Cultural calendar, September 25-October 2, 2003

Cultural calendar, September 25-October 2, 2003

THURSDAY, September 25
Fairly fun:
It's time for the granddaddy of all fairs: the State Fair of Virginia. Carnival rides, demolition derby, Rawhide Rodeo, Funky Farmworks, exhibits, livestock shows and rides, agriculture shows, Word War I re-enactors, West Texas Rattlesnake Show, antique shoppers row, Heritage Village, mad scientists, games, live entertainment, food, a parade a day, fireworks, and much more. Today through October 5. 10am-10pm. $18 adults, $14 children 3-6. Richmond Raceway Complex (I-64 to the Strawberry Hill exit). 804-569-3247.

Little literati: The five-and-under crowd can hear storyteller favorites at Barnes & Noble's preschool story time. Stickers and cookies are part of the fun, too. 10:30am. Free. Barracks Road Shopping Center. 984-6598.

Separation support:
Lesbians and gay men who have experienced a break and need a safe place to cope with loss, process feelings, and create a new beginning meet every Thursday night, 7-8:30pm. Sponsored by Focus. Info: 978-2195.

Control yourself!: Emotional control and self-discipline are essential ingredients for most successful endeavors, whether in business or in one's personal life. In order to think clearly, make sound decisions, communicate powerfully, and relate effectively with key others, one must control emotional reactions and operate free of stress, fear, and anger. This Chamber business education workshop offers tips on how to achieve this control. Registration 8:30am, program 9am-noon. $20. Chamber of Commerce Board Room. 209 Fifth St. NE corner of Market. or 295-3141.

Brown v. BOE:
Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the landmark desegregation ruling with a reading from Wit, Wills and Walls, with author Betty Kilby Fischer. Educators can enter a raffle to win $500 in classroom materials. 6pm. Barnes & Noble, Barracks Road Shopping Center. 984-0461.

The Charlottesville Chamber Music Festival at the Jefferson Theater:
The Charlottesville Chamber Music Festival runs from September 18 to October 2. This week's show features Ravel's "Violin Sonata," Kernis' "The Four Seasons of Futurist Cuisine," and Beethoven's "Piano Trio." $14/$20/students $5, 8pm.

OM Trio at Starr Hill: The electronic jam sounds of OM Trio will get you movin', shakin', and groovin'. Machines and feeling, what a pair. $5, 10pm.

Bruce Lee Power Kicks and 40 oz boys at Tokyo Rose: Back and hopefully better than ever, those kink-tastic boys of Bruce Lee Power Kicks take a little Pavement, a little Talking Heads, and a little Ritalin, and make everything twitchy. $5, 10:30pm.

Soldiers of Jah Army at Garden of Sheba. $7, 9pm

Jim Waive (country-folk) at the Blue Moon Diner. No cover, 8pm (W)

Karaoke Night with DJ Wild Wes at Buffalo Wild Wings. No cover, 9pm (W)

Chicken Head Blues Band at Dürty Nelly's. $4, 9pm. (W)

Trina Hamlin (contemporary folk singer/songwriter) with Kristin at Gravity Lounge. $5, 8:30pm.

Plutonium featuring Houston Ross (bass & vocals), Matthew Willner (guitar & vocals), and William Coles Jr. (drums) at Michael's Bistro. $3, 10pm.

John D'earth and friends (freeform jazz) at Miller's. $4, 10pm. (W)

Magneto at Mountain View Grill. $3, 7pm.

Game Night at Rapunzel's Coffee & Books. Free, 5pm. (W)

Middle Eastern Belly Dance Class at Rapunzel's Coffee & Books. Free, 6:30pm. (W)

Kathy Olsen Trio (jazz) upstairs at Tokyo Rose. No cover, 9:30pm. (W)

Guerrilla Transmission and Jake Brake (metal) at Outback Lodge. $5, 10pm.

FRIDAY, September 26
Pintupi politics:
NYU anthropologist Dr. Fred Myers presents a talk, "Giving to Canberra? Getting a Motorcar? Pintupi Painting at Yayayi in the 1970s" at the Kluge-Ruhe collection. Myers, who has been involved in research with Aboriginal people in Australia since 1973, is the author of Pintupi Country, Pintupi Self: Sentiment, Place and Politics among Western Desert Aborigines (1986) and Painting Culture: The Making of an Aboriginal High Art (2002). Seating is limited. 400 Peter Jefferson Place, off Route 250 East at Pantops. Call to reserve a space. 244-0234.

Coffeehouse 13:
For the last production at its Market St. space, Live Arts returns to its roots with the legendary cabaret performance series that put the theater on the map. Light fare, drinks, and desserts are served beginning one hour prior to showtime. 8pm. Runs through October 11. 609 E. Market St. $8-12, light fare $7-10. 977-4177 x108.

Knight of the Burning Pestle: Staunton's acclaimed Shenandoah Shakespeare presents Francis Beaumont's raucous Elizabethan farce at the Blackfriars Playhouse. 7:30pm. 10 S. Market St., Staunton. $10-26. 540-885-5588.

Ouis, mais…: The Mental Health Association screens this French film about family, therapy, growing up, and growing wise. The movie will be followed by a discussion. 7pm. V. Earl Dickinson Building, 501 College Drive. Free. 977-4673.

The book stops here:
Professor/lawyer/author Michael Gardner recalls "Give 'em hell Harry" and signs copies of his book, Harry Truman and Civil Rights. Miller Center, 2201 Old Ivy Road. 11am. 924-0921.

Sing a song:
Local children's singer/songwriter Cathy Bollinger performs live at The Village Playhouse. 5-7pm. $2.50 adults, $4.50 first child, $3 siblings. 313 Second St. SE (in the rear of the glass building). 296-9390.

Calling all actors: Old Michie Theatre holds auditions for their ninth annual production of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. Kids ages 6-17 are invited to call the theatre for an audition time and come prepared to recite a monologue (for leading roles) or read a poem, story, or speech (for ensemble roles). Performance dates are Friday and Saturday evenings October 24-November 19. A production fee will be charged. Audition times today are 4-6:30pm. 221 Water St. 977-3690.

Fairly fun: See Thursday, September 25.

Rufus Wainwright at Old Cabell Hall:
The orchestral pop of Rufus Wainwright is timeless, contemporary, and classical, and his new album, Want One, does not disappoint in the least. $20.60/$15.45 students, 8pm. See Tunes feature.

CD Release Party: Monticello Road with Wrinkle Neck Mules at Starr Hill Music Hall: Progressing in a more country / John Mellancamp direction than the pop of their last release, Monticello Road have added some new sounds to their repertoire-&endash; come check them out, and see what you think. $8, 9pm.

Dance Party with DJ at Tokyo Rose: Another great dance party at the TR-&endash; the perfect chance to show off your new spinning top move, the one you've been perfecting since 1983. Hip kids, and all the rest, at the Rose tonight. $5, 10:30pm.

Lua at Garden of Sheba. $5, 8pm.

Percy Sledge & The Embers at the James River BBQ Fest 03, Riverfront Festival Park, Lynchburg. 5-11pm, $10.

Steady Rollin Bob Margolin (blues) at Outback Lodge. $8, 10pm.

The Houserockers at Fridays After 5 on the Downtown Mall. $3, 5:30pm.

James Leva and Memory Theatre at Gravity Lounge. $5, 9pm.

Tanya & the Lotus Eaters at Mountain View Grill. $5, 9pm.

Open Mic Night at Rapunzel's Coffee & Books. Free, 8pm.

SATURDAY, September 27
Audition workshop:
Acting coach Carol Pederson leads a workshop for the upcoming Live Arts production of Michael Frayn's Copenhagen. Learn audition techniques, read from the script, and improvise. Auditions are October 5-6. Cast: two men (30s-60s) and one woman (40s -60s). 1-3pm. Live Arts LAB, 609 E. Market St. $10 Live Arts members, $15 general. 977-4177.

Try out to be a spirit!: The Albemarle Charlottesville Historical Society holds open auditions today at 10am and 7pm for actors who would like to participate in the October 24, 25, and 26 Spirit Walk. No experience necessary. Auditions held at the Society at 200 Second St. NE across from Lee Park. Behind-the-scenes volunteers are also needed. 296-1492

King Lear: Staunton's acclaimed Shenandoah Shakespeare presents the Bard's monumental tragedy at the Blackfriars Playhouse. Showtime today is 2pm. 10 S. Market St., Staunton. $10-26. 540-885-5588.

Coffeehouse 13: See Friday, September 26.

Much Ado about Nothing: Staunton's acclaimed Shenandoah Shakespeare presents the Bard's lighthearted romantic comedy at the Blackfriars Playhouse. 7:30pm. 10 S. Market St., Staunton. $10-26. 540-885-5588.

Exotic childhood:
Growing up white in post-colonial Nigeria is the subject of Elaine Neil Orr's memoir, Gods of Noonday. Orr reads and signs her new novel at 11am at New Dominion Bookshop on the Downtown Mall. 295-2552.

Apple festival:
Corn maze, hayrides to the orchard and pumpkin patch. Large selection of apples, fresh cider, honey, hams, food, country music, and crafts. Drumheller's Orchard on Route 741, off 29 south below Lovingston. 9am-5pm. 263-5036.

Monticello medicinal plants workshop: A two-and-a half hour lecture-cum-walk to learn how to harvest medicinal plants and concoct them into remedies. Reservations required; call 434-984-9822. Meets at the Monticello Garden Shop, 9:30 a.m. $10.

Oktoberfest: Enjoy traditional "om-pah" band music and taste local microbrewer beers. Food available. Music by Jolly Joe and the Bavarian. Evans Center at Wintergreen Resort, Route 664, noon-5.30pm. $10. 325-8292.

Charlottesville Vegetarian Festival: The second-largest in the country. Dozens of food vendors, healthy-living gurus, animal rights activists and much more. Lee Park. 11am-4pm. Free. 823-1200. See Walkabout Feature.

On the air: "
Tell Us A Tale," central Virginia's popular children's radio program, returns to the Prism for the first live taping of the fall season. Hosts Peter Jones and Jen Hoffman celebrate autumn with some of their favorite fall stories including folktales from Japan about migrating birds, the classic Aesop fable of the ant and the grasshopper, and perhaps even a traditional tale involving some harvesting and a cat in footwear (Puss In Boots). Jan Smith Band will be on hand with some original tunes along with some young poets reading their work. Fans can join either or both of two shows to be recorded today, one from 1-2pm, the second from 2:15-3:15pm. The results will air on WTJU 91.1 FM on Sundays from noon-2pm. Donations accepted. 214 Rugby Road. 978-3603.

Apple a day: Families can enjoy some great hand-picked stories and make an apple paperweight as Scottsville Library celebrates the birthday of Johnny Appleseed. 11am. Free. 330 Bird St. 286-3541.

Flying high: In 1943, the Memphis Bell was a legend. The B-17 flew 25 missions in the European theater during WW II; dropped more than 60 tons of bombs over Germany, France, and Belgium; and returned home bullet-ridden and flak-damaged, yet sustained not one major injury to any of the crew members. The Man Who Flew the Memphis Belle, Air Force Col. Robert K. Morgan, tells his story and signs his book of the same name at the Virginia Aviation Museum. Presentations at 2pm, signings noon-1:30pm and 4-5pm. Included in the price of museum admission. Richmond International Airport, 5701 Huntsman Road. 804-236-3622.

Ewwww: It's slimy. It's smelly. It's totally gross. The Science Museum of Virginia's new exhibit "Grossology: The (Impolite) Science of the Human Body" explores our insides in a really big way. Opens today. See Family feature.

Calling all actors: See Friday, September 26. Audition times today are 2-4pm.

Fairly fun: See Thursday, September 25.

Nickeltown (acoustic duo) at Gravity Lounge:
Eclectic would be a good adjective to describe local folk duo Nickeltown. With tunes like "Dinosaurus," and "Song of the Itinerant Bible Salesman," how could you call them anything but "quirky"? $5, 8:30pm.

Paul Curreri and Jeffrey Foucault at Rapunzel's Coffee & Books: Local wonder-boy Paul Curreri's pickins and singins have become legendary in these parts, and Wisconsin-based folk singer/songwriter Jeffrey Foucault is already making a name for himself. Come see what all the fuss is about. $5, 8pm.

Afrikan Drum Fest at Garden of Sheba. $5, 9pm.

Charlottesville Alive– A Benefit for Good News Jail & Prism Ministry at First Baptist Church. 735 Park St. Free, 7pm.

Durty Weasels at Mountain View Grill. $5, 9pm.

The Fair Weather Bums (bluegrass) at Sheben. No cover, 9:30pm. (W)

Ari Hest with the Lloyd Dobler Effect at Starr Hill. $10/$8 advance, 10pm.

The Dawning: CD Release Show: Synthetic Division's Bleeding Heart Cadaver EP at Tokyo Rose. $5, 10:30pm.

Tracy Lawrence, Joe Diffey & Mark Chestnutt (Rockin Roadhouse) & Cledus T. Judd at the James River BBQ Fest 03, Riverfront Festival Park, Lynchburg. 5-11pm, $15.

Aquanett (hair metal) with Navel (hard rock) at Outback Lodge. $6, 10pm.

SUNDAY, September 28
Salsa lessons:
UVA's Programs Council sponsors an eight-week salsa class, starting tonight. 8-10pm. Newcomb Hall. $41.20 students, $46.35 non-students. 924-3286.

Tartuffe: Staunton's acclaimed Shenandoah Shakespeare presents a new production of Moliere's comic masterpiece in the Blackfriars Playhouse. All Sunday performances are at 2pm. 10 S. Market St., Staunton. $10-26. 540-885-5588.

Audition announcement, take 2: Live Arts is seeking a cast of 8-10 actors ages 13-19 for their upcoming LATTE production of Tom Stoppard's Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead. For the audition, prepare a short monologue, classic or contemporary, and bring musical instruments if you play. Come prepared to move. Scripts are available for check-out in the Live Arts office. Performances are between November 13-December 13, except Thanksgiving weekend. 7pm. Live Arts LAB, 609 E. Market St. 977-4177x100.

Sunday salsa: The Charlottesville Salsa Club sponsors a weekly opportunity to learn and practice salsa and other dances in a smoke-free nightclub atmosphere. A basic lesson (usually salsa) gets the evening started at 8pm. Complimentary water and sodas. The Outback Lodge, 917 Preston Ave. 8pm-midnight. $3-5. or 979-7211.

Park it:
Sports and games are on the schedule at this week's Sundays in the Park. McIntire Golf Course will be off-limits to golfers from noon until dark so others can play badminton, volleyball, croquet, soccer, or even disc golf. Relays will be organized for kids ages three to eight at 3pm. The highlight of the day will be the inaugural running at 4:30pm of the "McIntire Park Three Miler," a moderately challenging cross-country run. (Entry forms for the run are available at Ragged Mountain Running Shop.) Dogs are welcome, but must remain on the leash. Free. For race information, call Phil at 293-4217. Other info is available at 970-3589.

Park it, take 2: Area residents are invited to "Natural History Day &endash; Part II" at Sundays in the Park. McIntire Golf Course will be off-limits to golfers from noon until dark so others can play. Guided walks will be offered by community experts including a stream walk at 3pm, a tour of invasive non-native plant species at 4pm, and star gazing atop the highest knoll in the park at 7:30pm. Dogs are welcome, but must remain on the leash. Free. 970-3589.

Foxy family day: Foxfield hosts the fourth "Family Day at the Races." The highlight of the event for kids is the FoxDen, with children's activities featuring the Virginia Film Festival, The Little Gym, Windy Knoll Alpacas, Hoof-n-Woof 4-H Club, Wilson School of Dance, Virginia Museum of Natural History at UVA, L'Alliance Français, Community Children's Theatre, The Village Playhouse, and the Wildlife Center of Virginia. 10:30am-3pm. Included in race admission. All tickets sold in advance. Garth Road. 293-9501.

Flying high: See Saturday, September 27.

Fairly fun: See Thursday, September 25.

Autumn evening at Montpelier: Lecture on the legacies of James Madison by Roger Wilkins, Professor of History and American Culture at George Mason University and author of Jefferson's Pillow: The Founding Fathers and the Dilemma of Black Patriotism. Reception at 5pm lecture at 6pm. $5 admission, free for Friends of Montpelier. 540-672-7365.

Foxfield steeplechase: Foxfield race course, Garth Road. 10.30am-5.30pm. Invitation pass, $20. Parking, $15. 293-9501.

The Charlottesville Chamber Music Festival at the Jefferson Theater: Featuring J.S. Bach's "Sonata for Keyboard and Violin," BWV 1019, Benjamin Britten's "Suite No. 3 for Solo Cello, Op. 87," and Ludwig van Beethoven's "String Quartet in E-flat Major, Op. 74 'Harp.'" $14/$20/students $5, 3pm.

Jazz it up: Mary Robinson, vocalist with acoustic jazz group Good Company, provides music for dancing and dining at Keswick Hall. Membership in Keswick Hall is not required for dinner. Reservations recommended. 6:30-10:30pm. No cover. 701 Club Drive, 979-3440.

The Hogwaller Ramblers (bluegrass mayhem) at Escafé. No cover, 10pm. (W)

Old School Freight Train (contemporary bluegrass) at Gravity Lounge. $5, 8pm.

MONDAY, September 29
Audition announcement, take 2:
See Sunday, September 28.

Born in a brothel:
Best-selling author Julianna Baggott reads from The Madam, a novel based on her grandmother's life in a jazz-age mill town. Baggott is the author of Girl Talk and Miss America Family. Barnes & Noble, 7pm. Barracks Road Shopping Center. 984-0461. See Words feature.

Who's in charge?: Thomas Mann (the Brookings guy, not the Buddenbrooks guy) speaks on "Ensuring the Continuity of Government in an Age of Terrorism." Miller Center, 2201 Old Ivy Road. 11am. 924-0921.

Pastel magic:
Picasso wannabes ages 9-99 can explore the possibilities of painting with pastels at Northside Library. Paper and supplies are provided, but participants need to bring their own pastels. 7-8:30pm. Free. Registration required. Albemarle Square. 973-7893.

Calling all actors: See Friday, September 26. Audition times today are 4-6:30pm.

Fairly fun: See Thursday, September 25.

Open Mic Night with Charles Davis at Baja Bean. No cover, signup 8:30pm/fun starts at 9pm. (W)

Jackson Gibson at Coupe DeVille's. No cover, 10:30pm. (W)

Max Collins (experimental acoustic) at Michael's Bistro. No cover, 10:30pm. (W)

Open Mic Night at Miller's. Free, 9:30 signup/10pm start. (W)

George Melvin (piano merriment) at South Street Brewery. No cover, 9:30pm. (W)

TUESDAY, September 30
Live Arts acting LAB:
This weekly Tuesday night class with instructor Carol Pederson allows actors to review the fundamentals of acting technique, brush up audition skills, and explore scenes from the plays in Live Arts' new season. Drop-in session from 7-8pm, full session from 7-10pm. The Attic, The Glass Building, Studio 208, 313 Second St. SE, Studio 208. $10 drop-in. 977-4177 x100.

Tuesday Evening Concert Series: The series opens its 2003-04 season with a concert featuring superstar violinist Gil Shaham and renowned pianist Akira Eguchi in a program of Bach, Faure, and Copland. 8pm. Old Cabell Hall. $10-24, student rush $5. 924-3984. See Performance feature.

Scottish country dancing: First night free, no partner necessary. Parish hall, St. Paul's Church, Ivy. Call if you need a ride. $3. 6:30pm. 979-0939.

Fairly fun:
See Thursday, September 25.

Yankee dysfunction:
Roxana Robinson reads from her novel, Sweetwater. Young widow meets difficult in-laws while communing with a troubled environment. New Dominion Bookshop on the Downtown Mall. 5:30pm. 295-2552.

The Jayhawks with Moses Guest at Starr Hill:
Alt-country band the Jayhawks have been playing their brand of pop/roots-rock for years– their new album, 2003's Rainy Day Music, reclaims some of their older, more organic sound, in place of their recent pop outings. Also performing is Moses Guest, a Southern rock band from Texas– these guys mix rock with pop and a large dose of country, and come up with something sincere, to say the least. $20/$18, 9pm.

Karaoke Night at Baja Bean. Free, 8pm. (W)

Jamie and Rolland (partial bluegrass mayhem) at the Blue Moon Diner. No cover, 8pm. (W)

Glen Mack at Coupe DeVille's. No cover, 10:30pm. (W)

Steve and Timi Ryalls (acoustic duo) at Dürty Nelly's. $3, 8pm. (W)

George Turner at Orbit. No cover, 10pm.

WEDNESDAY, October 1
Coffeehouse 13:
See Friday, September 26. Tonight is pay-what-you-can night; the show is at 8pm.

Country dance night: Couples and line dancing at Fry's Spring Beach Club. Runs simultaneously with the Club's Latin Dance Night. Dance lesson free with cover. Lesson 7pm, dancing 8-11pm. 2512 Jefferson Park Ave. $7 cover, $4 full-time students. 977-0491.

Latin dance night: Latin dancing at Fry's Spring Beach Club. Runs simultaneously with the Club's Country Dance Night. 8-11pm. 2512 Jefferson Park Ave. $7 cover. 977-0491.

MFA reading series: New Dominion Books hosts weekly readings by writers from UVA's well-known MFA program. 8pm. Free. 924-6675.

Nunsense: ACT I presents the beloved musical comedy at Albemarle High School through October 5. Reservations not required; tickets at the door. 2775 Hydraulic Road. $12-14. 296-2531.

Much Ado about Nothing: Staunton's acclaimed Shenandoah Shakespeare presents the Bard's lighthearted romantic comedy at the Blackfriars Playhouse. 7:30pm. 10 S. Market St., Staunton. Tonight there's a pre-show lecture at 6pm. $10-26. 540-885-5588.

Tartuffe: See Sunday, September 28. Tonight's show is at 7:30.

King Lear: See Saturday, September 27. Today's show is at 10:30am&emdash; what could be better than King Lear first thing in the morning!

More little literati:
The five-and-under crowd can hear storyteller favorites at Barnes & Noble's preschool story time. Stickers and cookies are part of the fun. 10:30am. Free. Barracks Road Shopping Center. 984-6598.

Measuring up: The Virginia Discovery Museum reopens with a new roof and a new interactive Back Gallery Exhibit. "The Magical Measurement History Tour" explores the tools, units, and reasoning behind the evolution of measuring. Included in the price of admission. East end of the Downtown Mall. 977-1025.

Dancin' shoes: Kids four and up will feel like dancing when Jennifer Tweel Kelly of the Zen Monkey Project comes to Gordon Avenue Library to teach some of her improvisational moves. 4pm. Free. No registration required. 1500 Gordon Ave. 296-5544.

Fairly fun: See Thursday, September 25.

Sweetwater (country/southern rock) at Outback Lodge. $5, 10pm.

Josh Mayo at Awful Arthur's. No cover, 10pm (W)

Benny Dodd (cover-man) at Coupe DeVille's. No cover, 10pm. (W)

Jeff Decker and Mike Rosensky Quartet (jazz) at Miller's. No cover, 9pm. (W)

Siamese (jamtronica) at Orbit. No cover, 10:30pm. (W)

Open Jam at Rapunzel's Coffee & Books. Free, 7pm. (W)

Seven Nations and Young Dubliners at Starr Hill. $10/$8 advance, 9pm.

Mark Goldstein and Tusker (acoustic rock) upstairs at Tokyo Rose. No cover, 9:30pm. (W)

THURSDAY, October 2
The Desert People:
This film by Ian Dunlop depicts a day in the life of two families living a nomadic existence somewhere in the heart of Australia's Gibson Desert. The film offers a rich experience of Aboriginal culture as the families share traditional knowledge. 7pm. 400 Peter Jefferson Place off Route 250 east on Pantops Mountain. Free, but reservations required: 244-0234.

Coffeehouse 13:
See Friday, September 26. Tonight's show is at 7:30pm.

Nunsense: See Wednesday, October 1.

Scene acting study for teens: In this weekly Thursday-evening class, students age 13-19 explore language and character while sharpening skills of self-awareness, observation, and articulate use of the voice and body. Classes run until October 30, culminating in a final presentation in Live Arts' new space. Instructor: Amanda McRaven. Live Arts LAB, 609 E. Market St. 5-7pm. $60 Live Arts members/$75 others. 977-4177 x100.

Separation support:
See Thursday, September 25.

Fairly fun:
See Thursday, September 25.

The Charlottesville Chamber Music Festival at the Jefferson Theater:
Featuring Giya Kancheli's "Night Prayers," John D'earth's "Loop Improvisations," Steve Reich's "Violin Phase," and John Adams "Shaker Loops" $14/$20/students $5, 3pm.

Jim Waive (country-folk) at the Blue Moon Diner. Free, 8pm (W)

Karaoke Night with DJ Wild Wes at Buffalo Wild Wings. Free, 9pm (W)

Chicken Head Blues Band at Dürty Nelly's. $4, 9pm. (W)

John D'earth and friends (freeform jazz) at Miller's. $4, 10pm. (W)

Game Night at Rapunzel's Coffee & Books. Free, 5pm. (W)

Middle Eastern Belly Dance Class at Rapunzel's Coffee & Books. Free, 6:30pm. (W)

Kathy Olsen Trio (jazz) upstairs at Tokyo Rose. Free, 9:30pm. (W)

Heath Haynes & The Crying Shames and No Gods No Monsters at Outback Lodge. $3, 10pm.

High steppers:
Charlottesville High School hosts the annual cavalcade marching band competition Saturday, October 4. Gates open at 8:15am with the first band starting at the CHS football field on Melbourne Road at 9am. Thirty regional bands with 3,000 competitors strut their stuff all day. Concessions available. $5 adults, $3 senior citizens and children under 12. 295-8453.

Getting it together: Interfaith Pray for Peace gathering. Last Thursday of each month. 7:15-8:30pm. Gesher Center. 1824 University Circle. 970-7836

Mornings in the mountains: Last chance to join a Wintergreen naturalist for an interpretive walk in the woods. Explore the many wonderful aspects of the natural environment and enjoy the wildflowers of the Blue Ridge. 10am Saturdays and Sundays. Ends September 28. $3 members, $5 non-members. 325-7453.

Madison's will: The last will and testament of James Madison is now on display at Montpelier. The four-page hand-written document plus codicil was executed in April 1835, little more than a year before the President's death. The will is visible in the Document Gallery on the first floor of the Montpelier mansion and joins a new exhibit of rare versions of the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights. 9.30am-5.30pm through the end of October. For more information and directions, see, or call 672-2728.

Farmer's markets: Charlottesville's is on Saturday mornings, and the Scottsville Farmer's Market is on Thursdays 4pm-dark, through October, under a tent in Scottsville's town Park. Crozet Farmer's Market is Saturdays, 8am-noon. 1156 Crozet Ave. (corner of Jarman's Gap Road). Backyard gardeners and new vendors always welcome. 823-7878.

The human body: At the giant Imax screen at the Science Museum of Virginia, through January 9. Tickets for exhibits and a film cost $11.50 children ages 4-12, $12.50 adults, $12 seniors. The film alone is $7. 2500 W. Broad St., Richmond. 804-864-1400. See Family feature.

Settling down: Midday Meditation, Tuesdays 12:15-12:45pm and Thursdays, 12:15-1:15pm. Free, but donations are accepted. Gesher Center, 1824 University Circle. 970-7836

Join the conversation: English as Second Language learners interact with native English speakers at the Dialogue Café in the Adult Learning Center at 1000 Preston Ave. on Thursday mornings, 11:30am-1pm. 245-2815.

Historic Downtown Charlottesville: Walking tour given by the Albemarle Charlottesville Historical Society. $3. Meet at the McIntire Building, 200 Second St. Saturdays 10am. 296-1492.

Touring Tom's turf: Each Sunday at 9:30am through October, Monticello offers a free guided walking tour of the Thomas Jefferson Parkway, the linear park along the Route 53 entrance corridor to Jefferson's mountaintop home. The leisurely walks led by naturalist Jay Kardan cover three miles and last about two hours. Meet at Kemper Park, at the base of the Parkway. Rain or shine. Call 984-9822 for more information.

Seminar on stained glass: Every Saturday, geared to beginners but open to anyone. Call by Friday to reserve a spot. Blue Ridge Glass &Craft, McIntire Business Park at 1724 Allied St. Free. 3:30-5pm. 293 2876.

Full slate:
The Charlottesville Writing Center has a larger fall schedule of classes with courses on screenwriting, journaling, and "Matters of Life and Death" supplementing the perennial fiction, non-fiction, and poetry. A favorite this year is a workshop called Sit & Write, in which Heather Burns teaches how to sit still and focus. A writing oasis, as it were. Course schedules, fees and bios on line or 293-3702.

Making tracks:
The Autumn Leaf Rambler chugs into the forested countryside of rural Buckingham County offering folks a unique peek at the peak of fall foliage from the vantage of a vintage passenger train. Early reservations are recommended for this very popular excursion offering morning and afternoon round trips from the Dillwyn station on October 11, 18, and 25. Fare is $20 adults, $10 children. Rt. 15 in Dillwyn. 800-451-6318.

Pickin' apples: Now through October 31, folks are invited to join in the harvest and pick your own apples at Carter Mountain Orchard. Pre-picked fruit is also available along with fresh cider and the orchard's famous apple cider donuts. Priced per pound. Bags are available. Off Rt. 53. 977-1833.

Fan club: UVA sports fans in grades eight and under can join the crowd for a variety of games and get special perks besides with a Cavalier Kids Club membership. For $35, Cavalier Kids get admission to regular season home games for men's and women's soccer, women's basketball, men's and women's lacrosse, and baseball; an official t-shirt and lunch bag; special seating and court-side meet-and-greet opportunities at basketball games; drawings and prizes; and more. Enrollment is open all year, but the sooner you sign up, the sooner you can start cashing in. Entry forms available on-line or at the Athletic Ticket Office in Bryant Hall. 982-5600.

Discovering plants and animals: The Virginia Museum of Natural History at UVA offers another Lewis and Clark exploration. Visitors can learn about the plants and animals that the Corps of Discovery encountered on their historic journey in the exhibit "Natural History Pioneers: The Flora and Fauna of the Lewis and Clark Expedition" through December 11. Admission is free. 104 Emmet St. 982-4605.

Coping with grief: Hospice of the Piedmont offers "Journeys through the Seasons," a free bereavement camp for children and teens (6-14) who are affected by the serious illness or death of a loved one. The fall weekend camp for kids and their parents takes place from 9am on October 4 to 4pm on October 5 at Camp Friendship in Palmyra. Activities include art therapy, outdoor recreation, scrap booking, drumming, campfire, and a closing ceremony. Participation is free. For more information and an application call 817-6900.

Take it to the limit: The five-story IMAX screen fills with people pushing the limits at the Science Museum of Virginia. Extreme offers a glimpse into the unique relationship between nature and humanity including athletes involved in big wave surfing, ice climbing, skiing, snowboarding, windsurfing, and rock climbing. Now through January 9. Call or see website for schedule and cost. 2500 W. Broad St., Richmond. 800-659-1727.

Pickin' apples: Now through October 31, folks are invited to join in the harvest and pick your own apples at Carter Mountain Orchard. Pre-picked fruit is also available along with fresh cider and the orchard's famous apple cider donuts. Priced per pound. Bags are available. Off Rt. 53. 977-1833.

Star search: Two centuries ago, Meriwether Lewis and William Clark didn't have GPS. They and other explorers used the stars to navigate uncharted lands and waterways. The Science Museum of Virginia gives modern travelers the chance to "Follow That Star!" in their new multimedia Planetarium show now through January 11. Included in the price of admission. 2500 W. Broad St., Richmond. 800-659-1727.

Westward ho!: Fans of Lewis and Clark can join the great adventurers and their Corps of Discovery on their grueling two-year trek across the continent in the giant-screen IMAX film "Lewis & Clark: Great Journey West" now through January 9. Call or see website for schedule and cost. 2500 W. Broad St., Richmond. 800-659-1727.

Through November 1 at the Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection, "Whichaway? Photographs from Kiwirrkura 1974-1996" by Jon Rhodes, and "Sacred Circles: The Tingari Cycle in Western Desert Art." Also, anthropologist Dr. Fred Myers of New York University presents a talk, "Giving to Canberra? Getting a Motorcar? Pintupi Painting at Yayayi in the 1970s" at the gallery on Friday, September 26 at 7pm. 400 Peter Jefferson Place, off Route 250 East at Pantops. 244-0234.

The Free Union Country School design competition winners' designs are on display at the Main Street Market Gallery through September. 416 W. Main St. 244-7800.

The Thomas Jefferson Memorial Church shows "Transitions," an exhibit of oil paintings by Tom Walsh, through October 5. 717 Rugby Road. 293-8179.

Pam Reynolds exhibits "Skin Artifacts" through September 24 in the V. Earl Dickinson Building at PVCC, 501 College Drive. 977-3900.

John Ruseau exhibits his own work at John Ruseau Watercolors in York Place on the Downtown Mall. 112 W. Main St. 977-0627.

Mixed-media collages by Nym Pedersen hang at City Centro during September. 323 E. Main St. on the Downtown Mall. 996-2655.

UVA art faculty bid adieu to Fayerweather Gallery in an annual faculty exhibit, "Last Tango," through September. Rugby Road. 924-6123.

Through September 30: "Jewels of the Night," a space photography exhibit by members of the Charlottesville Astronomical Society. Northside Library in Albemarle Square. 957-4231

"Technogaia," work by Mark Graves and Clark Whittington, is now on display at Gravity Lounge, 103 S. First St. 977-5590.

Jerry O'Dell's paintings and stained glass creations are on view at Blue Ridge Glass & Crafts, 1724 Allied St. 293-2876.

During September, the McGuffey Art Center presents work by painter Gresham Sykes and an exhibit by the Central Virginia Watercolor Guild. Sykes' exhibit, "Myth and Metaphor," features a series of recent paintings that evoke a sense of mystery and primitive power, like the archaeological ruins of an ancient civilization. The paintings by the CVWG members are executed in traditional watercolor as well as gouache and other water media. Both shows run through September 28. 201 Second St. NW. 295-7973.

The Second Street Gallery jumps back to its '70s self with an exhibit titled "Artists Among Us: Art by Second Street Gallery Artist Members," through September 28. 201 Second St. NW. 977-7284.

Anne de la Tour Hopper exhibits at Bozart Gallery through September 28. 211 W. Main St., Downtown Mall. 296-3919.

Kate Coughlin Dahmen exhibits her watercolors, oils, artist books, and ceramic tiles of verdant spaces, hidden gardens, lakes, and marshes at the New Dominion Bookshop through September. 404 E. Main St. 925-2552.

In September, Transient Crafters presents Barbara Albert's pastel paintings of Italy. 118 W. Main on the Downtown Mall. 972-9500.

At the University of Virginia Art Museum, "Purple with Love's Wound," Tim Rollins' collaboration with K.O.S. (Kids of Survival), middle-school students from the South Bronx, runs through November 9. The exhibit combines images and themes from classic literature. See Art feature. Also at the museum, "Roads Taken: 20th Century Prints and Drawings from the Collection, runs through October 5; and Gay Outlaw's "New Work," a site-specific installation, is on view through October 12. 155 Rugby Road. 924-3952.

For the month of September at Art Upstairs, Coy Roy exhibits "Here and Over There," a series of watercolors. 316 E. Main St. on the Downtown Mall above the Hardware Store Restaurant. 923-3900.

An exhibit of paintings by Charlottesville-Albemarle Art Association members is on display at the Charlottesville-Albemarle Airport in the upper level mezzanine through September 30. 201 Bowen Loop. 973-8341.

At Les Yeux du Monde at Dot 2 Dot, take a trip in the time machine with "Hindsight/Fore-site Revisited," an exhibit as reflection on the city-wide installation project of the same name which took place a few years ago. This exhibit also marks the publication of "Siting Jefferson," a book of essays and photos about and of that exhibit, through September 27. 115 S. First St. 973-5566.


Marcus Alan Vincent exhibits "Sojourn in a Dream" at the Williams School Library at Washington and Lee University, through December 31. Lexington. 540-458-8602.

Sea Aviar's "3," a show of new work, runs through September 30 at Caffè Bocce, Valley St., Scottsville. 286-4422.

Jonathan Lee Weaver exhibits his "Stay in the Circle, Sue," new works in vinyl, through September 26 at the Miller Gallery in the Kline Campus Center of Bridgewater College. Bridgewater. 540-828-5684.

The Baker Gallery at Woodberry Forest School features the paintings and sculpture of John Lynch in an exhibit entitled "Applied Metaphysics," through October 31, with an opening on Thursday, September 18, at 6pm. Orange. 540-672-3900.

Sunspots Studios in Staunton offer live glassblowing demonstrations every day with master glassblower Phillip Nolley and art glass artist Minh Martin, both in residence. Corner of Lewis and Middlebrook streets in downtown Staunton, across from the train station. 540-885-0678.

Danette Zirkle exhibits "Tell Me About the Rabbits," an exhibit she describes as "bunnies, critters, and country scenes" in acrylic through the end of October in the Bank Building at the corner of Market and Mason streets in Harrisonburg.

At the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, the distorted realism of Robert Lazzarini is on view October 5 - January 4. 2800 Grove Ave., Richmond. 804-204-2704.

Love's wound: Kids interpret the Bard


When conceptual artist Tim Rollins scored a gig teaching learning disabled kids in the South Bronx, he probably wasn't thinking about fabulous new outlets for his art career. (Just a guess, but it was probably something closer to: paycheck… right on.)

Clearly, Rollins is a man who can roll with fate's vicissitudes, however, because a fabulous new outlet for his art career is exactly what he found in the South Bronx in the early '80s. Rollins noticed that his students responded to his personal take on art education, and before long, he found himself running an after-school program where the kids nicknamed themselves K.O.S.– Kids of Survival.

Rollins began collaborating with his program kids, creating conceptual works which engage in some pretty sophisticated ways with literature. He has long since taken his odd literacy program on the road, preaching the twin pillars of literature and cooperative art to groups of kids all over the country.

Rollins' artwork (with a lot of help from the kids) typically takes inspiration directly from classic works of literature. The visual elements are reflections or interpretations of whole texts– or sometimes just notable quotes. As an added dimension, Rollins literally uses pages from the texts themselves as his canvas.

So in "Invisible Man (after Ralph Ellison)," Rollins + K.O.S. have prepared a canvas neatly covered in pages from Ellison's book and subsequently covered it in a semi-translucent cotton veil.

In a somewhat more creative and less literal treatment, "Amerika– Everyone is Welcome! (After Franz Kafka)" covers pages from Kafka's unfinished novel with what appears to be a labyrinthine brass instrument bearing mouthpieces and twisted bells like fruit on a fruit tree. The massive hydra-horn is painted in metallic gold paint and stretches the entire length and width of the sizable canvas.

Rollins served as the 2002-03 Arts Board Artist-in-Residence, and his work with local kids shares gallery space at the University of Virginia Art Museum with other Rollins collaborations. In his time in Virginia, Rollins chose Shakespeare's Midsummer Nights Dream as his text/painting surface. He asked his latest K.O.S. initiates to focus specifically on Oberon's charge to Puck to find that flower "now purple with love's wound."

In response, the kids created inkblots that are little galaxies of color which Rollins and assistants affixed to pages from Shakespeare's play.

Tim Rollins + K.O.S.'s "Purple with Love's Wound" runs through November 9 at the University of Virginia Art Museum, 155 Rugby Road. 924-3592.

Expendable men: The Madam commands respect

The Madam is strangely bereft of men for a story about a bordello. From its opening pages in a hosiery mill creaking under the weight of female silence, the story gathers force from its easy dispatch of men.

Like ducks in a shooting gallery, the male characters in Julianna Baggott's fictionalized family history are essential mostly as objects to eliminate.

When we meet Alma, she's returning from the mill to the house where she raises three children and boards an itinerant troupe of drunken entertainers and their aging bear. Tonight the bear will die, Alma's husband will decide to abandon his family, and Alma will take a step closer to becoming the Madam, a persona to which she presently bears no resemblance.

On the same day, Alma's daughter Lettie meets the boy who will become the man who will seduce her, then beat her, and finally become the subject of the most violent incident of elimination. Bystanders that day are Delphine, a wayward opium addict who will eventually move into Alma's house and wash her hands of men on a regular basis, and Sister Margaret, director of the local orphanage, a foil to Alma's own house full of orphans of ill-repute.

Set in West Virginia in 1924, The Madam dips freely into the era's colorful well of characters. Moonshiners, treasure seekers, freak-show barkers, and convent sisters all have supporting roles (though only the nun lasts to the final curtain). But Baggott has wisely avoided the other standard crutch available for most tales involving resolute women in a hard-scrabble existence– she has not provided a role for bitterness.

If this were a conventional novel, Alma would call up reserves of loathing for the man who deserts her, harden her heart against hope, and steel her own daughter into a caricature of distrust. Instead, Baggott's heroine (based on her great-grandmother) lives out her life with the void of her own choosing– she expects him back. It is this ugly hated hope "his absence has a force, this constant river of hope and disappointment in her heart."

Remember that metaphor. The river soon offers a solution, a "miracle" as unlikely as opening a brothel. On its shores Alma and Lettie exorcise another male presence; again, the opium fiend and the Catholic nun are witnesses; again, the men are incidental.

Julianna Baggott reads from The Madam on Monday, September 29 at 7pm at Barnes & Noble, Barracks Road Shopping Center. 984-0461.

Say the v-word: Festival celebrates healthy living

Where can you adopt a cat, order cloth diapers and have a massage?

The answer, strange as it may seem, is at Charlottesville's Vegetarian Festival Saturday, September 27, at Lee Park.

With an expected turnout of between 8,000 and 10,000 visitors, and more than 100 exhibitors, there's certainly room for a huge variety of activities– last year's Vegetarian Festival was the second largest in the country.

"It's surprising that a town as small as Charlottesville is able to put together a festival as large as those in big cities," says organizer Marianne Roberts, a member of the animal rights' organization, Voices for Animals.

While there are no statistics on the number of vegetarians in town, it's clear that Charlottesville is a pretty healthy place. We exercise more and drink less alcohol than the national average, according to a recent news article, and three natural food stores are able to survive here. Yet Roberts attributes the festival's past successes more to the low exhibitors' fees than to Charlottesville's consciousness of health or ethics.

"People are still suspicious of the V-word," Roberts says. "They're afraid that vegetarian food is boring, that they'll have to give up too many foods that they like and that there won't be enough vegetarian foods to replace them."

The festival's goal is to change that mindset. "We try to make the festival a celebration of a humane and healthy lifestyle," she says. "We don't want it to be preachy."

The variety of exhibits is designed to appeal to carnivores as much as to vegetarians, and in fact one could eat nothing at all and still find plenty to do at the festival. There will be an adoption fair (with 15 organizations participating), information about low-cost spaying and neutering, a silent auction, and booths sponsored by a women's shelter, children's activities, and nature conservation groups, to name a few.

But what does this have to do with vegetarianism?

"A long time ago we transcended the role of merely a vegetarian food event, and we became a green living exposition for central Virginia," Roberts explains. Part of the festival's mission is to encourage all forms of healthy life-&endash; be it animals' or our own.

"All social justice issues are connected," she adds. The Shelter for Help in Emergency, for example, will be there to present its "Pet-safe foster care program." Shelter workers explain that many women fail to leave abusive relationships for fear that their partner will harm their pets. The foster program finds members of the community to look after the animals.

Since the festival is organized by Voices for Animals, an animal welfare organization, ending vivisection and dissection also features prominently on the agenda.

As for the food, almost 30 food vendors plan to be there, touting everything from West African delicacies to coffee.

The Charlottesville Vegetarian Festival happens Saturday, September 27, 11am to 4pm at Lee Park. Admission is free.

Eeew, yuck! An exhibit every kid will love

Caution: Do not read this at the dinner table.

Did you know that human beings swallow about one quart of snot every day? That hydrochloric acid in your stomach is so strong it can eat up stainless steel razor blades? And fresh urine is cleaner than spit because healthy pee does not contain bacteria?

The new traveling exhibit at the Science Museum of Virginia lets go with a whole slew of really raw, really gross, but really fun stuff that's usually considered (ahem) indecorous.

The show is aptly called Grossology: The (Impolite) Science of the Human Body, and it aims straight for the 10-year-old in all of us as it explores the slimy, mushy, stinky, oozy, really gross gunk that lives in our insides. Based on the best-selling book of the same name by Sylvia Branzei, this animated, interactive exhibition pulls no punches as it draws visitors over the teeth, through the mouth, and down the little red lane into some of the grossest places you've never been.

Nigel Nose-It-All, for example, has a nose like a drippy faucet and isn't shy about sharing all he knows about allergies, sinuses, mucus, and post-nasal drip. Adventurous visitors can even take a Tour du Nose where they will get an inside view of some of the biggest nasal passages ever to find out all about what makes your nose run and how it filters air. But watch out where you walk; a tickle in the wrong place can make ah… ah… ahchoo!

Young mountaineers can scale the human skin&emdash; warts and pimples and blisters and pores and bruises and scabs and all.

In the digestive system, kiddies can see what happens when you empty a three-foot can of soda into Burp Man's mouth; play gas attack pinball and earn points for ingesting the bubbliest foods; take a ride on the GI Slide and crawl through a giant colon.

In the virtual reality game "Play Urine," you get to be a kidney grabbing waste products from the blood stream. The "Vomit Center" is a convoluted Rube Goldberg digestive structure that holds many answers to what makes a person puke. And the "Toot Toot" exhibit… well, we'll just let you figure that one out for yourself.

Grossology is a must-see for all those parents who have been acting a bit too hoity-toity lately. For kids, it's just another day in the fourth grade.

Grossology: The (Impolite) Science of the Human Body opens Saturday, September 27, at the Science Museum of Virginia. It's included in the price of exhibits admission. 2500 W. Broad St., Richmond. 800-659-1727.

Un-average Joes: Prodigés show off awesome talent

Find me someone in the classical music world today who doesn't want to make new friends.

You hear it from Russian piano prodigies, from frazzled Scandinavian conductors, from the director of every major orchestra in America. "We want to reach a broader audience."

Will someone finally explain the problem? It's not that the attention span of the average American is the length of a Coors Light commercial. It's not that most of us see classical music either as a sleep aid or a way to help our kids improve their SAT scores.

Well, that may have something to do with it.

No, the real problem is that everyone in the classical music world is inhuman.

Take Gil Shaham. You have to give him credit: He does his best to seem human, and he's better at it than most Stradivarius-wielding violin virtuosos. While Sarah Chang made her orchestral debut at the age of five, Shaham waited until the ripe age of 10. In interviews he refers to himself as a "fiddler" and talks about favorite composers the way grade-school girls talk about crushes. He even put off winning a Grammy Award until 1999, for his recital album American Scenes with the legendary André Previn at the piano.

But then there's the story even he can't make unamazing, of the time he filled in for the ailing Itzhak Perlman on a single day's notice, performing the Sibelius and Bruch Violin Concertos with the London Symphony Orchestra to wild acclaim, and becoming overnight one of the most sought-after soloists in the world.

Did I mention he was a junior in high school at the time?

Shaham tries to be modest. When asked how it felt to be the first choice as Perlman's replacement, he said, "You know, I don't think I was first. I think I was probably like 50th, and somehow the first 49 couldn't make it. Really, it was just crazy."

That's one word for it.

If there's anything that will let you forgive the man his superhuman gifts, it's the beauty of the music he makes with them. There's no better chance to let him apologize than this Tuesday at Old Cabell Hall, when he will perform the music of J.S. Bach, Aaron Copeland, and Gabriel Fauré.

Shaham thinks the latter deserves more attention. "Akira and I," he says, "we have Fauré Fever."

That's Akira Eguchi, the pianist who will accompany Shaham on Tuesday. Like so many other ordinary folks, Eguchi has performed for President Bill Clinton and the Emperor and Empress of Japan.

When you think about it, though, there's nothing to envy in the life of a classical musician. Shaham plays up to 200 concerts a year. There's the constant travel, the endless hours of practice… he must secretly dream about throwing it all away and living a quiet, normal life, right?

"Nah," Shaham says, "can you think of another job that is this much fun where you only have to work half the year?"

Somebody get me a Coors Light.

Gil Shaham and Akira Eguchi perform in the first concert of the Tuesday Evening Concert Series at 8pm at UVA's Old Cabell Hall auditorium. Tickets $10-24, with student rush tickets available for $5 one hour prior to the show. Call 924-3984 for reservations or more information.

Quite a night: Rufus Wainwright comes to town

If you've been constantly on the lookout for Charlottesville's big show this season, the place where you can finally be seen in your hippest, flashiest outfit, wowing gentlemen and ladies alike, I am pleased to inform you that you won't have to wait much longer.

Rufus Wainwright, that bombastic pop luminary, will soon be with us. Prepare the tight pants / glitter; it's going to be quite a night.

Wainwright, son of folk musicians Loudon Wainwright III and Kate McGarrigle, got his start after recording a series of demos with producer Pierre Marchand (who also worked with Sarah McLachlan) that were passed on to songwriter/artist/arranger Van Dyke Parks (who, among many other accomplishments, wrote songs with Beach Boy Brian Wilson for the fiasco that was Smile). From there, a lucky break saw them passed on to DreamWorks executive Lenny Waronker, and the rest is history.

Wainwright's DreamWorks' released self-titled debut album (1998) was hailed by critics and fans alike for its lush orchestral pop, as was its follow up, 2001's Poses. Wainwright's newest disc, 2003's Want One, is as alive and timeless as its predecessors, revealing a songwriter who has not fallen into the trap of following a phenomenal debut album with more down-to-earth offerings.

Want One begins with "Oh, What A World," an intro song of sorts (in some small way possibly referencing the aforementioned Smile's "Our Prayer"), on which bass notes played on brass and minimal orchestral percussion back Wainwright's superb melody and multi-tracked, explosive harmonies, coming to a crescendo as the artist sings, "Still I think I'm doing fine/Wouldn't it be a lovely headline:/'Life is Beautiful' on the New York Times." Wainwright's voice, part Marc Bolan of T. Rex, part Jeff Buckley, never sounds stretched, even on the high notes; natural and flowing, it moves from syllable to syllable with ease.

On "I Don't Know What It Is," simple piano, muted acoustic guitar, and a synth tape loop sound back a vocal line that sounds as natural as the Everglades.

"Vicious World" sounds like it's straight from one of Stevie Wonder's "Great 3" of the seventies (Talking Book, Innervisions, Songs in the Key of Life), with left-right oscillating organ, brushed drums, and Wainwright's hushed "Thought that maybe we'd fall in love over the phone"/"Thought that maybe I'd really love being alone" leading into a chorus of choir boy Wainwrights.

"Go or Go Ahead" is an album highlight, building from simple acoustic strumming and Wainwright's soft words to a chorus from another age when size did matter, and producers like Phil Spector created grandiose "mini-operas" of dense sound.

Find a date (an overly romantic one might be a good choice), get your tickets early, and get ready– this is a show you shouldn't miss.

Rufus Wainwright performs at Old Cabell Hall September 26. $20.60/$15.45 students, 8pm. Tickets available at the Old Cabell Hall box office and