bonus height is given for providing below-market residences.
House flips to watch include a two-bedroom house at 1213 Little High St. that was purchased for $208,000, more than half under the 2023 value of $448,800. The buyer is Quick Fix Real Estate LLC. Another, a property at 1205 King St. in Fifeville, sold for $175,000 to Cardinal Ventures. A house on 12th Street in the Venable neighborhood was bought by a Puerto Rico-based nonprofit that paid about $50,000 under the 2023 assessment.
Other existing homes continued to sell well above assessment, including a twobedroom house on Sheridan Avenue in the Locust Grove neighborhood that was bought for $375,000, or 17.8 percent over the 2023 assessment. A three-bedroom house at 815 Elliott Ave. went for $565,000, or 35.07 percent over the assessment. That property includes a separate apartment.
A house at 1505 Cherry Ave. was purchased for $425,000, or 43.1 percent above the 2023 assessment. That property is within the new Residential B zoning, which could allow up to six units by-right and 12 if all of the units will be subsidized.
Habitat for Humanity of Greater Charlottesville sold two new homes in the Jefferson Park Avenue neighborhood to two qualified homebuyers. They went for $281,900 and $284,900, and the deeds include restrictions that allow Habitat to have the right to buy them first if the owners decide to sell. Both are single-family detached units that are also located in the new CX-5 district.
“Families only pay what they can afford, which is always less than that and generally about half of that,” said Dan Rosensweig, Habitat’s CEO. “In addition, we provide a zero interest mortgage to them, which saves them generally tens of thousands of dollars in interest expense.”
and restrictions. High speed internet is available now. One owner is a licensed real estate broker in the state of Va. Located one mile off 29 North off of Frays Mill Rd. Less than 10 minutes for all conveniences. $1,500,000
15 February 2228, 2023 c-ville.com @cville_weekly facebook.com/cville.weekly
A unique art gallery located in the heart of historic Gordonsville. 109 S. Main Street, Gordonsville, VA • (540) 832-6352 anniegouldgallery CALL SHARON Over 25 years of Real Estate experience. email: firstname.lastname@example.org cell: 434.981.7200 Farm, Estate and Residential Brokers 503 Faulconer Drive ∙ Charlottesville ∙ VA ∙ 22903 WWW.MCLEANFAULCONER.COM CHURCH PLAINS DRIVE Beautiful 2.15 acre lot set in a quiet neighborhood, in the western school districts. A bright open floor plan with vaulted entrance and a turned staircase. 4 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, full unfinished basement plus a large 2 car garage. Hardwood floors throughout the first floor. Large, bright kitchen with island, pantry, and terrific breakfast room. The kitchen looks into the family room that features a wall of windows and a fireplace. The wrap-around front porch takes in the lovely setting.The rear deck overlooks the large yard with room to play and a great place to garden. MONTE SERENO 5 Lot Subdivision! 4 two acre lots and 1 five acre lot. Stunning Blue Ridge Mountain views from the top of the hill to the west. Far reaching vistas define this property. Perfect for building a spectacular estate home. Create your own covenants
UNDER CONTRACT REAL ESTATE WEELY
Annie Gould Gallery
“January saw fewer transactions than we are accustomed to, and likely represents the start of a trend.” JIM DUNCAN, LOCAL REALTOR
A two-bedroom house at 1213 Little High St. was recently purchased for $208,000, much less than its assessed value, by Quick Fix Real Estate LLC.
Impeccable country property with an attractive, well designed and self-sustaining 5,525 fin. sf residence on 38± acres with 3-car garage, barn and Blue Ridge Mountain views. A peaceful oasis easily accessible to Charlottesville and Washington DC. MLS#634846
$1,550,000 Charlotte Dammann, 434.981.1250
Exceptionally rare offering in Western Albemarle! Surrounded by large farms and estates, this beautifully constructed 4-5-BR, 4.5-BA custom home is nestled on just under 9 park-like acres with mountain views and wonderful privacy yet is only minutes from Birdwood Golf Course, Boar’s Head Resort & Sport’s Club, UVA and Downtown. The home boasts a fantastic floor plan with rooms of generous proportion ideal for easy living and entertaining. Superb craftsmanship, quality materials, gorgeous setting and great location! MLS#638437 $2,885,000 Steve McLean, 434.981.1863
3-4 bedroom, 3,490 sf home on 1.6 private, wooded acres features LR, DR, cook’s kitchen with breakfast room, spacious main floor master suite. 2 additional BR and 1 BA upstairs. Large FR and BA downstairs with access to 2-car garage. $695,000 Tim Michel, 434.960.1124
HATTON RIDGE FARM
A most tranquil and private 278+ acre grazing and hay farm with two-thirds mile of James River frontage. The centerpiece of Hatton Ridge Farm is an impressive 4-5 bedroom, brick Georgian home, built circa 2000. MLS#634311 $3,675,000 Jim Faulconer, 434.981.007
317 acre estate that has it all: location, views, water, spectacular 5-BR residence, event center and more! 15+ acre lake is centered among lush rolling fields of rich grass and unparalleled views. Additional acreage available. 25 minutes west of Charlottesville. MLS#631962 $8,875,000 Steve McLean, 434.981.1863
A spacious and meticulously maintained 4-6-bedroom, 5.5 bath Manor home on 57 acres of tranquility.
Panoramic views of the Southwest Mountains and winter views of the Blue Ridge Mountains to the west. Located 6 miles from Charlottesville. MLS#638292
$2,575,000 Jim Faulconer, 434.981.0076
Situated near the Blue Ridge Mtns. in Madison County on 333 acres. Currently runs as a grazing farm for beef cattle. There are 2 homes on the property and a complement of necessary farm buildings. NOT IN CONSERVATION EASEMENT! MLS#630435
$3,200,000 Jim Faulconer, 434.981.0076
BLUE SPRINGS FARM
Impeccably designed and custom-built Ivy residence situated on over 11 parklike acres, surrounded by mountain and pastoral views, only 7 miles west of the University of Virginia. This magnificent home is in immaculate condition and has been extensively remodeled and expanded upon by the current owner. It boasts a wonderful floor plan with ample space in every room. The formal gardens are truly a work of art and an impressive compliment to the rolling and fenced open acreage. $1,975,000 MLS#638445 Will Faulconer, 434.987.9455
Embodying the essence of country life! 214+/- acre farm with spacious main residence, 3-car garage with apartment, dependencies & farm buildings. Many agricultural & recreational uses. Easily accessible to Charlottesville, Orange, I-95 & DC region. MLS#636896
$1,975,000 Charlotte Dammann, 434.981.1250
This 3-bedroom, 3.5 bath condo features extra high ceilings, a modern and open floor plan with huge windows and doors, and a large rooftop terrace with views of the Downtown Mall all the way around to Monticello. MLS#634149 $1,890,000 Jim Faulconer, 434.981.0076
16 February 2228, 2023 c-ville.com @cville_weekly facebook.com/cville.weekly WWW.MCLEANFAULCONER.COM 503 Faulconer Drive| Charlottesville | VA 22903 | office: 434.295.1131 | email: email@example.com
PEA RIDGE FARM
BLACKBERRY HILL FARM
Two wonderful estate parcels comprised of 185.01± acres in coveted Ragged Mountain Farm. Excellent elevated building site, complete privacy, and beautiful views. Murray/Henley/Western school district. MLS#621083 $1,895,000 Steve McLean, 434.981.1863
THE WILLIS FARM
59 acres pastures and mountain woodland, magnificent views from c. 1920 farmhouse, large barn with stalls situated in quiet rural area of Nelson County. Vineyard nearby, 7 miles to shopping. Great grazing farm, possible to grow grapes. MLS#638289 $595,000 Jim Faulconer, 434.981.0076
Ivy area! A 249 + acre hidden, private Arcadia controlling its own little valley up to the mountain ridge top building sites. Multiple parcels and subdivision rights make it a conservation easement candidate. MLS#634183 $3,250,000 Tim Michel, 434.960.1124 or Steve McLean, 434.981.1863
Beautiful building lot -3.3 acres, fronting on a quiet paved county road. Land is mostly in pasture, some woods, creek and elevated homesite with panoramic views of mountains, pond, and surrounding pastoral area. Less than a mile to Harris Teeter at Crozet.
MLS#636349 $450,000 Jim Faulconer, 434.981.0076
Well-designed corner condo consisting of an exceptionally bright great room with high ceilings, ample space for both relaxed living and dining, 1- bedroom, 1-bath, and inviting private balcony. Views of the Downtown skyline and mountains.
MLS#634496 $285,000 C. Dammann, 434.981.1250
MISSION HOME ROAD
146.88 ac. in Albemarle & Greene County. Privacy & protection adjacent to the Shenandoah National Park! Full division rights & multiple home sites. Extraordinary timberland. Views of the mountains, along with easy access to trails & Skyline Drive. MLS#620276 $1,100,000 Steve McLean, 434.981.1863
3 separate parcels with commanding Blue Ridge Mtn. views, level building sites 15 minutes from Charlottesville. Sites have been perked, have wells, and ready for your dream home. MLS#632482 $375,000 (7.8 acres), MLS#632490 $275,000 (2.4 acres), MLS#632487 $175,000 (2.0 acres), Court Nexsen, 646.660.0700
Wonderfully large 1.5+ acre building lot in Ednam Forest. Build your dream home on this elevated, wooded lot located in a single family community, minutes from UVA and within walking distance to Boar’s Head Resort. MLS#598537 $289,500 Steve McLean, 434.981.1863
SIMMONS GAP ROAD
5-acre lot with mature hardwoods. Great opportunity to build with no HOA. Private building site amongst beautiful woods. Located between Free Union and Earlysville but so convenient to Charlottesville & UVA. MLS#621177 $140,000 Charlotte Dammann, 434.981.1250
94+ acres 20 minutes from Charlottesville. Originally part of a 188-acre tract, two parcels may be purchased separately or together, with 2 developmental rights each. Mostly maturing pine and very long public road frontage.
MLS#635861 $700,000 Tim Michel, 434.960.1124
436+ acre parcel of land in Southern Albemarle! 4 division rights; complete privacy; lush, gently rolling terrain; long road frontage; stream; 3-acre lake; 125135 acres of open land; mature hardwood forests. Under conservation easement. Owner/agent. MLS#634139
$2,985,000 Steve McLean, 434.981.1863
11.73-acre, buildable lot in Western Albemarle! One of a kind location and a rare opportunity to purchase a large lot in an estate neighborhood 10 minutes to town. 2 division rights and is gently rolling with a small stream bisecting the property. MLS#628219
$795,000 Steve McLean, 434.981.1863
17 February 2228, 2023 c-ville.com @cville_weekly facebook.com/cville.weekly WWW.MCLEANFAULCONER.COM 503 Faulconer Drive| Charlottesville | VA 22903 | office: 434.295.1131 | email: firstname.lastname@example.org
RAGGED MOUNTAIN FARM
Currituck Model in Belvedere | 905 Belvedere Blvd, Charlottesville, VA 22901
Villa Model in Old Trail Village | 406 Astel St, Crozet, VA 22932
Currituck Model in Belvedere | 905 Belvedere Blvd, Charlottesville, VA 22901 Villa Model in Old Trail Village | 406 Astel St, Crozet, VA 22932
MODEL HOMES OPEN DAILY 12-5 | 434-973-3362 | craigbuilders.com
MODEL HOMES OPEN DAILY 12-5 | 434-973-3362 | craigbuilders.com
HOMES OPEN DAILY 12-5 Semi-Custom Main Level Living Homes Surrounding a Pocket Park From $574,900! Decorated Model Home Now Open! Conceptual images shown. Pricing and design subject to change
| 434-973-3362 | craigbuilders.com Walkout Basement Homesites with 9’ Ceilings from $649,900 — Come Tour Our Newest Floorplan with Mountain Views Today! 12-5pm OPEN DAILY 12-5 | 434-987-6522 NorthPointe@craigbuilders.com | craigbuilders.com/northpointe
Tour Future Community Clubhouse/Pool One Summer Move-In Available! (434) 465-6558 charlottesvillereplacementwindows.com
WINDOWS • DOORS • SIDING • BLINDS SAVE 50% OFF OUR TRIPLE PANE UPGRADE! *When you buy 5 or more. Restrictions apply. Ask your representative for details. Expires 2-28-2023. Ask About Our No Interest Finance Options! *on approved credit BestPricePromise! NO INTEREST FINANCE OPTIONS! NO PRESSURE CONSULTATIONS! IN-HOUSE INSTALLERS! NOT YOUR TYPICAL WINDOW REPLACEMENT COMPANY!
ou Visit Our Showroom in the Rio Hill Shopping Center! Licensed & Insured Class A Contractor
18 February 2228, 2023 facebook.com/cville.weekly
ewest Model Homes in Belvedere and Old Trail Village
ewest Model Homes in Belvedere and Old Trail Village
Currituck Model in Belvedere | 905 Belvedere Blvd, Charlottesville, VA 22901 Villa Model in Old Trail Village | 406 Astel St, Crozet, VA 22932 MODEL ewest Model Homes in Belvedere and Old Trail Village
A DREAM HOME IS GREAT, BUT THE RIGHT ONE IS BETTER. Let an
Dan Corbin 434-531-6155
• Wonderful Home in Earlysville
• 4100+ sq ft, 4/5 Bedroom, 4 Bath
• Huge Master Suite / Bath, 2 Walk ins
• New Roof 2021, Granite, Hardwoods, Deck
• 12 mi to UVA, 2 mi Broadus Wood, 8 mi to Airport
• Privacy in Hickory Ridge on 2+ ac, MUST SEE
• MLS 637801
Lori Click 434-326-7593
• Lakefront living at it’s finest in a spacious, well maintained custom home
• 5 Bedrooms/3 Baths located at Lake Monticello
• Living room with cathedral ceilings & fireplace
• Family room with pellet burning
19 February 2228, 2023 c-ville.com @cville_weekly facebook.com/cville.weekly
Pat Burns 434-465-4444 • This large 3 br 3 1/2 ba home sits on a private,wooded 8.5 acres consisting of 2 lots. House features a man cave/ family room in basement with a 1 br apartment for extended family or extra income.fireplace,large deck and front porch. $345,000. Call pat burns 434-465-4444
HOME Bev Nash 434-981-5560 • Nestled on 11.25 mature wooded acres • 3 bedrooms, 2 baths,1456 sf cedar home • Oak floors in the living/dining areas, real fireplace, Paved drive, detached garage • 24x12 rear deck A framed in basement to recreate and finish • 5 mins south of Rt 250, 20 mins to Charlottesville Bev Nash 434-981-5560 • 2 bedroom, one bath, 856 sf Condo • Main level location and great condition • Fenced rear garden with patio • All appliances included Oak floors and ceramic tile FLUVANNA COUNTY $374,900 Candice van der Linde 434-981-8730 • Pre-Listing Inspection Done. Move right in! • 5 BR Ranch on full fin. basement • Sun Room & Large Rear Deck • Main: Hdwd Floors,
Terrace Level APT: Kitchen, FullBath, 2 BR & FP
NEW Windows, HVAC, Electric Panel x2, Septic pump, lines & field
Deck repaired & Stained, chimney cap, tree removal...etc $399,000 EARLYSVILLE RD
agent who knows guide you.
Shagbark Ln $750,000 48 MAPLEVALE
stove • 2 Kitchens perfect for large gatherings • Sunroom and glass surround deck • Generac backup generator Dan Corbin 434-531-6155 • New Build - Custom One Level Living • 2900+ sq. ft. 5 Bedroom, 4.5 Bath • Must See Kitchen, Center Island, Walk In Pantry • Features include Coffered Ceiling, In to Out Gas Fireplace • Wonderful Owner’s Suite, Bonus Room over Large Garage • Pastoral Views on 2+ Acres, 15 Minutes to Charlottesville • READY NOW - MLS 634470 - Call for Personal Tour 36 NAYLOR LN, TROY $779,000 434.985.0021 410 West Main Street Charlottesville, VA 22902 Downtown 434.974.1500 943 Glenwood Station Ln Suite 203 Charlottesville VA 22901 Ruth Guss 434-960-0414 • 4 Bedrooms, 2.5 Baths, 2,802 Fin. Sq. Ft. • Spacious Finished Terrace Level Rec Room • Unfinished Spaces & Plumbed for 3rd Full Bath • HOA Includes Full Service Yard Maintenance • Granite, Stainless, Natural Gas, Mountain Views $550,000 1821 GLISSADE LN OPEN SUNDAY 1:00-3:00 PM A NEW HOME FOR THE NEW YEAR $179,900 LOCATED ON SOLOMON COURT Candice van der Linde 434-981-8730 • 4 Bedroom 3.5 Bath Townhome. • Italian Porcelain Flooring in Kitchen, Dining Area, New Granite Counters, Travertine Backsplash & Painted Throughout. • HOA Includes: Gutters, Siding, Landscaping,Trash, Snow Removal, Walking Paths. • Open Living Space w Laundry & half bath, Blue Ridge Mountain Views, Gas Fireplace & Formal Columns enhance the design & appeal of this lovingly cared for home. Must See!
MILL CREEK VILLAGE HOMES
20 February 2228, 2023 c-ville.com @cville_weekly facebook.com/cville.weekly 11TH A NNUAL CHAR LO TTE SV ILL E, VA @TOMTOMFOUNDATIO N WHERE MEE T DREAM S AC T IO N OU R
19-23, 2023 LUDWIG KUTTN ER
21 February 2228, 2023 c-ville.com @cville_weekly facebook.com/cville.weekly
Nearly two years ago, Virginia became the first
Before then, the commonwealth had executed
s the head chaplain on Virginia’s death row, Reverend Russ Ford ministered to men sentenced to capital punishment throughout the 1980s and ’90s, and walked 28 of them to the death chamber. In his new book, Crossing the River Styx: The Memoir of a Death Row Chaplain, Ford recounts the strong relationships he built with more than a dozen condemned men, and the drastic spiritual transformations many experienced before they were put to death. With co-authors Todd and Charles Peppers, Ford details the men’s horrific crimes and their numerous victims, but also exposes injustices within the prison system, making a strong case against capital punishment throughout the book, published by University of Virginia Press.
“We did everything we could to bring to the reader the worst that these men did,” says Ford, “[but] also showed the human sides of these men.”
Ford immediately pulls readers into the 240-page memoir with a horrifying memory—almost becoming the 245th person killed by Virginia’s electric chair. When Ricky Boggs’ execution was delayed, Ford, after receiving permission from a prison official, went to comfort Boggs while he sat in the electric chair, putting his hand on the condemned man’s hand. A prison official, his back turned to Ford, soon pulled the chair’s activation switch. If someone had not shouted Ford’s name, causing him to lift his hand in the nick of time, he could have been electrocuted along with Boggs on July 19, 1990. Nightmares haunted Ford for weeks after the execution, something that would become a normal occurrence throughout the 13 years he served as a death row chaplain at Virginia State Penitentiary and Greensville Correctional Center.
Born in Richmond in 1951, Ford grew up in poverty in Chesterfield County, where his parents instilled a strong Christian faith in him. At 18, a powerful spiritual experience at a youth camp inspired Ford to become a
By Brielle Entzminger email@example.com
minister. While attending Southeastern Seminary, he interned as a chaplain at Hanover Learning Center, a now-shuttered juvenile detention center. “It was tough … [but] I enjoyed it a lot and was successful with it,” and it led to prison ministry, Ford says.
After he graduated with a master of divinity in 1977, Chaplain Service, a nonprofit ministry that served Virginia’s prisons, appointed Ford and senior chaplain Marge Bailey to replace the VSP’s former head chaplain. Ford worked at VSP—where riots, assaults, beatings, fires, murders, and other horrors
were rampant—for a year, before accepting a residency at the Medical College of Virginia and serving as a part-time chaplain at HLC. Ford was working at Southampton Correctional Center when Bailey was diagnosed with cancer in 1984. He returned to VSP, where he served as a spiritual advisor for every man on death row.
In addition to leading worship services, Ford visited men in their cells, and built a rapport with them, aiming to understand their crimes and help them reform themselves. Many were neglected, abused, and impoverished as children, and had mental, intellectual, and cognitive disabilities.
“There was a lot of need and suffering. … I listened with compassion,” says Ford.
The other side of the story
CROSSIN G TH E RIVER S TY X RU SS F OR D The M em oir of a De at h Row Cha p la in
22 February 22 –28, 2023 c-ville.com facebook.com/cville.weekly
with Charles Peppers and Todd C. Peppers
PRISON CHAPLAIN’S MEMOIR IS A REFLECTION ON YEARS OF SERVING MEN ON DEATH ROW
Reverend Russ Ford shares his experiences ministering to men on death row in his new memoir.
COURTESY OF SUBJECT
Southern state to abolish the death penalty. over 1,300 people— more than any other state.
Though he was not able to help every man change, “I got along with a large group of the men, and had success in relating to them.”
During the final days and hours of their lives, Ford stood death watch with more than two dozen men, praying with them and administering last rites. He hoped to help them achieve “a certain calmness and sense of wellbeing” before they were executed, he explains.
“We had men who … while they were getting ready to be executed, they treasured where they were,” says Ford. “In death, they were fully alive for the first time.”
Crossing the River Styx was decades in the making. In 1994, Ford began doing research in partnership with another writer, and completed a 180-page manuscript, but later paused working on the book. In 2001, he suffered a traumatic brain injury, and spent the next four years in rehab. Then, in 2015, Todd Peppers, a law professor and former lawyer, reached out to Ford while working on his book about death penalty activist Marie Deans, who Ford worked closely with for years. Ford did multiple interviews with Peppers, and shared portions of his unfinished manuscript. After Peppers and co-author Margaret Anderson published
A Courageous Fool: Marie Deans and Her Struggle against the Death Penalty in 2017, Peppers, moved by Ford’s story, offered to help the chaplain finish his book, and recruited his child Charles, then a high school senior, to assist with research and editing.
Each chapter shares Ford’s experiences with a specific man, or, in a few chapters, several men with similar traits or cases, including exact dialogue from the chaplain’s conversations with them. Ford “took a lot of notes” during and after these meetings, and referenced his stacks of notebooks throughout the writing process. The chapters also shed light on the men’s crimes and their victims, including accounts from family members who wanted their loved ones’ murderer to be executed—and those who did not.
Throughout the book, Ford vividly describes the horrors of capital punishment. He argues there is no such thing as a “humane” execution, and that capital punishment fuels a continuous cycle of violence.
“Really no one needs to be killing other people like that. That’s just wrong,” says Ford. “There were people there [in the prison] doing these things to the men who were professed Christians, and I have a hard time seeing Jesus pulling a switch and sending 2,000 volts of electricity through someone’s body, or sticking a needle in someone’s arm and shooting them up with poison.”
In addition to denouncing the terrible conditions, inadequate medical care, and poor management he witnessed, Ford criticizes the death penalty system’s failures. Without help from death penalty activists like Deans, three men he worked with would have been executed for crimes they did not commit.
It remains difficult for Ford to read his chapter about Morris Mason, the first person he saw executed. Morris—who raped and murdered 88-year-old Ursula Stevenson and 76-year-old Margaret Keen Hand, as well as raped a 12-year-old girl and shot her 13-year-old sister in 1978—“suffered from paranoid schizophrenia [and] had the mental capacity of an eight-year-old,” writes Ford. The chaplain claims Morris did not understand death or execution.
Ford, along with fellow chaplains and Mason’s attorney (now Charlottesville mayor) Lloyd Snook, petitioned then-governor Chuck Robb to lessen Mason’s sentence to life in prison due to his disabilities. Still, Mason was executed on June 25, 1985.
“[Mason] had the biggest impact on my psyche seeing him executed like that,” says Ford. “The blistering of his face, the smell— he was being cooked inside out.”
Albert Jay Clozza also had a significant impact on Ford. Though he initially did not want to work with Clozza—who raped and killed 13-year-old Patricia Beth Bolton in 1980—due to his heinous crime, Ford later forged a strong relationship with the man.
“[Clozza] had such difficulty. At first he numbed himself [with] the drugs they gave him in prison. … Then all at once, he cleaned himself up and started working on himself,” says Ford. “He died happy.”
Death row took an immense toll on Ford. Dealing with post-traumatic stress, he found himself withdrawing from friends and family because he “could not relate.” The executions stayed with him “like a shadow,” he says.
Coleman Wayne Grey, who died by lethal injection in 1997, was the last man Ford walked to the death chamber. “I got to where I couldn’t handle it anymore. I could not go back,” he says.
Ford hopes readers will come away from the book staunchly opposed to the death penalty, and urges those already against capital punishment to remain vigilant.
“I would like for people to know the other side of the story,” he says. “Even those who may support [the death penalty] may learn something and may even be changed.”
Crossing the River Styx: The Memoir of a Death Row Chaplain will be published March 1.
23 February 22 –28, 2023 c-ville.com facebook.com/cville.weekly
“REALLY NO ONE NEEDS TO BE KILLING OTHER PEOPLE LIKE THAT.”
REVEREND RUSS FORD, FORMER DEATH ROW CHAPLAIN
RUN FOR HOME
SATURDAY, MARCH 11, 2023
The race starts and finishes on the Charlottesville Downtown Mall, winding through historic and scenic downtown neighborhoods.
Head to thehaven.org for more information and registration link.
24 February 22 –28, 2023 c-ville.com facebook.com/cville.weekly
THE HAVEN’S 8K RUN/4K WALK
MARCH 3, 2023 • 7 PM TICKETS ON SALE NOW AT tandemfs.ejoinme.org/TandemSpeaks23tickets
us for an evening of learning and connecting with Let Your Light Shine authors and co-founders of the Holistic Life Foundation, Ali Smith and Atman Smith. They will share their remarkable journey, the transformative power mindfulness and yoga
their lives, and their
on youth and education worldwide.
Ali Smith and Atman Smith
A CONVERSATION WITH Join
has had in
Dr. Paul Harris, educator and founder of Integrity Matters, LLC
Dickinson Fine and Performing Arts Center Main Stage Theater at Piedmont Virginia Community College
UVA MUSIC EVENTS
Thursday 2/23, 5pm Clarke Hall, rm 101
Friday 2/24, 8pm Old Cabell Hall
Sunday 2/26, 3:30pm Old Cabell Hall
Popebama Colloquium * On Performing and Composing
Popebama * New works by music grad students
Nathaniel Lee, Trombone Part of the UVA Chamber Music Series
Tuesday 3/14, 8pm Old Cabell Hall Kaleidoscopia Trio * Violin, Viola, Cello
Friday 3/17, 1pm Music Library
Friday 3/17, 3:30pm 107 Old Cabell Hall
Saturday 3/18, 3:30pm Old Cabell Hall
Saturday 3/18, 8pm Old Cabell Hall
Making Noise in the Library * Afternoon with Carlehr Swanson
Colloquium: Nicole Mitchell Gant * A Showcase
Eugene Choo, Violin * Distinguished Major Recital
Charlottesville Symphony New World Symphony
Full Service Real Estate.
What separates Jordan from others:
- Cville native, alumnus of M. Lewis, Henley, WAHS, JMU
- Over $16M in annual sales
- Ranked in top 20 out of over 1,000 realtors
Seller Review: Jordan sold our home quickly and helped us select the best offer out of the 8 we received in one weekend on the market. He was wonderful and insightful in what was an extremely stressful event. His ability to market our home was impressive. It never looked better in the pictures he took. The 3D touring technology he used was amazing. Highly recommend Jordan.
25 February 22 –28, 2023 c-ville.com facebook.com/cville.weekly Heart Subscribe to our weekly music email bit.ly/subscribe-uvamusic
artists, programs and venues are subject to change. Office: 434.924.3052 | music.virginia.edu Box Office: 424.924.3376 | artsboxoffice.virginia.edu
visit music.virginia.edu/events Follow uvamusic
* denotes free events
Service, Results and Personal Touch.
native, Jordan Hague, is the owner and broker of Equity Saver USA which offers sellers and buyers of real estate a low cost alternative with no compromise in services or results. Interview Jordan before hiring anyone else. Ever seen what your real estate agent takes from you? Keep more of what’s yours with our 1% business model for buyers and sellers of real estate. For more information: www.EquitySaverUSA.com An Old Dominion Realty & Investment LLC company Full Service real eState. 1% commiSSion We Pay buyer cloSing coStS!
- Ben and Tracy
Owner and Broker
Angie’s List Service Award Winner
Financial supporter of area non-profits IN CHARLOTTESVILLE CELEBRATING 15 EquitySaverUSA.com • 434-964-SAVE (7283) Instagram: @EquitySaverUSA Saved over $6,000 Saved over $6,000 Saved over $8,000 Saved over $5,000 Get Your Free Property Valuation Today! Call to learn how much you can save.
26 February 22 –28, 2023 Open Seven Days A Week, Only Five Miles From Downtown Charlottesville Join Us For Weekday Lunch Specials New Lunch Menu Available Monday - Friday https://eastwoodfarmandwinery.com/our-menus
THURSDAY 2/23 & FRIDAY 2/24
A cacophony of innovative sounds define the New York-based experimental music duo Popebama. Composer-performers Erin Rogers and Dennis Sullivan use text, custom electronics, multiple instruments, and intricate set-ups to create heavenly, high-energy listening experiences. On their debut album, Nation Building, Rogers and Sullivan cover new ground in sound and performance. “Gamma Chamber” is a 20-minute journey through “a dark cavern of metallic resonance, with thousands of small sounds bursting to be heard.” The pair hosts a colloquium on performing and composing on Thursday, followed by a performance of works by UVA graduate student composers on Friday. Free, 8pm. Various locations on UVA Grounds. music.virginia.
Country music queen Carrie Underwood’s career is soaring to new heights—literally. The Grammy-winning artist kicked off The Denim & Rhinestones Tour with multiple midair performances that incorporate big top-style fun—from sky-high flames to a floraladorned swing. Decked out in a wardrobe of bejeweled outfits, and singing into a denim microphone, Underwood performs her chart-topping hits, including “She Don’t Know” and “Crazy Angels,” as well as a few fan-favorite covers. Underwood is joined by special guest Jimmie Allen. $39 and up, 7:30pm. John Paul Jones Arena, 295 Massie Rd. johnpauljonesarena.com
66 REASONS TO STEP OUT THIS WEEK
Charlottesville Players Guild continues its presentation of August Wilson’s Century Cycle with Seven Guitars, a heart-rending and humorous blues opera. In 1948, a group of friends gather in the backyard of a Pittsburgh rooming house to mourn the death of Floyd “Schoolboy” Barton, a young guitarist who had big dreams. With touching elegy, musical lyricism, and emotional grit, director Chris D. Evans and an ensemble cast explore what it’s like to chase your dreams in a world that threatens your life. $20, times vary. Jefferson School African American Heritage Center, 233 Fourth St. NW. jeffschoolheritagecenter.org
February 22 –28, 2023 c-ville.com @cville_culture facebook.com/cville.weekly SUPPLIED PHOTO SUPPLIED PHOTO SUPPLIED
‘Words to subvert fear’
Remica Bingham-Risher explores influences of Black poetry in new memoir
By Sarah Lawson firstname.lastname@example.org
In Soul Culture: Black Poets, Books, and Questions that Grew Me Up by Remica Bingham-Risher, the poet and essayist, reflects on her life and the influences of the Black poetry community, as framed by interviews with 10 influential mentors. An Affrilachian Poet, Cave Canem fellow, and winner of the Naomi Long Madgett Poetry Award as well as the Diode Editions Book Award, Bingham-Risher writes that “‘Soul culture’ is a phrase meant to evoke the nuanced living of Black American poets and, particularly, contemporary Black American poets. It is Black devotion; Black reclamation and reframing of the past; Black joy, liberation, and a radical love ethic despite Black trauma, fear, and rootlessness. … This project was meant to be part oral history, part coming-of-age on the shoulders of giants.”
On all counts she succeeds, and Soul Culture, her first book of prose, is a reckoning of self, craft, and culture. Tracing a childhood split between Arizona and Georgia, a move back east to Norfolk, her time at Bennington College, and beyond, Bingham-Risher skillfully weaves personal experiences with mentor interviews. Throughout the book she highlights wide-ranging themes, from faith and family to trauma and the art of revision—in writing and in life. “I know the power that other Black poets have given me: Enlightenment. Scrutiny. Camaraderie. Words to subvert fear,” she writes.
The highlighted mentors range from Lucille Clifton, Sonia Sanchez, and E. Ethelbert Miller to Tim Seibles, Honorée Fanonne Jeffers, and others, all esteemed writers, beloved by many, who shared wisdom, warmth, and support with Bingham-Risher. “The 10 poets I included are poets that I have long admired and, honestly, Black poets are so giving that each poet that I asked said ‘yes’ to an extensive interview about their life‘s work,” she says. “When the time came for me to compile the book, I made sure every single one of them was there.”
Bingham-Risher’s deep love for these writers’ work shines. “Clifton turned me topsy-turvy,” she writes. This project and her work as a writer seeks to overcome what Ethelbert Miller referred to as “awe syndrome,” the paralysis that results from adoration so intense that it scares a writer off from sharing, or even creating, their own work.
“Doing the interviews taught me that these poets were living, breathing, tired, worrisome, exhausted, loving, busy human beings, just like I was, and that they made time for their work on a consistent basis,” says Bingham-Risher. “These poets were living their lives in the world of literature because they made time for the poems. So I learned very quickly that they weren’t miraculous so much as persistent, and I made my way toward that as well.”
Never heavy-handed, the thematic connections highlighted in each chapter are imbued with grace and gratitude as the author reflects on lessons learned, bringing her whole, authentic self to the effort—as a Black poet, a mother, an educator and mentor, a daughter, and a wife.
Remica Bingham-Risher will read from Soul Culture at a free, public event on Saturday, February 25, at New Dominion Bookshop.
Attention to the craft of writing is also a recurring theme in Soul Culture, as Bingham-Risher shares wisdom from her mentors alongside her own, learned from years of writing and teaching. Selections of her poetry are featured throughout the book. Comparing her poetry- and prose-writing processes, she says, “Writing prose is very different from writing poems for me. When I write poems the initial idea comes like a lightning strike. It’s fast and furious. When I’m writing prose I know I’m entering into an idea that is expansive in a way that has to have a much larger receptacle than a poem. Because of that, it usually takes me much longer to wade into it.”
The deeply personal book is also an unflinching look at contemporary American culture, devoting attention to mass shootings and police killings of Bingham-Risher’s close friend, Rumain Brisbon, as well as Trayvon Martin and others. Further, this contemplation orients the author’s work within the history of influential Black writers and community organizing that she traces—from the early days of the Black Arts Movement in the 1960s to contemporary convening work done by Cave Canem and others— including those writers who, “speaking in the voices of those in their communities … validated those silenced for centuries.” Going forward, she ponders: “What is revolutionary work in the age of a somewhat freer Blackness?”
“Attentiveness, deep consideration, thoughtfulness: Each a different kind of love,” writes Bingham-Risher. Written as its own expression of love, her memoir offers each of these, as she invites the reader to join her in “navigating the strange space that is often our living … in the context of an ever-changing, ever-strange, and difficult world.” It offers a roadmap for younger Black poets, an informed and enthusiastic guide for curious readers, and a resounding call to creative self-reflection and the work of building community. And for readers eager for more of Bingham-Risher’s poetry, her next book, Room Swept Home, will be a return to the form and should be on shelves in Spring 2024.
Wednesday 2/22 music
Beleza Duo. Funkalicious samba soul. Free, 7pm. The Bebedero, 225 W. Main St., Downtown Mall. thebebedero.com
Billy Strings. Two nights of Billy Strings at John Paul Jones Arena. $35 and up, 8pm. John Paul Jones Arena, 295 Massie Rd. john pauljonesarena.com
Breabach. This contemporary folk act unites deep roots in Highland and island tradition with the innovative musical ferment of its Glasgow base. $20-25, 7:30pm. Potter’s Craft Cider, 1350 Arrowhead Valley Rd. potterscraftcider.com
Jim Waive. Classic country tunes from the man with a velvet voice and impressive beard. Free, 7pm. Blue Moon Diner, 606 W. Main St. bluemoondiner.net
Karaoke. Jen DeVille hosts this weekly song party. Free, 9pm. Rapture, 303 E. Main St., Downtown Mall. rapturerestaurant.com etc.
Bingo. Four games that increase in difficulty with prizes to match. Free, 6pm. Firefly, 1304 E. Market St. fireflycville.com
Block Night. An informal session for those interested in the art and craft of book and printmaking. Free, 5:30pm. Virginia Center for the Book, Jefferson School City Center, 233 Fourth St. NW. vabookcenter.org
Lady Sings the Blues Diana Ross’ Oscar-nominated portrayal of jazz legend Billie Holiday. $10, 7:30pm. Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, 5th Street Station. drafthouse.com
Trivia. Show off your trivia knowledge and win prizes, including gift cards, merch, and free drinks. Free, 7pm. Dairy Market, 946 Grady Ave. dairymarketcville.com
UVA vs. Boston College Men’s Basketball Game. Cheer on the Hoos on the big screen. Free, 7pm. The Paramount Theater, 215 E. Main St., Downtown Mall. theparamount.net
Thursday 2/23 music
Berto & Vincent. Wild gypsy rumba. Free, 7pm. The Bebedero, 225 W. Main St., Downtown Mall. thebebedero.com
Thirsty Thursdays. Live music from Travis Elliott and Friends, and cider specials. Free, 1pm. Castle Hill Cider, 6065 Turkey Sag Rd., Keswick. castlehillcider.com
August Wilson’s Seven Guitars Chris D. Evans directs the Charlottesville Players Guild in this heartrending blues opera. $20, 7:30pm. The Jefferson School African American Heritage Center, 233 Fourth St. NW. jeffschoolheritagecenter.org
Contemporary Artist Talk: Tokie Rome-Taylor. The Atlanta-based photographer discusses ethnography, identity, and representation. Free, 5:30pm. The Fralin Museum of Art at UVA, 155 Rugby Rd. uvafralinartmuseum. virginia.edu
Paint & Sip: Love in the Air. Paint, sip, repeat. $40, 6pm. Pro Re Nata, 6135 Rockfish Gap Tpke., Crozet. catelynkelseydesigns.com etc.
Trivia & Thai. Preorder dinner from Chimm and put your thinking caps on. Free, 6:15pm. Potter’s Craft Cider, 1350 Arrowhead Valley Rd. potterscraftcider.com
28 February 22 –28, 2023 c-ville.com @cville_culture facebook.com/cville.weekly
“These poets were living their lives in the world of literature because they made time for the poems.” REMICA BINGHAM-RISHER
Carrie Underwood. With special guest Jimmie Allen. $39 and up, 7:30pm. John Paul Jones Arena, 295 Massie Rd. johnpaul jonesarena.com
Disco Risqué. With Chestnut Grove. $12-40, 8:30pm. The Southern Café & Music Hall, 103 S. First St. thesoutherncville.com
Jorma Kaukonen. American roots music, blues, and rock. $43-48, 7:30pm. The Jefferson Theater, 110 E. Main St., Downtown Mall. jeffersontheater.com
Popebama. The New York-based experimental duo perform unconventional works. Free, 8pm. Old Cabell Hall, UVA Grounds. music. virginia.edu
Scuffletown. Enjoy music and wine with friends. Free, 6pm. Glass House Winery, 5898 Free Union Rd., Free Union. glass housewinery.com
Tara Mills Band. Original folk tunes. Free, 5:30pm. Potter’s Craft Cider, 1350 Arrowhead Valley Rd. potterscraftcider.com
August Wilson’s Seven Guitars See listing for Thursday, February 23. $20, 7:30pm. The Jefferson School African American Heritage Center, 233 Fourth St. NW. jeffschool heritagecenter.org
Denver Butson and Jordan Perry. An evening of poetry and live music. Free, 7pm. New Dominion Bookshop, 404 E. Main St., Downtown Mall. ndbookshop.com
Playdates at the Playscape. BYO snacks and buddies and enjoy outdoor play. $20, 9:30am. Wildrock, 6600 Blackwells Hollow Rd., Crozet. wildrock.org
Charlottesville/Albemarle Active Mobility
Summit. Collaborate with passionate individuals who share a mission to promote walking, biking, running, and everyday access to nature. Free, 9am. CitySpace, 100 Fifth St. NE. pecva.org
Final Friday: Vinyl Night & Artmaking. Music and vinyl record crafting. Free, 5pm. The Fralin Museum of Art at UVA, 155 Rugby Rd. uvafralinartmuseum.virginia.edu
The Big Lebowski Arrive early for a costume contest, followed by a screening of the quirky comedy-thriller. $8, 8:30pm. The Paramount Theater, 215 E. Main St., Downtown Mall. theparamount.net
Berto’s Latin Guitar Brunch. Enjoy the sounds of Brazil, Spain, and Latin America with Berto Sales. Free, 11am. Tavern & Grocery, 333 W. Main St. tavernandgrocery.com
Blake Hunter & The Gatherers. Come hungry, thirsty, and ready for a good time. $10, 7pm. The Batesville Market, 6624 Plank Rd., Batesville. batesvillemarket.com
Crozet Jam Band. Grab a glass and enjoy live music. Free, 2:30pm. Albemarle CiderWorks, 2545 Rural Ridge Ln., North Garden. albemarleciderworks.com
John Shanesy & Ramona and the Holy Smokes. A honkey-tonk doubleheader. Free, 5:30pm. Potter’s Craft Cider, 1350 Arrowhead Valley Rd. potterscraftcider.com
Sam Burchfield & The Scoundrels. With Virginia Man. $12-15, 8pm. The Southern Café & Music Hall, 103 S. First St. thesouthern cville.com
CULTURE THE WORKS
Sarah Lawson observes crises through collage at New City Arts
By Sarah Sargent email@example.com
Though Sarah Lawson lives far from the coast in Nelson County, they have been keeping tabs on the climate crisis for some time now, following it internationally in the news, and even mapping the movement of a particular iceberg in Antarctica. At home, Lawson (a contributor to C-VILLE) has been monitoring the changes occurring in the creek that runs through their property. The land belonged to Lawson’s grandparents, so they’ve known this stream all their life and remember how it was and how it’s changed.
Lawson’s show at New City Arts, “Salience, the sea,” addresses two different themes associated with the climate crisis. Mortality salience, meaning the knowledge that we’re all going to die, and also, the sea, or oceans and bodies of water generally—the flashpoints where the effects of the climate crisis are most apparent.
Lawson acknowledges the intrinsic sadness of the subject matter. “There’s a lot of unprocessed death and grieving I think we’re feeling as a society in response to COVID,” Lawson says. “I’m currently studying social work at VCU. A lot of studies about mortality salience talk about how, ‘Yes, it’s horrible, we’re all going to die. How could there possibly be a silver lining?’ The silver lining, from a clinical standpoint, is that if you acknowledge this existential fact and embrace it, you can use that to really make the most of the time you have.”
The larger works in the show are intended as a devotional on grieving, for what has been lost and what is to come. The smaller works started as part of a daily collage practice Lawson undertook when they turned 38 last February as a way of confronting their own mortality and staying in the moment. They titled this body of work using a numerical system: The first number is the chronological order in which the piece was done, followed by days in the year, followed by Lawson’s age. Lawson typically did these at the end of the day, while processing what news they’d read, the work they’d done and other quotidian occurrences. Gathering together the accordion files where they kept clippings, sorted by color, pattern, and texture, they went through them to see what jumped out. Beginning with “a very loose gaze,” Lawson would sort through, creating a smaller stack of things they wanted to incorporate. “I allow my subconscious to move things around in a certain way, trying to be as light-handed as possible in determining what’s going to come,” Lawson says.
Collage appeals to Lawson because it’s finding meaning in something discarded. It’s also open access—anyone can collage. “Something as simple as scissors and a glue stick
can really affect someone’s day, or how they view the world. I just love that. It’s a really simple, easy to access form of self-expression.”
In some works, Lawson highlights the imagery represented in various scraps of paper, with others they subvert what’s being depicted, pairing it with pieces of colored paper to produce more abstract studies (“23/365/38,” “20/365/38,” “108/365/38” (a self-portrait), “70/365/38”). With both approaches, the inspired arrangements are striking.
Lawson will often use the same picture twice to create a mirror image. Sometimes, this is exact, as in “6/365/38,” where the heads of two fantastical beasts form a portal from which a hand extends. In other works, like “29/365/38” and “54/365/38,” they alter them slightly, retaining the original shapes and outline.
When they incorporate the human form, Lawson does so with a big helping of witty surrealism. In “22/365/38,” a colossal Audubon-like bird is picking up, or dropping, cartoon figures from or into an Italian town. In “123/365/38,” a woman’s head and hand emerge from a fat tubular offshoot of a heart, framed by a spray of mushrooms. “59/365/38” presents two fastidiously turned-out 18th-century soldiers sitting primly astride a large airborne fish.
The two disembodied eyes in “31/365/38” grab the viewer’s attention, as they seem adrift on a sea of matter that could be cellular, geologic, or elemental.
It’s hard to pick a favorite from Lawson’s visual bounty, but there’s something so captivating about “89/365/38”—the modern building placed in the midst of a woodland setting. Lawson cut out a circle in the center, creating a void in the midst of the sleek corporate exterior. It also has the effect of a giant mirrored disc reflecting the surrounding landscape, and creates the impression of space vacillating from foreground to background.
Considering one’s own death and the collapse of the natural world is pretty bleak stuff. But the richness of Lawson’s work, which does just that, suggests it doesn’t have to be. If we can be clear-eyed about the realities of our future, we can thrive even if that future is grim. “The overall macro level problems that we’re facing from an ecosystem standpoint are horrific, but if we ignore them it just makes it worse,” says Lawson. “Unfortunately, there’s no shortage of darkness, but I try to practice being more comfortable within that and using it as an impetus to imagine alternatives.”
29 February 22 –28, 2023 c-ville.com @cville_culture facebook.com/cville.weekly
COURTESY OF THE ARTIST CONTINUED ON PAGE 30
“123/365/38” is part of Sarah Lawson’s “Salience, the sea,” on view at New City Arts gallery through February 24.
CULTURE THIS WEEK
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 29
Ballroom Dance. Learn American waltz and stay for the dance. $5-10, 7pm. The Center at Belvedere, 540 Belvedere Blvd. usadancecville.org
Salsa Fest. Enjoy lessons from professional instructors in cha-cha, bachata, salsa, and more. $10-55, all day. Student Activities Building, UVA Grounds. eventbrite.com
Silent Disco. Grab some headphones and find your song on three music channels. $10, 9pm. Firefly, 1304 E. Market St. fireflycville.com
August Wilson’s Seven Guitars See listing for Thursday, February 23. $20, 7:30pm. The Jefferson School African American Heritage Center, 233 Fourth St. NW. jeffschoolheritagecenter.org
Lesley Wheeler and Remica Bingham-Risher Reading. The authors read from their new memoirs. Free, 7pm. New Dominion Bookshop, 404 E. Main St., Downtown Mall. ndbookshop.com
Storytime. Readings of recent favorites and classics. Free, 11am. New Dominion Bookshop, 404 E. Main St., Downtown Mall. ndbookshop.com
A Year in the Garden. Learn the ins and outs of what to do in your garden this year.
$25, 2pm. Fifth Season Gardening Co., 900 Preston Ave. fifthseasongardening.com
Make Your Own Fairy Garden. Attendees, young and old, will build their own fairy garden using found materials. $35, 11am. Fifth Season Gardening Co., 900 Preston Ave. fifthseasongardening.com
Mushroom Cultivation Workshop. Inoculate sustainably harvested hardwood logs with Shiitake mushroom spawn at UVA’s largest student farm. Free, 10am. Morven Kitchen Garden, 600 Morven Dr. morven.virginia.edu
Changing Landscape Hike. Tom Wild leads this walk that explores the effects of farming and time on the current landscape. Free, 1pm. Ivy Creek Natural Area, 1780 Earlysville Rd. ivycreekfoundation.org
Geology Hike. Learn about the geological make-up of the Ivy Creek Natural area on a two-hour hike. Free, noon. Ivy Creek Natural Area, 1780 Earlysville Rd. ivycreek foundation.org
Playdates at the Playscape. See listing for Friday, February 24. $20, 9:30am. Wildrock, 6600 Blackwells Hollow Rd., Crozet. wildrock.org
Sugar Hollow Bridges Run. Featuring a 5K and 10K course. $40, 8am. Sugar Hollow Bridges Run, 5275 Sugar Hollow Rd., White Hall. whrc.avenue.org
The Princess Bride A grandfather sits down with his grandson and reads him a bedtime story, and as he reads, the action comes alive. $6-8, 2pm. The Paramount Theater, 215 E. Main St., Downtown Mall. theparamount.net
UVA vs. UNC Men’s Basketball
Game. Watch the game live on the big screen. Free, 6pm. The Paramount Theater, 215 E. Main St., Downtown Mall. theparamount.net
Big Thief. With Buck Meek. $35-40, 8pm. The Jefferson Theater, 110 E. Main St., Downtown Mall. jeffersontheater.com
& The Scoundrels
Saturday 2/25 | The Southern Café & Music Hall
30 February 22 –28, 2023 c-ville.com @cville_culture facebook.com/cville.weekly
BRIMS Irish Dance & Social. Dance along to reels, jigs, and polkas. $5-10 suggested donation, 3pm. Potter’s Craft Cider, 1350 Arrowhead Valley Rd. potterscraftcider.com
Calie Garrett and Gary Green. Soulful piano and lively harmonica. Free, 2pm. Glass House Winery, 5898 Free Union Rd., Free Union. glasshousewinery.com
Jonathan Schakel. Organ music on the mechanical-action organ by Taylor & Boody Organbuilders. Free, 4pm. Westminster Presbyterian Church, 400 Rugby Rd. westminsterorgan concertseries.org
Los Lobos. Music that embodies the idea of America as a cultural melting pot. $39-69, 7:30pm. The Paramount Theater, 215 E. Main St., Downtown Mall. theparamount.net
UVA Chamber Music Series. Featuring Nathaniel Lee on trombone. Free-$15, 3:30pm. Old Cabell Hall, UVA Grounds. music.virginia.edu
August Wilson’s Seven Guitars See listing for Thursday, February 23. $20, 2pm. The Jefferson School African American Heritage Center, 233 Fourth St. NW. jeffschoolheritage center.org
Reds Warren Beatty, Diane Keaton, and Jack Nicholson in an Oscar-winning epic. $10, 1pm. Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, 5th Street Station. drafthouse.com
Spring Pop-Up Shop for Kids. Shop for vintage kids decor, gifts, books, and toys, and enjoy storytime and coloring crafts. Free, 9am. Mudhouse Crozet, 5793 The Square, Crozet. firstname.lastname@example.org
Berto and Vincent. From the flying fingers of Berto Sales to Vincent Zorn’s percussive rhythm, these seasoned musicians are making a mark with their uplifting performances. Free, 7pm. South and Central Latin Grill, Dairy Market. southandcentralgrill.com
Gin & Jazz. The Brian Caputo Trio performs in the Château Lobby Bar. Free, 5:30pm. Oakhurst Inn, 100 Oakhurst Cir. oakhurstinn.com
María Arquero de Alarcón. A lecture from the associate professor of architecture and urban and regional planning at the University of Michigan Taubman College. Free, 5pm. Campbell Hall 153, UVA Grounds. arch.virginia.edu
Josh Mayo & House Sauce Tunesday Tuesday. A jam session with local acts. Free, 9pm. Rapture, 303 E. Main St., Downtown Mall. rapturerestaurant.com
Vincent Zorn. Olé. Free, 7pm. The Bebedero, 225 W. Main St., Downtown Mall. thebebedero.com
Vinyl Night. BYO record to play and get $1 off pints. Free, 4pm. Starr Hill Brewery, Dairy Market, 946 Grady Ave. dairymarketcville.com
Playdates at the Playscape. See listing for Friday, February 24. $20, 9:30am. Wildrock, 6600 Blackwells Hollow Rd., Crozet. wildrock.org etc.
Family Game Night. Games for all ages, including corn hole, Jenga, and board games. Free, 5pm. Dairy Market, 946 Grady Ave. dairymarketcville.com
Geeks Who Drink Trivia Night. Teams of two to six people play for prizes and bragging rights. Free, 8pm. Firefly, 1304 E. Market St. fireflycville.com
Failure to follow
Infinity Pool is a repulsive, dreary movie
By Justin Humphreys email@example.com
Infinity Pool is the third feature by writer and director Brandon Cronenberg, and comparisons to his extraordinary father, Canadian filmmaker David Cronenberg, are inevitable. With Infinity Pool, Brandon explores dark, grotesque territory similar to what his dad’s work has charted, but only superficially. The younger Cronenberg has a long way to go as a director if this ugly, tedious film is any indication of his capabilities.
In the fictional country of La Tolqa, failed novelist James Foster (Alexander Skarsgård) vacations with his wife Em (Cleopatra Coleman) in a heavily guarded seaside resort. There they meet fellow guests Gaby (Mia Goth) and her husband, Alban (Jalil Lespert), and join them for a clandestine picnic in the dangerous countryside outside the resort’s gates. While driving home, Foster has a hit-and-run collision with a local farmer, and the next day finds himself facing the death penalty for it. But the corrupt officials offer an escape clause: For a sizable fee, a wealthy tourist like Foster can be cloned and an exact double will suffer his punishment. Foster agrees and witnesses his doppel-
gänger’s execution. He then discovers that Gaby, Alban, and others have not only been through the same process, but regularly commit heinous crimes knowing they can buy their way out. Instead of leaving the countryside, Foster stays and wallows in depravity with them.
The film’s first act sets the plot up intriguingly, but doesn’t deliver a genuinely imaginative storyline by exploring the concept of doubling the way a film like Invasion of the Body Snatchers does. A dark satire of a plutocracy where despicable Jeffrey Epstein-like degenerates indulge in vile decadence with impunity is barely fleshed-out, and Infinity Pool fails as both science fiction and horror. Instead, it’s predicated on the dullest kinds of shock value.
Repulsive subject matter and amoral characters can work, but it takes a gifted artist with rarified sensibilities such as Cronenberg’s father, or novelist J. G. Ballard, one of the elder Cronenberg’s favorite writers. Infinity Pool plays like a trashy retread of Ballard’s brilliant novels like High-Rise and Super-Cannes. Handling distasteful situations like this with wit and panache is hard to pull off, and the younger Cronenberg isn’t up to it. He has created a deadening, soulless film.
The cinematography in Infinity Pool has a few striking moments, but it’s mostly headache-inducing motion or downright pretentious with an overreliance on extreme closeups. There are hallucinatory sequences that are as hokey as the LSD freakouts in ’60s drug movies like The Trip and Psych-Out, only much less entertaining. It all plays like empty, flashy posturing by a film student.
R, 117 minutes
The film’s cast is generally decent, but is saddled with an unengaging, unappealing script. Goth unfortunately gets plenty of screen time—a little of her vacant stare and shrill voice go a long way. The production design is inventive, especially in the eerily inhuman resort, and its wholly invented police state, and the dissonant soundtrack by Tim Hecker is also better than this movie deserves.
But there is nothing in Infinity Pool that hasn’t been done better—and less sickeningly— elsewhere. It isn’t even fun trash—it’s just overpoweringly, witlessly mean-spirited. The film delivers nihilism of the worst and most pretentious kind. This particular pool isn’t just stagnant—it’s shallow, to boot.
31 February 22 –28, 2023 c-ville.com @cville_culture facebook.com/cville.weekly
The film’s first act sets the plot up intriguingly, but doesn’t deliver a genuinely imaginative storyline by exploring the concept of doubling the way a film like Invasion of the Body Snatchers does.
Mia Goth and Alexander Skarsgård star in Brandon Cronenberg’s Infinity Pool.
Compare our CD Rates
1-year 4.80 $1000
Financial Advisor 1010 Ednam Center Suite 102 Charlottesville, VA 22903 434-984-0345
1010 Ednam Center Suite 102 Charlottesville, VA 22903 434-984-0345
* Annual Percentage Yield (APY) effective 10/19/2022. CDs offered by Edward Jones are bank-issued and FDIC-insured up to $250,000 (principal and interest accrued but not yet paid) per depositor, per insured depository institution, for each account ownership category. Please visit www.fdic.gov or contact your financial advisor for additional information. Subject to availability and price change. CD values are subject to interest rate risk such that when interest rates rise, the prices of CDs can decrease. If CDs are sold prior to maturity, the investor can lose principal value. FDIC insurance does not cover losses in market value. Early withdrawal may not be permitted. Yields quoted are net of all commissions. CDs require the distribution of interest and do not allow interest to compound. CDs offered through Edward Jones are issued by banks and thrifts nationwide. All CDs sold by Edward Jones are registered with the Depository Trust Corp. (DTC).
Bradford Financial Advisor 1010 Ednam Center Suite 102 Charlottesville, VA 22903 434-984-0345
32 February 22 –28, 2023 c-ville.com @cville_culture facebook.com/cville.weekly FDI-1867K-A © 2022 EDWARD D. JONES & CO., L.P. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. > edwardjones.com | Member SIPC Call or visit your local financial advisor today.
Bank-issued, FDIC-insured % APY* % APY* % APY* Minimum deposit Minimum deposit Minimum deposit
Joan M Carlson Financial Advisor
EDWARD D. JONES & CO., L.P. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED
PAGE 2 OF 2 MKT-6354G-A-A1 EXP 30 APR 2025 © 2022 EDWARD D. JONES & CO., L.P. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED Joan M Carlson Financial Advisor 1010 Ednam Center Suite 102 Charlottesville, VA 22903 434-984-0345 At Our Lady of Peace, the health and well-being of our residents remains—as always—our top priority. Welcoming new residents! Call today to learn more about the compassionate care, lovely apartments, wonderful amenities, and active, family-oriented lifestyle that makes our community one-of-a-kind. What Residents Are Saying “Here I feel safe, loved, respected, and not alone.” Barbara Allison, Our Lady of Peace Resident 434-973-1155 our-lady-of-peace.com 751 Hillsdale Dr. | Charlottesville Residential Living • Assisted Living Memory Care • Nursing Care Coordinated Services Management, Inc. Professional Management of Retirement Communities Since 1981 small pet friendly UVA Arts Box Office artsboxoffice.virginia.edu 434.924.3376 Tickets Very Special Thanks to HEAR.TOGETHER Benjamin Rous, Music Director Kate Tamarkin, Music Director Laureate Best Classical Music Group BEETHOVEN Violin Concerto with Brendon Elliott, Violin DVOŘÁK Symphony No. 9 (“From the New World”) Paul Ghun Kim, Guest Conductor with support from the Davidson Guest Artist Fund Saturday, March 18 8:00pm Old Cabell Hall Sunday, March 19 3:30pm Martin Luther King, Jr. Performing Arts Center Brendon Elliott’s appearance is made possible by the Angus Macaulay Visiting Artists Fund.
Joan M Carlson
BY DAVID LEVINSON WILK
1. Latch (onto)
5. 1997 movie with the tagline “He Sits. He Stays. He Shoots. He Scores”
11. Roadie’s vanload
15. Desierto’s lack
18. 1974 kidnap victim
20. “East of Eden” twin
21. Have it your way
22. Rapper Kool Moe ____
23. Seafood staple of New England
24. Michael of “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels”
26. Minor shoplifting crime, say
28. One who’s blessed
31. Just hanging around
32. Most import ant
35. G.I.’s field ration, for short
36. Airport code for Australia’s largest city
37. Pulsating sound, informally
39. Down Under critter
42. “____ voyage!”
43. Clothing line?
44. Took oneís turn 45. Sent with a click 49. It can spice things up
One using crude language 54. Wear away
55. Like some online purchases
56. Opposite of SSW
57. “Let me see ...”
58. Delevingne of “Carnival Row”
59. Tools for filling in holes in the wall
63. “The Kite Runner” protagonist
66. What might collect a lot of checks
67. Fictional writer of “The World According to Bensenhaver”
68. Jacob’s twin, in the Bible
1. Thing to mind between the train and platform
2. JFK alternative
3. Where most hits wind up
4. Something never seen at night
5. Yearn (for)
6. Red state?
7. Aptly named novelist Charles
8. Floppy top
9. Some March Madness madness
11. Athena turned her into a spider
12. Scratched, say
13. Checks for mistakes
14. Phrase on a mailing label
19. Sant a ____ Valley (winegrowing region)
23. “Don’t ____ with me!”
24. Forensic analysts, briefly
25. Name on Woody’s shoe in “Toy Story”
26. Nit wit, to a Brit
27. Kind of joke
29. “The ____ Show” (best-selling album of 2002)
33. Part of FWIW
34. The Planetary Society CEO Bill
37. Sea anemone, e.g
38. Hiking route
39. Settles conclusively
40. Bygone way to store data
41. Member of the Siouan family
42. Cameo role
45. Like DeMille films
46. Friendly French term of address
47. Classic consoles
48. Hole foods?
50. “How’ve you ____?”
52. Remove one’s name from, as on Facebook
53. Four: Prefix
57. 1970s-’80s sitcom station
59. West Coast winter hrs.
60. “Quit ____ bellyachin’!”
61. Clean Water Act org.
62. Disco ____ (“The Simpsons” character)
33 February 22 –28, 2023 c-ville.com facebook.com/cville.weekly
© 2023 DAVID LEVINSON WILK
2/15/23 Itsy Bitsy Spyder #1 solution #1 #2 #2 solution
1234 56789 10 11121314 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 2425 26 27 28 29 30 31 323334 35 36 37 38 394041 42 43 44 454647 48 4950 51 5253 54 55 56 57 58 59 60 6162 63 64 65 66 67 68 GOYA AGASP SASH OPEN BOSOM ANNE ITSYBITSYSPYDER NOM ITINA OSIER ALLOT MIMERS ITSELF TBONE MITE ARENT ICE DEERESTALKERCAP BRR DOING CORP LGBTQ BEAUTS HALOES LIESL OHYOU SPACE DUD DONTPOKETHEBEHR OLDE MOLTO BANE REAR GREEN STOW
Complete the grid so that every row, column, and 3x3 box contains every digit from 1 to 9 inclusively.
34 February 22 –28, 2023 c-ville.com facebook.com/cville.weekly The freshest ingredients, the most attentive cooking, the most satisfying enjoyment! GRAND OPENING ORDER ONLINE! GIFT CARDS AVAILABLE! 3912 Lenox Avenue Suite 320 next to mission BBQ (434) 422-8982 www.akiralevel.com OFFSET PRINTING DIGITAL COPIES MAILING SERVICES BANNERS & SIGNS 434.975.3000 • PrintSourceVA.com www.literacyforall.org/wordplay TICKETS$20 TheParamount 7:00 PM THURSDAY,MARCH30 Thankyou,Wordplay2023sponsors! Wordplay isateam-basedcompetitionfor peoplewholovewords,popculture, history,literature,andshowingoffhow smarttheyare—allinsupportofadult literacy.Registeryourteamofthreetoday! TeamSpace StillAvailable!
By Rob Brezsny
(March 21-April 19): Philosopher John O’Donohue wrote a prayer not so much to God as to life. It’s perfect for your needs right now. He said, “May my mind come alive today to the invisible geography that invites me to new frontiers, to break the dead shell of yesterdays, to risk being disturbed and changed.” I think you will generate an interesting onrush of healing, Aries, if you break the dead shell of yesterdays and risk being disturbed and changed. The new frontier is calling to you. To respond with alacrity, you must shed some baggage.
(April 20-May 20): Rightwing religious influencers are rambling amuck in the United States. In recent months, their repressive pressures have forced over 1,600 books to be banned in 138 school districts in 38 states. The forbidden books include some about heroes Nelson Mandela, Cesar Chavez, and Rosa Parks. With this appalling trend as a motivational force, I encourage you Tauruses to take inventory of any tendencies you might have to censor the information you expose yourself to. According to my reading of the astrological omens, now is an excellent time to pry open your mind to consider ideas and facts you have shut out. Be eager to get educated and inspired by stimuli outside your usual scope.
(May 21-June 20): I think we can all agree that it’s really fun to fall in love. Those times when we feel a thrilling infatuation welling up within us are among the most pleasurable of all human experiences. Wouldn’t it be great if we could do it over and over again as the years go by? Just keep getting bowled over by fresh immersions in swooning adoration? Maybe we could drum up two or three bouts of mad love explosions every year. But alas, giving in to such a temptation might make it hard to build intimacy and trust with a committed, long-term partner. Here’s a possible alternative: Instead of getting smitten with an endless series of new paramours, we could get swept away by novel teachings, revelatory meditations, lovable animals, sublime art or music, amazing landscapes or sanctuaries, and exhilarating adventures. I hope you will be doing that in the coming weeks, Gemini.
FREE WILL ASTROLOGY
(Feb. 19-March 20): “What is originality?” asked philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche. Here’s how he answered: “To see something that has no name as yet, and hence cannot be mentioned though it stares us all in the face.” Got that, Pisces? I hope so, because your fun assignments in the coming days include the following:
1. To make a shimmering dream coalesce into a concrete reality; 2. To cause a figment of the imagination to materialize into a useful accessory; 3. To coax an unborn truth to sprout into a galvanizing insight.
(June 21-July 22): The scientific method is an excellent approach for understanding reality. It’s not the only one, and should not be used to the exclusion of other ways of knowing. But even if you’re allergic to physics or never step into a chemistry lab, you are wise to use the scientific method in your daily life. The coming weeks will be an especially good time to enjoy its benefits. What would that mean, practically speaking? Set aside your subjective opinions and habitual responses. Instead, simply gather evidence. Treasure actual facts. Try to be as objective as you can in evaluating everything that happens. Be highly attuned to your feelings, but also be aware that they may not provide all facets of the truth.
(July 23-Aug. 22): Is there anything in your psychological makeup that would help you do some detective work? How are your skills as a researcher? Are you willing to be cagey and strategic as you investigate what’s going on behind the scenes? If so, I invite you to carry out any or all of these four tasks in the coming weeks:
1. Try to become aware of shrouded half-truths. 2. Be alert for shadowy stuff lurking in bright, shiny environments.
3. Uncover secret agendas and unacknowledged evidence. 4. Explore stories and situations that no one else seems curious about.
(Aug. 23-Sept. 22): The country of Nepal, which has strong Virgo qualities, is divided into seven provinces. One is simply called “Province No.1,” while the others are Sudurpashchim, Karnali, Gandaki, Lumbini, Bagmati, and Janakpur. I advise Nepal to give Province No. 1 a decent name very soon. I also recommend that you Virgos extend a similar outreach to some of the unnamed
beauty in your sphere. Have fun with it. Give names to your phone, your computer, your bed, your hairdryer, and your lamps, as well as your favorite trees, houseplants, and clouds. You may find that the gift of naming helps make the world a more welcoming place with which you have a more intimate relationship. And that would be an artful response to current cosmic rhythms.
(Sept. 23-Oct. 22): Are you aimless, impassive, and stuck, floundering as you try to preserve and maintain? Or are you fiercely and joyfully in quest of vigorous and dynamic success? What you do in the coming weeks will determine which of these two forks in your destiny will be your path for the rest of 2023. I’ll be rooting for the second option. Here is a tip to help you be strong and bold. Learn the distinctions between your own soulful definition of success and the superficial, irrelevant, meaningless definitions of success that our culture celebrates. Then swear an oath to love, honor, and serve your soulful definition.
(Oct. 23-Nov. 21): The next four weeks will be a time of germination, metaphorically analogous to the beginning of a pregnancy. The attitudes and feelings that predominate during this time will put a strong imprint on the seeds that will mature into full ripeness by late 2023. What do you want to give birth to in 40 weeks or so, Scorpio? Choose wisely! And make sure that in this early, impressionable part of the process, you provide your growing creations with positive, nurturing influences.
(Nov. 22-Dec. 21): I recommend you set up Designated Arguing Summits. These will be short periods when you and your allies get disputes out in the open. Disagreements
must be confined to these intervals. You are not allowed to squabble at any other time. Why do I make this recommendation? I believe that many positive accomplishments are possible for you in the coming weeks, and it would be counterproductive to expend more than the minimal necessary amount on sparring. Your glorious assignment: Be emotionally available and eager to embrace the budding opportunities.
(Dec. 22-Jan. 19): Actor Judi Dench won an Oscar for her role as Queen Elizabeth in the film Shakespeare in Love—even though she was onscreen for just eight minutes. Beatrice Straight got an Oscar for her role in the movie Network, though she appeared for less than six minutes. I expect a similar phenomenon in your world, Capricorn. A seemingly small pivot will lead to a vivid turning point. A modest seed will sprout into a prismatic bloom. A cameo performance will generate long-term ripples. Be alert for the signs.
(Jan. 20-Feb. 18): Most of us are constantly skirmishing with time, doing our best to coax it or compel it to give us more slack. But lately, you Aquarians have slipped into a more intense conflict. And from what I’ve been able to determine, time is kicking your ass. What can you do to relieve the pressure? Maybe you could edit your priority list—eliminate two mildly interesting pursuits to make more room for a fascinating one. You might also consider reading a book to help you with time management and organizational strategies, like these:
1. Getting Things Done by David Allen. 2. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey. 3. 15 Secrets Successful People Know About Time Management by Kevin Kruse.
Expanded weekly audio horoscopes and daily text message horoscopes: RealAstrology.com, (877) 873-4888
35 February 22 –28, 2023 c-ville.com facebook.com/cville.weekly
Piedmont Virginia Community College is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer and actively seeks applications from women and minority candidates. Scan for detailed job descriptions and application procedures: JOIN THE PVCC TEAM! OPEN POSITIONS Piedmont Virginia Community College invites applications for the following positions: Questions? Email firstname.lastname@example.org. • Associate Vice President of Human Resources • Biology Lab Manager (full-time) • Director of Grants • Full-time Faculty - Information Systems and Nursing • Job-Seeker Network Coordinator (Rural) • Life & Career Coach • Part-time Faculty (Accounting, American Sign Language, Astronomy, Computer Science, Culinary Arts) • Part-time Instructors for Healthcare Programs (Clinical Nursing, Sterile Processing, Phlebotomy, Surgical Technology) • Program Manager - Business, Customer Service, & Customized Training (Workforce Services) • Registered Nurse Faculty (part-time) - Clinical Nursing (all areas) • Systems Analyst • Systems Technologist
36 February 2228, 2023 c-ville.com facebook.com/cville.weekly CLASSIFIEDS DEADLINE Friday at 5 PM for inclusion in the next Wednesday’s paper. QUESTIONS? Email email@example.com classifieds.c-ville.com PRICING Rates starting at $40. Email for specific pricing. Pre-payment Required. We accept all major credit cards, cash or check. SIZES AVAILABLE Full Page Half Page Quarter Page Eight Page 1/16 (Business Card) EMPLOYMENT LEGALS Contact Brittany for more information: Brittany@c-ville.com **Notarized Affidavit Included in Price Need to apply for an ABC License? Need to run a legal? Now Hiring For All Positions: Front of House Line Cook Dishwasher Servers Email Maru.firstname.lastname@example.org for more details or to schedule an interview! A_;/ The Arc. Piedmont The Arc of che Piedmont is an Equal Opportunity Employer We’re eager to hear from candidates who share our passion for serving the community for the following position. Direct Support Professionals Full-time, Part-time, PRN $15-$17 per hour To see a complete job description for each please visit the careers page of our website. arcpva.org/careers Offering competitive compensation, paid training, andfor full time staff - an attractive benefits package including health, dental, vision, and more
COUNTY OF ALBEMARLE
Complainant, Case No. CL22000389-00
JACOB L. SAMPSON, deceased
ROSA PETERSON, believed deceased
CHARLIE SAMPSON, believed deceased
ROBERT SAMPSON, believed deceased
CORNELIA DREDDEN, believed deceased
DAISY SAMPSON SMITH, believed deceased
LENA WOOD, believed deceased
SELTON SAMPSON, believed deceased
HELEN S. SMITH, believed deceased
IRENE CHILDRESS, believed deceased
MARIAN BLAND, believed deceased
JACOB L. SAMPSON, believed deceased
WARREN SMITH, believed deceased
EDWARD SMITH, believed deceased
JOSEPH SMITH, believed deceased
THOMAS SMITH, believed deceased
BERNARD SMITH, believed deceased
JAMES SMITH, believed deceased
HAMPTON SMITH, believed deceased
HELEN WESLEY, believed deceased and the heirs, devisees, personal representatives, successors, or assigns, if any, of Jacob L. Sampson, including any heirs, devisees, personal representatives, successors, or assigns, of any deceased heirs of Jacob L. Sampson, as they may appear, proceeded against herein as PARTIES UNKNOWN,
The object of this suit is to effect a judicial sale of certain real property, containing 5.45 acres, more or less, and designated as Tax Map Parcel No. 09200-00-00-02000 (“92-20”) and which is being assessed on the tax records of the County of Albemarle, Virginia in the name of the Estate of Jacob L. Sampson, in order to subject such property to the lien thereon for delinquent real estate taxes.
It appearing from the Complaint and by the Affidavit filed according to law that the Complainant has used due diligence to ascertain all of the owners of the subject property but has been unable to do so and that there are persons unknown who claim or may claim an interest in the property, namely the heirs, devisees, personal representatives, successors, or assignors in and to the title and interest of Jacob L. Sampson.
It is therefore ORDERED that the heirs, devisees, personal representatives, successors, or assigns, if any, of Jacob L. Sampson, as they may appear, proceeded against herein as “Parties Unknown,” appear on or before March 13, 2023 at 9:00 am, and take such action as they deem appropriate to protect any interests they may have in the abovedescribed property.
It is further ORDERED that the foregoing portion of this Order be published once a week for two consecutive weeks in the C-Ville Weekly, that a copy hereof be posted on the door of the Courthouse and that a copy be mailed to the last known address, if any, of the Respondents.
The Clerk is hereby directed to send this Order to the C-Ville Weekly and to make the aforementioned posting and mailings.
Endorsement of parties and counsel of record is dispensed with for good cause shown including the nature of these proceedings, the relief granted, and the time and expense associated with acquiring said endorsement.
And this cause is continued.
I ASK FOR THIS:
JONATHAN T. WREN, VSB #40304
400 Locust Avenue, Suite 1
Charlottesville, Virginia 22902
(434) 817-3100 (phone)
(434) 817-3110 (fax)
email@example.com (email) Counsel for the County of Albemarle
ENTER: Cheryl V. Higgins
Attention: Community Service Providers
The Virginia Department of Veterans Services (DVS) is seeking applications to establish grant awards to agencies providing comprehensive suicide prevention and opioid addiction programs for Military Service Members, Veterans, and their families throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia.
To learn more about this grant program, scan the QR code below or go to bit.ly/dvssosrfa2 to access the Request for Application (RFA).
Don't delay. Applications for grants are due February 28, 2023.
Questions? Contact Vivian.Doobay@dvs.virginia.gov or 804.482.8505
37 February 2228, 2023 c-ville.com facebook.com/cville.weekly GOT MAD SKILLS? ADVERTISE THEM IN C-VILLE CLASSIFIEDS AND GROW YOUR CLIENTELE VIRGINIA: IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR THE COUNTY OF
Virginia Department of
c□ J¥i■Hii Proudly Serving Virginia's Military Veterans & Their Families
Veterans Services www.dvs.virginia.gov
... that students at Burnley-Moran Elementary School made a pawsitively pawsome donation to help their feline friends. The school’s PTA organized a penny war fundraiser, and students raised $700. At the end of the war, Ms. Johnston’s (left back) third- and fourth-grade students voted to donate the money to the Cat Action Team, a local nonprofit that works to improve the quality of life for cats in Charlottesville and 12 counties in central Virginia. CAT President Betsy Ballenger (right) visited the school to accept the donation, and brought light-up cat ears to say thanks! CAT plans to use the students’ donation to provide food and veterinary care for community cats and kittens, and to support the TNVR (trapneuter-vax-return) program. Learn more at
38 P.S. YOU’LL
HAPPY TO HEAR...
A LIVE ARTS HOMECOMING BENEFIT! Adelind Horan
Peripheral” on Amazon Prime) Home. IT’S GOOD TO BE Celebrate the 25th anniversary of Live Arts’ Education Program Join Adelind Horan, alumni of LATTE, and surprise guests! Saturday, March 25 7pm Reception 8pm Performance RESERVATIONS Box Office: 434.977.4177 x123 Online: livearts.org/tix SPONSORED BY Barbara and Jay Kessler; Lotta Lofgren; Mary Maher and Gabe Ofiesh; and Karen Pape
39 February 22 –28, 2023 c-ville.com facebook.com/cville.weekly Internet that gets you At Ting, we provide the kind of internet that we’d want for ourselves: • Forever-fair pricing • Dedicated human customer support • Freedom from contracts • Local team with a community mindset Never heard of them. Hidden fees? Sign up and get free installation plus a $200 Ting service credit when you order at tinginternet.com/YOU200. Offer ends March 31, 2023. Get a $200 account credit