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Props to Farmer Todd….someone REALLY making a difference on the south side of the DTM

In Uncategorized on January 8, 2016 at 9:42 am



Todd Niemeier, operations director for the Urban Agricultural Collective of Charlottesville. Photo by Ryan M. Kelly.

DP -Niemeier is operations director for the Urban Agriculture Collective of Charlottesville. His job includes overseeing the community gardens at Friendship Court, Sixth Street and West Street.

During the past growing season, these well-tended plots yielded 17,000 pounds of fresh vegetables. And every tomato, potato, cucumber and leafy green was given away free to community members.

“We believe that working together to grow and share healthy food helps to cultivate healthy communities,” said Niemeier, who is affectionately called Farmer Todd. “The food is a vehicle for bringing people together across racial and social barriers. READ MORE


Photo Gallery: The DTM, 90s-Style

In Uncategorized on April 2, 2015 at 12:33 pm

The DTM in the mid to late 1990s was a different place. You walked across Market Street, which was one-way, without even looking, you hung out at Spencer’s 206, and you knew almost everyone you ran into. Waldo Jaquith captures that time here with some great photos and captions.

Schmidt Returns for CD Release Party at The Southern

In Uncategorized on March 16, 2015 at 10:17 am

Danny Schmidt says his April 2 show at the Southern will be special for a couple reasons:

“I lived in Charlottesville (and central Virginia) for about ten years, and it’s where I first started sharing my music publicly. I’ve since moved back to Austin, but Cville still feels like my musical home . . . so the Southern show feels a bit like a homecoming.”

“This new record, Owls, isn’t going to be released to the wider public until May 19th. So this show at The Southern is a sneak peek, and the album’s world debut. It will be available at the show, but nowhere else for another six weeks.”

Find out what Danny has been up to here.


When:  Thursday, April 2nd at 8pm
Where: The Southern Cafe & Music Hall in Charlottesville, VA
Who: Danny Schmidt
What: CD Release Concert
How Much: $12 advanced/ $15 door
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DTM Book Fest Picks

In Uncategorized on March 16, 2015 at 9:19 am

BOOK FESTThe Literature of Vietnam Wed. March 18, 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm Location: UVa Bookstore 400 Emmet Street S, Charlottesville, VA 22903 Authors D.S. Lliteras (Viet Man: A Novel), Robert Tecklenburg (The Boys Next Door: A Marine Returns to Vietnam), and Robert Timberg (Blue-Eyed Boy: A Memoir) discuss their stories, both experienced and imagined.

A Conversation with John Casey Wed. March 18, 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm Location: UVa Harrison Institute / Small Special Collections UVa Central Grounds, 160 McCormick Rd, Charlottesville, VA 22904 Author John Casey (Beyond the First Draft: The Art of Fiction) discusses writing, shares insights from his essays on the art of writing — and rewriting — fiction in this conversation with Jeb Livingood.

A Conversation with Matthew Crawford Wed. March 18, 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm Location:UVa Harrison Institute / Small Special Collections UVa Central Grounds, 160 McCormick Rd, Charlottesville, VA 22904 Matthew Crawford (The World Beyond Your Head: On Becoming an Individual in an Age of Distraction) talks with Siva Vaidhyanathan about the challenge of mastering one’s own mind. This event is free and open to all. To be assured of a seat, please register via U.Va. Lifetime Learning.

Football in the Red Zone: Perspectives from the Player, Coach, and Fan Wed. March 18, 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm Location: UVa Culbreth Theater 109 Culbreth Rd, Charlottesville, VA 22903 Join former NFL player, college coach, and ESPN analyst Bill Curry (The Ten Men You Meet in the Huddle), Mark Edmundson (Why Football Matters: My Education in the Game), and Steve Almond (Against Football: One Fan’s Reluctant Manifesto), as they discuss their love for football, why it matters, and what’s gone wrong. Tickets are $10 each ($5 for students) and available through the UVA Arts Box Office.

Women of the Civil War: Uncovering Their Lives and Letters Thu. March 19, 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm Location: UVa Harrison Institute / Small Special Collections UVa Central Grounds, 160 McCormick Rd, Charlottesville, VA 22904 Authors Karen Abbott (Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy: Four Women Undercover in the Civil War), Casey Clabough (Women of War: Memoirs, Poetry, and Fiction by Virginia Women Who Lived Through the Civil War), and Carolyn Curry (Suffer and Grow Strong: The Life of Ella Gertrude Clanton Thomas 1834-1907), look at women who lived (and fought) through the Civil War.

Delicious and Dizzying: Poetry & Fiction at The Bridge P.A.I. Thu. March 19, 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm Location: The Bridge PAI 209 Monticello Road, Charlottesville, VA 22902 Poet Dana Roeser (The Theme of Tonight’s Party Has Been Changed) and Darcey Steinke (Sister Golden Hair) read and discuss their work in this Festival edition of The Bridge P.A.I. Reading Series.

20th c. Music: Soul, Soul Train, and Top 40 Fri. March 20, 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm Location: CitySpace-Piedmont Council for the Arts 100 5th Street NE, Charlottesville, VA 22902 Listen to Ericka Blount Danois (Love, Peace, and Soul: Behind the Scenes of America’s Favorite Dance Show Soul Train: Classic Moments), Gayle Wald (It’s Been Beautiful: Soul! and Black Power Television), and Eric Weisbard (Top 40 Democracy: The Rival Mainstreams of American Music) as they tell the story of America’s pop music and pop music TV shows.

Friends of JMRL Annual Used Book Sale Sat. March 21, 10:00 am – 7:00 pm Location: JMRL Gordon Ave Branch 1500 Gordon Avenue Charlottesville, VA The Annual Spring Book Sale is one of two primary fundraiser for the Friends of JMRL. Proceeds from this annual event benefit the Jefferson-Madison Regional Library’s programs and facilities. All of the books sold are donated by members of our communities. The annual spring book sale is truly a Charlottesville treasure! The Spring sale runs 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM, every day from March 21 to March 29.


Forget the ‘Rolling Stone’ Debacle: At UVA, 38 Reports of Sexual Violence, 0 Expulsions Last Year

In Uncategorized on March 2, 2015 at 8:23 am


Takepart — The details will seem all too familiar: A woman at the University of Virginia says she was raped at a fraternity. The school is accused of mishandling the matter. A journalist reports the allegations, leading to national news coverage and protests against the university.

Last fall’s Rolling Stone article? No, this was in 2004. The incident took place in 2001. The report appeared in a now-defunct weekly newspaper, The Hook, published in Charlottesville, Virginia, where UVA is located. Its accuracy has never been questioned.

Seemingly lost in the media firestorm surrounding Rolling Stone’s now discredited article depicting a 2012 gang rape at a UVA fraternity house is one small nugget that’s been reported many times: According to UVA spokesperson Anthony Paul de Bruyn, no UVA student has been expelled for sexual assault or rape in the last 10 years. READ MORE

“No peace, no justice” Protesters gather on the DTM

In Uncategorized on August 23, 2014 at 6:37 pm

Protesters marched across the DTM in support of those protesting in Ferguson, Missouri this afternoon. Though police closed down a section of Market Street in front of the police station as a precaution, the protest, while it included some strong rhetoric, was very peaceful. Speakers called on the Charlottesville community to wake up and realize that the same problems — police targeting African-Americans for stops more than whites, and the militarization of the police –exist here.


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Scenes from the “Best of” Party at the Jefferson School

In Uncategorized on August 21, 2014 at 11:06 pm

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“He’s the most important thing to me…”

In Uncategorized on August 19, 2014 at 11:56 am

“I love the Lord so much, and I love my son. He’s the most important thing to me. I’m also a hard worker. I’m a breast cancer survivor.”


Text and photo by Haley Burton. You can visit her Individuals of Charlottesville Facebook page to see people in other locations around Charlottesville.

“My life struggle is weight loss..”

In Uncategorized on August 18, 2014 at 2:11 pm

“I’ve lived here [Charlottesville] for most of my life. My life struggle is weight loss. Seeing that most of my family is big makes it harder to lose weight. Everyone on my dad’s side of the family is big, and everyone on my mom’s side of the family is small. When we take family photos, she’s the smallest in the picture. It gets me down in the dumps because I can’t lose any weight. It’s a real struggle.”


Text and photo by Haley Burton. You can visit her Individuals of Charlottesville Facebook page to see people in other locations around Charlottesville. 

Warning: The Alley Light’s Happy Hour could actually, well, make you happy

In Uncategorized on March 25, 2014 at 8:28 pm

Looks like Alley Light chef Jose De Brito has also created some tasty dishes for the week….yum!

Tuna Tartare, lime, coriander beet coulis $6.00                                                           
Sardine Fillet & Butter Tartine $5.00
Classic: French Green Beans, Duck Foie Gras, Figs & Pistachio Vinaigrette $12.00
Simple: Lettuces, herbs, olive oil, sherry vinegar $7.00
Composed: Bean, Fingerling, egg, tomato, Seared Tuna, Tuna dressing $12.00

SMALL PLATES:                                                                                                                                                
Cognac braised escargots, cauliflower puree, almond & tomato $ 10.00                                                              
Free range poached egg, lentil & bacon, chicken gravy $10.00 
Macaroni & cheese + ham in a French style $ 9.00                             

Butternut squash, coconut & kaffir lime, clams $ 10.00

LARGER PLATES:                                                                                       
 Duck confit, potato Dordogne’s style, salad $ 23.00
 Lamb’s neck ragu & mashed beans $ 22.00
 Slow cooked salmon, vegetables minestrone  $ 24.00

Chef Jacques Maximin’s hazelnut meringue & hot chocolate $ 10.00


Happy-2 In an alley on Second Street, right between Rev Soup and Downtown Thai, there’s an amber light over a low-hung door that’s on in the evenings from Wednesday through Sunday. The alley certainly doesn’t look like much. And it’s a dead end. You may have seen The Alley Light as you walked by. You may have wondered what it was. You may have asked yourself, “I should check that place out.”

Well, now, here’s a good reason to: $2 drafts and apéritifs from 4:30 to 6:30pm on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays. It all kicks off this Wednesday, March 26.

Kind of like a secret club, The Alley Light, which opened in February,  is not exactly your typical happy hour spot. So, of course, it won’t be your typical happy hour. This is a happy hour for people interested in a creative, interesting list of apéritifs, who…

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