The Culture Maven experiences a different kind of Culture

OMG it has happened.  I have taken the leap and become an addict- not of drugs but of THE show about drugs.  Oh all you white (see Honest Trailer’s Breaking Bad for this reference- if you like the show you will laugh yourself silly) people out there know what I am taking about…

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I know I am on the back end of that trend but like all those poor junkies on the show and Walt himself in his growing need for excitement and power, I am hooked.  And also like junkies of all kinds, I have sacrificed all other things to enjoy my addiction of choice.  So this past week I wallowed in the culture of BReaking BAd and did nothing remotely cultural with the exception of lunch at The Daily Kitchen in Richmond (The BLT is truly fabulous, Yo.) which is proving to be another addiction all by itself since I have been there twice in 8 days and I live an hour’s drive away AND attended a friend’s dance party and potluck (The latter seemingly the only way people have parties in Charlottesville so in my book it counts as a cultural thing.  I adore my friends and am grateful to be invited anywhere but this potluck thing gets old pretty fast.  Why is it that Charlottesvillians have some aversion to supplying food to their guests? The laid back no fuss attitude perhaps?).

I watched 4 episodes on Friday night alone and one more last night while my daughter was at her Martial Arts lesson bringing me into the first E1: S3.  I think, though, that I am starting to “get” fellow Richmond native, Vince Gilligan’s storytelling sense and am less surprised by things that happen in the script but perhaps he will keep surprising me like with the airplane crash.

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WNRN Culture Connection for October 28th – November 3rd (November! Who said it could be November already? Sheesh!)

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This week’s Culture Connection is an exploration in roots- the creepier side of history in Richmond, Virginia’s equine tradition in Orange and roots music in Lynchburg.

For a Halloween you’ll always remember join Eeerie Night’s Ghost Tours for a walk through Richmond’s Shockoe Bottom on Thursday. Follow your “ghoul guides”, to get the haunted scoop from ghosts at some famously haunted spots in Richmond,one the Nation’s most haunted cities.

Then on Saturday enjoy one of Virginia’s fine equine traditions at the Montpelier Races, a day of steeplechase racing and social schmoozing to benefit the nonprofit Montpelier Steeple Chase Foundation and the nonprofit Montpelier Foundation.

On Saturday night, Fast-rising roots rock singer Nikki Hill brings her gritty, raw vocal style and her driving rhythm section to The Ellington in Lynchburg.

If you know of a cool event coming up in the next month shoot me an email at mary@wnrn.org and help me help you to make a wnrn Culture Connection.

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Surreal WNRN Culture Connection for October 21 – 27

All of this week’s Culture Connections have something to do with dressing up and doing something a little out of the ordinary. OK, so maybe a Halloween Carnival is not THAT unusual this time of year but it IS something not available year ’round.

On Saturday nonprofit Henley Street Theatre and Richmond Shakespeare present the Fifth Annual Bootleg Shakespeare a ONE-NIGHT-ONLY, FREE PERFORMANCE in which professional actors come together with their lines memorized and their own costumes and props to mount an unrehearsed production of Pericles.

Also on Saturday, Live Arts hosts its annual Gala, Charlottesville’s most over the top party where a cast of 250 volunteers create several changing environments in which to party throughout this surreal night of debauchery for a cause.

For family fun on Sunday, head to the Halloween Carnival in Harrisonburg at the Cecil F.  Gilkerson Community Activities Center for an evening of games, crafts, candy and a kids costume contest.

For more information on these events and more go to wnrn.org. To give me the 411 on an upcoming event (three to four weeks advance notice please) shoot me an email at mary@wnrn.org.  If you are a 501(c)3 in the wnrn listening area, contact Tad Abbey at tad@wnrn.org to record a Community Connection PSA.  If you would like to hear about my Arts and Culture adventures from last week go to culturenuts.wordpress.com.

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Have a great week making those Culture Connections.

The Culture Maven

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Four Restaurants and a play

It was a week of eating out starting with Orzo on Main in Charlottesville where I met with a charming Italian man for a glass of wine and some appetizers.  Orzo, a tastefully decorated, neo- Italian restaurant, must be a hot spot for foodies because on a Monday night it was packed.  I sipped a delightful full-bodied red while nibbling on perfectly cooked (a feat all by itself) calamari, lightly breaded and fried to melt-in-the- mouth perfection along with an order of muscles in broth.  Great atmosphere, great food and great company inspire me to return in the near future.

Then luckily I needed to meet to discuss my current book project with someone coming from Norfolk.  We met at my favorite Indian restaurant in the area, Lehja in Short Pump near Richmond.  If you like a mod atmosphere and contemporary Indian food, you will ADORE Lehja as much as I do.  Every meal I have enjoyed there has been wonderful but on Thursday for lunch we started with Chaat, a garbanzo bean based appetizer, Appelay Masala Salmon, juicy salmon chunks in a Southern Indian curry sauce and Saag, a creamy spinach dish seasoned with fenugreek.  It was all deism and as usual I felt as though I should be rolled out from being so stuffed with good food.

Friday’s lunch with the Literary Ladies was at Milan in Charlottesville where I indulged in the Indian buffet and taught my lunch-mates to eat dessert first for better digestion.  Very good and extremely reasonable for all you can eat lunch buffet.

Friday night found me indulging in a fabulous dinner at The Daily Kitchen and Bar in Carytown, Richmond. This new-kid-on-the-block situated near The Byrd Theatre (where I worked while in college and beyond) is a welcome addition to the area encouraging an unprecedented  Carytown upscale in the last six months.  The atmosphere is natural and airy.  In fact the floor to ceiling windows were open creating a flow of outdoor and indoor space that made the line between the patio and indoor dining indistinguishable.  The menu is as mouth watering as it is health conscious, offering vegan and gluten free options marked for ease of identification.  I was particularly thrilled by the gluten free fried oysters.  I adore fried oysters but all too often must pass on them because some idiot decides to fry them rolled in bread crumbs or panko.  These corn meal encrusted beauties were nutty and crunchy on the outside while succulent on the inside- Perfecto!  They were served with a green papaya slaw and garlic toum (whatever that is- it was yummy). My dining companion, who ventured to RVA with me to see Henley Street’s production of THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST, a show in which we both appeared in high school a few years back, ordered the Seared Scallops with cauliflower apple puree, brussels sprouts, bacon and apple lemongrass gastrique was quite happy with his choice though disappointed that they were out of the Miso Glazed Black Cod (apparently very popular).  I enjoyed the SESAME CRUSTED YELLOWFIN TUNA  served over a carrot ginger puree with zucchini, rice vermicelli seasoned with cilantro, pickled ginger and soy reduction.  This dish was soooooo divine that I found myself unable to stop eating it for craving the taste and stuffed my poor tummy to the limit making it painful to eat the three pathetic bites I could muster for the delectable chocolate lava cake.  My advice:  EAT HERE but make a reservation if possible and if not go early and eat slowly- it is very popular and deserves to be.

Next on my weekend docket a trip down memory lane with my high school thespian chum to HSTC’s THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST at Richmond Triangle Players. They have extended the run for at least another weekend and I am glad for their success but overall I was not thrilled with the production.  Sometimes a script carries a show and for me that was the case with this incarnation of EARNEST.  Oscar Wilde’s wicked whit is at its best with this piece.  The stinging commentary on Victorian social mores an the silliness of people in love is unmatched.  That is why it is a classic.  The costumes were lovely, make-up and hair were wonderful and the garden set was a fun stylized visual.  But director, Jan Powell, who is the artistic director for the merged product of HSTC and Richmond Shakespeare (looking forward to whatever singular name is devised for that merger as writing two names is a tad tedious) missed so many opportunities here I was disheartened.  Since I am no longer a full fledged theatre critic I will reserve my thoughts on what was wrong with the production outside of the previous comment and focus on what I liked best.

Hands down- Ian Sterns.  This VCU theatre major nailed the role of the playful bachelor, Algernon Moncrief.  He was engaging, delivered his lines with natural ease and was the only person I saw on stage (aside from Aly Wepplo who had long stretches of great acting interrupted with annoying  goofiness) who was actually acting (aside from Aly Wepplo who had long stretches of great acting interrupted with annoying  goofiness) rather than presenting some cartoonish stylized version of the craft.  I saw in him a young Benedict Cumberbatch/Ben Wishaw and it will be fun to see what he does next.

Perhaps the stylized cartoonish was Powell’s objective for the show and I am simply too stupid to “get it”.  At any rate, it was enjoyable and the audience loved it (not everyone is as particular or snarky as I) and it is worth seeing if you can get a ticket.

On Saturday my daughter and I declared a “do nothing” day and changed out of PJ’s only once to pick up some cider and pumpkins from Carter Mountain Orchard. We spent a lot of time watching movies and eating freshly baked chocolate cake cookies.

That wraps it up for last week.

Best,

The Culture Maven

 

Color Purple auditions at VA Rep

this just in from Virginia Rep:

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For Immediate Release

Date: October 20, 2013

Contact:

Susan Davenport
Director of Communications Virginia Repertory Theatre susandavenport@comcast.net 804-513-8211

News Release Virginia Repertory Theatre

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Virginia Rep Introduces Felicia Curry as Celie in The Color Purple

Public Auditions for Remaining Cast on November 2, 2013

EMCEE hosts include Radio One, Cheryl Miller from Channel 6, and Karla Redditte from Channel 12

Richmond, VA – Virginia Repertory Theatre introduces Washington, DC actor, Felicia Curry, in the lead role of Celie in the 2014 summer production of The Color Purple. This inspiring musical based on the Pulitzer Prize winning novel by Alice Walker, features a joyous score of jazz, ragtime, African music and blues. The show will run June 19 through August 3, 2014 at the Sara Belle and Neil November Theatre, 114 West Broad Street.

Felicia Curry is one of the regions most sought after musical theatre performers. She has performed on stage at many of the nation’s leading regional theatres, including Arena Stage, Signature Theatre, Ford’s Theatre, Studio Theatre and has been seen in multiple productions on The Kennedy Center stage. She is a Helen Hayes Award recipient for her work in Signature Theatre’s groundbreaking production of Les Miserables and a Helen Hayes nominee for her work in Godspell and Aida at Toby’s Dinner Theatre. She has toured nationally with the Capital Steps and Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka.

Public auditions for the remaining roles in The Color Purple will take place on Saturday, November 2, 2013 from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Local celebrities from Radio One, CBS-6, and NBC-12 will EMCEE the event. The casting call is for African American adults and children ages 7 and up who are strong singers, actors, and dancers. Auditions are by appointment in two-hour sessions: 10:00 a.m. to noon, noon to 2:00 p.m., 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., and 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Those auditioning will be asked to perform one of five songs. Accompaniment lyrics and tracks can be downloaded from the website. Family and friends are invited to watch the audition. Admission is free and open to the public.

For downloads, online forms, and more details on the auditions and show please visit http://va-rep.org/auditions.html or email casting@va-rep.org or call 783-1688 option 3.

For information about tickets for The Color Purple coming June 19 – August 3, 2014 visit http://va-rep.org/show_color_purple.html.

Ticket Information for The Color Purple Box Office 804-282-2620
http://www.va-rep.org
Full Price Tickets: $48-$60

Discounted Group Rates and Rush tickets available.
U-Tix for college and high school students $15. Available by phone or in person day of show only. Student ID required.

The Sara Belle and Neil November Theatre is equipped with a new state-of the-art induction loop hearing system that is compatible with all telecoil-equipped hearing aids and cochlear implants. A handheld receiver and headphone system is also available free of charge for anyone who is hearing impaired.

About Virginia Repertory Theatre

Virginia Repertory Theatre, located in Richmond, VA, combines the talents and strengths of two nonprofit companies that shared facilities, resources, and management teams for over a decade. Now the heritages of Barksdale Theatre (founded in 1953) and Theatre IV (founded in 1975) live on in their new form, as Central Virginia’s leading professional theater company. Virginia Rep presents national caliber productions of the great dramas, comedies, and musicals as well as classics, contemporary works, and world premieres, always seeking to demonstrate the unique power of theater to engage, enthrall, educate, and inspire. Productions are staged at four distinct venues: the Sara Belle and Neil November Theatre and Theatre Gym at the downtown Virginia Rep

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Center, Virginia Rep’s Children’s Theatre of Virginia located at Willow Lawn, and at Hanover Tavern, home to Virginia Rep’s Barksdale Season.

Film, Drinks and Dance filled my A&C calendar last week…

Oh my gosh it was a big week for film of various nature and dance with a little travel thrown in for good measure.

It all started on Tuesday with the Virginia Film Festival Announcements.  I couldn’t actually attend due to a scheduling conflict but here is the major 411 sent by  PR guru, John Kelly:

26th ANNUAL VIRGINIA FILM FESTIVAL SET FOR
NOVEMBER 7-10 IN CHARLOTTESVILLE

Screening Of Upcoming Alexander Payne Feature Nebraska To Open 

Festival Weekend, Featuring Special Guest Will Forte

Weekend Roster To Feature More Than 100 Films Including Highly-Anticipated Features, Exciting Independent Films, Fascinating Documentaries, Classic Films, Virginia Filmmakers, and More

Special Guests To Also Include Actress Tippi Hedren (With Special Screening of Hitchcock Classic The Birds); Actors Jess Weixler and Scott Haze; and Directors Fredrik Bond,

 David Rosenthal; and Writer/Actor/Director Jorma Taccone

Tickets Go On Sale Friday, October 11

for more information click here.

Wednesday I finally made it to the Fralin Museum at UVA to see the Ansel Adams exhibit.  I adore black and white still photography and Adams is THE BOMB when it comes to perfect printing of the film format.  Luckily, I went with Benson, the station manager at WNRN who used to be a major shutter bug.  He pointed out the remarkable gradations in the photographs from pure white to complete black and everything  in between.  It truly was a fantastic exhibit and I am glad I got my lazy self over there but it left yesterday so if you missed it you MISSED it.

Wednesday night was ART DRINKS at the Skybar.  Art drinks is sponsored by the Piedmont Council for the Arts and is a schmooze fest for artists of all ilks.  If you want to come next month, contact Sarah at PCA and ask about it.  Some of the coolest people in Central Virginia will be there plus you will get the skinny on what is going on in the art world.

On  Friday, I decided to take the day off and went to the movies at Regal Cineamas at Stonefield IN  (OMG) THE MIDDLE OF THE DAY.  I went to see THE BUTLER which I enjoyed- particularly Alan Rickman as Ronald Reagan and Jane Fonda as Nancy Reagan.  I cried at the end when Cecil  goes to the White House  to meet Barack Obama and says, “I know the way.” It was just such a beautiful summary of the civil rights thread culminating with Cecil’s relationships with the Presidents he served for 30 years as a butler.  I was also astonished to learn that it wasn’t until the middle 1980’s that African American staff were paid equal wages to white staff – of course the women who work there will just have to keep waiting, I guess.

Oops, I might be getting a little too political here.  Better get back to Arts and Culture…..

Friday night kicked off Hitchtoberfest at my apartment with a showing of THE BIRDS to family and friends.  Ironic since Tippi Hedron is coming in a few weeks to the VFF.  I remember being so scared the first time I watched that film and now it just seems ridiculous.  My teenager and her buddy were totally un-engaged due to the slow pace of the plat, Tippi’s absent acting skills and what are now laughable special effects.  But it is a classic and still must be part of anyone’s film education.  REAR WINDOW is still my favorite Hitch movie but I think my daughter and her pals are going to prefer PSYCHO.

Moving on…

Saturday I road tripped up to DC where I indulged in a little shopping at Pentagon City and enjoyed a mint tea and Lebanese sampler lunch at The Lebanese Taverna, one of my all time favorite places to eat in NOVA.  There is take-out at the Lee Highway location in North Arlington but here at the Pentagon City location it is sit down service only.  The staff is friendly and professional and the food is fabulous and relatively inexpensive for the DC area.  My favs are their kibbe, hummus (creamy with just the right amount of lemon and garlic) and the avocado and tomato salad.

In the evening I dined at another fantastic restaurant, this one new to me, Daikaya, across 6th Street from the Verizon Center in DC . We ate upstairs in the Izakaya 2F (the second floor incarnation.  There is a noodle soup restaurant on the first floor) section where the atmosphere is sophisticated contemporary urban Japanese.  Our waiter, Tom, was knowledgable and efficient and we trusted him to recommend some tasty treats from the menu. I started with bubbles (duh.), a Gruner sparkling suggested by Tom.  It was equal in taste and quality to champagne but much less expensive. Then my friend and I ordered a stream of sumptuous tapa sized treats: grilled avocado, eggplant, tuna poke, mini domburi – a salmon dish with rice we liked so well we ordered another) and braised saba.  I highly recommend this restaurant especially for anyone going to the Verizon Center or  Harman Hall for a show.

Which is exactly where I went – to Harman Hall to see that night’s incarnation of the Velocity DC Dance Festival, a smorgasbord of 11 dance troupes performing everything from flamingo to step to traditional ballet, modern dance, tap, Indian, African and Hip-hop. You never know what you are going to get with this type of show but all but one group were entertaining and engaging.  My favs for the night were: The DC Contemporary Dance Company’s Juntos/Together, Step Afrika!’s Trio and Anna Menendez’s C-sharp minor.  Apparently the festival is 30 companies in 3 days.  Definately worth going to next year.

Since it was a long weekend and I had a house guest and other out of towners visiting to enjoy the autumnal delights of Charlottesville, I spent yesterday hiking at Secluded Farms at Monticello, apple picking and apple cider donut eating at Carter Mountain Orchard and tasting a little wine at Jefferson Vineyards (one word: Meritage) only to close out the day by meeting a new friend at Orzo for a glass of wine and appetizers (the calamari was perfectly cooked, solid but not rubbery, melting in the mouth – YUM!).

So it is back to work for now and a relatively calm week planned until Friday when a Richmond Road trip takes me to Richmond Triangle Players to see Henley Street Theatre Company’s production of THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST.

Have a safe and successful week.

Namaste,

Mary

The Culture Maven

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Drag Queens and Zombies dominate this week’s (10/14 – 10/ 20) WNRN Culture Connection

Halloween is coming and there is a lot of dressing up happening in the WNRN listening area.  For starters…

Get your girl on for the premier Drag Bingo night on Wednesday at Impulse, Charlottesville’s new, nonprofit Gay Social Club. Bingo starts at 6:00pm followed by a dance party like no other in town.

Then head to nonprofit Richmond Triangle Players to see Richmond actor, Robert Throckmorton (with whom I danced at Miss Donnan’s Cotillion when we were children), channel Maggie Smith as Lady Bracknell in Oscar Wilde’s wickedly brilliant comic masterpieceThe Importance of Being Earnest. (I played Gwendolyn Fairfax in a production at The Collegiate Schools a few years back so I am especially fond of this show.)

On Saturday you can run with the Zombies at nonprofit Virginia Horse Center’s Zombie 5K to benefit nonprofit Hoofbeats Therapeutic Riding program. This family friendly event includes a costumed run at dusk, bonfire and yummm, smores.

If you know of a cool event coming up let me know about it at mary@wnrn.org and help me help you make a WNRN Culture Connection.

To read about my last week’s Arts and Culture Adventures go to culturenuts.wordpress.com.

Have a great week and get out there and get Cultured!

The Culture Maven

Drag Bingo at Impulse
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Yep, I still get excited when someone quotes me-

Early Praise for She Stoops to Conquer 

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in She Stoops to Conquer.
Photo by Michael Bailey.
ASC Patrons, bloggers, and critics have had nothing but wonderful words to say about She Stoops to Conquer, the second show in our 2013 Fall Season. Our fans describe the show as “superb,” “giddy,” “fun,” and “non-stop laughter.”

Mark Dewey of DC Theatre Scene writes, “Gregory Jon Phelps makes the two faces of Marlow’s character fit so well together that watching him is like seeing both sides of a coin at the same time.” and “John Harrell, who plays Tony Lumpkin…somehow makes waiting for your trust fund to mature seem like a burden no one should be asked to bear without a drink, or several drinks, and a couple of dirty songs.”

And, Charlottesville’s Culture Maven, Mary Burruss says, “If laughter is therapy then go see this play for a good dose of mental health. Benjamin Curns and Allison Glenzer’s performances alone are well worth triple the ticket price or the average cost of one visit to a psychiatrist.”


ASC’s 25th Anniversary Celebration a Huge Success!

2013 Goodfellow Award honoree,
Dr. Cynthia Haldenby Tyson,
and ASC Co-founder
Dr. Ralph Alan Cohen
at Saturday’s Celebration.
Thanks to everyone who joined us this past Saturday
at our 25th Anniversary Celebration. 
We kicked off the night at the Playhouse, with more than 250 people in attendance to watch all 23 current ASC actors perform a collection of scenes and songs from our 25th Anniversary Seasons, as well as special “throwback” scenes from the past featuring guest appearances from former ASC actors.

The party continued at the Stonewall Jackson Hotel with dinner and dancing to a playlist of songs that have been part of ASC performances. Long after the food and flowers were gone, guests continued to mingle at after-parties throughout Staunton.

And the best part of Saturday night? The ASC raised $60,000 to help fund the organization. For the fun, the donations, and the general celebration, we “can no other answer make but thanks; and thanks, and ever thanks.”

Catch the World’s Mine Oyster Tour this Fall
This Fall, the 2013/14 World’s Mine Oyster Tour is traveling the mid-Atlantic, New England, and beyond with OthelloThe Merry Wives of Windsor, and Henry IV, Part 1But, the most important question is: How close will we get to where you live?

In October, the tour will make stops in Roanoke and Lawrenceville, VA; Oneonta, Canton, Valhalla, and Riverdale, NY; Colchester, VT; and West Hartford, CT. In November, they’ll hit Orville, OH; Albany, NY; and Norfolk, VA, before returning to Staunton for the 2013 Holiday Season at the Blackfriars Playhouse.

See if the ASC on Tour is coming
to a theatre near you!
Submit Your ShakesStory Today
A ShakesStory comes from you.  Because we’re doing this as part of our 25th Anniversary, we want the stories to relate to the ASC, but the most important part is that it’s personal.  We want you to share a memory, an experience, or tell us what the ASC means to you.

We encourage everyone to share their ShakesStory by filling out our simple submission form.

Masthead Banner (from L to R): Gregory Jon Phelps as Troilus in Troilus and Cressida and Emily Brown as Constance Neville inShe Stoops to Conquer. Photos by Michael Bailey.

Cupcakes and Red Ribbons: last weeks area A&C adventures

This week was a fun because I got to do some of the things I love best while helping out two important area nonprofits and ate at a fantastic Charlottesville standard.

The week started out with me turning in a story to ART TIMES JOURNAL about Tibetan Music, the first of what I foresee as many stories related to my summer trip to Tibet.  Local Tibetan expert and IT guru, Dan Haig, helped tremendously and is quoted a time or two in the piece.

Then my focus went to WNRN, the local independent music station that indulges me in writing and recording a weekly 90 second spot, called Culture Connection.  WNRN was hosting its Fall Fund Drive and I went to answer phones and take pledges.  I fell in love with WNRN while living in Richmond and continued to listen after I moved to Charlottesville two years ago.  In fact WNRN was a life saver in terms of music stations in Richmond which is a place that my music savvy 13 year old and I often refer to as “radio hell”.  I love that WNRN is really walking its talk as a community radio station by creating programs that help connect the community with area nonprofits and arts organizations.  PLUS they let me do some VO’s and report on Arts and Culture things to do in Central Virginia.

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Ian, the Marketing Director at WNRN, let me call previous donors to encourage them to pledge this year. This was SOOOOO much fun!!! I adore calling people on the phone- really.  So I got to leave loads of messages and actually talk to a few people and even took some pledges right there over the phone.  PLUS my friends at Pearl’s Bakeshoppe donated yummiliscious cupcakes and muffins to sweeten our hard working day.  There certainly were a bunch of sugar powered very happy volunteers on Wednesday.

Thursday was also a WNRN fund drive phone bank day and lunch with my fried P. at Hamilton’s on the downtown mall.  It was quite a treat. I started with chocolates from Gerhart’s then knoshed on The blue plate special, a sampling of Mediterranean foods and ended with a sesame dressed salad with local apples.  Ab Fab! Good people watching out on the Mall as well.  I made a total fool out of myself by shouting out to a guy that I thought was someone else.  He was quite gracious about it, though.

Friday night was fried oysters and a Mojito at Maya with other Tandem parents waiting for their children to arrive home on the train from Philly field trip. Glad Maya fries oysters the right way in corn meal instead of panko or flour (who would do that? ACK! but I have seen it done.) but sad that my serving was overcooked making the oysters dry and a tad rubbery.  No time to send it back though but apparently enough time for my car to get hoisted on a tow truck in the train station parking lot.  I know, I deserved it.  I didn’t realize one had to pay for parking at night there and in the back of my mind I thought there was a possibility of getting towed but I stupidly ignored my instinct not to park there because I was tired and frustrated from driving around looking for a parking spot for 20 minutes already.  Anyway, the tow truck driver had just rigged my car up and I got there just in time to beg him to leave it because of course, as a single mom with no significant other and an ex that lives over 100 miles away, I had no one to take me to get my car from the tow company and I had to get to the Aids Walk Kick Off by 9am the next morning AND get my child home from the train station.  He didn’t tow my car but man that $50.00 he made me pay him sure did hurt this woman’s limited cash flow.  I mean really, That was just RUDE.  I do publicly apologize for yelling at him though.  The poor guy probably gets a lot of anger thrown at him.  He could not possibly have understood how paying that money impacted my life and I have no idea what challenges he faces in his.  Sending Peace and Love, Mr. Tow Truck Driver.

On to Saturday morning… The Charlottesville AIDS Walk Kick-off.  Peter DeMartino, CEO of Charlottesville ASG, organized a great start to the Walk.  Aside from the thrill of singing this years theme song ,THESE BOOTS ARE MADE FOR WALKIN’, in front of a huge crowd at the Ntellos Wireless Pavilion and doing the start-the-walk countdown with David Toscano, I was present for the inspirational words of Tinera, a beautiful African American woman who lives with HIV.  Please single people (and married people who are engaged in or otherwise interested in extra-marital sexual encounters or have a spouse who is or might be engaging in extramarital encounters, oh heck, Everybody) click here and read Tinera’s story.  It is important for EVERYONE to act responsibly to eradicate this HIV/AIDS.

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Pictured Above: Me and Max, Miss Red Ribbon 2013 – 2014 before the Aids Walk Kick-off.

Then I went out of town.

So that was my Arts and Culture week here is Central Virginia.

Thanks for reading.

kisses,

Mary

The Culture Maven

 

 

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