Cultural calendar, October 20-27, 2005

THURSDAY, October 20
Shenandoah Shakespeare
10 S. Market St., Staunton. 540-885-5588
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. Stay after tonight's 7:30 show to chat with the actors.

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.

Feds Confab: Daily Progress reporter Bob Gibson addresses the National Association of Retired Federal Employees Chapter 135 this morning at 11:30. Golden Corral, Route 29. 293-3170.

Legislative Lunch: Hear from candidates for a variety of state and local offices at the Central Virginia Association's annual Legislative Lunch at the Monticello Conference Center. 11:15am, $10. 201 Monticello Ave. Open to the public. RSVP Harold Morris, 295-2301.

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.

What's the Matter with Kansas?: In today's Miller Center Forum, Thomas Frank, UVA alum and author of What's the Matter with Kansas?, considers the strategy by which the "Republicans have transformed themselves from an aristocratic minority into the nation's dominant political party" over the last 35 years. A book signing follows. 11am. 2201 Old Ivy Road. 924-7236.

Women in Politics: Several members of the Virginia Legislature discuss their personal experiences as female politicians and members of the historically male-dominated lawmaking institution in Richmond. Panelists include Senator Mary Margaret Whipple, Senator Patsy Ticer, Senator Toddy Puller, and Senator Mamie Locke. 2-4pm in the South Meeting Room at UVA's Newcomb Hall. Free and open to the public. 982-2361.

Renaissance Man:
UVA art prof Paul Barolsky talks about "Ovid, Bernini and the Art of Petrification" in Campbell Hall, Room 160. Free, 5pm. Rugby Road. 924-6123.

Oil and Water?: McGuffey's Spotlight Series presents "Politics in Art," a discussion led by Richard Herskowitz, Johanna Drucker, Howard Singerman and members of "The Bridge," a local activist arts group. 7pm. 201 Second St. NW. 295-7973.

Poet in Motion:
Mark Cox, chair of the creative writing department at UNC Wilmington, is at Piedmont Virginia Community College. Today he reads from his work at 7:30pm in the window lounge of the Jessup Library. At 12:30 tomorrow he discusses his craft and issues related to teaching in room 155. 500 College Drive. 961-5376.

Jean Redpath and Ensemble Galilei at PVCC. $17/$10, 7:30pm.

Club Retro with DJ Stroud (Old skool hip-hop to '80s dance, Motown, disco, and classic house) $3. Ladies free with student ID. R2 behind Rapture.

2 Clems' Holistic Towin' Service at Atomic Burrito. No cover, 10:30pm.

Sundried Opossum at Coupe DeVille's. No cover, 10:30pm.

dreaming isabelle and The Essentials at Gravity Lounge. $5, 8pm.

Jackass Flats at the Outback Lodge. $5, 10:30pm.

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.

Matty Metcalfe at Fellini's #9. No cover, 6:30pm.

Six Organs of Admittance at St. Paul's Church. $6, 9:30pm.

FRIDAY, October 21
Poet in Motion:
See Thursday, October 20.

Christo, Jeanne-C, and Fred:
Elizabeth Barlow Rogers, garden and landscape architecture historian, speaks on "Art of the Park and Art in the Park: Frederick Law Olmsted Meets Christo and Jeanne-Claude." 5-6:30pm. UVA's Campbell Hall room 153.

Orchids in Winter:
The Charlottesville Orchid Society holds its annual fall show and sale of orchid plants at Fashion Square Mall today and tomorrow from 9am-9pm each day. 975-4231.

Trail Ride: Hit the trail with your horse on this annual overnight ride. Saturday & Sunday over all terrain, starting at the Fleetwood Community Center in Nelson County. Five meals included. $80, registration required. 277-8402.

Martha's Market: Shop more than 30 unique boutiques from across the country at this annual marketplace event to benefit Martha Jefferson Hospital's breast health programs. Today and Saturday 10am-6pm, Sunday 11am-4pm. $5. Free parking. Omni Hotel, west end of the Downtown Mall. or 982-8258.

Social Justice Bowl II: Virginia Organizing Project presents the second annual community soup and bread supper to benefit local homeless programs. Tackle injustice, and get a handcrafted soup bowl to take home. $25 per person. 6pm at Westminster Presbyterian Church on Rugby Road. 98-4655.

Great Society Reprised:
The American Political Development Program hosts a panel discussion on the legacy of Lyndon Johnson's Great Society at the Miller Center's Fall Fellowship Conference. Visit for speakers. 9:40am-12:15pm. Free and open to the public. 2201 Old Ivy Road. RSVP to 924-4694.

Politics of Race: Yale political science professor Stephen Skowronek discusses "Racism, Liberalism and the American Political Tradition" as part of the Miller Center's American Political Development Colloquia Series. 1-3pm at 2201 Old Ivy Road. Free and open to the public. 924-7236.

UVA Press Book Sale: Thousands of first quality University of Virginia Press books are on sale at the Press Warehouse at 500 Edgemont Road. Prices as low as $3. 10am. 982-2932.

Star Struck:
The view is out of this world at Public Night at McCormick Observatory from 9-11pm (weather permitting). UVA's research telescopes on O-Hill will be pointed heavenward, and Astronomy Department staff and students will be on hand with a slide show and answers to starry questions. Free. McCormick Rd. 924-7494.

Spirit Walk: Albemarle Charlottesville Historical Society's 11th Annual Spirit Walk starts tonight. Costumed guides lead visitors from the Historical Society's headquarters on Second St. NE on a nighttime walking tour of historic downtown Charlottesville, to encounter "spirits" of long-gone residents. 90-minute tours are $12 adults; $5 children 12 and under. 8pm. Advance tickets recommended: 296-1492 or at the Society, 200 Second St. NE.

Hold the Salt:
Four County Players presents the premier of Elizabeth Rose Fuller's Lightly Seasoned, a play about an unusual Virginia family featuring Sara Eshleman, John Holdren, Linda Poser, Trevor Shand, and Michael Zervas. Through October 22. Barboursville Playhouse. $14, $12 seniors/students, $10 children. 540-832-5355.

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? 7:30pm.

"1001 Nights,"
belly dancers extraordinaire at Bashir's Taverna on the Downtown Mall. 7pm. No cover.

All Fired Up:
Monticello Road is excited about their upcoming show at the Satellite Ballroom. For one, it will be the first hometown show to feature Fletcher Bridge guitarist Jamie Dean, who will be playing with the group until at least January. "Jamie loves the slide, and we love Jamie," says bassist Teswar Wood. Dean is sliding into the guitarist slot so smoothly because of the departure of guitarist Vaden Cox, who left at the end of the summer.

"Vaden was more of a singer-songwriter, and Jamie's drive and focus are much more musically oriented. It's kind of like Vaden was more Rolling Stones, and Jamie is more Led Zeppelin," Wood says.

This is the second major change in the band's lineup recently, the first being when Wood replaced outgoing bassist Jason Marshall last February. Wood says it has all been for the better: "It's definitely changed since I joined the band. Since then, the music has come a long way– not necessarily because of me, I think everyone has grown."

Friday's show at the Satellite Ballroom is a doubleheader which will also feature like-minded pop/rockers Sparky's Flaw, with both bands playing long sets. "The whole vibe and feeling is much more of a collective party," says Wood. "We just want to have fun with our friends and showcase some of the newer material"– and, of course, introduce Dean to the hometown audience. "If we could steal him away from his own personal project, that'd be awesome," says Wood. A good party might just do the trick.

Monticello Road and Sparky's Flaw at the Satellite Ballroom. $9/$7, 9pm.

Tommy D at Atomic Burrito. No cover, 10:30pm.

Street Legal at Coupe DeVille's. No cover, 10pm.

Trouble With Harry at Dürty Nelly's. $3, 10pm.

Jimmy Dale Gilmore and Tom Proutt at Gravity Lounge. $25, 7pm.

Dromedary at The Prism. $15/$12, 8pm.

Rapunzel's hosts their annual Songwriters' Contest. 7:30pm.

Eddie From Ohio at Starr Hill. $18/$16, 9pm.

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

Vernon Fisher at Fossett's at Keswick Hall. 6:30pm.

Travis Elliott , Sarah White, and Jim Waive at Fellini's #9. No cover, 10pm.

SATURDAY, October 22
Show, Sale and Gala:
McGuffey is the site of the annual art show, sale, and gala that benefits Children, Youth, and Family Services. Raffle prizes, food and wine, entertainment in addition to the great art for sale. $25 individual, $40 couple. McGuffey Art Center, 201 Second St. NE. 297-0694.

Spirit Walk:
See Friday, October 21.

Martha's Market: See Friday, October 21. 10am-6pm today, Sunday 11am-4pm. $5. Free parking. Omni Hotel, west end of the Downtown Mall. or 982-8258.

Clip for the Cure: Get a haircut and help raise money for breast cancer research. Regis Salon at Fashion Square Mall, as part of the annual Clip for the Cure fundraiser, offers haircuts for $15 each. 100 percent of the proceeds goes to charity. 10am-5pm. 973-9331.

Trash Amnesty: Get rid of your bulky waste during Albemarle County's fall amnesty days: appliances today, tires on the 29th. No charge for County residents to deliver the specified items to the Ivy Materials Utilization Center each day. Info: 296-5816.

GuluWalk 2005: Every night, up to 40,000 children living in rural northern Uganda walk into urban centers to escape the rebel army. Today is GuluWalk Day, and over 40 cities around the world will walk in solidarity for these "night commuters," the true victims of this 19-year civil war. Here the walk starts at 3:45pm in front of UVA's Old Cabell Hall and proceeds to City Hall. Info: Ami Shah at 986-5822.

Foliage Fest: Visit the Blue Ridge Mountains in all of their fall splendor at Wintergreen's Fall Foliage Festival. Interpretive nature hikes, workshops, local crafters, kids activities, and more. 9:30am-4pm. Registration required. 325-8169.

Apple Tasting: Sample all kinds of apples at Monticello's Tufton Farm, while learning about their history and local culture. 9:30am. $10; registration required. 984-9822.

Barrel Tasting: Tour the cellar at Autumn Hill Vineyards and talk wine at the 19th Annual Barrel Tasting. Vertical Cabernet Sauvignon tastings and homemade soup available. $6 per person includes wine glass. No reservations required. Noon-5pm at 301 River Drive in Stanardsville. 985-6100.

Culturefest: Celebrate UVA's diversity at the 9th annual Culturefest, sponsored by the University Programs Council. Live performances by student groups and interactive exhibitions highlight different global cultures. 10am-3:30pm on the South Lawn. No tickets required. Info: Alyssa Guo at or 297-9237.

Orchids in Winter: See. Friday, October 21. 9am-9pm. 975-4231.

Maximum Mars:
Look to the skies at this free public viewing session sponsored by The Charlottesville Astronomical Society and The Ivy Creek Foundation. Mars is at its most visible this year, and the amateur astronomers of CAS have numerous telescopes set up on the grassy field between the barn and the education building. Astronomer Larry Saunders offers an educational presentation on Mars and the CAS astronomers offer tips and answer questions. 7:30-10:30pm at the Ivy Creek Natural Area. Free. 872-0686.

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 E. Water St. 977-3690.

Fractured Fairy Tales: Cinderella and the Three Little Pigs aren't quite the same when the Stinky Cheese Man comes around. Wee ones can catch a whiff of the "other" side of the story when the odoriferous character pops in at Barnes & Noble for a special Saturday morning story time. 11:30am. Free. Barracks Road Shopping Center. 984-0461.

Foot Stompin' Fun: The barn will be rockin' at the Frontier Culture Museum's American Farm as it hosts a Family Dance Workshop. Swingers of all ages can learn the basics of old-time American country dancing then practice their moves to live music.6:30-9pm. $5 adults, $3 children 6-12, under 6 free. Reservations required. Rt. 250 west in Staunton. 540-332-7850.

Get Real: Today is the deadline for kids in grades 6-12 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. Details at any branch. 979-7151, ext. 3.

Kids Make a Difference: CATEC is celebrating Children's Health Month, Dental Hygiene Month, and Fire Prevention Week in their annual Make a Difference Day. All their technical programs are participating in their own unique way: Students of Criminal Justice present programs on household chemicals and fire training, Early Childhood Education students paint faces and pumpkins, Culinary Arts students sell refreshments, Carpenters help kids build birdhouses, Masons help kids build brick walls with Legos, Nursing students take your blood pressure, talk about bike helmet safety, and much more. 10am-2pm. Admission is $1/car or donation of a non-perishable food item to benefit the Food Bank and American Red Cross. 1000 E. Rio Road. 973-4461.

Ghosts on the Mountain: Misty Mountain Camp Resort gets even more misty and mysterious at 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.

Dead Heads: The Children's Museum of Richmond celebrates "El Dia de los Muertos," the Mexican Day of the Dead. With the help of the Latin Ballet of Virginia, families can participate in this ancient tradition, a time to honor family members who have passed on and to celebrate the continuity of life. Festivities include live music, drumming, dancing, cooking demonstrations, and more. 10am-4pm. Included with the price of admission. 2626 W. Broad St., Richmond. 804-474-2667.

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. 7pm.

Comedy of Errors: See Thursday, October 20. Today's show is a 2pm matinee.

Afrika Soul:
Heather Maxwell's Afro Pop project may have been reincarnated as Afrika Soul, but it will perform at Gravity Lounge just like its predecessor. The two projects are closely linked, says Maxwell, but she's branching out: "I have a lot more repertoire now and more integration of traditional instruments with modern ones, and I have a lot more players and a more international group."

That includes members of The Kunsun Ensemble, a well-respected West African percussion ensemble. "They're an internationally renowned group. They live part time in Ghana, where they have a school of the performing arts," says Maxwell. "The other part, for some reason, they live in Floyd." This is just the latest in a series of steps which bring the constantly evolving project closer to her vision. "I'm always toying with this," she says.

Heather Maxwell's AFRIKA SOUL at Gravity Lounge. $8, 8pm.

Soulful Release: Soul Sledge was opening for Dave Matthews this past summer, only a few months after they first started rehearsing, but they went out on tour without a record to promote. That changes at Starr Hill tonight when they release their debut EP, When The Illusions Fail. The studio work layers lead singer Richelle Claiborne's vocals atop a dreary metal sludge, and they're proud of the fact that they'll make exactly the same presentation in concert. "Too many bands out there have recorded material that sounds better than they really are," says guitarist Rob Richmond. "We were trying to capture what Soul Sledge really is." Go see the show, pick up the CD, and, while driving home, decide whether they succeeded.

Soul Sledge with Man Mountain Jr and Raven's Place at Starr Hill. $8/$6, 8pm.

Music Festival: Bands are Red Hot Chilly Pickers, Jim Waive & the Young Divorcees, Junior Moment, Kow Pi. Noon. Covesville Store, Rt. 29 South.

DIVINE, the dance event with DJ Frank Rivera: Pre-Halloween costume event with prize for the best costume, an open house event at Club 216. Membership not required.

SMOOVE with Stroud from Soulful House and classic funk to old skool dancehall, hip-hop, and go-go at R2. $5 before 11:30/$8 after.

Minus The Sidekick and Death By Sexy at Atomic Burrito. Free, 10:30pm.

The Virginia State Marching Band Festival at Charlottesville High School. All day, $5.

Georgie Jessup and Big Love at Coupe DeVille's. No cover, 10pm.

Eli Cook at Dürty Nelly's. $4, 9pm.

The George Turner Trio at Fellini's #9. No cover, 10pm.

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

Heretics In The Lab and Terror Couple at the Outback Lodge. $6, 10pm.

UVA Choral Showcase at Old Cabell Hall. $10/$5, 7pm.

The David Grisman Quintet and Old School Freight Train at the Paramount Theater. $35/$30/$25, 8pm.

Scott Fore and David Doucet at The Prism. $15/$12, 8pm.

Heather Berry and Blue Light Special at Rapunzel's, 7:30pm.

88 Keys at Fellini's #9. No cover, 6pm.

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

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

Vernon Fisher at Fossett's at Keswick Hall. 6:30pm.

The Physics of Meaning at the Twisted Branch Tea Bazaar. $5, 10pm.

E=Mc?2: "The Physics Of Meaning," a collaboration between songwriter Daniel Hart and producer Alex Lazara which features a seven-piece band and several guest artists, visits the Twisted Branch on Saturday. It certainly seems to deserve its enigmatic name– let's not get into the recurring themes drawn from quantum mechanics and metaphysics, but we hope the fact that the debut album is one long narrative told from the perspective of a single protagonist will serve as sufficient proof.

"My education is in play writing, so I think in those terms," says Hart; he has a college degree to back him on that. The live performance, however, might turn out to be a little less scripted. "We don't play the album in order all the time," says Hart, "but there are some themes both lyrically and musically that run throughout those songs."

SUNDAY, October 23
Sunday Salsa Live:
From Richmond, Tropikiimba, 10 musicians with a big salsa sound. Beginner's lesson at 8pm (downstairs), band starts at 9:30 (upstairs).Outback Lodge. $8.

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. 2pm.

Down but Not Out:
Danny and his Mum have lived in more places than he can even remember. In the play Danny, King of the Basement, his spirit and imagination triumph as he helps himself by helping others. Community Children's Theatre presents a Roseneath Theatre production of this funny and touching drama at the Martin Luther King Jr. Performing Arts Center. 2pm. $10. 961-7862.

Lost in Space: Science gets sexy at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory's Open House with out-of-this-world lectures, demonstrations, exhibits, and lots of fun hands-on activities for all ages. Kids can visit the StarLab, help make a comet, experiment with liquid nitrogen, make a constellation and star wheel, peer through the telescopes, get a stellar face painting, and much more. It's a chance to learn more about the work of the National Radio Astronomy Observatory, a world-famous organization based right here in Charlottesville. 11am-4pm. Free. 520 Edgemont Road (Observatory Hill). 296-0323.

Sing Around the World: Congregation Beth Israel Preschool wants kids to get along, no matter what their background. So they're bringing together people from diverse cultures in Charlottesville to share music from around the world in the annual CultureFest. 4:30 to 6:30pm. $12 adults, $5 children 5-12. Advance ticket discounts available at Weeville, both Plan 9 locations, Sidetracks, and Congregation Beth Israel. Proceeds benefit the CBI Preschool Scholarship Fund. 301 E. Jefferson St. 295-6382.

Ghosts on the Mountain: See Saturday, October 22.

Oak Ridge Steeplechase:
Tell summer goodbye with one more steeplechase, this time at Oak Ridge Estate in Nelson County. In addition to the steeplechase, there will be terrier races, a course walk, a tailgate contest, and Junior Jockey children's activities. Gates at 9:30am. Fees vary. Info: or 800-709-8382.

Martha's Market: See Friday, October 21. 11am-4pm. $5. Free parking. Omni Hotel, west end of the Downtown Mall. or 982-8258.

Foliage Fest: See Saturday, October 22. 9:30am-4pm. Registration required. 325-8169.

Barrel Tasting: See Saturday, October 22. Noon-5pm at 301 River Drive in Stanardsville. 985-6100.

George Melvin at Fellini's #9. $5, 9pm.

Jan Smith and Caroline Herring at Gravity Lounge. $8, 7pm.

The George Turner Trio with Lori Derr at Kokopelli's. No cover, 7pm.

Tropikiimba at the Outback Lodge. $8, 9:30pm.

The UVA Wind Ensemble and Jazz Ensemble at Old Cabell Hall. Free, 2pm.

King's X and Navel at the Satellite Ballroom. $18/$15, 8pm.

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

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

MONDAY, October 24
No Parkway Yes Transit:
Help make the switch from subsidizing endless sprawl with more roads to supporting walkable development with convenient transit, bike paths and sidewalks. Come help plan the rally, sign up to table, or just for more information. 5:30pm. Madison Room, Downtown Library, Market St. 882-1069.

New World Order:
Anne-Marie Slaughter discusses the ways government officials are becoming an increasingly important component of global affairs. Book signing follows. 11am at the Miller Center. 2201 Old Ivy Road. 924-7236.

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

Jesse Colin Young at Gravity Lounge. $25/$20, 7pm.

Heather Maxwell at the Satellite Ballroom.

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 25
Hello Dolley:
Richard Cote's Strength and Honor: the life of Dolley Madison is the topic of this month's Crozet Library Discussion at the Depot. The book traces the First Lady's life from her Quaker roots to her role as Washington's hostess. Even if you haven't read the book, come for a good discussion at 7pm today. 5791 Three Notch'd Road, Crozet. 823-4050.

The Wolf Talks: Edward Falco, author of Sabbath Night in the Church of the Piranha, discusses and reads from his new novel, Wolf Point, at New Dominion Bookshop. 404 E. Main St. 5:30pm. 295-2552.

Does Your Vote Count?:
The League of Women Voters invites the public to attend an informational meeting on redistricting and reapportionment, "Does Your Vote Really Count?" Noon. Monticello Conference Center, 205 Monticello Ave. 970-1707 to order lunch.

Newcomers Club: David Maurer, feature writer of the "Yesteryears" column in the Daily Progress entertains the October luncheon. Meet and greet new and old friends at the social hour at 11am followed by lunch at noon. $21. Glenmore Country Club, 1750 Piper Way, Keswick. 964-1596.

Rising Stars:
Piedmont Council of the Arts holds an awards banquet to honor Fran Sackett Smith (individual), The Charlottesville and University Symphony Orchestra (arts organization), Juanita Wilson (education), and The Daily Progress (business). Nineteen high school juniors and seniors win Rising Star Awards for excellence in the arts. 6pm. Omni Hotel downtown. 971-2787.

Travis Elliott at Atomic Burrito. No cover, 10:30pm.

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

Chris Night at Gravity Lounge. $8, 7pm.

Dick Scott at the Outback Lodge. $2, 10pm.

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 26
Shenandoah Shakspeare
10 S. Market St., Staunton. 540-885-5588
The Three Musketeers:
See Sunday, October 23. Stay after tonight's show at 8pm to talk to the actors.

FOCUS Flea Market:
Beginning today, get your kicks and everything else you need at the old Brown's Cleaners spot near K-Mart. Hours for sale and donation noon-6pm Wednesday-Sunday. 293-5458.

Dhakiyarr vs The King:
Film night features this inspiring story of remembrance and healing&endash; of two laws, two cultures, and two families coming to terms with the past. Free, but reservations required. 7pm. Kluge-Ruhe art gallery. 400 Worrell Drive, off Route 250 East at Pantops. 244-0234.

Mounds of Venus:
The female breast is an iconic symbol. How might a deeper understanding of the breast's significance help breast cancer patients, families, and health professionals? Maura Spiegel, Ph.D., Department of English Literature, Columbia University, coauthor of The Breast Book, and Jennifer Harvey, M.D., of the Breast Care Center at UVA Health System, tackle this fascinating topic today at the Medical Center hour. 12:30-1:30. Jordan Hall Conference Center Auditorium (on Lane Road adjacent to the Health Sciences Library). 982 3280.

What's Next?: Susanna Wesley discusses the role of Christians in a changing church tonight at the Center for Christian Study. The first in a four-part series that continues November 2, 9, and 16. 7pm at 128 Chancellor St. $25; free to full-time students. Registration required. 817-1050.

Parsing the Numbers: In a free lecture for a general audience, noted public speaker (and author, newspaper columnist and professor) John Allen Paulos investigates the mathematical angles of stories in the news and offer novel perspectives, questions, and ideas for those who can't get along without their daily paper. Paulos explains how mathematical naiveté can put readers at a disadvantage in thinking about many issues in the news that may seem not to involve mathematics at all. 7:30pm, free. UVA Physics Building room 130. 924-4919 or

Brown Bag Series: Virginia Powell presents "As Common As Dust: Domestic Violence and Violent Death" as part of the Shelter for Help in Emergency's observation of Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Noon. Outreach Center, 1410 Sachem Place, Suite 102. Free, bring lunch. 963-4676.

More 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.

Jim Waive and the Young Divorcees at Atomic Burrito. No cover, 10:30pm.

Evan Mook at Fellini's #9. No cover, 8pm.

Chip Taylor and Carrie Rodriguez at Gravity Lounge. $10, 7pm.

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.

THURSDAY, October 27
Shenandoah Shakespeare
10 S. Market St., Staunton. 540-885-5588
The Comedy of Errors.
See Saturday, October 20. Tonight's 7:30 show is followed by a chat with the cast.


Educator's Workshop: Piedmont Council of the Arts and the Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection present an educator's workshop on Australian Aboriginal Art and Culture. Teachers learn how to use Aboriginal materials to enrich SOL-based learning in elementary and middle schools. Re-certification points are available by completing this workshop and attending additional events at Kluge-Ruhe. 4:30-7:30pm. No fee. Register at 244-0234.

More Tales for Tots: See Wednesday, October 26.

Club Retro with DJ Stroud (Old skool hip-hop to '80s dance, Motown, disco, and classic house) $3. Ladies free with student ID. R2 behind Rapture.

Robin Wynn at Atomic Burrito. No cover, 10:30pm.

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

Chris Smither and Larry Burnett at Gravity Lounge. $20/$15, 7pm.

DJ Williams Projekt and Osmotic at the Outback Lodge. $5, 10pm.

The Yonder Mountain String Band at The Paramount Theater. $25/$22.50/$20, 8pm.

The Rah Brahs, The Mae Shi, VCR, and Measles Mumps and Rubella at the Satellite Ballroom.

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

SPCA Sale: Shop for clothes, furniture, computers, books, sporting equipment, appliances, kitchenware, collectibles, and more at the annual SPCA Rummage Sale. All proceeds benefit the Charlottesville Albemarle SPCA. 11-7 daily through October 23. At the SPCA warehouse on 5th Street Extended. 971-9271.

UVA Polo: Polo goes year round (well, almost.) The university's nationally ranked squad has an indoor/outdoor facility on Forest Lodge, on the left off of 5th Street Extended, and plays every Friday night at 7pm. Rain or shine. $2 students, $4 non-students. Visit for team information, or contact, 979-0293.

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.

Ninja Yoga: Toward a revolution of consciousness. Suitable for all levels of expertise. Free and open to the public at "Better than Television," a new community center in the art space under the Jefferson Theater. Times vary. 295-0872.

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 started 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.

On October 26, the University of Virginia Art Museum opens "Mi Cuerpo, Mi Pais: Cuban Art Today," which will be on display through December 23. The Museum also joins in the celebration of local painter Chica Tenney's career, with an exhibition of her work, on view through October 30. Plus, "A Jefferson Ideal: Selections from the Dr. and Mrs. Henry C. Landon III Collection of American Fine and Decorative Arts," is 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. See Art feature.

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.

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.


Sweet Briar 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. 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.

Revival: Technical recovery at SSG
Last year, I identified a local rule of art that parallels Murphy's Law. Let's call it Stoddard's Standard (in honor of Second Street Gallery's beloved director and visionary, Leah Stoddard). Its observation: the quality of an exhibition is often in inverse proportion to the length of its run. In other words, less-than-stellar shows hang on for months while brilliant displays bolt through town like lightning.

Supporting Stoddard's Standard is "Casting a New Light," Second Street Gallery's current exhibition of 10 contemporary artists working with antique photographic techniques. This tantalizing show opened October 7 and will close a scant three weeks (!) later on October 27.

Co-curated by New York photographer Jerry Spagnoli and Richmond artist Alyssa Salomon, the 63 works selected explore the rich potential lurking in methods long abandoned as photography has barreled through a succession of technical "improvements" during the last century and a half.

These archaic techniques represent the polar opposite of today's digital photography with its capacity for endless reproduction and manipulation. Many of the show's images are one-of-a kind, either produced in-camera or as unique prints, each requiring meticulous planning prior to its execution. Such methods are unforgiving, which makes their successful realization that much more riveting.

The approaches of the 10 artists vary widely. For example, Roland Wirtz's large yet minimal salt prints of modern architecture stand in stark contrast to Dana Moore's surreal pencil alterations of found photographs.

Nevertheless, a sense of melancholia and the macabre, occasionally verging on Gothic, runs through the exhibition– entirely appropriate for an October offering. Perhaps the revival of dead techniques naturally leads to dark considerations.

My favorite images in the show, all of which fall into the beautiful-yet-disturbing realm, are Jayne Hinds Bidaut's strange tintype fantasies. In "Lantern Fly," the silhouette of a bird's skeleton stands within a semi-circle of botanical vines, spotlighted against a greenish-gold, chemical-laden background. In the upper left corner, a small insect god spreads its pincers to orchestrate the scene below.

True to the rule of group shows, "Casting a New Light" includes several weak links. Ellen Carey's abstract and color-saturated pushpin photograms are jarringly out of place among the other more muted, figural works. Also, Salomon's descriptive guide to the various photographic techniques, printed on the wall of the Dové Gallery, provides little clarification.

Fortunately, the pieces bear their own weight without explanation. It's just too bad we don't have longer to look at them.

"Casting a New Light," featuring work by Dana Moore, Roland Wirtz, France Scully Osterman, Deborah Luster, Jayne Hinds Bidaut, Dan Estabrook, Ellen Carey, Mark Osterman, Irving Pobboravsky, and Sean Culver, is on view at Second Street Gallery through October 27. 115 Second St. SE (in the Charlottesville City Center for the Arts). 977-7284.

BUZZ BOX Navel gazing: King's X leave their mark

"Progressive Rock" is an intriguing term. It describes the descendents of groups like Pink Floyd and Rush, a lineage that passes through King's X and Genesis on its way to purebred modern practitioners like Opeth and Porcupine Tree, and even into mainstream modern rock, exerting an influence on System Of A Down and the late Smashing Pumpkins.

If these artists seem like strange bedfellows, it's because the genre label only loosely defines its contents: these are bands looking to push the envelope in Rock and save it from 4/4 kick-snare-kick-kick-snare patterns. But beyond that, anything goes. They're defined more by their deviation from the norm than anything else– kind of like "Indie.

Speaking of which, hometown boys Navel must be thrilled about opening the show; bassist Drew Worsley says that King's X is the group that most singularly embodies the inspirations driving his band. We called King's X drummer Jerry Gaskill to ask him about all this.

The Hook: How does one ensure that a progressive rock band stays progressive over the course of 20 years?

Gaskill: I don't know, I never really considered a progressive band. I'm not even sure I know what that means.

The Hook: Okay, let's use a different word, then. How is "Ogre Tones" an... evolution of your previous work?

Gaskill: The biggest difference is that we had someone outside produce it, Michael Wagner. It was a total joy for all of us to let someone legendary be the producer, and just relax and be the artist. That was different. It's just a new progressive thing that we've done.

The Hook: In the song "Freedom," you call for both gay rights and freedom to join the KKK, since that would fall under freedom of expression. Do you feel like that's a risky stance to take?

Gaskill: I'm not speaking for Ty here. We are all free to do anything we want, but there are going to be consequences for anything we do. The easy thing is just blame it on God, when actually it's just us being stupid human beings. I'm not the one who wrote those lyrics, and I only have my own ideas about what's being said.

The Hook: "Ogre Tones" also contains a few religious references, but most of them come across as dissatisfied. Is that cynicism intentional?

Gaskill: Dissatisfied with the world? With life? I didn't write those lyrics, Ty did. But I think there's a general sort of dissatisfaction that runs through all of us, even when we're content.

The Hook: You qualified both those answers because you didn't write the words; are your roles in the band pretty isolated and well-defined?

Gaskill: We don't really discuss the lyrics among ourselves. Throughout the years, we've just believed in each other. If it's something you have to say, we just go with it, unless it's something that we horribly disagree with.

The Hook: Who influenced you when you were younger?

Gaskill: When the Beatles came to America, everything to me became about them. Through them, I found Led Zeppelin, and John Bonham became a huge influence on me.

The Hook: What about collective influences for the whole band?

Gaskill: We all had totally different inspirations growing up. The only collective influence I can think of was a band called The Producers.

The Hook: So then what is it like for you to look at a band like Navel and realize that you've influenced the next generation of rock?

Gaskill: It's always an honor. Sometimes it's hard for me to understand, and it's hard for me to grasp that this is a reality for people. It happens literally everywhere we go, even with people we admire ourselves.

The Hook: What's the next, er, progression for your band to take?

Gaskill: I don't know yet. We're as curious as anyone. We're on the same evolutionary path as everyone else to find out what the heck we're gonna be.