Town handles 3 big events

The ESPN camera zoomed in on a screaming, orange-haired gonzo UVA fan leaning on a railing, and the announcer wisecracked that the fan would probably be heading to the Itzhak Perlman concert after the football game. "You have the whole tableau of the human experience in Charlottesville tonight," said the announcer early in the fourth quarter.

Tonight is a night for the history books. Practically every major entertainment venue is throbbing with some sort of major event.

At Scott Stadium, of course, there's the nationally televised game that finally gave the beleaguered Cavaliers a chance to shine in what appears at this writing to be a victory against the visiting University of North Carolina team.

At the new John Paul Jones Arena, it's a performance of perennial kids' favorite, Disney on Ice.

And headlining a special fall gala at the Paramount Theater is Itzhak Perlman, the renowned violin virtuoso. With tickets ranging from $50 to $500, the Perlman show may be the most expensive of the three.

But the real high rollers are the risk-taking promoters of these three shows who threw caution to the wind to schedule performances despite the presence of competing– well, maybe complementary– entertainment options.

Authorities voiced traffic warnings earlier in the day, but traffic in the university area before the game did not appear significantly worse than during a typical football game.