Cultural calendar, October 13-20, 2005

THURSDAY, October 13
Shenandoah Shakespeare
10 S. Market St., Staunton. 540-885-5588
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. Stay after tonight's 7:30 show to chat with the actors.

Noises Off: Live Arts Live Arts presents this wildly successful British Farce by Michael Frayn. Larry Goldstein directs the play through October 15. $10-17. 7:30pm. 123 E. Water St. 977-4177.

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

Think and Drink:
Brad McCarthy, winemaker extraordinaire at Blenheim Vineyards, steps behind the bar at VaVino as guest bartender tonight from 6-8pm. He'll pour his wines free of charge, and will be available to answer questions or just chat about wine. 974-9463.

Elect or Appoint?: A panel discussion tackles the elected school board issue today at 7pm. Written questions will be accepted from the audience for panelists Jeffrey Rossman, Charles Martin, and Sherri Iachetta. Trinity Episcopal Church, 1042 Preston Ave. 984-4655 x 222.

Chris McCarty Band:
Phil McCarty, who played with local college rockers Vandyke Brown during his UVA days, now backs his brother as bassist for the Chris McCarty Band. He'll bring them to Charlottesville this weekend to record and play a show at the Satellite Ballroom with local songwriter Brian Kingston. "It's weird coming here," he says. "It's where I got started– I got my first bass, and my first lessons with Andy Waldeck." Things have changed a lot since then, though. "This band is a lot more energetic," he says. "Our stage show... it's a night and day difference. We're a very fun band to watch."

Brian Kingston and the Chris McCarty Band at the Satellite Ballroom. $5, 8:30pm.

Silent Diner at Coupe DeVille's. No cover, 10pm.

Dave's True Story at Gravity Lounge. $5, 7pm.

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

Dierks Bentley and Cross Canadian Ragweed at the Charlottesville Pavilion. $29.50/$24.50/$17, 7:30pm.

Red Eyed Seamus and Mona Vesta at the Outback Lodge. $5, 10:30pm.

Railroad Earth and Hot Buttered Rum at Starr Hill. $10/$8, 9pm.

The Otis Taylor Band at The Prism. $15, 8pm.

Ris Paul Ric at the Twisted Branch Tea Bazaar. 8pm, donations accepted.

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.

Acoustic Groove Trio at Mono Loco. No cover, 10pm.

FRIDAY, October 14
Homeland Security?:
William Pope, former acting coordinator for counter-terrorism at the State Department, discusses security in the modern world at the Miller Center Forum. 11am. Free. 2201 Old Ivy Road. 924 7236.

Big Cats: Chris Bolgiano discusses and signs copies of her new book, The Eastern Cougar: Historic Accounts, Scientific Investigations, and New Evidence. Bring your stories of sightings, and be prepared for an interesting discussion. Noon, at New Dominion Bookshop. 295-2552.

Democratic Discussion: Charlottesville and Albemarle-area Democrats gather for "Second Fridays," an informal monthly social upstairs at Rapture on the Downtown Mall. 6-8pm. $6 for light hors d'oeuvres, a cash bar, and good company. Info: 296-1865.

Global Health Symposium: Get up close and personal with a variety of modern medical issues at the UVA Medical School Symposium on Global Health. Afternoon highlights are student presentations, discussions, and a keynote by Dr. Nathan Thielman, assistant professor of Internal Medicine at Duke. 1:30-5:30pm in the Jordan Conference Center. Free and open to the public. 882-1735.

un|spoken [SPACES]:
Architect Mario Gooden speaks on architecture and the translation of cultural landscapes defined by the parameters of technology, race, class, gender and sexuality. Free. 5-6:30pm. Campbell Hall, Room 153, at UVA School of Architecture. 982-2921.

Senior Sale:
Shop three huge rooms filled with furniture, electronics, books, jewelry, housewares, linen, art, and more at the Senior Center Yard Sale. All proceeds benefit the Center. 8:30am-5:30pm. 1180 Pepsi Place, at the corner of Greenbrier Drive across from Rosewood Village. 974-7756.

American Girl:
Fans of the American Girl series ages 7-11 can join the club at Barnes & Noble. At tonight's meeting the group discusses back-to-school with the characters Molly, Samantha, Kit, and Felicity and do a craft project. Newcomers and dolls are welcome. 7pm. Free. Barracks Road Shopping Center. 984-0461.

Bottom is Back:
Western Albemarle High School theater students present A Midsummer Night's Dream tonight and tomorrow night at 7:30. Free, donations accepted. Rt. 250 West of Crozet. 823-8700.

Shenandoah Shakespeare
10 S. Market St., Staunton. 540-885-5588
The Three Musketeers:
See Thursday, October 13.

Noises Off: See Thursday, October 13. Tonight's show is at 8.

Iolanthe: An Arcadian shepherd wants to marry Phyllis, a ward of the Court of Chancery. So does the Lord Chancellor and half the British House of Lords. Yes, it's Gilbert and Sullivan's Iolanthe. 7:30pm weekends through October 15. $17 adults; $15 seniors/students. Dickinson Building, PVCC, 500 College Drive. 961-5376.

King Wilkie:
Despite heavy touring in recent months, King Wilkie releases their new EP, Tierra del Fuego, here at home with a show at Starr Hill.

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

D.J. Lem at Atomic Burrito. No cover, 11pm.

Dennis Warner at the Barking Cherry House Concert Series. Reservations required, 974-6702 or Donations accepted, 8pm.

The Warmed-Over Boys at Coupe DeVille's. No cover, 10pm.

Jason Mraz at the Charlottesville Pavilion. $25/$15, 8pm.

The Safety Scissors at Gravity Lounge. $5, 4:30pm.

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

Fat Keys with Dhamapadda at the Outback Lodge. $6, 10pm.

The Biscuit Burners at The Prism. $12/$10, 8pm.

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

Cat Power and Spokane at the Satellite Ballroom. $15/$15, 8pm.

King Wilkie CD release show at Starr Hill. $12/$10, 10pm.

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

SATURDAY, October 15
Democratic Breakfast:
Discuss the year's statewide elections with Joshua Scott from UVA's Center for Politics at today's Democratic breakfast meeting. 9:30am at the Jefferson Area Board for Aging, 674 Hillsdale Drive. No fee. The general public is welcome. Info: 971-8082 or

Pancakes for Parkinson's:
Enjoy a morning of pancakes and orange juice, and help raise money for the Michael J. Fox Foundation at the same time. Moonbounce, face painting, and all sorts of M.J. Fox-themed fun, too. 10am-1pm on the UVA Lawn. 804-347-9167.

UVA Football: Charlottesville's pigskin tradition continues to roll, this time against Florida State. 7pm. Ticket prices vary. Good luck getting one. Scott Stadium. 800-542-UVA1 or

Autumn Up Close: Learn about the flora and fauna of Monticello mountain, while strolling through the fall foliage along the Jefferson Parkway. 9:30am at the Monticello Garden Shop. $10, reservations required. 984-9822.

Walton's Fall Festival: Go traditional at the Walton's Mountain Museum! Live music, crafts, apple cider making, food, hayrides, and more, now in its 13th year. Fee. 10am-4pm. 831-2000.

Fall at Oakencroft: Celebrate the harvest with tasty snacks, delicious soup, winery tours, and assorted tastings. 11am-5pm. $8, includes wine glass. 296-4188 x21.

Buck Mountain Runs: Race along the beautiful 10k and half marathon course in Free Union. Proceeds benefit the Charlottesville chapter of The Ronald McDonald House. Info: 973-0584.

Fall Foliage Festival: Drink in the scenery at Wintergreen as well as enjoy hikes, face painting, caramel apples, pumpkin carving, a craft fair-&endash; fun for the whole family. Learn about the Native Americans who once called Wintergreen home, find out why leaves change color, or just get outside and enjoy the scenery. 10am at Wintergreen. Fee varies. 325-8169.

Rivanna Lions Golf Tournament: Spent an afternoon on the links and raise money for the Lions community programs at the same time. Entry fee is $55/person/$220 /team, including carts. 1pm at Lake Monticello Golf Course. Info and registration: 591-0080.

Wine and Foliage: Drink in the scenery while sipping wine under the covered pavilion at Hill Top Berry Farm and Winery. Learn about food pairings, munch hors d'oeuvres, and learn about the signature Sangria. 11am-5pm. Fee. 2800 Berry Hill Road, Nellysford. 361-1266.

Old-Fashioned Fall: Celebrate the "old way" in the Blue Ridge Mountains at Humpback Rocks Mountain Farm. There will be demonstrations highlighting 1890s cabin life, live music, and Appalachian stories by Kathy Coleman. 10am-4pm. (From 2-4pm, listen to the fiddling, banjoing and dulcimering of the Poison Bottom Boys.) Milepost 5.8 on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Free. 540-943-4716.

Senior Sale: See Friday, October 14. Today's hours: 8am-3pm.

Big Dig:
Ash Lawn-Highland brings history out of the textbooks and lets modern folks hold it in their hands as they celebrate Virginia Archaeology Month. Staff archaeologist Grant Quertermous teaches the basics of excavation and leads a dig on the estate. Workshop participants will learn techniques of archaeology as they excavate, screen, and wash artifacts. A tour of the Monroe home is included and features a special exhibition, "One Home, Many Stories," that showcases artifacts recovered in other excavations over the past 30 years. Recommended for ages 8 to adult. 9am-1pm or 1pm-5pm. $20 adults, $12 children ages 6-11. Reservations required. 1000 James Monroe Parkway. 293-9539.

Name Game:
Naming the troll is of utmost importance to a particular princess as Rumpelstiltskin dances onto the stage at the Old Michie Theatre. The classic Grimm's fairy tale comes to life as a marionette puppet play featuring hand-carved marionettes from the Czech Republic, sound effects, and a flying magical spoon. 11am, 2 and 4 pm. $5. 221 East Water St. 977-3690.

Safety First: Police, firefighters, and paramedics swarm Yancey Elementary School, but have no fear, it's just a Safety Fair. Folks can come meet these public servants together with Smokey the Bear and members of the forestry service. Special surprises are promised as well as pizza and drinks and drawings for home safety products. Free, but donations of stuffed animals are requested for the Rescue Squad to give to children they transport. 7625 Porters Road, Esmont. 831-2429.

Ghosts on the Mountain: Misty Mountain Camp Resort gets even more misty and mysterious this time of year. Intrepid thrill seekers can take a hayride through the haunted hills and hollows of the camp… if they dare! The ride lasts 30-40 minutes, and most participants make it back for the cookies and apple cider at the end. Children under 6 must be accompanied by a parent, and parents are advised to use discretion in determining how appropriate this event is for their kids. 8pm-midnight. Call for reservations. Rt. 250 west just beyond the I-64 Crozet exit. 540-456-6409.

Stir It Up: Nelson County apple growers are making a party out of stirring the apples at Flippin-Seaman's Apple Butter Festival. Live music, pick your own pumpkins, pony rides (from 11am-2pm), games, food, clown, crafters, and more. 10am to 5pm. Free admission. Rt. 250 west, left on Rt. 151, right on Rt. 56 west, apple shed is 6 miles on the left. 1-434-277-5824.

Rural Revelry: Apple pickers young and old can celebrate the harvest at Drumheller's Orchard. Frivolity includes hayrides through the apple orchard to the pumpkin patch and corn maze, apple butter making, a large selection of apples, fresh cider, country music, crafts, honey, country hams, and food. 9am-5pm. Cost of apples. Rt. 741 off Rt. 29, south of Lovingston. 263-5036.

Old Home Weekend: John-Boy, Mary Ellen, and the rest of the family will be remembered at the Walton's Mountain Museum's Annual Fall Festival and 13th Anniversary Celebration. Fans of the popular down-home TV drama, still alive in reruns, can relive the bygone days with live music, crafters, apple cider making, food, and hayrides. Rt. 29 south to Rt. 6 east to right on Rt. 800 (Schuyler Road). 10am-4pm. 831-2000.

An Arcadian shepherd wants to marry Phyllis, a ward of the Court of Chancery. So does the Lord Chancellor and half the British House of Lords. Yes, it's Gilbert and Sullivan's Iolanthe. Today's show is at 2:30pm. $17 adults; $15 seniors/students. Dickinson Building, PVCC, 500 College Drive. 961-5376.

Noises Off: See Thursday, October 13. Tonight's 8pm performance is the final show of the run.

Bottom is Back: Western Albemarle High School theater students present A Midsummer Night's Dream tonight at 7:30. Free, donations accepted. Rt. 250 West of Crozet. 823-8700.

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? 2pm.

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. 7:30pm.

Small Town Workers:
After six years together, hometown rockers Small Town Workers say goodbye with one last show at Starr Hill. Singer Mike Meadows plans to continue with Harrisonburg-based rockers Moneypenny.
Small Town Workers farewell show at Starr Hill. $7, 9pm.

Soul Sledge: This group is already an unusual blend of songwriting and heavy metal crunch. Now, they're mixing it up even more with an acoustic show. "Richelle decided that we're going to keep the same arrangements, but I'll be on acoustic guitar and Drew will play an acoustic bass. The drums will be stripped down– Brandon won't have as much stuff to hit," says guitarist Rob Richmond, "and some of the stuff slows down to soften the edge.
Soul Sledge unplugged at Gravity Lounge. $5, 8pm.

Worn In Red at Atomic Burrito. No cover, 11pm.

Meade Skelton at the Charlottesville City Farmer's Market. No cover, 10am.

SMOOVE with DJ Izm. From Soulful House and Classic Funk to Old Skool Dancehall, Hip Hop, and Go-Go at R2 behind Rapture. $5 before 11:30/$8 after.

Ilyaimy at Coupe DeVille's. No cover, 10pm.

Jimmy Rushing, Eli Cook, and Blues Ride at Mt. Cove Vineyards. $10, 12pm.

Collapse Into Reason, Hindu Pez, and DJ AudioRapture at the Outback Lodge. $6, 10pm.

Raymond McLain and Mike Stevens at The Prism. $15/$12, 8pm.

The Deer Creek Boys at Rapunzel's, 7:30pm.

Mint Condition at the Wild Wing Café. No cover, 9pm.

Jazz night at the Blue Bird Cafe. No cover, 7pm.

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

Poison Bottom Boys (old timey tunes) at Humpback Rocks, Milepost 5.8 on Blue Ridge Parkway. Free, 2-4pm.

SUNDAY, October 16
Looking Back:
Local artist Chica Tenny talks about her work in connection with a citywide retrospective at six galleries. The exhibits, collectively titled "Chica Tenney: Advent," include drawings, silkscreen prints, pastel portraits and landscape paintings, and are a celebration of her 40 years as a Charlottesville artist. 2pm. UVA Art Museum, Rugby Road. 924-3592.

Voices for Interpersonal Violence Alternatives (VIVA) teens perform, "I Never Saw It Coming." Research consistently supports peer education as the most effective way to educate teens about sexual violence. This play by Doug Grissom was adapted for high school audiences and is performed by local teens in VIVA, a peer education group sponsored by the Shelter for Help in Emergency (SHE) and the Sexual Assault Resource Agency (SARA). The play discusses the struggles teens may encounter in dating relationships, especially regarding sexual assault and sexual harassment. 4pm. Free. Martha Jefferson Education Center. Locust Ave. 295-7273.

Something Wicked: Live Arts auditions for Macbeth today and tomorrow at 7pm. Needed: men and women of all ages, several roles for children (7 years old and up); especially needed are wheelchair-bound, deaf, blind, or partially sighted performers. 123 E. Water St. 977-4177.

Shenandoah Shakespeare
10 S. Market St., Staunton. 540-885-5588
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. 2pm.

Ghosts on the Mountain:
See Saturday, October 15.

Rural Revelry: See Saturday, October 15.

Crop Walk:
Proceeds from the 34th annual Crop Walk will go to Charlottesville's Emergency Food Bank, Meals on Wheels, and to Church World Service, which fights hunger and provides disaster relief in over 80 countries. The 10K loop begins at the First Presbyterian Church, 500 Park Street. Registration starts at 1pm; walking at 1:30. All are welcome. 293-3133, ext 100.

Early Music Meeting: The Shenandoah Recorder Society meets on the third Sunday of every month to discuss the recorder and early music in general. 5pm at Christ Episcopal Church. Open to all. For more information, call 295-1395.

Fall at Oakencroft: See Saturday, October 15. 11am-5pm. $8, includes wine glass. 296-4188 x21.

Adrienne Young and Little Sadie at Gravity Lounge. $7, 3pm.

Nerissa and Katryna Nields at Gravity Lounge. $15/$10, 7pm.

Dan Sebring and Bill Edmonds at the Blue Bird Cafe. No cover, 6pm.

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

MONDAY, October 17
Get Real:
Teen Read Week 2005 kicks off with a little taste of reality at Northside Library where readers in grades 6-12 can try their hand (or taste buds) at Food Fear Factor, see if they agree with that old saying "truth is stranger than fiction," and show off their knowledge of pop culture. Cool prizes, tasty snacks, and outrageous books are all part of the fun. 6:30-8pm. Free. Registration required. Albemarle Square. 973-7893.

Something Wicked:
See Sunday, October 16.

Life and Death:
The Center for Christian Study presents a free, public lecture by Dr. Richard Winter, psychiatrist and professor at Covenant Theological Seminary. "Perfecting Ourselves to Death" is based on the book of the same title. 7pm at 128 Chancellor St.

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

Shawn Mullins and Lauren Hoffman at Gravity Lounge. $10, 8pm.

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

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, October 18
Civil War Round Table:
Join Civil War enthusiasts for an evening of historical discussion with noted authors and professors. 7:30pm at the UVA JAG School, North Grounds. Public welcome. 295-9463 or

Picture the World: Award-winning photographer, Steve McCurry, has recently published several major articles with his work in Iraq, Tibet, and Afghanistan. He discusses his recent trips at the Miller Center Forum. 5:30pm. Free. 2201 Old Ivy Road. 924 7236.

A Sense of Place: Katherine C. Bassard, a professor of English at Virginia Commonwealth University, discusses her book, Race, Region, and Religion: Virginia History and Geography in Three African American Narratives, at the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities. 145 Ednam Drive. 4-5:30pm. 924-3296.

Forest Friends:
Nature guide Nicol Butters takes wee ones into the woods for a fun nature activity on the theme of trees at Ivy Creek Natural Area. Recommended for ages 3-5. Meet in the Education Building. 1pm. Free. Earlysville Road (Rt. 743). 973-7772.

Travis Elliott at Atomic Burrito. No cover, 11pm.

Sharon Isbin and the Zurich Chamber Orchestra at Old Cabell Hall. $24/$20/$10/$5, 8pm.

Karaoke at City Limits. No cover, 9pm.

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

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

Ezra Hamilton at Mono Loco. No cover, 10pm.

WEDNESDAY, October 19
Shenandoah Shakspeare
10 S. Market St., Staunton. 540-885-5588
All's Well that Ends Well:
See Saturday, October 15. Come early to hear Dr. Ralph talk about the play at 6pm before the performance at 7:30.

The Three Musketeers: See Thursday, October 13. Today's show is a 10:30am school matinee.

Tucker Box Tour:
Enjoy a guided tour of current exhibitions followed by lunch in the gallery at the Kluge-Ruhe gallery. You can bring your own lunch or order one the day before for $7. 12:15-1:30pm. Reservations required. 244-0234 to reserve a space.

White Oak Canyon Falls:
Hike this classic and beautiful trail nestled along the Skyline Drive near Madison with the Wintergreen Nature Foundation. 9am departure. Moderate difficulty. $15 (Foundation members. $10), registration required. 325-8169.

Israel on the Appomattox:
Melvin Patrick Ely, Professor of History and Black Studies at the College of William & Mary, won the Bancroft Prize in 2004 for Israel on the Appomattox: A Southern Experiment in Black Freedom from the 1790s. The book follows as many as 150 free black people who lived, worked and mingled with their white neighbors in pre-Civil War Prince Edward County. He discusses and signs the book at the Miller Center Forum. 5:30pm. Free. 2201 Old Ivy Road. 924 7236.

Why Green Buildings Matter: Learn all about the latest advances in environmentally friendly building at this one-day symposium. Workshops on green development, affordability, new trends, and more. 9am-3pm at the Doubletree Hotel. Fee varies. 293-3900 for details.

Search Team:
Teens in grades 6-12 can learn how to conduct an effective search of the online catalog and how to locate a library's print resources at a workshop at Northside Library. 4-5:30pm. Free. Registration required. Albemarle Square. 973-7893.

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

FEMA with Matthew Willner at Atomic Burrito. No cover, 11pm.

Evan Mook at Fellini's #9. No cover, 6:30pm.

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

Mary Robinson and Friends at the Blue Bird Cafe. No cover, 6pm.

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, October 20
Shenandoah Shakespeare
10 S. Market St., Staunton. 540-885-5588
The Comedy of Errors.
See Saturday, October 15. Tonight's 7:30 show is followed by a chat with the cast.

I'm Petrified!:
UVA Art prof Paul Barolsky talks about "Ovid, Bernini and the Art of Petrification." 5pm. Campbell Hall, Room 160. Rugby Road. 924-6123.

"Politics in Art": Richard Herskowitz, Johanna Drucker, Howard Singerman and members of "The Bridge," a local activist arts group, take part in a monthly exchange of thoughts and ideas. Free and open to all. 7pm in the Main Gallery. McGuffey Art Center. 201 Second St. NW. 295-7973.

Thanks to Teachers:
Barnes & Noble celebrates Educators Appreciation Week by inviting all pre-kindergarten through 12th grade teachers and administrators to an Educator's Reception. Local author Mary Lyons will be on hand with information on teaching the Aztec and Mayan civilizations. Brief informational presentations and great prizes will be given every half-hour. Free books and classroom materials, fundraising information, coffee and cookies will be available. Attendees can enter to win a $500 gift card for the classroom. 4-8pm. Barracks Road Shopping center. 984-6598.

Birth Right: Midwife Julia Weissman offers parents-to-be some insight into childbirth options with a series of free childbirth classes and discussions at Weeville. Tonight's session is titled, "Meet the Douglas." 6:30-8:30pm. Free. 218 W. Water St. 978-4779.

Scared Silly: Fearless youth in grades K and up can dare to be scared as they hear spine-tingling tales and sing silly songs of goblins, ghosts, and witches at Northside Library. Participants can spread the spookiness with the monster mask they make to take home. 4pm. Free. Registration required Albemarle Square. 973-7893.

More Tales for Tots: See Wednesday, October 19.

Think While You Drink:
Mike Panczak, winemaker at White Hall Vineyards, steps behind the bar at VaVino as guest bartender tonight from 6-8pm. He'll pour his wines free of charge, and will be available to answer questions or just chat about wine. 974-9463.

Candidate Forum:
Talk growth and the environment with all six candidates for Albemarle County Supervisor. Co-sponsored by ASAP, Citizens for Albemarle, Piedmont Environmental Center, and Rivanna Conservation Society. 7:30pm at Westminster Presbyterian Church library, 190 Rugby Road. 974-6390.

Sundried Opossum at Coupe DeVille's. No cover, 10pm.

Martin Hayes and Dennis Cahill at The Prism. $25/$20, 8pm.

Steve Kimock at Starr Hill. $18/$15, 9pm.

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.

Acoustic Groove Trio at Mono Loco. No cover, 10pm.

Upcoming and Ongoing
Calling Vocal Men: The Oratorio Society needs a few good men for its holiday concert December 18, Bach's Saint John Passion on March 12, and Verdi's La Traviata on May 7. The chorus rehearses every Monday evening at the Municipal Arts Center, 1117 Fifth St. SW. Tenors, baritones and basses are invited to audition by appointment. Info and to schedule your time: 882-1738.

Every Thursday:
Tap your toes at R2's Club Retro with DJ Stroud– old skool Hip-Hop to '80s dance, Motown, disco, and classic house. $3 all night. Ladies free with student ID. 303 E. Main St. on the Mall behind Rapture. 293-9526.

Cut a Rug: Terry Dean's Dance Studio gets everybody ready for a winter of indoor fun. Dance classes in beginning bolero (Monday, 7:30-8:15pm), beginning salsa (Tuesday, 7:30-8:15pm), beginning waltz (Wednesday, 7:30-8:15pm), beginning foxtrot (Thursday, 7:30-8:15pm), beginning rumba (Friday, day, 7:30-8:15pm), all levels East Coast swing (Friday, 8:15-9:00pm). Dance Party every Friday, 9-10:30pm ($10). Individual classes $10 per person per class. 1309 A. Seminole Trail. Details: 977-3327 or

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

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. 7pm at Woodbrook School. Open to all, no experience necessary. Details: 296-9704.

Dancing 'Round the World: International folk dancers meet every Tuesday 6-8:30pm at the Senior Center to learn dances from Russia, Israel, Bulgaria and France. Pepsi Place. Free. Beginners welcome. Info: 960-2227.

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.

Improvement Ed:
FOCUS Women's Resource Center presents a series of five workshops in Assertiveness Skills Training. Learn to improve communication, increase self confidence, gain respect, express positive emotions, and much more. Wednesday evenings, October 19- November 16, 7-8:30pm. 1508 Grady Ave. $50 includes materials and light refreshments. Info: Bebe Heiner, 293-2222 x 192.

Humpback Rocks: Stroll through a re-created 19th century Appalachian farm, complete with traditional music (see Tunes September 17-18 for performers), 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.

Sharing Sadness: Hospice of the Piedmont offers eight-week bereavement support groups starting this month. These groups are open to the community and are led by trained Hospice staff and volunteers. If interested, please call 434-817-6900 or 800-975-5501 to learn more details regarding locations and times. Share the journey of grief with others who have similar loss.

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.

Eye for Art:
Those with an eye for a good story can put their talent to work in the 18th annual Writer's Eye Competition at the University of Virginia Art Museum. Now through November 18, children in elementary through high school can view a selected group of art works at the Museum and write an original poem or short story in response to one of the pieces. Forms and instructions are available at the Museum. Tuesday-Sunday, 1-5pm. Free. Rugby Road. 924-7458.

Get Real:
Teen Read Week starts October 16, and kids in grads 6-12 are advised to get real and write about it. Jefferson-Madison Regional Libraries are collecting prose and poetry on the topic of what's real to you for their Teen Read Week Writing Contest. Prizes will be awarded, and entries must be submitted by October 22. Details at any branch. 979-7151, ext. 3.

Dog Daze: The Science Museum of Virginia is going to the "Dogs." It's their latest rotating exhibit that explores all the archetypes of Man's Best Friend. Visitors can don gigantic dog ears to locate and hear termites, examine dog and wolf skulls to see how they differ, explore a canine family tree, learn a bit of dog body language, watch a video of life from a wolf's perspective, and so much more. Dogs includes interactive exhibits, multi-media displays, artifacts, photo murals, and dioramas that include taxidermied wild canines and sculpted modern domestic dogs. Included in the price of admission. 2500 W. Broad St., Richmond. 800-659-1727.

Take a Hike: Young outdoorsmen can discover what camping is all about at a new exhibit at the Back Gallery at the Virginia Discovery Museum. Visitors can follow a map to their campsite in the deciduous forest of the Blue Ridge, pitch a tent and settle into a sleeping bag, or enjoy all the outdoors has to offer including hiking, fishing, canoeing, kayaking, and wildlife. Through January 15. Included in the price of admission. East end of the Downtown Mall. 977-1025.

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.

Museum Makeover: The Science Museum of Virginia has transformed the main concourse exhibit space into three new galleries with more than 40 new interactive displays. Anyone who has 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 Vandegraaff Generator, create electricity with a bicycle, and more. Included in the price of exhibit admission: $10 adults, $9 ages 4-12. 2500 W, Broad St., Richmond. 800-659-1727.

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.

Christine Rich's show of watercolors and pastels, "New Light on Ancient Places," is on view at Art Upstairs through October. Above the Hardware Store on the Downtown Mall. 923-3900.

The University of Virginia Art Museum joins in the celebration of local painter Chica Tenney's career, with an exhibition of her work, through October 30. In addition, the museum 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 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," on display through November 23. 155 Rugby Road. 924-3592.

In October, the McGuffey Art Center participates in the citywide retrospective, "Chica Tenney: Advent," with an exhibition in the main gallery of sepia drawings of artists and writers. Also on view: in the downstairs hall, not-to-be-missed painter Jim Henry shows "Songs for Beginners," and watercolorist Lee Alter displays "Portraits in Watercolor"; upstairs, Children Youth and Family Services Inc. holds its annual benefit exhibition, featuring the work of Richard Crozier. 201 Second St. NW. 295-7973.

Through October 29, Second Street Gallery presents "Casting a New Light: Nineteenth Century Photographic Techniques Revived by Ten Contemporary Artists," which offers over 60 new works using antique approaches. Also on view are works by Chica Tenney. 115 Second St. SE (in the Charlottesville City Center for the Arts). 977-7284.

Les Yeux du Monde features Russ Warren's exhibition, "Forgive us not," on view through October 30. 115 S. First St. 973-5566.

View "The Evolution of Ideas: Experience, Influence, and Affinity," a retrospective of work by emeritus professor Chica Tenney, in the Piedmont Virginia Community College Gallery in the V. Earl Dickinson Building. 434-5203.

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

Transient Crafters presents seasonal ceramic jewelry created by Jennifer Paxton, on display through October. 118 E. Main St. on the Downtown Mall. 972-9500.

During October, the C&O Gallery presents "Perceptions," an exhibition of recent oil paintings by Stanley Woodward. 515 E. Water St. (next to the C&O Restaurant). 971-7044.

Lavely Miller exhibits drawings and paintings under the intriguing title, "Dennis Bigelow, Theatre Director, 52, Dies/NEW PAINTINGS," at the Mudhouse through October 31. 213 W. Main St. on the Downtown Mall. 760-2684.

The new venue Abundant Life Chiropractic and Gallery offers an October exhibition, "Love Cards," by Virginia Reiley and Elize Evans. 201 E. Main St., Suite Q. 979-5433.

C'ville Coffee hosts an exhibition of Randy Sights Baskerville's oils and pastels entitled "Places, Great and Small" during October. 1301 Harris St. 817-2633.

Through October 28, 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.

Thomas Jefferson Memorial Church features an exhibition celebrating World Mental Health Day. 717 Rugby Road. 823-9515.

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 October show, The Gallery @ 5th & Water offers "On Location," an exhibition of plein air paintings by Gray S. Dodson. Located in the upstairs foyer of Henderson & Everett, P.C. 107 Fifth St. 979-9825.

The Gallery@Studio 302 presents the "Toaster Art Show & Benefit Auction" on October 7 and 8 in support of establishing the Toaster Museum. 300 W. Main St. (top floor&emdash;enter on Ridge St.). Info:

In October, Sage Moon Gallery showcases quilts by Rose Rushbrooke and paintings by Judith K. Townsend. 420 E. Main St. on the Downtown Mall. 977-9997.

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.

During October, BozArt Gallery presents the artwork of Barbara Wachter. 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 Littlejohn's). 297-8032.

The brand new Mabuse Gallery features the work of Sam Shaban, Evgeni L. Yanovich, Andy Acquaro, Sara Webb, and Jamaica Pleasance during October. 300 W. Main St. (entrance on Ridge St.). 228-0214.

La Galeria showcases the local landscapes of Meg West during October. 218 W. Market St. (next to Vinegar Hill Theater). 293-7003.

During October, Rebekah Graves presents a painting exhibition, "Oil Seeps. Light Leaks.," at Fellini's #9. 200 W. Market St. 979-4279.

The Main Street Market Gallery presents "The Story of Leaves," oil paintings by Susan Fleischmann, on view through October 31. 416 W. Main St. 244-7800.

Cary Oliva shows Polaroid manipulations and transfers at Hotcakes during October. Barracks Road Shopping Center. 971-7765.

The Central Virginia Watercolor Guild has work hanging at the Albemarle County Courthouse through October 28. 410 E. High St. 964-1423.

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. 293-2876.

Enjoy paintings by local artists Barry Gordon, Malcolm Hughes, and Christian Peri while you dine at L'etoile restaurant. 817 W. Main St. (across from the Amtrak Station). 979-7957.


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

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 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&emdash;Baker Gallery at Woodbury Forest School presents Werner Sensbach's "Paces of the Piedmont" and Chris McAndrew's "Sculpture in Stone," Both on view 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.

The Arts Center in Orange features "Visual Phrases," an exhibition of work by Bill Moretz, Janice Breeden, and Aggie Zed, on view through October 29. 149 E. Main St., Orange. 540-672-7311.

Barboursville's Nichols Gallery showcases work by Gray Dodson, Philip Koch, Frederick Nichols, and Tom Tartaglino in an exhibition entitled "Into the Mountains," on view through November 27. 540-832-3565.

During October, the Artisans Center of Virginia presents fiber art quilts and wall hangings by Martha Bruin Degen. An opening reception is scheduled for October 8, 2-4pm. Also on view: The Invitational Guild Exhibition by Artisans United, Inc., featuring the work of 39 artisans.. The show runs through November 2. 601 Shenandoah Village Drive (exit 94 off I-64). Waynesboro. 540-946-3294.

Nellysford's Spruce Creek Gallery presents "Rothwell and Rothwell," an exhibition of paintings by Junk Ono Rothwell and functional pottery by Nan Rothwell, on view through November 8. A reception is scheduled for October 8, 4-7pm. Route 151. 434-361-1859.

Staunton's Middlebrook Gallery offers the clay miniatures of Lou Greiner, which will remain on view through October 23. An artist's reception is scheduled for September 23, 6-8pm. 5 Middlebrook Ave. 540-885-9955.

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

During October, Lovingston's The Eye of the Beholder gallery, located in the Packing Shed, features abstract expressionist paintings by David Copson. 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.

One on one: Henry's abstract strata
Recently a local photographer from an art-obsessed family shocked me with this confession: he prefers viewing reproductions of paintings in books to seeing them in person. When my jaw dropped, he explained that being graphics-oriented, he likes the two-dimensional qualities of flat prints.

What a shame– because anyone who insists on only encountering J.M. Henry's work via photographs (e.g. the hopelessly inadequate image above) will remain oblivious to the nuanced textures and layers that power his abstract paintings to compelling and seductive depths.

Currently hanging in the downstairs hall of the McGuffey Art Center, Henry's oil and mixed-media compositions on canvas and paper appear to shift and turn, quietly seething just below the surface, as if each were perpetually on low boil. The artist achieves this effect by working with restrained yet edge-pushing multiple levels, introducing controlled spontaneity via techniques such as using a blow dryer to spread paint on the page.

"You can't have a large chance factor," Henry says, "and still influence the meaning that you want." What feels fortuitous in his paintings is rather the result of practiced calculation.

The spare gestural elements that focus Henry's work erupt across the surface with a raw energy. In "Broken Circles," primal dark arcs gain force by edging outside the imposed margins of the upper left corner. Yet their inward drift creates a sense of downward motion through the central image.

At first glance, Henry's backgrounds seem deceptively neutral. But complexities and visual echoes emerge and recede like shifting clouds the longer the eye stays with the painting. Strong colors– ochre, indigo, red, green– not only burst in small explosions around the pivotal marks, but also roil elusively within the translucent layers of paint.

Textural variations also contribute to Henry's riveting effect. In addition to leaving intentional evidence of brush strokes, the artist grinds back, scratches through, and chips away subordinate layers to generate subtle tactile interest.

The lack of any identifiable reference forces viewers to respond to the paintings at an emotional level (although occasionally the mind makes a leap– such as seeing a spine emerge from drifting sand in "Excavation"). An inky thick mark juts across the upper right of "Lever" with an abrupt violence, even as the rest of the painting soothes with its milky diffusion.

Occasionally, Henry missteps (e.g. distracting with a few shots of cobalt green in " Mirage"), but those are infrequent exceptions to his exceptional rule&emdash; a rule best observed up close and in person.

J.M. Henry's paintings are on view at the McGuffey Art Center through October 30. 201 Second St. NW. 295-7973.