Photo Gallery: The DTM, 90s-Style

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

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

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


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

Take Note: shows at Rapture through December 4

RAPTURE-9-30Wed. Oct. 29th – Gina Sobel & the Mighty Fine // Ginger & the Castaways
Genre(s): Jazz / Jam / Soul

Thurs. Oct. 30th
“Rhythm Control”
featuring DJ LaMonte
Genre(s): Progressive / Techno / Electro

Fri. Oct. 31st – Halloween with Superunknown
Genre(s): 90s / Alternative Rock / Covers

Sat. Nov. 1st – DJ Edit
Genre(s): 90s / 00s / Dance Hits

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Private security on the DTM? Local firm, for now, is doing it for free in the wake of the Hannah Graham abduction

Downtown Mall store owners and visitors might have noticed a new security presence on the DTM. That’s because Jim Traynor, owner of Crozet-based Traynor Security & Investigations, has taken it upon himself to add additional Mall security in the wake of the abduction of UVA student Hannah Graham.

“ No one hired my firm to provide security to the Downtown Mall,” says Traynor. “  I did it on my own because I feel they should have security there.  Especially after the Hannah Graham abduction.”

Traynor says that he and his officers have been getting good feedback from store owners, restaurant owners, and pedestrians about the volunteer patrols, with many saying that “it’s been long overdue to have security at the Downtown Mall.”

“Unfortunately, I can’t provide the Security for free much longer,” says Traynor. “ Even though I’m not getting paid by anyone, I have to pay my officers.”

When asked, Charlottesville Police Chief Tim Longo said he was unaware of any private security presence on the DTM.

“I have offered my services to them [the police] and they told me no they don’t need it,” said Traynor.

At the time of this post, Longo had not yet responded to questions about the appropriateness and/or legality of Traynor’s efforts. Stay tuned.