Cultural Calendar, February 3-10, 2005

THURSDAY, February 3

Ancestral Visions:
In honor of African American history month, paintings by artist and internationally acclaimed percussionist, educator, and statesman Darrell Rose are on view at the Arts Center in Orange. The opening reception today at 5pm includes an artist's talk and musical performance by Rose. 129 E. Main St., Orange. 540-672-7311.

Tales for Tots:
The 5 and under crowd can hear some favorite picture book stories about bath time at Barnes & Noble's preschool story time. 10:30am. Free. Barracks Road Shopping Center. 984-6598.

Surf's Up: Northside Library offers the chance to come in out of the snow and hit the beach. Sun lovers should bring their beach towel to play Beach-Blanket Bingo, share some campfire songs and stories, make a message in a bottle, or uncover buried treasure. 4pm. Free. Registration required. Albemarle Square. 973-7893.

Hear Ohio State University prof Stephanie Shaw discuss "Grandmothers, Granny Women, Old Aunts, and Antebellum Slave Communities" at Kenwood today at 4pm. Free. Two miles beyond Monticello on Route 53. 984-7500.

Ninja Yoga: Toward a revolution of consciousness. Free yoga classes today at 9:15am. Bring a mat. Silent meditation 8am. Suitable for all levels of expertise. Free and open to the public at "Better than Television," a new community center at 106 A3 Goodman St. 295-0872. Yoga classes also offered at the Downtown Library, Market St., today at 5pm.

French Conversation Luncheons: Parlez francais today and each first Thursday of the month at 11:30am at L'Etoile restaurant on Main Street across from the Amtrak station. 971-1118 or

French Not Your Thing?: La Tertulia, a Spanish conversation group, meets the first Thursday of each month in the Jefferson Room at the Central Library to brush up on skills. All levels welcome. 7pm. Market Street. 979-7151 or

Drive Safe: Several experts from county schools, local and state police, and the insurance industry discuss ways to keep kids safe on the road. 7pm. Albemarle High School. 975-9451.

Taming of the Shrew:
Long seen as the ultimate battle of the sexes, this robust comedy is just as much an illustration of how nonconformists can outwit society. Shenandoah Shakespeare blends romantic comedy and outlandish farce to give us a story of psychological liberation. This 10:30am performance is a school matinee. Blackfriars Playhouse, 10 S. Market St., Staunton. $14-26. 540-885-5588.

The Underpants: Live Arts offers another off-Broadway Steve Martin smash, The Underpants, in which two men enter a woman's life when her panties unexpectedly fall to the floor as she watches a parade through the local park. 7:30pm. Live Arts DownStage, 123 E. Water St. $10-17. 977-4177. See Performance feature.

The Mysteries of Economics:
Ken Elzinga, well-known popular UVA professor of economics, took on the pseudonym of Marshall Jevons to co-author A Deadly Indifference, a mystery whose central character is, oddly enough, an economics professor who uses his smarts to help the Cambridge, England, police department solve a crime. Elzinga shares his book, then answers questions, at The Colonnade Club at 5pm. Pavilion VII, UVA. 243-9710.

Elections in Ukraine: Two veteran international election observers– John Woodworth, a U.S. ambassador and nuclear power advisor, and James M. Heilman, former Albemarle County director of elections and voter registrar– report from Ukraine after having monitored the recent controversial presidential election there. They will speak at the Miller Center at 5:30pm. 2201 Old Ivy Road. 924-7236.

Future Filmmakers in Charlottesville: Light Horse Studio, a local nonprofit organization, teaches media literacy by offering middle and high school students coaching, supplies, and equipment to make their own films. This evening Light Horse executive director Richard Needham and some current filmmakers discuss the program and show their creations at 7pm at Barnes & Noble. Barracks Road Shopping Center. 984-6598.

Campaign Aftermath: Al Weed, contender for the State Senate, visits ASAP, the Advocates for a Sustainable Albemarle Population, at the monthly meeting tonight at 7:30pm in Westminster Presbyterian Church's library. Weed talks on "Lessons from the Campaign Trail," with a special focus on what he learned about growth and development in the region. 190 Rugby Road, 244-0793.

Danny Beirne at Coupe DeVille's:
Bierne's piano stylings are quite eclectic– so much so to be indescribable. A former member of the Skip Castro band, Beirne is playing his own songs now, weekly at Coupe's. No cover, 10pm.

Open Mic Night at Kokopelli's Cafe. No cover, 6:30-9:30pm.

Brian Wriston (local acoustic blues) at Atomic Burrito. Free, 10:30pm.

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

Dance Music with 5 Star D.J. Express at Charlie's. No cover, 9pm.

Karaoke Night at Damon's Sports Bar. Free, 9-12am.

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

Improv Comedy Show at Garden of Sheba. $8, 8pm.

Peter Markush (piano) at Gravity Lounge. Free, 12:30pm.

Pierce Pettis with Scuffletown at Gravity Lounge. $10, 8pm.

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

Fletcher Bridge at Outback Lodge. $3, 10pm.

The Keel Brothers Band at the Prism. $12, 8pm.

Satisfaction with Noel Sanger (18 and up dance party) at Rapture. $3/Ladies free, 10:30pm.

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

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

FRIDAY, February 4
Ahoy, Matey:
Old Michie Theatre brings Robert Lewis Stevenson's classic children's tale to the stage with a new main stage production of Treasure Island. Pirates, sailors, and the infamous Long John Silver sail the seas on a quest for buried treasure in a performance that features a cast of local youth. 7pm. $7.50. 221 E. Water St. 977-3690.

Star Struck: The view is out of this world at Public Night at McCormick Observatory from 7-9pm (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

Taming of the Shrew:
See Thursday, February 3. Today's show is at 7:30, but come at 6pm for a pre-show lecture. Tonight's show is pay-what-you-will.

The Underpants: See Thursday, February 3. Tonight's show is at 8pm.

I do! I do! Just in time for Valentine's Day, ThornRose Theatre Company presents a dinner theater production of this musical on marriage. The show begins with Michael and Agnes on their wedding day and traces their life together over a period of 50 years. Doors open 6pm. Show at 7:30. Clock Tower Tavern, 27 W. Beverley St., Staunton. $35 includes dinner and dessert. 540-248-3224.

Philadanco: The world-renown Philadelphia Dance Co. makes a stop in Charlottesville at PVCC this weekend. Attend a lecture and demonstration tonight at 7pm. Main stage of the V. Earl Dickinson Building, PVCC. Free. 961-5376. See Saturday, February 5, listing, for more information.

The Dazzle: Obsessive meets compulsive in this new Richard Greenberg play loosely based on New York's Collyer brothers and the 136 tons of uncontrolled clutter they filled their mansion with. A high-stakes sibling rivalry in which zinging epigrams do battle with existential despair. The opening tonight is at 8pm. Live Arts UpStage, 123 E. Water St. $10. 977-4177.

Ice Action:
The Virginia hockey team takes on UNC at the Downtown Ice Park tonight at 10pm. UVA students free, general public, $6.

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.

Middle East Peace:
Ambassador Dennis Ross, who for many years was the key American representative to Middle East peace talks under both George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton, visits the Miller Center today to talk about "The Missing Peace: The Inside Story of the Fight for Middle East Peace." 2201 Old Ivy Road. 924-6029 or

Eye on Ukraine: Munich-based journalist Gustav Weber shares his observations and analysis of the recent elections in the Ukraine at 3:30pm. Sponsored by the Center for Russian and East European Studies. Minor Hall, UVA. 924-3033,

The Future of Kashmir: Ainslie T. Embree, emeritus professor at Columbia, speaks at 3:30pm on the subject of "Religion, Culture, Nationalism and Kashmire: The View from India." Harrison Institute/Small Special Collections Library auditorium. 982-2015.

Designing Our Town: Hear Katie Swenson, executive director of the Charlottesville Community Design Center, discuss the organization's mission, vision, projects, and ideas for how it can help Charlottesville plan its future. She speaks at 5pm in UVA's School of Architecture. 153 Campbell Hall. 982-2921.

The Alison Fletcher Five at Dürty Nelly's Pub:
Playing dance hits from Motown, the Beatles, Stax/Volt and others, the band has an all-star cast of Charlottesville locals– Charles Davis on bass and vocals, Ken Hymes on keyboards, guitar, and vocals, Jaye Urgo on guitar, and Steve Urgo on drums, and featuring the vocal talents of Australian native Alison Fletcher. $3, 9pm.

Hard Rain at Fellini's No. 9: These guys play good, down-home rock covers, with nary a Dylan tune in the bunch. $3, 10pm.

The Paschall Brothers at the Prism: A cappella gospel quintet the Paschall Brothers hail from Chesapeake, and are working to keep alive the Tidewater vocal tradition. $14/$12 advance, 8pm.

North Mississippi Allstars with Rose Hill Drive at Starr Hill: The Allstars' Delta Blues with a modern drive is pretty damn fun to listen to– talented performers and songwriters, the group seems continually changing its stripes to fit its choice of covers and original songs. $15, 9pm. See Tunes feature.

The Bennie Dodd Band (rock/blues/country covers) at Charlie's. No cover, 9pm.

Trashe Blues at Kokopelli's Cafe. $5, 8pm.

Hard Rain (covers filled rock) at Fellini's #9. $3, 10pm.

Soldiers of Jah Army with Keith Hurlock and Crossfire Band, Iron Lion and Genesis, and KC of True Sound at Garden of Sheba. $10, 10pm.

Helane Fontaine at Gravity Lounge. $8, 8:30pm.

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

Navel, St. Diablo, and Mayan Factor at Outback Lodge. $6, 10pm.

SATURDAY, February 5
Little Biddy Pieces:
At Mimi Tawes's stained glass workshop today, students can choose to work on either a flat panel or a three-dimensional object. $60 plus materials. 10-4pm. McGuffey Art Center, 200 Second St. 977-7858.

Go Blow: Beginners and old hands can puff up their skills today at glassblowing workshops. A four-hour intro workshop (8am-noon) covers the step-by-step process of creating a blown-glass vessel, as well as safety and appropriate tool use. No experience necessary. Class limited to two students or a small group. $150. From 12:30-4:30 experienced students (even those from the morning class!) can further expand their knowledge in a glassblowing 2 workshop. Three students max here. $150. Sunspots Studios, Staunton. 540-885-0678 or

Story Time:
Barnes & Noble celebrates Black History Month with a special story time featuring Coretta Scott King Award winners. A snack will be served. 11:30pm. Free. Barracks Road Shopping Center. 984-6598.

Family Fun: Children of all ages are invited to gather at Northside Library for stories, songs, and Valentine crafts. 10:30am. Free. Registration required. Albemarle Square. 973-7893.

Close Encounter: Maymont invites avian enthusiasts ages 5 and up to soar into the world of birds with an animal encounter that includes fun facts about finches and falcons and a close-up glimpse of a live owl. 3pm. $4. 1700 Hampton St., Richmond. 804-358-7166, ext. 333.

Behind Closed Doors: Visitors ages 5 and up are invited to walk through the "Employees Only" door for a special peek at the inner workings of Maymont's new Nature Center. Children must be accompanied by a parent. Register the day of the program. 1pm. $5. 1700 Hampton St., Richmond. 804-358-7166, ext. 333.

Ahoy, Matey: See Friday, February 4.

Taming of the Shrew:
See Thursday, February 3. Tonight's show is at 7:30pm.

UVA Swing: The UVA Swing Club hosts a dance at Newcomb Hall tonight. No partner or experience needed. Beginner's lesson, 8-9pm. Dancing, 9pm-midnight. Newcomb Hall Ballroom. $3-5.

Philadanco: The world-renowned Philadelphia Dance Co. holds a morning master class and evening performance at PVCC. Master class, 10am-noon. Show at 7:30pm. Main stage of the V. Earl Dickinson Building, 500 College Road. $10-17. 961-5376.

The Dazzle: See Friday, February 4.

I Do! I Do!: See Friday, February 4.

The Underpants: See Thursday, February 3. Tonight's 8pm show is the final performance.

Wine 101:
This class, led by Cardinal Point winemaker Tim Gorman, focuses on the basics of growing wine grapes and the nitty-gritty of wine production. 1pm. $40 per session, or $120 for the three-class series. Full curriculum and details at 540-456-8400. See Walkabout feature.

Woods and Wildlife Conference: This day-long conference is a "one-stop-shop" for small and large acreage landowners to meet and discuss a variety of statewide issues and goals. Topics include Virginia's deer issues, timber theft, low impact harvesting, alternative wood products, and more. Registration begins at 8:15am in Manassas. For more information, contact Adam Downing with Virginia Cooperative Extension at 540-948-6881 or

Taste of Tandem: Support the Tandem Friends School at this annual night of food, dancing, and entertainment. A live auction benefits the school's enrichment fund. 296-1303 or

Ice Action: It's back to the ice against UNC for the Virginia hockey team. At the Downtown Ice Park at 10pm. UVA students, free; general public, $6.

Mountain Morning: Join a Wintergreen Nature Foundation naturalist for an interpretive hike through the mountains of Wintergreen. Moderate difficulty. $3 members, $6 non-members. 10am. 325-7451.

Cook with the Chef: Spice up your cooking with a morning of culinary excitement with Chef Alex Montiel. 10am-12:30pm at King Family Vineyards. $50 per person, reservations required. 823-7800 or

Bird Walk: Join John Zimmerman of the Monticello Bird Club for an early morning bird walk at the Ivy Creek Natural Area, off Earlysville Road. Meet in the parking lot at 7:30am. Beginners welcome. 973-7772.

Animal Communication: What is your cat really thinking? Join author Carol Gurney to learn how to converse telepathically with your pets! Today and tomorrow 10am-5pm at The Animal Connection. Allied Business Park. 296-7048 for fees and more information.

Trail Run: Bad to the Bone Racing presents the Masai 5k Trail Race on Observatory Hill Trails. 8am start. $30. Register at

Mardi Gras and Gumbo: Join Chef Emeril Le Horton and his fellow gumbo lovers at Horton Vineyard's Mardi Gras Celebration. 11am-5pm. $5. 540-832-7440 or

Happy Birthday, Bill Burroughs:
Joe Maynard, local friend and bibliographer of William S. Burroughs, famous for his novel Naked Lunch, joins others to read from Burroughs's work and share memories of the man in honor of the now-deceased author's birthday at Gravity Lounge at 2pm. Donations accepted. 103 S. First St. 977-5590. See Words feature.

Brooks Williams with Michael Cvetanovich at the Gravity Lounge:
Preceded by an acoustic guitar workshop from Williams, the evening concert will be his fourth visit to the Acoustic Muse stage, another chance to hear a well-known performer playing a style informed by folk, blues, jazz, Motown, gospel, and African and Brazilian music forms. Guitar Workshop: $50, 10am-3pm. 974-SING to register. Performance: $15/$12 advance, 8pm.

An Evening of Cape Breton Music with Wendy MacIsaac, Patrick Gillis, and Buddy MacDonald at the Prism: Besides a solo fiddler/piano player, MacIsaac is the manager and a member of the five-piece instrumental group Beolach, and travels around the world playing the traditional music of Cape Breton, Canada. $18/$15 advance, 8pm.

The Hogwaller Ramblers at Rapunzel's: Oh, Hogwaller, how do we love thee? Let us count the ways: your acoustic-themed rabble-rousing excesses of the musical variety. Um, that sort of sums it up. Bluegrass mayhem, tonight (rescheduled from last Saturday). $5, 7pm.

Tsunami Victims Benefit Concert: Damnwells, Andy Waldeck, Travis Elliott, Dj Quarter-Roy, and Members of Indecision at Starr Hill: With donations matched by Musictoday and Dave Matthews Band, all donations go to the Bama Works Village Recovery Fund, and with such artists as the Damnwells and local shining star Travis Elliott, this is a show you have to attend. Save your soul and get some entertainment at the same time. $5-50 suggested donation, 7pm.

Jubeus at Kokopelli's Cafe. $5, 8pm.

Eli Cook's Red House Blues Band at Dürty Nelly's. $3, 9pm.

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

Big Ray and the Kool Kats at the Carysbrook Performing Arts Center. $15, 8pm.

The Bennie Dodd Band (rock/blues/country covers) at Charlie's. No cover, 9pm.

Populist Dancing at Club Rio. $10, 9pm.

Howie Campbell and friends at the Grounds Café. No cover, 7-9pm.

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

Matt Horn and the Funk Factory at Orbit. No cover, 10pm.

William Walter & Co. at Outback Lodge. $6, 10pm.

SUNDAY, February 6
Summer Fun:
AlbemarleFamily lets kids get a jump on the summer camp search with their first annual Fun Fair and Camp Expo. See Family feature.

Ahoy, Matey: See Friday, February 4. Time today, 3pm.

Taming of the Shrew:
Today's 2pm show is a signed performance.

I Do! I Do!: See Friday, February 4. Doors open today at 1pm, show is at 2. Includes dessert. $20.

Mikado: Featuring Yum-Yum, Nanki-Poo, and the Lord High Executioner, this production of the New York Gilbert and Sullivan Players offers a satire on the human experience and makes us laugh at the foibles we share. Vocalists perform the lush score backed by a full orchestra. 8pm. Paramount Theater, Downtown Mall. $36-42. 979-1333.

Cut for a Cause:
Shear Power Hair Studio hosts a cut-a-thon to benefit victims of the Southeast Asian tsunami disaster. 100 percent of proceeds go to the American Red Cross for disaster relief. 10am-4pm. 977-1138 for appointments and more information.

Freestyle Demo Day: See Saturday, February 5. 325-8054 or

Poets Offer Alternative Pre-game Show:
Beverly Terrell, author of the recently published Mom, You're Ol' Fashion, will be one of several poets reading from their work this afternoon at the African American Read-In sponsored by Delta Sorority in the Charlottesville High School library 2:30-5pm. 1400 Melbourne Road. 296-8223.

Making Sense of Chatter: At 5:30pm Mark Halperin, political director of NBC News, visits the Miller Center to talk about– borrowing from a quotation from The New Yorker about his gadfly role in U.S. politics– "Channelling What the Chattering Class Is Chattering About: TV News." Of his articles on his website, The Note, the Wall Street Journal says they're "always spicy, sometimes hilarious." His talk promises to be the same. 2201 Old Ivy Road. 924-7236.

Big Ray and the Kool Kats at the Carysbrook Performing Arts Center:
It don't mean a thing if you ain't got that swing, and BRKK have been selling out concert halls from here to the Kennedy Center. Playing a little bit of everything helps with the crowd pleasing, and Big Ray and the Kool Kats are all about the audience. $15, 2pm.

Warmed Over Boys at Kokopelli's Cafe. $3, 7pm.

Karaoke with Tammy at Charlie's. No cover, 7pm.

Debbie and Peter Hunter with Tom O'Connor and the Mando Mafia at Gravity Lounge. $5, 2:30pm.

Wave featuring vocalist Juliana Marquez at Gravity Lounge. $5, 7:30pm.

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

MONDAY, February 7
Ninja Yoga:
Toward a revolution of consciousness. Free yoga classes today at 9am. Suitable for all levels of expertise. Free and open to the public at "Better than Television," a new community center at 106 A3 Goodman St. 295-0872. Yoga classes also offered today at the Downtown Library, Market St. at 1pm.

Go Deep: SeaDevil Divers, a local scuba diving club serving Charlottesville-Albemarle and the UVA communities, meets at 6:30pm at Rococo's Restaurant. This month's meeting features a presentation from Alison Gould, who spent this past summer working on an underwater research project in Alaska. All interested divers welcome. 2001 Commonwealth Drive. 975-5570 or

Listening Carefully:
The title of Berkeley prof Charles Benton's talk today is "On Listening to Buildings: Building science at Berkeley," about environmental issues inside buildings and their impact on the natural environment. His talk is part of the School of Architecture's Sustainable Design Series. 5pm. Campbell Hall, Room 153. 924-4298.

America's World Presence: Richard A. Boucher, spokesman for the U.S. Department of State, speaks at 5pm on the topic of "America's Role in the World." Will he voice the party line? Be there to see. UVA's Harrison Institute/Small Special Collections Library. McCormick Road. 982-2016.

Encore Presentation: UVA undergraduate Jade Craig presents her discoveries about the evolving role of African Americans in the life of the University of Virginia, from slaves and builders to professors and administrative leaders. Presentation begins at 7pm. 204 Physics Building. 924-7923.

Paint the Town:
Artists ages 9-99 are invited to explore Painting with Pastels at Greene County Library. Paper is provided, but participants should bring their own pastels. 6:30-8:30pm. Free. Registration required. 222 Main St., Stanardsville. 985-5227.

Auditions for the Oratorio Society of Charlottesville-Albemarle:
Singers needed for the upcoming concert of Mozart's Requiem and Mendelssohn's Symphony #2, to be performed May 15. Municipal Arts Center, 1117 Fifth St. SW. Call Joy Tobias 434-882-1738 for an appointment or more information.

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

The Rusticators (acoustic) at The Biltmore Grill. Free, 10pm.

Pool Tournament at Charlie's. No cover, 7pm.

Open Mic night at Charlie's. No cover, 9pm.

Stephen Kellogg with Jay Pun at Gravity Lounge. $10, 8pm.

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

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

TUESDAY, February 8
Snappy Info:
Each Tuesday in February, photographer and documentary filmmaker Lon Holmberg visits the Arts Center in Orange to talk with shutterbugs about their photographs. Free, open to all. Students are especially encouraged to participate. 4-5pm. 540-672-7311. 129 E. Main St. Orange.

Stevie Jay returns to Gravity Lounge for an encore performance of his infamous Multi-Chakra Extravaganza, "Life Love Sex Death...and Other Works in Progress." Doors open at 6:30pm, and early arrival is recommended as last week's show packed the place. Show 8pm. $10/general $5 students and starving artists (your ribs have to be visible to qualify). 103 S. First St. 977-5590.

Emulate Eliza: Audition for PVCC's production of George Bernard Shaw's Pygmalion today and tomorrow. There are roles for six men and six women. Performance dates April 15-17 and 22-24. Anyone wishing to audition by appointment today should call 434-961-5387 or email Tomorrow, auditions will be open readings from the script beginning at 7pm. Can't make these dates? Call or write for an alternate appointment time.

Terrorist Threat in Our Town?:
Charlottesville police chief Timothy J. Longo brings it all home as he speaks at 5:30pm at the Miller Center on the topic of "Homeland Security Brought Home," asking whether we are any safer now than we were on September 11, 2001. 2201 Old Ivy Road. 924-6049.

Role of Religion: The Rev. Dr. Bruce Beard, pastor of the First Baptist Transformation Ministries, speaks about the role of the church in black communities, past and present. His talk, "This Far By Faith," happens at 7pm in Minor Hall Auditorium. UVA. 924-7923.

Christian Anarchy?
: Former priest Bill Frankel-Streit, a nonviolent activist for peace and justice, leads a discussion on the philosophical relationship between anarchy and Christianity, from Biblical sources to daily life to direct action protest. 6:30pm. Free. 106 A3 Goodman St. in Belmont. 295-0872 or

Tom Proutt at Fat Daddy's in Albemarle Square. No cover, 8:30-11pm.

Travis Elliott with Matthew Willner at Atomic Burrito. No cover, 10pm.

Karaoke Night (what you make of it) at Baja Bean. Free, 8pm.

Karaoke with Tammy at Charlie's. No cover, 9pm.

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

$2 Tuesdays with Big Circle at Outback Lodge. No cover, 10pm.

WEDNESDAY, February 9
Valentine Pizzazz:
Young lovers ages 7 and up can create a unique message of love at Gordon Avenue Library. This week's Wonderful Wednesdays craft is beaded Valentine's cards. 4pm. Free. Registration required. 1500 Gordon Ave. 296-5544.

More Tales for Tots: The 5 and under crowd can hear some favorite picture book stories about Valentine's Day at Barnes & Noble's preschool story time. 10:30am. Free. Barracks Road Shopping Center. 984-6598.

Taming of the Shrew:
See Thursday, February 3. Shows today and tomorrow are 10:30am school matinees.

Salsa night at Berkmar:
Beginning and intermediate lessons offered from 8 to 9:15 p.m. $8, $6 students. 8-10pm. 652 Rio Road W. 975-4611.

Go Native: Brian Wagnor of Hyla Brook Farm in Louisa County discusses the propagation of native plants in central Virginia at tonight's meeting of the Jefferson Chapter of the Virginia Native Plant Society. 7:30pm at the Ivy Creek Nature Center, off Earlysville Road. Call Gay Frix at 293-8997 for info.

Party Preparations: Wednesday in the Word women's bible study hosts "Hospitality for Real People" at Trinity Presbyterian Church. Cake decorating, finger foods, kid's birthday party ideas, invitation making, party presentation, and more. 9:15-11:30am. No fee. 3101 Fontaine Ave. Ext. 971-1804 or

What's It all About?: UVA psychologist Jonathan Haidt presents a talk, "It Is about Moral Values (and Democrats Can Win)." Sponsored by Public Policy of Virginia and Democracy for America. 7pm. Water Street Terrace, Ice Park, Downtown Mall. Free and open to the public. 980-0857 or

Meditation Study Group: Free and open to the public at 8am at "Better than Television," a new community center at 106 A3 Goodman St. 295-0872.

Writer Speaks:
UNC Wilmington's Philip Gerard, known for the popular Creative Nonfiction– Researching and Writing Stories of Real Life, reads from his work and shares some authorial wisdom at 12:20pm at PVCC's Jessup Library. Free. 961-5203.

Can the Blues Lift You?: Beloved Charlottesville musician Corey Harris speaks on "Music and Medicine: Blues Biology" at the Medical Center Hour. Will he speak? sing? play? interpret? emote? Probably all of the above. 12:30pm. Jordan Hall Conference Center Auditorium. 924-2094.

Look Smart: The Center for Christian Study presents "Show and Tell: How to Watch a Movie Intelligently," by Drew Trotter, first night of a four-part lecture series. 7pm. $25; full-time students and senior citizens free. 128 Chancellor St. 817-1050 or

Twelve-Weeks of Theology: Trinity Presbyterian Church presents "Historical Theology II," by Scott Amos, first of a 12-part seminary course. 7pm. 3101 Fontaine Ave. Extd. $80; full-time students and senior citizens, $45. 817-1050.

Henley Middle School Jazz Band at Kokopelli's Cafe. Donations, 6pm.

Josh Mayo and Dane North at Fat Daddy's, Albemarle Square. 8:30-11pm, no cover.

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

Karaoke with Paul Seale at Charlie's. No cover, 9pm.

Benny Dodd (rock covers) at Coupe DeVille's. No cover, 10pm.

Open Mic Night at Dew Drop Inn. No cover, 7:30pm.

The Rusticators (acoustic duo) Dr. Ho's Humble Pie. Free, 7pm.

Country Dance Night (couples and line) at Fry's Spring Beach Club. $7/$4 students, lessons 7-8pm, dancing 8-11pm.

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

ZOSO (Led Zeppelin cover extravaganza) at Starr Hill. $10/$8 advance, 8pm.

Jimmy O at the South River Grill in Waynesboro. No cover, 7:30pm.

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

Karaoke Night at West Main. No Cover, 10pm.

Man Mountain Jr. (funktastic!) at Orbit. No cover, 10pm.

Stable Roots (reggae) at Outback Lodge. $5, 10pm.

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

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

THURSDAY, February 10
Cult Copies:
University of Michigan art professor Megan Holmes kicks off UVA's McIntire Department of Art spring lecture series with "Copying and Reproduction in the Context of Italian Renaissance Religious Cults." 6pm. Campbell Hall, Room 160 . 982-2921.

Landscape View: Renowned landscape architect Michael van Valkenburgh, with practices in NYC and Cambridge, Mass., comes to Charlottesville to present the Architecture School's Myles H. Thaler Lecture. 5pm. 153 Campbell Hall. 982-2921.

Hindu Temple Mysteries: Darielle Mason, an expert in Indian and Himalayan art, speaks on "Mysteries of the Mandapa: Re-Investigating Philadelphia's Indian Temple Hall." Philadelphia's is the only example of Indian temple architecture in an American art museum. 5:30pm. Room 158, Campbell Hall. 982-2921.

More Tales for Tots:
See Wednesday, February 9.

Taming of the Shrew:
See Thursday, February 3. Today's show is a 10:30am school matinee.

The Dazzle: See Friday, February 4. Tonight's show is at 7:30pm.

Highway Child: Offstage Theatre joins Piedmont Virginia Community College in presenting Highway Child, a modern fable incorporating American Indian mythology into a modern landscape, by Sean Harvey and Drew Bergman. Opening night. 7:30 pm. $8-10. Maxwell Theatre (Black Box), 500 College Road. 961-5376.

Coffee with the VP:
Leonard Sandridge, executive VP and COO of UVA– one man who understands what the charter idea is all about– is guest speaker at a Coffee Talk sponsored by the Charlottesville/Albemarle Convention & Visitors Bureau. 8am. Doors open at 7:45; coffee and pastries provided. 100 Fifth St. NE.

Reclaimed Voices: Women young and old are invited to a creative writing workshop sponsored by SARA, the Sexual Assault Resource Agency on the subject of using creativity and writing to overcome painful memories of sexual abuse and assault. Tonight's is the second of four weekly workshops. Participants can attend any or all of them. 6:30-8pm.1013 Little High St. 294-7273.

AIDS and African-American Women: Right now, the population sector in the U.S. most threatened by HIV/AIDS is African-American women. Hear three experts discuss "A Community in Crisis: HIV/AIDS and African-American Women" at 7pm in UVA's Gilmer Hall. 924-7923.

Author Shakes It: Author of the memoir Snake Hips, Anne Soffee discusses and demonstrate how belly dancing has changed her life. Local belly dancers join in. You can, too. Come shake it at Barnes & Noble Bookstore at 7pm. Barracks Road Shopping Center, 984-0461.

Floral Demonstration:
Kick off your Valentine's celebration with the Flowers for all Humanity design demonstration and auction at the Gentle Gardener in Gordonsville. Benefits the Habitat for Humanity of Louisa. 6-8pm. $10 per person/$15 a couple. 540-832-7031 for reservations.

Bird Business: The Monticello Bird Club's monthly meeting features Ruth Burch presenting a program on plant selection and garden design to create habitats for butterflies and moths. 7:30pm at the Ivy Creek Natural Area. All are welcome. 971-9271.

Travis Elliott at Atomic Burrito: One of this town's best pop-rockers, Elliott mixes sing-along melodies with musical complexity and a great performance vibe. No cover, 10pm.

Karaoke with Ron Courtney at Fat Daddy's, Albemarle Square, 8-11pm, no cover.

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

Danny Beirne (piano-man) at Coupe DeVille's. No cover, 10pm.

Karaoke Night at Damon's Sports Bar. Free, 9-12am.

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

Karaoke with Ron Courtney at Fat Daddy's. No cover, 8-11pm.

Peter Markush (piano) at Gravity Lounge. Free, 12:30pm.

Vulgar Bulgars and Las Gitanas at Gravity Lounge. $5, 8pm.

Darrell Rose and Matthew Willner Duets (Afrikan percussion, nylon string guitar, bass, synths , loops, and devices) at Michael's Bistro. No cover, 9pm.

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

Fletcher Bridge at Outback Lodge. $3, 10pm.

Satisfaction with Noel Sanger (18 and up dance party) at Rapture. $3/Ladies free, 10:30pm.

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

Ongoing and Future
The Virginia Discovery Museum goes underground with its latest Back Gallery exhibit "Under the Earth: A Cave Exploration." Through May 22, young children can squeeze through tiny spaces to explore caves and critters from deep inside the earth. Included in the price of admission. East end of the Downtown Mall. 977-1025.

Get Moving: Move your body, free your mind, lift your spirits and have loads of fun at Dancefit Movement Center. Cardio Hip-Hop (Mon 5:30pm); Cardio-Flex (T/Th 5:30pm and Sat 12:30pm); Dancefit (T/Th 6:30pm and Sat 1:30pm); Yoga Being (T/Th 7:30pm and Sat 2:30pm) and Kids Dancefit (ages 3-7, Sat 10:30am; ages 8-12, Sat 11:30 am). Classes and coaching in pageantry, image & style, and modeling available. Beginner through advanced; no experience required. 609 E. Market St., Studio 110 (across from Market St. garage). 295-4774. or

Boning Up: Find out what you're really made of at the Science Museum of Virginia's new exhibit, Bones: An Exhibit Inside You. Visitors can examine bone biology, find out how proper diet and exercise keep bones healthy, explore how technology helps us "see" our bones, and learn the ways bones are used as tools, jewelry, art, and musical instruments in cultures around the world. Through May 1. Included in the price of admission. 2500 W. Broad St., Richmond. 800-659-1727.

Write On: WHTJ's annual Reading Rainbow Young Writers & Illustrators Contest is now on. Authors and artists from kindergarten through third grade are encouraged to get creative with words and pictures and submit their stories for the prize. All contest participants, their friends, and families are invited to a celebration on Saturday, March 19 at the Jefferson Theater on the Downtown Mall, and every participant receives a certificate signed by Reading Rainbow host LeVar Burton. Winners will read their stories aloud. Entry deadline is February 28. Entry forms and guidelines can be downloaded at 295-7671.

Dances of the Divine Feminine:
Instructor Kimberly Gladysz focuses each week on a different goddess from around the world. Drawing on yoga as well as Tahitian and West African dance, these workshops claim to inspire an awakening of "primal energies in a sacred circle." No experience necessary. Wednesdays, 7:30-8:30pm. Studio 206 Belmont. 960-1092 or

Practice Swing: The Charlottesville Swing Dance Society hosts weekly practice sessions for beginners and intermediates Thursdays. Singles and couples welcome. DJ takes requests. 7:30-9pm. Auditorium of the Albemarle County Office Building, 401 McIntire Road. Free. 980-2744.

Contra Dance: Monthly contra dances with live music held 8-11pm every second Saturday at the Dayton Learning Center, 90 Mill St. in Dayton, about 4 miles southwest of Harrisonburg off Route 257. Free beginner's workshop starts at 7:15pm. Alcohol-free, smoke-free. $5. Call Lisa McCumsey, 540-234-8379, or Mike Williams, 540-269-2035.

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-midnight. $5 (members $3). 979-7211.

Country Dance: Couples and line dancing at Fry's Spring Beach Club. Dance lesson Wednesday 7-8pm, dancing 8-11pm. $7, students $4. (students $2 every fourth Wednesday). 2512 Jefferson Park Ave. 977-0491.

Belly Dance and More: Get kinky at the Berkmar Ballroom with lessons in everything from exotic dance to salsa and tango. Classes, schedules and prices vary. Visit for a complete listing or call for more information. 652 Rio Road W. 975-4611.

More Belly Dance: Studio 206 Belmont offers one-hour belly dance lessons every Tuesday with instructor Amalia Habibi. 7:15pm. 501 Monticello Road (above Mas tapas bar). $9-12. 296-6250.

Keep Rotating those Abs: Studio Bijoux's Leila offers Egyptian belly dance for advanced beginners (permission required) at 7pm Mondays and 7:15pm Wednesdays. A technique course open to dancers of all skill levels takes place at 8pm Mondays. Ages 15 and up welcome. All courses at ACAC Albemarle Square. $10-12. 978-3800 or

Water Watchers:
StreamWatch needs volunteers interested in stream ecology and willing to collect aquatic organisms for the purpose of evaluating stream health. See for info, then call 923-8642.

Green Gatherings: Explore the spiritual side of nature with NatureSpirit. Explore the spiritual teachings of earth-centered traditions and learn how to live in harmony with the rhythms of nature. Meets the first Sunday of the month at Thomas Jefferson Memorial Church at 6:30pm., call 243-6421, or

Parla italiano? If you don't, Christina Ball of Ecco Italy offers "Italian for Beginners" lessons on Wednesday mornings (9:30-11am; $15 drop-in fee). If you do, why not drop by for the Tavola italiana (Wednesdays 11:30am-12:30pm) for a free chat hour in italiano? Or what about "Cinema Chat," a series of intermediate Italian conversation classes inspired by Italian films. ($55 for five-week chat series or $15 single class drop-in; Thursday 7L30-9pm). All classes held in the Verity blue Tower Lounge at the Main Street Market 406A W. Main St. Contact or 825-4390.

Fair Volunteers: The Albemarle County Fair is looking for volunteers, not only at fair time, but also for planning and promotions throughout the coming year. 293-6396.

Alliance Dinner Meeting: Interfaith Gay Straight Alliance of Central Virginia, a faith-based group working for full civil rights for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgenders and their families, meets the first Thursday of each month. 7pm. St. Paul's Memorial Episcopal Church, 1700 University Ave. Brown bag supper at 6pm. 220-0970.

Bead Business: Studio Baboo presents weekly classes in bead stringing and jewelry making. The winter class schedule continues, with "Basic Bead Stringing," "Embellished Spiral Bracelet," "Fashion Earrings," "Bead Crochet," Maggie Meister's "Hercules Knot Bracelet," and "French Beaded Flowers" on the docket. Call the shop for specifics. 106 Fifth St. Downtown Mall. 244-2905 or

Early Music Meeting: The Shenandoah Recorder Society meets on the third Sunday of every month to discuss the recorder and early music in general. Open to all. For more information, call 295-1395.

Mindfulness Meditation: Tuesdays 12:15-12:45pm. UVA Hospital Chapel. Meditation practice with guidance. Free. No experience necessary. 924-1190.

Got Forgiveness?:
Len Worley invites those who have a personal account of forgiveness of self and others to share it as part of the Forgiveness Project. Anonymous voice-recorded interviews are being sought for the upcoming Psychology of Forgiveness Seminar, planned for early summer. 434-293-3271 or

Asian-American Poets Alert: Kundiman is now accepting applications for the 2005 Poetry Retreat, including workshops led by nationally renowned poets and one-on-one mentoring sessions. The retreat, especially for Asian-American poets, takes place at UVA July 13-17. To apply, send three copies of five to seven paginated and stapled pages of poetry, with your name on each page. Include name, address, phone number, email address, and a brief paragraph describing your goals for attending the retreat. Mail all, with SAS postcard if you want receipt acknowledged, to Kundiman, 245 Eighth Ave. #151, New York, NY 10011. Deadline 3/1/05.

Book Fest Reaches Tipping Point: New Yorker staff writer Malcolm Gladwell, author of The Tipping Point and the new book, Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking, speaks Thursday, March 17 at 7:30am in the Omni Hotel. Reserved tables, $300. Individual tickets, $20. Seating is limited, so sign up early by email or

Register as a Community Scholar: Community members can take classes at UVA as a community scholar: two courses a semester max, not for credit. Registration at the School of Continuing and Professional Studies open through February 4. 924-4789, or

Monticello is hosting an exhibition, "Nathaniel Gibbs Paintings of African-American Life at Monticello" through February 25, in honor of African-American history month. 1am-4pm weekdays at Kenwood, Route 53, two miles beyond Monticello. 984-7500.

Second Street Gallery offers two shows during February. "Attention Spans: Kinetic Sculpture by Andy Holtin" sets the main gallery in motion, while the Dove Gallery ripens with "Tomato Baby," a multi-media video environment created by high school students who participated in Light House's 2004 "Video as Art" workshop. 115 Second St. SE. 977-7284.

During February, the McGuffey Art Center presents "Findings," paintings by Farida Hughes, in the Main Gallery. On view in the downstairs hall galleries: painter Randi Hvatum's oil exhibtion "Along Shore," plus Will Kerner's photographs of the village of L'Acul in Haiti. Upstairs, McGuffey and Second Street Gallery collaborate to present "Mapping a Day in the Life," 22 photographs by city school students who took part in a two-week workshop at the University of Virginia. 201 Second St. NW. 295-7973.

The University of Virginia Art Museum presents "Anastasi / Bradshaw / Cage / Cunningham," a major exhibition exploring the collaborative relationships of the four artists from the years 1950-2004. The show will be up through March 27. Also on view: "Corapeake," a visual documentary of the community of Corapeake, N.C., by photographer and filmmaker Kendall Messick, which runs through February 27, and "After Collage," a show of mixed-element work by contemporary artists, including John Baldessari, Katherine Porter, and Frank Stella, which continues through August 27. 155 Rugby Road. 924-3592.

Coinciding with the UVA show of their work, Bill Anastasi and Dove Bradshaw are the featured artists at Les Yuex du Monde during February. 115 S. First St. 973-5566.

The University of Virginia's McIntire Department of Art presents "Dwellings," an exhibition of works on paper by Dragana Crnjak, on view at the new Off Grounds Gallery through February 28. 300 W. Main St. 924-6123.

The Satellite Ballroom features the photography of fifth-year UVA Aunspaugh Fellow Alice Bailey during February. Under and behind Michael's Bistro on the Corner. 1427 University Ave. 825-6914.

The Main Street Market Galleria displays "dreams/experiences," paintings by Michal Mitchell through February. 416 W. Main St. 244-7800.

Transient Crafters presents the hand-painted pottery of Maggie Stultz during February. 118 E. Main St. on the Downtown Mall. 972-9500.

During February, the Charlottesville Community Design Center presents "Postcards from the Field," an exhibition of work by the Frederick P. Rose Architectural Fellows. 101 E. Main St. 984-2232.

Kelly Lonergan displays "Places to Be/People to See," an exhibition of his paintings and mixed-media work, during February at Mudhouse. 213 W. Main St. 984-6833.

Take It Away features "Jazz at UVA," photographs by John Mason, on view through February. 115 Elliewood Ave. 924-6492.

Dorothy Siu-ling Chan displays her Chinese brush paintings on rice paper at the University of Virginia Cancer Center through March 2. University of Virginia Hospital. 924-4333.

The Renaissance School presents a retrospective exhibition, "From Prague to Charlottesville," that features the paintings of John Hetzel through February 28. 406 E. Main St. on the Downtown Mall. 984-1952.

Nature Visionary Art displays the dark and mysterious paintings of Laurel Hausler through March. 110 Fourth St. NE. 296-8482.

CODG's February show, "Color World," features 60 pieces of work by three artists, Jennifer Santos and Rob and John Grachus. 112 E. Main St., under the Jefferson Theater. 242-4212.

The C&O Gallery offers "Discerning Focus," interpretive and abstract landscapes by Kelly Gravely Mattox, during February. 511 E. Water St. (next to the C&O Restaurant). 971-7044.

During February, Fusion displays "Twigs," paintings by Nancy Jane Dodge. 412 E. Main St. on the Downtown Mall. 984-2819.

The Charlottesville/Albemarle District of VSA Arts Virginia presents its Fifth Annual Visual Art show, featuring work by over 70 adult and youth disabled artists. The exhibition runs through March 6. Martin Luther King Jr. Performing Arts Center. Charlottesville High School. 970-3264 or 296-3518.

Piedmont Virginia Community College presents an exhibition of 2-D and 3-D works on paper by 15 Virginia artists through February 16. V. Earl Dickinson Building. 961-5203.

The 5th Floor Gallery at Keller Williams is currently showing explorations of realism by painter Tom Tartaglino, paintings of Italy by Doris daSha, and photography by Candace Schoner. Ten percent of proceeds from artwork sold goes to Habitat for Humanity. Suite 500, Citizens Commonwealth Building (UVA Credit Union), 300 Preston Ave. 220-2200.

Through February, Angelo displays "Generous Nature," works in watercolor, oil, pencil, and collage by J. Scott Robinson. 220 E. Main St. 971-9256. See Art feature.

On February 8, Kluge-Ruhe Collection of Aboriginal Art opens "Small Wonders: Aboriginal Art Miniatures," which will be on view through April 16. An opening reception is scheduled for February 11, 5:30-7:30pm. In addition, the exhibition "Black & White & Red Ochre" has been extended through February 26. 400 Worrell Drive, Peter Jefferson Place (off Route 250 East at Pantops). 244-0234..

For its February show, The Gallery @ 5th & Water offers the fruit pastels of Juliann Godine. 107 Fifth St. 979-9825.

Sage Moon Gallery presents "Ancestral Footsteps: Vision, Beauty, Courage, Life," works by Hoover Wantue Major, plus "Mother Nature Double Crossed," photography by Karla Berger. Both shows run through February. 420 E. Main St. on the Downtown Mall. 977-9997.

New work by members of the Central Virginia Watercolor Guild, featuring watercolors, oils, pastels, and mixed media are on display at the Albemarle County Courthouse. 501 E. Jefferson Court Square. 296-8484.

View Coy Roy's exhibition, "Water, water, everywhere…" at Art Upstairs during February. 316 E. Main St., above the Hardware Store on the Downtown Mall. 923-3900.

In February, Bozart Gallery features "Lowest Common Denominator," a show of works in oil by Dave Bascom. 211 W. Main St. 296-3919.

Gravity Lounge presents "Reality Bites!," two consecutive shows of paintings by Lynn Jangochian, during February and March. Also, check out the watercolors by performance artist Stevie Jay, on view and available for purchase during his encore show, February 8. 103 S. First St. 977-5590.

L'étoile Restaurant displays paintings by local artists Barry Gordon, Malcolm Hughes, and Christian Peri. 817 W. Main St. (across from the Amtrak Station). 979-7957.

The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts displays "Selections: 20th Century Latin American Art in the VMFA Collection" through March 13. 200 N. Broad St., Richmond. 804-340-1400.

Washington and Lee University presents an exhibition of work by Anne Sherwood Pundyk on display until June. Lexington. 540-458-8954.

Madison's Sevenoaks Pathwork Center displays the pastel and oil paintings of Janice Dunn Rosenberg through February 22. 403 Pathwork Way, Madison. 295-8315.

In celebration of African American History Month, The Arts Center in Orange presents "Ancestral Rhythms," paintings by Darrell Rose (yes, that Darrell Rose), plus "Brown vs. The Board of Education: The Orange County Experience," a documentary photography retrospective. 129 E. Main St., Orange. 540-672-7311.

Through February 28, Richmond's Rentz Gallery presents its "Small Works Invitational" of over 150 works. 1700 W. Main St. 804-358-5338.

Noon Whistle Pottery and Art Gallery presents an exhibition of three local landscape artists, Will Brown, Mark Collins, and Carol Weiss. Main Street, Stanardsville. 985-6500.

The Barn Swallow features pottery by Janice Arone and Mary Ann Burke, plus other handcrafted artwork. Route 682 off 250W. 434-979-4884.

Staunton's Painted Thunder Studios welcomes the work of equine artist Jennet Inglis. 19 W. Beverley St. 540-851-0864.

The Ed Jaffe Gallery features paintings and marble sculptures by Ed Jaffe, plus abstract photographs by Marc Jaffe. 108 W. Main St., Orange. 540-672-2400.

Staunton's Middlebrook Gallery offers contemporary art and fine crafts, including sculpture by Ken Smith. 5 Middlebrook Ave. 540-885-9955.

The Artisans Center of Virginia invites entries for a national competition/juried exhibition, "Sacred Icons: A Collective Vision of Symbolic & Ritual Objects." All media are accepted, but work must have been completed in the past two years. The entry fee is $20, and the submission deadline is February 19. 540-946-3294 or

First Friday, February 4

The McGuffey Art Center hosts an opening for its February exhibitions by Farida Hughes, Randi Hvatum, and Will Kerner, plus the "Mapping A Day in the Life" photography by city school students. 5:30-7:30pm. 201 Second St. NW. 295-7973.

Second Street Gallery opens "Attention Spans: Kinetic Sculpture by Andy Holtin" and "Tomato Baby." 6-8pm, with artists' comments at 6:30pm. 115 Second St. SE. 977-7284.

Give it up for the stellar weekly work of Chris Conklin and Jen Fariello at a one-night-only show of "Cover to Cover," a retrospective of 30 selected 2004 Hook covers. 5:30-7pm. Backstage at the Jefferson Theater, Water Street. 295-8700.

The University of Virginia McIntire Department of Art celebrates "Dwellings," by Dragana Crnjak, at the new Off Grounds Gallery with an opening reception from 5-7pm. 300 W. Main St. 924-6123.

Join the Satellite Ballroom in welcoming Alice Bailey. 6-8pm. Under and behind Michael's Bistro on the Corner. 1427 University Ave. 825-6914.

Transient Crafters fetes potter Maggie Stultz with an artist's reception, 6-9pm. 118 E. Main St. on the Downtown Mall. 972-9500.

The Charlottesville Community Design Center's show, "Postcards from the Field," starts with goodies from 6 to 9pm. 101 East Main St. 984-2232.

Take It Away celebrates John Mason's photographs with a reception, 5-7pm.. 115 Elliewood Ave. 924-6492.

The Renaissance School is putting out the treats for John Hetzel. 5-7pm. 406 E. Main St. on the Downtown Mall. 984-1952.

Nature Visionary Art honors Laurel Hausler with an opening party, 6-9pm. 110 Fourth St. NE. 296-8482.

CODG's party for Jennifer Santos and Rob and John Grachus happens from 6 until 10pm "or so." 112 E. Main St., under the Jefferson Theater. 242-4212.

The C&O Gallery celebrates Kelly Gravely Mattox's paintings with an opening, 5-7pm. 511 E. Water St. (next to the C&O Restaurant). 971-7044.

Fusion hosts an opening for its show of work by Nancy Jane Dodge, 6-8pm.. 412 E. Main St. on the Downtown Mall. 984-2819.

Nip into the Bozart Gallery and have fun meeting Dave Bascom, 6-9pm. 211 W. Main on the Downtown Mall. 296-3919.

Art Upstairs holds an artist's reception for painter Coy Roy. 5:30-9pm. 316 E. Main St., above the Hardware Store restaurant. 923-3900.

The 5th Floor Gallery at Keller Williams is having a party for this month's artists: Tom Tartaglino, Doris daSha, and Candace Schoner, 5-7pm. Suite 500, Citizens Commonwealth Building (UVA Credit Union), 300 Preston Ave. 220-2200.

The Gallery @ 5th & Water throws a reception for Juliann Godine, 5:30-8:30pm. 107 Water St. 979-9825.

Sashay into Sage Moon Gallery for wine and cheese in honor of Hoover Wantue Major and Karla Berger. 6-9pm. 420 E. Main St. on the Downtown Mall. 977-9997.

Gravity Lounge makes Lynn Jangochian the star of a reception, 5-7pm. 103 S. First St. 977-5590.

Combined nature: Robinson mixes it up

I've had Robert Rauschenberg on the brain lately, partly because I enjoy his multi-element work and partly because I'm about to jet to Las Vegas where a Rauschenberg show is currently on view (yes, art in Vegas– who knew?).

But what does that have to do with Charlottesville, you ask?

Well, perhaps I was projecting, but I thought I detected glimmers of Rauschenberg in several images included in J. Scott Robinson's "Giving Nature" exhibition now hanging at Angelo.

Á la Rauschenberg's "combines," Robinson often divides his framed spaces into separate rectangles of activity, incorporating blocks of color and, occasionally, collage and photo transfers. Robinson's success with this technique– as with the entire show– is hit-and-miss. When he's off, he's still competent, but when he's on, he nails it.

Robinson is weakest when he throws in pop-culture references. I'm a sucker for kitsch, but the artist's use of the Piggly Wiggly pig in "Ears" and a comic book ad for "X-Ray Specs" in "Sunflower Double" seems gratuitous. In both cases, I found myself asking, "Why?"

Where Robinson excels is in his play with color and natural images. In the monoprint "Blue," a dark-rimmed azure rectangle contains two stacked squares. A red-rimmed blue silhouette of a tatter petalled flower dominates the center of the top square of blue raked with yellow. A red stem descends into the lower square of red- and blue-flecked white, where it sends an offshoot out to the left, reaching into the azure background and curving up into a small red bloom near the top. The piece pulses with synergy and flow that run between its distinctive spaces.

Although Robinson's wax pencil distillations of natural patterns are merely okay, his watercolors dazzle with tightly controlled bleeds.

In "Amissville," pink translucent linens flutter on a clothesline outside a copper-roofed green clapboard building. The bare-branched landscape, however, surprises with vibrant colors– violet tree trunks, roots running to turquoise, and yellow splatters across orange earth. Only the building's windows reveal a realistic gray-purple landscape in their panes.

"Sabres/Old Hollow" also highlights Robinson's control of color and brush. He ventures through a range of greens and blues, adding a tinge of orange here, purple there, to create a verdant kaleidoscope of plant life. His carefully constructed yet riotous layers of foliage relentlessly hold the eye.

My advice to Robinson: Put the pencils aside and don't reach for pop references. Continue exploring with watercolors and monoprints. And an occasional hint of Rauschenberg is okay, too.

"Giving Nature," works by J. Scott Robinson, is on view at Angelo through February. 220 E. Main St. 971-9256.

Campy: Fun Fair looks to summer

Trickster tales have been long-time favorites for bedtime stories at our house. Every culture seems to tell these short narratives that use animal characters to convey folk wisdom and an understanding of human nature. Aesop's fables derived from India, Brer Rabbit stories from the Caribbean and the American South, and Ananse the Spider tales from Ghana have all been part of our evening ritual.

This week, the Community Children's Theatre brings to the stage some of our favorite trickster tales, the adventures of Coyote and his amigos. Coyote Tales, adapted by playwright Linda Daugherty, performed by Dallas Children's Theater, and based on Mexican folklore, shows the relentless efforts of this clever canine to trick other animals in his desert Southwest community into joining him for dinner… as his dinner. It doesn't take long for rabbit, fox, prairie dog, and the others to catch on and turn the tables on the trickster. Their revenge leaves Señor Coyote howling at the moon.

"Part of our mission is to enrich children's cultural experiences by offering programs of interest to diverse audiences," said CCT program chair Cathy von Storch. "We realize the powerful potential of arts in education and that appreciation of the arts serves to bridge diverse peoples."

The bridge in this production is that it's bilingual: the performance in English and Spanish is as instructive as it is entertaining. The colorful set design and costumes are inspired by folk art wood carvings from Oaxaca (Wa-HAH-ka), Mexico. A fiesta of music, dance, and puppetry accompanies the live performance.

And included in the playbill is un poco del español that kids can practice at home.

The action doesn't end when the curtain goes down. After the show, cast and crew will hang around for a 20-minute presentation and Q&A with the audience. Those who usually sit and watch can find out how the pros turn a story into a stage performance, learn more about the characters, gain some insight into the personality of cast members and their training, and get an autograph, too.

After this performance, bedtime stories just won't be the same.

Coyote Tales is performed at the Martin Luther King Jr. Performing Arts Center January 30 at 2pm. $10 tickets available in advance at Whimsies (North Wing Barracks Road Shopping Center) or at the door. CHS, Melbourne Road. 961-7862.

I See London: Live Arts set to drop Underpants

Leave it to Steve Martin to find comedy in strange places. In 1987, he donned a long nose to give us the instant classic Roxanne, transformed from a 19th-century verse drama called Cyrano de Bergerac. His latest adaptation of an otherwise forgotten work opened off Broadway to rave reviews in 2002.

It's called The Underpants. Reportedly, when a director proposed the idea, Martin took on the project just because he liked the title. And what's not to like? But what this comedian's comedian discovered in the text was a deep– as well as deeply funny– satire on social norms.

"It's a great set-up," Martin told The New York Times when the play first opened at the Classic Stage Company. "You have a woman whose underpants fall down in public, and then two guys come in who saw her, and both want her because of it. I just liked that. There was room to do things, and it had these strange little language tics that I couldn't even begin to translate."

So Martin rewrote the script preserving much of German playwright Carl Sternheim's original plot while at the same time updating it with a twist. No stranger to fame, Martin decided to make this comedy a critique of the transitory nature of modern-day notoriety.

The story follows the events in the life of a desperate hausfrau who finds herself beset with men when her panties fall down (by accident?) at the height of a royal parade. Though it was originally titled Die Hose, German censors had the play's name changed before audiences could see it in 1911.

Those theatergoers still managed to see past the farce of infidelity unfulfilled and all the philosophical banter about Nietzsche that Sternheim threw in for giggles. They understood the play for what it was: a biting commentary on the smug morals of the bourgeoisie. It was eventually banned.

We have Martin to thank for resurrecting The Underpants– even if its new American consciousness remains oddly set in turn-of-the-last-century Germany. We have Live Arts to thank for bringing it to Charlottesville. The play has been running since January 20, and this weekend is your last chance to see it.

With Super Bowl Sunday upon us, let's hope the title garment will be the only "wardrobe malfunction" worth mentioning.

Live Arts interprets Steve Martin's 2002 smash, The Underpants. Shows at 7:30pm, Thursday, February 2, and 8pm Friday and Saturday (final performance). Live Arts DownStage, 123 E. Water St. $10-17. 977-4177.

Vineyard voyeur: Behind the wine scene

I think it's probably safe to say that, as a rule, mastering the arcana of wine involves a steep learning curve. With beer, it's easy. Just drink it and then ask for another one. But with wine, you have different varieties to consider, various vintages to discuss, and hidden flavors to uncover– all sorts of things to get in the way of a down-home, old-fashioned, swilling good time.

Trouble is, wine can be enjoyed on so many different levels that trying to master it can get quite confusing, sending many folks reaching for something a little more user-friendly.

But enjoying a nice Shiraz doesn't have to be like taking the SATs. Cardinal Point Vineyard and Winery in Afton is offering a three-part series of wine classes entitled "Wine Enjoyment 101" designed to help even novices understand and appreciate the often-confusing world of wine. For students, it's a chance to do more than just swirl and sniff. Cardinal Point's head winemaker, Tim Gorman, will take participants behind the scenes to demonstrate how wine gets from the ground to the barrel, and thence to the bottle and your table.

"It's all about education," explains Sarah Gorman, Cardinal Point's business manager. "A lot of people come out who want more of an insider's take on what we do. So we wanted to show them aspects of wine making from how the soil affects the flavor to how the aging process works."

Winemaking is a complex subject, hence the multi-month series, and participants will get it all: the basics of growing wine grapes (including the ways that climate, weather, and growth management ultimately affect quality), an overview of how wine is made, tips on identifying various flavors and aromas, and even rules for pairing wines with cheese. This weekend's class focuses on the grapes themselves and finer points of the winemaking process.

"We just want to demystify wine for people," Sarah Gorman says. "Even a beginner can learn enough of the basics to understand what they're drinking and to feel comfortable choosing a wine at the store."

Cardinal Point's Wine Enjoyment 101 classes are scheduled for February 5, March 12, and April 9. 1-4pm each day. $40 fee per class, or sign up for the series and get a discount. The course fee includes several tastings and light snacks. For more information or to register, call the winery at 540-456-8400 or visit

Reminiscing: "Beats" bad boy Burroughs

What a bad boy William Burroughs was. Born in 1914 to an influential St. Louis family, he was grandson of the inventor of the adding machine. (The Burroughs Corporation is still a corporate giant.) His other grandfather was a minister who claimed to be a descendant of Robert E. Lee; his brother was a pioneer in public relations who promoted the Third Reich before World War II.

That's a lot to rebel against– and Burroughs did so with a vengeance.

He started by breaking into neighbors' houses, just to get a look around. He got expelled from a private high school for writing gay fantasies about a fellow student. He graduated from Harvard but later wrote that he had hated the school and Cambridge. "Everything about the place was dead," he says.

He made the Grand Tour of Europe after graduating but contracted syphilis. He did graduate work in anthropology, enrolled in medical school in Vienna, and joined the army during World War II, but was discharged for psychological reasons.

To show a young man the extent of his love, Burroughs gave him his left little finger. Returning to the United States, he tried morphine, the beginning of an opiate addiction that lasted all his life.

We know Burroughs best as a cohort of Jack Kerouac, Gregory Corso, Allen Ginsburg, and other beat luminaries, all dressed in black. We know him as the author of Naked Lunch, a chaotic, inspired novel of such new techniques, contents, and dimensions that contemporaries tried to ban it.

"You know how old people lose all shame about eating, and it makes you puke to watch them?" Burroughs wrote in Naked Lunch. "Old junkies are the same about junk. They gibber and squeal at the sight of it. The spit hangs off their chin, and their stomach rumbles and all their guts grind... you expect any moment a great blob of protoplasm will hop right out and surround the junk. Really disgusts you to see it."

Naked Lunch was banned by U.S. Customs and the post office, and by state and local governments. The case went to the Massachusetts Supreme Court, which ultimately overturned the accusation of obscenity, establishing the rule of "redeeming social value" that defined all judgments of obscenity in art and literature until 1973.

Bad boy or not, he made history. William Burroughs died in 1997, within months of Allen Ginsburg and Timothy Leary. On February 5, he would have been 91 years old.

Charlottesville's Joe Maynard, who knew Burroughs and coauthored a bibliography of Burroughs, joins friends to read from and reminisce about the writer at Gravity Lounge at 2pm Saturday, February 5, at 2pm. Donations accepted. 103 S. First St. 977-5590.

Dirty young men: Delta-tough Allstars incoming

The North Mississippi Allstars, a blues-rock outfit in the vein of the Allman Brothers and other oldie greats, have a problem. Real bands– as opposed to ones where the singer/songwriter's name makes up the title– are like families: They rail, they want out, they make up, and along the way they create some beautiful moments together.

The Allstars, on the other hand, contain as their creamy nugget a couple of brothers, Luther and Cody Dickinson, a set-up I consider a recipe for disaster. If one day the group breaks up under uncivil circumstances a la the Beatles, will the Dickinson boys ever attend important family gatherings together? Via video-phones?

But even as the future might look bleak for the brothers, the present, from the sounds of their 2004 live album Hill Country Music, is worth the risk of potential internecine strife.

Composed of four constant members– guitarist/singer Luther Dickinson, bassist Chris Chew, drummer/pianist/singer Cody Dickinson, and guitarist Duwayne Burnside– the group is a combination of the sounds of Delta Blues artists such as R.L. Burnside (father of D. Burnside) and Mississippi Fred McDowell and the Dickinsons' earlier punk outing, DDT, morphing the high energy and youthful exuberance of the former into a modern day version of the latter.

Hill Country Music, recorded live at Bonnaroo, is a mixture of originals and homages, showing off The Allstars' instrumental and songwriting swagger as well as their ability to put on a live show that breathes life, even through the burned medium of a CD.

The disc begins with McDowell's "Shake 'Em On Down," a fine Delta Blues classic which The Allstars pull off with consummate ease. L. Dickinson's cigarettes- and alcohol-soaked voice reminds one of the late, great Ronnie VanZant, though with perhaps a bit more grease on his vocal axels, and with occasional harmonies from the group making way for his lead vocal like the parting of the Red Sea, it's plain to see why the lead vocalist has his kingpin spot.

From there, Burnside's "Po Black Maddie > Skinny Woman" brings in all its swampy charm, oscillating between classic Delta and psychedelia (injected, I have no doubt, by the younger performers), and here the song's author guests on guitar and co-vocals. D. Burnside's "Bad Bad Pain" lacks the gut reaction his father's tunes provoke, but it's a fine bluesy-rock number nonetheless.

L. Dickinson's shuffle-beat and pop-influenced "Never In All My Days" is a great track, exchanging a bit of soul for funk, in a trade I would say is more than fair.

Though they will no doubt be lacking the all-star cast supporting them at Bonnaroo, the North Mississippi Allstars' show at Starr Hill on February 4 will have, without a doubt, all the fire and passion audiences have come to expect from a group that both honors and builds on the fine tradition of Electric Delta Blues.

North Mississippi Allstars perform at Starr Hill, Friday, February 4. $15, 9pm.