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10 Phil Dulaney’s widow on Swannanoa’s future.

11 It’s move-in day for Kindlewood redevelopment’s first residents.

13 Real Estate Weekly: Is a residential building boom in nor thern Albemarle’s future?


29 Tried it in C’ville: Out of the fire and into an ice bath.

31 Pages: A conversation with Henr y Hoke, author of Open Throat

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Hello, Charlottesville! Thank you for reading C-VILLE Weekly. This week’s paper hits stands on the first day of school, and we’ve timed our Back to School issue to coincide with it. I hope you enjoy the teacher interviews we’ve collected for our feature (p. 23).

T his year, we wanted to highlight some of the teachers and staff who are also having first days in our local schools. Meet Tim Hamlette, career specialist at Albemarle High School, who is excited to be someone students can relate to; Ryan Robinson, culinary arts teacher at Charlottesville-Albemarle Technical Education Center (CATEC), who looks forward to bringing his leadership experience from hotels and country clubs into the classroom; and Alison Mutarelli, fourth-grade teacher at Venable Elementary, who’s ready to love her students unconditionally as they get ready to graduate from elementary school.

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Voicing their support for electrifying city buses, the Green Grannies of Charlottesville sang “It’s All ’Bout the Bus” at the Charlottesville City Council meeting on August 21. For 10 years, group members have advocated for climate justice by performing in their signature green costumes and large hats at local events, including rallies, elections, legislative hearings, and more. The proposal for switching to more climate-friendly electric buses is part of a long-term regional transportation plan discussed by CharlottesvilleAlbemarle Metropolitan Planning Organization, Moving Toward 2050.

Hard-hitting news

On August 18, UVA Health announced it will open a youth concussion clinic as part of its orthopedic center on Ivy Road. Rather than basic diagnostics and treatment, the clinic will focus on helping young people and teen athletes experiencing persistent concussion symptoms, including dizziness, headaches, brain fog, and balance issues. Patients will have to be referred to the clinic by either a health care provider or an athletic trainer.

Jones waives hearing

During an August 21 appearance in Albemarle General District Court, Christopher Darnell Jones, Jr., who allegedly killed three UVA students and injured two others, waived his right to a preliminary hearing. Jones faces three counts of second-degree murder and multiple gun charges in connection with the November 13, 2022, shooting on a bus that had returned to Grounds following a university field trip. The case is scheduled to go to a grand jury on October 2, when jurors will determine if there is enough evidence against Jones to proceed.

Future federal funding

On August 18, Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine announced more than $111 million in funding earmarked for Virginia community projects passed as part of Senate Fiscal Year 2024 draft funding bills. A portion of the appropriations would go to Charlottesville projects organized by the Piedmont Housing Alliance, the University of Virginia, and more.

While it’s a good sign that the bills passed the Senate Appropriations Committee with bipartisan approval, the Virginia senators indicated they will work to ensure funding for local projects is included in the final version of the legislation. The current version includes more than $1 million for Charlottesville programs, including $650,000 for PHA to construct a permanent location for the Charlottesville

Back Together Bash

In preparation for the new school year, local organizations teamed up to host the Back Together Back to School Bash at the Cherry Avenue Boys & Girls Club on August 19. The event offered central Virginia students free haircuts, hairstyling, backpacks, and shoes.

Organized by Amanda Burns from the #100Cuts Initiative, the event brought together numerous local partners and sponsors to help kids look and feel their best at school. In addition to getting

Financial Opportunity Center + Housing Hub and $367,000 for UVA to purchase and equip a mobile health van for underserved communities.

“We are working to ensure the government funding bill looks out for the needs of Charlottesville residents,” said Kaine and Warner in a joint statement to C-VILLE. “After hearing from the Piedmont Housing Alliance about the need for a permanent location for the Charlottesville Financial Opportunity Center + Housing Hub, we went to bat for the project and successfully secured federal dollars for it in the latest draft of the government funding bill. This support would help Charlottesville residents get financial coaching, find housing, and prevent evictions. We’ll keep working to get this crucial funding across the finish line to help the Charlottesville community.”

back-to-school essentials, students celebrated the upcoming school year with a DJ, food, and branded swag.

Haircuts and styling were provided as part of the #100Cuts Initiative, led by Fernando Garay, owner of House of Cuts Barber Studio, and Daniel Fairley, president of 100 Black Men of Central Virginia. The group brought in dozens of barbers, braiders, and stylists for the event, and hopes to continue providing free haircuts throughout the year with the support of local partners and donations.

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Afton Mountain’s grand lady

After more than a century, Swannanoa’s still standing

The recent passing of James F. “Phil” Dulaney, the third generation of a family important in the Charlottesville area’s post-World War II growth, has spurred speculation about the future of several properties. Some of the family’s holdings, like the Charlottesville Oil site on Ivy Road and the derelict Afton Inn and Howard Johnson’s at Rockfish Gap, have been considered “blighted” for years. But one of the largest—the Swannanoa estate atop Afton Mountain—has always been a place of romance and fascination.

No one knows this better than Sandi Dulaney, Phil’s widow, who has been running Swannanoa since 2015. Dulaney, one of the few people who can say they have lived at Swannanoa, refers to the house as “she”—perhaps from the spirit of Sallie Dooley, for whom it was built, and whose portrait is featured in the 10-foot-tall stained glass Tiffany window that presides over the foyer’s grand staircase.

In 1912, Richmond businessman, millionaire, and philanthropist James H. Dooley built Swannanoa as a summer home for himself and his wife Sarah “Sallie” May. (He also had Maymont, their Richmond mansion which is now a museum and public park, built for her.) Their “summer retreat” is Italian Renaissance Revival in style, clad in marble from Georgia and lavishly decorated inside with Italian marble, ornate plasterwork, pastel frescoes, and inlaid wood. At about 23,000 square feet, the house is twice the size of Monticello.

For its time, Swannanoa featured all the modern conveniences—indoor plumbing, central heating, electricity (supplied by its own power plant, since it was the first house in Nelson County to have electricity). With an elevator, a dumbwaiter, parquet floors, extensive gardens, two corner towers with spectacular views over both sides of the Blue Ridge, the mansion exemplifies a grander age, a time when (paraphrasing F. Scott Fitzgerald) the very rich were different from you and me.

After the Dooleys died in the 1920s, the house passed to his sisters. A Richmond real estate consortium’s attempt to develop the estate unfortunately coincided with the 1929 stock market crash. When development plans fell apart, the mansion sat empty for 12 years until Skyline Swannanoa, a group of investors led by A. T. Dulaney, bought it in 1944. (The U.S. Navy considered buying and renovating Swannanoa as

a secret wartime interrogation center, but decided Congress would hesitate to purchase a marble mansion for that purpose.)

In 1948, the property was leased for 50 years to artist and mystic Walter Russell, whose University of Science and Philosophy, constructed around his personal cosmology, was headquartered there until 1998.

Time has taken its toll. The trees around Swannanoa have grown up, blocking much of the famed views. After the Russells’ lease expired, Phil Dulaney spent $3 million to replace the terracotta tile roof, clean and repoint significant areas of the marble façade, do extensive work on the interior, and replace the antiquated gutter system. But such a lavish house requires a lavish maintenance budget, and years of vandalism, curious intruders, and paranormal fans breaking in to search for “spirits” have done as much damage as time.

Dreams, however, die hard. Sandi Dulaney says her husband always wanted to open a bed-and-breakfast, but while the house’s lovely main floor is in decent shape, the upstairs rooms need extensive work. Seeking grant money or donating the property to a preservation organization, Dulaney says, would mean “losing control. The family wants to keep this place. I’m a steward here.”

Her plans are to allow access to Swannanoa in ways that enable the public to enjoy its beauty while still protecting the property. Currently, public guided tours

are offered the second Sunday and fourth Saturday of every month (reservations required). Private tours can also be arranged, and the site is popular for photo shoots and micro weddings.

The house and gardens can also be rented for private events. A recent fundraiser for the Shelter for Help in Emergency, sponsored by Autumn Trails Veterinary Center, recalled the house’s early days by having “The Howling ‘20s” as its theme; Dulaney’s toy poodle mix Lady Grace served as greeter. Dulaney and Adrianne Boyer, Swannanoa’s marketing and events director, have also developed a regular program of events, from Zen@Swannanoa Mindfulness Workshops to the Halloween Spooktacular, Christmas with Santa for children (and dogs), and an Easter Eggs-travaganza. “We’re trying to introduce this place to a new generation,” says Boyer.

Interest in Swannanoa has grown in the last few years as the house has become more accessible, Boyer says. “Our staff is growing, we have more volunteers helping out—it’s really a labor of love.” The current plan is to have tours and events generate income to cover maintenance, taxes, and salaries while possibilities for implementing the much-needed complete overhaul (several years and $50-60 million, according to Boyer) are considered.

“I tell people that she’s 111 years old, and isn’t going to get any younger,” says Boyer.

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Kindlewood celebrates move-in day

To commemorate the first wave of residents moving in to new buildings, the Kindlewood Advisory Committee, Piedmont Housing Alliance, and National Housing Trust hosted community members and stakeholders at the redevelopment site on August 19.

Following a procession from the Second Street SE entrance to the new parking lot near the intersection of Sixth Street SE and Monticello Avenue, celebration attendees heard remarks from resident, redevelopment, and area leaders.

Developed in 1978, the 12-acre Kindlewood—formerly known as Friendship Court, and before that Garrett Square—was created following the destruction of the predominantly Black Vinegar Hill neighborhood under the guise of urban renewal. The site of the Kindlewood community has a complicated and disturbing history that began long before the razing of Vinegar Hill, with a plantation that enslaved at least 51 people formerly occupying the land, which was stolen from the Monacan Tribe.

Addressing the crowd, City Councilor Michael Payne acknowledged Charlottesville’s historic lack of investment in Kindlewood. “The city had committed great sins against this community [over the course of] decades,” he said. Despite the long history of city wrongdoings, Payne is optimistic that Kindlewood’s resident-led, zero displacement approach to redevelopment will be “view[ed] not as a one-off, but as a model.”

While a number of local leaders spoke at the celebration, the most impactful remarks came from former and current Kindlewood residents. As a resident member of the Kindlewood Advisory Committee, Crystal

Johnson dedicated hours of her time to im proving her community and ensuring that residents were at the forefront of the rede velopment effort. “Kindlewood will be a thriving, inclusive, and diverse neighborhood because of your contributions,” she said.

“I am purposely stopping, pausing, to just breathe the preciousness of the air, calm our minds, calm our spirits, and take this moment in,” said former resident and current KAC member Myrtle Houchens. “Behold the beauty, there are no words. … Every tear that I shed today is happiness, tears of hopefulness, tears that we made it, and there’s so much more to come.”

With her fellow KAC members and residents surrounding her, Houchens cut a bright red ribbon to celebrate the 20 families moving in to the first section of new housing. Move in officially began on August 14.

“The [look] of these buildings makes us so excited, bring[s] us so much excitement,” said resident and PHA employee Maryam Bayan. After living in Kindlewood for four years, Bayan is ecstatic to finally be in her new home. Speaking about everyone involved in the redevelopment, she said, “they are so diverse, so working hard, and we appreciate them.”

“It really means a dream come true to me. It’s a big day,” said resident Towheed Zaki. “We have been waiting for this for almost three years now.” Speaking about his experience living in Kindlewood, Zaki expressed his gratitude to specific members of administration and leadership. “Miss Houchens, Miss Marcy, Miss Arlene from the office—they have been wonderful to everyone, they have been kind to everyone.”

Kindlewood’s redevelopment will continue with the demolition of empty units and construction of new housing over the next eight years.

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Developer seeks permission for 550 more units while county moves ahead with land purchase

When the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors approved a rezoning for the North Pointe development in August 2006, there was to be no more than 893 dwelling units.

This year, the Great Eastern Management Company will be asked to revisit the rezoning to add 550 new homes on land currently approved for commercial development.

“Commercial is dead and dying except for grocery stores and maybe restaurants and hotels,” says David Mitchell, construction manager for the company. “We had originally 900,000 square feet of commercial. That’s not marketable anymore.”

North Pointe is within the Hollymead neighborhood, as classified by Albemarle’s Community Development. As of July 1, only 57 of the 893 residential units had been built. According to county records, those units are among the 4,316 homes approved in Hollymead but not yet built.

“It’s one thing to get approved, but it’s another to get it designed and built,” Mitchell says. “It takes years.”

In 2006, Albemarle officials tended to discourage major economic development moves. Things have changed in 17 years, and Albemarle is planning to buy 462 acres surrounding the Rivanna Station military base as an investment in the county’s economic development future. County officials continue to investigate whether the land can support creation of a new Intelligence Community Innovation Acceleration Campus.

The county’s major land purchase did not affect Great Eastern’s plans.

“This was in the works way before,” Mitchell says, adding that he’s known for years that his company would eventually be asking for a rezoning. It’s taken a long time to build the infrastructure to support the overall development.

Now Great Eastern wants to build up to 1,548 units at North Pointe, but is not asking to increase the number of single-family homes. That means more townhomes and multifamily apartments.

“We are in the middle of construction of lots out of the first 269 of single-family and that’s going to be the extent of our

single-family,” Mitchell says. “The property doesn’t lay out well for single-family beyond what we got.”

Albemarle is currently reviewing its Comprehensive Plan, and one question is whether the county should begin planning for expanding the amount of land where dense development can occur. Staff have noted that many rezonings have ultimately yielded fewer units than the maximums envisioned in the Comprehensive Plan.

Mitchell isn’t holding his breath.

“Even though the county should be thinking about expanding the growth area, it’s not going to happen until it’s full,” Mitchell says.

Just under a third of the 1,550 homes at Brookhill have been built, and there are 1,479 available units to be constructed at Hollymead Town Center.

Final site plan review is underway for 100 units at River’s Edge North. Supervisors approved up to 332 units on the site of a former mobile community, but only 306 units are going to be built.

Mitchell says he did not anticipate that the units would be built quickly, adding that construction costs and mortgage rates are still high.


Charming country cottage set on 5 acres. Gourmet kitchen with a gas range. Family room features hardwood floors, wood beams and a stone fireplace. Property offers lots

Annie Gould Gallery

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As of July 1, only 57 of the 893 approved residential units had been built in North Pointe, part of the Hollymead neighborhood, where 4,316 new units have been approved. SEAN TUBBS
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: callsharon.today@yahoo.com cell: 434.981.7200 Farm, Estate and Residential Brokers 503 Faulconer Drive ∙ Charlottesville ∙ VA ∙ 22903 WWW.MCLEANFAULCONER.COM
stone wall and mature trees. Convenient to downtown and UVA. $425,000
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Keswick estate on 92 acres with first floor suite and five additional bedrooms. Gourmet kitchen, great room, home theater, and covered porch with fireplace. Oversized garage with guest suite. MLS#643578 $3,195,000 Court Nexsen, 646.660.0700


Solid, well constructed home just four miles north of the City. Many dramatic architectural features, including vaulted ceilings and large windows. Set on 1.45 acres - great outdoor space for gardens. Main level rooms include: huge family/great room, living room with fireplace, dining room, kitchen, main level primary bedroom suite, plus two more bedrooms with hall bath. Home is in need of some renovation, but given quality construction and excellent location, it’s worthy of the investment. MLS#638788 $545,000 Will Faulconer, 434.987.9455



Meticulously maintained 4-6 BR, 5.5 BA 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 $2,395,000 Jim Faulconer, 434.981.0076

Magnificent 16.5 acre estate with stately c. 1860 main house. Renovated in 2017 with stunning kitchen remodel. Complemented by cottages and 5-bay carriage house. Gracious porches, terraces, and retaining walls. MLS#642190 $4,950,000 Court Nexsen 646.660.0700

10 miles south of Charlottesville, a beautiful 283 acres, rolling to hilly, mostly wooded tract, borders Walnut Creek Park, with lake and miles of trails. This land has pastures, trails, creeks and a river! Many homesites, NO EASEMENTS. MLS#634310

$1,995,000 Jim Faulconer, 434.981.0076

212 acres with stately 1904 residence, extensive equestrian facilities, 25 miles from Charlottesville and UVA. Purchase with 753 acres at $6,295,000. Tranquil setting with creeks, pond. MLS#640175

$2,850,000 Steve McLean,434.981.1863 or Court Nexsen, 646.660.0700

10 miles from town, near Free Union, 100+ acres, division rights, NO CONSERVATION EASEMENT! Spectacular Blue Ridge views from many homesites, several barns, stable, 2 ponds, creeks, FANTASTIC offering! MLS#638858 $4,400,000 Jim Faulconer, 434.981.0076


Updated brick residence on a 3.25 acre lot. Convenient one level floor plan with living room/library, dining room, fully equipped eat-in kitchen, family room, master bedroom with bathroom, two additional bedrooms and hall bathroom. The current owners have done a total kitchen update with new stainless appliances, cabinets and granite counter tops. Hardwood floors, new roof and oversized rear deck. Lot is level and partially fenced. Easy access to Charlottesville, UVA and I-64 for points east. MLS#643033 $489,000 Charlotte Dammann, 434.981.1250

Stunning 4 bedroom, 4.5 bath home with 4,115 fin.sq.ft. of immaculate living space situated on over 2 pristine and landscaped acres only 5 miles west of the City of Charlottesville. MLS#641366

$1,295,000 Jim Faulconer, 434.981.0076 or Will Faulconer, 434.987.9455


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 $1,790,000 Jim Faulconer, 434.981.0076

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Beautiful building lot of 3.3 acres, less than a mile to Crozet shopping. Mostly in pasture, creek, and elevated homesite with panoramic views of mountains, pond, and surrounding pastoral area. MLS#636349 $450,000 Jim Faulconer, 434.981.0076

Mostly wooded preservation tract of 81.395 acres next to Frays Mill Subdivision in highly desirable Northern Albemarle. This beautiful gently rolling land has a great, private homesite with Blue Ridge Mt. views, and creek on property. MLS#608509 $995,000 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


146.88 ac. in Albemarle & Greene County. Privacy & protection adjacent to the Shenandoah National Park! Full division rights & multiple home sites. Views of the mountains, along with easy access to trails & Skyline Drive. MLS#620276 $1,100,000 Steve McLean, 434.981.1863


436+ acre parcel of land in Southern Albemarle! 4 division rights; complete privacy; long road frontage; stream; 3-acre lake; Under conservation easement. Owner/agent. MLS#634139 $2,985,000 Steve McLean, 434.981.1863 or Court Nexsen, 646.660.0700


Wonderful 3.5 acre waterfront parcel behind Keswick Hall in gated, picturesque Keswick

Estate. Bring your own architect, builder. Located 5 miles from Martha Jefferson Hospital and 10 miles from UVA. MLS#641712 $540,000 Court Nexsen, 646.660.0700


10 acres of mature woods. Property has long road frontage and consists of two parcels being combined and sold as one. No homeowners association! Design and build your dream residence on this very well-priced parcel. MLS#621178 $189,000 Charlotte Dammann, 434.981.1250


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


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 $119,000 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


Investment/Assemblage opportunity between University of Virginia and Charlottesville’s dynamic Downtown Mall. Property is being targeted to be classified to RX-5 in the new city zoning ordinance. MLS#30850340 $875,000 Tim Michel, 434.960.1124

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

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This wellmaintained Gem offers a 1950s home w/upgraded features as well as city convenience. Enjoy a spacious fenced yard!

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Developmental Land for Sale in the Heart of Crozet! Lots of opportunity for growth with a view of the mountains and 1.5 undeveloped acres.

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Beautiful Custom Built Cedar Home on 15+ acres with Spectacular Mountain & Valley Views!

Features 5 spacious bedrooms, 3½ baths, expansive open kitchen w/center island, granite counter tops, breakfast nook and large pantry. Large dining room with hardwood floor and fireplace. SUNROOM and PANORAMIC views! Master suite with private balcony, full bath. Finished basement has a Guest suite with full bath, rec room and utility room. 2-car garage.

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1967 Asheville Dr | Charlottesville

Well-cared for townhome in Pavilions at Pantops has an open light-filled main level with pristine hardwood floors, a three level Morning Room Extension, and a gourmet kitchen. 1-car garage. 5 minutes. to Downtown & hospitals.

$423,500 | montaguemiller.com/643223

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131 acres of timberland, well-located in central Fluvanna County only 5 minutes from Palmyra, easily commutable to Charlottesville. Great hunting/recreation land, longterm investment or build your dream home/farm.

$324,900 | CarterMontague.com/643297

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A rare find in Albemarle County, an exclusive Farmette, just minutes from town! Affordable 10.94 acre current Horse Property. Offering a garage/run-in barn. Paddock and pastures, with tons of riding trails throughout.

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year and with the first day of school comes a fleet of teachers starting jobs in city and county schools. We talked with some of the educators who are preparing for their first year, and learned why they’re excited about stepping into a new classroom.

The interviews have been edited for space and clarity.

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New teachers on why they love their job, what inspires them, and the things they’re looking forward to this year

Ryan Robinson

Culinary arts CharlottesvilleAlbemarle Technical Education Center (CATEC)

Tell me about the subjects and grades you’re teaching this year, and what makes you excited about it.

We offer a culinary arts class in part one and then we have a part two. So, I’ll be teaching students 10th through 12th grade. What makes me most excited about teaching? The opportunity to make a positive impact, really. In my case, food is the hook that gets the students interested in coming in and being a part of what we do. From there, that’s where I have the opportunity to make that impact. I leverage food, but it’s about making an impact on each kid as individuals. So that’s what I’m most excited about. It’s a challenge. That’s what we [the teachers] have been talking about the last week, all the challenges that teachers want to be ready for throughout the school year. You always have challenges, but to me that’s when it gets fun. Making that connection with each student.

When did you begin teaching, and what inspired you to teach?

I started with Virginia Beach City Public Schools in 2022. I got just under two years under my belt of teaching in a formal classroom setting. And what originally drew me to the classroom was, I did recruiting for about three years for the Culinary Institute of Virginia. When I was recruiting, I was in the classroom every day throughout the week. I saw the opportunity to make an impact. I hate to be redundant but I really did. In that short engagement where you have one class session with those kids and then you gotta leave, then it’s the next group of kids that come in. It’s a short form engagement, but I really saw the opportunity there. And teachers inspired me just as much as the students. Seeing teachers educate at a high level and make an impact in a student’s life, I wanted to be a part of that.

What is your cooking background? You said that you were in recruiting, but how did you get into the culinary arts?

I graduated from the Culinary Institute of Virginia in 2013, and I went right into the industry. My foundation really was in hotels and country clubs, private country clubs. So I spent about six or seven years doing that before I got into recruiting. But I’ve done a little bit of everything, man. One of my passions for food is healthy cooking. I actually started gardening for that country club that I was working at, Cavalier Golf & Yacht Club in Virginia Beach. We started a small garden, the members loved it, we were able to use that produce in the kitchens. For me, it was my first leadership role, which is significant, because I was able to actually hire for the garden staff. And I would also recruit people who worked in front of the house or back of the house who wanted to come out and help us. And so that was my first leadership role. That’s where I kind of got the bug for where I am now—leading people and making a positive impact.

Having gone into culinary arts as a student yourself, how do you inspire kids who are making the choice to go the technical education path, which maybe they’re not seeing a lot of their peers do?

It’s all about meeting the kid where they are, and that’s why I’m talking about making that connection with the kid. So if every day, you come to class, and I see you doodling a little bit, then I’m gonna ask, “Hey, Amanda, what are you drawing? That looks cool. What

is it? Really, you draw? Did you take art at your school?” And it’s just making that connection. And we might not get everything that I need from you in that one day, right? Because I got 18 other students, I’m probably going to spend about a good minute and a half with you. But also I want to meet you where you are. Week one or week two, you might not be ready to tell me your life story yet. But I’ve made that connection. I know that you started when you were 11, I know that your older brother taught you—alright, boom, we got something. So that’s something for me to build on. I believe that students have within them who they want to be or what they want to be. Once you know the person, you can help them with all sorts of stuff. You know, that’s the goal. And that’s why I say, food is the hook to guiding the student where they’re gonna be a productive citizen of society. It’s not just about creating chefs. It’s not just about a job title. It’s about the fulfillment, and pursuit of happiness. You want to be happy. That’s success.

What do you love about teaching? And what would you like to see grow or improve in education? Well, I think CATEC is doing it. I think about helping students get jobs, and things of that nature. I think that’s important with education, not just giving them the diploma, but helping them with their next step. Every student is at a different level. You might have a student that just barely graduated high school, right? We all know those kids. He just made it. Counselor was on him like the last two weeks of school. He passed that last SOL he needed to pass and then got his attendance together, didn’t come half the school year. So we all kind of know where this kid is gonna go, right? There’s a reason why he missed so much school, and there’s a reason why his test scores were down. He has a chance to get into trouble … or he’s probably gonna go into one of those entry-level jobs like fast food or something. How can the education system get better? In my opinion, I think it’s about helping kids with that next step. Maybe every school should have a career services department or something like that, something to help kids for that next couple years.

Alison Mutarelli Fourth grade Venable Elementary

What makes you excited about teaching fourth grade?

I am so excited to teach fourth grade. I taught it for my student-teaching placement and it was such an awesome opportunity. They’re at an age where they have that personality, they have a spunk, and they’re really ready to learn and grow. They’re starting to get some intrinsic motivation and take accountability for their learning and accountability for others. I’m also super lucky, my cohort is really, really small. They’re a cohort of 40. They have been together since first grade, they know each other really well. So I’m excited to have a classroom family that has been together. I’m also excited because in Venable, or in Charlottesville City Schools, fourth grade is the top of our elementary school. So I’m preparing my little babies to go off to upper elementary, which then trickles into the middle school. So this fourth-grade year is going to be a lot of preparation for taking accountability for your own actions, your own learning, your behaviors. That way, they are prepared to go on to the upper levels. But there’s still a little elementary school where I get to baby them, and I get to love on them. But getting them ready for that next step is really exciting for me.

So they’re going to be graduating?

Yes, they’re going to be graduating out of elementary school. They go off to Walker, which is the upper elementary, and then that trickles into Buford, which is middle school, seventh and eighth grade. And then obviously, move on to high schools. So this fourth grade is like, they’ve been here, some since pre-K. So it’s been a long journey, and then once they move out, it’ll be, I’m sure, emotional for many. I definitely have some fun activities planned for the end of the year. I would definitely want to do a field trip for the graduation ceremony where all the parents can come, just to celebrate not only fourth grade, but your entire Venerable journey, including all the teachers that they’ve had in the past. I’m a big part of their fourthgrade year, but I wasn’t here the other years to see how much they’ve grown. But you know, if there was a first-grade teacher that’s still here, I would love them to get to see how much they’ve grown.

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You’re gonna leave such a big impression on them. I’m just so grateful to have the opportunity to make a lasting impression on our young students. I have a really big sign that says “The future of our world is in this classroom,” because that’s what it really is. These are our future leaders, our future doctors, our future teachers, our future

Tim Hamlette

Career specialist

Albemarle High School

Talk about your process in becoming a new teacher. I started off doing a work-based learning retreat with the other career specialists in the county. We got together, we had a retreat, we talked over what our strategies will be, we talked over what worked last year, which I couldn’t contribute a lot to, since this is my first year, but we talked about what we want to do going into this year. And that was exciting. And now, starting new-teacher orientation, I’m just excited to see what we’re going through, see how the vision and mission work out, so I’m excited to see how that goes.

Tell me about your excitement, and, if you’ve talked to other teachers, what they’ve been saying as well. Yeah, I’m excited. We’re all going to be working with students in some type of capacity, some different type of capacity, being able to learn from them, being able to teach

nurses—everyone is in here. They will be fostered to grow in that way. So I’m really excited to have that impact on them. I want nothing but positivity. I love all of them unconditionally and I don’t even know them. I didn’t have the best elementary school experience. So I’m gonna change the narrative. I’m really excited to do that. somebody else something. So being able to come together, work as a team, whether you’re in Lakeside, whether you’re in Albemarle, whether you’re in Monticello, we can all learn and grow from each other. So being able to be here, connect and have this community of ACPS, I think it’ll be beneficial for the students that will be coming in this year, and also for us to grow as new teachers and specialists as well.

How important were teachers and specialists for you when you were growing up?

So being able to have that relationship was something that was very beneficial for me, being able to go to somebody at school to talk to when maybe you were feeling lonely, maybe you didn’t have anybody to talk to, you had that teacher there. And for me, personally, I didn’t have many male or Black male teachers or specialists in school. So, me being able to come into the school and be a Black male, able to be a face, or be somebody that can relate to somebody that they may not be able to see, is something that I’m super excited about. Being able to help point somebody

When did you begin teaching, and what inspired you to teach?

This is my first year teaching. I am so excited. I just graduated from the University of Delaware. When I was at Delaware, it was obviously during COVID. So I had to take some other paths in order to get the experience. I taught in a preschool. And that was such an amazing experience, those little babies just loved you. It was COVID, so times are really tough. And they were just so happy to see you. So their little faces just made my days. I tutored and I student taught, I’ve had a first-, a third-, and a fourthgrade class during my student teaching. This will be my first class of little babies—I cannot wait, we’re going to learn together, that’s what my big message to them is. As an adult, I don’t have all the answers. I don’t even consider myself an adult sometimes. I’m only 22. So my students are learning, but I’m learning with them. They’re gonna know that it’s okay to say, “Hey, Ms. M, this lesson didn’t really work for me. How can we go about doing this in a different way?” They’re going to advocate for themselves. That’s something that’s really important. I didn’t learn that until I was 20. And even then, it’s still really, really hard for me. I want my students to be able to advocate for themselves, tell someone their needs.

What do you love about teaching? And what would you like to see grow or improve in education?

So what I absolutely love is seeing my students grow. And I’ve only seen it in a limited time, because I’ve only had my little babies for short increments. But the students that I had, in the beginning of my six months, were not the students that I had at the end. Seeing them grow, and in some aspects, just learning to trust me. For some students gaining that trust is really, really hard. And I acknowledge that, I don’t expect them to trust me on day one. But seeing them grow and develop—that light bulb when you’re teaching a lesson and it clicks. That is the most exciting feeling. Having a student who really really struggles and seeing them like, “I get it, I get it now,” is the most awesome feeling. I love my relationships with my students. Going to be very sad that they’re going up to Walker and I won’t be going with them to see them in the hallways. But I know myself and I know I’ll go up and visit. I also am definitely gonna be putting an emphasis on building those relationships with my parents. I’m asking all my parents for any sports schedules or instrumental schedules. I only live 15 minutes away from here, so I really want to go to the sports game so my students can see I’m a real person and I don’t just care about their math skills. I care about them as a person.

in their career wherever they want to go is something I’m excited for, being able to build those relationships, being able to connect with different students. Because everybody’s going through something, you don’t know what they’re going through, but when you just show them that you really care, when you show him you’re there and build those relationships with them, I think is key for success.

Why did you take this new position?

I love working with the youth. I was in Richmond working with the youth, I was in Lynchburg working with the youth, and then being here in Charlottesville, I wasn’t in the students’ buildings, I wasn’t with them. So I felt like I needed to get back in there. And Albemarle High School is the biggest school, most diverse, being able to reach different types of people, different ethnicities, different types of students. That’s what really drew me there and being able to build up relationships, like I was saying, and being able to connect with different students. You get to see all aspects of Charlottesville in Albemarle High School, I feel, and that’s what led me there.

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Will Evans and Angelica X take listeners on a sonic journey through the frenetic and explosive highs and simmering and tranquil lows of avant-garde jazz and indie rock. The ensemble of young musicians is fronted by Evans on trumpet, with a rotating cast of performers that includes Tim Turner on saxophone, Brett Jones on guitar, Daniel Richardson on drums, and Kris Monson on bass. $10, 7pm. Batesville Market, 6624 Plank Rd., Batesville. batesvillemarket.com





Indie Appalachian folk band Tina & Her Pony uses sweet harmonies, complex arrangements, and thoughtful instrumentation to queer the American folk tradition. Formed in Asheville in 2010 as a duo, the band is now led by frontwoman and classically trained musician Tina Collins. Her first solo release, Marigolds, is a fluid record about the cyclical nature of change, and of death and rebirth as initiation. The 12 songs incorporate cello, tenor banjo, and pedal steel, while dabbling in influences of pop and soul. Free, 6pm. Blue Moon Diner, 606 W. Main St. bluemoondiner.net


In her new book, August Wilson: A Life, author Patti Hartigan traces the life of the late playwright, from his childhood in Pittsburgh to Broadway. Through interviews with friends, theater colleagues, family members, and Wilson himself, Hartigan tells the story of the writer who opened the door for future playwrights of color. Hartigan is joined in conversation by Leslie M. ScottJones, artistic director of the Charlottesville Player’s Guild, an all-Black theater company that is currently in the process of staging the 10 plays in August Wilson’s century cycle. Free, 4pm. New Dominion Bookshop, 404 E. Main St., Downtown Mall. ndbookshop.com

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Wednesday 8/23 music

Beleza Duo. Funkalicious samba soul. Free, 7pm. The Bebedero, 225 W. Main St., Downtown Mall. thebebedero.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

Open Mic Night. Charlottesville’s longestrunning open mic night. Free, 9pm. Holly’s Diner, 1221 E. Market St. 234-4436

Wavelength. Locally sourced cuisine, brews, and music. Free, 6:30pm. The Whiskey Jar, 227 W. Main St., Downtown Mall. thewhiskeyjarcville.com

Karaoke. Have a drink—it will sound better. Free, 9:30pm. Rapture, 303 E. Main St., Downtown Mall. rapturerestaurant.com

Thursday 8/24 music

Berto & Vincent. Good times and tunes. Free, 7pm. The Bebedero, 225 W. Main St., Downtown Mall. thebebedero.com

Ron Gentry. Acoustic tunes. Free, 5pm. Eastwood Farm and Winery, 2531 Scottsville Rd. eastwoodfarmandwinery.com

Tailgate Thursdays with Liz Barnes Quartet. Bring chairs, blankets, and food to grill, and enjoy live tunes. Free, 6pm. Stinson Vineyards, 4744 Sugar Hollow Rd., Crozet. stinsonvineyards.com

Tina & Her Pony. The return of the Asheville-based folk outfit. Free, 6pm. Blue Moon Diner, 606 W. Main St. bluemoondiner.net


Create a one-of-a-kind acrylic painting. $35, 7pm. Pikasso Swig Craft Bar, 333 Second St. SE. pikassoswig.com

Little Naturalist Program. Bring your 3- to 5-year-olds, introduce them to nature, and explore the trails. Free, 10am. Ivy Creek Natural Area and Historic River View Farm, 1780 Earlysville Rd. ivycreekfoundation.org

How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days Andie Anderson (Kate Hudson) agrees to write a firsthand account about what it takes to drive a man out of your life … in exactly 10 days. $6-8, 7:30pm. The Paramount Theater, 215 E. Main St., Downtown Mall. theparamount.net

Explore local vendors’ fresh produce, enjoy artisan goods, make art at the Outdoor Art Room, relax with a craft cocktail in the Looking Glass, and more. Free, 5pm. Ix Art Park, 522 Second

Thursday Evening Sunset Series. Bring lawn chairs and blankets, and enjoy live music, food trucks, drinks, and a stunning view of the sunset. $10, 6pm. Carter Mountain Orchard, 1435 Carters Mountain Trl. chilesfamilyorchards.com

Enjoy games, food, and happy hour specials. Free, 6pm. Potter’s Craft Cider, 1350 Arrowhead Valley Rd. potters


Jazzy beats, tight harmonies, and super sweet sounds. Free, 6pm. Glass House Winery, 5898 Free Union Rd., Free Union. glasshousewinery.com

DJ ‘80s Dance Party. With Popitos Pizza. Free, 6pm. Chisholm Vineyards at Adventure Farm, 1135 Clan Chisholm Ln., Earlysville. chisholmvineyards.com

Fridays After Five: The Barons. Hooky altrock, with 7th Grade Girl Fight. Free, 5:30pm. Ting Pavilion, 700 E. Main St., Downtown Mall. tingpavilion.com

Ian Gilliam & The Fire Kings. Rock ‘n’ roll, blues, rockabilly, and country. Free, 9pm. Holly’s Diner, 1221 E. Market St. 234-4436 Jim Richardson. Folk, country, and rock. Free, 5pm. Eastwood Farm and Winery, 2531 Scottsville Rd. eastwoodfarmandwinery.com

Jon Tyler Wiley & His Virginia Choir with Project Bluebird. Electric guitars, fiddles, drums, bass—the only thing missing is you. Free, 7pm. Pro Re Nata, 6135 Rockfish Gap Tpke., Crozet. prnbrewery.com

Low Water Bridge. With Cassidy Snider & The Wranglers. $12-40, 8pm. The Southern Café & Music Hall, 103 S. First St. thesouthern cville.com

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Fight Club Friday 8/25 | The Paramount Theater TWENTIETH CENTURY FOX 601 Fifth, Street SW C-Ville, VA. 22902 The New Free Parking Dine In / Patio Dining Online orders/Take Out Next to the Holiday Inn & Starbucks. I64,exit #120. 434-971-1669 Specialty Pizzas • Salads Calzones (Veggie & Meat) Cold Beer Selection On 5th St. Open til 2 am Thursday, Friday & Saturday NEIGHBORHOODSOF CHARLOTTESVILLE CHARLOTTESVILLE, VIRGINIA

Schockler Primary with Main Vein. Two hard-hitting rock bands back-to-back. Free, 9pm. Rapture, 303 E. Main St., Downtown Mall. rapturerestaurant.com

Wavelength. The full band with special guest Stephan LaRue on drums. Free, 5:30pm. Merrie Mill Farm and Vineyard, 594 Merrie Mill Farm, Keswick. merriemillfarm.com

Will Evans and Angelica X. A night of indie jazz. $10, 7pm. The Batesville Market, 6624 Plank Rd., Batesville. batesvillemarket.com


Henry Hoke in Conversation with Jocelyn Nicole Johnson. The authors discuss Hoke’s new novel, Open Throat. Free, 7pm. New Dominion Bookshop, 404 E. Main St., Downtown Mall. ndbookshop.com


Sober Cville No Blackout Night Out. Music and crafts. $40, 6:30pm. Pikasso Swig Craft Bar, 333 Second St. SE. pikassoswig.com etc.

Fight Club Brad Pitt stars as Tyler Durden, a sociopath filled with anarchic rage, who organizes underground “fight clubs.” $8, 8pm. The Paramount Theater, 215 E. Main St., Downtown Mall. theparamount.net

Saturday 8/26


Afrikan Drum Fest Reunion. With Greg Ward & Dubsettors, Davina Jackson, and more. Free, 10pm. Rapture, 303 E. Main St., Downtown Mall. rapturerestaurant.com

Anthony Semiao. Sip on wine and enjoy live tunes. Free, 1pm. Eastwood Farm and Winery, 2531 Scottsville Rd. eastwoodfarm andwinery.com

Berto. Unique finger picking and contagious energy. Free, 11am. Tavern & Grocery, 333 W. Main St. tavernandgrocery.com

Boxed Lunch. Indie pop-rock band. Free, 9pm. Holly’s Diner, 1221 E. Market St. 234-4436

Conley Ray & The Joneses. It’s honky-tonk night. $10, 7pm. The Batesville Market, 6624 Plank Rd., Batesville. batesvillemarket.com

Rivanna Roots: The ‘77z and Mike Burris Band. A night of music under the stars. $1416, 5pm. Rivanna River Company, 1518 E. High St. frontporchcville.org

The Currys. A musical smorgasbord of rock, Americana, folk, and country. Free, 5pm. Glass House Winery, 5898 Free Union Rd., Free Union. glasshousewinery.com

The Runawayz. Soul, rock, and jam band tunes. Free, 7pm. Pro Re Nata, 6135 Rockfish Gap Tpke., Crozet. prnbrewery.com

Waasi & Friends. Featuring Saekyi, O’Shea Woodhouse, and DJ Flatline. $12-40, 8pm. The Southern Café & Music Hall, 103 S. First St. thesoutherncville.com


August Ballroom Dance. Gia Ray will teach salsa. $5-10, 7pm. The Center, 540 Belvedere Blvd. usadancecville.org


Patti Hartigan in Conversation with Leslie M. Scott-Jones. Hartigan reads from her new book, August Wilson: A Life, followed by a conversation with author and director Scott-Jones. Free, 4pm. 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



I FIRST NOTICED the wooden cylindrical pod at the Ix farmers’ market. Weird, I thought. What is that thing? Some new age-y meditation tube? A hipster’s repurposed RV, like the ones I’d seen on Instagram during the pandemic?

A few weeks later I saw two seemingly sane people emerge from the pod in bathing suits, glistening and drenched in sweat. Two others seemed to be sleeping outside in large black buckets, eyes closed, heads back—submerged up to their necks in ice. Maybe they were in a deeper sleep than I’d imagined— like a coma—and maybe they weren’t so sane after all.

Crazier still, I wanted to try what they were doing. I’d long been aware of research that showed extreme temperatures can be restorative for the body. World-renowned scientific scholar (and sometime thespian) Chris Hemsworth recently tested the theory in an episode of his show “Limitless,” swimming 250 yards in the frigid Arctic, in the winter. Heck, if Thor says it works, who am I to argue?—Greg Roberts

Note: Our regular columnist Mary Esselman “chickened out,” so her husband tried Fire & Ice and wrote this report.


A stint in an ultra-hot sauna followed by immersion in a tub of ice. Repeat three times.


I love cold showers and frozen margaritas, but my main goal was to prevent injury and restore my achy body.


Immediately after signing up online, I received a text from owner Fabian Kuttner, with detailed instructions. First-timers go through a short orientation upon arrival, but Kuttner’s written, pre-visit instructions were helpful and reassuring, especially the breathing techniques.

I showed up nervous but determined. Fire & Ice manager Joe greeted me warmly and filled me in on the details. After putting my towel and water bottle in the changing room, I took a deep breath and stepped into the sauna, nodding hello to the folks already

Fire & Ice


inside. The cozy space fits about eight people, with a wooden bench and seating for four on each side.

Almost instantly, the sweat started to flow. The heat was intense, and not something to mess around with, as Kuttner had made clear. Everyone went at their own pace and stepped outside when necessary. It felt safe, and the vibe was relaxed.

After about 20 minutes, I exited the sauna, rinsed off, and slid into the ice. I’m not going to lie: It was frickin’ freezing. It took all of my concentration and discipline not to jump out. The digital clock on the wall seemed to move backwards. After the recommended three minutes, and not a second longer, I climbed out.

My legs were wobbly as I emerged, and Joe helped me get out of the tub. I entered the hell tube again and went straight to the back where the heat is the most intense, nearest to the coals. My body was shaking, and I was a little lightheaded, which is a normal response, or so I’m told. It took a few minutes to thaw out, and the

heat felt amazing. Before long I had completed round one. Just two more to go.

After about 90 minutes I was done. I felt energized but relaxed, proud that I could endure the stress of extreme heat and cold, and hopeful I had decreased inflammation in my creaky, 57-year-old body.

What I hadn’t anticipated, though, was the camaraderie of the experience. My fellow adventurers—a yoga instructor, a military

analyst, a photographer, a UVA professor— were kindred spirits of sorts. The only other time I’ve had fascinating conversations with sweaty strangers thrown together in the confines of a heated cylindrical tube was on the New York City subway, but that came with fewer health benefits, and a lot more smells. Call me crazy, or call me Thor (I’ll take it), but I’m now a Fire & Ice believer. See you there!

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Can’t stand the heat? Soak yourself in a bucket of ice at Ix Art Park’s Fire & Ice.


seats reserved


SEPTEMBER 7, 10, 13 & 16

$100/$75/$20 Discounted Subscription (all 4 concerts)

$30/$22/$6 Single tickets

11 days 9 concerts

Student/Youth Rush tickets to Series Concerts door with valid student ID one hour before performance


Violin Extravaganza OS

A Night at the Vineyard Virginia Symphony Orchestra


online: www.cvillechambermusic.org

by mail:

Download the ticket form website

by phone: (434) 295-5395

Monday–Friday, 1pm–5pm

21 outstanding international musicians

24th annual Charlottesville Chamber Music Festival Sept 7-17 2023



Saturday 8/26


Aisling Flower Farm Floral Workshop. Design a beautiful bouquet while sipping cider. $75, noon. Castle Hill Cider, 6065 Turkey Sag Rd., Keswick. castlehillcider.com


Cville Puzzle Hunt. With new diabolical puzzles embedded in the urban landscape. Free, 3:30pm. Ix Art Park, 522 Second St. SE. cvillepuzzlehunt.com

Historic River View Farm Tour. Learn about the lives and work of the Carr/Greer Family and their contribution to the local community. Free, 11am. Ivy Creek Natural Area and Historic River View Farm, 1780 Earlysville Rd. ivycreekfoundation.org


40th Birthday Block Party. With food from Stock Provisions and Mel’s Cafe. $20, 1pm. Pro Camera, 711 W. Main St. procamera.us

Charlottesville City Market. Shop seasonal local produce, homemade baked goods, authentic cultural foods, wares from artisans of various disciplines, and more. Free, 9am. Charlottesville City Market, 100 Water St. E. charlottesville.gov

Chess. All ages and skills welcome. Free, 10am. The Center at Belvedere, 540 Belvedere Blvd. thecentercville.org

Ticket sales for the concert on Sept. 17 are through Paramount Theater Box Office. www.theparamount.net, (434) 979-1333

tickets to the 9/7 and 9/13 Series concerts at Paramount may also be purchased from the Theater’s box office.


CHARLOTTESVILLE CHAMBER MUSIC FESTIVAL is presented by the Virginia Chamber Music Foundation, a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization.

Natalie Hokanson, Executive Director support is vital to our mission. Please consider making a donation with your ticket order, or separately mail or through our website. Thank you.

On the Stage

AUG 25

The Barons Theatric Alt-Rock w/ 7th Grade Girlfight

Good Burger Movie Party. Kenan and Kel are all that as they cook up schemes to keep their fast-food emporium sizzling. $13, 6:30pm. Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, 5th Street Station. drafthouse.com

Wet Hot American Summer Brunch. Camp Firewood is ablaze with secret love, risky behavior, threats from Skylab, and messages from a talking can of vegetables. $10, 11:30am. Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, 5th Street Station. drafthouse.com

Monday 8/28


Berto & Vincent. Fiesta. Free, 7pm. South and Central Latin Grill, Dairy Market. south andcentralgrill.com

Gin & Jazz. The Brian Caputo Trio performs in the Château Lobby Bar. Free, 5:30pm. Oakhurst Inn, 100 Oakhurst Cir. oakhurst inn.com

Joelton Mayfield and Anna Kellam. A night of Americana and folk-ish songs. Free, 7pm. Dürty Nelly’s, 2200 Jefferson Park Ave. durtynellyscharlottesville.com


Storytime. Songs, movement, stories, and bubbles. Free, 10:30am. Ting Pavilion, 700 E. Main St., Downtown Mall. vadm.org etc.

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. Harry is summoned to participate in the TriWizard Tournament, leading to intrigue, jealousy and a showdown with an old enemy. $10, 11am. Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, 5th Street Station. drafthouse.com

Tour The Paramount Theater. Dig into the historic theater’s history on a backstage tour. Free, 11am. The Paramount Theater, 215 E. Main St., Downtown Mall. theparamount.net

Sunday 8/27 music

Starship Troopers Hot teenage soldiers vs. giant, fire-shooting bugs: Want to know more? $10, 7pm. Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, 5th Street Station. drafthouse.com

Tuesday 8/29


7th Grade Girl Fight. Indie power pop. Free, 10pm. Rapture, 303 E. Main St., Downtown Mall. rapturerestaurant.com

Bud Light Backyard Tour: Bush in Charlottesville. Intimate sets and easy backyard hangs. Free, 5pm. TBA. budlight.com

Thunder Music Karaoke. Show off your singing skills or just enjoy the show. Free, 9pm. Holly’s Diner, 1221 E. Market St. 234-4436



5:30-8:30 PM


PRESENTED BY Free Admission No Pets Please Bags Subject to Search

COMING SEPTEMBER 1 Ebony Groove Go-Go, R&B, Jazz w/ DJ Flatline

Proceeds to benefit a variety of local non-profits. TingPavilion.com

Fridays After Five is also made possible by:

Jim Howe & Friends. Come for the jazz, stay for the fun. Free, 6pm. Miller’s Downtown, 109 W. Main St., Downtown Mall. millersdowntown.com

Michael Clem and Rusty Speidel. Charming folk tunes. Free, 2pm. Glass House Winery, 5898 Free Union Rd., Free Union. glasshousewinery.com


Making #Charlottesville: Media from Civil Rights to Unite the Right. A conversation between Aniko Bodroghkozy (UVA media studies professor) and Phyllis Leffler (UVA history professor emerita, and president of the Charlottesville-Albemarle Historical Society) about Aniko’s new book. Free, 3:30pm. Congregation Beth Israel, 301 E. Jefferson St. cbicville.org


Colin & Brad: Scared Scriptless Tour. Armed with only their wits, “Whose Line is it Anyway?” stars Colin Mochrie and Brad Sherwood are taking to the live stage and they’re … scared scriptless. $37-65, 7:30pm. The Paramount Theater, 215 E. Main St., Downtown Mall. theparamount.net

Dune A young man’s quest to fulfill his destiny leads him into a battle for control of the universe in this lavish adaptation of the Frank Herbert classic. $10, 4pm. Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, 5th Street Station. drafthouse.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. dairymarket cville.com


Three Notch’d Run Club. Log some miles and enjoy a $5 post-run beer. Free, 6pm. Three Notch’d Craft Kitchen & Brewery, 520 Second St. SE. threenotchdbrewing.com 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

Go for Beginners. Learn about and play the ancient strategic Chinese board game Go. Free, 2pm. The Center at Belvedere, 540 Belvedere Blvd. thecentercville.org

Sleepaway Camp It’s not a vacation—it’s teen extermination. $7, 8pm. Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, 5th Street Station. draft house.com

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Find out more at: www.cvillechambermusic.org 434.295.5395

Top cat

Henry Hoke on his new novel, queer passion, and apex predators

Aqueer mountain lion in “ellay” is the narrator of Open Throat, the new novel by Charlottesville’s own Henry Hoke. If that doesn’t pique your interest, we interviewed Hoke to take a deeper dive into his fifth book, which has garnered widespread attention and acclaim, and tops many of the year’s best-of lists.

C-VILLE: The mountain lion narrator of Open Throat has a name from their mother that is “not made of noises a person can make” and later comes to be called heckit. The character was based on the real-life mountain lion who was known by his wildlife tracking identifier number, P-22 (though Indigenous tribes found this too similar to dehumanizing numbering used in residential schools). Combined, this points to the power of identity-affirming names. How does your work explore this? HH: The core of all my writing seems to be identity exploration, and the futility of truly capturing a place or being, whether it’s my infamous hometown, or the gender journey of a puma. I love how literary work can refract and warp our perceptions and allegiances. In my practice I tend to find some (often bizarre) constraint or conceptual approach as the engine for creation: a memoir of Charlottesville told through 20 stickers, or this feral animal voice to access and engage with the kaleidoscopic chaos of L.A. These approaches feel less authoritative, and more truthful to my limitations, which I strive to embrace.

As someone whose time in Los Angeles overlapped with P-22’s heyday, how did you experience that phenomenon, and did you have him in mind as a protagonist even then?

I always felt a kinship with the big cat, because we moved to L.A. around the same time—me coming south from my suburban grad school, him crossing the 405 freeway from the Western mountain ranges—and spent the better part of that decade roaming in parallel. I first became fixated on P-22 when he was found living under a house in my neighborhood. I thought how remarkable it is to have this apex predator chilling quietly, undiscovered, right on the fringes of L.A.’s wild urbanity.

Though this is an L.A.-focused book, the themes are universal: parental estrangement and chosen families, human destructiveness and despair, environmental disasters and climate collapse, and even the what-could-have-been of old crushes. Were these intentional or did they emerge along the way?

The lens of the lion really allowed all the environmental, societal themes to emerge organically, so I didn’t set out to thread those, just trusted they’d be present. And, of course, some larger story beats were based on P-22’s real-life journey (even the attack on a koala at the L.A. zoo). The family history, queer desire, and particular arc of vengeance were what I brought to the table and ran with, so those were the core for me as creator.

There’s also an undercurrent of exploring the tension between needs and wants when it comes to survival, personally but also from community and global perspectives. Why was it important for you to empower the lion to ultimately give in to desires?

My lion’s internal journey becomes one of accepting that, by prolonged exposure to people—our language and our encroachment on the natural world—they’re becoming a bit of a human themselves in regards to their own agency, accessing deeper desires, behaving against their own survival instincts. To quote heckit: “this is not about need / no this is want / it’s a terrible choice but I’m making it / just like a person.” It was fascinating to get inside the mind of a powerful hunter of an animal, who is still deeply

out of control when it comes to their own circumstances, confused and isolated. There’s something deeply human about that struggle in this global moment. I think we all feel our impact on the world, but have no idea how to shift the destructive trajectory, to right past wrongs.

Thinking about the lion’s vocabulary that’s been gleaned from passing hikers, how do you think about oral tradition as a narrative device but also as a degraded aspect of life in the Anthropocene?

That’s a big, haunting question. Assembling meaning from fleeting, concentrated bursts of language emerges as my lion’s key mission, and curse. I felt, and feel, similarly in our era of full informational deluge, of attention spans slipping. This book is my first monologue, where I inhabit an uninterrupted first-person-singular voice throughout. In that way—and especially listening to the beautiful audiobook performance of my reader Pete Cross—I thought very much about carrying on a direct, oral storytelling tradition. A natural voice bearing witness, cataloging, and roaring out to whoever will listen and remember.

You mentioned in another interview that your editor encouraged you to add asides and digressions—like a reverie about when “all the people were gone”—as a way to add texture to the text. These are also some of the most hope-filled moments in the book, where the lion imagines a life less defined by isolation and “scare city.” What’s an unexpected wisdom that you’ve learned through writing this book?

That breathing room, gracefully allowed and encouraged by my editor Jackson Howard, was key in letting Open Throat’s potential bloom. The narrative intensity, the nonstop, was important in getting me through my drafts and getting it out there, but on the other side of the sale, it was such a gift to work with someone who prompted me to allow more air into the equation, to weave, to imagine even more. I learned that even in a succinct book like this one, there’s never a moment where it can’t sharpen or explode with focused revision.

Finally, what’s it like to have one of the most talked-about books of the summer, with an official T-shirt no less? It’s been overwhelming! I’m attuned to and holding onto all the surreal moments of being known: Mia Farrow tweeting about The Washington Post review. Taking a Lyft home with the windows down and witnessing a group of people outside a closed Brooklyn bookstore pointing inside at my lion’s face. My U.K. publicist wore the T-shirt on the day of our London event, and a stranger approached him on the Tube to say how excited he was for Open Throat. Later that day, in a completely different neighborhood, we ran into the same stranger and I got to shake his hand. I may get burned out, but I’ll always be grateful for the booksellers and readers who’ve championed this wild story, and all the new friends I’ve made.

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Henry Hoke will appear at New Dominion Bookshop to discuss Open Throat with author Jocelyn Nicole Johnson on August 25.

Put another dime in the jukebox, baby.

C-VILLE Weekly is amped to celebrate all of Charlottesville’s rock stars: the best people, places, and things in our town.

Fringe your tank top and grab your leather jacket to party like a rock star at this year’s Best of C-VILLE blow-out: Four hours of live back beats, bridges, and bass riffs by DJ Double U, DJ FlatLine, DJ Sheen, DJ Treework and more, plus food, drinks, and unplugged excitement to celebrate our city’s chart-toppers.

This is a private event for winners, runner ups, sponsors, staff and guests—no tickets will be sold in advance or at the gate. No scalpers—you must have an Eventbrite boarding pass with a unique QR code to enter!

A limited number of corporate and individual invite sponsorships are available. Email anna@c-ville.com for details.

21+ event, no dogs or “Freebird” requests allowed.

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Seat filler


1. Rock bottom

6. Light weight boxer?

11. Hankering

15. “Taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase”: MLK

16. How some legal rights are made

17. Kind of food or music

18. And the 1992 Emmy for Outstanding VoiceOver Performance goes to ... Dan Ca_t_ll_ne_a!! For his work on ____!”

20. Reagan Cabinet member

21. Whichever

22. Stew holder

23. Guy

24. And the 1959 Venice Film Festival award for Best Actor goes to ... James _t_w_r_!! For his role in ____”

29. Place where people pick lox?

30. NASA approvals

31. “___ said Ö”

32. Boo-boo

33. Dec. 31

34. “And the 2021 Hollywood Critics Association award for Best Actress goes to ... Kri_t_n Stew_r_!! For her role in ____”

38. Beirut’s land: Abbr.

39. Part of YOLO

41. Take advantage of 42. “And the 2003 Emmy for Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series goes to ... Chri_tina Appl_g__e!! For her role in ____”

46. Director DuVernay

48. They can be red or read 49. Swindle

50. Lager alternatives

51. Tolstoy’s Karenina

52. “And the 1979 Grammy for Best Comedy Album goes to ... _tev_ M_r_ in!! For his album ____”

57. Legendary Himalayan creatures

58. Tulsa sch.

59. Fathers and sons

60. Scratchy voice

61. Job positions at some awards shows (or what’s needed to complete the clues for 18-, 24-, 34-, 42and 52-Across)

66. God who becomes a goddess when an “r” is removed

67. Frothy order

68. Cowherd’s stray

69. “Auld Lang ____”

70. Drub

71. Came to DOWN

1. Modern digit al asset, in brief

2. “That hits the spot!”

3. Fizzle out

4. “We’re headed for overtime!”

5. Thick-skinned heavyweight

6. Spotify genre

7. Implied

8. Checks for errors

9. Prefix for “five”

10. Fabric measures: Abbr.

11. Welcome, as a new year

12. “The BFG” author Dahl

13. Cunning

14. “Enigma Variations” composer

19. “Bro!”

23. ____ box

24. Adidas founder Dassler

25. More recent

26. Suspect’s excuse

27. They’re sold with strings attached

28. National park freebie

34. Cut off

35. Prompter’s job

36. College athletics channel

37. Mention again

40. Cit y where Mother Teresa worked

43. Lunar ____

44. Says yes silently

45. Bio 101 subject

47. Official beer sponsor of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics

48. Knocks to the floor

50. Madison Ave. cost

52. Actor Lew of “All Quiet on the Western Front”

53. Tuckered out

54. “The gloves are off!”

55. Lack of musical ability

56. Nintendo’s The Legend of ____

61. HQ of the LDS church

62. Like “alumna”: Abbr.

63. Alter ____

64. Former Indiana Pacers star Smits

65. “Capisce?”

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(Sept. 23-Oct. 22): The amount of rubbish produced by the modern world is staggering: over 2 billion tons per year. To get a sense of how much that is, imagine a convoy of fully loaded garbage trucks circling the earth 24 times. You and I can diminish our contributions to this mess, though we must overcome the temptation to think our personal efforts will be futile. Can we really help save the world by buying secondhand goods, shopping at farmer’s markets, and curbing our use of paper? Maybe a little. And here’s the bonus: We enhance our mental health by reducing the waste we engender. Doing so gives us a more graceful and congenial relationship with life. The coming weeks will be an excellent time to meditate and act on this beautiful truth.


(Oct. 23-Nov. 21): I hope that in the coming weeks, you will wash more dishes, do more laundry, and scrub more floors than you ever have before. Clean the bathrooms with extra fervor, too. Scour the oven and refrigerator. Make your bed with extreme precision. Got all that, Scorpio? JUST KIDDING! Everything I just said was a lie. Now here’s my authentic message: Avoid grunt work. Be as loose and playful and spontaneous as you have ever been. Seek record-breaking levels of fun and amusement. Experiment with the high arts of brilliant joy and profound pleasure.


(Nov. 22-Dec. 21): Dear Sagittarius the Archer: To be successful in the coming weeks, you don’t have to hit the exact center of the bull’s-eye every time—or even anytime. Merely shooting your arrows so they land somewhere inside the fourth or third concentric rings will be a very positive development. Same is true if you are engaged in a situation with metaphorical resemblances to a game of horseshoes. Even if you don’t throw any ringers at all, just getting close could be enough to win the match. This is one time in your life when perfection isn’t necessary to win.


(Dec. 22-Jan. 19): I suspect you are about to escape the stuffy labyrinth. There may be a short adjustment period, but soon you will be running half-wild in a liberated zone


(Aug. 23-Sept. 22): “I don’t believe that in order to be interesting or meaningful, a relationship has to work out—in fiction or in real life.” So says Virgo novelist Curtis Sittenfeld, and I agree. Just because a romantic bond didn’t last forever doesn’t mean it was a waste of energy. An intimate connection you once enjoyed but then broke off might have taught you lessons that are crucial to your destiny. In accordance with astrological omens, I invite you to acknowledge and celebrate these past experiences of togetherness. Interpret them not as failures but as gifts.

where you won’t have to dilute and censor yourself. I am not implying that your exile in the enclosed space was purely oppressive. Not at all. You learned some cool magic in there, and it will serve you well in your expansive new setting. Here’s your homework assignment: Identify three ways you will take advantage of your additional freedom.


(Jan. 20-Feb. 18): Though my mother is a practical, sensible person with few mystical propensities, she sometimes talks about a supernatural vision she had. Her mother, my grandmother, had been disabled by a massive stroke. It left her barely able to do more than laugh and move her left arm. But months later, on the morning after grandma died, her spirit showed up in a pink ballerina dress doing ecstatic pirouettes next to my mother’s bed. My mom saw it as a communication about how joyful she was to be free of her wounded body. I mention this gift of grace because I suspect you will have at least one comparable experience in the coming weeks. Be alert for messages from your departed ancestors.


(Feb. 19-March 20): “Those who know the truth are not equal to those who love it,” said the ancient Chinese sage Confucius. Amen! Seeking to understand reality with cold, unfeeling rationality is at best boring and at worst destructive. I go so far as to say that it’s impossible to deeply comprehend anything or anyone unless we love them. Really! I’m not exaggerating or being poetical. In my philosophy, our quest to be awake and see truly requires us to summon an abundance of affectionate attention. I nominate you to be the champion practitioner of this approach to intelligence, Pisces. It’s your birthright! And I hope you turn it up full blast in the coming weeks.


(March 21-April 19): None of the books I’ve written has appeared on the New York Times best-seller list. Even if my future books do well, I will never catch up with Aries writer James Patterson, who has had 260 books on the prestigious list. My sales will never rival his, either. He has earned over $800 million from the 425 million copies his readers have bought. While I don’t expect you Rams to ever boost your income to Patterson’s level, either, I suspect the next nine months will bring you unprecedented opportunities to improve your financial situation. For best results, edge your way toward doing more of what you love to do.


(April 20-May 20): Addressing a lover, D. H. Lawrence said that “having you near me” meant that he would “never cease to be filled with newness.” That is a sensational compliment! I wish all of us could have such an influence in our lives: a prod that helps arouse endless novelty. Here’s the good news, Taurus: I suspect you may soon be blessed with a lively source of such stimulation, at least temporarily. Are you ready and eager to welcome an influx of freshness?


(May 21-June 20): Humans have been drinking beer for at least 13,000 years and eating bread for 14,500. We’ve enjoyed cheese for 7,500 years and popcorn for 6,500. Chances are good that at least some of these four are comfort foods for you. In the coming weeks, I suggest you get an ample share of them or any other delicious nourishments that make you feel well-grounded and deep-rooted. You need to give extra care to stabilizing your foundations. You have a mandate to cultivate security, stability, and constancy. Here’s your homework: Identify three things

you can do to make you feel utterly at home in the world.


(June 21-July 22): On Instagram, I posted a favorite quote from poet Muriel Rukeyser: “The world is made of stories, not atoms.” I added my own thought: “You are made of stories, too.” A reader didn’t like this meme. He said it was “a nightmare for us anti-social people.” I asked him why. He said, “Because stories only happen in a social setting. To tell or hear a story is to be in a social interaction. If you’re not inclined towards such activities, it’s oppressive.” Here’s how I replied: “That’s not true for me. Many of my stories happen while I’m alone with my inner world. My nightly dreams are some of my favorite stories.” Anyway, Cancerian, I’m offering this exchange to you now because you are in a story-rich phase of your life. The tales coming your way, whether they occur in social settings or in the privacy of your own fantasies, will be extra interesting, educational, and motivational. Gather them in with gusto! Celebrate them!


(July. 23-Aug. 22): Author A. Conan Doyle said, “It has long been my axiom that the little things are infinitely the most important.” Spiritual teacher Jon Zabat-Zinn muses, “The little things? The little moments? They aren’t little.” Here’s author Robert Brault’s advice: “Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things.” Ancient Chinese sage Lao-Tzu provides a further nuance: “To know you have enough is to be rich.” Let’s add one more clue, from author Alice Walker: “I try to teach my heart to want nothing it can’t have.”

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