Cultural calendar, June 23-30., 2005

Cultural calendar, June 23-30., 2005
Practice Swing: The Charlottesville Swing Dance Society hosts weekly practice sessions for beginners and intermediates. Singles and couples welcome. DJ takes requests. 7:30-9pm. Auditorium of the Albemarle County Office Building, 401 McIntire Road. Free. 980-2744.

Belly Dancing and Pole Dancing at the Berkmar Ballroom. Rio Road. 975-4611.

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

One-Man Band: Peter McCory is a guitar-playing, kazoo-tooting, harmonica-blowing drummer who gets kids to sing, clap, dance, and laugh along at Scottsville Library at 10am. 330 Bird St. 286-3541. Also at Northside Library at 3pm. Albemarle Square. 973-7893. Free.

Comic Relief: Young comics in grades 6-12 can get the inside story from Richmond illustrator Forrest Young in "How to Draw Comics and Graphic Novels" at Gordon Avenue Library. The program includes a discussion of the steps in creating a graphic novel from manuscript to pencil sketches to the final art. 2-3pm. Free. Registration required. Crozet Library. 5791 Three Notch'd Road. 823-4050.

Magical Moments: Master magician Michael Chamberlin appears at Central Library with some tricks up his sleeve. Music and comedy support this dazzling contemporary take on magic's legendary effects. Audience participation included. 10:30am. Free. 201. E. Market St. 979-7151, ext. 3.

Community Forum:
Charlottesville's NAACP sponsors a forum on gang and youth violence with local police chiefs Tim Longo, John Miller, and Paul Norris, and representatives from the Public Defender's office and Legal Aid and Justice Center. All citizens are encouraged to participate in the forum and question and answer session that follows. 7-9pm. Pilgrim Baptist Church, 211 Albemarle Street. 434-409-5039.

Muelle at Coupe DeVille's. Free, 10pm.

Hasselhoff at Orbit Billiards. No cover, 10:30pm.

Bob Bennetta at Fellini's #9. No cover, 6pm.

Pash and Max Collins at Atomic Burrito. Free, 11pm.

The George Turner Trio with Madeline Holly Sales at Zocalo. No cover, 9pm.

Loveseat at Southern Culture. No cover, 9:30pm.

Thompson/D'earth at Miller's. $4, 10:30pm.

Salsa night at the Satellite Ballroom. $6, 8pm.

Karaoke at Fat Daddy's. No cover, 8:30pm.

Las Gitanas at the East End of the Downtown Mall. Free, noon.

Street Legal and Rude Buddah at the Outback Lodge. $5, 10pm.

The Benjy Davis Project at Gravity Lounge. $5, 8pm.

FRIDAY, June 24
Kids Read:
Barnes & Noble's Young Readers Book Club meets tonight and every 4th Friday. Book lovers ages 7-12 years old will discuss Chasing Vermeer, a popular new book by Blue Balliett. Parents are welcome to enjoy the reading and discussion with their children. 7pm. Free. Barracks Road Shopping Center. 984-6598.

Blood Drive:
Support the American Red Cross with a blood donation between 1 and 6pm in the Sears Court at Fashion Square Mall. 973-9331.

Assembling the Pieces: The Jefferson Area Board for Aging hosts "The Rubik's Cube of Long Term Care," a seminar on care planning that will collect the community's input to present at the national White House Conference on Aging later this year. 8:30am-5pm at UVA's Darden School. Contact Jean Ross at 817-5286 or for details and registration information.

Unleash, Balance, Go Buck Wild: Unleash your natural healing abilities with the AIM program's "spiritual technology" that provides balancing energies to help you increase your life force and consciousness, so you can heal yourself. How can you not go? Free. 6:30-8:30pm, Ivy Commons Family Chiropractic. Free. Registration required. 293-1300.

Religious Rights:
Rita Dunaway, a Harrisonburg attorney and education counselor for the Rutherford Institute, speaks on "Religious Discrimination in Employment." 10am. Reservations required. 1440 Sachem Place. 978-3888.

Appalachian Stories in Novel Form: Ron Rash reads from his new novel, Saints at the River. His earlier novel, One Foot in Eden (2002), was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize. 6pm. New Dominion Bookshop. 404 E. Main St., 295-2552.

Nighty Night:
Last night to catch Offstage Theater's Bedroom Plays, short vignettes produced in a retail store. Seating is limited, so arrive early. 8pm. $8. Lush Life, 309 E. Water St. 244-8432.

Jury Not Hung: The Improvisationals have been found "Not Guilty" of several acts of stage molestation. They invite all their fans to celebrate this miraculous deliverance at their Nelson County Neverland. PG-13 cast: Bob Taibbi, Mary Coy, Brad Stoller, Bette Dzamba, Ray Nedzel, Rain Krause, Andy Kaufman, Ron Heller, and Mala Cunningham. 8pm, $5. Rapunzel's Coffee and Books, 924 Front St., Lovingston.

Eli Cook's Red House Blues Band at the Dew Drop Inn. No cover, 9:30pm.

American Dumpster and Body For Karate at Fridays After Five.

Sundried Opossum and The Ordinary Way at the Outback Lodge. $6, 9:30pm.

George Turner and Royce Campbell at Bashir's. No cover, 7pm.

Worn In Red and Now Sleepyhead at Atomic Burrito. Free, 11pm.

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

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

Leon Russell with Vaden Cox at Gravity Lounge. $35, 7pm.

Wild Blue Yonder: Take off for a fun-filled day of flight at the Virginia Aviation Museum's Air Fair. See Family feature.

Mouse Tales: Lilly and her purple plastic purse appear at Barnes & Noble for a special story time event. Snacks will be served. 11:30am. Barracks Road Shopping Center. 984-6598.

Glass Works: Sunspots Studios offers an introductory workshop in glass blowing at their Staunton store. Teens and adults can experience the magic of shaping molten glass into beautiful vases, ornaments, and even glass flowers. No experience is necessary. 12:30-4:30pm. 540-885-0678.

Up Close: Critter lovers can prowl around Maymont Park to find out whooo's awake at night with the program "Animal Encounters: Nocturnal Animals." This encounter includes fun facts and a little quality time with a bullfrog and an owl. 3pm. $4. Reservations required. 1700 Hampton St., Richmond. $4/$3 for members. 804-358-7166, ext. 333.

At Court: Members of the public are cordially invited to join Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth and her court for music, merriment, and mayhem at the Virginia Renaissance Faire at Green Hill Park in Salem. 10am-6pm. $5. 2501 Parkside Rd. Directions at

Wines Academic:
Explore the wine library at King Family Vineyards with Michael Shaps, comparing older and current vintages, at this vertical tasting. Gourmet hors d'ouvres included in the $25 fee. 5-7pm. 823-7800 or for reservations.

Polo Match: Join the Piedmont Polo Club (formerly Piedmont Women's Polo Club but now all-inclusive) for a night of polo action in the rolling hills of Albemarle. 6:30pm. Forest Lodge Road, off Old Lynchburg Road. 977-POLO or

Wildflower Walk: Join Ruth Douglas of the Virginia Native Plant Society for this relaxing and educational walk through the summer flowers at Ivy Creek. Meet at the Barn. 9am. Free. 973-7772.

Festival of Wines: Come explore the wide world of Virginia wine at Wintergreen Resort. Several local winemakers will be on hand, with musical entertainment, wine tastings, and food seminars. 10am-6pm. $10 in advance, $15 at the gate. 800-594-8499 or See Walkabout feature.

First Colony Pig Roast: Dig into an authentic pig roast with all the fixin's: hayrides, live music, wine tastings, and tours. 11am-5pm at First Colony Winery. $18 per person, reservations required. 979-7105.

Bead Basics: Studio Baboo offers a class in Bead Stringing Basics taught by Terri Gable. 10am-12:30pm. $25 includes materials. "Hand Knotting" will be offered from 1:30-4:30pm. Downtown Mall. 244-2905.

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. 325-8169.

Democratic Roundtable: Retired political science professor David RePass will analyze what happened last November 2 at the Charlottesville/Albemarle Democratic Breakfast at JABA. 9:30am. 647 Hillsdale Drive. 971-8082.

Dog Show: The Charlottesville Albemarle Kennel Club's All-Breed Dog Show and Obedience Trial happens today at Foxfield Race Course on Garth Road. The fun starts at 8:30am and continues through the afternoon. $3 per vehicle admission fee. 971-9265.

Covenant Yard Sale: See Friday, June 17. 8am-2pm.

Arts and Crafts: See Thursday, June 16.

Think at Coupe DeVille's. Free, 10pm.

Travis Morrison, the Hellfighters, Doris Henson, and Cataract Camp at the Satellite Ballroom. $6, 8pm.

Navel, Agents of the Sun, and Under The Flood at Starr Hill. $5, 9pm.

The Nature Boys Jazz Quartet at Fellini's No. 9. No cover, 6pm.

Two Red Shoes at Fellini's No. 9. No cover, 10pm.

The Charlottesville Vocal Arts Society at Whitehall Vineyards. $20, 7pm.

The Beetnix at Atomic Burrito. Free, 11pm.

The Pones at Rapunzel's, 7:30pm.

Super Jock JJ at Fat Daddy's. No cover, 21+, 9pm.

Durty Weasels at Kokopelli's, $5, 8pm.

The Marzaks and American Dumpster at Gravity Lounge. $5, 8pm.

Charlie Pastorfield and Bob Girard with Kurtis Parks at the Outback Lodge. $6, 10pm.

Osmotic with ZZ Topp tribute band AA Bottom at the Garden of Sheba. $3, 9pm.

SUNDAY, June 26
Mountain Music: Those who have always wanted to try their hand at fiddle playing can come to the mountains for a workshop for first time fiddlers at Humpback Rocks Farm. Others can enjoy 19th century Farm Family Frolics (party games). No experience necessary. Fiddles provided. All ages welcome. 2-4pm. Free. Milepost 5.8 on the Blue Ridge Parkway. 540-943-4716.

Y'All Come: See Saturday, June 25.

Sunday Polo:
Polo is back, and this summer it's happening at King Family Vineyards. 1pm every Sunday, weather permitting. Free. 6550 Roseland Farm, Crozet. 823-7800.

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. 325-8169.

Butterfly Walk: Join Mike Scott for an early summer stroll through the Ivy Creek Natural Area, spotting and identifying butterflies. 1pm. Free. Meet in the Education building. 973-7772 or

Natural Bridge Encampment: See Saturday, June 25. Fee. 540-537-4923.

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

Nelson County Summer Festival at Oak Ridge Estate, 11am-6pm.

The George Turner Trio at Fellini's #9. No cover, 6pm.

Open Mic Night at Atomic Burrito. Free, 10pm.

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

The Lasviscous Biddies with Richelle Claiborne and Ezra Hamilton at Gravity Lounge. $8, 8pm.

Dave Bartok at Jaberwoke. No cover, 21+, 9:30pm.

Dan Sebring at the Blue Bird Café. No cover, 6pm.

MONDAY, June 27
To Be or Not to Be:
Washington lawyer Randall Shaheen visits Charlottesville's Rutherford Institute to discuss "Human Life Issues." 9:30am. Advance reservations required. 1440 Sachem Place. 978-3888.

Could'a Been…: The Center for Christian Study presents a viewing and discussion of the movie On the Waterfront. 7:30pm. 1530 Rugby Ave. Free. 817-1050.

George Melvin at the South Street Brewery. No cover, 7pm.

Open Mic Night at Miller's. Free, 9:30pm.

Open Mic Night at Baja Bean. No cover, 10pm.

TUESDAY, June 28
Film Festival:
The seats are first come, first served at Regal Cinema's Family Film Festival today featuring Rugrats and Shark Tale. 10am. Free. Seminole Square (behind Kmart). 980-3333.

One-Man Band: See Thursday, June 23. Today's event is at Central Library at 10:30am. 201 E. Market St. 979-7151, ext. 3.

Born on the Fourth:
Celebrating the 150th anniversary of Walt Whitman's Leaves of Grass, Ted Genoways, editor of the Virginia Quarterly Review, talks about the great work. UVA's Harrison/Small Library, where an exhibit of manuscripts and early editions is on display. 12:30pm. 924-6040. See Words feature.

Go South for an Answer: Edward L. Ayers, professor and dean at UVA, is considered one of the nation's most prominent Civil War historians. Ayers introduces his new book of essays, What Caused the Civil War?: Reflections on the South and Southern History, about the South and Southern identity and culture. 7pm. Barracks Road Shopping Center. 984-6598.

Andy Friedman and the Other Failures at Gravity Lounge. $5, 8pm. (Browning Porter and Paul Curreri open.)

Dead Meadow, Manishevitz, and zZz at the Satellite Ballroom. $10, 9pm.

The Soundtrack of Our Lives at Starr Hill. $12/$10 advance, 9pm.

Travis Elliott at Atomic Burrito. Free, 11pm.

Loveseat at Miller's. No cover, 9:30pm.

Joseph Mills at Fat Daddy's. No cover, 9pm.

Karaoke at Baja Bean. No cover, 9pm.

Hustle at Berkmar Ballroom, Rio Road. 975-4611.

Street Salsa: Salsa Dura Dance Company offers beginner classes with Caroline Davis, intermediate with Tiffany Sanchez. No partner necessary. Second and fourth Wednesdays. 8pm. $8 adults/ $6 students. Municipal Arts Center, 1119 Fifth St. SW. 510-681-8255.

Drum Call and Friends come to Northside Library for an interactive workshop on African drumming. Participants in grades 6-12 can bring a drum or use one provided. 2-3pm. Free. Registration required. Albemarle Square. 973-7893.

More Tales for Tots: The 5 and under crowd can enjoy favorite storybook stories about the beach at Barnes & Noble's preschool story time. 10:30am. Free. Barracks Road Shopping Center. 984-6598.

Tomfoolery: Master musician and storyteller extraordinaire Bill Willington comes to Gordon Avenue Library for a rollicking good time for kids of all ages. 3pm. Free. 1500 Gordon Ave. 296-5544.

Film Festival: See Tuesday, June 28.

Magical Moments: See Thursday, June 23. Today's program is at Crozet Library at 10am. Three Notch'd Road in the old train station. 823-4050.

Mount Rogers Hike:
Trek to the highest point in Virginia with the Wintergreen Nature Foundation on this difficult hike. Bring a bag lunch and plenty of water. $10 members, $15 non-members. 7am. 325-8169.

African Drum Classes:
Kevin Munro offers west African drum classes Wednesday nights through July 20. The group class is geared to beginner and intermediate level drummers. $70 for entire session, rental drums available. 977-1499 or for info or to register.

Beleza Brasil at Zocalo. No cover, 9pm.

George Melvin at Fellini's #9. No cover, 6:30pm.

Aqualung at Starr Hill. $10/$8 advance, 9pm.

Paul Burch and Laura Cantrell at Gravity Lounge. $10, 8pm.

The Atomic Trio at Atomic Burrito. Free, 11pm.

The Mike Rosensky and Jeff Decker Quartet at Miller's. No cover, 10:30pm.

Karaoke at Jaberwoke. Free, 21+, 10pm.

See Wednesday, June 29. Today's program is at Northside Library at 3pm. Albemarle Square. 973-7893.

Down Beat: See Wednesday, June 29. Today's session is at Scottsville Library. 330 Bird St. 286-3541.

Magical Moments: See Thursday, June 23. Today's program is at Scottsville Library at 10am. 330 Bird St. 286-3541.

More Tales for Tots: See Wednesday, June 29.

Birthday Bash:
Learn about the lives and roles of women on the 18th-century plantation while celebrating Mrs. James Monroe's 219th birthday. 1-4pm at Ash Lawn-Highland. 293-9539.

Spare Parts at the Outback Lodge. $5, 10pm.

Jubeus at Coupe DeVille's. Free, 10pm.

Robin Wynn at Atomic Burrito. Free, 11pm.

Thompson/D'earth at Miller's. $4, 10:30pm.

Jimmy O. at the East End of the Downtown Mall. Free, 12pm.

Ellis Paul at Gravity Lounge. $12, 8pm.

Karaoke at Fat Daddy's. No cover, 8:30pm.

Salsa Night with Bio Ritmo at the Satellite Ballroom. $8/$10, 8pm.

Turbine at the Starr Hill Cocktail Lounge. Free, 9pm.

Young Artist Night (Henley Middle School students) at Kokopelli's Café. 7-9:30pm.

Upcoming and Ongoing
Seeking Artists: The deadline for artists to submit proposals to the sculpture competition for ArtInPlace is July 1 for the October 2005 through September 2006 show. Applications and information: or email questions to

In Another World: Space is still available in free workshops for children at the McGuffey Art Center's Planet Art 2005, through June 30. One-time classes are offered in sculpture, collage, papier mache, stained glass, dance, poetry and more for children ages 7-16. All classes are free at McGuffey Art Center, 201 Second St. NW. See for a detailed schedule, then call 295-7973 to register.

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. See Words feature.

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.

Passport, Please:
Charlottesville/Albemarle County Convention and Visitors Bureau gives folks an incentive to have fun. Visit six participating sites (two each from Arts & Entertainment, Heritage/Museum, and Restaurant/Retail/Accommodations categories), get your passport stamped, and win a free t-shirt. Passports available at either visitor center location. Free. Good through the end of the year. In the Monticello Visitors Center building (Rt. 20 S.) or at 100 Fifth Street NE, in the Market St. parking garage. 293-6789.

Circus: Kids don't need to run away to join the circus this summer, because the circus has come to them. It's the current Back Gallery exhibit at Virginia Discovery Museum, and kids are the stars of the show. Included in the price of admission. East end of the Downtown Mall. 977-1025.

Tavern Tour for Kids: Family is the focus of Michie Tavern's living history tours available through Labor Day. Throughout the summer, kids can participate in Mr. Michie's Treasure Hunt (the prize is a sack of gold coins– well, ok, there's chocolate inside), dress up in 18th century clothes, make herb sachets to take home, write with a quill pen, dancing a Colonial reel, and more. Offered daily 11am-3:30pm. Free to local residents or included in general admission. Rt. 53. 977-1234.

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.

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.

Humpback Rocks: Stroll through a re-created 19th century Appalachian farm, complete with traditional music, on your way up to the breathtaking view from the Humpback Rocks overlook. Visitor's Center open every day 10am-5pm. Blue Ridge Parkway milepost 5.8. 540-943-4716.

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.

Glassy Classes: Try your hand at a one-day glass blowing class– create a paperweight, ornament, or a hand-blown vase. Class times and themes vary, as do fees. 202 S. Lewis St. in Staunton near the old train station. Registration info: 540-885-0678 or

Parkway Nature Walks: Monticello offers guided walking tours of the Thomas Jefferson Parkway, the linear park along the Route 53 entrance to Jefferson's estate, every Sunday morning through November. 9:30am. No fee. Meet at Kemper Park at the base of the Parkway, a quarter-mile east of the intersection of Routes 53 and 20. 984-9822.

For June, the McGuffey Art Center presents "Gentle Africa," an exhibition of Gloria Mitchell's acrylic paintings and small collages, in the main gallery. The downstairs hall galleries feature two painting shows: "distant cousins" by Reba Peck, and "Mayibuye i Afrika. (Come Back Africa)" by Lindsay Michie Eades. Upstairs, August Rolin displays a variety of his latest work. Charles Hall also has glasswork on view. All shows run through June 26. 201 Second St. NW. 295-7973. See Art feature.

On June 28, the University of Virginia Art Museum opens "David Winograd: Tilted Horizon," an autobiographical photographic examination of women and society, which runs through August 14. Also on view: "The Paper Sculpture Show," a traveling exhibition, visiting UVA through August 14, that features ready-to-assemble works by 29 artists, which museum visitors construct, plus "loose leafs," an exhibition of work by Monica Angle, on display through July 17. And be sure not to miss "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.

During June, the McIntire Department of Art presents stained glass sculptures by Mimi Tawes at The Dell Gallery. Dell 2 Studio Building, Bonnycastle Drive. 924-6123.

Second Street Gallery is wall-to-wall with "Constant Battles: Installation by Anne Kesler Shields," on view through August 13. 115 Second St. SE in City Center for Contemporary Arts. 977-7284.

During June, Les Yeux du Monde features bronze work by Steven Strumlauf downstairs and oil paintings by Sonia Fox upstairs. Both shows run through July 9. 115 S. First St. 973-5566.

For its June show, The Gallery@Studio 302 features models, photographs, and multi-images from Dan George's Greenbrier and Pocahontas Central-Model Railroad. Photography by Mark Chase. 300 W. Main St., Suite 302 (next to the Lewis & Clark statue). 924-5405.

The Main Street Market Galleria displays the colorful abstract paintings of Andrew Acosta during June. 416 W. Main St. 244-7800.

Aaron Farrington shows his photographs at the Gallery at Starr Hill during June. 705 W. Main St. 409-0745.

During June, local fave Monty Montgomery offers his latest pop-art-inspired acrylics at Café Cubano in a show entitled "Situations." York Place on the Downtown Mall. 242-4212.

Transient Crafters presents "Candle Art: Floral Designs in Wax," featuring the waxy work of Donita Hoyer, during June. 118 E. Main St. on the Downtown Mall. 972-9500.

New Dominion Bookshop features "Returning to Italy," watercolors by Alice Cannon, on its mezzanine level during June. 404 W. Main St. 295-2552.

During June, The Charlottesville Community Design Center presents "Holding Up for the Long Term: An Exhibit of Strawbale Walls, Building and Architecture," sponsored by Abrahamse & Company. 101 E. Main St. 984-2232.

The Thomas Jefferson Memorial Church displays Flame Bilyue's "Flowers, Fairies, and Flutterbies," which offers a "lighthearted, whimsical approach to spiritual themes." 717 Rugby Road. 977-5411.

During June, the C&O Gallery features "To Bed Without Supper: Odd Bits of Watercolor," a show of work by Sandy McAdams. All proceeds go to the Blue Ridge Food Bank. 511 E. Water St. (next to the C&O Restaurant). 971-7044.

Nature Visionary Art displays new work by multiple artists during June. 110 Fourth St. NE. 296-8482.

During June, Marta Sánchez presents "The Angel Series," a show "depicting calm earthly and heavenly women of color to raise awareness about sexual violence," at the Garden of Sheba. 609 E. Market St. 977-7336.

The new Elements Art Gallery (formerly the Dave Moore Studio) presents a group art show featuring work by Will May, Jen Poe, Jen Santos, Andrew Groner, Rob Grachus, Nicole Truxlo, and Andy Acquaro. 414 E. Main St. (under the Twisted Branch Tea Bazaar). 566-2841.

During June, the 5th Floor Gallery at Keller Williams shows watercolors by Mercedes Lopez, abstracts by Caroline Cobb, mosaics by Danielle Dorsett, and acrylics by Elaine Colletti. 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.

Angelo displays "Glimpses," landscape monotypes and etchings by Tim Michel, through June. 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 display through August 13. 400 Worrell Drive, Peter Jefferson Place (off Route 250 East at Pantops). 244-0234.

For its June show, The Gallery @ 5th & Water offers "Juicy Harvest," oil paintings by Ann Friend Clark. Located in the upstairs foyer of Henderson & Everett, P.C. 107 Fifth St. 979-9825.

Sage Moon Gallery presents a June show of oil paintings by Adel Sansur. 420 E. Main St. on the Downtown Mall. 977-9997.

View "Facts and Fancy," an exhibition of watercolors by Eloise Giles and Lois Kannensohn, during June at Art Upstairs. 316 E. Main St., above The Hardware Store, on the Downtown Mall. 923-3900.

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

For the month of June, BozArt Gallery features oil paintings in an expressionistic style by Kris Bowmaster. 211 W. Main St. 296-3919.

Asha Greer's "feet and pigs" plus Greg Kelly and Bill Duford's assemblage are on view at the Mudhouse during June. 213 W. Main St. on the Downtown Mall. 984-6833.

Sidetracks (formerly Spencer's 206) presents "Light," watercolors by Lee Alter, during June. 128 Water St. 295-3080.

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

Sunspots Studios in Charlottesville features work by Daniel Scogna during June. Meadowbrook Shopping Center (behind Anderson's Foods). 977-5531.

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

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


On June 25, local fave Dave Moore, former proprietor of the Dave Moore Studio, opens a new show of work at Scottsville's The Gallery for Healing with a reception, 5-9pm. 330 Valley St., Studio c (around back). 286-4400.

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

Virtuoso woodworker Sam Forrest shows 25 new works at LaDifférence. The exhibition benefits conservation and education by the FishAmerica Foundation. 125 S. 14th St., Richmond. 866-452-3433.

The Artisans Center of Virginia presents "Nature's Designs," fiber art by Renee Harris, on view through June 30. The Center also displays "Sacred Icons: A Collective Vision of Symbolic & Ritual Objects," a juried exhibition on view through June 29. 601 Shenandoah Drive. (Exit 94 off I-64), Waynesboro. 540-946-3294.

Crozet's Kokopelli's Café features "Form and Shadow," an exhibition of black and white photographs by UVA professor John Bunch, through June 30. 5793 The Square. 823-5645.

The Arts Center in Orange features "The Art of Motorcycle Design, through July 23. 149 E. Main St., Orange. 540-672-7311.

Madison's Sevenoaks Pathwork Center features "Rebellion Held in Compassion," an exhibition of pastel paintings by Cynthia Haney, 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 250 W. 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.


ArtinPlace invites artists to submit proposals for its annual sculpture competition leading to the October 2005-September 2006 show around Charlottesville. Deadline: July 1. Applications and information are available at

The University of Virginia Art Museum announces "Summer Arts @ the Ix," its creative programs for 4th-12th grade students. First session: July 18-22. Second Session: July 25-29. Students' art will be displayed August 16-24. Tuition: $220 members; $255 nonmembers. A limited number of full scholarships are available for students with financial needs. Info: 243-6830 or

Eyeing the past: Peck re-examines her history
During my first Charlottesville stint, back in the 1980s, I had a friend who, every time I got maudlin, wagged his finger at me and cautioned, "No, no nostalgia." Years later, a new-age-y boyfriend used to regularly repeat Ram Das's mantra, "Be here now."

Good advice, yet I've never been able to resist rummaging through old photographs, second-hand clothes, and junkshop oddities. What intrigues me– and what seems to fascinate painter Reba Peck– is the opportunity to revisit lost moments, fully aware that the present allows only colored speculation or gapped memory of the past. The impulse to emotionally fill in the lines of what has fallen away fuels Peck's combined exhibition of photographic paintings– "distant cousins"– and found-object assemblages– "on the equator"– currently on view at the McGuffey Art Center.

For Peck, the works are deeply personal, inspired by portraits discovered in her parents' photo albums or created from bits collected on a beach in Gabon, Africa, where she briefly lived with her husband and sons. Nevertheless, Peck allows us to eavesdrop visually as she re-examines her past by emphasizing her images' vague but powerful sentimental force rather than their reflection of reality.

Painting on metal, Peck envelopes her subjects within a lush, soft black that contrasts and fuses with garish, almost fluorescent background colors– caution orange, bordello red, searing emerald green. Her defining lines, though clearly readable, drift into dark diffusion, mirroring the elusiveness of memory, where specifics erode with time.

The strength of Peck's work is her use of subtle details to aesthetically unify her images. Two large white stitches are literally sewn into the red and black background of "walter, 'deja view homage to bill allard,'" a mysterious portrait of a dressed-up boy tenderly holding a baby rabbit. The stitches balance two buttons, one red and one black, which Peck has added to the front of the boy's white shirt, while the rabbit's tiny nose again picks up the red.

Occasionally, Peck's thematic elements run uncomfortably close to schtick. Throughout the exhibition, she portrays her family members as having one wonky eye. Even "Shorty," a winning bat-eared dog with little white claws and tiny, slightly bared teeth, possesses an out-of-whack eye. Perhaps it's Peck's allusion to seeing and being seen across time, but the wonk-eyes feel forced and distract from the rest of her work.

Nevertheless, Peck's personal unpacking of her past is riveting– dark, humorous– knowable but not.

No finer place: Forget troubles, go Downtown!

My friend Liz never goes downtown. With three kids, she says it's too much of a hassle, and what would they do there anyway? The Downtown Mall is not a place for children. Obviously she's never heard Petula Clark, who could have been singing about Charlottesville in her 1964 hit, "Downtown." From one end to the other, there are more things to do with kids on and around the Downtown Mall than any other place in town, especially in the summer.

I mean, when it's really hot outside, what could be cooler than the Charlottesville Ice Park on the far west end? Public skating sessions are held every day of the week, Wednesday is cheap skate night, and if it's your birthday, you get in free.

Alakazam is a new toy store on the mall with some of the greatest playthings around. If you're hanging out on Friday, Saturday, or Sunday, the folks from Uncle Larry's Toys are among the vendors who set up shop near Central Place. Kids can also pick up some entertaining amusements at The Game Place near the Ice Park.

Downtown offers lots of places for bookish kids to play too, starting with Central Library just off the mall on Market Street. The summer reading program is in full swing now with weekly entertaining events for elementary-age readers as well as teens. Younger kids have weekly story times, and creative writers have several opportunities to hone their craft over the next few weeks.

Those who want a book of their own can find it in the children's section of one of several new or used booksellers including Daedalus Bookshop just off the mall on Fourth Street, Oakely's Gently Used Books in York Place, Read it Again Sam near Central Place, and New Dominion Book Shop toward the east end.

For those who just want to play, the Virginia Discovery Museum on the far east end of the mall is the place to be. Here kids 10 and under can have the time of their life wandering from one interactive display to another. This summer's Back Gallery exhibit, "Circus," is an international spectacle for young entertainers.

Just around the corner on Water Street is the Old Michie Theatre where puppets and performances are all about (and for) kids. Summer theatre classes happen all summer for young thespians, and every Friday the Magic Key Club showcases student talent in public performances at 11:30am and 2pm for only a dollar.

And what could be more fun for pint-sized adventurers than to take a ride on the trolley? Families can take a free ride from downtown to the university and back on the CTS trolley, which stops right on the mall at Second Street between the Regal Theater and Christian's Pizza.

A day downtown would not be complete, of course, without a little something sweet to eat. The Hardware Store has a big candy counter with all the sugary treats a sweet tooth could want. If it's frozen confections you're after, though, you'll have a dilemma. How does one choose between Chaps homemade ice cream, multi-sweet BazCones (which opened last October), and Splendora's gelato?

And that's only the beginning. There's so much for kids to see and do downtown, we can't fit it all into just one day. To do it all, my boys and I have made the mall a regular place to play.

"So, maybe I'll see you there
We can forget all our troubles, forget all our cares and go
Things'll be great when you're Downtown!
Don't wait a minute more
Downtown– everything's waiting for you"

Check the Hook website–– for times and contact information for all these fun places to visit

Yawping: A look at 150-year-old Leaves
The Fourth of July is not just the birthday of the U.S.A. It's also, by tradition at least, the publication date of one of the most characteristically American books ever written. On July 4, 2005, Walt Whitman's Leaves of Grass turns 150.

"Take my leaves, America! Take them South, and take them North! / Make welcome for them everywhere, for they are your own offspring," he wrote.

In 1855 Whitman had already published newspaper articles in New York and New Orleans, some stories, and a novel. That year he helped typeset his first book of poetry, a 95-page volume containing 12 poems, including one nearly 1,500 lines long. The title page bore no author's name, just an engraving of a rakish, plain-dressed man who wanted his poetry to give voice to the voiceless.

Whitman paid for 795 copies and bound the books a few at a time. He sent copies to people he admired, including the transcendentalist Ralph Waldo Emerson. Calling Whitman's poetry "a remarkable mixture of the Bhagavad Gita and the New York Herald," Emerson thanked the then-unknown poet, saying, "I greet you at the beginning of a great career."

Soon Whitman was at work on a new edition of Leaves of Grass, and without permission, he printed Emerson's letter in the book, as well as the (in)famous, "I too am not a bit tamed, I too am untranslatable, / I sound my barbaric yawp over the roofs of the world."

Whitman asked the printer to make his second edition pocket-sized. He added 20 new poems and included 42 pages of reviews of the first edition, including three he wrote himself.

A new company in Boston published the third edition of Leaves in 1860; 122 new poems joined the original 32. The book grew to 450 pages, its printing once again overseen by the poet. Two further editions came out during Whitman's lifetime, but only in the fifth, called the "Author's Edition" and published in 1876, did Walt Whitman's name appear on the title page.

The story of the many printings of Leaves of Grass is nearly as interesting as the poems in it. See the story through manuscripts and the various editions, exhibited in UVA's Harrison/Small Library, enhanced on Tuesday, June 28, as Ted Genoways, editor of the Virginia Quarterly Review, talks about the great poet and his idiosyncratic masterpiece in the exhibition gallery.

Ted Genoways talks on "Leaves of Grass at 150" Tuesday, June 28, at 12:30pm in the first-floor gallery of UVA's Harrison/Small Library. UVA Grounds, 924-6040.

Offstage Theater: Enter the most private quarters of life in the "Bedroom Plays," short plays held in a retail store. Seating is limited, so arrive early. 8pm. $8 • Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays through June 25. Lush Life, 309 E. Water St. 244-8432

Tom Jones at Live Arts: Tom Jones and Sophie Western make their way through a thicket of coincidences in the classic Henry Fielding story. 8pm. $10-17. • Through June 25 (no performance June 20, and Thursday shows begin at 7:30pm). 123 E. Water St. 977-4177 x100.

Off the Cuff: Whole World Theater presents live improv comedy at Garden of Sheba. 8pm. $6 (or free with dinner). • Every Thursday. 609 E. Market St. 466-9574.

June at Shenandoah Shakespeare (American Shakespeare Center)

Blackfriars Playhouse, 10 S. Market St., Staunton. $14-28. 540-851-1733.

Comedy of Errors Shakespeare's shortest play concerns twins– both named Dromio– and another set– both named Antipholus. The twin Dromios are slaves, employed to look after the Antipholus two, but then there's a shipwreck, a ransom, much falling in love and escaping to convents. Hence the name of the play. As expected, at the end everyone is saved, rescued, or married. • June 25, 7:30pm.

The Three Musketeers: D'Artagnan heads for Paris with an old horse, his father's letter of recommendation to the head of the King's Musketeers, and a recipe for a miracle wound-healing salve. Although he loses the letter and sells the horse, he's allowed entrance into the Musketeers and is accepted into Athos, Porthos, and Aramis' ranks. The story follows the four friends' heroism in saving an Englishman (Buckingham) and acting valiantly at every opportunity until we learn whether D'Artagnan will become a true musketeer. • Preview (pay what you will): June 23, 7:30pm. Opening night: June 24, 7:30pm. June 26, 2pm.

Hamlet: Anyone who needs to read a description of what this play's about definitely needs to get on over to Staunton and check it out. Prince of Denmark, Ophelia in the stream, Laertes, and alas, poor Yorick! It's all here. • Previews (pay what you will) June 29-30, 7:30pm.

June at Heritage Repertory Theater

Prices vary. Culbreth Road. 924-3376.

Damn Yankees: Heritage Repertory Theater opens the 2005 summer series by celebrating the return of professional baseball to D.C. with this Faustian tale of home runs, hellfire, and "heart." A middle-aged baseball fan sells his soul to the Devil for the chance to lead his beloved Washington Senators to victory in the pennant race against the Yankees. But will Joe win the game, save his soul, and beat the Devil? 8pm. • June 23-25 and 28-30. Culbreth Theater.

Rounding Third: Two little-league coaches. One wants to win at all costs. One wants the kids to have fun. It's gonna be a long season! The play features Heritage Rep veterans and real-life little league coaches Martin Beekman and Richard Warner. 7:30pm. • June 22-25 and 28-30 in Helms Theatre.

On the run: Documentary showcases local cause
Hollywood in Charlottesville? Most of the time, that statement ends with a Sissy Spacek or John Grisham reference, and we all move on. But this weekend a different kind of West Coast celebrity is coming to town– the kind with a message, a cause, and a movie to premiere at the Paramount Theater.

Summer Running, by documentary filmmaker Scott Mactavish, focuses on the fight to cure breast cancer [see Facetime, page 34, and Dr. Hook, page 70].

Mactavish, a local resident for the last 18 months, looks at the issue from both a grass roots and a scientific perspective, interviewing participants in last year's Women's Four-Miler and profiling cancer researchers at UVA. It's a uniquely Charlottesville look at the breast cancer fight.

"It's a story of hope," explains Tracey Linkous, chair of the premiere committee, "and it shows how grass roots efforts to find a cure can really help."

And, really, when was the last time you could get tickets to a movie premiere for $20? And without leaving central Virginia? Mactavish will be on hand to discuss his film at the Saturday night screening and will participate in an after-show reception and auction.

Summer Running is a story about real life and about local efforts triumphing over seemingly impossible odds. The title, in fact, refers to both the September race and Summer Shin, a local woman whose dedication to the cause leads her to run in and complete the Labor Day race despite crippling arthritis. Proceeds from the premiere will go directly to cancer research programs and the Paramount Theater's restoration fund.

"The film follows a diverse group of women through their stories," Linkous says of the production, highlighting the local doctors, patients, and advocates profiled on screen. "There are some deep moments, and some uplifting moments, but really it's just a lot of fun."

Tickets to the June 25 premiere of "Summer Running" are $20 and are available at the Paramount Theater box office. Patron tickets, available for $50, include access to the reception and auction following the show. Doors open at 6pm, the movie begins at 7. For tickets or more information about the premiere, contact the Paramount box office at 979-1333, ext. 3.