Cultural Calendar: 11/10/2005-11/17/2005

THURSDAY, November 10
ART
Iron Age Expert: Carla Antonaccio, professor of classical studies at Duke, discusses her work in "The First City at Morgantina," an ancient Greek colony in central Sicily. The talk is part of UVA's commemoration of the 50th anniversary of American-led excavations at Morgantina, directed for the past 25 years by UVA art history professor Malcolm Bell. 6pm. Campbell Hall, Room 160. 924-6123.

FAMILY
High Tech: Young techno-wizards are invited to explore the possibilities with a local team of middle and high school students who compete annually in the first robotics competition. Charlottesville/Albemarle Robotics (CARobotics) and their partners at UVA's Engineering School and GE Fanuc host an open house to recruit students and mentors interested in robotics. 6-8pm. Free. Old Reactor Building, Old Reservoir Rd. on Observatory Hill. Info: jparker@carobotics.org. carobotics.org.

Opt to Adopt: Families United Through Adoption continues the conversation about the adoption option. Tonight's session concerns home study. Social worker and parent educator Chris Walker helps prospective parents explore this requirement of the adoption process from a licensing as well as a therapeutic perspective. 6:30-8:30pm. Free, donations accepted. 408 E. Market St., suite 204, near Central Library. 923-8253.

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

STAGE
Cloud 9:
UVA's fall drama festival offers the Obie award-winning Cloud 9 by Caryl Churchill. Director Betsy Tucker describes the play as a "funny, farcical look at sex and power." 7:30pm. $14, discounts for students and people 60+. Helms Theater, Culbreth Road. 924-3376.

Had Enough?: Another fall drama festival offering is Ntozake Shange's Obie-winning For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/When the Rainbow is Enuf, directed by guest artist and professor Theresa M. Davis of WVU. 8pm. $14, discounts for students and people 60+. Culbreth Theatre, Culbreth Road. 924-3376.

Shenandoah Shakespeare
10 S. Market St., Staunton.
540-885-5588
Hamlet: A
nyone 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. Today's performance is a 10:30am school matinee.

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. Stay after the show tonight to talk with the cast.

WORDS
Flower Power:
The current issue of Iris explores the effect of popular culture on young women. Celebrate at a release party tonight at the Twisted Branch Tea Bazaar with Morwenna Lasko, Jay Pun, pop covers by Meloscooter, and writers reading and discussing their work. 7-10pm. $7 admission includes copy of the journal. Downtown Mall. 924-4500.

Where Will it Go?: Come help decide where the new western branch of the Jefferson Madison Regional Library will be. The Crozet Library Building Advisory Committee meets tonight at 7pm in the current library (in the old train station) that's apparently no longer good enough. 823-4050, or jmrl.org.

WALKABOUT
For the Birds:
The monthly meeting of the Monticello Bird Club features a talk by Bill Williams on "Nesting Birds of Virginia." Williams will cover aspects of the birds' natural history and the probable causes for the changes in bird populations– and potential solutions. 7:30pm. Education building, Ivy Creek Natural Area, Earlysville Road. 293-5173.

Blandy Hike: Tour the Blandy Experimental Farm with Marion Lobstein, botanist and Wintergreen Nature Foundation expert. He'll share the history of the Farm and give a tour of the grounds. Bring lunch. $20 members; $25 non-members. 8am; registration required. 325-8169.

Think While You Drink: Philip Ponton and Riaan Rossouw, winemakers at Oakencroft Vineyards, step behind the bar at VaVino as guest bartenders tonight, 6-8pm. They pour their wines free of charge, and will be available to answer questions or just chat about wine. 974-9463.

Money-Making: Charlottesville Venture Group's presents its 8th annual Charlottesville business forum, "Leadership Challenges in a Growing Business." Darden School. Workshops, speakers, panels, a gala reception, and more. $190/members; $240/nonmembers. 979-7259 or cville-venutre.org for registration information.

WORDS
Conversation Topic:
Anthony Browder, author of From the Browder File, speaks at the UVA Office of African American Affairs' third annual Conversation with Black Men. 7-10pm in Maury Hall, Room 209. Free and open to the public. 924-7923

Go South: Hal Crowther discusses his new collection of essays, Gather at the River: Notes from the Post-Millennial South, which covers subjects as diverse and as authentically southern as Faulkner, the Branch Davidians, Dolly Parton, and the Iraq war. 5:30pm. New Dominion Bookshop. 295-2552.

TUNES
Well, Wells:
Wells just released an EP in August, but they're still antsy. "It's just an EP, so we just get it to people who are fans of ours, and when it's over, they want more," says keyboard player Wells Hanley. Even a moderately heavy touring schedule hasn't proven to be entertaining enough– the ball is already rolling on the next record. "We haven't really started recording," he continues, "but we've got the material for the next album." Hanley got his start around these parts playing jazz gigs while attending JMU, and settled in Charlottesville a few months ago after spending several years in New York. This band is a drastic change from his history as a jazz player. "Our jazz heads are definitely at work, but it's not the style here," he says. "Our primary focus was on lyrics and songs and concise, clear statements." So here it is, just the facts:

Wells, Ezra Hamilton, and The Rachel Nevadas at the Outback Lodge. $5, 10pm.

Silent Diner at Atomic Burrito. No cover, 11pm.

Joseph Mills at Coupe DeVille's. No cover, 10pm.

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

David LaMotte and Mary Gordon Hall at Gravity Lounge. $8, 7pm.

Pat Metheny at the Paramount Theater. $49, $46, $43, 8pm.

Wayne Reese at the Prism. $10, 7:45pm.

Mofro at Starr Hill. $12/$10, 8pm.

Mark Rock at Southern Culture. $0, 10:15pm.

Cristal at the Twisted Branch Tea Bazaar. Donations accepted, 9:30pm.

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

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, November 11
ART
Stop By:
The Eye of the Beholder gallery opens "Stopping Points," featuring paintings, drawings, and photographs by Elizabeth Hutson. There's a reception today 4-8pm. In the Packing Shed on Front St. in Lovingston. 996-5058.

Placemaking for Change: "Non-Traditional Models of Community Revitalization" is the title of a seminar this weekend at the UVA architecture school. Today Ms. Reese Fayde, CEO of Living Cities, the National Community Development Initiative, speaks at the lunch, 12:30-1:20pm, Room 155, Campbell Hall. 4:45-6:30pm: wine reception at the Charlottesville Community Design Center 101 E. Main St. on the Downtown Mall. 617-492-8404

WALKABOUT
Just a WeekLate:
Charlottesville and Albemarle-area Democrats gather for "Second Fridays," an informal monthly social upstairs at Rapture on the Downtown Mall. 6-8 pm. $6 gets you light hors d'oeuvres, cash bar, and donkey talk. Info: 296-1865.

Veterans' Day at Montpelier: Free admission for all members of the Armed Forces, serving or retired, and special tours of James Madison's Orange County estate. 9:30am-4:30pm. 540-672-2728 ext. 104 or montpelier.org.

Veterans' Day at Ash Lawn-Highland: Commemorate Veterans' Day at the home of Revolutionary War veteran and U.S. President James Monroe. Activities include a wreath laying ceremony at Monroe's grave, special tours of the house and grounds, and other celebratory goings-on. Free admission for all veterans 11am-5pm. Events included in house admission ($11 adults, $5 children). 293-9539 or ashlawnhighland.org.

Women's Discussion: Cathy Maxwell, historical romance author, discusses "What we do for Love: Reflections on Life and Love" at the FOCUS Women's Resource Center's annual fall luncheon. At the Omni. $28 per person includes lunch. Info: 293-2222 ext. 30.

Veterans Remembrance: The American Legion of Charlottesville and Albemarle, Post 74, sponsors a ceremony in observance of Veteran's Day on the lawn at the Albemarle County Office Building at 11am. Ambassador and Brigadier General Retired Gregory Govan speaks. Free. 980-7381.

The One Ring: Jewelry makers, goldsmiths, and silversmiths from around the country come to town with their wares for the 3rd Annual Gem, Mineral, and Jewelry Show. Learn about repairs, custom designs, and options for original jewelry. 10am-6pm. National Guard Armory, 1640 Avon St. Ext. 540-384-6047 or toteshows.com.

Ice Action: The Virginia hockey team takes on the University of Maryland: Baltimore Campus at the Downtown Ice Park tonight at 10. UVA students free, general public, $6. uvahockey.com.

FAMILY
Get Real:
Real boys… and girls too… take the stage at the Old Michie Theatre in Pinocchio. The play, based on the classic Carlo Collodi tale, tells the story of a marionette puppet who yearns to become a real boy. 7pm. $7.50. 221 E. Water St. 977-3690. oldmichie.com.

American Girl: Fans of the American Girl series ages 7-11 can join the club at Barnes & Noble. At tonight's meeting the topic is America's traditional winter holidays and how the American Girl characters celebrated. A holiday craft will be made. Newcomers and dolls welcome. 7pm. Free. Barracks Road Shopping Center. 984-0461.

FAMILY AND STAGE
No Time for Toys:
Babes in Toyland marches onto the stage as Black Box Players, a local community theatre group, present this family friendly musical classic at Burnley-Moran Elementary School Auditorium. 7pm. $8. Rt. 250 Bypass. 970-7600.

STAGE
Call of the Wild:
UVA's fall drama festival continues with The Call of the Wild. For this new musical, playwright Jon Lipsky combines and adapts Jack London's classic Alaskan adventure novels Call of the Wild and White Fang into a single story exploring the humanity in every creature and the idea of unconditional love. Bill Barclay's music is a blend of music hall, honky-tonk, and folk styles. 8pm. $16, discounts for students and people 60+. Culbreth Road. 924-3376.

Cloud 9: See Friday, November 10.

Night of January 16: This 1933 drama is still relevant today amid sensational trials and business scandals. In an unusual twist, a jury of audience members decides how the performance ends. 7:30pm. $10 adults, $8 seniors and students. PVCC, 500 College Road. 961-5376.

Midsummer Night on the Range: Tandem Friends School's fifth grade offers a novel production of Midsummer Night's Dream set in Wyoming. Lysander and Demetrius duel, cowboy Bottom twangs "Home on the Range." 5:30pm. 296-1030 x 408.

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. 7:30pm.

TUNES
Bobbing Around:
The irreverent four-person a cappella group The Bobs come to Nelson County tonight for a demo/workshop/Q&A. 7:30pm. $5. Reservations recommended. Earl Hamner Jr. Theater off Route 151 in the Rockfish Valley Community Center. 361-9092.

Gee Wilikers: The Charlottesville and University Symphony Orchestra presents its Veterans Day Tribute concerts featuring a collaboration with the University Singers and a solo performance by principal violist Constance Gee. Program includes Overture to Candide by Leonard Bernstein, Concerto for Viola by Bela Bartók, Dona Nobis Pacem by Ralph Vaughan Williams with the University Singers. 8pm. $11-25. Old Cabell Hall. 924-3984.

Calf Mountain Jam: Local Calf Mountain Jam performances are starting to become scarce. "The past year we've really started touring hard. We come back into town maybe once a month," says drummer Justin Shifflet. "That's the only way to do it, especially with the music we play." In case you hadn't guessed by now, they're playing to the jamband scene, where an aggressive tour schedule is just par for the course. It's about time they started venturing out– Shifflet and company have been playing together for over a decade, which is quite remarkable given that he's in his mid twenties. "It's crazy. We know the in and outs of everything with each other, musically and... not musically," he says with a snicker. Whatever he's hinting at there, you can watch it play out on stage tonight.

Calf Mountain Jam at Coupe DeVille's. No cover, 10pm.

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

Chuck Suchy at the Barking Cherry House Concert Series. Reservations required, 434-974-6702 or sngwrtr525@adelphia.net. Donations accepted, 8pm.

Kendra and the Kingpins at Dürty Nelly's. $3, 9:30pm.

Billy Jonas at Gravity Lounge. $15/$12/$5, 7pm.

The Essentials featuring Blake Hunter at Gravity Lounge. $5, 10:30pm.

The Charlottesville and University Symphony Orchestra at Old Cabell Hall. $11-$25, 3:30pm.

Bruce Molsky at The Prism. $18/$15, 8pm.

Open mic night at Rapunzel's. 8pm.

Calvin Johnson and Tender Forever at the Twisted Branch Tea Bazaar. Donations accepted, 9:30pm.

World Leader Pretend, Washington Social Club, Army Of Me, and Pepper's Ghost at Starr Hill. $5, 8:30pm.

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

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

Darth Sketchy's transmissions from the dark side at R2. No cover, 9pm.

SATURDAY, November 12
ART
When the Levee Breaks:
The third annual east coast puppetista tour features Uncle Sam's Little Global Circus and their provocative mix of circus, puppetry, political satire, and original music. The show looks at "the catastrophic effects of Hurricane Katrina in the context of race, class, the war in Iraq and the lies of the Bush administration." 4pm. Better than Television, under the Jefferson Theater on the Downtown Mall. 295-0872.

Children's Clothesline Art Show: Art by the children of Charlottesville for the children of the Gulf Coast. Join the community for a day of making art for children affected by Hurricane Katrina. At the close of the show, Jodie Plaisance, a Louisiana native and Charlottesville resident, will deliver the artwork to the children of Jennings, Louisiana and Pearlington, Mississippi on her next relief trip to the region. 10am-5pm. Les Yeux du Monde. 115 S. First St. 973-5566.

The One Ring: See Friday, November 11. 10am-6pm. National Guard Armory, 1640 Avon St. Ext. 540-384-6047 or toteshows.com.

Fall Festival: Join Jefferson Vineyards for a day of wine tastings, seasonal fare, and leaf gazing among the hills near Monticello Mountain. Advance tickets required. 800-272-3042.

UVA Football: Charlottesville's pigskin tradition continues to roll, this time against Georgia Tech. 3:30pm. Ticket prices vary. Scott Stadium. 800-542-UVA1 or virginiasports.com.

Teachers Talk: "Learning Through Listening" is the topic at the monthly meeting of the American Association of University Women. 10am at Northside Library. Free. 293-6736.

Carlos Castaneda's Magical Passes: James Yates introduces participants to the magical passes practiced and taught by Carlos Castaneda, and teaches way to use this ancient series of physical movement to revitalize the mind and body. 10am-1pm at the Orange Hill Wellness Center, 401 Orange St. $20. Info: 977-6918.

Self-Publishing Workshop: Get your masterpiece into print and learn the fine art of self publishing and promotion. 10am-3pm at the Omni. $75. Info: 823-2274.

Mountain Morning: Join a Wintergreen Nature Foundation naturalist for an interpretive hike through the mountains of Wintergreen. Moderate difficulty. $3 members, $6 non-members. 10am. 325-8169.

Run for the Lungs: Sponsored by FORCE, this annual 5k benefits the lung cancer team at UVA Cancer Center.10am at the Newcomb Hall Plaza. $15. Registration info at Norwood's New Balance at 1646 Seminole Trail. 409-9590.

WORDS
Loosen Up:
Counselor Len Worley offers a talk for parents and educators on alternatives to the current zero tolerance approach to drugs now considered ineffective for many students. "Adults lose credibility with youth when they give alarmist and one-sided perspectives about drugs," Worley says. Come see what you think of the approach. 7-9pm. $15. The Community Meeting Space, 1117 E. Market St., two blocks east of Guadalajara restaurant. 434 293-3271.

Get Serious: UVA professor Steven Rhoads gives the keynote address at the Virginia Association of Scholars' annual meeting today. Rhoads' controversial book, Taking Sex Differences Seriously, is the starting point for a panel discussion on gender issues in academia featuring Rhoads, Gwen Brown of Radford, Lillian BeVier of UVA Law School, and David Armor of George Mason. 11am, register at 10am. $25 includes lunch or $10 sans lunch. RSVP cestronach@adelphia.net or darmor@gmu.edu. 703-993-2260.

FAMILY
Welcome to Our Hood:
Every year, Community Children's Theatre hosts the Missoula Children's Theatre for a weeklong residency with local children. More than 50 kids in grades K-12 came together this week to create a full-scale musical production using original scripts, costumes, and sets provided by Missoula. Tonight they present to the public the results of these efforts: the story of Robin Hood. 2pm and 4pm. $5. Johnson Elementary School. 295-6797.

Puppets in the City: Esther, the country mouse, and Priscilla, the city mouse, discover the true meaning of friendship after each one visits the other's home. Old Michie Theatre presents a whimsical puppet adaptation of this classic children's tale. 11am, 2 and 4 pm. $5. 221 East Water St. 977-3690. oldmichie.com.

How to Buy a Telescope: This workshop is a must for those whose holiday gift list includes a telescope. Astronomy Director Ken Wilson at the Science Museum of Virginia helps stargazers translate the scientific jargon and focus their sights as they sift through the thousands of options available in purchasing a telescope. 9-11am. $7. Reservations required. 2500 W. Broad St. 804-864-1411.

Get Real: See Friday, November 11.

No Time for Toys: See Friday, November 11.

STAGE
Cloud 9: See Friday, November 10.

For Colored Girls…: See Thursday, November 10.

Night of January 16: See Friday, November 11.

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

All's Well that Ends Well: See Thursday, November 10. Today's show is at 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.

TUNES
Jim Waive and the Young Divorcees:
Local songwriter Jim Waive is excited about bringing his newest record into the world this week. "I did a solo album three or four years ago, but it was really homespun," he says. "I sold it only when I played live; I didn't try to sell them anywhere else. I did it all myself– burned them, stamped them, cut the liner notes. It was a real pain in the ass." Understandably, then, Waive isn't looking back. "I've been involved in a bunch of different bands over the years, but this one feels real good," he says of "The Young Divorcees," the group that currently backs him, "good people all around, good musicians, good vibes." The old CD won't be on sale when they play Starr Hill tonight, if that tells you anything.

Jim Waive and the Young Divorcees, Sarah White, and B.C. at Starr Hill. $7, 8pm.

Divine, the dance event, at Club 216. For this open house event, membership is not required. DJ Frank Rivera.

Four on the Floor at the Satellite Ballroom. DJs von Hoff and Gavin Holland spin the best of current house music. Doors at 10pm, $5.

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

The Red Hot Chilly Pickers with Junior Moment at Atomic Burrito. No cover, 10:30pm.

Dangus Kahn and The Tornadoes at Coupe DeVille's. No cover, 10pm.

Courtney Hollow with Peyton Tochterman and Andy Thacker at Gravity Lounge. $8, 8pm.

The Laurie Lewis Band at the Prism. $22/$18, 8pm.

Andy Waldeck, Byron Massie, and Erin James at Rapunzel's, 7:30pm.

Lux Perpetua and Look Alike at the Twisted Branch Tea Bazaar. Donations accepted, 9pm.

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

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

SUNDAY, November 13
ART
Meet the Artists:
Travel north to Stanardsville to enjoy a reception for the work of potter Jan Crowther, jeweler Claudia Bean, and weaver Jan Russell. Wine tasting by Stone Mountain Vinyards, yummies by The Lafayette Inn. Noon-5pm. Info: noonwhistlepottery.com or 985-6500.

STAGE
Be Kind:
Today is World Kindness Day. Share your story with Playback Theater. The performances are reminders of what can happen when people behave kindly towards each other. 6-8pm. Pay what you will. McGuffey Art Center, 201 Second St. SW. Info: raphaelplayback@yahoo.com or 828-665-4774.

Night of January 16: See Friday, November 11. Today's show is a 2:30 matinee.

Shenandoah Shakespeare
10 S. Market St., Staunton.
540-885-5588
Hamlet:
See Thursday, November 10. Today's performance is a 2pm matinee.

DANCE CARD
Sunday Salsa:
Ninety percent salsa and 10 percent merengue, cha-cha and more. 8pm-midnight. Outback Lodge. Every Sunday with the Charlottesville Salsa Club

PERFORMANCE
Gee Wilikers:
See Friday, November 11. Today's concert is at 2:30pm.

Singing Workshop and Hootenanny. A zesty mix of rounds, spirituals, grooves and anthems. Second Sunday of each month through December. 1:30-3:30pm. $1-5 donation requested. Come sing or just listen and enjoy! Friends Meeting House, 1104 Forest St. 361 0154.

Trumpet Master Class: Paul Randall, principal trumpet of the North Carolina Symphony offers a program and demonstrations with pre-selected students performing and receiving help. Q&A follows. 6-9pm. Free. Garrett Hall at UVA. 924.3984 or virginia.edu/music/randall

FAMILY
Song and Dance:
Virginia Discovery Museum brings Francois le Roux to the Prism. This one-man phenomenon is unique and innovative with spontaneous cello, original electronic backings, and dancing. Children of all ages will enjoy this indescribable experience. 4-6pm. $12/adults, $5/children in advance; $15/adults, $6/children at the door. 214 Rugby Road. 977-1025.

Expert Advice: Scientists in a variety of fields will be standing by at Central Library to help students get started on school science projects. Kids (and their parents and teachers) are encouraged to stop by Science Project Help Day at Central Library with questions for the experts, a topic they'd like to explore, and any research they've already started. 2-4pm. Free. No registration required. 201 E. Market St. 979-7151 ext. 215 or ext. 3.

Get Real: See Friday, November 11. Today's performance is at 3pm.

No Time for Toys: See Friday, November 11. Today's performance is at 3pm.

WALKABOUT
The One Ring:
See Friday, November 11. 10am-6pm.

TUNES
Truman Sparks and The Nice Jenkins at Atomic Burrito. No cover, 10:30pm.

Slightly Stoopid at Starr Hill. $15/$12, 9pm.

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

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

MONDAY, November 14
FAMILY
Animation Nation:
Teenage fans of Japanese animation can get a sneak preview of the latest releases and meet other enthusiasts at Northside Library's Anime Club. There's food, flicks, and lots of fun for kids in grades 6-12. 6:30-8:30pm. Free. Reservations required. Albemarle Square. 973-7893.

Clowning Around: Bob Brown's merry band of marionettes take to the stage with thrilling feats of skill and daring to entertain kids of all ages. Today's performance is at Crozet Library at 4pm. Free. In the old train station on Three Notch'd Road. 823-4050.

WALKABOUT
Chef2Chef Benefit Dinner:
Raise money for a good cause &endash; Chef2Chef's culinary scholarship fund &endash; and enjoy a world-class meal at the same time. 6:30pm at The Lafayette Hotel. 985-6345 for reservations.

Go Deep: SeaDevil Divers, a local scuba diving club serving Charlottesville-Albemarle and the UVA communities, meets at 6:30pm at Rococo's Restaurant. This month's meeting features a presentation from Dan Dunfee entitled "Truk Lagoon." All interested divers welcome. 2001 Commonwealth Drive. 975-5570 or SeaDevilDivers.com.

WORDS
Reality, Defined:
Author Vigen Guroian discusses "Rallying the Really Human Things: The Moral Imagination in Politics, Literature, and Everyday Life" at the Center for Christian Study, 128 Chancellor St. 7pm. Free. 817-1050.

TUNES
Eat and Watch:
Cinema & Draft Nights "Movies with Attitude" Series at Satellite Ballroom. This week: Network. Come early for a $5 spaghetti dinner! Doors at 7, movie at 8. Free.

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

Galactic at Starr Hill. $20, 9pm.

The New Lou Reeds at the Twisted Branch Tea Bazaar. Donations accepted, 9:30pm.

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

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

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

TUESDAY, November 15
FAMILY
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.

Clowning Around: See Monday, November 14. Today's performance is at Central Library at 10:30am. 201 E. Market St. 979-7151, ext. 3.

WALKABOUT
Make New Friends:
The Newcomers Club of greater Charlottesville invites new area residents and current members to the November luncheon. Social hour 11am, lunch begins at noon. Jim Camblos speaks about adventures in the Commonwealth's Attorney's office. $18.50. Rococo's Bistro. 2001 Commonwealth Drive. Reservations: 964-1596.

Breathe Easier: Does screening help detect lung cancer and allow for early treatment? Whom would be screened, and how, and when, and would the costs of large-scale screening pay off in reduced morbidity and mortality? Claudia Henschke of New York-Presbyterian Hospital addresses these questions at the UVA Medical Center Hour. 12:30-1:30 in Jordan Hall Conference Center Auditorium on Lane Road, adjacent to the Health Sciences Library

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

STAGE
The Call of the Wild:
See Friday, November 11.

Cloud 9: See Friday, November 10.

For Colored Girls…: See Thursday, November 10.

TUNES
Rhythm in Blue:
The United States Air Force Heritage Band Jazz Ensemble from Langley Air Force Base as they play classics by Glenn Miller, Count Basic, Duke Ellington, and Stan Kenton. No charge. Doors open 6:30pm, show starts at 7pm. Carysbrook Performing Arts Center, Route 15, Fork Union. carysbrook.org or call 434-842-1333.

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

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

Richard Shindell and Soul Canoe at Gravity Lounge. $20/$15, 7pm.

Karaoke at City Limits. No cover, 9pm.

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

Deep Kutz at R2. 9pm, free.

WEDNESDAY, November 16
STAGE
Cloud 9: S
ee Friday, November 10.

For Colored Girls…: See Thursday, November 10.

Shenandoah Shakespeare
10 S. Market St., Staunton.
540-885-5588
Comedy of Errors:
See Saturday, November 12. Today's performance is a 10:30am school matinee.

Hamlet: See Thursday, November 10. Stay after tonight's 7:30 show to talk with the cast.

FAMILY
Search Me:
Teens can expand their search ability with "Getting Past Google," an Internet workshop at Northside Library that helps participants find and evaluate online information. 4-5:30pm. Free. Registration required. Albemarle Square. 973-7893.

Clowning Around: See Monday, November 14. Today's performance is at Gordon Avenue Library at 4pm. 1500 Gordon Ave. 296-5544.

Knightime: Bob Brown Puppets present a Renaissance Faire at Scottsville Library. Colorful marionettes show up as knights, dragons, and jesters who perform with toe-tapping music. 10:30am. Free. 330 Bird St. 286-3541.

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

WALKABOUT
Falling Angels:
The Greene County Library airs the 2003 Canadian film Falling Angels by Scott Smith, based on the novel by Barbara Gowdy, as part of its ongoing independent film series. Set in 1969 Ontario, the film tells the story of 17-year-old Lou Field and her family's life-changing year. 7pm. Free and open to the public. 985-5227.

Cook's Class: Learn from the pros at Mona Lisa Pasta. This month's menu is a Tuscan dinner featuring fresh fig and prosciutto salad, roasted pork loin with fennel, sautéed spinach, and baked pears. $45. 7pm. 295-2494 to register.

WORDS
Humanities Lecture:
Rachel E. Saury, a lecturer with UVA's Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures, discusses Crossing the River of Lethe: Reclaiming Hope in an Age of Violence at the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities Fellows Seminar series. 4-5:30pm at 145 Ednam Drive, next to the Boar's Head Inn. Free. 924-3296.

Aging 101: Drs. David Geldmacher and Carol Manning discuss factors associated with the Alzheimer's Dementia and recent progress in treatments at the Charlottesville Senior Center. 7-8:30pm. Free, but RSVP to uvaging@Virginia.edu or 243-5695.

TUNES
The Ian Gilliam Blues Band at Atomic Burrito. No cover, 10:30pm.

Johnsmith and Louisa Wimberger with John Kelly at Gravity Lounge. $7, 8pm.

Benevento/Russo Duo at Starr Hill. $12/$10, 9pm.

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

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

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

Karaoke at Fat Daddy's. No cover, 9pm.

Evan Mook at Fellini's #9. No cover, 8-11pm.

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.

Bride of Norwohl, Worn in Red, Crash Everest, and Cataract Camp at the Outback Lodge. $5, 10pm.

THURSDAY, November 17
STAGE
The Call of the Wild: See Thursday, November 10.

Cloud 9: See Friday, November 10.

PERFORMANCE
All-Around Funny Guy:
Comedian, actor, impressionist, and sound effects extraordinaire Pablo Francisco, host of Latino Laugh Festival: "The Show" on S‚TV, comes to town tonight. 8pm. $10 UVA students adv., $15 door. $15 public adv., $20 door. Martin Luther King Jr. Performing Arts Center. 1400 Melbourne Road behind CHS. Info: uvaupc.com.

FAMILY
Theory of Relativity:
Families United Through Adoption hosts a discussion of the book Parenting from the Inside Out by Dan Siegel and Mary Hartzell. This discussion will be helpful to all parents– adoptive and non-adoptive. It is helpful, but not necessary, to have reviewed the book in advance. 6:30-8:30pm. Free. Reservations are appreciated but not required. 408 E. Market St., Suite 204, near the Central Library. 923-8253.

Students with Disabilities: PREP/Parent Resource Center hosts a free workshop on 504 plans. This federal legislation provides educational accommodations for students with chronic health issues, ADHD, or other health restrictions. Howard Kallem and David Berkowitz from the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Civil Rights explain the nuts and bolts of this often confusing subject. 6:30-8:30pm. Free. Reservation requested. Albemarle Resource Center 1200 Forest St. 975-9400, ext. 2342.

Knightime: See Wednesday, November 16. Today's performance is at Northside Library at 4pm. Albemarle Square. 973-7893.

More Tales for Tots: See Wednesday, November 16.

WALKABOUT
Grow Slow:
This month's meeting of Advocates for a Sustainable Albemarle Population features a discussion on optimal population size with Rich Collins, a retired UVA prof and head of UVA's Institute of Environmental Negotiations. 7:30pm. Westminster Presbyterian Church library. 974-6390 or stopgrowthasap.org.

Think While You Drink: Claude Delfosse, owner of DelFosse Vineyard and Winery, steps behind the bar at VaVino as guest bartender 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.

DANCE CARD
Salsa Night at Satellite Ballroom.
Lessons 8-9pm and dancing all night long! $6.

TUNES
Blast Off:
For a brief moment tonight, the "Atomic" in Atomic Burrito will represent more than just gastrointestinal WMD's, since it will be home to Bry David's thunderous drumming and host an exhibition of his lovely handmade drums. David came to town earlier this year after a decade of drum building and even more playing experience. "All the drums that will be there will be for sale, and I'll be playing them so that people can hear how they sound," he says. Also on display will be the equally lovely Ezra Hamilton, David's chosen sparring partner. "I think he's going to start the show with some of his originals and then it's going to evolve into a sort of acoustic jam," says David.

Monkey Worx Drum Showcase featuring Ezra Hamilton at Atomic Burrito. No cover, 10:30pm.

Joseph Mills at Coupe DeVille's. No cover, 10pm.

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

Slaid Cleaves at Gravity Lounge. $15/$12, 8pm.

Go and Voltage at the Twisted Branch Tea Bazaar. Donations accepted, 9:30pm.

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

Karaoke at the Lazy Parrot Grill. No cover, 8:30pm.

The Nice Jenkins at Mellow Mushroom. No cover, 10:30pm. Acoustic Groove Trio at Mono Loco. No cover, 10pm.

Silent Diner with Shane Hines and the Trance at the Outback Lodge. $5, 10pm.

Upcoming and Ongoing
DANCE CARD
Cut a Rug:
Terry Dean's Dance Studio gets everybody ready for a winter of indoor fun. Dance classes in beginning hustle (Monday, 7:30-8:15pm), beginning waltz (Tuesday, 7:30-8:15pm), beginning rumba (Wednesday, 7:30-8:15pm), beginning samba (Thursday, 7:30-8:15pm), beginning tango (Friday, day, 7:30-8:15pm), all levels West Coast swing (Friday, 8:15-9:00pm). Dance Party every Friday, 9-10:30pm ($10). Individual classes $10 per person per class. Friday class and dance party $10 inclusive. 1309 A. Seminole Trail. Details: 977-3327 or terrydeansdancestudio.com.

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: Learn circle, line, and partner folk dances from all over the world to authentic music from the Balkans, Middle East, South America, USA, and Africa. Beginners welcome. Ezher N. Uremiz instructs at the Senior Center, Pepsi Place. Tuesdays 6-8:30pm. 823-9705.

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

WALKABOUT
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 Fifth Street Extended, and they play every Friday night at 7pm, rain or shine. $2 students, $4 non-students. Info: student.Virginia.edu/~polo. 979-0293.

Michie Tavern: Local residents can preview the Tavern Museum's Jamestown 1607-2007 Commemorative Exhibit and its 18th century fashion display for free. Open daily 9am-5pm. 977-1234.

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

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.

ART AND FAMILY
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. 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. Forms and instructions are available at the Museum. Tuesday-Sunday, 1-5pm. Free. Rugby Road. 924-7458. virginia.edu/artmuseum.

FAMILY
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. smv.org.

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.

ART LIST
The University of Virginia Art Museum presents "Mi Cuerpo, Mi Pais: Cuban Art Today," on display through December 23. "A Jefferson Ideal: Selections from the Dr. and Mrs. Henry C. Landon III Collection of American Fine and Decorative Arts" runs through November 23. 155 Rugby Road. 924-3592.

In November, the McGuffey Art Center presents "An American in New Zealand: In Search of an Honest Life," an exhibition of Ann Cheeks' mixed-media paintings in the main. In the downstairs hall, Steve Taylor shows "Hardware," a collection of oil paintings, and Juli Godine displays "Recent Pastel and Oil Still Life." Upstairs, photographer Murray Whitehill presents "A Resemblance to Reality, Digital Portrayals," and photographer John Grant shows "Recent Botanical Prints." 201 Second St. NW. 295-7973.

Through November 26, Second Street Gallery presents "Ju-Yeon Kim: Recent Paintings" in the Main Gallery and "True Defenders of the Craft: Drawings by Warren Cragshead" in the Dové Gallery. 115 Second St. SE (in the Charlottesville City Center for the Arts). 977-7284.

Les Yeux du Monde features two exhibitions, on view through November 26: "Drawings" by Christophe Vorlet and "Recent Paintings" by David Summers. 115 S. First St. 973-5566. See Art feature, page XX.

During November, UVA's Off Grounds Gallery presents a collaborative exhibition by almost 30 faculty, alumni, and artist friends under the title "The Land of Wandering: Exquisite History Volume I." 300 W. Main St., First Floor (Ridge St. entrance). 924-6122.

Gallery 302 features paintings by Aaron Staengl during November. 300 W. Main St., Suite 302 (top floor, Ridge St. entrance). More info: eric@toaster.org.

Painter Nell Finger presents "Colors of Water" at Art Upstairs during November. Above the Hardware Store on the Downtown Mall. 923-3900.

Thirteen artists associated with local watercolorist Lee Alter have mixed-media works on display at ALC Copies during November. Opening reception, November 11, 6-8pm. 1170 Emmett St. (corner of Barracks Road). 295-2679.

Piedmont Virginia Community College Gallery displays its art faculty exhibition through November 30. Dickinson Building. 434-5203.

On November 15, the Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection opens "Yilpinji: Love Magic and Ceremony," which explores love magic rituals of the Kukajta and Warlpiri peoples of the Tanami Desert region. On view through February 18. 400 Worrell Drive (Pantops). 244-0234.

During November, Transient Crafters presents "Collaborative Creations," a show of works created by two or more artisans. All works displayed are open to bids in a silent auction to raise money for the cooperative. 118 E. Main St. on the Downtown Mall. 972-9500.

Through November, the C&O Gallery presents "The Road Show," an exhibition of 20 new landscape paintings by David Eakin. 515 E. Water St. (next to the C&O Restaurant). 971-7044.

The Abundant Life Chiropractic and Gallery offers "Inner Spaces," a show of "fresh, bold abstracts" by Kim Baldt, on view during November. 201 E. Main St., Suite Q. 979-5433.

C'ville Coffee hosts an exhibition of paintings by Eugenia Rausse during November. 1301 Harris St. 817-2633.

Through November 28, The Charlottesville Community Design Center examines visions for the future of local transportation with the exhibition, "Destination: West Main." 101 E. Main St. 984-2232.

Angelo presents watercolorist Nga Bui Katz's exhibition, "Windows of the Soul," on view through December 31. 220 E. Main St. on the Downtown Mall. 971-9256.

Painter Lindsay Michie Eades presents "Faces" at Fellini's #9 through November 30. 200 W. Market St. 979-4279.

Artist Gerald Mitchell displays work to benefit the Charlottesville Free Clinic at The Jeweler's Eye during November. 201 E. Main St. 979-5919.

For its November show, The Gallery @ 5th & Water presents paintings by mother-daughter duo Anne & Sallie Meade in an exhibition entitled "Relative Impressions II." Located in the upstairs foyer of Henderson & Everett and Stoneking/vonStorch. 107 Fifth St. 979-9825.

In November, Sage Moon Gallery showcases oil paintings created plein aire by Jennifer Young. 420 E. Main St. on the Downtown Mall. 977-9997.

During November, the Laughing Lion Gallery presents "Flesh Forms (don't bring the kids)," a show of new paintings by Terrence Pratt. 103 E. Water St. (above Londons). 984-4000.

For the month of November, BozArt Gallery presents "A Celebration of Life," oil paintings by the late Vidu Palta. 211 W. Main St. 296-3919.

La Galeria presents "Pastels from Italy" by Barbara Albert, through November. 218 W. Market St. (next to Vinegar Hill Theater). 293-7003.

Enjoy Cary Oliva's various photographic works at BodyLogic during November. 416 E. Jefferson St. (in Court Square). 971-7765.

In November, New Dominion Bookshop features paintings by Patsy Walsh from her City Market Series. 404 E. Main St. on the Downtown Mall. 295-2552.

Sidetracks presents the hand-colored pen and ink drawings of Natalie Estrellita in an exhibition entitled, "Touch the Hem of your Government," on view during November. 218 W. Water St. 295-3080.

Through November 28, artwork by Clark and Greenbrier Elementary School students is on display at City Hall. 605 E. Main St. 245-2414.

The Central Virginia Watercolor Guild has new work hanging at the Albemarle County Courthouse through November. 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.

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

Radar

On November 12, Gordonsville's Galerie LaParliere & Studios opens "Couleurs d'autmne," featuring work by Paula Pritchett and Bill Remington, on view through December 9. An opening reception is scheduled for November 12, 5-8pm. 117-A S. Main St. 540-832-3786.

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

Richmond's Virginia Museum of Fine Arts presents "Dazzle" the first of four exhibitions under the title "Look Here," highlighting the museum's permanent collection, on view through January 29. The VMFA also 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 new Virginia Holocaust Museum Art Gallery presents an exhibition of paintings by G. Roy Levin, through December 31. 2000 E. Cary St., Richmond. 804-257-5400.

The Arts Center in Orange features "Equus II," a collection of work by area artists celebrating horses, through December 31. 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," through November 27. 540-832-3565.

Madison's Sevenoaks Pathwork Center features "Healing Artists," an exhibition of work by Magali Boehlen, Karen Collins, Cindy Haney, Trilbie Knapp, and Alegria Barbara Strauss, through December 3. 540-948-6544.

The Maier Museum of Art at Randolph-Macon's Women's College in Lynchburg presents "Heart of the Matter: Recent Work by Elizabeth Murray," on view through December 9. Quinlan St., Lynchburg. 434-947-8136.

On November 11, Lovingston's The Eye of the Beholder gallery opens "Stopping Points," featuring paintings, drawings, and photographs by Elizabeth Hutson, in the Packing Shed on 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.

Other

The University of Virginia Art Museum is currently accepting entries for the 18th annual Writer's Eye competition. Writers of all ages are invited to submit poetry and prose in response to any of 21 works currently on view. All entries are due by 5pm, November 18. Application forms, regulations, and images of the works are online at Virginia.edu/artmuseum or 243-2050.

VSA arts of Charlottesville/Albemarle invites artists with disabilities, ages 13 and up, to submit work for the Sixth Annual VSA Art Show. Ready-to-hang art will be accepted November 28, 29, and 30 at the Independence Resource Center, 815 Cherry Ave. The show will be on display at the Martin Luther King Performing Arts Center, January 13-March 13, 2006. Info: Mildred Spicer, 970-3264.

FEATURES/FEATURES/FEATURES
ART
Drawing lines: Vorlet's visual commentary
BY LAURA PARSONS ART@READTHEHOOK.COM
Years ago a friend was finishing her Master of Fine Arts degree at Yale. During her final review, one professor sniffed that her paintings looked like they belonged on the cover of Psychology Today. The comment wrecked her for months. Let's face it, anything that smacks of commercial illustration gets a bad rap in the art world.

Yet effective illustrations– ones that wordlessly convey a specific idea or position– are able to meld two-dimensional form with function. Nowhere is this clearer than in the work of Christophe Vorlet, whose drawings are currently on view upstairs at Les Yeux du Monde.

If Vorlet's pen and ink illustrations and pencil drawings look familiar, they are. His work regularly appears in such national publications as The New York Times, the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, and The Atlantic Monthly. Many of the drawings displayed include the relevant newspaper clippings on the back of their frames.

Although Vorlet's work is occasionally playful, he more often comments on sobering subjects such as war, racism, guns, and big business. Frequently, Vorlet, an unabashed liberal and pacifist, leaves the outcome of troubling issues open.

For instance, the pen and ink drawing "War Rhetoric" presents, on the left, a silhouette of a turbaned figure holding aloft a gun and machete, while curving lines, reminiscent of Arabic calligraphy, swirl from his mouth. On the right, a silhouette of helmeted soldier wielding a rifle counters by uttering a hard-edged, angular design. Here Vorlet captures the problem of mutual unintelligibility in U.S.-Middle East warfare.

One of the most compelling images on display is the pencil drawing "Tolerance," which calls to mind M.C. Escher's drawings. Opposing lines of white and black fists are transformed into shaking hands by a central zipper tab. Whether the tab is moving up or down, however, remains ambiguous.

The exhibition also offers a chance to observe how Vorlet mines and re-mines ideas, adjusting images to fit specific assignments. Among the larger works, "Distraction," drawn in 2005 for The Boston Globe, depicts a figure sitting at a keyboard, his head obscured by water, his crown having transformed into a palm-studded island. Vorlet drew a similar image12 years earlier, the smaller, classroom-themed "Restructuring the School Year," which he published in the letters section of The New York Times.

Clear and strong, Vorlet's lines match the ideas he expresses. His practiced hand, clever observations, and artistic invention tell the whole story.

Christophe Vorlet's drawings are on view at Les Yeux du Monde through November 26. 115 S. First St. 973-5566.