Cultural calendar, April 29-May 5, 2004

Cultural calendar, April 29-May 5, 2004

THURSDAY, April 29
Kid's Day Out:
Barracks Road Shopping Center kicks off their monthly Mommy & Me (and Daddies too) program. See Family feature.

Tell Me a Story: Storyteller Katie Green shares her special magic with little folks ages 3-5 and their caregivers at Northside Library. 10:15-10:45am. Free. Albemarle Square. 973-7893.

Tales for Tots: Books by Audrey Wood entertain the 5 and under crowd at Barnes & Noble's preschool story time. Hear Sally, Sally, King Bidgoods in the Bathtub, and Big Hungry Bear. 10:30am. Free. Barracks Road Shopping Center. 984-6598.

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.

The Puppets of Paris: Local puppeteer/sorceress Rose Csorba presents a show of short marionette vignettes based on Humphrey Bogart movies. Adult- and child-friendly. 8:30pm. Twisted Branch Tea Bazaar, 414 E. Main St. Free. 293.9947. See Performance Feature.

The Play About the Baby: Catch Live Arts' new production of Edward Albee's sinister drama of mindgames and manipulation. Runs through May 8. 7:30pm. Live Arts DownStage, 123. E. Water St. $10-15. 977-4177.

Great Game:
Spycraft for Le Carre readers. Former CIA guy Frederick Hitz reads from his new espionage primer. New Dominion Bookshop on the Downtown Mall. 5:30pm. 295-2552.

More April Poetry: National poetry month's dramatic conclusion at PVCC features Half Moon Bay poetry chapbook editor David Dodd Lee and PVCC's own Charlotte Matthews (A Kind of Devotion) in an evening of poetry entitled "The Moon and a Tree." 7:30pm. 500 College Drive. 961-5203.

Brown v. Board: UVA's Corey Walker discusses the role of black intellectuals in the landmark desegregation decision. Sponsored by the Stillwater Institute for Social Justice. 7pm. Trinity Episcopal Church, 1402 Preston Ave. 293-5981.

Pre-Relay Kick Off Concert/Fundraiser:
Join folk musician David M. Bailey for an evening benefiting the American Cancer Society's 2004 Relay for Life of Charlottesville/Albemarle. Bailey was most recently the recipient of the 2003 Kerrville Folk Music Award. Church of the Incarnation, 1475 Incarnation Drive. Suggested donation $10, 7pm.

The Devil Music Ensemble scores live The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari: A classic of German Expressionism, The Cabinet… tells the story of a town racked by a string of murders, which seem to coincide with the arrival of a stranger, Dr. Caligari. The Devil Music Ensemble has scored the film, and will be performing it live, followed by locals Tulsa Drone, Tone from DC, local kickers Bucks and Gallants, and a final performance of rock by the Devil Music Ensemble. 7pm. Satellite Ballroom behind Plan 9 on the Corner. $10/$8 advance. See Tunes feature.

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)

The Red Hot Chilly Pickers at Dr. Ho's. No cover, 8pm.

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

Eileen Edmonds at Gravity Lounge. $5, 8:30pm.

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

All of 15 (rock) at Outback Lodge. $3, 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)

Sharif CD Release Party at Starr Hill. $8/$6 advance, 9pm.

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

Cerberus Shoal at Twisted Branch Tea Bazaar. $4, 9pm.

FRIDAY, April 30
Everything Old is New:
Dr. Richard Bretnell, professor of aesthetic studies at the University of Texas at Dallas, presents a talk entitled "Why all art is contemporary." 6pm. $5/$3 members and students. Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. 200 N. Boulevard, Richmond. 804-340-1405.

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.

Skin Deep: It's not the same old Beauty and the Beast at Old Michie Theatre. This live performance is set in rhymed couplets and staged as an audience participatory English pantomime. 7pm. $7.50. 221 E. Water St. 977-3690.

Lewis and Clark:
See the Lewis and Clark expedition through the eyes of York, Clark's family slave. This one-man show features critically acclaimed living history performer Hasan Davis. 7pm. $35 tickets ($20 of which is tax-deductible) benefit the Lewis and Clark Exploratory Center. Monticello Event and Conference Center. 295-4302. See Walkabout feature.

Craft Fair: ACAC sponsors a free craft fair today and tomorrow featuring jewelry, pottery, stained glass, candles, and clothing to kick off "free program week." Enjoy belly dancing, kickboxing, and Tai Chi classes. 9am-3pm at the Albemarle Square location. 978-3800.

Trickle Down Slots:
A discussion of the failure of the big casinos of Atlantic City to affect local poverty. The University of Georgia's Bryant Simon discusses the Atlantic City Paradox. Miller Center, 2201 Old Ivy Road, 12pm. Lunch served. RSVP 924-4694.

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.

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

Farid Ayaz Qawwal Ensemble: UVA's Center for South Asian Studies hosts this Pakistani ensemble in an evening of Sufi devotional music, a mix of soaring vocal improvisations, incantatory refrains, percussive hand clapping, and surges of tabla drumming. Old Cabell Hall. $10-25, $5 student rush. 924-3984.

The Music Man: Four County Players presents the beloved musical by Meredith Willson. "County fair" with food and beverages one hour before the show. 8pm. Runs until May 23. Barboursville Community Center, Route 678 between Routes 33 and 20, Barboursville. $10-14. 540-832-5355.

The Play About the Baby: See Thursday, April 29. Tonight's show is at 8pm.

Monticello Road at Mountain View Grill:
Monticello Road brings its rustic pop to the Grill, one of the remaining shows at the Crozet restaurant, which will be closing in May. $5, 9:30pm.

Chicken Head Blues Band at Dew Drop Inn. No cover, 7:30pm.

Catherine Carraway Quartet (jazz) with Amanda Monaco 4 at Gravity Lounge. $5, 9:15pm.

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

Quogue at Outback Lodge. $6, 10pm.

Quinton Parker (jazz standards) at Rapunzel's. No cover, 7pm.

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

Earth To Andy with Small Town Workers at Starr Hill. $12/$10 advance, 9pm.

Rock Dance Party: "Eargasm" at Tokyo Rose. $5, 10pm.

International Festival:
Tour the seven continents and watch a puppet show by Joe Pipick's Backpack Puppets at the Westminster Child Care Center today. Dance around the May Pole to welcome spring. 10am-2pm. Bring a dish to serve 8 people as your ticket to enter. Rugby Road. 977-3322 x 30.

Great Journey Revisited: Lewis and Clark live again at the Lewis and Clark Festival in Lee Park. Events include keelboat and pirogue construction, re-enactors, Indian Village, bus tours of Lewis and Clark sites, children's tours and youth activities, and historic downtown walking tours. Free. Between Market and Jefferson streets next to Central Library. 985-2425.

Getting There: The Virginia Science Museum's StarLab portable planetarium goes up in Central Library's McIntire Room for the Lewis and Clark Festival. Modern scouts can learn how America's great explorers used the stars to navigate through the uncharted western territory at 11am, noon, and 1pm. 201 E. Market St. 977-1025.

For Kids Only: Local anglers 12 and under have a special opportunity to fish free of charge and without a license at Mint Springs Lake, which is stocked with trout especially for Kids Only Fishing Day. Adults are welcome to be present to coach, but aren't allowed to fish for themselves. Expert advice is available from sponsor organizations including Trout Unlimited, Kingfishers, Albemarle County Parks and Recreation, and the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries. 9am-3pm. Mint Springs Road in Crozet. 296-5844.

Name Game: A tricky old troll finds his way into a miller's daughter's life in the Old Michie Theatre's latest marionette puppet show, Rumplestiltskin. 11am, 2pm, and 4pm. $5. 221 E. Water St. 977-3690.

Food Fight: Registered dietician Barbara Yager helps families cook up a plan for Making Mealtime Healthy and Peaceful at a workshop presented by Partnership for Children at Northside Library. Parents hungry for information can learn about the role food plays in healthy development, strategies for avoiding mealtime battles, and practical tips for establishing healthy eating habits. Infants welcome. Childcare available. 10:30-noon. Free. Albemarle Square. 220-5437.

Bead It: Homeschooler Nathan Pors shows other crafty young folks 8-18 how to make his lovely fabric and bead necklaces– just in time for Mother's Day! At Gordon Avenue Library. 10:30am. Free. Registration required. 1500 Gordon Ave. 296-5544.

Science Daze: Aspiring naturalists can dig into Virginia's flora and fauna at the Science Museum of Virginia. This all-day program features hands-on workshops, demonstrations, exhibits, and IMAX and planetarium shows. 8:30am-5pm. $18 for children. Adult chaperones $9. Registration required. 2500 W. Broad St., Richmond. 804-864-1411.

Skin Deep: See Friday, April 23.

Craft Fair:
See Friday, April 30.

Outdoor Adventure: Come learn about local hiking, biking, climbing, and boating opportunities at the Outdoor Adventure Social Club's next info session, photo show, and social hour at the club's social space on the Downtown Mall. 8-10pm. 420 E. Main St., two doors down from Twisted Branch. Free. RSVP to 760-HIKE or

Horse Show: The 33rd annual Rockfish Valley Ruritan Horse Show happens today at the park on Route 151, next to the old Elementary School. Morning classes begin at 9am, afternoon classes at 1pm. No fees. 361-1934.

Monticello Bird Walk: Take in a "bird's eye" view of Monticello and the surrounding grounds on this three-hour interpretive walk during the spring migratory season. Learn the basics of bird identification and explore a variety of local habitats. 6:30am. $10 fee, pre-registration required. 984-9822.

Autism 5k: Enjoy a brisk 5k run through the Charlottesville suburbs to raise money for the Virginia Institute of Autism. Race begins at 8:30am at the VIA (1414 Westwood Road). $12 registration fee ($15 race-day). Info and registration forms, 923-8252 or

Bead a Lilac: Studio Baboo instructor Donna Dickt offers a class in French flower beading, with a focus on the lilac. 10-4pm at the studio's space on the Downtown Mall. $50. 244-2905, or to register.

Montpelier Wine Festival: Eat, drink, and be merry at the Montpelier Wine Festival, showcasing 18 of the region's award-winning vineyards, plus local music, balloon rides, cooking demonstrations, a craft fair, and much more. 11am-6pm rain or shine today and noon-5 May 2. $10 in advance ($15 at the gate, $5 designated drivers). 800-594-8499 or

Ivy Creek Bird Walk: Learn about birding at the peak of the spring warbler migration on this tour of the Ivy Creek Natural Area with Cricket Barlow of the Monticello Bird Club. Meet in the parking lot at 7:30am. Free. 973-7772.

Benefit Dance:
The Charlottesville Chapter of the US Amateur Ballroom Dancers Association and the UVA Ballroom Dance Club invite you to their May dance, featuring special performances by national stars Sam and Denise Miller and by dance teams and couples from the UVA Ballroom Club. Semi-formal; singles welcome. Waltz lesson at 7:30pm, dance 8:30-11:00pm. Greek Orthodox Church, Perry Drive and McIntire Road. $7-15. 974-7949.

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. New session runs until 6/19. 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.

Two Gentlemen of Verona: Shenandoah Shakespeare presents a new production of the Bard's early comedy in the magnificent Blackfriars Theater. 2pm. 10 S. Market St., Staunton. $10-26. 540-885-5588.

The Music Man: See Friday, April 30.

Henry IV, Part I: Shenandoah Shakespeare presents a new production of the Bard's best-loved history play in the magnificent Blackfriars Theater. 7:30pm. 10 S. Market St., Staunton. $10-26. 540-885-5588.

The Play About the Baby: See Thursday, April 29. Tonight's show is at 8pm.

Royce Campbell Jazz Guitar Trio:
With Guitarists Steve Abshire and Paul Wingo, Campbell returns to the Carysbrook Performing Arts Center. A guitarist for the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra, who also worked with Henry Mancini, Royce has performed with various symphony orchestras and jazz legends Sarah Vaughn, Dave Brubeck, Gerry Mulligan, Nancy Wilson, and Mel Tormé. He has put together a fabulous evening for jazz lovers. $12 advance, $15 at the door. 8 pm. Tickets, directions, information: 842-1333.

Acoustic Charlottesville at Live Arts Upstage (3rd floor):
The last Acoustic Charlottesville show of this season features the banjo and guitar fingerpicking of Lydia & Sam, Open House's female duo sounds, Jan Smith's rootsy pop, and Nickeltown's folk rock power, all for a measly $5. 8pm.

Parrotheads for Pets: Charlottesville may be a long way from Margaritaville, but that isn't stopping the Central Virginia Parrothead Club from raising money for our local SPCA's Critical Care Fund. The Fourth Annual Parrotheads for Pets party happens tonight the Outback Lodge with music by Full Moon Saloon. 8pm. $10. 996-5611, or

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

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

The Zing Kings outside on the Downtown Mall and at the Charlottesville City Market. Free, 10am-1pm. (W)

Sugar Ridge Quartet and Uncle Henry's Favorites at Gravity Lounge. $10, 8:30pm.

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

Foster's Branch ("3 part harmonies, pedal steel, originals and covers, folk/rock/blues") at Mountain View Grill. $5, 7:30pm.

Purple Lounge Live Performances at Rapture. $10/$5 UVA students, 7:30-10pm.

Tha Aftah Party with DJ Dizk Doktah (hip hop, r&b, & dance hall) at Rapture. $10/$5 UVA students, 10pm.

Los Cranios ("Hank Williams to Pink Floyd") at Rapunzel's. $5, 7:30pm.

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

The Waifs at Starr Hill. $10, 9pm.

Sybris, Deligate (formerly known as Zetamale), and Kamella's Game at Tokyo Rose. $5, 10pm.

Visiting Van Gogh:
Travel to the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts with the Keswick Area Arts Association and see the "Van Gogh and Gauguin" exhibit first hand. The $30 fee includes bus fare, tickets to the exhibition, wine/cheese, and a brief lecture by art historian Barbara Nosanow along the way. 293-4130.

Y'all Come:
Free Union Country School hosts their annual Spring Fair with pony rides, live music, moonwalk, food, games, face painting, and lots of fun for the whole family. Free Union Road. (Rt. 601). 978-1700.

Art Project: C-Ville Coffee hosts a Children's Art Show featuring the work of students of local watercolor artist Lee Alter during the month of May. Opening reception today. 3pm. Free. McIntire Road. and Allied St. 295-2679.

Skin Deep: See Friday, April 30.

Bead a Lilac (er, Lily):
See Saturday, May 1. Today's class focuses on the lily.

Montpelier Wine Festival: See Saturday, May 1.

Madison Forest Walk: Explore Montpelier's 200-acre old-growth forest on this guided tour led by an expert in local foliage. Designated by the U.S. Department of Interior as a National Natural Landmark, the "Big Woods" is recognized as one of the best examples of an old-growth forest in the Piedmont. The mature tulip poplars of the forest date to President James Madison's lifetime. 2pm. Fee included in general admission. 540-672-2728 or

The Importance of Being Earnest:
See Friday, April 30. Today's show is a matinee at 2pm.

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 8. DJ'd music is 80 percent salsa mixed with other Latin styles. Complimentary water and sodas. The Outback Lodge, 917 Preston Ave. 8pm-12am. $5 (members $3). 979-7211.

Everybody Loves Show Tunes: The PVCC Chorus presents a light program of folk and show tunes featuring the music of England, Ireland, Scotland, Korea, and Japan, along with show tunes, love songs, and African-American spirituals. 3pm. V. Earl Dickinson Building, 500 College Drive. Free. 245-2671.

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.

Master Workshop: Live Arts and Foolery present the second session of Plot and Passion, a material-generation workshop investigating the culture of American melodrama. 1-5pm. Live Arts, 123 E. Water St. $30 for two Saturday sessions. 944-4177.

The Music Man: See Friday, April 30. Today's show is a matinee at 2:30pm.

The Play about the Baby: See Thursday, April 29. Today's show is a matinee 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.

Afternoon at the Pops:
Guest conductor Carl Topilow leads the Richmond Symphony Orchestra in an afternoon of Ellington, Dorsey, and others, to benefit the Paramount Theater. Tea and strawberries to follow. Musical welcome at 2:30pm, concert at 3pm. Old Cabell Hall. $25. 979-1922.

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

Streetlight Readings at Gravity Lounge. Free, 4pm.

Movie Night: Finding Nemo and Shrek at Rapture. No cover, 8pm.

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

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

Family Council:
If you have a loved one in a nursing home and are interested in discussing the creation of a Piedmont Area Regional Family Council, come to this meeting at the Legal Aid Justice Center. 6pm. 1000 Preston Ave. For info, contact Claire Curry at or 977-0553 x105.

Warm Fuzzies:
You don't have to be sheepish to enjoy the Frontier Culture Museum's Wool Days. This week, the museum's historic farms focus on raising and caring for sheep and use and processing of wool. Sheep shearing demonstrations will be featured at select times. Included in the price of admission. Rt. 250 west in Staunton. 540-332-7850.

Spiritual STAB:
St Anne's headmaster George Conway discusses his book on kids and spiritual responsibility. Conway, a Presbyterian minister and the author of Giving Good Gifts, has been a teacher, counselor, chaplain, and coach. Scottsville Library. 7:30pm. 286-3541.

Suede at Gravity Lounge: Wow, Britpop group Suede grace the Gravity Lounge with their magnanimous presence. $25/$20 advance, 8pm.

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)

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)

Warm Fuzzies:
See Monday, May 3.

The Play about the Baby:
See Thursday, April 29. Today's show is at 8pm.

Career Development:
Who knows what they want to be when they grow up? Dr. James Yates, for one, and he's hosting an introductory career counseling workshop to help you answer that question for yourself. 7:15pm. Fee varies. 1110 Rose Hill Drive, Suite 200. 977-6918 or

Nerissa & Katryna Nields with Devon Sproule at Gravity Lounge:
Local girl Sproule shows off her country-blues chops along with out of towners and folk-rock duo Nerissa & Katryna Nields. $15/$12, 8pm.

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)

USA is a monster, Vialka, Koonda Holla Corndawg at Tokyo Rose. $5, 10pm.

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

Two Gentlemen of Verona: See Saturday, May 1. Today's show is an eye-opener at 10:30am.

Henry IV, Part 1: See Saturday, May 1. 7:30pm. Tonight's show is a signed performance, and there's a 6pm pre-show lecture. Pay-what-you-will.

The Play about the Baby: See Thursday, April 29. 8pm tonight.

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 three sample contemporary monologues with them to the first class. $60 members, $75 general. 5:30-7pm. Runs until June 2. Live Arts, 123 E. Water St. 977-4177.

Prize-Winning Poetry:
The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Poetic Principles series concludes with a reading by Komunyakaa, a Pulitzer Prize-winning poet and author of "Neon Vernacular" and "Talking Dirty to the Gods."6pm. $5 ($3 students and museum members). 200 N. Boulevard, Richmond. 804-340-1405.

Science Fact and Fiction:
The Science Museum of Virginia lecture series continues with Dr. Francis Macrina focusing on scientific misconduct and the dark side of biological research. 7-9pm. Free. 804-864-1400 or

Presidential Retreat: Learn about former President Teddy Roosevelt's local connections with the Wintergreen Nature Foundation. Hike the easy Pine Knot Trail, explore Roosevelt's rustic retreat, and dine among the azaleas at the Kluge Estate. $15 members of the Theodore and Edith Roosevelt Foundation ($20 nonmembers) plus money for lunch. 325-7453 or

More Tales for Tots:
The 5 and under crowd can hear favorite stories 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.

Warm Fuzzies: See Monday, May 3.

Kathy Compton at the Blue Moon Diner. No cover, 8pm. (W)

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)

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

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

Cinco de Mayo Party with WTJU's Danza Latina, M.I.G at Rapture. 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)

Waring & Reed at South Street Brewery. No cover, 10pm.

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

Fallout count down, 302 Acid, and Order of the dying orchid at Tokyo Rose. $5, 10pm.

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

Brown Locally:
A panel discussion of Burley and Lane High Schools during the period of desegregation. Moderated by UVA professor Corey Walker. Burley Middle School. 6:30pm. 293-5981.

B-O-O-K G-R-O-U-P: Greene County Library Groups discusses Myla Goldberg's novel of spelling and kabbalah, Bee Season. 7pm. 222 Main St., Stanardsville. 985-5227.

Think Mother's Day:
Charlottesville Friends Meeting is co-sponsoring an exhibition and sale of traditional fine Palestinian Embroidery at the Thomas Jefferson Unitarian Church from 2-6pm. The organization "Mothers & Others Connecting" imports the clothing, accessories, household items, and gifts from refugee and disabled women in Lebanon, Jordan, and Gaza, and assures that the greatest profit gets back to the artists themselves. Light Middle Eastern refreshments will be served at the event, and short presentations on the traditions of Palestinian embroidery and the lives of these refugee women will be given at 2:45, 4, and 5:15pm. 717 Rugby Road. Helena Cobban

Warm Fuzzies: See Monday, May 3.

More Tales for Tots: See Wednesday, May 5.

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.

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 June 3. 5-7pm. $60 members, $75 general. Live Arts, 123 E. Water St. 977-4177.

The Importance of Being Earnest: See Friday, April 30.

Turn On, Tune In: Live Arts' Lattehouse presents its sixth annual show, Frequency, in which local teens spoof popular music and the role it plays in our culture. Runs through May 22. $7. Live Arts, 123 E. Water St. 977-4177x108.

The Play about the Baby: See Thursday, April 29. Showtime tonight is 7:30pm.

David Sickmen at Gravity Lounge:
David Sickmen, one of the principal songwriters from the Hackensaw Boys performs tunes from his debut solo album. $5, 8:30pm.

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)

Year and a day with The Swaggarts at Outback Lodge. $3, 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)

Upcoming and Ongoing
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 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.

Roots and wings: The Living Earth School brings kids closer to the earth with their summer residential youth camps. Three programs &emdash; Earth Roots (ages 8-11), Ancient Ways (advanced camp for ages 8-13), and Wilderness Quest (8-day backpacking trek for ages 12 and up) &emdash; are designed to help children get back to their roots and learn the philosophy of living close to the earth. These camps teach survival skills and much more. They are personal growth oriented, educational, and down right fun. Enrollment limited and fills fast, so register as soon as possible. Applications available on-line. 258 Rocky Bottom Lane, Afton. 540-456-7339.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Gentlemen, Start your Engines!: The pressure. The teamwork. The danger. The speed. The fans. The groundbreaking IMAX® film NASCAR: The IMAX Experience thrusts you into the driver's seat to experience a visceral journey inside America's most popular spectator sport at the Science Museum of Virginia. Runs through September 17. Call or see website for schedule and cost. 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.

Bocce and Brunch:
This and every Sunday through June, the Spruce Creek Gallery in Nellysford hosts their popular ãBrunch and Bocce.ä Enjoy a catered brunch, and then try to figure out what this whole bocce thing is all about. Reservations required. For info, call 361-1859.

Downtown Tours: The Albemarle-Charlottesville Historical Society offers walking tours of historic downtown Charlottesville every Saturday at 10am. Tours leave from the McIntire Building across from Lee Park and cover over 250 years of community history in one hour. $3 suggested donation. For info, call 296-1492.

Visit Montpelier: Montpelier offers two outdoor walking tours each Saturday, one focusing on the plantationâs slave community, and another on the more recent duPont estate. Afterwards, go behind the scenes and see rooms that are not regularly open to the public and areas of the house that are under renovation. Offered every half-hour from 10:30am-4pm.> for more info.

Monticello Gardens and Grounds: This guided tour explores the flower and vegetable gardens, grove, and orchards around Jefferson's home. Tours begin on the west lawn hourly at :15 after the hour starting at 9:15am. Fee included in price of general admission. 984-9822.

Ferry the James: The Albemarle Charlottesville Historical Society is offering rides on the Hatton Ferry, one of the last poled ferries still in operation in the U.S., across the James River now through October 17. Open weekends from 9am-5pm. No fee. Located near Scottsville on Route 625. 296-1492.

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 presents "A Taste for Grace: Italian Prints from the 15th through 18th Centuries," which continues through August 15. In addition, the museum features 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, plus "American Collage," including work by Andy Warhol, Adja Yunkers, and Robert Motherwell, among others, through August 24. 155 Rugby Road. 924-3952.

Glo displays the work of Christian Peri during the month of May. Corner of Third and East Main on the Downtown Mall. 295-7432.

Java Java displays the work of St. Anne's-Belfield School students Ji-Hyae Kim and Maggie Wilson through May 1. Town Side Shopping Center, Ivy Road. 220-2534.

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

The Virginia Photography Club presents its first public exhibition at Michael's Bistro. The show will be up through May 10. 1427 University Ave. 242-0139.

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

The Piedmont Pastelists offer an exhibition of members' work at Michaels Arts and Crafts through May 2. Barracks Road Shopping Center. 977-3506.

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 display at Angelo through April 30. 220 E. Main St. on the Downtown Mall. 971-9256.

At C'ville Coffee, beginning May 1, enjoy works by students of local watercolor artist Lee Alter. Opening reception May 2, starting at 3pm. 1301 Harris St. 979-4402.

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

From May 3 to 29, photographer Andrew Humphries' "Daylight" will be on view at Main Street Market. 416 W. Main St. 249-5448.

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 shows "New Work by Matt Sesow!" through May 1. 110 Fourth St. 296-8482. See Art feature.

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.

David Cochrane's abstract/geometric paintings and Matisse- and Picasso-influenced portraits are on view at the architectural firm of Stoneking/Von Storch. Also on display are photographs by Sarah Hormel-Everett and paintings by Priscilla Whitlock. Fifth and Water streets. 295-4204.

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 features an exhibition of "nuptial paintings" and clay sculptural wall relief by Linda Cappacione. 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.

Take a stroll through the 57 acres of Virginia's first-ever Sculpture Park, located on the grounds of Baker-Butler Elementary School. 2740 Proffit Road. 974-7777x1402.

Paintings by Gloria Mitchell are on display 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.

"Art and the Natural World," an exhibit featuring science themes, is on display at the Science and Engineering Library's new reading room. The exhibit is a highlight of the library's grand opening in Clark Hall, and will be up through the academic year. The exhibit features work by UVA art faculty. 924-3628.

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" through April 30. From May 3, view paintings by Jean R. Sampson and mixed-media art dolls by Susan Leschke. From May 4, McGuffey presents "Euphony," paintings by Joan Cabell. And from May 5, Lee Alter's watercolor exhibition, "For Loves' Sake," will be on display. 201 Second St. NW. 295-7973.

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.

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.

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.

Selected landscapes by Richard Crozier are on view at Hotcakes through May 2. Barracks Road Shopping Center. 295-6037.

Martha Jefferson Hospital presents a show entitled "The Creative Process" through June 4. 459 Locust Ave. 982-7000.


The Arts Center in Orange presents oil paintings by Lou Schellenberg through May 15. 129 E. Main St., 540-672-7311,

Sun's Traces Gallery displays baskets by Charlotte LaRoy (featured in The Fiber Arts Design Book), as well as clay works by Paula Brown-Steedly, handmade paper by Rebecca Humphrey, and weaving by Barbara Gentry and Pat Hoover. Barboursville. 540-832-7044.

The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts presents "Bonjour, Monsieur Corbet! The Bruyas Collection from the Musee Fabre, Montpelier," and "Van Gogh and Gauguin: An Artistic Dialogue in the South of France," through June 13. Also on view: "Best Friends: Portraits of Sydney and Francis Lewis," a series of portraits by a range of artists, including Chuck Close and Andy Warhol, through July 11. 2800 Grove Ave. 804-924-2704.

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

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

Sunspots Studios in Staunton offer live glassblowing demonstrations every day by 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. See Walkabout feature, page 38.

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. 330 Valley St., Scottsville. 286-4422.

Sybil Heerdegan's acrylic paintings are on view during April at Harrisonburg's John Clore Gallery in the Wachovia Bank lobby. Corner of E. Market St. and Mason. 540-810-2777.

Art-full, artful: Two films close VFF season

Before the growling lions prowled the 250 Bypass, before the towering flowers sprouted in Belmont (but after Y2K fears subsided and people stopped stockpiling bottled water), Charlottesville made its first foray into site-specific public art.

Think back to the summer of 2000. Remember the giant white dress billowing atop the Woolen Mills' coal tower? Todd Murphy's "Monument to Sally Hemings" was just one of 24 artists' interpretations of the Jeffersonian legacy that visually enlivened the city and county during the massive public art installations entitled "Hindsight/Fore-site: Art for a New Millennium."

Most likely you saw only a handful of the exhibition's pieces, but Tuesday, May 4, you'll get a second chance to see the sites when the Virginia Film Festival closes its 2003-4 season with Richard Herskowitz's hour-long documentary tour. The VFF will also screen The Guzzler of Grizzly Manor, maverick filmmaker George Kuchar's 10-minute short about his 2002 film festival experience.

Using a handheld video camera to mimic how a viewer might experience "Hindsight/Fore-sight," Herskowitz visits 18 of the exhibition's artworks. In some cases, such as Martha Jackson-Jarvis' chicken-foot-covered "winnowing houses," set up in the slave cemetery at Montpelier, the artist provides eloquent insight into the piece and its relationship to Jefferson. In other cases, the art is left to speak for itself. Occasionally, the link to Jefferson seems utterly lost, as in Lucio Pozzi's "Parking," featuring cars spray-painted primary colors at the Ix Building.

Todd Murphy's struggle to get his sculpture to the top of the coal tower provides a rough structure to the film, as Herskowitz returns to its progress several times during the hour. The editing serves the material well, but the footage is uneven and the sound spotty (the result of relying on the camera's built-in microphone). Also, Herskowitz throws in unnecessary slow motion effects twice and cheesily reverses exposure while examining Dennis Oppenheim's "Marriage Tree."

These sins– to be expected of a first-year film student, which VFF director Herskowitz certainly is not– are even more regrettable when shown alongside George Kuchar's hilarious The Guzzler of Grizzly Manor because Kuchar self-consciously uses similar schlock effects and a melodramatic soundtrack to create a B-horror movie take on what it's like to be a film festival participant.

As Kuchar notes in his diaryesque video journey through the Olympia and Virginia Film Festivals (observing the natural world and our inclination to contain it along the way), "Oh, to guzzle and gorge on all that nature and art have to offer."

The Virginia Film Festival closes its 2003-4 season with the screening of Richard Herskowitz's Hindsight/Fore-site and George Kuchar's The Guzzler of Grizzly Manor on May 4 at 7pm at Vinegar Hill Theater. Tickets are $7.50 (free to Film Society members). 220 W. Market St. 977-4911.

Poetic retreat: Safer here than in Queens

This summer UVA hosts a writer's retreat sponsored by an organization whose mission is to "create a safe space for emerging Asian-American poets." Trying hard to banish the images conjured by a literal interpretation, I hereby concur that if emerging Asian-American poets require a sanctuary, Mr. Jefferson's University is as good a spot as any.

The workshop series, sponsored by the Kundiman organization in New York and billed as the "first annual" retreat of its kind, will feature three prominent Asian-American poets. One of them is Ishle Yi Park.

"That's Ishle like official," she told me over the phone recently, and I have to be careful here, because last time Ishle talked to the press she was misquoted and wound up the poet laureate of Queens.

"Maybe it helped," she speculated aloud about the effect of a recent New York Times article that quoted her out of context calling the underdog borough "a suburban nightmare." The offending article appeared just days after Park threw her name in with ex-Run DMCer Joseph Simmons, to fill the position left vacant when poet Hal Sirowitz moved to Brooklyn. Park fired off an explanatory letter to the laureate search committee about the nature of her misquote, and beat out Rev. Run and 74 other hopefuls.

A Queens native from birth, Park says her upbringing didn't include a strong community of other Asian-American writers, let alone Korean poets. She said having such a community is "an important resource."

Joining Park on the workshop faculty are Marilyn Chin, who preaches the hybridization of forms to create "the consummate political poem" (think Horace plus Haiku equals post-colonial Gloria Gaynor), and Rick Barot, a Pacific Rim poet now teaching at Washington and Lee.

Meanwhile, last week the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, a year-round working retreat in Amherst, granted its first annual Award for Excellence to Ha Jin, the Chinese novelist and National Book Award-winning author of Waiting. He will be in residence at the center for the month of July.

The case is clear– if you're looking for a safe place for your Asian-American fiction and haven't found it in the western canon, in front of the activist's mic, or on the unsung streets of Queens, Central Virginia beckons.

The Kundiman Retreat for Emerging Asian-American poets happens August 4-8 at UVA. See for details on applying. Submissions must be postmarked by May 15. Room and board $300. Merit scholarships available.

Mommy and me: Barracks Road caters to tots

It's a beautiful spring morning, and the whole gang is itching to get out of the house. But you've been to the park every day this week, and even the kids are bored with the swings and monkey bars. What's a mother to do?

Barracks Road Shopping Center has an idea: The Mommy & Me (and Daddy too) Club is a marketing incentive aimed directly at folks caring for younger children who are looking for a reason to be out and about on a Thursday morning.

"The program was started at one of our sister stores in Maryland and was very successful," said Angie Dotson, marketing representative for the Barracks Road center. "There are so many stay-at-home moms in this area, we thought it would be popular here too."

The decision was right on. "We love it," says Jennifer Bryerton, editor of the local on-line family entertainment website, one of the Mommy & Me sponsors. "Last year was such fun, and the attendance was always great."

This year's Mommy & Me kicks off on Thursday, April 29, at 10am with a variety of in-store events and fun family activities.

ACAC Fitness Center (another sponsor) will be set up near Ann Taylor Loft with lots of ways for kids to get physical. At 10:30am, wee ones can settle in at Barnes & Noble for story time featuring books by Audrey Wood. PBS's famous character Arthur will be hanging out at Shenanigans from 11am-1pm waiting to shake hands with young fans.

Crafty little ones can stop by Michael's classroom and make a foam neck chain and photo frame to take home. April's Corner hosts a tea party, and Ben & Jerry's will reward the first 50 members who check in at the registration desk on Thursday with a free cone at their Mommy & Me ice cream party. Members can also take advantage of discounts at a variety of other participating merchants.

Mommy & Me events take place every second Thursday of the month through October. Participants can join the club any time by signing up at Shenanigans or Whimsies, both in the North Wing of the shopping center, or on Thursday mornings at the registration desk in the Fountain Court.

Registration is free and is not required for participation in many of the activities. Most merchant discounts require the membership card, however. Members also receive advance notice of each month's events and discounts.

Barracks Road Shopping Center is on the corner of Emmet St. and Barracks Road. 977-4583.

Unsung: Expedition hero comes to town
Quick! Who was Meriwether Lewis? Who was William Clark? Who did they work for? So far so good. Now, who was York?

Who was who?

Don't worry, not too many people know about him. Largely forgotten by history, the man known only as York was a Virginia-born slave who had been with Clark for nearly 30 years when Lewis arrived with an order from President Jefferson.

You know where this story is going: For the next three years, York accompanied the Corps of Discovery on their voyage west (along the way becoming the first African American to cross the North American continent). He drew praise from his fellow travelers for his survival skills, and eventually enjoyed a level of freedom in the backcountry unprecedented at the time.

He's even credited by many modern historians with helping the Corps establish friendly relations with the Native Americans they encountered, something that his dark skin and powerful demeanor helped facilitate.

"He really should have been honored as an explorer just as the other members of the expedition were," says Alex Searls with the Lewis and Clark Exploratory Center. "He took all of the same risks as everyone else and became an integral part of the expedition."

But, despite these achievements, when the adventure ended, York returned to Virginia society as a slave, quietly resuming his life at the Clark family home in Albemarle. He eventually earned his freedom, though Clark's stubborn attempts to deny his request remain a large black mark on the explorer's legacy.

The good news is: York is coming back to Charlottesville, this time in the form of Hasan Davis, an award-winning living history performer from Louisville, Kentucky. Davis will present his one-man show at the Monticello Event and Conference Center– delving into the details of York's life both before and after his adventures in the American West– as a benefit for the soon-to-be-built Lewis and Clark Exploratory Center.

"Hasan Davis presents such a powerful portrayal of York that he really brings you into the story," Searls says. "It's rare to see such an intense one-man show, especially one about such an important character."

The Monticello Event and Conference Center is located at 201 Monticello Ave. and parking is available on site. $35 ($20 of which is tax-deductible) tickets include drinks and heavy hors d'oeuvres following the performance. Information and reservations, 979-2425 or

Pulling strings: Rose Csorba's bewitching puppets

I was at Rapture one night a few months back when a wild-eyed blonde woman stood up on a table. This, as any good Charlottesville barhopper knows, is about as unusual as a guy coming out of the restroom with one too many shirt buttons undone.

But then she did something that caused a hush sweep the over-cologned Lotharios at her ankles, and even, for one blessed moment, brought the jackhammer of bass to a halt. She took out her puppets.

You weren't expecting the word "puppets" there, were you?

The wild-eyed woman in question was Rose Csorba, a Charlottesville-based artist/sculptress/puppeteer. Her online bio will tell you that during a trip to East Africa, she was mistaken for a sorceress. If you caught her impromptu performance at Rapture that night, you'll know why. If not, you'll have a chance to find out Tuesday, May 4, when she performs a show called "The Puppets of Paris" at the Twisted Branch Tea Bazaar.

Eclectic doesn't begin to describe it– or her. The show is a series of short marionette plays based on the films of Humphrey Bogart. Who on earth thinks up that kind of stuff? A foster-kid-turned-scholarship-BFA student who followed her fascination with African art past the museums and the exhibition catalogs all the way to Kenya, where she spent four years teaching painting, puppetry, reading, and horseback riding– that's who.

The puppets Csorba makes for her marionette shows are astonishingly intricate and eerily lifelike– be they human, Cyclops, or horse-headed– and they get all the weirder when she jerks the strings that bring them to life.

Among her non-puppet works are drawings with titles like "She Ate Her Baby" and "The Monkey Sellers," and specimens of a kind of wall-hanging she refers to as "Psychotic Voodoo Taxidermy."

With or without demonic aid, Csorba's doing fairly well for herself: She exhibits regularly at local galleries and coffeehouses, has sold to the American Embassy in Kenya, and last year was honored with a studio at the McGuffey Art Center.

When she got down from the table at Rapture that night, I asked her, half-hypnotized, where and when she performed.

"I'm performing right now," she said.

It was the only honest thing anyone had said all night.

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Those of you waiting breathlessly for the Paramount to open can help things along this weekend when the Richmond Symphony Pops performs an afternoon of Big Band Jazz to benefit the theater. Carl Topilow of the Cleveland Pops (that's right, Cleveland!) will be the guest conductor, and tea and refreshments will be served.

Rose Csorba performs The Puppets of Paris Tuesday, May 4, at 8:30pm. Twisted Branch Tea Bazaar, 414 E. Main St. Free. 293-9947.

Richmond Symphony Pops performs Sunday, May 2. Musical welcome at 2:30pm, concert at 3pm. Old Cabell Hall. $25. 979-1922.

Silent medley: Dr. Caligari meets modern rock

Tonight is one of those evenings when if you stay home, it's basically admitting you've finally given in to being old. Besides the concert by the world/indie group Cerberus Shoal at Twisted Branch Tea Bazaar I previewed last week (find an old issue, or get a flux-capacitor-fitted DeLorean), you can catch a showing of the 1919 silent German Expressionist film, The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari. This version features a live soundtrack by the versatile trio known as the Devil Music Ensemble, which will also feature performances by Tulsa Drone, Tone, and local rockers Bucks and Gallants.

The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari is regarded as the first piece in the German Expressionist movement of the 1920s, which included the notable (and still cult favorites) Nosferatu (1921) and Metropolis (1926 &endash; which I highly recommend).

In the film, a carnival hypnotist, Dr. Caligari, seems to be the center of a string of murders in the fictitious town of Holstenwall. With its twisty-turny plot and plethora of culprits, the film is considered a prototype for the horror films that followed– the themes of the damsel in distress, the strange rustic town, and the mad scientist all became common fare.

Formed in Boston in 1999, The Devil Music Ensemble seems to be a kind of continually morphing organism rather than a set band– in fact, their stated modus operandi is using the band as a "tool to explore as many facets of musical performance as possible."

As a result, the group has seen fit to become, at certain points in their history, a rock trio, an eastern European folk band, a 25-piece modern orchestral ensemble, a country music review, and a house band for live theater. Their Charlottesville performance happens during the seventh week of a 10-week tour around the country performing live soundtracks for silent films.

A few of the group's songs from Dr. Caligari are available on the group's website (, leading off with "Alan's Theme," referring to the first character who dies in the movie. Paranoia leeches out of the track as guitarist Brendon Wood lays down echo-laced jazz chords and leads, and bassist Jonah Rapino and Tim Nylander repeat, repeat, repeat their background parts– shades of a song like "Money" from Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon (a extremely paranoid album, to say the least) might be caught by a discerning listener.

"Caligari's Introduction," with its dissonant guitar sounds and Rapino's off-kilter electric violin tunesmithing, is equally intense, and should be quite a nice match for the jarring and bizarre visuals in the film.

Also performing at the Thursday night show are Richmond's Tulsa Drone, the DC-based instrumental Tone (both on Dischord Records), and Charlottesville's own utterly bizarre but still pop Bucks and Gallants. See below schedule for the times of the groups, but come on, you're looking a mite vacant of late.

You could use a visit to Dr. Caligari.


7-8:30 Devil Music Ensemble

9pm Tulsa Drone

10pm Tone

11pm Bucks and Gallants

12pm Devil Music Ensemble Rock Set

The Devil Music Ensemble performs The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari at the Satellite Ballroom by Plan 9 on the Corner, April 29. $10/$8 advance, 7pm.