Cultural Calendar 02/02/06

THURSDAY, February 2

WALKABOUT

Stonewall Country Horse Show: This hunter and jumper event that draws riders from Virginia, Maryland, North Carolina, and Pennsylvania starts today and ends February 5. 8am daily. Free. Virginia Horse Center, Lexington. 540-464-2961 or horsecenter.org.

Arts and Crafts Show: Regional professional craftsmanship and handiwork on display and available for sale today through Sunday, February 5. Free. Fashion Square Mall. 973-9331.

Midday Meditation: Calm your mind, soothe your heart and nourish your soul in the middle of the week! Practice silent, guided, and chanting meditation, rooted in Jewish tradition. All faiths welcome. Every Thursday, 12:15-1:15pm. Free. GesherCenter.org. 1824 University Circle. 970-7836.

A Little Lunch Music: Folk music from Chris Amsler and Abbey Linfert. Free. Noon-2pm. Staunton Public Library, 1 Churchville Ave. 540 332-3902.

Guest Bartender: VaVino wine bar continues its weekly guest bartender series, tonight featuring Matthieu Finot of Afton Mountain Vineyards. Free tastings with purchase of glass of wine. 401 E. Main St. 974-9463.

WORDS

Newcomers Book Group: Mark Helprin's A Winter's Tale is tonight's selection. New members welcome. 7pm. Barnes & Noble, Barracks Road Shopping Center. 984-0461.

Walk Across Nicaragua: Three fourth-year UVA students hoping to open a feeding camp at the "Nueva Vida" refugee camp outside Managua present photographs and stories from their Nicaraguan travels. Free. 7pm. Minor Hall, Room 125. 434-882-0118 or student.virginia.edu/~photo.

Issues of Race: UVA's new diversity honcho, Dr. William Harvey, talks about "Issues of Race at Predominantly White Institutions." Free. 2-3pm. Harrison Small Special Collections Library Auditorium. 243-1776 or lib.virginia.edu/multicultural.

The Innocence Project: Cardozo Law School's Innocence Project director Peter Neufeld speaks on "9 Days from Execution: Lessons from the Earl Washington Case." Free. 4:30pm. UVA Law School. 924-4684.

The Poverty of Education: The final event in "The Persistence of Poverty: Four Community Conversations" series sponsored by the Quality Community Council. The conversations challenge citizens to address the growing number of people living in poverty in the Charlottesville area and to empower those who are currently living at or below the poverty line. Free. 6-8pm. J.P. Burley Middle School, Rose Hill Drive. 982-2283.

Historical Fiction: The Greene County Library Book Discussion Group tonight tackles I, Roger Williams, a historical novel by Mary Lee Settle. Free. 7pm. Main Street, Stanardsville. 985-5227.

Junior League Book/Author Dinner: Barbara Ehrenreich, author of Bait and Switch and Nickel and Dimed, is keynote speaker for tonight's Junior League fundraiser. $85 includes silent auction and dinner, $125 includes sponsor reception with complimentary drinks and food, and a chance to chat up the author. 5:30pm sponsor reception, 6pm silent auction, 7:30pm opening comments and dinner. avenue.org/jlc.

PERFORMANCE

Star-Crossed Lovers: February is the month of Valentine's Day, and what better time for the American Shakespeare Theater in Staunton to feature Romeo and Juliet, one of the most famous love stories of all time? Today's show is a 10:30 school matinee. 10 S. Market St., Staunton. 540-885-5588.

Is That a Dagger I See?: Live Arts is winding up its run of Macbeth complete with witches, murder, betrayal, and other skullduggery. 7:30pm, prices vary. 123 E. Water St. 977-4177.

Making It Up: The Bent Theatre Company, (formerly Whole World Theatre) presents a live improv comedy show at R2 inside Rapture on the Downtown Mall every Thursday night. 7:30­9:30pm, $5. 466-9574.

FAMILY

You Gotta Have Heart: Young lovers will feel their hearts fluttering as they listen to "smoochy" stories and craft cards for Valentines Day, then get their blood flowing with heart-healthy exercises and treats at Northside Library. 4pm. Free. Registration required. Albemarle Square. 973-7893.

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

DANCE CARD

Shake It: DJ Stroud spins top 40, R&B, and hip-hop with a dash of old skool flava. Ladies free all night, others $5. R2 behind Rapture on the Downtown Mall. 293-9526.

TUNES

Chameleon Project: When the Chocolate Factory went the way of the dodo, Clarence Green took another stab at the music scene with the Chameleon Project. After one year, he's looking forward to recording their first album, which he hopes to have completed by this fall. So where does he want to be by this time next year? "I would like to be playing big shows and festivals, like Floydfest," he says. For now, they'll be playing twice this week: first at Starr Hill, and then as one of the select few who will get to help rebrand Kokopelli's as Uncle Charlie's out in Crozet.

The Chameleon Project and The Joys in the Starr Hill Cocktail Lounge. Free, 10pm.

2 Clems' Holistic Towin' Service Barn Dance at Atomic Burrito. Free, 10:30pm.

Pierce Pettis and Scuffletown at Gravity Lounge. $10, 7pm.

The Ronnie Johnson Blues Band at the Outback Lodge. $5, 10pm.

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

Karaoke at the Lazy Parrot Grill. Free, 8:30pm.

FRIDAY, February 3

ART

New Worlds Seen: Caesar Morton celebrates the opening of his show of complex sculptures of the natural world, specifically the world beneath the sea. The exhibit also includes Morton's earlier work, sculptures based in the African-American folk tradition. 5-7pm. UVA's Off Grounds Gallery, 300 W. Main St.

Architecture Symposium: Eight UVA architecture faculty members discuss their current work at the Faculty Research Symposium IV. Free. 1-5pm. Campbell Hall. Complete schedule: arch.virginia.edu/calendar. 924-3715.

FAMILY

Poor Little Rich Boy: Swordplay, dance, drama, and mystery take the stage at the Old Michie Theatre with a live production of the Prince and the Pauper featuring area youth. 7pm. $7.50. 221 E. Water St. 977-3690.

Star Struck: The view is out of this world at Public Night at McCormick Observatory from 7-11pm (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 Road. 924-7494.

WALKABOUT

Open House: The Outdoor Adventure Social Club holds an open house and information session. Free. 8pm. 420 E. Main St. (Downtown Mall). RSVP: 434-760-HIKE or outdoorsocial.com.

PERFORMANCE

Is That a Dagger I See?: See Thursday, February 2. Today's performance is at 8pm.

Star-Crossed Lovers: See Thursday, February 2. Today's 7:30pm show is a preview performance, pay-what-you will.

DANCE CARD

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

Not So Sketchy: Groove Nation with DJ Stroud at R2 behind Rapture on the Downtown Mall. Top 40, pop, R&B, dancehall, reggaeton, and hip-hop. $6 before 11:30pm. 293-9526.

TUNES

Lara Pellegrinelli, jazz historian and critic, visits the colloquium series. 3:30-5pm. Room 107, Old Cabell Hall.

The Matthew Willner Blues Thang at Atomic Burrito. Free, 10:30pm.

Beleza Brasil at Bashir's. Free, 6:30pm.

Lauren Hoffman and Bella Morte Unplugged at Gravity Lounge. $8, 8pm.

Thunderlips, Tiger, Bear, Wolf, Everything Went To Black, and Van-Ver-Rohe at the Outback Lodge. $6, 10pm.

Steve Smith and Hard Road at The Prism. $12 advance, $15 at the door, 8pm.

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

Red Eye Seamus in the Starr Hill Cocktail Lounge. Free, 10pm.

Lock Jaw at Uncle Charlie's. Free, 9:30pm.

Zephyrus at the UVA Chapel. $10/$5, 8pm.

Karaoke at Damon's Sports Bar and Grill. Free, 9pm.

SATURDAY, February 4

DANCE CARD

Let Him Hold Your Hand: Head to Satellite Ballroom for "My Indie Valentine." DJs spin indie rock and Britpop. Dress to impress. 10pm. Cover TBA.

Groove to Smoove with DJ Izm. From soulful house and funk to old school dancehall, hip-hop, and go-go. $5 before 11:30pm. R2 behind Rapture on the Downtown Mall.

WALKABOUT

Financial Aid Basics: Today is Super Saturday, when high school students are encouraged to bring their parents to hear "The Basics of Financial Aid" presentations, meet one-on-one with financial aid counselors, and submit the federal aid application (FAFSA) online. Free. 10am­3pm. Albemarle High School, 2775 Hydraulic Road.

First Saturday Bird Walk: Join Jim Nix of the Monticello Bird Club to see the winter birds of Ivy Creek. Free. 7:30am. Ivy Creek Natural Area. 973-7772.

Health and Harmony: In recognition of National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, February 7, HOPE, Inc. sponsors a health information and gospel fair. Free. Covenant Church. 979-7714 or aidsservices.org.

Share-the-Fun Talent Contest: The Albemarle-Charlottesville 4-H program hosts a local talent competition open to Charlottesville-Albemarle youth ages 9-18 as of 9/30/06. Free. 2pm. Monticello High School. 872-4580

At Your Service: Each Saturday in February, Richmond's Maymont mansion honors Black History Month by offering a series of guided tours of a new below-stairs exhibit that explores the role of Maymont's domestic staff during the Victorian era. Fee: $5. 1700 Hampton St. 804-358-7166, ext. 329.

Black History Month Science Theater: Explore "The Mysteries of Plasma: The Charles Drew Story" at the Science Museum of Virginia today through Friday, March 3. $8 /$7 members. Saturday-Sunday, 1 and 3pm; Tuesday-Friday, 11am. 804-864-1400, 800-659-1727 or smv.org.

Watch 'Em Go!: Representatives from the Blue Ridge Soap Box Derby present an informational display featuring a Soap Box Derby car, pictures, and videos of local and national races, plus applications for the upcoming Soap Box Derby Race. Free. 10am-5pm. J.C. Penney Court, Fashion Square Mall. 973-9331.

C.O.M.P: This support group for people with co-occurring medical and psychiatric illness offers mutual peer support, education, encouragement, and fellowship. Every first and third Saturday at noon. Madison Room, Central Library. Market street. 977-4673.

WORDS

A Little Like Quilting: Dianne Swann-Wright, former Monticello historian, discusses "A Little Like Quilting: Museum Building in the 21st Century." Free. 10am. Monticello Archaeology Lab. 984-9853.

Extraterrestrial Talk: Video presentation on extraterrestrial life forms. Free. 1:30-3:30pm. McIntire Room, Jefferson-Madison Regional Library. 210 E. Market St. 566-1779.

PERFORMANCE

Is That a Dagger I See?: Tonight's 8pm show is the final in the run.

PERFORMANCE AND FAMILY

Blow Up: The Fred Garbo Inflatable Theater Co. presents a fun-for-the-whole-family show of comedy, dance, and juggling with colorful shape-changing objects and larger-than-life characters. 7:30pm. $27, $24, $21; 18 and under $24, $21, and $18. The Paramount Theater, Main St. 979-1333 or fredgarbo.com.

FAMILY

What's a Princess to Do?: Rapunzel lets her hair down to free herself from the witch's trap, and we find her happily ever after in a new puppet play at the Old Michie Theatre. Hand-made marionettes from the Czech Republic perform this classic fairy tale. 11am, 2pm, and 4pm. $5. 221 E. Water St. 977-3690. oldmichie.com.

Oceans of Fun: Young marine biologists can learn about endangered ocean creatures and how our weather is affected by the ocean temperature at the Virginia Discovery Museum. Friends from the Virginia Museum of Natural History present this program in conjunction with the new Back Gallery exhibit "Wind, Waves, and Sand," and they'll bring along some exciting specimens for hands-on fun. 10:30-11:15am. $5/$7. Pre-registration required. East end of the Downtown Mall. 977-1025.

Are You Ready?: Nancy Gercke, program coordinator for Charlottesville's preschool program, and Meriwether Lewis principal Sylvia Henderson present a Kindergarten Readiness Workshop where parents can discuss what children should do to be successful in kindergarten, how to decide if a child is ready, practical tips for getting the child and parent ready for "big school," and information on the application process and deadlines. 10:30am-noon. Free. Registration required. MACAA, 1025 Park St. 296-4118, ext. 257.

Tasty Tomes: Book-loving teens come together for Chips and Chapters, the teen book discussion group at the Central Library. Kids in grades 6-12 meet once a month to talk about the book of the month. Snacks are involved. 2-3pm. Free. 201 E. Market St. 979-7151, ext. 215.

Poor Little Rich Boy: See Friday, February 3

TUNES

Toot Your Horn: The Shenandoah Recorder Society hosts an early music workshop with Patricia Petersen from North Carolina's Triangle Recorder Society. 9am-4:30pm, $45; $25 with student ID. Wesley Memorial Methodist Church, 1901 Thomson Road. 591-0762 or srsva.org.

All American: The Charlottesville and University Symphony Orchestra presents the Virginia premiere of Joan Tower's Made in America and concludes with Beethoven's Symphony No. 7. Alan Cox is principal flutist. 8pm today and 3:30pm Sunday. $11-25. Old Cabell Hall. Professor Richard Will presents a pre-concert lecture 45 minutes before each performance in Minor Hall, a short walk from Old Cabell Hall.

Sickshot: Modern rock band Sickshot began with a focus on recording, so although they've played a couple of shows, it's with the CD release tonight that the project finally comes to fruition. So what's the next step? "We just shot a video which is going to debut on Fuse next month," says bassist Drew Worsley. Let's help these guys out: email flist@fuse.tv and request "Echoes." Because it'd be cool if a rock band from Charlottesville becomes popular and successful, right?

Sickshot, Superhero, and Majorette at Starr Hill. $8, 9pm.

Junior Moment at Atomic Burrito. Free, 10:30pm.

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

Big Ray and the Kool Katz at the Carysbrook Performing Arts Center. $18/$15, 8pm.

Mary Gordon Hall at Gravity Lounge. $10, 8pm.

The Charlottesville and University Symphony Orchestra at Old Cabell Hall. $11-$25, 8pm.

Hatchet Hand at the Outback Lodge. $6, 10pm.

Gay Adegbalola and Roddy Barnes at the Prism. $18/$15, 8pm.

Jim Waive and the Young Divorcees and Junior Moment at Rapunzel's, 8pm.

Junior Moment at Atomic Burrito, 10:30pm.

New Loft at the Twisted Branch Tea Bazaar. $3-5, 10pm.

Clarence Green's Chameleon Project at Uncle Charlie's. $5, 9:30pm.

Patricia Petersen at the Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church. $45/$25, 9am.

The Virginia Band and Orchestra Directors District 13 All District Band Concert at Western Albemarle High School. Free, 3:30pm.

SUNDAY, February 5

FAMILY

The Bestest Musical Ever: TheatreworksUSA has made a brand-new musical (a play all jumbled together with singing and dancing). And what do you know? It's all about Junie B. Jones! (The B stands for Beatrice, only Junie B. Jones does not like Beatrice. She just likes B and that's all.) This musical has loads of funny songs, and it's based on a bunch of books this lady, Barbara Park, wrote about Junie B. Jones and the things she does in first grade. Community Children's Theatre presents this live show at Martin Luther King Jr. Performing Arts Center. 3pm. $10 at Whimsies or at the door one hour before the performance. Melbourne Road. 961-7862.

Poor Little Rich Boy: See Friday, February 3. Today's performance is at 3pm.

WALKABOUT

Four Chaplain Service: The American Legion "four chaplain" service honors four military chaplains of various faiths who gave their lives so that fellow sailors could survive their sinking U.S. Navy ship. Recitations, a choir, and a volley salute. Free. 2pm. Aldersgate United Methodist Church (UMC), Rio Road. 513-600-5593.

DANCE CARD

Fire in the Belly: Joy Rayman offers ongoing beginner classes in tribal style belly dance starting today. $40/month or $12 class. 2pm. The Community Space, 1117 E. Market St. 546-3897.

TUNES

All American: See Saturday, February 4. Today's concert is at 3:30pm. $11-25. Old Cabell Hall. Professor Richard Will presents a pre-concert lecture 45 minutes before each performance in Minor Hall, a short walk from Old Cabell Hall.

Soul Canoe, Cathy Elzner and Tom Philips, and the Hot Club of C-ville Band at the Cardinal Café. $5, 6pm.

Big Ray and the Kool Katz at the Carysbrook Performing Arts Center. $18/$15, 3pm.

King Golden Banshee at Fellini's #9. No cover, 6pm.

The Wiyos at Gravity Lounge. $7, 7pm.

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

The Temptations at the Paramount. Sold out, 8pm.

B.C. at Miller's. Free, 11pm.

MONDAY, February 6

WALKABOUT

Mural Painting: Help design and paint a mural in the Staunton Public Library with professional sign designer Lew Morrison. Free. 7-8:30pm. 1 Churchville Ave. 540-332-3902.

Tuskegee Airmen: The Virginia Aviation Museum marks Black History Month with "Black Wings," 50-minute presentation that includes tributes to the first African-American combat pilot– Eugene Jacques Bullard, who flew during World War I– and to Bessie Coleman, the first African-American woman to fly a plane and to earn an international pilot's license. Fee: Aviation Museum admission, $4 youth ages 4-12, $6 adults, $5 seniors 60+ and $5.50 active military. 3 and under free. Mondays starting today, through February 28. 5701 Huntsman Road at Richmond International Airport. 804-236-3622.

WORDS

Try Not to Cry: Henry Johnson speaks on "Preparing America's Future." Free. 4pm. The Rotunda Dome Room. Reception follows in the Lower West Oval Room.

Not in a Tent: The Center for Christian Study offers a four-week series, "Revivals: Their Characteristics, Contributions, and Consequences." $25; free for students, senior citizens, clergy. 7pm. 128 Chancellor St. 817-1050 or studycenter.net.

Good Week for Christian Talk: The Center for Christian Study presents another 10-week course, "Historical Theology II: Christian Doctrine since 1500." $80; $45 to students, senior citizens, clergy. 7pm. All Saints Anglican Church, 3889 Ivy Road. 817-1050. studycenter.net.

The Gipper Hits the Internet: The Miller Center hosts a day-long forum to commemorate release of the Ronald Reagan Oral History Project. A distinguished group of former Reagan administration officials and presidential scholars leads discussions on a series of topics about Reagan and his presidency. Free. 9:30am, 11:30am, 2pm. 2201 Old Ivy Road. 924-7236.

Anatomy of Hope: Jerome Groopman speculates about why some people find and sustain hope during difficult circumstances, while others do not. "Like Oliver Sacks and Atul Gawande, Groopman is a master storyteller who uses the examples of real patients to explain the mysteries of medicine," says one reader. Discuss the book tonight at the Crozet Library. 7:30-9pm. Three Notch'd Road in the Train Station.

FAMILY

Club Fantasy: Fans of fantasy explore magical worlds and alternative realities in Northside Library's fantasy book discussion group for teens. Snacks are involved along with great books and lively conversation. 6:30-7:30pm. Registration required. Albemarle Square. 973-7893.

TUNES

Dark Star Orchestra at Starr Hill. $20, 9pm.

Red Eye Seamus at the Starr Hill Cocktail Lounge. Free, 10pm.

Slate Hill Phil at the Outback Lodge. Free, 10pm.

Open mic night at Baja Bean, hosted by Charles Davis. Signups at 8:30pm, show starts at 9pm. Contact chwdavis@yahoo.com for more info.

Matthew Willner at Miller's. Free, 10pm.

Travis Elliott at The Virginian. Free, 10pm.

TUESDAY, February 7

WALKABOUT

Stop the Cycle: The Shelter for Help in Emergency offers a 12-week support group for women affected by partner violence/abuse. Free. Noon-1:30pm. 293-6155.

National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day: HIV testing and information, sponsored by the AIDS/HIV Services Group. Westhaven Nursing Clinic. Free. 979-7714 or aidsservices.org.

TUNES

Athens Boys' Choir and Heidi Hensley at Gravity Lounge. Pay what you can, 7pm.

Hornsby and Collins at the Outback Lodge. Free, 10pm.

Feist and Jason Collett at the Satellite Ballroom. $15/$12, 8pm.

Dark Star Orchestra at Starr Hill. $20, 9pm.

Karaoke at City Limits. Free, 9pm.

Ezra Hamilton at Mono Loco. Free, 10pm.

Slate Hill Phil at the Outback Lodge. 9:30pm.

WEDNESDAY, February 8

FAMILY

Let Me Call You Sweetheart: Young lovers ages 7 and up can design a pocket full of sweet treats for that special Valentine at Gordon Avenue Library. 4pm. Free. Registration required. 1500 Gordon Ave. 296-5544.

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

PERFORMANCE

Star-Crossed Lovers: See Thursday, February 2. Today's show is 10:30 school matinee.

WALKABOUT

Public Hearing: The Albemarle Board of Supervisors meet tonight to hear citizen input on various issues, including the Cismont dump. 6pm. Burley Middle School, Rose Hill Drive. 296-5841.

Social Justice: Join local citizens gathering to develop a platform for Charlottesville based on social justice and ecological health with an eye toward influencing the upcoming City Council elections. Free. 7pm. Westhaven Community Center. 882-1069.

Native Plants: Hank Shugart talks about man, nature, our impact on the landscape, and other lightweight issues. 7:30pm. Ivy Creek Educational Building. Earlysville Road. 293-8997.

WORDS

Lunch Break Science: The Science Museum of Virginia presents "Light from the Ice: Paintings and Photographs from Antarctica," by visiting artists Alan and Colin Campbell. Free. Noon-1pm. 2500 W. Broad St., Richmond. 804-864-1400 or smv.org.

Battle for the What?: The Miller Center features John C. Boggle speaking on "The Battle for the Soul of Capitalism." Free. 11am-Noon. 2201 Old Ivy Road. 924-7236.

TUNES

Nice Jenkins: If you need a reason to go grab a Snakebite at Michael's Bistro, the Nice Jenkins show tonight is as good you're likely to find, especially since live music at Michael's is quite rare these days. "The past few times we've played there, it's been on Halloween," says drummer Adam Brock, "and so we figured we'd make it a crazy costume party." In other words, lots of people will attempt to dress up as intangible abstract ideas– really for no good reason at all. The audience member with the best costume will be called upon to make out with Brock while the rest of the band serenades them with the theme from Knight Rider. Feeling awkward about the whole thing? Remember, alcohol is a wonderful social lubricant. Bottoms up!

The Nice Jenkins costume party at Michael's Bistro. Free, 10pm.

Jim Waive and the Young Divorcees at Atomic Burrito. Free, 11pm.

JRL at Fellini's #9. Free, 10pm.

The Rogan Brothers at Dürty Nelly's. $4, 8pm.

Paul Rishell and Annie Raines at Gravity Lounge.$12/$7, 8pm.

What About Boyd? at Orbit Billiards. Free, 10:30pm.

Dropzone at the Outback Lodge. $5, 10pm.

Chris Jamison at the Virginian. Free, 10:30pm.

Eric Sommer in the Starr Hill Cocktail Lounge. Free, 10pm.

B.C. at the Buddhist Biker Bar. Free, 11pm.

Bennie Dodd at Coupe DeVille's. Free, 10pm.

Karaoke at Fat Daddy's. Free, 9pm.

Evan Mook at Fellini's #9. Free, 6pm.

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

The Mike Rosensky and Jeff Decker Quartet at Miller's. Free, 10:30pm.

Acoustic Groove Trio at Mono Loco. Free, 10pm.

Open jam at Rapunzel's, 7pm.

THURSDAY, February 9

WALKABOUT

Landscape Management Seminar: For professional and non-professional gardeners, today's 23rd Annual Central Virginia Landscape Management Seminar tackles such subjects as heirloom bulbs and amazing makeovers. $25 members, students, and seniors; $35 non-members. 8am-5pm. 110 E. Main St. on the Downtown Mall. 465-1250.

Spring Must Be Coming: The Maymont Flower & Garden Show begins today and runs through February 12 at the Greater Richmond Convention Center Exhibit Hall. Advance ticket $12, regular admission $14. Th-Sat: 9am-8pm/Sun: 9am-4pm. 804-358-7166 or.maymont.org.

Estate Planning Seminar: Local attorney Glendon K. Gill focuses on wills, trusts, power of attorney, and medical directives. Free. 7pm. Staunton Public Library, 1 Churchville Ave. 540-332-3902.

Monticello Bird Club: Wildlife artist Ron Louque, creator of the 2003 federal duck stamp painting, talks about birds and painting. 7:30pm, free. Ivy Creek Education Building, Earlysville Road. 244-2688 or 293-5173.

FAMILY

More Tales for Tots: See Wednesday, February 8.

STAGE

 "We Jam Econo: The Story of the Minutemen": Catch this feature-length documentary that chronicles the early '80's punk rock band The Minutemen from their humble beginnings to their demise when lead signer and guitarist D. Boon was killed in a van accident. The film combines footage from archival interviews and live performances. 7pm, pa-what-you-will. Better Than Television, 112 E Main St. below the Jefferson Theater. 295-0872, or betterthantelevision@gmail.com.

Star-Crossed Lovers: See Thursday, February 2. Today's performance is a 10:30am school matinee.

Hedwig and the Angry Inch: According to director John Owen, "This is a poetic, edge, sometimes brutal portrayal of humanity in all its forms." How's that for specificity? No one under 17 admitted without a guardian. How's that for specificity? Tonight's preview performance is at 8pm. Live Arts, 123 E. Water St. 977-4177.

TUNES

Nada Surf and Rogue Wave at Starr Hill. $14/$12, 9pm.

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

Karaoke at the Lazy Parrot Grill. Free, 8:30pm.

Simchah! at Gravity Lounge. $5, 7pm.

CULT UPCOMING AND ONGOING

ART

Artists, Submit!: Charlottesville in 2 Dimensions, running March 1 to April 1 at McGuffey Art Center, seeks artists of all ages. Submissions, ready for hanging, due February 25 between 1-5pm. Information and application at artinplace.org.

DANCE CARD

Salsa/ Merengue/ Bachata and More: Every other Tuesday at the Satellite Ballroom with DJ O. 1419 University Ave. Behind Plan 9 on the corner. Info: trujillobravo@yahoo.com.

Swivel and Sway: Traditional middle eastern belly-dance class for girls and women 12 and up. Have fun while getting fit! Beginners meet Mondays 6-7pm. 313 Second St. SE, Studio 208. 220-1888 or shakti-dance.com.

Try These Steps: Terry Dean's dance studio offers the following beginners' classes in January: Mondays 7:30pm cha-cha; Tuesdays 7:30pm waltz; Wednesdays 7:30pm East Coast swing; Thursdays 7:30pm foxtrot; Friday 7:30pm West Coast swing, 8:15pm country two-step. $10/group class. Dance party every Friday at 9pm ($10)– add the West Coast swing and country two-step for no additional fee. Walk-ins welcome. 1309A Seminole Trail behind the Flaming Wok. 977-3327 or terrydeansdancestudio.com.

Clogging Confab: Folks who've admired the Buck Mountain Cloggers and their whirlings to bluegrass, country, Celtic, pop, folk, rock music and live banjo, now have a chance to join 'em. Sign up for classes open to adults and children ages 9 and up, and show up in tap shoes. Younger children welcome with a parent's (or another adult's) participation. Intermediate classes each Monday February 27-April 3. $36, 7-7:45pm. Greenwood Community Center. 296-5844.

Get Zen: Stroll over and watch the Zen Monkey Project folks get wiggy 4-6pm every Thursday "responding to the art and architecture" of the McGuffey Art Center in dance. Also, a weekly contact improv class and jam happen on Sundays from 2 to 4pm. Sliding scale drop-in fee: $5-$15. Kelly East and other members of the ZMP teach dance classes Monday 7-9pm and Wednesday 10-noon. Drop-in class fee: $10. 963 4099.

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.

Get Your Rose Ready: Go south of the border every weekend with dance classes taught by Edwin Roa. Beginning Argentine Tango every Saturday, 6-6:30pm; Intermediate Argentine Tango, 6:40-7:10pm; Beginning Nightclub Salsa, 7:20-7:50pm; Intermediate Nightclub Salsa, 8-8:30pm. Each class $6. Former Live Arts Space, Market Street, across from the parking garage. 804-303-2614 or zabordance@yahoo.com.

Fire in the Belly: Joy Rayman offers ongoing beginner classes in tribal style belly dance starting February 5. 2pm, $40/month or $12/class. Community Space, 1117 E. Market St. 546-3897.

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.

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.

It's a Snap: The Charlottesville Camera Club meets the second Tuesday of each month. New members always welcome. 6:30pm. Westminster Canterbury of The Blue Ridge, Pantops. 972-2402 or ccc@avenue.org.

Take a Deep Breath: Sunspots Studios offers winter glassblowing classes and workshops on alternating Saturdays now through March 18. Learn to blow a colorful vessels or make colorful solid glass jewelry. Workshops last two or four hours; beginning classes consist of two eight-hour sessions. Fee. 202 S. Lewis St., Staunton. 540-885-0678.

Equine Oil Painting: The Virginia Equine Artists Association hosts a five-day oil-painting workshop with artist John Leone March 20 - 24 at the Virginia Horse Center in Lexington. Leon is an internationally known and respected equine artist and workshop instructor. $400. 540-234-8231 or veaa.org.

Charlottesville Mental Wellness Support Group: Meets 6-7pm every Wednesday at On Our Own of Charlottesville. 123 Fourth St. NW. 465-1674.

NAACP: The Albemarle-Charlottesville Branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People meets the second Monday of each month. 7pm. McIntire Room, Central Library. 293-4044.

WORDS

Write a Poem: VSA of Charlottesville Albemarle solicits poems and short stories written by individuals with disabilities and their caregivers for the group's sixth annual poetry book to be published in fall 2006. VSA's poetry project aims to promote writing, creativity skills, and the therapeutic value of poetry. Mail poems and short stories (one page maximum) to Charlottesville Parks & Recreation Department, VSA Poetry Project, PO Box 911, Charlottesville, 22902 or spicer@charlottesville.com. 970-3264.

Spanish Conversation Group: La Tertulia, a Spanish conversation group, meets the first Thursday of each month at 7 pm in the Madison Room. This group helps folks brush up on Spanish. All levels welcome! Central Library. 979-7151.

Monday Evening Book Club: At Crozet Library, on the first Monday of each month 7:30-9pm. 823-4050

Gordon Avenue Book Groups: The Live Poets Society meets the first Wednesday of every month at 7pm. Come and share original poetry, or just listen. The Wednesday Night Book Group meets at 7:30pm the second Wednesday of each month to share insights about contemporary fiction. The Literary Masterpiece Book Group meets at 10am on the first and third Fridays of each month to discuss literary classics. 1515 Gordon Ave. 296-4041.

FAMILY

Power Potter: He-whose-name-must-not-be-mentioned is at it again at the Triwizard Tournament, and Harry Potter is set to compete. Fans of the wizards and witches at Hogwarts get a mega dose of magic with Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire: The IMAX Experience at the Science Museum of Virginia. Film shows now through February 24. Call for times and prices. 2500 W. Broad St., Richmond. 800-659-1727. www.smv.org.

Read with Me: High schoolers looking for volunteer opportunities are invited to check out Central Library where they can join Club Read. In this weekly program, volunteers