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Re: “Fur Flies Over Dog Park Rules

We took our dog AND our over-8-year old children to Barker Field for 6 years without incident. Then, out of the blue, my wife took our dog and our youngest who is 10 there this summer where they were accosted by an extremely rude and confrontational individual who eventually called the police on my wife, though he was being belligerant. We have not been back.

My question: Mr. Hill mentions several injuries -- was there any fact-checking done to verify this? The individual who accosted my wife made several allegations about lawsuits and the park being closed due to injuries -- none of which seemed to be true based on review of the Friends of Barker Fields own regular reports about activity at the park.

It's fine to have rules. But the capricious nature of this group's dominion of the park and the specifically horrendous conduct of the one individual has ruined it for us and dozens of others. Instead of blaming kids, how about putting some restrictions on the dogs who are actually causing the problems?

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Posted by moderateindependent on 10/21/2014 at 9:03 PM

Re: “Speed Dreaming

In my humble opinion, some of the reactions here – by artists – are completely self-contradictory. For Mr. Solomon who urges Mr. Griset to do some research: Mr. Griset has clearly thought about issues involving race-blind casting for quite some time and has talked to experts in the field (assuming you will concede that Ms. Pettiford-Wates is an expert). Also, I hardly ever ask questions of a production’s creative team before I write a review and, when I do, it’s to clarify questions of fact not of artistic or stylistic choices. I don’t know any critic who would ask a director, ‘why did you cast this person?’ and then somehow incorporate the response given (which would by necessity be ‘because he/she was the best person for the part’) into a review.

For Mr. Schall-Vess who devolves into comparing Mr. Griset to a white supremacist: I’m surprised that the response to an honest questioning of an artistic choice is a series of ad hominem attacks. Is THAT the kind of criticism you would prefer to read? Mr. Griset questioned Ms. Powell’s casting choice in the context of her self-stated vision for the entire play, not whether the actress cast was worthy of the role. Clearly, he thought Ms. Wilkes performance was enjoyable, regardless of what race she happens to be. (In an interesting side-light, a similar question about appropriate casting having nothing to do with race is currently being debated elsewhere -- http://www.tvjerry.com/hair-review/)

I deeply respect Ms. Powell and think she is a true artist. She made an artistic choice in setting this production in a specific era. Mr. Griset shows respect for her as an artist to question that artistic choice. Personally, I did not think twice about the casting of Puck but that is mostly because I found the specific setting of the play confusing and so ignored it. By doing that, I was showing less respect for Ms. Powell as an artist for not even considering her choices as relevant.

Artists cannot have it both ways. If you want respect for your choices, prepare to have them questioned. If you prefer they be ignored and that the audience (and the critics) just consider for the 20th time whether they like the story of Midsummer Nights’ Dream or not, than you should not read serious criticism.

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Posted by moderateindependent on 06/30/2014 at 12:40 PM

Re: “Which Part of Richmond Turned Out the Most Votes for McAuliffe?

Love this map! More interesting to me than the variation in McAuliffe percentages is where the Sarvis support was. Great work.

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Posted by moderateindependent on 11/06/2013 at 8:42 AM

Re: “Woo's on First

I have been informed that the "Merry Wives of Windsor (Farms)" production I refer to above was actually performed 13 years ago. I apologize for the error. - DHT

Posted by moderateindependent on 07/19/2012 at 2:11 PM

Re: “Architecture Review: Brown's Island and Belle Isle

I would agree with kazoo. My wife and I have lived in Richmond for 30 years and we currently live just blocks from the river. Over the years we have visited a number of other riverside cities that have done great things with aspects of their riverfronts: Cincinnati; Austin; San Antonio; Greenville, SC; Washington, DC; etc. etc. I've never seen any planning that articulates a family- and/or young professional-friendly atmosphere on the Richmond riverfront.

I regularly take my kids over to Belle Isle but while trying to go there on one of the first nice days of the summer this year, the overcrowding and lack of a cohesive parking situation made entree into the area a complete hassle. Richmond has neglected it's most appealing and versatile attraction for decades now. And I see no evidence this is going to change.

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Posted by moderateindependent on 06/26/2012 at 1:59 PM

Re: “Abled to Do Anything

It was announced at the Live Art event that SPARC plans to continue the program. I would suggest contacting them for details. www.sparconline.org.

Posted by moderateindependent on 06/06/2012 at 1:53 PM

Re: “Island of Lost Souls

The opening sentences are missing from this review:

Many of the things that make William Golding’s “Lord of the Flies” compelling on the page make it a potential nightmare when bringing it to the stage. “You’ve got murders, a dead parachutist, people falling off mountains,” explains director Josh Chenard.

Posted by moderateindependent on 01/25/2012 at 1:40 PM

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