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Creatures as focal points. … Local spots for berry picking. … Return of the drive-in movie. … A visit to the new shop Wardrobe. … Just browsing with actress Shirley Kagan. by Katherine Houstoun Plus, Hot weather makeup strategies from Jonye Cordova.


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son. by Lauren Healy and the Belle fashion team 14 Details: Sunglasses recall the classics. by Lauren Healy 20


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Bathing Beauty: What to wear in or near the water this sea-


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Agenda: What to read, listen to and do in Richmond this month. by Cat Baab, Hilary Langford and Deveron Timberlake

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Food: Rules to eat by, and local examples of where

to taste the truths. by Robey Martin 27

At Home: In the garden with Kathy Napier.

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The beauty crown idea goes out the window. by the Checkout Girl 30


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trawberries may be long gone, but there are still plenty of berries to be had this summer. Pack a picnic and plan a day trip to one of the following pick-your-own farms, where you can get a taste of true from-the-vine deliciousness.

Swift Creek Berry Farm 17210 Genito Road, Moseley 23120 739-2037 The pickinGs: Eight acres of blueberries, available from July into August. Containers are provided and fruit is sold by the pound. Call in advance for picking conditions. Stop by the greenhouse for annuals and perennials, and check out the Web site for blueberry recipes.

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Pleasant Fields Farm 1765 Nelsons Bridge Road, Hanover 23069 994-2791 The pickinGs: Self-serve blueber-

ries, blackberries and raspberries. This King William County farm uses an old-fashioned honor code:

Pick up your container, pick your own berries and put your money in the mailbox. Fruit is sold by the pint. Stop by the self-serve roadside stand for farm-fresh veggies. Call in advance for picking conditions.

Rose Tree Hill Farm 8200 W. Cool Hill Road, Providence Forge 23140 966-7357 The pickinGs: Pesticide-free

blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, as well as a limited amount of figs in August. Operating by appointment only, the farm will provide a golfcart tour before you head into the fields. Fruit sold by the pound. Owner Jan Fitzgerald crafts small-batch artisan jams; stop by the store to pick up some jars before you head out.

Just Browsing Web site picks from Richmond women. As the female lead in this summer’s Richmond Shakespeare production of “Antony & Cleopatra,” Shirley Kagan celebrates Shakespeare associate artist, with previous appearances in “Richard III,” “ The Merchant of Venice” and “Hamlet.” Kagan is a native New Yorker and Williams College graduate, and heads the theater program at Hampden-Sydney College. Catch her as Cleopatra at Agecroft Hall from July 10 to Aug. 2. For tickets, visit 1. My home page is set to the Rainforest Site. With just a quick click every morning I save 11.4 square feet of rain forest habitat for wildlife. They also have a very cool store and links to other Web sites that make donations to stop

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hunger, fight breast cancer and save animals. So many useful things before breakfast!

2. Being the tree hugger that I am (as seen above), I also frequent Good Guide, which provides information and ratings about healthy and green alternatives to almost every product you currently use. 3. I am also a big fan of Meta Critic, which gives compiled movie, TV, DVD and game reviews from every reliable source with an aggregate grade. I just wouldn’t know what to watch without it.


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Some previously hard-to-find fashion lines have found their way to Richmond, and there’s a local woman to thank for it. Jessica Chandler recently opened Wardrobe

Boutique in Gayton Crossing Shopping Center, where she’s stocked the racks with divinely comfortable jersey dresses by Rachel Pally, charming seersucker separates by Britt Ryan and silky slip dresses by Thayer. Also look for jewelry from House of Harlow 1960, Nicole Richie’s surprisingly chic collection of boho-inspired statement jewelry. Open weekdays from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. 740-2261.

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hen it comes to catching a flick this summer, skip the giant multiplex and discover a unique viewing experience in the great outdoors. Whether you find yourself watching a new release from the comfort of your SUV or an animated favorite in a neighborhood park, you’re sure to relish the out-of-thebox adventure. Just don’t forget the mosquito repellent.

Movie Night in the Parks (and Community Centers)

 Goochland Drive-in This family-oriented drive-in shows double features of current-release movies every Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Gates open at 6 p.m. Show starts at dusk. First-come, firstserved and no advance sales. Classic snack-bar victuals with prices less than $4. The 10-acre plot also features a playground to entertain the kids before the movie starts.$7 for adults, $3 for children.

Richmond holds outdoor movie viewings during the summer on Friday nights from 8:30 to 10:30. For information call 646-5733. June 18 “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs” (PG), Byrd Park

July 30 “Monsters vs. Aliens” (PG), Jefferson Hill Park

June 25 “Imagine That” (PG), Battery Park

Aug. 6 “Michael

July 9 “Star Trek” (PG13), Abner Clay Park

Jackson’s This Is It” (PG), Broad Rock Sports Complex

Under the Stars Summer Family Film Series The Henrico Division of Parks and Recreation sponsors free, family-friendly movies during warm-weather months. Bring a blanket and a picnic. Concessions available for purchase. For information call 501-5121. July 17 “Where the Wild Things Are” (PG), 8:30 p.m. Deep Run Park

July 16 “Planet 51”

Aug. 13 “Fame” (PG), Chimborazo Park

July 23 “The Blind

Aug. 20 “G-Force” (PG), Hotchkiss Community Center

Aug. 28 “National Treasure, Book of Secrets” (PG), 8:30 p.m. Walkerton Tavern

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Cinema by Starlight

Movie Night at Quirk This summer, Quirk gallery is joining forces with Turnstyle to present monthly movies in its parking lot. Bring a lawn chair and settle in for adult-friendly movies. July 14 is “Breaking Away,” while the movie for Aug. 25 has yet to be determined. The Henley Street Theatre Company will be on hand selling snacks. 8:30 p.m. For information call 644-5450.

Sept. 11 “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs”


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Lush Life

An insider’s guide to Richmond in July.



Karen Newton

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usic lover that I am, I can imagine no better way to kick off the sultry month of July than at Fridays at Sunset with pre-eminent funksters George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic. The shows are usually held at Kanawha Plaza in the center of downtown, but with a fan base the size of P Funk’s, the organizers have wisely chosen to move it to Brown’s Island. And this tends to be a seated crowd, so unless you prefer to stand way in the back, don’t forget a chair. Inevitably there is dancing in the rows, but for the most part, people don’t stand for the whole of the show. Plan to eat while you’re there. You won’t find a better fried-trout sandwich slathered with mayo on white bread at any other concert series, and the Croaker’s Spot booth alone merits bringing your appetite along. P-Funk should take the stage around 8:30, just as the sun goes down, so you’ll be in for a nighttime experience unlike any other. If you require air-conditioning to enjoy yourself in the heat, head to always-cool Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. On Friday, July 9, it’s doing an Art of German Wine event from 6-7:30 p.m. You can get your art geek on first with a curator-led tour of the exhibit “German Expressionist Art” followed by a refreshing tasting of German wines. Harry Tatian of Country Vintner will be pouring, dazzling you with his wine expertise whether you’re a novice or a wine snob. He can answer all the obscure questions, but mostly just wants to make wine fun. And, let me assure you, after German expressionism, you’ll definitely be in the mood for serious fun. And since you’re already in the neighborhood, stroll the three blocks over to Secco in Carytown afterward for some of the best and most reasonably priced wines and wine nibbles in all of Richmond. Whether Lincoln or Farouk is bartending, you’ll find a lively bar scene and some of the most creative small plates you could hope for. Who knows, you may even be so loopy you want to discuss the art you just saw. It could happen. An absolute must-see this month is the 48-Hour Film Festival at the Byrd Theatre the weekend of July 24 and 25. For the uninformed, local filmmaking teams each will have spent the previous weekend crafting a short film in exactly 48 hours. The screenings at the Byrd allow the community to see the creations and vote for the best ones. Different shorts are shown on different days, so you’ll have to attend both days to see everything, although you get to vote whether you see them all or not. The charms of these short films are many; who doesn’t enjoy seeing films shot locally (Look! I used to live on that street!), with local people (actual acting types as well as friends and family), scored by local musicians (all the more impressive for the incredibly short window of time they have to compose music) and even to check out the state of local filmmaking. And if you don’t overindulge in the Byrd’s butter-drenched popcorn, afterward go next door to New York Deli where the film crews inevitably congregate to drink and talk about everyone else’s films. You can join in or just eavesdrop — it’s sure to be interesting either way. I’ll leave it at that because so many people take vacations this month anyway. And maybe I’ll see you at the Meade SkeltonHerschel Stratego show at the Camel on July 17. There are no words to describe what a highly campy and unique experience this has the potential to be. You just have to go see for yourself.

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“Things like going for walks, my everyday life — [it] all inspires me to write,” Hewlett says. “There is not an experience that I won’t try to pull a song out of.” The single mom of two boys, ages 2 and 7, has a lot of material on which to draw. “I was married with child at 19 years old. That brings things to a halt and then you find a way to work your life out as it is,” she says, beaming at the mention of her sons. “I have a big supportive family. My mom helps with babysitting when she can, and I also have teenage nieces that can help out too. We balance it out and I just sleep when I can. Sometimes it gets crazy, but it usually comes together pretty well.” The band plans to venture out on the road soon and hopes to snag some international dates. For a band that by Hilary Langford began in 2007 and has seen many incarnations, including the most recent that didn’t include Hewlett, the current recognition feels long overdue. “Things have happened for us so quickly,” Hewlett says, “but all of us have been in music for so long and had a goal, so for us it seems like forever.” The Chester native got her start in church at age 5 and regards as priceless her four years in L.C. Bird High School’s show choir. “They give you a really wide range during that time to study,” she says — “everything from country to electronic.” The admitted “Glee” junkie avidly supports keeping arts in schools. “I really hate to see any of those programs get taken out of schools because I learned all of my versatility from a teacher, Margaret Gregory, who passed away just this year.” Hewlett also hopes that she’ll positively influence people through her music. Anyone who’s seen Photosynthesizers perform live will attest to being lifted up by the band’s soul-school grooves and amped show. Maurice Jackson (BarCodez) spits slick rhymes while Hewlett’s melodies flow in perfect time, creating an infectious energy. Adding to their sound is a high-style element that Hewlett swears isn’t too fussy. “I dress depending on how I’m feeling that day. I’m a very colorful person who likes bright colors and fun things. Being a mom of two has definitely not made me boring,” she says. “I’m also the youngest of four and my oldest sister treats me like a baby and shows up with clothes at my house and says, ‘Wear this.’” But what Hewlett hopes her fans take away from the show is less about fashion and more about heart. “I want people to continue to grow and be better all the time,” she says. “Take something positive from the music and apply it to their lives.”

Soul Provider


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Samantha Hewlett gives you reason to listen.

’m not Beyoncé,” singer Samantha Hewlett says, laughing. The 27-year-old is referring to her natural tenor and consequent love of Nina Simone and Bill Withers, but her remark speaks to her organic style and outlook too. As vocalist for the Richmond-based Photosynthesizers, Hewlett brings a distinctive vibe to the roots hip-hop outfit, complimenting the snare kicks and scratches with gutsy songs and stage presence. During the past year, she and her band mates have seen their lineup solidify and their schedules blow up. In the midst of it all, she manages to juggle a day job at Razors salon, take care of little ones, and still be creatively fueled by “absolutely everything” around her.



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Pet Project



A trailblazer delivers cost-conscious animal care.

ori Pasternak sits in the waiting room of her Carytown pet clinic chatting with a seasoned pet owner whose forearm bears a full-color tattoo of her first King Charles spaniel, Buttons Maximus. Cindy Torgersen has driven her brood of spaniels all the way from Gloucester to have Pasternak clean their teeth — all three dogs for less than her vet back home charges for just one. Pasternak’s five-month-old hospital, Helping Hands Veterinary Surgery and Dental Care, aims to make those procedures affordable for pet owners. She realized it was a niche that needed filling during her 12 years at a local pet hospital. Owners who care deeply for their pets land in a grim predicament when life-saving surgeries cost too much. Pasternak’s driving mission is to keep costs low. “In order to be affordable we cut corners,” she says, “but we cut on the human side, not the animal side.” Animals that are referred from other veterinarians come prediagnosed. Because Pasternak doesn’t do regular check-ups, there’s no danger of client poaching. If the high cost could have forced the owner to put the pet down, a referral to Pasternak preserves an animal’s life and a loyal client. Between the various -ectomies, dental work is the

bread and butter service. After all, “every animal needs to get their teeth cleaned,” Pasternak says, “but not every animal needs surgery.” The full-time staff is lean, just receptionist Elaina Russell and Jacqueline Morasco, her loyal “Jackie of all trades” who decamped with her from the previous pet hospital to help manage the office. Pasternak lucked into volunteer painters and muralists who sponged paw prints onto the colorful floors. A patient bartered a shingle and window signs for vet services. Pasternak’s husband, Jake, is chief financial officer for Westwood Pharmacy and helped her gauge how low she could price procedures while covering her overhead; he helps with the books at night and on the weekends. “I can’t stand the numbers and he can’t stand the blood,” she says. For folks who can’t afford to help their pets even at Helping Hands’ lower prices, there are options. A $5 “good citizen fee” is tacked onto each normal procedure and goes toward a Helping Hands fund. If people still can’t pay, they can agree to spend an hour of time for every $10 with Helping Hands or a local animal-related organization. In the few months since the business has opened, the response has been phenomenal, Pasternak says. Last month it won one of the Virginia


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Museum of Fine Arts’ annual Muse Awards for creative businesses. In June a woman from Pennsylvania called to make an appointment. Even with travel, she said, Helping Hands’ rate would save her $1,000. The success of the business, in part, rides the everswelling wave of pet lifestyle mania in which doggie bakeries cook up treats that help doggie insulin vendors stay afloat. “The human-animal bond has grown amazingly, by leaps and bounds,” Pasternak says. “They’ve become family members.” Once a man brought in a pet that had been injured in a car accident before attending to his own dislocated shoulder. Back out in the waiting room, Torgersen agrees. A dear friend of hers recently died and had specifically stipulated that when she did, the dog should be allowed in the room to examine her corpse, so it would know she’d died and not simply abandoned him. As Torgersen gets ready to return to Gloucester with her three spaniels, Suzy, Brandi and Harry Potter, she’s a satisfied customer. She notes that none of her pets is groggy from over-sedation. She plans to spread the word back home. “They have dogs here,” she says, referring to Thor, the office Chihuahua. “It’s the way it’s supposed to be.”


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s I step into the dressing room, arms loaded with lace, tulle, silk and satin, my heart flutters with the hope that, just maybe, one of these dresses will be the right one. Though all these frocks have potential, or at least looked great on the rack, I never really know until the fabric slides over my shoulders and slips down my hips. Something happens the first time I put on that perfect dress: The zipper just glides up with that faint but satisfying click as it hits the end of its track. To me, that’s the sound of things — my past, my future, my self-confidence and love life — coming together. Maybe it seems as though I’m investing way too much into an article of clothing, but when you’re as tall and athletically built as I am, it’s really, really difficult to find something that fits and flatters. The rules more or less go like this (I swear it’s the first time I’ve written them down): 1) Anything cut on the bias is out, unless I find a dress that is a size 6 in the bodice and a size 10 in the skirt to accommodate my leg muscles. 2) Bubble hems are an automatic no, and the same goes for asymmetric hemlines, which just highlight my problem areas. 3) Strapless dresses actually need to stay up, so unless they’re heavily elasticized or by Colleen Mita have boning to hold their shape, they’re probably not going to work. And so on. But despite the hassle and difficulty, I love every moment of the search, like most every other woman I know. That’s because, once found, the perfect dress draws attention to you in all the right places and causes whiplash as you walk through the middle of the room, particularly from the male audience. In my case, I can never be sure if that whiplash is from my dress or my sheer physical presence. Measuring a bit less than 6 feet tall, with a frame that carries a lot of muscle (thank you, endless volleyball practice), I tend to be a tad startling. I didn’t always have the confidence to stride around in heels and slinky cocktail dresses. I grew up leading a double life about my height. When I was at home I was the shortest person in my family of four. But as soon as I walked through the double doors of my high school, all I wanted was to shrink. I was the tallest girl in my graduating class of 500, and let me tell you, finding a date to prom who wasn’t six inches shorter than me was a challenge — which explains why I wore sparkly flip-flops under my prom dress. Fortunately, all that changed once I made it to Dartmouth and was suddenly surrounded by other Division I athletes. Playing varsity volleyball helped me to truly embrace my height and build, while joining a sorority helped me realize that standing out in a crowd isn’t necessarily a bad thing, particularly when it comes to getting a group of people to pay attention to what you’re saying. Joining a sorority also let me indulge in my new favorite hobby three times a year: dress shopping. And that’s why I’m here in this dressing room, holding my breath — not sucking it in — and listening for that magical click. At long last, I’m more hopeful and happy than I am self-conscious. Now, about empire waists. …

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Height plus muscle equals a fashion-fitting challenge.


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Jewel-toned shell necklace ($36) at Lex’s of Carytown; pastel striped shawl ($26) and frosted bangles ($21-$36) at Pink; ocean blue bikini for L Space by Monica Wise ($66 each piece) at South Moon Under.

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Classic polka-dot   bikini in pink and white by Beach Rays ($25 each piece)   at Atlantic Tanning   in Carytown;   paint-stroked pastel scarf ($5) at   Rumors; shell   necklace with wood beads and shark tooth necklace as bracelet ($11) at Exile.

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Bronze suspender bathing suit by American Apparel ($18) and silver bandeau ($6) at Rumors; oversized dipped shell necklace ($3) at Books, Bikes and Beyond Thrift Store; vintage copper cuff with embossed characters ($45) at Anthill Antiques.



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One-of-a-kind romper made from a dress by Bridget Fulks ($34) at B Sides Thrift Boutique; long cross cluster necklace with pearls ($88) at Bliss at 5812; oversized circle shell earrings ($12) at Lex’s of Carytown; vintage silk scarf in hair ($8) at Halcyon Vintage; waterproof watches ($20 each) at Pink.

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Easy Tiger bathing suit by Marc by Marc Jacobs ($50) at Marshalls; vintage shell necklace with coral beads ($30) at Verve in the Shops at 5807; gray denim cutoffs by Roxy ($6) at Rumors; vintage coral silk scarf in back pocket ($8) at Halcyon Vintage.


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1. 1980s tortoise circular mirrored-lens sun-

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glasses ($12) at Halcyon Vintage.

2. Oversized, clear sunglasses with brown stripe ($11) at Exile. 3. Putty vintage inspired sunglasses with


wide arm ($10) at Urban Outfitters.

4. Tortoise polarized thick aviator by Ted Baker London ($159) at Eurotrash.

5. Translucent lavender octagon sunglasses by Marc by Marc Jacobs ($85) at Pink.





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Anthill Antiques 3439 W. Cary St. 254-2000 Atlantic Tanning 3208 W. Cary St. 358-3600 B Sides Thrift Boutique 2925 W. Cary St. 353-3131 bsidesrva@ Bliss at 5812 5812 1/2 Grove Ave. 440-9025 Books, Bikes, and Beyond Thrift Store 302 W. Brookland Park Blvd. 592-4591 Exile 935 W. Grace St. 358-3348 Eurotrash 3009 W. Cary St. 622-3876 Halcyon Vintage 117 N. Robinson St. 358-1311 Lex’s of Carytown 3020 W. Cary St. 355-5425 Marshalls Colonnades West Shopping Center 10951 W. Broad St. 965-1557 Pink 3158 W. Cary St. 358-0884 Rumors Boutique 404 N. Harrison St. 726-9940 Saks Fifth Avenue 9214 Stony Point Parkway 320-6960 Shops at 5807 5807 Patterson Ave. 288-5807 South Moon Under 11800 W. Broad St., No. 2210 364-9424 Urban Outfitters 11805 W. Broad St., No.1790 364-5216

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Chinese theory lightens a domestic load.

y house has had as many lives as a cat, and even more than that are buried are in the backyard. For the last 11 years, since coming back from Alaska, I’ve lived in the house I grew up in, across the street from my mother. Packed with equal parts baggage and books, my 980-square-foot childhood home houses a dog, a cat, a 5-year-old and two self-employed adults without a stellar record for tidiness. Despite several part-time cleaning stints out West after receiving my creative writing degree, I am far from a goddess in the domestic department. Although I fear that a feng shui consultation will be the equivalent of a Band-Aid on a gunshot wound, I make an appointment with certified feng shui consultant Lydia Griffith, cleaning only lightly — which means shoving everything under the couch or in the closets — so that her assessment can be more accurate. Allowing a professional into my personal space is not unlike inviting someone to read my journal, so I brace myself for the exposure and the revelation. Griffith, who has practiced Chinese astrology


and traditional compass feng shui since 2002 after studying with Chinese master Dr. Paul Yan, has more than 200 clients around the country and recently consulted on a house in a tattoo parlor. Pragmatic, nonjudgmental and intuitive, her sensibilities equip her well for the task at hand. I lead Griffith through each room and as I do, I can’t help seeing it through her eyes. The piles and stacks, the half-painted walls, the packed closets. To my delight there are a few positives: My home office in the northwest corner of the house is auspicious for career; our bedroom in the southwest is in the right corner for marriage. But, it seems, we have more to do than remove the blue ceiling fan (water) from the bedroom (earth). “I’m a grown-up mom to grownups,” Griffith says, taking a seat on the couch that I’ve covered with a blanket to hide recent spills. “I don’t expect to work a miracle. Each family, each house has its own story. And the history of you in this house,” she says, “has worn out its time.” Although she’s worked up a very detailed report using a bagua wheel over our floor plan including recommendations for feng shui cures, colors and place-

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ments, her ultimate advice trumps all of the details. “You’re ready to grow up,” she says. “You’re in your 30s, right? The big goal here is to put the house on the market by next spring. Move next summer. Get rid of stuff and start completely fresh. Put your house on a diet. Clutter is chaos and there’s no way around it. Room by room, get rid of all the excess crap. If you don’t need it, use it or wear it, it has to go. Set goals, otherwise you’re swimming in a soup and you’re completely bonkers.” After laying out a timeline for decluttering and repainting the interior, Griffith suggests a cometo-Jesus moment with the whole family. Everyone needs to be on the same page, she says. “You need to commit to working on this house, to commit to each other. When the house is in contention, the family is in contention.” I feel intuitively that everything she’s said is true, and in a gentle but firm way she’s made an overwhelming task seem doable. Now if only I can convince her to move in, to help me move out. Lydia Griffith can be reached at 678-8568 or at


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The sultry voice of Dan Auerbach is unmistakable. As half of the blues-rock duo the Black Keys, he evokes übercool and knee-weak irresistible. This time out he plays with those pipes, test-driving his falsetto as the Akron, Ohio, boys bring their strange brew of slow-cooked grooves and banged-out rock ’n’ roll to a boil. There’s more here than just fuzzy guitars and distanced vocals. With a slight twist on a handful of songs provided by producers Danger Mouse and Mark Neill, this record is one of the Keys’ most creative in years, evoking moods that range from sensual to spooky. Running longer than an hour with a whopping 15 cuts, you definitely get a heap of blues for your buck. — H.L.


The Black Keys “Brothers,”



Larger than Life


Painter Chuck Close is known for his outsized, pixilated portraits and a memorable catalog of faces in the extreme. See how those play in the glorious new digs of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts this month when his exhibition, “People Who Matter to Me,” opens July 10.

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Romancing the Sand Manakin-Sabot resident Diann Ducharme’s debut novel is all about doomed 19th-century, North-Carolina love — and why not? Girl from a good family falls in love with a simple The Outer fisherman who just Banks House wants to learn to read. by Diann Ducharme If you’ve vacationed every year of your life $25, Crown Publishers at Nags Head, you’ll like this one. Maybe it’s the book to read while you’re contemplating — or regretting — that Outer Banks hook-up. Interestingly, Ducharme says this novel represents her very first attempt at creative writing. You wouldn’t have guessed that. — C.B.

Future Afro  Once destined for Broadway, this 24-yearold supersonic spitfire embraces the pop and wow of James Brown with the exotic wonder of Erykah Badu. With her perfectly coifed pompadour and crisp white suit, Monaé demands attention. She’ll no doubt get it with her breakout disc. With its roots firmly in the soul tradition, Monaé isn’t afraid to get a little freaky while she professes that this is a science-fiction story about an android that explores Afro-futurism and self-realization. It’s a lot more accessible than it sounds. Some call it art rock, some call it neo-soul. It’s really best to call it truly something else and out of this world. — H.L.

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If you haven’t caught the River City Rollergirls, here’s your chance for no-holdsbarred roller-derby action. They’ll turn the Greater Richmond Convention Center into the unlikeliest of venues for a sanctioned home doubleheader July 24, 6-10 p.m. See for information, and note that they’re recruiting for newbies, called Fresh Meat.

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What if you got married and it turned out, not so long after your honeymoon, that your new husband meant for you to join in his prolific swinger lifestyle? Newlywed Jana is shocked to learn what her older, lawyer husband Lawrence wants her to do; her religious beliefs and scripture readings go against all that, and she finds herself seeking divorce even before The Ideal Wife the gifts are unwrapped. by Jacqualin If this tale lacks ballast, it’s still a bit more exciting Thomas $14, Simon than most Christian ficand Schuster tion. — C.B.


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Order the pork. Hours to cook a hunk of meat changes the game as does the addition of a bone. If you’re struggling with the menu, get the other white meat. Want to put this idea to the test? Grab some friends and head to Maxine’s. A hop, skip and a jump will put you front and center with a man who knows his pig. I suggest the chop, glorious and gamey. Good chance Maxine’s here you actually may lay 3463 Farmville Road Farmville 23901 eyes on my father.

Rules to Eat By Robey Martin

If soft-shell crabs or oysters (preferably raw) are in season, get involved. The more local you can get with these bivalves and this shellfish, the better. Need to get your seafood inland? Café Rustica is a great place for chowing on the raw. A dozen ($15) scream plump, sweet and salty. Try Café Rustica Acacia for soft shells, left. 414 E. Main St. Barely-there breading gives room for the sweet crab Acacia Mid-town meat and delightful texture 2601 W. Cary St. to shine through.


Dessert should be simple. Adding nuts, fruit, whipped cream, chocolate and other sweet nothings to a dessert just convolutes the taste. While these things separately are all fabulous, simplicity is king. Examples to measure up: Score a budino at Sensi. Goat cheese custard can’t get any more heavenly. Another unelaborate option is the house-made Sensi pistachio ice cream at Ballice- 2222 E. Cary St. aux, below. Served with a bit of grilled pound cake, it could Balliceaux easily stand on its own delight- 203 N. Lombardy St. fully creamy legs.


If it has butter in the description, it is bound to be good. Butter-poached salmon, butter-whipped horseradish mashed potatoes, butterbeans (you see where I’m going) are all scrumptious continuances of this thought process. Put this theory to work in Richmond: Head down to Bouchon and snack on its escargot, left. Uncommonly tasty, this BOUCHON laggard shows itself off in garlic 1209 E. Cary St. butter.

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learned to cook from my mother. In my family we were patiently (but not without accidents) taught to bake a cake, lay the foundation of good soup — mirepoix, baby, always keep the hambone, bay leaves are your friend — and get creative with ingredients. Strawberries in salsa as opposed to tomatoes, why not? Cheese instead of cabbage in coleslaw, sure. I still believe my mother invented the art of slow cooking. With many children running amuck and an unbelievably tough restaurant schedule, it was just another smart maneuver. I learned the art of eating from my father. An easygoing guy, he’s open to all forms of food. When left to his own devices (which is rare, because there were a lot of females in our house growing up), he comes back to the same five principles. These “rules” will never steer you wrong:

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Lessons at my father’s table, and where to apply them around here.

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The sketchier the place, the better the hot dog. Places to check this bizarre declaration: If you haven’t been to the Wise Choice in Rockville, I suggest a drive by — its hot Choice dog is precisely what a meat roll Wise 1751 Ashland Road should be. If you’re inclined to- Rockville 23146 ward road trips, Moore’s Country Store on 460 just this side of Moore’s Lynchburg has a beef stick that Country Store 6963 Richmond overshadows most. Eat it like my Highway pop, with just a bit of mustard. Lynchburg 24504

This is not a foolproof system, so just think of these five as a guide map. Even the patriarch himself will deviate from his system for a creamy bowl of she-crab soup. Robey Martin reviews restaurants for Style Weekly and writes the blog whinemedineme.


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Planter’s Punch


hough she admits to sometimes craving a Fan District garden for its manageable size, Kathy Napier doubts she could leave the Midlothian house she and her husband, Jim, built 19 years ago. During that time she’s tamed about 5,000 square feet of landscape, creating a pond, paths and garden rooms, perennial and annual beds and a blooming paradise of form, scent and color. She seems to be a sister rather than mother to her two grown daughters, working long hours to manifest her vision with heart and welltoned muscle. When the Napiers open their backyard for a party, no decorations are needed. What she’s growing this summer: Coneflowers in white, pink and orange, hydrangeas, caladiums, impatiens, begonias, knock-out roses, naturalized mums that are summer bloomers, various other plants and trees. “I seriously go everywhere for plants — farmers’ markets, Sneed’s, Southern States, Lowe’s, whatever looks best,” she says. “It’s never going to be done, or completely weeded, for that matter. I could scale back by planting more shrubs in place of perennials and annuals. Right | 28 | July 2010



now, I still have more ideas, and can’t pass by a nursery or garden center without pulling in and buying more plants.” How gardening affects her physicality: “I play tug of war with the garden hose every day,” Napier says, “and I’ve done almost everything myself — all the mulch, raking out all of the beds, all of the planting. Lately I’ve backed off a little bit because my back finally said no to some of it,” but she’s likely to spend hours outside every day working hard in the soil.

Learning to garden is a process of experimentation: “It’s really been trial and error. I worked at

the Great Big Greenhouse for about seven years and took my paycheck home in the back of my car. I learned a lot by working there.” She’s gotten tips from other gardeners — such as planting clematis in a deep hole to keep the roots cool — and she’s found inspiration in gardens such as those on the Ginter Park house tour last spring. Stubbornness can pay off: “It took me years to get peonies to perform. I waited and waited and finally moved them, even though they always tell

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you not to move them, and finally they took off. Now I have 20 or 25 plants in full bloom, and I love them.” On the opposite end, she tried for six years to save an old dogwood, which finally succumbed. “I got the biggest crape myrtle I could find to replace it,” she says, “but I miss that tree.” How to make the garden a place of continuing interest: “I’ve created little rooms, little paths to

alcoves that might have a bench and pots of flowers or birdhouses and things to look at. I’ve also started adding containers to the beds, with Japanese maples and annuals in pots to add interest and color.” To make the pond seem more realistic, she placed taller plants behind it to give a sense of verticality. “I wanted it to be natural, not contrived like a big waterfall coming out of nowhere — that’s one of my pet peeves. We do like the sound of water, so there is a waterfall but it’s tucked in with ferns and hydrangeas.” The reward comes at the end of the day: “It’s very soothing to go outside at night and have a glass of wine, and we have some little lights that add atmosphere. We’re outdoor people and this draws us out.”

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There She Goes Winning means playing with fire.


iss America 1993: I had no doubt that was where I was headed. When I was young, I made no other plans. I had my sights set on the sash and crown and made the proper preparations to be the best Miss America this country had ever seen. I never considered the Miss USA pageant. Oh no, it didn’t feature a talent portion. And talent I had. In spades. I was a twirler, the cheesiest of all talents and, I thought, the most beautiful. I took baton lessons for a short time and then abandoned them, sure that my natural style beat out traditional stiff, parade-friendly moves any day. I wasn’t a majorette, I was Miss America! How could I groove to Barry Manilow’s “Daybreak” if I looked like I should be followed by 76 trombones? And fire. Did I mention the fire? Yeah, I hadn’t a lick of experience but I just knew that you could set the ends of my sticks on fire and I would light up that bad boy like the Fourth of July. All while Barry sang Let it shine, shine, shine / All around the woooooorld. It never occurred to me that the short, fat girl with a mousy-colored bob and perpetually skinned knees wasn’t Miss America material. I | 30 | July 2010


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honestly figured I was just an ugly duckling waiting to become a swan. Every bit of me felt that the pageant-winning beauties looked just like me once, and growing out of it was what made them beautiful on the inside, a real advantage in the interview portion of the pageant. I practiced answering generic current-events questions in the mirror, using a toothbrush for a microphone. What did I think of the AIDS epidemic? “Tragic,” I sadly shook my head, even misting up a little. “So many young lives lost.” War in the Middle East? “Tragic. So many young lives lost.” You get the picture. I could say these things with conviction because I had overcome adversity: my own ugly childhood. I felt strongly about the evening gown portion of the competition as well. In my eyes the pageant of the late ’70s and early ’80s had fallen away from the old-school glamour that first attracted me and meandered toward the jazz hands and shoulder pads that were the fashion. Miss America wasn’t Joan Collins and Linda Evans in “Dynasty,” it was Marilyn Monroe and Jane Russell in “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes.” I was going to bring back pancake and stockings and, holy cow, sequins in a tasteful way. Not this high- class hooker look that

everyone was so fond of. Slinky? Yes. Dolly on tour? No. I was afraid the swimsuit competition would be my weakness. After all, the breasts I was blessed with then were really just another roll of my chub. Thankfully that chub was split into a right and left side, abstractly resembling the nakedness I’d seen during furtive glances at my dad’s girlie magazines. But I was sure that they’d disappear when I finally hit that growth spurt that would take me from dumpy little burro to lithe, graceful filly. No fat, no swimsuit bod. I would have to concentrate extra hard on being talented, beautiful, sparkly and pleasing. Needless to say, I never achieved my crowning glory. I went sideways somewhere around the time I discovered both feminism and the McDonald’s that sat firmly between my house and my high school. Still, I think about what might have been. How life would have differed had I held that title. Would I have dropped out of college? Married and divorced? Had children? Ended up working as a checkout girl? But it’s all water under the bridge. All that’s left of the dream is a twinkle in my eye whenever I hear a Barry Manilow song and realize I’m the best broom twirler in the grocery store.

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