the state

-of local music (10.29.09) by vastate
Thursday, 29 October 2009, 20:21
Filed under: Uncategorized

some shows coming down the pike:

thursday (10.29.09)

the blue nile – the great migrators, ferdinand thomas – 10pm

the little grill – open mic – 8.30pm

clementine – dj neals barkley – 9.30pm

friday (10.30.09)

the blue nile (state sanctioned)the super vacations (record release gig), the cinnamon band – 10pm

the little grill – the keezeltones w/ danny dolinger – 8pm

clementine – skunk ape funk escape – 9pm $5

saturday (10.31.09)

clementine (state sanctioned)harrisonburg zombie fest ’09! – 7pm

the blue nile – dj finks’ halloween party – 9.30pm

the slaughterhouse – dear wolfgang, halloween bash – 9pm

monday (11.2.09)

clementine – sin nombre (film) – 7.30pm

tuesday (11.3.09)

clementine – democratic election-night pary – 7pm

the blue nile – pulse fx – 10pm

thursday (11.5.09)

the blue nile (state sanctioned)invisible hand, preacher, americans in france, eternal summers – 9pm $4

friday (11.6.09)

clementineshotgun party – 9pm $5

saturday (11.7.09)

bangcock housestand your ground, run with the hunted, redemption – 8pm donate!


– of drinking in the fall. by vastate
Thursday, 29 October 2009, 17:25
Filed under: -of drink, -of guest blogger., -of harrisonburg, -of jhumphrey, -of vino

so.  jason from downtown wine & gourmet is a busy fellow.


it took some seriously annoying behavior on my part to get him to give me input on fall drinking.

but – lo and behold – i got an email full of alcoholic information yesterday.  he states:

o the threats, manipulation, and strong-armed tactics have finally pinned me against the wall of my iniquities.

fall drinks of choice would be:

coffee / breakfast stouts – stouts brewed with coffee are a splendid fall beverage because they are hearty, satiating, and the addition of coffee adds not only a fantastic component to the flavor profile, but also a little pick-me-up.  breakfast stouts utilize coffee as well as oatmeal as the primary grain. this leads to an even richer and more decadent beverage.  delicious!

pick: Founders Breakfast Stout & Mikkeller Beer Geek Breakfast (awesome website/label by the way)



cider – really, is there a fruit that carries more of a fall-time connotation than apples?

pick: Samuel Smith Organic Cider, Etienne Dupont Cidre Bouche Brut de Normandie (again with the great label)



mead – mead is a beverage using honey as the sugar which fuels the fermentation.  Its origins are lost in prehistory; “it can be regarded as the ancestor of all fermented drinks,” Maguelonne Toussaint-Samat has observed, “antedating the cultivation of the soil.”[5] Claude Lévi-Strauss makes a case for the invention of mead as a marker of the passage “from nature to culture.”[6]  It can be consumed right out of the bottle, but it is also delicious mulled.

pick: Lurgashall English Mead


red wine – the possibilities are endless…

pick: jason refused to even try to pick…go bother him at downtown wine & gourmet for more specific suggestions.

happy autumnal drinking, friends!

– of donut sorries. by vastate
Thursday, 29 October 2009, 16:53
Filed under: - of restaurant review, -of eats, -of jhumphrey


i’m on the verge of hopefulness.

is there actually a voodoo doughnuts in charlottesville?

(josh insinuated that i was missing something huge in my donut review.)

am i insanely ignorant?  (here’s to hoping…)

the only voodoo doughnuts that i know is in portland.


and this famous mainstay features things such as:

dirty_snowballsdirty snowballs

tangfasticthe tangfastic

and, most infamous:

bacon_maple_barthe bacon maple bar

do creations such as these exist just over the mountain?

please say it’s so.

– of donuts. by vastate
Wednesday, 28 October 2009, 14:22
Filed under: - of restaurant review, -of eats, -of harrisonburg, -of jhumphrey

our family is wild about donuts.

there are entire, multi-generational traditions built around donuts.

i once took a chunk out of a charlottesville krispy kreme (r.i.p.) driveway in an attempt to obey the command of the “hot donuts” sign.


we made sure to be best friends with people who lived next door to top pot in seattle.


we go to mennonite relief sales expressly for the homemade fried dough.


in short, we have a long-term serious commitment.

we’ve written about this passion before on the state. i’ve griped about how, around here, gas station donuts are as good as it gets.

and then there’s carpe donut.


granted, it’s not in harrisonburg.  but the drive to charlottesville is a small price to pay for a good donut.

and hardly noticeable when you are journeying to this:

Tender and steamy on the inside…slightly crisped on the outside…..dusted with crunchy melty cinnamon sugar…..and infused with the mellow sweetness of apple cider.

and making the whole deal even sweeter:

We start with organic flour, organic eggs, local apple cider, and organic spices. Add pure sugar and non-aluminated baking powder and now you know all the ingredients. We cook all our donuts in 100% pure soybean oil. No hydrogenation, no trans-fats, no shortening. We always advise our customers to refrigerate the donuts if they are not going to eat them within a couple hours. They won’t last on the shelf for a week like those “things with holes” at the grocery store…Finally, all oils used to fry the donuts are being converted to environmentally friendly biofuel at the end of their frying life.

ummm.  yes please.

others recognize the power of the donut.

the blue moon diner in c’ville does up a nice little dessert with carpe donuts.  it involves ice cream and chocolate and whipped cream.  and grilled donuts.  otherwise known as the grillswith:


(this photo is from a fabulous and newly discovered blog devoted to donuts.  check it out.)

now.  carpe donuts represents the cute, trendy, organic, environmentally-friendly delicious donut.  classic they are not.

for a real potato flour classic, served to you as well as a number of grizzled regulars, you must go here:


adored by all, this is spudnuts.

as per the cvillian:

Spudnuts has been around for a long time. And by long time, I mean when velociraptors used to hunt small wild pigs and T-Rex’s ruled the United States. In other words, Spudnuts has been open since 1969 at 309 Avon Street. It has kicked so much ass in the last 40 years or so, in fact, that both Krispy Kreme and Dunkin’ Doughnuts left town.

The doughnut has a distinct feel to it. Maybe it’s the off white glow of the lighting, the smooth colors of the furniture and decor, or maybe it’s just the people. Spudnuts feels eternal, in a good way. The menu, with its giant Pepsi logo reminds you that this place is about doughnuts, no more, no less.

you know.  the options over the mountain are not bad.

anyone in harrisonburg want to open a sweet little donut bus?  i would be first in line…

– of explosive days. by vastate
Wednesday, 28 October 2009, 9:45
Filed under: -of jhumphrey, -of politik, -of the outside world

we have friends that live in kabul.

i’m thinking of them right now.


what a place.

and then.  there is also pakistan to think about.


– of trick or treat. by vastate
Wednesday, 28 October 2009, 9:36
Filed under: -of harrisonburg, -of jhumphrey, -of kiddos, -of localism

where is the best street in town to trick or treat?

not ours.  you might remember our controversial post from last year.

(today, as i walked by that friendly neighbor’s house, i was sorely tempted to place a jack o’ lantern on the front stoop.  see how effective their anti-halloween/demon/devil message was?  i feel changed.)

Creepy carved pumpkin face, with a smile

but seriously?

in seattle, it was 19th ave. on capitol hill.  those fine rich folks passed out full-sized candy bars.  and bonus candy if you had a hand-made costume.

and harrisonburg?  i’m thinking along the lines of where to take a 3 year old for a one-street, 30-min, halloween bonanza experience.  let’s hear the suggestions…

-of bikers! by jgrimsrud
Monday, 19 October 2009, 23:20
Filed under: -of harrisonburg, -of jgrimsrud, -of localism, -of politik

our friend tom has been working (among many, many other things!) on helping harrisonburg with its ped & bike transportation issues.  he and a group of folks meet each week to coordinate their efforts; they recently started a “one mile challenge” campaign to get people thinking about “human-powered transport” in this town:

lara is another organizer of the one mile challenge:

and for those of us who need to fix up, or even to get, a bike, tom recommended ben wyse @ wyse cycles.  he does a “mobile bike clinic,” meaning he’ll come by your house and fix you up!

local folks have a lot of great ideas & energy, but bike & ped transportation issues shouldn’t have to be optional parts of our transportation planning, budget, or infrastructure.  as tom points out: “would a city not put up a stop sign at a four way intersection because they don’t have money allocated in a budget?”

well, the new stoplight by cleo’s old intersection shows that, either harrisonburg has plenty of money in the budget to update our system to suit our community’s wants and needs, or harrisonburg needs to fix its priorities.