Cultural calendar, September 8-15, 2005

THURSDAY, September 8
ART
Gallery Talk:
Maurie McInnis, UVA assistant professor of art, talks about the UVA Museum's current exhibit, "A Jefferson Ideal." 3pm. Free. 155 Rugby Road. 924-3592.

STAGE
Shenandoah Shakespeare
10 S. Market St., Staunton. 540-885-5588
All's Well that Ends Well:
Helena, the beautiful daughter of a deceased physician, is in love with Bertram, whose lack of redeeming virtues makes no difference to her. Oblivious to the whole situation, Bertram goes to live with the ailing King of France. Helena pursues him and miraculously cures the King, earning his undying gratitude and his decree that she can marry anybody she wants at the French court. Guess who she chooses? But Bertram not only refuses to get it on with Helena, but flees, sending word that he will not recognize her as his wife until she becomes pregnant with his child and captures the heirloom ring from his finger. How can you not go? Stay after tonight's 7:30 performance to chat with the actors.

DANCE CARD
Pole Dancing:
Slither like a sleek snake at the Shergold Studio's pole dancing class. Beginners at 7pm, Intermediate at 8pm and Advanced at 9pm. Or if flamenco is more your style, try that tonight too. Former Berkmar Ballroom spot on Rio Road. 975-4611.

FAMILY
Tales for Tots:
The 5 and under crowd can enjoy storybook favorites about going back to school at Barnes & Noble's preschool story time. 10:30am. Free. Barracks Road Shopping Center. 984-6598.

Mental Work Out: This month's Mommy & Me (& Daddies, too) celebrates Mazes and Puzzling Puzzles with brain teasing activities all around Barracks Road. 10am-noon. Free. Barracks Road Shopping Center. 977-4583.

WALKABOUT
World Day of Prayer:
Join in this global event at Unity Church, 2825 Hydraulic Road. Unity World Day of Prayer is an interfaith event open to people of all faiths and all walks of life. Its purpose is to unite as many people as possible in prayer for one another. The church hosts a 12-hour prayer vigil from 7am-7pm. Free and open to the public. 978-1062.

Mountain Biking: Learn the finer points of off-road cycling with the Outdoor Adventure Social Club. 5pm. Panorama Trails in Earlysville. $10 fee plus membership. Outdoorsocial.com or 760-HIKE.

Bird Club: A slide show presentation on hawks and other raptors by Reese Lukei highlights this month's meeting of the Monticello Bird Club. Learn about their habits, their habitats, their food, and where to go see them. 7:30pm at the Ivy Creek Natural Area Education Building. All are welcome. 244-2688.

WORDS
Conservation Planning:
Robert L. Pressey, an internationally renowned conservation biologist, gives a public lecture on the subject of systematic environmental planning. Not sure what that's all about? Find out from 4-5pm in Clark Hall, Room 108. Part of a series of Environment, Conservation and Culture events sponsored by the UVA Office of the Vice President for Research and Graduate Studies. Free. 243-8996.

TUNES
Matthew Willner and Stephin' Out at Atomic Burrito. Free, 10:30pm.

Beleza Brasil at Bashir's. No cover, 6:30pm.

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

Andy Zipf and Stereocrash at Gravity Lounge. $5, 8pm.

Club Retro with DJ Stroud at R2. 21+, $3.

Salsa Night at the Satellite Ballroom. $8/$6 under 21, 8pm.

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

Karaoke at Fat Daddy's. $5/Free 21+, 8:30pm.

Karaoke at Damon's Sports Grill. No cover, 9pm.

The Nice Jenkins at Mellow Mushroom. No cover, 10:30pm.

FRIDAY, September 9
FAMILY
SOCA Special:
SOCA players 12 and under who wear their SOCA jerseys get free admission to tonight's UVA women's match against Tennessee. 7pm. Klockner Stadium. 924-UVA1. virginiasports.collegesports.com.

American Girl: Fans of the American Girl series ages 7-11 can join the club at Barnes & Noble. At tonight's meeting the group will read and learn about Josefina in 1824 New Mexico and do a craft project. Newcomers and dolls are welcome. 7pm. Free. Barracks Road Shopping Center. 984-0461.

WALKABOUT
The Way of Peace in a World of Violence, a Buddhist View:
B. Alan Wallace, lecturer, meditation teacher, writer and translator to the Dalai Lama, speaks on cultivating emotional balance and shamatha research projects. $10. 7pm. sponsored by The Jefferson Tibetan Society. JABA, 674 Hillsdale Ave. Info: avenue.org/JTS or 980-1752.

Meet Wallace: Get a preview of the evening's lecture at a reception for B. Alan Wallace. Food and drinks. 4:30-6pm. FOCUS Women's Resource Center, 1508 Grady Ave. Advance tickets required. Sponsored by The Jefferson Tibetan Society, avenue.org/JTS, or 980-1752.

Wines of the World: Enjoy wines from Virginia and around the world, as well as live and silent auctions in the fall fundraising gala. 5:30-8:30pm at the State Arboretum of Virginia, Blandy Farm. $60 per person. Reservations required. 540-837-1758.

WORDS
Beyond the Blackboard:
As part of its Risk and Prevention Speaker Series, UVA's Curry School of Education presents a discussion entitled "Cramming: A by-product of school accountability" with David Figlio from the University of Florida. 9am in Ruffner 241. Free. 243-2021.

STAGE
Shenandoah Shakespeare
10 S. Market St., Staunton. 540-885-5588
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. 7:30pm.

DANCE CARD
All that Jazz:
The Miki Liszt Dance Company hosts a modern jazz class at McGuffey Art Center on Fridays beginning tonight through December 16. 5:30-6:45 pm. All dancers from advanced beginner to advanced welcome! $12 class; $10 with purchase of class card. This is a drop-in class; no registration required. Info: 973-3744 or 989-7863.

TUNES
Stop Talking!:
"Blue Bird actually has pretty respectful listening audiences," says Beleza Brasil's Madeline Sales of their weekly Friday gig. "At some other places, people are more about talking and hooking up." Needless to say, Blue Bird will probably be teeming with UVA students tonight. Go see how they behave.

Beleza Brasil at the Blue Bird Café. No cover, 7pm.

The Dinah Pehrson Band at Kokopelli's. $5, 8pm.

Dance all Night with DJ Frank Rivera at Club 216. Membership required.

The Manhattan Project featuring DJ Lem at Atomic Burrito. Free, 11pm.

Mary Wirth at Art Upstairs. No cover, 6pm.

George Turner and Mike Rosensky at Bashir's. No cover, 10pm.

Guru Sue at Coupe DeVille's. No cover, 10pm.

The Nature Boys Jazz Quartet at Fellini's #9. No cover, 9:30pm.

Old School Freight Train at Fridays After Five. No cover, 5pm.

Brian Vander Ark and Robin Wynn at Gravity Lounge. $5, 8pm.

Fletcher Bridge at Jaberwoke. No cover, 11pm.

Open mic night at Rapunzel's. No cover, 7:30pm.

Groove Nation with DJ Stroud at R2. 21+, $10/$6 before 11:30pm.

Sam Bush at Starr Hill. $20/$18, 10pm.

Polar at the Twisted Branch Tea Bazaar. $3, 9:30pm.

Sad Lives of Hollywood Lovers at Outback Lodge. $6, 10pm.

Vernon Fischer at Fossett's at Keswick Hall. Romantic music on classical guitar. 6:30-10:30pm. Reservations encouraged.

SATURDAY, September 10
FAMILY
Paint the Town Orange:
The Orange Street Festival has been a mainstay of this small rural community for 30 years. Over 160 vendors set up for a day of food, crafts, shops, and activities for all ages. 9am-5pm. Free. Downtown Orange. 540-672-5216. orangevachamber.com/streetfestival.html.

FAMILY AND WALKABOUT
Pick a Peck
: Fall is in the air, which means it's apple pickin' time. Little pickers can get out in the orchard at Nelson County's Silver Creek Orchard's pick-your-own days. Apple cider and apple butter are also available. Bring a picnic and enjoy near-by Crabtree Falls for a complete day in the country. 9am-5pm. Cost of the apples. Rt. 56 west to Tyro, 3 miles west of Massie's Mill. 434-277-5824.

Cider Mashing: Learn about the process of making traditional Virginia cider. Meet in the Monticello Garden Shop at 9:30am. $10; reservations required. 984-9822.

WALKABOUT
Kitchen Tour:
Tour six amazingly renovated kitchens and raise money for Meals on Wheels in the process. This year's fourth annual tour showcases several '50s-era homes near the University, each of which has been redone with modern design and livability in mind. $15 advance ($20 at the doors). 1-5pm. cvillemeals.org or 293-4364.

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 lpa@aol.com.

WALKABOUT
Shamatha Buddhist Meditation Retreat:
"Soothing the Body, Settling the Mind and Illuminating Awareness" is the title of B. Alan Wallace's retreat at JABA, 674 Hillsdale Drive. $225/general; $195/students (includes three meals). Advance registration required. Sponsored by The Jefferson Tibetan Society, avenue.org/JTS, or 980-1752.

STAGE
Shenandoah Shakespeare
10 S. Market St., Staunton. 540-885-5588
All's Well that Ends Well:
See Thursday, September 8.

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. Prices vary. 2pm.

TUNES
New CD:
The Hackensaw Boys release their new CD, Love What You Do, at Starr Hill tonight. Frontman David Sickmen is excited about the album, which he says is the next stage in the natural evolution of the band's sound. His favorite of the bunch is the unsettlingly poignant "High Faller," which he declines to define. "If you get a book and read the introduction, it can obscure the introduction," he says mysteriously. "Knowing too much about the author changes the story." It's heavy even when it's just coming out from the stereo, but Sickmen promises a much grander spectacle at the show. "We come off the mics and play it entirely acoustic," he says. Even better.

The Hackensaw Boys and Last Train Home at Starr Hill. $12/$10, 10pm.

Front Porch Pickers at Humpback Rocks (traditional Appalachian instruments). No cover. 2-4pm.

DIVINE The Dance Event! Open house show at Club 216. Membership not required tonight. 9pm.

Graboids and Descolada at Atomic Burrito. No cover, 11pm.

Vernon Fischer at Fossett's at Keswick Hall. Romantic music on classical guitar. 6:30-10:30pm. Reservations encouraged.

Greg Howard at the Blue Bird Café. No cover, 7pm.

The Matthew Willner Four at the Buddhist Biker Bar. No cover, 10:30pm.

The Deanie Blues Band at Fellini's #9. No cover, 6pm.

Dub Subversion Sound System at the Garden of Sheba. $3, 10pm.

The Charlottesville Classical Guitar Society at Fashion Square Mall. Free, 7pm.

Longslide at Kokopelli's. $5, 8pm.

Paul Curreri at Gravity Lounge. $5, 8pm.

Faster Than Walking and the Troublesome Creek String Band at Mountain Cove Vineyards. 1pm.

The Wrens and The Nein at Newcomb Hall. $12, 8pm.

The Butterhouse Band at Orbit Billiards. No cover, 21+, 10:30pm.

Sun Dried Opossum at the Outback Lodge. $6, 9:30pm.

Hall and Oates at the Paramount Theater. Sold out. $75/$55/$52/$49, 8pm.

Steve Falconer and George Evans at Rapunzel's, 7:30pm.

Egghed's Revenge at R2. 21+, $8/$5 before 11:30pm.

Bennie Dodd at the Wild Wing Café. No cover, 9pm.

SUNDAY, September 4
ART
Gallery Talk:
Join Stephen Margulies, exhibition coordinator, as he discusses "The Power of the North: German, Dutch and Flemish Old Master Prints." 2pm. UVA Art Museum, 155 Rugby Road. 924-3592.

STAGE
Shenandoah Shakespeare
10 S. Market St., Staunton. 540-885-5588
The Comedy of Errors:
See Thursday, September 8. Today's performance is a 1pm matinee.

Auditions: Live Arts invites mature African-American women to audition today and tomorrow for the fall production of Having Our Say by Emily Mann, based on the book by the Delaney sisters. Performance dates November 11-December 17. 7pm. 123 E. Water St. Info: 977-4177 or livearts.org.

DANCE CARD
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. cvillesalsaclub.com or 979-7211.

WALKABOUT
Pole Dancing Redux:
If you didn't make the Thursday class, here's another chance to learn to slither and slink. See September 8.

Renaissance Men (and Women): The local chapter of the Society for Creative Anachronism (SCA) known as the Shire of Isenfir hosts a demonstration of the arts and crafts and martial activities of the Renaissance and the Middle Ages at UVA. Watch or take part in dancing, arts and crafts, trying on armor and clothing of the period, and sampling foods made from authentic recipes. Big Plus– armored combat and rapier demonstrations! How cool is that! 1pm. No charge. Directly across from the College Inn on the Corner. Info: 295-2720 or trcobb@myrealbox.com.

FAMILY
Pick a Peck
: See Saturday, September 10.

WALKABOUT
Folklife Apprenticeship Showcase:
Every year, the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities sponsors about a dozen master craftsmen who take on an apprentice and teach them the finer points of their craft. From blacksmithing to banjo making, this year-end celebration offers an impressive overview of the array of folk art being created in Virginia; plus music, food, and crafts. 1-5pm. No fee. Boar's Head Inn. Info: Jon Lohman, 924-3296 or virginiafolklife.org.

Multifaith, Interfaith: Join in the Sulha, a time-honored Middle Eastern reconciliation process, in the spirit of building trust and understanding between people of different faiths and belief systems. Today Jews, Christians, Muslims, Buddhists, Sufis, Pagans, and other-affiliated folks gather at Camp Holiday Trails for a day of learning, prayer, music, and peace-building. 9am-9pm. Free. 990-9291.

Sunday Polo: Polo is back, and this summer it's happening at King Family Vineyards. 1:30pm every Sunday, weather permitting. Free. 6550 Roseland Farm, Crozet. 823-7800.

Kitchen Tour: See Saturday, September 10. $15 advance ($20 at the door). 1-5pm. cvillemeals.org or 293-4364.

Apple Pickin': Celebrate the arrival of fall by pick your own Red and Golden Delicious apples at Silver Creek Orchard. Noon-5pm. Fee. 277-5824.

TUNES
Sing Out:
The Oratorio Society holds auditions today at 3pm for its upcoming season. Auditions are rigorous; call director L. Thomas Vining for instructions about what to bring. 882-1738. Audition is at the Municipal Arts Cener on 1119 Fifth St. SW.

House Party: If you're bored with all the usual venues, check out Len Jaffe's house. The recent Northern Virginia import is rather perplexed at the lack of house concerts in and around Charlottesville, particularly since they's so popular up north. He's intent on bringing them to life here, starting with a performance by songwriter Eleni Kelakos. "The people who attend these things tend to be pretty well schooled in listening in an intimate environment," she says. If you're not interested by now, you're probably better off bar-hopping anyway.

Eleni Kelakos at the Barking Cherry House Concert Series. Reservations required. Donations accepted, 2pm. 974-6702 or sngwrtr525@adelphia.net.

More Relief Needed: Benefit concert for Frontier Health, a nonprofit providing aid to children and mothers in developing countries such as Nigeria and Kenya. Belisa Brasil, Jimbo and Kim Kerry, Browning Porter and Paul Curreri join Debbie Hunter's Fearless Leader Band at Gravity Lounge. $5 students, $10 adults, 7pm.

Open mic night at Atomic Burrito. Free, 9pm.

The Spin Doctors at the Charlottesville Pavilion. $3, 7:30pm.

John D'earth and friends at Fellini's #9. No cover, 7pm.

The Critton Hollow String Band and Uncle Henry's Favorites at Mountain Cove Vineyards. 1pm.

Crooked Fingers and Lauren Hoffman at the Satellite Ballroom. $8/$6 advance, 8pm.

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

Andrew Gregory at The Virginian. No cover, 10pm.

B.C. at Miller's. No cover, 11pm.

Scuffletown at Kokopelli's. $5, 7pm.

Front Porch Singers at Humpback Rocks at milepost 5.8 on Blueridge Parkway (Carter family style old time tunes). No cover. 2-4pm.

MONDAY, September 12
WALKABOUT
What About The Rails?:
Meredith Richards, former Vice-Mayor of Charlottesville and member of the Governor's Commission on Rail Enhancement for the 21st Century, leads Charlottesville Citizens for Better Rail Alternatives, a new local rail advocacy group. Today she talks about efforts to bring Virginia Railway Express to Charlottesville at the monthly meeting of the National Railway Historical Society &endash; Rivanna Chapter. 7pm. Golden Corral, 29 North. 980-7285.

Rock Climbing: Practice makes perfect. Join the Outdoor Adventure Social Club for some training on the plastic rocks at Rocky Top. 6pm. $9, plus membership fee. Registration required. 760-HIKE or outdoorsocial.com.

WORDS
Meet Eveline and Gabriel:
Crozet library hosts a book club discussion of James Joyce's The Dubliners. New members welcome. 7:30-9pm. In the old train station on Route 240. 823-4050.

Women's Discussion: "Black Women, White Women, All Women In Dialogue" hold their monthly meeting in the Madison Room at the Central Library. All are welcome. 5:45-7:15pm. 295-2612.

DANCE CARD
Do the Tango:
Learn the passionate Latin dance beloved of Eva Peron. 7pm. Shergold Studios, formerly Berkmar Ballroom, Rio Road. 975-4611.

STAGE
Auditions:
See Sunday, September 11.

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

Alina Simone at the Twisted Branch Tea Bazaar. $3, 9:30pm.

Open mic night at Baja Bean. No cover, signups at 8:30pm, show at 9pm.

Matthew Willner at Miller's. No cover, 10pm.

Travis Elliott at The Virginian. No cover, 10pm.

TUESDAY, September 13
WALKABOUT
Coffee with Friends:
The Newcomers Club of Greater Charlottesville invites all new area residents and current members to a Fall Coffee. Meet new friends, learn of many exciting newcomers social activities offered as well as community service and volunteer opportunities presented by local service groups. Bonus: Learn to tap-dancing as exercise! 10am-noon. Parish hall of the Church of the Incarnation, 1465 Incarnation Drive. (Behind Toys-R-Us, 29 N.) Light brunch buffet provided by members. 293-7161 or 293-7343 or charlottesvillenewcomersclub.org.

It's a Snap: Abstract photos will be the focus of the September meeting of the Charlottesville Camera Club. 6:30pm at Westminster Canterbury, 250 Pantops Mountain Road. Visitors are welcome. 973-4856.

WORDS
Rhyme and Reason:
Greg Orr introduces and discusses his new book of poetry, Concerning the Book that is the Body of the Beloved, at New Dominion Bookshop on the Downtown Mall 5:30pm. 295-2552.

STAGE
The Second City:
Chicago's legendary comedy theatre returns to Piedmont Virginia Community College for an encore performance of its hilarious satire and cutting-edge improvisation. 7:30 pm. $17 adults; $10 seniors and students. V. Earl Dickinson Building, 400 College Road. 961-5376.

TUNES
Sick Shot:
Opening for modern rockers Five.Bolt.Main at their CD release show at the Satellite Ballroom on Tuesday is Sick Shot, a fresh collaborative project that includes songwriter Brian Craddock says is more "Pink Floydish" than its lineup would have you believe. The project also features bassist Drew Worsley, who plays in most of the bands here in town, and drummer Kevin Murphy, who probably played on most of the modern rock Five.Bold.Main was raised on, including Tonic, Jimmy's Chicken Shack, and our own Earth To Andy.

Five Bolt Main, Sick Shot, and Revelation Theory at the Satellite Ballroom. $8, 9pm.

Travis Elliott at Atomic Burrito. Free, 10:30pm.

The Greg Ward Project at Coupe DeVille's. No cover, 10pm.

Girlyman and Ember Swift at Gravity Lounge. $5, 8pm.

Jump, Little Children and Jim Boggia at Starr Hill. $10/$8, 9pm.

Five Bolt Main, Sick Shot, and Revelation Theory at the Satellite Ballroom. $8, 9pm.

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

Matthew Willner and Friends at the Buddhist Biker Bar. No cover, 10:30pm.

WEDNESDAY, September 14
STAGE
Try Out:
Auditions for Piedmont Virginia Community College's fall theatre production of Night of January 16 by Ayn Rand happen today and tomorrow, 6:30-8:30pm. Numerous roles available for men and women. Rehearsals begin the week of September 19. Production runs November 11-13 and 18-20. Main stage of the V. Earl Dickinson Building. Info: Kay Bethea, 961-5378.

WALKABOUT
Praying through the Ages:
Tonight's the first night of a four-week lecture series at the Center for Christian Study, "'Liturgy as a Devotional Treasure: Praying with the Church Throughout History." 7pm. 128 Chancellor St. $25; free to full-time students and senior citizens. Continues September 21, 28, and October 5. 817-1050. studycenter.net.

Study All Fall: The Center for Christian Study presents the first night of a 12-week course, "God, His People and His World, Part I: Foundations of Christian Faith and Life." 7pm. Trinity Presbyterian Church, 3101 Fontaine Ave. Extd. $80; $45 for full-time students and senior citizens. Continues Wednesday nights through the fall. 817-1050. studycenter.net.

Go Native: Master gardener Jacki Vawter discusses the use of native plants in the garden at this month's meeting of the Virginia Native Plant Society, Jefferson Chapter. 7:30pm at the Education Center at Ivy Creek Natural Area. Open to all. 293-8997.

Sound it Out: Svaroopa, a gentle, safe and effective style of hatha yoga, comes to Charlottesville. Find out what it's all about at Rio Center, 1445 Rio Road East, Suite 201. Classes at 9:30am, 4pm and 5:30pm. 823-2368.

DANCE CARD
Hustle:
Berkmar Ballroom's weekly chance to shake what your mama gave ya. Berkmar Drive. 975-4611.

Country Dance Night: Couples dancing and line dancing. Dance lesson (free with cover charge) 7-8pm. Dancing 8-11pm. $7 cover, full-time students, $2. Fry's Spring Beach Club, 2512 Jefferson Park Ave. 977-0491.

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.

Salsa and More Salsa: Salsa dancer, performer, and instructor Shaka Brown, director of Clavekazi Dance Company, teaches workshops today. Level one salsa partnering 7-8:15pm, $14. Level two salsa partnering 8:30-10pm, $14. Both classes $20. Municipal Arts Center. Fifth Street Ext. Registration deadline September 9. Info: 510-681-8255 or salsamor.com.

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

Eat for Others: CATEC's Culinary Arts class hosts a community spaghetti supper to benefit victims of Hurricane Katrina. Dine in or take out. Reservations preferred, but walk-ins welcome. All proceeds donated to the Red Cross Katrina Relief Fund. 5-8pm. $15 for family of four, $6 adults, $3 children 10 and under. East Rio Road. 973-4461, ext 124.

TUNES
Mike Meadows at Mono Loco. Live acoustic music from the lead singer of Small Town Workers. No cover, 10:30pm.

Jim Waive and the Young Divorcees at Atomic Burrito. Free, 10:30pm.

The Red Hot Chilly Pickers at Dr. Ho's Humble Pie. No cover, 7pm.

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

Man Mountain Jr.'s Funk Tank at Orbit Billiards. No cover, 21+, 10:30pm.

Zoso at Starr Hill. $10/$8, 9pm.

The Ants and Old Mossy Face at the Twisted Branch Tea Bazaar. $4, 9:30pm.

B.C. at the Buddhist Biker Bar. No cover, 11pm.

Bennie Dodd at Coupe DeVille's. No cover, 10pm.

Josh Mayo at Fat Daddy's. No cover, 9pm.

Karaoke at Jaberwoke. No cover, 21+, 10pm.

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

Open jam at Rapunzel's, 7pm.

Chris Jamison and William White at The Virginian. No cover, 10pm.

THURSDAY, September 15
STAGE
Sheba Spontaneity:
Whole World Theater presents live improv comedy at Garden of Sheba. 8pm. $6 (free with dinner). Every Thursday. 609 E. Market St. 466-9574.

Shenandoah Shakespeare
10 S. Market St., Staunton. 540-885-5588
Hamlet:
See Friday, September 9. Stay after tonight's 7:30 performance to chat with the cast.

FAMILY
More Tales for Tots:
See Wednesday, September 14.

WALKABOUT
Harvest Dinner:
Join the C&O Restaurant and winemaker Michael Shaps to celebrate the 2005 Vintage harvest at King family Vineyards. Four courses with wine pairings. 7pm. $90/person, all-inclusive. Pre-paid reservations required. 823-7800.

DANCE CARD
The Old Soft Shoe:
Carver Recreation Center, located at 204 Fourth St. NW, hosts rhythm tap classes on Thursdays tonight through December 8. 6-7pm. Beginner-advanced "hoofers" welcome; tap and/or hard soled shoes required. $30 members, $45 non-members. Register at Charlottesville Parks and Rec, 970-3260. Info: 989-7863.

TUNES
Back in Town:
Despite having transplanted herself to New York, local songwriter Lauren Hoffman plays two shows this week in support of her new rock-inflected disc, Choreography. She'll open for Crooked Fingers at the Satellite Ballroom on Sunday, September 11, and headlines at Gravity tonight. "I just did this record with a lot of great musicians, and I got really excited about that and wanted to put a band together," she says. "That turned out to be really hard, so I'm just doing the solo thing for now." Half the logistical nightmare, twice the Lauren.

Lauren Hoffman and Travis Elliott at Gravity Lounge. $7, 8pm.

The Sidewinders at Atomic Burrito. No cover, $500 if you request "Dueling Banjos." 10:30pm.

George Melvin at Fellini's #9. No cover, 6:00pm.

Greg Howard, Matt Wyatt, and Darrell Rose at Kokopelli's.

Club Retro with DJ Stroud at R2. $3, 21+.

Shooter Jennings at Starr Hill. $12/$10, 9pm.

Robbie Collins at the Twisted Branch Tea Bazaar. $3, 9:30pm.

Upcoming and Ongoing
DANCE CARD
Square Dance Classes:
Learn to do-si-do with the pros. The Virginia Reelers Square dance club offers beginning square dance classes on Tuesday nights starting September 20. 7pm at Woodbrook School. Open to all, no experience necessary. Details 296-9704.

WALKABOUT
Volunteer Training:
Shelter for Help in Emergency is seeking volunteers to participate in their Summer Volunteer Training program. Learn what you can do to help out in the local community. Tuesdays and Thursdays, 6-9pm through October. 963-4676 for registration and details.

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 through October 31. 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.

Yes, Yoga: Kundalini yoga purifies the body and liberates the spirit. Experience it for yourself for $5 per class, Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7:30pm in the attic of the Glass Building, 313 Second St. SE. 293-7439.

FAMILY
Playing Doctor
: The Health Hut comes to the Virginia Discovery Museum from its former home at the UVA Children's Hospital. This interactive collection of activities helps kids learn about their bodies, health care, and making healthy choices. Slim Goodbody, for example, gives the inside scoop on the heart, lungs, and other organs. In the doctor's office, kids can view x-rays and examine patients. Discover the five senses, find out how much you weigh and how tall you are, and much more. This exhibit will be displayed in the Back Gallery for the next year. Included in the price of admission. East end of the Downtown Mall. 977-1025.

Musikgarden: Play, sing and dance with your child (infant- five years) at movement and music classes taught by Linda Reidenouer, early childhood music specialist. Tuesdays at the Rockfish Valley Community Center, Wednesdays at Weeville on Water St.,Thursdays at the Boar's Head Sports Club. Info: 361-2233 or lindaleereid@yahoo.com.

Museum Makeover: The Science Museum of Virginia has spent the summer transforming the main concourse exhibit space into three new galleries with more than 40 new interactive displays. Those who have always wanted to be an astronaut can walk on the moon, steer a gyroscope chair, and float on air as they get out of this world with the physics of Newton in Space. Find out what happens when a mirror is also a window, see yourself to infinity, discover how your eye is like a camera (or is it the other way around?), and play with other visual magic in Light Visions. Electriworks lets visitors make thunder and lightening, see the shocking truth about the Van D Graaff Generator, create electricity with a bicycle, and more. Included in the price of exhibit admission: $10 for adults, $9 for youth ages 4-12. 2500 West Broad St., Richmond. 800-659-1727. smv.org.

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. soveryvirginia.org/passport.

TJ for Children: Now through September 25 on weekends only, young visitors can still take advantage of Monticello's kid-friendly Tours for Children and their Families. Folks can request this special tour at the admission desk. Included in the price of general admission. Thomas Jefferson Parkway, Rt. 53. 984-9822.

ART LIST
The University of Virginia Art Museum currently offers "The Power of the North: German, Dutch and Flemish Old Master Prints," featuring works created between 1500-1700, plus "Insistent Absence: the Unacknowledged Influence of Ukiyo-e on Modern Japanese Prints." Both shows run through October 16. Also on view: "A Jefferson Ideal: Selections from the Dr. and Mrs. Henry C. Landon III Collection of American Fine and Decorative Arts," which will remain on display through November 23. 155 Rugby Road. 924-3592.

In September, the McGuffey Art Center re-opens with two shows: in the Main Gallery, Tim O'Kane presents "Italian Miniatures: Cityscape/Landscape/Still-life"; and throughout the rest of the building the annual Central Virginia Watercolor Guild exhibition showcases 73 artists from around Virginia. Both shows run through October 2. 201 Second St. NW. 295-7973.

Second Street Gallery jumps back into art action in September with two exhibitions: in the main gallery, glass sculptor Graham Caldwell presents "Thin Lines and Solid Air," and in the Dové Gallery, multi-talented filmmaker Kevin Everson screens short films. 115 Second St. SE (in the Charlottesville City Center for the Arts). 977-7284. See Art feature.

This month Les Yeux du Monde presents edgy artist Lisa Beane's "Truth Be Told" through October 1. 115 S. First St. 973-5566.

The Piedmont Virginia Community College Gallery features a playful installation, "Doubleness: Peripheral Memories," by artist Jennifer Van Winkle, through September 21. V. Earl Dickinson Building. 5203.

The University of Virginia's Newcomb Hall Gallery displays photographer Richard Robinson's "Dreaming in Italian" through September 9. 924-8825.

The Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection hosts "Above and Beyond: Perspectives in Aboriginal Art," which examines how Aboriginal artists use perspective and point-of-view to depict landscapes and traditional stories. The show is on view through November 5. 400 Worrell Drive (Pantops). 244-0234.

Transient Crafters presents the watercolors of Leslie Allyn, on display through September. 118 E. Main St. on the Downtown Mall. 972-9500.

During September, the C&O Gallery presents "Her Picture in a Frame," a male-gaze-oriented exhibition of photographs by William Albert Allard. 515 E. Water St. (next to the C&O Restaurant). 971-7044.

Megan Crist offers a photographic exhibition, "Fifth Avenue," at the Mudhouse through October 3. 213 W. Main St. on the Downtown Mall. 760-2684.

C'ville Coffee hosts an exhibition of Kathy Plunket Versluys' woodcuts and monoprints during September. 1301 Harris St. 817-2633.

New Dominion Bookshop presents "The World, My Home," an exhibition of oil paintings by Randy Sights Baskerville, during the month of September. 404 E. Main St. on the Downtown Mall. 295-2552.

During September, The Charlottesville Community Design Center displays design submissions for the Urban Habitats design competition, which invited proposals for the redevelopment of Habitat for Humanity of Greater Charlottesville's Sunrise Trailer Court. 101 E. Main St. 984-2232.

Beginning September 11, Thomas Jefferson Memorial Church hosts "Fusion 3," an exhibition of work by Doris deSha, Nancy Frye, Eloise Giles, Joan Griffin, and Anne Warren Holland. Opening reception, Sunday, September 11 at 12:30pm. 717 Rugby Road. 823-9515.

The Northside Library features the Piedmont Pastelists member show of pastel paintings, on view through September 30. 300 Albemarle Square. For info, contact Dick Carpenter, 974-6010.

Angelo presents photographer Ben Greenberg's exhibition, "Where Land and Water Meet," on view through October 30. 220 E. Main St. on the Downtown Mall. 971-9256.

For its September show, The Gallery @ 5th & Water showcases Michael Tierney's "Dogs." Located in the upstairs foyer of Henderson & Everett, P.C. 107 Fifth St. 979-9825.

Through September, the Gallery@Studio 302 presents work by Pacific Northwest artists Lisa Sheets, Doug Kinney, and Sultan Mohamed. 300 W. Main St. (top floor– enter on Ridge St.). Info: eric@toaster.org.

Sage Moon Gallery presents a September exhibition of work by Mike Reisenberg. 420 E. Main St. on the Downtown Mall. 977-9997.

In September, painter Grace Stark presents a show of watercolors, "A Few Favorite Things," at Art Upstairs. 316 E. Main St., above The Hardware Store, on the Downtown Mall. 923-3900.

Charlottesville-Albemarle Art Association members Sandra Austin, Blake Hurt, Ed Mochel, Gigi Payne, Coy Roy, and Ralph Schultz have work on view at the Charlottesville-Albemarle Regional Airport through November 7. Airport Road. 295-2486.

For the month of September, BozArt Gallery presents pottery and art by David Paul. 211 W. Main St. 296-3919.

Through October 31, Michael's Bistro displays "Places Foreign and Familiar," an exhibition of photographs by Michael Shveima. 1427 University Ave. (on the Corner above Little John's). 297-8032.

Café Cubano features Beth Herman's "Bear Portraits, Self Portraits, and More" during September. York Place on the Downtown Mall. 971-8743.

The Better Than Television gallery has moved out of Belmont and into the basement of the Jefferson Theater on the Downtown Mall. In September, view "Out of Hand," selected works by Eric Olsen and Alejandro Teichberg. 110 Main St.

La Galeria has also moved downtown, and in September features artists Anne Hopper, Mary Porter, Jim Brewer, Al Rossi, Meg West, and Lindsey Freedman. 218 W. Market St. (next to Vinegar Hill Theater). 293-7003.

During September, Shane Rocheleau presents his photographic exhibition, "Edifying the Unbroken," at Fellini's #9. 200 W. Market St. 979-4279.

Through September, Romney Brand exhibits "Sparkles of Light," a show of neo-primitive oil paintings, at Breadworks. 923 Preston Ave. 979-1470.

Matthew Bown displays his black and white photography at West Main Design's new gallery at 731 W. Main St. during September. 296-7560.

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

Blue Ridge Beads & Glass displays new paintings and art glass by Jerry O'Dell. 1724 Allied St. 434.293.2876.

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

Radar

Sweetbriar College presents "Paula Helenveld: Ancient Wisdoms and Natural Actions at Akrotiri 1500 BC" in its Benedict Hall Gallery. The show remains on view through October 30. Plus, in the Babcock Gallery, catch "Sue Johnson: Fragments from the Alternate Encyclopedia," which is on display through October 16. 800-381-6100.

Through September 30, John Grant shows his new prints at the Montpelier Center for Arts and Education. 17205 Mountain Road. 977-8046.

Yakima Bokoles shows new work at Scottsville's Gallery of Healing during September. 330 Valley St., Studio c (around back). 434-286-4400.

The Virginia Stonecarvers Guild stages a group show at Nellysford's Spruce Creek Gallery during September. Route 151. 434-361-1859.

During September, Wintergreen Resort's Black Rock Gallery features the forged iron work of Gerald Boggs. 434-325-7700.

The Williams School of Commerce at Washington and Lee University in Lexington offers a dual exhibition entitled "North and South," by painter Eric Fitzpatrick. The show remains on view through December. 540-458-8602

Nellysford's Basic Necessities presents "Gallic Dream," Ted Pfaltz's photographs of France. Route 151. 434-361-1766.

Richmond's 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. Also on view: "The Council: Serving VMFA since 1955," a display of objects supported by the Council's gifts. Both shows run through September 18. In addition, the museum features a rotating series of paintings under the umbrella title of "An Enduring Legacy: Paintings Acquired Through the J. Harwood and Louis B. Cochrane Fund for American Art," 200 N. Boulevard. 804-204-2704.

The Walker Fine Arts Center– Baker Gallery at Woodbury Forest School presents Werner Sensbach's "Paces of the Piedmont" and Chris McAndrew's "Sculpture in Stone" through October 28. Woodbury Forest. 540-672-3900.

The new Virginia Holocaust Museum Art Gallery presents an exhibition of paintings by G. Roy Levin, on view through December 31. 2000 E. Cary St., Richmond. 804-257-5400.

During September and October, Barboursville's Sun's Traces Gallery showcases Paula Brown-Steedly's pottery, Charlottes LaRoy's basketry, and Sarah Lock's silver work. 5449 Gov. Barbour St. 973-3700.

Lovingston's The Eye of the Beholder gallery, located in the Packing Shed, features work by E. Hutson, G. Mankie, and D. Garland. Front St. 996-5058.

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 Central Virginia Watercolor Guild has a few bus seats available for its September 20 field trip to view art in Washington, DC. The bus departs Charlottesville at 7:45am and returns at 8:45pm. 842-2350 or 489-5445.

The annual Fluvanna Heritage Trail Foundation Art Show invites artists to submit recent work celebrating the region's heritage for its juried exhibition, which opens October 1. Deadline for entry is Friday, September 23. Entry forms are available at Court Square Studio and Maggie's House in Palmyra, the Fluvanna County Library, and the Community Center in Fork Union. For more information, call Martha at 434-589-6545 or email deewrite@ceva.net

The University of Virginia Art Museum invites community members to become docents. Orientation, followed by a weekly training program, is scheduled for 3:30pm, Wednesday, September 14. 155 Rugby Road. Info: Marilyn Mars, 243-2050.

FEATURES/FEATURES/FEATURES
ART
Fragile systems: Caldwell's clear vision
BY LAURA PARSONS ART@READTHEHOOK.COMTen years ago, Graham Caldwell thought he was in New York to study creative writing. Then one day he wandered into a glass shop, and his life clearly changed. The bubbles and subtle variations within the glass so captivated him that he immediately enrolled in classes to learn how to work with the material.

Unlike most glass artists, however, Caldwell had little interest in crafting sconces or lampshades or vases. "I sort of divested myself of making utilitarian things that attempted to be machine-made," he says. "I moved away from perfection."

Instead, he shifted into a different idealistic sphere. In Caldwell's fragile world, complexly calculated sculptures appear simultaneously organic and structured, fluid and rigid, dynamic and still. Nine of his works are currently on display at Second Street Gallery in an exhibition entitled "Thin Lines and Solid Air."

Caldwell's sculptures vary in terms of size, color, and glass quality (here thin and opaque, there thick and transparent)– and one, "Soon," contains no glass at all. Several seem to grow from the wall like underwater plants, with waving tentacles or interlacing vines. As organic as they appear, their reflective surfaces and networks of steel struts pull the viewer back to their manufactured truth.

Other sculptures seem to work in reverse. Here Caldwell infuses industrial forms with a sense of natural growth. In "Slow Blue Filter," he presents a series of cobalt bottle shapes, each open-bottomed and connected vertically and horizontally by double-ended glass hooks melding clear and blue glass. The effect is at once an elaborate lab set-up and an intermittent curtain of downward-hanging blooms, a breakable relative of wisteria.

What all Caldwell's pieces share is his fondness for systems. Components interconnect– seemingly endlessly in the larger works– repeating shapes and colors with slight variations and flourishes. The sculptures are visually parallel to Philip Glass's (no pun intended) musical compositions.

In the back corner of the gallery, Caldwell's "Interversalis" hangs with downward dipping arcs of transparent blood-colored glass. Lyrical and meditative, it moves the eye from one swooping curve to the next, traveling along an elaborate series of glass hooks that carry the gaze from level to level. Even the black steel supports bolting the piece to the wall repeat the graceful lines of the glass components.

Caldwell's work is deceptively easy to encounter, seducing the eye with curvilinear shapes of translucent color. But once the viewer gives over to his endless intricate variations, it's hard to look away.

Graham Caldwell's exhibition, "Thin Lines and Solid Air," is on view at Second Street Gallery through October 1. 115 Second St. SE (in the City Center for Contemporary Arts). 977-7284.

BUZZ BOX
MUSIC INTERVIEW

Farewell? Is Jump saying goodbye?
BY VIJITH ASSAR VIJITH@READTHEHOOK.COM

Jump, Little Children started as a folky combo from the North Carolina School of the Arts in the '90s. After reorganizing into a rock band with strings, a more mainstream version of the band emerged as one of the most unlikely mid-Atlantic underground success stories, eventually making a bid for stardom with the help of Atlantic Records, which marketed 1998's Magazine to radio on the strength of pop morsels like "B-13" and "Cathedrals."

It didn't work.

Unfortunately, "underground" is usually just code for "not financially viable." By the time the ball drops for 2006, this highly original rockpopstring contraption will be gone, flattened by the weight of their own recording contract and inexplicably niche appeal.

Surprisingly, cellist Ward Williams doesn't sugar-coat it. Actually, he goes completely Eeyore on us.

The Hook: So, is this a farewell tour or not?

Ward Williams: It is. The only reason we're putting any sort of disclaimer on it is that so many bands say it's their last tour, and then they do another– like KISS or Cher or whatever. We don't want to be that guy. We don't have any irreconcilable differences; we're just tired. For every two hours we spend on stage, that represents ten to 12 hours spent in a truck that's rapidly deteriorating, or doing sound checks, or waiting for sound guys, or whatever else. It's very taxing.

The Hook: How did this decision come about?

Ward Williams: When we were making The Dim and the Dark, we were at the point where we were internally thinking that if this record sold less than or the same as Vertigo, it was going to be our last record. Anything can happen, but we're tired of waiting for things to happen, and it seems to have run its course.

The Hook: Why do you think your deal with Atlantic didn't work out?

Ward Williams: Right when we released Magazine, which was our major label debut, Kid Rock released his album, and the Backstreet Boys and NSync were just starting to hit. So Magazine came out at what was, in my opinion, one of the bleakest points in the history of music. Now we're starting to come out of it, and if Magazine had been released today, we might have had a lot better luck. It has sold about 50,000 copies, and "Cathedrals" was a minor radio hit in some places, but by industry standards it wasn't considered successful. Gold at this point isn't even considered success. You have to go platinum to be a success– anything less than a million copies doesn't mean anything to a record company.

The Hook: So it's because of bubblegum pop?

Ward Williams: Well, I know it wasn't because of the songs, because we're awesome.

The Hook: Why did you shorten your name to "Jump" for the last tour?

Ward Williams: We tried to see if we could just do it casually. We didn't really want to change the name... a lot of our fans call us "Jump" anyway, so we decided to try it. We thought, "Maybe the DJ's just didn't want to say 'Jump, Little Children.'" Well, I guess that wasn't it.

Jump, Little Children and Jim Boggia at Starr Hill Tuesday, September 13. $10/$8, 9pm.

BUZZ BOX Pipe dream: Vander Ark goes it alone
BY VIJITH ASSAR VIJITH@READTHEHOOK.COM

Ten years ago, Brian Vander Ark was on top of the world, playing the part of the photogenic frontman for The Verve Pipe, a ragtag bunch of Michigan underdogs who exploded onto the scene with 1996's Villains on the strength of singles like "Photograph" and "Ominous Man."

Critical acclaim notwithstanding, they didn't prove to be enough to capture the fleeting interest of pop culture for too long, and even a huge record label push in 2001 didn't prove to be enough to negotiate a second coming.

These days, Vander Ark tours in support of Resurrection, his freshman album as a soloist. It's not so much a revival as a haunting reincarnation, though: songs like "Written and Erased," "A Million Things," and the unforgivingly anthemic title track bring us back to the heyday of Cranberries, Stone Temple Pilots, and ice cream trucks driven by Billy Corgan, the freewheeling passion of post-grunge alternative rock tempered by the wisdom of new fatherhood.

Within Reach is a more recent live album, a solo acoustic set that's much more in line with the presentation he's likely to make at Gravity Lounge this week. Some of the arrangements work extremely well (an otherwise tender performance of "And Then You Went Away" mercilessly ripped to shreds by effects pedals), and others are a little more perplexing ("The Freshmen" is a cappella).

Some songs don't work as well without the support of a rock band, but every once in a while his vocal maneuvers prove to be captivating. The grit isn't a deliberate inflection– it's performance suffused with determination, his voice careening toward full collapse.

Whether it's a revival or a restoration or a misguided resuscitation, though, you'll find yourself reminiscing the moment it dawns on you that the oft-forgotten Verve Pipe boasted one of the more endearing rock voices of the era.

Are the mid-'90s retro yet?

The Hook: Congratulations.

Vander Ark: I had a handful of dirty diaper when you called a moment ago. I never realized that babies poop enough to pave the driveway.

The Hook: [after an awkward pause] Why do you present the same songs in both acoustic and electric formats?

Vander Ark: I think that my songs lend themselves to the acoustic guitar more than anything. I don't think that's true of the Verve Pipe stuff, because we were a fairly produced band. Even the stuff on Resurrection has too much instrumentation.

The Hook: Too much?

Vander Ark: Well, I got exactly the record I had sought out at the time, but that's not what I'd seek out now. The next album will be very stripped down.

The Hook: Do you play a lot of older stuff?

Vander Ark: Some. But then I've also got so much new material ready that I feel like I'm ready to test it out for the next record.

The Hook: You're already thinking about the next record?

Vander Ark: I believe I've already written it. Hopefully, I'll have something by early 2006.

The Hook: You were in the movie Rock Star, right?

Vander Ark: I sing "colorful" at the end of the movie, and Mark Wahlberg lip-synchs.

The Hook: And you do some acting yourself?

Vander Ark: Yeah, just underground stuff. I don't actively go out and audition. I also scored an indie horror film called Dead and Breakfast. It's a lot like Shaun of the Dead. Any music I can write without having to do lyrics, I'm into it.

The Hook: Why is that?

Vander Ark: I've run out of things to say. I mean, I just wrote a record. I always have a ton of musical ideas, but with lyrical ideas, I hate to be derivative. What would be the point of writing The Freshmen 2 or The Sophomore or whatever?

The Hook: Has becoming a family man changed your music at all?

Vander Ark: It would seem ridiculous to write the angst-ridden songs of the 1990s when I'm happily married, but there are still things that make me angry.

Brian Vander Ark and Robin Wynn at Gravity Lounge Friday, September 9. $5, 8pm.