John D’earth: “Drums are the soul of Jazz music”
I’m helping to promote a fundraising event featuring legendary trumpet player John D’earth and the UVA Jazz Ensemble and I had a chance to interview D’earth about the event for this promo video I created.
Washington Post investigates disappearance of The Hook website – and website restored!
A story published in the Washington Post[“A newspaper vanished from the internet. Did someone pay to kill it?”], along with efforts by my Hook colleagues to draw attention to the article, appears to have prompted a mysterious benefactor to restore The Hook website. Washington Post reporter Paul Fahri tells The DTM that he received an…
The Sewanee Review: 2021 Fiction, Poetry, and Nonfiction Contest Winners
Sewanee Review – This past July, the Sewanee Review held its fourth annual Fiction, Poetry, and Nonfiction contest. This year we received over one-thousand submissions. Today we are pleased to announce the winners. Judge Brandon Taylor selected Allen Bratton’s short story “Philippa” as the winner for the fiction contest. Taylor calls it “a strange, dark…
A Mental Maze: what we can learn from Tarron Richardson’s brief time as city manager
“It is hard for me to see this as an issue that is so important that his disagreement with Council on this would be a cause for termination or a condition of his continued employment. If it doesn’t rise to that level, we have to let him [Richardson] do his job, even if it means…
Title IX Remix: will new rules on sexual harassment & assault investigations serve justice?
Eight months ago I filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request with the US Department of Education for information about a Title IX investigation that was opened at the University of Virginia on April 19, 2019, thinking it might provide information and insight about a process often shrouded in secrecy. Last week, I received…
Slave Block: historical marker thief disrupts the narrative in Charlottesville
We naturally want what happens in the world [and in our community] to reinforce our notion of reality, to serve as examples of the things we believe in, but the truth, as Oscar Wilde observed, is rarely pure and never simple. When the historical marker for the slave auction block in Court Square went missing…
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Loyal White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan..not the brightest bunch
From the Loyal White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan home page. One danger involved in attending their planned rally here this Saturday, July 8, that hasn’t been discussed: the risk to your mental health being around this much stupid. “…July 8th in Virginia we will make a stand for our Southern History. They are…
Girls Are Now Throwing Punches in Pakistan’s First All-Female Boxing Club
The country ranked as the least gender equitable in the Asia and Pacific region by the World Economic Forum might seem an unlikely place to start a boxing club for young girls. But that’s exactly what’s happening in Lyari, a poor neighborhood in Karachi, Pakistan, with a reputation for gang violence and producing major sports stars. Thirteen girls have…
Hotel city: When will Charlottesville get ‘roomier’?
On a crisp, bright day in March 2008, a suave-looking guy with long hair and a tailored light-grey suit (no tie) told us at a ground-breaking ceremony that a stylish, luxury “boutique” hotel, complete with a roof-top bar and stunning views of of the southeast mountains, would tower over Central Place on the Downtown Mall.…