Cultural calendar, April 15-22, 2004

Cultural calendar, April 15-22, 2004

THURSDAY, April 15
Monks, Nuns, etc.:
Join Dr. Sonya Quintanilla for a lecture on "Monks, Nuns, and Formulations of the Buddha Image in Early India," in Campbell Hall 153 at the UVA architecture school. 5:30pm. 924-3592.

It's Your Nickel:
Today only, Kohr Brothers offers cone lovers 12 and under the chance to enjoy their frozen custard for a nickel– that's the price a cone cost 85 years ago when the company first opened for business in a booth on the boardwalk of Coney Island. Woodbrook and Fashion Square Mall.

Tales for Tots: Bugs are the topic for preschool story time at Barnes & Noble. The five-and-under crowd can hear Mrs. Spider's Tea Party by David Kirk, The Giant Jam Sandwich By John Vernon, and Diary of a Worm by Kate and Jim McMullan. Stickers and cookies are part of the fun. 10:30am. Free. Barracks Road Shopping Center. 984-6598.

Dogwood Daze: Dogwood Festival amusement rides are circling 'round at McIntire Park this week and next. Ride all night for one price tonight. Opens at 6pm tonight. More details at

Long Road:
In this first in a series sponsored by the Stillwater Institute for Social Justice to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Brown v. Board of Education decision, the landmark film The Road to Brown will be shown 6:30-8pm. Westhaven Community Center. Hardy Drive. 293-5981.

Bead Basics: Studio Baboo instructor Terri Gable offers a class in bead stringing basics. 5:30-7:30pm. $25 fee includes materials. 106 Fifth St. Downtown Mall. 244-2905.

Swing Swap:
The Charlottesville Swing Dance Society hosts this weekly Thursday-night swing dancing session, with an hour of East Coast Swing, an hour of West Coast Swing, and a DJ taking requests. Singles and couples welcome, no partner needed. 7-9pm. Albemarle County Office Building Auditorium, 401 McIntire Road. Free. 980-2744.

Sad Alliteration:
J. Anderson Thomson, Jr. of the Center for the Study of the Mind and Human Interaction discusses "Terror, Tears, and Timelessness: Trauma and Traumatized Societies." Garret Hall Commons Room, UVA. 7pm. 924-7980.

B.C., Jim Waive, and Dave Gerard at Tokyo Rose:
We all know Jim from his weekly Blue Moon gig, and BC is our old friends Barling and Collins, but Dave Gerard is a new name. The New Hampshire native is a master of acoustic Americana with a voice to die for. He's accompanied by Dave Bailey on bass, but not the one you think. $5. 10pm.

Hogwaller Ramblers (bluegrass mayhem) at Shebeen: Another weekly chance to see Hogwaller Ramblers after all this time they've been playing. No cover, 10pm. (W)

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)

Robin Wynn and Mark Goldstein with Tony Borash at Gravity Lounge. $5, 8:30pm.

Folkskünde (riff-tastic pop/rock) at Michael's Bistro. $3, 10pm. See Music Review, page 44.

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

Agents of the Sun and Gold Mind Squad at Outback Lodge. $3, 10pm.

Karaoke at the Pompei Lounge in Staunton. No cover, 9:30pm.

Robert Jospé (jazz) at Rapture. No cover, 7:30pm. (W)

Satisfaction (dance party) at Rapture. No cover, 10:30pm. (W)

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

Kait and Thom (modern jazz duo) at Tokyo Rose upstairs. No cover, 9:30pm. (W)

FRIDAY, April 16
Storybook Dance:
Young thespians ages 2-5 can climb on stage at the Virginia Discovery Museum as they sing and dance and bring to life the story of The Little Mermaid. Come in costume if you like. 10:30-11:10am and 11:15-11:55. Included in the price of admission. East end of the Downtown Mall. 977-1025.

Star Struck: The view is out of this world at Public Night at McCormick Observatory from 9-11pm (weather permitting). UVA's research telescopes on O-Hill will be pointed heavenward, and Astronomy Department staff and students will be on hand with a slide show and answers to starry questions. Free. McCormick Road. 924-7494.

Gotta Dance: Baby ballerinas can get a leg up on the competition at a Ballet Workshop for preschoolers at the Village Playhouse. It's a fun, interactive introduction to ballet. 9:30-10:30am. $5 for kids, regular admission for parents and sibs not taking the class. Pre-registration required. 313 Second St. SE. 296-9390.

Dogwood Daze: See Thursday, April 15.

Information Session:
The Outdoor Adventure Social Club offers a photo show and social hour. 8-10pm. Free if you RSVP. 420 E. Main St. #3. or 760-HIKE.

A review of Jon Meacham's Franklin and Winston: an Intimate Portrait of an Epic Friendship, led by the retired Dean of VCU, Laurin L. Henry. Noon. Northside Library. Albemarle Square Shopping Center. 973-7983.

Not-So Innocents Abroad: 58 original essays by youngsters on the Grand Tour make up Europe From a Backpack, edited by Mark Pearson. Free Eurail pass drawing! Pearson reads from the collection at Barnes & Noble, 7pm. Barracks Road Shopping Center. 984-0461.

Report from Washington: The Beltway views of prize-winning journalist Seymour Hersh and Brookings man Kenneth Pollack at the Miller Center. 11am, 2201 Old Ivy Road. 924-0921.

Read Joyce! Read Joyce: Marathon Ulysses reading at UVA English Department. Mollys, Leopolds and Daedalus's wanted! Sign up at or call 603-0595.

No Shame Theatre: Up for a theatrical nightcap? Join performers at this alternative venue for original material by anyone about anything. The first 15 people who show up get a spot on stage. Or you can just watch the carryings on. Guidelines can be found under "How to No Shame" at 11pm. Live Arts Up Stage Theater, 123 E. Water St. $5. 977-4177.

Festival of Ten-Minute Plays: Live Arts' Playwrights' LAB pushes the limits of good taste and proper dramatic technique with a night of readings of short plays, followed by a discussion with the playwrights and the cast. Free tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis. 8pm. Live Arts, 123 E. Water St. Free. 977-4177.

As You Like It: UVA drama department performs the Bard's pastoral comedy in a production directed by Betsy Tucker. Cross-dressing has never been more fun. Closes April 17. 8pm. Culbreth Theater, 109 Culbreth Road. $7-12. 924-3376.

Victor/Victoria: UVA's First Year Players perform this "jazzy show about dressing up and getting down." Closes 4/18. 8pm. Student Activities Building, UVA Central Grounds. $5. 243-3021.

Two Gentlemen of Verona: Shenandoah Shakespeare presents a new production of the Bard's early comedy in the magnificent Blackfriars Theater. 7:30pm. 10 S. Market St., Staunton. $10-26. 540-885-5588.

Icons: The Richmond Triangle Players in association with Vicarious Productions present the Richmond debut of the first touring production of Jade Esteban Estrada's landmark solo musical Icons: The Lesbian and Gay History of the World, Vol. 1, directed by Jeff Wills and starring Jade Esteban Estrada. 8pm. Fielden's Cabaret Theatre, 2033 W. Broad St., Richmond. $12-$14. 804-346-8113.

Ghosts: PVCC Theater performs Lanford Wilson's adaptation of Henrik Ibsen's classic drama. Closes April 18. V. Earl Dickinson Building, 500 College Drive. 7:30pm. $6-10. 961-5376.

Norman and Nancy Blake at the Prism:
Hailing from Georgia, this string music duo returns to the Prism for another evening of timeless wonderment. $22/$18 advance for the 7pm show, $18/$15 advance for the 9:30pm show.

The Red Hot Chilli Pickers, Monroe Station, and Swang at Rapunzel's Coffee & Books: Hear some great old time music and support the medical bills of Joe Damiano, father of local musician Joey Damiano, who is recovering from open heart surgery. $5 donation, 7:30pm.

CD Release Party: King Wilkie at Starr Hill: Originals and classic bluegrass tunes pepper the live show of King Wilkie, the best local bluegrass act around&endash; this performance celebrates the release of their new CD, Broke, on Rebel Records. $8/$5 advance, 9pm. See Tunes feature.

Barb Martin (singer and songwriter) with Paddy Dougherty and Melissa McClain at the Blue Rose. Suggested donation- $10, 8pm.

The Zing Kings outside on the Downtown Mall. Free, 11am-3pm. (W)

Alvin Breeden and the Virginia Cutups with The Zing Kings at Gravity Lounge. $5, 8:30pm.

William Walter & Co. (acoustic rock) at Jaberwoke. No cover, 11pm.

Vernon Fisher ("romantic side of jazz") at Keswick Hall. No cover, 6:30pm. (W)

Moby and the Dicks and Thoroughfare at Outback Lodge. $6, 10pm.

Kelly May Brown at the Pompei Lounge in Staunton. No cover, 9:30pm.

Planet Mimi (dance) at Rapture. No cover, 10pm.

Max Collins (otherwordly guitar) at Shebeen. No cover, 11pm. (W)

Lua (Latin) at Twisted Branch Tea Bazaar. No cover, 9pm.

SATURDAY, April 17
Patrons and Pals:
A seminar exploring the links between patrons and artists features one of each– patron Lord Sainsbury, SITE Environmental Design president James Wines, and artist Alex Katz. The talk coincides with three current exhibits in the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. 9am-3pm. Admission is free, but advance tickets, limited to two per person, are required. 2800 Grove Ave., Richmond. 804-340-1405.

It's a Trip:
Elementary school kids can take a trip around the world at the literacy fair at Venable Elementary School. Students will make many stops as they visit different booths representing various countries, learn about cultures around the world, and do fun activities and crafts. Parents must accompany children. Snacks provided, and the first 200 students receive a free book. Sponsored by UVA's Student Virginia Education Association (SVEA). 1-3pm. Free. Info, Michelle Hall, 293-8132.

On the Frontier: The Frontier Culture Museum celebrates Earth Day with special activities and events on their four historic farm sites. Children 12 under can make and take home an earth-friendly craft from 1-3pm. A family nature walk happens at 2pm. Included in the price of admission. Rt. 250 West in Staunton. 540-332-7850.

Survival Challenge: Young adventurers can test their skills as they learn the basics of survival in the wild. Identify plants and animals, use a compass, make a nature journal and collection bag, build a debris hut, and more. This all-day Science Days program includes hands-on science workshops, demonstrations, exhibits, an IMAX® film, and planetarium show. $18 per child. For every six children, one adult chaperon is required. Required adults $9. Additional adults $18. Call 804-864-1447 to register. 2500 W. Broad Street, Richmond; 800-659-1727.

On the Air: Tell Us A Tale, central Virginia's popular children's radio program, comes a knockin' this week with another live performance. Hosts Peter Jones and Jen Hoffman knock on doors with some of their favorite folktales including "The Three Little Pigs," "Little Red Riding Hood," and "The Frog Prince." The show airs on WTJU 91.1 FM on Sundays from noon-2pm. The Jan Smith Band will be on hand with some original and not-so-original tunes. Fans can join either or both of two shows to be recorded today, one from 1-2pm, the second from 2:30-3:30. Donations accepted. 214 Rugby Road. 978-3603.

Air Waves: The Virginia Aviation Museum invites high fliers of all ages to go fly a kite… and learn about the forces of flight and how to build this simple toy, too. 10am-noon. Included in the price of admission. Richmond International Airport. 804-236-3622.

Dinomania: Dinosaur lovers ages 6-12 can spend the evening learning about dinosaurs or grab a chisel and a brush to dig out their own dinosaur "fossils" in a special evening program at the Dinosaurs of China exhibit at the Children's Museum of Richmond. 6-10pm. $24 for children, $5 for adults. Reservations required. 2626 W. Broad St., Richmond. 804-474-7011.

Dogwood Daze: See Thursday, April 15. Opens at 1pm today.

Mrs. Murphy:
Rita Mae Brown reads from Whisker of Evil, her 12th Mrs. Murphy mystery. Barnes & Noble, Barracks Road Shopping Center, 2pm. 984-0461.

Flowers of Spring:
Virginia Native Plant Society presents a photo-tour of spring wildflowers, just in time for the upcoming native plant sale on April 25. Meet at the education building at Ivy Creek. Earlysville Road. 973-7772.

Archaeologist for a Day: Join JMU's Carole Nash for a program of archaeological studies that includes field survey and documentation of a 6,000-year-old Native American site on the Blue Ridge. Lab analysis of artifacts, slide presentations, and discussions are part of the program. 9am-5pm. $50 members of Wintergreen Foundation, $60 non-members. 325-7453 or

"The Blank Slate": A videotape lecture by Steven Pinker, author and professor of psychology at Harvard. Dr. Pinker reexamines the concept of human nature in light of recent scientific research and explores its implications for society. Presented by Central Virginia Secular Humanists. Free.(974-4582). 1:30pm, Northside Library Meeting Room, Albemarle Square. 974-4582.

Northwest Dinner: "The Cultural and Natural History of the Pacific Northwest" is the title of a talk by Doug Coleman, Wintergreen Nature Foundation director. Bring a covered dish to share. Dessert and coffee provided. 6pm. Wintergreen. 434-325-7453.

Fly Fishing Festival: This annual rite of spring happens in Waynesboro, and now includes wineries from the region and artisans from Artisans Center of Virginia. See Walkabout feature.

Find Out What it Means: Instructor Mary-Frances "M.F." Hoh teaches the popular Pinch & Twist at Studio Baboo. 10-2pm. $35. 106 Fifth St. 244-2905 to register or for information.

Import Car Show: CDOC hosts an exclusively German and Import Car Show in the parking lot of their showroom. Raffle/door prizes and awards for the best German car and the best Import car as well as a People's Choice Award. Scales available for visitors to weigh and corner balance their cars. Free food and drink. Noon-4pm. 900 Preston Ave. 1-866-390-2362.

The Importance of Being Earnest:
Shenandoah Shakespeare presents a new production of Oscar Wilde's comic masterpiece in the Blackfriars Theater. 7:30pm. 10 S. Market St., Staunton. $10-26. 540-885-5588.

Ghosts: See Friday, April 16.

Victor /Victoria: See Friday, April 16.

Festival of Ten-Minute Plays: See Friday, April 16.

G & S Revue: UVA Opera Workshop singers present show-stopping scenes from The Mikado, Pirates of Penzance, Gondoliers, HMS Pinafore, and Iolanthe. 8pm. $15 door/$12 advance. Carysbrook Performing Arts Center, Route 15, Carysbrook. Tix, directions, and info: 434-842-1333.

As You Like It: See Friday, April 16.

Spring Fling Swing Dance: Charlottesville Swing Dance Society offers an evening of Swing Dancing and a variety of other dances, featuring music by local favorite Chicken Head Blues Band. A free beginner West Coast Swing lesson is included with admission from 7-8pm. Dance from 8-11pm. Singles welcome. Greek Orthodox Church, 100 Perry Drive. $6-12. 980-2744.

Live Arts Actor's LAB: Join acting coach and director Carol Pedersen to sharpen your acting tools and gear up for numerous summer acting possibilities now. Runs until April 24. Weekly drop-in session 10-11am, full session 10-1pm. Live Arts, 123 E. Water St. $10 drop-in rate; $160 for full eight-week session. 977-4177x100.

Icons: See Friday, April 16.

India Day: UVA's Indian Student Association presents its largest spring cultural event, including dancing, skits, fashion shows, and a cappella performances, fusing traditional and modern aspects of Indian culture. Indian food will be served after the show. 5-7pm. Charlottesville Performing Arts Center, 1400 Melbourne Road. Free. 979-9532.

The Improfessionals: Charlottesville's resident improv comedy troupe performs a show "not unlike a cross between Days of Our Lives and pick-up basketball at ACAC," kicking off a series of monthly performances at Live Arts. Bring props for use during the show. 8pm. Live Arts Upstage, 123 E. Water St. $8. 977-9957.

4CP Benefit Concert: Four County Players present a concert to benefit the theater featuring Doug Schneider, Greg Harris, Boomie Pedersen, and others. Admission includes wine and hors d'oeuvres at 7pm, show at 8pm, and coffee and light desserts at intermission. Barboursville Community Center on Route 678 between Routes 33 and 20, Barboursville. $25. 540-832-5355.

Spring Concert: The Virginia Women's Chorus performs their annual spring concert, including works by Randall Thompson, Gabriel Faure, and Igor Stravinsky. 3pm. Thomas Jefferson Memorial Church, 717 Rugby Road. $5-10. 243-4080.

Vocal Recital: UVA distinguished major Katie Lynch performs arias by Handel and Dvorak, Goethe lieder by Schubert, a short song cycle by Poulenc and selections from Copland's cycle, "Twelve Poems of Emily Dickinson." 3:30pm. Old Cabell Hall. Free. 924-3984. See Performance feature.

Director's Roundtable: Join Live Arts' Artistic Director John Gibson for this monthly, free-wheeling exploration of the art/craft/science/myth of directing, as well as the nature of creativity. For adults with prior directing experience. 7-10pm. Live Arts, 123 E. Water St. Free. 977-4177,

Latin Groove: Studio 206 Belmont presents a new weekly class. Learn salsa, samba, merengue, and other Latin forms of dance in an exercise setting. Dress comfortably for a great workout. 11:15am. Studio 206 Belmont, 505 Monticello Road. $12 drop-in; 5-class card for $45. 973-2065.

Dance Master Class: Staunton's Ballet Box Dance School hosts master classes with dancer and choreographer Joshua Bergasse. Call school for details. 10am-2pm. Ballet Box Dance School, 1744 Englewood Drive, Staunton. $18-53. 540-849-5596.

Charlottesville and University Symphony Orchestra:
The orchestra's 29th season draws to a close with the dazzling Sibelius Violin Concerto and Brahms' First Symphony. Pre-concert lecture by Professor Milos Velimirovic 45 minutes before the concert in Minor Hall. Old Cabell Hall. 8pm. $22-orchestra and loge seats, $15-balcony. 924-3984. See Performance feature.

Brady Earnhart with Justin Wolf at Gravity Lounge:
Smart folkie Brady Earnhart brings his superior tunesmithing to Gravity Lounge for another evening of teaching the masses. $5, 8:30pm.

The Chakavak Ensemble at the Prism: The classical music of Persia alights the Prism Saturday night, under the direction of Nader Madj. $14/$12 advance, 8pm.

Eli Cook and Sal Milione at Rapunzel's Coffee & Books: Bluesman Cook and musician and storyteller Milione come to Lovingston for an evening of varied but great entertainment. $5, 7:30pm.

Victor Cabas (blues) at Basic Necessities. No cover, 6:30pm. (W)

Populist Dancing at Club Rio. $10, 9pm. (W)

Vernon Fisher ("romantic side of jazz") at Keswick Hall. No cover, 6:30pm. (W)

Sundried Opossum (jam) at the Pompei Lounge in Staunton. No cover, 9:30pm.

SoulR (a deep house excursion with Omar Faison) at Rapture. No cover, 10pm.

Fair Weather Bums (bluegrass) at Shebeen. No cover, 11pm. (W)

The Push Stars with David Berkeley at Starr Hill. $7/$5 advance, 9pm.

Tackle Squad (DJ collective) at Twisted Branch Tea Bazaar. No cover, 9pm.

SUNDAY, April 18
Nature Nearby:
Nature lovers can get familiar with TJ's design and plantings in a guided walk through the UVA Lawn and Gardens with the Virginia Museum of Natural History. Meet at the Museum at 2pm. Free. 104 Emmet St. 982-4605.

Hit the Trails: Hub and Kate Knott of the Living Earth School search for signs of wildlife at Ivy Creek Natural Area. Curious folks can learn how to read the story of animal life in the landscape. Meet at the barn. 9am. Free. Earlysville Road. 973-7772.

Dogwood Daze: See Thursday, April 15. Opens at 1pm today.

Fly fishing:
See Saturday, April 17, and Walkabout feature.

Earth Day Celebration: Food Not Bombs offers a free community meal to acquaint the community with their activities. In addition to the lunch, enjoy music, performances, a "free store" (bring goods to trade), seed planting and face painting for kids, and information on environmental issues. 1-4pm. Tonsler Park. 295-1388.

Pledging to Get Married: Central Virginia Secular Humanists hold an open discussion on two topics of current interest: gay marriage and Dr. Newdow's challenge to the current version of the Pledge of Allegiance. Open to the public. Free. 1:10pm. Jefferson Room, Central Library, 201 E. Market St. 974-4582.

Photo Exhibit: Virginia Photography Club opens its first public exhibition with a soiree featuring music by Badger Skreg's Theorem. 10pm. $2. Michael's Bistro. 242-0139.

Sunday Salsa&emdash; Live!:
Shake loose your winter cobwebs with a Live! Sunday Salsa featuring Bio Ritmo. The complete salsa dancing experience must be done to live music with the band and dancers sharing and building on one another's energy. Bio Ritmo has energy to share! DJ'd music to warm you up starts at 8pm, Bio Ritmo begins their first set at 9:30pm. The Outback Lodge, 917 Preston Ave. $8. 979-7211.

Victoria/Victoria: See Friday, April 16.

Henry IV, Part I: Shenandoah Shakespeare presents a new production of the Bard's best-loved history play in the magnificent Blackfriars Theater. 10 S. Market St., Staunton. $10-26. 540-885-5588.

Ghosts: See Friday, April 16. Today's show is at 2:30pm.

Philaster: Shenandoah Shakespeare presents a staged reading of this play by Francis Beaumont and John Fletcher. At the interval, enjoy coffee and light refreshments with the actors. 7:30pm. 10 S. Market St., Staunton. Pay-what-you-will. 540-885-5588.

Icons: See Friday, April 16.

LiveArts Playwright's LAB: This twice-monthly playwriting workshop is designed to give new and seasoned playwrights an environment to develop and refine original works. Meets the first and third Monday of every month. 6:30pm. Live Arts, 123 E. Water St. Free. 977-4177 x100.

Two Gentlemen of Verona: See Friday, April 16. Today's show is at 2pm.

Improv Lab II: Live Arts' resident expert Rush Howell leads this intermediate-level weekly Sunday afternoon workshop in long-form improv. Class runs until May 2. 3-5pm. Live Arts, 123 E. Water St. $50 members, $65 general. 977-4177x100.

G & S Revue: See Saturday, April 27. Today's show is at 3pm.

Guitar Recital: UVA distinguished major Billy Duberstein performs music for jazz guitar. 8pm. Old Cabell Hall, UVA Central Grounds. Free. 924-3984. See Performance feature.

Dance Master Class: See Saturday, April 17. Today's hours are 10am-1pm.

Charlottesville and University Symphony: See Saturday, April 17. 3:30pm.

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

Benefit for the Salvation Army: Christian Songwriter's Show with Awake & Dreaming, Jim Bingler, Ron Gentry, and many others at the First Baptist Church. Free, 6pm.

Organ Recital featuring Cj Sambach at First Presbyterian Church on Park Street. No cover, 7:30pm.

Streelight Readings at Gravity Lounge. Free, 4pm.

Sparky's Flaw at Gravity Lounge. $5, 7pm.

Irish Music Session at Shebeen. No cover, 3-6pm. (W)

B.C. at Miller's. No cover, 10:30pm. (W)

MONDAY, April 19
Nature Explorers
: Nature lovers ages 6-11 can prepare for Earth Day (April 22) by learning about habitats and how all life forms are connected at the Virginia Museum of Natural History's nature club. 4pm. $4. Registration required. 104 Emmet St. 982-4605.

Games People Play: Crozet Library hosts a Board Game Bonanza in celebration of TV-Turnoff Week. Kids ages eight and up can bring a game– or not– and hang out with friends at the library instead of planting themselves in front of the tube. 6pm. Free. In the old train station on Three Notch'd Road. 823-4050. See Family feature.

Dogwood Daze: See Thursday, April 15. Opens at 6pm today.

Poetic Peat:
Seamus Heaney reads at Culbreth Theater, UVA 8pm. Doors open at 7:30. See Words feature.

Master Workshop:
Today is the last day to register for Plot and Passion, a material-generation workshop presented by Live Arts and Foolery investigating the culture of American melodrama. Open to writers, designers, directors, actors, visual artists, and the curious, the workshop is designed to give Foolery material for their current production (in development) Dirtnap. First session April 24, second session May 1. Live Arts, 123 E. Water St. $30 for two Saturday sessions. 944-4177.

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

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

Retrofonics (Motown) at Dew Drop Inn. No cover, 9:30pm.

Bitch and Animal with Susan Powter at Gravity Lounge. $15/$12 advance, 8pm.

Robert Jospé CD Release Party at Rapture. No cover, 9pm.

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

Travis Elliot (pop) and John Figura at the Virginian. No cover, 10pm. (W)

TUESDAY, April 20
Multimedia: New media artists Kevin and Jennifer McCoy host a multimedia presentation of a wide range of video, installation, new media and performance works dealing with the cultural manifestations of technology in the world. Formally these projects arise from an interest in the modular, language-like nature of digital information and its recombinant possibilities. Clemons Library, Room 201 at 7pm. 982-5560.

Vincent and Paul: VMFA's associate director Kathleen Morris lectures on "A Short-lived Brotherhood: Van Gogh and Gauguin in the South of France" which reveals the story behind the current exhibition of the two painters' work. 6pm. $5, $3 members. 2800 Grove Ave., Richmond. 804-204-2700.

Nature Time:
Nature lovers ages 3-5 can are invited to the Virginia Museum of Natural History for stories and nature activities. This week's fun focuses on Earth Day (April 22) and how all life forms are interconnected. 10:30am. $4. Registration required. 104 Emmet St. 982-4605.

Reel Life: In celebration of TV-Turnoff Week, Crozet Library offers kids ages 8 and up the chance to tackle the ins and outs of fishing in Virginia with a knowledgeable fisherman. 6pm. Free. In the old train station on Three Notch'd Road. 823-4050. See Family feature.

Dogwood Daze: See Thursday, April 15. One price night. Opens at 6pm today.

Poetry Lounge:
Tucker Duncan's monthly poetry reading/spoken word series continues this week. Sign up to read with or without musical accompaniment. 9pm. Live Arts UpStage, 123 E. Water St. $3. 977-4177.

Flute Ensemble Concert: A variety of ensemble groups perform the works of Bach, Beethoven, Reicha, Piazzolla, Faure, Boismortier, and Moyse. 7pm. Old Cabell Hall, UVA. Free. 924-3984.

Allen Creek Ramble:
Join Wintergreen Nature Foundation Director Doug Coleman on a stroll through the nature preserve. 10am. Free. 328-7453.

Tuesday Evening Concert Series:
The distinguished Emerson String Quartet closes the TECS season with a concert of works by Bach, Mozart, Mendelssohn and Beethoven. 8pm. Old Cabell Hall. $10-24; $5 student rush. 924-3984. See Performance feature.

Benefit Concert: Planned Parenthood of the Blue Ridge presents a concert to raise money and awareness for the upcoming March For Women's Lives, including performances by Devon Sproule, Jan Smith, Karmen, and the Dirty Dishes. 7:30pm. Gravity Lounge, 103 S. First St. 989-1514.

Karaoke Night (what you make of it) 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)

SNUG (funk improv) at Michael's Bistro. $3, 10pm. (W)

420 Party with Man Mountain Jr. at Orbit. $5, 10pm.

Poetic Principles:
Richmond native and poet Kelly Cherry reads from her work at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts auditorium. 6pm. $5, $3 members and students. 2800 Grove Ave., Richmond. 804-340-1405.

Lunchbox Recitals:
Various university musicians perform classical works in this free recital series.:15pm. Newcomb Hall Main Lounge, UVA Central Grounds. Free. 924-3984. See Performance feature,.

Two Gentlemen of Verona: See Friday, April 16. You have to get up early this morning– the show's at 10:30am.

The Importance of Being Earnest: See Saturday, April 17. There's a lecture tonight at 6pm before the show at 7:30pm.

Country Dance Night: Couples and line dancing at Fry's Spring Beach Club. Dance lesson free with cover. Lesson 7pm, dancing 8-11pm. 2512 Jefferson Park Ave. $7 cover, $4 full-time students; students $2 every fourth Wednesday through May. 977-0491.

Salsa Night: Whether you're mastering the basic step or working on learning some cool new moves, this class will help you reach your next level. No partner necessary. 8-9:30 salsa partnering lesson; 9:30-10 practice. Lesson and practice, $8, $6 students. Berkmar Ballroom, 652 W. Rio Road. 975-4611 or

Teen Acting Studio: Designed for the serious teen actor, this weekly workshop will focus on actor's vocal production and physical movement, skills that will then be put to practical use in work with monologues. Students should bring 3 sample contemporary monologues with them to the first class. Runs until 6/2. 5:30-7pm. Live Arts, 123 E. Water St. $60 members, $75 general. 977-4177.

Berkmar Salsa Night: Maestro Tiffany Sanchez offers lessons every Wednesday, 8-10pm. Salsa partnering lesson, 8-9:15pm. 9:15-10pm practice. 652 Rio Road W. 975-4611.

Okra Leaves:
Apparently more reliable than the tea leaves when looking at the future through the past. A discussion with Nikki Giovanni, Julian Bond, Samantha Thornhill, and others. Clark Hall, Room 108, UVA. 5pm. 924-6675.

Live from Charlottesville: PBS "Virginia Currents" tapes a discussion of urban growth before a live studio audience. Local experts Harrison Rue, Jack Marshall, and Neil Williamson take part in the debate. Community participation is invited. The taping is at 6:30pm at Abbott Center Auditorium at Darden School of Business. The program will be broadcast on WHTJ on April 29 and May 1. 295-6329.

Physics Day: Physics Day:
UVA physics professors Steve Thornton and Robert Watkins provide an entertaining introduction to physics using fireballs, toilet paper, and exploding balloons. Big crowds in the past have prompted the organizers to offer two shows this year: 6 and 7:15pm. Room 203 of the Physics building at 382 McCormick Road. 924-3781.

More Tales for Tots:
Storytime is special today at Barnes & Noble where local award-winning children's author Mary Lyons reads from her forthcoming picture book Roy Makes a Car. 10:30am. Free. Barracks Road Shopping Center. 984-6598.

Forest Friends: Nature guide Nicol Butters leads a program for toddlers ages 2-3 and their caretakers at Ivy Creek Natural Area. This month, the class will look for signs of spring through interactive activities and a walk on the trails. 10am. Free. Meet at the Education Building. No strollers please. Earlysville Road. 973-7772.

Into the Land of Nod: Little sleepy heads ages 3-5 (parents are welcome, too) are invited to bring their blanky and wear their PJs to Central Library so they can listen to bedtime stories in style. 7pm. Free. 201 E. Market St. 979-7151, ext. 3.

All Hands on Decks: In celebration of TV-Turnoff Week, Crozet library is calling all card sharks. Kids ages 8 and up can play games and do card tricks as they hang out with friends at the library instead of planting themselves in front of the tube. 3:30pm. Free. In the old train station on Three Notch'd Road. 823-4050. See Family feature.

Roll On: As a special treat for TV-Turnoff Week, folks can roll on over to Skatetown USA in Staunton where the skating is free tonight. 6:30-8:30pm. Skate rental is $1 for regular skates, $3 for in-line skates. Barterbrook Road. in Staunton. 540-885-1798. See Family feature.

Nature Time: See Tuesday, April 20. Program happens at 1:30pm today.

Dogwood Daze: See Thursday, April 15. Opens at 6pm today.

Cheesy Trivia with M&M Express at Buffalo Wild Wings. No cover, 8:30pm. (W)

Open Mic Night at Dew Drop Inn. No cover, 8pm. (W)

John Gorka with Paul Curreri (country-blues) at Gravity Lounge. $25/$20, 8pm.

The Mike Rosensky Jeff Decker Quartet (jazz) at Miller's. No cover, 9:30pm. (W)

Jamal Millner and friends at Outback Lodge. Free, 10pm.

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

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

Ellen Kovac at South Street Brewery. No cover, 10pm.

Blind Boys of Alabama (gospel-soul) at Starr Hill. $25, 7:30pm.

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

Jim Davies (acoustic rock and blues) at the Virginian. No cover, 10pm. (W)

THURSDAY, April 22
Swing Swap:
The Charlottesville Swing Dance Society hosts this weekly Thursday-night swing dancing session, with an hour of East Coast Swing, an hour of West Coast Swing, and a DJ taking requests. Singles and couples welcome, no partner needed. 7-9pm. Albemarle County Office Building Auditorium, 401 McIntire Road. Free. 980-2744.

Ghosts: See Friday, April 16. Tonight's show is at 7:30pm.

The Importance of Being Earnest: See Saturday, April 17. Today's show is early in the morning– 10:30am!

Play About the Baby: Catch this preview of Edward Albee's sinister drama of mind games and manipulation. 100 free tickets available for pickup; call Live Arts for details. 8pm. Live Arts DownStage, 123. E. Water St. 977-4177.

Two Gentlemen of Verona: See Friday, April 16. Today's show is at 7:30pm.

Teen Acting Studio: This weekly workshop will focus on opening up the text within a Shakespearean monologue through extensive language work: scanning the verse, exploring rhythm and sound, and working the breath. Students need to bring 3 sample Shakespearean monologues with them to the first class. Pre-requisite: Prior LATTE acting studio experience or instructor permission. Runs until 6/3. 5-7pm. Live Arts, 123 E. Water St. $60 members, $75 general. 977-4177.

Animating Music: UVA's McIntire Department of Music presents a concert and symposium on the intersections between performance and composition. 8pm. Old Cabell Hall. $5-10. 924-3984. See Performance feature.

Toad Tales:
Toads are the topic for today's preschool story time at Barnes & Noble. Storyteller Amanda Petrusich will entertain the 5 and under crowd with a reading of Frog and Toad are Friends by Arnold Lobel. 10:30am. Free. Barracks Road Shopping Center. 984-6598.

Which Craft: In celebration of TV-Turnoff Week, Crozet Library invites kids ages 8 and up bring their favorite handwork projects and share it with friends at the library. 3:30pm. Free. In the old train station on Three Notch'd Road. 823-4050. See Family feature.

Turn it Off : Northside Library celebrates TV-Turnoff Week with an after school program for kids in kindergarten and up. They'll read about what happened for one family when the TV was broken, then they get crafty. 4pm. Free. Registration required. Albemarle Square. 973-7893. See Family feature.

Dogwood Daze: See Thursday, April 15. One price night. Opens at 6pm today.

Greg Orr:
The UVA poet reads from his award-winning memoir, The Blessing. Part of the Charlottesville Writing Center / Streetlight book fair. Barnes & Noble, Barracks Road Shopping Center, 7pm. 984-0461.

John Cowan Band at the Prism:
John Cowan, former vocalist and bassist for the band New Grass Revival, returns to the Prism with his latest group, including guitarist Jeff Autrey and banjo player Rex McGee. $25/$20 advance, 8pm.

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)

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

This Means You and Arsis at Outback Lodge. $5, 10pm.

Robert Jospé (jazz) at Rapture. No cover, 7:30pm. (W)

Satisfaction (dance party) at Rapture. No cover, 10:30pm. (W)

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

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

Kait and Thom (modern jazz duo) at Tokyo Rose upstairs. No cover, 9:30pm. (W)

Fair Weather Bums (60's acoustic pop/folk) at Twisted Branch Tea Bazaar. No cover, 9pm.

The George Turner Trio (Latin jazz) at Zocalo. No cover, 9pm.

Upcoming and Ongoing
The Piedmont Pastelists:
Artists group meets the second Monday of the month in the classroom at Michael's Craft Store in Barracks Road Shopping Center. 1pm. 974- 6010.

Enter Soon: The Arts Center in Orange is seeking exhibits for the growing Satellite Gallery program that currently includes Not the Same Old Grind, a coffee shop on Church St., and the Virginia National Bank on Main St. Please send no more than five slides (two-dimensional work only) and an artist bio to the Arts Center in Orange Satellite Gallery Program; 129 E. Main St., Box 13, Orange 22960. 540-672-7311,

Enter Even Sooner: The Orange County Fair Board is accepting submissions for its contest to design the Fair's poster. Drop off entries at the Arts Center in Orange, 129 E. Main St., by noon on April 21. For specific details and guidelines, contact Terry Travers, 540-672-7856.

River Ramble:
Call now for your tickets to join one of the James River Rambler railroad excursions happening on May 8 and 22 and June 5. This popular train ride wanders through the rolling hills and deep forests of Buckingham County from Dillwyn along the historic Buckingham Branch rail line. Choose from a 90-minute or 3.5-hour tour. Sponsored by the Old Dominion Chapter of the National Railway Historical Society. Call between 10am-4pm on Saturdays, 1-4pm on Sundays: 800-451-6318.

Grief therapy: 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 spring day camp takes place Saturday, April 24 from 8:45am-5pm at Camp Friendship in Palmyra. Activities include art therapy, mask making, drumming, a nature walk, games, lunch, and a closing ceremony. Participation is free. For more information and an application call 817-6931.

Eat or be Eaten: Adventurous types can step into a dog-eat-dog world and find out "Who's for Dinner?" at a new exhibit at the Virginia Museum of Natural History. Taxidermied specimens, puppets, and interactive activities help explorers learn about the unusual ways animals hunt for their food and protect themselves from predators. Open Monday-Thursday 10am-4pm. Free. 104 Emmet St. 982-4605.

Out of this World: The Science Museum of Virginia offers earthbound astronaut wannabes the chance to vicariously climb into a space capsule the size of a Volkswagen Beetle and blast off into the great unknown with the IMAX film Space Station showing now through June 11. Call or see website for schedule and cost. 2500 W. Broad St., Richmond. 800-659-1727.

Moving Heaven and Earth: Kids aren't the only things in constant motion. At the Virginia Discovery Museum the earth and its movement is the subject of the Back Gallery exhibit that explores Patterns, Cycles, and Change. Kids can move the planets, create a rainstorm, and journey through the seasons through May 16. Free with museum admission. East end of the Downtown Mall. 977-1025.

Martian Chronicles: The Virginia Discovery Museum gets into the Mars mania with a new display in the Discovery Corner. Maps, globes, artifacts, and new NASA images let earth-bound explorers probe the Red Planet. Included in the price of admission. East end of the Downtown Mall. 977-1025.

Big Bones: China may be a world away, but now through September 6 kids can play with replicas of ancient dinosaur skeletons right down the road at the Children's Museum of Richmond. Lots of hands-on exhibits. Most activities are free with museum admission. The museum is open 9:30am-5pm Tuesday through Saturday, noon-5pm on Sunday. Admission is $7. 2626 W. Broad St., Richmond. 804-474-2667.

Filling the Void: Stella is a black hole. Stella bats her lilac eyelashes and reminisces about her glory days as a giant star, how she explodes and becomes a black hole, and about the mysteries she still keeps to herself in the Science Museum of Virginia's multimedia planetarium show Black Holes now through June 13. Included in the price of admission. 2500 W. Broad St., Richmond. 800-659-1727.

Ka-ching: So what is money and how does it work? Enterprising folks can enter the vibrant city of Moneyville and embark on an exciting hands-on tour through a money factory and an anti-counterfeiting forensics lab at the Science Museum of Virginia. Runs through April 25. Included with the price of admission. 2500 W. Broad St., Richmond. 800-659-1727.

World Beat: Discover how rhythm and movement link different cultures, locations, and musical traditions in the new IMAX film "Pulse: A Stomp Odyssey" at the Science Museum of Virginia. Two long-time Stomp performers guide visitors through grand landscapes and cultural celebrations in Brazil, South Africa, Spain, England, Japan, India, the United States, and various countries in Africa to learn how people from around the world experience music and dance. Runs through July 16. Call or see website for schedule and cost. 2500 W. Broad St., Richmond. 800-659-1727.

Come into the Library:
Ash Lawn-Highland exhibits rarely seen selections from James Monroe's collection of 3,000 late 18th- and early 19th-century French and English volumes. Open daily through April 30, 10am-6pm. 293-9539.

The Fresh
Air Fund: Seeks volunteer committee members and host families to support two-week summer vacations for children from New York City's underprivileged communities. 977-8284.

Bingo Game: 7pm every Thursday at Gordonsville Veterans of Foreign Wars Post, 10271 Gordonsville Ave. (Route. 231) 540-832-2439

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.

Habitat for Humanity: Volunteers with a yen to build or paint for a good cause urgently needed. 293-9066.

Canine Companions for Independence: The national, nonprofit organization that trains assistance dogs for people with physical and developmental disabilities is looking for people interested in becoming volunteer puppy raisers. 800-572-BARK or

Charlottesville/Albemarle Chapter of Families Anonymous: A free, self-help fellowship for anyone concerned with the destructive behavior of loved ones (emotional problems, drugs, or alcohol, etc.) meets at 7pm each Monday at Aldersgate Methodist Church at 1500 Rio Road E. behind the Fashion Square Mall, rear lower level entrance. 923-7929.

Single Mothers' Support Group: Safe environment for women dealing with the challenges of raising children on their own. Facilitated by Deborah Frazer, LCSW. Nominal fee required, negotiable according to the needs of group participants. Pre-registration interview required. Child care available. 6:30-8pm. Focus Women's Center. Grady avenue. 293-2222.

Women in Change: Support group allows women experiencing personal issues of transition to meet in a supportive and confidential setting, facilitated by Betsy Cochran, LPC. 7-8:30pm. Fee and pre-registration interview required. Focus Women's Center. Grady avenue. 293-2222.

The Second Street Gallery presents two shows running through May 1. In the Main Gallery, view the language-inspired art of Kay Rosen's "New Word Order," including "Blurred," a 37-foot-long site-specific piece. In the Dové Gallery, experience "You Kill Me," an installation investigating the nature of romance, by D'nell Larson. City Center for Contemporary Arts, corner of Second and Water streets. 977-7284.

The University of Virginia Art Museum is showing "A Taste for Grace: Italian Prints from the 15th through 18th Centuries," which will run through August 15. In addition, the museum presents Carrie Mae Weems' "The Jefferson Suite" through May 23. Also on view: "Exploring Identy: Work by Southern Jewish Women Artists," featuring pieces by Jan Aronson, Marcia R. Cohen, Johanna Drucker, Linda Gissen, and Alyssa C. Salomon, through April 25, and "American Collage," including work by Andy Warhol, Adja Yunkers, and Robert Motherwell, among others, through August 24. 155 Rugby Road. 924-3952.

Vanity Salon and Gallery features the photography of Amy Wade and the paintings of Monty Montgomery. 1112 E. High St. 977-3332.

Java Java presents the work of St. Anne's-Belfield School students Gillian Kindler and Ann Marie Macara through April 18. Townside Shopping Center, Ivy Road. 220-2534.

During April, the Gravity Lounge presents "Safari," recent photographs of Kenya by Jeff James. 103 S. First St. 977 5590.

The Renaissance School hosts its fifth annual student art show. 406 E. Main St. on the Downtown Mall. 984-1952,

The Kluge-Ruhe Collection of Aboriginal Art presents "Family Business: Kinship in Australian Aboriginal Art" through June 5. 400 Worrell Drive, Peter Jefferson Place. 244-0234.

"Dalgliesh Unframed," a show of pastel and oil paintings by Betsy Dalgliesh, is on view at Angelo through April 30. 220 E. Main St. on the Downtown Mall. 971-9256.

During April, view "Fusion," a show of paintings, collage, and tapestry by artists Doris deSha, Nancy deJarnette Frye, Joan Griffin, Anne Warren Holland, and Sylvia Thompson, at C'ville Coffee. 1301 Harris St. 979-4402.

Spencer's 206 shows work by Lisi Stoessel during the month of April. 295-2080.

The PVCC Gallery presents its annual student exhibition through April 21. V. Earl Dickinson Building, 500 College Drive. 961-5203.

At the C&O Gallery, view "On the Water," paintings by John Howard, through April 30. Next door to the C&O Restaurant, 511 E. Water St. 971-7044.

Nature Visionary Art presents "New Work by Michael Sesow!" through May 1. 110 Fourth St. 296-8482.

During April, CODG presents "Play of Light," an exhibition of paintings and photographs by Leslie Allyn, Dana Grant, and Clare Zusky. 112 E. Main St., under the Jefferson Theater. 242-4212.

View the Central Virginia Watercolor Guild's 2004 Members Exhibition, featuring 67 paintings by 33 members, at the Albemarle County Courthouse, through April 30. McIntire Road. 296-8484.

The Dave Moore Studio features works by Dave Moore and several Richmond artists. Hours vary so call first. 414 E. Main St. (under The Twisted Branch Tea Bazaar). 825-1870.

Les Yeux du Monde@dot2Dot presents Edie Read's "Figured" in its downstairs gallery through May 3. Upstairs, view Stanley Woodward's "Spring Flowers" through April 30. 115 S. First St. 973-5566.

Thomas Jefferson Memorial Church opens an exhibition of "nuptial paintings" and clay sculptural wall relief by Linda Cappacione on April 11 at 12:30pm. 717 Rugby Road. 293-8179.

Leo Charre shows his paintings at the Mudhouse in April. 213 W. Main St. on the Downtown Mall. 984-6833.

L'étoile Restaurant displays paintings by local artists Barry Gordon and Malcolm Hughes. Gordon's abstract works feature interiors and everyday objects; Hughes portrays landscapes in the Impressionist style. 817 W. Main St. (across from the Amtrak Station). 979-7957.

View paintings by Gloria Mitchell at The Artful Lodger, 1807 Seminole Trail. 970-1900.

During April, Virginia Paul's "Maine Islands and Beyond," a series of landscapes inspired by the artist's travels, is on view at Art Upstairs. 316 E. Main St., above the Hardware Store on the Downtown Mall. 923-3900.

The Charlottesville-Albemarle Art Association is exhibiting the work of Betty Brubach, Blake Hurt, Phyllis Frame, Amy Howard, Coy Roy, Judith Ely, and Karen Jaegerman Collins on the upper level mezzanine of the Charlottesville Airport through May 2. 295-2486.

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

During April, The McGuffey Art Center presents Kristin Onuf's "Shades," an exhibition of gelatin plate monotypes, as well as "Three Painters," featuring still lifes by Pattye Leggett, seascapes by Robin Braun, and figural paintings by Rick Weaver. "Cat Women," drawings and paintings by Bob Anderson, is also on view. In addition, fourth- and fifth-year UVA students present a group show on the theme "Collage." 201 Second St. NW. 295-7973. See Art feature.

Transient Crafters displays "Beeswax Luminaries: Capturing Nature's Radiance," a series of luminaries created by Lauren Amacher of "Hive," during April. 118 W. Main St. on the Downtown Mall. 972-9500.

Sculptor Jonathan Durham's exhibition "Cyrus (the Younger): Zero-Degree Monumentality in Cinema Space" is on view in the former Nature Gallery space. Water St., behind the Jefferson Theater. 924-6123.

The Bozart Gallery presents "2D by 1," a series of Charlottesville-centered paintings by Tom Walsh, through April 30. 211 W. Main St. 296-4669.


The Arts Center in Orange presents oil paintings by Lou Schellenberg through May 15. Artist's reception, April 8, 5-7:30pm. 129 E. Main St., 540-672-7311,

Ombra's Café displays "Recent Still Lifes," oils by painter Vidu Palta, through April. 5773 The Square, Crozet. 296-4669.

The Nichols Gallery Annex in Barboursville shows "Hands On Printmakers," a display of mono-prints, etchings, and serigraphs by Ed Bordett, Frank Hobbs, David Freed, Fred Nichols, Tucker Hill, Akemi Ohira, and Carlysle Vicenti, through April 25. 540-832-3565.

The Front Street Gallery presents "Natural Bridges," drawings and paintings by Jim Langer, through April 30. 773 Front Street, Lovingston. 434-263-8526.

Charlottesville artist Elizabeth Geiger displays her paintings at the Williams School of Commerce at Washington and Lee University. Lexington. 540-458-8602.

The Artisans Center of Virginia presents work by sculptor and potter Susan Coville during April. 601 Shenandoah Village Drive (exit 94 off I-64), Waynesboro. 540-946-3294.

During April, Caffé Bocce displays paintings by Lindsay Michie Eades. Opening reception, April 10, 3-5pm. 330 Valley St., Scottsville. 286-4422.

Get real: McGuffey goes old school

Although relying on reality is the lazy TV producer's way to make a quick buck (why pay actors and writers?), the opposite is true for painters. Creating an accurate representation of the world in two dimensions requires careful attention to the most minute detail and a practiced hand, skilled in capturing exactly what the eye observes.

Realism was the rage during the late 19th century, but today few artists have the discipline to master its difficult demands. Moreover, done poorly, realism is deadly dull (think "starving artist sales" at the local Holiday Inn or, heaven forbid, Thomas Kinkade). But done well, the results can be stunning. Fortunately, Robin Braun, Pattye Leggett, and Richard Weaver, whose joint exhibition, "Three Painters," is currently on view at McGuffey, do realism really well.

The three artists couldn't be more different in terms of subject and scale– Braun paints miniature seascapes; Leggett creates moderately sized fruit-filled still lifes; and Weaver produces huge nudes– but they share an appreciation for classical techniques, including the ability to reflect light (Vermeer would be impressed). The show's careful arrangement works to reveal complementary relationships between the artists' work.

Braun's tiny oil-on-wood representations of stormy seas, influenced by the Hudson River School, exquisitely depict churning water beneath gathering clouds. She precisely captures the translucent green at the top of a breaking wave, where it hovers above the shadowed curl pulling up the froth from the previous wave. Her small, perfectly controlled strokes create convincing spray flying off the crest.

In contrast, Leggett hides all evidence of brushwork in her luminously colored still lifes. She includes rumpled silk scarves in two compositions, and the paint is so smooth that the viewer can almost feel the fabric's texture. Under Leggett's hand, even clear plastic containers become exquisite, casting fascinating shadows as they delicately reveal and reflect the orange kumquats or purple figs they contain

Weaver takes light and shadow to greater lengths (literally as well as figuratively) in his oversized nudes that edge into romanticism. Three of the four paintings examine intergenerational relationships, where youth is always radiant and age falls into shadows. In "Father and Child," a bent-over male in a room full of gorgeous women, appears to be staring intently at a woman's illuminated breast. A closer look, however, reveals he's actually oblivious to her physical charms (as well as to the others') and instead is pursuing a child playfully racing out of the frame.

The rich realism of McGuffey's "Three Painters" is nothing short of fantastic.

"Three Painters" is on view at the McGuffey Art Center through the end of April. 201 Second St. NW. 295-7973.

Sexy soil: Heaney's vivid dead

When I read the Irish poet Seamus Heaney, I pine for the smell of wet dirt and grow jealous of a mummified corpse. I balk at my clean palms and despair of ever becoming a relic. I envy The Bog Queen.

It's not her royalty I covet, though as the most ancient human remains of the Celtic Fringe, hers is a majestic crown (or in this case, a "diadem"). But I'm seduced by her shroud&endash; the ineffable soil of the Isle. Peat, in all forms, intoxicates me. And, more importantly, it pickles the dead.

When Heaney wrote his 1975 elegy, The Bog Queen "lay waiting on the gravel bottom… brain darkening, a jar of spawn fermenting underground." Then a turf-cutter frees her body from the ground and shears her long hair from her skull: "The plait of my hair, a slimy birth-cord of bog, had been cut."

"The Bog Queen" is not alone in Heaney's erotically enchanted terrain. The Tollund Man is an equally fecund repository, and the poet in fact calls this damp-shrunken man the "bridegroom to the goddess, she tightened her torc on him and opened her fen, those dark juices working him to a saint's kept body."

Seamus Heaney has been writing poetry for half a century, during which time he has turned his pen to subjects other than Irish sod and its remarkable preservative qualities. He ruminates on time, memory, civil strife, and prayer. He has adapted medieval poetry and Sophocles and has been awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature. But it is in his close observation of his native soil– its furrows, heathers, stones and molds– that the poet is most powerful.

In Undine, a man engages in seasonal irrigation. He shovels, clears, diverts a stream. But when told from the perspective of the channel in question, the chore is wildly sexual: "I ran quick for him, cleaned out my rust… until he dug a spade deep in my flank and took me to him. I swallowed his trench…" It's the raciest ditch digging you ever encountered.

Others may laud Heaney's universality and his poetic service to a world above ground. Me, I want only to get down on my knees in the dirt of his words, sink in the bog of his rhythm… I want, in the end, that my "diadem grew carious, gemstones dropped in the peat floe like the bearings of history."

Seamus Heaney reads and answers questions on Monday, April 19 at 8pm in UVA's Culbreth Theatre. The reading is free and open to the public. Doors open at 7:30pm. 924-6675 for additional information.

Tie one on: Try fishing on the fly

Like golf, people tend to associate fly-fishing with middle-aged men in the throes of mid-life crises and/or retirement. While incomprehensible to the uninitiated, both golf and fly-fishing can grab devotees and not let go. But at least with fly-fishing, one can attain the objective and land the big one.

Scores of books have been published on the subject, and people have been known to travel far and wide following the merest dream of pristine waters teeming with largemouth bass and rainbow trout. And as deposed New York Times editor Howell Raines writes in Fly fishing Through the Mid-life Crisis, a lot of those teeming pools are right here in Virginia.

To celebrate this bounty, the Virginia Fly Fishing Festival takes place in Waynesboro this weekend for the fourth consecutive year, this year expanded to include more presentations and activities. Keeping the theme within Virginia's boundaries, there will be a wine tasting pavilion with local award-winning wineries (all within an hour's drive from Waynesboro).

Also new this year, The Artisans Center of Virginia is providing an additional arena to showcase local talent. Woodcarving, woodturning, pottery, fiber arts, and stained glass demonstrations are some of the offerings.

But fishing and fishing experts are what make this annual event such a crowd pleaser. There's an exhibition tent for lectures and slide shows. Speakers include Harry Murray– perhaps the best-known fly angler in Virginia– who will talk on mountain trout streams and effective tactics for landing smallmouth bass.

Other opportunities for learning include fly angling from a kayak, casting tips, and the best places to angle outside the U.S.

A lot of this action commences stream-in as well as stream-side, so bring your waders and be prepared for some splashing. And just to ensure that this particular fishing experience amounts to more than sitting on a dock with a bucket of worms, the river has been stocked. Action should be brisk!

The Virginia Fly Fishing Festival happens April 17 &18 10am-5pm both days on the banks of South River in Constitution Park in downtown Waynesboro. Admission $5; children under 12 free. Each adult admission ticket is also an entry ticket for a fly fishing merchandise raffle. A separate $10 admission is required for the wine pavilion. 540-836-9367.

Turn it off! Ditch TV, tune in life

Research statistics from the TV-Turnoff Network are enough to make a parent blanch: Children who watch six or more hours of television per day score significantly lower on reading proficiency tests. A new study in the medical journal Pediatrics reports that preschool children who watch even one hour of television per day increase their risk for developing attention deficit by 10 percent. Children who watch TV nag their parents for toys more often.

Excessive TV watching interferes with family time, encourages violence, impairs observational skills, inhibits the development of left-brain functioning, and promotes a sedentary lifestyle and obesity. It's enough to make you toss the set out the window… if only you could let go of the remote.

This year's 10th annual National TV-Turnoff Week comes around just in time to help ease the addiction. This seven-day vacation from the tube takes place April 19-25 and seeks to awaken watchers to the effects of excessive viewing and to promote healthier lifestyles and communities. By kicking the TV habit, families can discover all kinds of activities and experiences that open up when the television is off.

But what do we do if we can't tune in?

For starters, check out all the great stuff that's happening around town in this week's Culture Calendar starting on page 39.

Then head over to the library where TV-Turnoff Week is a very big deal. Families can stop in at any Jefferson-Madison Regional Library branch and sign on for the turnoff, pledging to reduce their usual amount of viewing. Kids up to the age of 18 who return pledge sheets by the end of the month will receive a free gift book.

Northside Library is also hosting a poster contest. Participants can create a design that encourages folks to turn off the TV and turn on to life. Original designs must be submitted by April 17. All posters will be displayed at the library, and artists can get another gift book just for entering. One winning entry will receive a special prize.

Crozet Library is inviting couch potatoes to hang out with their friends at the library all week instead of in front of the tube. From Monday through Thursday, kids ages eight and up can explore a new hobby each day including board games, fishing skills, card games, and crafts.

I know I'm repeating myself here, but as a special treat for TV-Turnoff Week, folks can roll on over to Skatetown USA in Staunton where the skating is free on Wednesday, April 21 from 6:30-8:30pm.

And that's just for starters. More ideas on what to do and additional eye-popping facts can be found at the following websites:,,

Northside Library is in Albemarle Square. 973-7893. Crozet Library is in the old train station on Three Notch'd Road. 823-4050. Skatetown is on Barterbrook Road in Staunton. Skate rental is $1 for regular skates, $3 for in-line skates. 540-885-1798.

Plus riche: Classical music takes town by storm

It's a real shame. Now that Frommer's has named Charlottesville the best city in America, no one's going to understand how hard life really is here. Just the other day I was sipping champagne from a slipper and finishing up a sonnet cycle when I noticed that the rain had positively stripped the cherry trees bare all the way to the end of our street. I had half a mind to write the mayor a strongly-worded letter.

Fortunately he rode by on his bike, so I waved him over and we had a nice chat about it.

But there are other sorts of challenges we face that out-of-towners don't appreciate. Like deciding which of nearly a dozen classical concerts to attend in a week like this one. Will it be Brahms and Sibelius with the Charlottesville and University Symphony Orchestra? A free Distinguished Major recital from the McIntire Department of Music, or a free lunchtime recital at Newcomb Hall? Chamber music on a Tuesday evening from the world-renowned Emerson String Quartet?

At least we don't have to suffer in silence.

The wealth of classical performance in town this week is impressive even by Charlottesville standards. The indisputable highlight is the concert by the Emerson String Quartet that closes the 2003-4 season of the Tuesday Evening Concert Series. This year's TECS has featured stellar shows by violinist Gil Shaham and the eminent Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra, among others.

But Emerson may surpass them all. Dubbed by the New York Times "America's greatest quartet," Emerson has gathered honors since its founding in 1976 that make it the equal of any in the world. The quartet's recordings have won a stunning six Grammy awards, including two for Best Classical Album. Its live performances are just as impressive: A three-day concert of all 15 Shostakovich string quartets in 2000 left audiences and critics breathless– as do most of the ensemble's other hundred or so concerts per year.

America's greatest quartet in America's best city. It's an idea whose time has come.

The TECS concert will reflect Emerson's current fascination with the fugue, not to mention its most recent recording, J.S. Bach's Art of Fugue. The program features selections from this work, pieces by Mozart and Mendelssohn, and Beethoven's glorious Grosse Fugue.

And in late-breaking news, it was announced only days ago that the quartet has won the 2004 Avery Fisher Prize. In addition to great prestige– previous winners include Yo-Yo Ma and Andre Watts– the prize carries a $50,000 purse.

Which means the post-concert slippers of champagne are on them.

The Emerson String Quartet performs at 8pm on April 20 in Old Cabell Hall. Tickets $10-24; $5 student rush tickets one hour before show. See the calendar, page 48, for other classical music performances throughout the week. 924-3984.

Cute, moody…: King Wilkie– Beatles redux?

You are secretly in love with the local bluegrass band King Wilkie, and you don't even know it yet. The tunes. The harmonies. The shaking of the heads when they go "woo-woo"…

No wait, that last one was the Beatles. But the members of King Wilkie can even be grouped into similar generic personality types: the cute one, the moody/introspective one, the shy one, and Ringo (though as they have six members, more than one fits some of the types). April 16 is the CD release party for Broke, King Wilkie's first album on Rebel Records, and for once you should follow your heart– they'll be waiting.

King Wilkie began its condensation in Ohio in 2000. There, lead guitarist and vocalist Ted Pitney and mandolinist and vocalist Reid Burgess caught the bluegrass bug after a local festival introduced them to the enticing sounds of old timey tunes. In 2001 they moved to Charlottesville and began to stretch their tentacles in the direction of other similarly-minded young musicians. 2003's live True Songs was independently released by the resulting quintet, and soon sparked a lot of interest from Rebel Records.

Broke begins with the instrumental "40 West" by Ralph Lewis, and right from the start you can tell King Wilkie is your ticket for a good time. Rip-roaring banjo and fiddle solos, provided by Burgess and Nick Reeb, respectively, fight their way out of the instrumental goulash for brief times in the spotlight before fading into the background cavalcade. Burgess's "It's Been A Long Time" is up next– a banjo intro, a relaxed pace, and close harmonies by the three vocalists of the group (Burgess, Pitney, and guitarist John McDonald) set up an exemplary example of the King Wilkie sound– up-beat, traditional but with a contemporary energy, and just plain catchy.

Pitney's "Broke Down and Lonesome," a song which much impressed me the last time I saw the group perform, is on glorious display here. A slow mover with a melody that seems natural, it features tight harmonies on the chorus ("Honey it's a long, long road / I can't see what's coming round the bend / Too many miles on this old heart of mine / I'm brokedown and lonesome again") that put the verse's strong solo vocals in stark relief.

As for the guitar solo at 1:20 or so, as Ferris Bueller would say, "Choice!"

Originals and traditional tunes like "Little Birdie" pepper Broke, making for a listening experience which comes alive with youthful exuberance– and live the band sounds even better. And which member of King Wilkie fits in which Beatle category? I'm not tellin'– come to the concert and decide (and swoon) for yourself.

CD Release Party: King Wilkie perform at Starr Hill, April 16. $8/$5 advance, 9pm.