Zombie Apocalypse coming to the DTM

zvilleSeriously. They’re coming. On Saturday, October 25th, the Downtown Mall of Charlottesville will be ground zero for Z-VILLE: an experiment in total zombie domination.

Participating stores on Charlottesville’s historic Downtown pedestrian mall will zombify their staffs – posting the official Z-VILLE warning in their windows – and bracing for the human stampede.

Local shoppers are warned to get out of their houses and come to the Downtown Mall to experience this (hopefully) once in a lifetime zombie simulation.

Out of town shoppers are advised that this is never-ever going to happen in their town in ten lifetimes, so they better get their families out of Dodge and over to Charlottesville, VA on October 25th.

Other undead activities during the weekend are the annual Danger. Zombies. 5k Run. on Sunday morning. Plus, at the Paramount on Sunday night: Ghostbusters and the London National Theater’s Frankenstein.

Spontaneous zombie generation is encouraged. So shoppers, too, are invited to participate in the mall carnage.

for more information contact primary instigator:  Brian Wimer brian@amoebafilms.tv

Take Note: shows at Threepenny Cafe through October 26

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Wednesday, Thursday, Sunday – 8pm
Friday – 10pm
Saturday – (Early) 1pm, (Late) 10pm

Thurs. Oct. 9th – Paulo Franco
Genre(s) – Country / Blues / Rock

Fri. Oct. 10th – Moon
Genre(s) – Rock / Pop / Covers

Sat. Oct. 11th
Early Show
Bill Staton, Mike Poznansky, Oona Love
Genre(s) – Folk / Americana / Singer-Songwriter
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DTM more dangerous for women than UVA? Stats, evidence suggest otherwise

USA today shotDTM safety has again become the focus of national news in light of the disappearance of Hannah Graham, who was last seen outside Tempo restaurant on September 13. A recent article in USAToday ran with the theme of “differing sense of security” between UVA campus and the Downtown Mall area, suggesting the DTM is far more dangerous.

“It’s never been safe down here late at night,” says a Mall waitress. “People think that because the campus is so safe and secure, it’s safe everywhere in Charlottesville. It’s just not.”

Really? USA Today seems to have neglected the recently released UVA crime data for 2013, during which there were 15 reported rapes and fondlings on grounds. Past reports say there were 14 in 2012, 14 in 2011, and 17 reported rapes in 2010. In addition, UVA is currently under federal investigation for allegedly mishandling the investigation of a 2011 rape of a third-year UVA student. Heck, there’s even a website called UVA Victims of Rape. Oh, and as you may recall, the same weekend Hannah Graham disappeared, UVA police reported there were two reported sexual assaults, one near Wertland Street, and another on nearby 15th Street NW.

While current crime stats for the DTM weren’t immediately available, this reporter viewed crime stats on the Mall area for 2013 last year, and while there were a number of public disturbances, simple assaults, and other minor crimes, rapes were non-existent.

Not sure where this “the Mall is dangerous” stuff is coming from, as the statistical evidence clearly doesn’t back that notion up. Maybe its because the Mall is an urban setting, with different kinds of people? Who knows. But when it comes to violence against women around here, we’d say the New York Times got it right.

Vintage DTM: Main Street 100 years ago

Main Street, Looking East:  This image is from a photo postcard showing Main Street in Charlottesville as seen from the base of Vinegar Hill over 100 years ago.   Interestingly, Main Street was first paved with bricks. It was a dirt street prior to this.  Asphalt would come a few years later and then Main Street would return to bricks in the 1970s as the pedestrian mall we know today.  An electric trolley (seen here) ran down the street in the early 20th Century and continued all the way to the University.  Today, this is the west end of the Downtown Mall. The brick building on the left with three windows on the second story is where Mudhouse coffee shop is today.  This postcard was mailed from Charlottesville to Fishersville, VA on June 4, 1910 at 4:30 pm. This postcard is just one of 100s in the collection of former Charlottesville Mayor Dave Norris.  Dave will be joining C’ville Images next Thursday at C’ville Coffee to share some of the amazing photos and stories from his collection.  Details at www.cvilleimages.com

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Take Note: shows at Rapture through November 1

RAPTURE-9-30Wed. Oct. 1st – Southern Belles
Genre(s): Rock / Jam / Funk

Sat. Oct. 4th – Duck Brothers
Genre(s): Hip Hop / Top 40 / Mash Ups

Mon. Oct. 6th – ATM Unit
Genre(s): Funk / Jazz / Fusion

Wed. Oct. 8th – Erin & The Wildfire
w/ Midnight Snack
Genre(s): Blues / Rock / Soul

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Important to focus on this: where did Graham and Matthew go after they left Tempo?

PX8314903USA-VIRGI_3049121bGraham and Matthew were last seen walking away from Temp restaurant at 1:45am on Saturday, September 13 toward the Downtown Mall. Did they turn left, in which case others might have seen them walking along the Mall, or did they turn right toward the Pavilion? Or did they continue straight up 5th Street? Also, might anyone have seen them at Lucky 7 on Market, the only place around the Mall open after 2am? I find it hard to believe that they left Tempo and walked toward the Mall and that no one else saw them after that. Spread the word! Did anyone see them after that? Speak up!