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FAMILY
Fit Kids:
Barracks Road Shopping Center and AlbemarleFamily.com celebrate Fit Forever Day. This month's Mommy & Me (& daddies, too) activities are all about fitness and health. 10am-noon. Free. 977-4583.

PERFORMANCE
Lattehouse:
The Live Arts Teen Theatre Ensemble presents Lattehouse VII: Consumed, an exploration of mass consumption, poverty, inequity and environmental degradation– the classic themes of youth angst wrapped in a conspicuous display of talent. Runs through May. 7:30pm. Live Arts UpStage, 123 E. Water St. $7. 977-4177.

Raisin: Lorraine Hansberry's 1959 play A Raisin in the Sun relives a few weeks in the life of a black family living in Chicago on the eve of the civil rights movement. Racial tensions spark when they decide to buy a house in an all-white neighborhood. This was the first Broadway drama written by an African American. 7:30pm. Live Arts DownStage, 123 E. Water St. $10-17. 977-4177.

WALKABOUT
Bird Business:
The Monticello Bird Club flocks to its monthly meeting for a member-led slide show of nature photos. 7:30pm. No fee. Meet in the Education Building at Ivy Creek Natural Area. Visitors welcome. 244-2688.

Grow Slow: Advocates for a Sustainable Albemarle Population gather for their monthly meeting. Community members welcome. 7:30pm. Westminster Presbyterian Church library, Rugby Road. 974-6390 or stopgrowthasap.org.

Tournament: Some of the world's best tennis players are in town this week for the Boyd Tinsley USTA Women's Pro Tennis Championships at the Boar's Head Sports Club. Play begins at 10am. Sunday's singles finals set for 11am; doubles finals at 1pm. Free. 800-476-1988 or procircuit.usta.com.

TUNES
Jonah D'Wail with guests 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 City Limits. No cover, 9pm.

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

Chicken Head Blues Band at Dürty Nelly's. $5, 9pm.

Karaoke with Mike Beene and Rick Haggard at Fat Daddy's. $5 18-20/ No cover 21+, 9-11pm

George Melvin (piano wizard) at Fellini's No. 9. No cover, 6-9pm.

R.B. Smith Memorial Concert and CD release at Gravity Lounge. $10, 8pm.

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

Chance Element with The Nice Jenkins (original rock with projection video) at Outback Lodge. $5, 10pm.

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

Reggae Night at Satellite Ballroom. $3, 8pm.

Centric and North Elementary at Twisted Branch Tea Bazaar. No cover, 9pm.

Open Mic Night at Kokopelli's. Free, signup 6:30/music 7pm.

FRIDAY, May 13
ART
Meet the Fellows:
UVA's Off Grounds Gallery opens the "Aunspaugh Fellow Art Show," work by six fifth-year UVA art department fellows, with a reception today 5:30-8pm. 300 W. Main St. (entrance on Ridge St.). Info: cdw6g@cms.mail.virginia.edu.

FAMILY
Services Spotlight:
City agencies set up shop along the Downtown Mall to let residents know about city services and the people behind them. The Fire Department's Fire Safety House will be on display along with vehicles from various other departments including police and public works. 11am-2pm. Free. 970-3116.

Party Girls: It's Happy Birthday Night at the American Girl Book Club at Barnes & Noble. Girls ages 8-12 can recount birthday celebrations of each American Girl character and celebrate their own special days. 7pm. Free. Barracks Road Shopping Center. 984-6598.

WALKABOUT
Tinsley Tournament:
More professional tennis action at the Boar's Head Sports Club. Play begins at 10am. Fee. 800-476-1988 or procircuit.usta.com.

Wildflower Symposium: The Wintergreen Nature Foundation hosts its 20th Annual Spring Wildflower Symposium May 13-15. Over 20 well known authors, botanists, and naturalists lead more than 60 activities including wildflower walks, photography and astronomy workshops, garden tours, landscape design classes, and birding activities at Wintergreen Resort. Info and reservations: 325-8169 or twnf.org

PERFORMANCE
Bach for More:
UVA student Olivia Bloom performs music for violin in this second installment of the Bach's Lunch Concert series. These baroque pieces include portions of the Partita in A Minor for Unaccompanied Violin. Buy boxed lunches at the door; eat while you listen. Christ Episcopal Church, 120 High St. Free. 293-2347.

Playback Charlottesville: One of the finest improv troupes in town presents a full-length production of stories. 7pm. McGuffey Art Center, 201 Second St. NW. $3-9. 295-7973

Lattehouse: See Thursday, May 12. Tonight's show is at 8pm.

Harvey: Four County Players presents the 1944 classic Harvey, a Broadway comedy by Mary Coyle Chase. Written to help grieving families find some joy and laughter after World War II, it was one of the longest-running plays of its time. Get refreshments before each show. Runs through May. 8pm. Barboursville Community Center, 721 Central Ave., Barboursville. $8-12. 540-832-5355. See Performance feature.

Raisin: See Thursday, May 12. Tonight's show is at 8pm.

Twelfth Night: This Shakespeare classic creates comedy at every elevation, from low slapstick to high irony, offering a feast of language and a stage full of memorable characters such as the lovesick Viola and ale-sick Toby Belch. 7:30pm. Blackfriars Playhouse, 10 S. Market St., Staunton. $14-28. 540-851-1733.

TUNES
Danny Schmidt CD Release Party:
The music master rambles back to town from Austin (and is joined by local tunester Jan Smith) to let us all in on his latest magic. Starr Hill. $8/$6 advance, 7pm. See Tunes feature..

Daybreak at the Prism: A newgrass/Celtic crossover with a sound like nothing else– fiddle, dobro, and guitar and a little singing by DeAnne Whelan. $15/$12 advance, 8pm.

Open Mic Night at Rapunzel's: Rapunzel's wants performers of anything within reason, show off your quirky to brilliant talents tonight. No cover, 7:30pm.

Jazzy High-Schoolers: Join the Albemarle High School jazz band for a night of music, dancing, nibbling and sipping. Those wild Patriots invite the community to "cut a rug, shake your groove thing, get down with your bad self." $10, 8-11pm. AHS cafeteria. 973-0766.

American Dumpster at Dürty Nelly's. It's Friday the 13! Come as ghosts and goblins. 9:30pm-12:30am.

Dj's Heddings & Daggett at Atomic Burrito. No cover, 10:30pm.

Pete and Lindsey Osborne (folk singer/songwriters) at Basic Necessities. No cover, 6:30pm.

Kate Campbell at the Center for Christian Study (128 Chancellor Street). $12. 7:30pm.

Sierra (country/folk covers) at Dew Drop Inn. No cover, 8pm.

Kait Dunton Trio with John D'earth and Pete Sparr at Fellini's No. 9. $3, 10pm.

DIY at Garden of Sheba. No cover, 9pm.

Robert Jospé's Inner Rhythm at Gravity Lounge. $10, 8pm.

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

Sun Dried Opossum at Kokopelli's Cafe. $5, 8pm.

Beach Party with Super Jock JJ (Beach Tunes) at Lazy Parrot. No cover, 8pm.

Wave (bossa nova) at Miller's. $3, 10:30pm.

Man Mountain Jr. (funk) at Outback Lodge. $6, 10pm.

Hounddog Hillboys at Pompei Lounge in Staunton. No cover, 9pm.

Daybreak at the Prism. $15/$12 advance, 8pm.

Dance Night with DJ Read Deal at Satellite Ballroom. $10/$5 with student ID, 11pm.

Soft Control (dance tunes) at Twisted Branch Tea Bazaar. No cover, 9pm.

SATURDAY, May 14
WALKABOUT
Nelson Farmer's Market:
It's that time of year again– live music, fresh local produce, crafts, plants, and more under the tent in downtown Nellysford. 8am-noon every Saturday through September. 244-2399.

Twin Oaks Herb Workshop: Tour the Twin Oaks herb garden and learn about culinary herbs and low-fat, heart-healthy cuisine. $35 includes lunch. 10am-3pm, Twin Oaks Community, 138 Twin Oaks Road, Louisa. Register at hildegard@twinoaks.org or 540-894-5126.

Nelson Home Tour: Tour several historical homes and churches in Nelson County. 10am-5pm. Fee. 800-282-8223 for tickets.

Eat Your Flowers: You don't need to decide between a flower or a vegetable garden. Maggie Stemann Thompson takes a walk through the Monticello kitchen garden to talk about edible plants in the ornamental garden. Reservations required, $10. Walk starts at the Monticello Garden Shop at 9:30am. 984-9822.

Open House: Come get to know the Greene County Rescue Squad. Raffles, refreshments, a silent auction, vital check, a fire fun slide, and more. 9am-4pm. Free. Route 33 Business/Spotswood Trail in Stanardsville. 985-7214.

Wildflower Walk: Learn what's blooming in the fields and forests of the Ivy Creek Natural Area on a walk with Phil Stokes of the Virginia Native Plant Society. 9am. Meet at the barn. 973-7772.

Starry Night: Observe the Moon, Jupiter, and Saturn through the amazing telescopes of the Charlottesville Astronomical Society at their annual Nelson County Astronomy Night. 8:30-10:30pm at the Rockfish Valley Ruritan Park, Route 151. Free. 361-0029.

Talkin' Peace: The Charlottesville Center for Peace and Justice meets for their monthly salon discussion. This month's topic: boycotts and divestment as tools for change. 7:30pm. Info: schase@cstone.net.

Trails Eorkday: Help the Rivanna Trails Foundation in its ongoing effort to build a trail network around Charlottesville, and get dirty in the process! 8:45am. Meet at the Melbourne Road trailhead. 923-9022 or rivannatrails.org.

Tinsley Tournament: More professional tennis action at the Boar's Head Sports Club. Play begins at 10am. Sunday's singles finals are set for 11am, with the doubles finals at 1pm. Free. 800-476-1988 or procircuit.usta.com.

WALKABOUT AND FAMILY
Rainbow Festival:
Charlottesville City Schools Adult Education Program offers fun for the whole family at their Festival of Cultures. Lee Park will be filled with music, dance, hands-on craft activities, cultural exhibits, and vendors for this free event. 10am-4pm. Market St. next to the library. 245-2817.

FAMILY
Grin and Bear It:
Everyone is invited to the Burley Bear Fair at Burley Middle School. Crafts for sale, food, games, and more are all part of the fun. 10am-3pm. 901 Rose Hill Drive. 295-5101.

Safety First: 7 Tigers Taekwondo and Hapkido hosts a Child Safety Day. The day includes fingerprinting, a bicycle safety course, a visit with McGruff the Crime Dog, Domino's Pizza, self-defense demonstrations, and more. 10am on. Free. Next to the Antiquer's Mall on Rt. 29 North. 296-9933.

Science Daze: The Science Museum of Virginia invites visitors to discover the animals and plants living in your backyard and across Virginia. Science Days is an all-day program that includes hands-on science workshops, demonstrations, exhibits, an IMAX film, and planetarium show. $18 per child. For every six children, one adult chaperon is required. Required adults are $9. Additional adults are $18. Registration is required. 2500 W. Broad St., Richmond. 804-864-1447.

Plantation Weekend: Today and tomorrow costumed artisans from Colonial Williamsburg demonstrate trades and skills practiced at Monticello during the days when TJ was there. Monticello visitors can learn about furniture making, cloth and basket weaving, and other crafts as part of the regular tour. A storyteller will wander the grounds with folktales. Included in price of admission. 984-9822 or monticello.org.

FAMILY AND WORDS
Kiddy Lit Award:
Caroline Parr, librarian par excellence and frequent member of the committee that grants the Newbery Award for young adult novels, visits the Village School to talk about the inner workings of the award and the books that have received it. Ice cream served; medal winning books on sale. Proceeds benefit Jambalaya, the Village School's literary magazine. 2-4pm. $20 individual, $10 families. 215 E. High St. 984-4404. See Words feature,

WORDS
Let Them Be Your Guide:
Close your eyes and let members of the Be Yoga Studio do the driving at a meditation workshop today from 1pm to 3pm. Pre-registration required. $25. Pam Brushwood's School of Dance. 108 Faulconer St., Gordonsville. 540-661-3255.

PERFORMANCE
She Stoops to Conquer:
Playwright Oliver Goldsmith penned this 18th century comedy, and now Shenandoah Shakespeare brings a comic jewel back to life, lampooning the quirks and customs of old England. 2pm. Blackfriars Playhouse, 10 S. Market St., Staunton. $14-28. 540-851-1733.

Measure for Measure: Shakespeare explores the arrogance of power in a play that hovers tantalizingly between comedy and tragedy. Isabella, a nun in training and the play's heroine, must decide whether to ransom her brother from death by giving her body to the hypocritical bureaucrat who put him in jail. 7:30pm. Blackfriars Playhouse, 10 S. Market St., Staunton. $14-28. 540-851-1733.

Lattehouse: See Thursday, May 12. Tonight's show is at 8pm.

Raisin: See Thursday, May 12. Tonight's show is at 8pm.

Harvey: See Friday, May 13 and Performance feature.

TUNES
Deborah Liv Johnson:
California singer/songwriter Johnson is in town for another Barking Cherry concert. $10 suggested donation, 7:30pm. Information, required reservations, and directions: call 974-6702 before 9pm.

Second Annual Battle of the Bands at the Music Resource Center: High school bands featuring members of the MRC face off playing three songs before the judges: Body for Karate, Benvolio, The Wave, Faith in Failue, Among the Fallen, and Bad Karma, each will put us old folks to shame. $3, 2:30pm.

Tony McManus at the Prism: The Prism's Saturday night fever features this acoustic guitar master from Scotland, who will also be offering Saturday afternoon guitar workshops 1-4pm for $65. $22/$18 advance, 8pm.

The Fluvanna Community Singers spring pops concert at Carysbrook Performing Arts Center. No cover, 7:30pm.

American Dumpster at Captain Sam's in Waynesboro. 8:30-11:30pm.

Sarah White & the Pearls at Atomic Burrito. No cover, 10:30pm.

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

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

Fair Weather Bums at Fellini's No. 9. No cover, 10pm.

Janis Ian at Gravity Lounge. $27/$22 advance, 7pm.

Red Beet at Gravity Lounge. $5, 10:30pm.

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

Karaoke with Steve Miller of Thunder Music at Lazy Parrot. No cover, 8:30pm.

Plutonium at Miller's. $3, 10:30pm.

Down Till Now (classic and modern covers and original rock) at Orbit. No cover, 10:30pm.

Minus the Sidekick, Adam Smith, and Greenland at Outback Lodge. $6, 10pm.

Durty Weasles (blues) at Kokopelli's. $5, 8pm.

Proutt & McCormick at Staunton's Pompei Lounge. No cover, 9pm.

Tony McManus at the Prism. $22, $18 advance, 8pm.

Jeff Romano (bluegrass) at Rapunzel's. $5, 7:30pm.

Mike Meadows at Starr Hill. No cover, 10pm.

Jakuta and Carl (electronic pop ensemble) at Twisted Branch Tea Bazaar. No cover, 9pm.

SUNDAY, May 15
PERFORMANCE
Lattehouse:
See Thursday, May 12. Today's show is at 2pm.

Twelfth Night: See Friday, May 13. Today's show is a matinee at 2pm.

Harvey: See Friday, May 13, and Performance feature, page 37. Today's show is at 2:30pm.

Smoky Past: Storyteller, author, and playwright Linda Goodman performs her one-woman show, "Scenes from the Dim, Smoky Past: Mama's Stories." Refreshments served. 2:30-3:30pm. Culpeper County Library, 271 Southgate Shopping Center, Culpeper. Free. 540-825-8691 or email ehensley@cclva.org.

WALKABOUT
Butterflies on the Wing:
Enjoy the first Ivy Creek butterfly walk of the season with Mike Scott. Meet in the Education Building. Free. 1pm. 973-9772.

Tinsley Tournament: More professional tennis action at the Boar's Head Sports Club. Today's singles finals are set for 11am, doubles finals at 1pm. Free. 800-476-1988 or procircuit.usta.com.

Breaking Down Walls: Join Peter Gelderloos and Patrick Lincoln for an afternoon of workshops on prison reform. "Behind Bars: The Expansion of the American Prison Sell," 3-5pm, then "Breaking Down Walls: Anti-Prison Organizing," 5:45-8. Free. Better than Television, 106 A3 Goodman Street in Belmont. 295-0872.

FAMILY
Naturalist Wander:
Living Earth School invites folks to come wander in the woods and discover the richness of the Blue Ridge Mountains to discover plants, animal signs, survival resources, and other lore of the woods. 10am-3pm. $30. 456-7339. LivingEarthVa.com.

The British Are Coming: Visitors to the Virginia Aviation Museum can see a vintage Aston Martin and Rolls Royce, get close to classic planes like a 1944 Beech Staggerwing and 1955 DeHavilland Chipmunk, and inspect more than 200 other British sports and racing cars during the Richmond British Classic Car and Airplane Meet at the Virginia Aviation Museum. 10am-4pm. $6. A portion of the fee will be donated to the Virginia Special Olympics. 5701 Huntsman Road at Richmond International Airport. 804-236-3622. vam.smv.org.

Get Involved: Friends of McGuffey Park and its partners host the second in a series of community meetings related to transforming McGuffey Park into a world-class public space for children in downtown Charlottesville. They hope to bring the best of local history, ecology, and creative play, and they invite the community to be part of the process. Games, ice cream, and the chance to choose playground equipment included in the session. 1-3pm. Charlottesville Community Design Center, 101 E. Main St. 249-9745.

FAMILY AND TUNES
Band Fair III at Cardinal Point Winery:
The third annual fundraiser for the North Branch School features Terri Allard, Darrell Rose and the Afrikan Drum Festival, Junior Moment, and the Blue Ridge Family Chorus, along with a student art show, crafts, food, and wine. $10, 2-6pm. 456-8400. See Family feature.

TUNES
The Oratorio Society of Charlottesville-Albemarle presents:
Mozart's Requiem and Mendelssohn's Symphony No. 2 "Lobgesang" at UVA: Cabell Hall: $25/$17.50, 3:30pm.

Karaoke with Tammy at City Limits. No cover, 7-11pm.

Garnet Rogers with Bahlmann Abbott at Gravity Lounge. $15, 7pm.

Crooked Road at Kokopelli's Cafe. $5, 7pm.

Barling and Collins at Miller's. No cover, 10:30pm.

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

Man Mountain Jr. at Starr Hill. $25/$20, 7pm.

MONDAY, May 16
TUNES
Open Mic Night with Charles Davis at Baja Bean. No cover, signup 8:30pm/9pm.

The Rusticators at the Biltmore. No cover, 10pm.

Pool Tournament at City Limits. Free, 7:00p.m.

Open Mic night with Bennie Dodd at City Limits. No cover, 9pm.

Matthew Willner solo (loops, guitars, bass, sonic experience) at Miller's. No cover, 10pm.

George Melvin (piano merriment) at South Street Brewery. No cover, 7pm.

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

TUESDAY, May 17
PERFORMANCE
Raisin:
See Thursday, May 12. (Vine Arts night)

WALKABOUT
Civil War Round Table:
Join Civil War enthusiasts for an evening of historical discussion with noted authors and professors. 7:30pm at the UVA JAG School, North Grounds. Public welcome. 295-9463 or avenue.org/cwrt.

Defend Yourself: Classes in self-defense sponsored by Charlottesville police, the Commonwealth Attorney's victim/witness assistance program, and ACAC begin today. Location TBA. $30 for six Tuesday night classes, 6:30-9:30pm. Call 970-3176 to register.

TUNES
Travis Elliott at Atomic Burrito. Free, 11pm.

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

Atomic 3 at Buddhist Biker Bar. No cover, 10:30pm.

Karaoke with Tammy at City Limits. No cover, 7-11pm.

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

Joseph Mills at Fat Daddy's. $5 18-20/ No cover 21+, 9-11pm

William Walter's Acoustic Trio at Orbit. No cover, 10:30pm.

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

Local Night with B.C. at Satellite Bal. $3, 9pm.

WEDNESDAY, May 18
PERFORMANCE
Raisin:
See Thursday, May 12. Tonight's 8pm show is pay-what-you-will.

Twelfth Night: See Friday, May 13. Today's show is a school matinee at 10:30am.

FAMILY
Tales for Tots:
The 5 and under crowd can hear splish/splash stories about rainy days at Barnes & Noble's preschool story time. 10:30am. Free. Barracks Road Shopping Center. 984-6598.

TUNES
Joe Lawler & Friends at Atomic Burrito. Free, 11pm.

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

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

Karaoke with Paul Seale at City Limits. No cover, 7-11pm.

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

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

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

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

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

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.

Copper, T.O.W., Under the Flood at Satellite Ballroom. $5, 8pm.

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

Chris Jameson (acoustic rock and blues) at the Virginian. No cover, 10pm.

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

THURSDAY, May 19
FAMILY
Tales for Tots:
See Wednesday, May 18.

PERFORMANCE
Lattehouse:
See Thursday, May 12.

Raisin: See Thursday, May 12.

Twelfth Night: See Friday, May 13.

WALKABOUT
Worldly Discussion:
The Central Virginia International Trade Network Group meets to mull over foreign trade zones. 8am at the Omni. $15 includes "an ample continental breakfast." 979-5610 to register.

Feds Confab: Fran Valente, of Pasta By Valente, speaks at the monthly meeting of the National Active & Retired Federal Employees, Chapter 135. 11:30am at Golden Corral on 29 North. 293-3170.

TUNES
The Hamiltons at Gravity Lounge:
The soulful Ezra and the rest of the Hamiltons (no relation) are literally one of the best groups in town– brilliant songwriting and a sound that is found nowhere else. Cover TBA. 9-11pm.

CJ Stagger at Atomic Burrito. Free, 11pm.

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

Dance Music with 5 Star D.J. Express at City Limits. No cover, 9pm.

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

Chicken Head Blues Band at Dürty Nelly's. $5, 9pm.

Karaoke with Mike Beene and Rick Haggard at Fat Daddy's. $5 18-20/ No cover 21+, 9-11pm

Jimmy O at Lazy Parrot. No cover, 7pm &endash; Close.

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

Ominotago with Atlas at Outback Lodge. $5, 10pm.

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

Salsa Night at Satellite Ballroom. $6, 8pm.

Tea Leaf Green at Starr Hill. $10

Open Mic Night at Kokopelli's Café. Sign up at 6:30, music at 7pm. No cover.

ONGOING AND UPCOMING
WORDS
Song of Himself:
An exhibition of UVA's remarkable collection of Walt Whitman's papers, publications, and memorabilia, including photos of the poet himself, continues in UVA's Harrison Small first-floor gallery until June 30. 924-6040.

South American Transformation: Artifacts from before, during, and after the first contacts of Europe with South America form the student-initiated exhibit at UVA's Harrison Small Library titled "South America's Gran Columbia: From Native Empires to Independent Nations," on view until August 16. 924-6040.

PERFORMANCE
Summer Camp:
Old Michie Theatre, now in its 16th year of providing drama instruction and puppetry arts for children and youth, sponsors a summer theater programs in June, July, and August. Each session stages a play to awaken individual talents and self-expression. Emphasis on fun and learning. There's something for all age groups and levels of ability. Coming soon: Pre-Theatre for ages 5-7 June 6-10. Morning session 9am-12pm; afternoon session 1-4pm. Tuition varies, $175-$350. 221 E. Water St. 977-3690.

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.

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.

FAMILY
River Ramble:
Call now for your tickets to join one of the James River Rambler railroad excursions happening on May 21 and June 4. 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 Saturdays, 1-4pm Sundays: 800-451-6318. odcnrhs.org.

TJ for Children: Monticello offers Tours for Children and their Families on weekends through June 12. Throughout the summer they happen every day. Families should request this special tour at the admission desk. 1 and 3pm. Included in the price of general admission. Thomas Jefferson Parkway, Rt. 53. 984-9822.

WALKABOUT
Woods Walk:
Tour the 250-yeard-old wonder of James Madison's Landmark Forest at Montpelier. Guided tours every Sunday at 2pm. Included in general admission fee. 540-672-2728. See Walkabout feature.

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. 296-1492.

Nature Spirit: Spending too much time indoors under florescent lighting? Discover the spiritual side of Nature with NatureSpirit. Explore different earth-centered traditions of spirituality, meet friends, and find meaningful new ways to connect with Nature in your busy life. Meets the first Sunday of every month at Thomas Jefferson Memorial Church. 6:30pm. naturespirit@uucharlottesville.org, 243-6421, or naturespirit.info.

Ninja Yoga: Towards a revolution of consciousness! Free and open to the public, suitable for all levels of expertise. Mondays 9-10am, Thursdays 9-10:30am; meditation study group Wednesdays 8am, and silent meditation Thursdays 8am, all available at Better Than Television 106 Goodman st.A3, near Spudnuts. Ninja Yoga also available at Jefferson Madison Regional Library Mondays 1pm and Fridays 5pm, as well as at the Yoga Community Space 117 E. Market St. Tuesdays 1pm. Info: 295-0872.

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. Info: 295-1395.

ART LIST
During May, the McGuffey Art Center devotes its entire space to The Virginia Watercolor Society's annual juried show, which hangs through May 29. 201 Second St. NW. 295-7973.

The University of Virginia Art Museum features "The Naked and the Clothed: Photographs from the Collection," which hangs through June 19. Also on view: the much-anticipated "Masterpieces of European Drawing," an exhibition of 62 works on loan from the Musée des Beaux-Arts et d'Archéologie. The only presentation of this collection in the U.S., the show features pieces by Courbet, Delacroix, Rubens, and Rembrandt, among others, and runs through June 5. Plus, visitors can enjoy "Aspects of Influence: Lincoln Perry Mines the Collection," an exhibition about artistic influence curated by painter Lincoln Perry (but not featuring his paintings), which runs through May 22. The museum also presents "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.

Watercolor artist Edith Arbaugh presents a 10-painting, Lawn-celebrating exhibition, "Jefferson Legacy Series," in UVA's Rotunda Dome Room through May 19. University Ave. 924-1019.

UVA's Newcomb Hall Art Gallery presents "Thieves' Island: A Look into Modernizing Tibet," undergraduate Mary Rodeghier's black and white photographic essay about change in a Lhasa neighborhood. The show runs through May 21. Third Floor, Newcomb Hall. 295-9720.

Second Street Gallery is overtaken by "uglyplaces: Installation by Bogdan Achimescu," on view through May 28. 115 Second St. SE in City Center for Contemporary Arts. 977-7284.

During May, Les Yeux du Monde, in cooperation with Second Street Gallery, extends Bogdan Achimescu's installation "uglyplaces" into its downstairs gallery, and features a select retrospective of Achimescu's work upstairs 115 S. First St. 973-5566.

For its May show, The Gallery@Studio 302 features "Paintings and Photographs by Andrew Hersey." 300 W. Main St. (above the UVA Off Grounds Studio). 924-5405.

The Main Street Market Galleria displays Bill Weaver's paintings of Charlottesville, which will remain on view through May 31. 416 W. Main St. 244-7800.

Transient Crafters presents "East Meets West: A Multimedia Approach to Communications," featuring the calligraphy and sculpture of Virginia Moore, during May. 118 E. Main St. on the Downtown Mall. 972-9500.

New Dominion Bookshop features "Sea & Sky," watercolors by Janet Anderson, on its mezzanine level during May. 404 W. Main St. 295-2552.

During May, The Charlottesville Community Design Center presents an exhibition entitled "ecoMOD House Number One," which examines a new design/build project at the UVA School of Architecture. 101 E. Main St. 984-2232.

CODG's May show, "Spastic Plastic," features sculpture and mixed media done with plastic toys by Roddrick Rhodes. 112 E. Main St., under the Jefferson Theater. 242-4212.

The Thomas Jefferson Memorial Church presents Tim Lingo's "The Beauty of Women," on view through June 5. 717 Rugby Road. 977-5411.

During May, the C&O Gallery features "Darkness & Light– Mexican Architecture, Culture, and Time," a collaborative exhibition by photographer Philip Beaurline and writer Kyle Copas. 511 E. Water St. (next to the C&O Restaurant). 971-7044. See Art feature.

Nature Visionary Art displays the work of Kristen Myers through June 1. 110 Fourth St. NE. 296-8482.

Through May 28, The King Building hosts "An Intimate Study: Photographs by Alexis Day," and "unscapes," images by photographer Catherine Wyatt. 410 E. Water St. 242-6196.

During May, the 5th Floor Gallery at Keller Williams displays watercolors by Judith Ely and bronze sculptures by Craig Murphy. 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 June, Angelo displays "Glimpses," landscape monotypes and etchings by Tim Michel. 220 E. Main St. 971-9256.

The Kluge-Ruhe Collection of Aboriginal Art presents "Seeing the Other: The Human Image by Indigenous and non-Indigenous Artists," on view through August 13. 400 Worrell Drive, Peter Jefferson Place (off Route 250 East at Pantops). 244-0234.

For its May show, The Gallery @ 5th & Water offers paintings by Frank Hobbs, who "interprets the complex sensory feast of nature into succinct powerful statements of the essential visual experience" (whew). 107 Fifth St. 979-9825.

Sage Moon Gallery presents May exhibitions of sculpture by Chris MacAndrew and paintings by Ruth Hembree. 420 E. Main St. on the Downtown Mall. 977-9997.

View Frank Feigert's exhibition of photographs entitled "Pieces of Places" at Art Upstairs during May. 316 E. Main St., above The Hardware Store, on the Downtown Mall. 923-3900.

The Laughing Lion Gallery offers a May show of Terrence Pratt's graphite portraits on paper.103 E. Water St. (above London's). 984-4000.

For the month of May, BozArt Gallery features "Newly Uncovered Paintings," works in oil, beeswax, and mixed media by Amy Mitchell Howard. 211 W. Main St. 296-3919.

Glo is currently showing paintings by Christian Peri. 225 E. Main St. on the Downtown Mall. 295-7432.

During May, Gravity Lounge presents "Junkyard Culture," an exhibition of photographs by Joey Parent. 103 S. First St. 977-5590.

Belmont's Better Than Television Community Center/Infoshop displays midlife-focused collages by Vanthi Nguyen during May. 106 Goodman St. 295-0872.

Fellini's #9 presents "Flowers & Bugs," oil paintings by Lynn Jamgochian (who also has work on view at Barnes & Noble) through May. 209 W. Market St. 286-2898.

Blue Ridge Beads & Glass displays new paintings and art glass by Jerry O'Dell. 1724 Allied St. 293-2876.

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.

Radar

On May 19, Richmond's Virginia Museum of Fine Arts opens "Capturing Beauty: American Impressionist and Realist Paintings from the McGlothian Collection." The exhibition of 35 noteworthy works, including pieces by Mary Cassatt, John Singer Sargent, and Winslow Homer, among others, continues through September 18. 200 N. Boulevard. 804-204-2704.

The Artisans Center of Virginia presents Sharon Zarambo's "Mixed Media & Fiber" exhibition, which will remain on view through May 31. On May 19, the Center opens "Sacred Icons: A Collective Vision of Symbolic & Ritual Objects," a juried exhibition that will remain on view through June 29. 601 Shenandoah Drive. (Exit 94 off I-64), Waynesboro. 540-946-3294.

Painter Lindey Michie Eades displays her work at Jarman's Gap Restaurant in Crozet through May 23. 5790 Three Notch'd Road. 823-4626

The Arts Center in Orange features "Around the World in 40 Days," an exhibition of paintings from Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Poland, and Russia. The show runs through June 4. 149 E. Main St., Orange. 540-672-7311.

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

Madison's Sevenoaks Pathwork Center features "Rebellion Held in Compassion," an exhibition of pastel paintings by Cynthia Haney, on display through July 13. 403 Pathwork Way, Madison. 434-295-8315.

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

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.

Other

The Virginia Poverty Law Center invites entries for its 2005 juried photography exhibition, "Through Different Eyes: The Faces of Poverty in Virginia." Submissions accepted through June 30. Kick-off for the touring public display of finalists and an awards ceremony set for October 14. Contest rules and the entry form: pvlc.org 700 E. Franklin St., Suite 14T1, Richmond. 804-782-9430.

Habitat for Humanity and the Charlottesville Community Design Center invite entrants for the international "Urban Habitats" competition, which asks participants to design a 72-home community of mixed-use, mixed-income units. For details and guidelines, 984-2232 or Swenson@cvilledesign.net.

ART FEATURE
Heart of stone: Beaurline's amor de Mexico

BY LAURA PARSONS ART@READTHEHOOK.COM
Artistic transgression gets all the press (think Karen Finley, think Damien Hirst), but there's something to be said for following the rules. An artist who steadfastly adheres to formal parameters can nevertheless produce startlingly beautiful results. Consider Shakespeare and his sonnets.

In photography, going by the book includes observing the rule of thirds, incorporating diagonal elements, and utilizing a full range of highlights, mid-tones, and shadows. Architectural photographer Philip Beaurline clearly knows these rules like the back of his shutter-tripping hand because he uses them to gorgeous effect in "Darkness & Light: Mexican Architecture, Culture, and Time," currently on view at the C&O Gallery.

For 10 years, Beaurline traveled to Mexico on a series of "busman's holidays," lovingly recording images of decaying monasteries built by Dominican and Franciscan monks, mostly in the 16th century. The 42 photographs in the exhibition (a 43rd is on display in the C&O's upstairs dining room) reveal Beaurline's passion for arches and vaulted ceilings, and his ardor for stones, bricks, and plaster.

Beaurline is not interested in being edgy. Instead, he creates formally perfect visions that resonate with Mexican tradition and history, yet quietly allude to modernity and time's passage. Beaurline often contrasts time-bound, human-made edifices with the inevitable encroachment of nature. Roofs have gone missing, allowing sunny illumination of once-dark interiors. And leafy plants sprout from the mortar between stones.

In several images, Beaurline conveys a sense of "magical realism," a concept often associated with Latin American literature and art, in which the past and the present, the real and the fantastic, all collide on the same plane. In "San Sebastian de Chiapa de Corzo," the viewer enters the image along a formerly interior brick walkway, now flanked by thick weeds. A sunlit arched doorway opens onto a stone wall, atop which lacey wrought-iron benches seem to parade by. Newly plowed fields roll in the distance, while a cathedral window above provides a timeless, celestial vision of fluffy clouds.

Even more surreal is "Chiapas #9," where a roofless ruin looms over the neon rides of a has-been carnival. Near the crumbling structure's stairs, a statue of Goofy, its paint chipped, stands on a platform garishly illustrated with superheroes. Ironically, the cartoon dog has his gloved right hand beatifically raised as if offering perpetual blessing.

When Beaurline can follow the rules to such unexpected thrills, there's no need to push the envelope.

Philip Beaurline's photography exhibition, "Darkness & Light: Mexican Architecture, Culture and Time," is on view through the end of May at the C&O Gallery. A small booklet of the same name, containing words by Kyle Copas, accompanies the show. 511 E. Water St. (next to the C&O Restaurant). 971-7044.

PERFORMANCE
Funny bunny: Harvey hops to Barboursville

BY ROBERT ARMENGOL PERFORMANCE@READTHEHOOK.COM
Imaginary friends, in our society anyway, live in the minds of children and crazies. This makes some intuitive sense. We treat children and the insane as not-quite-people, socially unformed. And so we expect them to have odd habits.

In children, this is good for a laugh. My wife grew up an only child, in the countryside. She tells me her imaginary friend was named Tommy. For years Tommy had a place at the dinner table and was blamed for someone else's misbehavior.

Who marked up the fridge with crayons?! "Tommy did it."

The same thing in adults can be disconcerting if it isn't somehow controlled, as in theater or film. This is the brilliance of Harvey, Mary Chase's classic comedy, which won a Pulitzer in 1945 for its Broadway run and was immortalized five years later in a Jimmy Stewart movie.

Four County Players brings Harvey to the stage in Barboursville this month with an experienced cast under the direction of Larry Goldstein.

With the goal of bringing joy and laughter to grieving families in the early years of World War II, Chase created Elwood P. Dowd, the mild-mannered but eccentric drunk who cheerfully hits the bars along with his buddy, Harvey, an invisible rabbit standing 6-foot-plus.

"Well, I've wrestled with reality for 35 years, doctor," Dowd says, "and I'm happy to state I finally won out over it."

Dowd buys his railway tickets in twos and commissions a portrait with his companion. It's all harmless, of course, but his embarrassed sister and niece try to have him committed. Funny as it was, Harvey's underlying message in the 1940s– especially by the end of the decade– must have been, well, disconcerting.

Whose version of reality matters most? Genius had given the world manned flight and toaster ovens, but also genocide and nukes. This play in many ways was an invitation to wonder whether this is the sort of genius we can do without.

Crazy though he is, Dowd realizes this at some level: "Years ago my mother used to say to me, she'd say, 'In this world, Elwood, you must be'– she always called me Elwood– 'In this world, you must be oh-so-smart or oh-so-pleasant.' Well, for years I was smart. I recommend pleasant. And you may quote me."

Will do. If imaginary friends prove useful, they can't be all bad. Tommy vanished by the time my wife was 5. Harvey, with any luck, will be with us for a long time.

Harvey runs weekends through May 22. Fridays and Saturdays, 8pm; Sundays, 2:30pm. Get refreshments at the bistro before each show. Barboursville Community Center, 721 Central Ave., Barboursville. $8-12. 540-832-5355.

FAMILY
Country fun: Winery caters to kids
BY LINDA KOBERT FAMKLY@READTHEHOOK.COM
When I was a kid, one of our favorite family things to do on a Sunday afternoon– especially at this time of year– was to pile into the car and take a ride "in the country." Usually we'd just wind through narrow wooded roads that seemed exotic in their unfamiliarity, and we'd marvel at the way my father could get us back to civilization even when it seemed we were hopelessly lost. "All roads lead to home," he'd always say.

This Sunday, North Branch School in Afton offers folks a reason to wander westward through the bucolic Virginia countryside. The school is hosting its third annual Band Fair benefit concert at the picturesque Cardinal Point Vineyard and Winery where a full afternoon of family-style fun will feature popular local favorites Terri Allard and Darrell Rose.

Come rain or shine, there will be lots of excitement under the big tent. In addition to the music, kids can create their own musical instruments and paper bag hats, get their faces painted and their hair wrapped with multicolored thread, then join the children's parade to strut their stuff. Those who like to bounce off the walls can climb into the jump house. Creative types can make colorful sand art sculptures in a bottle.

Wine lovers of a certain age can tour the tasting room and watch a video of the winemaking process. Anderson's Store provides the barbecue and all the fixin's. Local crafts people, including a blacksmith, will be on hand with demonstrations and wares to sell. And student art will be displayed, though not for sale.

On stage, the slate of performers includes Junior Moment as well as the Blue Ridge Family Chorus. A juggler keeps kids entertained between acts. Darrell Rose brings his friends from the Afrikan Drum Festival, and Terri Allard winds things up in her unique homespun style.

No reason to get lost on the back roads this weekend. Band Fair III gives families a great excuse to take a Sunday afternoon ride in the country with a destination for fun.

North Branch School's Band Fair III takes place at Cardinal Point Vineyard and Winery 9423 Batesville Road in Afton, 2-6pm. Advance tickets $10 adults, $5 children 3 and up, and $30 for a family of 4 or more. Advance tickets available at North Branch School, Cardinal Point, Parkway Pharmacy, Timberlake's Drug Store, Market Street Wine Shop, Greenberry's, and Sidetracks. Tickets at the door $12 adults, $7 children, $36 families. 456-8450.

WORDS
The Newbery Best: Village School hosts kid-lit feast
BY SUSAN TYLER HITCHCOCK WORDS@READTHEHOOK.COM
Children's literature has come a long way since the middle of the eighteenth century when John Newbery sold primers and hornbooks out of his bookshop near London's St. Paul's Cathedral. Just a few decades earlier, very few adults could read, so it was a new idea to publish books for children.

Newbery died in 1767. Family members kept the business going for years after. Today, his legacy lives on in the John Newbery Award for Children's Literature, established in 1921 by the American Library Association. Sixteen years later, the ALA created the Randolph Caldecott Medal, named for a 19th-century English illustrator and awarded to the year's best picture book for children.

Nowadays every library patron, especially parents of young children, is aware of books that have been awarded the Newbery Medal. It represents the crowning glory for authors and illustrators of children's books. Newbery winners of the past include The Voyages of Doctor Dolittle, Caddie Woodlawn, Call It Courage, Johnny Tremain, The Witch of Blackbird Pond, Island of the Blue Dolphins, and A Wrinkle in Time. These guys know how to pick classics the same year they're written. The 2005 Newbery winner is Kira-Kira.

How do they do it? Get answers from Caroline Parr– Rappahannock County librarian, past president of the Virginia Library Association, and three-time member of the Newbery nominating committee– who comes to the Village School this week for a talk to benefit Jambalaya, the school's literary magazine.

Published quarterly by students at the middle school for girls, Jambalaya features poetry, short stories, essays, book reviews, photography, and art.

The Village School hosts a Young Adult Book Feast on Saturday, May 14, from 2pm to 4pm. Ben & Jerry's ice cream served; Newbery Medal books for sale. $20 individual, $10 families. Reservations required. 215 E. High St. 984-4404.

WALKABOUT
Woods walk: See the forest Madison saw

BY TIM SPRINKLE WALKABOUT@READTHEHOOK.COM
Late spring– that brief window of clear skies and pleasant weather that usually lasts a week or so in May– is a special time in central Virginia. Thomas Jefferson remarked that the Virginia spring and autumn "make a paradise of our country," and Charlottesville residents have been basking in the early summer sun for decades.

So what should we do with all this nice weather? Get outside and enjoy it, that's what; go for a walk, check out the sights, meander through your own backyard.

One great way to do that would be on a guided tour of the James Madison Landmark Forest at Montpelier. Featuring 200 acres of "old growth" forest– wooded areas that have been left to nature, not managed or altered in any way– the property offers a unique look back into the Piedmont landscape that our Founding Fathers probably enjoyed centuries ago.

"The forest is largely untouched since Madison's time," says Montpelier's Jon Bowen of the Landmark Forest. "It's one of the best examples of an old growth forest in the Piedmont."

In fact, the forest is one of the only accessible old growth areas in the state, and remains one of the country's best preserved. A remnant of the original hardwood forests that spread from time immemorial up and down the east coast, the Landmark Forest was designated a "national natural landmark" in 1987.

Along the two-mile trail you'll see everything from towering 150-foot trees– some nearly 250 years old– to specimens ranging up to five feet in diameter. Clearly, this isn't an average Virginia forest.

"It's a really unique experience to see the Piedmont forest as it was and untouched," Bowen says. Sure, it's a history lesson; but history that gets you out to enjoy a Virginia spring is never a bad thing.

The Madison Landmark Forest is open daily, although the guided tour is offered only on Sundays, April through October, at 2pm. If you're looking for a more in-depth visit, check out the Big Woods Walk, offered four times a year to highlight the Landmark Forest in each season. Everything is included in the general Montpelier admission fee, but reservations are suggested for the busy summer months. Info: montpelier.org or 540-672-2728.

TUNES
Away too long: Bringing it all back home
BY MARK GRABOWSKI TUNES@READTHEHOOK.COM
A few years back, a music-man moved to town for love's sake, and the two got on beautifully. Not the lovers, for love can fade and often does, but rather the music-man and the town.

The bond that was formed between the man and this beautiful locale seemed forged in steel, so that even when he choose to leave a few years back, put away his guitar, still his smoky voice, and go back to the state that spawned him, he would pop up occasionally with some new tunes and new stories, renewing his bond with the town.

Now bang the gongs and start the parades, for singer/songwriter Danny Schmidt is back again!

Beginning with his first album, Live at the Prism Coffeehouse, released in 1999, Schmidt built up a solid repertoire of songs and fans around Charlottesville before leaving for Austin in early 2003. He returned a few months later to release his third album, Make Right the Time, a work of acoustic mastery backing his sometimes soft but always smoky voice, an album politicized by the times and far apart from the light/dark love songs of his previous releases. Now two years later, Schmidt returns to town to give us the gift of song once again with a new release.

Parables & Primes, Schmidt's first Austin album, is a lush mixture of stories and poetry, epics and allegory, all backed by some of the best use of spare instrumentation he has ever employed.

The album begins with "This Too Shall Pass." Spanish tinged guitar, violin, and shaker start things out whimsically before soon enough the rapid-fire chords take on a darker edge. "Things change fast, but this too shall pass, better carve it on your forehead or tattoo it on your ass," Schmidt begins in his unique voice, seemingly fragile but filled with strength when you least expect it, the song touching on themes of mortality and tenderness, fear and the unknown.

"Neil Young" is "a simple love song" in Schmidt's words– or perhaps two, one to a "lovely woman and a lovely evening, and one to the lovely Neil Young album trickling along in the background." Slow waltz time-picked guitar, slide dobro, an occasional drum beat or two, and some well placed harmonica at the end of verses are all perfect accompaniments to the love theme. Suffused with emotion, the orchestration almost seems to be erupting from Schmidt's mouth, caressing and carrying the theme of his words with perfection.

"Dark-Eyed Prince" is probably my favorite tune on the album, reminiscent, at least musically, of some of his previous work. The words paint a picture of a soul who keeps trying to reach out but is continually retreating, all told through the vehicle of the Dark-Eyed Prince, with damsels and castles and soft accordion in the background.

"Happy All The Time" is a half-jazz half-pop tune, where occasional muted trumpet and the song's frigid meandering vibe show that yes, the songwriter has been continuing to develop over the last two years, a fascinating progress, to say the least.

There's much more to say about this rich album, but space and time are short. So I'll just say: Danny, good to have you back, even just for a night or two.

CD Release Party: Danny Schmidt with Jan Smith performs at Starr Hill, May 13. $8/$6 advance, 7pm.

 

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